Summer 2014 Bucket List

Summer 2014 Bucket List by Elaine Griffin from The Laine List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We've already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires. Summer break has finally arrived. We are all more than a little ready for summer. We are tired of the grind, yo. I've managed to squirrel enough cash to cut back on my work hours, and we have many, many plans. I've never made a bucket list, but because there is input from 3 people, I figured it would be a good idea, because we all know I will not remember all that. Plus, A  {… Continue Reading …}

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site's functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves. The five following plugins do just that. 5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality Black Studio TinyMCE Widget I’ve  {… Continue Reading …}

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

Prospective Client Questionnaire

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective design client a questionnaire, whether or not I've been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier, and allows me to give each client the best design possible. My questionnaire is a mix of design and marketing questions that will encourage potential clients to think not only about what kind of design they want, but also  {… Continue Reading …}

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Like many people at this time of year, I’m starting to think about what I’m putting in my mouth, and what will hopefully come off of my body. Not just to look good, mind you, but to feel good too. Eating healthy is generally not a problem with me, as I’m in love with salad. I make a damn good salad. This salad is no exception. While this recipe highlights asparagus, which is now out of season, ingredients can be substituted as the growing and harvesting season goes on! Grilled Veggie and  {… Continue Reading …}

Broccoli and Quinoa Salad

Broccoli and Quinoa Salad Elaine Griffin The Laine List

I know, again with the salad, right? But, they are just so darn good and a super great way to get those veggies in the kids. Plus, quinoa, who knew we would love that?! I sure never guessed. This is another one of those salads I hope you will use as a base and vary your veggies and/or dressings. Use what you love and what you know everyone will eat! Broccoli and Quinoa Salad Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 The Ingredients olive oil salt and pepper Garlic,  {… Continue Reading …}

Meal Plan Week of June 9th

meal plan week of June 9, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

Another week has come and gone. I absolutely cannot believe how fast the last 6 weeks or so has passed since the weather finally broke. 6 weeks in a winter like we just had felt like 6 months! The last day of school is only 12 days away, and we are beginning to plan our #EndlessSummer plans. I'm doing a lot of cooking this week and through the weekend to celebrate Father's Day. Friday is the rocket launch for Cub Scouts, so I'm hoping to be treated with some take out. Mama needs a  {… Continue Reading …}

Top 7 WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers


There is no doubt that plugins are a great way to boost WordPress functionality and versatility. They are also a great way to help clients learn to use their site effectively, and to help them increase their visibility and grow their community. Here are my top seven WordPress plugins to get any client who is new to blogging started with a bang. WordPress SEO, by Joost de Valk This is the famous SEO plugin by Yoast, and it is a must for new bloggers. It is a great way to help your clients  {… Continue Reading …}

Meal Plan Week of June 2nd

meal plan week of June 2, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

I know I am not the only one who cannot believe it is June already! The weather is crazy - today may be close to 90, and by Thursday it is going to be around 70, hence my choice of a leftovers chili. We are still working on our healthy eating habits. This week my focus is breaking the nasty nightly dessert habit we have. I have been making Greek yogurt fruit smoothies for breakfast in the morning and making a little extra to freeze into popsicles, which I am going to try to sub for ice  {… Continue Reading …}

Sangria, a New Wine from Yellow Tail #Review

Sangria from Yellow Tail Elaine Griffin

It's no secret I love wine, so you can imagine my excitement when I was chosen to enjoy a Sangria Sunday care package from Yellow Tail wines! This care package was amazing, and such a surprise. It came with a bottle of Sangria wine, a cute Yellow Tail tote bag, a bottle of nail polish and other manicure/pedicure supplies, and a sweet Sangria scented candle! It was the perfect care package I have been sorely needing. This past Sunday, was Mother's Day, and with near 80-degree temps, was  {… Continue Reading …}