Honor Roll

Honor Roll

My Writing Elsewhere…

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Madewell Oakbrook Invitation

  • I will be at Madewell in Oakbrook next Thursday night from 6-9 to celebrate their one-year anniversary. You should come! Discounts and personal styling (by me! What!?) and macaroons, oh my.

All this, and a giveaway too? Woohoo!

LoveFeast Shop PumpkinsGiveaway

This week on MIL’s Facebook page, enter to win a velvet pumpkin trio from LoveFeast Shop. Good luck!

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  • karen
    September 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks Nicole. Hustle is right! I just spoke at Blogpodium, (which you spoke at last year!) and the talk was alll about the hustle it takes to turn your blog into a business. I also gave you “props” as the kids say, for being willing to support other bloggers and share information. VERY important for all of our success. ~ karen!

    • Giulia
      September 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Karen – we didn’t meet, but I spoke at Blogpodium as well! Yes – without information we can’t make informed decisions! Thanks for pushing that valuable information and more in your talk.

      Nicole – question – you post both Holly’s and Karen’s post – I suppose as a juxtaposition. Do you have an opinion on either/both or are you showing us both sides of a story?

      • karen
        September 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        Hi Giulia – I’m going to take the liberty of answering the question from my own perspective. I don’t think there’s really a juxtaposition here. Holly loves to blog. I love to blog. My blog is my lone source of income. It’s my job. So it would obviously be ridiculously silly of me not to make money at it. Holly makes money with her blog too. I don’t think she’s opposed to that. I think she’s opposed to changing yourself and what you originally intended your blog to be, to fit the needs of certain sponsors.

        That will never be a worry with me and my site.

        Working the deal that I did was just good business sense. I love Home Depot, love the magazine, and love the cabinets. I’ve turned down many, many offers to talk about/do posts for things that I don’t particularly love.

        Hope you had fun at the conference! ~ karen

    • Kathryn
      September 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      I really like the way you wrote about that process. Not just as a business lesson for bloggers, as a clear business lesson for the readers I so often see upset about things like this as well.

  • Rose
    September 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ha ha. Small world. I was listening to Bunheads version of that song (which is amazing) this morning and making up lyrics to make my kids laugh.

  • Beth C
    September 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Those tiles are really beautiful. What most people call “linoleum” is actually vinyl. Linoleum is considered eco-friendly because it’s made from renewable materials (including linseed oil) and is very durable.

  • julia-lifeonchurchill
    September 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    The blogging articles were encouraging. thank you! (and the video was adorable)

  • Brittney knigh
    September 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    That video is rocking our world! Thx for sharing.

  • Heidi
    October 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The Popular Science announcement made my week!
    The proliferation of misinformation on the internet, or worse, disinformation is my biggest pet peeve.

  • Izadora
    October 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    You should post a video of you and Eleanor singing Tonight you belong to me!Its so cute mom/daughter duets >< Ps: Love your blog so much!

  • Rachel Reeves
    November 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    How aren’t here not a million comments about that video? That was the cutest thing I have seen-thank you so much for sharing! Loved it and i so enjoy your site!