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Happy Easter!!!!


#SMB -Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

#SMB -Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Social Media helps you to connect with others, get your posts seen and shared. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media and Blogging

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps to grow our audience and hone our skills. It will put you in the position to be noticed by Brands. Brands who do business with bloggers.

Social Media and Monetizing your Blog

Brands want bloggers that are connected. Not only are they looking for a large following, they search for bloggers who have an engaged following. You may have a million followers on Twitter, but are you interacting with them? If not, you won’t be as valuable to a Brand as someone with 5,000 followers that are interactive.

Building a large, committed platform can take years. It’s a lot of work and it takes a concentrated effort. Let’s work together to speed it up a bit.

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog Gidget from Mommy Perfect
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sundays
Tinese from Inspired by A3  

Social Media Blast

We have partnered together to bring you the Social Media Blast. Each week we will feature a different social media platform, link up your account and follow the others in the linkup. Your social media numbers will grow, but follower growth is just one part of the equation. We can help you with the numbers, it’s up to you to make the connection.

When you are clicking through to each social media account in the linkup, take some action. Like a few status updates, comment or share. Make a connection.

If you are working to make yourself attractive to Brands, size does matter. Honest. Brands want to work with Bloggers, make them take notice of you, take action and grow!

Grow Big and Grow Quickly

In order to grow quickly and begin making money from your blog you need to build your platforms.  The quickest way to grow is to join with other bloggers, working together to build each other. Add your link below, follow and be followed! Let’s work together and make 2017 a phenomenal year.

Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs each Thursday, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

There will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build each week, we will focus on the platforms Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more that will follow you.

Social Media Blast Requirements

ONE Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

TWO Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

THREE Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

This week we’re focusing on Twitter

This week, link up the URL to your Twitter account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

To find the URL to your Twitter profile, open up Twitter, click your profile picture on the right side, click view profile, grab the URL in the browser bar.

My URL is:

Yours should be similar!

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2017 a year for blogging community!

PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money to Tweet their products? The larger and more involved your Twitter Following the more money you can be paid. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket! 


Easter Paper Plate Bunny

Easter Paper Plate Bunny
Happy Easter! This week we are making an easy paper plate bunny. Why not try it as well? I will show you how on the blog!

Last week we made an Easter bunny puppet on the blog for D.  L wasn’t so keen on that idea, so we had to come up with a different idea for him.

He really wanted a bunny.  He really wanted to use the paper plates.  But he didn’t want the same as his brother.  But most of all, he didn’t want a puppet.

As a twin mum I have had to get used to this.  Sometimes they want the EXACT same thing.  Sometimes ‘same, same but different.”

So I came up with something that looked sufficiently different for L to do and he was pretty chuffed.

Easter Paper Plate Bunny

What do you need to make an Easter Paper Plate Bunny

  • two paper plates
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • scissors
  • cotton ball
  • coloured card
  • sellotape
  • a pen

The first step is to cut two strips off the first paper plate to make the ears.  Then L coloured the inside of the ears in pink.

We then stuck them onto the other paper plate.  We originally tried this with glue, however that didn’t work.  It just wouldn’t stick. So I had to stick them on with sellotape in the end.

L then made a face with a spare yellow sticker we had, a cotton ball and a pen.

I then cut out a bowtie for L to stick on the bunny.  L was pretty happy with this craft. Simple, easy and fun to do.  Oh, and I have only had to re-stick the ears on a couple of times!

If you have any fun craft ideas for Easter, then I would love you to let me know in the comments below.

We hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday.  Don’t eat too much chocolate … or do, it is Easter after all!



Will to Live – Blog Hop Tour

Will to Live – Blog Hop Tour

I love reading new books and it is fabulous to discover new ones and be able to share them on the blog with you.

This week I have been reading Will to Live.  A fabulous page turner which I would recommend you add to your holiday reading list.

About Will To Live

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, discover the latest addition to Rachel Amphlett’s new series today.

My Thoughts

I have not read any books by author Rachel before. However, I am impressed with this book. I will definitely be reading more from her.

The book was the second in this series. My next move is to get the first book and read the original story.  Still, I was able to enjoy this book regardless even though I had not read the first book.

This well paced book is a fabulous crime thriller and one of my favourite genres of book.  However, there is so much more to the book.  It is not just about the crime, it is about the characters as well. Which really sets it apart from your average crime book.  You really buy into Kay, her husband and her other relationships.

About the Author: Rachel Amphlett

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series. Along with a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and is currently based in Brisbane, Australia. Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association. The Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

You can keep in touch with Rachel by signing up to her mailing list via her website ( Or, via Facebook ( and Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Will to Live book tour