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Blogging Tips Round Up and a FREE Blogging Course

Hi bloggy friends! It’s been a hot minute since I shared a post about blogging, let alone a round up of awesome posts from my fellow bloggers. So, I thought I’d squash two birds with one stone in this sexy piece I like to call….the Blogging Tips Round Up!

But first, I have a KILLER freebie for anyone who is thinking about becoming a blogger. Say what?!? I know! My bloggy friends over at Create and Go have created a FREE 7 day ecourse on how to start a successful blog! Grab that beast ri’chere while it’s still free y’all, because it’s so good, I can’t believe they aren’t charging for it.

Now, without further ado, here’s the other awesomeness I promised you when you showed up here today:

Blogging Tips Round Up

1.) 51 Unique Lead Magnet Ideas & How to Create The Perfect Opt-In
2.) How to Brand Yourself Online: 15 Hacks to Build a Profitable Personal Brand
3.) How to Monetize a Blog: Four Basic Steps
4.) 8 Best Blogging Resources for Bloggers on a Budget
5.) Best Ways To Prepare For A Blogging Conference
6.) How to Use Pinterest for Beginners
7.) Blogging 101 | Where to Find the Best Royalty Free Images for your Blog
8.) Blogging 101 | Tips For Successful Link Building
9.) Blogging 101 | 5 Amazing Ways to Create Authority Links to Your Website
10.) Blogging 101 | How to make SEO work for your blog
11.) Blogging 101 | Searching for the Best Domain Name
12.) How to Become a Full-Time Blogger: A Simple 5-Step Guide
13.) 10 Blogging and Social Media Tools I Can’t Survive Without
14.) 3 Simple Blogging Projects to Do NOW for More Revenue This Fall
15.) 10 Failproof Income Generating Blog Tasks (that take the guessing out of blogging)
16.) Blog and Social Media Stat Tracker Printable
17.) Blog Planner Printable: Sponsored Post Payment Tracker
18.) Blog Review Shipment Worksheet: 30 Days of Free Printables
19.) Pinterest Tips To Increase Traffic
20.) Easy Ways to Increase Blog Traffic
21.) 5 Ideas on How to Get More Social Shares for Your Blog
22.) 3 Great Tips for Your Blog Content
23.) 5 SEO Tips for Bloggers
24.) 5 Handy Tips For Handling Negative Comments on Your Blog
25.) 3 Tips to Learn from Your Blog Competition
26.) How to Start a Blog {when you have no idea what you’re doing}
27.) How To Make Money Blogging (In No Time)
28.) How To Start A Blog
29.) How to Start A Blog on A Budget
30.) Start a Food Blog from Budgets of Zero to One Thousand Dollars
31.) How to Master Blogging with a Full Time Job
32.) What Vloggers Can Learn From Traditional Bloggers
33.) The 25 Best FREE Tools for Bloggers
34.) Nine Things No One Tells You About Blogging
35.) 11 Steps For How To Start A Blog (And Make Money) In 2019
36.) Blogging For Beginners: What Works In 2019
37.) How to Start a Successful Health Blog
38.) How to write a blog post fast
39.) The Ultimate Guide To Pinterest For Beginners
40.) How To Make Money With A Blog For Beginners
41.) The 11 Best Affiliate Programs For Bloggers (In 2019)
42.) 4 Social Media Mistakes That Are Killing Your Blogging Game
43.) Begin to Blog: Content Schedule
44.) Blogger Toolbox
45.) 3 Easy Steps to Grow Your Blog Email List
46.) 8 Things I Learned My First Year Blogging
47.) How to Install a Genesis Theme on a WordPress Blog
48.) How To Make Money With A Website Without Selling Anything
49.) SEO Checklist for Beginners – when you don’t even know what the heck SEO stands for
50.) How to Find Time as a Mommy Blogger
51.) How to Start a Money-Making Blog in 5 Easy Steps
52.) Top Reasons You Aren’t Getting Pinterest Traffic {and how to fix it!}
53.) 13 Easy Ways to Get New Pinterest Followers
54.) 5 Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog Traffic
55.) 3 Top SEO Tips For Niche Businesses – Ranking Your Blog Content
56.) 4 Critical Legal Pages You Must Have on Your Blog
57.) How to Succeed at Affiliate Marketing and Make Money Blogging
58.) Easy Pinterest Strategies to Boost Your Traffic
59.) What is Niche Blogging + Profitable Blog Niches of 2019

I also learned about a really cool post I just HAD to share with you guys. It’s the “100+ Amazing Blogging Stats & Facts” post on isitwp, and it’s filled with some pretty interesting information. Like this for example – “Companies who blog receive 97% more links to their website.” Or this – “Blogs that post daily get 5X more traffic compared to those that don’t.” The entire post is chock full of, well, amazing blogging stats and facts just like the titles says. I highly recommend giving it a read if you’re into blogging trivia like I am!

My Secret Love of Billboards

This post is sponsored by Irvin. Now that we've gotten that pesky FCC compliance out of the way, let's jam on my super secret love that is not a secret anymore.

Okay, that title might seem strange to you, but I secretly love billboards. Like a lot. When I was talking about it with a colleague earlier today I thought the love affair started in college, but as I pondered it further, I realized my love began somewhere in high school.

When I was on road trips with family I always loved seeing the various pictures and text on billboards. Then, in high school, I took a marketing class and I remember we analyzed several billboards for color, text size, and a variety of other factors.

I always found it fascinating that a large picture could reach a bunch of drivers passing by. This obsession only got crazier when I got to college and took an advertising class as part of my prerequisites for graduation. We had to write two papers that I remember vividly that semester. One was on Super Bowl Ads, and one was on – you guessed it – billboards.

That also was around the time my husband and I went to billboard city – New York City to be exact. Seeing all those flashing lights and large boards for a variety of businesses was so exciting for me. Am I alone in this? Leave a comment and tell me if you love billboards as much as I do.

Fast forward to today, and many billboard displays feature LED lights. What I love about that is the fact that these lights are more energy efficient, and they create brighter lights with better colors. They are vibrant and attention grabbing. If you think about the billboards you would have seen 10, or even 5, years ago compared to the ones you might see today, billboards have really come a long way!

The billboards we think about in the past are dull, and usually just pictures on a board above a highway. They might disappear at night when it gets dark, or be barely visible with the assistance of street lights. Luckily, advancements in technology have allowed billboards to proudly display their messages in bright LED light at all hours of the day.

In addition to LED lighting, there are also solar billboard lighting and solar sign lighting options. These lighting options are ideal for systems with a self-contained power source, where there is no or limited access to electricity. Adding electricity can be extremely costly, which can make solar billboard lighting a more affordable illumination of choice.

But, where do you even start if you are looking into your billboard options? My answer for you is Irvin, Inc. That’s where you start. Irvin Inc. is proud to partner with the best sign and billboard LED light manufacturers and component suppliers in the industry. Irvin, Inc. spends countless hours researching and testing all of their solar and LED billboard lighting to ensure that they are dependable, durable, and able to withstand all types of wind and weather.

Irvin, Inc. has been a trusted leader in billboard supplies for more than two decades. Providing billboard supplies for over 20 years now, Irvin also expanded its lines in recent years to include LED and solar lighting. In 2017, Irvin furthered its industry footprint by partnering with Lightking Outdoor to offer the industry’s most revolutionary, high resolution LED billboards and displays. Such alliances set Irvin apart, as the company takes time to aggressively pursue the continued introduction of the most advanced and innovative solutions on the market. Irvin collaborates with outdoor companies, sign shops, independent electrical contractors and other related enterprises to take their businesses to the next level.

There is a lot of technology and science that goes into billboards and when you are walking through Times Square in New York City, you would never think about that aspect of it, but if you are a business that is looking for billboard advertising solutions, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why Irvin, Inc. offers a versatile and customized approach to illumination through strategies that incorporate input from top engineering and manufacturing partners.

The proposals they give are as unique and they aim to create energy efficient lighting alternatives that maximize profitability and minimize carbon footprint. As inferior LED alternatives flood the market, Irvin, Inc. is committed to empowering clients with the tools and information necessary to make sound lighting decisions while providing the industry’s most reliable options and service.

While a secret love of billboards might be a strange love, I hope I have been able to help you see billboards in a new light (pun intended). I think the advancement in technology and how far billboards have come is so incredible, and it is amazing how much they can impact the people who see them.

There is a reason why people always think of Times Square, and the many beautiful billboards there, when they think of New York City. Let me know below if you share my love of billboards and advertisements, or if you have memories of cool billboards like the ones in Times Square!

Rosen Inn Honors Fathers All Summer Long With Special Getaway in Orlando Designed Just for Dad

A prime location on International Drive, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool with plenty of areas for lounging and more make Rosen Inn in Orlando a top choice for celebrating Dad!

Available Now Through Sept. 30, Including Father’s Day, Dads Can Enjoy Multiple Days to Play

This just in from the awesome folks at Rosen Inn – What’s better than a Father’s Day getaway on Dad’s big day? One that lasts the entire summer long!

Maybe Dad can’t take all summer off, or even worse, has to work on his big day. No worries! Rosen Inn hotel closest to Universal Orlando Resort™, one of eight Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando, offers loved ones the opportunity to honor Dad as he rightly should be – anytime – or multiple times – throughout the summer. The hotel’s special value-oriented overnight stay package has all of the perks and special discounts only a dad could love.

The fun begins upon arrival, when Dad is encouraged to relax with plenty of refreshments, including two welcome drinks at check-in and special offers at the hotel’s variety of dining outlets. Then, whether Dad wants to race go-karts, try indoor skydiving or hang out with his favorite characters at the theme parks, with Rosen Inn’s ideal location on famed International Drive, adventure is just steps away. For onsite entertainment, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, video arcade, Sakura Sushi Lounge, Palm Dining Room, dinner and a show at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse and more provide plenty to enjoy a relaxing day or evening.

Combining true skill, taste and entertainment, the teppanyaki chefs at Rosen Inn’s Shogun Japanese Steakhouse provide an experience unlike any other on International Drive.

Rosen Inn’s Summer-Long Father’s Day Getaway starts at $79.99 plus tax, per night and includes:

  • Deluxe guestroom with two double beds, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and more.
  • Two welcome drinks at check-in
  • Buy one breakfast buffet, get one free (one per stay)
  • Buy one dinner at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse and get one at 50 percent off of equal or lesser value (one per stay)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in guestrooms and public areas
  • Kids Stay Free
  • Special “Kids Eat Free” with a paying adult (ages 5 and under)
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resorts, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica theme parks. Reservations required.
  • 24-hour security
  • Never a resort fee!

To book your travel dates, visit or call 800-999-6327. Based on availability; black-out dates apply. For more information about Rosen Inn, located at 6327 International Drive in Orlando, visit

Give Dad a Father’s Day to Remember at Rosen Hotels and Resorts in Orlando

Give Dad a Day to Remember this Father’s Day at
Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando
Stay Packages, Dining Specials Show Appreciation for a Father’s Care
The AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek features the Shingle Creek Golf Club.

This just in from the Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando — Dads may not be into all of the attention and compliments that come with celebrating Father’s Day, but they all want to be appreciated for everything they do. So, give that special guy a day – or a weekend – to remember by treating him to a stay and a dad-style meal at one of Rosen Hotels & Resorts‘ stellar properties in Orlando.

Whether he’s a new dad, a veteran dad or has been doing it long enough to start to master this “dad thing,” all dads appreciate the time to rest and recharge. He can do that with overnight stay packages and special golf and dining offers available at Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre, Rosen Plaza, Midpointe Hotel and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista.

Stays with Rosen Hotels & Resorts always include free Wifi in guestrooms, state-of-the-art RFID locking systems and never a resort fee!
Overnight Stay Packages and Offers
Rosen Centre’s newly refurbished guestrooms feature plush accommodations and plenty of tech integrations including a favorite of dads — 50-inch flat screen TVs.
Father’s Day Package at Rosen Centre
Make it a special day for Dad at Rosen Centre Hotel with a Father’s Day package for only $159, plus tax, for a one-night stay. The package includes:
  • One-night deluxe accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast for two at Café Gauguin
  • 25% discount on select dining, excluding the Father’s Day Buffet
  • 25% discount on spa treatments at The Spa at Rosen Centre
  • Complimentary access to the fitness center
  • Complimentary self-parking
The package is available June 14 to 16. To book, visit or call 407-996-9840.
Who’s Your Daddy-O? Special at Rosen Shingle Creek
The Who’s Your Daddy-O? special at Rosen Shingle Creek is for any dad who likes the finer things, especially if that includes golf. For only $299 plus tax (upgrade to a suite for just $100 more), the package offers:
  • Two-nights deluxe accommodations
  • Two rounds of golf at the Shingle Creek Golf Club
  • 35% discount on individual golf lessons at Brad Brewer Golf Academy
  • 35% discount on select restaurants
  • 35% discount on an indulgent treatments at The Spa at Shingle Creek
  • Complimentary access to the fitness center
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Complimentary scheduled shuttles to Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and theme parks (by reservation only)
The Who’s Your Daddy-O? package is available from June 14 to 16, so call now to reserve a room and celebrate Dad in style. To book, visit or call 407-996-9939.
Brad Brewer Golf Academy Father’s Day Gift Offer
Give Dad the gift of better golf where two learn for the price of one!
Share a lesson, playing lesson, half-day Academy or more at the acclaimed Brad Brewer Golf Academy, located onsite at Rosen Shingle Creek.
The offer is open to the general public and does not require an overnight stay. The offer can be purchased now through the month of June and must be redeemed
by Jan 1, 2020. For more details, visit
Father’s Day for the Entire Family at Midpointe Hotel, by Rosen Hotel & Resorts
Celebrate Father’s Day with the entire family at Midpointe Hotel with suite accommodations fit for a king for just $85 each night, plus tax. The hotel is adjacent to sister property Rosen Centre. The package includes:
  • One-night Suite accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast for two at Café Gauguin at Rosen Centre
  • 25% discount on select dining at Rosen Centre, excluding the Father’s Day Buffet
  • 25% discount on spa treatments at The Spa at Rosen Centre
  • Complimentary self-parking
The package is available June 14 to 16. To book, visit or call 407-351-5100.
Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Father’s Day Overnight Stay
An excellent value with the perfect location near Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista is an ideal getaway for Dad! A special rate of just $74.44 plus tax, per night includes:
  • One-night accommodations
  • Bed & Breakfast for two
  • Two welcome drinks
  • Free scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort™, and SeaWorld Orlando, as well as free transportation to Orlando shopping venues. Reservations required.
Offer is good the month of June. To book, visit or call 407-996-7236.
Father’s Day Dining Specials
Treating Dad to a meal out that he will enjoy and appreciate also is easy with dining specials designed to appeal to every man. The restaurants have top of the line restaurant equipment and supplies to aid the kitchen staff in their creation of unforgettable and inviting dishes.
Rosen Plaza’s Jack’s Place features all of Dad’s favorites.
EVENT: Dads and Little Ones Dine Free at Rosen Plaza’s Jack’s Place
DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2019
TIME: 5-10 p.m.
LOCATION: Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
COST: Complimentary meal(s) with purchase of adult entrée
DESCRIPTION: Celebrate Dad with a free entrée on his special day at Jack’s Placerestaurant, featuring the world’s most extensive collection of autographed celebrity caricatures. Plus, with the purchase an adult entree, two children will enjoy a complimentary meal each from the Kids Menu at Jack’s Place. Enjoy delicious food and extraordinary service at Rosen Plaza’s fine dining restaurant, a treat for the entire family. For reservations, visit
PHONE: 407-996-9702
EVENT: Harry’s Sip & Savor Pairing Series
DATE: Friday, June 14, 2019
TIME: 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. seating
LOCATION: Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
COST: $60 per adult plus taxes and service charge. Reservations are strongly recommended. Complimentary valet and self-parking is included.
DESCRIPTION: Treat Dad to an incredible meal and cocktail pairing that he won’t soon forget. Harry’s Sip & Savor pairing series will offer the next installment of the popular pairing events, a summertime showcase of signature spirits and cocktails featuring Avión Tequila, Absolut Vodka and Malibu Rum*. These artisan cocktails will be served along with a menu of tantalizing dishes created by the talented culinary team. It’s a night out enjoyed al fresco at the hotel’s Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill, a tropical restaurant situated among the palm trees lining the scenic pool. Reservations are strongly recommended for this popular event. In addition, guests with Harry’s Sip & Savor dining reservations can take advantage of a special discounted rate of $119 for a guestroom to make it a complete night out.
PHONE: 407-996-3969
EVENT: Father’s Day Picnic Buffet at Rosen Centre
DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2018
TIME: Noon to 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
COST: $35.95 per adult and $16.95 for children ages 4-12, plus tax and gratuity.Complimentary valet and self-parking is included.
DESCRIPTION: Dad and the family can have a traditional cook-out without all the work at the Rosen Centre’s Father’s Day Picnic Buffet. He’ll enjoy sharing favorite foods and relaxing with the crew in the Florida sunshine at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill, surrounded by the tropical ambiance of the palm tree-lined hotel pool. Dads and their guests will enjoy spiced shrimp boil, smoked island tropical chicken, Harry’s smoked spare ribs, and Harry’s Mancave Dessert Station. Each dad also will receive one complimentary craft beer with his paid meal. Treat him like a king and reserve a spot for Dad and the family today!
PHONE: 407-996-3969
EVENT: Father’s Day Dining Special at Rosen Shingle Creek
DATE: June 12-17, 2019
TIME: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
LOCATION: Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
COST: Free entree with purchase of an entree
DESCRIPTION: Show Dad some love this Father’s Day with a complimentary dinner at one of the two AAA Four Diamond restaurants at Rosen Shingle Creek. Choose either the fine-dining Italian bistro Cala Bella or the signature steakhouse A Land Remembered for his special meal and he’ll get a free entree with the purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value. Treat him to a luxury meal he won’t soon forget this Father’s Day. Make a reservation now.
PHONE: (407) 996-3663
All dining and overnight stay packages are subject to black out dates, based on availability and may not be combined with any other coupons, promotions or special offers or used for group business.
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5 Tips For Buying Your First Home

I have wanted to buy a home of my very own for quite some time. That is why I jumped on the chance to share this post from Erin King Jax Historic Realty, and their 5 tips for buying your first home . While this post is sponsored, it is loaded with great information. I hope you will enjoy it!

5 Tips For Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be a very exciting experience, but it can also be stressful if you do not know what to look for or what steps to take. Finding a great real estate agent like to help you find that perfect home can eliminate a lot of this stress, along with other things you can do to make the process as easy as possible. Below are some tips to help you through the experience of buying your first home:

Get Pre-Approved Before Looking At Homes

Tips For Buying Your First Home Approved

Getting pre-approved is essential before looking at homes. Getting pre-approved not only helps you figure out your budget when it comes to buying a home, but it can also point out any obstacles when it comes to getting approved, before you fall in love with a home. The housing market is fast-paced and if you are not pre-approved, you might end up losing a home that you love to another individual or couple that is pre-approved to secure a loan. Being pre-approved when making an offer on a home shows the sellers that you are serious about the purchase. Getting a mortgage is a serious process and must be dealt with by professionals, look for mortgage advisors like Huxley Mortgage Services if you are based in England, always search your location and find the best advisors for you.

Make Sure Your Real Estate Agent Is Knowledgeable When It Comes to The Location

You need a real estate agent that is knowledgeable when it comes to the location that you are wanting to buy in, especially if you are not very informed about the area yourself. This will not only help you focus on homes that are located within the best areas of the city, but your real estate agent will know details that can help you make a smart financial decision when it comes to buying a home in a certain area of the town.

Tips For Buying Your First Home Erin King
For example, Erin King Jax Historic Realty has years of experience in the Jacksonville housing market. He knows how crucial it is for you to find relevant and up-to-date information on not only the housing market, but also the area, in general. That is why his website (and overall goal) is to be your one-stop shop for all of your real estate needs in Jacksonville.

Erin King is here to make your home buying experience smooth and stress-free. He is a Best of Zillow® REALTOR® who specializes in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods. “Erin, who previously worked in financial services and holds an MBA with an economics focus, brings a deep understanding of buying and selling historic homes.

He enjoys sharing that knowledge with clients, from how to fit a 21st century lifestyle into a historic home and where to seek financing for renovation with a home purchase, to accurately pricing homes in Historic Districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill, and San Marco. Erin, who prides himself on close attention to detail and quick response to clients, has put together a support team of contractors and other professionals who help transactions go smoothly.”

Deciding to buy your first home is a huge life step and in order to make it less stressful for you, Erin King offers a first-time home buyer coaching session where he will educate and prepare you for making a successful transaction. The session is free with no obligations at all! Check out his website today for more information on the coaching session and how he can help you find your first home.

Know The Difference Between Your Wants And Needs

We could all describe our dream house and all of the features that it would have. However, it is not always smart to only consider houses with all of these features that we want. When buying a house, particularly if you are on a budget, it is critical to assess what you want in a house, and what you actually need. Knowing the difference between your wants and needs can same you some money while still leaving you with a house that you love.

For example, if you want a basement for entertaining guests and storing those boxes of Christmas decorations, but you find a less expensive house without a basement but with a great living room for entertaining and plenty of storage space in the attic, it might be a better decision to go with the house without the basement and save some money. In this situation, the basement is a want, not a need. Remember, you have plenty of life to own your dream home. Your very first home doesn’t have to be your last! You should try and keep your home in a presentable condition though, so if you decide to sell it is an easier process because of maintained curb appeal. For example, maintaining the outside of your home is crucial to ensure it appears well-kept and looked after. Regularly cutting the grass and trimming bushes/tress if you have them is important. Cleaning windows and emptying gutters is also a must to ensure your home appears well-kept. If you are unable to clean the windows or maintain the gutters yourself, there are companies similar to Leeds Window Cleaning Services (you can find more information at their website who can provide useful window and guttering services to help maintain that curb appeal so it isn’t such a massive job when you come to selling your first home, and onto buying your new, dream home.

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Keep An Open Mind

Buying your first home is just that: a first home. If you go into the process with an idea of what you will buy in your head, you might just end up disappointed by what is out there for you. Of course, as I already mentioned, it is important to know what you need and you should not sacrifice needs, but keeping an open mind throughout the process can help you not only find a new home, but love it even more! It’s easy to keep an open mind with Eddie Yan homes for sale, as there’s a huge variety in homes that may strike your fancy. You’re sure to find a beautiful Canada first home from Yan.

Do Not Make Any Large Purchases

This is a mistake that people commonly make. After getting pre-approved, you cannot make any large purchases on your credit cards! Wait until after you leave the closing table to make any large purchases such as appliances or furniture. What a lot of people do not know is that they can lose the purchase if they are willy nilly with their finances during the home buying process, so be very careful.

The Roller Coaster of The Last 6 Weeks

The last 6 weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. Read more about what’s going on with my sister and nephew here.

LOW – On March 22 my baby sister Rebecca was admitted into the ICU with a deadly infection. One that kills many people who get it quickly, and others within up to 5 years of getting it.

HIGH – I was scheduled to leave for Europe for the trip I’d been dreaming of since the age of 15, and didn’t know if we’d be able to go. With the encouragement of friends and family, we went any way and had a beautiful time, all the while praying for Rebecca’s recovery. And it seemed as though she was improving

LOW – We got home just in time to learn her condition had worsened to the point that she was transferred to another hospital for the surgeries that would save her.

HIGH – Her transfer was uneventful, and I started getting more work with my clients, and my writing work has been therapeutic for me.

LOW – Rebecca’s husband left her and took all financial aid we had for the baby with him. Meanwhile my mom kept having to call out sick from work to be able to be by Rebecca’s side.  This is what prompted me to create the GoFundMe page for my sister and nephew Tyson, which you can donate to here.

HIGH – All of you. So many friends and family members, and even complete strangers have rallied around my family to help us in our dire time of need. I am so grateful for every message of hope, every prayer for healing, every monetary gift, and the food, formula and diapers that have been sent to us.

Thank you to every single one of you. You will never know the impact you are making on our lives and just what your love and generosity has meant to us in this time. Even me typing it now doesn’t fully express what I’m feeling. But thank you so much. I love you all.

4 Easy Home DIY Projects

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This post is sponsored by Faux Brickwork. Now that we've gotten that FCC compliance out of the way, let's jam on the easy home DIY projects I promised you. Shall we?

Y’all know that I love a good DIY project, especially home projects! The reason for this is because home projects can get so timely and costly, especially when you hire them out.

A DIY project can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, and they can be quick and easy, as well! Here are 4 easy home DIY projects for when you get in the mood to change up the look of your home:

Easy Home DIY Projects – Painting

Easy Home DIY Projects Painting

One recommendation that I always give my friends and family members is to paint the rooms in their home. Paint completely changes the look of a room and the good thing about it is that it is relatively easy and inexpensive. Everyone knows how to paint a wall! Still, if you have a lot of painting to do, it can be worth hiring residential painters in Capalaba (or in your local area) to make things faster. You can still paint parts of the house to save money!

Another great thing to think about is getting stick on wallpaper or decals – this can dramatically change a room, as well and it’s very easy to do yourself! One of my favorite websites for wall decals is Rocky Mountain Decals.

They say, “Wall decals are names, shapes and designs that are printed onto either removable vinyl or removable wall fabric. They are an easy, fun and affordable way to add a little flair to a room or change the look of it completely. All our decals and wallpapers are handmade to order, and we offer a large variety of designs from super subtle to highly dramatic.

We pride ourselves in having the perfect decal design for every room. Boys room, check. Girls room, check. Laundry room, check. Master bedroom, check, you get the picture! And when something isn’t quite right we then aim to get it sorted as soon as possible. Things like getting the perfect bathroom soon becomes your priority. You start to look at things like these glass shower doors just to see if they would work with your design. Once you have the perfect design, you’re happy and you can move on. With every order printed onto high quality and removable materials, you can add a splash of excitement to any space with the greatest of ease and have piece of mind that the decals can be removed at any time without leaving any damage or residue on your walls.”

So, next time you want to change up a room by yourself, use some decals and paint to completely change the look with ease!


Easy Home DIY Projects Gardening

Ever catch yourself driving through a neighborhood and commenting on which houses have good landscaping, and which could use a pick-me-up? Save the money on an expensive landscaper and make your yard HGTV-worthy yourself. You can do this by adding a new flower bed, buying some new outdoor ornaments or if you’re a DIY pro you could build a gazebo (find how to build a gazebo there).

Use pictures you find online (hello HGTV and Pinterest) to give you the inspiration you need, then after a quick trip to your local home improvement store, it’s time to get to work! Google is a great resource to discover how to complete the tricky tasks you might not know how to do. You know what look you want better than anyone, so make your dream come true! However, if your commitments get in the way of designing your dream garden, you could always consider finding a local, reasonable company to do it for you. Homeowners could always check if companies like cover your local area. If not, there should be a selection of other companies who could help you. Creating a dream garden isn’t a quick job, which is why so many people do find themselves contacting professional services to help landscape their yard. However you choose to do it, make sure the garden is exactly how you want it for summer entertaining.

Easy Home DIY Projects – Decor

Easy Home DIY Projects Decor

There are so many great (and easy!) DIY projects to decorate your house. Whether you want a rustic headboard to spruce up the bedroom, some new throw pillows or blankets to decorate your living room, or some homemade candles to keep your home smelling nice, there is something for everyone!

If you need inspiration, check out my Pinterest Crafts and DIY board Pinterest Crafts and DIY board for some of my favorite projects that are easy and fun to complete. While you’re there, give my Pinterest page a follow please!

Easy Home DIY Projects – Backsplash

Easy Home DIY Projects Faux Brickwork

When you think of tackling backsplash on your own, you might get very concerned with how much time it will take, how hard it will be, and if your skills are good enough. Don’t worry – there are easier ways to work on your backsplash that will allow you to reduce your stress levels!

For example, instead of using tile or traditional brick, which could cost quite a bit of money and take a lot of time to do, you could use Faux Brickwork instead!

Faux Brickwork is a fantastic company based out of Clearwater, Florida. They provide exceptionally authentic looking brickwork to suit any setting, using high-quality materials. Faux Brickwork is dedicated to providing the US market with exceptionally sturdy and realistic faux brick panels, making it extremely quick and easy to transform a dull wall or a whole room into a feature point.

The great thing about Faux Brickwork is that it looks like real brick, but it is simple and quick to install, it is lightweight, cost-effective, and anyone can do it themselves. The reason the panels are so easy to install is because they are made from lightweight plaster.

The panels are perfect for busy individuals that want to renovate their home or add personality to their home, without spending a ton of time and money on it. They have quite a few options when it comes to style and color, but you are also able to paint the panels on your own, order samples, or take advantage of their custom design service, as well!

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Checklist Ideas For Hiring An Electrician

Considering hiring an electrician? Are you lost in the process of how to go about it? If so, this post may help you with your decision! Check it out by clicking through the image!

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Did you just purchase a home and are feeling a bit overwhelmed in the process of trying to fix it up yourself? If you are looking at a home remodel or just attempting to fix that annoying light flicker in your closet, you’ll want to hire a professional electrician to do the job right. No matter the location, the idea of finding a trustworthy electrition may not be as tough as some people may have thought. Whether it is Melbourne’s leading electrician or a qualified electrician from London, it is important to take into a number of aspects before picking the right person for the job.

Finding the right electrician can be difficult, however, you need to make sure that the one you choose is reliable. There’s a lot of factors that might have to be considered when you’re choosing an electrician. The price of the service is one of the most common things that can persuade someone, you’ll want to find an electrician like this Affordable El Dorado County electrician Eilhardt Electric is certified for residential and commercial work, for example.

You’ll come to find out how much electricians charge, and why they might cost a little more than you think for what they do.

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There are also some great tips to keep your project on the lower end of your budget while also having an idea of what projects electricians work on, and why you may need to hire a specialist rather than attempting to do this on your own.

The most important thing is to determine what type of questions you’ll want to ask your contractor before the project begins, and then to have follow up questions ready to ask for when your project is over.

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One of the things you will want to get checked off your list when hiring an electrician is perhaps one of the most important ones – how much do they cost? That痴 a fair and reasonable question to ask. Generally the per hour rate they charge runs between roughly $50-$100.

Hiring An Electrician-Electrical SocketAsking how much they charge per hour is a fair and reasonable question when hiring an electrician.



It’ll vary depending on where you live as well as what type of professional you are thinking of hiring. Usually if you live in a nicer area, you’ll expect to pay on that higher scale.

Also, the licensing level may also increase your price as well. Typically you pay higher for the first hour and their cost covers their travel and time expense. However, the costs are worth it because hiring a professional company like S.E. Electrical Services is much safer than attempting to do it yourself. On top of this, if you make a mistake when trying to change your electrics, it may cost you more than it originally would have when they try to fix your mistakes!

If you have an emergency situation in the middle of the night, they may up their fee for a higher rate on weekends or after hours. A truly skilled well equipped professional with a truck that is filled with a lot of parts, may charge a higher fee as well, but it may be a much smarter choice than someone who is inexperienced and has various tools that might not get the job done.

Bottom line – you’ll want someone who is professional, accommodating, reasonably priced, and will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Before the electrician comes you’ll want to think of a few preparation tips to make sure you touch base on with them before you hire. This means you want to be as detailed in describing your needs of your contractor as possible.

The more they know ahead of time, the better and quicker the job will be done to your satisfaction. Even before they arrive at your home, I would prepare a very detailed list of items you want serviced. They have a budget of their time for a service call so you want to make sure you hit every point while you have their time and attention.

Make sure that the electrical panel box is also easily accessible. After all, you’ll pay for the time it takes to access it. Also, clear away and furniture or items that may be difficult to get too if you need them to work in a specific area.

This saves you time again when they are there with you. I also would ask any questions you have about the project before they start. In fact, to save time and money, ask before they arrive to get to work.

The last thing you want is for them to not have the right tool for the job, and end up charging you the fee it takes to drive and retrieve it!

Most are happy to run through the problem and the process of how they will go about fixing it. Ask them about issues after the work is complete too, and how to prevent problems in the future.

In some cases, you’ll be able to pay either at the time of service or a bill will be mailed to you to pay at a later date. Make sure you have the fee in writing before they leave if they will be mailing you a bill, however.

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American Electric – Your Top Choice For Hiring an Electrician in Jacksonville

Are you thinking that you need to find someone to do all of these things for you may be overwhelming? Not to worry if you live in the Florida area.

Along with their credentials, you also want to find an individual who has a business understanding and a great up to date knowledge of the best products, tools and device as well as someone who has very good interpersonal skills.

If you live in the Jacksonville, Florida area, one such electrician company that you’ll need to check out that encompasses all of these qualities are the friendly staff at American Electric.

Started with Master Electrician, Mike Murphy who shared this simple idea to provide the highest quality electrical contracting service with the best talent in business with a can do attitude to the city of Jacksonville.

Mike began manning the phones from his home office when he first began and then began on a military electrical contracting jobs with a small team of dedicated electrical technicians.

They respond extremely quickly with your call and with an experienced electrician right at your doorstep, they are there to help complete the job to your immediate satisfaction.

They are fully licensed, have 5 star ratings on their google page and come highly recommended with all their qualifications and experience that you are looking for!

The customers at American Electric also have a 24/7 number you can call for all your emergency needs day or night so you get an answer right away!

Now that is great customer service and one that you’ll recommend and feel comfortable using again and again. Truly, an excellent electrician company is a phone call away.

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More Than 30 Cricut Crafts Anyone With a Cricut Can Do!

Cutting paper by hand is soooooooooooo outdated. I mean, especially if you’re trying to make crafts. You could end up with paper cuts, and carpal tunnel. Sure, I’m saying these things in jest – but the truth is that when you are cutting paper by hand for crafts, it can get boring and overwhelming fast. And, if you are trying to make a LOT of crafts, well, you could be there for a lot longer than you initially intended.

Enter Cricut Cutting Machines. What is Cricut you ask? Cricut is the leader in DIY crafting technology. Its popular electronic cutting systems help you cut an endless variety of patterns in paper, vinyl, leather, fabric, iron-on and more so you can make beautiful, polished projects. If you’re interested in learning more about this technique, talking to professionals from companies similar to IPW1 might prove useful.

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Cricut bridges the gap from inspiration to creation by offering beautiful DIY projects anyone can make using it’s popular cutting machines and software.

Ditch the scissors, and get yourself a Cricut I say. If you’re hoping to sell crafts, you need a way to produce them faster. If you’re not convinced by the Cricut just yet, you can use sites like vinylcuttingmachineguide to compare other cutting machines. Cutting things by hand also leaves you with non-uniform shapes, and will take you much longer than you may want to spend.

The most exciting thing I’ve personally used the machines to make is Christmas cards. If I had done those all by hand, I wouldn’t have gotten them out until St. Patrick’s Day!

Now, I want to play a lot more with the Cricut machines I have access to. So, I went looking for inspiration. As usual, I went to my bloggy friends for their best Cricut crafts. And as always, they did not disappoint. Here are more than 30 Cricut Crafts anyone with a Cricut cutting machine can do!

30 Plus Cricut Crafts You Can Do With a Cricut

1 . DIY Masquerade Masks
2 . Scrap Wood Projects – DIY Wooden Cats
3 . DIY Wood Sign – How To Use Scrap Cedar Planks!
4 . DIY Outdoor Pillow
5 . Spring mini Cricut Maker quilt tutorial
6 . How to Make a Steampunk Hat

7 . DIY Leather Keychain
8 . DIY Fabric Banner Baby Gift (Cricut EasyPress Project)
9 . Scrabble Letter Tiles – A DIY Cricut Project
10 . Coffee Mug Vinyl Ideas | DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Decal Coffee Mugs
11 . 40 Mother’s Day Crafts Made with a Cricut Machine
12 . DIY Custom Easter Bunny T-Shirt with HTV Vinyl
13 . Make Teacher Graphic Tee with Cricut: A+ Teacher Christmas Gift Idea
14 . DIY Miss to Mrs Banner for Bridal Shower Decoration

15 . Multi Season Monogrammed Frame using Cricut Vinyl
16 . DIY Wedding Card Box with Vintage Flair (Using a Cricut)
17 . Updated Wooden Doorbell Cover with Vinyl Monogram {Thanks to Cricut Explore Air}
18 . How to Train Your Dragon Craft Project with Free Printables!
19 . Watch Me Whip – Oven Mitt Gift Idea With Cricut
20 . Make A Fun Cricut DIY Mermaid Pillow & Cricut EasyPress Giveaway!
21 . Home Organization Ideas to Make with a Cricut
22 . Make a 3D Family Bucket List

23 . Free Star Wars Gift Tags
24 . 18″ Doll Clothes Made Easy
25 . DIY Donut Pinata
26 . DIY Cat Travel Pillow with Free Pattern
27 . DIY Leather Passport Covers
28 . DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt
29 . Make a DIY Rustic Wood Sign in Three Steps

30 . EMOJI Oreo Pops
31 . Sparkly New Year’s Eve Cake Topper
32 . DIY Ugly Christmas Hats
33 . Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Table Runner
34 . How to Make a Wooden Bookmark
35 . Custom Oven Mitts

I hope you enjoyed this roundup post. I’ll be adding more roundups in the future because I love spotlighting my bloggy friends, and I also LOVE saving all these awesome links in one spot so I can find them all later! Until next time, stay crafty!

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Busch Gardens® Is Celebrating 60 Years of Adventure

One of my FAVORITE things about being a blogger, is being on media lists to learn about new and exciting things happening in the world around me. One of the lists I’m so ecstatic to be on in the media list for news and events for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

I’ve been visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay since I was like 5 years old, and it’s always been a fun place to hang out with family and friends. Imagine my excitement when I learned that this year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is celebrating SIXTY years in the Tampa Bay area!!!! How amazing is that?!?

They sent me this awesome press release below, and I thought I’d share it with all of you so you can see some of the neat stuff they are doing to celebrate their anniversary all year long!


Florida’s Tallest Launch Coaster, fan-favorite events and first details on new hybrid coaster headline the excitement

Celebrating six decades of unforgettable experiences, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay shares even more exciting news with park guests during the 60th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff this evening.

In addition to debuting a new menu for the 2019 Food & Wine Festival and the launch of the all-new Pin Trading program, the park reveals more details for upcoming attractions including Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster, and a new attraction coming in 2020.


Food & Wine Festival Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 3/16/19

Opening on March 16, the Food & Wine Festival returns with an exciting new menu, featuring more than 35 dishes inspired by regional cuisine around the country.

Guests can sample over 100 wines, craft brews and specialty cocktails while enjoying world-class concerts of all tastes, including Daughtry, Justin Moore, El Gran Combo, Boyz II Men, Foreigner and more!

The park recently announced a NEW performance for Stone Temple Pilots on Saturday, April 6. The full menu and line-up, including VIP packages, can be found online at





Pin Trading Program Launches at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Also as part of the park’s 60th Anniversary, Busch Gardens launches a NEW Pin Trading program today. With more than 150 pins now available in the park, guests can begin collecting and trading the pocket-sized souvenirs.

From fan-favorite animals, attractions, and events to exclusive collections not sold in stores, guests can trade pins with employees as they explore the park.


Tigris Will Be Florida’s TALLEST Launch Coaster

Excitement is building with the eagerly anticipated spring opening of TigrisFlorida’s tallest launch coaster. With the recent arrival of the ride vehicles, testing for the new attraction will begin soon to prepare for opening day this spring.

“We’re moving quickly to open our ninth roller coaster, Tigris, with a tenth coaster already underway for next year,” said Stewart Clark, President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.

“This cadence of back-to-back new attractions is unprecedented for our park, and continues our legacy as Florida’s thrill ride leader.”



The buzz continues with more history in the making at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, as construction begins on a NEW hybrid coaster arriving in 2020. 

When it opens next year, the ride willbecome North America’s tallest hybrid, and the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world.


Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, the newest addition at Busch Gardens will be a wood and steel hybrid coaster design, featuring a maximum height of more than 200 feet tall.

The ride will feature all-new thrill elements, as well as restored elements of Gwazi. Coaster enthusiasts can follow the progress of Tigris and the new 2020 attraction through the park’s social media channels and using #TakeOnTigris and #2020Rising.


Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s blog and social media channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Best Way to Play At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

MORE VALUE, MORE OPTIONS WITH ANNUAL PASS – Pick your way to play in 2019 with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass, starting at $10.99 a month for Florida Residents.

Guests can select from four pass levels for the benefits they want most – including FREE parking, discounts on merchandise and food, as well as animal encounters – to gear up for a calendar full of special events plus EXCLUSIVE pass member ride time for the opening of Tigriscoming in 2019.

Add more parks – Get a 4-park pass to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld and Aquatica, starting at just $15.99 a month.

FREE Preschool Card- Kids 5 and younger can enjoy FREE admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island throughout all of 2019 with the Preschool Card. There’s never been a cooler time to be a kid! Florida residents only, other conditions apply, visit to register.


About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and live shows and events, providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age.

For more information, visit Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.