DogsMom Exploring the Blogosphere

July 12, 2013

Welcome Mad Tea Partiers!

Filed under: Inspiration,Party Time,Uncategorized — Laura R @ 3:43 PM
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In case I was logged into wordpress when I commented on your blog and you ended up here, may I invite you to visit me at the following link


and please look for a post from me for the August OZ party sponsored by
The Domestic Witch!


January 2, 2012

Announcing A New Weekly Link Party

Our creative and thrifty (and generous) pal Van from

has begun 2012 with a fresh and ambitious outlook.

She is encouraging us all to share our goals once a week with a Sunday link party which will help us to remain focused and allow us to encourage and cheer on each other.

Let’s all contribute to making her new link up a success.

I would also love to hear what is working best for you in reaching your goals when you post.

Still suffering from the deadly head cold virus here (and lack of oxygen that comes with it) so posting mainly blog announcements and giveaway chances and party hops and reading and crafting challenges on my other blog.

If you have something you wish for me to promote, please give me a little advance notice.

My email address is found on my About Me page or you can find me on FaceBook as Laura DogsMom or Google Plus as LJ DogsMom.  On Etsy and Pinterest I have the screen name Bestlectic.

Does anyone have links to how best to use G+ and Pinterest?
My goals for 2012 include learning how to use those sites to a better advantage with a minimum of time involved.  A goal I am working on (continuously) is to organize my home and work space so I can more easily sell off the excess. I have already read 2 books in 2012! Now to let them go and move on.

I went out once only after Christmas to take advantage of the 75% off Christmas items at a local Goodwill Store and the customer appreciation 15% coupon.  I will show you the goodies as soon as I can breathe again.

I will add the names of the parties I am linking up to as soon as I see who is up and running.

I fear I have been away a looooooong time!

I want to add a few words here about another new linky party good for those of us wishing to show off our collections.

Some Good Stuff  at Some Good Times blog will be a weekly link up to show off your collections.


The Penny Worthy Project

Flea Market Finds

Blog Love

Goal Share


Thrift Share

Market Yourself

Motivated Monday


Anti Procrastination

Nifty Thrifty

August 15, 2011

Magical Autumn Party Time Announcements

Filed under: Dreams,Holiday,Inspiration,Party Time — Laura R @ 8:18 PM
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As cooler temperatures move in Mother Nature dresses in her finest colors.
It is a signal that we also need to don our party clothing and dress up the abode.

September 10, 2011

For details and to join in, visit the Gypsy Dreams page.

Who did not have the best time last year at the Practical Magic party hosted by Frosted Petunias Anna and friends?  The hostest with the mostest (or at least the best margarita recipe) has invited you to grab a broom and drop in again.

You do not want to miss these events!  I want to visit your blog for each party.

June 14, 2011

Dream Sharing to Create Success (Part 2)

Filed under: Creating Success,Dreams,Goals — Laura R @ 6:18 PM
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In South Pacific,  Bloody Mary said:

You got to have a dream
If you don’t have a dream
How you gonna have a dream
come true?


I started this series of posts by suggesting that most of us would appreciate making some money from the comfort of home or the flexibility of choosing our own hours while earning an income.
I did some thinking aloud about how one typically looks for an opportunity to generate income without a “regular” job or even with a regular job that can be done without a commute.

One can get lost for years in the available resources.  Are there any shortcuts or maps?
Even the yellow brick road had a definite starting point. It was not until Dorothy was entering the forest that she had to make choices.


If you are not interested in my success posts you may enjoy the short story about Dorothy and Toto that you can read by clicking on Dorothy‘s name.

What should you do before you sign up for email from all the get rich gurus?
Are there steps you can take to prepare for the choices that lie ahead?

One thing is to know your core values.  Know things that you are NOT willing to do
or things you are not willing to give up for the sake of making money.

Know what interests you and what you care about.

Take a look at the tv shows you watch,
the magazines you read,
the Facebook pages you like.
Are you most interested in fashion or food or romance novels or money or criminal science?
What could you talk about all day every day and not be bored?

We’ve all heard “what would you do if you never had to worry about money?”
That’s not the point.  We do want to focus on money as well as doing something we enjoy.   

OK – another thought that is out of place here.  One really great thing about researching an article like this is finding videos of presentations and lectures and motivational talks that I could never attend in person  (money, time, distance) free online.  I have to hold myself back from sharing them all at the time I find them.
Stick with me and I will share links to several in various posts on this subject.
Now back to the idea I should be talking about.

You want to make money doing something you enjoy and will stick with.
You’ve thought more about your own personal characteristics and interests.
You have identified WHY you want money and have given yourself a goal of a specific
dollar figure to shoot for.
You have an idea of how you’d like to achieve your dreams  –
writing a blog or making things to sell or creating recipes for a cookbook  or traveling and taking photographs or reviewing historic monuments or painting portraits of people’s pets from photos they mail to you or  one or two related ways  (related to each other) of generating an inflow of money.

HOW do you get started? 

My first suggestion is to identify people who are already doing some of what you want to do,
or what you want to do some of.
You want to see what is being done and how so that you can put your own spin on your ideas.
You are not out to be a carbon copy.
You want to see what is already being  done and learn how they began to do it so you can
learn from their journey and not make getting started any more difficult for yourself.  Read their profiles and interviews they’ve done and many will have a “my story” tab or tagline on posts.
Start at the beginning of the yellow brick road and follow the proper way until you come to the
edge of the forest and need to choose from the divergent paths.

I know I’ve been covering the vague, basic things to consider so far, but in the next post I will show you steps I have taken and share things that are helping me.

In the comments please tell me who you think are the best at what they do online?
Who is a blogger we should all dream of emulating?
A photographer who is making money from a website?
An extreme couponer or a freebie sharer.
Can you share the names of the Ebay and Etsy marketing geniuses?
What is the most unusual way you know that someone is making a living?
I can do a post on that all by itself.  Nancy Rica- Schiff compiled 2 books on the topic.

I have been reading success stories and interviews with creative types and the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” series searching for common threads that transcend the how people are succeeding.
Ideas that will work for sewers and bakers and sculpters and singers and comedians and couponers.

Do you know any of your favorite blogs that also do interviews about how someone got started making an income online?  Please share.

Here is 5 Minutes for Mom’s  interview with Ree Drummond about
How did you do this?  (Both great sites to spend time on.)

Read 5 Minutes for Mom’s other interviews here 

Linking to:

Creating My Way To Success    

Anything Goes 

Whatever Goes


Wordy Wednesday

June 7, 2011

Dream Sharing To Create Success (Part 1)

The introduction to what I am doing here is in the previous post.
It became so long I divided it into two posts.

What is the typical way one begins to search for a way to make money from home, from a blog, or even from their backyard or beachfront hammock? 

When I first started my journey towards being wealthy and happy there were ads in the back of magazines.  Is that still done today?  

Most will use their favorite search engine with terms like “Work from Home” or “Make Money Online.”     

     How many zillions of pages turn up with such a search? 

Just because one page is high on the results or shows up frequently in the first few pages does that mean this site is the best answer for you?  Does it even mean it is a legitimate opportunity?

How does one know who is honest, who has your best interests on their agenda, along with making money themselves, who is qualified to lead you? 

(Image source)

How can one protect herself not only from financial loss and the influx of dozens of email she does not desire but also from humiliation, frustration and wasting precious time?

Besides researching opportunities one must also look into scams and complaints. Remember no one will please everyone. Even the “Good Guys” draw complaints and criticism.

More considerations determining the length and enjoyability of your success journey are knowing WHY you want to earn money and WHY you choose the methods you choose.

I admit I am an over thinker.   

I try not to be a pessimist but I like to know some options.

Will you write e-books or submit articles to print or digital publications?
Will you sell your crafts or found treasures from an online shop (I have some sources to share for these areas also) or a booth.
Are you looking for passive affiliate income?  Jill did a nice post on this.

Are you confident enough for work that requires recruiting other associates?

Just like any goal program, weight loss or education or learning a new creative skill, having others to talk to, to listen, to share experiences with, is crucial to not only moving forward but to enjoying one’s journey.

Being miserable with the hopes of finding something called success is never the right way. 

The cliché that success is a journey not a destination is 100% true.
One never arrives at success even when one experiences success along the way.

If you have read this far let me thank you profusely.

If you would like to know more of my thoughts, please visit again. I will try to be informative.
If you just want to know who inspires me to think these crazy thoughts, please visit my inspiration page.

I would love to know who inspires you and if you have a mentor.

This post is linked to these hops:
Dream Share with ATG

Creating My Way To Success




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