Holy cow! It’s HOT and HUMID here in Boston!
Last night, Mal and I finally broke out the AC, which made sleeping a zillion times more enjoyable last night, so we woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning. It’s amazing with a good night’s sleep can do for you!
I practically bounded out of bed into the kitchen for breakfast this morning. I was wide awake and hungry! I made steel cut oats from Good Food Made Simple with chia seeds and Teddie Peanut Butter. I also drank a glass of iced coffee with soy milk.
Last Night’s Dinner
Last night’s dinner was sort of random since we didn’t do a ‘real’ grocery shopping this week. I ended up making a package of chicken broccoli rice and roasted brussels sprouts with Black Truffle & Fresh Thyme Herb Sea Salt from the Foodzie Tasting Box that Foodbuzz sent me.
Black Truffle & Fresh Thyme Herb Sea Salt = amazing. I want more!
After dinner, I enjoyed a couple of Sandwich Thins with peanut butter and butterscotch chips on top. (Yes, I am obsessed.)
TechMunch is coming to Boston! It’s July 24th at Boston University, and I’ll be speaking on a panel about blogging success.
TECHmunch is a series of conferences in cities across the U.S. designed to help food bloggers gain the hands-on digital media, marketing and business skills they need to make their blogs more personally and financially rewarding. Each conference features leading experts in a range of disciplines– from digital publishing and search engine optimization to public relations and online advertising.
Three Questions Thursday
Here’s another edition of Three Questions Thursday!
What exactly are Chia Seeds? And what are the nutritional benefits from them?
Info from Wikipedia:
Chia seeds are small ovals with a diameter of about 1 mm. They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In one ounce, chia seeds contain 9% of the Daily Value for protein (4g), 13% fat (9g), and 42% dietary fiber (11g), based on a daily intake of 2000 calories. The seeds also contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium in amounts comparable to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame.
I sent you a photo of my dog for Blog Dogs months ago. Why haven’t you posted it?
I have a serious backlog of photos, so it might take awhile for you to see your pup. I post the photos in the order that I receive them in my inbox, so depending on when you sent it, you might see your doggie on Blog Dog soon or not-so-soon. Just to give you an idea, I’m still posting the photos sent to me on February 7th. I still have about 300 dogs to post on Blog Dogs. I plan to post them all, so please be patient.
How did you start writing for Health? Do you have any advice for finding writing opportunities like that?
My writing gig with Health was 100% luck and good timing! I emailed Health to inquire about some freelance work and, at the same time, they were looking for someone to contribute to their Feel Great Weight program. A few of the Health editors were readers of my blog, so I think that helped too!
Nearly all of my writing opportunities (Health, NuVal, my book deal, etc.) have come about because of my blog. Basically, my blog is a live resume for potential writing jobs, so it helps me market my skills for new opportunities. My best advice: put a lot of time into your blog (if you’re a blogger) and reach out to companies/organizations that you want to write for and show them examples of your work. You never know what might happen!
Speaking of companies that you might want to write for…
Real Simple just announced their Simply Stated Blogger Contest. Following the tremendous success of the magazine’s Life Lessons Essay Contest, RealSimple.com is launching a new digital contest on its Simply Stated blog network. The Simply Stated Blogger Contest winner will write a guest blog about friendships and relationships on Simply Stated throughout the month of October. You can find out more info about the contest here: realsimple.com/bloggercontest.
Question of the Day
Would you rather be super hot or freezing cold?