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The Money Management Tool You Didn’t Know Was In Your Pocket

Money management. It’s like a curse word, isn’t it? Just the thought makes you want to wash your mind out with soap and never think of it again. But, alas, unlike any actual curse word, money management is one of those things we’re all expected to get a grip on. It becomes clear from early on that failure here will see you struggling throughout your life. As such, you have no choice but to think about those dirty words a lot more often than you feel comfortable. There may well come a time when the m-word is the only one which ever does cross your mind. You filthy beast. Joking aside, money management is a serious issue. No matter how offensive we find the thought, we can’t get anywhere without paying it some attention. Everything from the roof over your head to the food in your belly comes down to this one little thing. Which begs the question of what happens when you can’t get the hang of it? Unlike the piano lessons you gave up when you were ten, this is something that you can never turn your back on. Instead, you should work hard to find a way […]

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Exploring High-End Fashion and Why It’s so Alluring

What makes fashion, fashion? Pose this question on social media and (assuming you have a following) you’ll get a different answer each time. In fact, people aren’t afraid to preface their answer with “according to me” or “in my opinion”, or even give credentials on why they’re qualified to answer such a vague question. But what makes the high-end fashion world so alluring to people? Why would people willingly pay thousands of dollars for something that probably cost a fraction to make, and what’s the message that designers are trying to get across? In this article, we’ll be exploring the surface of these topics to help you understand the high-end fashion world. Fashion changes constantly Looking at the textbook definition of fashion is ultimately pointless. You see, words and their meanings can twist all the time and we can safely say that they’re defined mostly by the people that use them. With something as fast-paced and ever-changing as fashion, it should come as no surprise that “fashion” means something different to everyone. This subjective quality of fashion means that everyone can make their own rules. Companies can charge whatever they want and, assuming there’s a market, they can continue to […]

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Woof Woof: Is It Time To Get A Pet Dog?

When it comes to looking after your family you can often think about outside aspects influencing them, their schooling, their friends perhaps, but also the many benefits there are to having some sort of pet in the family. Some might say it isn’t compatible with their family life, and I would have to agree with that. You need to be able to ensure that a dog is not left on their own for too long and that everyone takes an active role in the responsibility for the pet. But, there are some fantastic benefits the whole family can get on board with. I wanted to share with you what some of them are. It could encourage you to be more active   One thing a dog does need is regular exercise, every day in fact. Which means that as a responsible owner, you will need to provide that. A dog, depending on its breed and its size, will require varying amounts of exercise, and so you need to consider how you may incorporate that into your current lifestyle. As a family, you could choose to go on some of the walks together. It encourages younger children to be more active, […]

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How To: Level Up Your Instagram Highlights Game+ FREE Downloads

As we all know, Instagram is one of the biggest social media platform there is. Bloggers and non-bloggers alike, grow their Instagram following through tons of engagements. One of the biggest reason why you get traction on your profile is how you manage your feed and how you style it.  Related Posts: Blog and Social Media Tips In this post, we will learn how to create those stylish highlight covers that will give your feed the “wow”  factor. This also helps attract new engagements and represent what your brand is. In case you’re wondering, this is how my highlight cover look like and if you notice, they don’t have a highlight title. When I updated my covers a couple of days ago, I received a ton of compliments and questions about how I created it and how I managed to get that “invisible” highlight title. Well my friends, I will show you.  Are you following me on Instagram yet? Let’s be friends! First of all, you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create a fantastic highlight cover. All you need is an eye for style, your personal take on your brand and some useful apps that will help […]

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Bright Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

Looking for a quick and easy way to make your teeth whiter? Here are several methods that you can use for brightening up your smile.   Whitening toothpaste   The most popular way of whitening teeth is to use a specialist whitening toothpaste. There are plenty of specialist whitening toothpastes on the market that can help to remove stains on teeth. Hydrogen peroxide toothpastes are some of the most popular due to their ability to remove deep stains. You can also buy whitening toothpastes containing ingredients such as baking soda, activated charcoal and sodium tripolyphosphate. It’s even possible to make your own DIY whitening toothpastes (such as baking soda and water), however you should generally only use these pastes once a week on top of regular brushing.   Whitening strips   Whitening strips are another effective way to remove stains. These small strips are made of plastic and mould to the teeth using a special whitening gel – when removed, they strip away the plaque within the crevices of the enamel. Like whitening toothpaste, there are lots of different types of strips on the market so it’s worth shopping around to find the best whitening strips. There are whitening kits […]

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Should You Share Your Pregnancy Journey?

Every mother finds that their journey through pregnancy is special in its own way. After all, it’s the time you spend nurturing your child inside of you, and from the moment you realize you’re pregnant to the day you give birth, it’s a magical and often surreal experience that will be in your mind forever. However, many mothers don’t just want to keep it to themselves. They want to share it with others in the form of advice, pictures or even a journal. But other mothers are against this and believe that it’s a private experience that you should keep to yourself and close friends and family. There are arguments for both, but we believe that sharing your experiences can be beneficial to other mothers out there. Giving advice to other mothers One of the best ways to share your experiences is to give advice to other mothers. However, you absolutely don’t want to sound like a know-it-all and you don’t want to spout nonsense that you never went through. Instead, speak from experience and give people the real deal when it comes to your advice. Let them know about our experiences and tell them what worked for you, but […]

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Get Ready For Camping + Printable Camping Checklist

Summer is upon us and we all know what time it is….. it’s CAMPING time!! I am so excited to write this post because we too, will be going to our very first family camping very soon. It’s first time for me and my daughter, at least. I always felt like sleeping outdoors is kind of scary especially if you have a little one, so we pushed it until Cassie is a bit older and here we are. I am very bad at remembering things so I created an idea list on Amazon to keep track of what we have and what we are planning to buy.  As we were deciding to have this camping, I honestly did not know how much work there is to plan one. I thought it was just pack and go but I am totally wrong. From deciding on where to go, what to bring and such. We’re still quite away from completing our camping checklist but we’re almost there. Camping can get really expensive, not only for the camping gear but also for the food and other necessary things but there are ways you can save some money. Stick close to your area or […]

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Introducing IGTV: Is It Worth The Hype?

Last week, we were introduced to yet another additional feature that Instagram has to offer – IGTV.  It’s supposed to be something comparable to YouTube with it’s features mainly recording longer videos. Now is this something that is here to stay? We don’t know yet. What is it really about and is it beneficial to content creators like me. Let’s read on below.  Related Post: How I Edit My Instagram Photos ↠ What is IGTV? As we all know, Instagram is one of the biggest social media platform there is right now. It’s my personal favorite when it comes to advertising and promoting my brand. Last week, Instagram was so pleased to announce the newest addition to their features – the IGTV. It’s a head-on competitor for YouTube, which means we can now record up to an hour long videos. This was such a big shock to everyone since for the past years, there has never been a competitor, or even close, to YouTube.  IGTV is accessible on both the home screen of your Instagram app or you can download it as a stand alone app. It’s available on both iOS and Android.    It is built for vertical and […]

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Every Kid Should Have the Chance to Learn an Instrument!

Learning how to play an instrument has so many benefits for kids. In fact, studies have shown that children who know how to play one or more instruments excel in classes and often come home with better grades. It is also a brilliant creative outlet for them. So, if your child shows an interest in picking up an instrument, you should fully endorse their venture. Now, times are pretty hard for most of us at the moment, with costs soaring and wages staying level, so some parents feel a little concerned about the costs and accessibility of learning an instrument. But not worry, there has never been a better time for your kid to learn. Here’s why!   Learning Resources are More Accessible than Ever Thanks to developments in technology, almost all households now have access to the internet – whether through desktop computers, laptops, tablet devices, or smartphones. People can also make a whole lot of money through advertising on their websites, blogs, and vlogs, so are happy to post free content in order to direct traffic to their webpages. The combination of these factors mean that there are now plenty of free resources on the web that your […]

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Blog Talk: Media Kits

If you’re a blogger, you probably heard of these two words about a hundred times – MEDIA KIT. What are they and why are they important for your brand? I haven’t heard of media kits until I was researching about how to grow your brand and get companies to know you. We’ve all heard of promoting your brand by taking great quality photos or have a theme but it doesn’t stop there. Related Post: How To Take Great Photos For Your Blog Media Kits are like your digital flyers of promotions. They are like a sneak peak of what your brand is all about. The point of having a media kit is to  catch the eye of a brand or a company. This is something you submit for proposals. When I realized how important it is to have one, I started looking at how I can create a stunning and informative media kit. It seems overwhelming at first but it’s really not. Let me show you below the step by step process of how I did my media kit. Go to Canva and choose the “Resume” template. 2. Choose from their template options or designs. Choose a design that’s eye […]

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How To Afford To Travel To Your Dream Destination

Everyone loves to travel. Getting out into a new city and country, exploring all that it has to offer, and all-around escaping the humdrum of everyday life: it’s fun! And it’s even more enjoyable when it’s a place that we’ve wanted to visit for years. Then, it’s not just another destination to tick off the travel list; it’s a tick off the bucket list. Alas, some dream destinations become a ‘dream’ because they’re expensive. So does that mean you can’t visit them? No way. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can afford to travel there after all. Go During Low Season A destination may be hyper-popular, and thus more expensive, but it’s unlikely to be popular all throughout the year. For example, let’s take New York City. If you want to visit in the run-up to Christmas, then you’re going to end up spending more than, say, if you were to travel in January and February. In fairness, something may be missing from the experience if you go just after a big party has finished, but for most destinations, it’s all the same. Indeed, sometimes it’s even better without hordes of tourists.   Think Outside of […]

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How I Manage My Business & Personal Instagram Accounts

Not only have I asked a lot of times but I also see these questions from most of the social media FB groups I’m in. Do you only have an Instagram account for your blog or you also have a personal one? How do you manage personal and business Instagram accounts? I want to separate my personal Instagram account from my business but how do I do that? I personally have 2 Instagram accounts. One for blog/YouTube related content and the other for personal. A lot of bloggers think that managing 2 accounts can be overwhelming. We already manage Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter – adding another one to the pile can be daunting but it isn’t. There are ways you can easily manage them. I will show you my breakdown below on each account. Now, this is something that I have been doing for years and have worked for me, it might not work for you but nothing wrong with trying. I will talk about each topic and share to you what I do and don’t do. So read on…. SCHEDULING Now this is something that bloggers have been doing for a while. It makes our lives easier when it comes […]

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