Get Ready for a Conference: Make a Plan

BlogHer16 feels big... mostly because it is big. At any given moment, there are multiple tracks of programming, sponsors to visit in the Expo Hall, snacks to grab, keynotes to hear, bloggers to meet up with... There is A LOT. Every time I go to the conference, I start to panic when I see the schedule because I cannot wrap my brain around the idea of how I'm going to figure out where I need to go and what I need to do. I'm positive that something is going to fall through the cracks. ...more

Kids Report from the 2016 White House Kids' State Dinner

Editor's Note: Just as they did in 2013, 2014, and 2015, my children once again served as reporters for this year's White House Kids' State Dinner. It was a wonderful day of new recipes, excited faces, and healthy recipes! -- Mel ...more
Thank you for sharing. I live in northern California and there are some creative chef classes ...more

Get Ready for a Conference: Order Your Business Cards

It is Friday, which means that we are hours away from the weekend. So I'm going to throw something on your to-do list. I know that probably won't make me the most popular woman, but you'll thank me later when you enter the #BlogHer16 conference feeling calm and collected. For the next few weekends, I'm going to suggest one small thing that you can complete some time between Friday and Sunday evening to get ready for #BlogHer16. By the time August rolls around, the only thing you'll have left to do is throw some cute shoes in the suitcase. ...more
BlogHer Just ordered another 1,000 of these: http://bit.ly/1q1fOjR. ...more

6 Things I Learned From Attending a Lot of BlogHer Conferences

I have been to eight BlogHer conferences. I have gone to them with friends, and I've gone to them alone. I've shared hotel rooms and slept by myself. I've flown, bused, and driven. I've been a speaker and a listener. I've gone into some conferences so excited that I'm chatting with every single person on the plane about where I'm going, and I've gone into others sobbing as I walk through the hotel. In other words, I have done the BlogHer conference every single way you can. ...more
Great advice! I travelled from Australia by myself for Blogher 13 in Chicago, a dream come true! ...more

Meet Some Bloggers with July's BlogHer Writing Lab

So what is the BlogHer Writing Lab theme this month? ...more

BlogHer Writing Lab July 2016 Prompts

The theme for July's NaBloPoMo is MEET. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in July -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
BlogHer I really am bored lol! I miss u!more

BlogHer Writing Lab June 2016 Prompts

The theme for June's NaBloPoMo is KNOW. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in June -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
I can't wait to do these!  I did last months prompts and geared them towards my mommy blog ...more

Tell Us What You Know With June's Writing Lab

So what is the BlogHer Writing Lab theme this month? ...more

Give Us a Snapshot of Your Life with May's Writing Lab

So what is the BlogHer Writing Lab theme this month? ...more
kraylfunch You can email me at karen.ballum@sheknows.com. Our FAQs may also be ...more

BlogHer Writing Lab May 2016 Prompts

The theme for May's NaBloPoMo is SNAPSHOT. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in May -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) This month has a visual theme. You can choose to post just the picture, just the story, or do a combination of both. Monday, May 2, 2016 ...more
Moving is the ultimate cleanse.  I am knee deep in piles of stuff.  My other life is on hold to: ...more
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