Blogging 101

Blogging 101
Blogging 101

5 things that make blogging easier

blogging tips, lifestyle blogger

When you think of skills and tools that would make blogging easier for you, what is one thing that comes to mind? For me, the idea of time management is a huge part of what makes it possible for me to blog with such a hectic schedule. And to be honest, I kinda suck at it- the time management thing. But luckily there are five things (programs/sites) that make blogging easier for me and allow me to manage my time like a pro.


My favorite hair products for Spring

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Well guys, it's officially spring; which means that there is going to be a lot of fun & pretty hairstyles coming our way. Spring is the season of pretty hair, and I love to see what people do. Personally I am a fan of curls, braids, and no-heat-no-fuss hair, but I do have some essential hair products that I use to create my "PERFECT" hair.


five on Friday

Weekly recap, unicorn frap, blogger, lifestyle blogger

And... It's Friday! 

It's been a crazy week, huh? I mean not on my end, but in the world. Ahem, I'm talking about Unicorn-Gate, or whatever they are calling it. Sure it was a pretty drink and all, but damn people... The Starbucks Unicorn Frap was "supposed" to be a 5 day long affair, but apparently since everyone just had to have one, most of the stores ran out of the mix within the first day... even some within a few hours. Talk about a trend, huh? But the funny thing is this- the drink may look pretty, but most people either said it was sweet, tart, or downright tasted like dog shit. There were so many mixed reviews. Either people hated it or loved it.

But yeah, to be honest, I didn't get one. Sure I went to Starbucks to try one, but they ran out. And you know what? I didn't flip my shit. I just ordered my regular iced chai.  #winforme

Anyways, enough rambling. To recap my week, I decided to do it in a "currently" fashion....


10 nail colors for Spring

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Spring has sprung! Whoo hoo! Other than flowers blooming, trees filling, and seasonal allergies attacking, this is the season for cute sandals and pretty nails. I mean, cause having pretty nails is essential right? After doing some research, I want to share with you 10 nail colors that are cruelty-free and PERFECT for all your Spring manis and pedis!

My 101 in 1001

101 in 1001

I have been talking about a 101 in 1001 for a rather long time. One reason that I wanted to join was because of my 30 by 30 list, and the sad fact that I started too late and never accomplished all of them. Another reason, is the fact that the term "bucket list" makes it sound like I'm wanting to complete things before I die, and one, it sounds morbid, and two, I'm a procrastinator, meaning that I take forever to get shit done. Anyways... 

7 Beauty products that should be on your radar

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I really love discovering new beauty products. Sure, I have my favorites, but I have this thing for trying out new products and seeing if I love them or not. And my favorite aspect is when the products are cruelty-free. Today I want to share 7 beauty products that I have tried and loved... and YES they should be on every gal's radar!


The only dog chew toy you will ever need

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Having a puppy is a fun thing, but can also cost a lot of money. From crates to food to shots, and of course to chew toys, puppies can be a burden on your wallet. When we first got Ellie, we were over the moon. Our previous dog, Duce, had passed a few months prior and we were lonely. When Ellie came into our lives, she was a spunky little white fur ball who was loving, sweet, and of course, destroyed everything. 

We spent so much money on chew toys, and nothing could stand up to our little Akita, Husky, Pit Bull mix. Being a mix, Ellie has the wide Pit Bull jaw, and she shredded every toy. We bought her stuffed animals, Kong toys, Nylabones, and even real bones, but nothing could withstand her power chewing... until now. 

The perfect baby shower gift basket

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When I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I was excited, just like every new mom. Unfortunately, when reality set in that I was becoming a mom, I realized that I was lost when it came to necessities. Thankfully, the staff at Babies "R" Us was there to assist me with my registry; and through that registry, I was able to come up with the perfect baby shower gift for all of my friends. 

Plan with me: the Create 365 Happy Planner review

Happy Planner

The Create 365 Happy Planner was created by me & my BIG ideas (MAMBI) a few years ago, and combines planning with the need to scrapbook. The idea- dreamt up by a mother/daughter team- has has exploded and there is no question why. Coming in three sizes: classic, mini, and big, the planner is perfect for the diy-ers, bloggers, moms who want to have it all together, and the type A personalities out there. 

I am so inlove with the idea of the Happy Planner that I currently have three: two classics and one mini.

DIY: How to make up your hair with simple things found in your kitchen

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Hi all, today I have Aubrey from, and she has something very cool to tell you about! Take it away, Aubrey!

Taking care of your hair is always a challenge. It’s this time when you’re entertaining the idea of going to a salon and have the stylist do all the job. And it’s also the time when you think you have no other choice but to purchase hair products. The thing is, there are a lot of ways that you can do in order to achieve the quality of hair that you are aiming for. And you don’t need expensive products for that. Just the things that are readily available in your home already serve as perfect hairstyle paraphernalia. Even your kitchen tools can make a huge difference.

Five on Friday

Whew... this week has definitely been a doozy! First I was sick, then I had an important meeting, and then... oh wait a minute, I'm getting ahead of myself. Sorry about that!

Anyways, happy Friday friends! I am super excited (as you can tell) to share my week with you...

Parenting & ADHD: Dealing with judgement

Are you a good parent? How do you know?

I have always thought that I was a good parent. I always put my child first, no matter what. My focus is generally on him, whenever he is home from school. Of course, there is always house work that needs done, a shower that needs to be taken, or a shift that needs to be picked up at work, but I try to keep my attention on my son. 

The other day, a person close to me called my parenting methods into question. Earlier in the day, I had already gotten a call from my son's school because he nonchalantly said "I want to stab myself with a knife." You should have seen my face when his teacher told me, but truthfully I wasn't surprised. You see, my son watches a lot of YouTube. As much as my husband and I try to monitor what he is watching, there is always a video that gets in there that is not parent approved. And the video that sparked the "outburst"? A prank video. And yes, I watched it with him. But why if I watched the video with him, would he say "I want to stab myself with a knife"? It's simple: because he didn't know what that phrase meant. 

Links & Loves

And it's Monday... the most hated day of the week. But, not for me! I love the freshness of a new beginning. Since today is the first day of Spring, I wanted to do something a little light and airy and tell you about some of the things that I have been loving lately...

5 things to do for your blog when you don't feel like blogging

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Sometimes in the world of blogging, you feel like you just want to take a break. I get it, it happens to me all the time. When I am not rolling out new posts or just don't feel like  like blogging, but want to stay active with my blog, there are five things that I do and still feel like I have accomplished something for the day.


Walgreens Beauty Haul

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I love beauty products; the only thing that I love more is cheap beauty products. While I was at Walgreens about a week ago, I decided to grab some new beauty products. I currently have a thing for buying cruelty free products for one reason... no animal testing. I chose two brands to buy from: HASK and Wet n Wild; and spoiler alert, not only did I fall in love with the price, but the products as well!


10 favorite FREE Spring fonts

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To be honest, I have a thing for fonts. It may well just be a budding obsession, but I can tell you that I have TONS! I really love to mix and match the fonts in Photoshop, especially when I am ready for a blog makeover. And the nice thing is that there is a TON of fonts out there on the interwebs. I can tell you from experience that it's really easy to find fonts and fall in love with them, but sometimes it can be hard to find FREE fonts that you will love.

Letter from the Editor | March

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Well, it's March. No surprise there. But to be honest, is any one else also trying to figure out where the heck February went? Or how we are already in the third month of 2017? I know it's cliche but it seriously feels like we were just posting pics on Insta of toasts and champagne celebrating New Year's, and now today is the first day of Lent. What the heck?

Sure, since it's March, it means that Spring is right around the corner (hopefully...), and then onto the warmer days, bonfires, beaches, and flip flop weather of Summer; so it's not all bad, right? I mean, this month I am looking forward to a lot of things... like my much anticipated tax return, Lil Man's Spring Break, a full time job (hopefully), a lot of cleaning, and so much more. 

Blog wise, March is going to be a very exciting month!

How to create the perfect purse emergency pack

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Nausea, light sensitivity, pain, and dizziness. All the classic symptoms, and once you experience them, you know what is coming... a migraine. To be honest, if you have ever had one, you may have thought that you were somehow cursed, because they suck. I've had migraines since I was in my late teens. After trying a lot of different prescription drugs, most of which I didn't like, I decided that maybe an OTC medicine would be worth it for me. Or I could just become a hermit and live in my black hole of a bedroom.

Once I became a mom, a friend told me about Excedrin®, and suggested I give it a try. After doing research, I found out that Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes and is the #1 Neurologist Recommended Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016. After reading that, I decided to give it a try, because moms aren't allowed to be hermits; and there would be instances when I couldn't shut myself off from the world to deal with a migraine, like when I had a little boy's birthday party to get ready for.

Friday Favorites & a freebie

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Sometimes I feel as if the week goes really fast... but this week, I am so happy for it to be Friday! Since the weather changed earlier in the week, I have been fighting either an allergy attack or a sinus infection (honestly, I'm leaning towards the allergies), so I am so ready for r&r with my two main men. 

Anyways... despite the health things, here's some things that I have been loving this week & there's a FREEBIE at the end!

60 blog post ideas for the uninspired

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Let's face it, when you have been blogging for a long period of time (September will be 4 years for me), you start to run out of the creative post ideas. Sometimes it's hard for me to either organize my thoughts and expand on a particular one, or it even can be difficult to get around writer's block. It happens.

To help me in those times, the one thing that I am always carrying around with me is a notebook. In that notebook, I usually write down all of my post ideas. From the very detailed post idea: "how to create a printable with Canva", to the obscure & needing brain power to make it happen post idea: "monthly beauty favorites", and in between, all my ideas are generally written down in that notebook. So it's a handy notebook, huh?

Today I wanted to open up my notebook and give you 60 blog post ideas that you can use in times that you are in need of inspiration.

The easiest way to make a photo book with Shutterfly

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Truth is, I take a lot of photos. Like alot. Since I do, I'm no stranger to making photo books. To me, it's just easier to keep everything digital, instead of printing things out, especially when I am always getting free 8x8 book offers from Shutterfly. Over the past few years, I have made a few photo books, and have always loved them, because with a Shutterfly photo book, the slimline design is beautiful and the covers are always stunning. When I display them, they actually look like they belong. 

One of my goals for 2017 is to finally organize all of my pictures, get them either printed out or in a photo book, and put them some where they can be enjoyed; instead of on my computer's hard drive. Unfortunately, I had been dreading the goal, due to how time consuming it can all be. I mean, I can be a little Type A personality when it comes to making things, especially when it comes to objects that are going to preserve my precious memories. It happens right?

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to the new Make My Book Service from Shutterfly & I felt instantly relieved for one reason: it was hands down the easiest and most time effective way to make a photo book.

SoCozy kid's haircare review

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Before when it came to Lil Man's hair, sometimes I really didn't care what I used to wash it. I know that sounds bad, but he generally has rather short hair, and unless it short enough to spike it, it just lays there. On top of his head.

My thoughts on kids products changed late last year. I personally have been interested in cruelty-free beauty products, and when I thought about my kid, I learned that maybe he should be using cruelty-free products too. But that's the problem: there aren't a lot of brands out there that are designed specifically for kids, AND are cruelty-free.

A few weeks ago, Brandbacker introduced me to SoCozy.

4 fun & yummy snack options any kid would love

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Ok, let's be honest: one of the hard things about being a parent of a school-aged child is choosing the right type of quality snack to send with them everyday. Especially if your child is picky. 

For me, when my son started kindergarten last August, one of the main things that the school stressed was sending "quality" items for snacks and lunches. When I was informed about the "requirement", I was dumbfounded, to say the least. My son was, and still is, a picky eater. Sure, he loves all types of fruit, but even though he really doesn't have a taste for chocolate, he really likes his fruit snacks, mac and cheese, yogurt, and cheeseburgers.

When I was coming up with snack options, I ran into a few problems:
  • I would find something that he liked, send it everyday, and then he really didn't like it anymore. Of course, I couldn't blame him... I would get tired of the same things over and over too.
  • He only liked a certain amount of snacks items, and some of them weren't mom approved. 

So to combat my problems, I decided to make a list of 4 fun and yummy snack options. Out of that list, I decided to rotate the items to give my son a variety, and learned something very important too!


Detox your skin with Derma E

how to detox your skin with Derma E

Since 2015, I have been in love with charcoal beauty products. And the reason is simple: You know the clean & refreshed feeling you get when you go to bed with your makeup on, wake up the next day with an oily face, and wash you face? I get that feeling whenever I use a charcoal cleanser or mask.

I recently had the chance to work with an amazing brand: Derma E, and try out two of their charcoal products: the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask & the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub. So today, I am going to tell you just why charcoal beauty products are the bomb dot com, and give you a review of the two charcoal products from Derma E.


Cruelty Free Beauty | 10 Valentine's Day gifts for HER

Cruelty Free Beauty | 10 Valentine's Day gifts for HER

For the past few months, I have been slowly descending into the world of a cruelty-free lifestyle, and I have to tell you, it's been going quite well. Early in 2016, I knew that I personally wanted to start the lifestyle, and my first change was to make a transition to cruelty-free beauty products. I am proud to say that as of now, 90% of my beauty products are not tested on animals, and the majority of them are vegan, also. 

For Valentine's Day, I wanted to make a cruelty-free beauty gift guide, like I did for Christmas, for one reason: to help you also go cruelty-free. I know that there are alot of people out there that love the idea of cruelty-free and using products that aren't animal tested, but sometimes there is alot of time and effort to do so, and quite frankly no one has the time for all that.

So to help you out, I am giving you 10 amazing beauty products from companies that are cruelty-free (some are also vegan), and they would be prefect for the beautiful women in your life.

February Goals

Ah.. monthly goals time again.

I mean, I really love keeping track of my goals, because I feel like if I post them on here, then I am being held more accountable for them. And I really love to compare the completed vs not completed monthly goals; as it helps me keep track of where I'm at. And I'm excited for a new month.

February is a wonderful filled month for me, as I have so much to look forward to: my dad's & hubby's bdays, the love day, and a few extra days off with Lil Man because of President's Day. But before I get into the joy that the month of red, pink, and candy, let's recap my January goals first.

January Beauty Favorites

I stopped doing my monthly beauty favorites about mid 2016 for a few reasons: a lot of my products that I had discovered in previous months had become part of my beauty routine, so it would be redundant to tell you guys about them EVERY month, and I really wasn't buying any new beauty products. One of my goals for 2017 is to bring back my monthly favorites, as I want to discover at least 3 new beauty products a month, because to be honest, it's fun!

In January, I discovered a great nail, a new all natural shampoo/conditioner company, and some really helpful makeup.


Instagram Comment Pods

Social media is essential for bloggers. It allows a person to connect to blog followers, interact and show that they are real people, and to create and maintain relationships. My favorite form of social media is Instagram. I love how a picture can spark emotion in a person, and allow that person to connect with another on a deeper level. 

When Instagram changed their algorithm mid-2016, it made it harder for accounts to grow for one reason: they took away the chronological order. So instead of seeing the photos in order of when they posted, with the just posted at the top (like Snapchat), the algorithm made it that the most popular photos were seen first. A lot of individual users were not amused by the change, but some figured out a way to beat it. The most useful idea that emerged was and still is, is Instagram Comment Pods.

If you are an Instagram user, and have no clue as to what I am talking about, then this post is for you! I will tell you what Instagram comment pods are, why they are essential to growth, and tips for commenting.


Friday Five

Hey there friends, and happy Friday! I am so happy that it's the weekend! I finally get to spend some much needed family time with Lil Man and the hubby, because this week hasn't been super awesome & amazing for one reason: I have been battling a sinus infection. Thankfully I am starting to feel better and get the motivation to get off the couch and do things, so this weekend even if we are going to go grocery shopping and out to dinner, I am good to go!

Other than the sinus infection, this also happened this week...


Your best body with Nip+Fab

a review of Nip+Fab products

Nip+Fab is a UK based company that was founded by the creator of Rodial, and they offer premium skincare at everyday prices. They are best known for targeted body and skincare treatments that are jam packed with ingredients that smooth, firm, and boost. Nip+Fab's products are not tested on animals and the majority are also vegan friendly, meaning that they don't use any ingredients derived from animals (they have a list on their site detailing which products are NOT vegan). 

I recently had the chance to partner with Nip+Fab, and I was impressed with the products that I had received. I had used Nip+Fab products when they first came out a few years ago, but since turning 30 a year ago, I have been looking for products that are targeted.


five beauty hacks every girl should know

Do you like beauty hacks? Here's 5 that every girl NEEDS to know about.

Let's face it, beauty can be hard sometimes. From deciding what your perfect foundation shade is, to figuring out what your face shape is, and even looking for money saving beauty products, beauty in itself can be a little difficult. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. Today I am sharing five of my favorite beauty hacks, and trust me, every girl should know about them.


15 best beauty products of 2016

Even though we are already two weeks into 2017, I have to say 2016 was a great year for new beauty products. Even though I broke up with my subscription boxes in July, I was able to work with a few brands and sample a lot of products from Sephora. In the end, I found so many hair, nail, makeup, and skincare products that I loved. Fifteen of those products that I tried in 2016 have either became my HG products or have been integrated into my daily routine, and today I want to share those with you.

four common blogging myths busted

When I first started blogging three years ago, I didn't know ANYTHING about blogging. I mean, sure, I knew that I needed to promote myself, be authentic, and take great pictures, but I didn't know anything about social media, hosting, branding, and everything else that goes with the lovely hobby. Thankfully there was Pinterest, because after three years, I feel as if I am finally on the level that I want to be on.

Unfortunately there are so many things that are very wrong on Pinterest, like the fact that you NEED to be on Wordpress to be taken seriously, and today I am going to bust some of those similar myths.


January Goals

Back in September I stopped doing monthly goals for one reason: I really didn't see a need for them. But in the past few months, I realized that monthly goals are essential to my blogging identity. I mean, goals are a great tool in measuring my progress through the month; they allow me to see what I've done as well as gives me something to aim at. Writing down my goals also helps me not get too overwhelmed because let's face it- life can be just a little too demanding. 

letter from the editor | January

Alot of people talk about how much 2016 sucked, but after looking at my yearly recap, I actually had a great year. Sure there was some ups and downs, but there was a lot more ups in my personal life then in the reality of the world. Yes, there was the political upset and trying to figure how much it would cost to move to Canada (btw, it's really expensive and there are alot of BSL (breed specific laws) everywhere so it would be really complicated), and of course, I quit my job, and I saw alot of famous people die, but there was also the day that Lil Man started kindergarten, the month that we brought Ellie home, the 1000th follower on Instagram, and the first time that I made $100 with this here blog. 

2016 was actually really good from that perspective. And to top it off, the ending of a good year was spent with my loves.