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Happy Valentine's Day! You would think I'd choose red for this month and I almost did- but then I was greeted with the most magnificent sunrise this morning and was inspired to choose Sunrise Pink instead. 



Sunrise Pink for Valentine's Day #Nashville




Here is my Pinterest collaboration for the month. I really love the sunrise ombre looks I found. I'd love for you to stop by and follow me on Pinterest.









If you like sunrise, sunset and nature photos as much as I do, why not follow me on Instagram where I share alot of these kind of photos!


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I hope this month's color post inspires you to take a break from your busy life and go outside for a moment. You'll feel refreshed and energized in just a few minutes!



Please share in comments: Are you up early enough to enjoy sunrises? 

Color of the Month - July 2015 - White

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, July 09, 2015

Hello summer white! How I love to see you in our closets, on  slip-covers and brides- and in our garden! This month's color was inspired by this almost perfect white rose from my flowerbed. It has a lovely scent too! 

White Rose in flower bed #garden

As always, I hope you like my color of the month pins too! 



Follow Linda A.'s board Color of the Month - July 2015 - White on Pinterest.


Please share in comments: Do you have anything white near you right now? It could be your t-shirt, a piece of paper, a flower. etc. 

Color of the month February 2015 Sunset Pink

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Oh February, how I want to love you.  You are positively filled with celebration days: National Freedom Day (2/1), Groundhog Day (2/2), Valentine's Day (2/14), Mardi Gras (2/17) Chinese New Year (2/19). 

 All of these days fill my mind with vivid colors just thinking about how I might decorate to celebrate the day- but it's not enough. I want to look out my window and see a colorful landscape, but dear February, you just can't manage that.  

What you can manage and do provide most beautifully is glorious sunrises and sunsets. It was a toss up which I'd pick for this months color, but in the end, the sunsets won.


Here's a photo of a resent sunset in my neck of the woods.


February #sunset pink


And here's my Pinterest board for this month. I hope you like it! 




If you have a sunset photo you'd like me to see, or other pins (family friendly) that boast a sunset pink vibe, let me know in comments and I'll add it to my board.

Stay Warm! 


Please share in comments: Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets and why?



Welcome to The Pin To Win It With Customizo Event!


Customizo giveaway
Courtesy: The Review Wire


I am so happy to be a part of my first ever Pinterest Party Giveaway! There are some wonderfully fashionable Pinners on Pinterest, offering up unique style finds and now you can get in on all the fun by designing your own apparel with Customizo and pinning it.
Customizo is a very user friendly site that offers apparel in brands we know and love like: American Apparel, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Van Heusen (a personal favorite of mine) and more. I am thrilled that they carry a brand I know will fit me and is of good quality.  Before I get to the giveaway, I want to share more about this great company.

About Customizo:


Customizo is an innovative group of sites that help groups with apparel and product design, collaboration and purchasing. With their design tools, group collaboration platform, mobile content integration and centralized hub of fully customizable artwork templates, creating and designing, bringing your designs to life is easy.



How to enter the Giveaway:

Here is your chance to win all 5 pieces of clothing that you "Pinned" to your own Cutomizo Board! 
 For your chance to win, follow the simple steps below:

1 - Follow Customizo on Pinterest AND The Review Wire on Pinterest

Create and Design 5 Items from the Pinterest Party Category on Customizo.com. Use one of the free templates or upload your own artwork to customize your items.
2. Save your designs and grab the Share link to post to Pinterest, you will have to create an account to do this.
3 - Create a Pinterest board and title it "Customizo Fashion" or "Customizo Custom Designs." Make sure to tag each pin with #Customizo!
4 - Come back and fill out the Giveaway Tools Form with your direct link to your Custom Customizo Board!


Pin It To Win It Giveaway

3 Winner's Will Each Receive their "Pin It to Win It Customizo Board" {RV $125}... See Form for Entry Details. Open to U.S. You must be 18 years old to enter to win. Ends 4/1





Disclosure: This event is sponsored by Customizo and hosted by The Review Wire.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment. All opinions are my own..

Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by The Review Wire.

How I got to be a Cool Mom for a Day

in , , , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, February 11, 2013


It all happened innocently enough. The kids were out of school for Martin Luther King Junior Day, so I offered to take my 13 year old and just turned 10 year old daughter and a friend each to Dunkin Donuts. They were very happy and started running down the list of their friends, bemoaning how hard it was going to be to pick just one. But they muddled through. 


yum
Courtesy: Dunkin Donuts

Ms. T texted and received a speedy quick affirmative reply. Ms. M’s invitation was done the old fashioned way. A text invitation was sent from my phone, because GASP! I have not caved and bought Ms. M her own phone yet. But that is for another post.

So, did the invite make me cool? In a word, no. 

Nice Mom maybe, but not cool. As any Mom of a teen or tween daughter will attest, coolness is hard won. We Moms are watched and judged quickly by this billion dollar industry group. I have two under my roof, so I know what uncool looks and sounds like. The girls teach me constantly.

As fate would have it, Ms’ M’s friend had to cancel at the last minute due to a stomach bug. Even though Ms. M was sad to not have a decaf latte and donut with her friend, she rose above and happily announced that I could be her friend.  Okay, that is a mini-cool isn’t it? 

We went and picked up Ms. T’s friend and set off for Dunkin Donuts, chatting all the way there.  We were all in high spirits as we set down with our donuts, iced coffees and lattes and the conversation from the car naturally flowed to our table chatter, which was, of course about clothes! That’s when I innocently asked if Ms. T had shared Polyvore with her friend Ms. P.


That is when I became cool!


 Armed with tablets and smart phones, these charming girls started raving about how cool Polyvore was and how cool I was to have shared it with them and how did I even know about it anyway Mrs. Kinsman?

Since Ms. P asked, I shared that I had been asked to write a post on my blog for No Nonsense leggings or tights and part of the requirements for this paid opportunity was to make a Polyvore board.

Double coolness washed over me as these girls gave me, yes me! all manner of attention and asked me tons of questions about blogging and even my opinion on fashion. 

When was the last time you got to talk about your job to the under 14 crowd and keep their attention for more than a second?

Pause for a moment Moms and share my coolness moment… yeah, it felt good!


Paris
Ms. T's Collection


Ms. T and Ms. P shared their boards and pins with me. Ms. P even shared a site I hadn’t ever heard of, it’s that cool and so totally non-Mom! 
I have it bookmarked for later. 

And I had to give Ms. M. permission to design on my Polyvore account as well.

 I really like their collections so far.




  
Pretty Floral
Ms. M's Collection

Will this coolness last? I don’t know. I will be happy with just nice Mom status. But I do know of this place called Beso  I’ve been eyeing that has awesome home d├ęcor, fashion and beauty I might have to share soon. 
Stay tuned.

If you are hooked on Pinterest and you like fashion and beauty, you will quickly become hooked on Polyvore too. Feel free to follow me at either place and don’t forget to let you teen and tween know where you are pinning. You might just be a Cool Mom for it.

You're welcome. 

Leave a comment with your user name at either place so I can follow you back!


Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link to Beso. If you click on certain links, I may receive compensation. Not enough to buy a donut though. :-)








Think before you Pin It

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, March 02, 2012
Logo courtesy of Pinterest


I've only been on Pinterest a short time, but I can certainly see the allure of pinning. I usually like and re-pin more than adding my own content.  I allot myself 15 minutes a few days a week so I don't get sucked into the Pinterest vortex.


 I've been seeing alot of chatter online about using Pinterest to marketing your brand/blog/business and while I think of Pinterest as a fun, down time place,  I listened to the Pro's and added a JAFRA board.






Which was promptly copied, or re-pinned by another JAFRA consultant.  Hmm... I did the work, and her business may grow from it?  Well, that doesn't seem right, does it?
 But guess what? She didn't break one single rule.  Nothing I could do about it but learn and move on.


Which got me thinking:

What about Copyrights and plagiarism?  Can I get in trouble for all my likes and re-pins and subsequent sharing on Facebook and Twitter I've been doing? The answer, or at least help in making my own decisions came in the form of a informative blog post about this over at Blogging with Amy.

I love how Amy has her hand on the pulse of the blogging community and freely offers up her opinion and advise.  I highly recommend you follow her blog if you don't already.

If you have questions about this topic, I invite you to read Amy's very helpful post at: http://bloggingwithamy.com/pinterest-legal/

I for one and going to be alot more careful on Pinterest from now on.

Happy Friday!



* 3/8/12: Update:

The legalities of using Pinterest is gaining in popularity around the blogosphere. Here is another very insightful article on this topic written by TJ McCue.  http://www.openforum.com/articles/3-ways-pinterest-can-damage-your-small-business 

As special thank you to my blogging buddy Nancy Ortiz at the http://www.thefrugaldietitian.com for sharing this with us on Facebook.

I will continue to update this post and share articles as I read them. If you have an article that you think would be helpful and you'd like for me to incude it here, just contact me.  Thanks!
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