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Adding writers is a great way to bring more fresh and diverse content to your blog.

Whether you’re running a small business or a large magazine publication, add multiple writers to grow your content and keep it fresh and diversified.

You know what they say, content is king so bringing more contributing voices to the topic at hand is an effective way of turning your blog into a thriving online community.

You can turn any existing member into a writer for your blog and manage them. Writers can create new posts and manage their comments.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Head to your Member’s Page

  2. Search the member you want to make a writer

  3. Click on the member’s profile

  4. Click the 3 dot icon on the Follow button

  5. Select Set as Writer

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'Tis the season of back to school. The practical side of me immediately thinks new shoes, backpacks, clothes and school supplies. The mental and iNote lists begin. Then I heard the sounds of school day mornings in my head, "eat, eat quickly, eat please, eat so I can brush your teeth, you have 5 minutes before we leave please finish your breakfast." I have so much enjoyed the freedom of our summer mornings. The casual snuggle time, the slow morning breakfast while reading books or playing cards and the travel! I have also seriously enjoyed what is referred to in our house as, "summer menu." During the school year we are so regimented, scheduled and planned. It was fun to just go with the flow.

Last week when we were sitting at the dinner table one evening, I got to thinking...what if we made new school year resolutions and looked at the year as a new journey instead of feeling the anxiety of routine. I have decided my personal goal for this new school year is to, dare I say, garden! That's right! I am seriously known for killing every plant I have ever come into contact with, but was recently inspired to compost. Well, when you give a mouse a cookie, or hand Ashley a few seeds you end up with a compost bin, tumbler and a garden in your back yard. 

This really all started with the dollar bins at Target. I found a garden kit and decided it would be a fun thing to do with Olivia on one of our 100 degree summer days when we want to stay inside. We planted our seeds in little plastic baggies with wet paper towels and we actually ended up with sprouts. We transplanted the sugar peas, cherry tomatoes and cucumber sprouts to planters that have been growing in our window sill. 

So my next logical step? Well, purchase a compost bin and a compost tumbler! I've got to give these babies a proper home and some top notch soil right? I found the compost bin and the Yimby compost tumbler on Amazon.

The compost tumbler was fairly easy to assemble (once I actually followed instructions). It does have A LOT of screws, so I was grateful for having an electric drill. We placed it on the side of our house

by our A/C unit, so that it is out of sight. Here are a few other items we purchased to help the process:

#garden #compost #seeds #DIY #Target

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Are you thinking, "what the heck is summer menu?" Essentially, summer menu meant two to three loosely planned meals (e.g. grilled fish, a veg and fresh baguette) and the rest of the week we ate when and what fit our schedule. If we were going to stay late at the pool, we packed salads, and if we were at a baseball game, I threw individal hummus packs, nuts, crackers and veggies in my purse (yea I know I'm that weird lady with food in her purse). We also traveled, A LOT, so many meals were out. Basically, I took the summer off from the kitchen and PLAYED! ...and created a website :)

Well, as of August 18 my daughter is offiially back in school. My husband was traveling the entire week and tired of eating out. I was home all week and tired of eating in. So what do I put on the menu? Crockpot dinner. Why? Because then we get to leave the house for happy hour somewhere and return home to a cooked meal. The Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chile Verde was seriously good (and preschooler approved).

I initially purchased this cookbook as a gift, but once I flipped through the pages I could not let it out of my sight. I even added another one of her delicious recipes for this week's menu!

****I have to give my sister credit for one of our summer menu items. Every ingredient in the dip is from Trader Joes and it's satisfying, vegetarian and kinda covers the major food groups, or something. Anyway, we loved it! One Friday night we packed a cooler and went to Rock 'N River waterpark in Round Rock and this dip, crackers and raw veggies were my dinner. Done and DONE!

Elisa's Genius Dip:

1 container crumbled Feta Cheese

1 jar of Bruschetta (in the aisle near the mustards)

1 box of steamed lentils (in the refrigerated section)

Mix all the ingredients and dip away!

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