Get It Done With Microsoft Office {Giveaway}

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(Disclosure:  I participated in the Microsoft Office 365 campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.)

You never know how much you take something for granted until you don’t have it. I never realized how much I used Microsoft Office products until I didn’t have them on my computer. I couldn’t edit Word documents people sent me, I couldn’t easily create invoices, and I had a lot of trouble opening attachments I was sent that were written in Word.

One thing I really wanted to do was create some sort of spreadsheet to track my blog income better. I had been relying on email and a sheet of scrap paper to keep track of things but that was a horrible system. Once I got Microsoft Office back I immediately created a spreadsheet using excel.

Using a spreadsheet has made it a lot easier to see when projects have been completed and when I should expect to be paid. I also created a blog expenses sheet and a sheet to keep track of where I have promoted posts on social media. All of these spreadsheets have made me much more efficient.

One other bonus of using Microsoft Office is that it can be accessed anywhere I go. The 9 to 5 has blurred and today people need modern technology to find balance. From the home to the office, and especially on the go, people all around the world are working differently than the past. I work from home full-time and, though I’m mostly at my computer, I need to be able to get work done even when I’m not home.

Show Microsoft how you #GetItDone and you and a friend could win a trip to some of the most happening events anywhere. Get it done alongside the most accomplished athletes, filmmakers and musicians around—on a trip to NYC, a journey to Park City, Utah, or a musical voyage to Austin, Texas. Visit http://bit.ly/GetItDoneContest to share and enter to win:

  • A February trip to NYC, America’s most get it done city—with enough cash to buy tickets to the big football showdown, or catch your favorite Broadway show.
  • Slap on your skis and head to Utah this January, where you can get it done in between indie flicks in Park City.
  • Fly to Austin in March, where you’ll enjoy a boot-scootin’ week of living history, live music and interactive in the heart of Texas.

Enter to win here at Making Time For Mommy, too! One reader will win a one-year subscription (US $99.99 value) of Office 365 Home Premium.

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me how you’d use Microsoft Office on the go

2) Share this giveaway on a social network.

3) Follow @Office on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends November 24, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

Four Years Ago! {Wordless Wednesday}

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My blog is a few days away from celebrating it’s FOUR YEAR BIRTHDAY!! Wow! In honor of that I thought I’d share some pictures that were taken the week I started the blog {It’s hard to remember Jacob was ever this little…}

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Why I Love Collective Bias

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Happy 1/2 Birthday, Collective Bias!!!

To celebrate I am sharing 11 things I love about Collective Bias and their community of bloggers, Social Fabric:

1) The supportive Social Fabric community

2) I can choose groups and opportunities that interest me

3) You can tell the CB employees really love what they do

4) Collective Bias employees interact with the blogging community online and in “real life”

5) CB works with awesome brands and retailers

6) People can be as involved in the community as they want to be

7) Community members are used as campaign leads and given extra opportunities for growth

8) Collective Bias and the brands/retailers listen to our opinions and thoughts

9) Opportunities are paid because CB knows that our time and influence are worth money

10) Collective Bias looks at a bloggers full reach, not just numbers

11) I get to “meet” and interact with other bloggers on a daily basis

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If you are a blogger and would like to know more about Collective Bias I would love to tell you more or answer any questions you may have. You can find me on Twitter (@aliciamarie) or email me at: aliciamarie112 {at} hotmail {dot} com. (Disclosure: I am not being compensated for this post. I am on the Advisory Committee for Collective Bias and really love being a part of the “awesomesauce” community!)

Announcing My Type A Parent Conference Sponsor (And A Giveaway)

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I am pleased to announce my ticket sponsor to the Type A Parent Conference is New Blog Hosting. New Blog Hosting offers affordable blog hosting and also blog design. I am excited to be helping represent this company for a number of reasons:

In discussing how we would work together and what his goals were Peter said the following in an email to me: “helping people is more important than making money.” Obviously, everyone wants to make money but he really wants to go to this conference to share his expertise and knowledge with others. That is the kind of business owner he is and those are the kind of people that I like to work with.

Another thing I love about New Blog Hosting is that $15 of every hosting package bought goes to Charity. Peter and his family are saving money to buy a well for people in Africa. I wrote about this cause back in March because it’s important to me, too!

So he likes to help others and money goes to charity…but what about the hosting? you may ask. For $35 per year you get reliable hosting. He will even help with data transfer if you already have a blog and need help moving it. I have never transferred my site but I have heard horror stories about lost data. I couldn’t imagine posts I’ve lovingly written gone because I attempted to do things myself.

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Will you be at the Type A Conference next weekend?

If so, watch for tweets from me to find out where I am throughout the conference. Exchange business cards with me and have the chance to win either a year of hosting from New Blog Hosting or a Starbuck’s gift card! I also may have an extra treat to share with you but you’ll just have to wait to see what it is ;)

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Not going to make the Type A Parent Conference?

That’s ok because I have something for you, too! You can enter to win a year of hosting (and assistance in transferring your site if needed).

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

(You may do any or all of the following)

1. Sign up for the New Blog Hosting e-newsletter

2) Follow @NewBlogHosting on Twitter

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Tweet: “Enter to win a year of hosting from @NewBlogHosting and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends on July 13, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I am attending Type A Conference this weekend thanks to my sponsor, New Blog Hosting. All opinions are my own.)

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

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Ultimate Blog Party 2011

If you are stopping by from 5 Minutes For Mom, hello and welcome to the party! I participated last year and had SO MUCH FUN meeting new people! Since I am a huge list maker I thought I’d share 10 things about myself as a little icebreaker and invite you to share something about yourselves in the comments below!

Random Fact #1: My least favorite household chore is putting clean laundry away.

Random Fact #2: I work from home and every day I don’t have to go anywhere I can be found in sweats. {Attractive, huh?}

Random Fact #3: I love doing jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku puzzles.

Random Fact #4: I own more books than I could read in a year but I refuse to get rid of them because “someday” I will have the chance to read them.

Random Fact #5: My favorite store is Target because of their dollar section, clearance prices, and fun patterns.

Random Fact #6: I went to college in Ohio and was the only student from Illinois on campus.

Random Fact #7: In high school I spent one summer on tour with a traveling Christian choir.

Random Fact #8: Organization makes me giddy with happiness.

Random Fact #9: Blogging started out as a hobby and has turned into a part-time job that I love. Working for Living My MoMent as the Social Media Manager is pretty awesome, too. Between the two of them I spend over 45 hours a week online!

Random Fact #10: I can’t wait until my children are old enough to be in sports so I can be a “soccer mom”. It’s been my dream since grade school.

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Want to get to know me more?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Blog Statistics

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Sometimes looking at the site statistics for Making Time For Mommy make me laugh. Sometimes they make me cry. And sometimes they make me scratch my head in amazement. Here are ten random facts about my site according to WordPress:

1. Twitter has brought me more blog readers than any other site.

2. My biggest blog referrer to date is: http://www.orgjunkie.com (meaning that site has sent me the most traffic since 2008).

3. When it comes to search engine terms the most common one that leads people to my blog is: “Croatian sayings”. This is funny to me since the only place I mention Croatia at all on my blog is on my “life goals” page where I state that one of my goals is to be able to speak Croatian fluently.

4. My post about my nephew’s Toy Story birthday party and my niece’s ladybug birthday party posts each get more views than both my children’s first and second birthday party posts combined!

5. Though I only have a few posts that talk about crochet items on my blog, I get someone coming to my blog everyday who has used a search term with the word “crochet” in it. Hope they are not looking for directions on how to crochet because they would be very disappointed!

6. My first month of blogging I only got 30 page views. That’s about one per day.

7. Maybe it’s because my post titles my first month of blogging were the dates the post was written and not what the actual post was about….

8. Other than directing people to my facebook, my twitter, and the link to subscribe to my blog’s feed, the most commonly clicked link on my blog is to a fabulous Etsy shop called Mimi’s Babies.

9. My most popular non-giveaway post to date is: Ultimate Blog Party

10. Even more awesome than all these statistics?? YOU, MY READERS!! Thank you! :)

Friday Follow- March 12th

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Friday Follow celebration is hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades

Here’s how YOU can join the celebration:
  • * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
  • * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
  • * Follow as many blogs as you like
  • * Comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
  • * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site.  Just one – but you can follow each blog.  Follow a few or follow them all.

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Click here to enter your link and view the entire list of entered links…

Friday Follow- March 5th

Friday Follow

Friday Follow celebration is hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades

Here’s how YOU can join the celebration:
  • * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
  • * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
  • * Follow as many blogs as you like
  • * Comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
  • * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site.  Just one – but you can follow each blog.  Follow a few or follow them all.

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.


MckLinky Blog Hop

Click here to enter your link and view the entire list of entered links…

So Excited….

I now have tickets for both BlogHer and the Relevant Conference. I am so excited to be going to both but sadly have to wait over five months for one and eight months for the other. I surely will talk about both in greater detail as the months go by but just couldn’t wait to make the announcement! :)

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I am currently looking for companies to sponsor me to both conferences and can’t wait to tell you about the awesome companies I will be representing once they are confirmed!

Friday Follow

Friday Follow

This week I am joining in on the “Friday Follow” meme which was designed for people to find new blogs to visit and subscribe to. If you subscribe t0 my blog please leave a comment letting me know so that I can subscribe to yours, too :) Have fun finding new wonderful blogs to read! :)

MckLinky Blog Hop

Click here to enter your link and view the entire list of entered links…

A New Way of Doing Things Around Here…

So I have made and will be continuing to make some changes with this site. I’ve decided I really want to make this blogging thing a bigger deal than I have been.

The biggest change I’m going to make is the name of my blog. I named it “life” because I didn’t have any creative thoughts at the time. “Life” is just a little to broad and really doesn’t tell anyone what the blog is about. I don’t have a name for the blog yet but I’m brainstorming :)

Another change I’ve started with this post is actually giving the posts titles that make sense instead of just having the title be the date that I write the post. This way people will: 1) know what the blog is about and 2) it will maybe come up in search engines. I believe each post is dated anyways underneath the title.

I also want to add more: links, pictures, and media. I read about 100 different blogs so I’d like to introduce people to those blogs that I read by linking to them in my post if I think the blog (or a post in it) has to do with the subject I’m talking about. I also would like to add pictures that are relevant and maybe some videos/music that are as well.

The last thing I’m working on changing is the look of my blog. Every other blog I visit is fancy and professional and mine is just a template from wordpress. Guess I’ll have to figure out how to change it…

One thing I will keep the same is the theme of the blog which is talking about my life as a mom and also as a woman. My children are very important to me but a lot of what this blog is about has to do with achieving the goals that I have set for myself in all areas of my life, not just in motherhood.

Hopefully I can develop this blog into something more meaningful to my readers and encourage other moms to become the people they have always dreamed of becoming.

Now to end this lets try a link to my blogroll which will show all the blogs I subscribe to in a rss feeder:

http://rpc.bloglines.com/blogroll?html=1&id=aliciamarie112

FYI: It took about 5 tries to get the link above to be clicky… this may be a slow process :)

July 27, 2008

Jacob at the waterpark

Since I have yet to decide if I can commit to writing in two blogs I am just going to write about everything in this one right now. I really want to do a separate blog for my life as a mom and then maybe one on a baby website for Jacob but I don’t know if I will have the energy or time to take those things on. I am still deciding what I’m going to do once my maternity leave is over. Sometimes I think that I’d like to be a stay at home mom and then other times I think that I might like to go back to work, even if only part-time. Anyways, about today… I took Jacob to a children’s waterpark with my mom, my sister in law, her mom, and my nephew. There was also a playground area and Jacob played in the sand for the first time. Ok, well really I just covered his feet with sand but that counts right? He was full of smiles so I think he had lots of fun. As far as the list goes, I wrote my very first thank you card from my baby shower. I’m a little late (it was at the beginning of April) but I figure better late then never. I also still need to do Jacob’s birth announcements from the beginning of June. I am such a procrasinator. Well, it’s now the 28th and it should be noted that I am now 25 years old. The past few years have flown by me yet it doesn’t seem like much has been accomplished. I worked, had a baby, spent time with family but other than that did a whole lot of nothing. I decided the other day that I am not going to let another few years go by without any great personal growth. By July 28, 2011 I will be a better me. But right now that means ending this post and getting some much needed sleep.