Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Heartbeat Magazine November 2013 Cover, WW

The latest issue of the Heartbeat Magazine is online. Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone!
This month's copy is featuring Elizabeth Flothe. Elizabeth loves to pose when I have props to use and she makes it fun. I took several photos of this shoot and she was ever so patient. Read more in the Dream Now story on page 9.

Be sure to enter this months giveaway!

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Nicole Flothe
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

What is Bloglovin?

Do you have a Bloglovin account?  Bloglovin is a website that offers you the opportunity to follow the blogs you love all in one newsfeed.  The company was created in Sweden and they wanted to offer a blog reader to their fashion industry bloggin friends.  After launching one week later they had 1000 people signed up and now they have popular blog posts and so many other great features.  My favorite icon from the site to post on your blog is the Eifell Tower logo!

I got an email from Bloglovin after I joined and here are David's top 5 tips on how you can grow your Bloglovin following:

1) Add a Follow Button. Add a Bloglovin follow button on the sidebar of your blog. This will encourage your readers to start following your blog, and as your followers grow, your blog will rank higher on Bloglovin. You can create your own follow button – or you can use one of our standard follow widgets here. Pro Advice: The sidebar is great – but a Bloglovin link in the header works wonders to grow your followers. Pro Example:

2) Add a Bloglovin Link at the Bottom of Your Blog Posts. Bloggers that add a link at the bottom of every post grow their followers and ranking 5X faster than those that don’t. Pro Example:

3) Put Yourself Out There. One of the best ways to grow your followers is to create a post explaining what Bloglovin does – your readers will also appreciate the tip on better blog reading! Pro Example:

4) Connect Your Blog to Facebook Make sure to connect your blog to Facebook. Bloggers that do get on average, 120 more visitors per post than bloggers that don't. Connect your blog here:

5) Invite Your Friends to Follow Your Blog

I’m so happy to be a part of the bloglovin’ family!

If you have any questions you can check out 

I've also recently joined a Bloglovin Blog Hop for the month of November!  

1.  Follow your host and co-hosts (you can click on the profile pics above or find them in the linky).
2.  Enter your link directly to your Bloglovin' profile (remember, you will have to manually upload your photo).
3.  Visit 3-5 other bloggers in the linky.
4.  Tweet and share this hop!
5. Let me know if you add the button below to your blog (provide a link). I'll give you some social media touts!

Happy Kids, Inc

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Review, To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel, WW

I finished my book from Booksneeze this week titled, To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel.  It was a whirlwind of a story and I felt like I was going full speed to try and figure out who would be able to help the main character Julia's son. I really enjoyed learning about Julia and her families life and I felt her pain as a parent of young kids.  The cover of the book caught my eye, a perfect fit for The Heartbeat Magazine Blog!

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.
Julia Whittaker’s rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.
Julia and Matt Whittaker’s son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a “living liver” transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon’s time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.
But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with—to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she’s never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters’ lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she’s probably embarking on a fool’s errand—searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

My mother was adopted and this book is a great support for those that may have been adopted to understand why their mothers made the decisions they made. It also gives hope to people that one day may meet their parents and other siblings and connect with them.   Lastly, for those of you that have ever had relationship problems this book shares how each person deals with their troubles and resolves their situations.  

What book did you just finish or are reading now? 

If you participate in Wordless Wednesday, leave your blog link.  This is not so wordless but sometimes that's the way it works.  I'll be sure to visit your blog and leave a comment too!  

Nicole Flothe
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Finding Beautiful Free Fall Photos Online

I was listening to a podcast over the weekend and they mentioned a service they use for finding beautiful photos for posting on their blogs and media sites.  The recommended site was, it's so easy to use and since I was doing some research on creating a fall blog post I thought I'd share my top 10 photos I found on the site.

Which one is your favorite?  I think the funniest one is Kermit the frog in the leaves!


This post is part of the Sharing is Caring Thanksgiving Blog Hop hosted by Life With LovebugsThe Jenny Evolution and, Chicken Scratch NY!
All of the blogs listed below are sharing Thanksgiving or Fall themed posts as part of this event, so click on one or all of the links below to find some great recipes, tutorials, crafts and more!

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