Get educated on greenwashing and why some of the "green" products out there aren't always as environmentally friendly as they claim to be by mollie
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mollie Get educated on greenwashing and why some of the "green" products out there aren't always as environmentally friendly as they claim to be
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The sad truth is that there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave. The good news is, if you tough it out, you’ll eventually weed these people out of your life and be left with some great  friends you can  always count on.  So true by Raelynn8
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Raelynn8 The sad truth is that there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave. The good news is, if you tough it out, you’ll eventually weed these people out of your life and be left with some great friends you can always count on. So true
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As the saying goes, ‘every problem has a solution’, there is a solution for this problem too. And the best part is you need not purchase chemically treated products for curing swollen lips. They might backfire and have harsh side effects as well. So, it’s always better and safe to opt for natural ways of treatment. Read on to know the reasons for your lips swelling up and some simple remedies for swollen lips.11 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Swollen Lips by veronicawasp
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veronicawasp As the saying goes, ‘every problem has a solution’, there is a solution for this problem too. And the best part is you need not purchase chemically treated products for curing swollen lips. They might backfire and have harsh side effects as well. So, it’s always better and safe to opt for natural ways of treatment. Read on to know the reasons for your lips swelling up and some simple remedies for swollen lips.11 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Swollen Lips
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3 of the Best Ways to Get Your Brand Out There (+ Why They Work!) by concetta
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concetta 3 of the Best Ways to Get Your Brand Out There (+ Why They Work!)
Random Wonders
Joann Fabric is one of my favorite craft stores to shop at, and there are some easy ways to get the best deals on crafts. Be sure to check out my "secrets" to make your shopping even better there! by concetta
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concetta Joann Fabric is one of my favorite craft stores to shop at, and there are some easy ways to get the best deals on crafts. Be sure to check out my "secrets" to make your shopping even better there!
Random Wonders
Joann Fabric is one of my favorite craft stores to shop at, and there are some easy ways to get the best deals on crafts. Be sure to check out my "secrets" to make your shopping even better there! by Kim Hamilton55
Kim Hamilton55
Kim Hamilton55 Joann Fabric is one of my favorite craft stores to shop at, and there are some easy ways to get the best deals on crafts. Be sure to check out my "secrets" to make your shopping even better there!
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This is part of why I think the claim that religion does no harm is false. Far too often it makes people hurt or kill others. I've also noticed that some who believe in an afterlife are a bit callous about the suffering of others since they think it's going to be sorted out when they die. by florence
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florence This is part of why I think the claim that religion does no harm is false. Far too often it makes people hurt or kill others. I've also noticed that some who believe in an afterlife are a bit callous about the suffering of others since they think it's going to be sorted out when they die.
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"As an artist I’ve discovered that urban snowshoeing in Ottawa can be both an extremely creative and environmentally friendly activity. There is no need for expensive gear or even a car to get you to the best snowshoeing locations. And all that I require to create my snow drawings while snowshoeing is a nice large virgin patch of snow canvas with a high enough elevation for people to view and for me to photograph the finished work of art." ~ Raymond Roy by sabrina
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sabrina "As an artist I’ve discovered that urban snowshoeing in Ottawa can be both an extremely creative and environmentally friendly activity. There is no need for expensive gear or even a car to get you to the best snowshoeing locations. And all that I require to create my snow drawings while snowshoeing is a nice large virgin patch of snow canvas with a high enough elevation for people to view and for me to photograph the finished work of art." ~ Raymond Roy
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Youth leadership goes through developmental stages.  As youth become more capable and adults more comfortable with these capabilities higher levels of youth leadership are possible. Can you find your troop on the ladder? Where would you like to be? What do you need to do to get there? Scouting places the responsibility and authority to lead  on the Scouts , we need to keep out of their way, and supply the resources they need to get to the top rung. by rosetta
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rosetta Youth leadership goes through developmental stages.  As youth become more capable and adults more comfortable with these capabilities higher levels of youth leadership are possible. Can you find your troop on the ladder? Where would you like to be? What do you need to do to get there? Scouting places the responsibility and authority to lead  on the Scouts , we need to keep out of their way, and supply the resources they need to get to the top rung.
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Hey all you brides-to-be & MOH out there! Today I am sharing with you an adorable FREE printable for your upcoming bridal shower. As we all know after the happily ever after comes real life. Which means one thing... COOKING DINNER! Every day [except of course when hubby decides to be sweet and take you on a dinner date or grill at home]! The best recipes always come from friends and family. They are tested, trusted and true! So what better way to gather some new recipes for your... by toni
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toni Hey all you brides-to-be & MOH out there! Today I am sharing with you an adorable FREE printable for your upcoming bridal shower. As we all know after the happily ever after comes real life. Which means one thing... COOKING DINNER! Every day [except of course when hubby decides to be sweet and take you on a dinner date or grill at home]! The best recipes always come from friends and family. They are tested, trusted and true! So what better way to gather some new recipes for your...
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One of the most difficult things to accept about the narcissists discard is the unanswered "why".  Explanations or apologies aren't going to be offered.  It's up to you to interpret it. Unfortunately, this has a lot to do with the narcissists personality and nothing to do with you. Some things you aren't going to get an explanation for in life, the best you can do is move on. Narcissistic Abuse Recovery. by willie
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willie One of the most difficult things to accept about the narcissists discard is the unanswered "why". Explanations or apologies aren't going to be offered. It's up to you to interpret it. Unfortunately, this has a lot to do with the narcissists personality and nothing to do with you. Some things you aren't going to get an explanation for in life, the best you can do is move on. Narcissistic Abuse Recovery.
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Quick Tip: How to Grow Thicker, Longer Eyelashes Naturally There are a lot of products out there that claim to make your eyelashes grow thicker and longer. However, there is a cheaper, natural way to do this at home. Here is an easy way to get yourself some long, thick, beautiful eyelashes with simple, natural products. What You Will Need: 100% pure castor oil 100% EV olive oil and vaseline by tina
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tina Quick Tip: How to Grow Thicker, Longer Eyelashes Naturally There are a lot of products out there that claim to make your eyelashes grow thicker and longer. However, there is a cheaper, natural way to do this at home. Here is an easy way to get yourself some long, thick, beautiful eyelashes with simple, natural products. What You Will Need: 100% pure castor oil 100% EV olive oil and vaseline
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As my life (and tastes!) change I've decided a close clean out is in order. There are some awesome things I just haven't worn in years and with this pregnancy and another year of nursing ahead I need to just clean up and pass along what doesn't work or isn't sentimental/vintage. Sooo...... I've decided to sell online and am looking for recommendations on the platform. I'd like to control the visual look and am thinking postmark could be a good place to start. I already have my blog photography which is why I'm leaning this direction over sending it all out and relying on a third party to take pictures. I also know some instagrammers do well with "shop" accounts they promote here. WHAT DO YOU THINK!!?!? Where have you had the best success?? (The local resale boutiques don't recognize a lot of brands and wanna pay pennies thus the solution of going online) by regina
regina
regina As my life (and tastes!) change I've decided a close clean out is in order. There are some awesome things I just haven't worn in years and with this pregnancy and another year of nursing ahead I need to just clean up and pass along what doesn't work or isn't sentimental/vintage. Sooo...... I've decided to sell online and am looking for recommendations on the platform. I'd like to control the visual look and am thinking postmark could be a good place to start. I already have my blog photography which is why I'm leaning this direction over sending it all out and relying on a third party to take pictures. I also know some instagrammers do well with "shop" accounts they promote here. WHAT DO YOU THINK!!?!? Where have you had the best success?? (The local resale boutiques don't recognize a lot of brands and wanna pay pennies thus the solution of going online)
Getting Crafty
Why don't people get this? Just give us consistency and a schedule and stick to it. The flip flop crap runs us off. Not because we don't care, but because we realize that we are not on the same level as you. You have to be ready for a Libra; if you are, they can be the best thing that ever happened to you. But if you aren't, you'll run them off and they won't look back. -Ash by lakisha
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lakisha Why don't people get this? Just give us consistency and a schedule and stick to it. The flip flop crap runs us off. Not because we don't care, but because we realize that we are not on the same level as you. You have to be ready for a Libra; if you are, they can be the best thing that ever happened to you. But if you aren't, you'll run them off and they won't look back. -Ash
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One thing's for sure, if you can master the perfect roast potatoes, you're well on your way to the perfect Christmas dinner. This year, with a few extra tricks, I've managed to get them spot on. I've discovered that the humble potato masher is the secret to the perfect roastie, and you lot out there will be able to make these at home no problem. I've done a lot of potatoes, as it's always better to have too many so you've got some leftover. I don't expect you to have different flavoured ... by Caroline C. ❦
Caroline C. ❦
Caroline C. ❦ One thing's for sure, if you can master the perfect roast potatoes, you're well on your way to the perfect Christmas dinner. This year, with a few extra tricks, I've managed to get them spot on. I've discovered that the humble potato masher is the secret to the perfect roastie, and you lot out there will be able to make these at home no problem. I've done a lot of potatoes, as it's always better to have too many so you've got some leftover. I don't expect you to have different flavoured ...
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While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to  blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up  with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post  ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and  keep them coming back for more.     1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone       loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of       things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did       this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a       little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect       with you.    2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative       process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out       how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog       series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for       readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and       customers.     3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like       finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find       interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts       that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to       connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers       refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!)        Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups.    4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success       story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here.       Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you       started. And on that note...    5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which       resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep       all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers!    6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of       reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date       with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that       you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity.    7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's       content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your       blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting       a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog.     8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in       your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd       and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that       you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not       promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a       way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some       great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing       for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business    9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is       20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes.       Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first       started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy,       photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post.    10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful       people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into       too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose       does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my       favorite posts.   11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry.        We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other       people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to       highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You       could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and       do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for       guest posting on theirs.    12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers       love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your       blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or       not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one       of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback       about it!   13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in       #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what       you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the       blog! Here's my example.   14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love       to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this       will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback.   15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event.        Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few       months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments!       Your readers will love reading about your experience and the       workshop/conference may even share your post, too.   16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry.        Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do.       Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I       was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but       I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback!   17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always       good to have a reason for people to get excited about your       blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring       them on the blog!   18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are       straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into       a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The       meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.)   19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or       business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for       us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by       their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them,       and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business       partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date.   20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's       always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For       example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of       the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know"       items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit.   21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer,       write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about       your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs       you use for project management and accounting. People are always on       the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with       them.    22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've       spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share       them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end       of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with       my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to       waste.    23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto       something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old       blog post and make use out of that content again.   24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that       you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make       some revisions and post it again!   25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your       blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and       everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your       favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your       blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on        Instagram and Pinterest.   26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question       that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into       a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content       actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple       readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who       would love to know more about it, too.   27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy       being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this"       story? Share it on your blog!   28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are       you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips       for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you       an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and       designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful       for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in       your field who are just getting started.   29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why       we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to       share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly       Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!)    30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners.        There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a       writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a       fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog       friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The       possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something       distinctly you!   31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with       step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my       favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a       client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about       it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go.   32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it       to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your       business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to"       post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem.   33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more       interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't       able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your       field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with       the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and        the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next       idea...   34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the       results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like       to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and        Young House Love always do this well.    35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post       on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what       you do? What motivates you?   36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people       use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject       differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding        after I officially launched my design services this past summer       to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on       your field? Share it on your blog!   37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a       million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with       something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and       Awesome and Clara Conversations.   38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition       or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would       probably love to see it on your blog. An example?  This post by       Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes.    39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from       sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that       it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my       experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll       have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great       insight and information.    40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on       Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves       learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make       before.    41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there       things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't       accurate? Address them in a blog post!   42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let       your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this       with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them       to vote on which design concepts they liked best.   43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on       blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post       distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month       in Today's Top 3.    44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in       your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some       examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for       creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on       organizing their email inbox.   45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received.        This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience.    46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your       blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for       your audience.   47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use       it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it       fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if       potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free       advertising for your portfolio.    48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your       experience with another professional or a clients' experience with       you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement.   49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden       talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to       highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and       although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my       personality outside of blogging and designing.   50. Create a long list of something specific to your       trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point.   That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any  suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have  mentioned? by Joao.Almeida.d.Eca
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Joao.Almeida.d.Eca While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and keep them coming back for more. 1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect with you. 2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and customers.  3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!) Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups. 4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here. Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you started. And on that note... 5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers! 6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity. 7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog.  8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business 9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is 20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes. Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy, photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post.  10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my favorite posts. 11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry.  We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for guest posting on theirs.  12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback about it! 13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the blog! Here's my example. 14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback. 15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event.  Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments! Your readers will love reading about your experience and the workshop/conference may even share your post, too. 16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry.  Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do. Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback! 17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always good to have a reason for people to get excited about your blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring them on the blog! 18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.) 19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them, and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date. 20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know" items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit. 21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer, write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs you use for project management and accounting. People are always on the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with them.  22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to waste.  23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old blog post and make use out of that content again. 24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make some revisions and post it again! 25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on Instagram and Pinterest. 26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who would love to know more about it, too. 27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this" story? Share it on your blog! 28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in your field who are just getting started. 29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!)  30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners.  There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something distinctly you! 31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go. 32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to" post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem. 33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next idea... 34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and Young House Love always do this well.  35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what you do? What motivates you? 36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding after I officially launched my design services this past summer to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on your field? Share it on your blog! 37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and Awesome and Clara Conversations. 38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would probably love to see it on your blog. An example?  This post by Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes.  39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great insight and information.  40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make before.  41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't accurate? Address them in a blog post! 42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them to vote on which design concepts they liked best. 43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month in Today's Top 3.  44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on organizing their email inbox. 45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received. This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience.  46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free advertising for your portfolio.  48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your experience with another professional or a clients' experience with you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. 49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my personality outside of blogging and designing. 50. Create a long list of something specific to your trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point. That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have mentioned?
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i like people who understand. the type who aren't quick to judge. you can vent to them, and labeling you will be the last thing on their mind. they don't believe rumors because they know there are two sides to every story. they give you a chance, before they judge you. they get to know who you really are, then have an opinion. i like those types of people, real people by french_violet
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french_violet i like people who understand. the type who aren't quick to judge. you can vent to them, and labeling you will be the last thing on their mind. they don't believe rumors because they know there are two sides to every story. they give you a chance, before they judge you. they get to know who you really are, then have an opinion. i like those types of people, real people
Words to Live By
So a lot of girls ask me if my eyelashes are fake, no they aren't. But there's the trick to making them look fake. 1. Apply the first coat of mascara. 2. Get a Q-tip and put some baby power on it. 3. Apply it to your eyelashes (this separates them really good) 4. Apply as many coats of mascara and repeat as much as you want. And get fake looking lashes for the day. by Maiden11976
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Maiden11976 So a lot of girls ask me if my eyelashes are fake, no they aren't. But there's the trick to making them look fake. 1. Apply the first coat of mascara. 2. Get a Q-tip and put some baby power on it. 3. Apply it to your eyelashes (this separates them really good) 4. Apply as many coats of mascara and repeat as much as you want. And get fake looking lashes for the day.
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With spring here, it is time to get yourself out from beneath the layers and start showing some skin. It is time to strip away your skin’s layers too, as over the winter it naturally becomes thicker and dried out. But before you uncover it you need to give it a little extra attention. There are plenty of skin care products to help get the job done right, but which is best for you? Read on as eBay shares the top products for spring skincare recovery. by debora
debora
debora With spring here, it is time to get yourself out from beneath the layers and start showing some skin. It is time to strip away your skin’s layers too, as over the winter it naturally becomes thicker and dried out. But before you uncover it you need to give it a little extra attention. There are plenty of skin care products to help get the job done right, but which is best for you? Read on as eBay shares the top products for spring skincare recovery.
thinspiration.
Here are some tips on how to work out your will power and get it stronger than any of the cutest artisan cupcakes out there! by marissa
marissa
marissa Here are some tips on how to work out your will power and get it stronger than any of the cutest artisan cupcakes out there!
Going green
I would be so all over painting and reupholstering the interior of a camper or trailer. There is no need for it to look as dingy as they always seem to. by jenna
jenna
jenna I would be so all over painting and reupholstering the interior of a camper or trailer. There is no need for it to look as dingy as they always seem to.
Leading Ladies
Concealer seems like it should be super simple: dab a little bit on the pimples and blemishes you want to hide, blend it in, look #flawless. Unfortunately, as with most makeup products, it isn’t always that easy – especially for beginners. Between the different types of concealers out there (should you use a stick? A liquid? A powder? A pencil?!), the hundreds of different brands and prices (will drugstore concealers suffice or should you splurge?) by noelle
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noelle Concealer seems like it should be super simple: dab a little bit on the pimples and blemishes you want to hide, blend it in, look #flawless. Unfortunately, as with most makeup products, it isn’t always that easy – especially for beginners. Between the different types of concealers out there (should you use a stick? A liquid? A powder? A pencil?!), the hundreds of different brands and prices (will drugstore concealers suffice or should you splurge?)
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Concealer seems like it should be super simple: dab a little bit on the pimples and blemishes you want to hide, blend it in, look #flawless. Unfortunately, as with most makeup products, it isn’t always that easy – especially for beginners. Between the different types of concealers out there (should you use a stick? A liquid? A powder? A pencil?!), the hundreds of different brands and prices (will drugstore concealers suffice or should you splurge?) by noelle
noelle
noelle Concealer seems like it should be super simple: dab a little bit on the pimples and blemishes you want to hide, blend it in, look #flawless. Unfortunately, as with most makeup products, it isn’t always that easy – especially for beginners. Between the different types of concealers out there (should you use a stick? A liquid? A powder? A pencil?!), the hundreds of different brands and prices (will drugstore concealers suffice or should you splurge?)
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I think the reason is that they are just as hurt as you and they just don't know what to do or say. That's why you should always say what's on your mind and just get right to the point and don't let the person you like or have feelings for just hang. Sooner or later it just might be to late to say anything at all. by lesley
lesley
lesley I think the reason is that they are just as hurt as you and they just don't know what to do or say. That's why you should always say what's on your mind and just get right to the point and don't let the person you like or have feelings for just hang. Sooner or later it just might be to late to say anything at all.
Awesome Quotes
Some of my favorite drugstore products and why they beat the rest. #budgetbeauty #drugstorebeauty by gloriaU
gloriaU
gloriaU Some of my favorite drugstore products and why they beat the rest. #budgetbeauty #drugstorebeauty
Hair and Beauty
I have decided there can be months where I don't have any IEP meetings, and then there can be a day where I have 4 in a row! I'm always looking for new ways to keep me on track! My "IEP Meeting *sticky note* Reminders" aren't just for Special Education teachers. They are for any teacher who has an IEP meeting coming up and they'd like an easier, slightly more fun way to keep track of them! Great to send home to parents - since they always mail the invitation back! P.S. THEY'RE FREE! by marcia
marcia
marcia I have decided there can be months where I don't have any IEP meetings, and then there can be a day where I have 4 in a row! I'm always looking for new ways to keep me on track! My "IEP Meeting *sticky note* Reminders" aren't just for Special Education teachers. They are for any teacher who has an IEP meeting coming up and they'd like an easier, slightly more fun way to keep track of them! Great to send home to parents - since they always mail the invitation back! P.S. THEY'RE FREE!
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Find out why one of the more unusual and fun things to do on the Caribbean island of Exuma in The Bahamas is to swim with some very adorable and friendly looking pigs. by dina
dina
dina Find out why one of the more unusual and fun things to do on the Caribbean island of Exuma in The Bahamas is to swim with some very adorable and friendly looking pigs.
for the little ones
Church Hill Tunnel, Virginia: In 1925 a work train became trapped when part of the tunnel collapsed. Two men remain buried there: Rescuers never located the bodies and they remain under the 190-foot section of the collapsed tunnel. It was announced that the tunnel would be sealed for safety reasons with the train inside. People venturing near the tunnel claim they can hear voices screaming "get me out.” Others have reported the screech of locomotive wheels and the sound of digging. by florence
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florence Church Hill Tunnel, Virginia: In 1925 a work train became trapped when part of the tunnel collapsed. Two men remain buried there: Rescuers never located the bodies and they remain under the 190-foot section of the collapsed tunnel. It was announced that the tunnel would be sealed for safety reasons with the train inside. People venturing near the tunnel claim they can hear voices screaming "get me out.” Others have reported the screech of locomotive wheels and the sound of digging.
just sayin
Join the Recipe Critic for the latest and greatest! Like us on Facebook or follow on Pinterest! This is our family's go-to taco soup recipe. I know there are a lot of taco soup recipes out there that claim they are the world's best and so life-changing, but I think this is the only one you need. It - by trudy
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trudy Join the Recipe Critic for the latest and greatest! Like us on Facebook or follow on Pinterest! This is our family's go-to taco soup recipe. I know there are a lot of taco soup recipes out there that claim they are the world's best and so life-changing, but I think this is the only one you need. It -
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Retirement needs to be on your radar, especially as a woman! This convicting post shares the essentials of why we need to prepare for it, including the first steps on how to get there. by janell
janell
janell Retirement needs to be on your radar, especially as a woman! This convicting post shares the essentials of why we need to prepare for it, including the first steps on how to get there.
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Retirement needs to be on your radar, especially as a woman! This convicting post shares the essentials of why we need to prepare for it, including the first steps on how to get there. by janell
janell
janell Retirement needs to be on your radar, especially as a woman! This convicting post shares the essentials of why we need to prepare for it, including the first steps on how to get there.
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