Going #viral? Remember this!


Thanks to a Mashables post for inspiring this post, and to bring me nearly to tears with how awesome the collab is (what can I say? I love it when humans work together!) I noticed one really, really, REALLY important detail about what all these videos have in common.

Are you ready for it? I’m not sure you are. It’s a really big detail. Easy to miss.

The one thing all these video have in common is how random they are. There is nothing in common with all of them. Sure, they’re organized into categories like dancing and daredevils, but no two videos have one thing in common.

Viral is luck. So don’t try to go viral. Just aim for awesome.

Most importantly, don’t call your own video or content viral. Let the people decide if it is viral.

And if it is awesome enough, the world WILL notice.

So go ahead. Be awesome. I dare you.

Good days while traveling start with #Starbucksvia


Greetings from Jacksonville,  Florida!

A great travel day starts with a good view and good coffee which starts with Starbucks Via!

Hotels are natorious for bad coffee. Be prepared to fight bad coffee with Starbucks Via.

Via is probably hands down the best “instant” coffee on the market. And I always stuff my duffle bag with them when on the road.

What are your traveling rituals?  Share below!

Missing #Hogwarts? Visit 12 times for 12 Days of Christmas! #harrypotter


Have a very Harry Christmas, interwebs!

Time to grab your wands for this magical journey this month. Not sure if J.K.R. is missing Hogwarts, or else she just knows how we can’t get enough of the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts.

Because starting the 12th, once a day, a new short story will be launched on Pottermore.


Find out more on the Pottermore Insider: http://bit.ly/1yZGR27

Have you ever wanted to visit Hogwarts during Christmas? What magical realm did you always wish you could travel to? SHARE in the comments :)

The Snooze Button is the Biggest Frenemy of Them All


It’s funny how a slightest change in our morning routine can feel like the whole day is thrown off.

That happened to me today. And it started when I decided to lay a few more minutes in bed with my new kitten, because her purr was just too sweet to resist.

The following had me out of whack and in a frenzy:

1. Forgot it was garbage day, so had to run around to clean my room in less than five minutes.
2. Had to feed the kitten, which takes longer when she always tries to play with your shoe laces.
3. Had to make my sandwich which I eat for breakfast since I don’t get a lunch break, as I forgot to make it the night before.
4. Saw a cat on the road had gotten hit by a car, which broke my heart the whole morning commute.
5. My office space area was locked, when it usually wasn’t.
6. And the computers had been messed up from the person who shares my space at night.

Okay, so the alarm clock wasn’t the cause of all my “bad” morning, but I felt like if I had those ten extra minutes I chose to “waste” lounging, I might have been able to be more prepared. But then again, you can’t always predict life – and perhaps that’s what makes each day interesting, is the little things that go “wrong”.

What things throw you off in the morning? Share in the comments below!

Which trailer was the best?

Last week we got THREE major movie trailers all in one week! As says Cevin Fisher, we’re the lucky ones.
So here’s what I wanna know from YOU: which trailer was the best?
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This trailer pretty much broke the internet. Although I was disappointed. Really, Star Wars, 12 seconds of blackness on screen? Come on, the first image should appear immediately, not 12 seconds later. Although, the Star Trooper looked cool.
Can someone make a movie about the Star Troopers? That’d be neat :)
2. Jurassic World

At first when I heard they were making ANOTHER one, my first reaction was: *sigh*
But…Chris Pratt!!! Need I say more? It’s gonna be awesome! So dinosaur fans, come and get your love.
3. Pan

Okay, the concept looks pretty cool. And the kid looks perfect as Peter. BUT WHAT IS UP WITH BLACKBEARDS COSTUME? EWWWW. I think the costume would have fit better in a movie adaptation of The Night Circus – what do you think?
So let me here it, who did the first trailer best? Star Wars, Jurassic Wold, or Pan?
Share your thoughts in the comments!

A @poppin office makeover review! #workhappy


Hello there!

Last week I splurged on my first pay check by giving my office space a much needed makeover! When sharing a space, it’s a good idea to make it your own.

Can the right office supplies improve your work environment?

Find out in this here VIDEO review by me. Fancy huh?


With the right coffee, and the right office environment, you can turn any job into a great job.

~C.E. Smith

How do you feel about your office desk? What are your favorite office supplies? Share in the comments!

Cover Reveal—A Murderous Game By Patricia Paris

Claire Smith:

A gorgeous cover reveal from Blue Harvest Creative! Just Add Blue! http://www.blueharvestcreative.com/

Originally posted on Blue Harvest Creative:

We’re excited to present our cover design for A Murderous Game by Patricia Paris. A Murderous Game is a romantic suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Front cover for eBook and Trade Softcover—Available December 2014


Passion. Second Chances. When Murder’s a game…be Careful how you Play.

Abby Carpenter is a woman with a few problems: a little red diary that has a way of showing up at the worst times, a creepy coworker trying to sabotage her career, and a philandering ex-husband who won’t stay dead—and now, the CEO of the largest account to land on the doorstep of the marketing firm she works for, happens to be a man she made a complete fool of herself over fourteen years ago. Abby’s convinced if he recognizes her the firm could lose the account, and she could lose her job.

Gage Faraday can’t shake the feeling his…

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