Feb 19th: Under 50 Picks

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This weeks under 50 picks are going to be a lil’ different…I’ve been super into home decor recently so all of these picks will be home decor related!! Don’t worry, next week we will get back to our regularly scheduled fashion under 50 picks. But I do hope you enjoy these home decor picks! Also…over half of these picks are on sale!! So grab your wallet and get ready for some amazing savings!

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Feb 5th: Under 50 Picks

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First off I just want to say I’m so sorry for missing last week’s under 50 picks post! I was home for my sisters 21st birthday and then when I came back to LA Sunday night, I didn’t have time to write the post. But have no fear! The under 50 picks post is back and better than ever! (Well I’m not sure about the better than ever part…but it’s definitely back). This week’s picks are full of fun accessories, cute mules, and (as always) oversized sweaters. Enjoy!!

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5 Do’s and Don’ts for Instagram

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Instagram

Instagram is hard. Instagram is really hard. It’s hard to keep up with, it’s hard to post quality pictures every day, and it’s hard to stay motivated when there’s all this algorithm stuff messing with your account and feed. The algorithm has definitely affected my account but I’m still trying to have fun and post about the things I love. I’ve been on the ‘gram for years and throughout those years I’ve learned a few things you should and shouldn’t be doing. All of these do’s and don’ts will help you better your Instagram account…from followers, to engagement, to aesthetics and more! Continue reading “5 Do’s and Don’ts for Instagram”

Jan 8th: Under 50 Picks

Jan 8th: Under 50 Picks

Welcome to my first ever “Under 50 Picks” blog post! I’m really excited to start this new series! Each under 50 post will go live every Monday and it will be a collection of my favorite fashion pieces for that week (under $50)! This idea came from Teggy French…she’s one of my favorite fashion bloggers! She does Under 100 picks every week but I wanted to keep it super affordable…that’s why my picks are under $50! I’m so excited to start and I hope you enjoy this new series!

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5 Healthy Habits to Focus on in 2018

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Tis’ the new year! And you know what that means…new year new me ?? To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of that saying. I feel like trying to live up to that phrase puts so much pressure on yourself to change. A new year doesn’t mean you have to change. A new year might just mean you start to focus on certain things that help better yourself. And that’s what I want to talk about in this post! 5 healthy habits to focus on in 2018. Let’s make 2018 the best year yet! Who’s with me!

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Best of Beauty 2017

Best of Beauty 2017

Happy 2018 everyone!! Since it’s the start of a new year, I thought I would do a best of beauty 2017. I’ve tried so many new products during the past year and I want to share my favorites with you all! I love both drugstore and high-end products so there will be a mix of both in this list. I know I’ll continue to love these products in the coming year but I can’t wait to see what kind of new and amazing products 2018 brings!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there anything better than a classic chocolate chip cookie?! Well I’m here to tell you that, yes. Yes there is. It’s a chewy, gooey, chocolate chip cookie. Honestly, these are better than your Grandmother’s recipe. I’m sorry if I’m being a bit dramatic…I’ll try to tone it down…let’s start again.

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried one of these cookies. There, is that better?

I usually don’t get this hyped about a CCC but these are the best I’ve ever had. They’re super simple to make and they keep for a decent amount of time too. So, if you like chewy and gooey cookies, these were made for you. Now, throw on your cutest apron and grab a spatula cause you need to get baking…ASAP.

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HUGE Post-Christmas Sales

HUGE Post-Christmas Sales

Happy “week after Christmas” everyone! I hope you all had an amazing holiday with family and friends. Does anyone else get the post-Christmas blues? I always feel a little sad when it’s all over. But do you know what helps cure these post-Christmas blues?! HUGE SALES!!! It seems like almost every store is having a sale right now. And they’re all amazing. I did a little online shopping yesterday for myself and I bought 6 things…for a grand total of $80. So grab your wallet and/or Christmas money and let’s get to shopping!

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Merry Christmas!!!

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Merry Merry Christmas everyone!! Today is the last day of blogmas…can you believe it?? I actually can’t believe I posted every day…I’m so proud of myself! (lol) I had so much fun and really enjoyed the challenge. I can’t wait to do it next year! I also want to thank each and every one of you who read my blogmas posts! Thank you for your support and kind words! It meant so much to me!

I hope you’re all enjoying this day with family and friends. Enjoy every second of it! So since it’s the last day, I thought I would leave you guys with a few funny Christmas pictures/memes/cards/etc … hopefully they make you laugh!  Continue reading “Merry Christmas!!!”

Christmas Eve Traditions

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice relaxing Christmassy day filled with family and friends. I spent most of today in the airport and on a plane. I was visiting my family in New Jersey and just flew back here to LA. If you haven’t traveled on Christmas Eve I’m here to tell you…that it’s absolutely insane. The plane I flew on was a 3x4x3…like the ones that fly overseas to Dubai or something. It seemed like everyone and their mother was trying to fly somewhere today.

Ok enough of my rambling…for the second to last day of Blogmas I wanted to write about my Christmas Eve traditions (they won’t be my traditions this year since I’ll be in LA but this is what they usually are).

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DIY Christmas Sugar Scrubs

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Sugar scrubs make a really great, cute Christmas gift. They’re usually really easy to make and you can put them in festive jars for gifting. Sugar scrubs are great for this time of year because they exfoliate your skin and leave it nice and moisturized. And who doesn’t need that during these dry winter months?! Add on top of that, they’re Christmas scented…so you’re sure to have a winning gift! If you don’t want to give these scrubs away, just keep them for yourself cause who doesn’t need a little pampering this time of year!

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Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

If you’re looking for a last minute cookie recipe to make for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day…I got you covered. These candy cane cookies are so easy (and so cute) to make! It took me about 15 minutes in total to whip these up (not including bake time)….so I highly recommend this recipe if you’re in a pinch! They also taste really good. There’s peppermint extract in them so they’re a bit minty, while still tasting sweet! Now lets get to bakin’!

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5 Christmas Dinner Side Dish Recipes

5 Christmas Dinner Side Dish Recipes

Christmas dinner is my second favorite meal of the year…(Thanksgiving is, of course, my first favorite). My family usually goes all out…we have like eight sides and three main dishes for Christmas dinner. (Can you tell my family and I are a bunch of food lovers?!) I literally dream about the corn soufflé and garlic mashed potatoes weeks before Christmas dinner. Since I love these dishes so much, I thought it would be fun to share them with you all! I have included four recipes that my family makes every year and then one recipe that I made for Thanksgiving this year. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Christmas dinner side dishes are! Now, if you’re hungry you might want to go grab a snack…cause these upcoming recipes will make your mouth water…

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DIY Christmas Cards

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If you want to impress your friends and family this Christmas season, all you have to do is make a DIY Christmas card. Everyone loves Christmas cards…but homemade ones are the best of the best. If anyone ever gave me a homemade card I would probably tear up… So this Christmas season, spend an extra 15 minutes creating a DIY Christmas card. And I promise you, whoever you give it too will love it 10x more. I found a bunch of really fun cards online…but I didn’t have time to make like 6 different kinds (sorry guys!!). So I thought I would just link each DIY card to the person’s blog/website who came up with the idea! Just click on the link and it will take you directly to the instruction page! Now…grab your scissors and glue and let’s get to crafting!

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Holiday Home Tour

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I’m an extremely nosy person…hate to admit that…but I am. I love knowing what people are up to, what the inside of their houses look like and exactly how they decorate their space. So I thought I would share with you guys how I decorated my home for Christmas this year! I live in a two bedroom apartment so I don’t have too much space to decorate (which is either a blessing or a curse…I haven’t decided yet). I went around and took a bunch of pictures of the main living space…hopefully these pictures put you in the Christmas spirit and maybe give you some ideas for next year! (Or this year if you’re still decorating). FYI this is going to basically be like a picture book…so let your inner kid rejoice. I will also be sure to link everything (that’s still available). Enjoy the tour!

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Underrated Christmas Movies

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Everyone loves Home Alone, Elf, and Christmas Vacation…but I think there are some Christmas movies that tend to slide under the radar. I thought it would be fun to talk about some of those more underrated movies because in my opinion, you can only watch Elf so many times. So without further ado, here are some underrated Christmas movies to add to your watch list…

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Festive Holiday Drinks

Festive Holiday Drinks

Get into the holiday spirit (get it…) with these 4 festive holiday drink recipes! What’s better than watching a Christmas movie or wrapping Christmas presents with a glass of homemade spiked eggnog? You could even make these for a Christmas party…they’re sure to be a huge hit. Grab your favorite glass and bottle of rum and lets get to cocktailin’ (I just made up a new word!) Continue reading “Festive Holiday Drinks”

Free Printable Christmas Tags

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Who likes saving money? Who likes saving time? Who likes free stuff? Who likes cute Christmas gift tags? If you answered yes to any of those, then you’ll love this post! Sometimes, going out and buying tons of Christmas present gift tags is a waste of time and money. And a lot of times those tags aren’t even that cute. So I searched online and found a bunch of really great bloggers/websites who created cute free printable Christmas tags! How cool is that!

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

I like to think of myself as a relatively creative and crafty person. Each year I try to make at least one DIY Christmas gift. It’s so fun when you give someone a DIY gift (but they don’t know it) and they ask where you bought it…and then you get to tell them that you made it yourself! That’s my favorite part. So for Blogmas this year I knew I definitely wanted to include a DIY Christmas gift idea blog post…and here it is! I hope you get some inspiration and motivation to tackle some of your own DIY gifts this year!

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Things to Do in New York City During Christmas Time

Things to Do in New York City During Christmas Time

NYC is spectacular any time of year. My family lives about an hour away from the city so I’ve grown up going there fairly often. I even interned there a few summers ago. But Christmas time in NYC is a whole different story. It literally becomes a different world. The entire city lights up with Christmas lights, everyone becomes friendlier, and there are so many fun Christmassy things to do. If you’re lucky enough to be in NYC during this time, I wanted to share with you my favorite things to do and places to go!

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Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to pick out an ugly Christmas sweater. I usually pick a new one out every year and it’s almost always from Target. I just think they’re so fun to wear and if you’re at a casual holiday party it’s a great conversation starter (lol). So I wanted to share with you guys a few of my favorite ugly Christmas sweaters that are sure to get you a few laughs. (Don’t worry they’re comfy to wear too).

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How to Save Money During the Christmas Season

How to Save Money During the Christmas Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly and ’tis the season to start trimming your budget! The average American spends about $990 on Christmas gifts alone. I am totally guilty of overspending during Christmas so I have done some research on ways to save some money during this time of year. Lucky for you (and me) I found a bunch of great tips. By using these tips and spending wisely, your holiday season doesn’t have to be a total budget-killer. Cheers to that!

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Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes

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Who doesn’t like a nice cup of hot chocolate?! It’s probably my favorite thing to drink during Christmas time…I prefer it over eggnog, apple cider, mulled wine, etc. I also love to put candy canes, whipped cream, and marshmallows in my cup of hot chocolate because why not?! Gotta live it up during the holidays. Sometimes, if I’m feeling adventurous, instead of using the pre-made packs of hot chocolate in, I will make my own. I found a few great recipes and they’re all absolutely delicious…like super decadent…so prepare yourself…

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Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Secret Santa Gift Ideas

If you’re involved in a Secret Santa gift exchange this year, or if you just want to find some cute inexpensive gift ideas…then you’ve come to the right place! I always love being involved in Secret Santa stuff…I love seeing who I got and who got me and all that fun jazz. But sometimes it’s hard to come up with unique inexpensive gift ideas. Not to fear though! I have compiled a list of some fun Secret Santa ideas and I hope this helps some of you! I’ve broken them down into sections…under $10, under $20, and under $30!

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4 Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes

4 Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes

When it comes to cookies at Christmas time, I tend to go all out. I grew up making at least 6 different kinds of cookies for Christmas and I don’t intend to stop now! So far this year I’ve only made 3 kinds…clearly I need to step my game up. In this post, I wanted to share with you guys 4 of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I hope you try them out and if you do, let me know down in the comment sections! Also let me know some of your favorite recipes! Now get your mixin’ bowls out cause here come the cookies!

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Luxury Gift Guides for Him and Her

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Welcome to the 5th installment of my gift guide series! For this one, I figured why not do a luxury gift guide?! For all those splurge-y (not a word, I know) shoppers out there. Sometimes it’s nice to spend a little extra money on that special someone. If you’re not looking to go luxury this year then I’ll include the link to my Holiday Gift Guide for Her and my Holiday Gift Guide for Him which have more affordable options! I split this gift guide up into two sections…for her and for him…so hopefully you’re able to find some inspiration!

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Favorite Holiday Candles

Favorite Holiday Candles

One of the reasons I love Christmas so much is because of all the amazing candle scents that I can burn during this time. There is nothing better than turning off all the lights (except for the tree lights), reading a book, and burning a holiday candle. Currently, I have 10 holiday candles placed throughout my apartment…too much? Definitely not. I actually want to get a few more. If you’re looking to purchase a holiday candle or two (or seven) you’ve come to the right place! Below, I’ve listed my top 10 faves that you just have to try! If you want to be taken directly to each candles webpage, just click on the name.

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Holiday Gift Guide: for Him

Holiday Gift Guide: for Him

For the second installment of my holiday gift guide series, I thought I would do one “for him.” Sometimes, guys can be so hard to buy for!! For this gift guide, I tried to find a bunch of different kinds of gifts…some for the tech guy, the outdoorsy guy, the fashionable guy, and the sports guy. Hopefully this guide gives you some ideas for the special guy(s) in your life!

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Stocking Stuffers Under $15

Stocking Stuffers Under $15

I’m always most excited to open my stocking on Christmas morning. My mom does such a good job of stuffing our stockings with little cute, fun, gifts. Stocking stuffers are usually cheaper than actual gifts so the ones that I’m going to list below are all under $15. I, personally would love to receive any of these…so again, if Seth or mom you’re reading this…wink wink. The link to each item will be under the corresponding picture. Now grab some hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie and settle in for the third post of Blogmas!

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Christmas Season Bucket List

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For the second day of Blogmas, I wanted to do a Christmas season bucket list! There are so many things I love doing during this time of year and I thought it would be fun to make a sort of check list out of those things. Hopefully this bucket list gives you guys some fun ideas! And if you have things you want to do (or usually do) during the season that I didn’t include, make sure to leave it in the comments below! I love hearing what other people do!

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Must Have Holiday Advent Calendars

Must Have Holiday Advent Calendars

MERRY MERRY MERRY BLOGMAS!!!! Welcome to my first Blogmas post!! Who is excited?! I know I am. I’m also a little nervous…but let’s look past that. For my first post, I wanted to write about something I look forward to every Christmas season…advent calendars! I’m 23 years old and I still get excited each day to open the flaps of my advent calendar and see what’s inside. I love any kind of calendar…chocolate ones, beauty ones, perfume ones, candy ones…the list could go on and on. Since it’s the first day of blogmas I thought what better (and sensible) way to start blogmas than with the best of the best advent calendar roundup!

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Mad About Plaid

Mad About Plaid

One of the most iconic/classic/popular Christmas clothing patterns is plaid. I’ve been wearing plaid during the holidays for as long as I can remember! So why not dedicate an entire blog post to this festive patterned clothing?! Enjoy browsing and lets get our #plaid on! Also, since today is Black Friday make sure to check out the two posts I wrote on all the sales going on…here and here.

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Current Sales Roundup

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Black Friday is all about the hottest sales and deals. I mean, it is the biggest shopping day of the year after all!! But…not all sales and discounts happen on Black Friday. A lot of stores and online websites actually have great sales leading up to Black Friday. Don’t want to brave the madness in stores and online this coming weekend? Well you’re in luck! I was able to round up some of the best current sales and deals…that are happening before the big day!

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6 Must Have Flannels for Winter

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I love a good, soft, oversized flannel. I think they’re amazing wardrobe staple pieces for basically any time of year. In the fall and winter I wear them buttoned up, in the spring and summer I wear them tied around my waist as a cute fashion accessory. And since we’re moving into the winter months, you bet I’ll be living in my flannels. So I thought I would put together a little flannel guide…a list (with links) to all my favorite flannels. I own (and wear often) every single one I’m going to list down below…but when I went to take pictures, it got super cloudy outside so the lighting in my apartment went wacky. I’m sorry! Also…almost every single one of these flannels are on some kind of sale!! YAY!

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Black Friday Deals 2017

Black Friday Deals 2017

Get your game faces on. Black Friday 2017 is right around the corner. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the two days I get almost all of my Christmas shopping done and I think it’s so helpful to get a look at these deals ahead of time. So this year I decided to round up some of the already announced deals that will be happening on Black Friday…and let me tell you…there are some really good ones. I hope you find this post helpful when planning your Black Friday shopping!

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Now grab a pen, a notebook, find a comfy place to sit, and grab a strong drink…because here come the deals…

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Top 10 Holiday Beauty Gift Sets

Top 10 Holiday Beauty Gift Sets

Holiday beauty gift sets are some of the best things to get (and/or give) for Christmas. I personally, love receiving them because they usually come in super cute packaging with a bunch of goodies inside and how awesome is that?! And if you’re buying them for someone it’s a great value! (You’ll pay like $45 for something that would originally have cost you $75). I have combed through the Sephora and Ulta websites and picked 10 of the best holiday beauty gift sets that I think are super fun, cute, and special. Buy one of these for your mom or sister or yourself…because you deserve it!

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30 Fun Blogmas Post Ideas

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I have decided to do Blogmas this year and I’m kind of terrified. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and writing about all things Christmassy…it’s just the idea of blogging every single day that terrifies me. If I can’t even remember to wash my face every night before bed, how am I going to put out a good quality blog post every single day?! But I decided to put my silly fears aside and give Blogmas a shot. If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering how on earth you’re going to come up with 25 (or more) different Christmas topics to write about. Well don’t worry…I’ve got you. I’ve done some brainstorming and also did some research and came up with 30 fun Blogmas post ideas. These post ideas range from short and sweet list posts to longer more in-depth posts. I’m planning on starting Blogmas on December 1st and ending it on the 25th. And since December 1st is less than a month away let’s all buckle down, grab our favorite spiked eggnog and Christmas cookie, and get to work!

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Holiday Gift Guide: for Her

Holiday Gift Guide: for Her

The holiday’s are here! I repeat, the holiday’s are here! Nothing makes me happier than the holiday season. I love the feel in the air, how happy everyone is, all the good food, being around family, and giving your loved ones presents. I honestly like giving presents more than I like receiving them. I love surprising my friends and family with gifts they weren’t expecting (or with gifts they repeatedly hinted at me to get). So I thought I would do a series on my blog called “Holiday Gift Guide”. I plan on writing one for women, one for men, and one for children! Today’s gift guide is for the women in your life, whether that be your mom, sister, girlfriend, friend, cousin…you get the idea. I, personally, would love to receive any of these gifts…Seth or mom…if you’re reading this…wink wink. As always, the link to the items will be next to each picture. Time to get that Christmas shopping done early (for once)!

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13 Awesome Resources for Bloggers

13 Awesome Resources for Bloggers

To start this post off, I would like to say…we bloggers work hard! We put many hours into each post, making sure the pictures, writing, and layout is just right. We’re a bunch of hard workers doing something that we love! But…finding cool, easier, quicker ways to do things is sometimes really helpful. I have done some research (and also stumbled upon) some great blogging resources and websites that I think make the blogging life easier. In this post, I have compiled a list of 13 resources from web hosting, to fonts, to blog design. I hope this list helps you and makes life a little bit easier when you’re working on something you love…blogging!

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