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7 (Honest) Reasons I Want to Attend SoFabU on the Road

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#SoFabUOTRSoFabUOTR#SoFabUOTR#SoFabUOTR#SoFabUOTR#SoFabUOTR#SoFabUOTRA few days ago I learned that Social Fabric® is giving away two trips to SoFabU on the Road.

SoFabU on the Road is a unique conference series that allows bloggers to take advantage of face to face educational opportunities to help grow their business.

SoFabU on the Road 2016 provides hands-on, interactive sessions for bloggers to implement what they’re learning on the spot. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with instructors while they work on their site.

The lineup of the SoFabU on the Road events

  • Brooklyn – May 14th
  • Chicago – July 9th
  • Dallas – September 17th
  • LA – Oct 1st


This blog post is my entry  to this contest. Because I visit the Social Fabric® website every. single. day.,  I thought it would be fun to make a cake with their logo.

7 (honest) reasons I want to win a trip to #SoFabU on the  Road in Brooklyn, NY

1. I have NEVER attended a blogger conference. All over the internet people talk about how great  blogger conferences are. I bet they are and I’d  LOVE to see for myself.

2. After three years of blogging, I’d love to connect with like-minded people in person. People who get me and what I do. People who don’t get bored talking about blogging.

3. Inspiration is everything and I am sure there’s an abundance of creativity at blogger conferences. Talking and listening to creative people inspires me and boosts my creativity.

4. Education, education, education. I’m dying to learn from experts. I am ready to give my blog and new look – new theme, new fonts, new pictures, colors, etc. I need some direction on how to do all this on my own. I also need to learn more about SEO, Google Analytics, affiliate links, staging for photos, etc.

5. I love working with Social Fabric ® . When I joined, in January 2015, I had no idea which way was up when it came to sponsored posts. My first campaign came in March 2015 and I remember being terrified.  I struggled with such things as “nofollow” links, drafts, google docs, etc. Luckily, everyone at SoFab was extremely kind and helpful. In 2015, I completed 29 campaigns for Social Fabric.

6. I’m going to be honest, it would be great fun to get away for a few days. Being a single mom doesn’t allow for much “me” time. And because my children’s dad lives on the other side of the country, I truly am a single parent 24/7. This trip would give me an opportunity to re-energize.

7. My tight budget simply does not allow for travel and blogging conference tickets. As much as I would love to do these things,  it’s just not possible.



Even if I don’t win I want to thank Social Fabric ® for giving a “small” blogger the opportunity to grow, learn, and earn income through so many fun campaigns.


About the cake:

My go-to chocolate cake recipe for the past 20 years has been  HERSHEY’S “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. It never disappoints!



Family Portraits

Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 Family2016 This past weekend we celebrated Christy’s 20th birthday. Both girls came home from college and since the weather was absolutely amazing we decided to take a family portrait in our back yard. It was just the four of us plus the two dogs so we used a self timer for many of the photos. Taking family pictures is never easy – and never seem to turn out as planned – but I’m still pretty pleased with how our photographs came out.

Have a great week!




My Advice for 20-Somethings

advice for 20 somethingsA few days ago, I turned 46. For some odd reason I have not warmed up to this number just yet. Which is weird – 44, 45, 46… does it really matter?

As we age, we think about what we could have done better in our younger years. Lately, I’ve thought a lot about my 20s and the things I did and didn’t do.

Every decade in life is important, but I think my 20s were the most eventful years. I traveled the country, went to college, got married and had two of my three children.John Frieda

Looking back, here’s what I have learned. I hope my advice can help a younger generation with everyday life lessons.

1. People will come and go. Don’t look for them to make you happy. A few people will change your life forever.

2. The best things in life are the hardest to achieve. Nothing of value is formed in a minute. There is no such thing as overnight success.

3. Take pride in working hard. If you think you’re working hard, work harder. Talent will only get you so far. Successful people are successful because of their extraordinary work ethic.

4. Get in the habit of exercising. There are no short cuts to good health and a fit body.

5. Watch the alcohol. Liver damage is a real thing.

6. Keep a good credit score. One day you’ll want to own a home.

7. Live within your means. You don’t have to compare yourself to anyone. Don’t try to impress anyone but yourself.

8. Be honest. Be humble. Be kind. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

9. See the best in people. Most of them are good. Have faith in them.

10. Spend money on experiences, not stuff.

11. Travel, and travel lots.

12. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy each step of the way… it really doesn’t last long.

13. There are no guarantees in life. You’ll have good days and bad days. Do your best in each situation.

14. Don’t whine and complain about every single thing in your life. Work with what you’ve got and get your stuff done.

15. Tell people you love what they mean to you while you can. They will be gone someday. You won’t know when.

16. Get lots of sleep – it’s a beautiful thing.

17. Use sunscreen and take good care of your skin. It’ll make all the difference in your 40s.

18. Get rid of your baggage now because marriage will not fix any of your problems. Instead, it will magnify them.

19. Learn to use tools. Learn to cook.

20. Don’t worry if you don’t have it all figured out.