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Top Secret Blogging Tip #3 – Staff

Of the bloggers that I work for, many have staff. I can hear you already, “Well that’s nice for them, but I can’t afford a staff!” I get it. I can’t really afford staff either. But I think we have to look at this from a different perspective. Maybe you can’t hire someone like me, but I’m betting you have people in your life who can help you run your blog, schedule social media or gather links for a round up. Maybe you have a teenager at home who could help with Facebook. Maybe you’re in a group of bloggers who could all use some help? Is one of you great at social media management? Is another awesome at using PicMonkey to create graphics for posts? What about someone who might be a CoSchedule expert? Could you pool your resources or trade services? Staff doesn’t have to mean a virtual assistant (or two)…

Getting Rid of Hair Product and Oils from Pillow Cases

I’m a self-confessed hairspray-aholic. No lie. I totally blame my mother, who I can vividly remember standing in the bathroom with her cigarette in one hand and a can of Aquanet in the other. She was completely encasing her brown football helmet of hair in a cloud of hairspray. I guess it stuck. (No pun intended.) How she didn’t manage to blow up our house is a mystery to me even to this day. Thankfully, I only picked up the hairspray and not the cigarettes. Anyway, for all my love of hair product, I’m also kinda lazy and don’t always feel like washing my hair before I go to bed, which means I end up getting a yucky build up on my pillow cases. I do wash them regularly, but the oil and product doesn’t always come all the way out even with the expensive HE detergent and oxygen cleaners. So, of…

Finding Coupons When I Need Them – WITHOUT Clipping Everything

So lately, I’ve shared with you how I’ve managed to simplify the couponing process for myself. You can find those posts by clicking the photos below: My Simple Coupon System Making the Binder Work for Me But if I’m not clipping everything, and lugging that binder to the store with me, how do I find the coupons I need quickly? Let me show you. When I first started couponing, there was no real way to find a specific coupon in a specific insert, but that is no longer the case! We now have really nice coupon database systems that you can search to find both printable and newspaper insert coupons. Here’s how I use them. First, I make my shopping list. Say I need Olay Body Wash and I want to make sure I have a coupon for it. I go to Hot Coupon World and type in Olay.…

My Simple Coupon System

When Adam and I agreed that I would stay home (I’m a lucky girl) I realized that I while I wasn’t bringing in any income (this was pre-virtual assisting), I would need to make it my job to save our money and I dived into extreme couponing with a whole heart. Now, don’t get the wrong idea – I’m not clearing shelves or adding rooms to my house to stockpile four thousand boxes of ramen – far from it. Still, I try and stock up on things at their rock bottom price and I love, love, love saving money. I used to spend hours clipping and filing coupons into my (ridiculously large) coupon binder and then hauling that bad boy to the store. Yeeeeeeah, carrying that thing around grew old pretty fast and so did giving up my Sunday afternoons to clip, clip, clip coupons. It was just too much. You guys know…

Simple Southern Sides for the Holidays – Pear Salad

OK I’m going really old school on you today friends. The other day I shared my mom’s recipe for deviled eggs and today I’m sharing another of our family’s traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas sides – pear salad. Now, I’m not going to lie here. This is an old school recipe, and to a lot of people it sounds really weird or unappetizing, but I promise, it’s actually quite tasty. It’s also the first recipe that my mother turned over entirely to me. I remember feeling so special and like it was such a huge responsibility, when in fact, it’s really simple to make and even your kids could put it together. Pear Salad – Ingredients: Canned pear halves Miracle Whip Maraschino cherries Shredded cheddar cheese To put the “salad” together, drain the pears and lay the halves flat side up on a serving dish. Place a small dollop of Miracle Whip in the hole…

Puppies!

We are tired. Very, very tired. Here’s why: As I write this, we are desperately trying to entertain two very energetic puppies. Yes, two. (We are clearly insane.) Just a second ago, I had one in my arms while Adam entertained the second one. Hold on, wiggly puppy in my lap… OK, I’m back. So. If you were wondering what we’ve been up to, that’s it in a nutshell. My house is a hot mess. I’m struggling with crate training. (Please note that the puppies are NOT struggling with crate training. I am. I just hate puppies cries when I put them in the crate…) My OCD and anxiety have been on edge mainly because I’m not getting enough sleep and I rolled over in bed a couple of days ago and managed to pinch a nerve in my neck which is causing some exquisite pain. (Leave it to me to…

I quit.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This is a pretty big post for me. And not one that’s easy to write, because I honestly fear some backlash from the blogging community once I hit publish. But I just can’t sit by anymore and accept things as they come. I quit. No, I’m not quitting blogging. Not by a long shot, but I have to quit the blogging “thing”. If you’re not a blogger, indulge me for a moment while I explain what I mean. Bloggers are very focused on “numbers”. Everything is a number. Pageviews. Unique visitors. Followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blah blah blah. Why are they so important? Basically, if you ain’t got ’em. YOU DON’T MATTER. Harsh reality to say the least. Without precious “numbers” you don’t get sponsors, you don’t get ads, you don’t get attention. Nothing. And that means you don’t get paid. No numbers? No money. I…

Simplified Goals for July (And a June update!)

Hey y’all! It’s a new month and that means it’s time for some new simplified goals for the month! Before we do that, though, let’s take a moment and look back at what our goal was for last month – catch up on all those unfinished projects. Here’s how we did: Basement: – paint windows and retrim – paint doors and trim – finish up built ins (caulking, paint, organization, fabric panels – sadly this isn’t 100% done even after a YEAR…) – curtains (all rooms – some are make, some are hem) – IN PROGRESS Living/Dining Room: – paint – put together new furniture (sofa table and new dining storage) – move old shelving to new homes – have new lighting installed DONE – buy and install new door to powder room – move thermostat Kitchen:  – Pantry – demo, patch, paint and install DONE (You can see the blog post here) – Command wall –…

4th of July Tablescape Inspiration and Simple Decor

Hey y’all! And a special hello to those of you popping over from the Summer Fun Series at Nap Time Creations today! If you’ve never been here before, I’d love it if you’d poke around some! Today, in honor of the 4th  of July next week, I thought I’d share with you how I decorate our home for the holiday on the cheap! What you need to know first, is that I was raised by a Southern mama, who would never have left a table un-“scaped”. (I’m going to say that’s a word…just trust me.) As a result, I’ve become quite the tablescaper too! There’s just something “homey” about it to me. It helps that it reminds me of my mom. Anywho, thanks to that lovely lady, I have tons (and I do mean tons) of table linens that I inherited from her when she passed. I rely heavily on those…

My New Elfa Pantry

Y’all, I had planned on writing out a big, long post and get everything just perfect before sharing the before and after of my pantry with you, but I just can’t stand to wait any longer. No, it’s not exactly the way I want it yet, and I haven’t labeled anything but oh my! Check it out. I honestly thought my system was pretty darn good. I loved all of those labeled baskets and the pantry itself was so big and roomy! So much better than the tiny, black hole we had in the apartment. Everything had a place. We could find what we needed. But… Well, the more we used it, the more we knew that we wanted something more custom. Those big wide shelves were OK, but you couldn’t adjust them so tall things like bottles of oil and vinegar which I buy in bulk were kind of a…