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Blog Scheduling Tips

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There are times when I freak out because I have so many things coming in at once and I panic. I find myself frozen with anxiousness at how to manage it all in a fashion that makes sense.

There are other times when I am feeling extremely unmotivated to do anything, and then I become frozen with apathy.

Because of these moments I have come up with a blogging scheduling system that works the majority of the time for me. I thought I would share it for you in case you ever find yourself in these type of situations.

  1. Make a daily “to do” list with 3 or 4 things on them you want to accomplish that day and stick to them.
    • If you include too many things on the list this can lead back to that overwhelmed feeling. Sometimes on bad days I might include something I already did just to cross something off!
  2. Make long-term lists for future posts based on upcoming holidays/months/seasons.
    • I try and plan ahead 3 months at a time and think of important events I want to write posts about like Halloween, Christmas, etc.
  3. Schedule posts out using a calendar plugin, calendar app or manual calendar.
    • I downloaded the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin because I am a very visual person. When I see my posts scheduled in the calendar I can more easily see what needs to come next and when.
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Let’s Avoid Skin Cancer, Shall We?

Skin Cancer Prevention Month

May is skin cancer awareness month. But really it should be a year-round conversation because you don’t only get cancer or get exposed to UVA and UVB rays in the spring or summer. True, the sun’s rays are stronger now and daylight is longer during these months but really, skin protection needs to be done every single day of the year. 365 days. No matter the weather. No matter your skin type. Seriously.

I have been preaching about sunscreen since I was in my early 20’s and realized how damaging (and horrifically aging) the sun can be. And when I say preaching I mean preaching. Friends and family probably find me completely obnoxious about it. But I don’t care. I mean most cancers are not avoidable. Don’t you want to avoid the ONE that is basically completely and easily avoidable? Thought so!

Facts

Here are some scary facts about skin cancer from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health and the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • It’s the most common form of cancer in the US
  • Over 68,000 people are diagnosed with melanomas of the skin
  • Over 48,00 are diagnosed with an early form of the disease
  • Over 2,000,000 people are treated for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer every year
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

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Five Ways to a Fast Manicure

Five Ways to a Fast Manicure

Today I’ve got five ways for you to do a fairly fast manicure.

We all have those times when we really want (or need) our nail polish to dry SUPERFAST, right? For instance when you are just finishing a 5-hour Friday Night Lights marathon and it’s 1:00 am, but you just can’t go nekkid.

Or when you have an important day the next day but you just spent 7 hours straight pinning things on Pinterest and are exhausted from working so much.

Or even maybe when you JUST painted your nails but suddenly you have to pee worse than you ever have in your life and you need those nails DRY, darnit!

There are ways around this luckily!

Metallic Polish

OCC Nail Lacquer in Ripley-2

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Too Faced Semi-Annual Friends & Family Sale

Hey there!

Too Faced is having their semi-annual Friends & Family sale starting May 10 (today) and running through May 16th. This sale will offer 20% off everything when you use the code FFSPRING12.

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Common Blog Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Rookie Mistakes

It happens to all of us. We’re innocently checking out some new blogs then blam-o! We’re hit with flashing banners, or loud music or an indecipherable cursive font. Wait, what decade am I in? Is this 1999?

If you have a blog or are considering starting one, there are some definite do’s and dont’s you should be aware of. I made a few of these “don’t” mistakes when I was starting out also, so don’t feel bad if you’ve committed any of them. We don’t start off knowing everything, we learn along the way! :)

Themes

There are a million different ready-to-go blog themes out there for the various blog platforms, which is great. However you probably should customize it somewhat if you chose one of them. You don’t want a blog that looks exactly like hundreds of other blogs. If you can afford to have someone customize a personal design (or logo) for you, or maybe just tweak a design you like, it’s definitely money well spent!

Distracting backgrounds

It’s fine to have some kind of background pattern or texture for your blog. And by this I mean outside the main column where you write. Never put a background pattern underneath the main column. Subtlety is KEY here people. No colorful stars, no flashing anything, no neon cats. You get the idea, Subtle, subtle, subtle.

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