What it's like when your child has a limb difference

When my husband and I first considered China adoption we were told we’d wait roughly six years for a child. It seemed our journey was over before it started, but our adoption agency suggested the special needs program (shorter wait). I had two things to say about that:Hell and no....more

11 Ways to Leverage Facebook Like a Boss

Fact: bloggers like to complain about the infamous Facebook algorithm. I get it. It's frustrating to create content, post it to Facebook and have only a tiny fraction of people who like your page see the post. I've been blogging for just shy of two years and Facebook has consistently been the number one source of referral traffic to my blog. That means most people who are finding Ripped Jeans and Bifocals find me through something I post on Facebook or something someone else shared from my blog on Facebook. While the "just-when-you-get-it-right-and-figure-things-out-then-Facebook-changes-again" is frustrating, here are 11 things that have helped me with Facebook reach and engagement and ultimately, getting eyes on my blog posts. ...more
Adalinc To Life I don't know that's necessarily true. Facebook really tends to not show much of ...more

4 Reasons Why You Should be on Periscope

Yes, you actually do need more social media in your life! You should be on Periscope! Periscope is a free live-streaming app you can download from the iTunes Store or from the Google Play Store. If you have a Twitter account, you can link Periscope and Twitter. ...more
How is this different from Snapchat?  I don't have either so I'm just curious!more

8 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Your Blog

My blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals, has been online for about 18 months. I'm happy, proud and a little bit in awe of the things I've been able to accomplish. I network quite a bit with other bloggers in groups where we share hacks, tips, and tricks and ask questions "behind the scenes." But I don't often blog about blogging. I have quite a few readers who are bloggers or who express interest in starting a blog and while I love answering questions when I can, I thought I'd put together a list of my best advice for new bloggers. Some of these are things I wish I'd have known way back when and some are things I've learned by screwing them up royally. ...more
Great post! Thanks for sharing these tips. Going to go checkout your facebook page now :)more

Amazingly Easy Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cake

I am not a pumpkin pie person. I’ll usually eat a small piece at Thanksgiving or maybe even Christmas buried under a ton of whipped cream because…well, I guess because it’s tradition. I have never considered myself a huge pumpkin fan, although I’m learning that canned pumpkin can be a really useful and versatile pantry […] The post Amazingly Easy Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cake appeared first on Ripped Jeans & Bifocals ....more

When your child is afraid of Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be a little scary. That’s part of the fun. It’s kind of hard to make skeletons, werewolves, monsters and witches as cuddly and welcoming as the Care Bears, right? ...more

Super Easy Halloween Trail Mix

I love Halloween. I love everything about this time of year and my boys are still young enough where they find all of the Halloween magic…well…magical. It’s really fun to see everything through their eyes ....more

Six ways to rock a minivan like a boss

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Spice up your October date night (I’m not talkin’ pumpkin spice!)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone #KYTrySomethingNew #CollectiveBias My husband loves Halloween ....more

Kim Kardashian gets the car seat strap wrong, Internet erupts

I don’t give a rat’s ass about the Kardashians…let me just put that out there. I don’t care about Kim. Not her lips, her butt or her daughter’s wardrobe ....more