Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Glimpses: Snow Surprises, Dark Days ~ WW









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Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Time to charge my hat" and other amazing gifts we gave and received this season!

End of January and yes, 
we still have a few stray Christmas decorations
around, lighting up chilly wintry nights.....
 I realized that while I put together a pre holiday gift guide
with tons of goodies I bought for friends/family
or recommended for certain hobbyists
 we have so many unique and thoughtful gifts still under our tree
and in use that I need to share---!
Some really clever items to follow, you guys!
And by the way, there are a few affiliate links within~

Let the gifting begin~! 
Perhaps a special Valentine gift in store?

~ 1 ~ 

Our boys are runners.
🏃
On the team and on their own.
It's their thing.
When I discovered this hat, I knew it was a must have~!! 



Yes it was a huge hit.
......Comes with a 4 inch wire for easy USB charging that lasts 
a LONG time!



~ 2 ~ 
Your name in lights?

We went to a wedding recently and I feel in love with the
couple's initials lit up in a  variety of places around the hall!
Yes, I found said letters with my own kids's names 
and scooped 'em up.
They look classy and cute on bookshelf or windowsill!
Girl, boy, does not matter---they're dressy and cool.
Check out the "marquee" initial letters!


~ 3 ~ 



One of my boys is a lover of horses and all
things equestrian! This was a surprise birthday gift for his big day 
back in December!




~ 4 ~ 

I finally upgraded from a basic tracfone to a "real" cell!
Santa left a gorgeous pink jewel  - toned Motorola E4 
wrapped in great disguise under the tree!
It's SO pretty --best part-----?
The case:

Princess-y phone case, anyone?

Not heavy into girl -y or floaty hearts, buuuuuut......
 I do love this
Here are all the color options




~ 5 ~ 

So, you guys know my absolute favorite show of all time, right?! 
 My son was able to jump through some tech-y 
hoops to put this ring tone on my new cell phone!! Which brings me to
another highlight under our tree-----
LOST dvd's

We have the entire series, save for season 4---



Santa knows how to take care of us, survivors of Oceanic flight 815, no?!




And speaking of LOST~
Both my kids are big fans...
exploring theories behind plot and characterization is
a favorite past time around here....
So THIS is a perfect item of apparel one son gave the other:


There are so many versions of Hurley's numbers out there in
clothing, pillows and the like....
if you're a LOSTie too, you can check out more cool
Enjoy shopping!!


Thank you, Ashley, for hosting Five Faves!
Enjoy  Ashley's blog  and other fun five round ups!


 



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Friday, January 26, 2018

Social Media Influence & Advertising: Partner with Campfires and Cleats

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As many of you know, in addition
to blogging here in my corner of the web,
I'm also a columnist, ghost writer,  
family/parenting - travel -  faith - education freelance writer
and 
an ardent contributor  to literary journals.
 The many writing and editing  services I offer
 are detailed here.



As a social media influencer with degrees in English, 
a strong cross-genre command of  the English language
and
 a healthy and loyal  following across multiple platforms,
I provide numerous creative services for companies 
which afford CEOs additional time to focus on
other aspects of their business
AND
put promotion of their brands into 


A few of the services I offer:
sponsored posts / social media coverage / travel and writing consultation media
/press trips / destination reviews / photography / freelance writing / 
banner  advertisement  / product reviews / ambassadorships / 
giveaways / your own concept ~ pitch an idea not listed above


I can spruce up blah content with skillful edits or take over  when your copy is due and you're spinning way too many plates to manage one more thing.
I don't  miss deadlines,...and I typically submit early. 
I respond quickly to calls and emails and listen to my clients' specific needs.
 I would love to work with y-o-u.


Brands with whom I've worked
media that have published my writing:

The NY Cosmos  /  Arrivedo Neighborhood Guides Mountain Waters Rafting ~ Durango, Colorado / Graceland ~ Memphis, Tennessee / Alcatraz Island ~ Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California /  Laughtermoon ~ Adam London's Comedy Show ~ Las Vegas, Nevada / Nathan Burton's Comedy/Magic ~ Las Vegas, Nevada / The DaVinci Exhibit ~ The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada / The Mark Twain Museum ~ Hannibal, Missouri /  Phantom Ranch ~Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona / Fisherman's Wharf ~City of San Francisco, California /  Mesa Verde National Park , Colorado /  Monument Valley Tribal Park  /  Zion National Park ~ Utah Great Sand Dune National Park ~ Colorado /   Lake George Steamboat Company, New York /  Fort William Henry ~ Lake George, New York / Eagle Flyer Zip-line ~ Queensbury, NY /  Pike's Peak Highway ~ Colorado /  Catholic Mom /  Today's Homeschooling /  The Old Schoolhouse / Catholic Exchange / Homeschool.com /  Southeast Homeschool Expo / Mater et Magistra Magazine / Hotels.com



My Fan-Base

Campfires and Cleats has been my home on the web since December 2012,  is still growing and seeing new readership  daily.
 My fan-base is of significant importance to me. 
Readership and stat overview:
 Monthly visitors ~ 45,000
Facebook ~ 4,167 
Pinterest ~ 1,237
Twitter ~ 345
                           
                                  The Next Step
 I only suggest and recommend the brandsI feel most comfortable with and ones which I feel will resonate with
my readers and friends.
If you have a product/brand/lifestyle/promo opp/
travel experience that suits Campfires and Cleats, 
please contact me at campfiresandcleats@gmail.com
to discuss details and rates.

I'm approachable, dependable and will be 
 highly committed to your project,
offering very unique content to expand 
your exposure and grow your brand





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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Mosts" of 2017 ~ most visited, most fun, most comments, most difficult to write & more

 Happy New Year! Sort of...
We ARE sixteen days into the new year....are we still new? Hmmmm,
well..... my blog = my crazy rules? So here goes:
At the beginning of the new year I love to look back on where we’ve been and blog happenings are no exception. My 12 in 2017 was a glance backward at photos of the year and........Today I’m sharing my favorite posts of the year as well as  most visited, most fun, most popular ones in certain niches and other "mosts" of 2017. 
There are posts of 2017 that I personally liked the most, the ones that mean a lot to me...
maybe because they conjure memories that are comforting, funny, happy, all too fleeting........?
And there are  the ones I still think about, many months or maybe close to a whole year later.

So....here I am, "late" to the looking-back-at-the-old but still honoring the past year by celebrating joys, mourning losses, and shaking my head at the wonder of it all.
 Isn’t it amazing another year has passed? And so the earth goes round and round and we are thankful for another fresh start to live,  be, do. And to bless those we love. 

Enjoy a look back with me? Here we go~~~~>>>>


Most visited  post of 2017  
( not written in 2017 ) :




It's mind boggling to me that this art project post has 
viral! Literally! Well, there are obviously and
heart warmingly an awful lot of moms/religious ed teachers
looking for an easy-peasy, fun and meaningful project during Lent!

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Most visited post of 2017, published this year!




Surprisingly, another faith based article!
Well, if y missed it, go check it out now!
I've all your movies for the next few weekends lined up ----
just download and you're ready to go!

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Most popular travel related post of the year:
(published in 2017) 

Ghostwalk into the Past at  Fort William Henry
This was part of my Adirondack Memories series
and April's classic #Atozbloggingchallenge!!


Did we spot Casper or his cohorts?
Well, come on over and find out!


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Most popular travel related post 
( not written in 2017) 


Descent to the Colorado:
 7 Tips for Hiking 5000 Feet and 10 Miles in 120 Degree Heat
 to Grand Canyon's Phantom Ranch 




I guess the title says it all?
Want to venture to the bottom of one of the world's natural wonders
without actually venturing to the bottom of one of the
 world's natural wonders?
Just  come visit the post!


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Most difficult post to write




2017 was a difficult year.
But I blogged none of the challenges that made it difficult.
This post, however, was the hardest one I did write


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Most commented upon post of the year 


Brave ~ from my 31 Days of Adirondack Memories
 during October's #write31days blogging challenge




My readers like to talk childhood, memories, trips,
summer! 

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Most Visited  Holiday-Related Post



Lots of fun with Christmas and advent!


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Most Controversial Post.
Published in 2013, this was still causing a stir in 2017.
As in, comments needed to be deleted.

At Santa's summer home in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY-
summer 2008
Tsk...When will they learn??
I'm goin' out on a  limb to say that 
a  whole lotta coal wound up in stockings of non believers!
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Most Popular "Poetry" Post
 AND 
 Most Re-Pinned on Pinterest:



We're still  fascinated by The Greatest Generation's 
 sense of endurance, patriotism and fortitude, aren't we?
This is my Dad, a captain in the US Army Infantry,
WWII, Pacific Theater.

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Most Popular Homeschooling-related Post




Robert Frost, especially in winter,
is one uber popular poet!


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Most Fun Post to Write:
The Ultimate List of Party & Cake Ideas  
 <Holidays, Birthdays, Everyday >


You name it........cakes galore!
Everything from volcanoes to pirates, to numbers, sacraments, 
book theme parties ( think Hunger Games and Shakespeare!)
 and tv show themes ( Avatar and Doctor Who, anyone?) 
Tons of fun.
A wealth of great recipes for your collection!
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Most popular gift guide!
"The Stockings Were Hung" ~
 23 Frugal & Unique Stockings AND Stuffers



SO many readers clicked to this post for ideas!
It was rather surprising!

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Until next time,


~Chris


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