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My Big Fat Picture Book Failure

By Melissa Uhles

It’s easy to share our successes with the world but harder to share stories of failure. Today I’m sharing my picture book failure so that you know you are not alone if you’ve tried and failed at something. Writing is one of those aspirations that can require a thick skin and will involve some tolerance of rejection.

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how to write a book blurb

How to Write a Blurb to Sell Your Book

This is a guest post by Tina Hogan Grant

Many authors find that one of the hardest parts of writing a book, is cramming their 80,000-word novel into a descriptive 250-word blurb. It's quite a challenge. I want to show you how to write an irresistible book blurb to sell your book. 

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how to write a novel

How I Wrote a Novel and You Can Too

By Melissa Uhles

Have you always dreamed of writing a novel? Have you written the first chapter and then moved on to other things because you were stuck? You are not alone. Writing a book is HARD!

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surviving an empty nest after being a SAHM

Surviving an Empty Nest After Being a SAHM

This is a guest post by Jennie Wallick

I was a SAHM off and on for 20 years. I loved it. It was such a gift to be able to do. Which, in hindsight was a good thing, because I didn't make enough money to cover childcare. Surviving an empty nest after being a SAHM wasn’t something I was prepared for.


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frugal living/saving money tips

Mom Hacks: Incredible How to Save Money Tips

By Melissa Uhles

In my circle of friends and family I have a bit of a rep for being cheap, I mean frugal. This was originally born of necessity. When I was single in LA (an expensive city) doing a variety of low paying jobs, I had to be creatively frugal to survive; I had to learn how to save money. 

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healthy summer snacks for kids

Kids Will Love These Healthy Summer Snacks

This is a guest post by René Brooks of ParentingPod.com

Summer is here and that means that your kids are going to be home all day. Expect them to be active and hungry. You can come to the rescue with a kitchen stocked with healthy summer snacks for your kids.

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conquer writing insecurity

How to Conquer Your Writing Insecurity

This is a guest post by Shawna Clapper

As a mother, a blogger, and someone who fell in love with writing back in high school; you'd think it'd be no problem for me to write for someone else. But, it is. Have you also been overwhelmed by your writing insecurities?

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family staycation ideas

14 Family Staycation Ideas for Summer

By Melissa Uhles

Are you already wondering how you’ll cope with kids this summer? If funds or tight or you’d like to have some fun in your hometown, check out my 14 summer family staycation ideas. These are also sure-fire ways to get your kids off their screens for a few hours each day!

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Getting in your writing flow

How I Got My Writing Flow Back After Having Kids

This is a guest post by Bree Sutton

If you sometimes miss the days before kids when your writing flow was just there, you’ll surely relate to Bree’s story.

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writing about becoming a mother

The Benefits of Writing about Becoming a Mother

By Kara Wilson

Becoming a Mother is a big transition. Have you ever thought about writing about how you became a mother? This guest post by Kara Wilson may inspire you to do just that.

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