Archive for March, 2014

Meet the Team- Jessica B.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

pansiesJessica joined the PeKu writing team in November of 2011. Since that time, she has covered many topics over a number of our publications.  From technology to travel and politics to planting, she is knowledgeable about a myriad of subjects.  Her articles are a great source of both information and inspiration.  Want to take on a house project or purchase some new biking gear? Jessica’s articles will provide the data needed and have you excited to start a new project or journey.

Please allow me to introduce you to Jessica.

MPK: When you aren’t writing articles, what do you like to do with your free time?

JB: These days I don’t have that much free time, since I have two small kids and work, but when I do have a few minutes to myself I love to go for a run, read a good book, purchase some new biking gear, or go on a long hike. We also have a large dog, so thankfully I have a good excuse for going on a long hike pretty often.

MPK: Which publication is your favorite to write for?

JB: I like writing for Good Life Review because it gives me a chance to reminisce about my travels and some of the places that really had an impact on me. Also I think it is fun to inspire others to travel and try new things. But it is also a bit dangerous because I keep adding new things and places to my ‘bucket’ list!

MPK: Through your articles, it seems that you have traveled a good amount. What was the most interesting place you have visited?

JB: It is hard to pick just one, but I really loved traveling in Japan. I’ve traveled a lot in Europe and the Middle East, but Japan was my first time in Asia. I loved taking the train across the country and taking in the landscape. Also, the Japanese baths, Oansen, were really relaxing and the food was delicious. I hope to go back there sometime soon!

MPK: What is a dream destination for future travels?

JB: I would love to go to New Zealand and Australia one day, but I will have to wait until my kids are a little older since it is such a long trip. The mountains in New Zealand look like they would be amazing to hike.

MPK: You also write about gardening.  Do you do much gardening at home?  What will you be growing this year?

JB: I love gardening and being outdoors! I have two gardens, a small flower patch outside my house and a vegetable garden at a local co-op in town. The co-op garden is fun because it is social and I get a lot of gardening tips. This year I am working with my oldest to start a kid friendly veggie garden. We are planting carrots, radishes, beets, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes. We will also plant some marigolds, which you can even eat!

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

JB: I have lived in 5 different countries and speak three different languages. It is sometimes a bit tricky moving to an entirely new country, but it is also a fun adventure! You learn a lot about your own culture while learning about others!

Mid-March Madness

Monday, March 17th, 2014

cloversReading that title, it probably brings the men’s NCAA basketball tournament to mind.  However, that isn’t the only madness happening right now.  At PeKu, we are putting the very last touches on our next editorial calendar.  In fact, it should be in our writers’ and editors’ hands before the end of the workday today.  Within this calendar there are a handful of changes:

  • Addition of new categories
  • Expansion of other categories
  • Elimination of a publication

There’s a lot to do on this St. Patrick’s Day, none of which is enjoying green-colored beverages.  So, I’m keeping this column short to focus on my tasks at hand.  I’ll share the full details of the changes in early April.


PeKu News- March 2014

Monday, March 10th, 2014

PeKu News copyOn the content front, we have a new set of projects that we are tackling:  new marketing videos for PeKu, a realigned calendar for My Fitness Tunes, refined search functionality on all of our sites.  As these tasks are varied, it allows me to work with different team members on each: an editor, an engineer, an intern.  I love sharing ideas and receiving feedback that encourage me to consider different perspectives.

On the team front, we have several occurrences this month:

  • New writerJoe Shotkus has joined us as a writer and a specialist.  He will be filling the Ask the Bartender role and will be writing cocktail articles and spirit reviews.  Joe’s first articles were published last week on Parched No More.  Check back weekly to read (or sign up for his newsletter) and keep current.
  • 3- year anniversaries– Two of our writers have reached the three-year mark for writing at PeKu.  Tabitha Akery writes on a wide variety of topics, including game reviews and tips, movie reviews, book reviews, travel advice, and more.  Sam P. is a regular teen perspective columnist and also a teen fashion specialist.  If you haven’t read articles by either of these columnists, now would be a good time to take a peek.
  • 2-year anniversary– James Maynard is celebrating his second anniversary with PeKu.  He also covers an assortment of topics, including pets, home projects, fitness, and tv reviews, among others. To learn more about James and his recent articles, check out his corporate page.

May your March be as celebratory as our seems to be!

BnB Finder

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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BnB Finder

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 is the world’s most comprehensive independently owned bed and breakfast directory.  Founded in 1998 by author and noted B&B expert Mary White, was the first bed and breakfast directory to offer RSS Feeds, a blog, downloadable content for handheld devices, and guest reviews.  In 2011, BnBFinder-Mobile was launched – the first mobile bed and breakfast directory to offer location based searches (LBS). is a top-rated directory with thousands of B&B, inn, and boutique hotel listings from all over the world.  Featuring the most extensive advanced search function of any B&B directory, visitors can modify results using over 130 search options. Visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

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March 2014 Highlights

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

March Highlights copyEvery month there are changes at PeKu, which I enjoy.  I like not only the process of envisioning and creating but also the learning involved.  It keeps my mind busy and allows me to expand my knowledge and imagination.  This month we have three changes within our publishing schedule.

  1. Think Tasty– The original PeKu publication is moving to a more structured format.  Each month the recipes will revolve around a given theme.  Plus, we have removed our weekly food video and replaced it with a new column, Simple Solutions.  This column will feature recipes that require food ingredients and are easier to make.  Finally, we also will have a new design launched in the coming week.  Be sure to visit and let us know what you think.
  2. Flick Rev– Currently, we publish two in-theater reviews and either a Classic Review or a Snap Judgment article each week.  To these three articles we are adding a fourth.  On an alternating schedule we will publish two different articles.  More Than the Movie will highlight specific aspects within current movies that are worth noting, whether it be an actor, special effects, music score, or another element.  Film Forecast will highlight our columnist’s picks for the best movies to be released in the next 30 days.
  3. Go Shopping Info– Our teen fashion column, which publishes on a biweekly basis, has been quite popular.  To provide more insight we will be publishing another biweekly column (on opposing weeks), Sam’s Suggestions, which will be a shorter article that gives quick tips for teen style.

It sure seems that March will be a busy month.  I look forward to sharing these new features with you and to begin planning new projects for April.

Inspire. Inform. Engage.