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5 Free Tools For Every New Blogger (And Old)

If you are just now starting off as a blogger, the whole blogworld can seem intimidating at first.

I am entering three years of blog life, and I still am learning new things every single day! My favorite thing as a blogger is the amazing community. Everyone is always offering tips and holding each other up!

So if you are just starting, be sure to join a blogger group. It will help you out so much in the long run.

Lately, I have been wanting to share some advice that I have learned in my 3 years, and I thought of sharing my favorite free tools that I use.

These tools are great assets to your blog, and you can use them how you see fit!

5 Free Tools For Every New Blogger (And Old)

Creative Market – Free Goods

Creative Market is a website with themes, templates, stock photos, fonts, etc. While Creative Market is an amazing tool, most of their things you have to pay for. However, if you look at the top of the website, you can click free goods.

Every week, they offer 6 new free goods for downloads. This is a great place to find fonts, free photos and so much more!

I literally use this every week and have a growing file on my laptop.

Canva

Canva is graphic creation tool. My favorite thing about this free tool is it already has preset sizes for social media.

Canva has a great selection of free stock photos, free clip art and free fonts. It also has some free templates.

However, be careful because some of the items in the creator do cost money.

The biggest negative in Canva for me is that you have to have a pay to use your own fonts. This is why I use the next website.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is an image editing tool, and you can also make graphics.

There is a paid version of PicMonkey, but I usually can get pretty far with the free one (I also pay for photoshop, which I use for more in depth projects).

PicMonkey allows you to upload your own fonts, and it helps you chose the file size that you need.

Influenster

If you are just starting out and you want to practice working with brands, sign up for Influenster.

Influenster sends you free things to review, and you get the chance to have examples of work for future brand opportunities!

Buffer

Buffer is a great tool to schedule content! The free version is limited, but you are able to install the extension, and it’s so easy to visualize!

It is by far my favorite scheduler out there!

What are you favorite blogging tools?

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What’s in my mailbox!

I am going to start reviewing things that I order/get sent to me in a cumulative post, so welcome to the first What’s In My Mailbox!

Also, I am a subscriber to Ipsy, Birchbox and FabFitFun, so expect to see these in here from time to time. I hope you enjoy!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

This has been a favorite of mine for a while. I was lucky enough to get this sent to me for testing purposes through Influenster (here’s how you can do it too).

This primer makes my face poreless, and I just need to put a little on for a great base for my foundation!

Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50+

The next three Lancome products were also sent to me to review from Influenster. I was really excited to see this facial sunscreen because it is already getting hot in Texas and protecting your face from the sun is so important!

I tend to not wear a lot of foundation in the summer months, so I will be reaching for this often!

Lancome Visionnaire Crescendo

I have not had this for two weeks yet, but my skin in so much tighter and softer! If you want an update with I finish the two weeks, let me know!

Lancome Matte Shaker Lipstick

I love this color for summer, and the color is beautiful!

 

Ipsy Bag

In my Ipsy bag, I got a Gel ColourPop Eyeliner in Swerve, SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner, Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm, Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island, PEEK Beauty eye will stay Naturally Long Wearing Eye Shadow in 250k8.

My first impressions put the lip balm as my favorite! I love ColourPop, but I am a liquid eyeliner kinda girl – even though I enjoy the liner.

Off the Shoulder Top from Forever21

I have been wanting to test out an Off The Shoulder top forever, and this is my first success! I love the color and the fabric! You can find it at Forever21!

Flamingo Koozies

I had an Beer Olympics party, and as team USA, we needed these. I can’t wait to use them at pool parties as well!

 

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Before photos of my house, plus my dog has ADD

I know I haven’t written anything personal on my blog in months, but I can assure you I have attempted to multiple times.

For example, I have three of four drafts that just are labeled “UPDATE”. They just look at me every time I start another post, reminding me of my shortcomings as a blogger.

It has been so hard to sum up the last 6 months in an update because so much has happened in my life. In my last personal post about my anxiety journey, I talked about how I was in an uphill tick.

Good news – I am still in the green. I have very few unreasonable spazz-out moments compared to a few years ago.

This is because of so much positive change that keeps flowing into my life. I have wanted to talk about it with y’all so badly, but it has been so difficult to put into words. Besides getting a new dog and a new house, I really have grew so comfortable and happy in this place in my life.

I’m just going to organize this update as if I was filling writing a blog post.

LIVING

As you may know, I bought my first house at the end of January. You also might guess (since it is my, it is a little bit of a fixer upper.

Since I have moved in, I have discovered plumbing issues, tile issues and appliance issues. Because I have a slow-budget, I am learning to just deal until I am ready to make the right upgrades.

Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe I got the best home with my budget. I am in a great neighborhood, and I have close to 2,000 square feet.

Here are some photos from Zillow of the home before I purchased it:

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I have already made a lot of progress on the home with my family. We have done a lot of painting and patching walls.

Keep a look out for future posts! I really want to do a before and after of each room when we complete it!

I think the biggest negative in this move has been yard work. Yard work is hard – especially if you have no idea what you are doing!

FAMILY

By family, I mean myself and my two Australian Shepherd children.

Fiona is now 7 months old, and she has been pretty mild when it comes to chewing. She has only destroyed 4 of my things, which compared to other puppies – is nothing.

During her first few months with us, she cried every night, all night. I didn’t get any sleep, and I had no energy for anything. She is now at the point where she cries only in the early morning to let me out.

Now that I have the new house and the new yard, the dogs are in heaven. I feel bad for Fiona, however, because I haven’t found time to bring her to the dog park or teach her to use a leash. The two of them go crazy in the yard, so they get plenty of exercise without it.

I know I will need to leash her eventually, so my little goal for myself is to start taking her on short walks.

We will see how that goes because she literally bounces off walls. I am so convinced she has ADD.

Schmidt loves his new sister and his new yard. Well, he doesn’t love the fleas that came with the new yard. He still is eating the trash every time I leave. If you have any advice on how to stop this, please let me know.

WORK

Work is still taking all of my energy.

Little thought about fact – when you are in severe weather and rush home to stay safe, journalist rush to work to start informing the community.

If you know anything about Texas, it is severe weather season. This is when we get our damaging hail storms, tornados and flash floods. There have been multiple weeks where I have worked 24 plus hours straight, and I can promise you, I am exhausted.

On top of severe weather, being in charge of all digital platforms constantly strains you. As you know, technology is always evolving and changing. So I am always having to do trainings and adapt to new ways of doing things.

I love my job, but lately, it has been wearing me out! This is the main contributing factor in why I haven’t posted consistently and have taken a break from Youtube.

Please bear with me!

BLOG PLANS

I love this blog, and I have not been giving it the attention it deserves.

I am trying to find a groove, and once I get it, I will push forward! I plan on doing a lot more house posts, so if there is anything in particular you would like to see, let me know!

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What’s in my Bag with LIFEWTR

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and LIFEWTR. All opinions are mine alone. #ThirstInspiration #CollectiveBias

I know you guys get tired of me saying I am busy – BUT GUYS, I AM SO BUSY! I spend so much time at the 7-Eleven near my work because I never have time to make food, buy food, buy supplies, etc.

On top of a demanding job, I am trying to work on my house, love my dogs, put quality work into my blog and maintain my social life!

LIFEWTR

I thought I would give you a look into my bag and see how I handle my busy schedule. Luckily, I got to partner up with LIFEWTR in my post, and it fits perfectly into my bag and has a secure nozzle so I don’t have to worry about spills.

Plus, it’s conveniently at the 7-Eleven near my work, so I am always able to enjoy my favorite water!

THE BAG

LIFEWTR

BEAUTY BAG

One the most vital things in my bag is my beauty bag. I depend on this after I work out, while I am at work, at the dog park, etc. In the bag, I have bobby pins, ponytail holders, disinfectant, concealer, lip balm, compact hair brush and a small mascara!

I also have tissues and ibuprofen packets for when my body decides to be working against me.

EYEWEAR

LIFEWTR

I always carry a spare pair of glasses and sunglasses. It is Texas, and the sunlight will kill you here. I always wear my sunglasses – even in the winter.

Also, I have my regular glasses. I do not wear contacts because my vision isn’t terrible, and they freak me out, but I have a hard time seeing at night. With these in my bag, I don’t have to worry about going home to grab them if I need to dart somewhere after work when it gets dark.

LIFEWTR

LIFEWTR is such an essential for me. I am the worst at staying hydrated, and I love how the design and packaging inspires me to drink more. Every single drop of LIFEWTR is purified and pH balanced, with electrolytes for taste!

LIFEWTR

Plus, I need the electrolytes in LIFEWTR to keep going all day. I drink way too much coffee, and without my LIFEWTR, I would be so dehydrated. When I talked to the 7-Eleven cashier about LIFEWTR in my latest purchase, my favorite thing she told me was that she loved LIFEWTR because it looks good with her nails! The packaging really fuels you to be creative and adventurous!

I drink LIFEWTR when I walk my pups, chill out on the porch, work all day, take a long drive and work out on the treadmill to expel all the stress. I love how just a little time alone and LIFEWTR can refuel me and give me so much energy! My mind feels so refreshed when I stay hydrated with LIFEWTR.

I don’t know if you can tell, but the blue bottle is my favorite! I carry it every day, and it keeps me inspired in every aspect of my life. I love how simple things like the bottle’s modern design can help me stay creative and motivated. Bloggers usually surround themselves with creative-fueling objects, and LIFEWTR is definitely one of mine!

LIFEWTR

LIFEWTR

LIFEWTR

LIFEWTR

WALLET

Of course, I have a wallet. No need to explain here.

MIRROR

I love this mirror! It’s super large, and I can use it on the go to apply mascara, concealer, etc.

PLANNER AND NOTEBOOK

I would be useless without my planner and notebook. My planner has every due date and event that I have to attend, and my notebook is full of ideas and random lists.

What do you keep in your bag?

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How to Self-Tan at Home

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyJergensGlow #CollectiveBias

When you are a pale lady, it can be so irritating when you want to have tan skin! I shy away from tanning beds because of cancer concerns, and I don’t have a pool to lay out on now that I have bought my own house.

Over the years, I have fell in love with self-tanning at home! Originally, I was nervous I would streak or it wouldn’t look natural. I was so wrong! When I started self-tanning in 2011, it was a little taboo. I had to play with different products and learn the best way to use them.

Self-tanning has came so far over the years, and it is easier than ever – especially with the new JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer. JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer is located at Walmart in the aisle with the lotion (different than with the other self-tan products).

How to Self-Tan at Home

SUPPLIES

How to Self-Tan at Home

I get all my supplies at Walmart with JERGENS®! I have used JERGENS® since I was 17 years old, and I 100 percent believe it is a classic staple brand.

The products you will need are:

PREPARATION

The first step is to make sure you are well exfoliated. I start by using my exfoliating sponge to buff away rough skin patches (like knees, elbows, etc.) while I am in the shower. Afterwards, I use a body scrub to buff the rest of my skin.

During this process, don’t scrub until you irritate your skin. It will mess up the self-tan. Also – make sure you shave!

Once you are dry, apply regular lotion to rough patches such as elbows, heels and knees.

SELF-TANNING

The first round in this self-tanning process is to use an instant product. Self-tanning is split into two different types – gradual and instant.

Instant shows the results immediately, while gradual shows results over time.

I use JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse with a tanning mitt. Simply squeeze the mousse onto the mitt, and then apply using smooth, long strokes. Try your best to make sure you are applying the product evenly.

If you want darker results, wait 5 minutes and then reapply the color.

Once you are done, wash your hands thoroughly. I always make extra sure I get in between my fingers washed.

Do not shower for 4-8 hours after application!

MAINTENANCE

There are several ways to make sure you maintain your color over the next couple of weeks.

My favorite is to use the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer immediately after I shower every day.

Once I am done showering, I turn the water off and grab my JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer. I use a dime-size amount of product on each arm, and a quarter-sized for each leg.

I get out of the shower and towel dry. Even though this is a wet skin product, you still need to wash your hands to prevent streaking.

Another alternative is to use JERGENS® Natural Glow® Daily Moisturizer as a daily lotion. If you choose this method, apply sparingly to rough patches.

For face, I exclusively use JERGENS® Natural Glow® FACE Daily Moisturizer. I always make sure I don’t put too much product in my eyebrows, and I use it at night.

How to Self-Tan at Home

How do you stay tan in the summer months?

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