A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post.
I'm often asked,
“Jessica, does it cost a lot of money to start a blog?”
So I knew it was something I needed to share with you, to help clear up any uncertainties or questions you have, by dropping a little realness with a side of "behind the blog" details, to answer this more in depth for you. And since this post touches on one of the most POPULAR topics around on the internet today... MONEY... I knew it was the perfect fit to work with Regions Bank on this post!
How Much to Charge for Blog Posts: When you're not sure what to charge, how to charge, and where to even begin, when it comes to writing a sponsored blog post for a business or company.
What started out as one blog post, quickly turned in to two. (Possibly even three, maybe four. The more I tell you, the more I think there's just ONE more thing that you should know, when it comes to blogging and working with brands.) So if you missed my first blog post, "What you Need to Know About Working with Brands", I recommend...
What You Need to Know About Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger | Influencer: From free products, to being paid for items you already use and love, I'm giving you a roadmap of what to say to brands from the get-go!
What You Need to Know About Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger | Influencer
It has been on my heart to share a certain couple of blogging related items with you lately, and over on Facebook, I polled you asking which one you'd like to see first. You all were so kind to contribute, and...
"Tips for Working with...
VIDEO: Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger - Target Shipment, Current Open Tabs on my Laptop + Airbnb Photoshoot Sneak Peek for upcoming photoshoot!
Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger
Ok, so now THIS was fun. While "working" the other day, I decided to have you join in to get a behind the scenes look at what it is that I actually do during the day while I'm working at home as a blogger/mom.
I've had people ask me recently,
Ok... so WHAT is it, that you actually do?
It makes me chuckle when someone asks that, because I totally...
Blogging Q+A - #5 Answering Your Blogging Questions: In today's laid back, informal video, I'm answering more of your questions that will hopefully help take your blog to the next level! Today's questions: How do you tag the business in your blog? I use Wordpress. What is a meta? How do you gain followers and subscribers?
Hey you! I'm tickled to be back with another blogging q+a video, answering YOUR blogging questions! If you've watched the previous 4 blogging q+a's, then you know that I adore sharing tips and tricks...
Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - The reasons why I love blogging so much, the reasons that make me want to pull my hair out, and the flat out "ugly" side of blogging.
Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Although blogging is by FAR my favorite hobby AND business, there are things associated with it that aren't my favorite, and some things that flat-out get the "ugly" label. So I wanted to share all of this with you in case you've found yourself asking,
"Is blogging right for me?"
"Should I start a blog, and would I even like it?"
This post has been sponsored by Coffee-mate® Creamer. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Tips to Avoid the Afternoon Slump: Whether you're at home with the kids, or in the office and need an afternoon pick-me-up, here are a few tips to help you overcome that dreaded slump and a free gratitude worksheet download!
Growing up, I always heard my mom and dad talk about "the slump" that they'd feel right in the middle of their afternoon. Then it wasn't long after I reached my early 30's, that I knew EXACTLY what they were talking about. I get sleepy, unmotivated,...
A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post.
Running errands, cashing checks, paying bills….and the list goes on. Yuck, right? There are SO many other things that I'd rather be doing, but when you're a busy mom like me with an ever-growing list of "don't forget to pick-ups", (or maybe the one who does most of the errands in your house), daily chores are just not at the top of my list of favorite activities. Anything I can do to get organized and make life easier is important to me, which is why I’m excited to be...
Finding Your Tribe of Gal Pals: Sometimes it takes a tough time in life to discover your true friends, but who says you can't look for them ahead of time? Here are tips for how to explore and build those friendships!
If you're a Fantabulous Insider, then you know that I share some of my deepest thoughts and real life-behind the scenes stories with you in those weekly love notes. In a recent email, I shared with you about how a few people in my life stepped forward during a really hard time, and how much that meant to me....
"You're a Cool Mom If" - From the Eyes of a 4 and 6 year old.
"You're a Cool Mom If..."
So I asked my boys,
What makes me a "cool mom"?
I mean, I've read a ton of articles about how it's important to be a parent, and not a friend... and I've even watched videos on how it's cool, to not be "cool".
But have you ever participated in one of those Facebook questionaries where you ask your kids the list of random questions, just to see what they say? They're a ton of fun, and their answers can be a hoot!
How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media: If you allow it, the online world can diminish your thoughts on self worth and value in minutes. Let's get in to your faith toolkit, and help you overcome these tough roadblocks in today's world.
How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media
Have you ever fallen victim to a social media “crap-storm”? I can tell you from experience that being on the receiving end is not fun, but maybe not for the reasons you might guess.
Now, before you go thinking that this is a rant about how unfair the world...
The Importance of Blogging Relationships, Even as an Introvert: Building blog relationships was and IS vital in growing my blog and I'm sharing how I build them, even in my yoga pants at home!
Hey introvert... so good to see you here!
Not an introvert? That's totally ok. You can keep reading because the tips I give in the video on building blogger relationships are critical for you too. I just call out introverts, because I've found that so many of us have found joy in blogging because we can communicate and be social, all while sitting in our yoga pants,...
Finding Your Purpose in Life - Have you ever felt like something is "missing" in life, even if you feel like you shouldn't? The guilt of feeling like something is missing, yet having so much to be thankful for, is a real struggle with so many women!
I love today's topic so much. As women, sometimes we feel like there has to be "more," but we have a mental conflict of guilt. You may find yourself saying...
"Why should there be more? I have a great marriage, wonderful kids, and a great life. But why do I feel like something is...
How to Overcome Feeling "Stuck" with Your Blog: When you lack inspiration and motivation, and feel like you're hitting a blogging "wall."
Hey blogger. If you're new here, I'm so happy you came by! If you've been a Fantabulosity follower for a while... well I'm glad you're here too! As some of you know, I've been blogging since 2011, and I've learned quite a bit. (From strategies and techniques, to how to make money blogging.)
It Was Hard to Find Answers
But there is one thing I remember clearly when I started out... it was SO hard to find answers to a...
How to respect your husband and How it May Save Your Marriage - Respecting our husband is HARD at times, but it could be what saves our relationships.
How to Respect Your Husband & How it May Save a Marriage
Respecting my husband. I'm awful at it.
Can I get real with you for a minute? Our 9 year wedding anniversary (but 19 years together) is coming up this week. For all of those years, I THOUGHT I respected my husband. I'd even argue the fact when we would get in to quarrels.
I mean, in my head I did respect him...
Blogging Q&A #4: How Did you Get Started + Did you Take Writing Courses + Blog Finance Tools. I'm answering a few of YOUR questions in this video!
Blogging Q&A #4 Video
Hey you. Answering your blogging questions fills such a wonderful space in my heart. I truly mean that. Each time I answer your questions, (See Q&A #1, Q&A #2, and Q&A #3 too!) it takes me back to the time when I first started blogging. The thoughts of,
Am I ever...
This post has been sponsored by Mott's®, NABISCO, and Ziploc® brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Avoid the Lunch Time Blues: Moms of school aged kids, let's keep things simple but fun for the kids by using handy containers and delicious snacks for lunch!
Hey you mom of a school age kiddo!
I totally get it. We start the school year thinking that we're going to have it all together and become the most amazing mom ever, by sending a lunch to school that makes all of the other kids envious. But mom, making lunch for your kids doesn’t have...
Blogging Q&A #3: My Turning Point, Facebook Ads + Do You Have to Have a Niche? I answer these three questions in today's video, hoping it helps SO many of you!
You know, I'm honestly not sure if there's anything better here in the blogging world than hearing from you all. When you ask these questions, it does SO many things. Here are just a few...
• Tells me you're there. Online can be so lonely at times, until others speak up and create a voice.
I Took YouTube Away from my Kids for a Week, and This is What Happened. This isn't another post on limiting screen time, or I'm a Better Than You Post...
In the event that this post gets shared on social media, I want to be completely up front with those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time. I write from passion, heart, and experience. I'm not a perfect mom. I'm not a perfect writer, and I'm sure as heck not a child psychologist. But I do speak from the heart, and adore sharing what I love...
Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money Blogging
Do you know how much I LOVE reading your questions about blogging?! You guys, they're so good, and they're real, straightforward questions. I so enjoying reading them and answering them. If you haven't submitted yours yet (or have more to submit) you can do that HERE! If you missed the first video where I answered your blogging questions, you can see that one HERE!
Ready to Start Your...
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine.
Check Out for a Day of Rest: Usually once a week, I'll "check out" and get off the map with my husband and kiddos for some mandatory distraction-free time.
"Check Out" for a Day of Rest
I've mentioned quite a bit lately on Facebook that we've spent an abundant amount of time on my parents farm. It's funny—when I was a little girl, I didn't appreciate the serenity of the country and farm life. I thought it was SO awful that I missed out on...