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Best Veggie Recipes Roundup – Part 3

Hi bloggy friends! I’m here with part 3 of 3 of my veggie recipes roundup sponsored by Veggie Wash! Did you miss part one? Check it out here. What about part 2? Did you miss that one too? For shame! But, fret not – You can check out part 2 here!! Part 3 of this roundup is also sponsored by Veggie Wash. Enjoy!

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part Three

Cabbage Carrot Slaw

Eggplant Spaghetti Sandwiches

Zucchini Squash Bake

Spinach Crepes with Pan-Roasted Vegetables

Broccoli Cheese Bake

 

Easy Grilled Veggie Sandwich Recipe

Healthy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Brussels Bacon and Cauliflower Side Dish

Easy Sesame Greens Side Dish

Hot Pepper Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Baked Mushrooms- a Light and Easy Side Dish

Zesty Parmesan Ranch Baked Potato Wedges

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Zucchini Ribbon Lasagna

Whole 30 Butternut Squash Carbonara with Apple and Bacon

Garlic and Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Aloo Mattar – Potato and pea curry

Crispy Oven-Baked Green Bean Fries

One Pan Ratatouille Recipe

Brown Rice Veggie Bowl

Spanish Style Omelette with Potato and Red Pepper

Carrot and Coriander Soup with a Spicy Kick

Cheesy Asparagus and Potato Casserole

Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani (Vegan + GF)

Slow Cooker Mexican Corn Dip Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Simply Sautéed Italian Green Beans Recipe

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

How to cook a fresh pumpkin

Squash and Fresh Pumpkin Cooking Tip

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part TWO

I’ve gathered some of the best vegetable recipes by my bloggy friends, and I wanted to share them with my readers. This is part 2 of 3 of them. Though this post is sponsored by Veggie Wash, all opinions are my own. Enjoy!

Did you miss part 1? Check those out here!

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part Two

The Ultimate Vegan BLT

Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Black Sesame Yogurt Sauce

Dutch Green Beans Recipe

Matbucha Recipe

Zucchini Appetizer Squares

Perfect Potato Latkes Recipe

Like Veggie Recipes? Don’t forget to wash your produce with Veggie Wash!

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Rainbow Vegetables Recipe – Easy Healthy Oven Roasted Veggies!

Spicy Garlic Oven Roasted Eggplant Slices Recipe

Simple broccoli cheddar risotto

Garlic and basil sweet potato fries

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Zesty Lemon Squash

Summery Lemon Garlic Potatoes

Veggie Noodles 3 Ways

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Cream Cheese Cauliflower Mashers with Asiago

Roasted Root Vegetables

Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Gratin Recipe

Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

Spinach And Feta Stuffed Tomato Tarts

Over Roasted Vegetables

Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin

Easy Southern Style Green Beans

Pan Fried Potatoes and Green Beans

Parmesan Crumb Asparagus

Gluten Free Low Carb Zucchini Fries Recipe

Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

The Greatest Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan Ever

Vegetable Noodle Stir-Fry

Stay tuned for part three of this Veggie Recipes Round-up!

Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Angel Strunk

Hi guys! I’m so insanely excited because today’s Bloggy Friend Spotlight is on a blogger I’ve never met in real life. Ya know, one of my favorite things about being a blogger is virtually meeting people from all over the world. It’s one of the coolest things about my job – I never know who I’ll interact with, or become friends with.

Now, I have to tell you, I started these Bloggy Friends Spotlights hoping to meet and connect with other bloggers. I know there are sooooooooooooo many blogs out there, and I just get such an amazing kick out of learning what people are up to. Some blogs I’ve read have moved me to tears, some of made me laugh, some have simply taught me something or inspired me… But what’s the one thing they all have in common? They teach me things and entertain me.

Today’s bloggy friend is no different. Angel Strunk is the brains and beauty behind the amazing blog Next Level Blogging. You guys, her blog is pretty frikkin awesome. Each post is crafted to teach you how to take your blog to the…you guessed it…to the next level! Okay…enough already, let’s dive in!

Check out Angel’s deets:

Name: Angel Strunk

Your blog: Next Level Blogging

Can you tell me about your blog? I help bloggers make their blog’s success inevitable by providing tips and resources that will increase followers, post shares, and email subscribers. I also help bloggers find a way to monetize, and teach them the marketing strategies needed to turn their passion for blogging into profit. I am hosting a launch party on April 1st, which is when my blogger community will go live, and members will work cooperatively to promote each other’s posts, collaborate on posts, and exchange guest posts, along with so many other features! Next Level Blogging focuses on the power of generosity, and how success is inevitable when helping each other. I’m also giving away some great prizes 🙂

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Blog Tips & Marketing Strategies

Is your blog making you money? I have not implemented pricing yet, but is currently earning me play money, by way of affiliate links. (side note from Famous Ashley Grant – since doing this questionnaire, Angel’s site does have pricing and services listed on the site, and some pretty sweet courses mentioned too. Check out her site for details on all the awesomeness she offers!)

How did you get started? I have always wanted to run my own business, and had spent over a decade helping other small businesses become successful. “Someday” had been in my vocabulary all of those years, but I never took action, because I thought I would need thousands of dollars to start my own business. I was searching Pinterest for tattoo ideas, and came across a blogger’s income report. After reading that, and several similar posts by other bloggers, I knew I had found my calling, and my path to financial freedom. I was broke, so I scoured the internet for deals on a custom domain and webhosting, and started The Curvy Ginger with less than $2. I signed up with a few affiliate networks, and made over $500 in my first month of blogging. I spent countless hours, and many sleepless nights learning everything I could about blogging and how to promote it, and my sales and marketing experience was finally paying off. It wasn’t long before I knew that I should start helping other bloggers learn how to do the same thing, in February of 2017, Next Level Blogging was born!

What are your must have tools to run your blog?  Laptop, Smartphone, Canva, ConvertKit, and my blogger tribe!!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? Spend a few bucks and get a custom domain and webhosting! That should be step number one.

Where can we find you on social?
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently? I wish I would have started communicating with other bloggers from the beginning. It has made such a difference in getting my posts and website noticed. So much, in fact, that engaging with other bloggers is going to be one of the core principles of success promoted by Next Level Blogging.

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors? Addi Ganley and Melyssa Griffin

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
Facebook groups for bloggers. I belong to several, and there are so many talented bloggers sharing their expertise.

What are your plans for the future of your blog? I plan to make Next Level Blogging my main source of income, and hope to make it a recognized and recommended resource for bloggers, especially those just getting started.

Is there anything you would like to add that you think people should know? I really do want to help bloggers reach their goals and be able to give up their day jobs to become career bloggers! I am one of the nicest people you will ever get to know, and I thrive on lifting people up. I love feedback from bloggers that find my posts useful, so please, send those emails! I’m a sucker for flattery 🙂

How awesome is Angel? I think she’s pretty darn awesome, and I personally just signed up for her email newsletter where she is sending free blogging tips and tools to your inbox!

Now, I want to hear from you! Do you have a blogging tip or strategy you’d like to share that can help us all take things to the next level? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

Also – Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Stephanie Fields? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

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Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Stephanie Fields

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a long ASH time since I’ve posted one of these. The last one was nearly a month ago! YIPE!!! Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, a blogging conference – yep – all these things were happening on Sundays. Note to self – schedule ahead of time. LOL

Also – starting next week these posts will be moving to Saturday because I’m going to be reviving a series I LOVED last year, but that I cut for a while. Long story, but the important thing is Superman Sundays and Wonderwoman Wednesdays will be back in full force starting next week!!! So, now that all of that stuffs is out of the way….let’s get to today’s Bloggy Friend Spotlight – Stephanie FIELDS – this is the first blogger I’m spotlighting that had a name change in the time it took me to get this post up on the blog because she got married!!! Congratulations on your nuptials once more bloggy friend!!! Wishing you an eternity of wedded bliss.

Check out her deets:

Name: Stephanie Fields

Your blog: Orangespoken

Can you tell me about your blog? Orangespoken is where I write stories of life, love, food and fitness!

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Lifestyle

Is your blog making you money? No. But occasionally I will review products, experiences, etc.

How did you get started? I started my blog as a way to share my recipes that I was creating almost 10 years ago!

What are your must have tools to run your blog?  Laptop, iPhone, MiFi, & social media!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? To write as if no one was reading. That is how you find your true, authentic self. And to be brave! Someone will benefit from your content. So be brave enough to put yourself out there!

Where can we find you on social?
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently? I wouldn’t change a thing. Over these years my blog has evolved , grown, and even changed names multiple times. With each new identity, A new layer has been added making my blog richer, honest, and more personal.

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors? The first blog that I ever started reading was Orangette.net by Molly Wizenberg (and still remains my favorite blogger of all time). I also consider Ellie, from authenticallyemmie.com a blog mentor and favorite daily read.

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
I go to the Google! 😉

What are your plans for the future of your blog? I definitely plan to keep writing at Orangespoken but I also have some projects on the side my most important being a book I’ve been writing for the past couple of years. The book is on coping with, accepting, and joyfully moving forward with life after the death of my mother. I hope to finish this within the next year or two!

Is there anything you would like to add that you think people should know? I always like my blog readers and Internet friends to know that what you read in my posts, and in my social media statuses is a direct representation of who I am in real life. I think that’s one of my most treasured attributes I keep in my pocket.

How awesome is Stephanie? I think she’s pretty darn awesome, and I personally can’t wait to read her book when it’s completed!

Now, I want to hear from you! Do you have a book that you’re working on? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

Also – Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Angelina Allerton? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

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Where the Cool Foodies Go – My 2017 Food Wine Conference Recap #FWCon

Although I did receive a complimentary ticket because I was a speaker, and I was a brand ambassador, all opinions below are my own.

My third year attending Food Wine Conference was eventful, exciting, emotional and educational. Alliteration aside, I’m so grateful to have had the experiences I did at the 2017 event held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference was my most fun yet.

Not only was I a speaker on a panel the last day of the conference, but I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and participated in the recipe contests, forced myself to really try and learn something new, and promised myself that no matter what I would stay as positive and open-minded as possible from beginning to end. All of this resulted in one of the most enjoyable weekends I’ve had so far as a blogger. Here’s a recap of all that went down… Okay fine – here’s the Reader’s Digest version because to go into too much detail would take entirely too much typing, and I know you’re busy like me and you want the golden nuggets so you can get back to beating that level of Candy Crush or whatever it was you were doing 😉

Day 1

On the first day, I arrived about an hour early. I checked in, grabbed my Food Wine Conference credentials and swag bag, and proceeded to reunite with as many bloggy friends as possible. Shortly after the conference actually began with the CK Mondavi and Family Welcome Reception

They revealed their new labels, and I sampled a delicious glass of their Pinot Grigio before switching to water and Sprite for the rest of the evening.  I snapped some silly photos at the Photo Booth Fun with Florida Dairy Farmers, and then headed into the Cookbook Exchange room where I stuffed my face with latkes and salmon slathered in Intensity Academy’s  yummy Everything Sauce.

Next up was the Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek – in my opinion this year’s taste was the best one yet. Look at some of the delicious stuff I got to try:

Strawberry Shortcakes with Beignets instead of Shortcake (ohmigosh good!)

Andouille spoon bread with fried oyster and sweet corn gravy as well as a beef tenderloin baguette served medium-rare with wild mushroom relish

Caprese salad on a stick

Florida Goat Cheese salad with pickled beets, citrus, pecans and palm sugar vinaigrette

And the second most yummy item after the beignet shortcake was the Fried Lasagna. I ate it so fast, I didn’t get any decent images of it, but luckily my bloggy friend Caitlyn snapped a great shot here:

Fried Lasagna. Can I just eat this for the remainder of the weekend?! #FWCon #livesweatsleep

A post shared by Caitlyn | live.sweat.sleep (@livesweatsleep) on

Day 2

The day began too early for me, lol. However, when it’s conference weekend you put on your big girl panties and get to work! The day started with a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Rosen Shingle Creek’s Cafe Osceola. This was the first of many eats for the day. There’s no going hungry at Food Wine Con!!!

Next up was the welcoming remarks and The State of Sunday Supper Movement with Family Foodie herself, Isabel Laessig. And right after that Ina Pinkey presented her documentary about her time running and closing a successful restaurant.

After that Dianne Jacob spilled the beans on how to get into the 1% of Accepted Book Proposals, and then it was time for eat number 2.

During our first break Duda Farm Fresh Foods gave all of us a smoothie bowl with celery, spinach, ginger, arugula and mint. What’s funny is that most of the bloggers around me, upon reading the ingredients were visibly quite nervous to try this dish. But you know what? As far as a I could tell everyone, including me, loved it. I couldn’t believe how well these ingredients came together. Here’s the bowl:

After break we jumped write into another keynote with Amanda Rettke of IamBaker.net where she spoke about Building a powerful Social Media Presence. Dude, this chick has a reach of 28 MILLION on Facebook at the time of this writing. She knows her stuffs ya’ll! In fact, just since hearing her talk, a few of my bloggy friends have been implementing the wisdom she was throwing down with awesome results. I need to work more on my own implementations STAT!

The next chat before lunch was about Enjoying your work more – Five Easy Tricks to Time Management with Denise Vivaldo. This girl cracks me up!!! LOVE listening to her talk. And because we weren’t all still full from breakfast and break, it was lunch time!

My photos of lunch didn’t do it justice, so here’s one Food Wine Conference shared:

The lunch we had was a build your own taco bar with Mann’s Fresh Vegetables. It was so yummy!!! I piled my plate as a taco salad with all the things.

Once lunch was over we headed back to the main room for a keynote with Peter Horst called A Window to the Chief Marketing Officer’s Soul: how to powerfully engage your brand. Then, believe it or not, it was time for ANOTHER eat!!!

Duda Farm Fresh Foods gave us all celery packs with an option of peanut butter or ranch. I ran to the restroom and all the ranch was gone. Those suckers went fast! But, the peanut butter was still pretty good.

Next was a panel featuring, Janice Mondavi, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Gina Nucci, Kara Sanders and Lance Ham where they chatted on doing your work with passion. I then slipped out of the room missing the Roots & Boots presentation because I wanted to take a nap before dinner.  Needless to say my plans were thwarted by a networking opportunity, but it was a great experience.

Before I knew it it was time for dinner! The main dinner of the Food Wine Conference is always quite the affair, and this year was no exception. We were treated to yummy eats by Certified Angus Beef and the meal was paired with CK Mondavi wines. Again, my photos didn’t do the dinner justice, so here’s one from bloggy friends Christie Campbell:

Dinner ended and we were directed to the after party hosted by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association – The Strawberry Jam. I was a proud ambassador for the brand, so I got a kick out of taking loads of pictures at the party.

The party them was 50s sock hop, and it was loads of fun. We were treated to Strawberry mocktails and cocktails, cupcakes, candies, and heaps of 50s music. Here are some of the photos of the event:

Although the party wrapped later on, I left early to try to get a good night’s sleep for Sunday where I would speak at a blogging conference for the first time! WOOHOO!

Day 3

I overslept when I hit snooze. Whoops! Luckily, I made it in time to hear most of the breakfast keynote speech by the stunning and super fun Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe. I just love her!!! She spoke on “5 Social Media Strategies to Design Your Personal Brand”

Then, we broke off into different sessions. Some folks left for the Food Service Social Media Bootcamp while others hung out with Florida Dairy Farmers to learn about The Power of Dairy. Next, it was time for breakout sessions where you could go into different classrooms to learn the topic that spoke most to you.

For session 1 I went to the Turning Your Blog or Website Into a Business panel featuring Marisa Langford, April Erhard, Jorge Bravo and Heather Montgomery

For session 2 I took the class on Everything you want to know about Facebook Live!

Next was the InstaFood workshop where we learned quick food styling, photography and video tips from food content creators to help us create posts your customers will happily give their “heart” to.

After that we had lunch and the now famous Hashed Competition. For lunch we indulged in a baked potato bar. Soooo yummy. I covered mine with bacon bits, butter, steak and I don’t even recall what else. But trust me, it was good!

During the Hashed competition each table was turned into a team competing for the win. We had to take ingredients on the table and create a cocktail. Although we didn’t win, our team had loads of fun. Here’s what we came up with:

 

Finally it was time for my panel to speak. The panel I came up with was Using your Blogging Skills to Get Paid. The idea for it came from the fact that so many bloggy friends of mine are getting frustrated with the monetization thing, and wishing they could make more money to keep blogging. So, I along with my bloggy friends Caitlyn Connolly, Tracy Shaw and Lori Moreno shared how we make money because we’re bloggers, but necessarily directly from our blogs.

I must say, it was pretty cool speaking at a conference! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am excited to share that I’ll be speaking at another one in September. More details on that soon. By the end of my talk the entire weekend caught up with me, but unfortunately I couldn’t stick around to relax. I had to immediately rush home to take care of some ghostwriting work which meant that my panel was the end of my Food Wine Con fun…

All in all, the entire weekend was a remarkable experience. I loved so much of it, and can’t believe it’s already over. If you’re a blogger that does anything with food and/or wine, I highly recommend you consider attending next year.

Thank you to all of the sponsors who made this weekend possible. Thank you Isabel for believing in me enough to trust me to run a panel. I’m just so overwhelmed with gratitude right now, and can’t wait to see where my blogging career takes me next!

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Bloggy Friends Chime In – 30 Conference MUST Haves

It’s Blog Conference Season, and that means lots of packing and traveling. I’m going to Food Wine Conference, BlogHer17 and FL Blog Conference, so I asked my fellow bloggy friends to chime in on their MUST haves to survive and thrive at a blogging conference. Below is what they had to say.

1. Business Cards. One of the bloggers took this a step further and said you should bring business cards with your photo on it. I personally don’t have my photo on my cards, but I can certainly appreciate the appeal

2. Comfortable shoes. Another blogger said sneakers. I often wear sneakers for the bulk of the conference and flat dress shoes for the after parties.

3. Battery packs – hell yeah! You can’t always get to an outlet, so having back up batteries is a great way to keep your phone working in the meantime.

4. Cardigan/sweater – ohmigosh yes! Even in Florida when it’s 90 degrees, you bring a sweater because of how frequently conference rooms are FREEZING!!! BRRRR!!!

5. Phone charger – yep, for when you finally CAN plug it in!

6. Pen and pad of paper or notebook. I personally love Caitlyn Connolly’s method of note taking at conferences – she takes notes in the front of her notebook, and makes to-do lists based on aha moments at the conference in the back of the book. How cool is that? I totally have started using that idea for classes and seminars I attend.

One blogger suggested using notebooks with a hardcover back so that you can keep taking notes even while standing up. This is a great idea because some sessions get so full you won’t be able to sit to take notes!

7. Courage – YES! Some people are massive introverts, and talking to strangers all day can be hard. But, bloggy friends, you’ve got this! We’re all here to work together towards the common goal of boosting our personal brands.

8. A sense of humor – a few bloggers offered this as a must have and I whole-heartedly agree. In fact, you should have a sense of humor with EVERYTHING you attend. It’s like Van Wilder said, “You shouldn’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.”

9. A willingness to learn – I confess I struggle with this one sometimes. I have a bad habit of feeling like I’ve heard many lessons before. However, I’m going to try to take in the lessons anyway at this year’s conferences because as Marie Forleo says, just because you have heard it all before doesn’t mean you’re implementing anything. And, you might hear it a different way this time that makes the knowledge-bombs finally click!

10. Your brand pitch perfected – I loved this answer! As we meet with new brands and potential clients, we must be able to spill our pitch at a moment’s notice. It could be the difference between walking away from a conference with an additional client, or walking away empty handed.

11. Slippers for the hotel room after walking on your feet all day long – Um, yes! I’ve been known to tote fuzzy socks too!

12. Your phone – Definitely. How are you going to be live on social and keep up with the picture taking without your pocket computer? Don’t you know how much sponsors LOVE when we Tweet, Instagram and Facebook live and tag them?

13. Freedom to be me – Absolutely. You have to bring the internal sense of freedom to be yourself. No one can give you permission to do that, and if you fake being something else, people will see right through it. Besides, if people don’t like you for you, that’s alright. Many conferences attract a WIDE variety of bloggers. This means that SOMEONE there will be your perfect bloggy friend. I promise.

14) A pair of slippers that fits in your bag – Yep! I love this too. I’ve seen more and more women toting foldable shoes in their purses at conferences when the “sensible shoes” and high heels become too much to wear!

15) A list of companies you want to connect with. This is GOLD! I love this answer because it gives you a game plan of attack in the craziness of a conference. Most conferences list their sponsors ahead of time, so this arms you with the knowledge you need of who will be on site that you might be able to chat up and/or work for or partner with.

16) Backpack to hold stuff – Yep, I’ve been known to carry a backpack in lieu of a purse many times for the sake of saving my back and shoulders. Though these days, I roll around a collapsible cart so that I don’t have to carry anything at all.

17) Water and your own refillable water bottle – Sadly, water sitting around in conference rooms can get pretty gross. And then, we drink it. That’s why I agree 110% with this conference must have.

18) Gum/mints – fresh breath and less likelihood that you’ll cough in the middle of a session – I’d call this conference must have a win-win!

19) Focus on why you are there and the goals for the conference – I love that my bloggy friends included so many mindset must haves in this list. Don’t you?

20) Wall charger and a long charging cable – it’s no secret that large conferences mean long distances between seats and wall outlets. Longer cords might help you sit while charging.

21) Positive attitude, a smile and confidence – Yes, yes and yes!

22) One blogger said she brings gifts for her acquaintances – I have personally done this at a conference before. It’s a fabulous way to connect/reconnect with bloggy friends or to show someone you’ve never met before that you care.

23) Travel-sized wipes – Yep, and I’ll add to this hand sanitizer.

24) A lumi light for better selfies – I don’t think I’d call this a must have, but if you have the money for this, more power to you! Then again, fashion bloggers – I would EXPECT them to have these!!

25) Business casual clothes – you have to be comfortable at a conference. Don’t dress up too much.

26) MacBook Air/ipad/tablet – enough said

27) Business purse

28) My own coffee or tea – LOVE! Call us snobby if you like, but it’s better to bring the things you want to drink, than overpay for hotel beverages!

29) Snacks like trail mix or granola bars – agreed. Sometimes there’s no good snacks to choose from, or worse – no snacks at all!

30) An extension cord and power strip – I like the idea of a power strip so much, I might add it to my packing list going forward!

Now, I want to hear from you. Do you agree with my bloggy friends? Did we miss anything? What are YOUR conference MUST HAVES? Leave a comment below, and tell me about it.

HUGE thanks to the following bloggers who helped make this post possible:

Michelle Snow of http://zengrrl.com
Tracy Shaw of http://www.havingfunsaving.com/
Amy Freeman Courage of http://www.AmyLFreeman.com
Kristin Alongi of http://www.suitsandsneaks.com
Pickett Krayniy of http://www.seasonalmemories.com
Tiffany Haywood of http://themrstee.com
Danay Escanaverino of http://danay.net
Marian Kicklighter of http://siliconvalleymom.com
Edith Tapia of http://www.cuponeandopr.net/
Maggie Lamarre of https://www.cascadeavenue.com/blog/
Krayl Funch of http://anappealingplan.com/
Tia Smith of http://penniesinmypocket.com/
Denise Mestanza-Taylor of http://deniseisrundmt.com/
Andrea Wolloff of http://andreawolloff.com
Heather Bridges Montgomery of http://heatherslookingglass.com
Caitlyn Connolly of http://livesweatsleeprepeat.com/
Liza Tolisano Ford of http://www.addictedtosaving.com/
Erica Acevedo of http://thecrumbycupcake.com/
Cricket Plunkett of http://cricketsconfections.com
Caroline Williams of http://carolinescooking.com
Betty Ann Besa-Quirino of http://asianinamericamag.com
Betsy Cohen of http://happylicious.com/
Nancie McDermott of http://nanciemcdermott.com
Bess Auer of https://www.flblogcon.com/
Emerald Barnes of http://www.sweettartbeauty.com

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Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Angelina Allerton

Yay! It’s Bloggy Friends Spotlight Day!!!! I’m so excited to present today’s Bloggy Friend- Angelina Allerton!!! Angelina is the sparkly babe behind Run.Chew.Sparkle., and she is a whole bunch of fun! I think you’re just gonna love her. So, let’s jump right in, shall we?

Check out her deets:

Name: Angelina Allerton

Your blog:  Run.Chew.Sparkle.

Can you tell me about your blog? I write basically about my life and life in general..my life that through running, which I don’t do a lot of. Eating, healthy and sometimes not, and living a life filled with some extra sparkle.

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? Blogger

What’s your niche? Lifestyle

Is your blog making you money? No, but would love to dabble more into that

How did you get started? My boyfriend inspired me to start so I can show the world me and to inspire others and follow along with my journey

What are your must have tools to run your blog? Laptop and cellphone

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? Just start. Grab an idea and just run with with it

Where can we find you on social?
Instagram
Facebook
Snapchat angelinaa1888
Twitter

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently? Nope

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors? Nanci at thiscrazylifeofmine (note from FamousAshley – I love Nanci too! And, she was my FIRST Bloggy Friend Spotilight. Check it out here)

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?  Tampa Bay Bloggers

What are your plans for the future of your blog? Just keep writing and being me with it

Back to me, Famous Ashley lol – YES! Keep being you Angelina! And girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl! I can totally help you with monetization. Let’s do dranx and discuss! In fact, I think I’ll do a few posts here on my blog about monetizing. Bloggy friends, leave me a comment below and chime in if you want some of those types of posts.

Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Jessica Spivey? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Jessica Spivey

I can not even believe this is already spotlight number 4 and that today is the last day of April. Where in the actual heck did the last 4 months of 2017 go, amiright?!? It’s like I blinked and tomorrow is May! Anywho – let’s go ahead and get right into today’s Bloggy Friend Spotlight – Jessica Spivey!!!

I met Jessica in the Tampa Bay Bloggers, and if you haven’t guessed by now I’m featuring as many of my local bloggy friends first before I start going nationwide and ultimately international. I’m biased, and that’s allowed because my city, my love, my blog! So there. LOL! Still, I love sharing every blogger’s spotlight, and outside of Tampa is coming soon – so if you want in on this, fill out the form here! Okay, back to Jessica.

Check out her deets:

Name: Jessica Spivey

Your blog: Tampa Mom Runs

Can you tell me about your blog? I write about anything related to Tampa, being a mom and running – with a sprinkle of Disney! (side note from Famous Ashley – my favorite post Jessica does is a weekly feature called #DisneyTipTuesday. Each Tuesday Jessica reveals a cool insider tip, trick or travel hack for all the Disney things. I love it, love her, and if you check out her blog – I’ll bet you love her too!)

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Lifestyle

Is your blog making you money? Some random play money

How did you get started? I started to blog after we found out we were pregnant as a way to share our journey with family, most of which lives far away. After a miscarriage and a healthy pregnancy, it was time to loose the baby weight and Tampa Mom Runs was born. I started running and sharing my journey with others.

What are your must have tools to run your blog? iPad, iPhone and new Sony camera

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? Pick a unique name that really explains who you are! A cute saying can be your tag line, but make sure that your name is something clear and concise!

Where can we find you on social?
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have started with GoDaddy hosting and not on WordPress.com

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors?
Caitlyn of LiveSweatSleep

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
I google it! If I can’t find the answer there – I throw the question out to our local Tampa Bay Bloggers for help!

What are your plans for the future of your blog? Keep it forever. As my blog as evolved, I have become a certified Social Marketing professional through HootSuite and now run several social media accounts for local businesses.

How frikkin awesome is Jessica? I think she’s pretty darn awesome. In case you were just skimming (we all do it, it’s cool) – I want to repeat that Jessica does social media for local Tampa businesses. In other words, if you need some help with your social media management- I highly recommend checking Jessica out!

Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Robert Yaniz? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

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Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Robert Yaniz Jr.

Bloggy Friends Spotlight number 3!!! I would have posted one last Sunday as Sundays have apparently become my Bloggy Friends Spotlight day, but…Easter. lol. I mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again – the plan is to make this a weekly spotlight unless I get LOADS of responses, and then we might go up to two, three or even four times (so naughty…growl!) a week depending on the number of bloggy friends piping up. I love sharing your spotlights, so if you want in on this, fill out the form here!

Alrighty….now onto TODAY’s Bloggy Friend – This time it’s a dude!!! (Yep, and the crowd goes wild!!!) I’ve known this blogger since I was 16. Yes, really. In fact, we met at AMC Theatres when we both worked at the Veterans 24 location. We went to USF together. Go Bulls! Then, we would hang at a lot of karaoke bars here in Tampa, and sing our hearts out. I even took his engagement photos and photographed his wedding. We go way back you guys… Tear…Gimme a second guys, gettin all nostalgic like….(sniffling behind my computer. where the f%&* are the tissues?!?)…

Okay! I’m fine now. Robert is what I would call a pop-culture major with a specialization in movies. Like, he would KILL the categories of music, television and movies if we were playing a trivia game. He knows more about these thangs than we have time to get into, so you just need to check out his website and learn his awesomeness for yourself.

Check out HIS deets:

Name: Robert Yaniz Jr. (side note from Famous Ashley – the cool kids know him by his nickname – or stage name if you will – of Rob Fox…just sayin..)

Your blog: Crooked Table

Can you tell me about your blog?  I write reviews, podcasts, video and other articles relating to the entertainment world (but mostly film). (another side note from Famous Ashley – he actually wrote a few articles for me when I pretended to be an editor in chief of a local mag, but that story is for an evening of drinking. And currently, we both do ghostwriting for the same company because we’re both cool writers like that.)

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Entertainment

Is your blog making you money? Random play money. I write for several other sites, and Crooked Table serves as my “home turf” in that it gives me the freedom to create my own proprietary content and develop my own voice independently from my paying gigs.

How did you get started? “Crooked Table” was a name that I randomly came across while brainstorming a novel idea with a friend, and the phrase stuck in my mind for years before I did anything with it. Early on, the site (at first, thecrookedtable.com) was designed as a hub for writers, but eventually evolved into my own entertainment-centric blog, since I’ve been obsessed with movies since childhood. Now, the current version of Crooked Table focuses on “The world of film from a fresh angle.” Evolution in action, I say.

What are your must have tools to run your blog? My MacBook Pro is my everything. (yes FCC, that’s an affiliate link. Girl’s gotta eat right? Get off me! Pft!!!)

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? Be true to yourself. Focus on a topic that you’re truly passionate about because that passion will fuel you to stick with it for the long haul. Making money and gaining a following is great, but the real reward of blogging is the personal fulfillment you get out of the time you invest in the project.

Where can we find you on social?
Facebook for my writing
Facebook for Crooked Table
Twitter
Tumblr
LinkedIn

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently? I would have started the current form of Crooked Table earlier and dreamt bigger years ago!

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors? I wouldn’t be where I am now without writing for Screen Rant in the early-2000s. That team was a big part of helping crystallize my decision to pursue film blogging and criticism more aggressively.

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
Google! Just keeping this honest.

What are your plans for the future of your blog?  Since Crooked Table is so inextricably tied to who I am, it’s hard to imagine anyone else taking it over. It’s very personal in nature, at least right now. But I definitely have big plans for growth, as far as both written and media content. The Crooked Table Podcast continues to evolve, and I’m planning on getting back into making videos soon as well.

Is there anything you would like to add that you think people should know? More than anything, I try to be genuine in all my endeavors. I don’t so much as tweet something unless I 100% believe in it, and I hope that attitude is reflected across all of the content on CrookedTable.com. That’s one of my highest priorities.

How frikkin cool is Robert? I think he’s pretty damn cool. I strongly suggest you check out his awesomeness online, and follow him on his social channels.

Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Tracy Shaw? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Tracy Shaw

Bloggy Friends Spotlight NUMBER 2!!! Thanks everyone for all the retweets, Facebook likes and re-pins of my last spotlight on Nanci. I’ve been overjoyed at the response to this new series, and I’m LOVING the answers that have been coming in from other potential spotlight candidates. You gals and guys are all doing such amazing things in the blogosphere, and I’m thrilled to be sharing your awesomeness.  (Wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!)

Alright, enough touchy, feely stuffs. Onto this bloggy friend. I’m happy to share it’s the beauty and the brains behind Having Fun Saving & Cooking (one of my favoritest blogs of EVAR!!!!) – Tracy Shaw. (woohoo, and the crowd goes wild!!!)

Check out her deets:

Name: Tracy Shaw

Your blog: Having Fun Saving & Cooking

Can you tell me about your blog? It’s a lifestyle blog with easy recipes, smoothies, some Florida Travel and fitness tips! On the site you’ll also find savings for everything to do with your family – whether it saving you from figuring out what is for dinner tonight, saving you from deciding what to do this weekend, or saving you time.

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Lifestyle

Is your blog making you money? Yes, part time income

How did you get started? I was at the doctor’s office with my daughter and I was thinking that I needed to figure out a way to help other’s save money and give myself an outlet.  I read the cover of a magazine and it said “How to start a Mom Blog.”  End of story 🙂

What are your must have tools to run your blog? Smart phone, laptop, camera…will travel!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? It’s a LOT of work, don’t expect to become a millionaire overnight.  Or at all!

Where can we find you on social?
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have started Pinterest way earlier than I did!

Famous Ashley Grant here to interrupt and bring you a PRO TIP: Pinterest can help you get a LOT more traffic to your blog. Create a blog board on your own Pinterest profile and load it with pins of your blog posts. You can title the board with your blog title as well. It’s important to use great SEO strategies as well, because unlike Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest is like a big search engine. The more optimized your pins, the easier they will be to find online.

Back to Tracy!

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors?
I started so long ago!  Many aren’t blogging anyway, but now – I have a group of people that I depend on and love!

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
Bloggy Friends! (Okay, another interruption from Famous Ashley Grant – my blog, get over it – I LOVE THIS ANSWER!!! And not just because it’s the name of the series. LOL! I truly believe that bloggers helping other bloggers is the BEST way for us all to get our page views up, and be more successful.)

What are your plans for the future of your blog?
I take it day by day…..

Is there anything you would like to add that you think people should know?
Enjoy every minute of it, SHARE with friends, and realize that as much as you put in – you will get out.

I love Tracy and her website!

I am so grateful to know Tracy. She has been a wonderful mentor and bloggy friend to me. As the folks in my home state of Kentucky would say – she sure is good people. Love you Tracy, and I for one am soooooo glad you created Having Fun Saving & Cooking! Who wouldn’t love learning how to save money on, well, everything?!?

Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Nanci Cernak? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

 

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