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. 😉
  • 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?

Pinterest Hacks You Should Know

Okay, I love using Pinterest! I use it for both personal and business outlets.

You can use Pinterest to create menu plans, store future DIY projects, and grow traffic for your web site or blog! The list is endless.

There are two big Pinterest hacks you should know that will help you get more traffic to your blog:

Tip One: Pinterest is NOT a social media network!

This is something I’ve noticed in a lot of blogging circles. People will comment on Pinterest as being their favorite social network. Nope! It’s not. It’s actually a search engine. With that knowledge, it totally changes your game plan, doesn’t it? You’ll start to treat it differently.

Start thinking of it as a search engine instead of a social media network and it will change how you use it overall!

Tip Two: Pinterest needs keywords…just like google!

Yep, good ‘ol keywords are important. Let’s say you write a blog on healthy recipes. Your goal is to make sure your entire profile AND pins are saturated (without being spammy, of course) with keywords related to healthy recipes.

Type healthy recipes into Pinterest and see what other niche keywords pop up. That will be a great starting point to knowing what other keywords to use on your post.

Make sure you add keywords to your short pin description, too!

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Also, be sure to join our awesome FREE community!

What about you? Are you carefully choosing keywords and operating Pinterest as a search engine?

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How To Start Your Own Blog

In interest of full disclosure, I have been blogging for well over a decade. I’ve had small victories and big victories. I’ve used just about every platform out there.

What can I say? I like to test things and do my own research.

My conclusion?

If you want to start a business, I recommend SiteGround for WordPress.

Going through SiteGround was EASY. I had  my web site up and going in less than an hour! In fact, I had my first article up by the end of the day, and within a month, I had a pin going viral on Pinterest.

Want to start your own side hustle with a web site?

Here’s my quick steps…

Start With  a Basic Plan:

Sign up with SiteGround! They have a step by step process that simplified everything for me.

Once you log into SiteGround, you’ll be asked to pick a particular plan. I recommend starting with  basic plan,then later once you’ve found your groove with blogging you can upgrade your account.

Choose Your Domain Name:

This is your web site address. This is what sets you apart. Ask yourself: What is your goal with your web site? Think of your target audience. For example, I chose Bloggers Share, because I was inspired by the blogging community. So many of my favorite bloggers shared their tips that helped me with my own blogging journey. And now I get to give back by sharing my own tips!

Stick to a niche: 

I highly recommend finding a niche for your blog to center around. Case in point: I blog about blogging, social media, and simple living. I want to be successful with my blog so that I can enjoy a simple life with my family!

Not sure where to start with topics? Here’s  quick list to get you started:

  • Lifestyle Blogs: Centered around faith, family, fashion.
  • Fashion Blogs: Outfit ideas, make up tips, etc.
  • Health Blogs: Healthy recipes, tips, etc.
  • Teaching Blogs: Tutoring tips, learning worksheets, etc.

Once you start a web site, come back and tell me about it! I love getting to know my readers.

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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 + Free Stock Images

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… and 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 PLUS when you join our Facebook Community you will gain access to FREE stock photos to use on your blog, Instagram and other social media outlets.

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).  You can also go for “magic hour” lighting which is typically half an hour before sunset.

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. 😉

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!

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?

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