This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine.Mobile Office Day Bag Organization & Must Haves. When out and about running errands, heading to appointments, or for an office-on-the-go, my day bag is ready!Mobile Office Day Bag Organization & Must Haves
After taking the role of "work at home mom" for the last 5 years or so, I've nailed my day bag organization down to a science and I can't WAIT to show you how I keep my sanity when I'm out and about. Whether it's my mobile office, a day as a mom...
My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging: The camera, lenses, lights/light, microphones, and equipment that I use to create videos for my blog.My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging, Vlogging + YouTube
I have loved being on camera since my parents took the plunge and bought one of those 1980 CamCorders, that you put on your shoulder. You know the ones... they were so heavy your shoulder would start hurting after 5 minutes of filming a kid opening up his presents on Christmas morning?When I'd see my mom yank that sucker out of the cabinet, I would nonchalantly walk in front of...
Blog Income Report: December 2016 A look at the actual income streams for my lifestyle blog, for December. Sponsored work, affiliates, advertising, sales, & more.I'm so excited to have you over here to share in this blogging income update with me. For a while now, I've been creating these income reports, because I'm often asked, "How much money can you make, blogging," and to help show those who have purchased my "How to Make Money Blogging," video course, that it CAN be done!
Each time I share an income report, I always make sure to be completely upfront and honest...
Blog Income Report: (October) November 2016... an honest look at what income the Fantabulosity blog brings in each month, and which revenue streams are used.Blog Income Report
I totally slacked. I didn't do an income report for the month of October. I'm not really sure what happened, besides being incredibly busy preparing for the holiday season. November and December tend to be the craziest months all year long for me in the blogging world, and personally. So I'll just say it was that.However, I'm still happy to include the income for the month of October, but I just won't create...
DIY Backdrops for Food & Blog Photography: A quick and simple way to achieve the backgrounds and backdrops that you desire, without having to use your real spaces.Since starting this blog, back in 2013, I had always wanted a big, beautiful BRIGHT white kitchen, to take all of my photos in. But there was one big problem...I had a big, beautiful, DARK brown, kitchen. My builder husband, tends to always go in the brown (safe) color pallet for a "resale," factor. It was time to get creative, and think of how I could pull off the look that I wanted,...
Blog Income Report: September 2016 | Showing you the truth behind Fantabulosity’s income, and breaking it down, to show you how I make money blogging.Blog Income Report: September 2016
Now that I've been sharing my income reports (see my very first income report) for a while now, you probably know that I include the actual income that was generated & created for the month, AND the future work that I have nailed down for the future month. I think that’s super important to break down and consider as well, because it’s work (income) that is shored up for the next month, that you can start...
Blog Income Report: August 2016 | Showing you the truth behind Fantabulosity’s income, and breaking it down, to show you how I make money blogging.Blog Income Report: August 2016
I'm a little late this month on sharing my blog income for August, so please pardon my tardiness! I've been a bit busy around here, preparing for the Inspired Retreat that I'm speaking at, and a full load of sponsored posts. I love the Fall, because you can really fill up your editorial calendar with brand-sponsored work. A lot of big brands will spend a lot of their marketing dollars in the Fall...
Lifestyle Blog Photoshoot: As a lifestyle blogger, a photo shoot at least once a year, can be a super handy tool in your toolbox...Some may ask, "Why in the heck do you have a photoshoot of yourself?" No really, I totally get it, and I understand why you'd ask that question. Spending a day in front of the camera, (when you are FAR from being a model), can be quite awkward. So why do it?... besides the fact that a camera can catch you at your worst, especially while trying to eat an ice cream cone & laughing at...
Blog Income Report: July 2016 | Showing you the truth behind Fantabulosity's income, and breaking it down, to show you how I make money blogging.Blog Income Report: July 2016
I'm often asked:
Jessica, how does this even work? How do you make money; sharing recipes, showing photos of your house, and throwing parties?
I love this question. It's a loaded question, but I love it. It's not because I love talking about myself, or how I make money doing what I love... it's because I get to see the looks on the faces of those that ask, when I tell them all of the...
It's almost as if there's a feeling of "Now what?" as I reveal my home office makeover. Why? Because I've been teasing promising you for so long, that I'd have it done soon, and it seemed as if I kept finding ONE more thing that would just look PERFECT for the office, so I needed to wait one more week before the photo shoot.I'm happy to say, I finally found that "ahhhh," moment, and decided it was time to reveal. (You know, the day after my new white Keurig came in the mail. I had to wait for that...
The bags under my eyes were getting darker and darker.
The cups of coffee weren't doing what they used to.
My kids weren't getting the attention I wanted them to have.
Things were spiraling out of control.Fantabulosity was growing, and I could no longer handle the things I wanted to handle, due to running out of time, or the lack of knowledge on how to create what I needed. Things like:
• A new logo
• A new one-pager that explained who I was, so I could "pitch," to big name brands.
• Getting all of the marketing material lined out for my speaking arrangements.
I want to be the first to say, that posing for photos by yourself in front of a camera, and a photographer, can be one of the most difficult & electrifying things I have ever done...Luckily, my girl from A.G. Photography helped make it a "fab," experience by making me laugh, and become more comfortable as the day went on. Yes, I said, "day." Like... "whole day." That poor soul...I had told her that I wanted to "hang out," and capture the things that I adore.
If you've been hanging around for some time, you know that I hold a...
I think I'm just NOW picking myself up off of the floor, from the astonishment of how fascinating last weeks Blogging Workshop turned out.
As I said on the "live," stream, I thought like ONE person would be on to watch. Seriously you all... there were 128 (not that I counted) people who attended and watched. My heart is FULL.
I promised you all the links to my favorite blogging must-haves, to make life a little easier on you.
If you missed the LIVE Blogging Workshop, no fear. I've had TONS of requests to do it again, because of some that weren't...
How to Edit Photos: Beginner Programs & Software - These free & paid options are my favorite way to edit photos as a beginner, and even still today!How to Edit Photos
Honesty Moment: When I first bought my camera, I thought I would be able to push the button, and I would have fantabulous images immediately.
Now even though I've gotten better at taking photos, and have all of the photography equipment that I need to operate my blog...I still need to edit them. Reason being, it could have been a quick moment that I didn't have time to adjust...
Many of my friends and family ask me, "Jessica, what does a blogger actually do?" I won't lie. When I first started telling people that I "blogged," I almost said it with a little "shame," because I felt people would look at me like, "Oh...so you don't really do anything, so you just say you're a blogger so you can act like you really "do" something." I have no idea why I thought that way in the beginning. Perhaps it was my insecurities of caring what people really thought about me.But with some help along the way, such as:...
5 Bloggers to Follow: Fabulous sources for creative ideas, delicious recipes, down to earth & relatable stories, and so much more! You know I love you all for following me on my crazy adventures, right? Well, I do. It BLOWS my mind when I run in to someone and they say, "I follow you on your blog and I love (fill in the blank.)" Or when someone new signs up to receive new posts by email, I get all giddy inside with flattery.
5 Bloggers to Follow
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that if you follow me, I can...
I remember when Jessica emailed me to ask how to get started blogging. I was so excited! I thought, “This is so cool! Someone I know wants to blog!”Which leads me to my first piece of advice.Your family and friends will think that you’re nuts. You’ll be staying up late or getting up early to write your blog posts. Kids will be sick. Your website will crash. You’ll need grit, but you absolutely can do this! Decide now to do it and don’t give up.
There are two roads to blogging.
So let’s say you’ve just bought your first domain. How...
How to Start a Blog: A quick and easy to understand blueprint of how to become a blogger and the first step to get paid to blog, write, and even make money from home! I'm ecstatic to be creating this tutorial on how to start a blog!I've had a lot of followers contact me recently, asking how they would go about starting a blog like I did.So, to best answer your questions, I came up with FIVE quick steps to get you started....