Bi Annual Blogathon Bash Kickoff

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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 ( and How Was Your Day? ( 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 Giveaway Hop – Signups Now Open!

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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?