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 …}

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 {… 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. {… 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 {… Continue Reading …}

Top 7 WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers

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 {… Continue Reading …}

Learning to Cook from the Heart

Learning to Cook from the Heart, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

I’ve been watching cooking shows since I was knee high to my mother and grandmother. Of course back then it was Julia Child. The Frugal Gourmet was right up there for me too. But after Julia it was Graham Kerr and Martin Yan. Soon after that, celebrity chefs hit the scene and the Food Network came {… 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 …}

Good Eats with Kids: A New Food Blog (Plus a Meal Plan)

meal plan november 18

Ben and I have been cooking together since he was just a wee babe. It is something we have always enjoyed doing together, and while he is not always open to trying healthy foods, he has a terrific sense of flavors and how they should work together to taste delicious! We have been working on {… Continue Reading …}

5 Things I’ve Learned About Being Overworked

5 Things I've Learned About Being Overworked

Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having {… Continue Reading …}

Shedding the Baggage and Owning the Catwalk at BlogHer ’13

Elaine Griffin, BlogHer '13 Fashion Show

I have always thought of myself as a fat girl. I was the girl who never had a real boyfriend. Who, in spite of outward appearances, never really had a whole lot of confidence in my looks. At 34 years old, I still struggle with confidence and my appearance. So, so many of us do. {… Continue Reading …}