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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday as seen around the great state of Texas!

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Tech Tuesday: Pinterest Tips and Resources

So you want to grow your pinterest following and become a Pinning Master? Here’s some tips, resources and blog posts that will help you get to where you want to be!

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The number one thing you can do to increase your pinning mojo is to pin LOTS. Pin all the time. Pin all the things. But where do you start? How do you pin frequently without getting sucked into wasting time? Its not easy, but it can be done!

When ever I have a spare 2 minutes… waiting in line, listening to elevator music on the phone waiting for customer service, waiting for the tea pot to boil, etc., I pin! I’ll whip out my phone and do a quick search for something that interests me, quilting, blogging advice/tutorials, recipes, and repin to a relevant board. The more you pin, the more followers you’ll get and the more repins you’ll get.

I could go on and on about ways to help you grow, but chances are they’ve already been written about by some of the best in the business… Sooooo… I’m just gonna point you in the right direction!

103 Resources for Pinterest from Kissmetrics

Top 10 Resources for Mastering Pinterest from MCNG Marketing

Cynthia Sanchez (A Texas Gal herself!) is the Pinterest Guru behind Oh So Pinteresting! Her podcasts are awesome and are chock full of pinterest know how, tips and help!

Pinterest for Business Resources from Hubspot

Pinterest Smart Feed: Get Your Pins Seen from The Pin Junkie

What is your favorite way to up your pinterest game?

Celebrating Black History Month

I'm not Black ... so why celebrate Black History Month?
I’m not black…oh, you noticed?  So why do I read diverse books that celebrate Black History Month? The answer is simple, really.  I want to be an educated global citizen–but more than that, I want my kids to espouse that ideology.  It makes you smarter, more empathetic, and more well-rounded to learn about people that are culturally or ethnically different from you.  We all have beautiful differences.  And it is best to learn early on that life isn’t all about you…

I have always loved learning about other cultures and other religions.  When I was a kid, we learned about ancient Egyptians, Greek philosophy, and the Aztec calendar, but the only black Americans we learned about were Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver.  And there are just so many amazing black Americans in our country’s history that should be noted.
In the past few years, there have been some truly awesome non-fiction picture book biographies and histories. Seriously, these are not the kind of books you dreaded on book report day when you were in school.  Some call these books creative non-fiction because they re-imagine a real situation to allow kids to better understand the story.  In my opinion, Shana Corey has mastered this style.  These non-fiction biographies enticed me…and it was there in the library’s non-fiction section that I fell in love with Satchel Paige, Josephine Baker, and Florence Mills.  These non-fiction biographies are an excellent place to start learning about famous black Americans.
Seeds of Freedom The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, AlabamaThis year, Candlewick Press published the beautiful book, Seeds of Freedom  The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass and illustrated by E.B. Lewis.  It is a lovely book that places the situation of integration against the backdrop of world events.  It is powerful to see how the world was advancing greatly in some ways and so behind in others.

I would highly recommend this book as a companion to learning about civil rights and equality.

If you are looking to share some awesome picture books with your kids (and maybe even learn a little something yourself) check out my calendar with a month’s worth of picture books for Black History Month.

Rosemond Cates is a wife, mama, and writer in DFW.  She blogs about children’s books and her crazy life at Big Hair and Books. You can also find her here:

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday as seen around the great state of Texas!

Photo submitted by: Kalish Law Texas Blog based in The Woodlands, TX.

Wordless Wednesday
Interested in having your Texas pictures featured in our Wordless Wednesday posts? Email us! Please size your photos to no more than 700px wide before sending. Also, photos can have people in them, but please choose photos that do not have people as the focal point. Email photos to texaswomenbloggers(at)gmail(dot)com or click the link.
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