I’m At SITS Talking How To Get Started On Twitter

I LOVE Twitter. I’m not sure if I love Twitter or Pinterest more, but if I could only play on those two social media channels  forever, I’d be a happy girl. But when you’re a newbie, trying to figure out how to get started on Twitter can be confusing.

I woke up this morning to see some traffic heading to my post Tips To Get Started On Twitter. Interested to find out why, I checked my traffic stats to see that it was featured over at SITS!

So if you are looking for Tips To Help You Get Started on Twitter, head over and read my tips about how to join the party (no really, I think of Twitter like a party!)

Everything you need to know about how to get started on Twitter. This is a great guide for people who recently started using Twitter, or aren't really sure what they are doing over there.



For more tips on how to get started on Twitter, read my post How To Gain (& Lose!) Twitter followers.

What tips can you share about how to get started on Twitter?

Sharing My Story About Depression on Mamalode


I am very excited…I pitched my depression story to Mamalode, and they accepted it! I am both humbled and honored to have a piece published there, especially such an important one. Please head over and read my story about depression on Mamalode. And if you can relate to it or know someone it may help, I’d love for you to share it with others too!

If you are visiting after reading about my depression on Mamalode, hello and thank you for stopping by!


I’ve shared my battle with depression here several times. And no matter how hard it is for me to hit “Publish”, I’ve never once regretted doing it. Because someone always comments or reaches out that it helped them…and that is why I share my story.

If you battle depression and would like to share your story on my blog, I’d be happy to give you the opportunity to do it. Just drop me a line at nataliedhoage@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

Thanks again for reading my story about depression on Mamalode. I’m humbled that my words help so many, and also feel privileged to help.

Big News! I’m Part of the 2014 Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project!

Three years ago, Jill from Scary Mommy asked her readers if we’d be willing to support a family who may not otherwise be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I did. And I have every year since then. That first year, 378 families were helped and the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project and Scary Mommy Nation were born.

The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project is on it's third year, and this year Jill is releasing her third book to help promote the cause. And I'm one of the authors!

Scary Mommy Nation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that helps members of the Scary Mommy Community who are not able to feed their families. Since that first year, more than 4,500 families have benefitted from the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project. Last year alone, 2,765 families asked for help and every one of them got it.

And here’s the big news: On November 17, 2014 Scary Mommy will release her third book from Simon and Schuster… and I will be in it it!

Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays is a hysterical collection of relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table, to easy-to-follow recipes that might include just a little something special to take the edge off (can anyone say Kahlua?), to fun and accessible gift ideas.

The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project is on it's third year, and this year Jill is releasing her third book to help promote the cause. And I'm one of the authors!

Yep, I have a recipe that is featured in the book, along with some of my favorite writers that I’m sure most of you know, too. I’m super excited about being a part of the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project I’ve supported these past years!

At only $2.99, this e-book is the perfect book to sit down with and read with a glass of wine after the kids go to bed. It’s affordable, and the most important part is that part of the proceeds of the sale of the e-book will benefit Scary Mommy Nation and the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project.

You can pre-order the book now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iBooks and it will magically appear on your device on November 17.

This is a huge deal for me because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I want everybody to be able to enjoy it as much as my family does. And I am so thankful for everything that we have, and that I can use my voice to help Scary Mommy spread the word. I hope you’ll support this great project!

For more information about the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project, visit Scary Mommy. Whether your family needs help this Thanksgiving, you want to help spread the word, or if you’d like to donate, you’ll find everything you need to know there.

The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project is on it's third year, and this year Jill is releasing her third book to help promote the cause. And I'm one of the authors!

Don’t Throw Away All Of That Halloween Candy!

30 Crafty Days of Halloween

I’m  over at See Vanessa Craft today sharing ideas for how to use up all of that  Halloween candy that the kids get. You know, they get several pounds of it, and I know my kids never finish it all…not because they don’t want to, but because I won’t let them!


How do you use up all of that Halloween candy?

Carmelitas Recipe: Caramel Lovers Will LOVE This Recipe!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a guest post, and I really do enjoy it when I get the opportunity to do them. It’s a great way to partner with another blogger and meet new people. So when Jennifer at Jennifer P. Williams asked if I had a recipe I could share for her Momma Can Cook series, I immediately had one in mind. A family favorite…Carmelitas recipe.

Now if you’re here visiting the first time from Jennifer’s…HI!! ::waving:: For all of you that know me, you’ll love this one!

These Carmelitas cookie bars are a family favorite! Chocolate chips and caramel are baked onto an oatmeal and brown sugar crust. If you're a caramel lover, you will love this Carmelitas recipe!

Ooey, gooey Carmelitas cookie bars. It’s caramel and chocolate chips baked on top of an oatmeal and brown sugar crust. To say that these are good would be an understatement.

This is one of Jason’s mom’s recipes that was handed down to me, and it’s also one of his favorite desserts. The kids love them too.

So head on over to Jennifer’s place to get this Carmelitas recipe. If you are a fan of caramel, trust me, you will want to make these!

If you’re looking for more dessert recipes, I have lots of them! Like homemade chocolate chip cookies with browned butter and sea salt, two ingredient no-bake Oreo truffles, or my cookie dough dip.  Or check out my Desserts board on Pinterest.