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We All Have Our “Quirks”

Posted on by Crystal in MUDDies | 2 Comments

I think and do some weird shit. I admit it. For instance, I use K-cups twice. The second time around might yield a weaker cup of coffee, but I still get a good fix off a slightly used K-cup. Plus, it saves money. That’s always a good thing, right? Here are some other weird things I think and do, see if you can relate (and don’t be shy – comment and let us know!)… Read more

Finding Success as a Mommy Blogger

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Recently I’ve been speaking with a handful of successful mommy (and daddy) bloggers about how they achieved building strong readership and, for lack of a better term, brand recognition. A theme has definitely emerged – each blogger found one thing that united or excited the people of their individual communities and ran with it. For a few, this was a special cause or charity they established. For others, it was an ongoing story centered around a specific theme, like moms who wear high heels, or topic, like adoption. Most started blogging without any intended purpose – they just wanted to share their crazy lives with others. They didn’t expect to achieve anything too significant and they certainly never thought they would be considered among the most influential bloggers in the world. It was that one thing that made all the difference – transforming each of them from unknown blogger to rock star blogger. Some did it in as little as a few months, others it took years. But each has achieved something great.

All of this chatter and excitement has caused me to reflect on my own mommy blogging efforts, which I began almost two months ago (not a first-time blogger). Read more

Daddy’s Back-to-Work, It’s Chick Time!

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For the past 8 months, Nick has been a stay-at-home dad taking care of Aless (and just about everything else) so I could work-from-home successfully. Like many who have traveled down this road, Nick realized about a month ago that being home all the time was driving him bonkers. Stark raving mad (I can testify)! So today, he officially started his new “away-from-home” job.

I have mixed emotions. Read more

Stonewall Kitchen: Great Products for Busy Moms

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | Leave a comment

I mentioned in a previous post that I recently placed second in a Pinterest contest winning a gift certificate to Stonewall Kitchen. If you’ve never heard of Stonewall Kitchen before, let me just say, it’s to die for! This purveyor of specialty foods got its start at a local farmer’s market. Today, the company has 9 stores throughout New England and is featured in retail establishments nationwide. And I happen to love their products! Read more

How Mommy Bloggers Can Use LinkedIn

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 28 Comments

Think LinkedIn is all about showing off your resume and qualifications or simply a tool for performing a job search? Think again. LinkedIn is actually a very beneficial tool for mommy bloggers and can be an incredible resource for your blog. Considered the ultimate B2B social networking platform, I use it extensively for my social media clients and believe it is one of the most effective drivers of leads, traffic and referrals (when used correctly).

Now you might be cringing at the thought of adding yet another social media platform to your efforts. I promise you will not be disappointed. Thankfully, once set up, LinkedIn requires less time and effort than maintaining a Facebook page or keeping up with Twitter.

Here are a few reasons you want to be on LinkedIn: Read more

Things you might not know about me

Posted on by Crystal in MUDDies | Leave a comment

I have writer’s block today. Total shut off of the brain to keyboard valves. Basically, I can’t  write a blog post to save my ass. Since I can’t write anything meaningful, I’ll share with you some things you might not know about me: Read more

Old-Time Fried Cakes Recipe

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Still digging into the old recipe tin I found stashed in a moving tote. Another gem turned up, again in my grandmother’s handwriting, a recipe for “Fried Cakes.” I had to improvise because I think she assumed we would all know how to whip these up. Enjoy! Read more

Are you a tattooed mommy?

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A few years ago, I got a tattoo on the back of my upper right shoulder. That’s right. I’m a tattooed mommy. And I don’t regret it. I gave years of consideration and thought to whether or not I wanted to forever mark my body and when I decided I did, gave it years more thought as to what graphic representation I wanted. Read more