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 {… Continue Reading …}

Case of the Mondays

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Anyone else wish all weekends were three days long?

Making Time to Make Time

Making Time to Make Time

It’s been a whole two months since I last posted on this blog. Where has the time gone? What even happened? I honestly have no idea. Too much work, too little play? Perhaps. I don’t know, I just haven’t been feeling it. Whatever it is. My creativity maybe? It’s affecting my work, and my whole {… Continue Reading …}

In Like a Lion: Rebirth, Revitalization, Hope

In Like a Lion, Rebirth, Revitalization, Hope

Well, here we are, the first of March, and I am in my annual armpit of winter funk. Pre-holidays, and even into the beginning of January I had a lot of blogging and business goals. I was ready to hit 2014 running. I was full of energy, confidence, and hope. This was going to be {… Continue Reading …}

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Are you wondering what to get the blogger in your life? Here is my top ten list of practical gifts that any blogger would appreciate. Stock Images Unless you are a photographer or food blogger, one thing bloggers almost universally struggle with getting great images without completely breaking the bank. A subscription to a photo {… Continue Reading …}

Our Trip to the National Museum of Play

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Last week the kids and I played hookie we took a field trip to Rochester to visit a friend and go to the National Museum of Play. That place is seriously awesome. I can’t even put into words all they have to offer, so I will let them do the talking. You’re never too big {… Continue Reading …}

Social Media Has Blurred the Lines Between Personal and Professional

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It is no secret that I have been essentially unable to keep up with both a personal and professional blog. I just don’t feel like I have a lot to say on The Laine List. My readers are losing interest, because I am too. I think about the work I have done to create my {… Continue Reading …}

Great Risks and Great Rewards

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Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is, “Do you believe the saying that with great risks come great rewards?” I think this is terribly cliche. I also think it is terribly true. As I have mentioned in previous posts, my life did not really start happening until I started taking risks, and putting myself out there. It’s difficult to {… Continue Reading …}

Keep Your Sanity while Working at Home with Kids

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When I started working from home when it was out of necessity. Money was tight and I was pregnant. Our son was starting part-time pre-school and we needed the funds to pay for it. Getting a job out of the home, aside from nights and weekends, was not an option, as we had one car {… Continue Reading …}

It’s 2013 and I Have Only One Goal

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Usually at the start of the New Year I have been planning and plotting my goals, and am super amped to start the New Year off right. We all know how that goes for most people. I wouldn’t say I fizzle, really. I always keep my eye on the prize. But things never work out {… Continue Reading …}