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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.

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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Momtrepreneur 101: Using Search Engines For Your Mommy Blog

Launching a new blog is hard enough, understanding all the nuances of how to be successful on the internet doesn’t have to be another part of the puzzle. Whether you are starting fresh or working on an existing site, improving how your website appears in Google will increase the number of visitors to your posts and grow the number of followers you have.

Google (and Bing, Yahoo, and all the other search engines) use algorithms to determine what their users are most likely looking for and serve relevant content. With strong content and an eye for search engine optimization (SEO), you can help increase where your site appears.

Today, we’ll share some best practices for how Mommy Bloggers can create a strong foundation for search engines and bring more readers to your posts.

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Momtrepreneur 101: SEO For Photographers

Photography is one of the most competitive businesses to be in. Years of study, high quality equipment, and a passion for capturing memories help photographers get started in the industry, but ultimately finding new customers is what will keep your company in the black.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is key to building a website that drives new customers to your business. If you can’t be found online, it’s challenging to launch and grow a business long term. We’ve put together a list of SEO basics that will help improve your photography website and give you the skills to start making small changes that can grow the numbers of visitors to your website.

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Back to the Gym with Brooks Running Sports Bras

It’s a new year and many of us are getting off the couch and getting active again! Heading to the gym is hard enough; choosing the right sports bra doesn’t need to be another challenge in your daily journey towards fitness. Selecting the right coverage for the gals will help ensure your comfort and confidence no matter how hard you’re working. Stop hitting the gym in the same old bra from college and check out Brooks Running’s line of sports bras, designed specifically for women on the go.

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How to Use Hashtags Momtrepreneur 101

Added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2010, you are most likely familiar with hashtags throughout social media, but do you know where the term originated from and what the best practices are for how to use them?

Before social media took over the symbol, the lonely # [number or pound] sign was resigned to mailing addresses and pencil types. With limited use in everyday conversation, the pound sign was ideal for helping users of fast paced Twitter to group discussions in an easy to search platform. Since then, other social sites have adopted hashtag usage but few users understand how hashtags can be more than an aside at the end of your most recent post.

We’ve put together some tips and tricks for how to properly use hashtags on a variety of social sites and how Momtrepreneurs can capitalize on this social tool for growing your businesses.

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Natural Air Cleaning Tips

As we head into the cooler months keeping the air clean inside your home becomes more challenging when you can’t open the windows for fresh clean air.

This August, researchers from the American Chemical Society presented findings on a study that demonstrated how house plants are the ideal solution for cleaning the air within homes and buildings by lowering volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside homes that can result in increased dizziness, asthma or allergies.

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Celebrating the Holidays Away from Family

When you first move away from family it becomes routine to pack up your bags and head home when the snow starts to fly for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. As time goes by and circumstances change, it may become too difficult to gather up the whole family for big trips every year.

Spending holidays away from family is challenging, but using the opportunity to make new traditions is a fun way to celebrate. Today we’ve put together a list of how you can manage your homesickness by creating a holiday family celebration of your own, no matter how far away your tree is from where your heart calls home. 

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How to Winterize Your Car

Cold weather means more than pulling the jackets and sweaters out of storage. Preparing your car for winter weather will help keep you and your family safe on the icy roads and prevent costly repairs later on in the season. While the weather is still mild in early December, take the time to make sure your car is ready for the icy months ahead by checking off all our car winterization tips. 

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