Beauty: Is Spring Just around the Corner?

Blog about how spring 2014 seems to have a trend toward neutral and fresh. Discuss how sleek and straight are the way the trends seem to be heading for spring 2014 with deep black eyeliner and plenty of it seem to be the most in makeup next spring will see.

Who Says You Can’t Still Have Parties?

December may be behind us but we gathering of people with food is always a good thing and we don't need any special occasion to have a party. Write about hosting your own pot luck dinner for no reason; Have everyone bring their own main course, appetizer, and dessert for sampling. You can even blog about how to have a pot luck dessert only ocassion or chocolate function where the theme is everything chocolate.

Make Your Own Holiday Decorations

Discuss the option of having your family members gather for a holiday and presenting the idea of contributing to holiday decorations for the next upcoming holiday. Ask that each family member perhaps create a decoration that incorporates old family photos while another family member can create keepsake recipe cards for everyone to take home.

How to make the holidays easy on your budget

Great topic for any type of blog. Businesses on a budget should be vigilant not to overspend even though there are great deals and you may want to get the purchases in before a new fiscal year.

Even food and health blogs can write about how not to overspend on food and ingredients that you may end up not using or using a little only to throw out the rest. Expecting company or not, we can all only eat so much.

Give your readers tips and strategies to save money during the holidays.

How to have an environmentally friendly holiday

Eco consciousness doesn't need to stop when the holidays roll in, in fact now is the perfect time to start being ‘greener'. Blog about how to have an environmentally friendly holiday.

How do you work around the holidays?

Between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and all of the other holidays during this season, it's a wonder anyone gets any work done. How do you work around the holidays? What have you tried that works and doesn't work? Can you offer tips?

While this is a great topic for career and business blogs, it can also be adapted for home schoolers. Or, in a foodie blog talk about how you keep up with regular daily meals while baking and creating all those holiday goodies.

Affiliate opportunities: Sometimes a good planner or planning tool is all that is needed. If that is part of your suggested solution, add a link to some planners or tools that have helped you.

Making a Zen-Space in your Home

Blog about how you can create a Zen space in one of the rooms in your home. While every man should have his man cave and rightfully so, women can create a Zen space all of their own, as well. Discuss how the use of different colors can make a room peaceful and restful. Blog about letting the family choose the color scheme and décor for the family den while you get to pick and choose everything in the bedroom. Discuss how a Zen space room does not have to be an entire room either. It can be a window seat with soft, comfy pillows a light for reading and warm blanket.

Trade or Degree? Which is better for Gainful Employment?

Are students who are specializing in a trade better off than students who have degrees in today’s economy? Does it make more sense to study a trade like back in the olden days such as electrician, plumbing, heating, and cooling? What about medical sonography as a trade as compared to taking traditional college classes.

The Use of Color: Tips on How to Make it Really Work

Blog about how the use of color can add a dramatic change to your home entryway or even a bedroom. Give tips and how-tos on how to make sure the color you thought you loved is going to be exactly what you want once it is on the wall. Discuss the different colors, like white or primer, you can add to certain colors to make them lighter. Give tips such as asking your paint supply store for samples and putting them up on the wall to view in the daylight as well as night time.

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter: Is there really such a thing?

Blog about how important it is to winterize your home, although it can be time-consuming. Blog about being prepared for a winter storm even though your thoughts are focusing on where you put your flip-flops because it is still August. Give a list of must-have items such as firewood, flashlights, and canned food.

To Trend or Not to Trend: Home Trends That Can Stay Around for Awhile

Blog about how some trends do not have to be a one-time deal. For example, blog about how retro style for your home is a great way to decorate a den or family room without ever having to redo it again. You can always add retro pieces as you go along to change it up, but that theme can stay around for a long time. Shabby Chic is another great trend that is great for a formal dining room and one that can stay for a long time, as well.

Building Strong Relationships with Your Contractor

Blog about the importance of upfront and direct communication with anyone doing work on your home from contractors to painters. Emphasize the importance of getting things, even if they seem small or insignificant in writing. Offer tips on pertinent questions to ask and good listening and negotiating skills when working with contractors.

The Green Gardener: Learn How to Garden the Green Way

Blog about different materials and techniques someone can use and how that individual can garden the green way. Discuss the importance of composting and the benefits to the environment, as well as to gardening. Offer tips on going pesticide free, reusing rainwater, and using native plants to grow a green garden.

Buying a New Home: Taking Advantage of Today’s Market

Blog about how now may still be a good time to purchase a new home. Emphasize interest rates and moderately priced homes as being pluses to purchasing a new home. Also discuss the economy stabilizing a bit more, which offers the first time home buyer another advantage.

Frugal Decorating: Get Upscale Looks without Paying a Fortune

Blog about the various ways one can decorate inexpensively and creatively. Look at the whole recycle and reuse point of view. Emphasize hand-me-downs, garage and tag sales, and even curbside “leftovers” for decorating ideas. Blog about how one can refurbish something into anything and offer tips on taking things home even if a vision is not apparent from the beginning. You never know, you may wind up with one or two pieces that separately do nothing, but together can make an interesting piece

Growing a Garden and Bringing your Family Closer

Blog about how growing a garden can bring your family together as it is a family function. Everyone can participate and join in and reap the rewards of the fruits of thier labor, literally.

Pets and Camping: Play it Safe/Play it Smart

 

If you are going to take your dog camping, be sure to have a leash that is long enough to keep him secure but let him roam just a bit. When it comes time to sleeping, be sure to keep your dog in the camper with you so that he is safe and sound from other animals and even a snake or insect bite. Make certain that you bring along tick repellant according to your vet’s rules, and make certain that your pet is properly vaccinated and has proper identification should he wander

Vacationing with Your Pet

 

Blog about the important medications you need to bring such as flea and tick medications, heartworm meds, and any other meds your vet might prescribe for your pet. Bring along something for your pet to sleep on and do not forget that if you take your dog to beaches that allow them, leave your dog under the umbrella to keep from suffering heat stroke just like a human.

Sun and Safety for Your Favorite Pets

Blog about how important it is to take care of your skin during summer, but it is also important to remember your pets. If you have a dog, keep him clean, short haircuts, and do not forget the flea and tick protection. Discuss the importance of keeping pets safe in hot weather by not leaving your pet unattended in your vehicle.

Beauty Treatments by Mother Nature

Blog about how you can mix up different concoctions in your kitchen to make different types of facials. For example, you can try honey, sugar, and kiwi for a moisturizing scrub or you can try olive oil and glycerin mixed with apple cider vinegar for a hair conditioner.

Changing Seasons: Changing Fashion Accessories

Talk about how the seasons change how you need to change, obviously, your clothing but also your fashion accessories. Whereas pearls are more linked to fall and winter, seashells are more appropriate for warmer weather. Jewelry in corals, aqua and pastel colors are more appropriate for warmer weather whereas solid such as amber and onyx are better for colder months.

Baking as a Hobby

Blog about trying out new recipes, having a bake-off gathering for everyone brings a new recipe to try, organizing and updating your baking equipment in the kitchen

Food Safety: At Home and Elsewhere

Food safety is an issue everywhere from the restaurants you eat out at, the transportation of food, and even in your very own kitchen.

Canning Classics: The Originals

Discuss how canning has been around for many years and give tips and tricks on the original fruits and vegetables that were used as canning items that are still around today.

Gardening: Necessity or Hobby

Growing your own garden has become somewhat of a necessity in tough economic times. Discuss this new trend as a necessity more than a hobby.

Feng Shui: Superstition or Benefit

Talk about how feng shui might just have the capacity to change your environment and, therefore, everything else that trickles down from that.

Natural Pet Foods

Blog about using all natural pet foods, treats, and medicines as an alternative to traditional pet fare. Talk about the positive bonuses of using all natural as compared to over the counter store bought goods.

Have a business blog? Believe it or not, you can use this topic. Write about this trend toward natural pet foods. How can a marketer recognize trends like these and leverage it? Or, where does one draw the line between leveraging a trend and exploiting it?

Parents, Encourage Teens to Talk More

Blog about how to encourage teens to talk more, by not offering advice or telling them what to do – just simply listen. Point out how difficult it is to bite your tongue and simply just listen. Let your teen know they can come to you and you will not judge or form an opinion. Talk about how you can be a safe haven for your teens to vent.

Do you blog about leadership? Do you think there are parallels between talking and parenting to teens and leading people? If so, state your case.

How To Train Pets Right From The Beginning

Blog about how to train pets right from the get go and how that would incorporate training your family to pitch in and help with the new pet. Can the process of training a pet teach your audience some important lessons even though you do not blog about pets or pet care?

What Impact Does Media Have On Our Kids

Discuss the impact of reality TV and today's programming on kids. Is it everything goes or do parents need to be more discerning with what their kids come into contact with when it comes to media. What other alternative do parents have and what kinds of suggestions or products can you give them?

Financial Education

Should budget and finance be covered in high school curriculum. Discuss how important it is to learn how to balance a checkbook and whether or not finance and budget would be beneficial to students and what grade level should financial education begin.

You could also blog about un-learning bad financial habits picked up from your youth.

Everyday a new year

It is funny how people get all energized and riled up when a new year is in the horizon or underway. Almost always, we vow to be more loving, better spouses, parents, boss. We promise ourselves to start that business, quit smoking and lose that weight. Yet, come January 31st, nothing has changed and we give up.

While it can be good and refreshing to look ahead to a new year with anticipation and hope. But perhaps we need to cultivate the habit of looking at every day as a new year? Every day as a new chance to start that business. Every day a new opportunity to be kind. Every day a new promise to eat healthier.

Blog about this. Would this work for you? Would it be easier to check things off daily and celebrate small steps?

One Man’s Treasure

Discuss how garage sale finds can be converted into almost new treasures for your home. Give a list of items that can be converted into home decor with just a few added touches or some simple craft supplies.

This topic can easily be adapted to fit other types of blogs. For example recipe or food blogs can talk about affordably decorating your kitchen.

Teens and Technology – a New Addiction

Talk about how teens of yesteryear were addicted to smoking and how teens may in fact be addicted to technology today. Discuss the effects on teens that use too much technology.

The benefits of Home Remedies

Blog about different home remedies for colds, headaches, and even beauty treatments. Cover how they have been around for many years and how they still work today.

Lessons from TV show cancellations

TV Shows get cancelled all the time mostly because not many are watching which translates to lower revenue and sometimes the leading actor decides to retire or gets the boot.

Use this to talk about knowing when to quit. Do you quit while you're still ahead or try to do everything before giving up? You can also write about why and how quitting isn't necessarily a bad thing and can be quite healthy to purge if they are dragging you down.

How does this affect the new year coming up? Will you be entering it with baggage or will you be purging and quitting things that aren't healthy, worthy of your time or plain holding you back?

Ways to boost willpower and motivation

Motivation is purely emotional. It's in our head. Yet it can be the difference between reaching a goal and not reaching it. Blog about how to increase motivation and boost willpower for success.

Have a parenting or business blog? Talk about how to motivate others. Also, are there things you can teach or impart upon others so they will slowly but surely learn to look at things in a different perspective and self-motivate as they grow?

Five tips to persevere

Everyone faces challenges. If you are open to talking about it, speak personally to a past struggle to encourage others. Talk about lessons learned and offer five important and effective tips to persevere.

Go Back In Time

Write about what you were doing this time 1, 2, 3 – 10 years ago. Add relevant points especially pertaining to your blog topic. If you are a fitness enthusiast now, were you exercising and eating healthy then? If not what were you doing? How did that make you feel? How do you feel now looking back? Are you happier?

Ask your readers what they were doing at that same time.

Garage Sale Now for More Room Later

Blog about how a garage sale can give you the opportunity to make some extra cash, to put toward a day trip somewhere before summer ends and to clear out some space for the busy upcoming holiday season. Give tips and advice on what items to look for that can be used for Halloween, Christmas and even back to school.

Basic Wardrobe Must-Haves

Blog about how to recreate your wardrobe. Give tips on how to get rid of what's in your closet/what has been there and you've never used/ donate it to charity, pass it on but if you have not worn it, get rid of it. Next buy some basic pieces like brown and black pants, and skirts, some basic turtlenecks. Next spend money on lots of colorful accessories like costume jewelry, belts, scarves and yes, even pocketbooks and shoes. You can spruce up any outfit with plenty of accessories

Turn Leftover Dinners into Lunch

Blog about how to use leftover dinner and make it a lunch meal. Give tips and advice on how to make a roast turkey breast and create several different recipes from the leftovers like turkey pot pie by buying ready made crust and adding the chunks of turkey with frozen vegetables. Chicken is useful in chicken salad or with a greens salad and tossed in for extra fullness. Meatballs can be made into meatball parmigiana heros the next day.

Letting go of Clutter and Holding on to Freedom

Blog about how letting go of clutter does not mean loss of valuable items, but equates to personal freedom; give tips and advice on how to get help from someone else if you can't let go of stuff, have them throw it out for you while you are not looking. Talk about how creating a system may be time-consuming in the beginning but will open up your life later on, talk about how important it is to maintain that system at all times because your home is your haven.

Pets and Depression

Blog about how pets can have anxiety disorder and give tips and advice on how to help them heal. Blog about how even though every day life gets hectic, pets still need attention. Give tips on how to help them with anxiety and depression, play with them, cuddling with them, walking them, buying new toys to attach to instead of you.

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