I created this page to answer some questions that readers have had in the past, and to pass along some insights that I’ve gathered along my way. If I can save someone else some time or offer useful advice I’m happy to do it! Dislcosure: I participate in affiliate programs and I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. But, these are all products and businesses that I either use, or have the highest confidence in based on the experience of others.
Parenting is hard. At the end of the day, we all struggle with how to be the best parent we can be. But, sometimes, even with our best intentions, those personal connections we made when our kids were little start to fade as they start spending more time at school, with their friends, and in after-school activities. That’s why it’s so important to build those relationships when the kids are little, and work hard every day to maintain them.
These books encourage peaceful, positive parenting and you will feel a shift in your home when you start to use the concepts they teach. Parenting actually becomes easier when you build strong foundations of trust, respect, and unconditional love with your kids.
About two years ago, I lost 20 pounds when I changed my lifestyle. I actually wasn’t even trying to lose weight, I was just trying to live healthier. The best thing, is it actually easy to lose the weight and keep it off. Here’s what I did: I switched to a more plant-based diet, and I increased my activity level.
These are my favorite books for plant-based eating:
When I switched from working part-time to blogging full-time, my activity level dropped, and some of the weight started creeping back on. This is how I’ve managed to increase my activity level while working from home and sitting at a computer most of the day:
Learning: The most helpful blogging ebooks and courses I’ve purchased are these:
- Pinteresting Strategies: I immediately saw results when I started using the methods outlined in the ebook. In fact, within weeks of starting to use her Pinterest strategies, my Pinterest referral traffic shot through the roof and I finally reached my goal of over 25K page views. (Check back soon for full review)
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: This is a great course for getting started, and has some direct, actionable advice so that you can get started immediately.
- Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing: If you already know about affiliate marketing in general, but feel like you’re still just spinning your wheels, then you will definitely get a lot out of this course. Carly is a straight-shooter who offers really solid, impactful, strategies that will help you increase your blog revenue through affiliate marketing.
Growing: Use these tools to build your audience and grow your traffic
Tailwind App: I use a combination of tailwind and manual pinning to schedule my Pinterest pins. Tailwind offers valuable insights into my Pinterest stats that I can’t get from Pinterest analytics or anywhere else. And, if I know I’ll be away from the computer for a few days, I go ahead and schedule out pins for that time so that I can remain active.
Mailer Lite: After using MailChimp and Madmimi to handle my newsletter sign-ups, I decided to give MailerLite a try. I’ve now been using it for about 6 months and I have no plans on switching any time soon. It was easy to get my forms created and installed on my site. And, I had no problems configuring my newsletter updates to look exactly how I want them. The main value, however, is that the service is totally free until I hit 1000 subscribers. Click here to give them a try!
Siteground: It’s so easy to start a new blog with Siteground, you can have your new blog up and running in minutes for $3.95/month. I just started using Siteground recently, and it’s been a great experience so far.
Genesis Framework by StudioPress: I switched to Genesis after trying DIYThemes out. Between the two of them, Genesis wins by far. The themes are beautiful and easy to use. And they have a ton of plugins that help me create functionality in my site where I want it. Click here for a special 25% OFF discount of their all-theme Pro Plus bundle!
Pretty Darn Cute Design: I have been thrilled with the themes I’ve purchased from Pretty Darn Cute. Lindsey seems to intuitively know what bloggers need to make their content shine and her designs are modern, feminine, and functional. I’ve never needed their support, so I can’t speak to that. But, setup is a piece of cake and every step is broken down so that you can make your site look exactly like the one you see in the demo.
Restored 316 Designs: I have a little secret to share. Sometimes when I see a site I really like, I scroll down to the bottom and see where the theme or design is from. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked and found out that the theme is from Restored 361 themes. I love the designs and ended up buying the theme myself. It has been very easy to use and all of the setup has laid out for anyone to use. I still have some work to do, though, to make the theme work for me the way I want it to.
- WordPress: There are free themes from WordPress that you can install directly from your dashboard. Go to Appearance -> Themes -> Add new and choose from lots of designs.
- Creative Market: Every week, Creative Market offers free design files, which occasionally include free WordPress Themes. Subscribe so that you can download the free goods every week.