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Tips for Setting up a Booth at an Event

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I am no stranger to working conventions and booths. But there is something different about working it for yourself. You have to come up with every single thing to make it run properly and look great! Here are some of the things I learned from doing my first booth at a winery!

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I started looking around at a couple of different places to set up my booth, some were $100 and some were more than that! The first one I decided to do was only $30 for the day, which was great! Each place has it’s own regulations and items you need to have. Practically all of them will want you to have a tent, so that is the first thing I would recommend buying. This place, in particular, wanted only white tents, and they had to be 10x10. I ordered one on Amazon that came with 3 walls and a nice carrying bag. It was under $200.

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After you figure out where you are going to set up you need to get your card reader or form of payment set up. I purchased a card reader through my credit card processing company and it worked great. There are so many options so just do your research to find what will work best for you. I brought $!00 in cash as well with small bills to have for change, it was more than enough for me.

You will want a table for your booth, I also ordered mine on Amazon but they are cheaper at Home Depot. I grabbed a 6ft. folding table and it was perfect! Then I went to Home Goods and purchased some fun baskets and decor shelves to display my things on the table. Since I have clothes I knew I needed to bring some sort of clothing rack to display everything, I also knew that transporting clothing racks would be a huge pain. I went to Pinterest and got some great ideas. I used 4 curtain rods and “S” hooks from Lowes. They worked great! All I had to do was hang them on the easy up bars and it was done! Highly recommend using them if you have clothes. I ended up bringing one clothes rack just to create a more cozy look and it was very easy and convenient.

As far as set up goes that’s all you really need to get started. A couple other things that I highly recommend are

  • A chair, I brought a little ottoman and some folding chairs for my husband.

  • Business cards, I printed some with my website, Instagram handle and used them as price tags on each item. It helped me with pricing and it gives the customer a way to find me. I just hole punched them and tied ribbon, these are what I am going to get for the future.

  • Bags, I grabbed multiple sized ones again off of Amazon and they were perfect!

  • Mirror, this was a lifesaver! I bought one that hung on the door and hung it from the clothes rack, it was perfect and sturdy!

  • Check your internet ahead of time to prepare. Mine was so spotty throughout the day that I had to write down card info. Pens and a note pad go with this tip.

  • Hangers with sizes on them, timing is very important so you want to have the sizes visible for each item. I used chalk labels so I can change sizes if need be.

  • Ikea bags were very helpful for transporting clothes back and forth on the hangers.

  • Plastic bins to transport all the small items like bags, cards, and decor.

  • Snacks and bottled water, you won’t have a ton of time to leave the booth so snacks are a must!

That is what I learned the most from my first show, I am sure I will learn more each time I do one, but for now, these are great tips to get you started!

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Graphic Tee Outfits!

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I swear a graphic tee should be a staple in everyone’s closet! They are the most versatile item you can own. I love wearing them with leggings all the way to styling them with a leather skirt and heels. The key to styling graphic tees is to make it fun! That is what they are all about, they express your personality, how you are feeling that day, or just something that makes you smile.

When I was hunting for things to add to the boutique I knew I wanted some super fun graphic tees. I wanted to keep the price range in mind as well as quality. The ones that I chose to carry are the softest and fit a little loose so you have a couple of different options as far as styling goes! Some have distressing for an extra edge and some are more fitted. I am sure I have one that you will love!

Here are a couple of my favorite ways to style graphic tees. You can find each one on the MyGirlfriendsCloset page!

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Outfit Ideas for a Fall Photoshoot

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Fall is here and that is the start of family photo shoot time! That means the stress of having to find cute outfits not just for you but for the whole family. I wanted to share some outfit ideas to make it a little easier on you and maybe give you some inspiration!

My first suggestion is to figure out where you are going to be shooting. If you are going for a woodsy or field vibe, I wouldn’t recommend wearing pumps or white jeans, it could be more work than its worth in that case. The same goes if you are doing a place like a winery, hotel, or cool place you want to have the right outfit to match the vibe you are going for.

I would head over to Pinterest and see any colors and scenery you like and go from there. You can search for color ideas and poses too. Then I would decide if your family and you are all going to match. Color coordinating is what I would choose instead of wearing all similar outfits just because you can pick a couple of colors and put each one of your family members in them versus having to hunt down the exact matching outfits in everyone’s sizes.

Last but not least, have fun with it. The one thing I have learned is to not overthink it, it’s easy to get nervous or stressed and that does not help anyone. Get some candid laughing ones or just embrace what each family member's personality does. My favorite types of pictures usually end up being the candid shots!

Even if you aren’t taking family photos, here are some great fall fashion ideas! You can find all of these looks in my boutique called My Girlfriends Closet!


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Animated Instagram Stories App

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Do you know how everyone seems to have the coolest animated stories these days? Well, even if you haven’t iI am sure you will be seeing them soon. I used to see them all the time and wondered how the heck they even got them to do that. How much time did that take? How much does that kind of stuff cost?

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I was on the phone with my friend one day, I know shocker I am on the phone with a friend. She had mentioned an app that would help spice up my stories. She has an android so I wasn’t able to get the exact one she mentioned. I started searching the app store and google reading reviews and found this one and I really like it. It is called Story Art, it is a free app but it does have in-app purchases. You can choose from multiple designs, animations and font styles to match your brand. They also have just picture graphics as well. You don’t have to do the animation stories.

In a matter of seconds, you can have a super fun animated story! I decided to use it for my boutique’s new arrivals and as an alert for back in stocks. It is definitely a fun way to post and share the news without feeling like I am just posting a picture with by my shit next to it. I always add a fun song to it to make it even more fun.

With Instagram changing so often it is so nice to have people that share tips and tricks that they have found. We are all in it together and can go farther together than alone. I did a quick post in this in GirlCode as well that way I could share it quicker. If you have any tips and tricks that you have found please share them in GirlCode!

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Why you need a Denim Jacket!

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I for one am always cold. Once it drops under 80 degrees it is considered cold weather to me. That is why a denim jacket has always been a staple in my winter wardrobe. Although I love a denim jacket they are very hard to come by. If you find one they sometimes are bulky, poorly fitting or just not comfortable to wear with anything but a tank underneath.

When I was looking for a denim jacket to add to the boutique…and my closet, I knew I was going to have to search long and hard. After a couple of different places, I finally found the comfiest, cutest, warmest, denim jacket. Once I saw the sherpa neck on this one I knew it was going to be so cute and fun to style.

So what do you wear a denim jacket with? If you ask me, I say everything! As far as I am concerned you can wear a denim jacket and jeans as long as they are similar in wash. I love pairing my denim jacket with t-shirt dresses and skinny jeans. You can dress it up with a pair of booties and a belt or you can dress it down with a cute pair of comfy sneakers. Either way, the only rule I follow when it comes to denim is proportions. You don’t want to wear a denim jacket with bulky bottoms. You will end up looking way bigger than you are and it’s not flattering on any body type. That is why I usually wear high waisted skinny jeans or leggings so it accentuates my legs and keeping all the bulk on top. Here are my favorite ways to style a denim jacket! You can find the one I am wearing in my boutique called My Girlfriends Closet!

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Using CBD for Anxiety

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About 2 years ago I went on a girls weekend trip to the river, and was having a blast. One night I wasn’t really drinking, maybe had a beer or two but felt off. We were all out at a bar and I just got this rush of heaviness in my chest. I started to feel really hot and shakey. I went out to get some fresh air but it was not going away. I decided to head back to the house to try and go to sleep. It was getting worse. My whole body started to tremble and I felt so nauseous, literally the worst feeling I have ever experienced. I ended up going home early because it was not getting any better and I was exhausted from going through it. That was my first experience with anxiety.

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It started happening more often. It usually only comes on when I have trips planned or big events. Which sucks because I love to travel, now I am terrified that I will get another anxiety attack. It took me a while to figure out what the triggers were and it came down to my hypoglycemia, I am very religious about eating every three hours to keep my blood sugar levels right but when I travel I am out of my routine and do not pay as much attention to my eating, that leads to me getting severely sick with low blood sugar. The same feeling of having low blood sugar is the exact feeling I experience when I am having an anxiety attack so that’s when my trigger starts it. I have spent a lot of time working on my anxiety, watching videos, reading blogs about how other people get through it. Since it is very common with people I wanted to share a couple things that help me deal with it!

First is my mindset, I always remind myself that I am stressing about something that hasn’t even happened or most likely isn’t going to happen, like my blood sugar dropping, all I have to do is make sure I am staying on track with eating every couple hours and I will be perfectly fine. By identifying the trigger I am able to set my mindset up to combat the feelings with facts.

When I do get an anxiety attack it happens at night, yes the worst time ever. Right when I lay down to relax is usually when it decides to show up, I started taking CBD to help me relax and to stop the trembling, that is the hardest part to deal with when I am trying to go to sleep. I take one dropper under my tongue and it relaxes me enough to help me sleep. It does not make you feel high and it does not do anything to your mind, it only relaxes my body enough to help me fall asleep. Because I don’t take just any product I find on the internet I personally did a lot of research to find the best product for me, I love this company and completely recommend and respect their products.

Exercising and walking have helped a ton, especially when I am traveling. I wake up early and go for a walk in the mornings, it starts the day with some fresh air and it totally helps me breathe and get any stress out of my body. It also gets me out and about to discover what the places I am visiting have to offer.

Do you have any tips that have helped you with your anxiety? Do you have a similar feeling that I do? I would love to hear if you do, leave a comment or email!

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Working from Home, Pros and Cons

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Working from home has its perks, but it also has some negatives. One of the negatives for me is being lonely. I am a total people person, I love to talk and see people pretty regularly. I used to work in a salon, what does that tell you about needing to have people around? Now that I am practically home by myself during the week it can make me a little stir crazy. Working at home doesn’t give you to much human connection, I miss going to lunch with people or just running to get a coffee. Heck even dressing up is something I miss!

Thank goodness for social media though, it is something that has totally been a game-changer for this stay at home mama. That is where most of my friends are, I message with them all day! That is where the perks of working from home come in, you can chat with anyone at any time of the day, hop on a Zoom call, or just call people whenever you need a little pick me up. No deadlines, no people or drama to worry about. And the sweat pants option is pretty dope too!

Since growing my business and my brand is my main focus right now I am so thankful I went to a women in business conference last year. It introduced me to an amazing group of likeminded women to chat with. Which most of them work from home as well so they understand exactly what I am going through. We share business ideas, get feedback, input, and strategize and network with one another. Rather than talk about our personal lives, we mostly talk about all the things that we can do to take our businesses to the next level. It really helps to cure that loneliness working from home tends to come with.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you work from home? Or ever feel like you just want a group of women to chat with?

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Family Pizza Night!

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Every Friday we go to our favorite pizza place. A little back story on my husband and I, he works long days during the week so we don’t really get to see each other much, and if we do it’s late at night before bed. Every Friday he works a half day so it became a tradition that every Friday we go out to have a beer and eat, we chat, catch up from the week and just enjoy being together as a family. Since this is our favorite day of the week we are super picky about where we choose to hang out. We like to find a place where they have cold beer and a cool environment. At our old house it was Buffalo Wild Wings, they had an awesome patio and the best service. We would go so often that our waiter became one of our best friends. It’s true when they say you want to go to a place where everyone knows your name, that was the case at that restaurant.

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When we moved we were so bummed because we had to find a new place, we ended up finding our pizza place by accident, the GPS took us to the wrong one and it ended up being our new Friday place! Now everyone knows our name, our beers are ready when we walk in and we spend every Friday there. They have an outside area for kids to play and the inside is a chill brewery environment. It is perfect and now our happy place.

The reason pizza Friday is so important to us is because that is where we chat about our goals, what we want, how we are going to get there, and stuff we can improve on. With both of us working on our own projects it is nice to hear what each other is going through and how we can help. I swear that is where all of our best ideas come from. Right now we are focused so much on work and how to improve that I think we would go crazy if we didn’t have these once a week breaks. I am not going to lie it is hard seeing other people going on trips, having vacations, while we are choosing to stay working and plan for the future. But since we have pizza Friday it helps us keep focused on our vision and keeps us working hard to achieve it! If you have your own version of pizza Friday drop it in the comments! I would love to hear it!


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How To Set Up a Home Gym

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I didn’t really start working out until after I had my son. Pregnancy was great but hot damn I was not happy with my body afterwards. This was around the time that P90X came out, everyone was doing it and getting great results so I decided to jump on the band wagon. I hated it! It took me a couple of months to find a workout routine that I enjoyed. I found weight lifting and I was hooked, it was something I can do at home and still get results. I bought a couple dumbbells and was as happy as can be! That is where my at home workout journey began!

6 years later I still love working out at home, it is convenient and I have it set up exactly the way I like it. Over the years I have added bigger equipment but starting out you really only need a couple of things! I will give you the break down of what items are my favorite for a home gym set up!

  1. Dumbbells, my advice is to start with 2 different weights. One heavier weight for bigger muscle groups like biceps, back and legs. A lighter weight for shoulder and tricep work, it is great to have the lighter and heavier options so you can work different muscle groups. If you want you can add in a kettle bell! You can perform so many different exercises with a kettlebell!

  2. Set of resistance bands, or as I like to call them, booty bands! They are a game changer when it comes to leg day. A big fear for me working out alone at home is that I don’t want to hurt myself with bigger weight, a band helps turn up the resistance and opens up your workout library a ton! They come in 2 sizes, medium and heavy. Medium is great for bigger movements like squats, lunges and deadlifts. The heavy is great for isolated movements like glute bridges, abductors, donkey kicks and side steps.

  3. A bench is also a great piece of equipment to have, it doesn’t need to be fancy, my tip is to pay attention to the height and if it is adjustable, the first one I purchased wasn’t adjustable and it limited my workouts. I would get one that you can move up and down so you can perform more exercises.

  4. A mirror is great, I love having it to watch my form, you would be surprised how much of a difference it makes when you can see the muscle working. You can also see if you are using momentum or other body parts during the exercise and correct it immediately.

Optional items include, a barbell for more exercises, plates to add on the barbell, a dry erase board if you are like me and have to write down your workout, a yoga mat for comfort and of course a wireless speaker for the jams. Once you get in a groove you will see what you need and what you don’t! Don’t over think it, grab a couple things to start and grow from there. You don’t need to have it all on day 1!


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5 Ways to Style a Camo Sweater!

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Who doesn’t love a good camo print? I know I do! It is such a fun casual print that practically goes with everything. I knew I wanted a light weight camo tee or sweater when I was choosing clothes for my boutique. This one is exactly that, it is light weight, soft and perfect with a pair of jean shorts for those cool evenings.

Here are 5 ways to style a camo sweater! I linked all items in each picture for easy styling!

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Casual Day Look

This is such an easy casual and stylish look!

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Cooler Nights Look

Perfect for a quick dinner with the family!

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Camo and White Is My Fav!

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Casual Girls Day Look

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Pinterest isn't Just for Outfit Inspo!

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Do you remember when Pinterest was brand new and it was the best thing in the entire world? You would search everything like kitchen design, kids toy storage, outfit ideas, cake ideas, the list goes on. I was a pretty avid Pinterest user in the beginning but I always hated that you couldn’t find where to buy the stuff you were pinning. I stopped using it as frequently when Instagram showed up and to be honest deleted the app for probably a year. Boy was that a mistake, once I realized how important Pinterest is for blogging I had to relearn how to use it and all the tips and tricks to utilize it!

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Now that I have a blog, I spend a ton of time researching how to get people to it, I mean l thought you just type some good stuff and the people just come on over and read it. Wrong, so so wrong. Since I am very new to the blogging world, heck technology world, I am literally spending a ton of time searching everything under the sun when it comes to blogging, traffic, and SEO. Learning everything I can to grow this thing every day.

Through all of my research I have found that good old Pinterest is the holy grail for bloggers. If you think about it, every single pin that you click on leads you back to a blog site. Mind just got blown. The more I cruised around Pinterest the more pins I would see with custom words or descriptions on them. Which my eyes are always drawn to the big words when I am scrolling for that specific topic. So how the heck are these bloggers creating these fabulous pins with the words? With a quick google search I found Canva, a free design website where you can create any kind of social media post, thank you card, resume, the list goes on, all for free. You can create the magical custom pins with words, pictures, graphics, all with Canva for free!

The thing with Pinterest is you have to be consistent, which means pinning multiple times a day to get your views up. That is no easy task and takes up a ton of time! I started researching scheduling sites for Pinterest and the crowd favorite was Tailwind. It is a Pinterest approved scheduling site that helps you to pin multiple pins all at one time and then schedule them throughout the day and even weeks! I am new to using it and will have a blog post coming soon with more info once I get more comfortable using it!

I started creating pins for my blog posts and posting them to Pinterest. No, this doesn’t mean that you are all of a sudden going to get a million people to your blog, it just gives your blog a better chance at getting seen. I now spend an entire day creating pins for my blog posts, multiple pins actually, and then pinning other peoples content that way my monthly views to my page will grow.

If you have a website, blog, or even an instagram I highly recommend investing some time into Pinterest, it has helped grow my blog traffic along with social media and word of mouth. I just think of it as another free platform that you can utilize to grow your brand and business! If you are just starting out with your Blog I would give this 3 Tips to Start your Blog a read, It has my tips for starting out!


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3 Ways to Style a Leopard Cardigan!

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A cardigan is always a piece that you can add a fun print or color! It can dress up a casual outfit or tone down a dressy outfit all with a matter of little tweaks. I am the type of girl that always gets cold so having a soft cardigan with me is a must! I chose this one because of the light leopard print, sometimes with leopard it can get aggressive and hard to pair it with anything. This one has a majority of white and a couple different colors to choose from as far as pairing goes. You can purchase this cardigan at My Girlfriend’s Closet it is an online boutique where I hand pick and style each piece! Here are 3 ways to style a leopard cardigan!

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Day Time Brunch

The first look is more of a daytime brunch or day date type of outfit. Here are the Links to the entire outfit!

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Nude Wedges

Belt

Body Suit

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Casual Errands

The second look is a super casual running errands look!

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Graphic Tee (not exact but cute)

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Date Night

The third is a date night outfit! White Skinnies

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Couldn’t find exact booties, but any booties would be perfect!

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My Girlfriend's Closet, Hand Picked Fashion for you!

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It is no secret I love fashion, and it’s certainly not a secret that I love a good deal. I always have so much fun hunting for new trends, finding fashion staples at good prices and putting outfits together. I mean I go on websites just to see whats new every week, it’s what I call “Me Time”.

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The more I post on social media, the more I realized how much of my content is about fashion. I always get questions about the stuff I wear, asking where I got it, and messages from people saying they wish I could shop for them. I started brainstorming more ways to provide value, how can I help solve this problem or at least make it easier. I started posting Daily Deals in Girl Code every morning, I would look up sales on all the websites I usually shop at, sharing anything that looked like a good deal. But it still didn’t really provide the solution to the questions I was getting, it made it easier to find where to shop, but you still have to find the stuff and style it on your own. I knew I could be doing more, I just couldn’t figure out what it was going to be.

Digging a little deeper into this, my husband and my friend had asked me why I haven’t started an online boutique or something along those lines. I kind of sat back and thought, why haven’t I done that yet? I love fashion, I love deals, and I know what looks cute. Why not hand pick cute stuff that I would wear and that I think others would wear, show it styled so you can see how it looks. You guys can skip all the guess work of finding everything yourselves and trust that I will put everything together for you. It seemed like the best idea to take it one step further and solve the problem.

I am always very honest about all the products and clothes I recommend, and you can trust that whatever I am recommending, it’s amazing! I will post an outfit with different styling options, then you can buy it with the peace of mind knowing you can wear it a couple different ways and it’s in style. I know that shopping isn’t exactly the funnest thing for people, and I personally love it, that is why My Girlfriend’s Closet is going to be a great way to provide more value!

I am so excited to start this new adventure, I can’t wait to start shopping and finding cute fun pieces for all of you! I always say I am changing the game when it comes to being a girlfriend, this is just one of the ways I believe will do it!

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Babes Supporting Babes!

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The amount of support that I am getting from people is something I don’t think I can ever fully show my appreciation for. I always feel like I should be doing more, providing more, supporting more. I put so much pressure on myself to keep doing all the things, to give more, even though I don’t really know what those things are exactly.

I was having a chat with a girlfriend about this the other day, she had asked me what I was struggling with right now and I immediately answered with, I feel like I should be doing more. Since this is such a new path for me I never know how to gauge progress, how do I know if I am on the right track, if I am providing the value and friendship that I want my brand to represent.

I started really thinking about it after that conversation and you know what? I looked back at all the people that have shared, commented, and posted talking about how much I have helped, inspire, and push them when they need it most. I guess I never really stopped to see that this is my gauge of progress, this is why I am doing everything, it is proof that I am on the right path. All of those people are who I consider my friends are telling me with every message that this is the right move. None of this is about me, it’s all about them! All I have to do is stop and listen!

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It is my goal to always be that Girlfriend that you can rely on, that is going to give you honest help, and has your best interest just because I want you to succeed. That will always be my main focus as I build my brand and community. To all of you that have supported and reached out thank you from the bottom of my heart because I could not do any of it without you!

I am always here for anything you need, all you have to do is reach out! I love chatting and messaging with each and everyone of you so never hesitate to message me!

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Beauty Tips-Drug Store Eyebrows

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We all love good Brows right? I have always had thicker eyebrows and never considered coloring them in, that is until I met Brittany. She would color in my brows every time she would do my makeup that after a couple times I was sold. As I get older they are starting to thin out in the corners. That is where the main focus is for me. By filling them in I get a more defined shape and it completes my overall look.

Brittany shares her 3 favorite Brow products and why in this weeks Post! I will link all products she mentions in the video for easy shopping! Hope you enjoy these fabulous tips!

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Maybelline Brow Drama- Hairspray for Eyebrows

Maybelline Brow Pencil Duo- Brow defining to create strokes, gives a micro-blade look

Maybelline Tattoo studio Brow Pomade- It comes with an angle brush and spoolie to comb it out.

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3 Video Editing Tips For Beginners

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I love being on video. It is so fun to watch and to film. A little back story as to why I think I am so comfortable around cameras and video is my previous job. I worked for my friends spray tanning company, I was the director of education so my main roll was to teach others how to spray tan with our equipment and products, and a lot of that was through video trainings. I even did a spray tan yourself video, I was in a bikini actually spray tanning myself in the middle of a studio just to show people how easy it is to spray tan yourself at home. Which I still do often! I love me a good spray tan.

We also had to work with influencers and you tubers regularly, they would film tutorial videos and how to videos, I would watch and learn what I could. I mean these were heavy hitters in the influencer space. I picked up a few tips throughout my tanning days that I use in my current videos. I thought I would share some of those tips with you in case you are starting to record some of your own!

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Tip 1- Be confident in yourself, I know it’s awkward and you feel like people are staring or judging you, but what helps me is to be as confident as possible because chances are the people that are in that room with you are just as terrified of being on camera as you are so you have a slight upper hand when you own that shit and nail every shot with ease. I would rather be nervous on the inside and confident on the outside, and deliver an awesome performance.

Tip 2- You really do not need fancy equipment. A tripod is the one thing you do need just because you want your video to be as stable as possible, I have a strong one that adjusts to multiple heights which is awesome. An iPhone works great with some really good lighting. Natural light is ideal but having multiple lighting options is always preferred, even a light reflector is a huge benefit, you can use it to bounce light around and create dimension. I use 2 box lights when I don’t have a natural lighting option and they work just fine!

Tip 3- Use music! I am such a fan of music in a video. It creates the type of vibe and feel you want so much better than not having it. I use envato elements, it is a monthly or yearly subscription website where you can use non copywrited music, stock photos, and graphics. It’s a little pricey at $16.50 a month but I have used it a ton so I believe it is worth it! What I like most about that site is you can type in the type of mood you want to create and it will give you that type of music, so awesome right?

Tip 4- When it is a big deal, I would hire a professional. It makes a huge difference when you have someone shooting with professional equipment, plus they have a creative eye that helps when you are recording something bigger than just a personal video. I made the choice to hire someone for a video I did that was for a big project. I knew it had to be well done and high quality to get the point across. It also helps to work with a professional that has your personality type, they make it so much easier to film because you are way more comfortable and they can guide you or offer input.

Now I think you are ready to start filming! If you feel like you need more advice or someone to bounce ideas off of you know where to find me! I am always here to help in anyway I can!

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How to find Out if You Have Fake Followers On IG

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Y’all know I love me some Jasmine Star, she is the holy grail when it comes to social media. I love her delivery and just overall outlook on social media and how it works. If you aren’t following her I highly recommend doing so.

One video she did on IGTV was all about deleting bot followers on IG. Wait, what are bot followers and why do they matter? I know, I asked the same question.

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Here is what you need to know! Bot followers are fake accounts that follow you to get sales for companies, or to legitimize their own profile. They are not valuable to you in any way other than vanity metrics, they just make your follower number go up but does nothing for your engagement. And we are all about engagement on Instagram. I made sure to test this out because I wanted to see how many I had. I ended up cleaning out 58 bot followers from my account. I am not going to lie it was a little rough to see my follower count drop so low in an instant, especially when you work so hard to gain followers.

So how the heck do you know who is a bot follower? Surprisingly it is so easy to find them. Look for no profile picture, they are usually following a ton of people but have very few followers, maybe 3-6 posts and its usually a random person or a scenic picture, in their name it has letters and numbers, not a normal name.

To remove them you can either block them or if you go to your followers, next to each ones name will be three dots, you click that and then it will give you the option to remove them. By removing them it doesn’t give that person a notification that you removed them, so now I do it with random creepy dudes that start following me. I have zero interest in creepy dudes following my account, so I remove them as soon as I see them.

I am so happy that I did it and am now aware of how to stay on top of it, it’s not the end of the world if you have them, I would just rather have a strong community of women who like my content and engage and having bot followers prevents them from seeing my content, and that is a no brainer for me to get rid of them! I would love to hear if you did this and how it has worked for you! Leave a comment with any questions or your results!



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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Dessert

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These little beauties are a staple in my fridge every week! They are out of The Fresh Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook By Emily Frisella! Highly recommend this cookbook, it is the only reason I know how to cook and enjoy it! For more recipes like this and healthy tips head over to her website!

I have a crazy sweet tooth so this is definitely something that helps kick the craving! They have such simple ingredients and are super easy to make! I usually make a batch at the beginning of each week so that I can have them to help keep me on track!

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Balls

1 Cup natural chunky peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tbsp water

3/4 cup vanilla ice cream protein powder

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS-

Mix together peanut butter, sea salt, water, protein powder, and honey until well combined

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll the mixture into 24 balls

Chill protein balls in the freezer for 30-40 min.

melt chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Melt in 20-30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth.

Using a fork, drop a ball into chocolate and roll until well coated.

Chill in the refrigerator for another 30-40 minutes until chocolate is set.

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Working with an Online Fitness Coach!

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Have you ever thought to yourself, how do online fitness coaches work with people they have never met? I always wondered how the heck they do it without ever meeting the person in real life. How can they see what to help with, how do they know where to start?

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I met a fitness coach through instagram, which I know is very weird to say, although I knew she was a coach I created a friendship first. I got to know her over time, had conversations not just about fitness and nutrition, but life and everything in between, we always clicked. I think that is huge when it comes to working with someone online. Your personalities have to click way before you trust them with your fitness and nutrition. I would see her posts about food, macros and mindset on living a healthy lifestyle and it was very similar to mine. Which is another way to see if someone is right for you, if you don’t agree with the content or vibe they are putting out but have a nice body, probably isn’t going to be a good fit. After all, living a healthy lifestyle goes way beyond having a six pack.

I reached out to her because I was struggling with staying on track. I have a great accountability group on facebook that has the best group of women in it! But I am real, and sometimes life just gets busy and I could feel myself slacking more and more. I figured if I was working one on one with someone and had some skin in the game it would push me to work harder. I started working with her that week and let me tell you the questionnaire she sent over was very detailed. I now know how online fitness coaches can work with someone they have never met.

She first figures out the foods you like to eat whether they are more fat or carb foods, what type of food logging you will be comfortable using, weight, height and measurements, and she has you send over pictures. All of those tasks are all included in the very fist questionnaire. She goes into extreme detail to get the best idea of who she is working with. Every week she sends over an email with a new checklist that has your daily macros, foods you ate, weight, measurements and a feelings section where you can let her know how you are mentally and physically feeling every week.

I personally think this is an awesome piece of her service because it creates an open relationship between us where I feel comfortable telling her what i’m going through. There was one week in particular where I was just struggling, had zero appetite, was highly stressed and felt like I was failing. Not only did she call me immediately, but she talked me through the fact that some weeks aren’t going to be perfect and that she goes through them too, having that personal connection with her made me feel 1000 times better, like she is in with me versus me just being a client. I have been working with her for a month now and I highly recommend working with someone you trust and genuinely click with online, I have complete trust in her to help me with my nutrition and fitness goals and would recommend her to all of you! Her name is Sarah and you can find her info and website HERE! even if you aren’t ready to commit to working with someone she provides great content on Instagram and always helps everyone in my Facebook group, I am lucky to have found her!

I am curious to know if any of you have worked with a coach or if you are curious to how it all works, leave a comment with your thoughts!

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Taking Progress Pictures

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Anyone else cringe when you hear those words? I know I do! The awkwardness of just standing there like a weirdo in all your glory is by far the hardest thing ever. I personally always do it in the morning with zero makeup on and hair is a hot mess, so it makes it extra ugly. Plus it is way better to wear as little clothing as possible so you can get a better gauge on progress. Have I painted a pretty enough picture for you…..ha ha.

With that being said, I know how awkward it can be, but from experience they are the best thing you can do to stay on track. We all know when we are in a “ dieting” period it is easy to get discouraged when you don’t see instant progress. Weighing yourself on the scale is never a good gauge of progress because one day you are down and the next you are up. That is why taking pictures are so beneficial, even though the scale isn’t showing much movement the pictures will show a different side of progress. Your waist could be smaller, back bigger, legs have more muscle or definition, the list goes on. That little change you see in one picture could be the one thing that pushes you to keep going.

I would recommend taking pictures once a week in the same exact clothing in each picture. Stand in the same position in the same place you take every picture. By doing this you see way more changes then if you were to be in different lighting, clothes, or position. Also take them at the same time each day, for me that is first thing in the morning before I have anything to eat or drink.

Remember they will pay off in the future. If anything it pushes you to be more accountable because you want to see changes, you got this sister! If you need help I wrote a couple Blog posts regarding these topics, accountability or tips for working out.

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