One Year in 2 Minutes

This time lapse video by Eirik Solheim is pretty amazing. While I’m all about mindful meditation and appreciating the present, this video has me ready to dive into just over a minute.

All that green looks good! It’s nice to imagine a time when there will be no snow on the ground.

If you have a couple of minutes to enjoy views of the four seasons, I hope you’ll take a look!

Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow. Please Go!

snow banks on sidewalk roasted sweet potatoes collageIf it’s Monday, then it must be a post about snow! It feels like everyday it’s snowing or we are recovering from more snow. Plus, last night the wind chill was in the double digits below zero. It was scary cold!

Tonight ABC nightly news started coverage from right here in Quincy to talk about the horrible weather. You know it’s serious, when the national news starts in your city!

Here are some more pictures to give you an idea of what we are dealing with here. The large picture to the left is a view down my street. Below to the right is the walkway to my car. My car is behind the snow bank and I won’t even go into the details of the ordeal to back out. I have to to maneuver around the snow bank and try not hitting my neighbors’ cars. In order to get back into the space again, I have to go up another street and come down the hill, so I can drive in at the right angle. I just wanted to cry after backing out the first time. Today it wasn’t quite as bad. G has been digging my car out each time and he made more space.

Above that picture is a pan of roasted sweet potatoes. When it’s cold out, there’s nothing like roasting some vegetables to warm things up in my apartment. Plus, they were so good! I microwaved them first, then cut them up and added olive oil, garlic powder, ground ginger, ground rosemary and sea salt.

Hopefully you had a nice long weekend and your parking situation did not make you cry! Let’s hope this is a good week!

Top 8 Links: The Business of Sponsored Blog Posts

cash for sponsored blog postsThe blogging community is a very supportive one. Since I’ve found so much good information from other bloggers, whenever I find information that I find helpful, I try to share it too.

My blog posts Tax Tips For Bloggers and Tax Deductions & Food Bloggers seem to be helpful to many.

I just found some posts to help bloggers when it comes to pricing sponsored blog posts. For those of us who try to make money doing what we love, these posts offer some food for thought.

I’ve certainly gained some new insight. Whether you are a food, travel, fashion or any other type of blogger, these links may help you with sponsored blog posts too!

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{Blogging} The Money Equation for Sponsored Post (Wooden Spoons Kitchen)

Reader Q & A: How much should I charge for a blog post or sponsored post? (Secret Blogger’s Business)

Are You Being Conned? Fair Sponsored Blog Post Rates and Best Practice Guidelines (Blogging Tips)

How Much Bloggers Charge to Publish Sponsored Content (MarketingProfs)

Sponsored Post Rates: Are You Undercharging? (Babble)

How Much to Charge for Sponsored Content – is This a Question You’ve Ever Asked Yourself? (ProBlogger)

How To Set A Sponsored Post Rate (Bonjour, Blogger!)

How to price for sponsored post and recipe development (Kitchen Table Mastery)

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Monday in Collage

Monday in Collage
It seems that the post that I wrote last Monday could very well have been recycled for this Monday as well. The T was a mess again with the new snow storm that is currently going on.

While in my opinion, it should have been shut down before the snow even started based on what happened last week, the train service is shut down through the end of Tuesday. Also, finally the Governor declared a State of Emergency for Massachusetts. Hopefully, with additional equipment now being requested, the snow will be removed and it will be safer to get around. We’ll see. There’s supposed to be another storm coming on Thursday and on Sunday. It’s just too much!!!

Above are some pictures that I took on Instagram that I thought I’d share here. The snowy scene is from my backyard. The table and chairs have almost disappeared under the snow! I finally tried the Red Velvet Oreos. They are so good! But I gobbled them all up really fast, so they are not pictured here.

Luckily, when I went food shopping before the storm, there was an enterprising Girl Scout in the store selling boxes of cookies. People were swarming to get them! I got three and had some Thin Mints today. A wonderful classic. Since I ate all the Oreos, G finished that box up. I also bought the Thanks-A-Lot and Cranberry Citrus Crisps. I’ll be opening those soon! The boxes are much smaller than they used to be, so they don’t last as long.

Also, in the midst of all this snow, the paperwhites that my mother gave me for Christmas have bloomed. They smell so good and remind me that spring will arrive eventually. It will be a very nice change.

How is the weather where you are?