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Hoover Cordless 2-In-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum Rocks!

My friend Lydia’s husband and Grasshopper and Sensei‘s art teacher’s husband are both Industrial Designers who have worked on vacuum products. Turns out that they have worked together too!  What a small world!

Industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production.

When I saw Lydia’s husband last week at a dinner party, I asked him what does it take to design a really good vacuum? An industrial designer is an interesting job; it’s part designer, part sculptor and part mechanical engineer. Industrial designers design a wide range of products from cars to package design to consumer products like coffee machines, vacuums, blenders and space heaters.
Hoover Cordless 2-In-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum Rocks!

What does it take to design a great vacuum? Industrial designers work with marketing and market researchers to find out what consumers want and then they try to deliver. What do I want? It’s pretty simple because I hate vacuuming more than any other cleaning job in the world:

  • I want a cordless vacuum because I am forever running over the cord or pulling it out of electrical socket, both actions being very bad for my vacuum.
  • I want a vacuum that can pick up the massive amount of Golden Retriever dog fur that my dog contributes to our household without causing my vacuum cardiac arrest.
  • I still need a portable, handheld vacuum for quick pick up like when my kids spill cereal all over the floor.
  • I want my vacuum to live a good, long and productive life.
  • I don’t want my vacuum to be heavy because I need to carry it up and down stairs and even vacuum the stairs while I’m at it!

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Gifts that Give Back, a series with Craftwhack

Gifts that Give Back

Jeanette Nyberg of Craftwhack and I have teamed up again to bring you a holiday shopping series.

November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (HersMine) (Last year’s: HersMine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids  (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: HersMine)

Today, we bring you Gifts That Give Back!

I like to have my kids think about giving back as we near the holidays. I read that teaching kids gratitude is the best way to assure that they will be happy.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power. From Harvard Health Publications

Last year, I tried my hand at crafts (which I am bad at) and created a DIY Advent Gratitude Calendar in which my family tried to do an act of kindness as we counted down towards Christmas.

DIY Gratitude Advent Calendar

If you need Random Acts of Kindness ideas, I researched them in order to do 48 for my birthday.

RAK, Random Acts of Kindness

Thankfulness, in our house, also includes Thank You notes and I have a free Thank You Card printable for kids that I hope makes note writing less onerous.

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Visiting Plymouth for Aunt Jemima® Griddle Melts™

Visiting Plymouth for Aunt Jemima® Griddle Melts™

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aunt Jemima®. The opinions and text are all mine.

My kids like a hot breakfast but I rarely wake up in time to cook for them before school. On the weekends, before their soccer games, it can also be mad scramble to get ready which means that I can not pull off a hot breakfast for them. This last weekend, my daughter had a soccer game down in Plymouth, the oldest city in the world.

Visiting Plymouth for Aunt Jemima® Griddle Melts™We love the city of Plymouth. We’ve gone there for vacation and it’s always a fun school field trip to Plimoth Plantation to learn about the Pilgrims, the Native Americans, and the Mayflower. Plymouth is also home to a huge Walmart where we went to buy Aunt Jemima® Griddle Melts™. Read more…

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What Not to Do To Get Traffic to Your Blog #InfluencerMarketing

I remember when I started my blog about seven years ago. I wrote a few posts and then sent it to friends and family via email and Facebook. That got me a pop of traffic but then what? How do you get readers?! The kind of readers that come back day after day. It’s an addicting quest and I’ve made many mistakes on this journey of If You Build It, They Will Come. Let me share my most spectacular mistakes with you!

How To Get Traffic for Your Blog

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Permalink Nightmare

If you are like me and you set up your blog in ignorance, you might not even know what a permalink is. I didn’t. My WordPress blog template had a default permalink setting (that’s the link that is created for each post) that used numbers. I never really thought about my permalink. It was just there.

But then I took an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) class and I learned that the permalink IF IT HAS WORDS SUCH AS THE WORDS IN YOUR TITLE can generate traffic from search engine queries. But, of course, mine had numbers. So I just switched it on the back-end of my blog so that my permalink used the title of my post.

Disaster!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TapInfluence, the leader in connecting influencers with opportunities to collaborate with brands.


Goosebumps Movie Book

Goosebumps Movie Activities from Scholastic!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Scholastic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Do you like scary movies? I get so scared that I can’t watch them, but my kids are braver than I am! I did see the trailer for Goosebumps at the last movie that I went to and I loved that it was about all the Goosebumps books! This big-screen adventure is based on the Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine, with R.L. Stine played by none other than Jack Black.

Goosebumps Movie for Halloween

Of course, capturing the monsters from the Goosebumps books that come alive will take some know how. Reading the books will help!

I love that Scholastic has collaborated with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation on this movie. Families can celebrate Halloween by seeing the Goosebumps movie in theatres and checking out all kinds of movie tie-ins they’ve created! Read more…

Win Trip to THE GOOD DINOSAUR Movie Premier

Win Trip to THE GOOD DINOSAUR Movie Premier

You and Your Child Can Win a Prehistoric Adventure!

Sun-Maid is collaborating with Disney Pixar to celebrate their new film, The Good Dinosaur, in theaters November 25th and healthy snacking with Sun-Maid Raisins.

Sun Maid Raisins and The Good Dinosaur

Feed Your Little Dinosaur a Healthy Snack This Thanksgiving and Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to the Premiere of The Good Dinosaur. Read more…

Allergy Friendly Frozen Treats: Perfectly Free® Desserts

Allergy Friendly Frozen Treats: Perfectly Free® Desserts

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Incredible Innovations®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Does your child have food allergies or do you know someone who does? I know moms who bake special cupcakes and treats to pack for their child when they go to birthday parties.

Perfectly Free frozen desserts

It takes some planning to have a treat tucked away when you need it so I was glad to learn about Perfectly Free® Desserts which are allergy friendly frozen treats.

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Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Do you not know what to give your teacher for this holiday season? Are you not allowed to give your teacher a gift like I am, except if it is for the classroom? I am excited about this great giveaway that you can win for your teacher!

griffin technology PowerDock 5 charging station Tech the Halls

It’s easy. Just have your kids kids write a short 3-5 sentence essay about why their teacher deserves to win a gift basket full of Griffin products for his or her classroom. Leave this as a comment below. I will choose the most moving essay to win this Tech the Halls package. Read more…

This Duck Wears Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month #ThisDuckWearsPink

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWellDid you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? I got the best Christmas present last year. My mother, who was then 91-years-old was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer last fall. She went through a myriad of tests. Just when I was trying to figure out how to arrange a trip to California to help out, my mom called me. Her final tests showed that the growth was pre-cancerous and did not require surgery. Instead, they put her back on hormone treatment.

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

October is a good time to learn more about breast cancer. Did you know … Read more…