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5 Easy Steps: Set up Your Blog Today

5 Easy Steps: Set up Your Blog Today

When I first decided that I wanted to have my own blog, I had so many questions! I googled a lot of what I needed to know, but not being techy, I didn’t understand half of what I read. That led to overwhelm, and procrastination. […]

November Goals

November Goals

New month, who diss? This is what I’m working on in November. The biggest focus this month is on the blog, because it is what needs the most focus right now. As I learn more about how goal setting helps me grow, I’ll share how […]

4  Blogging Tips that are Terrible

4 Blogging Tips that are Terrible

4 Blogging Tips that are Terrible

4 Blogging Tips that are Terrible

When you are starting something new, this could be anything; but I’m talking about blogging,  you will hear at least a million pieces of advice about your new thing. Some of it will be great, some will be good, and let’s face it: some will be TERRIBLE! Today, I’m going to go through some of the worst pieces of advice I’ve gotten about blogging and tell you why you don’t need to worry about it.

Don’t Even blogging Start Until You know What You are blogging about

This is terrible because while it’s important to know what you are writing about, it’s almost impossible to nail down just one thing. Most people are into a lot of different things, and it’s more likely you won’t write anything at all than narrow down to the one thing.
Yes it’s important to have a niche, I just don’t think you need to have it all figured out to get started.
Instead, write what you LOVE! Your audience will tell you what they want more of if you ask them.

Your Site Needs to Be Perfect First to start blogging

This isn’t great advice at all. Mostly because you really need to concentrate on creating content and getting that content published before making your site super pretty is important.

Start with a free theme. Pay attention to other bloggers and notice what themes they are using, and start a list. Keep it clean. More white space is easier to read, and that will help keep your readers coming back.
Also, make sure you have a way for your readers to subscribe. I love this one! That’s just as important as creating content. And once you have 1 subscriber, make sure you keep in touch with them every week, or whatever schedule you decide on. Not staying in contact with your subscribers is worse than not publishing posts.

Publish Something Everyday to your blog

I’ve heard this over and over, and I’m here to tell you that this is just crazy! Not only will that stress you out beyond belief, it will probably just make you chuck this while blog thing in the trash.

Instead, I would say choose a schedule that works best for you. I’ll take me as an example. I work a full time job, that is VERY demanding from November 1 to March 30th. At the end of the day, I’m happy if I can remember my own name, much less create something amazing. This doesn’t mean that I can ignore my blog during this time, it just means that I have to do it a little bit differently.

Your own schedule is probably a lot like mine. Are you a stay at home momma? Trust me when I say, your schedule is WAY harder than anything I can ever imagine. Plus, it’s way more important than I could ever make mine to be. Raising good humans is the hardest.thing.everrrrr! But don’t give up on your dream to help the world. Just figure out how to make it work for you.

I have a publish schedule of once a week (Tuesday 11am CST in case you are wondering 🙂 ). This is the post that I’ve spent an entire week perfecting to make sure it checks off all the boxes on my publishing checklist.

That’s my best advice for this: pick a schedule and stick to it. Consistency matters.

Run your Own Race with your blog

This is a weird one. It’s both AWESOME advice and also TERRIBLE.
The awesome part: it’s important to do your thing. You are the captain of your ship. It’s also completely and entirely up to you to create your dream. No one is gonna do it for you. That’s the truth.

The terrible part is this. You don’t have to do it alone. The truth is that the blogging community is an amazing group of people who can help you figure out what it is you can’t wrap your head around. They will be the ones who help keep you going when you don’t think you have it in you.

Find your blogging tribe. Find them and love them hard. This is a part of the blog life that I never knew existed, and if I had, I know for a fact I would be much farther along than I am now. This community has taught me it’s ok to not be perfect, but to not do anything is not ok. I’ve learned more from this community in 2 weeks, than I have in 9 years of trying to figure it out myself. Don’t be like me when it comes to thinking you can do it all with no help. That’s just silly.

What’s some advice that you’ve received that has either resonated in your heart, or you’ve thrown out like last weeks leftovers. Let me know in the comments!

4 Blogging Tips that are Terrible
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10 Lemon Essential Oil Uses for Cleaning

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5 Simple Ways to Adjust to A New Hometown

5 Simple Ways to Adjust to A New Hometown

making a new hometown feel like home

making a new home town feel like home

We recently moved to a new hometown for us,  and have decided that we like it so much, we are going to stay here for a while – a long while.

While moving to a new town can seem daunting, I can promise that it’s not. In fact, it can be both fun, educational and most of all: liberating.

Being a Navy brat growing up, I got to travel around a bit. New schools, new friends, you know, all the stuff that goes with that. When I was a kid though, I never really embraced it like I do now. I love the feeling of moving somewhere new -not knowing anyone, and forging my path.

But I know, that not everyone has these same feelings. So I want to share the 5 things I do to make a new town MY town in a month or less of moving there.

The 5 things I do to make a new town feel like mine

1.Explore my new hometown without a map.

I do this within a couple of days. By simply driving around the area without a map, it gets me familiar with the area. I’m lucky in that I have a pretty good sense of direction, and I don’t need to pull out Google Maps very often. I’ve fund by doing this as soon as I possibly can, I feel like I have a better sense of where I am in the town.

2. Eat where the locals eat

I like to eat in the local spots – the ones that have been around forever, or the new startups run by a local person. This gives me a sense of how the people really are – friendly (or not). By doing this within the first week of landing somewhere, I can get a sense of how I’m going to like living there. Talking with folks, getting to know them helps to start new relationships and make a new town seem less lonely.

3. Tour the grocery stores my new hometown

Within the first 3 weeks of being somewhere new, I’ve explored at least 3 grocery stores. I’m looking for the best produce, best selection, and probably the most important to me: the best vibe. That might sound a little crazy, but if I walk into a store and the employees aren’t happy, it’s probably not a store that I want to shop in on the regular. And if the produce isn’t pretty and fresh: I’m definitely not shopping there. That’s a deal breaker for me. But by the third week, I generally have a sense as to where I’m going to do a lot of my everyday shopping.

4. Walking tour of the downtown area

This is one of my most favorite ways to get to know an area besides the first step I take. A walking tour of a downtown area tells me a lot about what the city is doing to keep that area alive (or not0. It also gives me sense of where I will conduct a lot of business. Small mom and pop stores, boutiques and cafes are again, where I like to hang out to really get to know people and build relationships. I’ve always made sure to do this within a month of moving.

5. Research hometown events

I love local events, farmers markets and local festivals. These are the things that really tie a community together, and I like to be aware of the particulars. For example, it’s the middle of summer now, and it’s HOT. Most of the festivals here are more in the fall and winter, same with farmers markets. Where I’m from, these types of things are all happening during the summer months. I get it of course, it’s much too hot to have these events now. But I’m sure looking forward to the fall when I can start enjoying more farm fresh goods and interact with the locals at fun monthly events.

There are so many ways to make a new hometown feel like yo’ve been there forever and these are the 5 most important steps that I’ve taken to acclimate myself somewhere new.

Now I want to hear from you! Tell me: have you ever moved somewhere new? What did you do to feel more comfortable?

How to Make a New Home Town Feel Like Home

Benefits + 10 Uses for Grapefruit Essential Oil

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Safe & Easy Bug Bite Relief Spray

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Lemongrass Essential Oil: Benefits + 10 Uses

Lemongrass Essential Oil: Benefits + 10 Uses

When I was first introduced to Lemongrass essential oil, I will admit, I was taken aback by how powerful this oil is – I wasn’t sure it would make a regular rotation into my daily oil routine. Fast forward a month later, and I swear I reach for this oil at least 3 times a week. It’s a favorite now in our home.

They say that if you have a strong reaction to a particular oil, it’s probably the one you need the most. What makes this oil so powerful? Let’s take a look:

Primary Benefits of Lemongrass

  • It supports healthy digestion
  • It soothes muscular discomfort
  • It purifies and tones skin
  • It relieves head and neck tension and promotes healthy body temperatures.
  • Lemongrass oil is better than many of the synthetic deodorants that are a big expense, a heavy impact on the environment, and have limited lasting power.

Lemongrass Cautions

If you have sensitive skin, it may create a rash so dilute. It is not recommended for children or nursing mothers. Because lemongrass can stimulate blood flow, pregnant women should use extreme caution.

Check out this guide on Oil Safety

Top Ten Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil

1. Lemongrass has wonderful skin regeneration properties. It can be added to shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, and lotions.

2. To help soothe sore joints or muscles. Combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut oil (or another carrier oil) and Lemongrass and rub topically on the area of concern. (Add Frankincense and Marjoram for a more powerful combination!)

3. It is a natural bug repellent for insects like mosquitoes and ants. It can be sprayed, diluted in a carrier oil, directly on the skin. It can even be used to control fleas; add about 5 drops to water and create your own spray to protect your pet’s coat.

4. It supports healthy thyroid function. Mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply topically to your neck area. Frankincense, Myrrh, and Clove are also awesome here.

5. It can be used in your household products. Try putting a few drops on a dust cloth and then wipe down the wood in your house.

6. It is a natural insect repellent and pest control. Rub or spritz some lemongrass on your skin before going outside.

7. It can be used to detoxify your body. Make your own detoxifying lemongrass tea by adding 2-3 drops to your favorite tea.

8. You can make a refreshing foot bath by adding 2 drops of Lemongrass Oil and 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes.

9. Lemongrass oil is a valuable oil to use in aromatherapy. Its clean and calming aroma can reduce sad and anxious feelings, relieve restlessness and occasional sleeplessness, and helps you to relax.

10. Try adding 3-4 drops to your diffuser and diffuse for one hour before bedtime. Good for removing negative energy.  (for extra sleep support add lavender or serenity).

As you can see, lemongrass essential oil is pretty darn amazing! I’d like to know from you what you are most surprised about this oil, and if you would incorporate it into your oil routine. Leave me a comment and let me know!

Lemongrass essential oil is used for so much more than cooking! Here are just 10 ways you can easily use lemongrass oil in your home! Lemongrass essential oil is used for so much more than cooking! Here are just 10 ways you can easily use lemongrass oil in your home!

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Benefits + 10 Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

Benefits + 10 Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

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