If you’re a blogger, you need to read this!

I’ve found some really useful blogging tips and articles lately, and wanted to pass them along! Thank you so much for my blogging friends for sharing! If you have any articles, or helpful tips please feel free to leave them in the comments! I’m of the mindset that we all can help to make each other better bloggers, rather than compete with each other.

Do you follow these guidelines? 10 questions to ask yourself before you publish that blog post

Tips and tricks for affiliate marketing making money from affiliates

Need help with utilizing Google +? I know as bloggers, we need to be using G+ but it seems to be a source of confusion and frustration for many. This article was really helpful and easy to read and implement! Let me know if you see more G+ shares. I know I did! :)
Change the way you G+ and get more shares!

Happy Blogging!
Amber

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iFabbo featured blogger

I hope you don’t mind me sharing, as I feel honored to be mentioned on the iFabbo website! If you haven’t heard of iFabbo and you are a blogger, you need to sign up!! It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and brands. They also have a great website with blogging tips, product reviews, videos, and an amazingly awesome and friendly staff!

If you have a minute, check out iFabbo and their Blogger Spotlight, featuring ME, and a few other lovely bloggers!
iFabbo Blogger Spotlight

Have a great weekend!
xo Amber

Versatile Blogger Award

I was recently nominated for the Versatile Blogger award, by a lovely gal who’s blog I’ve recently discovered. You should check her out, she’s a doll! I love her blog name too! :)

Thanks so much for the nomination Carrie!!

Visit her here Carrie the Grump

If you are nominated, here are the guidelines -
Thank the person who gave you award, and it’s nice to include a link to their blog.
Select blogs or bloggers that YOU enjoy reading, either a recent discovery or as a regular follower.
Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. Lastly, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Here are some blogs that I have been enjoying lately:

 
1. Jeanie @
Midnight Manicures
2. Amber @ Beauty Junkies Unite
3. Kelly @ Vampy Varnish
4. Heidi @ The Inside Out Beauty
5. Amanda @ Beauties in Bloom
6. Sal @ Petite Sal
7. Chickettes @ Chickettes
8. Christine @ 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic

Here’s 7 things that you may or may not know about me!

1. We are a blended family of 7. My husband and I have kids that are 20, 2 13 year olds,9 and 7.

2. I’m in the fight of my life against Chronic Lyme Disease.

3. I blog about beauty, because it’s what I love, and because I can’t immerse myself in being sick.

4. I’m a recently converted crazy cat lady. We got 2 kittens this a few months ago and I adore them!

5. My nails are never naked. I ALWAYS have polish on.

6. My most despised makeup related chore is washing my makeup brushes (hate it!!)

7. I can’t stand my eyebrows. I over plucked as a teen, and they don’t grow anymore.

Here’s one extra thing about me, because I’m super frustrated with this post right now!!
8. I am not the most patient person when it comes to the technical side of blogging. For instance, I have retyped this post several times over and I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY the majority is underlined and linked to Carries’ blog. Sigh. Oh well!

xo Amber

If you’re a blogging dummy like me….

You should really check out these sites that helped me tremendously when I moved from Blogger to WordPress recently.
By the way, I LOVE WordPress. SO.MUCH.EASIER. Just more user friendly for blogging in general!
Enough about me, go check these out if you are hitting some bumps along the way with your blog.

 

Do you have any helpful sites or tutorials you’d like to share?

Blogelina
Blogelina offers a blog transfer service as well as a blog and forum with loads of helpful information.

Beginner’s Guide to Word Press
WPBeginner is the easiest to follow “help” site for blogging on word press. There has been an answer to every question I have had since discovering this site.

 

Blogging. Where do I fit in?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, about my blog. Mostly, what type of blog I want to work to have, where my blog is going. That sort of thing.

Neither my blog nor myself “fit” into a specific category. I’m not sure why I’m stressing about that, but I am. Or, I was.

Why on earth do I need to categorize my blog or myself?! I blog for me, because I like the outlet(and I get tired of talking to the kittens while the kids and hubby are gone all day #crazycatlady) and because I love to talk/read/learn about all things beauty/nails/skincare/hair/makeup. My hub is an awesome listener and he always humors me when I’m talking beauty, but I don’t have anyone in the “real world” that will want to know what’s on my nails everyday. Or what shadows from my Urban Decay palettes I used in today’s FOTD. Or that LE MAC eyeliner I’m obsessed with. You get the picture.

 

I’m Amber, a 34 year old wife, Mom to 5, chronic Lyme disease fighter, depression and anxiety warrior, food allergy battling girl that loves to talk about all things beautiful. If I look good, I feel better.

That’s important to me. My blog is my escape from the everyday. MY everyday. Daydreaming beauty….you know, because I like to daydream about fluffy stuff. Sometimes life is stressful, painful, heart wrenching, depressing…

My blog is a little safe place for me, and when I come here I can forget, temporarily, about the things I don’t want to think about or feel.

 

So now that I have opened up about me, I’d love to hear from others. About anything. From nail polish and makeup, to depression and anxiety. Anything.

 

Post here, email me at sweetpea789946@gmail.com or find me on twitter @daydream_beauty

 

Thanks for listening!

xo Amber

 

 

Blogging sometimes makes me crazy…

I recently switched from blogger to a self hosted word press blog. I absolutely LOVE wordpress!
I am by no means an expert at blogging, html code and computers. WordPress is so much more user friendly and just all around easier! The aspect of blogging that I love is sharing things that I love! I love trying new products and learning about what works for me, and what doesn’t. I love the interaction with other bloggers, and learning about new products, seeing pictures and swatches. The technical aspect of blogging makes me stressed, and beyond frustrated!

I can be trying to do the most simple task in blog design or layout, but it can seem insurmountable. There is endless information on the internet that is outdated or just doesn’t work as far as blogging tips and tricks. I thought I would add some simple things that I’ve figured out how to do. If you are an experienced blogger, this will be something I’m sure you’ve already figured out. But just maybe, if I help a few people that are like me and not very computer literate, my frustration in figuring this out will be worth it!

Another blogger that I follow created some really adorable social media icons. You can download them at her blog here 15 Minute Beauty

First, you’ll want to save those images to your computer. Following is how I added them to my WordPress blog. Add the images you wish to use to your media library in WordPress.

-Create a new post
-Click “add media”
-add images from the media library
-click image within post to edit
-clear the link/url field and paste a direct link to your social media account that corresponds with the icon you are downloading.

Now, go back to your unpublished post and click from “visual” to “text.”
-Copy this html code
-Go to appearance - widgets - text box and drag to the spot on the right that you want your icons to appear.
-click on the text box and add a title
-paste the html code in the box below your title
-save
-go to your blog page and verify that the icons work

That’s it!! I know, it sounds so easy, but it took me a while to figure out how to do it!
I’d love to hear your favorite blog tips!

xo Amber

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