Book Review | How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been approached by one of my favorite bloggers, Ruth Soukup, of Living Well Spending Less, about her first published book, How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul). I have been following her blog for a long time and she is truly a great woman. I started following her on her sister site, Saving Well Spending Less, when I was learning all about extreme couponing. Ruth does it all as a wife, mother and business woman and I knew that her book would be worth reading.

Full Book Review

How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)

Online Book Description:

“Whether you’ve been blogging for years or just weeks, How to Blog For Profit offers solid guidance for writing great content, creating compelling images, capturing viral growth, and maximizing revenue. It is an invaluable tool for experienced and novice bloggers alike, explaining not only what it takes to create an authentic, successful, and profitable blog, but how to get there.”

My Thoughts

  • Ruth’s book encourages you to stay true to yourself and your passion for blogging as opposed to being money driven. You will be able to gain a lot more positive effects from this.
  • Ruth’s book also helps you to get a clear purpose for your blog and the area you can really gain profit from.
  • Ruth not only teaches you about blogging,  but also informs you about SEO optimization, organizing your website and creatives ways to build your blog and brand.
  • Overall, How To Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) is a great read. It’s a concise, informative, and educational narrative about your future in blogging.
  • My Amazon Review of the Book

I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to expand their blog and make a profit from it

Follow the links to pay a visit to Ruth Soukup’s blog  and tell her “The Lovely Photog” sent you

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My New Retro Look

Disclosure: Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a percentage if you purchase through my link. The glasses in this post were purchased with my own money and are not sponsored by the company. Although this post contains affiliate links, all of my opinions are my own and were not persuaded by the company in anyway.

My New Retro Look

I’m so excited for my new look this year. I’ve worn glasses ever since middle school and although I prefer contacts, wearing glasses has grown on me. Especially since some of the old vintage style “Buddy Holly” and cat-eye glasses have been bursting back on the scene, the retro look has become more of part of my style.

I normally go into the eye doctor to get my exam and prescription. There were times when I purchased at my doctor’s office but I’ve always loved the convenience and variety online ordering can bring.

I’ve purchased from www.coastal.com on several occasions and I’ve always been happy with the glasses that I bought. All you have to do is enter your exam prescription numbers and you can order prescription eyeglasses or contacts through the website. The glasses are durable, come in variety of styles and the prices are convenient for everyone.

This time I wanted to try some new looks and I’m not disappointed. I definitely wanted to choose some styles that were retro and sleek and I found 3 designer pair that I fell in love with.

Package Included:

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Eyeglass Kit W/ Eyeglass Cases:

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Kam Dhillon 3079 Katerina Oleander

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Joseph Marc 4116 Orchid Fade

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Kam Dhillon 3041 Purple

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What helped me choose my designer frames, was the option to upload my photo to see how the glasses would look on me. I love this option because you can (virtually) try on your glasses using the “Try On View” feature.

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Screenshot of Actual Try On View

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My New Retro Look

(Wearing the Kam Dhillon Oleander Pair)

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I love my new retro look so far and I can’t wait to order more designer pairs to my new

collection of frames  🙂

 

The site offers free returns and free shipping!

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Inspiration|from Takei Inspirations™

Don’t be negative minded you’ll defeat yourself before you begin.
Release positivity into the atmosphere!

Today I just wanted to encourage everyone to remain positive.  Let your thoughts, words, and actions be the reflection of a positive attitude.  When life’s situations and circumstances come against you don’t focus on the problems focus on the solutions.  If you start to feel the weight of stress on your shoulders remind yourself that so many others in this world would love to trade their sorrows for yours.  Outlooks determine outcomes I want mine to be positive what about you?

Takei Inspirations

A poet, a writer, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and an amateur photographer

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Quick 10 Minute Veggie Stir Fry|#FoodieFriday

Veggie Stir Fry

 

Quick 10 Minute Veggie Stir Fry

Ingredients:

Parsley 2 Tsp.

Salt 1 Tsp.

Ground Black Pepper 1 Tsp.

2 Eggs

Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Tb.

1 Bag of Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry W/ Rice (Includes Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Broccoli, Celery, Onion and Rice

*Soy Sauce 1 Tb.

 

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Heat  pure vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok on medium heat

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Add frozen veggie stir fry mix  with rice to the heated pan

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Let it cook down before you start adding your seasonings to the stir fry

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I added 1 Tb of soy sauce to my veggie stir fry (optional)

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I also cooked 2 eggs and added my parsley, pepper and salt and scrambled them in a small skillet

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Scramble the eggs in with the veggie stir fry mix 

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Add more parsley to garnish and voila!

Quick 1o Minute Veggie Stir Fry!

Under 500 Calories!

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What have you thrown together to fill you up on Foodie Friday?

*Kroger Grocery Store did not sponsor this post. Maybe they should? What do you think? 🙂

 

Influenster Jingle Vox Box

 

 

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Kiss Lashes

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Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive

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Pure Ice Nail Polish

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#PureIce

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Hallmark Itty Bitty

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#ittybittys

 

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Biscoff Cookie

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#MyBiscoffBreak

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Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

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#Cheerphil

Not Pictured:

Ore Ida Potatoes

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#OreIdaTotchos

Oh so tasty! Didn’t even make it to the blog post 🙂 I’ve had these tater tots before and we love them!

NYC New York Color

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#cityproofnyc

Discolosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.

 

Influenster Jingle Vox Box Unboxing and Review

MLK-Day| from Takei Inspirations™

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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

There is so much wisdom and truth within these 12 words!  I know I speak on the power of love quite often,  that’s because within love lies the power to overcome any and everything!  MLK showed a love for all mankind regardless of differences in ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, or gender. He fought for equal rights of African Americans and all minorities.

This is a day to remember a giant of our Nation’s history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave strong voice to the silent hopes of millions, offered a redemptive path for oppressed and oppressors alike, and led a Nation to the mountaintop!  We should also keep in mind that our journey is not yet complete.   We have an obligation to build on the success of past generations.  It is up to us to ensure that the justice system works equally for all people. We must work on  creating equality in the dignity of good jobs, decent wages, and quality of education.  I encourage each of you to do your part as we continually move closer to the nation that Dr. King spoke about in his I have a dream speech.

Takei Inspirations

A poet, a writer, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and an amateur photographer

  Be sure to follow and connect with her!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/T_Inspirations
Instagram: http://instagram.com/t_inspirations
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Blog: http://www.takeiinspirations.com/

PlutoCase Product Review and Giveaway Contest

I absolute love taking photos and I love different ways I can showcase my photographs. One of the ways that I thought I would be able to showcase them was by customizing a phone case. Luckily, I know of a really cool company called PlutoCase.

I couldn’t wait to choose which pictures I would actually upload, but I wanted them to represent my photography style, as well as the things I love.

Here are the photos I chose:

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ABOUT PlutoCase

EXPERIENCE:

I have been using my PlutoCase phone cases for the past month and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I chose to use a different case everyday to check the durability, strength, and effectiveness of these cases. The website was also very easy to navigate. Initially, the site would not allow me to enter any data in the ordering fields, but once I notified the company, they were able to fix the issue immediately.

 There was fast delivery for these my customized phone cases. They came in the mail about a week from ordering and that was only because I ordered it on a Thursday. If you place your order on a Monday, they would probably reach you by Friday, if not before. They were individually wrapped, protected. and in one piece, which I was thankful for.

I have been wearing each customized phone case on my Samsung Galax S5 and have enjoyed these cases thoroughly. I was so impressed by the PlutoCase company and how well my customized phone cases came out. They are the best I’ve seen for such a low cost.  I’ve had a few people ask  about my customized PlutoCase phone cases and I would definitely recommend them. I absolutely love how they turned out!

Here are shots of my phone cases:

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COST: $33 Retail Value

PRODUCT OPTIONS:

iPhone 4/5c/5s/5/6 cases  & Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 cases

PROS:

The phone case is sturdy and durable. I have dropped my phone since using these cases a few time and have not had any cracks or breaks.

The photos that were used to customize my case, were virtually and almost perfectly the same color and quality.

The phone case was easy to place on my phone.

The phone case is slim and sleek.

Very high quality and durable.

CONS:

The phone case gloss option is a bit slippery.

If you use your phone like I do, (which is a lot), the phone will slip out of your hand quite a bit.

Although the pictures I chose to upload turned out great, you have to be careful with the sizing and coloring of the pictures you choose. There is a wrap option for “wrapping” the picture around the phone case.

The matte phone cases tend to have a darker constrast or tint to them, so choose your photo wisely.

WORTH THE PURCHASE?

Definitely worth the purchase. These phone cases are high quality at a low cost. You can’t beat that!

They are offering my readers and viewers Promo Codes

for a Free Customized PlutoCase!

Enter the Giveaway Here

There will be two winners and they will be announced on December 17th!

You will have until December 31st to use your Free Promo Code to receive your

customized phone case from PlutoCase

 *FYI-Payment information is requested at check out, but no actual purchase or payment is necessary when using a Promo Code.

Shipping is Free on Regular Purchases!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using PlutoCase.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

It’s My Birthday! | A Year of Reflection

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It’s 2015 and it’s the year that I turn 30 years old (the last time I will reveal my age so keep up lol) ! Of course, with the turn of another decade behind me, I’m reflecting over my past and future plans. There’s so much that I dreamed of accomplishing by now, you can read about some of those things here, but I’ve come to realize that there’s more to that when it comes to entering a new phase in your life.

This birthday marks to me, renewed womanhood. Accomplishing things that I’ve set for my life and actually achieving them. Facing life with a take charge attitude and assurance. Becoming a wife and a mother has helped guide me to become a better woman than I could ever think of, and entering my 30s with a new outlook for these areas of my life is what’s motivating me.

I’m looking forward to learning more about myself and what I’m capable of. I’m looking forward to enjoying things that I couldn’t even fathom in my teens, like buying my first home or starting my retirement. These are things that are important in life—not “TURNING UP” or buying Persian, Remy, or Indian Weave, or “knock off” Louboutin shoes. ‘

I’m a grown woman, with grown woman dreams and aspirations, and I’m looking forward to being a great example for my daughter.

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