3 Pinterest Boards Every Blogger Needs

How to Always Have Blog Topics

Blogging means always having an idea. Always having something to write about. But what about when writer’s block happens? I’m sharing my top secret on how to always have blog topics.

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Writer’s block happens. It’s inevitable, but, the best offense is a good defense, right? And I’m not just talking about sports.

When it comes to blogging, writing, social media, content creation, whatever, you need to stay inspired. Quite some time ago I came up with a strategy and it’s never let me down yet. It’s one that I think you’ll really appreciate and you may even feel like you should have been had on the go all along!

We all know Pinterest is the best. Bloggers all around know this. This isn’t new. It’s what we use to market, share, connect, Pin, be Pinned and frankly, go viral! Other than getting your face, and fancy finger work out there, it’s time to use it as a writing tool.

The secret to never running out of blog topics revealed

Do you remember the old Pinterest?

If you didn’t already know, Pinterest isn’t social media. It’s a visual search engine. So, let’s talk about how it all began.

I remember the early days of Pinterest when it was an invite-only situation. I was so excited when one of my besties sent me an invite. It was like a wonderful secret online community that everyone wanted to be a part of. It was like going to one of those secret underground nightclubs that you have to knock a certain way on the door, hop on your left foot and do a jig and boom, you’re in.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but it was really fun to be part of it from the start and see it blossom so much over the years.

My relationship with Pinterest began before I started wedding planning. And it was a great resource for me. I pretty well planned my entire wedding through Pinterest. Searching for ideas, looking for inspiration. Creating secret boards for my future family, dream homes and more.

Now you don’t need invites or special codes. If you want in, you’re in.

Pinterest as a writing tool

Fast forward to my life now as a blogger, I’m still using it for inspiration.

You probably pin from other bloggers, to broaden your boards, to get you more visibility. But, do you Pin for yourself?

Pinning for yourself means you see something you like, and you save it. You know, do what the platform was actually made for. Being a virtual pinboard. No need to chop up those magazines put glue to bristol board and get messy. No, do it all virtually. Be a virtual hoarder if you will.

Automate to save time

I love tools that help me save time. One of my favorite tools which has totally exploded my blog traffic is Tailwind. It’s the best money I’ve ever spent on my blog, hands down. Bar none.

If you’ve been wanting to try out Tailwind, use my link to get your first 100 pins for free! If you’d like to move up to the amazing paid version you get unlimited pins. <– Best (blog) investment ever.

Let that service do hours of work for you in as little as an hour spent per month, or less really. That way you can get back to what really matters. You know, family, friends, writing, the good stuff!

With how much we already have automated, with services like Tailwind, we sometimes lose the bigger picture. It was probably Pinterest that brought you to blogging to begin with. You saw other people doing it, and you knew you wanted a part of it. And here you are!

My secret to always having blog topics

It’s time to reveal my secret. The reason why you clicked on my link, Pin, or otherwise!

There’s a reason why I’ve been gushing over Pinterest. It’s because of secret boards.

See, I told you it was a legit secret. Secret boards are my secret to always having blog topics.

Frankly, I’m surprised I hadn’t shared this sooner with ya’ll. Granted, I did go over its importance in my ecourse, Rock Your Blog Launch.

There are a few things you can do, and a few steps I highly suggest you do right this moment. Like right now. No excuses. I know you have the app on your phone…

3 Pinterest Boards Every Blogger Needs

Make three secret Pinterest boards:

  • Blog Post Writing Inspiration
  • Blog Post List Ideas
  • Blog Post Upgrades

As you’re scrolling through Pinterest, you know, during commercials, on public transit, during dull work lunches, whatever, you can add to these boards. If you have a good amount of time, like when the kids go to bed, or they’re napping, go down the virtual rabbit hole. How do you do that? Select a pin, and scroll down. You’ll see suggestions based on the pin you’ve suggested.

Just make sure to keep an eye on the time because 2 am can creep up real fast. I’m not responsible for your lack of sleep due to this either, that’s on you, babe. Pin responsibly!

Blog Post Writing Inspiration

This one I use the most. When I’m scrolling either through specific categories like parenting, or blogging I start Pinning away.

Blog Post List Ideas

People love lists. I love lists, you probably love lists. Lists are the shizz.

If you’ve been scrolling and come across something you’d like to make into a list post, this secret board will keep your list items in check. That way, when it comes time to actually write, you already have your research done.

Blog Post Upgrades

It’s always good to upgrade posts with things like infographics, opt-ins, new pinnable content, and other great things. If you see something that may fit a previous post of yours or something that inspires you to write a post and create something for, this is a great board to have. I probably don’t use this board as much as I should, but I know it’s there and I do reflect back on it from time to time.

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How to use these boards

Once you’ve started cultivating your secret little (or big) stash, put it to good use. Sometimes you just need a little nudge in the right direction. Whenever you’re feeling like you’ve hit a rut, these boards are going to pull you right up and out of it, I swear!

Now the new problem you’ll have is too many ideas and not enough time. But that’s a good problem to have if you ask me. Much better than tons of time and nothing to write.

When I’ve exhausted the inspiration from one of my chosen pins, and have finished writing, I will pin it to a board of mine which it is organically drawn to. Obviously, I’d be following up with a pin of my own take on the post. Bonus points if you link back to your blogging inspiration.

Don’t feel guilty, also, do the right thing

In this crazy big, and yet little world, it’s flattering to inspire others. However, it’s not okay to full-on copy someone.

As bloggers, we know that there is no way to have a totally 100% original topic. If you’ve thought about it, someone else has too, and that’s how posts exist.

We all do it, we all pull inspiration from each other. That’s what’s so cool about this world. Just make sure to stay true to your writing style. Stick to your post composition.

It’s great to learn from how other’s write, but you can’t copy a whole post verbatim. It’s not friendship. So just make sure to keep it in your own words, and make it your own. Don’t replicate a post just because you know it will get traction if it doesn’t fit your vibe or niche. Stay true to you babe.

If you’re wanting to up your blogging game, or need a revamp, be sure to check out my ecourse Rock Your Blog Launch. It’s for newbie, oldie and want-to-be bloggers who want to kick it up a notch or twenty!

Do you have any tips to keep you inspired? Share yours below in the comments!

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11 Amazing Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Over the years Ugly Christmas Sweaters have become huge. There are parties dedicated to them, games, drinks and so much more. I have yet to go to a party myself but I know that my work will be using it as a jeans day fundraiser this season.

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I’m thinking that this year I’ll just buy a few, and let the good times roll. Or snowball if you will.

I think that the holidays really need a little something tacky to bring some fun into the festivities. People really go overboard this time of year. Rightfully so, but honestly. Isn’t Christmas the season for being with family and friends. And just plain enjoying yourself!

Dressing up all fancy and going out for dinner is fun and all but frankly, that’s overrated. There is only one time of the year that you can acceptably get away with these beauties so you might as well do it right!

Nope, I’m not talking about your great aunt Edna’s knitted heirloom, I’m talking about punny, terrible, tasteless sweaters. I’m sure your aunt won’t be mad that you don’t borrow her’s this year.

Storm Troopers and Darth Vader

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Yeti To Party

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A Christmas Story Fragile

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Seinfeld Festivus

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Let’s Get Elfed Up

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Dabbing Santa

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Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal

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Home Alone Wet Bandits

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Gonna Party Cuz It’s His Birthday

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Harry Potter Deathly Hallows

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Fun Old Fashioned Family Xmas

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Which one was your favourite? Tell us below in the comments!

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7 Must Have Shopping Apps - Wine and Mommy Time

7 Shopping Apps You Need to Download Today

Shopping online, or on shopping apps, is pretty well my favorite thing. It’s like receiving gifts in the mail that you actually want! Better yet, it gives you a reason to last another 3-5 business days, haha! Almost any major brand or shopping site has an app these days. Or at the very least their website is mobile browser friendly.

With the holidays fast approaching the malls will be getting busier and busier. I don’t know about you but avoiding all of that and being able to shop with some Baileys in hand while wearing pj’s sounds much more appealing.

Why you should try apps

Convenience is the best. You don’t know how much time you could be saving. Someone once said to me “let your fingers do the walking for you” in regard to using a yellow pages book way back in the day, and I think it’s very transferrable to shopping as well. Why would you spend an entire day going from mall to mall or store to store to either compare prices, or try to find sizes when you can have it shipped directly to you? Granted there are instances where you need whatever you are searching for right away, and that’s okay too.

Anything I don’t immediately need comes from either apps or sites. I even used to order my groceries from an app, which was super convenient and would show up at my door the next day at the time of my choosing. Unfortunately, Halifax doesn’t have places that do this yet, but in a matter of time I am sure they will!

Oh the deals

Much of the time you can actually find better deals online since they are shipping directly from the warehouse and are cutting out the storefront middle man. Places like Carter’s Oshkosh, do not have an app but they do have an opt-in email that will send you updates on their online-only sales, and they do these a lot! Other sites like Beyondtherack.com, Zulily, or Hautelook.com are online-only stores that offer limited-time deals on really awesome stuff like designer bags, clothes, kids products and so much more.

While this isn’t my full list of apps they are some to get you started! Now I know that some people are worried about the safety of their personal and banking information out there floating around in cyberspace, but trust me, you will be fine. I have never had any issues of fraud online and I’ve been doing this for years and will break down online banking safety as well with you. Just ask my husband who rolls his eyes every time a box shows up from Amazon!

 

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Amazon

Obviously I have to start here, by far my favourite app/website to shop on.

I personally find the app much more streamlined than wandering around the website. The app shows you just what you need to see and for someone like me who can be a little distracted from time to time thats a good thing. You still see all of the same things like reviews, similar products and such, you just have to scroll for it, which is totally fine with me.

In the app you can even scan a barcode to search a product! This comes in handy if you are in a store and want to price compare.

Amazon is also is intuitive to the items you have recently looked at or are in your wish lists and will make suggestions to similar products for you.

You can manage your Baby Registry, Wish Lists and other registries directly from the app as well.

Navigation is a breeze within the menu which allows you to manage your gift cards, prime account if you have one, check order status’, edit your account information and more. In regard to order status, if your item is one that has shipping information (not all do, but most do) you can do all of the up-to-date tracking within the app!

One security feature that they have which I really appreciate is that after so many purchases they will ask for your card information again. This is just to make sure that everything is still up to date and to make sure that you are still you. Also, when you are shipping to a new address, they require you to enter your card information again, which is great because this means no one can just pickup your device if it has been stolen and start ordering things to their home.

You can use all major credit cards, including VISA debit! There is so much more to delve into about Amazon and I promise to share that with you on its own at another time.
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PayPal

If you are unfamiliar with PayPal, it is a third party site that securely holds your card information, or banking information for online purchases, and/or for online sales if you are choosing to sell items online. You can also use PayPal to transfer funds to other people as you would with online bank e-transfer, however, with PayPal you can transfer internationally, not all banks allow you to do so through their websites so this is a great option.

PayPal is awesome because if you have any issues with an order they will handle the dirty work and are very good at doing so. They also act as a buffer between the direct access to your bank and the person/website you are buying from. Think about it like this, if you were to take cash out and put it in your wallet, and then use it, they would be taking the cash and not giving away your banking information to the other source, get it?

You can store as many shipping address’ as you want on it and multiple bank accounts/cards. I say bank account because if you do not have a credit card you can use the banking information found at the bottom of a cheque. Such as the bank transit number and routing number, to setup your account. This means you can shop with your debit account and not have to pay interest, score! VISA debit also works with them. If you ever want to know if a site is PayPal approved, you will know at checkout, because it will be an option. Or there will be a PayPal button somewhere on their page.
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Etsy

Do you want to shop local, or handmade? Or look for antiques online? Want the vintage or personal aspect of flea market shopping without the mothballs? Etsy is the app for you!

Many brides actually use this app because they can have things made for them personally. Specific for their big day for much of the time a fraction of the cost. Plus you are able to talk directly with the sellers. You can purchase from the other side of the world. Or, you can filter to shop in your country, state/province, or even town! For people who love supporting local, this app is for you.

Speaking of wedding shopping, I did a lot of mine on here. My veil, a frame for our guestbook, my guestbook, bridesmaids gifts, personalized garter and so much more. I also purchase a ton of drool bibs for our little guy on the regular from a shop on there, The BabyDroollery!

I love knowing that I am supporting real humans. Not filling pockets of a large corporation who don’t care about me whatsoever.

Etsy allows you to pay by card or by PayPal, I personally use PayPal for it, but you can do whatever you want!
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Hautelook and BeyondTheRack

The reason why I lump these together is because they are so similar. Both of these apps/sites have limited time deals of great products. Much of the time they have designer specials.

BeyondTheRack is a Canadian-based company while Hautelook is actually the app to Nordstrom Rack, which if you are familiar with Nordstrom Rack, is the sale/discount spot for Nordstrom! Both of these companies have AMAZING deals at the end/beginning of seasons. The best time to watch these apps/sites are around Black Friday and Boxing Day, they will have hourly specials and some incredible deals that you will have a hard time staying away from, que twitchy checkout fingers.

From clothing, shoes, beauty and housewares, you name it, they have it. One thing to remember with Hautelook and Beyond The Rack is that not everything is immediate shipping. Make sure to look at the shipping info of the particular item you want. Some things don’t ship until weeks after the promotion has ended.
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zulily

Zulily

Similar to Hautelook and to BeyondTheRack, Zulily also has limited time specials, however, it also has lasting specials. One thing that drew me to Zulily was the amount of infant and maternity items they had. I ordered from them a lot when I was pregnant. Nursing bras, tank tops, and so much more. They also have some really unique kids/baby brands.

The app will give you notifications when new sales are going on if you choose to turn on that function. If it annoys you, or you’re trying to stay on budget, you can turn them off, no worries!

One thing I found with Zulily is that they actually circulate the same brands/deals pretty often. So if you miss out one week, you can probably wait a couple of weeks or days and it will be back! You can also set alerts on items so that you can be notified when they come back. 

Just like with Hautelook and Beyond The Rack. Make sure to check when the shipping of your chosen item is scheduled. It can sometimes be days, or weeks.

One thing in the Zulily app that I appreciate though is that you can actually track your shipment straight from the app, just like Amazon.
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ebates

Ebates

You may have seen commercials for this company on TV, and it really does work. When you use Ebates you receive cash back every few months for your online purchases. Upon initial sign up you also receive an instant $5 credit toward your first Ebates cheque.

In order to get funds back, you just need to make sure to be shopping through Ebates to the site of your choice though. For instance, if you go onto Amazon.ca/.com and make a purchase and then try to sign in to Ebates, it will not work. You must go to Ebates.ca/.com and navigate through there by link from their site for it to work. I know it sounds a bit complicated. If you do a lot of online shopping, which a lot of people do around the holidays it pays off.
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I hope that I have given you some new online shopping insight, if you have any questions or input feel free to drop a line below. Happy shopping!

 

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