14 Ebooks for $12.95 (Plus $50 in Coupons and Freebies!) *CLOSED*

2:1 Ebook Bundle

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Have you seen the 2:1 ebook bundle, From 2:1 With Love For one week only, in honor of Valentine’s Day, 2:1 is offering 14 amazing ebooks (an $80 value) for only $12.95 – that comes to less than $1 a book!  This bundle also includes over $50 in freebies and coupons from 2:1 sponsors!

Get yours today because this bundle is available for one week only – sale ends February 16! What ebooks do you get in the From 2:1 With Love bundle? You can find the full list below.  And remember, you also receive great freebies and coupons!

I know this bundle will bless your homeschool, your marriage, your time in the Word, and your kitchen!

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180 Days in the WordBible reading and journal plan for teens by Cheryl Pitt, founder of the 2:1 Conference.

31 Days to Build a Better SpouseAccessing the power of prayer to build up your spouse, by Ashely Pichea of Life by Ashley Pichea.

Be ThankfulCultivating year round thankfulness for kids and their parents, by Amanda Pelser of The Pelsers and Kids in the Word.

Brick HeroesPrintable creations and worksheets with heroes, by Stef Layton of Educating Laytons.

The Busy Mom’s Guide to RomanceNurturing your marriage through the homeschool years, by Heidi St. John of The Busy Mom.

Cooking From Scratch with Homemade MixesHomemade mixes for breads, cookies, muffins and more, by Tabitha Philen of Frugal Family Favorites.

Dyslexia 101Truths, myths, and what really works, by Marianne Sunderland of Abundant Life.

Hands-On LearningCross curricular projects that make learning come alive, by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

The Homemaker’s Guide to Creating the Perfect ScheduleStep by step instructions for your best day, by Amy Roberts of Raising Arrows.

Homeschooling Your Kinesthetic Visual LearnerOver 100 tips for teaching your busy children, by Tabitha Philen of Meet Penny.

How to Manage Your MouthA 30 day wholesome talk challenge for kids, by Connie Hughes of Smockity Frocks.

PinterestingPinterest strategies for brands and bloggers, by Tabitha Philen of Inspired Bloggers Network.

Preschoolers and PeaceEducating older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet, by Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace.

Raising Rock Stars KindergartenTeaching little ones to shine like stars with their foundation on the rock, by Carisa of 1+1+1=1.

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A few things you should know when purchasing:
Offer ends 11:50 PT, February 16th.
Download links expire Monday, March 24th. Please download your purchase, in its entirety, by 11:59pm PT March 23rd, or you will be unable to access your ebooks. I am unable to honor purchases which are not downloaded by the deadline.
Freebies and Coupon bonuses have expiration dates. Be sure to download and claim your sponsor freebies and coupons right away. They have varied expirations. If you miss a deadline, you forfeit the bonus.
Back up your ebook files. Clouds or external hard drives are a good idea. 2:1 and participating authors are not responsible for lost or deleted files. Just as you would not expect a book store to replace a book you lost or damaged, it should likewise not be expected for ebooks.
Sharing is not allowed. While sharing is usually a good thing, it is against the law in this case. Each ebook is copyrighted by the original author. DO NOT share your ebook purchases.
Trouble downloading. Browsers are the most common culprit. Switch your browser and try again. If you still have trouble, send an email to 2to1info@gmail.com. Do not contact ebook authors!
Refunds. No refunds will be issued after March 23rd. All refunds will be assessed a $3 processing fee. Refunds are only available in cases of extreme technical difficulty, not user error.

Silent August

A Month Off Blogging

I’m taking August off from blogging. This summer is zooming by. I want to spend as much time as possible savoring moments with my family, not writing, publishing or promoting the next post.

I’ll still be around, sharing snippets of my life on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…and my new love, Vine. I just won’t be *here*. This site will be silent.

Have a fantastic summer (what’s left of it)! And try not to miss my witty commentary too much. I’ll see you in September.

How To Get Twitter Followers – Tips For Getting Noticed

Social media years are like dog years. Things change so quickly. It seems that if you’ve been blogging for 5 years (that’s 35 years in social media years), you’re a veteran. September 1st will be my 5 year blogiversary. Looking back over those 5 years, Twitter has been a social media platform I’ve loved continuously. Even though other platforms came and went (like StumbleUpon and FriendFeed) and I have a love/hate relationship with others (*coughFACEBOOKcough*), my love for Twitter has never waned.

How to get Twitter followers

It’s fun. It’s interactive. It’s simple. It’s instant, yet still relevant even if you don’t check in 6 times a day. And while I’m not  a Twitter guru, I understand how to get Twitter followers. In addition to sharing your Twitter account on other platforms, there are a few easy, tried and true, tips to follow on Twitter itself.

Have a Good Photo

We want to see your face. Having an actual, current photo of yourself goes a long way in establishing trust. If your twitter account represents a community site or business, feel free to use your logo. But whatever you do, get rid of the egg, quickly. And no profile pictures of your pets in people clothes. It’s creepy.

Fill Out Your Bio

If you have a photo, but no bio, I probably won’t follow you. Your bio is a great place to share your personality – but be as succinct as possible. Don’t get so “creative” that I have no idea what you mean. I’d much rather read “happily married” than “married 15 years to my reason for getting up in the morning”. (eyeroll)

Use Keywords in Your Bio

What do you blog about? What are your interests? Use those keywords in your bio. Twitter users search keywords looking for like-minded people to follow. My Twitter bio includes the words Christian, Homeschool, Dairy Free and Getting Fit. Be sure to alternate your keywords every few months. In my next bio, I might change ‘diary free’ to ‘non dairy’ and ‘homeschool’ to ‘home educate’. This will help find additional users with similar interests.

Join a Chat or Party

Find twitter parties related to your keywords and join in! Birds of a feather flock together. If you write about organization, participate in Twitter events that have to do with organizing, housekeeping and space saving. Tweet, converse, interact! Follow users you’d like to know better, they’ll probably follow you back.

Use Hashtags – Politely

Using relevant hashtags is a great way attract attention from a more focused set of Twitter users. For instance, if you share a homeschool curriculum review, tag it with #homeschool, #hsbloggers, or #hsmommas. Use hashtags sparingly! More than one – three hashtags per tweet puts you in the “hashtag bomber” category. If your tweets look like this: “Check out my flashcard review!! #homeschool #hsbloggers #hsmommas #2to1Conf #homeeducate #math #moms #school #flashcards” Stop it! Just stop.

No Auto DMs Either

I don’t like them. If you spam me within seconds of following you, I will likely unfollow you on principle. Building any relationship – whether in life or online – needs to be done in an organic way. Don’t be pushy.

Tweet During Live Events

This goes back to the same reasoning as joining relevant chats and parties. Where like-minded people congregate, you’re likely to get more followers. Tweet with relevant hashtags during your favorite team’s ball game, or during a new episode of your favorite show. Though this hasn’t worked well for me with my favorite TV show. I suspect there are only a handful of 30 something, Christian, homeschool, fans of #TheWalkingDead.

Share the Love

Last but not least, don’t just broadcast. If you want to grow you followers you need to interact. You don’t have to live on Twitter, but at least check in once a day or a few times a week. Retweet your friends, respond to @s and direct messages. Foster those relationships!

Are you a Twitter guru? Share your tips in the comments.