Let Fotor Photo Editor Bring Out Your Creative Side

Don’t you love stunning photographs?  I’ll let you in on a little secret of bloggers who post fabulous photos on their site:  Dollars to donuts, they’re using a photo editor. That’s right, you don’t have to have a $1000 camera and mad photography skills just to capture some great pictures.  Using the easy online photo editor Fotor can work wonders, in mere minutes. 3 Quick Tips for Using Fotor Photo Editor I love photography, and have previously shared on this blog my best tips on how to take breathtaking photos.  But I still use a photo editor. If you’ve not used an online photo editor before, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use Fotor.  Fotor offers a free account, so you can try it out.  Then if you love it and want to tap into more robust features, they offer an annual subscription to upgrade your account.   Here are some quick tips for using Fotor: Improve a single photo by clicking “Edit”.  Select “Open” and browse to … [Read more...]

I’ve Joined #TMOM as Outdoorsy TravelingMom!

After blogging at my own site for four years now, I've decided to take on a new adventure.  The past two months I was on trial as a guest writer at TravelingMom.com.  And I've now decided to officially join the  network of #TMOM travel writers!  I'll still be blogging here at Colorado Mountain Mom, but this should be a great sidebar that helps me grow as a writer and opens new doors. Outdoorsy TravelingMom Because my Colorado region is known for outdoor recreation,  and my family loves to play outside, my area of expertise will be "Outdoorsy TravelingMom".  One reason I'm excited to write for TravelingMom, is that the articles I'll be writing will be read by a large audience.  And along with that awesome social reach, comes additional clout for media stay opportunities.   Hopefully we'll get to explore some of the fantastic family resorts, dude ranches, and getaway options here in the Wild West... and bring the highlights and recommendations to you. I've already been assisted … [Read more...]

How to Make your WordPress Site Mobile Friendly

If you've not heard the fun news, recently Google dropped a little bomb.  All websites need to be mobile friendly by April 21st: "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." In other words, if your blog *isn't* mobile friendly by then, they are going to start tanking your posts in search results. Good times. How to Make your Wordpress Site Mobile Friendly Following this discovery, I have been wrestling with my site for the past week or so.  Trying to get it mobile friendly for Google, because I've got nothing better to do. Hair has been pulled. Tears have been shed. Google has been cursed. Anywhoo - It's working now... and I discovered an easy tip, for any of you self-hosted WordPress bloggers:  Jetpack can serve up a mobile version of your site for you! Whaaaat? Mine is a self-hosted Wordpress … [Read more...]

Apply to Be an Aventura Ambassador

This past year, you may have heard me talking about Aventura Clothing.  The makers of comfortable styles crafted from eco-friendly fabrics, Aventura has truly become one of my all time favorite womens brands. I love that their style is practical and earthy, and works so well for travel and everyday adventures.  Yet their clothing also has a stylish edge that I can wear and feel both age appropriate and foxy!  :) Here is a peek at some of my favorite pieces from this past year, after serving as an Aventura Ambassador through the Spring/Summer and then Fall/Winter season of 2014. As you can see, these styles are so versatile - I wear my Aventura when going to picnics, at my office for work, volunteering at my daughter's grade school, seeing the circus, DISNEYLAND (Woo Hoo!), and touring the local toffee shop then playing at the park with my preschool son on our wonderful Fridays off … [Read more...]

Apply To Be a Stonewear Designs Ambassador

For two years now, I've had the privilege of being a brand ambassador for a womens active wear company that I've grown to truly love:  Stonewear Designs.  This Colorado-based business makes beautiful, quality clothing that is durable, functional for multiple active uses, extremely comfortable, flattering, and stylish enough for anywhere from the trail to the office. It's not an exaggeration when I say that I wear my Stonewear Designs daily.   Whether you are a rock climber, yoga enthusiast, runner, hiker, traveler, or just all around busy Woman-On-The-Go... they offer fantastic fabrics and styles to keep up with you in all your endeavors.  If you don't already, you will quickly come to love them, too! Now for the exciting part... they have just launched a search for new Stonewear Designs Ambassadors!  Here's what they are looking for: "Do you lead an active sports lifestyle? Are you involved in your community, and/or do you give back to the world with your energy and time? If … [Read more...]

Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

Hello there!  And thanks for swinging by and joining me for the annual Ultimate Blog Party 2014!  Woo Hooo!!   If you're just now hearing about this fun event, be sure to head over and sign up... it's a fun way to meet new bloggers, have people discover your fabulous site, and win some great prizes. If you're new to my site, I blog here about the things I like best: Outdoors Travel Fitness/Health And Disney, of course! I used to say things like "I want to be a writer when I grow up"... or "I pretend to be a writer on my blog". Well, this is my 3rd year of blogging now and I'm happy to announce that I've finally reached the point where I can say:  Pretend, schme-tend... I AM A WRITER, thankyouverymuch!  :)  And it feels great. Thanks again for being here.  If you let me know where to find you, I'd love to swing by and check out your blog, too.  Feel free to look around if any of my themes are up your alley. Now go party like the Bloggy Rock Star that you … [Read more...]

Aventura Clothing Ambassador Opportunity

Brand Ambassador programs are becoming more and more common, and are oh so exciting for social media moms.  And when it's for an awesome women's clothing company... well, then the stakes just got that much sweeter. Aventura makes eco friendly clothing in a variety of comfortable fabrics, and a range of fantastic styles.  Their collection features everything from skirts, pants, cardigans, hoodies, and tanks... to fabulous accessories like the most amazing scarves you'll find anywhere, to cool hats and belts.  I've worked with this brand in the past, and love every Aventura piece that I own. Well, here's the exciting news:  Aventura Clothing is starting a new Ambassador program, and is now taking applications! Aventura Clothing Ambassador Opportunity Aventura is currently looking for women who meet the following criteria, who would be interested in serving as a brand ambassador for their clothing line: Shows evidence of living the Aventura lifestyle Eco-Sensitive Active … [Read more...]

My Experience Getting a Blog Makeover [Coupon Code]

As some of you may have noticed, I recently got a new look here at Colorado Mountain Mom.  Because our blogs are such personal creations (and labors of love), I had always wondered how you could have someone ELSE design a site for you... that YOU would love.  Well, my experience getting a blog makeover was a fun and interesting process, so I'd thought I'd share it with you. In addition to just wanting a change, my personal reasons for wanting a blog makeover were: A crisper, more professional appearance Have some unique graphics, to set me apart and help with my brand identity Greater, flexible capabilities, in how I was able to display and present my posts Improved navigation around my site (I really wanted 2 menu bars!) I'm very happy with the results. Getting a Blog Makeover -  Big Decisions! The way your designer creates a blog look you will love, is by asking you lots and lots of questions.  I had no idea how many decisions (on my part) that this would … [Read more...]

Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13

Well, hello there!  Welcome to the Annual Ultimate Blog Party 2013 (#UBP13 on Twitter), hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom.... Wooooooo Hoooooo! So exciting. Here's a little "Celebrate Today" float, just for us: It's my 2nd year with UBP, and this is my introductory post for any partiers who are lovely enough to swing by my blog this week. I keep it fun and lighthearted here, a mix of anything I find interesting, helpful, or amusing. My blog centers loosely around the themes of what I love most:  Travel, Outdoors, and Disney!   Top 5 Interesting Tidbits About My Blog (& Me): 1.  I live in the high mountain desert area of Western Colorado with my husband and 2 young kids, and we love to play outside.  I share many of my family's outdoor adventures on my blog, and recently made the Top 25 Most Outdoorsy Moms list. 2.  I work full time as an IT Software Engineer (aka I'm a computer geek).  My dream job when I grow up would be travel writer, so I like to pretend … [Read more...]

Social Media Tips for New Bloggers

So you'd like to start blogging, and have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to write.  Now you just have to figure out:  How do I get people to start reading my new blog? A friend in this situation recently asked me for some social media and promotion tips.  I've only been blogging for one year, but I've experienced some fun successes and have definitely learned a few things along the way.  Here is my best advice to new bloggers. Social Media Tips for New Bloggers Things I Did (or Wish I Had Done), When I Was Getting Started as a Blogger: 1. Find and Interview a Blogging Mentor Something I did right out of the chute which was extremely helpful, was email a few existing bloggers I admired with some specific questions.  Any advice for me?  How did you grow?  Is trying to build Google GFC numbers a waste of time (retro, year-old question now...)?  Do you prefer Blogger or WordPress?  How did you get hooked up with Disney Movie PR information?!  You get the idea. To this day, … [Read more...]