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Move over Betty Crocker, this is MY kitchen

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Welcome to Messy Mama Monday!!! Each Monday I share some of the activities I do with my kids to encourage cognitive development. I pick a different theme to focus on each month (yes I used to be a teacher) and this month I am focusing on all things Thanksgivog! November is officially upon us and that means 2 things.

November = Thanksgiving = Food.

As a recovering teacher I am constantly looking for ways to make daily chores and tasks…


Added by Kate on November 2, 2015 at 4:31pm — No Comments

No Sew Quiet Book + Free Farm Printables

Hi Friends!

Welcome to Messy Mama Monday!!! Each Monday I share some of the activities I do with my kids to encourage cognitive development. I pick a different theme to focus on each…


Added by Kate on September 28, 2015 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Hot Cars, Panty-Dropping Grins & A Giveaway

The trailer for "Nothing Ventured" is LIVE!!! Just so you all know, Liam Hemsworth has jumped straight to the top of my list. Prepare to swoon, ladies! And gentlemen, there's a bit of eye candy for you as well... =)

ENJOY! I know I have...

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to help me share the news about Nothing…


Added by Kristen Luciani on September 28, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments

EGG-straordinary Farm Themed Activities for Preschool

Egg-Straordinary farm themed activities

Hi friends!!

Welcome to Messy Mama Monday!!! Each Monday I share some of the activities I do with my kids to encourage cognitive development. I pick a different theme to focus on each month (yes I used to be a teacher) and this month I am focusing on farm themed activities. You can find more activities from this unit…


Added by Kate on September 21, 2015 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Whistle While You Work...Or Run...Or Play Foosball

My workspace is pretty standard, very practical, but kind of boring if I'm being honest. Lots of desk space, tons of papers covering said space, cabinets, laptops, ever-present mug of coffee. I try to keep it organized but it's not easy when ideas are constantly flowing out of my head and onto Post-Its. My name is Kristen and I'm a Post-It addict. Whenever I get a thought, I jot it down and stick it...well, wherever I can find space, which is a commodity.…


Added by Kristen Luciani on September 18, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

Nothing Ventured Is Live! It's Giveaway Time!

It's LAUNCH day!!!!!! Let's CELEBRATE!!!! How about a giveaway, in honor of our delicious hero, Chris Camden?????

Glasses of champagne and sparklers on bright background with sparklers

Here's to Chris, the Adonis and certifiable charmer with more lines than a supermarket before a snowstorm. With a panty-melting smile, ridiculous body that oozes pheromones, and a hot car, he'll have your knees weak within minutes. I promise. <3…


Added by Kristen Luciani on September 15, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

How Do You Know You're Ready For Launch?

We all want a big-splash launch - no matter what the offering. Who wouldn't want mountains of accolades and recognition for a job well done?

In the period leading up to your big day, the best advice I can give consists of one very important word - plan.

Planning is critical to a successful launch, so make a list of everything you can possibly do to make your event as grand as possible. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  • Create a Task…

Added by Kristen Luciani on September 14, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments

It's Almost RELEASE DAY!!!

It's almost here! Release day for "Nothing Ventured!" I'm excited beyond words (which is kind of odd for an author) and thrilled for the launch day events to kick off!

We'll be running giveaways with awesome prizes, so be sure to check them out! I'll post all the details here! 

Nothing Ventured, Book Two in The Venture Series

After suffering a devastating loss that forever changed her life, eluding love is Mia Bradshaw’s primary objective…. until…


Added by Kristen Luciani on September 11, 2015 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Startup Spotlight: Geek Mom Media

One of the challenges startups often face is finding time to establish a robust online presence that fully represents their business, value proposition and scope of services. Understandably, preliminary efforts are concentrated more on the service offerings themselves but even if a company offers products and services that are in high demand, if nobody can find the company, it won't be able to make a sale.

I recently connected with the owner of …


Added by Kristen Luciani on August 28, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

So You Wanna Be A Blogger?

Blogging is a great way to connect with a target audience on a somewhat personal level on one condition... you actually BLOG. It sounds great in theory - start a blog, write about a cool topic, get a bunch of readers to follow you, and BOOM! All of a sudden you've graduated to Perez Hilton status, with 14,500,000 estimated monthly users. Who wouldn't want THAT????

But you need compelling content that people crave. It doesn't happen overnight and it definitely won't happen unless you…


Added by Kristen Luciani on August 26, 2015 at 11:47am — No Comments

What Would You Do To Win A $50 Amazon Gift Card???

Maybe you'd sign up for my super-awesome exclusive reader list???

If you're reading this and have already signed up, FANTASTIC! Thank you!!! But for all of you who are still not convinced, give me a chance to make you a fan!!! I think I'm a lot of fun! And you may find we have a lot in common!!

You'd get a monthly email with great giveaways, the inside scoop on book updates, new releases, my favorite beauty and fashion finds, contests, and cool posts from my entrepreneur blog,…


Added by Kristen Luciani on July 31, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Take Control Of Your Future And Reap The Rewards

Self-published authors have a pretty steep learning curve if they want to joint the ranks of the bestsellers. And I'm not talking about the Amazon bestsellers, I'm talking about the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Not an easy feat. It also doesn't happen for everyone. Authors can bust their tails for years and years, writing book after book and never make…


Added by Kristen Luciani on July 29, 2015 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Cover Reveal & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!

Okay... I've been waiting for this for soooooo long and I just had to do a giveaway to celebrate the great news!!!

Click Here To Enter The Rafflecopter Giveaway!!!

Drum roll, please...

I give you... the cover for "Nothing Ventured!" Book Two of The Venture Series will be available in early Fall! For more news and fun giveaways leading up to the launch, join my Facebook fan club, …


Added by Kristen Luciani on July 22, 2015 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Indie Author Swag Extravaganza Giveaway!!!

Author Navigation is sponsoring an indie author swag extravaganza this week! In honor of the July 4th holiday and the launch of new entrepreneurial ventures (I ALWAYS CELEBRATE THIS!), Ryan Ringbloom and I have collected a fabulous assortment of swag, autographs and signed BOOKS from our fellow indie authors and we're hosting a giveaway to find one lucky winner for this awesome prize pack!!!…


Added by Kristen Luciani on June 29, 2015 at 1:11pm — No Comments

How About A Giveaway To Celebrate Summer??

Woman at beautiful beach holding sunglasses

Ahhh...wish this was me right now but in a couple of days it will be!

How about a giveaway to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of SUMMER???  For the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, …


Added by Kristen Luciani on May 22, 2015 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

Why Do Startups Fail?

A multitude of potential pitfalls can negatively impact entrepreneurs as they eagerly try to build their fledgling companies…and basically crush their spirit if allowed. In my experiences, there are four reasons that stand out the most:

  • Lack of Research – Research is imperative. It provides insight about what your competitors are doing so can stay several steps ahead and create innovative ways to develop and market your offering. It also provides you with…

Added by Kristen Luciani on May 20, 2015 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Put A Little Sex In The Headline

Okay, it may not always work as planned, depending on your audience. But I can tell you it will make your headline click-worthy. It doesn't have to be graphic either, by the way. Just suggestive. =)

PR is EXPENSIVE so anything you can do on your own to generate buzz will reduce your burn rate. You can pitch editors yourself but if you don't have a hook, they don't have a story. The surest way to get a response is to give them the whole setup. If you can't hook an editor, you won't…


Added by Kristen Luciani on April 6, 2015 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Spreading The Seed

I love spinning tales of romance in the Silicon Valley setting. I'm told I seriously over-glamorize the lifestyles of my heroes and heroines but whatever. I write FICTION so isn't that kind of a requirement? I mean, I have to keep things interesting. right? <wink, wink="">

As an entrepreneur, I am fascinated with goings-on in the Valley. There's such an aura over Sand Hill Road; it's just bubbling over with innovation, creativity and energy. Being part of that atmosphere,…


Added by Kristen Luciani on March 27, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

Want A Chance To Win A $50 Amazon Gift Card???

Marketing. It's a word that simultaneously excites me and makes me cringe. Platforms are constantly changing, making it difficult to reach a target market (ahem, Facebook), prospective customers are tuning out more and more because there is a constant glut of information being thrown at them, key performance metrics that trended positive six months ago may not mean much now because marketing channels are flooded with content and becoming largely ineffective.

So the question is...with…


Added by Kristen Luciani on March 25, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Innovation & The Chopped Challenge

Definitions for one thousand, Alex.

"To introduce something new, make changes in anything established."

What is...INNOVATE!!!

If you're a Food Network fanatic like me, you know there is one show all innovators have to appreciate, regardless of your perceived prowess in the kitchen...CHOPPED hosted by Ted Allen.

Taking a basket of sometimes intimidating, many times…


Added by Kristen Luciani on March 23, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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