How To Brand Your Content Like a Boss!

How To Brand Your Content Like a Boss!

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Why Brand Your Content ?

Whether or not you are a Blogger or just looking to promote a Side Hustle , Product or Business …  You NEED Branded Content!

Branded Content not only looks more professional, it is a way for people to start recognizing you. Often you will associate certain colors , fonts & layouts as belonging to a certain person or product.

This = Branding.

How Do I Brand My Content?

One of the best ways to brand your content is with the use of styled stock photos. It took my Brand from a 2 to a 10 the moment I implemented the changes.

Let’s face it, not everyone is good with a camera or has the artistic talent and props to pull off a professional looking photo . I use a mix of Styled Stock Photos and my own photos but let me tell ya that the Stock Photos are a real time saver!

Where Do I get Styled Stock Photos?

I have a couple of places that I like to Shop for my photos , themes and fonts. They provide high quality images and affordable packages so whether you are a seasoned Pro or looking to get off on the right start , here are a few places you will want to have a look see …

Creative Market – Ahhh .. the beauty that can be found within these cyber walls ….  If you are unable to find something to fit your needs/style, well ..then you must not be human . It really doesn’t matter what your niche is … Creative Market has what you need!

Powered by Creative Market

Powered by Creative Market

Powered by Creative Market

Etsy is another great place to find stock photos, fonts and themes along with Elegant Themes.

 

Personalize your photos by using sites such as PicMonkey & Canva . They are both super easy to use and both have free versions as well.





You may even want consider having a Custom Made Logo and you can find some inexpensive options on Fiverr. 
(any kind of Logo Design for $5!! )

So to Sum it all up … Once you have decided on your Niche & Focus , It is time to Brand Yo’self!

  • Choose 2-4 Complimentary Colors
  • Use Clear Images that stand out
  • Find 2-3 Complimentary Fonts
  • Create Content

An additional thing to consider is having your brand or website name on all photos to watermark them. You WANT people to know who you are and how to find you!

If you would like to know more about Branding and How To Use Pinterest To Grow Your Business , you will definitely want to check out Pinning Your Way To Success.

Leave me a comment below and tell me What aspect of your Blog or Business are you struggling with?

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24 Of The Most Beautiful & Inspirational Journals and Notebooks

24 Of The Most Beautiful & Inspirational Journals and Notebooks




If you are anything like me then you rely on pretty journals, planners and notebooks to keep you organized and motivated!
I have several journals for different tasks and plenty of back ups as well.
I just can’t resist the temptation to stockpile them (with the intention of gift giving of course!)
Scroll through these stunning Journals and Notebooks … Do you see one you like?
I know several of them are calling my name!

Beautiful Journals , Planners & Notebooks

Etsy also has a great selection Of Journals , Planners, Notebooks and Diaries. Many of the selections on Etsy can be personalized or are printable so you can really customize. ( And while you are there check out some of the other beautiful organizational products that can be found)

I love having a Good Selection of things to write in. You never know when a moment of pure genius is going to strike and you will need to write something down in a hurry!

There are many uses for these beautiful Journals, Notebooks & Planners

  • make lists
  • schedule appointments
  • write down recipes
  • write down ideas
  • doodle

Having such Beautiful & Inspirational things to write in connects with me on a spiritual level. You want things in your life that are going to be a positive influence in some way, shape or form. And these journals certainly provide that for me.

Another thing about me is that I like Organization , sometimes to an OCD level. But I want to be able to locate the information I am looking for and find it is easy to do this when I compartmentalize.

Do You Use Journals, Notebooks or Planners? What is the main thing that you use them for?

I would be lost without my planners and notebooks!

Leave me a message below and tell me why you couldn’t live without your planner.

 

 




How To Relax At The End Of A Long Day

How To Relax At The End Of A Long Day

It has been a crazy busy week for me (what else is new? )
Between launches,working on course creation, creating new content, curating Boards, new clients and my every day tasks this week ..well I have been pooched!

So how do I relax after a long day? A nice long soak, a glass of wine and some meditation!

Thankfully one of my tasks this week was testing out some products From an Etsy Store called Georgia Charms.



Some of you may know that before I became a Blogger I had owned a Candle & Gift Store that was mainly handcrafted items. I am a HUGE Etsy fan and love to support smaller businesses , especially ones that focus on handcrafted products. And if they make products similar to the ones I used to make ..well ya, I am a tad bit biased.
I love testing out products .. I am a product Junkie!
Fact #1 – I Love Lush Products!

Fact #2 I LOVE Duplications of Lush Products even more!

I find that the smaller store owners really put some love & creativity in to their products. And Georgia Charms has some AMAZEBALLS dupes of some Lush Favorites.
I had the chance to test a few of her gems this past week , which was a really nice end to a long day … a few times!

So How Did The Products Compare?

To be quite honest with you … all of Georgia Charms products were better than the Lush Products that I have tried ..and remember.. I am a Lush Fan. This Girl knows her formulations!

The Giant Volumizing Sea Salt Shampoo did wonders for my hair! I never really had god second day hair and this shampoo not only gave a little lift to my baby fine hair but kept it from getting oily by the next day. Oh and it smells devine!

The bath bombs seemed to fizz forever and the bubble bars created a bubble bath like no other. I only used half as much as I would have of a Lush Bubble Bar and got twice the amount of bubbles! And again the smell …  soooo good! The Tardis Bubble Bar was my favorite one of all and is really a Unisex kind of scent. Unicorn Horn was a light feminine fruity smell (Lovespell Dupe)  and again crazy bubbles!

The Angel Skin Soapless Cleanser combined with a facial moisturizer by the same name has really evened out my skin tone . I don’t believe she has the moisturizer listed yet but hopefully she will list it soon because it is a winner!

 

I did an unboxing video which you can find on the sidebar. Do you want a review of the additional products that were in the box?  Which Products do you want to try?


A Healthier Alternative To Energy Shots – AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK

A Healthier Alternative To Energy Shots – AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK

A healthier alternative to energy drinks & shots? I honestly didn’t even know that there was such thing as a healthier version. I have always been one who thought that they were all bad for you! Now don’t get me wrong, I have been known to reach for an energy drink once in a blue moon because I feel like I need the extra lift and because I like the taste.

However, as someone who has dealt with anxiety ..well energy drinks can be a definite trigger for me!

So I was really hesitant to try it myself .. but I opted to give the Caffeine Free Version a try but more about that in a minute…

I needed a test subject who wasn’t generally adversely affected by caffeine …cue husband. I also had a second test subject for one of the varieties.

Test Subject 1 – aka “The Husband”

He started with the Caffeine Free variety – He said that he felt it gave him a couple of hours worth of extra energy.

He then tried the double the caffeine and felt that this one was just too much, even for him. Made him very jittery to say the least. The jittery feeling lasted for 20 to 30 minutes and then he felt , in his words, “energized to the max”. The energy he said lasted for approximately 4 hours.

And finally the 1:1 which is the regular variety – This one was the most pleasant of the flavors and gave him several hours of an uplifted energy (also roughly 4 hours). Not at all jittery and just felt like he could accomplish anything that day. So for him the winner was the regular 1:1 .. No Jitters & a more pleasant flavor with about the same energy he felt he got from the one with double the caffeine.

Test Subject 2 – aka “The Son” ( now before anyone gets all in a huff… my son is in his 20’s and volunteered. He is big in to nutrition and pre workouts , so he made a perfect person to test these. Not to mention his affinity to Energy drinks …

He only tried the 1:1  but said it tasted good and he took it one morning on the way to work because he was extremely tired and didn’t even realize right away that he just wasn’t tired anymore. He said that feeling lasted well in to the afternoon. Again the 1:1 got a favorable review.

And finally for my own thoughts on the product. I only tried the caffeine free , one I had already given the 2 bottles I had out to my other two testers and because I am sensitive to caffeine, more than 2 cups in a day and I am jittery and anxious usually, so I thought it best to play it safe with the caffeine free version. I had the perfect opportunity to test it as well. I had been up for a few hours already and honestly was ready to crawl back under the covers! I had absolutely no energy or ambition, then I remembered that I still had the Ruckpack shot. Within about 15 mins I honestly was not tired anymore . I sat for about another 30 minutes to see if I would get tired if I was still sitting and low and behold … nope! I got up got dressed and cleaned my bathroom. A glamorous task, I know but I REALLY did not feel up to it! Not only did I clean that bathroom so good that even Mr Clean would be proud , I got several other tasks accomplished as well. Had it not been for the energy the Ruckpack shot gave me I probably would be fast asleep dreaming that I had the energy to get things done! And of course because it was caffeine free, I did not suffer from any jitters!

RUCKPACK SHOTS ARE DESIGNED TO MAXIMIZE ENERGY & FOCUS WITHOUT DANGEROUSLY ATTACKING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM!

The shots are available in the following formulations and flavors:

– Raspberry Grenade: Naturally boost energy, endurance and focus with the only nutritional supplement born on the battlefield. We took out the caffeine and added a bunch of extra vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This multi-vitamin shot boasts the best non-caffeinated blend of taste, energy and focus in the market.

– Strawberry Assault: Naturally boost energy, endurance and focus with the only nutritional supplement born on the battlefield. With 120mg of caffeine and a delightful strawberry flavor, this shot is the perfect blend of taste, energy and focus.

– Citrus Ambush: Naturally boost energy, endurance and focus with the only nutritional supplement born on the battlefield. Natural Caffeine, colors, and flavors. With 240mg of caffeine, this shot is maximum energy for maximum effort.

With all the concern over the dangers of energy drinks and energy shots, it is time to offer the consumers a healthier alternative. With a non-caffeinated and a moderately caffeinated version, RuckPack offers alternatives to the current mega dosing of caffeine that currently exists within the energy shot market. RuckPack® Energizer Nootropic Shots are made with natural sweeteners, colors, and flavors. The caffeinated shot even contains natural caffeine from green tea. No sucralose. No synthetic caffeine. Plus, RuckPack® works to counter the negative effects of caffeine in other ways. Theanine helps blunt caffeine’s attack on the central nervous system while improving focus. Citrulline, a vasodilator is used to counteract the vasoconstriction caused by caffeine. We also add a powerful anti-oxidant, CoQ10, to restore a benefit of coffee lost during caffeine extraction. Now you can get all the benefits of caffeine while minimizing the side effects and bolstering the cognitive benefits! – RuckPack

Ingredient Information:

AlphaSize® Alpha-GPC – AlphaSize Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC) is considered to be one of the most effective brain nutrients in the world, and is used widely in clinical settings around the world to combat memory loss, cognitive dysfunctions, and dementias of various kinds. A-GPC also has utility in “mind-to-muscle” sports nutrition formulations, where it acts to optimize muscular power output, sharpen agility, and also delay mental fatigue. This is a result of the fact that A-GPC helps speed cell to cell communication through neuromuscular optimization, providing enhanced muscular power output and agility for active and athletic individuals. It also promotes the production and maintenance of human growth hormone (HGH), the body’s master hormone for maintaining youth, vitality, and body composition.

Theanine – The RuckPack Energizers use Theanine independently of or symbiotically with natural caffeine. Caffeine and Theanine are a found together in nature – in green tea – and we don’t want to mess with a good thing! Theanine itself has been shown to offer a stimulatory effect on the mind. Studies have shown that Theanine supplementation can result in increased alpha brain wave production, signifying a calm, focused, mentallly alert state. This non-sedating, focused-calm also works to blunt the harsh side-effects caffeine has on the central nervous system. Simply put, Theanine helps mitigate the negative effects of caffeine, while supplementing the positive mental benefits that caffeine has to offer. The Caffeine-Theanine relationship is so positive, it is the most common nootropic pairing for cognitive enhancement.

Tyrosine – Tyrosine is an amino acide used to combat depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), stress, Alzheimer’s, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also sometimes used to improve alertness following sleep deprivation. Tyrosine easily crosses the blood brain barrier to bolster cognitive functioning and it boosts dopamine levels in the body, thereby improving mood and motivation. Tyrosine, like other branched chain amino acids, assists in delaying the onset of fatigue during strenuous activity by minimizing the uptake of tryptophan to the brain.

MicroActive® CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) is a molecule produced in the body. It aids mitochondria during energy production and serves as a powerful anti-oxidant, protecting the body from the damage of free radicals. The Microactive form of CoQ10 maximizes bioavailabilty of this coenzyme, ensuring that the body recieves the maximum dose.

Citrulline Malate – L-Citrulline is used as a sports performance and cardiovascular health supplement and is proven to boost nitric oxide levels and improves the ammonia recycling process. L-Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise. Citrulline malate is a vasodilator that improves blood flow so well that it is has been proven successful in treating some forms of erectile dysfunction.

About The Brand:

Originally founded by Marine Special Operations Forces in the battlefields of Afghanistan, RuckPack is military service-member owned and operated. It’s a brand whose owners live by a code of service to country and community and who uphold the ideals of honor, dedication, and integrity. The RuckPack Team will never fall short of such ideals, and their products serve as an example of this dedication. RuckPack remains committed to their military roots, and everything RuckPack offers is designed with the warfighter in mind. RuckPack is made in the USA and is committed to giving up to 10% of profits back to charity.

RuckPack has been featured on Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank, Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg Radio, Fox and Friends, Marine Times, People Magazine and Google even featured RuckPack in a Google Apps commercial.

RuckPack has been generous enough to provide a coupon code for my readers. Use code BB064 for 20% off!

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