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...]

Meal Plan Week of May 19th

meal plan week of May 19th, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

How is it almost the end of May? It seems like just yesterday we were in the armpit of winter, wondering, "will it ever end?" It's so nice to have green grass, leaves on the trees, and fresh produce! This past weekend I spent a good amount of time getting my meal plan together and prepping food for snacks, lunches, and dinner. I'm still trying to get us in our healthy eating zone and getting myself organized so I don't feel overwhelmed at dinner time. Also, we have sports and scouts twice a … [Continue reading...]

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 theme or framework to offer our clients? The pros and cons to all themes and frameworks vary depending on the designer and the customer needs. Here are some pros and cons to a few of the most popular … [Continue reading...]

Meal Plan Week of May 12th

meal plan week of May 12th, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

Last week we celebrated the nice weather with summer food. For the most part we stuck to the menu, with the exception of one day, so those quesadillas are going back on the menu this week! I'm also loading up on the veggies and trying to cut back a little bit on our bread and pasta.  I'm hoping soon to get the time to actually get these recipes blogged! What are you making this week? … [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 along. I could have died and gone to heaven. Celebrity chefs have begun to lose their appeal to me now, unless we are talking about pretty much any Chopped judge and then I will be right … [Continue reading...]

Meal Plan Week of May 5th

meal plan week of May 5th, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

We are gearing up for some good weather this coming week, after along week of rain and cold. I've been feeling ready for warm weather food for several weeks, and much to my dismay last week, I had to break out the crockpot for a hot batch of minestrone soup. It was good, but not what I wanted. So here is our meal plan for the week of May 5th. Some of these recipes we will be testing and tweaking. I'm looking forward to getting back in the kitchen with the kids to see what we can come up … [Continue reading...]