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Jan
22

Write for theNanaBlogs…

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We are looking for bloggers! Are you interested in writing for theNanaBlogs?

We actually offer two places where your blog posts can be featured – www.NanaHood.com and here at www.theNanaBlogs.com.  If you think you have an article or post that others NEED to read,  send an email with your blog link to submissions@nanahood.com

Topic ideas:

  • Fun (and affordable) activities to do with (your) grandchildren
  • Anything hobby related
  • Challenges facing grandparents today (special needs grandchildren, raising your grandchildren, etc)
  • Legacy – what do you want your grandchildren to know and value
  • Bring on the funny – humorous stories about the grandkiddos
  • Reviews – music, movies, art, tv, books – we want to hear your opinion

Please don’t feel limited to our list of topic ideas – if you have an idea, we hope you will share!

Again, the email address is submissions@nanahood.com What are you waiting for??

We reserve the right to NOT publish anything that we deem inappropriate for our website and goals.

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Jan
15

Help for Haiti

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Just a quick note… with a link to Laura’s HeavenlyHomemakers blog.  She has posted about offering Help to Haiti, and is doing a “giving challenge“.  You can help just by visiting the site and commenting on her blog!  And if you have written a post about helping Haiti, you can link up on her post and help even more!

Blessings to you…

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Jan
14

Busy New Year

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It’s been a busy beginning to a new year, and I apologize for the lack of posting around here!  I have several new series planned (how about some how-tos), and hopefully a few features too!

If YOU are interested in being featured here on theNanaBlogs.com, please just send a note through the contact form and let me know about you and your blog.

If you haven’t been reading the “Less of Me” posts over at NanaHood.com, you need to scootch on over and read them.

More soon…

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Jan
01

Final Thoughts on 2009

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From Teresa…

If there is one thing we all have in common on New Year’s Eve (besides making resolutions)  it’s that we look back and wonder, ” How did another year go by so quickly?”  I’ve been asking myself that for 53 years now (well, truthfully I didn’t realize how fast it went until I turned 30…after that I think someone puts turbo batteries in clocks and the hands spin twice as fast as they once did).

Looking back at the year now is different than it was say 20 years ago. The older I get the more I feel the call to do more for others. It is so easy to stay wrapped in the cocoon of “my world” that often I fail to reach out to those in need, and I don’t have to look very far to see the needy. My grandmother would say, “What’s done is done. We can only move forward.”  While that is true perhaps if we take a look at what we did or didn’t do in 2009, maybe we can do better in 2010 and there’s definitely room for improvement in my life. How about you?

My 2009 thoughts….

1. I wish I had studied my Bible more.  I know where peace and hope reside and I could save myself a lot of grief and worry by studying more, praying more and trusting more in the maker of the universe to guide me. This is at the top of my list of things I will change in 2010.

2. I wish I had been a better friend. The last few years I’ve been spending a little more time with my girlfriends and it’s made me realize how much I’ve taken them for granted over the years. So many times I’ve thought I was “too busy” to take a weekend off and just relax with the girls. This is another area in my life where I want to do better.

3.  One of my biggest personal struggles in 2009 was deciding to leave education to pursue writing full time. When something has been a large part of your life for a very long time it’s tough to know when it’s time to move on, especially when you like what you do and you know that leaving it also means leaving a pay check. Sometimes we need a little push and for me that push came when the editor of the magazine I had written a column for for 13 years informed me they were “revamping the magazine” and my column was being discontinued. I couldn’t imagine life without writing and one day while driving down the road God whispered in my ear (I pray a lot while I’m driving and my brother has always said that’s a good thing) and NanaHood was born. The vision for NanaHood has evolved to one of friendship ( a cool place for grandmother’s and moms to hang out) mentoring (a loving environment where mom’s can ask for help, advice and opinions and receive a thoughtful, loving response) and praise (where every Tuesday we participate in Gratituesday with www.heavenlyhomemakers.com and give thanks to the one from whom all blessings flow!)

What were your greatest challenges in 2009? What do you hope to do differently in 2010? My wish for you this New Year’s Eve is this…

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Happy New Year and may God keep you in His care through the year and the rest of your life!

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Dec
24

Merry Christmas!

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A couple of questions I’m asked regularly are “what can I blog about”  and “what SHOULD I blog about”?  It’s really something each writer/blogger needs to decide, based on interests, likes, and personal experiences.   It’s much easier to write about those things you know and like.

But even if you are passionate about healthy eating… or your grandkids… or your hobby or craft – writer’s block can still set in occasionally.  Well, one of the best ways to jump start the creative juices again is to simply look at the calendar. How simple is that?

Every month, week, and day, there are strange, fun and downright funny holidays and observances celebrated everywhere. In fact, you can even make up your own ‘holiday’ to celebrate on your blog with your readers.

But you don’t have to make it ALL up yourself.  I found a blogging calendar that features some of these fun, crazy holidays. And it has room to jot down your own ideas!  You can use it to literally plan out the year’s content – or just a month or two ahead if you’re not the planning type. This really helps keep your blog going without rushing to write last minute posts.

Download and check it out for yourself. I bet you can find at least a few posts  you can write about from the prompts.  And you can even write about them right away and schedule them for future dates.  (If you need a tutorial on how to schedule a post, click HERE).

Yes, I’m printing out the calendar as I type… you can expect to see at least a few blog posts in 2010 based on the prompts.

What are YOU blogging about today?  Feel free to share your blog links in the comments!

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Dec
17

Scheduling a Post for the Future

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I’m a planner.  An organizer.  A “think about things way, WAY too much in advance” kind of person.

But I also have three children under the age of 7.  Which means that no matter how often I plan and organize and think ahead, I’m always working around curve-balls thrown at me by the kiddos.  Or dodge-balls.  Yes, I’ll admit that my children like to play dodge-ball with my plans, schedule and those dreams for a little REST during their naptime.

(No, I’m not a Nana yet, but I can still blog here, right?  Thanks!)

Anywho… all of this means that I’m actually not really good at the blogging thing, because if anything gets cut from my schedule during these “games” of dodgeball,  it’s the ability to sit and think and put words together in a coherent fashion.

(In case you haven’t noticed, I’m also rather wordy.  You’d think this would help me be a prolific blogger.  Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t).

SO, the point of this post is to tell you how to PLAN in advance for those times when YOU may be dodging balls too.

The next time you are in your admin panel, writing a post, take a look to the right of the “add a new post” box.  You should see a Publish box, with a few options inside it.  One of those options is Publish immediately.  There is an “Edit” link right next to the words “Publish immediately”.  See that?

If you write a post, but want to publish it tomorrow (or next week), simply click the Edit link (BEFORE hitting the Publish button), and click on the date and time you’d like your post to appear.  This changes your Publish button to a Schedule button.  When you are ready to schedule/publish the post, just click that button.

You CAN also change the date/time of a post that has already been posted, so if you accidentally publish too soon, no worries.

And just like that, you can control the date and timing of your blog posts.

Now, if only I could figure out how to control the date and timing of my children’s naps – I’d be in great shape!

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Dec
16

Do you Twitter? Do you Facebook?

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If so, we’d love to have you join us at both locations.

You can follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE

And become a fan of our Facebook Fan page, by clicking HERE

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Dec
15

Born To Blog

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Remember the song “Born to be Wild?” Well, take out the “be wild” and substitute the word “blog” and you’ve got a musical description of this nana. Some nanas were born to knit. Some were born to cook. Still others, like me, got plugged in, logged on and launched into cyber space.

Perhaps I’m born to blog because I love writing so much. From the time I wrote my first poem (6th grade) until I graduated from high school, my desire to write kept growing. About the only thing I didn’t like writing was term papers during my college years.

Writing connects generations in a way that other methods of communication can’t. Pictures are great but if you don’t know who the pictures are of they don’t mean much. When I was eighteen years old I went away to college and suffered a huge dose of homesickness. This was 1974, long before computers were used for instant messaging and email. My mom and I talked on the phone frequently but she wrote me long letters. When she died in 1990 of colon cancer (she was only 51) those letters became one of my most prized possessions. If I want to hear her voice all I have to do is read them.

I also have some old letters that my grandfather wrote to my grandmother when they were courting back during the Great Depression. From them I got a glimpse of my grandparents that allowed me to see them like they were as young adults.

Blogging is not the same as letter writing. There’s something about a person’s personal handwriting that warms the heart in a way that typing can’t accomplish. But words are words and whether they are printed or handwritten, if they are recorded in some way they can be kept and treasured.

I encourage you to write. Whether you blog or not, that’s up to you, but write your children and grandchildren. Someday they will be glad you did.

Teresa Bell Kindred writes regularly over at NanaHood.com

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Dec
14

Featured Blogger… Nonnie

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It’s always so much fun to read the blogs posts of new Nana Bloggers, and today’s featured blogger is Nonnie.  She has jumped right into things with her new blog, and over the weekend, she wrote a great post about loom knitting.

I had never heard of loom knitting until just a few weeks ago.  I have to admit, it is my new passion now!!  I have had so much fun learning how to knit hats, scarves, and now my latest project, a car seat blanket!

It all started when a friend of mine, who works at Hobby Lobby, told me about the kits they had on sale.  Here is a link to what I am talking about:   KNIFTY KNITTERS

I started out by watching YouTube tutorials and within one or two video’s, I was making my first hat!!  Then I got hungry and decided I wanted to learn how to make scarves; so I searched a little more on YouTube, and viola’ SCARF VIDEOS!! :) I was in heaven!!”

You can read more about Loom Knitting and see some pictures of items she has created over on Nonnie’s Blog.

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