Blog Consulting — Another Way to Serve the Crafty Dad Community




If you’ve been hoping for an honest, third-party critique of your blog (or online shop) and some specific ideas on how to improve your site(s), then this is for you.


Whether you’ve been a blogger or online shop-owner for just a few weeks (or several years) there’s always something you can learn!


Blog consulting is just one more way I can help the blogging community!

I’ve been blogging for a long time (since 2008!). And I’ve been surfing the web for as long as there’s been a web. I have seen the good, the bad, and (yes) the ugly when it comes to websites, blogs, and e-commerce sites (like Etsy and eBay).

My specialty is the self-hosted version of WordPress, but I’ve used TypePad and Blogger platforms too. I’m not a web developer, but I have a TON of experience and knowledge on blogging, photography, and writing.


Your blog and/or online shop should be an extension of YOU and YOUR VOICE.


And you shouldn’t have to be a computer programmer — or spend hours searching the web —  to make it look good. Can I get an “Amen!” on that?


There are a TON of things you can do – today and within the next few days – to improve your online presence.


I want to help you!


Here’s how it works.


  1. Contact me by email (or complete and submit the contact form at the bottom of this page) and tell me you’re interested in a blog and/or Etsy shop review. (There’s no extra charge for the shop review.)
  2. I’ll e-mail you a list of questions about you, your blog, your mission, your goals, and where you really want your blog (and/or shop) to go. There’s also a special space where you can list specific issues you’re having…and topics you want some help with.
  3. You answer the questions in as much detail as you can. Just be honest. Be yourself. It’s easy!
  4. Return the questionnaire to me.
  5. I will send you a PayPal invoice for $45.
  6. We’ll set up an hour-long phone meeting. I will call you to review the questionnaire and give you as many tips, tricks and helpful advice as I can about making your blog and/or shop the very best it can be.
  7. Once I receive your payment, the questionnaire will be emailed to you and I’ll get to work on coming up with a comprehensive review of your blog and/or Etsy shop.
  8. I’ll call you at our scheduled time and we’ll talk about your site(s) and go over all the items on the questionnaire.
  9. After the call, I’ll email you a complete wrap-up and a detailed list of things you can do to give your blog and/or shop a makeover – or maybe just a few tweaks – to make it the best it can be!


Get in touch with me today.

I look forward to working with you!


Still on the fence about this?

Here are just a FEW of the subjects we’ll cover:


Your blogging platform. What is right for you and your online space?

Images – header image, photos in your blog posts, and photos of the items you’re selling on Etsy, etc.

Your “About” page and why it’s SO important to get it right.

Making money with your blog. If that’s part of your plan.

Social media. Is it all that it’s cranked up to be?

Setting up an editorial calendar.

Must-have widgets and plugins.

Writing style and how to write copy that sells.

Resources to help you with graphics, headlines, images, and more.

How to stay MOTIVATED and INSPIRED. (This is a biggie!)

You’ll also be added to the mailing list of bloggers who will receive weekly tips and tricks.


All for only $45?  Yep!


Contact me today to get started!


I am Clutter Free — Very Soon!

I am(1)


This is what I am going to be able to proclaim very soon.

Join me?


Trying to Get Back on the Paleo Plan

Sad, but true:  when life gets crazy, the first thing to suffer is my diet.

How about you?

breakfast 09.22.2014


A lot of people don’t eat when they get stressed out.

Not me.

I eat.  And I eat the quick and easy stuff:  like potato chips and snack cakes.  For breakfast?  A bowl of cereal.

Those are really bad choices for me.

Not that it’s a valid excuse, but my dad was in the hospital for week with some pretty serious health issues.

Now he’s in a nursing home / rehab center.

And, instead of getting better, he’s getting worse.

My brother and sister and I have been spending a huge amount of time with him.  And it’s starting to take a toll.

I have to get a grip and get back on the Paleo plan or I’m going to gain a bunch of weight.

And that will cause health issues for me.

Life is crazy right now.  But I’m smart enough to make better choices.

So.  Here we go.


The photo above is today’s breakfast.  You can learn how to make Microwave Eggs here.  I added a Campari tomato and 1/2 an avocado.  Yum!

It’s Time to Get Crafty — Again!

Crafty Badge


The funk is over!

It’s once again time to get crafty.

I’m expecting a UPS package on Monday afternoon.

My other supplies have been purchased.

There could be some real craftiness going on in my studio.

Watch for it!

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Sometimes We Just Need a Little Encouragement

Yes. You can do this.

Weekend Shopping at Kohl’s

Buy Now!

Doing Some Weekend Shopping?


How about treating yourself to a Garbage Bowl from Rachael Ray?

We have the orange/red one.  And we use it A LOT!

No need to mess up your kitchen sink.  Simply chop and plop your produce scraps into the bowl.

Then, when you’re all done, just toss the scraps in your compost bin or the trash.

Easy. Cheesy.

Here’s a link to the “GB” as Rachael calls it.  Yes, it’s an affiliate link.  But don’t sweat it.

I simply make a small commission if you buy it.  You certainly don’t pay any more for it.

In fact…it’s on sale.  Online only.

Go ahead — check it out!
15-50% off Cookware and kitchen prep. Select styles. 9/4-9/7


Have an AWESOME weekend!

Back-to-School Goodness

Back-to-school time is in full-swing at our house. My youngest son started his first year of high school last Friday (Yikes!) and my oldest son heads back to college in just a few days to begin his sophomore year.

It’s a crazy-busy time of the year, for sure.

And yes, it’s totally true what they say: time flies. At warp speed!

Check out these four (4) great products that might just make the academic year a little easier for you.

Easy is good, right? Heck yes!

Read on.

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A Quick Tutorial: Salad-in-a-Jar

three canning jars


Several of my Instagram followers have asked me about the photos of I post with food in canning jars.

First, as much as I’d like to claim to be the original “food jar guy”, I’m not.  Hey, honesty is a virtue.  Just being straight up with you, okay?

I also know a good thing when I see it.  So…I want to share some food-in-a-jar ideas with you.

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Nesquik Ready-to-Drink Makes a Great Addition to a School Lunch


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.

lunch on kiddie picnic table

Back to school time is (Ugh!) only a few weeks away.

Summer goes by way too fast, doesn’t it?

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Coming Up on Crafty Dad dot com





Lots of things are planned here at Crafty Dad dot com.

Here’s a quick list of some upcoming blog posts:

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