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Bi Annual Blogathon Bash Kickoff

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blogathonsummer Bi Annual Blogathon Bash Kickoff

I'm participating in the Bi-Annual Blogathon Bash.  I believe I signed up for it before, but kinda always missed it.  Not this year, my friends.  Nope. This time, I got stuff to do!  It seems that I've fallen {behind} and can't get {caught} up.  So I'm taking this weekend to knock some of it out. 

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Spring Cleaning in Autumn Giveaway Hop – Signups Open

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Saved By Grace and How Was Your Day? have joined forces once again.  We will be hosting a giveaway hop that kicks off November 3rd and ends November 10th. The hop is cleaning/organizing themed and we are inviting all bloggers of all sizes to participate!

By signing up on the Linky below, you agree to:

1. Post the Button on your post for the hop

2. Have your giveaway live at 11:59 pm EST time November 2nd and leave it up until 12:01 am EST on November 11th.

3. Provide or get sponsored for a prize worth at least $20 retail value that fits the theme. This can be cleaning related, or home decor or even storage. This is a loosely themed blog hop, but it should have something to do with making a home nicer, cleaner or more organized. You are responsible for handling your giveaway on your blog, picking a winner and notifying a winner.

4. Linking to both of the hosts: Saved By Grace (http://savedbygraceblog.com) and How Was Your Day? (http://gretasday.com/). You will be sent html for the post, and you are welcome to add whatever you want in your post for the hop, (include your product review for instance. It is encouraged that you add extra info so we all have different posts) but you must include a link to the hosts, include the hop button and the linky list. The html for the linky list will be emailed to you as well as found in the group, "Review Bloggers Unite" on Facebook.

Lets have some fun!

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You Look Mahvelous Beauty Hop

You Look Mahvelous Beauty Giveaway Hop – Signups Now Open!

You Look Mahvelous Beauty Hop

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Announcing the "You Look Mahvelous" giveaway hop.  This is a beauty-themed hop that will run from November 5-25, 2012. 

There's going to be an amazing grand prize, too.  Details on that will be announced shortly! 

Each blogger will be required to provide their own beauty-related prize, with a minimum value of $25 that will be exclusively for the "You Look Mahvelous!" hop. 

Have a blog?  Wanna participate?  Sign up in the linky below. 

You can also join the How Was Your Day? facebook group.  Totally optional. 

The Crazy Days (and Nights) of A Blogger Video

I'm not sure where this came from.  My mom sent it to me and she's not the best at sending me the source.  Anyway, this video is HI-LAR-I-OUS!!! 

If you're a blogger, you'll recognize yourself in this video more than you want to admit. Also, it has a few swear words in it.  Fair warning!

Easy Grammar Tips for Bloggers

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Aren’t pet peeves the worst?  Usually, they’re something ridiculously small or stupid and they annoy the bejeezus out of you!  Dumb things like not sealing the zipper bag all the way.  Or closing the Tupperware lid all the way.  Leaving shoes in the doorway – that’s a good one, too!! 

My other major pet peeve category is spelling and grammar related.  Mainly, it’s people that use they wrong version of words like to/too/two and your/you’re.  I read a lot of blogs, and while the majority are well-written, there are some that could use some basic tips. 

Here are some quick grammar tips to file away –

To - A preposition or an adverb.  Preposition example: “We will be gone from 4:30 to 8 tonight.”  Adverb sample: “After he came to…”
Two – like the number 2, only spelled out.  Thankfully, most people have this down.
Too – Meaning also or in addition.   Example “Can Caleb come too?”

Your – possessive.  As in “That’s your suitcase.”
You’re – short for you are.  An example would be “You’re going to the mall?”

There – This can be a noun or a pronoun, as well as an adverb.  Used as a noun “We’re going to go over there.”  A pronoun “Is there a table I can use?” As an adverb “Did you see the sign over there?”
Their – possessive.  As in “That’s their suitcase.”
They’re – Short for they are.  An example is “They’re going to the mall.”

A few other tips: plural words don’t need an apostrophe before the s.  Two enters make a new paragraph.  And make sure to proofread.  Sometimes, I even read my posts out loud, so I can see what they really sound like. 

Of course, spell check is a great tool, but it doesn’t catch mistakes like using the wrong version of a word. 

What's your favorite grammar tip?

FREE BLOGGER EVENT – $250 Dulce Mio Gift Card Giveaway Sign-Ups

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It's another great free blogger event! 

Dulce Mio, a fantastic company that makes really fun jewelry, bags, and home dec items has graciously sponsored a $250 gift card to their online store.  This will be open to winners worldwide. 

Bloggers can get one link of their choice – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Linky Follows. 

Each additional follow method is $1.  Email/RSS subs, Klout, and Picket Fence Votes can be added for $2. 

PLUS – There's a Blogger Referral prize, too!  The person that refers the most signups will receive a $20 Macy's giftcard!

Sign up in the form after the jump, and don't forget to share! 

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Break Out of the Blogging Rut

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How do you start a blog post?   Do you want the easy way to do it or the hard way? 

The easy way is to say “write about whatever you want.”  Welll…we all know that that doesn’t always work.  Personally, I’ve been in one of those ruts lately.  I’ve had very little motivation and it really shows.  I’ve just been busy with real life.  Yes, bloggers  have a real life, too! 

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How Do You Think? #nablopomo

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Do your thoughts jump around or glide?

It really depends on what I’m thinking about, and what else I have going on at the time.  It seems at times that if I’m deliberately trying to think something through and get the details nailed down, my thoughts are all over the place.  Especially if it’s a project I’ve been delaying.  Those are the absolute worst!!  However, if I’m working on a specific project, I have been known to have a brainstorming session just take over and another project works itself all the way through to completion. 

However, if I’m out driving, that’s a different story altogether.  It’s almost as if something else just takes over, and the thoughts just come pouring out.  I do some of my best thinking while I’m driving. 

 

I also find that if I need to get something hammered out, some good music helps.  If I need to really get s afew things done, I'll put on some pop or club mixes.  If I'm trying to brainstorm, I prefer something more melodic and almost folky.

Are you a jumpy thinker or a smooth thinker?

FOR BLOGGERS: Coach Bag Giveaway Signups

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It's happening again!  Another Coach bag giveaway to join!  This one has a wallet, too.  I love the matchy matchy of a bag and wallet – so chic!

 

Here are the Details:

(READ ALL BEFORE SIGNING UP)

1) You need to put up a post on your site advertising for other bloggers to join. Linking them back to this post!

 ************“Make sure to tell them HOW WAS YOUR DAY referred you.” ******

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3) The prize is a Coach Purse and Wallet.
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Madame Deals Events

Blogger Opp: Louis Vuitton Purse Signups

Madame Deals Events

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Well, she's done it again!  Amee at Madame Deals is putting together another fabulous designer purse giveaway.  And she just keeps upping the Luxe factor.  We're giving away a Louis Vuitton bag!  Oh yeah! 

 

Wanna join in the fun?  It's easy.  Just fill out the form here at Madame Deals and follow the instructions. 

OH!  And don't forget to tell 'em How Was Your Day? sent ya!
 

Free Blogger Opp: iPad 3 Giveaway Signups

Blogger Opp – iPad 3 and Case Giveaway!

Free Blogger Opp: iPad 3 Giveaway Signups

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Here is another great opportunity for bloggers, to participate in an iPad 3 Giveaway for FREE!

 

Details are simple 

  • Create a post about the sign ups for this event, and link back to the form here.  http://www.mvmgroups.com/2012/04/blogger-sign-ups-for-ipad-and-tuxedo.html
  • Get a Facebook entry for FREE
  • Don’t want to post? Send $1.00 to [email protected] for your first Facebook link
  • Additional links are available: Twitter and Email Sub for $1 ea.
  • Event goes live on May 7 at 12:01 AM EST and ends 5/20 at 11:59 PM EST
  • You will find a link to all posting information in your form confirmation, so you can schedule right now!
Diamond earrings giveaway signups

Free Blogger Opp – Sign up for a Diamond Earring giveaway!

Diamond earrings giveaway signups

The girls of Moms With Voices Media are at it again!  We've teamed up with CouponTrade for a free blogger event.  What is it this time?  How about a pair of diamond earrings!  These retail for $369 on a sale site, value is $1,000!  Oh my word! 

This stunning pair of 1/2 carat (ctw) diamond earrings boasts the luster of over five dozen round, brilliant cut blue and white stones and is delicately crafted from 10 karat polished white gold. Fourteen luminous blue diamonds glimmer alluringly among a bed of fifty-two pristine white diamonds.

Want to participate?  Sign up here.

  • Create a post about sign ups for this event, and link back to the entry form for a FREE Twitter entry.
  • In lieu of posting, you may send $1 for your Twitter entry to [email protected]
  • Additional links are available for $1 each (Choose from Facebook or email subs)
  • Complete the entry form here- http://cute-ecakes.com/2012/04/blogger-sign-ups-1k-1-5ct-blue-diamond-earring-gveaway
  • Your submission confirmation screen will contain a link to the post html, and rafflecopter script, and you may schedule your post to go live at 12:01 am 4/30 EST.

Tell them How Was Your Day? sent ya!

Oh So Pretty beauty related blog hop

Oh! So Pretty Blog Giveaway Hop Signups – May 18-24

Oh So Pretty beauty related blog hop

Whether you call it getting dolled up, putting your face on, warpaint, or anything else, we all love it!  It being makeup and beauty products! 

How Was Your Day and Saved By Grace are co-hosting an awesome giveaway hop – “Oh! So pretty!"

The theme is beauty and we would like to invite all bloggers to join us!

This hop will run May 18-24th, 2012, and all prize packages will have a minimum value of $25!

By joining, you agree to the following:

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Bloggers – Sign up for a Free $100 giveaway

Note: This post is only open for bloggers who wish to participate in Chic Algene's upcoming birthday bash.

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Event Details:

- The giveaway will go live on Chic Algene's birthday (May 8, 2012)
– Open Worldwide
– Prize: $100 Paypal Cash for One Winner

Sign Up Fee & Info:

- NO COST for the first link (Facebook Page only)
– To participate, please share this free event on your site and complete the form below.
– If you would like to include more links (Twitter, Pinterest, Votes, etc.) for this giveaway, then please send the fee to [email protected] via Paypal. Each additional link will cost $2.

Sign up here

MVM Media – Blogger Programs

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As a blogger, one of the things I need to do is make a little bit of cash.  Not a lot – although that would be all kinds of awesome!  If I make enough to cover my basic blog expenses, I'm a content camper. 

One of the programs that I use is Moms With Voices Media.  Now, as a total disclaimer, I've been a part of it since the brainstorming phase last fall.  I've received products to review, brand ambassadorships, and even some compensated posts! 

PLUS – the group has some great traffic building features – like guest posts, member features, and more.  We even host twitter and facebook parties. The best part is, it's really reasonable, with a great trial period!  I think it runs around $2 a month, after the trial period.  With the affiliate program alone, you can make that in no time.  The best part – joining the affiliate program is free!

 

Click the banner above to join!

 

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Dyson giveaway event

Homewarming Dyson Event for Bloggers {Sign Ups}

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The Housewarming Dyson Event is a free blogger event. You will receive one link at no cost as a thank you for participating in this event.

Link options are: GFC, Email, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Vote (as long as it is a no signup or like required, example picket fence). G+ is not allowed as it is against google rules.

Prize: Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Vacuum (retail value $399)

Open to: Worldwide (note – if the winner is outside of the US are responsible for any duties, taxes,etc that is not covered by basic shipping cost).

The event dates: June 1 at 12:01 am to June 15 11:59am

What is required to join? 

  • Post about the event with the button above linking back to this post. Feel free to copy paste this (below) along with the button.

Mom to Bed by 8 is excited to present the Housewarming Dyson Event from June 1 to June 15. This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.

Join the Housewarming Dyson Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer one fantastic cleaning tool giveaway!

5 Mistakes Bloggers Make

I have to admit – I had never really thought about doing a blog post about reasons why people leave your blog until I came across this list from JadeLouise Designs.  Here are five more mistakes bloggers make. 
 

1.)  Font! White text on black. That is so hard to read, it’s not even funny. Black on dark colors is bad, too. Do you want to read 200+ word of this?  I will add really small or really huge font. Any oddball font.

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2.)  Poor writing and grammar. I’m a bit of a grammar cop, so this happens to be a pet peeve for me. And I don’t mean formal wiritng vs conversational or typos. Poor sentence structure. Bad spelling. Wrong words i.e. there vs their vs they’re.

3.)  Negativity. Such a huge turnoff! The occasional, needing to vent post is great, as no one can be sunshine and bunny rabbits all the time. But, if your blog is filled with negativity and gloom, it’s a real downer. I generally want an escape when I’m reading blogs, and to catch up with my “friends.”

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4.) Too much stuff that moves. Scrolling bars. Something that slides across the page. Glittery, sparkly graphics. ARRGGGHHHH!!!

5.) Autoplay music or video. I usually open a bunch of windows at once and then have to figure out where it’s coming from. It also makes it difficult to surf at work. Shhhh….

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How about you? What are your pet peeves for blogs?

Another Great Blogger Event

Join me in a FREE Blogger Event! You can have your Facebook link added for FREE, and Moms With Voices Media will provide the prize, $100 PayPal Cash!

 

Rainy Day Frenzy Another Great Blogger Event

 

The graphic's a little hypnotizing, no?  Anyway.

This is what you need to do to participate:

 

 

Animated img src=”http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy105/cynthiathornton/RainyDayFrenzy.gif”

 

Static img src=”http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy105/cynthiathornton/Rainy-Day-Frenzy.png”

Easy peasy, And pretty awesome!

Made In America Blogger Event

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Mimi from Woven By Words and Courtney from Joy Of Momma Joyner are excited to bring a FUN, new event celebrating The 4th Of July, called Made In America. This event will run from 12:01am EST Wednesday, July 4, 2012 through 11:59pm EST Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Want to join in the celebration fun? It's super easy!!

Rules to Participate:

  • You must get at least a $25 prize/package together to be given away during the event. We want ALL prizes to be American Made!
  • You must display the event button on your sidebar from now until the event ends
  • Participation is completely FREE! All you have to do is make sure the button is on your blog side bar, and write a post encouraging other bloggers to join in the fun! Put the link to your blog post in the form below.
  • If you would like to participate in a GRAND PRIZE CASH GIVEAWAY (completely optional!!), you can send $5 (gift) via PayPal to [email protected] This will get you TWO social media entry options! (Facebook, Twitter, Email, GFC, Pinterest, Klout, etc.) The GRAND PRIZE CASH value will be determined when we know how many people are going to participate in that part of the giveaway. The GRAND PRIZE CASH GIVEAWAY will be hosted on Woven By Words and Joy Of Momma Joyner. We ask that you refer your readers to either of those two sites to enter the CASH GIVEAWAY!

Be sure to join the Facebook group so you can stay up-to-date on all the latest information, to share ideas, or ask questions!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mimi at [email protected] or Courtney at [email protected]