Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles

20 Pickle Gifts Under $25 for Pickle Lovers

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Do you know what November 14th is? National Pickle Day!

In preparation of National Pickle Day, I have put together a list of 20 gifts under $25 (at the time of this writing) for pickle lovers. These would also make great Christmas gifts for those pickle lovers in your life (or yourself if you are a pickle lover)!

Check out 20 gifts under $20 for Pickle Lovers (posted for last National Pickle Day) and 20 more gifts under $20 for Pickle Lovers (posted for National Pickle Month in July) if you missed them last time.

These are all items I found by doing an online search and have not seen them in person. So, please do your own research before making a purchase to determine if it is truly what you want.

Pickle T-Shirts

These pickle t-shirts come in a variety of sizes and colors for men, women, and children. Which one is your favorite?

Just A Girl Who Loves Pickles T-Shirt

It may say “Just a Girl…”, but these shirts are available to fit men, women, and youth. There are a variety of background colors including slate, baby blue, heather grey, heather blue, and pink available.

Dancing Pickle T-Shirt

This dancing pickle t-shirt is available in select sizes for men, women, and youth. There are a variety of background color to choose from such as black, navy, royal blue, dark heather, and purple.

I Love Pickles T-Shirt

This I Love Pickles t-shirt is available in select sizes for men, women, and youth. Background colors to choose from include black, asphalt, royal blue,cranberry, and purple.

I’m Here To Eat All The Pickles T-Shirt

This t-shirt is available in select sizes for men, women, and youth. Black, navy, asphalt, royal blue, and purple are the possible background choices.

Pickle Hats

Do you prefer sun hats or baseball hats? Either way, these pickle hats will have you covered.

Pickles Bucket Sun Hat 

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this pickle bucket sun hat that is available in one size.

“Basketball Playing Pickle” Sun Hat

For the pickle loving basketball player who wants to offer protection to the eyes from the sun.

Pickle Baseball Hat

This pickle baseball hat is available in khaki or white.

Dill With It Denim Baseball Hat

This particular hat only comes in blue; however, it appears there are other links to hats that have the same “Dill With It” and pickle design available in grey, red, and blue.

Pickle Bags and Packs

Check out these four pickle bags and packs to see if there is one just right for you.

I’m Kind of a Big Dill Drawstring Bag

Take a pickle drawstring bag with you on your next vacation, gym visit, or whatever else you may need a bag for.

Pickles Backpack

This pickles backpack is made out of recycled water bottles.

Dill With It Canvas Tote Bag

The description suggests using this pickle tote for things such as carrying books home from the library and wrapping Christmas presents.

Insulated Pickle Lunch Tote Bag

Keep warm food warm and cold food cold for hours (according to the description) with this insulated pickle lunch tote bag.

Pickle Towels

Choose between one of these pickle themed towel choices to be used in the kitchen, on the beach, or in the bathroom.

Pickle Hand Towels

This is a set of two pickle hand towels.

Just So You Know… I’m Kind of a Big Dill Kitchen Hand Towel

This kitchen towel measures 16″x24″.

I’m Kind of a Big Dill Hand Towels

This is a set of two matching kitchen hand towels with pickles.

Large Pickle Beach/Bath Towel

It’s may be too cold to go to a beach (at least in some places), but this large pickle towel can be used as a bath towel, too. This pickle towel measures 32″x52″.

Pickle Books

Even adults may enjoy a pickle themed children’s book!

Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles by Brigitte Brulz

Of course, I had to add this to the list! This is an item from this list that I have actually seen in person. Free coloring pages, activity ideas, and a teacher’s guide are available to go along with Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles on Fun Extras.

I Would Love you Even if You Were a Pickle by  Bucleigh Newton Kernodle

I would love you even if you were a pickle. I have ever told anyone that before.

Stop That Pickle! by Peter Armour

Why does someone need to stop a pickle?

Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield

You could try to invent your own “pickle-chiffon pie” after reading this book.

What is your favorite pickle themed item?



Crafts and Projects · Writing Appearances

Pumpkins and Potatoes

What can grow in a garden, be turned into a variety of tasty foods, and be fun to play with? Did you think pumpkins?

It is October, which is a perfect time for pumpkins. And pumpkins do grow in gardens (like these two we grew in a pot this year).

pie pumpkins on deck

Pumpkins can be turned into a variety of tasty treats (like the pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin seeds my family has made and enjoyed).

Our Grand Pumpkin Experiment Results

And pumpkins can be a lot of fun to carve, paint, and read about. Check out these 22 children’s books about pumpkins if you missed it!

22 Children's Books about Pumpkins

But, another answer to what can grow in a garden, be turned into a variety of tasty foods, and can be fun to play with is…Potatoes!

Our family grew a lot of potatoes in our garden at our previous house. I loved having plenty of potatoes to enjoy ourselves and share with the local food shelf.

red potatoes

Potatoes are so versatile and can be made into many different tasty foods. Did anyone celebrate National Potato Chip Day this year?

lays dill pickle chips

Potatoes can also be a lot of fun to play with. Isn’t this potato creature interesting?

Potato hedgehog

And you can even be a scientist with an a-maze-ing potato experiment!

Potato experiment

But, have you ever thought of painting with potatoes?

Well, potato drop painting was the topic of the most recent post I had published on Hands On As We Grow. You can check out Messy Fun Potato Drop Painting for Kids (on Hands On As We Grow) if you are interested in seeing how my daughters created this masterpiece with potatoes and paint.

Will you try a potato drop painting?


For more posts about Hands On As We Grow writings, check out:

What Does Cotton Ball Transfer from Room to Room Mean?

Fine Motor Paperclip Activity

Science Experiments to Try at Home

At-Home Learning Activities

Themed Books · Writing Appearances

22 Children’s Books about Pumpkins

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Last month, I shared some apple books that had been listed in a course I created earlier this year entitled Foods and Food Production.

Foods and Food Production

This course, which was published on Schoolhouse Teachers, includes information about 26 different foods and how they are grown, harvested, processed, and used.

Well, now that we are in October, I thought it would be fun to share books based on another food listed in the course. Pumpkins!

pumpkins on deck

Within the pumpkin section of Foods and Food Production, I provided the following:

  • introduction questions for students to answer
  • links to videos showing a pumpkin plant time lapse, an explanation of how pumpkins are harvested, how they grow, and the life cycle of pumpkins
  • lists of books about pumpkins (fiction and nonfiction)
  • more reading about pumpkins with links to other resources
  • a list of the top ten pumpkin producing countries
  • a flag match worksheet with the flags of the top ten pumpkin producing countries
  • information and links to videos that show what products are made with pumpkins
  • three pumpkin recipes to try
  • closing questions for students to discuss what they had learned about pumpkins

Today, I am sharing the lists of books about pumpkins that were included within the course. I was able to check all of these books out from my library.

Fiction Books about Pumpkins

These are the books about pumpkins that were found at my library in the fiction section.

My Pumpkin by Julia Noonan

This book is a My First Reader book that includes a total of 48 different words. It shows a young boy planting seeds in the spring, pulling weeds, watching the pumpkin plant grow, seeing a variety of pumpkin sizes, picking a pumpkin, and going to a pumpkin show to win a prize.

Oh My, Pumpkin Pie! by Charles Ghigna

This is a Step 2 Step into Reading book. It is a rhyming book that shows the varieties, shapes, and sizes of pumpkins and different things that can be made from pumpkins.

P is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin

This rhyming alphabet picture book goes from A-Z of items found in the fall such as apples, barn, and corn. It reinforces the fact that God made the Earth and everything. It ends with “…may you find every blessing that God’s autumn brings.”

Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer

A little mouse shows Cat how pumpkins grow by planting seeds, watering, waiting, transplanting the little seedling outside, watching, making a scarecrow, picking a pumpkin, and finally making a jack-o-lantern cat. The end of the book provides instructions for how to grow your own pumpkin.

Pumpkin Countdown by Joan Holub

A group of kids is going on a field trip to a pumpkin patch. The book counts down from twenty to one in a fun way and has illustrations for kids to find more pumpkin information and orange items. The illustrations show how pumpkins grow, what bees get from flowers, and different kinds of pumpkins. The book ends with a song to practice counting backwards.

Pumpkin Day! by Candice Ransom

This is a Step 1 Step into Reading book. It is a rhyming book that shows a family going to a pumpkin patch and picking out pumpkins. At home, they turn the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.

The Pumpkin Patch by Margaret McNamara

This is a level 1 Ready-to Read book that is part of the Robin Hill School series. The class goes on a field trip to a pumpkin patch, and a little girl named Katie tries to pick out the perfect pumpkin. She chooses a small pumpkin, but she worries her pumpkin may not be perfect until her dad helps her turn the small pumpkin into a pumpkin pie to share with her class.

Nonfiction Books about Pumpkins

These are books about pumpkins I found in the nonfiction section of my library.

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch by Jenna Lee Gleisner

This has simple text that talks about what you would see at a pumpkin patch including rows of pumpkins, people picking pumpkins, sorting the sizes of pumpkins, face painting, hay rides, and pumpkin treats. It also mentions that people take pumpkins home to make jack-o-lanterns to decorate for Halloween. At the end of the book, there are directions on how to paint a pumpkin.

From Pumpkin to Pie by Lisa Owings

This book tells when pumpkin seeds are planted, how the pumpkin plants grow, when pumpkins are harvested, how pumpkins are prepared for baking, what part of the pumpkin is cooked, and how pumpkin is prepared to make pumpkin pie.

Grow a Pumpkin Pie! by Jane E. Gerver

This book is a Hello Reader book that shows the process of planting seeds and growing pumpkins to make a pumpkin pie. The end of the book provides a sorting activity, matching activity, pumpkin patch maze, rhyming activity, and drawing activity.

Grow It Yourself!: Grow Your Own Soup by John Malam

This book talks about what a pumpkin is, different kids and sizes of pumpkins, how pumpkins grow, steps to plant and grow your own pumpkins, taking care of a pumpkin plant, and a recipe for pumpkin soup and pumpkin seeds.

Harvest to Home: Pumpkins by Lynn M. Stone

This book talks about what pumpkins can be used in, the variety of pumpkin sizes and shapes, pulp, pumpkins being processed for pumpkin paste, growing pumpkins, pollen, bees helping, and harvesting pumpkins.

How Did That Get to my Table?: Pumpkin Pie by Emily J. Dolbear

This book talks about how pumpkin pie requires pumpkins that grow on vines. It discusses how the seeds are planted, when they are harvested, what happens at the factory, how pumpkin pie is made, and how pies get in stores.

In a Pumpkin Shell: Over 20 Pumpkin Projects for Kids by Jennifer Storey Gillis

This book offers 20 pumpkin activities to do with kids such as making your own pumpkin patch, painting a pumpkin, making a pumpkin seed necklace, carving a pumpkin, and cooking various pumpkin recipes that are provided.

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin by Ron Fridell and Patricia Walsh

This book talks about what a pumpkin is, different stages of pumpkin maturation in step-by-step details, pollination, ripening, pumpkin problems, pests, harvesting, possibilities for pumpkins after they are harvested, the pumpkin life cycle in pictures, and pumpkin facts.

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson

This book offers actual photographs instead of illustrations. It discusses seeds and the pumpkin plants as they grow. It shows closeups of the large leaves, twisty tendrils, flower buds, little hairs, blossoms, and a bee, spider, and grasshopper on the pumpkin plant. After picking the pumpkin, it shows a pumpkin with seeds rotting into the ground and producing a new pumpkin plant. The end offers more information on how to grow pumpkins.

Pumpkin Harvest by Calvin Harris

Simple text that talks about fall being pumpkin season and shows pumpkins growing, vines drying, farmers picking pumpkins, and pumpkins being turned into jack-o-lanterns and pie.

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Simple text talks about a young child who planted a pumpkin seed and watched it grow until it produced a large pumpkin. The child picks the pumpkin, carves a face, and saves some seeds to plant another time.

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

This book goes through the steps of pumpkin plants growing starting with seeds being planted and leading to pumpkins of many colors, shapes, and sizes. Even giant pumpkins you can sit inside! It also tells what pumpkins can be made into.

See It Grow: Pumpkin by Jackie Lee

This book shows a seed progressing into a pumpkin plant with vocabulary words such as true leaves, seed leaves, shoot, roots, and nutrients. It also has pumpkin facts such as “a pumpkin vine can grow 30 feet long.”

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

This book has illustrations instead of actual photographs and talks about the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins, how fields are prepared, what seeds have within them, how seeds are planted, what is needed for the seed to grow, the different stages of the pumpkin plant, the parts of the flower, pollination, the amount of time it takes to grow, history of pumpkins with Pilgrims and Native Americans, a history of Halloween, how to carve and decorate pumpkins, and other pumpkin facts.

The Pumpkin Patch: Story and Photographs by Elizabeth King

This book talks about and shows pictures of the work done in a pumpkin patch before pumpkin seeds are planted, where pumpkin seeds come from and what they look like (coated with a pink powder), how the plants grow, how they are harvested, and what pumpkins can look like.

For more fun with pumpkins, check out Our Grand Pumpkin Experiment from last year.

If you would like to look at more books with themes, check out these posts:


Where to Learn More About Blogging

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When I began what I have been referring to as “my writing adventure”, I just knew I wanted to write. And blogging seemed like a good option at the time. I could write what I wanted (as a hobby) and possibly even make a little money on the side.

I ended up doing a lot of research on blogging and creating a website. I even took a class on creating my own website at a community college. And I started my own blog.

I wrote about personal finance (ways to save money, children’s birthday parties on a budget, etc.), homeschooling (curriculum reviews, field trip ideas and planning, and more), organization, and simple crafts to do at home. I enjoyed writing all of the posts, but I quickly learned there is a lot more to blogging than simply writing if I wanted to actually make any money.

Growing Money

Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay

Are you interested in learning more about blogging?

Whether you are just thinking of creating a blog of your own or you are a veteran blogger looking for additional tips for monetizing your site, email marketing, branding, building traffic, and more, you may be interested in the latest bundle put together by Ultimate Bundles.

It is called The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019). And it’s only available for 6 days (10/2/2019-10/7/2019).

The Genius Blogger's Toolkit

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019)

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019) has a total of 26 eBooks, 55 eCourses, 7 workbooks and printables, 5 templates, and stock photo collections. That’s over 90 products!

Get all of the details for the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019) here.

You can learn (more) about affiliate marketing, branding, building a blog, content creation & promotion, creating & selling products, design, email marketing, Facebook & Twitter, Finance & legalese, getting started with blogging, Instragram, Pinterest, monetization, podcasting & vlogging, productivity & organization, SEO & traffic, and tech & support with these products.

This bundle has a value of over $7,000 if each product was purchased individually. But it is available now, for only 6 days, for the price of $97 (almost $1 per product listed in the bundle).

Does it sound too good to be true?

I thought the same thing last year and was a little hesitant to purchase the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2018 edition). But I’m glad I did. I was very happy with the contents, price, and customer service (when I reached out with a question I had).

Although I did not use all of the products from the bundle last year, I definitely got my money’s worth. The entire bundle cost less than some of the courses on their own!

Just so you know, the 2019 Genius Blogger’s Toolkit offers completely different resources than the 2018 edition, and I have not personally seen any of the products in the 2019 edition.

Get all of the details for the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019) here.

Included Items Valued at More Than the Cost of the Bundle

All of these items are included in the 2019 edition Genius Blogger’s Toolkit for the price of $97, yet they are priced individually at more than the cost of the entire bundle:

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  • Become a Blog Boss (eCourse) by Lynne G. Caines ($497)
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  • Social Boom (eCourse) by Ruth Soukup ($297)
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  • How to Grow Your Blogging Income Through Facebook Ads (eCourse) by Jessica Festa ($149)
  • eBook Bestseller Bootcamp: The Ultimate Self-Publishing Course for Bloggers (eCourse) by Ana Savuica ($197)
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  • Goodbye to 9 to 5 (eCourse) by Sagan Morrow ($197)
  • Intentional Blog (eCourse) by Jeff Goins ($197)
  • Instagram Content System (eCourse) by Helene Sula ($99)
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Included Items Valued at the Same Cost as the Bundle

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  • Blogging Camp (eCourse) by Julie Chickery, Liz Wilcox, Lindsay McKenzie, and Camille Attell
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  • List Building Insanity (eCourse) by Brianna Berner
  • Kickstart Your Blog (eCourse) by Raelyn Tan
  • Start a Blog the Right Way (eCourse) by Anna Sokyrka
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Even More Items Included in the Bundle

Of course, there are many other resources included within the bundle that are priced at less than the cost of the entire bundle. Those include items such as:

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  • The Authentic Blog Project (eBook) by Hannah Rinaldie ($24.99)
  • Building Your Profitable Blog (eBook) by Emma Quay ($28)
  • Sales Page Starter (eCourse) by Emma Bates ($29)
  • Content Creation 101 (eCourse) by Crystal Paine ($37)
  • Graphic Design for Bloggers: Design Principles for Online Marketing (eCourse) by Kara Fidd ($47)
  • The Blogger’s Finance Workshop (eCourse) by Elizabeth Harrin ($27)
  • Moving from Popular to Profitable (Workshop) by Talaat & Tai McNeely ($47)
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Optional Cheat Sheets- Free Only Until Tomorrow

I know receiving so many resources all at one time can be overwhelming! Last year, after purchasing the 2018 edition, I spent a lot of time writing a list of each product, how they were presented, and what they were about. From that list, I was able to prioritize which items I wanted to view first. It’s amazing how breaking something into smaller steps is much less intimidating!

Well, Ultimate Bundles has done all of that work for you! They created cheat sheets that break down each of the products, so you can easily prioritize and focus on the products you are the most interested in. Ultimate Bundles says the cheat sheets “are a great way to learn key insights faster so you can see results sooner” and they are “like CliffsNotes”.

Anyone who orders the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019) by Thursday, October 3rd at midnight (ET) for the $97 will receive the cheat sheets for free. After Thursday, they will be available for $50 as an extra.

Keep in mind the cheat sheets are not mandatory to purchase. I did not purchase the cheat sheets last year, but that is why I spent so much time creating my own sheets. Getting them for free would be very beneficial and save a lot of time and headache!

Some Tips

I like to keep things organized, so I did the following (after creating the sheets) to try to make things easier:

  • created a folder on a flashdrive to save all of the eBooks
  • once I finished reading an eBook, I resaved it with an X at the beginning of the name, so I knew I had read it
  • used a single notebook to keep all of my notes from all of the resources
  • created a password sheet to track all of the passwords needed to access some of the resources
  • created a folder in my bookmarks manager to bookmark all of the resource pages
  • crossed off all of the resources I was not interested in seeing

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit (2019) is available for purchase here for only $97 until Monday, October 7th. Is this something that you would be interested in?

And Finally

Well, the blog that I had started years ago ended up getting deleted after writing over 30,000 words in the course of about 6 months. I never did make any money off of it, but I still feel like I learned a lot.

In the meantime, when I’m not busy homeschooling, volunteering, and spending time with family, I hope to continue my writing adventure as I create journals, write children’s books, write articles for magazines, maintain my author website (with occasional blog posts), attend writer’s meetings, and more.

Do you have a blog? If so, why did you create it and what motivates you to write it?





Do You Really Need to Offer a Freebie to Have an Email List?

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A few months ago I wrote about a book called Making a Living Writing Books for Kids by Laura Purdie Salas, which I highly recommend for children’s book writers.

In that post I stated the following:

“Some things mentioned in the book that I have heard over and over again yet I have not taken the leap to complete just yet include creating an email list, joining Twitter, and doing school visits.

All three of these are things I keep thinking about, but I keep telling myself I will do them if (hopefully when) I get a traditionally published book deal. In the meantime, I have my reasons (really just excuses) to not do each of them.

Baby steps. I will get there eventually.”

Well, I finally took the steps to create an email list. No, I didn’t get a traditionally published book deal (I wish!), but I decided it was finally time.

Emails Image by Muhammad Ribkhan from Pixabay

Image by Muhammad Ribkhan from Pixabay

Please don’t roll your eyes at my excuses, but creating an email list has been something I have been putting off for quite a while because …

… according to the CAN-SPAM Act, all business emails must include a valid physical mailing address. I didn’t feel comfortable putting my own home address on the bottoms of all of the emails, which left me with the option of renting a PO Box.

I have had a PO box before. Infact, the house I previously lived in did not have a mailbox, so a PO Box was mandatory. I have gotten so spoiled at my current location with not having to drive to the post office to check my mail, and I wasn’t sure if having a PO box would be a worthwhile investment. Would anyone actually sign up for my email list?

Well, if you sign up for my email list (which I now have as an option), you will see that I now have of a PO box.

Before creating an email list, I did some research (that’s just what I do!).

I’ve read many websites saying you must include a free incentive for someone to sign up for your email list. It could be a download, an ebook, an entire section of your website, etc. Essentially, you offer someone something for free with the catch that they must enter their email address. And voila, they are now part of your email list. Waa haa haa (my odd evil laugh).

Some websites have people sign up for their email list in order to get access to certain sections of their website, which I figured out how to do for my Fun Extras page. But when I went to do that, I actually felt bad. If someone wants to print off free coloring pages or activity ideas, I want them to be able to do that without any strings attached.

So, I did something that goes against the advice of all of the websites I read about creating email lists: I simply offered to provide updates on my journals, books, and writings. I’m not saying that offering something for free is bad. I’m just saying that is not what I am doing at this time…unless you count free updates as my free offer!

Brigitte Brulz Updates Logo

I don’t want people to sign up only because they want something for free and have no interest in anything else. I also don’t want to be holding back all of the coloring pages, activity ideas, and more for people who aren’t comfortable with providing their email address.

I know I’ve signed up to other people’s email lists simply because I was interested in hearing updates from them and wanted to know when they had more information available. I hope others will do the same for my email updates.

I’ve also signed up to email lists just for the free download and then unsubscribed right away. Yes, I’m like that. I get enough emails as it is. There is no point in me remaining on someone’s email list if I am not interested in anything else they are offering. And they don’t have to continue sending emails to me for no reason. That’s what I hope to avoid.

Unsubscribe Image by Denis Bogdan from Pixabay 

Image by Denis Bogdan from Pixabay

I even spent quite a while coming up with this as my email sign-up text:

“To Join or Not To Join…

Many websites make you enter your contact information for a FREE product. Not mine. Instead, you are welcome to enter your contact information if you would like to be kept up to date on any added fun extras, books, and journals created by me. I would love for you to join my email list! But, even if you don’t subscribe, you are still welcome to enjoy all of the FREE coloring pages, activity ideas, and more on FUN EXTRAS. You’ll just miss out on learning about all the new fun things as they are added!” 

Somehow, that doesn’t pop up anywhere on my website. If you’ve read this far, though, you’ve probably seen what actually does pop up. Thankfully, I was able to figure that out (I think!).

Within a couple of days of adding the subscriber popup form, I had one subscriber (who I don’t even know). Yay!

If you are interested in receiving updates about my writing adventures, journals, books, and fun extras, please sign up for my email list. I hope to send updates to all of my subscribers’ inboxes with a monthly e-newsletter (as long as I can figure it out). I have no intent on bombarding inboxes with email after email!

Subscribe Image

Image by Harshahars from Pixabay

Unfortunately, every time I try to install the email sign-up form within this post, it doesn’t work properly. (This is another excuse I’ve had for not creating an email list…I’m not very knowledgeable with all of the computer technology, and I knew it would take a lot of time to figure it all out.)

I am still trying to determine if there is a way for me to install a subscribe form on this post using the products I have. In the meantime, you should be able to sign up for my email list on any page or post on my website when the form pops up, which should happen when you have scrolled about half way down the page. Otherwise, you are welcome to email me and let me know you are interested in signing up for my email list. I’m sorry for any inconvenience as I figure this all out!

If you aren’t interested in receiving updates from me, that’s okay, too. Thank you for reading this far!

So, do you really need to offer a freebie to have an email list? I guess we’ll see.

What do you think?