Three Tips For Simple Living

 

I became somewhat obsessed with the idea of simple living long before we had kids. I had never really heard of the term, but in short, the idea was to simplify all areas of life in order to focus on what’s truly important. For me, that means my faith and my family.

Yet, there is one key aspect of simple living that I have only recently learned.

Simple living doesn’t mean that life will never get complicated or messy–it just means that you will be better equipped at what life throws your way!

There are also five areas in life that you can keep at the forefront of your mind that will help you stay on the simple living track:

  • Always keep your paper clutter at bay: In order to keep our papers out from piling on the countertops, I bought a two teared basket to hang on our laundry room wall. I also created an emergency binder for important paperwork that we keep in a safe location.
  • Always keep your car clean: seriously, is there anything more frustrating that running to family get togethers or church only to find that your car reeks of stale French fries? I do a weekly deep clean of our car which takes less than half an hour. I also like to de-clutter the car on Saturday nights before church. Having a peaceful drive on the way to service makes me happy. Really happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Always keep a running grocery list: Ya’ll, this is my biggest struggle. Sometimes, I try to wing it when I head to the grocery stores. End result? I always forget ingredients and have to go back. Can you say time waster?

Those are some of my best tips for maintaining a simplified life. What are some of yours?

Instagram Captions For When Your Mind Goes Blank

I love Instagram. It is defiantly my go to for social media. It’s hands down the most encouraging community and such a great outlet to find inspiration! With that said, its also my go to place to share pretty pictures.

What can I say? I love taking photos. It’s my art and my outlet. But, it an also be tricky coming up with Instagram captions for every single photo. But, I learned a really cool trick: have a “go to” list for title generators!

Note: I try to share from the heart, but sometimes, I just want to share a photo with a fun caption.

Here’s a list of 13 tips to help inspire you to write better Instagram captions!

  • Share a favorite quote!
  • List five of your favorite things.
  • Ask a question (be genuine!)
  • Share a fun tip related to your niche.
  • State a funny fact about yourself.
  • Give a shout out to your favorite Instagram accounts!
  • Review a movie, book or magazine you recently read.
  • Share your #1 piece of advice for life.
  • Share a favorite scripture!
  • Share snippet from a favorite song or poem.
  • Write an entire sentence using just emojis! (It’s a lot of fun!)
  • Share your testimony!
  • Remanence on a favorite memory from childhood.

Do you enjoy Instagram?

How to Take Better Blog Photos

I think one of the biggest questions I hear from other bloggers and social media gurus is: “How do I come up with pictures for my blog?”

It’s an honest question and it’s one that I even ask… andย  my background is in photography. Having time to take pictures, edit, upload, and of course, try to keep to a theme can be daunting at best.

So, here’s my three tips to take better photos for your blog:

#1 Use Natural Lighting When Taking Photos

The best way to up your photography game is to turn off your flash and use natural lighting. If I am taking pictures inside for Instagram, I will often set up my “photo” next to a window or outside doorway. That way I get the best light possible. I also like to take pictures on my back patio. It’s covered which provides shade, yet still gives me that natural looking light!

If you are using natural lighting for landscape or nature photography try to get outside first thing in the morning. Personally, I love the cool crisp lighting of early mornings (the picture in this article? Was taken early in the early morning hours at the beach).ย  You can also go for “magic hour” lighting which is typically half an hour before sunset.

#2 Stick To A Specific Style or Theme

Overall, you may want to stick with a pretty specific “style” when it comes to your photography theme. Case in point: I like to take nature photos as it provides a more calming effect to blog visitors, plus I actually enjoy editing them.

However, if you are a fashion blogger, you’ll probably want to stick to unique photos of shoe collections, jewelry, flowers. etc. Or if you are food blogger…well, you get the idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

#3 Try the Flatlay Look

One of the most flattering and easiest forms of photography is using a flatlay style. How do you get that look? To start, you’ll want to purchase foam boards from your local store. Pure white foam boards work great for this! Then you can style your board. Take the picture shooting straight down to create the flat lay effect. If you follow the first two rules that I shared, you’ll be well on your way to Instagram or blog worthy photos!

BTW….You need to Get in the Photos, too!

Are you wanting to get in your photos more? You may want to invest in a sturdy tripod. Learn to use your timer settings on your camera and then you’ll be set to take pictures of yourself!

You could also do a photo swap with another local blogger, that way you can take photos of each other for your blogs. Sometimes, you just gotta think outside the box.

What are some of your go to tips for creating awesome images?