Farmhouse Bedding on a Budget

Farmhouse style has infiltrated almost every aspect of home decor in the past few years, including the bedroom. Here are a few of our favorite farmhouse bedding options under $100!  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Duvet Covers & Bedspreads Farmhouse style bedding is typically found in neutral shades, however I believe you can throw some color in there once in a while too! Most of these examples are duvet covers. I love my duvet and have had it for years! They allow for easy storage of multiple covers that take up minimal space, and I can justify changing out my bedding more often. There are 1 or 2 bedspreads thrown in the mix, just incase the duvet is not your thing. 1. Merryfeel Seersucker 100% Cotton Duvet Cover Set.  BUY NOW! 2. Rural Dandelion 100% Cotton Duvet Cover.  BUY NOW! 3. Softta 100% Cotton Duvet Cover Set.  BUY NOW! 4. Pure Era Jersey Knit Duvet Cover.  BUY NOW! 5. Lausonhouse 100% Linen Duvet Cover Set.  BUY NOW! 6. Laurel Foundry Savin Quilt Set.  BUY NOW! 7. Merryfeel 100% Cotton Duvet Cover Set.  BUY NOW! 8. Softta 100% Cotton Duvet Cover Set.  BUY NOW! 9. Susybao 100% Natural Cotton Duvet Cover.  BUY NOW! 10. Lausonhouse 100% Cotton Duvet Cover Set.  BUY NOW!   Throw Pillows & Blankets Throw pillow and blankets can make your room so cozy. Farmhouse style definitely supports going all out with the bedroom accessories. This is…
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Inspirational Books to Read in 2018

I am always looking for good things to read. This list is short but these books have been the cornerstone of my faith and purpose this year. I hope you will  be inspired try a couple of them! This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. The book that has had the biggest impact on me this year is Called to Create. Jordan Raynor shows you how your faith in God can be a huge part of your businesses success. I devoured this book in just a few days, it’s a must read for anyone that runs a Christian business. Buy through my Affiliate Link here.   This book makes you want to take the world by storm. Highly regarded author uses the visual image of the lion to make you inspired to want more! Buy through my affiliate link here.   Daily devotions are so important for keeping my thoughts on the right track. This book is perfect for short devotions that require you to be still. For some of us, that is the biggest challenge we face every day. Buy through my affiliate link here.   Our church recently did a study on this book. The focus on living is not on perfection or business, but enjoying life as it is one breath at a time. No more worries to work faster, push harder and produce more. This year more than ever I have felt overwhelmed and exhausted trying to work to produce all the time. Rest,…
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17 Awesome Ways to Design Blog Graphics in Canva

Designing graphics isn’t hard when you know a few tricks. Here’s how I make the graphics I use on all my social media with the free Canva program!  Designing Graphics in Canva Designing graphics isn’t as hard as you might think. Every blogger uses graphics for one reason or another, but you can also use graphics for websites, brochures,  invitations, print media such as letter head, business cards and more. Graphics are easy to make for any purpose with a free design tool like Canva.  Canva requires you to create a free account with a valid email address. I love this tool for a number of reasons. Here’s how I make all of my graphics here on the blog. I am not a graphic designer, although I have considered taking graphic design classes many times. I get hung up on fonts, there are so many beautiful ones to choose from! The best graphic designs for blogs and social media are easy to read with simple text. I recommend that you find one font that goes with the general design of your blog and stick to it. You can certainly change it down the road, but it pays to be consistent with your look and develop your brand identity. How to Use Canva Canva.com has beautiful images and graphics all put together for you to choose from. This is a huge time saver. Every social media has it’s own image size. This makes a nightmare of different sizes to remember when you are trying to design a different image for every…
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How to Fix Your Blog When It’s Dying a Slow Death

If your blog is dead and dying this post is for you! We have all felt like our blogs are stagnant at one time or another, here’s how to fix it! HOW TO FIX YOUR BLOG WHEN IT’S DYING A SLOW DEATH A year ago, I was about ready to give up on blogging forever. I was making no money and had steadily decreasing page views. I was working all the time and getting no where. Today, page views are up, the income is starting to roll in and I am feeling more in control of my future. What changed? Me! I decided to become educated about why my 8 year old dinosaur blog was dying a slow death. HOW TO FIX YOUR BLOG The Genius Bloggers Tool Kit has been one of my best resources on learning to blog. THIS TOOL HAS CHANGED MY BLOGGING LIFE. Make no mistake, I already knew how to blog when I purchased it. What I didn’t know, what that what I had learned when I started blogging was no longer valid. Our blogging business is a fast changing world. Eight years ago when I began blogging, it was easy to learn. You wrote a post about your family or maybe making some crafts, took photos and pressed publish. Readers would flock to your posts, you had great traffic and everything was great. Today’s Blogging World Today, blogging is competitive. Being a blogger is overwhelming. Building your email list, having the right keywords, SEO, Pinterest graphics and social media, even the readers have changed. Readers…
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Blogging as a Business

Blogging as a business is tough. There have been lots of changes in the blog world the last few years. This is a post that I never expected to write. Blogging as a business is a tough job. There is so much competition today, millions of users write blogs. It wasn’t always like this. My Blog Business Story I began writing seven years ago as kind of a personal journal. We were going through a lot of financial and personal struggles. and blogging was a way to focus on the beautiful side of life and worry less about the hard things. Three years ago, I decided to get serious as a blogger and make blogging my primary business. This was never my intention as I originally began writing just for fun. When I decided to become a business, I stretched myself to learn a little more each day. I learned Blogger, Word Press, new social media platforms, photography, Adobe Lightroom, PicMonkey, Picassa, Photoshop and other related computer programs. I learned to stage my money shots, link up to blog parties, find and work with brand sponsors. My Blog Business Updates Last summer I spent weeks re-writing my old content. I updated dozens of photos, added affiliate links and SEO to my old posts, along with new custom graphics for Pinterest on a total of more than 200 posts. I also redirected hundreds of blog pages to make my blog more efficient and run smoother. To make my site more appealing, I hired designers to install a new theme, and redesign…
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Preparing for a Blog Conference

I have been running about getting ready for my next blog conference. Preparing is time consuming, it always takes more organization than I planned. I decided that if I wrote a blog post about it, I could just refer to my post when time was short. I am sure there are other bloggers who feel the same way and are scrambling at the last minute.   First order of business is the luggage. I have been searching the thrift stores for an extra large suitcase with wheels. The insider blogging trick is to bring two suitcases, one large, one small to the conference. By putting one suitcase inside the other for the trip, you will have less baggage to worry about. For the return trip, the large suitcase is used to hold swag, that is all the products the wonderful sponsors supply us with at the conference. The small bag is used for the rest of your belongings, which is a test of your true packing ability. Don’t forget to label your base with name, address, cell phone number and blog name.   Minimal Conference blogger essentials include: At least 100 business cards Cell phone and USB charger Wireless charger for use during the lectures Head phones Power strip for charging multiple devices in your hotel room with your roommates iPad or laptop (I use mine for taking notes and pictures during the conference). Tote bag for picking up swag at the vendor booths, mine has my logo on it.   Wardrobe essentials: Layers are preferred, it gets cool sitting…
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Craft Room Decor

I finally have a craft room. Well, it’s not really a craft room. It’s more like a craft space. I have had very few creative spaces other than the kitchen table in our home. Having a place to work seems like a tremendous luxury. Our new home is no different, there isn’t a lot of extra room for me to work in. So, I have a little secret. You may not like it. You might think it’s crazy. You may think it’s ridiculously impracticle. My new craft space is in the JOHN. Yup, it’s in an unused corner of a ginormous, impracticle bathroom. Having a craft space in the bathroom has its advantages. For example, the doors all lock (yes, there is more than one door). My kids won’t bother me in there. Privacy is definitely a plus. The space has good lighting, also a plus. This is a temporary situation until we remodel the bathroom, but for now it will do. I found these wall shelf brackets at the local Habitat store. The table has been around a while, it repurposed with a new coat of paint for the occasion. My trash can lamp offers more direct light for detailed projects. I use the mason jars on the shelf to store buttons, pens and even glue sticks. I found extra space to store my spools of thread on the top of the window ledges. It’s not a problem for me to reach up there and grab what I need. The quote on the wall was left there by the…
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