Sunday Review- Grammarly Product Review

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Today we are shining the spotlight on a terrific tool for checking your grammar and proofreading your content: Grammarly of course!

If you are a blogger, author or do any kind of writing, you need this tool in your toolkit.

I have been with Grammarly for a few years now, I use the free version and it has served its purpose perfectly. If you write articles, blog posts or any other kind of content, you really need this fantastic tool.

Grammarly automatically checks for mistakes, corrects misspelled words and underlines potential grammatical errors so you don’t publish sub-par copy.

Grammarly sends you periodic updates!

For those who don’t have a handle on the English language or for those not necessarily paying attention in language class, this is the tool for you!

Here are a few of the ways Grammarly helps writers:

  • Identifies confused prepositions
  • Locates wordy sentences
  • Helps identify overuse of the passive voice

Some program’s built-in grammar checkers do not catch the same mistakes that Grammarly can. Do you know what a squinting modifier us? Grammarly does and tells you when not to use it.

You can start writing directly into Grammarly’s Microsoft Office just like any other document platform. (like Word) Or, if you use Word or want to write directly on a particular platform, Grammarly still checks your work and proofreads your copy. How cool is that?

Another useful feature is that Grammarly has a plagiarism checker, for those who do lot’s of research, that could come in handy. It also sends a monthly report on your use of the tool/app which keeps you on track with your writing goals.

The only downside is that it still won’t completely replace a human proofreader, however, for .02 cents a word, you can use its dashboard to send your work to a human to edit it. Still, it’s a whole lot better than having no extra set of eyes to double check your work for mistakes.

It even helped me correct this here review!


The bottom line is Grammarly is a great tool just like it is, but by upgrading to the premium version you will get 250 more checks which could find even more mistakes.

The paid version will also check for misplaced words and incorrect sentence structure. It will also give you contextual vocabulary enhancements to diversify your writing.

They offer discounts for some paid plans, you can see from the screenshot that paying for a whole year will save you big money in the long run…more than half the regular monthly price!

Click on any link and go check out Grammarly for yourself and see how error proof your writing can be.
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Day 271-Free Days-Thanks, Promised Recap & A Plea

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Good morning from a windy, chilly patio! Thank you for all of your prayers, they worked! Although we were chilly outside and even wrapped up in blankets in front of fires and heaters outside, it did not rain or storm as predicted! I’m happy to report that the fish fry went off without a hitch and a good time was had by all.

The cool outdoor setup
Us girls huddled in the corner enjoying some time around the heater together!
My boy and me-notice he has no jacket or sweater…again!
Troy and Tisa enjoying the warmth of the kitchen
Told you it was cold! Hermania and Mel cuddling!
Julie’s beautiful granddaughter Carli and her boy, Stryker

Now to some sad news. I’m seeing less reader comments and likes than I have previously enjoyed, and no one at all commented on the product review I did- does this mean you don’t like what I’m writing about, or did everyone just slow down in their own blogosphere? I’m not sure, but a girl sure could use some help over here! Throw me a bone will ya? I realize that so far my product/service reviews have been about things writing related, however, I assure you that I will get to products I use in my daily life like the types of essential oils or food choices we make here on the patio.

I would welcome any suggestions/comments at all! As I continue to work on the direction of my blog/business, I only know this for sure: I just want to help you in whatever way I can. So, I need feedback to know what that is. For now, I will plan May’s calendar pretty much the same way it has been unless you have other ideas for new features or clue me in to the kind of content you want/need me to provide.

I realize also that everyone is busy in their own lives/businesses and there is a lot going on in the writing world. I have been so busy myself finishing the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and working on my website that I haven’t been doing much in the way of creative writing (like on Medium or Prose) except for here on the blog on Fridays.

Before I go, I will tell you, I have one more writing related review over on Products From The Patio, and I really love it, you may use it yourself with your own websites/blogs. It’s for Grammarly the grammar checking service I use. I would again appreciate any feedback you would offer, and I would love for you to check out the review and just let me know what you think about the website in general.

Now I really have to go, Dave is trying to work on the game room/man cave and he’s banging things around which really means, he’s ready for me to come and help out! See you all here tomorrow on a hopefully much warmer patio!

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Saturday Spotlight-Why You Need Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course-(Product Review)

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Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world in a recreational vehicle, taking your work with you wherever you go? That is how my friend and creator of the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing rolls. You could be living the dream, just like her! With this course, you will find out just how she went from nothing to making over $50,000 a month in affiliate income.

Do you want to learn all the tricks that make her a successful blogger,  how to monetize your blog and stop leaving money on the table? Then you need to check out this course! I just finished it recently and have already started implementing the lessons she taught me.

Michelle started out like many of us, just blogging along, scared to try something new for fear she would scare off her readers. She thought it would be a waste of time to try affiliate marketing or that it would be too hard. Now she makes money while she sleeps, and she can teach you how to do the same.  She will show you the exact steps she took to earn $300,000 from one blog post!

Once you enroll in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, you will learn everything you need to know about affiliate marketing like:

  • What it is and how it works
  • Why it is so great
  • How to pick the right affiliate products to promote
  • How to increase conversions
  • How to build trust and not lose followers
  • Required disclosures you need to learn
  • The one major tool you need for affiliate marketing
  • Several strategies for promoting your affiliate products
  • How to use Pinterest to succeed at affiliate marketing

All of this and so much more can be yours, which is why you need this course if you want to make your dreams come true. Here is what you will get for one low price:

  1. Six modules
  2. 30 lessons
  3. Over 20 worksheets
  4. Bonuses
  5. Even a helpful Facebook group where you can talk to her and other students, compare notes, share success stories and more!

For less than a set of new tires, you can be rolling toward a new career. If you want to take your blog to the next level, start earning money and stop leaving it on the table, you owe it to yourself to get this course. You will even be welcome to join her affiliate program when you complete the course because that’s what it’s all about!

Now, to be honest, it does take time- this is not a get rich quick scheme, just have a little patience and all of your hard work will be rewarded. I know I want to be able to work from anywhere, even if that place is at home, in my pajamas! Michelle can teach you everything you need to know to make that dream a reality. Try Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing today and I’ll be seeing you in the Facebook group!


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Day 270-Free Days-Hoping Mother Nature Changes Her Mind

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Good morning everyone and how are you this muggy Saturday morning? We have evening plans ourselves, so naturally, Mother Nature has other ideas, threatening to rain on our fish fry, so to say. Actually,  it isn’t our fish fry, it is our friend Julie’s- still, I hate for her to have her outside fun have to move indoors. Say a prayer for better weather will you, that would be great!

Photo credit: Pixabay

We are also trying desperately to get our next home improvement ready (the game room renovation) so it is ready for the big party that is coming up next month. We have much work to do outside as well, this stormy weather is keeping us from making progress though. Maybe we will get lucky and sneak some work in before it arrives. Currently, it is super windy, warm and muggy-the perfect set up for spring storms in Texas. 🙁

I also wanted to tell you about my Saturday Spotlight over at Products From the Patio– today I did a product review on Michelle Gardner’s course I just took Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I would so appreciate it if you would all give it a read and give me some honest feedback.

Thanks in advance for your prayers as well as your comments and suggestions on my product review. Have a fabulous day and I hope Mother Nature is good to all of you today! I promise to update later on how the fish gets fried, join me tomorrow when I post again on the patio!


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Day 269-Flash Fiction Friday- Destination Ice House

Tom decided that once quitting time came, he was off to The Old Ice House for a frosty beverage, which would be the best dark brew they had to offer. Today had been a hot bitch at work and he was a man in need of some cool relief, an ice cold beer would really hit the spot. He really didn’t want to drink alone tonight so he hollered down the line at his buddy Rich and asked him if he’d like to go with, or meet up there at six.

The place where they worked was a factory in Idaho and the job was making cheese at The Snake River Cheese Plant near downtown Blackfoot. Unfortunately for Tom and Rich, the air had quit working on the assembly line and as a result, they had to work double time to get it packaged and into the waiting refrigerator trucks before it could start degrading. Now all Tom could focus on was getting the job done and heading to the Ice House for a slice and a cold brew. It was their favorite pizzeria and their motto was “the only thing better than the pizza is the view.” The restaurant was situated lakeside and boasted some of the best views in town.

Rich met Tom ten years prior when he moved to Idaho from Kentucky and they had been fast friends from the get go. Rich had been sort of starting over since his wife of five years walked out on him and Tom was in a similar state himself. For Tom though, it was he who had called the marriage quits six months before meeting Rich, so they had something in common that drew them together, Tom had been like Rich’s leaning post and in turn Rich was a great listener. Tom got Rich on at the plant after meeting him one night at the Ice House and hearing of his situation. They were known around the job as mutt and Jeff since Tom outwent him by a foot or better.

Luckily, it was Friday night and the special at The Ice House was a large mug for two bucks and a specialty pizza was fifteen for a large. That suited  Tom and Rich just fine and Tom could feel his stomach growling at the thought of it as he pulled into the parking spot closest to the front door. He barely had time to exit the truck when Rich pulled in next to him. They walked up to the restaurant like brothers, Tom clapping Rich on the back as they entered the front door. The place appeared to be hopping already, Rich found them a seat at the bar while Tom checked in with the hostess.

Carol was the bartender on duty tonight and as Rich got their beverages drafted,  Beverly the hostess had steered Tom to a table by the window. It was just like her to put the men in their favorite spot, even as busy as the place was. They were some of The Ice House’s best customers and besides, she had a bit of a crush on Tom and always made sure he and Rich were happy. She had heard the men’s stories and loved the bond they had formed with each other, it made Tom a kind of hero in her eyes. The men around these parts were a rugged sort and she was not used to seeing guys with close relationships like these two had forged. Sometimes, when it was slow, she would sit and have a soda and listen to them talk about their lives.

As Tom took that first sip, Rich could see the pleasure on his face as he wiped the foam off of his lip and laughed. “Needed that did ya?” he asked and all Tom could do was nod in agreement. “Pizza is coming” he finally said, and the men sat in silence for the next few minutes, not needing anything but their beers and the view, relaxing together as they looked out over the lake, reflecting on their day and how good that pizza was gonna taste once it got to the table. After all, it was made with the very cheese they worked so hard to get off the line day after day.  After a minute or two, they simultaneously picked up their mugs and clinked them together, toasting the fact that another day on the job was over and they still enjoyed each other’s company. “Here’s to friendship,” they both said as the waitress set the pie down in front of them and winked at Rich saying, “Yall enjoy that now will ya.” Rich just looked at Tom and said, “she wants me.” Tom laughed and said, “too bad she can’t compete with this pizza” as he sunk his teeth into his first slice.

This story was composed only from the word prompt “beverage”.  I hope you enjoyed it.