WordPress Theme Review: Default Theme, Thesis, Headway, Genesis, and Elegant Themes


Gone are the days of web designers starting from scratch when designing a site. With so many themes and frameworks, we now have a good chunk of the coding done for us, and all we have left to do is customize based on the customer needs for functionality and aesthetics. How do we decide which {… 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 …}

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 …}

I am My Own Dream Catcher

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Today I took a risk and it scared the crap out of me. For the most part, I don’t consider myself much of a risk taker. I’m a methodical planner. I hope for the best, but  prepare for the worst. But the reality is we can be as prepared as possible, and it doesn’t mean {… Continue Reading …}

Guest Post at Rough and Rede

I was very privileged to be asked to guest post again this week for my friend George at Rough and Rede. I “met” George last November during NaBloPoMo, which was hosted by BlogHer. How very brave of George to imerse himself in a sea of powerful women bloggers! We have been corresponding since last November {… Continue Reading …}

Making the Most of BlogHer ’12

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The weeks and days leading up to the BlogHer conference are a crazy time for attendees. There are so many worries and considerations when attending a conference like this, and it is important to make the most of the time, money, and energy spent getting there and while you are there. Some of my considerations {… Continue Reading …}

Gotta Have that Funk?

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I’m in a funk. When did this happen? When I took a vacation. And didn’t work, or blog, or be on the computer at all, really. Which is wonderful, but I got out of a groove, and into a funk, and not of the George Clinton variety. And now I have all of these things {… Continue Reading …}

Organization: As Elusive as Balance

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I have said it before, and I will say it again.  In many ways, I feel like I’m an organized disaster. I’m organized, but it feels like never all the way. And I really WANT to be organized. All the way. I dream about it. I drool over it. I crave it. Which is why {… Continue Reading …}

Cha Cha Cha Changes!

No, I’m not channeling my inner Bowie. Okay maybe I am. But I’m also really excited to announce where I’ve been the last couple of weeks. I’ve been re-working my professional blog, Elaine Griffin Designs, and changing my business and professional goals. So now Imma gonna blog on two blogs. Over here you get Crazy {… Continue Reading …}

The Sucky Last Few Days

Sometimes I feel like the universe conspires against me. One step forward, two steps back. I know the universe doesn’t conspire against me, of course. I know I am in control of my fate and my actions. I must learn from the mistakes I make, for they are made in order to teach me a {… Continue Reading …}