Feb 212018

Many bloggers would love to have more traffic arriving to their blog from Pinterest. The fact of the matter is that Pinterest has a high ranking with Google search engines. The reason we all know this is because when you’re doing a search on Google more often than not within that first few results you will see a link to Pinterest. This means Pinterest truly ranks high in search engines and as a blogger, you must learn how to take advantage of that status. Today I am going to share how to boost your blog using Pinterest.

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The first step as with anything you do online is to make sure you have access to the most extensive analytics possible. Signing up to have a Pinterest business account will open the doors to having ample analytics to ensure you are measuring the reach of your adjustments to boost your blog using Pinterest. Continue reading »

Mar 012017

Creating and maintaining social media profiles matters when it comes to ensuring you keep your blog awesome and running smoothly. The most recent hottest place for bloggers to promote their content is Instagram. Many struggle with trying to find a way to grow their Instagram following though, and that’s why I have written this post today. I want to share 5 ways to grow your Instagram following so that you can succeed in having another social media platform that works to promote your content.

Play on Emotions

People love to have their emotions played with and no I don’t mean this in a bad way. Photos that you share on Instagram should hit an emotion of some sort so that people will click that little follow button and keep up with your Instagram account. People are usually driven to follow someone on Instagram if the following emotional responses are triggered:

  • Ability to relate to the photo and caption provided.
  • Desire to leave a comment with their opinion on the topic.
  • Compassion to follow you along on your journey.

While there are many emotions you can play on when it comes to human beings, be certain that you try your best to tug on the right emotions. If you want to grow your Instagram following then you need to play on positive emotions of empathy, compassion, happiness and memories. Continue reading »

Aug 222016

Tips to Improve Interaction on Twitter

Twitters’ true value is engagement, while sure the search engines index it and you will have a Google Page Rank for your Twitter profile, without interaction you are wasting your marketing time. It is super easy to get intertwined with Twitter and being a broadcaster. When you have blog posts scheduled to go out live, content to get out there on a regular and your feed is full of information, you are half way there to improving interaction on Twitter.

Getting the content out there is not as tedious as working to improve interaction; after all you want your followers to engage with you because it reaches a wider range of viewers. When someone @ replies to you, their followers get to see your name and read the conversation. Having that interaction with people on Twitter helps to build your online brand, personal character and shows that you are a real person seeking to engage with others.

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As a blogger on Twitter, it’s all about building the person behind the brand because people want to follow bloggers who keep it real, are approachable and maintain a loyal interaction online. If you are seeking to improve interaction on Twitter, then please follow the below tips to ensure your interaction increases on a steady basis: Continue reading »

Jun 222015

5 Small Blogging Tips That Are Just Good To Know - massholemommy.com

In the blogging world there are so many dos and dont’s. Some of which we don’t all know right off the bat – so it’s great to search before you do something if you aren’t sure but it’s also great to ask a fellow blogger their opinion. I have been blogging since I was 11 (I’m turning 30 in July, so you can do the math!) and I’m still learning as I go along….

But, I’ve also been helping a few fellow bloggers on the side. I don’t claim to know everything because I don’t and I’m still learning myself, but the things I have learned along the way I really strongly feel other bloggers should know, and the sooner the better… So, I’m sharing them with you today.

NOFOLLOW. When you are posting links make sure to always do NOFOLLOW posts if you want google to rank your blog. This is so important. It’s the best advice I ever got a few years back, and tell anyone I help with blogs – always use nofollow. If you don’t know what that means, or what the consequences are – please look it up. I’ve had quite a few people approach me to work with me but ask to use dofollow links (opposite of nofollow) and I’ve had to decline because I can’t risk my website. I won’t risk my website. Continue reading »

Mar 192015

**Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz  #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger, I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living.   I was provided a device at no charge and compensation for my participation.  There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback.   All opinions are my own.

It’s that time of  year again, folks.  Two words: spring cleaning.  None of us love it, but it’s a necessary evil.  And, honestly, don’t you feel good when you’re little piece of the world is all spic & span?  I know I do, even though it usually only lasts for a couple of days (if that).

Off topic a little bit for a second, but a few weeks back I got a Droid.  I’ve always been an Apple girl, so I have been spending the last few weeks getting acquainted with my new phone.  A few weeks ago, I was sitting on my couch playing around with my new phone, a dust bunny rolled by.  Eventually I got up to pick the big old dust bunny up and throw it away, but before I did,  I thought to myself, “I need to make this phone work for me.”  And I did.

I decided to go into Google Play and search for apps that were going to make my life easier and help me get my house in tip top shape. I narrowed it down to seven of them, actually.  Here they are (in no particular order).

1. Spring Cleaning Checklist

This is a free app that has spring cleaning checklists for every room in your house.

Spring Cleaning Checklist App

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Mar 112015

**This is a sponsored post on behalf of  Pica Books.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

I feel like I have one of the pickiest eaters in the entire world sometimes. My seven year old would literally live on sting cheese, lollipops and goldfish crackers if I would let him. Seriously.  I honestly have no idea how he sustains himself sometimes because his eating is so erratic and unhealthy.  Not long ago I posted some of my best tips for dealing with picky eaters, but recently a new tool has come to my attention and I wanted to share it with you today.

It’s called the Pica Food App!

pica food logo

Pica Food is just one of Pica Book’s interactive animated educational books and games for your kid and a 10-minute expert advice video for you parents! Read, listen and play with your kid!

Learn together how you can encourage your child to transform an unhealthy menu into a healthy one, and receive a personalized diploma for your kid saying he is all grown up, and knows how to eat right to stay healthy and strong. You can share the diploma with your family and friends! Continue reading »

Apr 202014

As you may already know, I am currently in San Diego, so my family will be celebrating Easter west coast style.  We are actually off to LegoLand today with my in-laws who live out here.  We celebrated with our family back at home last week, so this is technically our second Easter.

Anyhow, I saw some of these funnies floating around on Facebook over the past week or so & wanted to share them with you:


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Apr 032014

Have you ever wondered what the going rate for a babysitter is?  I have.

Back in my day when I used to babysit, I think I cleared $3 or $4 and hour and if anyone offered me more than that – it was like I had hit the lottery.  I remember babysitting one New Years Eve for nice couple that had three kids under the age of five.   The kids were all asleep by the time I got there, so all I had to do was sit there and hang out with Dick Clark.  When they got home around 1 am (a little more than a little tipsy) and the mother handed me a $50 bill as my payment, I’m pretty sure I cried a few tears of joy.

When my kids were younger, I always had family (either my mother or my sister) babysit.  I mean, it doesn’t get much better than free, right?  But now my sister is married & living north of Boston with her new husband and mother is in failing health & can’t handle them like she used to, so I have been starting to explore my options.

I truly had no idea how much a sitter would cost these days, so I did a little crowdsourcing and polled some people on my Facebook page. Continue reading »

Jan 192014

Do you love Instagram as much as I do?  I swear, I am always over there posting pictures of one thing or another.  Often times, I share the pictues on Twitter or Facebook, but not always.  It depends on my mood. Here’s a little peek at a few of the things that have been going on with me over on Instagram recently.

I snapped this picture of Milo sporting his winter coat out at the bus stop one morning.  Isn’t he adorbs?


Chris and I had a date night down at the Fire House Theater in Newport.  We took in a hilarious improv comedy show by the Bit Players. Continue reading »

Oct 212013

There are all sorts of things that I see going on over on Facebook that really make me scratch my head.  You know, those absurd chain status updates or a friend request from a complete stranger.   So, I took it upon myself to make up a list of ten things that not only completely annoy me, but probably the majority of the general public, too.  Let me clarify – these “don’ts” that I’m going to list apply to personal Facebook pages – not Facebook Fan pages.


1.  Don’t send me a friend request if you don’t actually know me.  Facebook isn’t about networking (at least for the majority of people on there) – it’s about reconnecting.  Why would I want a complete stranger to know what I’m up to or have the right to see pictures of my children?  Sure, I put my kids faces on here, but you guys don’t get to see everything….some stuff is for Facebook friends only. So if you don’t know me in real life or at least talk to me on a regular basis through other forms of social media, save your energy because I’m never going to add you as a friend.

2.  If I have met you or should know you somehow, but for some reason I don’t recognize your name and your profile picture is a photo of your dog (and not your face) – you’re not going to be my friend on Facebook.  Even if we do have friends in common. Continue reading »

Aug 132013

Are you on Twitter? If you’re a blogger, you should be. Even if you’re not, you should be. It’s a great way to get to know new people, whether they’re from your local area – or the other side of the world.  Not only that, Twitter is a great tool for sharing your blog posts with the world, so if you blog and you’re not on Twitter, check it out. I was actually on Twitter before I started my blog and it was because of some of the amazing people I met on Twitter that inspired me to start writing.

Granted, there is not necessarily a “correct” way to use twitter, however there are definitley some shenanigans that go on over on Twitter which drive me absolutley bonkers.  And that prompted me to make this handy dandy list of some Twitter Don’ts….and Do’s.

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Jul 302013

twitterSome of you already know, but I twit on a regular basis and I’ve met some truly amazing people through using Twitter.   Although most of the people I haven’t had the good fortune to meet in real life….a few of them I actually have and I know for a fact that a few of them are going to be friends for life.   And it’s all thanks to “The Twitta”.

With a few exceptions, I am on Twitter pretty much every day.   Some days I twit more than others, but I do check it regularly. Since I’m on there so much, there are a few trends that I’ve noticed and of course, I am going to share some of my observations with you today.

1.  Sometimes it’s difficult to tell in a 73×73 sized image what people actually look like.  It hasn’t happened to me often, but on a few occasions I’ve clicked on someones avatar so that I could put a face with a name and BAM – I was confronted with a much fuglier face than I expected.

2.  Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough SoYouHaveToCombineWordsSometimesToFitYourEntireMessage.  I know I could use Twit Longer or a service like that, but all the extra clicks put a strain on my wrist muscles.  It’s much easier to cram everything together, don’t you think?

3.  For a lot of people, English ain’t their first language.  Or maybe it is, but they don’t know how to use it correctly.  We all know how I feel about proper grammar, punctuation oh and ain’t isn’t a word. Continue reading »

Jun 132013

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or what, but lately I’ve had absolutely NO patience for people who post stupid crap on Facebook.  Luckily for people like me, who don’t have the tolerance for stupid status updates, Facebook lets us hide said stupid people’s garbage.  Right now, I think I have about a dozen people whose statuses I still see in my feed because of all the nonsense.  Ok, fine, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’ve been on a major hiding spree lately and I’ve cleaned up my feed quite a bit.

If you post things like this, you’re going to get hidden:

1.  You constantly post pictures of your meals.  I get that once in a while you eat something that’s awesome enough that it’s worthy of a photo, but if there is more than one picture of something you’re about to put into your tummy per day – it’s too much.

2.  You take pictures of yourself in the bathroom mirror.  Doing it once is bad enough, but if you’ve done it more than one time in your life, it makes you a complete douche and I know for a fact that I’m not the only person who could care less about seeing them.

bathroom mirror pics

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Dec 152011

Some of you already know, but I twit on a regular basis and I’ve met some truly amazing people through using Twitter.   Although most of the people I haven’t had the good fortune to meet in real life….yet, a few of them I have and I know for a fact that a few of them are going to be friends for life.   And it’s all thanks to “The Twitta”.

With a few exceptions, I am on Twitter pretty much every day.   Some days I twit more than others, but I do check it regularly.  Remember my list of Twitter Do’s and Don’ts that I wrote up a few months ago?  Well, since I’m on there so much, there are a few trends that I’ve noticed and of course, I am going to share some of my observations with you today.

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Nov 012011

As a blogger I love it when people actually take the time to read my posts.  When I first started writing, I knew exactly where I wanted to take my blog and I’m lucky that so far it’s been playing out the way I had hoped it would.  But we all know that part of getting people to come over to read your blog is to stop by other people’s blogs & leave them a comment to let them know you were there.  I have my regular blogs that I read daily, but in addition to that, I read through tons of  other blogs.  I’m not saying that my blog is the best blog ever (well ok, I think it is), but if you’re wondering why I’ve stopped visiting your site, this is probably why:

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Sep 022011

I love getting comments on my blog.  Who doesn’t? It makes my day if I check my WordPress app on my iPhone while I’m out and about and there are a bunch of new comments on my posts.  It’s really, really nice to know that people take the time to read whatever I’m rambling about on any given day and it’s a huge compliment when takes the time to leave a comment.

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Aug 172011

If you’re a blogger, you probably use Google Analytics to check your stats from time to time.  If you’re unfamilar with Google Analytics, it’s a site – powered by Google, that keeps track of how your website is doing.  It tracks things like how many people visit your site, how long they actually spend on the site and some of the keywords they type (into Google) to find your site.

Here’s what it looks like (and no, that is not my page):

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Jun 242011
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. ~ Benjamin Franklin

I’m always right.  And now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s carry on – shall we?

I love writing.  I really do.  Sharing my stories, adventures and opinions on things with everyone truly makes me happy.  But when it comes to something like blogging, I’ve come to realize that it just simply isn’t possible to please everyone all of the time.   It’s just not. In real life, I’m the type of person that blurts out what I’m thinking before I have a chance to think about it – it’s just the way I’m wired.  Basically my point is that I get plenty of criticism, both in real life and here online.  Everyone has their own opinions and of course, they are entitled to them. 

Criticism is just a part of life.

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