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What Makes a Successful Sunday?

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 @ 09:31 AM

I was feeling especially content last night, I think it was because I felt we did a good job with our kids yesterday, on Sunday. 

We had a fun weekend, Friday night our kids went to a swim party, Saturday our daughter played in a volleyball jamboree where they don't keep score and the coaches can play with different lineups without penalty.

My friend came to watch my daughter play volleyball, our son hung out with her son that is his age, and they rode bikes together while we caught up since she now lives in Grass Valley. We grabbed a quick dinner at our place after the game, then we drove the kids to Santa Cruz and chaperoned a dance with 300 other Mormon kids on the beach.


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Tags: successful Sunday, sharing the gospel, family time

Apps That Rock Our World

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 06:07 PM

The apps we use are a roadmap to our lives. They can make us more productive, save us time and money, and even be fun. That's awesome, because work keeps requiring more from us, we have two kids in sports that don't yet drive, and colleges keep requiring more from our kids to get in. We even have responsibilities at church that need to be met.

Of course texting and Safari are our most-used communication and webportal apps, I wanted to give a shout out to a few of our other favorite apps that make our lives easier, in case they can help out our friends too.

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Tags: apps we love

Teen Angst and What is the Appropriate Response as a Parent?

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sun, May 13, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

I heard about the teenage years long before we became parents. People would tell me things like, "I wasn't prepared to have my teenager look at me like they hate me after all I've done for them." I could understand that even before I had kids, but now that I have teens, I'm starting to get it even more. They don't look at me like they hate me yet, luckily, but there are definite signs we are in the full throws of teenage angst.

In the Web MD article, "5 Ways to Deal with Teen Angst", the author recommends:

1) Schedule time with your teen, 2) Set a sleep schedule, 3 ) Get Moving, both them and you, because exercise is the great mood stabilizer, 4) Listen, don't lecture, and 5) Keep your cool.

I believe that is all really good advice. For those of you who don't really get what teen angst is, let me give you a few examples. Don't worry, our teens read and approved this article before I published it.

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Tags: taking responsibility, free agency, teen angst

Enjoying the Moment

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 @ 02:28 PM

I am starting to deeply get the significance of the buddhist principle of living in the moment. 

Example: we had a perfect day on February 14th, 2015. We biked at China Camp for the first time. The views were amazing. There is a pier that jets out into the reflective water with a picturesque-old-fishing boat tied off. There are single tracks for biking with steep climbs and shady fire roads zigzagging through the green trees. The views of the bay from the grassy hills above are breathtaking.

On our way home we ate at a really good Basque restaurant that was a converted-pink house near China Camp. For Valentine's day they served four courses: salad with cheesy toast, watercresss soup, entrees, and dessert. We had to eat outside under heat lamps because we didn't have a reservation and weren't dressed for the occassion. Luckily we had lots of jackets and blankets so we were toasty. We've been back to China Camp twice since and loved it each time, but haven't caught that Basque restaurant open again.

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Tags: enjoying the moment, living in the moment

My Experience Returning to Online Groceries

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 @ 03:02 PM


Recently, I decided to start getting my groceries delivered again because I am so busy. I hadn’t shopped for groceries online since my twins were two-years-old. I used back then and I returned to them first about eight weeks ago.

I like They give you a delivery window, they bring everything to the door loose (meaning no extra packaging) or in the house if you want them to. They are a little limited on what you can get, but definitely stock the huge majority of what I want to order.

I ordered everything I needed including frozen food entrees and frozen PB&J sandwiches for kids lunches. I made sure I was home at the delivery window and put everything away immediately with the kids.

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Tags: Top Marketing Consultants in the SF Bay Area, marketing food, SF Bay Area Marketing consultants

The Argument for Social Media

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 05:09 PM

I went to Church Sunday, as I always do, and in one of our meetings, the person teaching went off the lesson plan and decided to put in her personal beliefs that "Social media is bad."

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Tags: Importance of Social Media, Social Media, SF Bay Area Marketing consultants

A More Meaningful Christmas and Year

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 02:15 PM

I don't know about you, but I am tired of the consumerism that surrounds Christmas, the preassure to get family the perfect gift, to make the perfect meal, and decorate our houses like a Pottery Barn catalog. Especially because our lives are so hectic all year with school, sports, work, family, and church. 

I also know a lot of people who are really struggling this Christmas with money issues, health issues, elderly parents who are hard to deal with, people who are newly single with kids, having heart failure, cancer, loss of a loved one, and I see homeless people that I don't even know how they survive in the cold without running water, toilets, and shelter. 

There seems to be no end to the suffering that is out there, so there is really no reason to make Christmas into more drama, in my opinion.

I'd rather focus on what's important, like making memories and helping people where I can, than running up bills for things that will be soon forgotten or clutter up the house. 

I figured out a few things over the last couple of years that seem to make our family's Christmas more meaningful and thought I would share them, as a reminder to myself as well.

What Your Kids Really Want for Christmas is You in a Good Mood

Have you heard this one? "The family that plays together, stays together."  I think that is a great motto to live by.

Our LDS church did a video series they shared on TV many years ago, and each commercial ended with this message: "Family, it's about time." I have to agree with that.

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Tags: meaningful christmas

Gobble, Gobble

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

Wait, before you try to remind me it isn't Thanksgiving yet, let me explain. The title of this article refers to cook-it-yourself-food-prep kits we started ordering a month ago named "Gobble". 

What is the fascination with home-prep-meal kits that are all the rage right now? I'm in marketing, so I can't help but analyze it for the 4 Ps: product, price, place, and position, as well as market and competitive landscape and customer requirements.

My friend that I walk with signed up for Gobble also. She said she likes Gobble because, "It gives us something to come together over," and "It makes it seem like I'm making an effort," and "It gets the family to cook together in the kitchen." 

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Tags: marketing food, SF Bay Area Marketing consultants

How do Bay Area Inbound Marketing Consultants Increase Revenue So Quickly?

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

A lot of companies want to understand exactly what we can do for them to increase revenue quickly.

This article is a detailed statement of work or proposal for services we generally perform for startups to mid-size tech companies to increase their bottom line revenue in just three to six months. We use the marketing they have already have in place, then plug in our expertise to do the pieces whereever we see a potential for increase via inbound marketing best practices.

 Typically, we make a significant impact on revenue in just three months. 

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Tags: demand generation marketing consultants, How do we increase revenue?, inbound marketing consultants in SF Bay Area, demand generation consulting services, How to increase revenue quickly

Lessons Learned from Boys in the Boat

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 @ 07:37 PM

Recently read a great book called Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The story teaches some valuable lessons about the importance of teamwork and character. 

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Tags: success requires character, boys in the boat