Weekly Roundup – Volume 1

by | Dec 2, 2013 | Business, weekly roundup | 7 comments

Weekly RoundupThis is a new weekly blog series that might not find it’s name for a few weeks. It will be a collection of favorite finds I’ve discovered throughout the week & things I’ve shared in social media. Most often they’ll be free, or on some kind of crazy special deal / time limit.


Last week I sent out the first invites to AskLoralee.com. I’m thrilled to see new members signing up. It’s something that’s been in the works for so long. And even though it’s not completely ready, it’s a huge relief to be able to share it.

I’ve been doing a lot of  planning these past few weeks.  Starting with Amber McCues’ 2014 Planathon & the Tweak Your Lifestyle Workshop (with Melissa Ingold). This weekend I downloaded Leonie’s Incredible Life & Biz planners and printed the parts I like to include in my yearly plan, so I thought I’d share some of the planner resources with you too.

Oh, and one other thing. I added a new points feature to the shop. I’ve updated points balances, but there may be still some manually changes.  If your balance doesn’t seem right to you, let me know?

Let’s get on with the resources?!

Free Fun Downloads

Coloring Books for grown ups!
coloring book from Leonie


Yay! Beautiful free coloring books from Leonie Dawson.  For real, the kind you can print and color (Maybe I’ll share my coloring with you next week?)



Create a Wish Jar

Need a little extra joy in your life? Check out Clare’s Wish Jar (free printable’s) .  Use her pre-designed ones, or make your own.




Free Business-ey stuff!!

  1. Simply Measured – free reports (mostly free – you need to send a tweet or post a Facebook message to access them) that are really very impressive. Here’s a screenshot of my twitter report.
  2. Pretty Opt in Tutorials – from DYOB
  3. RescueTime

You may have seen a post about RescueTime two weeks ago on Facebook (tracking the number of hours I worked on my laptop & the time I goofed off).  This tool works nicely in the background & then sends me a reminder email once a week to check in.  By sharing it last week, I earned some pretty nice referral credits, but frankly haven’t taken much time to figure out how to use the premium version.  The free version is good enough for me.

Lots of  Planners this week!

  1. Leonie Dawsons Biz & Life Planners (I’ve already printed mine – I print a portion of it & add it to my business map)
  2.  Cotton Tail Creative 2 month planner
  3. Amber McCue – Freshstart

Big Sales this week:

This is the “time sensitive” part of the blog.

Hostgator:   75% OFF Hosting (starting at only $1.24/m) and $1.95 domains.

Wave Accounting – 3 months of Payroll for $5 (Jan, Feb, March payroll fees for a total of $5)


Things I’m testing this week:

  • Gumroad plugin that syncs to mailchimp and aweber
  • To Do list plugins for AskLoralee (the one I have currently installed is conflicting with the Q&A plugin)
  • Points wordpress plugin (log into the shop to see your credits)

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  1. Rhonda

    I love this format! Who cares about the name. Let it come when it’s ready.

  2. marianne

    Hi Loralee! Thanks for mentioning my opt-in tutorials 🙂 I like your format already!

    As far as day, maybe towards the end of the week, just so you can share things you found that week? That’s why I picked Friday for mine, but then sometimes I worry that people won’t read it in time and some of the freebies or deals will be expired by Sunday. Just a thought….

    As far as name… something will pop up as you keep writing these 🙂 Great job on your first round-up!

    • Loralee

      Thanks for the awesome feedback & inspiration Marianne!
      Wondering if changing it from “weekly roundup” would make a difference. I’m still gravitating to Monday because I tend to review things on the weekend & it would be super easy for me to put the finishing touches on it Sunday night, for a Monday morning publish…

  3. Teri

    Hey I think this is great! And the name works but I know if you don’t like it you’ll for sure come up with something more creative! Mondays, not so sure. I know for me it’s 11 PM and I’m just now getting to your email! I think Fridays is good but I’d sure get more feedback. Just an idea, are there apps that you sometime check out for time management etc? Or some that go along with some of the suggestions you’ve already made? Love the format of this, it’s very useful 🙂

    • Loralee

      Great suggestions Teri!

      In October I wrote a post about some time management tools.

      and a few more over here in my 2012 Roundup (guess I should get started on the 2013 one very soon)

      But I’m not an expert. I’m easily distracted. I think my current favorite is having RescueTime helping me see where my time is really being spent, and setting a kitchen timer when I’m really scattered & need to get a burst of work done.

  4. Elizabeth Goddard

    Ooo, I love roundups like this! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I think this will likely become a highlight of my week.

    • Loralee

      Me too! I fell in love with a series on DYOB and wrote and asked if I could borrow her format. What do you think? I Monday a cool day to send out a weekly? Or should it be Friday? Also need to come up with a much better name, I think 🙂