Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Introducing susan369

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 09:20 AM PST

This is susan369, new to Squidoo and already busy, busy, busy! Enjoy our interview as you learn more about her, her lenses, and her plans for the future on Squidoo.

How did you find Squidoo? In late 2013 I decided to look into the possibility of trying to make a living online as I struggled to find a regular job that I could fit around school hours. I quickly discovered affiliate marketing as a viable option. During my research, I kept bumping into blogs and discussions where people were talking about how they made money on Squidoo and how it helped them promote their own internet businesses at the same time. I decided to check it out and signed up in early January 2014. Now, a few weeks later, I’m totally addicted!

You’ve written some good reviews already, a nifty how-to, and even a very personal and very informative lens about a medical condition your family has dealt with. Anything new coming up on your lensmaking list? I’ve got so many ideas I had to start a list just to remember them all. Without giving away specifics, I plan to publish lenses about my favourite beach in Cornwall, my exercise bike, my favourite author, some internet related topics, songs from my favourite TV show, photography, my camera, some toys and craft projects and the list goes on and on. It’s quite an eclectic collection and it will keep me busy for a long time! I’d also like to submit at least one lens a week as part of my RocketSquid challenge.

What can Squidoo do for you? This is something I’m still trying to figure out. Although Squidoo is a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoy writing my own lenses and reading some of the others (and getting all those points to level up!), I must keep in mind that my main goal is to be able to make at least a part-time living from creating content for the Internet.

I’m working on two niche websites at the moment: one is a review/recommendation site about toys and other children’s stuff and the other is built around digital scrapbooking, which is a great passion of mine. Most of my lenses on Squidoo will be about topics that don’t fit the profile of my websites, but I also plan to write about topics occasionally that tie in with my websites, hoping to drive more traffic there. At the same time, I plan to list my Squidoo lenses on my websites as well, so it works both ways!

I also recognise the importance of utilising social networking sites. I recently shared one of my lenses on Facebook and I was amazed at the difference it made to my lens rank. My next challenge is to try and build a following on other social networking platforms like Pinterest and Google+. I was glad to see that Squidoo has just opened a Google+ account, so perhaps it can help me with that too!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to read, rate and comment on my lenses so far. Squidoo really is a friendly and welcoming community and I look forward to being an active member.

What’s For Breakfast Squidoo?

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 06:28 AM PST

Our new weekly What’s Cooking at Squidoo Quest produced a multitude of delicious breakfast recipe lenses this past week.

In case you didn’t know, Squidoo is home to many of the very best homemade recipes you’ll find anywhere, online or off, and because of that we’ve been actively promoting foodie favorite lenses at some of the hottest social media sites around.

We invite you to stop by and join the fun at Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.

And now, just in time to go with your morning coffee, we’d like to show off some of the great breakfast recipe lenses we received last week. Enjoy!

Mushroom Quiche-Mini Pies for Breakfast

1. Mushroom Quiche-Mini Pies for Breakfast

I love mini foods because they give you the opportunity to taste so many different bites of goodness. These Mushroom Quiche Mini Pies fit right into that category. The buttery filling combined with the flaky pie crust make these some of the tastiest breakf…

Crustless Spinach Quiche

2. Crustless Spinach Quiche

If eggs sound good for breakfast or brunch, I usually pull out this recipe. It’s been a favorite for years, handwritten (remember that? ) on a rather worn piece of paper. It’s very quick, looks very pretty and tastes delicious! Of course, anythin…

Florentine Strata: A Great Breakfast Dish

3. Florentine Strata: A Great Breakfast Dish

This is a super delicious breakfast recipe to make some Florentine Strata. My mom is a phenomenal cook and actually came across this recipe when looking for some new ideas for what to make everyone for breakfast. Sometimes she finds some really weird recip…

Raisin toast with ricotta & berries

4. Raisin toast with ricotta & berries

Raisin toast with ricotta & berries This is a wonderful to start the day, Just the thing for all these busy mornings , the whole family will love it! Nutrition Energy 460kJ Fat saturated 1. 00g Fat Total 3. 00g Carbohydrate sugars 6. 00g Carbohydra…

Matcha Pancakes with White Chocolate Sauce

5. Matcha Pancakes with White Chocolate Sauce

Matcha Pancakes drizzed with white chocolate? You bet! My earliest memories of pancakes was when I was around nine. After insistent nagging on my part, my mother let me tag along with her to a local greasy diner where she ordered us a plate of hot and fluf…

Spicy Sausage Pancake Balls Recipe

6. Spicy Sausage Pancake Balls Recipe

Looking for a fun meal that everyone will love? These Sausage Pancake Balls are a huge hit in my house, they definitely fill up the masses! They have about 5 minutes of prep time and you can leave them in the fridge, they reheat just fine. The recipe makes…

Best Kind of Breakfast is My Drinkable Beetroot Smoothie

7. Best Kind of Breakfast is My Drinkable Beetroot Smoothie

They say that the most important meal of the day is the one you have first thing in the morning, and there is no doubt that you need to be consuming something that gives you the feeling of being full until lunch- time at least, and provides you with the vi…

Egg Salad Breakfast Sandwiches

8. Egg Salad Breakfast Sandwiches

Egg Salad Pita’s, Sandwiches, or Wraps When you think of egg salad I’m sure you think of lunch. Have you ever thought of having it for breakfast? Spread it on your favorite toasted bread, have it as a wrap, or stuff it into a pita. Make up the eg…

How To Make The  All In One Breakfast Holy Eggs

9. How To Make The All In One Breakfast Holy Eggs

I remember growing up as a child my mother would make this quick and simple breakfast, she said it was the easiest way to get us kids out the door in time for the school bus and still eat the most important meal of the day. Most people have toast with thei…

Curried Eggs and Bacon on Naan Bread

10. Curried Eggs and Bacon on Naan Bread

Curried eggs for breakfast? Sound strange? It probably does to many people reading this but a curried dish for breakfast is nothing new, even in the West. Kedgeree – the curried egg and rice dish – was very much created as a breakfast offering centuries ag…

Fluffy, cheesy, whole wheat biscuits

11. Fluffy, cheesy, whole wheat biscuits

These cheesy, fluffy whole wheat biscuits are tender and moist. Bake on the weekend and on weekday mornings, re- heat in the toaster oven while your coffee brews. They are practically a meal in your hand. Or slide a couple into a baggie, grab an apple or o…

Check your “Quests” tab. This week we’re looking for YOUR dessert recipes.

BearTale is the “Recycler” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 05:58 AM PST

logo1Today we’d love for you to get to know BearTale. She’s our “Recycler” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling aren’t just about reducing waste and the amount of garbage that is sent to landfills each year. Practicing the three Rs has many other benefits. Being aware of what we use and how we use it conserves natural resources, lengthens the useful life of the items we purchase and saves money. It’s a journey that helps the environment and our personal finances.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
My parents grew up during the Great Depression era of the 1930s and they ran a frugal household. They didn’t believe in waste and they spent their money wisely. I grew up in Seattle, a city at the forefront of the Recycling Movement of the 1970s. In my teen years, companies all over town placed “tree boxes” in office areas to collect waste paper and neighborhoods began curbside recycling.

Who had the most influence in your life?
I’ve always been the independent type and I look to a variety of sources for inspiration and motivation. In my writing life, it has been the editors I’ve worked with at book publishers and newspapers that have had the most impact. They taught me the importance and the craft of responsible journalism and ethical storytelling.

You can also find BearTale by visiting the following sites:
The Recycler Network on Facebook
The Recycler Network on Pinterest

BearTale invites you to stop by her Amazon Curation list and Review Your Favorite Composting System.

Review of the Day: You know nothing Jon Snow!

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 05:32 AM PST

Lens of the Day: How to calm down an energetic dog such as an Australian Shepherd

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 04:54 AM PST

22 Decorating Ideas: Move Just One Thing To Give A Room Some New Wow Appeal

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 10:33 AM PST

A recent squidquest asked lensmasters to share their home decorating skill by moving one thing in a room to make a big change.  All of the following lenses contain awesome ideas and a visit to each one just might help you find a new way to spiff up a room at your house.  Browse the list and before you go, tell us which one you’ll be visiting first.

DIY Painting A Dresser to Give It A Fresh New Look

1. DIY Painting A Dresser to Give It A Fresh New Look

For the past month, I have been on a journey with my two daughters to give each of the bedrooms a makeover. They are both teenagers and it was definitely time to get rid of the Disney Princess lamp and the Pepto Bismal pink paint on the wall. However, the…

How a Shadow Box Table Can Add Pizazz to your Living Room

2. How a Shadow Box Table Can Add Pizazz to your Living Room

My daughter loves to decorate her house and she comes up with very unusual things to make her home more interesting. One of my favorites is the shadow box coffee table that she added to her living room as the main focus of the theme for that room. Her tabl…

How Do You Turn A Spare Bedroom Full Of Junk Into A Profit

3. How Do You Turn A Spare Bedroom Full Of Junk Into A Profit

Now granted not everyone can live with people that they don’t know, but sometimes especially in today’s economy there’s not a lot of choices. My husband and I moved a year ago from a small 900 square foot home with two bedrooms, we decided t…


4. The ‘Internationally Flavoured’ Pallet Ottoman

I searched and searched for the perfect ottoman or bench for in front of the fire, but could find nothing that suited, so I just decided to make something myself, because I knew it would be just what we needed, and it was! I know you are probably all sick…

A Room For A Princess

5. A Room For A Princess

My spare room is rather blah. OK, so blah is an understatement, it nears monastery starkness but nobody cares. The usual occupants are family members itching to feel the Florida warmth before returning to Chicago’s deep freeze. There is a bed, a dress…

Wall Decor: Some Simple Ideas

6. Wall Decor: Some Simple Ideas

We moved into a home with a beautiful finished basement. At the time we didn’t have the furnishings for both the basement and the living room upstairs, so we had some decisions to make. We decided to furnish our new basement with the furniture that we…

A Book Lover's Guide To The Best, Totally Free Way To Make Over Just About Any Room

7. A Book Lover’s Guide To The Best, Totally Free Way To Make Over Just About Any Room

I have a lot of books. Not as many as some, perhaps, but enough to double- stack four bookshelves and still have to hide boxes (and boxes) of books under my bed. For those who share this blessing- slash- affliction, you know that books can take up quite a…

Multipurpose Tea Trolley for Sewing Table

8. Multipurpose Tea Trolley for Sewing Table

Sometimes furniture just lends itself to multi- purposing, and this was one such occasion. A friend gave us a tea trolley at about the same time as I was thinking of making a bespoke sewing table. Instantly I saw the potential of the tea trolley becoming a…

Bright Veranda - cheap room makeover

9. Bright Veranda – cheap room makeover

With a little creativity and paint you can turn your veranda into a warm area, where you can enjoy with your family and friends. When my sister- in- law and brother bought their apartment, it was not in a good shape. Fortunately my brother is handy, so the…

Easy, agreeable furniture for kids, teens and adults like me!

10. Easy, agreeable furniture for kids, teens and adults like me!

Recently I went through some storage to discover possessions belonging to my 17- year- old self. This was an adventure of diaries, stuffed animals and books, but one article stood apart: in the bottom of a box sloppily labeled ‘Gina’s Stuff…

The New Couch

11. The New Couch

A couple of years ago, we scrounged a couch from one of our sons. We wanted to replace one in the living room that is badly worn. But we hadn’t gotten around to it, because it would be a major undertaking just to get the two couches moved. This is the…

Decorate Your BBQ Area

12. Decorate Your BBQ Area

For us, barbecuing is something we do every week. We live in northern Brazil and for us, every day is nice weather. Most of our meals are eaten outside and it is this area which I would like to discuss with you today. Changing the decor this area doesn…

Desktop Storage with Washi Tape Accents

13. Desktop Storage with Washi Tape Accents

Fairly recently I was displaced. I used to have an entire room that was my craft room and my office. Then son #2 was born, and my craft room turned into his bedroom. The only place for my office to move to was into my bedroom. It was the only room with any…

How to give your bedroom a modern makeover

14. How to give your bedroom a modern makeover

I gave my daughter’s bedroom a contemporary makeover simply by moving furniture, changing the color theme and redoing the old furniture set. Just by changing the color theme, you too can give a room a modern look. Her choice of color was grey and blac…

Step by Step Lamp Repair

15. Step by Step Lamp Repair

Building or repairing a lamp for your home is not hard to do. The principles are easy and all you need is a screw driver, wire clipper and some sense on putting a parts puzzle together. Measuring, a vision, and where to buy lamp parts helps the process mov…

Angle the Couch, Gain an Office

16. Angle the Couch, Gain an Office

If you’ve ever downsized, you know It takes some adjustment to ‘fit’ into your new, smaller space. When I moved from southern California to Oregon I was actually looking forward to it. Even though a smaller home was the goal in an effort to…

Showcasing My Spice Tin Collection

17. Showcasing My Spice Tin Collection

Over the years, I collected decorative tins, particularly from the Tindeco Company of Baltimore, Maryland. At some point, I branched off into collecting spice tins. It wasn’t just any spice, it had to be ginger. The reason for that is my nickname is G…

How Zig Zag Corner Shelves Brightened My Living Room

18. How Zig Zag Corner Shelves Brightened My Living Room

For a while my husband had been saying that we should replace my dark CD towers in the corner of the living room with ‘something’ different. Since I didn’t really mind the two towers from Ikea I wasn’t rushing about looking for alternat…

Cheap chic: Brighten a drab hallway in 30 minutes

19. Cheap chic: Brighten a drab hallway in 30 minutes

In the ‘before’ pictures coming up, you will see how drab and unwelcoming our entryway was before I stumbled across a piece of art paper that inspired me to give it a mini facelift. It was a few days after New Years. I was passing time in my favo…

Adding a Bit of Shabby Chic to the Bitty Craft Space

20. Adding a Bit of Shabby Chic to the Bitty Craft Space

It was a writing challenge to ‘move one thing’ that motivated me to finally get the old spice rack that I had painted in distressed ivory mounted and off the floor. not onto the wall, but onto a walled- up door. The craft space and day bed togeth…

Making Rearrangements - My Reading Nook

21. Making Rearrangements – My Reading Nook

Where do you do the majority of your reading? Do you have a special place you like to go? When we renovated our small cottage last summer I knew I would need a little bit of space inside where I could lose myself for a few hours enjoying one of my favorite…

Create a Cozy Book Nook

22. Create a Cozy Book Nook

I have always loved curling up with a good book in the comfortable little nooks in bookstores and libraries. Despite the hours I spend reading at home every day, I have never really had a cozy space designed for just that purpose. Though it had been starin…

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