Christmas Planner

Get organized this Christmas! Christmas Planner. Holiday Planner.

Are you overwhelmed and stressed every holiday season? That is not the way it should be. A little planning can go a long way and can help us focus on the real meaning of the season: our Savior’s birth!

I encourage you to step back and focus on what matters the most this Christmas. While it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season, I have found that planning ahead and staying organized minimizes the stress. It helps to keep my focus on the real joy of the season and helps me enjoy celebrating with family and friends.

I cannot promise you a stress-free holiday season, but I have a tool to help you get organized this Christmas.

My Christmas Planner is a simple 12 page printable planner. Many of the planners I have come across feel so hectic, so I wanted to create a simple version. I left off many of the pictures and icons to help save your printer ink.

I hope you find it helpful to plan ahead, get organized, stay under budget, enjoy your traditions, and create memories with your family.

Get Organized this Christmas

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

The Christmas Planner includes the following pages:

  • Cover Page
  • Gift List – get this page free here!
  • Christmas Card List
  • Party Planner
  • Menu Planner
  • Recipe List
  • Traditions & Memories Tracker
  • Christmas Budget
  • To-Do List
  • Notes Page
  • November Calendar Page
  • December Calendar Page

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars. Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

If you want to stay organized this holiday season, now is the time to start! 

While the calendar pages are for 2016, the rest of the pages are undated so you will be able to use the planner in future years.

Get your Christmas Planner here!

If you want to try out one of the pages, here is the Christmas Card List from the planner. Get the free PDF here. 

Christmas Gift List Printable

How do you plan to get organized this Christmas?

Get organized and minimize your stress this holiday and Christmas season with this 12 page Christmas Planner printable. Plus: print off the free gift list printable. Includes: Christmas Card List, Recipe List, Notes, Party Planner, Menu Planner, Traditions and Memories, Gift List, To-Do List, Christmas Budget Page, November and December holiday calendars.

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20 Ways to Get Healthy

Sometimes BIG health changes are necessary, but I find that it’s easier to make small, simple changes when trying to improve on my health. It’s easier to make simple lifestyle changes that last than to make changes so drastic that the changes are hard to maintain. Today I am sharing 20 ways to get healthy. Some of the changes are bigger than others, but just starting somewhere is the key!

Exercise

Schedule your work outs in. If you don’t write exercise into your schedule, you may not get around to it. At the beginning of the week look at your schedule and make a plan. Add your work out to your calendar and stick to it!

Make a Health and Wellness plan. Sometimes just taking a step back and evaluating where you are with your health and wellness can be motivating. Use this Health & Wellness Planner to help you set goals and track your progress.

20 Ways to Get Healthy

Pick an efficient work out. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is an efficient work out when you are short on time. When you don’t have a large window of time, focus on quality, not quantity. This list also includes links to videos and other work outs that are helpful if you have trouble setting aside a large amount of time to work out.

Set out your clothes the night before. If you are off to work in the morning, all you have to do is grab your gym bag as you head out the door. As you leave work, you won’t have the excuse that you don’t have your gym clothes along.

Track your progress. Write out the detail of your exercise each week or just check off that you did something. Many say a key component of achieving a goal is to write it down. It’s motivating to see the number of days you work out add up. It can also motivate you to improve week to week. Use my free Fitness Tracker printable to record your weekly work outs.

Have a list of work outs ready to go. If you work out at home, don’t spend the first 10 minutes of your work out finding the perfect online work out video. Have a list of your favorites, so you can use your work out time efficiently. Here is a list to get you started.

Walk on your lunch break. Not only will you be efficiently fitting exercise into your day, but you will probably feel more alert in the afternoon. 

Get more fitness tips here: Over 30 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Daily Routine

Diet

Stay hydrated. Be careful about what beverages you consume. Stay away from sweetened beverages that are loaded with extra sugars and empty calories. Stick to water for most of your beverage intake throughout the day. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Each Day.

Or make your own drink with less sugar. Try Pomegranate Spritzer or Thirst-Quencher’s Lemonade.

20 ways to get healthy

Keep the junk OUT of the house. This is key for me! When I have a bag of candy or quart of ice cream in the freezer, it’s on my mind. Often. I sometimes wonder why I have so much self-control in some areas and very little in others! If I don’t even buy the treat, I am much better off! Because I joined the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge I learned many of the names for sugar. My go-to treats contained quite a few of them. Keeping the treats out of the house makes it easier for me to avoid the extra sugars and calories.

Be prepared and keep healthy snacks on hand. If I have fresh fruit or veggies cut up and ready to go, I am much more likely to reach for them instead of a less healthy snack. When you get home from the grocery store, spend a few minutes washing and cutting up the fruits and veggies. Put them front and center in your refrigerator so you are more likely to grab them. Once your veggies are cut up, try this Sweet Red Pepper Hummus recipe and avoid the added sugars hidden in store‑bought dips. Consider fresh fruit topped with full fat, plain yogurt.

Watch for places where you have total control over removing the added sugars. Tea and coffee are great places to start. Instead of sweetening your coffee or tea with sugar, consider adding SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener instead. For every two teaspoons, or two packets, of sugar you cut, you save yourself 8 grams of added sugar. You could also try a cappuccino or latte sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg, and sweetened with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener.

20 ways to get healthy

Watch for sugar in condiments, store bought sauces, and salad dressing. Consider making your own. Try out this recipe for Citrus Vinaigrette.

Experiment with reducing or replacing sugar in your favorite recipes. I have been trying this out recently. I have reduced or replaced sugar when making energy bites, granola, french toast, oatmeal, and more. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener gives a great sweet taste without the calories, added flavors, or artificial ingredients.

Get your entire family involved. It’s easier to make diet changes when you involve your family. Add more fruit and veggies to your entire family’s diet. Consider a garden and get your children involved in the maintenance. Teach your children the benefits of fueling their bodies with healthy food. 

Eat more whole foods. Your body will thank you if you eat more whole foods. Start with simply eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting out processed snack foods.

Focus on a daily habit. Sometimes the best way to start a new habit is to force yourself to do it daily until it becomes your new routine. Make it a daily habit to…

  • Start your day off with a healthy breakfast
  • Drink plenty of water each day
  • Eat fruit and veggies with each and every meal
  • Eliminate late-night snacking

You may notice that many of the diet changes focus on sugar. I joined the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge in October. It wasn’t always easy to cut back on sugar as I neared the end of my pregnancy, but I was still able to make changes and focus on my sugar intake. 

Simply being more educated about sugar made me more aware of all the sneaky places sugar can show up. There are more than 40 names for sugar that may appear on the ingredient lists of the food you eat. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is an alternative that gives a great sweet taste with no added flavors and no bitter aftertaste. It’s available at retail stores nationwide in 40 and 80 count boxes. For more information, visit SplendaNaturals.com.

Self-Care

Focus on getting plenty of sleep. If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Begin your day with quiet/alone time. I find that if I have even a few minutes alone in the morning, my day runs more smoothly. I enjoy waking up before my girls instead of with them, as this gives me time to enjoy my coffee, read my devotion, and hop on the computer. Consider creating a morning routine as a way to reset your morning and get your day started right.

Get outside. Getting outside can restore your mental energy, relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and improve your mental health. Get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and a change of scenery by getting outside.

Know what refreshes you. Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!

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20 Ways to Get Healthy

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Monthly Goals – November

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My Monthly Goals…Why do I set them? Why do I share them here?

  • Setting goals helps me remain focused.
  • Sharing my goals helps to hold me accountable.
  • I hope that it may inspire you to set goals for yourself.

Are you new to goal setting? Here are a few posts that may help or inspire you:

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Sleep

October: I don’t have much control of my sleep at 36+ weeks pregnant and when the baby comes I definitely will NOT have control of my sleep! So my goal for October is to keep my daughters well-rested. I would like them in bed at or before 8:00 every night. I am contemplating moving this earlier. – The girls sleep was a success in October!

November: Haha! Sleep. Baby boy was born late October…

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

November Home Goals

  • Enjoy newborn snuggles and get him sleeping stretches at night.
  • Spend one-on-one time with the older kiddos. There have already been a few struggles, so I want to make sure the older two are still getting quality attention from me.
  • Get my kindergartner to school on time. You may laugh at that goal, but 8 AM drop-offs won’t be easy on me with a newborn at home. If there is ever a morning that all 3 children are sleeping at 7 AM, I will be very sad to have to wake them all up and get up myself!
  • November Mini Goal: Be thankful and look for joyful moments. Record the moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day.

 

October Blog Goals

  • Complete Christmas Planner (done!) and write blog posts for the planner.
  • Complete two sponsored posts. – Done.
  • Clean up subscriber list in Mailchimp. This is to keep e-mail list costs down. – Done, but I need to do another round of this within the next few months.
  • Update savings schedule printable. – Not yet complete.
  • Make tentative posting plan for October – December. – I worked ahead more than usual for me, but didn’t get through December.
  • Promote The Genius Blogger Toolkit. Sign up to be notified of the next bundle. – Somewhat done. Baby came mid-bundle, so it wasn’t as much a priority.

November Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie.
  • One sponsored post.
  • I set up a Blogging Tips & Resources e-mail list. I have a few e-mails planned, but want to set up more of a plan for these e-mails. Sign up for the Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter here!

Blogging Tips and Resources

If you blog about goals, I would love to have you stop by the first Wednesday (at 7 AM EST/6 AM CST) of each month to linkup your goals post. We look forward to reading your posts and encourage you to look around at the other posts linked up here.

Please join us to share your goals and progress for the week, month, or year. We are all about building a positive community; please remember to read, comment on, and share the post of others. 

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The Ultimate Blogging Resource

The Ultimate Blogging Resource

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Blogging is not always easy. It can be overwhelming. Many bloggers run out of steam before they reach their full potential.

You start looking for ways to build your blog, but before long your inbox and brain are filled with conflicting opinions. You wind up feeling MORE overwhelmed than you were in the first place.

One thing that I quickly learned is that you need to focus on what works for you. It’s key to research and learn what is applicable to your blog and your business, and ignore the rest. Or write it down to be a priority in the future.

You don’t have to do all the things to be a successful blogger.

Whatever your blogging goals – whether it’s time management, increasing income, growing an audience, addressing technical challenges, or just staying current without spending a fortune – I want to share this with you. If you know you need to make changes in your blogging routine but lack the roadmap (or even the motivation) to do so, The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit will help you.

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is a collection of 62 eBooks, eCourses, audios, and printables on blogging from some of the greatest mentors out there. The FULL list is included at the bottom of this post.

The combined value of the resources in the toolkit is over $3,600, but you get everything for 98% off! The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is available until Tuesday at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

{Update} The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is no longer available, but Ultimate Bundles continues to offer other bundles throughout the year. If you do not want to miss out on future bundles, sign up here to be notified. I will keep you in the loop of future bundles and occasional flash sales!

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Here’s everything you get when you buy The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit:

  • A comprehensive collection of 62 eBooks, eCourses, audios, and printables covering almost everything you could want to know about how to grow your blog and work smarter, including how to…
    • boost your traffic,
    • earn more money,
    • master social media,
    • improve your SEO,
    • create and sell products,
    • share inspired content,
    • maximize your email list,
    • and so much more.
  • A unique Genius Blogging Essentials eCourse to help you pinpoint exactly which resources are right for you right now, so you can take action immediately. This will help if you don’t know where to start after purchasing your bundle.
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Because of Ultimate Bundle’s commitment to including only the best eBooks, eCourses, audios, and printables, over 180,000 people have purchased one of their bundles over the past five years.

The bundle includes 24 eBooks, 33 eCourses, and 5 printable packs valued at $3,665.40. The 17 digital bonuses are valued at $1,387.00.

Blogging Resources

These resources will help guide you through the journey. Some of the titles I am most excited about include:

  • 17 Strategies I Used to Go from 17K to 350K+ Pageviews in 9 Months by Lena Gott
  • Blogging Roadmap: The Simple Method for Creating A Profitable Blog by Wellness Mama
  • Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook Master Package by Abby Lawson (I already owned the book, but am excited to now have the Master Package! The Master Package includes 20 step-by-step instructional video tutorials, 18 video interviews with expert bloggers, blog binder printables, and access to private Facebook group. Check out what is included in her Master Package and you will see how valuable of a resource this is!)
  • FB Ads for Beginners by Beth Anne Schwamberger
  • How to Move from Blog to Business by Caz and Craig Makepeace
  • Pinaffiliate Masterclass by Adeline Ganley
  • Social Media Marketing Workbook and Planner: How to Master Engagement in 15 Minutes a Day by Dwainia Grey
  • Strategies Worth Sharing eBook & Workbook by Brittany Ann (this is about Facebook)
  • The Daily Productivity Guide for Bloggers by Ruth Soukup
  • The Must-Have Guide To Blogging: How I Built and Grew a Profitable Blog (and You Can, Too!) by Kayla Aimee
  • The Ultimate Freelancer Tax Guide by Caitlin Pyle
  • And SO much more…

 Here are a few of the resources included:





Here is the FULL list of all the resources included:

Professional Blogging

  • Blogging Roadmap: The Simple Method for Creating A Profitable Blog by WellnessMama ($97.00)
  • Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook Master Package by Abby Lawson ($75.00)
  • Everything But the Posts: Tips, Advice, and Templates From a Blogger Who Has Been in Your Shoes by Becca Ludlum ($7.99)
  • Launch Your Dream Blogger’s Bundle by Natalie Joy ($81.00)
  • The Foundation Series by Kirsten Oliphant ($49.00)
  • The Knowtbook: In-Depth Notes for Online Business by Amy Lynn Andrews ($24.00)
  • The Must-Have Guide to Blogging by Kayla Aimee ($17.00)

Time Management & Productivity

  • Asana for Bloggers by Matthew Giovanisci ($25.00)
  • Blog Buddies Planner Pages & Calling Cards by Mollie Johanson ($8.00)
  • Creating and Maintaining an Editorial Calendar by Angie Holden ($19.99)
  • Productivity Guide for Bloggers by Ruth Soukup ($97.00)
  • The Balanced Blog Planner by Amy Blevins ($49.00)
  • The Ultimate Freelancer Tax Guide by Caitlin Pyle ($9.99)
  • The Ultimate Unoffical Dropbox Guide by Jason Glaspey ($29.00)
  • Time Management Mama by Beth Anne Schwamberger ($5.99)

Social Media

  • Facebook Live Bully by Dave Anderson ($37.00)
  • FB Ads for Beginners by Beth Anne Schwamberger ($75.00)
  • Growing With Groups by Val Geisler ($97.00)
  • InstaValuable :: Grow Your Instagram Basic Course by Myquillyn Smith ($97.00)
  • Pinaffiliate Masterclass by Adeline Ganley  ($97.00)
  • Pinterest Traffic Secrets by Bob Lotich ($149.00)
  • Snapchat for Influencers by Amy Bellgardt & Jessi Sanfilippo ($9.99)
  • Social Media Marketing Workbook and Planner: How to Master Engagement in 15 Minutes a Day by Dwainia Grey ($27.00)
  • Stop Guessing: Your Step by Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy by Jenn Herman ($9.99)
  • Strategies Worth Sharing eBook & Workbook by Brittany Ann ($30.00)
  • Triple Your Twitter by Helene Sula ($127.00)

Product Creation

  • Blog To Book: A Guide to Building Your Blog Business Through eBooks and Paperbacks by P.R. Newton ($7.99)
  • Building a Business: How to Dream, Plan, Make, Sell, and Share Your Online Shop by Maggie Whitley & Elise Blaha Cripe ($12.00)
  • Delight: The Digital Biz Owner’s Guide To Creating A Pro Client + Customer Service Plan by Erika Madden ($11.00)
  • E-Course Creation 101 by Chantel Klassen ($97.00)
  • Formatting e-Books for Writers by Susan K. Stewart ($2.99)
  • From Idea to eBook by Mandi Ehman ($37.00)
  • Get Them Excited to Buy: Step-by-Step Guide for Converting Just Looking to Just Bought by Kelly Thorne Gore ($27.00)
  • How to Start Publishing for Kindle by Jeff Goins ($47.00)

Tech Help

  • Blog Beautiful: 50 Tips + Fixes to Make Your Blog Glow by Marianne Manthey ($24.00)
  • HTML and CSS Crash Course by Sarah Eggers ($129.00)
  • Sticky Blogging SEO: Climb to the Top With This 21-Day Course by Kelly Holmes ($99.00)
  • What the Tech? A Guide to Ease Your Technical Blogging Frustrations by Lesley Clavijo ($75.00)
  • You Have a Blog, Now What? Tips for Non-Techie Bloggers by Maria Davis ($19.00)

Photography & Images

  • Eat Pretty Things: Your Guide to Food Photography by Trisha Hughes  ($29.00)
  • Lazy Girl’s Guide to Lightroom: Easy Photo Editing for Bloggers by Beth Bryan ($97.00)
  • Photoshop Your Biz: Learn Photoshop & Design On Your Own Schedule by Holly McCaig ($79.00)
  • Systematize Your Branding by Indigo Colton and Kaitlyn Kessler ($49.00)

Blog Growth

  • 17 Strategies I Used to Go from 17K to 350K+ Pageviews in 9 Months by Lena Gott ($25.00)
  • List Building Jumpstart by Laura Smith ($147.00)
  • Networking Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level by Natalie Cutler-Welsh ($19.00)
  • Primp My Post by Angie Nelson ($17.00)
  • Rave: Turn Your Online Followers Into Fans by Allison Marshall ($149.00)

Content Creation

  • Content Cookbook by Prerna Malik ($199.00)
  • Done-For-You Blog Content Creation Kit by Tanya Peterson ($47.00)
  • Heart of Your Business Video Training by Adera Angelucci ($47.50)
  • Podcasters Secret Weapon: Ultimate Podcaster Launch Guide  by Luis Congdon ($9.00)
  • Simple Podcasting by Joe Pardo ($69.99)

Monetizing

  • Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: The Fundamentals by Tasha Agruso ($75.00)
  • Affiliate Marketing Secrets & Strategies by Katie Hornor ($47.00)
  • BloggerRevolution™ Sponsored Content Master Guide:  How to Pitch, Create & Nail Sponsored Content Every Time by Bonnie LaVell ($279.00)
  • Brands Are Looking For YOU! by Karen Lee ($14.99)
  • How to Move from Blog to Business by Caz and Craig Makepeace ($67.00)
  • Launch Your Speaking Ministry by Sheila Wray Gregiore ($79.00)
  • Monetize45 by Tabitha Philen ($149.00)
  • PR + Marketing for Bloggers by Kaelah Flynn ($25.00)
  • The Concise Guide to Blogging for Business Growth by Ling Wong ($27.00)

{Update} The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is no longer available, but Ultimate Bundles continues to offer other bundles throughout the year. If you do not want to miss out on future bundles, sign up here to be notified. I will keep you in the loop of future bundles and occasional flash sales!

Note: This is not my usual newsletter. By signing up here, you will only receive notifications on Ultimate Bundle sales. If you were looking for my newsletter sign up, click here instead.

PS…If you want to see what the process of setting up a blog is like: check out my step-by-step guide here. I have used Bluehost for my blog for almost 2 years now and have been 100% happy with them! Just a few days ago, I renewed for another two years.

You can also check out my list of Blogging Tools & Resources to see what I currently use on my blog.

If you want to get into affiliate marketing on your blog, check out my list of top affiliate programs and recommendations.

If you have considered starting a blog, I invite you to start one today. Make sure you share your blog name with me so I can check it out!

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Why I Started a Blog

Why I Started a Blog

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I don’t often post about blogging and other business, but today I am going to stray from my usual topics. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know WHY I started a blog in the first place.

Even before my husband and I got married, we talked about our shared desire to have me stay at home when we had children. This was very important to us and from the start, we made many of our financial decisions based on this. We saved much of our income when we were first married and had two full-time incomes coming in.

We now live primarily on one income. It’s not always easy and we have to make sacrifices often.

While I have been home for the last 5 years, I have been blessed with a few side projects (many with my previous employer) over the years. With each temporary job, we put the income in savings. The savings has helped with medical bills, car and home repairs, and other things outside our day-to-day living expenses. We have also been able to build up our children’s education fund, as our main goal is to pay for a Christian education for them. (A majority of our financial decisions are made with this sole goal in mind – their Christian education.)

Why I Started a Blog

I started my blog two years ago for two main reasons.

  • I wanted to create an early morning habit and the blog held me accountable to waking up early.
  • I wanted to find a way to contribute financially to our family, to build our savings, and to grow our daughters’ education fund. I was only looking to do something flexible that would allow me to “work” completely on my own schedule. Blogging is not typically a fast way to make money, but I knew that there was potential in it if I was willing to put in the time and effort.

Here is the thing: I would NEVER have thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I never thought of myself as creative. I never considered owning a business or making income on the side.

Shortly after I started blogging, I realized that I enjoy this! I was excited with the potential that working online has. There is SO much to learn, but I love researching and learning. I quickly found that my favorite parts of blogging include the design, the back-end of the site, strategy, connecting with other bloggers, and learning. The actual writing part is further down the list!

  • Have you ever considered starting a blog?
  • Do you currently have a blog?
  • Do you have dreams to work from home?
  • Do you want to take your current blog to the next level?
  • Do you desire to make money on the side while staying at home?
  • Do you have a small side business, but want to know how to take it up a notch by adding a blog to help your business?

If this is you, I want to share a few free resources with you. The resources are from Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less and Elite Blog Academy.

Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers
Blog Structure Blueprint
7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight

Sign up to be notified with Elite Blog Academy is open for enrollment. It’s just once per year!

 

If you want to see what the process of setting up a blog is like: check out my step-by-step guide here. I have used Bluehost for my blog for almost 2 years now and have been 100% happy with them! Just a few days ago, I renewed for another two years.

You can also check out my list of Blogging Tools & Resources to see what I currently use on my blog.

Sign up for my Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter.

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If you have considered starting a blog, I invite you to start one today. Make sure you share your blog name with me so I can check it out!

Why I Started a Blog

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