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Thankful Thursday: Achoo!


I’m hanging out with a box of tissues. I’m going on day three of Sinus Infection Fest 2013. I sound a lot worse than I feel (thank goodness), but, because I need to spend my night resting up, I’m going to keep this week’s Thankful Thursday short and sweet.

I’m thankful for:


Photo By: Paula. I chose it because it looks lovely.

My health. I usually get sick 2-3 times a year, with 2 out of the 3 being sinus infections. All things considered, I think that’s pretty good.

Photo By: Joseph Isip

Wisdom. Having the wisdom to know when to let go, when to move on, and when to just accept things as the way they are.

Photo By: Steph The

Lemonade. After a few days of not being able to taste much, taking a sip was magic.


Thankful Thursday: ‘Merica

Happy Independence Day to all!


Normally, for Thankful Thursday, I’d just post about three things I appreciate, but today, I’ll be doing four. The first one, and the most important one, is my country. Although our world is complicated and nothing is perfect, I feel thankful for being an American and I’m looking forward to celebrating our nation’s independence today with good friends and family. It’s a special gift – time with those you love – that no election and no political debate can ever overshadow. I’m thankful for the little freedoms I enjoy every day – so, just for today, let’s put aside the political nonsense and just celebrate our heritage as Americans and spend time with those we love. And watch fireworks.

I’m also thankful for:

Blooming Buddha Soap

Fanciful Fox soaps. I love them, but especially Blooming Buddha. I’m also really loving Itchy Legs bars (for ridding summertime leg shaving irritation) and their Clean Mug Face Soap. My skin looks and feels fantastic, plus, they’re 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and made right in Scranton. Please stop into their shop on Adams Ave (give them a like on Facebook, t0o!). You’ll fall in love like I did! <3 (P.S. Support small business always!)



Ology All Purpose Cleaner

Ology All Purpose Cleaner in Lemon & Lavender. This has become my new favorite kitchen cleaner. It smells fantastic and just leaves me feeling cheery.


You are what you eat.

You know what they say.

Fresh produce from Farmer Jon. Brent and I joined a CSA this summer and the produce has been spectacular. Lots of fresh greens, radishes, green onions, and last week, cherries!


What LinkedIn is Not

Photo By: Abigail Frances

In the past two weeks, I’ve experienced some frustration. When I’ve logged into LinkedIn to endorse friends for their talents, update a few things, and generally keep informed of things happening in my industry, I’ve also had to encounter those who weren’t using the network the way they should. This happens on all social networks, but, I feel strongly enough about this to post something.

LinkedIn, in my opinion, is not the place to:

  • Start introductions with phrases like, “Hey, nice profile pic.”
  • Spam the hell out of your services.
  • Post long winded rants about your personal life.

Hey, I get it. Like Facebook, LinkedIn is to some degree about creeping, but don’t be a for real creeper , please? This isn’t a dating site. I’d really like it if wouldn’t use it as such.

Please, don't be a creeper on LinkedIn.

I repeat: Please, don’t be a creeper on LinkedIn.

I also understand that you want to promote yourself. That’s fine too – but use the 12:1 ratio or similar.


As for personal stuff, leave it somewhere else.  Be mindful that what you post, whether on LinkedIn or any other network, can and will be seen.  Better yet, if you’re upset about something, pick up the phone and talk to a friend. Go for a walk to blow off some steam. You’re always on and how you conduct yourself is a reflection of who you are to the world.

If I know you, have met you in person or on social media, or have a connection in common, fine, I’ll add you to my network. If I don’t, don’t take it personally. I just don’t know who you are in any capacity yet – and I’m not about to respond favorably to any sort of baiting of flirtation.

For the sweet, sweet love of personal branding, please (oh, pretty please) at least try to use LinkedIn in the way that it was designed.



Thankful Thursday: Chuckle

Today, I’m thankful for:


Photo By: michellengwafon


Tina Fey. There may not be a cooler lady out there right now. She’s besties with Amy Poehler (another favorite funny gal), she has her own Greek frozen yogurt flavor, and her creation of Liz Lemon has enriched life as we know it. Tina, I’d love to meet you. I share Liz’s love of hard cheeses, too. Well, all food, really.

(P.S. Brent is pretty sure that I’m Liz Lemon. No, really. I’m guilty of night cheese and wearing a bathing suit as acceptable underwear.)


Photo By: RA

The Oatmeal. When I have a bad day, I can spend a few minutes on The Oatmeal and laugh. Bears. Dinosaurs. Cats. GODDAMN MANTIS SHRIMP. Just awesome.


Photo By: rowena_g_pelayo

Kittens. If I could, I would have one with me at all times. They’re just so darn cute and fluffy!


It’s BlogCon Kick Off Party Time!

NEPA BlogCon Kick Off Party

Summertime is a pretty great season in NEPA. There are festivals pretty much every weekend, county fairs, and of course, nice weather!

But one of the things I love about summer is the start of what I like to think of as BlogCon season.

Last year, three amazing women and I planned NEPA’s first blogging and social media conference, NEPA BlogCon. We brought together more than 120 bloggers, tech types, students, and professionals to connect with and learn from each other in an all-day event that included a keynote by Gala Darling and presentations from Kris Jones, Shenee Howard, and many more talented pros.

We started the journey in the spring of 2012, hatching a plan to bring NEPA out of the technological dark ages (we hope it’s working!). After nights of Google Hangouts and plenty of email, we built a brand, started promoting, and organized a Launch Party for our website at The River Grille. After that, it was a summer of bloggy goodness.  It was a blast – and now, we’re returning to the River Grille to do it all again.

Tonight at 6:00 p.m., the Fearsome Foursome (a.k.a. Karla Porter, Michelle Hryvnak-Davies, Leslie Stewart, and I) will be hosting the NEPA BlogCon 2013 Kick Off Party to kickstart BlogCon season with aplomb. We’ll be hosting giveaways, mixing and mingling with all of you fabulous folks, and offering up free appetizers, thanks to our awesome party sponsor and location, The River Grille.

I’d love for you to come out and say “hello!” to us tonight and see what we’re all about. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of the work we’ve accomplished so far. There’s plenty to do in preparation for the 2013 NEPA Blog Con (psst…it’s October 5 at LCCC Conference Center), but we can’t wait to hear your ideas tonight to make this event even better. So, stop in, enjoy the FREE appetizers, and meet us.

I’ll be so happy you did!