Stop Making The Biggest Grammar Mistake

Even the best writers and bloggers can make this grammar mistake. You may know the difference between there, their and they’re but you’re writing so quickly, you’re so deep in your subject that you don’t realize you just typed the wrong word for the whole world to see!

The English language is a tricky one! The most common grammar mistake is a homophone.

The #1 Writing Tool grammar mistake

noun: homophone; plural noun: homophones
  1. each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g., new and knew.
    • each of a set of symbols denoting the same sound or group of sounds.

Commonly misused words (homophones):

write, right, rite

your, you’re

bear, bare

to, too, two

flower, flour

conscious, conscience

hear, here

affect, effect

which, witch

then, than

our, are

buy, by

accept, except

weather, whether

one, won

break, brake

compliment, complement

allowed, aloud

its, it’s

capital, capitol

principal, principle

no, know

new, knew

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in an English class, you might not recall where exactly a comma goes either. Or what about apostrophes?

I stumbled upon this awesome new app that everyone needs! Please, people, save the English language! This app is free to download! I have it on my Firefox browser and it is amazing!!! It even corrects my Facebook messages! Then I installed it on my mac and it corrects anything I type!!! As a writer, it has been amazing to have my proofreading automatically done for me as I type! My editor will be so impressed!

So if you type anything, a Facebook post, a blog, a term paper, working on a book, a resume, you name it…you need to install this today!

stop making this grammar mistake, blog like a pro

I must confess, homophones are not my only grammar issues. I misuse punctuation, I am one of the worst spellers I know but now thanks to this little app, no one will have to know! What is your biggest grammar mistake?

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Would you read letters from the dead?

Would you read letters from the dead?

It’s been 11 weeks since I lost my grandmother. My heart still aches. Yesterday, I was watching Pearl Harbor. Or maybe I should say it was on while I was working. I hope I am not ruining it for anyone but the after the love interest “dies” at war, the woman waiting back home still gets letters. The friend that hands them to her apologizes and reminds her of the delay in mail.

My first response was, “that would suck.” Would you want to read letters from the dead?

Then, I thought about my grandmother. I would love to read letters from her right now that I hadn’t seen before. I am so thankful  I have her written thoughts and memories for our book. If you follow me at all, you know that I am writing a book, Save the Butter Tubs. It incorporates her writings. The whole book was her idea. She wanted me to write a book about all the good in her life.

I guess when you get in your 90s you start reflecting and she w

as counting her blessings. It’s been an amazing journey learning her stories. I miss having our morning talks during my visits.

Last night my husband rented, Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. I knew it was going to be a heart breaker. After all, his lost his six year old daughter. I tried to distract myself with my phone so I wouldn’t bawl all the way through the movie. Will Smith is a good actor. So many of the emotions I am feeling, he was acting out.

While I didn’t lose a child, and pray I never do, the pain of losing someone I was so close to, someone I was working on a huge project with, someone I admired, respect and loved so dearly…it’s just a lot to process.

The week before Easter I went to my grandmother’s home to collect the last bits of furniture. I took her dining room table. Who would have thought that a dining room table would represent so much? First, she had it forever! When I was a child about seven or eight is when she must have purchased it for her new house. I remember polishing the pedestal and all the chairs. Now, I have to laugh at how she made us crawl under the table. She was 50 years my elder so at 57 or 58, she was done crawling around on the floor when she had us littles that were so close to the floor. I get it and I’m not even 50 yet!

Many family meals, and game nights were shared around that table in the almost forty years she owned it. I remember clearly the last time I sat at it with her. We shared breakfast tacos. She would love that I took the table. In fact, before she even moved from her home at 92, she started giving me things. She wanted to make sure the things she valued and treasured went where they would be equally valued and treasured.

It took me a while to decide on the table. I have a beautiful table my husband and I bought in 2005 when we moved into a new house. My table has six nice chairs with it but could fit up to twelve people around it if we pulled up odd chairs from around the house. Grandma’s table actually has twelve chairs! Her table is oval. Mine is rectangle. Her table has a pedestal and mine has four legs. A few things you don’t really think about until you try seating twelve.

That’s what made me decide. I had a lovely group of ladies tha

t I teach on Wednesday nights over and we squished around my rectangle with corners jabbing into the unfortunate ones that got those spots. I got up, took this picture and text my sister, “I’ll take the table!”

letters from the deadI never really connected to the fact that I am the only one in my family that entertains in our home on a regular basis. We love entertaining, sharing a good meal with friends and family. Game nights are always a plus here as well. We’ve only had the table a week and have entertained three times! It’s been wonderful! All my ladies seemed to enjoy it as well. I should have taken an after picture. (who knew I’d be posting about a table?)

Getting the table was like reading a letter from Grandma. The flood of memories and emotions that come to me every time I sit at it, every time I entertain and every time I dust it. What a treasure!

Writing has been different since Grandma left. I have days I could just write forever. I think I’m having one now. Then, I have days that I write about technical stuff or masterclasses because I don’t want to open my heart. Pain seeping out, hurts. At the same time, it is the most precious time. I feel her. I can see the light in her blue eyes sparkling as she is telling me stories. She had a way she would hold her hands and move them when she talked. It is so vivid in my mind. I pray I never lose that visual memory.

Well, I am going to wrap this up. I need to get ready for church this morning and I need to blow my nose from all the tears running down my red face. It’s an ugly cry kind of day. Time to wash my face like my mom used to make me do after I’d cry as a kid. It always seemed to help.

I do want to leave you with a few thoughts to take into your own home:

  1. What do you treasure and why?
  2. Does anyone in your family know the answer to #1?
  3. Don’t wait. Share now. Things are just things, but they represent you.
  4. How does what you treasure represent you?
  5. Would you read letters from the dead?

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Two FREE Classes That Could Change Your World

If you’ve been following my posts or social media for the past few days you can see that I am just a bit excited about two FREE classes that start Monday. If this is your first time hearing of either of these, welcome!

Prodcut Creation Masterclass two Free Classes start Monday

I will start by sharing the The Product Creation Masterclass because today is the final day for registration!!!

Personally, I am thrilled to be in this class. The Product Creation Masterclass is longer than the second class I will talk about but it could change my life and yours. Learning how to create online products that help people is how people get to work from home and travel all while making money in their sleep. Wouldn’t you like that? I know I would!  I got my first taste earlier this month when I made $1000.00 while I was sleeping!

That was through an affiliate product. I got a commission for selling someone else’s product. It DID NOT cost the customer extra. This is the new way companies are marketing because they realize word of mouth is the best form of advertising. I love it because after spending years working in the marketing sector, I know that it’s true!

So the big question is, are you willing to learn something new so that you might experience a new way of living? I certainly am! Instead of being an affiliate for someone else’s product, (well, I’ll keep that gig too since it cost me nothing but sharing things I love.) I want to learn how to create my own products. Products that support my ideas. Not only do I want to learn how to create the products but I want to learn how to get them in the hands of the people that need them! That’s why I will be in this Masterclass right along side you. If you join me, that is, but why wouldn’t you? It’s FREE!

I am so excited about what we will learn I’ve created a private Facebook group where we can discuss what we are learning and bounce ideas off each other.

Two free classes

The second class is a LIVE FREE 3-Part Master Class series. This series is geared to anyone that has every thought about writing a book! You will learn:

  1. How to get your book into Barnes & Noble and other bookstores
  2. How to spike your book sales with killer trailer and launch party
  3. How to get 50 or more Amazon reviews in 1 day

Even if you haven’t started writing, learning these concepts will free your mind of the what happens next after you do write! Many have asked if this will be available on replay. It will be for those that sign-up! So get signed up before Monday! Plus, you’ll be able to join our private Facebook group.

Don’t miss your chance to register:

Product Creation Masterclass

Masterclass for writers

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Find Out How Industry Leaders Create Successful Products

Are you sick of trading hours for dollars? Do you have a job where you only get paid if you’re there? Don’t worry, I’m not going to sign you up in a MLM company. This post is an invite to a free class offered by ConvertKit that will teach you how to create products online that will sell in your sleep!  Did I mention I made $1000.00 last week while I was sleeping? I did! It was awesome!!!

I will be taking this Masterclass to learn more ways to utilize ConvertKit and to get more ideas about the products I can create. If you are thinking, yeah right, that’s just for the tech savvy or that doesn’t really work, let me tell you, I doubted too! Then, I woke up to an email that confirmed I had made $1000.00 and it was in my account the next day!

So now, I’m hooked. I don’t ever want to work for someone else trading my hours for their small paychecks. I love traveling and working from anywhere. Most of the time it’s not that glamorous as I am in my pjs with a dog in my lap and my laptop on her head.

Working from any creating product
Meet Maggie

I am a writer at heart and will be publishing my book soon, but I am not J.K. Rowling. My first book alone won’t make me enough to stay a full-time writer. I have to create products related to my books and other products so, I am all about learning especially, when it is FREE!

When I first heard of this Product Creation Masterclass, I didn’t give it much thought because I was sure it cost big bucks. After all, it’s put on by a very reputable company. (That I love, btw. Their email subscription program changed my life.)

So really you have nothing to lose but time. The time it takes you to learn something new. It could mean the difference between affording the new shoes you want or taking the family vacation you’re dreaming about. Join me and other online makers like yourself for Product Creation Masterclass. This Masterclass will take a deep dive into the steps it takes to create products for your online business so you can start making a living online.

If you don’t have an online business yet, I show you how here.

I love learning! Especially, learning how to grow my business now that I am a full-time writer. I have joined anything and everything I can that has been free and this is one of the classes I am excited to be in!

What is Product Creation Masterclass?

Product Creation Masterclass is the comprehensive guide to building a product from scratch.

They have jam-packed this FREE four-week masterclass with everything you need to know to build, promote, and sell your very first successful product. Product Creation Masterclass includes:

20 daily lessons
4 expert interviews
They’ve also partnered with some incredible companies to help you create your product. You’ll have access to:
I want to give you a sneak peek inside one of the expert interviews included in this free Masterclass. This first one comes from Melyssa Griffin, online educator and course creator. In her interview Melyssa first talks about why and how she made the transition from a freelance designer to a online teacher.

“Being a service provider didn’t feel like I had the freedom in my business that I was looking for. I wanted creative freedom for something I wanted to do.” – Melyssa Griffin

There’s a big difference between taking one-on-one client work and shifting to product creation. If you’re truly ready to be your own boss and find the creative freedom that Melyssa did, you’ll definitely want to be apart of this training to hear about all the trial and errors that got her to where she is today.

Her interview is also filled with amazing advice on how to:

Find a topic to create your courses on
Narrow the focus for a course
Create repeat customers and raving fans
Associate you and your brand with value
Perfect and improve your launch conversion rates
Change your fear and failure mindset
And that’s just in Melyssa’s interview! If you sign up for Product Creation Masterclass, you’ll also hear from:

  • Jeff Goins – Blogger, speaker, and author of The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve. (I am a huge fan of Jeff’s and just pre-ordered this new book!)
  • Maya Elious – Course creator, speaker, and coach for experts wanting to a make larger impact online.
  • Chris Guillebeau – Writer, entrepreneur, and Host of Side Hustle School.

You get all this incredible information along with 20 daily lessons and access to companies like Teachable and Instapage to help you make your product a success all for free.

I really hope you’ll join me for this month-long masterclass to help us make a better world with valuable products that help people live a life they love. I’d love to go through this with you. If you sign up, let me know below and maybe I’ll start a Facebook group for it so we can bounce ideas and questions off each other!

Register here for this free Masterclass

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Your someday is now- 3 Author Secrets You Need to Know

Make your someday now

Many people think of writing a book someday. Even if they’ve never considered themselves a writer. Maybe you’ve jotted down some ideas or maybe if you’re like my you have journals full of ideas and more than one book started on your laptop. The task of writing can be freeing but many find it daunting. I have felt both. When I started with an idea and no direction it was daunting. I would freely write page after page, but then I felt like I had a bunch of pages that had no order. Finding out how to structure my book was so important. I am thankful for coming across the My Book Blueprint program.

Not only did it help me with my book’s structure, it opened the door to a community of authors and an amazing mentor. Now that I am writing away, I am trying not to get overwhelmed by what’s to come. I want my book to be successful because I want to honor my grandmother, (it was her idea to begin with) and I want to impact the lives of my readers.

Some people just want to publish a book to see their name on Amazon or on a cover. I actually already have that. I was part of an anthology, Texas Tidbits in 2012. While it was very exciting to see my name on the back cover, and I even signed a few books, the editing was disappointing. Not all of my edits made it through to the final print. I only shared the book with immediate family. I was disappointed to say the least.

This experience taught me some great lessons in the world of writing:

  1. Make sure you have control over your final edited copy (obviously)
  2. I want to write to make an impact not just to be published
  3. I am a good writer with integrity
  4. Good writers need good editors
  5. To reach people with your book you need to learn how to market it
  6. My someday is now

Your someday is now-3 author secrets you need to know

Thankfully, my mentor, Kary Oberbrunner believes in helping people. He has helped me tremendously and now he is offering this FREE 3-part LIVE series designed to help authors and aspiring authors create more influence, impact and income from their books. I will be learning right along with you! I have already set my schedule to be on live and not miss these valuable lessons. Will you set yours and join us?

3 Author Secrets I’m excited to learn:

  1. How to get your book into Barnes & Noble and other bookstores
  2. How to spike your book sales with killer trailer and launch party
  3. How to get 50 or more Amazon reviews in 1 day

So now what? How do you get it? Simple.  1.Click the picture in the top of the post. 2. Leave a comment below letting me know you’ll be on live so I can say hey when we are live.

The best thing about this series is that it is FREE! You can learn, even if your not quite ready for these steps. Keep the tools in you writer’s tool box and ease you mind about what’s to come. The less your mind is worrying about what’s going to happen after you’re done writing, the freer it is to write! See you someday…I mean Monday!




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Why You Don’t Need A Big Following To Become An Author

Why you don't need a big following to become an author

I did not have a big following when I met with a traditional publisher a few years back. I was crushed when he told me, “you’re a nobody.” No one wants to hear that! It didn’t sit well with me and actually hurt. I was somebody! I am somebody! A simple somebody with a message to share and how dare someone crush that dream for me!

It took me several years to bounce back as a writer; to even believe I could become an author with or without a following. Of course, we all want our books to be read so having a following is important. Knowing how to build one, what it really meant after all, and to find out I could borrow one…that was valuable.

My mentor, Kary has given me so much valuable information! Mostly for free! I did sign up for one of his paid programs and it was worth every penny! Soon very soon, I will be signing up for another! In the mean time, I soak up every free lesson and am learning how to get my message out.

If you are a writer or have ever thought of writing a book, (not everyone thinks of themselves as a writer) I encourage you to join me on my journey. Start by downloading this ebook. Learn how you can start without a big following. Then you can decide for yourself if you are ready. Don’t let someone crush your dreams and most importantly don’t let that someone be you! Stop with the excuses of not having a big following or not knowing where to start. This is where you should start!

Just today, this was an actual comment on one of my posts, “Your success is inspiring! I would love to be a ghost writer. I have also desired to write about politics, but I don’t have a platform-yet.”  We have it all backwards. I never thought I needed a big following until that well-meaning publisher told me I did. But you know what else he told me? He told me to go self-publish and sell 1000 books. Then to come back and see him. Really? If I don’t have a big following and go sell 1000 books, by the end of that I would have my own following and wouldn’t need him! What I needed was a guide! Someone to teach me how to grow my following.  This little ebook shares that secret! Yep, it sure does!

Do yourself a favor. Start today. I will be right here on the journey with you!






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Why Jesus is Better Than Walmart

Jesus is Better than Walmart

Remember when Walmart was first trying to take over the retail world, they would allow you to return anything no questions asked? Well, I have tried more than once to return things I’ve purchased or that were gifted to me and it turns out their policy has changed over the years.

A few years back my Christmas list was full of books! Well, it actually is every year but that particular year my sweet husband surprised me with a Kindle. Immediately, I purchased several books from my list to try it out. Later that Christmas Day, we celebrated with the extended family. My dear aunt had gifted me the hardback version of the same books! I told her what I had done and she said she bought them at Walmart and I could return. I told her I would and that I could get a gift card to buy more books for my Kindle. I was so excited about my new toy!

Until I got to Walmart that was…apparently they don’t want to accept books because you might have read them. This was like the day after Christmas, I don’t read that fast! I explained to the lady what had happened. I hadn’t even cracked open the books. They were in perfect condition. She said it was store policy. I asked for the manager. While I waited for the manager, I read the store policy on the sign behind the counter. It didn’t say a thing about books. When the manager arrived, I explained again what had happened. When she started to spout off about store policy, I pointed to the sign. I ended up getting store credit but I had to work for it.

Recently, I found myself again at that counter with a gift that I was trying to return. It was a small appliance that I just couldn’t figure out. The clerk started the return and then said, “Oh, I’m sorry, you can’t return this because it cost too much.” Apparently, their “policy” had changed again! The lady told me that they couldn’t return it because it was over $50. I guess I wasn’t up for the fight that day. I just took my item and left. The truth is that is NOT what their policy said and I will be going back with my item and get the $80 I have coming to me.

Before anyone starts commenting about how Walmart does this because of all the theft, let me just say I have a close friend that works asset protection and I am very aware of the theft that goes on daily. I still don’t believe that an honest customer should be penalized for the crime of a dishonest thief. Maybe, Walmart should get those cards like some of the grocery stores have that track all the money we spend in their stores. Then they might be nicer to the honest customers.

JesusWhere does Jesus fit into all of this? First of all, His policy never changes! He is the same today as he was 2000 years ago. His promises are the same and true for me just as they were for the woman at the well as told in the bible. The BEST part, the Good News if you will, is that he will exchange anything! Nothing is too expensive or too used! He died on the cross to exchange his life for our sin! He gladly took back my disobedience, my potty mouth, my suicidal thoughts, my selfishness, my bitterness, my divorce, my gossip…oh, the list is too long! The point is, it doesn’t matter what we’ve done. He loves us enough to take us back! To give us the full refund no questions asked.

This Easter as all the festivities are happening, if you haven’t fully grasped why Jesus crawled on that cross. If you haven’t taken all your returns, your sins, to him, make this your time. If you haven’t and want to know anything about His return policy, I’d be happy to help you. We don’t have to carry around all the returns that pile up and clutter our hearts. We can let it all go and trust in the One who has already paid for mistakes. Our sin causes separation between us and God. Jesus stands in that gap for us. Just like Walmart is the middle man between us and the manufacture of those goods. Jesus chose to be our middle man. He chose to stand in the gap for us. To take the returns upon himself and fully redeem our lives.

Remember at Walmart how I had to work for my return with the books? Sadly, I wasn’t up for the work the second time with the small appliance. At least not at the time but after writing this and reading their policy, I will be back to work for my return. Again, the Good News about Jesus is that we don’t have to work for our return. Scripture tells us in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Asking Jesus to come into your life is an amazing gift. Works come in when you fully understand all that he has done for you and you can’t help but want to honor him with your life.

The truth is NONE of us will ever be good enough for a full exchange. The Good News is we don’t have to be! It’s not based on our works, or how good we are. It is based on His policy of loving us enough to die on our behalf redeeming us fully with God the Father.

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Turn Your Mess Into A Message That Makes You Money

Reading a bookHas anyone ever told you, “you should write a book about that?” Have you ever felt like you have a message that needs to be heard? Or maybe you just want to share your journey? Turn your mess into a message by sharing the lessons you learned? If the answer to any of those is yes, you are in the right place!

My answer was yes, too! In 2003, I managed to put together some not so good manuscripts and take them to a writer’s conference where I was set to meet with a publisher. A group of aspiring authors sat around a large conference table and pitched our ideas. It was exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time. The publishing agent told me that he loved both of the concepts I submitted, but that I was basically a nobody. He told me to self-publish and after I’d sold a thousand copies to reach out to him again.

WHAT? I thought to myself, if I can sell a thousand copies on my own, what do I need you for? Of course, I have learned a ton since then and understand the reach a traditional publisher has, but I also understand the limitations and time restrictions that come with that reach.

Thinking self-publishing was my only option, I studied everything I could on the subject but was left feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. I felt very alone and unsure of myself in regards to writing. Questioning if I should even be a writer, I knew I had a message that I had to get out but struggled to get it written much less published.

Thankfully, God confirmed that I should write! That is a longer story and will be in the book but for now let’s just say I am thrilled to be plugged into a community of fellow authors and mentors. No questions go unanswered! I feel connected and motivated like never before. The best part is that I now have the tools to do the job!

When I came across this webinar, I felt like I had finally found someone who understood where I was and where I wanted to go! Now I am in the process of writing my book, Save the Butter Tubs, with a new found clarity and can’t wait to use all the tools Kary teaches to publish it later this year! Don’t just sit back and watch me. If you have a message you need to get out, join me in the journey! The first step is simple, watch the webinar. It’s free and it could change your life like it did mine!


  • Why today is the best time in history to publish a book and how to do it.
  • New publishing secrets that give you the most control, profit, and support.
  • How to make your book a 6-figure business, not just a $16 business card.
  • How to get your book attention and engagement without having a big platform.
  • PLUS another 75 minutes of insider tips, tools, and more.

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4 Favorite Podcasts for Writers

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HeadphonesWhat are you listening to? I was late to the podcast scene. I kept hearing about them and once listened to Matt Chandler’s series on Habakkuk, which was great but I never started following anyone. That was before I had a smartphone with podcasts at my fingertips. Back in the day, I would listen to cassettes of Joyce Meyer that would be the equivalent of podcasts today.

Now that I’ve finally tried the podcast app that came installed on my smartphone, I’m hooked. You can search for podcasts by putting in keywords. Then you can listen to an individual podcast and if you like it you can subscribe. Subscribing basically downloads the latest podcasts from the castors you follow. Most castors I follow post once a week. So as I am ready to listen, I can click on my podcasts and either select one or just go down the list of unplayed. I enjoy listening to talks, sermons, etc. I usually listen while getting dressed in the morning, or working out. I especially love the longer shows for my drives to San Antonio. The worst part about listening while driving is you can’t take notes!

Lately, I’ve been listening to all kinds of podcasts from sermons to different themes. Here are my current favs on the topic of writing. If you’re not a writer, share this with someone you know that is! In my experience writing from home, it can get lonely. Having some podcastors that you listen to on a regular basis gives you that sense of connection. Not to mention the advice, ideas and inspiration are priceless…literally as well, these four podcasts are free!

  1. Kary Oberbrunner’s Igniting Souls
  2. Jeff Goins’ Portfolio Life
  3. The Author Hangout: Book Marketing Tips for Indie and Self-Published Authors
  4. The Creative Penn Podcast

So let me ask you again, what are you listening to? Leave the link to your favorite podcast or if your a castor leave your link! (clean material only, all others will be deleted)

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Why Haven’t I Heard of This? I’m in Love!

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I’ve never even heard of this and I have two blogs! Bloglovin is an awesome tool to get a feed from the blogs you want to follow!!! I just signed up so I don’t know the ropes just yet but I am excited to have a place where the blogs I follow will all be in one place!  Like a social media platform for blogs!

I know, it’s the little things in life that make me smile. This is one of them!  Do you use it? Let me know what you know!

How to get started: (if you’re like me and have never heard of it!)

  1. Sign-up with your email or with Facebook.
  2. If you have a blog you can clam your blog by entering your entire URL into the search. Then it will walk you through set up.
  3. Fill your feed with your favorite blogs! Click “find blogs” and search for your favs or find new ones!
  4. Enjoy your feed! For each new blog post published – you’ll see an image, a title, and a short description of the blog post. You will see 4 choices underneath: LikeSave, Share and Mark as Read. 

I hope you will follow both of my blogs, and! Let me know if you have a blog as well that I might be interested in! Happy connecting!






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