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Elizabeth Trach

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Writer and Editor at The Blogwright

About Me

I'm a professional writer with experience writing online catalog copy, trade magazine articles, web pages for everything from home decor to construction company websites, and how-to articles on dozens of fresh DIY topics. I'm an expert blogger with a knack for breaking down complex topics into friendly, easily-digestible posts. Like any Renaissance woman worth her salt, I'm interested in all forms of creative expression and love to dig into research for my writing projects. I have a broad base of knowledge that elevates my work for clients and makes their projects sing.

For what it's worth, I hold a master's degree in English and creative writing. In addition to writing short fiction and poetry, I'm also an accomplished academic writer, and these skills serve me well in white papers and research projects. My ability to craft a well-turned metaphor also sets apart my commercial writing, so if you're looking for something more enduring than basic, SEO-driven drivel, we should talk.

I'm also a certified educator with 18 years of classroom experience teaching English and Spanish at all levels, from kindergarten to college. I've published multiple curricula and white papers for school districts as well as parent-friendly articles and blog posts.

In addition to my work as a teacher, I'm a pretty kick-ass gardener with over 15 years of experience growing food using sustainable methods. I've written about all my adventures and offered advice about organic gardening, food preservation, cooking, frugal living, DIY projects, and travel at my blog, Port Potager, since 2011. I’m also excited to announce that my debut collection of short stories is due out from Annorlunda Books in Fall 2017.

As a freelance writer, I've helped hundreds of satisfied clients get high-quality, professional writing for all of their projects. Whether you're ready to finally get that blog off the ground or want to launch a new marketing campaign online or on paper, feel free to get in touch with me at TheBlogwright.com. You can also check out my portfolio at https://elizabethtrach.contently.com.

Industries I Write About

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Writing & Editing

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Professional Training

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

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Apparel & Fashion

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Individual & Family Services

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My Writing Samples

5 Simple Tips for Creating Engaging Instructional Videos

If you've ever Googled a how-to question, you already know the power video has with teaching you something more effectively than a block of text. Videos aren't just booming in popularity—they're also a primary format for learning. "YouTube is my favorite teacher," is not uncommon to hear from students of any age, so it makes sense to harness the power of video to enhance blended learning...

https://www.schoology.com/blog/5-simple-tips-creating-engaging-instructional-videos

Want to Get Hits on Your Blog? Make Yourself Useful

Let’s start by being honest, right up front: You want your blog to go viral, right? It’s totally ok to admit it. We all do. I don’t know anyone who started a blog just to keep a diary or to share some cute baby pictures with distant relatives. And, Dear Reader, if you reply, “Oh, no, I really just want my own little corner of the internet to share my opinions on politics and a few recipes. I would never want the world to read it all, blah blah self-deprecating blah,” I have a bridge to sell you....

https://mediashower.com/blog/writer-spotlight-want-to-get-hits-on-your-blog-make-yourself-useful/

How to Save Thousands With Smaller Smartphone Carriers

Big things usually cost big bucks. Your car, for example, probably takes up a big piece of your financial pie as well as space in your driveway. Same goes for your house — it’s almost certainly the biggest thing you own (or rent), and the amount of money you spend on it matches its size and importance in your life. But if you don’t take a minute to think small, you might overlook one of the biggest drains on the modern American household budget: Your smartphone...

http://www.thecreditsolutionprogram.com/save-big-smaller-smartphone-carriers/

3 Parenting Hacks to Cut Homework Time in Half

You’ve finally gotten in the door after shuttling the kids around all afternoon, and you’re ready to sit for a spell before dinner. But before you can really unwind, your little one reaches out with a math question. It’s time for the battle of the homework wars. Whether you’re a “tiger mom” pushing your kids to excel, an anti-testing advocate or just another Common Core critic trying to re-learn math, homework can be hard on everyone—just ask your kids...

https://www.varagesale.com/blog/three-parenting-hacks-to-cut-homework-time-in-half/

39 and Counting: The Deadliest Hangover

That second glass of wine always seems like such a great idea. I’m happy and relaxed, the conversation is just picking up steam, and everyone is laughing and enjoying the evening. Why not keep the party going? Well, for starters, the second glass doesn’t do what the first one did — at least not any more. Instead of maintaining that happy, glowing buzz all night long, more than one drink pretty well knocks me into slumber-ready mode these days. And the next day? Oy. My eyeballs creak around in my head as if my retinas had turned to cotton. I can’t tell whether I’m hungry or nauseated, and I wake up weirdly early, even though all I want to do is lie down and pray for more sleep...

http://knotsosubtle.com/39-counting-deadliest-hangover/

6 Simple Steps to Save Buckets of Cash: The Ultimate Shower Head Tutorial

I really love to save money, but sometimes frugality can feel like a lot of work. It can be fatigue-inducing, to think about money all the time. When your head starts spinning, it’s time to take a break. That’s why I love this project. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it DIY activity that doesn’t cost much more than a few dollars and an hour of your time, but it will swing into action and save you money every single day. Get out your tool belts, kids. I’m talking about playing plumber and replacing your shower head...

http://www.thecreditsolutionprogram.com/6-simple-steps-save-buckets-cash-ultimate-shower-head-tutorial/

Experience

Senior Writer

On staff to interview subjects and write full biographies for keepsake publication.

Company: Story Terrace

I worked there from 9/2016 until now

Writer

Wrote blog posts, in-depth articles, commercial scripts, product descriptions, press releases and web pages in AP style. Elite Industries: Gardening and Education. Profile: http://www.writeraccess.com/writer/11035/

Company: WriterAccess.com

I worked there from 1/2015 until now

Writer and Editor

Wrote and edited blog articles, white papers, product descriptions, web pages and social media posts in AP style. Industries: Lifestyle/Travel and Education. Specialties: Home and Garden, Cooking and Dining, Holidays, Parenting, Travel and Interior Decorating.

Company: Scripted.com

I worked there from 10/2014 until now

Writer and Editor

Wrote and edited posts for garden and lifestyle blog. Areas of expertise include organic gardening, raising chickens, cooking, food preservation, historical gardening techniques, and garden design. http://portpotager.blogspot.com

Company: Port Potager

I worked there from 6/2011 until now

Scenic Painter/Carpenter

Followed technical director’s plans to build and paint scenery for theatrical productions. Directed students in basic building and painting techniques at both Tyngsborough and Methuen High Schools. Freelance work includes Merrimack Repertory Scene Shop and a backdrop for the Rolling Stones’ dressing room at Fenway Park.

Company: Freelance

I worked there from /1998 until now

Writer

Wrote blog posts to SEO specifications using client-centric language to increase web traffic for local businesses. Adhered to house style guidelines and a 48-hour turnaround.

Company: Vivial

I worked there from 11/2015 until 7/2017

Writer, Editor, and Proofreader

Wrote web pages, blog posts, and articles for parenting and home decor companies. Edited and proofread blog posts and articles about a wide range of subjects, including technology, medicine, law, and fashion.

Company: ContentWriters

I worked there from 11/2015 until 12/2016

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Early Numeracy Skills: How to Make Math Fun at Home

Lots of parents focus on the ABCs, but don’t forget the 1,2,3s, too! An explanation of what numeracy is and what pre-schoolers should know to be on target, followed by a list of family-friendly ways to incorporate math into everyday life.

Content type: Blog Post

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Everything You Need to Know to Grow [X]

A detailed how-to article about gardening to grow the edible or ornamental plant of your choice, from zone and site considerations to planting and ongoing care.

Content type: Article

Keywords: garden, horticulture, hobby, sustainable living

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Seasonal Eating With [Ingredient of Your Choice]

500-750 words about an ingredient of your choice, detailing the season at which to harvest and/or purchase it for peak flavor, plus ideas for preparing and preserving it.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: organic food,cooking,seasonal eating

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X Organizational Tips for [Room of Your Choice]

A practical blog post about the room of your choice, with clever storage and organizational ideas tailored to common usage and items found there. This can be tailored to meet the needs of Realtors, DIYers, designers, and a variety of audiences.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: organization,home staging,real estate,home living,DIY

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Teaching Kids to Share: Tips for Encouraging Generosity and Fairness

We all want to raise children who are kind and generous, but how is that possible when they won’t even share their toys? Best age-appropriate practices from psychologists to help kids learn to share and be giving.

Content type: Blog Post

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X Types of Interviewer You’ll Definitely Meet During Your Job Search

A fun article about the character types you face during a job interview, including The Strongman, the Gatekeeper, the Politician, etc. Each one followed by humorous description and a tip to deal with.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: human resources,job interview

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Are Your Goals SMART? Or Are You Setting Yourself up for Failure?

An intro about corporate and personal goal failure, followed by a breakdown about SMART goals and how to use them. Special emphasis on measurable benchmarks and daily markers of success.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: professional development,evaluation,self improvement

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How Influencer Marketing Can Boost Your SEO

Influencer marketing is the next big thing to attract eyeballs in a crowded online space. It’s not just about being the cool kid on the block, though. Influencers can also help boost your SEO with backlinks, unique content mentions and more.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: content marketing,influencer marketing,SEO

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Are You Ready to Be a Beekeeper?

Beekeeping is a hot new hobby, but it takes preparation to do it right. This article discusses siting a beehive, materials required, and the amount of work and personality it takes to do beekeeping well.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: beekeeping,homesteading,garden

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Getting to the Point: 3 Things to Avoid in Your Marketing Emails

Marketing emails can get out of hand fast, especially if they’re drafted by committee. Josh Bernoff ("Writing Without the Bullshit") has great advice for cutting through the mist to get to the point. Top 3 things to avoid in your emails: jargon, passive voice and "weasel words". An explanation of each with practical tips to recognize and banish.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: email

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4 Magic Words to Boost Your Email Campaign

In the world of human psychology, some words count more than others. Nancy Harhut (The Wilde Agency) talks about "brain-craving content" and points out the big four words that should be part of your email repertoire: new, free, you, secret. A breakdown of why each works and tips for using.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: email

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Embrace Your Anxiety: How to Harness Your Energy for Personal Growth

An intro defining anxiety and exploring its useful evolutionary function, followed by examples in which it’s helpful in life (avoiding danger, spurring high achievement, etc.) Finally, useful tips for channeling these feelings into positive action. I’m happy to tie this in to a particular industry or subject matter if you like.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: mental health,anxiety,stress,wellness

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X Great Children’s Books to Share in [MONTH]

An intro about the importance of reading with children, followed by a list of great new picture books that relate to the month’s holidays and seasonal themes. This could easily be a series.

Content type: Blog Post

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X Productivity Hacks to Make the Most of Your Office Space:

An intro about productivity and the need to set up for success, followed by a paragraph about each idea: lighting, paper organization, using walls to hold supplies, and adjustable desk and seating for ergonomics, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: office organization,productivity

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Lessons From a $2M Blog Post

Josh Steimle estimates that one blog post on Forbes has brought him over $2 million in profit. In a recent talk he broke down why it was was so successful. This will include 5-7 tips that every marketer can apply to future content using the article as an example.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: SEO,content writing

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Boost Your Content With the Right Visuals

You could have the best blog post in the world, but today’s internet surfers won’t read it if you don’t attract their attention first. Post will include an intro about relevant research as well as some design ideas to make content more digestible, with special attention to visuals that the human brain is attracted to.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: content marketing,web design,blogging

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How to Avoid the Waiting Room Blues: X Perfect Productivity Tips

Ideas and apps for avoiding a wait as well as tips to make unexpected wait times more productive.

Content type: Blog Post

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Your Insurance Deductible: Know How High Yours Should Be

This post would do three things: 1. explain exactly what the deductible is 2. explain the relationship between the deductible and the premium 3. help readers understand how high (or low) a deductible they can afford based on their savings.

Content type: Blog Post

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Tips for Authentic Cultural Experiences Abroad

How to experience local food, culture, and people beyond the tourist attractions. I’m happy to tailor this to highlight specifics for your business — let’s chat!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: travel,culture

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Get Organized for Tax Season With Basic Office Supplies

Keeping tabs on 1099s and business expenses doesn’t have to be overwhelming. All you need is a folder, a highlighter, and some colored paper clips to make filing your own taxes a breeze.

Content type: Blog Post

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Halloween: A Definite Treat for Retailers

The National Retail Federation conducts an annual survey specifically about Halloween. A run-down of results with an emphasis on the need prepare for a spike in apparel sales, since 67% of Americans plan to buy a costume.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Halloween,retail

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X Chipwich Recipes You Need to Try

Basics on how to craft the perfect ice cream sandwich with cookies (a chipwich!), followed by suggestions on ice cream, cookie and topping flavor pairings (based on your product).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: ice cream recipes

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The Ultimate Homemade, Dairy-Free Hot Fudge Sundae

Recreating a classic hot fudge sundae without the dairy can be challenging. Try these recipes for coconut-based toppings that skip the lactose and are still totally delicious.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: ice cream,recipes

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Make Goals Fun: Gamifying Your Office Culture to Get Results

A quick rundown of how game theory works to motivate, followed by a list of tips for putting it to use in the office setting. Ideas includevisible leaderboards, seasonal contest ideas and motivating mini-prizes, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: management

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Tips for Authentic Cultural Experiences Abroad

How to experience local food, culture, and people beyond the tourist attractions. I’m happy to tailor this to highlight specifics for your business — let’s chat!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: culture

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Marketing to Educators? You Need a Teacher to Write for You

Teachers have seen loads fads come and go, and they’re highly skeptical of innovations that promise the world. Teachers are often marketed to by brands using a business/startup/entrepreneur voice, but you’ll be more likely to connect — and impress — by hiring a writer with *classroom* expertise. Here’s why a real teacher’s voice is so important.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: education,EdTech,marketing

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The Only New Year’s Resolution You’ll Ever Need

No matter what your health goal, you can reach it just by vowing to do one thing to reach that goal each day. Whether that means making one healthy food choice each day or walking just 10 more minutes than you did yesterday, keeping your resolutions on a continuum instead of as word of law will help you do better. Examples and advice to follow.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: diet,exercise,healthy living,wellness

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X Easy Ideas for Math Practice Around the House

It’s easy for parents to feel pressured to hover over their kids during homework time, but there are many more fun ways to support math learning. A concise, friendly listicle of daily math ideas, including cooking with fractions, laundry probability, and more.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: kids,education,parenting,math

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X Big Benefits of Home Ownership

This is a feel-good, aspirational post with an intro about the dream of home ownership followed by a list of benefits and reasons to take the plunge. In addition to "hard" financial benefits, it will also sprinkle in emotional calls about family, setting down roots, etc. Happy to adjust for the needs of your business — let’s talk.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: real estate,home ownership,American Dream

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How to Write a Job Listing That Attracts Great Writers

Businesses are used to touting their wares, but starting a job posting with boilerplate “Who We Are” language will turn off freewheeling freelancers. Instead, focus on the topics and tone you need to catch the eye of the right writer for you. An intro followed by headers of practical tips to write a compelling job description for hiring writers.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: marketing,freelancing,attracting talent

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Bridging Gernerational Gaps in the Workplace

This is a topic I’ve been interested in for years, and I’d love to help you with your project. I’m a professional writer and former teacher with lots of experience on both the giving and receiving end of professional development workshops, so I bring insight into what makes a good presentation tick. I’m assuming you’ll provide your major points and research; in my experience, a 40-minute speech takes about 5000-6000 words. If you’re looking for something shorter, let’s talk.

Content type: Whitepaper

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Farm to Table: Seasonal Cooking With [X]

This could be a series of blog posts (~500 words each) devoted to the discussion of a single seasonal ingredient in each one (tomatoes in summer, butternut squash in winter, peas in spring, etc.). The intro would discuss the ingredient and its growing season, followed by three quick, easy and healthy cooking suggestions with links to recipes as needed. Weekly, biweekly, or monthly posts are available to keep readers coming back.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: farm to table,seasonal eating

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How Much It Cost to Write This Blog Post: An In-Depth Look at Pricing

This post is a nerdy, numbers-based deep dive into all the costs that go into writing a single blog post, including overhead (laptop price/depreciation, internet, light per kWh, etc.) and a breakdown of per-hour costs of time spent ideating, researching, writing, and editing. I imagine it as meta (as it will detail the $ on *this* piece) and a bit confessional: Did I charge enough when all is said and done? How’d the hourly co

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: writing,blogging,freelancing

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X Signs That Your Ductwork Needs Cleaning

A listicle that aims to teach, so each point has useful information about ducts. Topics to cover include mold issues, fire dangers with debris, health hazards from rodents, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: home improvement

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May Wine: An (Almost) Forgotten Treat

May Wine is an old German tradition to celebrate May Day and the onset of warmer weather by making an herbal wine. History and how-to for infusing wine with herbs and serving straight or as a punch.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: wine,herbs

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Your Field Guide to Bartenders — and What to Order From Them

A lighthearted review of bartender personality types (ex. the Scientist, the Straight Shooter, etc.). For each one, a cocktail suggestion that they’re likely to make better than anyone else.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: cocktails,bartenders

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The Index Fund Philosophy: Is It Right for You?

A definition of index funds and how they work, followed by a and pros/cons run-down of benefits vs. actively managed mutual funds. Conclusion can be CTA to learn more, get great advice, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: index funds,investing,personal finance

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X Best Plants for Winter Interest

An intro about winter in New England being a difficult time for gardeners, followed by a list of plants (with descriptions and info) that look great even in January. Ideas include holly, blueberries, witch hazel, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: gardening,ornamentals,winter interest

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How to Do the Boston Marathon Like a Local

An outline of the quintessential Marathon Monday trip to Boston, including how to score Red Sox tickets, where to watch the runners, places to eat nearby, and other local tips.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Boston,travel tips

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions While Watching All the TV You Want

An intro about turning over a healthy new leaf, followed by simple exercises that can be done while watching TV to keep you on target with your New Year's fitness goals.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: exercise,New Year’s resolutions

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Charity Begins at Home: Tips for Helping Your Kids Give

Part of learning to handle money is learning to give it away appropriately. Suggestions for teaching charitable giving to kids, broken down by age (i.e. tangible, in-hand donations for younger kids, online research for older ones, etc.).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: family,kids,charitable giving

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X Ways to Get the Word Out About Your Home’s Listing

Social media can be a big boost when you’re selling your house. Here’s how to take advantage. Tips for homeowners to work with their real estate agent to amplify the Realtor’s messaging.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: selling your home,real estate marketing

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Car-Free Travel Ideas for Millennials

When you’re all in on urban living and the sharing economy, you may think your travel options are limited. Not true! Amtrak, Greyhound, bikes shares, Zipcar and Uber: here’s how to see it all without your own wheels.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Millennial travel,sharing economy

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X Ways to Transform Spending Into Saving

If the idea of saving for your child’s future seems daunting, don’t despair. Every budget has some low-hanging fruit that’s easy to pluck. A list of some of the easier, more painless ways to cut household spending to redirect those savings directly into investments for college.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: saving for college,personal finance

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X Must-Know Tips for Snagging a Great Vacation Rental

From looking beyond the nightly rate to double-checking the breakdown of rooms and beds, there are specific steps to take to get the most out of a rental home on your next vacation.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: vacation rental,travel tips

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X Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep Deprivation

Thinking of pulling an all-nighter? Think again. This post will list sleep facts and stats to convince students and midnight oil burners to at least *try* to arrange their schedules to avoid sleep loss. Examples include how being sleep-deprived is as bad as drunk driving, negative heath outcomes, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: sleep

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Destination Fitness: Inspiring Road Trips to Up Your Exercise Game

The same old jogging route through the neighborhood can be so dull it kills your passion for staying active. Try this list of great fitness destinations to reinvigorate your workout. Will include great places to hike, ski, surf, etc. – as many places and activities across the country as space allows.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: travel,fitness,outdoors

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Moving with Kids? Make a Survival Kit

How to prepare small children for a move with a survival kit, including what to pack to keep them comfortable and entertained during the first days in their new house.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: real estate,family,moving,parenting,children

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X Best Hobbies to Make You Better at Your Job

A listicle of hobbies with an explanation of their crossover skills and how they relate to work. For ex, runners build endurance that helps them push through long projects, gamers improve logic and problem solving skills, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: hobbies,self improvement,career

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Break Free: How to Stop Being Your Child's Jailkeeper at Homework Time

Homework is often a huge struggle for children of all ages, especially those with learning disabilities. The angst over getting down to work can seriously strain family relationships. Practical tips about setting homework limits such as dedicated space and time as well as ways to make it fun.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: homework,family,education

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Mother's Day Flowers: The Best Spring Gardens to Tour

Celebrate Mom by taking her out to enjoy some beautiful scenery. A list of top botanical gardens and scenic parks around the country known for spring blooms. Can be tailored to your location by request.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: flowers,gardening,travel,family,Mother’s Day,botanical gardens,holidays

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X Signs Your Child Might Not Be Ready for College — And What to Do About It

A list of social, emotional, and academic indicators that a young adult might not succeed on their own in college yet, with tips about troubleshooting each (including tuition insurance). Happy to include your ideas/products.services in the post.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: college,education,parenting,family

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The Best Dog Training Secret You've Never Heard of

It’s not what your dog eats, but how. For a well-trained dog that gets enough physical and intellectual stimulation for optimal quality of life, never use a bowl again. Food should be either for training or for fun. Here’s how to do it.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: pets,animal training

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X Tips for Your Child's First Trip to the Dentist

Good oral health is crucial for kids, but their first time in the dentist’s chair can be scary. Tips for to ease into the process and alleviate fears — and maybe even make biannual dentist checkups something to look forward to!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: children,dentist,oral health,family

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Fun Ways to Explore Science This Summer

An intro about importance of scientific thinking and problem solving, followed by some summer-specific ideas to try, including the Perseids meteor shower, planting garden seeds, exploring tide pools or the local pond for wildlife, etc. Sidebar could be tips for encouraging everyday scientific thinking (observation, hypothesis, testing).

Content type: Blog Post

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Distraction Busters: How to Conquer X Common Attention Interrupters

This list would include an intro about the importance of *not* trying to multitask (studies back this up), then follow up with a list of ways to stay on task. I’d include items like email blocking, silent ringtones, and noise canceling headphones as well as some social hints (saying no to friends gracefully).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: productivity,education,person improvement

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Choosing the Right Private School for Your Child's Personality Type

Explore teaching techniques based on a child's Myers Briggs personality type, with tips on what to look for during a visit to the school to find the right match.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: education,private school,personality types,Myers Briggs

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Decorating Your Front Entry for Summer

Exterior door and porch area ideas to boost curb appeal and make your house the sharpest one on the block.

Content type: Blog Post

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How to Help Your Kids With Homework—Without Doing It for Them:

Tips to support your child's learning goals without taking over. This piece will include a list of tips and ideas to help them learn (and to help you stay sane).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: education,family,homework,back to school

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Destination Fitness: Inspiring Road Trips to Up Your Exercise Game

The same old jogging route through the neighborhood can be so dull it kills your passion for staying active. Try this list of great fitness destinations to reinvigorate your workout. Will include great places to hike, ski, surf, etc. – as many places and activities across the country as space allows.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: exercise,travel,fitness,health,workout

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X Binge-Worthy Shows You Need to See

A list of great shows for binge-watching, with an eye toward series that may have been missed by the masses. Examples include new shows like UnREAL, oldies like The Dick VanDyke Show, and Internet series like BoJack Horseman.

Content type: Blog Post

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X Blogging Best Practices to Boost Engagement

From your graphic design to a simple request, there are plenty of ways to get readers more involved with your blog. Here’s how.

Content type: Blog Post

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X Reasons Why Pregnant Women and New Mothers Should Meditate

Learning to meditate can provide unique pain management benefits during labor and delivery (a discussion of Grantly Dick-Read and Marie Mongan’s Hypnobirthing here) and add a sense of calm to post-partum chaos. It’s a lasting skill to nurture for yourself as kids grow into toddlers, and you can teach it your youngsters to help them with emotional regulation in age-appropriate ways.

Content type: Blog Post

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X Big Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation:

After an introductory definition, a list of research-backed benefits, including reduced stress, improved immune system health and better ability to focus. Am happy add client suggestions to the list; conclusion can be a call to action for coaching, product, service, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

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Working With Non-Profits: What’s in It for You?

A run-down of why business should consider working for free or discounted rates when it comes to non-profits and their fundraisers: increased exposure in communities, building a do-good brand, and potential tax deductions are a few. Happy to add specifics about your business and/or nonprofit as needed.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: nonprofits,charity,business

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X Ways Office Plants Improve Morale:

Ideas include air quality, studies about morale, psychological effects of nature on stress, etc. Conclusion will describe beauty of interior landscaping (not your grandma’s potted fern!). Can easily be tailored with a CTA as needed.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: office morale,decorating,wellness

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Everything You Need to Know About Using the T to Get Around Boston

The T is Boston’s subway system, and it’s the best way to get around town. This piece will cover the basics of what to expect, how to navigate, price, transferring to bus and commuter rail, etc. with an insider’s perspective on tips and tricks, including some not-to-be-missed sights and snacks.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Boston,travel

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Easy Back to School Lunches Kids Can Make Themselves

With a little food prep over the weekend, your kids can make selections and pack their own healthy lunches for school during the week—all by themselves!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: back to school,food prep,healthy lunch,parenting

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Fall Family Fun

This post would include ideas to take advantage of local events and locations like apple picking, harvest festivals, high school football games and more, with a reason why each is developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Can easily add local events if you have a specific suggestion that shouldn’t be missed! (Note that the earliest deadline I can do for this is 10/2.)

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: family,preschool,holidays

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When Should You List Your House for the Quickest Sale?

A recent study by Zillow came up with May, which is no surprise. Families move in the spring, so it’s usually the best time. This article will also break down pros and cons of the other seasons of the year.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: real estate,selling a house

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X Quick Phone Hacks to Avoid Distractions:

Whether you’re a freelancer working at home or a student trying to stay focused, one of modern life’s greatest challenges is the distracting pings and buzzes of your phone. Here are X tips to keep your phone from encroaching on your work. Will include silent ring tones and other settings suggestions. Happy to incorporate client favorites!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: cell phone hacks,apps,productivity

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Cross-Generational Connections: Building the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship

Include a list of benefits for grandparents, grandchildren, and sandwich generation members that comes from encouraging close grandparent-grandchild ties. Also includes activity suggestions for grandparents and preschoolers broken down by mobility, etc. Parents benefits from the down time, so will add suggestions about how to enjoy it if word count allows.

Content type: Blog Post

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Teaching Your Preschooler About Time

Time is a very abstract concept, but learning to internalize it is a major executive functioning task. For young children, using an analog clock is crucial. I’ll explain the research about that and link to the "wondertime clock," a clever set of cutouts with animals that turns any analog wall clock into a kid-friendly timepiece to get kids started on this skill.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: education,executive functioning,family,preschool,early childhood development

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X Easy Ideas to Foster Gratitude in Preschoolers

With Thanksgiving coming up, now is the perfect time to focus on the quality of gratitude with your young ones. A short review of research that connects gratitude with better mental health, followed by listicle of age-appropriate ideas to practice being thankful.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Thanksgiving,parenting,gratitude,early childhood education

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Leaf Peeping in New England

Suggested routes for fall foliage road trips (with fun, quirky things to do along the way), presented with an eye to jumping off from Boston for a day trip or quick overnight for fun outside of the city.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Boston,New England,travel

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The Ultimate Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail

The best way to get a feel for Boston is to follow the red line through the city — and through hundreds of years of history. Tips on how to tackle the route for the best possible day, plus where to eat, park, and how to time the journey to avoid crowds.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Boston,travel

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Fall Family Fun

This post would include ideas to take advantage of local events and locations like apple picking, harvest festivals, high school football games and more, with a reason why each is developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Can easily add local events if you have a specific suggestion that shouldn’t be missed! (Note that the earliest deadline I can do for this is 10/2.)

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: family,preschool,holidays

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X Best Plants for Winter Interest

An intro about winter in New England being a difficult time for gardeners, followed by a list of plants (with descriptions and info) that look great even in January. Ideas include holly, blueberries, witch hazel, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: gardening,ornamentals,winter interest

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How to Write a Job Listing That Attracts Great Writers

Businesses are used to touting their wares, but starting a job posting with boilerplate “Who We Are” language will turn off freewheeling freelancers. Instead, focus on the topics and tone you need to catch the eye of the right writer for you. An intro followed by headers of practical tips to write a compelling job description for hiring writers.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: marketing,freelancing,attracting talent

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The Ultimate Homemade, Dairy-Free Hot Fudge Sundae

Recreating a classic hot fudge sundae without the dairy can be challenging. Try these recipes for coconut-based toppings that skip the lactose and are still totally delicious.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: ice cream,recipes

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X Chipwich Recipes You Need to Try

Basics on how to craft the perfect ice cream sandwich with cookies (a chipwich!), followed by suggestions on ice cream, cookie and topping flavor pairings (based on your product).

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: ice cream recipes

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X Ways to Transform Spending Into Saving

If the idea of saving for your child’s future seems daunting, don’t despair. Every budget has some low-hanging fruit that’s easy to pluck. A list of some of the easier, more painless ways to cut household spending to redirect those savings directly into investments for college.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: saving for college,personal finance

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Everything You Need to Know About Using the T to Get Around Boston

The T is Boston’s subway system, and it’s the best way to get around town. This piece will cover the basics of what to expect, how to navigate, price, transferring to bus and commuter rail, etc. with an insider’s perspective on tips and tricks, including some not-to-be-missed sights and snacks.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Boston,travel

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Staying Safe While Studying Abroad

Tips for staying safe while having the adventure of a lifetime, including what to pack, how to stay alert while traveling, and insuring the trip to avoid losing out on a great experience.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: study abroad,travel tips,travel insurance

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Winning the Winter With Your Family

This post would provide family-friendly ideas to have fun even when it’s cold. A mix of indoor and outdoor ideas for families with young children include ice skating, museums, volunteering and more. Happy to include specific local options if needed.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: family fun,winter activities

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How to Write a Job Listing That Attracts Great Candidates

Businesses are used to touting their wares, but starting a job posting with boilerplate “Who We Are” language will turn off freewheeling freelancers and savvy career pros. Instead, focus on the topics and tone you need to catch the eye of the right writer for you. An intro followed by headers of practical tips to write a compelling job description for hiring writers. Plus additions per your request on our old message thread.

Content type: Blog Post

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What Is the UltraFICO Credit Scoring System?

An overview of the newest FICO scoring system, including how it works, how it differs from the current credit scoring format, who it may benefit, and why.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: UltraFICO,personal finance

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Winning the Winter With Your Family

This post would provide family-friendly ideas to have fun even when it’s cold. A mix of indoor and outdoor ideas for families with young children include ice skating, museums, volunteering and more. Happy to include specific local options if needed.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: family fun,winter activities

Links:

X Easy Ideas to Foster Gratitude in Preschoolers

With Thanksgiving coming up, now is the perfect time to focus on the quality of gratitude with your young ones. A short review of research that connects gratitude with better mental health, followed by listicle of age-appropriate ideas to practice being thankful.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Thanksgiving,parenting,gratitude,early childhood education

Links:

Cross-Generational Connections: Building the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship

Include a list of benefits for grandparents, grandchildren, and sandwich generation members that comes from encouraging close grandparent-grandchild ties. Also includes activity suggestions for grandparents and preschoolers broken down by mobility, etc. Parents benefits from the down time, so will add suggestions about how to enjoy it if word count allows.

Content type: Blog Post

Links:

How to Get Involved in Green Banking

A definition of green banking with examples, followed by a list of ideas to make personal banking/finance choices that are more eco-friendly (everything from paper-saving online statements to investment choices). I’ll need to know about the products/services Seacoast Bank offers in this realm to include in the list/link to!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: green banking,personal finance

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Modern House Plants: Chic Ways to Green Up Your Space

Houseplants can seem like a hopelessly dowdy hobby, but new varieties of air plants, forced bulbs, and bromeliads in modern containers can take your home decor to the next level. And introduction followed by a list of specific decorating suggestions to add a little green to an upscale home.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: interior decorating

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Start Playing Games: X Gamification Strategies to Boost Customer Engagement

An intro defining gamification and explaining why it works, followed by a list of tips and strategies for engaging customers on this level via website, social media, and more.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: gamification,marketing,blogging,social media,lead generation

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How to Get Involved in Green Banking

A definition of green banking with examples, followed by a list of ideas to make personal banking/finance choices that are more eco-friendly (everything from paper-saving online statements to investment choices). I’ll need to know about the products/services Seacoast Bank offers in this realm to include in the list/link to!

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: green banking,personal finance

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X Things You Should Know About Working at a Startup

This piece would be aimed at students considering working for startups upon graduation. A friendly, positive listicle with points like having more responsibility, getting to learn many aspects of running a company instead of being pigeon-holed into a single job description, etc. Happy to include any specific points you wish!

Content type: Blog Post

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Freelancer Advice: X Ways to Add Value for Your Clients

An intro about importance of retaining clients after hard work of landing them, followed by several suggestions for adding value to work. Ideas include direct posting, image sourcing, pitching pieces that lend themselves to series, adding social media posts, etc.

Content type: Blog Post

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Renting Vs. Buying: The Big Debate

This piece would do a deep dive into the pros and cons of each, including basic and hidden costs, importance of credit score, potential ROI, etc. Would close with a summarizing section ("You should consider renting if..." with bullets; ditto for buying). Can CTA to Seacoast mortgage products as well.

Content type: Blog Post

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Renting Vs. Buying: The Big Debate

This piece would do a deep dive into the pros and cons of each, including basic and hidden costs, importance of credit score, potential ROI, etc. Would close with a summarizing section ("You should consider renting if..." with bullets; ditto for buying). Can CTA as well.

Content type: Article

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X Things You Should Know About Working at a Startup

This piece would be aimed at students considering working for startups upon graduation. A friendly, positive listicle with points like having more responsibility, getting to learn many aspects of running a company instead of being pigeon-holed into a single job description, etc. Happy to include any specific points you wish!

Content type: Blog Post

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Decorating Your Front Entry for Summer: X Luxe Ideas That Make a Great First Impression

Ideas for interior foyer/entry hall decor that make a big impact on guests, with an eye toward seasonal colors, textures, flowers. etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: interior design,home decor,foyer

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Freelancer Advice: X Ways to Add Value for Your Clients

An intro about importance of retaining clients after hard work of landing them, followed by several suggestions for adding value to work. Ideas include blog/social media management, pitching ideas that lend themselves to an ongoing series, offering strategy tips and phone consultations, etc. Note that your booking product dovetails nicely with the phone/meeting consultation section, I think. I’m also happy to include different ideas to target your audience better.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: freelancing

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Decorating Your Front Entry for Summer: X Luxe Ideas That Make a Great First Impression

Ideas for interior foyer/entry hall decor that make a big impact on guests, with an eye toward seasonal colors, textures, flowers. etc.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: interior design,home decor,foyer

Links:

Freelancer Advice: X Ways to Add Value for Your Clients

An intro about importance of retaining clients after hard work of landing them, followed by several suggestions for adding value to work. Ideas include blog/social media management, pitching ideas that lend themselves to an ongoing series, offering strategy tips and phone consultations, etc. Note that your booking product dovetails nicely with the phone/meeting consultation section, I think. I’m also happy to include different ideas to target your audience better.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: freelancing

Links:

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The best way to get a feel for Boston is to follow the red line through the city — and through hundreds of years of history. This blog post contains insider tips on how to tackle the route for the best possible day, plus where to eat, park, and how to time the journey to avoid crowds.