Favorite Pinterest tips

My Favorite Pinterest Tips

Who isn’t in love with Pinterest? I admit I didn’t “get it” at first…but it didn’t take long. 51 boards and a few thousand pins later, I guess you could say I’m a junkie…It’s also an amazing way to drive traffic to your blog and help build your web presence. I have clients who have created AMAZING traffic for themselves using pinterest, and I’ve even seen a recipe of mine go viral when a friend created a Pinterest friendly post about it…

  1. Create images with Pinterest in mind
    • Add text to your images (using Pic Monkey or other photo editing software)
    • You can also add your URL!!
    • Use natural light as much as possible
    • Action images do better than static “product” shots
    • Style your photos with accessories and props
  2. Have a call to action on your blog
    • Link to your Pinterest account in your sidebar.
    • You can also add a pin button to every image.
    • Place a call to action at the bottom of both your posts and feed entries.
    • List 2-3 of your most pinned images on your sidebar.
  3. Describe your image

    • use the description function when you upload images.
    • Whatever you place in the description of your image becomes the text of the pin as it is pinned – be as descriptive as possible!!
    • Use Keywords
  4. Make the best use of your Boards

    • Use creative (but relevant!) titles.
    • Have a wide variety.
    • Use the private boards for…well, things you want to (or should!) keep private.
  5. Don’t spam

    • No one minds when you pin one of your posts, but when you’re pinning 10 things in a row from your blog, it’s too much.
    • Try to pin (or re-pin) 10 things for every pin from your own content.
    • Check for valid links in your pins – if I can’t check out a link right away I will “like” it instead.

I hope these ideas help you make the most of your Pinterest time – I’ll try to add more tips from time to time – I get so busy helping clients that I forget others could benefit from some of my knowledge too! I would love your feedback on what you would like to see – blogging tips, SEO, design dos and don’ts, photo tips…I would love to do a Q&A if there is any interest as well! I also have a lot of great pins on my blogging tips board on Pinterest

PS – don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!!

Cheesy Chicken Mexican Dip


Happy day after Memorial day! It’s one of those holidays that just screams BBQ, grilling, fresh fruit and yummy dips…this is one of my family favorites. It’s a staple on game day in the fall, and a must have for picnics, potlucks and parties in the summer…did I mention easy? That too!

This is what you’ll need:


Chicken, cheese (I used cheddar jack), refried beans, salsa or canned tomatoes with peppers, and Mexican seasoning…

Place all the ingredients in a crock pot…

And cook for 2-3 hours on high, or 4-6 hours on low, stirring periodically until headset through…then serve with tortillas, chips and your favorite taco toppings! I serve it with dishes of chopped onions, chiles, Jalepenos, tomatoes, avocado…anything you like on tacos or burritos will be good with this!


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Cheesy Chicken Mexican Dip


  • 2 cans of cooked white meat chicken (or about 1 1/2 pounds of cooked chicken tenders cooked and shredded)
  • 1 large (30 oz)can of refried beans
  • 1 jar of salsa (or 2 cans of rotel)
  • 2 C of cheese
  • 1 T taco seasoning (I used Rachel’s homemade taco seasoning)

Mix all ingredients in a crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or high for 2-3 hours until heated thoroughly. Serve with chips, tortillas, and taco fixings.

The Big Traveling Potluck 2013

Saying I was super excited to go to The Big Traveling Potluck is an understatement…going to meet some of my favorite food bloggers? Yes!

Eating fabulous food created and inspired by some of the best in their field? DUH!

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Getting inspired about food blogging so I can use it here, share it with YOU and pass it on to some of my awesome clients?? Again – duh!!

To top it all off it was in driving distance, The Big Traveling Potluck was held in a beautiful part of California…this was a barn on the top of a hill overlooking a vineyard and avocado grove. It was gorgeous!

big traveling potluck 2013

The speakers were wonderful and I was introduced to some incredibly talented and passionate bloggers…I wasn’t sure whether to think “ah, I give up, I’ll never be THIS dedicated” OR “OMG – I am SOOOOOOO inspired! I’ll post 74 times a week and photograph every meal and and and…” Well, you see how well that worked.

I am more inspired than discouraged :)


Off to Blissdom!

It’s that time again – seeing some of my favorite people, staying in a fun hotel, and making lots of NEW friends!


How likely is it I’ll be posting while I’m gone – slim to none…(hey, just being realistic)

But I will be posting on Instagram – you can find me here – Chicky’s Instagram.

If I was smart I’d figure out a way to blog from Instagram. I believe there is a way – I just haven’t figured it out yet…

Speaking of iphone artistry, I’ve found a few new apps you might want to check out!

Wood Camera – easy to use, great filters, and you can see what your photo will look like BEFORE you take the picture!

8mm – AMAZING video app – the oscar nominated film “looking for sugarman” was filmed on it! You can get all these fun vintage film looking effects.

Toon Camera – turn your images and videos into animation!

Miniature Cam – fun tilt shift effects (where real life things look miniature)

If I see you at Blissdom, HI! If not, I’ll be back here NEXT Monday for sure…who knows maybe sooner!!


 This is My Fifth BlissDom!