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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two Upcoming Writing and Publishing Conferences in July 2012



Writing, Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Speaking & Blogging


Topics: 

Dreaming Big Versus Realism

The Most Important Thing: A Great Idea

9 Secrets of What Not to Say to Your Agent

Your Pitch and Your Platform 

Two July Conferences All Invited.  Please R.S.V.P.


Some of my books!

Not Me!



NOT me.  I did not go through MacDonalds drive-through three times in a row this morning. First time I did not go through for my own latte and then remembered that MacKenzie wanted orange juice not me no not me!  I did not go around the building and through the drive-through again. (I wasn't too lazy to run to Walgreens for the orange juice.)  Not me.
 Then, not me, no I did not go around the building again and through the drive-through for the third time because I remembered that Megan wanted a latte too. I did not tell the guy in the window that I am kind of like Joshua and the Battle of Jericho and that I was going to go around the building seven times. The clerk did not seem that alarmed, at least not as alarmed as when one morning I forgot I had curlers n my hair and went through the MacDonalds drive-through for coffee.
No, that could not have been me who did that.

The window clerk did not go and tell every worker in the MacDonalds kitchen and soon 11 people were staring at me through the window. I acted like there was nothing different or wrong, but they sure were staring and whispering.   No, not me.  I didn't have curlers in my hair and no I would never go out in public like that. 
Not Me’s!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

New Year's Resolutions Six Months Later in June

January 1st: “My children and I will learn Modern Hebrew this year.”
June 1st: “My children and I will weekly eat one dozen bagels with lox.”

January 1st: “I will get the kids the pet they’ve always wanted.”
June 1st: “I will buy a collar and a leash for my chia plant.”

January 1st: “I will make only home-made yogurt from only organic ingredients.”
June 1st: “I will allow my children only two Gogurts in their mouth at a time.”

January 1st: "I will take my children to a museum once a month."
June 1st: "I will show my kids where I ate super chili dogs in high school.”




January 1st: "I will make sure my children eat multi-grain fiber filled items at each meal."
June 1st: "I will store my bag of Krispy Kreme doughnuts next to a bottle of Metamucil.”

January 1st: "I will feature a Van Gogh each month on our coffee table."
June 1st: "I will fill up our Van at The Stop and Go.”

January 1st: "We will never eat food in the car in 2012."
June 1st: "We will quit using our gas grill in the car in 2012."

Using two slow cookers to make dinner gave me back my life

Order Creative Slow Cooker Meals:  Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty & Easy Dinners

Or, on Kindle

From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners .
Don’t worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl’s table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:
  • Harvest-time Halibut Chowder
  • Salmon and Gingered Carrots
  • Mediterranean Rice Pilaf
  • Indian Chicken Curry
  • Apricot-Pistachio Bread
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Rhubarb Crisp
… and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals!

From the Author

Using two slow cookers to make dinner gave me back my life and it can do the same for you.  This plan is just perfect for a frazzled mom with no time in her day.  It also works for my single friends that just want to cook once a week.  In my book I not only give you perfect recipes, but I also plan your entire dinner menu.  I'm a wife, mom, sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece, aunt, and friend just like you.  I can't make more time in my day; it just doesn't exist.  But, I can use Creative Slow-Cooker Meals to solve my dinner dilemma early in the day.        Momlaughs (Cheryl Moeller)


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Start Your Summer Out Write... Two upcoming Conferences in ly

Why take a book in your beach bag, when you can write a book yourself?
Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part I (summer evening hours)
Figure out and polish your idea   
 Monday through Wednesday, July 16-18
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Panera Restaurant on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL  60004
5 W Rand Road  (In the same plaza as Barnes and Nobles and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
 
Why is information about Writing, Publishing, ereader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? This conference will educate, motivate, and inspire.
Topics include:  
- Your Writing Story
- Dreaming Big Versus Realism
- The Pitch, The Platform, and the Proposal
- What are Agents Looking for

Cheryl, a literary agent for ten years, now turned author and conference speaker.  She is the author or co-author of 12 books. Some of her books were published by national publishers such as Moody Press, Multnomah and Harvest House Publishers.  Other books are self-published and some are e-published, showing the variety of options open to 2012 writers.      

Dinner: buy your own at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries 
For questions or to R.S.V.P., please email forkeepsministries@gmail.com  
Recent References:  
"Attending Cheryl Moeller's writing, publishing and marketing conferences has encouraged me to organize and develop my ideas to write with greater impact, as well as given me insight into internet and conventional publishing. She has great ideas regarding public speaking, storytelling, marketing, and gaining credibility. She is a wealth of information. She has inspired me to write with confidence and to continue to hone my skills. Her conferences are a comfortable environment for sharing ideas for feedback."  Elaine Doss 
The writing conference was awesome!  SO much better than reading a "how to" book.  Cheryl provided such great information and insight, in a fun and personal way.  Can't wait for Part II!   
- Sheri Davis, All Natural Mom of 4
Cheryl Moeller's Writing Conference motivated me to do what I had wanted to do for so long - get my book in print.  Her understanding of publishing and marketing was a great resource for me and now I have a book that I can share with my children, grandchildren and the world.
- Kay Swatkowski, American Grandma
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both your writing and marketing conferences. I found myself listening with rapt attention to all that was said. There is no such thing as boredom at this conference. The candidness with which Cheryl speaks is refreshing, and the help she extends to all is over the top. Cheryl is all about community.  Her ideas seem endless."   
- Arlene Hughes


Marketing Conference will be offered  
Cheryl's Marketing Conference for Writing, Publishing, E-publishing, Blogging, and Speaking.  Part II   
Monday through Wednesday, July 9-11, 5:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm 
Panera Restaurant on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL  60004
5 W Rand Road  (In the same plaza as Barnes and Nobles and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
   
Marketing ideas for your Writing, Blogging, Speaking, Business or Ministry 
Traditional and Online Marketing
Mostly Free or Nearly Free
Dinner: buy your own at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries 
For questions or to R.S.V.P., please email forkeepsministries@gmail.com  
 

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Great Way to Keep Kids and Teens Writing This Summer

For children – as easy as A,B, C, -  
A company, Paper Coterie, has a unique product for beginning aspiring writers called
Prompt Me!

I think this would be great for children and teens to do this summer as a journal or to keep up with your writing.  It's so easy and fun that they will never know what they are doing is educational. :)

There are two different Prompt Me! books.  Through photos or words or both, you journal while given prompts.  You are given three prompts per week, but you don't have to do them all so you can pick and choose a bit.  It might depend on what you are in the mood to write or whether or not you are home that week this summer.

The books are around $30 (at the end) for 30 pages and additional pages are $1.
So at the end of the summer writing, you order the book and it will be shipped to you or your student.

You could also do this for someone with a fall birthday and start writing about a friend, a sister or each of your children.  It could be a beginning for a mom who is an aspiring writer, also.  Click here




Picture the Holidays Prompt Me! book


Today Prompt Me! book 




There are other scrapbooks on the Paper Coterie site that you can make up with words and pictures, but only these two have the prompts to get you writing so get writing with a Prompt Me! book today.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mom, Do You Feel Guilty When You Spend Money on Yourself?

 Sure you do (and well you should) that’s why when…


...You want a manicure; you instead borrow your husband’s electric chainsaw.

...You want to go to a tanning salon; you instead wear old pantyhose over your arms and face.

...You want time to yourself at a spa; you instead go inside your walk-in closet, unfold a chase lawn chair, run the humidifier, and your youngest daughter blows bubbles in your direction.

...You want to take an art class; you instead go to the local railroad yard and watch gang members paint graffiti on boxcars.

...You want a trip through the Isles of Greece; you instead walk up and down the aisles of your supermarket where they sell Crisco (grease) shortening.

...You want to learn a foreign language; you instead spend your evenings calling bank card customer service agents who speak anything but English.

...You want a shawl made from domestic Alpacas; you instead brush the sofa for the cat’s hair several weeks until eventually you’re set to start crocheting.

...You want the red carpet treatment for Mother’s Day; you instead choose to leave the last three glasses of red Hawaiian punch your three year old spilled on the rug.

...You want your make-up to match your complexion season (summer, winter); you instead sprinkle paprika on your lips for that deep burnt orange look or beet juice for the color of late summer.



...You want a cruise to the Caribbean; you instead set your cruise control on 35 and drive to your local Jamba Juice.

...You want to smell of an exquisite earthy perfume; you instead you splash on a little Murphy’s Oil Soap before you do the floors.


...You want a new hairdo; you instead use the standard excuse line, "I'm growing my hair grow out."

...You want a three-headed shower complete experience; you instead shower with three garden hoses outside shaking dry like a dog.










Thursday, June 14, 2012

FREE Gift for Father's Day

FREE Great gift for a child to give their dad.  Free 8x10 enlargment or picture.
If you pick it up in person after ordering online, then completely FREE.
Enter coupon code PRINT8X10 at checkout thru Saturday, June 16th while ordering online.
Tons of Great Free Stuff for Father's Day.  I tried to pick out the best online for this list.

http://hunt4freebies.com/free-stuff-for-fathers-day-2012/

http://freebies.about.com/od/freeholidayfun/tp/fathers-day-freebies.htm


http://www.examiner.com/article/father-s-day-2012-freebies-free-food-for-dads-from-shoney-s-brio-tcby-more


http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/research-institute/free-fathers-day-deals


http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/2012/06/free-stuff-for-fathers-day-2012.html


http://www.freebie-depot.com/fathers-day-free-stuff-2012/


Take dad out for Father's Day and dad is free with another adult meal purchased.
Fuddruckers:  http://Fuddruckers.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=40802211985&storecode=126&_X=jbBDsmFLgacY0&MemberID=40823906738

First 8x10 at Walgreens today online, if you pick it up, it's completely free.  deadline is today, Saturday, June 15.
http://photo.walgreens.com/walgreens/storepage/storePageId=SpecialOffer

Monday, June 11, 2012

For a laugh…


In a car crash recently a tollbooth was destroyed.

Within a few minutes five men arrived on the scene and began to reassemble the Tollbooth using a white, foamy substance and soon the booth was back together.

A passerby, fascinated by the process, asked what they had used. One of the men replied "Tollgate Boothpaste."
-author unknown

Sunday, June 10, 2012

20 Things I learned from Raising Six Kids

1) Salt, pepper and milk are not fish food.
2) It's a bad thing when your child calls from camp and asks if it's a bad thing if one foot is bigger than the other.
3) If you mow the lawn with the basement windows open – the carbon monoxide detector will go off.
4) The ceiling fan doesn’t hold more than a 40 pound child and is not a substitute for taking your child to Great America.
5) Two kids cannot sit on top of the refrigerator but one can.
6) A 10-year-old cannot run a mile without shoes but he can run a ½ mile.
7) A mother with three sons doesn’t have that many friends who are mothers of all girls when the sons are young. The mother has more friends who are mothers of all girls when they reach high school age.
8) You get invited over less to friends and family’s houses for Sunday dinner when you have six kids.
9) When the nurse says, "even though the white count is as high as Mononucleosis – it’s only E coli," you shouldn’t be happy.
10) Finger painting is a good hobby.
11) Finger painting the front door is not a good hobby.
12) Green marker and a new couch don’t mix.
13) Black marker and a new loveseat also don’t mix.
14) The backyard swimming pool is not a bubble bath.
15) Pool filters do not like bubbles.
16) A dog who has been fed two packages of hot dogs can throw up twice his body weight.
17) Being hit with a marble from the second floor hurts more than being hit by a marble from the first floor.
18) The Easy Bake oven does not bake cookies fast enough for a family of eight.
19) “I hope you didn't forget I put the cell phone on the roof of the car” is not a good thing to hear when you are going 60 mph on the toll way.
20) A good sense of humor will get you through most problems in life.

By Cheryl, Momlaughs
I have decided that I can laugh or cry and I have decided to laugh my way through motherhood.

Visit Cheryl's Kindle Store and Buy Now!


 Cheryl's Kindle Books and Blogs

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference Part I

Part I (This conference is evening hours)
Figure out and polish your idea

Monday through Wednesday, June 18-20
5:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm.

Panera on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL 60004
5 W Rand Road (In the same plaza as Barnes and Nobles and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Why is information about Writing, Publishing, E-Reader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? This conference will educate, motivate, and inspire.
- Your Writing Story
- Dreaming Big Versus Realism
- The Pitch, The Platform, and the Proposal
- What are Agents Looking for

Cheryl has been married to Bob for nearly 33 years and they are the parents of six children and one grandson.

Cheryl was a literary agent for 10 years now turned author and conference speaker. She has authored or co-authored ten books.



Admission: Please buy your own dinner at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com
Please R.S.V.P. as space is limited at Panera on Rand in Arlington Heights, IL

References from attendees:
"The writing conference was awesome! SO much better than reading a "how to" book. Cheryl provided such great information and insight, in a fun and personal way. Can't wait for Part II!"
- Sheri Davis, All Natural Mom of 3
"Cheryl Moeller's Writing Conference motivated me to do what I had wanted to do for so long - get my book in print. Her understanding of publishing and marketing was a great resource for me and now I have a book that I can share with my children, grandchildren and the world."
- Kay Swatkowski, American Grandma
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both your writing and marketing conferences. I found myself listening with rapt attention to all that was said. There is no such thing as boredom at this conference. The candidness with which Cheryl speaks is refreshing, and the help she extends to all is over the top. Cheryl is all about community. Her ideas seem endless. Thanks for opening up my world to the possibilities that exist within the writing realm."
- Arlene Hughes
“Attending Cheryl Moeller’s writing, publishing and marketing conferences has encouraged me to organize and develop my ideas to write with greater impact, as well as given me insight into internet and conventional publishing. She has great ideas regarding public speaking, storytelling, marketing, and gaining credibility. She is a wealth of information. She has inspired me to write with confidence and to continue to hone my skills. Her conferences are a comfortable environment for sharing ideas for feedback.” - Elaine Doss

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