Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – G

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Today’s letter for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge is G.  G in my series for this challenge, the A – Z of Blogging stands for Goals, Graphics and Guest Posts.

Goals.  Goals differ from blogger to blogger and can depend on many different factors including how long you have been blogging for.  If you are setting yourself any kind of goal it is useful to follow the “SMART” rules – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.  Breaking down your goal like this gives you an idea of how you will meet that goal.  There is no point in saying, for example, that you want to reach 1000 followers and then do nothing about it aside from post to your blog once in a while, you need to think about what you can do to make that goal reality, how you will get there when you want to reach that goal and if you can do it in that timeframe that you want.  Getting 1000 followers in a month maybe attainable if you have been blogging for years and gain a few hundred followers a week, but as a new blogger, you need to be realistic and set a goal of maybe 10 followers in a month then increase the number of followers you would like month on month.  My advice is to be realistic and re-assess each month how your goals are going and re-adjust the figures and your strategies accordingly.

Graphics.  Graphics are images that are added into a blog post or to parts of your blog, such as your blog banner and should always be legible and fit with the theme of your blog or the post you are writing.  You can use images you have taken, create graphics using software or add in stock images.  Most bloggers will add at least one graphic to a block of text to draw in the reader’s interest, illustrate what the post is about and to add in a break in between a lot of text.  There are a few simple rules when using graphics, that they are relevant, good quality and add to the text.  If the graphics don’t make sense to the text, don’t use them, graphics are not always necessary.

Guest Post.  A guest post is a post that you write for someone elses blog or that you invite other bloggers to write for your blog.  This kind of post is usually asked for by the person who owns the blog and, should you be asked or chosen to write a post will usually follow a topic of the blog owners choice.  If you want to find bloggers who are looking for guest posters I would search for tags such as #guestposterswanted on Twitter or other social media sites.  Guest posts are a brilliant way to build backlinks (Which I spoke about here), reach new audiences, build connections and networks.

Do you have any other blogging terms for the letter G?  Or do you have any thoughts on Goals, Graphics or Guest Posts?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – F

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Todays Blogging from A-Z letter is F and in my A-Z of Blogging, F stands for Facebook, Followers and Forward Planning.

Facebook.  Facebook is a brilliant tool for promoting your blog posts to friends and family.  It is also a useful tool to find other bloggers groups where you can share your blog posts or ask questions, find help and support or other like-minded bloggers to network with.

Followers.  Followers are the readers who like your blog and want to keep up with all of your blog posts.  Most blogging platforms have an option to follow a blog and new posts from the blogs that are followed will appear in a separate place along with other blogs that they follow.  While followers are a brilliant thing to have, it is worth remembering not to get too hung up on how many followers you do or don’t have, many people may not use a blogging platform and just save your URL  to their favourites on their computer and visit you that way.

Forward Planning.  Forward planning is an essential part of blogging for many bloggers.  Forward planning enables you to plan what you are going to write and when it will be published to your blog allowing you to spread your blog posts over the month.  All you need is a diary or a spreadsheet that is set up like a calendar where you can jot down ideas for posts against the dates you would like them to appear.    I like to use a spreadsheet as I can place ideas against dates and move them about if I decide to write something else for that day.

What are your thoughts on Facebook, followers and forward planning?  I’d love to hear them so let me know in the comments!

 

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – E

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Today’s Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging is the letter E.  E is for Editing and Engagement.

Editing.  Editing is a really important step in composing a blog post and is worth spending some time on.  Once a post has been written, reading back through it slowly and out loud can help with finding any problems with any grammar or punctuation errors, or even sentences that don’t flow properly.  I like to write a post, leave it for a day, saving it as a draft, then re-visiting it to read through and make any sentence and grammar changes.  While in the editing stage I will make sure all spellings are correct and add in any links I want to include before scheduling a time for the post to be published.

Engagement.  Engagement is often thought of as comments being left on a published post but in reality, it is so much more than that.  Engagement encompasses things like post stats, amount of time visitors spend on that post and where they go on your blog from that point.  Engagement can help you to see which topics appeal to your audience most and can help to shape your blog for the future.

What other “E” words can you think of that are relevant to blogging?  What are your thoughts on editing and engagement?  I’d love to hear your comments so let me know below!

Blogging from A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – C

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Today’s Blogging from A-Z letter is C which, in my A-Z of Blogging means Call To Action, Categories, Comments and Costs.

Call to Action. A call to action is something that you add at the end of a blog post and asks your readers to do something,   This action could be “pop over to my Instagram account and follow me to see what I have been up to” or “let me known what you think of this post in the comments”.  It is something that you can use to interact with your readers and build up rapport.  If you want people to comment or follow you on other social media channels, or to subscribe to a mailing list it is worth including a call to action in your blog posts.

Categories.  Most blogging platforms allow you to add categories and tags to a blog post, I will be talking about tags later in this series so for now, I shall focus on categories.  I like to think about categories as an index system which allows readers to find other posts related to that category, whether it is “recipes” or “gardening tips”.  Categories help your reader to stay on your site for longer and read posts related to certain topics.  If a reader likes the post they have just read they can easily find other posts on the same topic if you add categories to each post you share.

Comments.  Comments are a brilliant way to engage with your readers and allow you to work out whether the things you post are having an impact.  They allow the reader to voice an opinion and let you know what they think about the topic you have covered.  When leaving a comment on another blog it is worth keeping in mind a few things – always be courteous, keep your comments relevant to the post and do not spam with “follow me”, “read my blog” or any other irrelevant comments.  I, personally, delete any comments that are not relevant to the post or my blog especially any “read my blog” comments as I don’t want my readers to be bombarded with anything that isn’t relevant to my post.

Cost.  Blogging can cost you thousands, or it can cost you nothing at all but it depends on what you want to do with your blog that matters most.  I pay for my .com web address and also for having a premium plan on WordPress.  If you are a hobby blogger then it may be worth just having the free services to start with then decide if you would like any extras that other plans can provide you.  My advice would be to start off with a free service and test it out before committing to a paid plan if you would like any other services.  I also pay for Canva which is a graphics software app that allows you to create banners, social media images and other things which can be useful blogging tools to add colour and pictures to your blog and social media feeds.  But, it is ok to blog for free, just remember that it is your space and you can do with it what you like, and just because it is free it doesn’t make you any less of a good blogger just like spending lots of money on a blog doesn’t automatically make you a good blogger.

Do you have any thoughts, comments or additions to the letter C of my A-Z of Blogging?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Blogging From A-Z – A-Z of Blogging – A

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A is for About, Advertising, Audience and Awards.

Your About Page is probably one of the most important pages on your blog and is one that you should spend time carefully constructing.  It is the page that most people will find their way to in order to find out more about you and your blog and a place where you can let people know the sorts of things they can find on your blog such as topics you cover regularly and what they can get from your blog (for example, if you run tutorials the things they can learn).  I like to think of the about page as being similar to the back cover page of a book where you can find out about the author.  There are lots of helpful sites on the internet that have guides for writing a good About Page but the basics for building a page are to give a little information about you that are interesting, such as your hobbies and interests, where you are from, why you started your blog, the topics you write about and what you hope your readers will get out of the blog.

Advertising.  I spent a long time shortly after I started this blog, researching ways to drive more traffic to my website and in the end I decided that using social media was a good way to advertise my blog.  I’ve never paid for advertising but my blog has a Facebook Page, a Twitter and and Instagram which I share blog posts and images to.  I search relevant hashtags and will follow people in my blog niche.  Advertising, as a blogger, is more about getting your name out there rather than paying for an ad to appear in targeted social media group.

Audience.  When starting a blog, before you have even written a word of a blog post it is worth thinking about who you want to read your blog.  It is all well and good to want everyone to read your blog but each person is different and you can not write for the masses.  Think about the types of post you want to write, what they will be about, the tone of your post – will it be serious or light hearted, chatty or business like, and start building up a mental picture of the persons who would be likely to read your posts.  If, for example, you are writing about technology – computers and mobile devices you are likely to have more appeal to the younger generation and the tech savvy, you start to imagine what the typical reader would look like, what sort of job they may have etc, which will help you to pitch your blog post in just the right way, using language, words, phrases and tone to attract them.

Awards.  Awards are fun things that bloggers share to other bloggers that they consider to be worthy of the title, for example, “The Sunshine Blogger Award”, and usually come with a set of questions written by the person giving the award.  These awards can be fun to take part in as they can give your audience a little more insight into who you are as well as introduce them to new bloggers as many awards ask for you to share the award with other bloggers, this in turn can attract further readers when the award is accepted as you usually have to thank the person that awarded you with it.  These are brilliant networking tools and I encourage you all to give them a go when you get nominated!

I hope you enjoyed the first part of Blogging From A-Z – A-Z of Blogging!  What are your thoughts on the about page, advertising, audience or awards?  do you have any other A’s that are important?  I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!

I shall be back tomorrow with the letter B!

Blogging From A-Z Challenge – Theme Reveal

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Tomorrow marks the start of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge which I signed up to do again this year after undertaking and really enjoying the challenge last year.

After I signed up last month I was hit with worry about whether I would be able to take part and complete the challenge due to my dodgy internet connection but I am pleased to report that I seem to have the problem sorted now!  I am excited to be writing this post, looking forward to the coming month and getting back into a regular posting schedule!

The theme I have chosen for 2020’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is the A-Z of Blogging.  Each day through April I will be covering all things blogging, starting with A on the 1st and working my way through the alphabet, letter by letter, day by day (except Sundays!)

Here is what my posting schedule will look like through April…

Week 1 (1st – 5th April) A, B, C, D, Sunday Off

Week 2 (6th – 12th April) E, F, G, H, I, J, Sunday Off

Week 3 (13th – 19th April) K, L, M, N, O, P, Sunday Off

Week 4 (20th – 26th April) Q, R, S, T, U, V, Sunday Off

Week 5 (27th – 30th April) W, X, Y, Z

While I say Sunday will be off, it will be the designated break day from the challenge, I am hoping to share a few links to other blogs that will be taking part!

If you are taking part and would like me to share a link to your blog please leave me a comment!

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I have signed up for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, a blog challenge that starts with a topic of your choice beginning with A on the 1st of April and ending with a Z on the 30th April (skipping Sundays!)  I took part last year and really enjoyed it so have decided to participate again this year too!  I have a theme all ready to go and am drafting my introduction post this week to be ready for the last day in March!

I love a blog challenge and have tried my hand, so far, at Blogtober, Blogmas and Blogging from A-Z.  I am considering taking part in NaNoWriMo this year instead of doing Blogtober and Blogmas, or maybe even doing all 3 but that’s a long way off!  I love that these challenges can boost the sense of community, encourage us to support other bloggers/writers, introduce us to new blogs, push our skills, encourage us to write better and more engaging content, learn more and have fun along the way.  Another great thing is that it gives us the freedom to try something new with our blogs without the commitment of making a full change, we can test things out, see if we like them and if ourselves and our readers like them we can use them in the future, the same goes for trying something and then it not being as successful as we thought it was, we can drop it for the time being.

Are you taking part in any blog challenges this year?  Let me know in the comments as I’d love to know your thoughts on blog challenges and the ones you do (or don’t!) take part in!

 

B is for Beauty

Today is the second post in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  If you would like to read more of this series of posts you can find them here.

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You can find information about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge here or read the rest of my A to Z posts by following this link.

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Beauty, so it has been said, comes from within but, sometimes, we all need a little help with the outside too in the form of makeup.  Today, as part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, and today being the letter B I’m going to share with you the beauty items that I use.

Primer

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I use the Flawless Original Primer by Barry M as my base for my make up application.  I really like this primer as it’s not sticky like some primers can be, it is really easy to apply and you only need a tiny amount.  When I use this my foundation applies really nicely and seems to last a really long time compared to when I apply foundation without a primer.

Foundation

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I currently flit between 2 different foundations W7 Genius Feather Light Foundation in Buff or Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Warm Vanilla, depending on the type of coverage I need.  The W7 foundation has a fairly light coverage, the consistency is really runny but it blends well and dries to a powder like finish which I love as I can save a little bit of time by then skipping powder.  I love that this has a dropper applicator that gives a precision application directly where you need it, I then blend with a beauty blender for the best finish.  The Collection foundation is a slightly darker tone but matches my skin tone perfectly.  This has a pump top and it has a nice, thick consistency.  I have found that you need to work quickly with this product as it seems to set quite fast though I do like to use a powder once I have applied the foundation just to make sure it is fully set.  I like that this product is a fuller coverage and is brilliant for when my skin is not looking its best.

Concealer

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I use Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer in Light I love that this concealer is a pencil design and twists up from the base to access more product.  I use this before foundation under my eyes to illuminate the area and after foundation to conceal any spots or blemishes that may not have been covered by foundation alone.

Powder

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I use Revolution Luxury Banana Baking Powder to set my foundation.  I really like that this powder is really fine and helps to brighten my skin tone.  Under the twist off lid is a salt and pepper type of shaker lid and I sprinkle this onto a buffing brush before applying over my foundation.

Contour

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I use the Collection Highlight, Blush and Bronze Trio for contouring, though as you can see, I have hit pan on the blush so I only really use this pallet for the highlight and the contour now.  I really like that this product is easy to apply and blends really well.  I use a contour brush to apply the powder and an angled blush brush to apply the highlighter.  The only thing I dislike is that the highlighter seems to be a bit hard in places so it looks weird in the pan but it doesn’t seem to affect the application.

Blush

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Technically this is a highlighter and not a blush but the pink tone of this Revolution Rose Gold Ingot Highlighter lends itself well to being a dual purpose product – a highlighter and blush all in one!  This product is not too sparkly or overly shiny but adds a warmth and a golden tone to cheekbones which looks really pretty.  I love using this product on bare skin and with foundation, either use makes me look really healthy!  And this is the third purchase of this product I have made!

Highlighter

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This highlighter pallet, Revolution Ultra Cool Glow, is my favorite to reach for when I am going out for the evening.  I love the variety of different coloured highlighters and like to match them to my eyeshadow colour or the colour of the outfit I’m wearing.  A little goes a long way with this product as they are super pigmented and bright.  And, I have a confession to make, when I bought this product I didn’t realise it was a highlighter pallet, I was looking for an eyeshadow pallet that I could take with me to a festival and grabbed this quickly in a rush… but, I do love a product that has a dual purpose and these highlighter colours have made really nice eyeshadows too!

Eyeshadow

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These eyeshadow products are my go to shadows.  The first is the Make Up Academy pallet in Poptastic (which seems to be discontinued though the Silent Disco Pallet seems to be very similar….), the second are loose powders from the Sugar Skull Collection by Concrete Minerals (I have the full set of these and also the Zombie Girl Collection)  These shadows seem super bright in the pan and pots but all have a really buildable colour, blend really easily and you can create so many different looks with each collection.  I don’t always wear these together, sometimes I use a grey or silver shade as a base and add a pop of colour along the socket line or combine 2 or 3 different shades to create a super colourful smokey eye.

Eyeliner and Mascara

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I like to use different mascara and eyeliner depending on the look I am going for.  Day-to-day I tend to use George Va Va Volume Mascara – Black as it doesn’t tend to flake or smudge and just enhances my lashes a bit.  It is also really easy to remove which is a plus on week nights!  I like using Model Co Eye Define Pencil – Black for a softer eye look and this pencil is perfect.  It is soft and doesn’t drag the skin, is really easy to smudge out if I want a softer, more subtle look or can be left as it is for a more defined look.  I like to use Collection Extreme Coloured Lengthening Mascara – Black if I am going to be going out after work or on the weekend if I am out as it really defines my eyes and makes me look more awake.  And it is true to its word – it really does add length to the lashes with just one swipe!  And for a more defined, cat eye look I really love Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen – Black as it is a felt pen design and is has a really accurate, precision application which is just what you want for a sharp eyeliner look.

Fix

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I really loved this product but it was discontinued a while ago.  I was really lucky to snag myself a few of these from Amazon not too long ago but I’m down to this last bottle.  Collection now do another spray for setting make up with called Primed and Ready Make Up Fixing Spray which I am considering getting once I run out of this.  This spray is fab for fixing make up in place once you have finished applying it, the handy spray pump ensures that the product mists finely over the skin and covers well.

Lipstick

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Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish shade 107 is one of my favorite shades of lipstick.  It is not too dark or light, can pull any make up look together and the shade is good for day or night.  I really like the formula, it is creamy and feels moisturising, it lasts a fair few hours and doesn’t seem to bleed or feather.  I really like all the Kate Moss lipsticks and own a few darker shades that are perfect for evenings.

What are your go to beauty/make up products?

A is for Apps

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You can find information about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge here or read the rest of my A to Z posts by following this link.

A is for Apps

Today kicks off the April A-Z blog Challenge (you can find all other related posts of mine here (for all related A-Z posts) and here (for all blog challenge posts)).  I have chosen the topic of Apps for this first post.

I’ve not long upgraded my phone from an iPhone 6 with a memory capacity of 16gb to an iPhone 8 with 64gb of memory space and what a game changer that has been!  I found, with my 6 that I was always having to back up my photos and delete things from my phone as it was constantly full, usually it was images that took up all the memory space.  I hardly had any apps as I didn’t really have the space for them and only had basic ones that I used constantly on my phone.

I have so many apps now, I don’t really want to count how many… but today I’m going to share with you some of the ones I have on my phone and let you know what I like or dislike about them.  I shall place them in the categories I have them in on my phone.

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  • Readercoin I downloaded this a few months ago.  It is an app that you can read books or listen to audio on, and you earn “coins” by reading or listening and giving feedback.  I like the concept and really enjoy reading but, the books available on the app are either really old books or they are not very well written.  And I’m not that keen on reading on my phone.  That being said, I like having it on my phone incase I forget my kindle at any point or have some extra time to kill.  I’ve not used the audio part of this yet so I can’t comment on that.
  • Weather Live  I use this app, not particularly regularly as I’m mostly indoors, but if I have plans to go out for the day or want to do something outside then this is weather app is the one I use.  It seems to give the most accurate weather for where I am.  I really like that there is a section on the app that lets you report what your weather is doing if it is different to the weather report.  I’m not so keen on the pop up ads, and to get rid of them you have to pay which, for the amount I use it I’m just going to put up with them.
  • Bitmoji  I downloaded this last month and wish I had downloaded it a lot sooner! If you don’t know what Bitmoji is, it’s an app that lets you make your own avatar.  You can customise hair, accessories, clothes and loads of other things too!  It makes sending texts and WhatsApp messages more interesting!

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  • Enlight This is a photo editing app that I have used for several years.  It is a fairly simple app to use and I like the different effects you can add to images and that there is so much creativity in this app, such as blending 2 images together.
  • PS Express Another photo editing app that I have used for years.  I tend to use this app for fine details such as red-eye reduction and blemish removal as the control in the app is really good.
  • LogoScopic  I’ve had this app since just before I started this blog.  I downloaded it as I wanted an app that was easy to use to create logos with.  This app was probably the best one that I downloaded out of several and the one that I have stuck with.  It is really easy to use and you are able to create custom logos quickly.  The only thing that I don’t really like is that there is no feature to view all logos, each category of logo has several folders of images that you can customise but you need to scroll through them all which can be a bit annoying.
  • Canva  I only recently discovered Canva but it’s now one of my go-to apps for creating Instagram pictures and all sorts of other graphics for the internet!  I’m still learning all about this app and what it can do but so far I have not found anything to dislike about it!
  • ColorStory  I’ve yet to use this app but I downloaded it after reading about it in a magazine.  I was intrigued as the app has been designed by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman who created A Beautiful Mess (which I used to love for the filters!) so I thought I would download this and give it a go at some point!

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  • Calm  This app is really useful and I like to use it when I can feel stress, anxiety and panic starting to build.  I put my headphones in and use the breathe section which helps to regulate breathing and just focus on the breath and really helps to control those panicky feelings.  I also really like the scenes section where you can choose different background nature sounds to play, and if you go back to the home screen of the app a video will play the chosen scene.
  • Insight Timer  Insight Timer is something that I downloaded after undertaking a mindfulness course around 2 years ago.  Though I don’t use this app much anymore I do like that you can choose length of meditation, what sort of meditation you want (spoken word, sounds etc) and there is a vast number of different meditations to choose from.  For me, the only problem is the sheer amount that you can choose as I can take forever to select a meditiation and I waste more time looking for a meditation to follow than actually meditating.
  • Breethe  I’ve not used this app for a while but still keep it on my phone as the free meditations are really good.  I used to like listening to the “Wake Up with Intention” meditation in the mornings but got out of the habit when I was off from work.  There are a few good free things with this app but I found a lot of the content you have to be a subscriber to access and for me that cost is way too expensive.
  • Headspace  This is another app that I’ve not used since switching phones.  I did love that it would send through little notifications in the day called “Mindful Moments”, I chose to have 4 sent through a day but you could set it for as many as 5 times a day.  I also liked that you could set a reminder for meditation at different points in the day too.  Again, the only thing I’m not too keen on with this app is that there is a huge cost involved with unlocking all the content which I just can’t afford.
  • MoodNotes  I’ve been using MoodNotes since November.  It is a kind of emotions journal where you can record how you are feeling along with a diary entry.  You can then choose to add further emotions to your entry, both negative and positive.  There is a section with questions that you can use to “enrich” your entry and helps you to look at things from a different perspective or analyse your thoughts and feelings surrounding journal events.  I find this app really useful as there are analytic sections that show data including mood trends and insights that cover mood over time where you can see percentages of how your mood has been.

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  • TouchNote  This app makes sending your own personalised cards and postcards really easy and quick!  I downloaded this a few years ago before going on holidays as I wanted to be able to send postcards to my family and not have to worry about finding a post box or stamps on the way!  This app made sending postcards so easy and it was lovely to take photos specifically to make into postcards too.
  • Thortful  Another card sending app, this one supports artists who have designed the cards.  There are so many to choose from which would suit anyones taste and style.  The cards are printed on really lovely quality cardstock and can be sent straight to the intended person or sent to you to give to the recipient.  I use this company fairly regularly and am always impressed that the cards turn up on time and are really good quality!

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  • Forks Over Knives I use this app when looking for new recipes to try out and there are so many to choose from!  The layout of the app is really easy to navigate and the recipes are broken down into type – breakfast items, sides and salads etc, so you can always find appropriate dishes for each meal time!  I’ve not yet used the resources section where you can find things like meal planning and a Cooking School.  I have used the shopping list section which is really useful when you have decided on a recipe and can add the ingredients you need to the list.
  • Foodsaurus  I’ve yet to use this app but it is a translation service for ingredients into different languages.  I can’t remember why I downloaded this app but I remember thinking that it may come in useful one day.  The time has not yet come to find out though….
  • Olio  This is such a good idea.  It’s a bit like freecycle but for food items that you may have overstocked on, tried once and didn’t like or items that are close to their use by date that you are not going to use or items in your food cupboard that you know you won’t get around to using.  You can advertise the food on this app or find food in your area that may otherwise end up being binned.  And with so much food waste going on worldwide I really think this is a fab idea!  Unfortunately, not many people in my area seem to know about the app or use it so it’s been a bit hit and miss but I totally recommend it and is something that I really would like to see people using more!

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The above apps I have not really used yet but downloaded as I wanted to explore ways of scheduling my content to go live on Instagram and Twitter and getting more creative with my Instagram feed.  I did schedule a post from Tailwind but even though it said it had posted to my Instagram it hadn’t and I’m not sure why.  These are apps that I’m interested to have a play around with and find which one works best for me over time.

  • Wunderlist  I used to use the Notes app to keep a running list of things that I needed to do, usually all the different things I needed to get done were all bundled together into one note and it was really disorganised.  I found Wunderlist through a friends recommendation and love that I can make lists of differnt things and switch from one list to another so easily and add subtasks too, for example I can add “write beauty post” to my Blog list then add subtasks for that particular thing like “research moisturizer, take photos of products” etc rather than list them as individual tasks.  It really helps me to keep on track with what needs doing for each big task.

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  • The Moon Calendar  I’ve had this on my phone for ages, so long, in fact, that I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t have the app.  I love this app, it tells you about the moon cycle on a day-to-day basis, gives you ideas for self-care and different rituals, has a to-do list, intentions that you can add your own things to (like quotes and photos) and a journal section.  (I did pay for some of the functions on this app through a gift card I had for my Birthday).
  • Countdown!!  I use this app pretty infrequently but I do have count downs active on there as I really like knowing how long until or since certain events (like my Birthday, how long I’ve had this blog, how long I’ve been in my home, how long until Roxy’s Birthday etc…).  I find this app super interesting and easy to use and it adds a sense of excitement to events that are coming up too!

What apps do you have on your phone that you would recommend?  What are your thoughts on my apps?