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Anne Murlowski

Annie is a lifestyle blogger from the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. She lives just outside Denver with her husband Drew and their Corgi Rogue. Offline she works as a marketing manager specializing in digital marketing and social media. You can find Annie, and her passion for all things Colorado, DIY, Cooking and Decor at RockyMtnBliss. or on Twitter at @RockyMtnBliss.

Momtreprenuer 101: Free Apps for Bloggers

Getting started as a blogger can be a hard and expensive process. Building a website from the ground up, paying designers to create a logo or customize a blog template, purchasing stock photos… the list goes on and on. As you build your brand, free tools and apps can help you establish your website without breaking the bank.

Our list of free tools will help you get started as a blogger by making many of the things you might need to pay for initially, a little bit more accessible. Most of these tools start free, but as you progress into their advanced features, may require a small monthly fee.

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How to Cut the Cable Cord

If budget living has you looking to cut expenses, doing away with the $100+ cable bill might be a great item to remove from your monthly cost list. Do you really need all 300 channels, or are you just regularly watching only 5-10 of your favorites?

We’ve outlined the steps you need to go through to cut your cable bill for good, and still have access to everything your family wants to watch.

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How to Avoid Becoming a Cartoon of Yourself

With motherhood comes new pressures, habits, and stress. How you manage those stressors can often define who you are, both internally and to those around you. Before kids, you may have said “I’ll never do X” or “I can’t believe Suzy does Y”.  We’ve all met moms who have become stereotypes, but few people intentionally want to embody those roles.

The quick infographic below demonstrates some of the most common stereotypes mom’s interact with. Is there anyone you recognize?

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The Grand Valley: Colorado’s Hidden Gem for Families

Mild winters, excellent outdoor activities, and a robust culture of arts and fine dining, it’s no wonder that Colorado has become a calling for visitors from around the country. While the state continues to push records for population growth (number seven in the nation for 2016), the Grand Valley offers a hidden gem in the mountains for families wishing to enjoy Colorado’s allure year round.

Just a few hours outside Denver, the town of Grand Junction is a hub of activities, perfect for packing up the crew and escaping away for an adventure filled getaway. Off the beaten trail, the Grand Valley is ideal for planning a family vacation that will leave a lasting memory and have the whole gang begging to head back to Colorado for your next trip.

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Momtrepreneur 101: Understanding Google Analytics

Having a website is a necessity for launching a new business. Whether you are a photographer, blogger, or a consultant, creating a place for potential customers to find you online is the most important step towards becoming an entrepreneur.

Launching a website is nothing like the Field of Dreams [If you build it, they will come]. Through hard work, a good foundation for SEO, and a solid hustler attitude your website can become a destination for identifying new customers and communicating with existing ones.

Need to install Google Analytics? This tutorial can get you started.

Once you’ve established a website, Google Analytics is how you know for certain if people are finding you, or if you are just shouting out in the void. At first Google Analytics can look like a foreign language, and while there are many things you can dive into in analytics, we’ve outlined the basics below.

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Greek Life For Non-Greek Parents

If you haven’t personally experienced fraternity and sorority life, chances are everything you know about “being Greek” comes from a combination of Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, and SNL.

These tongue in cheek depictions are far from the reality that young men and women experience throughout the country. We’ve put together some of the common questions that families want to ask before their son or daughter signs up for fraternity life.

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Rules for sending your crew to college

When you pack up the car and head off to the hallowed halls of college, it’s a far different world from when you kissed your baby goodbye outside the kindergarten classroom. As a parent, sending a child off to college is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as its own important stage of life. With the “dangers” of co-ed dormitories, late night parties, and professors with high standards, you’ll cross your fingers and hope your son or daughter has everything they need to be successful during their four (or 5-6 years) of undergraduate education.

We’ve put together a list of rules you should be aware of when your baby packs up their bags and heads to campus for the first time.

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12 Cocktails for your Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrating brunch as a family is sometimes harder than it initially sounds. In addition to cleaning the house, now you have to make a big meal first thing in the morning, not to mention wrangling the rest of the crew into proper clothing for Grandma. After all that’s said and done, you’ve earned a drink. 

Our rule for brunch drinks is that if it has fruit in it, you can have it with breakfast. We’ve selected a handful of our favorite brunch cocktail recipes for you to try out for your Mother’s Day celebration. There’s even a few options for those of you who can’t currently enjoy the full strength version of our choices! Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to put back a few in your honor.

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Recycled Decor: DIY Desk Storage #lesswastechallenge

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% ours.

Finding ways to create less trash and provide a better environment we can all enjoy is a mission you may wish to challenge yourself to all year round. Less trash means healthier air, happier animals, and a stronger world for us all to enjoy. As a reminder of how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle, April has been dubbed Earth Month, allowing us to encourage green living beyond a single day. In honor of the occasion we’ve decided to take on the #LessWasteChallenge to reduce 1 lb of waste per week with the help from our friends at Tom’s of Maine. Today we’ll be showcasing one of the ways we’re living out this challenge and mission of Earth Month by reusing items that may otherwise go to the landfill. Today we’ll be sharing how you can repurpose the packaging from your Tom’s of Maine toothpaste to create a trendy pencil holder for your desk or workspace. Why purchase an expensive piece of desk decor when you can make it yourself? 

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Charities you can support in 15 minutes or less

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to give back to the community, both during the month of April and beyond. Contributing to your community goes beyond hours upon hours of community service, and it’s possible to make a difference in just fifteen minutes or less! You might be surprised how easy it is for you to get involved without adding another item to your busy to do list.

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Celebrating St. Patricks Day with Irish Cooking

Half the fun of holidays is how you celebrate them together as a family. St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday that doesn’t have a set agenda you have to follow with how the day is celebrated. From dressing in green to decking the house out with shamrocks, there is no wrong way to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick.

St. Patrick was a fifth-century missionary in Ireland who for most of his life, worked to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Most stories about the day claim Patrick was responsible for driving the snakes from Ireland when in fact Ireland never had a snake problem – the snakes were allegory for the druid worshiping celts. Green clothing, or the wearing of the green, stems from how St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish in 1727. Images of the Saint are often depicted with a cross in one hand, and shamrocks in the other.

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Upgrading your wedding ring

There are dozens of reasons why you might want to upgrade your wedding ring. From changing styles to a milestone anniversary, the reason to update your ring is extremely personal and will vary from woman to woman.

Your wedding band and engagement ring are a symbol of your love and commitment, and upgrading your ring doesn’t always mean starting completely over. Your marriage has evolved and grown since initially taking your vows; why wouldn’t you want your jewelry to share the same evolution?

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Momtrepreneur 101: How to Build an Easy Website

A website is one of the most powerful tools you can have for your business. From launching a new company to enriching an existing one, a good website will help you attract more customers, maintain business relations, and develop your brand.

Building a website can be a complicated process, but for most small business owners, less is more. Just like the last term paper you wrote, your website should focus on the five W’s of your company.

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My Funny Valentine: 10 Punny Card Ideas

Brightly colored hearts and personalized mailboxes mean it’s time for Valentine’s Day! Half the fun of Valentine’s Day is the picking of the perfect classroom cards full of cheesy and amazing puns for your littles to hand out to all their friends. Young hearts can be won or lost on Valentine’s Day, all thanks to a well timed pun.

Thanks to creative designers you can pick out the perfect cards for the whole crew and print at home the night before the classroom party. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite Valentine’s Day card puns to help you choo-choo choose the best card for your little’s Valentine celebration.

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