5 Reasons That I Appreciate Guest Bloggers

IMG_0861When I first started my blog, I would often look for opportunities to guest blog or have some selected guests post articles on my blog. I frequented Blogger Linkup to find them. It was a great resource, and the start to something positive. I am so grateful to my guest bloggers. Some of them have posted multiple articles. Others have read my blog on their own and wanted to contribute. I am appreciative of them for these reasons:

  1. I have contributors as well as readers. I always say that if at least one person reads my blog and learns some helpful information, that makes me happy. I actually have more visitors and readers from outside of the United States! That means I’m reaching readers globally.
  2. Being too busy or too distracted to write. Being a mom, wife, and full-time employee, there are times that I have to put writing on hold. Guest posts “fill in the gaps” and keep readers interested.
  3. Establishing relationships. I have met some awesome bloggers that I have learned a great deal from by reading their posts. As I mentioned, some of them have contributed multiple articles.
  4. Variety.  My blog mainly discusses parenting, health, and relationships, but there are also posts that discuss fashion, the occult, and religion.
  5. A different prospective.   Sometimes, it’s refreshing to get different outlooks on life from young and upcoming writers as well as those that are seasoned.

I look forward to bringing more personal posts in addition to more guest posts to Have Faith and Live Well. Happy reading!

4 Killer Ways to Look Fabulous Without Spending Too Much

Girls are known to be shopaholics. For some unknown reasons, women have this secret “buy me now or regret later” mantra when they go shopping. However, if you’re experiencing financial crisis, you must know how to create balance between looking fabulous and shelling out hard-earned cash.

When girls want to be presentable and beautiful all the time, they become more resourceful and eager to learn about how to earn more to compensate their needs. In this article, there will be some suggestions on how to look hot and fabulous despite the recession pang.

Read them below:

Clean out your cabinet every now and then.

It is important that you understand the value of basic clothing and the ways to get new clothes through your old ones. While most of the articles are telling you how to save money, this article will help you to find money.

Check out your cabinet and sell the ones that you are no longer using. The money you will get from here is often bigger than you would expect. But, make sure to know which pieces of clothes to be left out for your everyday needs. Keep your basic tees, racer backs, black blazers, and trousers because you can mix and match them with accessories.

Also, vintage clothing style is trendy nowadays among young women. Thus, your old clothes are still worth keeping.

Make a list before you spend money on shopping.

While women are born to shop impulsively on any given day, you must learn how to buy from the shopping list. It’s like a framework of a project that you need to follow strictly. List the things you need and stick with your allotted budget. But first, prioritize the items on your list and do some “crime of impulse” buying if there is money left from your budget. If there is none, you must remind yourself to stop for now.

Check the size of the item you’re about to buy.

It’s good to buy clothes that are a perfect fit, but make sure you can maintain your size, or else you will end up not using it the next time. It is recommended to buy larger clothes than those that fit perfect. It is easier to do some changes if the dress is too large, unlike the small ones.

Maximize your accessories.

Use trendy yet inexpensive accessories because it can totally change the way you look. Even the simplest clothing style become fabulous because of the right accessories that tag along them. You can check some fashion tips from celebrities when it comes to accessorizing your outfit.

It is not bad to dress up every day, as long as you know what to prioritize; you’ll look fab than ever. Remember to be resourceful these days and maintain a low-cost yet fabulous wardrobe.

About the blogger:

Helena Bradley is a passionate blogger of lifestyle, fitness and health, and career management. She is a big fan of home gym, for she’s too shy to attend a real gym. While she graduated with a Creative Writing degree, she tries to be an outdoorsy type of person. She juggles her time between traveling and working as a Copywriter.

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Vitamins C and B – Just like Magic Now

imageNow you have skin and face problems, now you don’t. Eggs, yeast, fish, beans, and milk form some of the ingredients of vitamin b, and therefore by default the ingredients of the finest vitamin B face serums. Vitamin C, on the other hand, is the strong antioxidant found in such fruits as mangoes, pineapples, lemons, and oranges among a myriad of others. Before we look in great detail at vitamin B serum for face and vitamin C serum Australia, we look to understand the ingredients that make up these wonderful vitamins and how they help our skin and face.

Vitamin B is useful in treating shallowness, Rosacea, acne (blackheads), bullous pemphigoid and granuloma annular (don’t worry about the terms used in the last two; they are both skin conditions which have bad manners). Vitamin B is also known for fading discoloration and age spots on the skin and is a great moisturizer.

In many cases, vitamin B is very good for people with sensitive and oily skin. There’s a wide variety of vitamin B, which means it pays to know most of them. Vitamin B2, for example, is likely to make your skin a little oily, and Vitamin B5 when taken in high doses works wonders for sufferers of acne, although it could have one or two side effects (especially diarrhea, so watching your diet is also advisable).

Vitamin C, as previously stated, is one hell of an antioxidant, with free radicals imageresistance yet to meet a match and anti-aging capabilities with few equals. In simple terms, if all the rest should fail in your quest to beat the decline of your skin, try vitamin C. Various research labs in Australia, including our affiliates, have gone to great pains to explain the usefulness of vitamin C, and therefore, serums with vitamin c ingredients. You should, at this point, know that Australia hosts some of the finest and complete research labs on the subject of aging, so usually when they say something, it helps to pay attention.

Humans, unlike many animals, are one of the few animals without the capability to synthesize their own vitamin C and must get it from the plethora of foods that produce them, some of which were mentioned earlier in this article. The urgency for vitamin C is best explained in its functions-synthesizing collagen, minimizing scar tissue, wound healing, prevention of fine lines and wrinkles, prevention of stress-related diseases, and blocks free radicals damage.

In the end, we need to have pretty skin and pretty faces. Without vitamin B and vitamin c serums, our skin loses their firmness and gives way to bacterial attacks. The result is that we age faster than we would like or would be normal. On the other hand, proper maintenance of our skin using the two vitamins makes us (almost) eternally youthful. And that, dear reader, is all you need to know about vitamin b serum for face and vitamin c serum Australia. All you need to do is go out there and make wise choices.

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How To Style Mid-Length Hair

In the final months of 2014, it became very trendy and popular to cut your hair in to a striking bob. If you were one of the first of those trendy kids, now that we’re in 2015, your hair has most probably grown to a mid-length. Many people dread when their hair gets to this length, as they’re trying to grow it long for summer, and they may feel it just looks awkward. Mid-length hair doesn’t have to be boring. So fret no further. We have some great tips to keep your mid-length hair looking glorious. You’ll be making everyone else with different hairstyles extremely jealous. Confidence is key to any look, so find the hairstyle that makes you look and feel great.

Fall for a Fringe

An instant way to give some “oomph” to your mid-length hair is by adding a full fringe. This demands attention and can make your eyes stand out. This look can be dressed down as a chilled out, “boho” twist to your everyday appearance, or it can be dressed up as an edgy and dramatic evening look accompanied by fierce eye makeup. The fringe and mid-length hair suits any hair color, so it doesn’t matter if you’re bleach blonde or dark brown; you’re guaranteed to look fab. This easy and simple solution to your seemingly dull mid-length hair before will help give you a boost of confidence again, and will definitely turn some heads.

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When you feel your hair is an awkward length, it is difficult to know how to style it. You may feel your side parting just doesn’t look right anymore, and no matter which way you put it, it just really doesn’t work. No fear. Stick with a classic centre parting for a sophisticated look while you wait for your hair to grow. This simple alteration will put your mind at ease and it allows you to focus on looking wonderful. With no stress and no mess, this easy change will make you feel comfortable in your hair do.

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If you have lacked motivation to style your hair and are bored with being poker straight all the time, then go for curls! By adding in texture and curls, your hair will then sit just above the shoulders, giving you a length that appears more comfortable. To give that extra volume and bounce to your lovely locks, curl the ends. This really gives your hair a boost and you’ll no longer feel it looks lifeless. You can go for loose waves to add texture and substance to your everyday hair for a feminine and fun finish.

Twist and Shout

A great way to style any length of hair is by working the twisted “updo”.  It’s simple and easy to do, so if you feel shy to complicated hairstyles, then this is the one for you. Simply divide your hair in half, start twisting your hair down one side right to the bottom of your neck and do the exact same thing on the other side. Then, when you have two twisted strands, simply tie them in a knot, whatever the length, and pin them in place at the bottom of the neck. At the front of your hair, you can pull at strands of hair to frame your face if you wish, or you can just leave it all twisted back. This easily attainable hairstyle can be rocked no matter what your hair length, and it looks more complicated than it really is! To make sure it stays in place, put in a few grips along the twists and spray with strong hold hair spray.

By Georgina Evans

7 Things that I Learned in 2014 that Will Make Me a Better Blogger in 2015

Wow! Can you believe that it’s 2015? I don’t know about you, but I thought that last year went quick. This is my first post for 2015. I learned a great deal about blogging last year so that I can present an even better blog for my readers this year. Here are some techniques that I learned:

  1. Blog posts with pictures get twice as many views. I learned this as a guest blogger and also from experienced bloggers, like Michelle Shaeffer. At first, I used my own photos; then I discovered sites like unsplash.com. It has great pictures that you can download for free.
  2. How to use social media. Once I posted on my website, that post would automatically post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Tumblr. This year, I may look to add Pinterest and Instagram. This was a good way to get followers. In addition, I follow other WordPress bloggers. I also have a Facebook page exclusively for my blog.
  3. Guest posting. In addition to inviting guest bloggers to post on “Have Faith and Live Well”, I did some guest posting as well. Blogger Link Up is a great resource for guest post offers and requests. It is an excellent way to network and establish relationships with fellow bloggers. Two guest bloggers wrote 2 out of 5 of my most popular posts in 2014.
  4. SEO.  Search engine optimization allows you to use tags or keywords to make your website or web page more visible.  Sarit Lotem offered a training program last month entitled “How to Optimize Your Blog/Website”. I saw results within a few days. Views to my website tripled. So far in 2015, I’ve had more views in 5 days than I had the entire month of December!
  5. Networking with other writers and bloggers is essential. I’ve met other writers and bloggers online and through local writing groups. They’ve given me so much insight that has allowed me to be a better writer.
  6. More posts mean more views. One of my top goals is to write more blog posts. I enjoy contributing to other blogs as well. It is an amazing feeling when others take the time to read your posts and give feedback, positive or negative.
  7. Criticism is not necessary a bad thing. As I mentioned, when someone gives you feedback, it means that they took the time to read your post. I didn’t receive many comments last year; however, the feedback that I did receive allowed me to be a better blogger. My writing group members always gave feedback without being too harsh.

 

IMG_0856I am excited about all of the opportunities and lessons that this year will be bringing. I look forward to each and every one.

I Appreciate You Because You’re You

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I would like to thank all of you that took the time to read my blog posts this year. I had views from those living in over 30 countries. I appreciate your support, comments, and input. I would also like to thank all of the guest bloggers that contributed this year as well. I hope to see more of your work in the coming months ahead. I learned a great deal this year from stellar bloggers and writers, especially my LinkedIn groups and connections. I am also grateful to those that gave me the opportunity to contribute posts to your sites. As I continue to learn more about the blogging world, I intend to make my blog a success in 2015. I wish you the best in the new year!