Search Engine Optimization Test

Anyone that knows me…knows that I operate A website where I sell custom embroidered baby gifts that I ship all over the world. I have been doing business on the web since 1997. This past summer babyobaby gift bagwe celebrated our 18th Anniversary.

While, over the years I have tried to study up on website design and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), I never have been able to completely master or keep up with changing trends and technology. I have opted to rely on top notch customer service and premium personalized baby gifts that people love and appreciate so much they come back every time they need a baby gift. This and word-of-mouth have pretty much been my Marketing & Advertising Plan for the majority of the life of my business.

You can imagine that I get many emails and phone calls everyday from folks who want to help improve my SEO. I’ll admit that I find the majority of them rather rude in their approach. While I have invested in these sorts of programs in the past…I have not found any that deliver on their promises.

So, by chance I opened a message (that arrived as a review of a product) that bondoffered a free trial period AND 500 visitors in 7 days. The company, Bond SEO, claims that they can deliver 5,000 targeted visitors in 30 days for $39.99. Folks who are specifically searching for terms that I provide. I’m intrigued!

I am going to give this a shot and let you know how it works out :O). I will be watching my GoogleAnalytics closely to see what kind of activity I actually see and report back to!

Carpe Diem, Alison


Labor Day Give-Away

I know that it has been a very long time since I updated my blog! I added a post yesterday and forgot how much fun it can be.

babyobaby gift bagDo you know someone IN LABOR today? At we celebrate Labor Day “literally”! We give away a Personalized Fleece or Cotton Baby Blanket embroidered with the birth date, September 7, 2015, absolutely FREE! First person to message me that they know of a baby born today WINS :O) Please feel free to “Share” the giveaway with friends and family it’s always appreciated!

Carpe Diem, AlisonĀ

Leaves Are Turning

homeThere is a window on the landing of our staircase, here at, that looks out onto a lovely old maple tree. Each Fall, I am surprised by a glimpse of red among the green. I am always a bit startled by my find and amazed that the turn begins before I am expecting it. I laugh at myself and take account of the passing of time.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love the Fall! I actually love every season and have never been able to pick a favorite.

Now, I know that the leaves will turn extraordinary colors and then, sadly, start to drop froma1967-thetree the branches. But, I will check and admire that tree every time I pass that window. I will watch as every last leaf has left every last branch. I will continue to use it as a sort of visual barometer…rain, ice, and eventually snow (and sometimes lots of it). I will wait for all the snow to melt away and then once again, I will be startled to see little red buds appear on it’s branches before I am expecting them. I know, that soon after, I can rely on the bud casings falling away with tender leaves emerging. In a few short weeks the tree will be covered in brilliant shiny green leaves again and my thoughts will turn to the glorious season ahead.

I love this tree. It is an old friend. My quiet companion in life. A reminder of the cycle. A comfort that demonstrates…some things may change but, they still can remain predictable, reliable, constant.

Hoping you are enjoying the change of season too!

Carpe Diem, Alison