Want to Start a Blog?

I have had so many people ask me about starting a blog, what it took, and how I do it, so I thought I would give you a little insight to my blogging life and what it looks like. I hope this will encourage you to take the next step into blogging even if you have no mother-earthly idea of what you want to do with it. So, lets go over some things that would normally keep people from starting one.


  1. What do you do if you are not a tech wiz?

Okay, for all of you ladies and gents out there who, besides social media, have no tech experience it is okay! I honestly hate technology with a passion because I just don’t understand it. This was my biggest hang up when thinking about starting a blog. What-the-potato-chip was a domain name? And there is no way I am going to be able to format an entire website all by myself. 

Luckily for you the blogging site that I use (wordpress.com) is incredibly helpful and does most of it for you. With beautiful free templates, it almost feels like back when MySpace was a thing and you could customize your profile. It is pretty easy and they have videos that will walk you through your design process. I will say though, that this is not something you can throw together over night. I gave myself 4 months of prepping and designing before I launched my blog because I wanted it to look professional, I wanted to create content, and I wanted to hype up the start of it with some marketing. But, if you are like me and don’t understand technology, it is okay, you can still do it! Plus along the way you will learn a lot!


2.  How do I sign up for the free wordpress without seeing the @worpress.com after my username, letting people know it was free? I just want it to be username.com without having to buy a $250 annual subscription for my plan.

I am so glad you asked this question! There is an option to buy a username without having to buy a plan. Back when I did not want to buy a plan, I paid $18/year for my user name and used the free plan. This way I wasn’t breaking the bank, and I had the free plan and no one ever knew. Also, you can buy your domain name through WordPress.com which makes it even easier because it is a one stop shop!


3.   I need a lot of content right?

NO! You want to be consistent but research shows that blogs that post once a month with solid content are better that blogs that post every week with little to say and really hardly any “meat” to the writing. Don’t be worried that you will lose your audience in a month. Be consistent in whatever you do and as long as you hype up the blog before you post it, you won’t lose anyone.


 

With all this being said, don’t be afraid to put your thoughts out there. Don’t let your worry of how many people will view it or like it hold you back. If you want to do it, Gosh Dang It, then DO IT! It is fun and exciting and as long as you are doing it for you because you like it then other people will like it too.

Good luck on your blogging adventures and I will be seeing you on WordPress.com soon!

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Big Brother’s Season 19 Mark Jansen and Elena Davies Meet up

My husband and I had the honor of attending a Big Brother trivia event last night at Landmark Bar and Kitchen in the West 7th district of Fort Worth. The hosts of this event were season 19’s cutest showmance Mark Jansen and Elena Davies, more popularly known from the show as, MarLena. If you thought they were a cute couple on the show, you should see them in person.

Mark is one of the nicest people on the face of the planet and although you probably already knew that if you watched any part of the show, it couldn’t truer. He loves Elena and is a solid foundation for her. Without her even trying she brings the biggest smile to his face. You can tell that Mark is a bit more of an introvert than Elena but he was more than gracious to take pictures with all the fans and endure Elena and I blabbering on for far too long, so thanks Mark, you’re the real MVP!

Elena is a firecracker! She is the girl at the party who walks in and in 30 minutes knows everybody’s name and life story. She is so likable, outgoing, and undeniably herself. She has witty quick humor that had my husband and I laughing in tears at some points. She is clearly the extrovert in their relationship. The most inspirational thing about Elena is that she has healthy confidence. I feel like she is the person who is like, ‘Take it or Leave it’. She is herself and if you don’t like that then you can move right along because she doesn’t want toxic people in her life. She is truly someone who you want to be around because of her confidence and I mean come on… She is a total babe, so that helps.

After the trivia game they answered questions from the audience and were not afraid to talk about the hot topics such as Paul running the house and taking things further than just a game player, but someone who was hurtful. They talked about Josh and his relentless annoyance. I could never live in a house with Josh so props to them. Elena’s favorite person in the house, besides Mark of course, which was Ramses. I really wish CBS would have put more of Ramses in the show because from the way she was talking about him, he seams way cool.

I want to say a big shout out to Landmark for having the event at their facility, giving me the best seats in the house, and making a really yummy Big Brother inspired drink menu which I think they should leave on forever. An even BIGGER shout out to Ellis County Blue Line Moving Co. For funding the event and making it happen! Elena used them when her and Mark moved into their house together and highly recommended them for all moving needs! If you use the name Marlena when booking Ellis County Blue Line Moving they will give you 10% off.

All in all the event was super fun and we were so excited to be able to meet Marlena after and chat.

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Rachel’s Hope

My thrifting journey has started out really fun. I went to a place that I had never been before and found some really great things. I can’t wait to share it with you all and if you visit Rachel’s Hope let me know and I can celebrate with you!


About:

Rachel’s Hope is a boutique styled second hand shop that hand picks through the donated clothes, finds the highest quality items, and donates the rest to other resale shops. All proceeds go to Next Step Women’s Center “… To provide medical, educational, and individualized care that equips women and their partners to make informed decisions about their pregnancy and sexual health.” (via pregnancyaid.org).


My Experience:

I was impressed with how organized and clean their store was. I have been into some boutique styled second hand shops and their prices can be quite high for their “gently used” items. At Rachel’s Hope, they don’t pick out the name brands, hold them behind the register, and charge $40 for a battered coach purse. The prices were incredible, the quality was a good, and the atmosphere was light hearted and fun. I will definitely be heading back next time I am in Burleson, TX.


What I Got:

Jacket- Calvin Klein, mint condition, denim jacket for… wait for it… SIX DOLLARS (dramatic pause)! and to be honest even though everything in the store is so affordable, if I didn’t watch myself I could have easily left there spending over $50 with more that ten items, but I didn’t so I gave myself a pat on my back.

Scarf- This beautiful scarf was only $1.50 and came in great condition! No stains or permanent marks! I feel like it really pulled this outfit together.

Earings- Wow I am so in love with these earings! I can dress them up and down. Such a timeless selection and only $2.


Their Best section:

The best section at Rachel’s Hope were the jackets for sure! This is hard to come by in a resale shop because most thrift stores jackets aren’t the best quality and if you go to a boutique type resale shop they are expensive. The fact that there were honest, good, nice jackets (professional and casual) at an amazing price was really refreshing.

Rachel’s Hope: rachelshoperesale.org

Rachel’s Hope Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RachelsHopeResale/about/?ref=page_internal

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