ICE App (In Case of Emergency)


From my friends at Legal Zoom and Donate Life America a FREE App that can save lives.

The ICE App is a free App that provides first responders – paramedics, firefighters, police officers, emergency room personnel, doctors and nurses – with access to critical information that can potentially save a life in the event of an emergency.

I have downloaded this on my phone and encourage those of you who have smart phones to download it too. Especially those people who are related to me… (Dad).

Information stored on the iPhone through ICE App includes:

  • The patient’s name, photograph, date of birth, height and weight
  • Emergency contact names and numbers
  • Medical conditions
  • Blood type
  • Food allergies
  • Medication allergies
  • Current medications
  • The patient’s organ donation preference

The free ICE App can be found in the iPhone Apps Store, or you can visit the Ice-App website.

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Savvy Blogging Twitter Party Tonight!

For those of you who blog have you ever wondered:

What are some best ways to promote my blog through SOCIAL MEDIA?

What suggestions do you have to GROW my blog’s readership?

How do you BALANCE family and blogging?

What advice do you have for MONETIZING on a blog?

What should I CHARGE for advertising space on my site?

Learn the answers to these questions and more tonight from 9-11pm EST at the Savvy Blogging Twitter party. There are great prizes, including American Express Gift Cards, iPod Nano, and a Kindle provided by our awesome sponsors. Just follow the #savvyblogging hashtag and tweet to win. You can find all the details on the Savvy Blogging wesbite.

If you plan on attending, be sure to RSVP for the Savvy Blogging Twitter Party.

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Child’s Apron

My craft cave is finally set up (pictures coming after I clean up the mess) and the projects have begun. Last week I made this adorable child’s apron.

I decided to use button holes and a ribbon for the neck strap. I think it turned out really cute!

Tutorial coming soon, I took pictures, but the lighting is not great so I need to do some editing.

You can find more DIY projects at A Soft Place to Land.

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Take Your Blog to the Next Level

31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Take Your Blog to the Next Level

I am excited to be partnering with Mandi from Organizing Your Way on her 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010. Mandi asked if I would be willing to write about taking your blog to the next level, and since I love to talk about blogging I quickly agreed.

There are many reasons to create a plan for taking your blog to the next level in 2010.

1. Interested in developing online support groups or friendships. If you are the only homeschooler, wheat grinder, Republican, Democrat, or scrapbooker in your local area, creating a blog to promote and discuss your ideas is a great way to connect with like-minded people.

2. Journaling for your children or family members who live in another part of the country or world. A blog can serve as a continuous online letter for loved ones.

3. Creative outlet for writing or photography. Many aspiring writers and photographers start blogs to practice and improve their skills.

4. A blog can be a gateway to a home business. Graphic designers, photographers, organizers, cooks, and crafters can use their blog to help promote their business.

5. Help promote a cause or a ministry. Compassion International is sponsoring several bloggers on a trip to Africa next month. My sister-in-law has used her blog to encourage people to read the Bible in 90 Days.

6. Earn a part-time or full time income. I know several bloggers who have successfully turned their blogs into a business and are able to help support their families through blogging.

While people blog for a variety of reasons, if no one is reading your blog it is hard to achieve the goals I mentioned above. Here are a few things I did to help grow my blog in 2009.

  • Consistent posting. Whether you post once a week or once a day, readers like consistency. If you are a once a week blogger, own it! Some of my favorite bloggers post only a handful of times a month. I look forward to each and every post.
  • Relevant content. While I completely believe you need to be true to yourself, you also need to consider your readers. If people love your recipes consider posting an extra recipe or two each week. If they love your home decorating posts or coupon match-ups, try to make those posts a priority.
  • Easy to read content. Use the enter key! Long paragraphs, centered text, poor spelling and punctuation make posts harder to read. Always preview your post before you publish. If it is hard for you to read, it will most likely be hard for everyone else to read too.
  • Learn a little bit of SEO. I am not suggesting that everyone needs to be an expert, but basic knowledge of how to use keywords, tags, permalinks, anchor text, etc… can put your blog on the first page of the SERP’s.
  • Partner with other bloggers. Teaming up with other bloggers on series, challenges or special projects can significantly increase your readers and subscribers.
  • Guest post on other blogs. A well written guest post on a popular blog might be your big blogging break. Just remember, make your guest post your best post!
  • Become active on social networking sites. By far the biggest boost for me was when I starting using Twitter. Most of the awesome giveaways I have hosted on this site came from connections I made on Twitter that grew into something more.
  • Love what you do. I love blogging. I feel blessed by all the friends I have made over the past few years and really do look forward to every comment, email, tweet, and message I receive. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t do it.

Don’t forget to visit Organizing Your Way, as Mandi shares some of her tips on how to take your blog to the next level in 2010.

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