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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.

How to Stay Fit On Vacay

When you’re planning to get away from it all, staying fit might not always be at the top of your priority list. Adding workouts into your vacation routine doesn’t have to be a buzzkill, and can even be a fun way to experience a new city.

If exercising isn’t currently part of your daily schedule, vacation is the perfect time to try something new on for size. A good workout can help you sleep better and provide an opportunity (if you need one) to really splurge on meals and dessert while you are away from the house.

We’ve put together a few creative ways you can keep up with your workouts, or introduce something new, while you are on the road.

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How to Shop the Farmers Market

As summer wraps up, so will the growing season for most produce throughout the country. Now is the best time to hit up your local farmer’s market to experience the freshest fruits and vegetables you’ll get all year round.

Shopping at the farmer’s market during the summer supports the local community and lowers your carbon footprint, ensuring that the items you bring home came from a nearby farm instead of being shipped halfway around the world.

We’ve all been to the market and come home with a bag of artisan pasta, fresh banana bread, and little to no produce. Before you grab your market bags and head out the door we have a few tricks you should know to help ensure your trip is fruitful.

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Momtreprenuer 101: Paid Apps for Bloggers

Starting off as a new blogger can be free, but as you grow your blog and expand your business you’ll want to consider extending beyond complementary tools to paid products developed to make your life easier.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite paid resources for bloggers. Many of these start out with a free option, allowing you to test their features before making a bigger commitment.

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9 house plants you won’t kill

House plants add greenery while helping to clean the air and remove toxins from your home, but at first glance, adding a plant means extra work. Some days it’s hard enough to take care of the things in the house that make noise (kids and pets), but plants will silently suffer until one day you notice a pile of brown leaves in the corner.

If that sounds like you, have no fear! We’ve put together a list of our favorite house plants that will make even the newest gardener look like the top green thumb on the block.

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5 Things You’re Paying For That You Could Get For Free

Saving money doesn’t always mean you need to have to give up the things you enjoy. There are plenty of things we pay for everyday that you can find some savings on (making coffee instead of going to Starbucks) or even get for FREE with a few extra steps.

We’ve rounded up a few of the creature comforts you might not know you could snag for free with just a couple of easy steps.

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7 podcasts to inspire your side hustle

Building a business is hard, but finding ways to stay on track and motivated doesn’t have to be. No matter what type of entrepreneur you are, learning from others can help you grow your business. While there are hundreds of books on entrepreneurship, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to sit down and read; that’s why we love podcasts.

We’ve rounded up our favorite podcasts that help keep us on track and working towards achieving our dreams throughout the day.

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Making Summer Cleaning Fun with Casabella

Keeping a clean house is a challenge, even in the best of situations. With warmer weather bringing more outdoor activities and full days of the kiddos home without school, balancing cleaning with making summer memories can be difficult. Using cleaning tools that make keeping the house together can free up time, allowing you to focus on what’s important this summer.

Today, we want to share some of the tools from Casabella that will take the work out of cleaning your home. Be sure to tune into our Facebook Live video event on June 29th at 9 pm EST (or watch the replay later on) to learn more and see the products in real life. 

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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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