Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...Football, Football, Football!

From Astroturf to Grass just mowed by the Chief of Police, 
I bring you my 2 full days of Football!

My Family

Back Row: Grandpa Hoese, Grandpa Elzea, Auntie Debbie, Uncle Steve
Middle Row: Grandma Elzea, Grandma Hoese, Me, The Hubs
Front and Center: Tyler

#47 is my Son, ready to receive or hit someone!

MN Vikings vs Detroit Lions

Me and My Boys

Me and Ty

Me and The Hubs

Me and My Boys haven some Fun!

The Big Ship

One of the TouchDowns we did get!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Promotional Material for Napkin Dispenser

Here are some Awesome promotional material I designed for my Client, Gert and Ermas Coffee Shop!  I think they turned out Pretty Good, even if I do say so myself!

Monday, September 19, 2011

So I wanna know...Where or When do you get your ideas from?

Some of my best ideas, solutions  come from my shower and while driving home or late at night when I am trying to sleep.  I don't know if its because I'm by myself or because I am talking to myself in my head. All I know is thats when my creative thinking flows the best.

So I wanna know...Where or When do you get your ideas from?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thoughts for the day...‏

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just arn't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day!

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page Social Media report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Hair Brained Idea....

Ok so I have gone and done it again.  This time I have challenged myself and any other blog reader to a reading challenge! To be specific its a Social Media and Blogging Challenge.  

I created a new blog Social Media Blogging Challenge go over and check it out and join me. You can get all the detail there too, but feel free to ask me any questions that you might have.

I will make a button soon so all that are doing the challenge with me can be a proud member of the challenge and display it on their very own blog!

Good Luck! I know I'm gonna need it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...Back to school!

It seems like only yesterday when I saw him off to Kindergarden...

11 Years I have a Sophomore...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Teenage Attitude...Taken away the Laptop!

I can't say that I blame the the Hubs for taken it away.  On more then one occasion I have told our son to turn down his ChainSaw or Canadian snowplow driver YouTube videos. But my tolerance level and the husbands are different.  As long as I can listen to the TV and play work on my iPad I tolerate it, but the Hubs just watches TV when he watches TV and when someone interrupts it you better watch out.  

Awhile ago the Hubs decided to take the kids laptop away.  Why? Well one of several reasons.  The biggest reason was because he could not lay on the couch and watch TV without having our son's YouTube video blaring and interfering with his TRU TV soaps and when you interrupt the Hubs TV you better be ready for some smack-down   

Anyways, Ty went about 24 hours without this computer, but he was using his iPhone as a back up so it didn't really bother him until the Hubs had a Fire-meeting and Tyler and I get to have our sit in front of our computers with no complaining or interfering night. That he asked what I had done with his computer.  

I told him that I did nothing with it but I have the power to return it if he agrees to the stipulations placed on its return.  He gave me this look like "Ok she means business but WTF did I do to get into this" kinda look.  So I tell him that he can have it back but can no longer have it in the living-room.  He imedetaly asks if he can just have it back while dad is at fire-I calmly look at him and say no.  You can have your laptop back if you clean the mess by your chair and your laptop will now have a new home because you have failed to listen when we tell you to turn down the volume.  

So I proceed to tell him that there are 3 approved areas.  The first being a built in desk in the kitchen that I have overtaken with a huge mess and that would require me to help him clean. The second our old table that is in front of a window in the kitchen filled with plants that get brought in in the winter or the third his toy-drum-office-second bedroom.  He didn't like any of the options and proceeds to say well why don't I just take my chair and bring it to the downstairs living room and then I will be out of everyones way and the upstairs living-room will be much nicer.  I tell Mr. No-It-ALL that is not one of the three options and that this is my house and when he has his own house that he can decorate it however he wants, but until then the chair stays where it is.  

So he's pissed and starts to clean up his garbage around his chair.  He's up and downstairs and in the kitchen.  I ask him if he has made a decision on where he will be keeping his laptop and he replies with a "Thats for me to know" remark.  Which iI follow with a "Well, until you tell me where it will be kept; you won't get it back!" which has no effect.  He goes back downstairs.  So I think that he is cleaning his extra room.  Only to be totally wrong.  He comes up and says I'm ready for my computer.  I said "you cleaned your entire room?" which is followed by a "No, I cleaned off the table in the downstairs living room, so I can watch TV and have my laptop!" I calmly tell him "Ty, this was not an option, and in return I get a well I don't want my computer in the other places and I say "well you don't have an option in this and you need to choose one of the three I gave you and not come up with your own solution"

WOW did that piss him off!!!!

So how do you deal with your Teenager's attitude!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Buttons that Rock!

 I'm compiling a list of Awesome Buttons along with their Kick Butt blogs.  Go and Check them out!

  Jackie over at  With Just a Bit of Magic is my Long Time BBB-Best Blog Buddy.  We connected  over the SITS 31 day Blog Challenge last summer, and have been BBB since.  

SocialNicole  I connected with Social Nicole first via Twitter then we met in real life at OMS-Online Marketing Summit last summer.  Let me tell you she is a wealth of knowable when it come to Social Media and Non-Profit. 


Daria over at Mom in Management is a blast.  She sent me an email and we hit if off from there. She lives in Colorado-and that makes me a bit jealous.

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Kim over at Ramblings of a Not-So-Perfect Mom has the best button! She tells ya up front the way its gonna be.

belle bean chicago dog 
Liz...over at A Belle A Bean and a Chicago Dog she is a super social Thirty-something. Temporarily-retired marketer.Head of an internet-shopping, SUV-driving, organic-eating, HFCS-avoiding, house-remodeling family ,Stay-at-home mom and Co-founder of Eli | Rose Social Media.


 Jill over at Single Mom on a Budget is my Blogging/Twitter Buddy that Rocks!  Jill and I connected by way of our mutual friend Jackie aka 
 With Just a Bit of Magic.  

Morgan over at The Little Hen House just plan rocks! Go and check her out!

Tatter Scoops

How could I forget Maureen over at Tatter Scoops! She is Indonesian by birth, westernized by heart, single mom - blogger - full time worker - lifetime learner - photography lover - travel junkie - writer wanna be - living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

6 Tools to help Monitor your Social Media Presence in a snap!

You dont need to spend countless hours monitoring your Social Media Presence.  Below are 5 tools that you can use while drinking your morning coffee and work into your daily online marketing routine.  

But if you don't have time to digest and monitor all this data, you can always hire me to do it for you!!!

1)Nutshell Mail- from Constant Contact.  Lets you track your brand or brands social media activity and will deliver it to your inbox when you want it. It also let you respond to a comment, follow or unfollow  connection on Twitter 

2)Google Alerts- Check  for your company name, products, executives or brand terms. To set this up, enter your search terms in a Google Alert and select to receive updates as they happen or once daily. Now, when people blog about your products, an alert will be sent to your inbox. You can read the articles, respond or forward to a client or college right away! 

3) Facebook Status-Visit your Fan Page's Facebook Insights. This can be found under the page's main photo if you are an admin for your page. Scan your active users and interaction stats. Check out your wall posts or new discussions if you have them enabled for your page.

4) Twitter-Check Twitter for chatter about your company : Use tools like Hoot SuiteTweetDeck orTwitter Search to monitor conversations about your company. Make sure to check your mentions and follow back any new followers. For an added bonus you could also do a shout out to your new followers and participate in #FF (Follow Friday) to build your following 

5) LinkedIn  Search for questions and answers on LinkedIn that you or members of your company can answer.  Participating in conversation of groups generates awareness that will help you become a noticed leader or expert in your field.

6) Google Reader: Use Google Reader to check Flickr, Digg and others. You can also set up a RSS Feed to search for company name, industry terms, competitors and anything else that might be relevant to your brand.