All Blog Posts Tagged 'Mama' (27)

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, …

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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!!!…

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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, …

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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…
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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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

Time To Bust Outta That Box!!!

You're a startup entrepreneur. By nature, that makes you an idea generator. It also probably means you're operating on a shoestring budget.

So you have to wear multiple hats - innovator, marketer, developer, designer - and figure out how to get your offerings to market in an expedient and cost-efficient way. Not an easy task...but you've got the tools in your arsenal. =)

For those of you without huge marketing and advertising budgets, it's frustrating to get your voice heard. I…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on March 20, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Congrats On A Great Year! Here's A TESLA!

If you want to increase employee morale, you better dig deep because money doesn't only talk, it SCREAMS.

Let's face it. People perform their daily jobs because of what you pay them in salary. It's why they work 9-5 but it may not light a fire under them to work 5-9. 

Now imagine what they would do if you augmented that salary and rewarded them for their involvement and contribution to the company's successes...say at bonus time??

A startup translated as…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on February 23, 2015 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Want To Digitize Your Closet? There's An App For That!

I am a self-proclaimed fashionista.

Clothes-horse, shoe-whore, handbag junkie...you name it, I'm all over it.

But sometimes having all the components makes assembling the perfect outfit even more difficult. Like, where the heck do you find time to sift through everything and put it all together so it looks effortlessly perfect????

Ahhh, luckily for me, there's an app for that. =)

ClosetSpace is a new application from fashion analytics company Stylitics that wants…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on January 27, 2015 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Odor Eaters...For Your Mouth

The lingering flavor of a Morningstar Griller veggie burger on your tongue...definitely not delicious-smelling. In fact, the scent might well wilt a flower if you open your mouth next to it.

Courtesy of www.pinterest.com
Courtesy of…
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Added by Kristen Luciani on December 15, 2014 at 9:17pm — No Comments

I AM...The Idea Mama

You know the moment when inspiration strikes. The whole EUREKA experience...it's incredible, isn't it?

And do you know what's even better?…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on December 1, 2014 at 9:28pm — No Comments

'Kids Say the Darnedest Things' Giveaway

Obviously there's a reason why Art Linkletter and Bill Cosby scored major benjamins off that "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" show cause, let's face it, kids blurt out some seriously funny shit, don't they?!  I am always giggling at the crazy things my twins come up with, sometimes even when it's completely inappropriate for me to laugh.  How can you NOT love…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 24, 2012 at 6:25pm — 1 Comment

On Being a Mom

 

The MOST beautiful touching essay on being a mom!!

(you HAVE to read it!!). love, etel

 

If not for the photographs, I might have a hard time believing they ever existed.

The pensive infant with the swipe of dark bangs and the black

button eyes of a Raggedy Andy doll. The placid baby with the yellow

ringlets and the high piping voice. The sturdy toddler with the…

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Added by Etel Leit on May 7, 2011 at 1:57am — No Comments

MamaBlogger365 - Kim Jennings, Remembers to TUNE IN!

I decided to write myself a letter – a forgotten art – as a way of kickstarting myself into the new year.


Dear Me,

I’m so sorry I’ve been so out of touch. I know you know I’ve been busy, and I know you say you understand, but really, I have no excuse for having neglected you most of this past year.

I thought so…

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Added by Join Mama on January 25, 2011 at 1:05pm — No Comments

MamaBlogger365 – HOW CAN WE IMPROVE The Experience of MOTHERHOOD by Patrice Moerman/ Posted by Joy Rose for JOIN MAMA

This is from my friend Patrice Moerman who is part of the MAMAPALOOZA Festival in Washington DC. I think so many of us struggle to be 'Good Moms', but sometimes it's hard to combine our passion with our mothering. The MAMABLOGGER365 series examines these issues and attempts to answer the question(s) 'What is a mother' and what are the issues mothers face'. All while raising awareness for the brand new 'Museum Of Motherhood'. -- Would love your input, help, participation and friendship.…

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Added by Join Mama on January 18, 2011 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

MamaBlogger365 – Keeping The Faith by Leticia Valasquez

I was taken aback when the ophthalmologist told me I could have a uveal melanoma in my right eye, near the optic nerve, and that removing it (which might be necessary to save my life) could destroy the vision in that eye. I was paralyzed with fear, in my…
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Added by Join Mama on January 17, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

Join Mama w/MAMABlogger365 initiative ~ Gwyneth Paltrow, Stress & Strategies, raising awareness for M.O.M.

It’s so easy to turn inward when we think about motherhood and what it means and how we do it every day. But even celebrities are not immune to trying to do it all – of course, their circumstances and list of daily to-do’s are different, but in essence, maybe not so much, as evidenced by…

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Added by Join Mama on January 15, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments

MamaBlogger365 – Thirty-eight!!!!! by Lynn Kuechle

According to the Save the Children, Mother Index, the United States ranks 38th in the world of the best places to be a mother…38th… the United States of America!! “A woman in the US…

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Added by Join Mama on January 7, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments

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