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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Make the Most of Your Blogging Time

Apart from being the best source for acquiring knowledge ever, Internet has become the most social place. I hardly know anyone who doesn't write a blog, doesn't tweet, or doesn't have a Facebook account.
No matter why you use social networks - to keep in touch with friends, to be well informed, or to promote your online business - you need to carefully schedule your time, so as not to become overwhelmed and get lost in the ever growing virtual space.

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Here are 3 super easy ways to help you save time and be more efficient on the Internet: 
1. Google Reader is a powerful tool for saving time and organizing your daily RSS feed from the blogs you are following through Google Friend Connect. Did you know that they are all automatically added to Google Reader and once you have them in there you wouldn't have to bookmark and visit each of them separately? In my post Google Reader for Crafty Bloggers I am discussing in length the advantages of using Google Reader.
2. Those of you who are using Blogger may have already noticed that apart from publishing automatically, you can also schedule your posts. After you finish writing it, just click on Post Options, under the composing window, click on Scheduled at, and choose a date and time for publishing. Then click on Publish Post and your post will be saved as a draft, awaiting its time to present itself to your blog readers. If you are having problems, check out this video.
3. HootSuite is an easy to use website which helps you schedule your posts in different social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and WordPress. Once you sign up and add your social networking accounts you can get them organized in different tabs and see and post updates with just a click. Hootsuite also offer apps for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry.
Here is a recent video by Meagan Visser, explaining how to schedule posts in HootSuite.
Sonya is the deisigner and photographer behing Kanelstrand Organic Living, where she shares her views on sustainable design and eco friendly living, and encourage a healthy discussion about implementing the organic approach in optimizing our time and efficiency on the Internet. She also writes about blogging, and other aspects of marketing our creative business.  She runs a handmade business on Etsy where she sells  organic felted jewelery with Scandinavian design.

I'm guest blogging at Sonya's blog today with "Your Top Blogging Questions Answered". Click here to see my post: http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2011/06/your-top-blogging-questions-answered.html
Thanks Sonya!:)

Comments

  1. Thank you Sonya for these tips. My google reader is a mess. LOL and did not figure out how to clean it. I usually subscribe to other blogs via email, I find it is an iteresting way to stay connected.
    Olfa

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  2. Hootsuite sounds like an amazing time saver for sharing posts. I'll have to check it out!

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  3. Ourfamilyworld, it is easy to organize your google reader by creating folders and moving your subscriptions in them. You may want to read my post on that matter (it is quite easy to follow) and hopefully it will help you when you decide to switch from emails to RSS :)

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  4. Thank you for stopping by! I was already planning on advertising with you and I would really appreciate that guest post!
    e-mail to doreenb8 at verizon dot net
    I will get it up the 3rd week of June!
    Thank you:)

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  5. Cool! Thanks, Doreen.:) My party is next weekend, so I'll take pics and get the post to you during that following week.

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  6. Sonya is always coming up with great tips!

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  7. Hi there! Glad to have found you. You are a talented blogger, I wish I am as good as you. Great posts, great tips, great blog!

    Hope you could stop by at your free time.

    wordsandpen.com

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  8. Thanks so much! Heading over to your blog now...

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