In the ever changing world of social media, it is so incredibly important to stay up to date on all of their image sizes and formats. Optimizing the right images to use, the amount of text that is allowed and sizes are different for each platform. The need to maintain a social presence online is escalating and will only increase in importance in 2018. Being a graphic designer, I know how inconvenient it is to have several different social media platforms each requiring different image requirements all of which differ from one another. Which is a main reason I've been searching for a more convenient way to have all of this important information compiled in one place. I found this amazing infographic designed by onblastblog.com and it is so helpful! If you manage several different social media accounts and struggle keeping up with the requirements, make sure you to pin or book mark this for future reference. I hope you find this as useful as I did.
Are you having trouble coming up with a new blog post? Not feeling inspired or are you just suffering from writers block? Being a blogger and constantly coming up with new and interesting content can be difficult. There were times I found myself staring blankly at my screen, struggling to get the creative juices flowing. But the more I thought about it, the harder it was to write something. To help you out of your rut (as well as future-me), I've included 120 blog posts ideas for all blog types. Enjoy!
- What’s in your travel bag?
- Makeup storage ideas
- Your 5 year plan
- How to start a blog
- Your workout routine
- Favorite websites you’ve visited this week
- Write about your strengths
- Cheap makeup brands
- Share a day in your life
- Your dream job
- Share any photography tips that you have
- 10 things I can’t live without post
- Your blogging advice
- List of the bloggers that you admire
- How do you manage your time
- Ways you save money
- How do you pack for a trip?
- What do you love most about yourself?
- Favorite Etsy shops
- Mantras for success
- Share with your readers your biggest success in life so far
- What did you do to grow your blog?
- Productivity tips
- What do you look for in a blog?
- Share how you take/edit photos for your blog
- Share some of your family traditions
- Planners and stationary that you’re loving
- Recipe post
- If you’ve been blogging for a while now, what advice can you give to new bloggers?
- Share the things that keep you organized
- Things you don’t mind splurging on
- Ask your readers a question
- Have someone do a guest post
- How to spring clean your life/blog
- Share some budgeting/finance advice
- Monthly goals
- Favorite books of all time
- Host a giveaway
- Share your blogging or creative process
- Put together a gift guide
- Write a letter to your younger self
- Share an arts and crafts or DIY tutorial
- Your most favorite blog posts
- What’s your favorite stock photo sites?
- Create a massive list of blog post ideas!
- What are your goals that you’d like to achieve for the season
- Host your own 30 day challenge
- Free activities to do in your city
- Share your strategy on how you make money from your blog
- Write about your weaknesses
- What are the difficulties you’ve overcome in your blog?
- Review a book
- Your favorite blogs that you read regularly
- Things you regret not doing in life
- Being a woman in your 20’s
- What makes you come back and read more?
- Make a reverse bucket list – share all the cool things you’ve done already
- Airport hairstyles
- Write an open letter to your younger self
- A behind-the-scenes look at your blog or work studio
- Share your best marketing tips
- Share your favorite healthy snacks
- What you are looking forward to in your blogging journey?
- Travel essentials
- Share any life hacks that you know
- How to effectively search for a job
- Airport makeup
- Share products that you swear by
- Favorite dollar store/drug store finds
- Why did you start blogging?
- Why you want to do _____ on your bucket list
- How do you plan your content?
- How to properly pack a suitcase
- Talk about something you’re afraid of and how you overcome it
- Beauty/fashion haul post showing your readers the latest things you’ve bought
- Picking a blog niche
- X things I’ve learned in X amount of years post (you can publish it on your birthday)
- Talk about an important life lesson you’ve learned recently
- Who has inspired you throughout your life?
- Share pictures of your workspace
- Food prepping
- Create something free to give away to your readers, like a checklist, printable or something your readers can download
- DIY gifts for any occasion
- Take part in someone else’s 30 day challenge & document
- Write about your fears – what scares you?
- Podcasts your readers need to listen to
- Do guest posts with another blogger
- Your favorite blogging tools
- When do you feel the most creative?
- Travel bucket list
- Q & A post (ask for questions on your social media channels and answer them on your blog)
- How do you stay motivated?
- Subscription box review
- Share your plans (short term and long term)
- Share a recent project that fire you up
- Blog series set up as a journal
- Write a “Top 20” or “Top 10” post
- A what’s in my bag post
- Share with your readers your most epic failures and how you overcame them
- How you relax after a long day
- Monthly Favorites/Must-Haves
- How you ended up in the job you’re at
- Share your favorite cocktail recipe
- Grocery haul post showing your readers your latest finds from the grocery store
- Blog tips that have worked for you
- How do you love to spend your “me-time”?
- Share your favorite apps
- How to throw a dinner party/brunch
- Talk about a hobby of yours
- What fascinates you in the blogging community?
- Makeup haul
- Share your to-do list for the day/week/weekend/month
- Facts about yourself
- Share your favorite affiliate partner/sponsor
- What I learned about my first job
- Favorite life/hair/beauty/cleaning hacks
- Share articles that helped you improve your blog
- How you became a successful blogger
- Share your not-so favorite affiliate partner and why you regret working with them
- Share your blogging essentials that you cannot live without
No excuses. Chop-chop and start writing something amazing!
Google Analytics is absolutely essential for any blogger or business website. Knowing your website's traffic allows you to better understand your audience and to continue producing the right content. The information collected by Google Analytics provides a lot of helpful information - your target audience, best time's to post, web traffic and much more! Being able to set up Google Analytics to any Squarespace account is pertinent to gathering data. There are so many great features, I'm still learning how to use them all.
Locate Your Tracking CodeIf you don't have a Google Analytics account, make sure to create one. It's especially easy if you already have a Gmail account. Once you have your account, you'll need to find your Google Analytics tracking code. To do this, go to your Admin account by clicking the Gear icon located at the bottom lefthand corner. After you've slected Admin click Tracking Info > Tracking Code under the property column.
Your tracking code is located at the very top under Tracking ID. Copy this code and save it somewhere - you will need it later.
Connecting Squarespace to Your Google Analytics AccountNow that you have your tracking code, head back over to the backend of your Squaresapce website. Click on Settings then scroll to down until you see Website and click Advanced > External Services. Here you can copy and paste your Google Analytic's tracking code directly into the Google Analytic's Account Number box.
And voila! You have successfully connected your Google Analytic's account to your Squarespace website. Make sure you save before heading back to the main page though - I forgot this step the first time and had to re-paste the code all over again. It may take a few days for Google Analytic's to display any data, but don't fret too much about this you'll see your stats very soon. My favorite part about linking my account is the ability to see data directly through Squarespace's backend. It's another great way to compare your data.
Happy September! I can't believe how quickly the summer passed by, but I'm very excited for cooler temperatures and fall decor. Because summer is basically over, I thought this months bag would be more fall-related, and I was right. This month's bag is a beautiful black with tiny triangle spikes with a gold zipper. My initial thought was the quality of the bag seems very durable so I'm excited to see how well it holds up on trips. Unlike last months' bag which offered 3 different bag styles, this one strictly featured the black bag. Let's dive in and see what goodies Ipsy surprised me with this month.
The first thing I saw (because they couldn't fit inside the bag) were these 2 face masks. I LOVE face masks and this month Ipsy didn't disappoint. The two masks I received were Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask - Lily, Whitening + Brightening by Manefit. This is another Korean company and again I'm super excited to add these masks to my Korean mask collection. Reg. Retail Price - $20.00.
After dumping the contents of the bag out, the next thing I found was this Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207. I always like when Ipsy includes a brush in a monthly bag because I typically don't buy brushes because 1) they are usually expensive and 2) I use them until they are so ratty I'm forced to buy a new one. I always figured why fix something when it's not broken, which is probably not a go mentality to have when it comes to brushes. I've received a Luxie branded brush in a past bag and I really like them! They are a cruelty free brand - meaning they don't test any of their products on animals. But on top of that, the quality is fantastic and I haven't had an issues with my past brushes. I hope Ipsy keeps included brushes because if they send them I will use them. Reg. Retail Price - $12.00
The next thing I found which was originally wrapped in bubble wrap and tape, was this Blush Duo in Peach Honey Pixi by Petra Beauty. I love blush. I love dark blush, light blush, sparkly blush - you name it, I love it. I honestly can never have enough blush. This blush is split in two sets of color - a champagne highlighter and nude blush. Each duo features two shades to be worn alone or layered. They are also another cruelty free brand. I'm really excited to try this even though I like to pretend I know how to use highlighter. Reg. Retail Price - $18.00.
The last two things in bag were a Photo Finish Radiance Primer by Smashbox Cosmetics (Reg. Retail Price - $8.29) & Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception by Adesse New York (Reg. Retail Price - $18.00). I really don't exactly know the purpose of a primer, but I tried it on this morning and I like how silky it goes on and it makes my makeup feel more secure. There are days when I come home from work and I'm shocked that no one told me my eyeliner was smudged and my makeup looked terrible. I'm hoping this helps me from making a fool of myself.
The nail polish was pretty much what I assumed the color would be for fall. I usually wear brighter nail polishes (pinks, blues, turquoise) so this is the darkest color, other than black, that I now own. I currently have on no-chip polish that I've been desperatly wanting to get rid of. I might pick the rest of it off today and try this dark grey color out tonight.
Total Retail Value: $82.54!
I don't know how they make any money. Each month I'm just astounded at the value and can't believe I paid $10 for 5 pieces of makeup + a bag + shipping. Anyone on the fence about signing up for a monthly makeup subscription, I HIGHLY recommend Ipsy. I've been a subscriber since February 2017 and I couldn't be more happy. I've loved/used almost every product I've received. $10 a month is such a great price, no wonder there is a waiting list to get on!
Last month, I started a new monthly blog reveal of the items I received in my Ipsy bag and their current retail value. This month the bag I received features a pink to blue gradient colored bag with the quote "Good Vibes Only." The bag is a good size and I like the decorative zipper and the shiny gold text. I noticed on the Ipsy website that there are two other bags featured and by luck of the draw I happened to get this one.
I've received TheBalm brand past bags and was very excited to see I received another eye shadow. I got TheBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha. I really like the color because it's a light gold shimmery color - perfect for my skin and eye color. The other one I could have got was a darker shimmery brown eye shadow, so I'm really glad I got this one. Reg. Retail Price - $6.99
The next thing I pulled out was this EYEKO Magic Mascara Deluxe in Black. I was in DESPERATE need of a new mascara. My current one is way past its prime and is so dried out it was a struggle to screw the cap on. I really like the curved brush and that the package is squeezable. I hope this will make it easier to reach the last bits and reduce waste. Reg. Retail Price - $26.00
The next thing I found was this AURORA Pro Color Corrector in Pistachio. This is my first time seeing a concealer-type makeup in green. Needless to say I was slightly concerned I would end up looking like a goblin. But after reading more about it, it appears this color can help to reduce redness and cover-up blemishes. I have a rosacea on my right check so I'm excited to try and see if this actually helps hide some of the redness. Reg. Retail Price - $3.75.
The last two things in bag were this LXMI Crème du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil (Reg. Retail Price - $24.00) & the Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner (Reg. Retail Price - $22.00). The moisturizer has anti-aging ingredients in it and is also suppose to help keep skin dewy. I have very dry skin so I'm excited to see if this help keep it under control. As for the liner, I've received an eyeliner in almost every Ipsy bag since I started in February 2017. No complaints here - I go through eyeliner so quickly and it saves me money from having to go to a drug store and pick up some. Once I've gone through my others, I'm sure I'll encorporate this new liner into my makeup routine.
Total Retail Value: $93.73!
I made out like a bandit this month and feel like I pretty much stole from them. I'm actually shocked by the value of this months bag and each month I'm so glad I'm signed up for this subscription. Anyone on the fence about signing up for a monthly makeup subscription, I HIGHLY recommend Ipsy. I've been a subscriber since February 2017 and I couldn't be more happy. I've loved/used almost every product I've received. $10 a month is such a great price, no wonder there is a waiting list to get on!
Squarespace or WordPress ...That is the question. This is an ongoing debate all over the internet with many articles covering pros and cons of both web development platforms. When I first started researching platforms, I wasn't considering Squarespace as an option. As an amateur, I thought WordPress was the best and only option since many blogs I visit only used WordPress. I decided to go with Squarespace after reading so many positive reviews and I am so glad I did! Below are my 5 reasons why.
Easy User Interface
Those familiar with WordPress know there's a learning curve to it. You have to download WordPress, find a hosting service, choose a theme, install plugins AND manually code the pages. WordPress is an open source platform, so the entire site is open for anyone to customize it. This is great if you're a developer. But for me - I’m a designer not a developer. While I do have coding knowledge, I wouldn't have the ability to entirely code the site myself. And while I'm sure I could figure it out, it would take too much of my time and I would be worried I would mess something up, which would take MORE time to fix. This would be incredibly tedious and I decided to avoid these annoyances all together.
Squarespace isn't an open source platform and only their development team can access the meat of the code. Squarespace offers about 40 templates to choose from - all of which can be easily restructured for your needs. Customization is made easy by choosing specific summary blocks. These blocks are easy to manipulate and requires 0 coding knowledge. All you have to do is create separate boxes then drag one next to the other and now you have two columns. I can completely focus on design and content without having to worry as much about coding.
Hands down, my absolute favorite feature is the code block. Because I have basic HTML/CSS knowledge I am able to customize small sections. For example, if I want my text to be a different color or size, all I need to do is add this code block and I can easily add HTML to a small portion or an entire section. In the advanced features, I am able to override some of the standard design with my own code. By navigating to Design > Customization CSS Section, I can add any CSS code I want, and it will be reflected throughout the entire site.
Simple Flexible Design
I like clean simple design. This was extremely important to me when I was choosing a web development platform. Squarespace offers clean, minimalistic and modern templates. They have a polished quality and appear as if a designer devoted months into perfecting them. I love the clean lines and use of white space, as opposed to some WordPress themes which can seem slightly cluttered. Squarespace only offers about 40 templates, unlike WordPress which has an endless array to choose from. While the large selection might be nice, too many choices could make it a little overwhelming.
Have you picked a template and decided in a month you don't like it? No problem! You can simply pick a new template and complete redesign your site. With Squarespace there are no updates and no plugins. They also offer hosting, a domain name and email integration. Squarespace is literally the one-stop-shop!
In this day and age, having a site that is fully responsive is imperative. Every Squarespace template is 100% mobile friendly. With WordPress not every template is mobile friendly, so it is your responsibility to make sure the template you're planning on buying is mobile responsive. Not having to adjust my site for mobile use is a huge plus. This is critical because mobile friendly websites will rank higher in Google searches.
Social, SEO & Analytics Built In
Like I mentioned above, WordPress requires you to install plugins for certain functions. That includes all social media, SEO, Instagram feeds etc. Squarespace offers a customizable social media widget which can be added anywhere on your site. All you have to do is connect your social media accounts in the Settings > Connected Accounts section and voila! You can add social media icons on any page you like and you can automatically post from your blog to your social media accounts.
What's even cooler than that, is all the SEO and Analytics are already built in. You also have the able to create alt tags to images, create page titles/descriptions and change URL's. Squarespace also gives you a sitemap.xml which you can submit to Google to crawl your pages which helps with your Google ranking. On top of that, if you connect your Google Analytics account, Squarespace allows you to track your visitors without having to leave the back-end of your site. This is incredibly useful if you want to get a quick idea of your web traffic.
Squarespace has an experienced team of real people who offer 24/7 support. There are both a chat and email function for any quick questions or concerns you may have. I haven't found myself in need of contacting their support team yet, but it's nice to know that the option is available anytime of day. There is nothing worse than needing help and not being able to talk to an actual human.
Overall I am glad I chose Squarespace, but these are just my personal opinions. Everyone is different. so please do your research. What works best for one person may not necessarily work best for you. Chose the best platform based on your needs. Have you used both platforms and which do you prefer?
I've gone through my fair share of monthly subscriptions. First, I was subscribed to the Doki Doki box - a box full of cute Japanese collectibles and appeal, Second, I was subscribed to Gamer Girl Monthly - a bag of 5 pieces of gamer related jewelry, each month having a different theme. I ended up cancelling both because I felt like I kept receiving the same things and didn't feel like I was getting my money's worth. That's when I started researching for a monthly makeup subscription. I wear makeup daily and it can be expensive to buy new makeup so I thought it might be worth looking into. After a lot of research, I finally decided on Ipsy. For $10 a month, you get 5 pieces of beauty samples (makeup, brushes etc) + a makeup bag. Honestly, I felt like the bag itself would have cost $10 and felt like it would be worth to give it a shot.
What I especially like about Ipsy, is they customize it based on you. When you sign up, you take a mini quiz and answer questions about your skin type, skin color, how familiar you are with makeup, what makeup you like etc. Because of this, my monthly bag is specifically tailored to me which is awesome.
Although this isn't my first Ipsy bag I wanted to start doing a monthly reveal of the items I've received in my bag. July 2017's theme is called "Overeasy" and features Gudetama on the outside of the bag. Being a huge fan of all things Japanese, I was especially excited about this. Gudetama is one of my favorite Sanrio characters and also my spirit animal.
The Gudetama Makeup bag is anywhere between $6.00 - $10.00.
One of the first things I pulled out was these 2 TONYMOLY face masks. I got a Green Tea & Lotus mask. I love Japanese/Korean facial products so I'm particularly excited to try these out. Reg. Price - $3.00 e/a
I also received Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold Rose-Gold Blush. I'm really into rose gold right now and like how its a summer shimmery color. Reg. Price - $14.00
Total Retail Value: $61.00!
Anyone on the fence about signing up for a monthly makeup subscription, I HIGHLY recommend Ipsy. I've been a subscriber since February 2017 and I couldn't be more happy. I've loved/used almost every product I've received. $10 a month is such a great price, no wonder there is a waiting list to get on!
Anyone interested in subscribing to Ipsy can use my code to immediately get off the wait list! Click here to signup with no wait.
Chaos and clutter seem to follow me everywhere. As quickly as I'm able to organize one area, another is already in shambles. It's a never ending circle of declutter-cleaning-declutter-cleaning. I'll admit, I'm partially to blame for this. I enjoy collecting knick-knacks and I have a hard time parting with older items. A good example of this was the 1980's dresser we had in our room.
1980 Here We Come
This dresser was originally owned by my parents who then passed it down to me. I've had this dresser for as long as I can remember. In 2012, I got married and moved out of my parents house and took the dresser with. By this point, it had a bit of a makeover. I painted the body a softer brown color and the handles silver. It was a slight improvement, but didn't help the fact that it was bulky, outdated and didn't match the rest of our bedroom furniture. I was fine with this since there was always something more important worth spending our money on. Because of this, replacing the dresser was always pushed aside. For the past 5 years, my husband has used it for his clothes - and it served it's purpose. Until he started running out of drawer space and began stacking his clothes on top. Finally we decided it was time.
Couldn't Be Easier
As soon as we got home, my husband began the process of putting everything together. Overall it took him about 2 hours in total to remove all the shelving & doors in the closet as well as putting the entire system together. Honestly what took the longest was setting up all the metal baskets inside. Each basket came with 2 slides but everything was double-wrapped and rubber-banded together so it kind of took a long time unwrapping everything. Making sure all the slides were evenly spaced apart, we put on the final touches and I helped him move all his clothes from the dresser into the closet organizer. I am so happy with how it came out and there's plenty of room to spare! My husband is able to fit all of his clothes in the closet with ease.
Out with the Old
Since we no longer needed the dresser, it was time to say goodbye and out onto the curb it went. Without the need of a dresser and this large area to fill, I had to figure out what to put in its place. I wanted to find something with a lot of storage, but also wouldn't allow my husband to by lazy and pile junk on top of it. Being an Amazon Junky, that was the first place I turned to. After searching around, I discovered the ClosetMaid Cubeical Organizer. I really liked the design and it would allow me to have plenty of storage with the capability of adding storage cubes. I ended up going with the 12-Cube Organizer because it fit perfectly in the space available. When it arrived, I immediately put it together. It was fairly easy to assemble (took me about 45 mins alone), but I would recommend having someone else to help hold it while you install the shelving. I absolutely love it and I highly recommend this product to anyone in need of more storage.
I've included a link at the bottom if you're interested in buying this organizer for yourself.