What Are Your Blogging Goals for 2015?



What are you blogging goals for 2015?  Are the healthy for you and your blog?  Are they going to build numbers and your  integrity as a blogger?  It’s important that we think before we blog and that we blog professionally.  So many times “Bloggers” are given a bad name because of the drama on their blogs and their unprofessionalism.  This not only reflects on you you but on all of us as bloggers.


Blogging has become a way of life for many people.  A way to stay home, take care of your kids, and work.  A way to “Have It All” if you will.  So when you’re creating your posts remember that.  I was reminded yesterday that creating goals on paper and marking you achievements are important.  This improves your attitude and may even give you inspiration to keep going.


If your goals are to increase your traffic think about what you will have to post to bring in that traffic.  If your goals are to increase your content know that you’re going to have to work on subject matter and do a little research.  Content just doesn’t fall into your lap.  Words don’t come easy and writer’s block happens.  Be easy on yourself and know that the words will eventually come.


2015 is going to be a banner year, live love and laugh.  Enjoy all that is around you and you will find plenty to blog about and the rest of your goals will fall into place.



01/30/15 QMT Windchimes Square Redwood Planter Box Giveaway


QMT Windchimes Square Redwood Planter
Box Giveaway
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Presents The QMT Windchimes

Square Redwood Planter Box Giveaway  

1 – Lucky Winner will receive two of these beautiful Redwood Boxes
Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to work with QMT Windchimes to bring you one of their  newest products, the 11″ x 11″ Redwood Square Planters 

Grow your own flowers & herbs in style with a new redwood planter from QMT. Their embossed redwood deck planters are built from sturdy redwood boards and embossed with an attractive floral border. Naturally rot resistant, redwood planters will maintain their beauty through several seasons. These beautiful Redwood Planter Square  will add accent to your deck, patio, garden

and any location outdoors.

 The 11″ x 11″ size gives you plenty of room to plant pretty much any plant or

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01/31/15 Sausage, Veggies & Zatarain’s Rice Dinner & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway #EatInChallenge

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A Favorite Meal in our home is Smoked Sausage with veggies and Zantarain’s rice. The spicier the better. I like making it because it’s a time saver and a great meal for when we’re on the run or in a hurry.


1 Package of Smoked Sausage

1 Package of your favorite Zantarain’s Rice (be sure to check the heat level)

Various Veggies.  I used the ones below but you can substitute anything.

4 Small Yellow Summer Squash Chunked

1 Red Onion Chopped

3 Large Carrots Chopped

1 Bag of Frozen Peas

1Tea Olive Oil

Cook and brown sausage in a pot (you can use a skillet but hey why dirty 2 pans?).  Stir in Olive Oil and all veggies and cook until peas are thawed.  Pure in Zantarain’s Rice and make according to directions.  Simmer until done and you have an easy one pot dinner.  This usually takes about a 1/2 hour to make and feeds my family of 4 and leaves me with leftovers for lunch the next day!





January Eat In Challenge
Networking Perks is challenging more families to eat at home with the Eat At Home Challenge. Sitting down and eating together as a family is important; we take this time to disconnect from all the daily noise, technology, and social media, while reconnecting as a family. Meal time is also important that we provide delicious and nutritious meals to eat. Finding the balance between work, day-to-day activities, and meal planning isn’t easy, which is why we at Networking Perks want to start 2015 with the Eat At Home Challenge.

Enter to WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card while at the same time building your recipe archive with delicious meals. Make 2015 the year of the family. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Do Better Blogging By Being Social



The holidays are over and with that most bloggers stats are down, and that creates cranky bloggers.  While gallivanting around the internet I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers with a bit of a holiday hangover.  Pass them the ass-prin please!  I don’t know how or why some bloggers come to the conclusion that they can blog all by themselves and on their own.


Blogging is a community effort.  We all need each other. We are people and it’s our nature. Social media is called social media because you have to be…..(drum roll please???) SOCIAL! I can’t tell you how many working relationships and collaborations have been spurred from working with others! Make friends, smile, be happy, and be nice, it will get you a lot further!


If you associate with other bloggers take the time to like and follow their social media  and maybe they’ll reciprocate!


It has taken me a lot time to learn that I can’t work 24/7 blogging and not work in social media too.  It just doesn’t work.  You have to build your social media, to promote your blog post.  You have to make friends to build your social media.  Are you seeing a pattern here?



01/21/15 Get On Up Giveaway Package From Universal Pictures

James Brown the father of soul.  Very few people knew his story, now thanks to Mick Jagger and Universal you can see his story.  Get On Up is a must see movie.  It shows the struggles of the black south, civil rights, and the rise of soul music.


Pioneering American music icon James Brown goes from rags to rhythm-and-blues royalty in Get On Up, a spectacular portrait of the life of the charismatic performer, debuting on Digital HD on December 9, 2014 and on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ on January 6, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Director Tate Taylor follows up his Oscar-nominated breakout film, The Help, with an explosively soul-packed story filled with stunning remixes of Brown’s original recordings, dramatic recreations of the singer’s memorable stage moments and a mesmerizing star performance by Chadwick Boseman (42) as “The Godfather of Soul.” The Blu-ray Combo Pack also features over an hour of bonus material, including never-before-seen interviews with the filmmakers and cast, extended and deleted scenes and additional unforgettable musical performances.

Get On Up starsChadwick Boseman (42, Draft Day) in yet another career-making performance as Brown, with a stellar supporting cast that includes Oscar®-nominee Viola Davis (The Help, “How to Get Away with Murder”), Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Fruitvale Station), Nelsan Ellis (The Butler, “True Blood”), Oscar-nominee Dan Aykroyd (Driving Miss Daisy, Ghostbusters), Craig Robinson (This is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married,Baggage Claim).


James Brown’s ferocity, talent and ambition propelled him from his hardscrabble South Carolina roots to some of the most prestigious musical venues in the world, earning him a reputation as “the hardest working man in show business.” Get On Uptakes audiences behind the scenes of his brilliant, six-decade-long career for an uncensored look at the turbulent forces that drove the legendary performer.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet.

  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.


Bonus Features on Blu-Ray and DVD

  • Long Journey to the Screen– Producers Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer spent 14 years bringing Get On Up to the screen. In this short feature, they discuss why James Brown is such a compelling subject, as well as their own memories of meeting the superstar, the rocky road to the screen and how they joined forces to bring the film to life.
  • Chadwick Boseman: Meet Mr. James Brown– The filmmakers discuss why they chose Chadwick Boseman to embody the legendary ‘Godfather of Soul’ and what it took for him to learn to sing and dance (and do the splits!) like James Brown.
  • The Get On Up Family– Director Tate Taylor and producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger talk about the extensive search for the perfect actors to play bring James Brown’s life story to the screen.
  • Tate Taylor’s Master Class – The director’s extended take on a key scene in the film showcases the actors in an unscripted performance
  • Feature Commentary with Director and Producer Tate Taylor


Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-Ray

  • On Stage with the Hardest Working Man– Compare the film’s depiction of Brown’s performances in Vietnam, at the TAMI Show and the Apollo with the real thing using archival footage of the actual events.
  • The Founding Father of Funk – Producers Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer join select cast members and recording artists to talk about the real James Brown and the influence he had on the world around him.
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Full Song Performances
  • Extended Song Performances

2 people are each going to win a copy of Get On Up, The Blues Brothers and a pair of Aviator Sunglasses.

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02/02/15 LushesCurtains $200 GC Giveaway

LushesCurtains $200 Gift Voucher Giveaway
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Co-hosted by Baltimore Mom
Sponsored by LushesCurtains.Com

Home Decor is important both visually and economically.  Visually, curtains add a look you’re trying to achieve for your home.  Economically, they can help you save on your energy bill.  In the Summer Curtains help lock the cool weather in and keep out the heat.  In the Winter it’s just the opposite, curtains help lock in the heat and block out the cold.


Lushes Curtains is headquartered in South El Monte, California and is your source for premium velvet curtains and backdrops. Lushes Curtains’ ready-made panels range in size from small to extra-large and come in your choice of either cotton or fire rated velvet materials. LushesCurtains is quality you can see and feel. Click here to read more about Lushes Curtains.

Enter this giveaway using the Giveaway Tools below after reading the terms. The prize is a $200 Gift Voucher for LushesCurtains.com.

Giveaway Terms

  • This giveaway will run from January 2nd at 8pm CST to February 2nd at 8PM CST and is open to US residents 18+ only.
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Yea! Kicking Off The New Year With Networking Perks!



We are so glad you are here and look forward to you becoming a part of the Networking Perks family!


Big business was built on the “good ‘ol boy” attitude of who you know, not necessarily what you know. With blogs excelling into the world of big business we want to capitalize on the competitive advantage of who you know AND what you know. These two facets will ensure longevity in an ever revolving market and avoid the pigeonhole effect to business owners and partners.


Many times as women we are focused on home, family, money and trying to balance it all.  It’s not an easy task and is one that comes with very little appreciation, and turns our life into constant worry.  The key to it all is balance.  While we may never find that perfect balance we can work together to get as close to perfect as we can!



Our team of social media, business, finance, and marketing SME’s (subject matter experts) will help you elevate your business to the next level. At Networking Perks, our goal is to marry people together who will compliment each others strengths and exploit each others talents in a mutually beneficial environment.



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