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Monday, July 3, 2017

Keep it Together

 Cherry Cupcake Birthday Collection
Cherry Cupcake Birthday Party Collection

When online shopping do you ever find it frustrating when you've found an item you want and know that there are other items that match or go with it but have an impossible time trying to locate it. Well that's why Collection pages where introduced at Zazzle. To keep your products organized and easier for customers to find, you can now group them by collection pages.  There are several different ways to do this. 

Store owners can set up pages that display Zazzle products by themes that share a common design like a sunflower garden collection or pink cupcake birthday collection. Another way to display products in a collection is to showcase the same product types like, blue tooth speakers, throw pillows or medical appointment cards. Collection pages can also be set up by Occasions like Baby Showers, Mother's Day or Christmas. So there are lots of ways to use Collections to make shopping easier for your customers. 


Sunflower Garden Patch  Home Collection







Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Apps That Motivate You

Apps or applications as they're called can be both fun and practical. An app is a small software program that is downloaded onto a mobile device such as a tablet, iPhone or computer.  These apps can help you perform tasks and motivate you or your team to work harder. Many of them are designed for fun and games too. 

Over the last few years apps have become extremely popular and new ones are being offered all the time. If you can dream it there is probably an app that has been made for it or someone is working on it.  

You may not even be aware of all of the different types of Apps that are available to you. 

Lifestyle Apps are ones that define your lifestyle.  Fitness, music, travel and food fit into this category.  These are designed to make it easy for you to find that restaurant or look up a song, etc. 

Social Media Apps are a huge business. These include apps like FB, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and so forth. These apps have given people the ability to share everything in their day to day lives if they want too and as we know some do share way too much! 

Cool apps that we like to use for short periods of time might be a Weather app, appointment reminders, the calculator app or simply make use of the flashlight app.  The list goes on. 

The gaming industry has a super large base of app users. So many people like to play games on their mobile devices. It's become a pass time for many when waiting at appointments, standing in lines and just feeling the urge to do something to fill their time. Avid game app users come back time and again to use these apps and the developers love this, so more and more games and entertainment apps are created. 

Apps can be used to help companies run their businesses better. Onenote, Docs, Wallet, are just a small sample of apps that a businesses may use. 


One of my favorite apps that I've recently started using over the last month is a fitness app called Strava.  This is a running and cycling app. I use it to keep track of my cycling work outs. 

The app tracks your activities via GPS marking your starting point to the end of your run or bike ride. A map shows you the exact route that you traveled and shows you stats like your time, meters climbed, how many calories you burned.  It also allows you to compare your stats with others in your network. These can be friends or it will also show the stats of people that you don't know but that may have done the same route as you. It also highlights trophies for you when you repeat a route or section of a run or ride and beat your previous time. This gives you incentive and can motivate you to put in that extra effort. You can share your ride with others and see how you ranked on segments marked by other riders.  I think it's a great motivator and can help push you to do your personal best. Great for those with a little competitive edge.  

There are lots of cool cycling apps to choose from but Strava seems to have most tools that one needs or wants, if you haven't tried a biking app yet and you need a little push to get off that couch this could help boost your fitness and give you the motivation you need to keep moving.  

Here is a sample of one of my bike rides using Strava to track it. 




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Upcycle and Use Your Creativity

Upcycling is a term that means turning your unwanted or unused items into products of better quality. The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of them. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. It's essentially re-purposing an old or unused item into something useful again.  

Developing countries around the world having been doing this for years. They use old wrappings from packaging in new ways. They reuse clothing for other purposes and find interesting uses for many natural resources around them. 

With sites like Etsy and Pinterest we can see that 'upcycling' and 'repurposing' are terms that are used constantly with DIYers and home decorators. After all it is fun to take an old piece or unused item that you may have just sent to a second hand store be turned into a something useful again. 

Onto my little project. Years ago when I was into tole painting, I painted this wooden box that I used to keep loose photographs in. It was an old cutlery box to begin with. The inside is all padded. I had stained it and painted the top with a pretty floral picture.  Recently as I was cleaning out a few things I came across the box and thought I might repaint it and give it a more modern look. I left the stain on it and just taped off some lines and spray painted it with black and then silver stripes, nothing fancy just a little more mod. I can still use it to hold pictures if I like or I could use it to keep some of my  jewelry organized. That sounds like a good idea for it.  Here is the before and after pictures. 




Well maybe this will inspire you to think of another use for something before you decide to get rid of it. Why not, little projects are fun to do.  Stay creative! :-)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Travel Moment Treasures

If you are blessed to be able to travel a few times a year or more for pleasure I'm sure that you have taken plenty of pictures to capture those special travel moments. With so many of us having mobile phones with the camera at our fingertips along with endless storage to take and save hundreds of pictures it's the easiest thing to do these days. However, most people just let those pictures sit on there phone or eventually dump them onto their computer and hardly ever view or share them with others. This is kind of sad. 




There are some great ways to display or share those great travel pictures that you've taken and I'll tell you a few right here. 

When my husband and I go on a big trip which we have been doing for the last six or so years, once I am home, I sort through our trip pictures and create a book of each trip online. I choose pictures from those that I have taken as well as my husbands pictures. It's a lot of fun placing and arranging the photos and coming up with captions for them. Once I am happy with how each page looks I then have the book printed as a hard copy. It's great because you can choose the pictures that you love and use the one's that represent things you really want to share or remember from your trip. These make fabulous coffee table books and are easy to show your friends and family without over whelming them with your hundreds of pictures. There are lots of online sites where you can create these travel books. You can choose from a variety of book sizes too. I believe I used Photobook for these ones. 






Another way to display your photos are to have one or two of your favorites printed and framed. You can choose the size you want for a picture frame, canvas print, posters or calendars or even have them put on coffee mugs. I think they make great gifts too! So many fun ideas and you'll love to be reminded of your trips this way.  

Well I hope this inspires you to do something fun with your travel pictures, make memories to share and remember often. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top Five Things To Do in Kona Hawaii

Well I just got home from a wonderful holiday in Kona, Hawaii! If you need relaxation, love exploring and awesome adventures then this is a place you'll want to visit. This was the first time my husband and I traveled and stayed in an AirBNB with friends. We all got along great, shared some fun experiences together and created memories that will last a lifetime.  

Here are my top 5 things you should plan on doing if you visit the Island of Kona, Hawaii.

1) Bike tour through the lava fields. In our group there was about 12 of us. We were shuttled in a van to the starting point to get fitted on our bikes and test them out by our driver named 'Pretty' and our tour guide Mikey! We rode in total 15 miles. We rode up and down hills and stopped at a scenic spot high above the ocean where we ate lunch that was provided by the tour. We got to walk through a lava tube and take some great pictures along the way.  If you enjoy biking and the outdoors and want to see the lava craters this is a fun way to do it. 




2) Kayaking with a guide. We did a 2 hour kayaking tour on the ocean with our guide named Happy. He told us his Hawaiian name too but it was a little harder to say. A beautiful way to see some interesting sites along the ocean shore. Caves to explore if the ocean swells are cooperating if not you will just stop in front of them and the guide will tell you some interesting stories. It was a bit of a workout as we encountered white caps and big waves that we had to work our way through. Our guide just let us take it easy and go at whatever pace worked for us. All in all it was a fun experience. 




3) Coffee Roasting Tour at Ueshima Coffee Company. If you love coffee you've got to do this. We learned how coffee is roasted to make the various strengths and types. My husband and I made French Roast and Italian Roast. Our friends made 'Full City and French Roast. This was a hands on experience and we each received 2 packages of coffee with our own personalized label and photo on it. Makes a great gift or just something special for yourself.  I definitely recommend this for a fun experience. The roast master was a very sweet lady and explained everything very well. 



4) Snorkeling, body boarding and wave jumping are all a lot of fun if you love to play in the warm ocean. Body boarding wasn't quite for me as the first time I tried I got thrown off rather violently by the waves, my friend and I decided we would just jump and play in the waves and it was just as much fun.  We saw all kinds of fish and even sea turtles. The beach and sun were very hot so we were in the ocean a lot.  





5) Botanical Gardens are amazing to visit. A great landscape of tropical plants, trees and flowers. A unique variety that you don't see everyday. Lots of walking and picturing taking.  





Well that's my list of 5 great things to do in Kona, Hawaii! We also
spent lots of time eating delicious food and visiting some great outdoor markets as well as unique shops and galleries. No lack of things to do here. 

Aloha! 




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quick Tips For Starting a Business


Everyone at some time or other likely has dreams of starting a business, working from home and being your own boss. Sounds pretty good, right. Actually it is no free ride, you still have to work hard, put in the time and hours necessary to keep things flowing and you become very creative at juggling and learning how to grow your business. Once you've decided you're willing to put in that time and energy and have a passion for what you're doing then it's time to get things rolling. 
Hopefully you've done all your prep work and market research at this point and have set up a game plan. There are few businesses that can be started without effort and money. So be sure you have a budget set up for start up costs, even a small will get you going! So now assuming you've done all your paperwork and are working hard at your business there are a few things that you'll always be doing to propel your business into the future and stay on top of things. 

1) Continual market research

2) Revisit your business plan often

3) Revise goals, small and large

4) Be prepared for bumps in the road but find ways to overcome them (entrepreneurs weren't built in a day)

5) You'll need a url and website, business whether brick and mortar or online really can't survive without one

6) Sell, sell and sell some more

7) Try new marketing techniques and methods as what may work for some businesses may not work for others

8) Business cards still work, always have them ready to give out

    Baking Theme Business Card Collection, Ready to Customize








Saturday, April 8, 2017

How To Get Targeted Traffic To Your Websites

Everyone wants to find reliable sites that can bring that targeted traffic to your own website. I know there are a lot of websites that claim to send free targeted traffic to your page but I also know from past experience that to get the right targeted traffic you're going to need to invest some money. Now I'm not talking about thousands or even hundreds of dollars here but if you can put aside even a small amount for your marketing budget, even as low as $50 is a good place to start. 

I want to share with you two traffic sites that I am using and believe that they are working to bring the right traffic to my site.  

The first one is called 'Rebrandable Traffic'  

1. Add a Campaign, create a destination url, enter the visit limiter (when to shut off your campaign) enter keywords, click type of traffic you want to view your site, click save campaign. (very simple process)

2. Purchase credits through 'Credit Store', follow the prompts through Paypal, in minutes they show up in your account and you can then apply them to a campaign. 

3. Turn on your Campaign. When it runs out of credits it will automatically turn off. 

Sounds pretty easy, hey! With Rebrandable Traffic you can track you campaigns and there is also an option to resell your traffic. Another little perk you might enjoy.  The traffic packages often go on sale and this is the best time to purchase them to get the most value for your money. I have bought 1000 credits for as low as $2.50 so watch for the deals. Join Rebrandable Traffic here and start seeing your business grow. 

The second Traffic Website is called 'Kris Clicks' 

This site is just over a week old so still in the early stages. I just signed up yesterday and began using it to drive traffic to my shop.  This site is different in that it places your banner ads on already established partner traffic sites and networks to bring visitors to your website.  They over a great 25% commission on referrals. Adding another way for you to increase your earnings. For a time, first time users receive 100 free credits to get started but I'm not sure how long this promo is on. Go here to sign up and start sending visitors to your website now. Without targeted visitors your site can't grow and you cannot make the money you deserve.