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Authors in Bloom!

Very busy this week hosting the 3rd Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop that begins TODAY. ūüôā

Authors_in_Bloom_blog_hopFor the next 10 days, visitors will learn a ton of new gardening tips and recipes, PLUS the chance to win a number of great prizes! This year we have almost 80 authors and bloggers hosting giveaways which makes for AWESOME odds, not to mention the grand prize ereader and gift card. That’s right–you have the chance to win an ereader of your choice (kindle or nook, $200 value) and coinciding $25 gift card. This year we’ve added a second prize of $25 gift card redeemable with the bookseller of your choice.

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What do you have to do to win? Simply leave a comment on each participating author/blogger website. That’s it. Be sure to include your contact email info so we can inform you of your winnings. ūüôā Check event page for complete rules/details.

I do hope you’ll stop by! Already we’re learning fun, facts & trivia, like how to save and store that fresh lettuce in your garden! For DAYS…

The fun begins here…Authors in Bloom

Organization 101

Ever tried to organize a large group of people for an event or outing?¬† Like hunting for Easter eggs (or hiding them!), it can be a lot of work.¬† The kids searched and searched and still we have 3 missing!¬† But I’m sure they’ll turn up somewhere this week—falling¬†out of trees, found via the ant trail leading to their sweet hidden treasure.¬† Good news is they’re all plastic, so no odorous mess to deal with after the fact!

But today begins my Authors in Bloom Spring Blog Hop which has been quite a lesson in organization for me.¬† It’s an exciting venture and one that required lots of communication.¬† Now I’ve organized Girl Scouts and cookie sales, kids and garden lessons but authors?¬† This is my first time and I’m¬†happy to¬†report—all is well!¬† Thanks in¬†large part to participant enthusiasm and my oh-so-adored excel program.¬† I love it!¬† It’s definitely my secret weapon when it comes to planning—anything¬†from blog tours to blog hops, cookie sales to garden beds—excel is my go-to program.

Especially because it allows¬†me to color coordinate people, cookie flavors, paid/unpaid, signed in/signed out…¬† Well, you get the picture.¬†¬† Better yet, it¬†adds and subtracts for me which comes in handy with most¬†endeavors I find myself wrapped up in!¬†¬†And when you have great organization skills, computer tools¬†or fabulous virtual¬†assistance (thank you, Tiffany!), the final product can be downright satisfying.¬† Now mind you, we have 10 days to go for this blog hop filled with gardening tips and recipes, but I have high hopes for a wonderful outcome.

How could I not with such a great start?¬† How about you?¬† What’s your secret to organizational success?¬† And if you’re interested in some gardening tips or new recipes, be sure to join me this week!¬† Along with tons of great prizes to be had along the way…

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