10 Ways To Make Your Blog More Professional

Hello, and welcome back!

Lately, I’ve been working on making my blog more professional, and I’ve been turning it into more of a website than a blog. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing some tips with you on how you can make your blog a bit more professional. Ready? Let’s get into it.

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  1. Clean up your sidebar

Okay guys, this one is so important. Your sidebar is always there for people to see, so it’s important that it’s not clogged with random links and pictures!

2.  Limit yourself

Of course, in every post, it’s fun to use a million exclamation points and emojis and all that, but limit yourself!

3. Check your writing

This is similar to #2-check your writing! Delete all those “lol”s and “omg”s, and make sure your writing is clean, neat, and professional–but also fun to read!

4. Have a theme

When people go to your blog, it should look inviting and cohesive! Pick a few colors that you want, make a nice header image, make a logo…have it look nice instead of sticking with the bland WordPress theme! Customize it and make it personal, make it your own. Fiddle around.

5. Take high quality pictures

This probably goes without saying, but good pictures make for a good blog post. Check out my post here on how I take my pictures if you’re curious!

6. Have a sign-off

I  have no clue what these are called, but I’m gonna roll with it. Having a sign off (for example, mine is Love, Abigail) will end your posts in a tidy way and make the post look more professional than if it ended abruptly.

7. Have a blogging schedule

Most people have a blogging schedule, but if you don’t, what are you waiting for?! For example, I usually post four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. My followers know when to expect posts, and it’s not like I post whenever I feel like it.

8. Quality over quantity

If you find yourself posting just to post, take a step back. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Come up with posts that you’re proud of, and I promise you’ll gain more followers!

9. Spruce up your about me page

I’ve edited my about me page more times than I’m proud to admit. But that’s okay! I am constantly changing little things on my about me page as I change. Over the years, my age and my interests have obviously changed, so I don’t want people to go to my about me page and see that it’s incorrect. I’m always updating the page with new photos and changing it–and you should do the same! Using new photos of yourself, and make it look like it’s cared for, not something that you wrote when you started your blog, and left it since.

10. Remember your followers

Your blog should have a balance! It doesn’t matter what kind of blog you have, your followers should always take something away from each post. Maybe you give your readers some tips, maybe you review a product so they know if it’s a good product or not…help them out! Even if you’re posting about yourself, ask questions at the end of the post so your followers feel included.


Lately, I’ve been having some trouble coming up with post ideas, so here’s a question for all of you: what would you really like to see more of on my blog? If you have any post ideas, let me know down below, because I really value your feedback!

Have a great day!

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My #1 Tip For Self-Love

Hey, welcome back! How was your Easter?! Mine was fantastic. I had so much fun going to church, hanging out with my family and eating some delicious food.

Guys, self love is so important. If you want to be able to love others to your fullest ability, you need to start with loving yourself! I could give so many tips, but lately I’ve found one thing that really increases my self-love and self-confidence.

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I keep a journal and fill it with things about myself. Things that I love about myself, little thoughts I have–basically, I write down things that come to my mind about myself. Everything that I write down is positive. I flip through the journal every day, and it really has helped me to be more confident about myself.

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When you write down positive things about yourself, these things will come to mind whenever you’re having a hard day. When you train your mind to think positively, over time, it will come as second nature!

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You’re probably wondering what do I write?! This is your journal, this is your space. Write whatever is important to you. Your favorite songs, your favorite quotes, things you love about yourself…anything! You can tape pictures in the journal, doodle or draw something–make it creative and have fun with it.

Don’t be embarrassed! Brag about yourself! Do you like your laugh, your positivity, your hair? Write it down, and come back to it every day to gain confidence.

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What are some tips that help you with self-love and self-confidence? Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic, positive day.

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How I Take And Edit My Blog Pictures

Hi, welcome back!

Over time, I’ve gotten better at blog photography, and since a lot of people have been asking me what camera I use and how I take my pictures, today I’m going to be spilling my secrets with you! Although this is a pretty common blog post, I personally think it’s interesting to see how other bloggers take their pictures.

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Let’s start with my camera. I use a Canon EOS Rebel XS, which is a pretty old camera, but you know what? It works perfectly for me, and takes high quality pictures! I then take out the memory card, insert it into my laptop, and upload the pictures.

I always take my pictures with natural lighting, because it produces the best look.

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If I’m going for a certain look, I’ll use VSCO to put filters on my pictures. I discovered VSCO a few months ago (gosh, I’m behind on the times), but I love it. It makes editing photos extremely easy, and I’m almost always happy with the result. VSCO is usually used to edit Instagram photos, but it works just as well for blog pictures.

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If the photo just needs to be brightened and played with, I’ll use Befunky or Picmonkey. Honestly, though, I don’t edit most of my photos! The Canon takes such high quality pictures that I find the photos don’t need editing.

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Apologies for the blurry picture.

To make blog graphics, I love Canva and Befunky. I like how Canva will make sure all the elements in the graphic are lined up, and Canva also has a large selection of free images and elements to add to your graphic. However, I find myself using Befunky more because I can use my own fonts from Dafont.


I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions about my blog, just ask! I really love doing blogging posts, so if there’s something you want to know about, shoot me a question.

Do you use any of these websites/apps?

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DIY Gold Chalkboard & Vase

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Hello, hello! Welcome to today’s post.

I’ve been itching for a project lately. I needed a quick DIY to do. I’ve had this plain chalkboard for a while, and I really wanted to spruce it up. One trip to the craft store and a few hours later, I had this beautiful chalkboard that you can see above.

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Don’t have a chalkboard? No problemo. This DIY is perfect for a mason jar, a vase, a candle holder–whatever you want. However, a great place to find a chalkboard is a craft store or a garage sale.

Once you have an object of your choice, we can get started!

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If I’m being 100% honest, you could probably buy fancy gold tape and put it on the edge of your chalkboard. But what’s the fun in that?! It’s way more fun to paint it.

You will need:

  • A foam paintbrush
  • Metallic paint
  • A ruler, a pencil, and scissors

This is a really inexpensive DIY! I bought the supplies at Joann’s, and the total was $4. I feel like if you overpay for a DIY, it takes away some of the fun. What makes this DIY so special is you can spruce up something for the cost of two coffees.

If you don’t want a gold line, no worries! Use whatever colored paint you have. Whatever floats your boat.

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I began by taking a pencil and a ruler and making little marks around the perimeter of the chalkboard. Don’t be afraid to press down, because we’re going to paint over it. I made my gold line 1/4 of an inch wide.

If you aren’t using a chalkboard, do this step anyway! If you’re going to be putting a gold line on something with glass, you might need a marker, because pencil lines won’t show up.

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Now, it’s time to get our hands dirty! This is always the fun step, am I right?! If you have painter’s tape, you can use that so your line with be crisp. I didn’t have any, so I used my ruler.

Dip your foam brush into the paint and dab some off, and paint the line! Again, it’s important that you have a straight edge so your line will be crisp. This looks really easy–after all, it’s just a line…wrong! This step was really time consuming for me, because I wanted the line to be perfect.

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You may need to do a few coats depending on your paint. The paint I used needed two coats. I did mess up in a few places, but it doesn’t matter, because small flaws won’t show from far away, and the chalkboard is going to hang on my bedroom wall.

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While the paint dried on the chalkboard, I grabbed a vase and some tape and decided to get creative. I made two crisp lines with the tape, and painted black & gold between the tape.

It took the same amount of time as the chalkboard, even though it was a small vase! The gold paint needed four coats, because it was barely showing on the glass.

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And voila! It turned out a bit odd in some spots, but that doesn’t matter, because it looks pretty awesome.

Would you look at that?! A fresh and new chalkboard and vase.

Here’s the before…

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I still have some paint left, so I think I’ll try this on a mason jar or two! What do you think? Do you like it? If you decide to try this out, let me know how it goes! Have a great day, and thank you for reading.

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My Favorite Songs | What’s On My Playlist?

Hi, Happy Friday! It’s a gorgeous, rainy, calm day over here in New York. There’s nothing better than chilling & taking a break, am I right?!

So, in today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my playlist with you. This is a pretty common blog post, but I think it’s really interesting to hear the songs that other people enjoy! I have a random playlist filled with all types of music–from fast songs to slow songs, from pop music to country…IMG_0686.jpg

  1. Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry & Skip Marley

Okay, so I have been listening to this song on repeat play. It is so catchy, and I’m just in love with the idea behind it!

2. Liability – Lorde

I really love this song. It’s so melancholy and conveys so many emotions.

3. Love – Lana Del Rey

I don’t usually listen to Lana Del Rey, but this song has a very Vintage-y feel to it. Lana Del Rey has a very calming voice, which is perfect for rainy days.

4. Lions – Skip Marley4. Lions – Skip Marley

Skip Marley (the grandson of Bob Marley) is an up-and-coming singer, and I think he’ll be really famous in a few years. This song has an amazing message, and Skip is a fantastic singer. You need to listen to this song, it’s so powerful!

5. Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

This song is such a classic!

6. My Church – Maren Morris

This is another favorite Country song of mine. Maren has a very fresh, unique voice!

7. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

This is my absolute favorite song of all time. Imagine Dragons is my favorite band as well. Their songs just have so much energy!

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8. This Town – Niall Horan

I was never much of a One Direction fan, but Niall has always been my favorite of the group, so I was very excited when this single came out!

9. The Lonely – Christina Perri

This song is pretty old (from a few years ago) but I still love it. Christina Perri has such a ragged, heartbreaking voice. This song is sure to hit you right in the feels, folks.

10. Believer – Imagine Dragons

Yup, another Imagine Dragons song. This song is a great pick-me-up and really energizes me.

11. Honest – Shawn Mendes

Honest deserves way more recognition! This is my favorite song from his latest album.

12. Something Just Like This – Coldplay

Something Just Like This came out recently, and I can’t stop listening to it!


Have you listened to any of these songs? Oh, and before you go-what song are you loving right now? Let’s chat below! Have a great day, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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DIY Open When Letters

Hello & welcome back to another post!

Today, I’m going to be sharing a DIY with you. I recently was scrolling through Pinterest, and I stumbled across Open When letters. These letters are great for your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your best friend, your siblings, long distance relationships–basically, open when letters are perfect for any relationship. They are extremely easy to make, and are really thoughtful.

So, let’s get right into the post!

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What are Open When letters, you ask? They’re extremely popular, so chances are you’ve heard of them. I think the photos sum up what they are, anyway. Basically, you give these letters to someone (I gave these to my bestie), and they open the letters depending on what they need. For example, I made a card saying “Open When You’re Having A Bad Day”, and whenever my friend is sad, she’ll have something to cheer her up.

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You will need envelopes, Sharpies, paper, and a few hours! These may look easy, and they are, but each one takes about ten minutes.

First, you need to decide what each letter is going to be. Here are some ideas:

  • Open when you’re hungry
  • Open when you’re sad
  • Open when you’re happy
  • Open when you need a laugh
  • Open when you want to work out
  • Open when you’re annoyed with me
  • Open when you’re angry
  • Open when you’re bored

And etc. You can make as many as you want! I made enough to last my friend a few months.

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Once you have everything planned out, you can start filling the envelopes! I really can’t tell you what to put in them, because Open When letters are pretty personal, and what you’re going to put inside really depends on the person.

For example, for the “Open When You’re Bored”, I put in some riddles, a mandala to color, and colored pencils. For the “Open When You’re Sad”, I put in some pictures and wrote a lot of letters and quotes down to make her feel better. I included candy and photos in some of them to make it more fun. 🙂 If you really aren’t sure what to put in each letter, look up ideas on the internet or on Pinterest, and you’ll get a lot of inspiration.

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This is a really cute idea that I found on Pinterest. I made this little “Take What You Need” thing for the “Open When You Need Motivation”. I also included some quotes and wrote a little letter for her in that envelope.

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Just make sure you have an envelope with the rules! I limited my friend to opening two letters per week, or more if she is having a bad week.

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Open When letters are a really personal, fun craft, and I’m sure that if you make them, your loved one will adore them. I finished all the letters on a lazy, rainy Sunday with nothing to do.


Have you ever made Open When letters? If so, let’s chat in the comments! If not–what are you waiting for? Thank you for reading!

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Spring Photography + Photoshoot

Hello, Happy Monday! Wasn’t the weather fantastic yesterday?

Yesterday, I went outside and took some pictures, and my amazing mother & I did a bit of a photoshoot. I put a lot of fun effects on the photos, and I’m really excited to share them with you!

If you’re reading this in the WordPress Reader, go to my website, the photos will be larger and have higher quality!

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This picture is one of my favorites! We took it right by the pond. It was one of those photos that I wasn’t expecting to turn out well, but it did. IMG_0565.jpgIMG_0494.jpgIMG_0480.jpg

Look at this fresh moss! The snow is finally gone, folks. Cue the rainy weather and mud, and then we’ll finally get some buds and new growth.

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Please ignore my crazy hiking boots, haha! This picture was a fun one to take. It involved climbing through a ton of branches to get to the thick branch on this tree. The things I do for you guys…;) I was so afraid that I was going to fall into the water, but luckily, I didn’t.

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This black and white photo of me is the grand finale–it’s my absolute favorite picture of the ones we took! Am I smirking, am I smiling, am I frowning–nobody knows. My expression is weird. But I love it!


As always, thank you for reading! Which photo is your favorite? Is Spring arriving where you live? Have a fantastic Monday, and stay tuned for Wednesday, I have a fun post to share with you.

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I’m Learning To Let Go

Hello, and welcome back!

As you know, I post a variety of different things on my blog, so today’s post is going to be a bit of a short personal post. Get comfy and grab a snack, and we’ll jump right in! IMG_0429.jpg

The picture I’m holding up is from 2015, when I was 11. 

The title of this post is “I’m Learning To Let Go”. What am I learning to let go of, you ask? Little things.

I’ve been known as a worrywart my whole life. I always need to know the little details. For example, if my family is going somewhere, I always need to know where we’re going, what we’re doing, and when we’re doing it. If I don’t have those details, and the future is unclear, I ask a lot of questions, and I won’t be able to have fun when we go there.

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And when things aren’t close to perfect, I worry. If the curtains aren’t arranged nicely, the chair isn’t pushed in all the way, and the comforter isn’t smoothed out, I can’t relax. All I can think of is the messy comforter, and it nags in my brain until I have to get up and smooth it out.

It’s hard, it’s so hard, but I’m learning to let go. I’m learning to move on. Life isn’t perfect, and it never will be, so I can’t keep focusing on the little things. I’m learning to focus on the big picture. You only live once, and if you spend your whole life focusing on small, tiny, unimportant things, are you really living?IMG_0374.jpg

As Ernest Hemingway says, “If something is wrong, fix it. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.” If you’re a worrywart and you know how I feel, I hope you’ll learn to let go with me. When you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself this: is this going to matter in a year?

A great way to relieve yourself of worrying and questions is to write down everything you’re afraid about, get it out of your brain, and let go of it. Throw it away. Let go of any negative thoughts that aren’t helping. Also, know when it’s proper to worry. I’ve learned that it’s okay to be nervous about something. But you should push the fear out of your brain and keep living.


Thank you for reading! This is something hard to share, but something I wanted to share with all of you. If you’re like me, and relate to this, leave me a comment and we’ll chat down below. I hope you all have a fantastic, worry-free day.

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March Wrap Up & Favorites

March has come to an end, folks! This month was unfortunately meh for me. I just wish Spring would hurry up already! How was March for you? We’ll chat in the comments, but in the meantime, let’s get into the post!

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My newest cleanser, the Aveeno Ultra-Calming cleanser, is wonderful, and is definitely my favorite product from this month. The cleanser is made specifically for sensitive skin, which I have. As it says on the bottle, the cleanser foams when it comes out, which makes my life easier, since I don’t have to lather it up. Another plus: it’s fragrance free, which is a must for me when it comes to cleansers!

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch was my favorite book that I read this month. It’s a YA Fantasy, and is a real page turner–the plot is fascinating, the characters are well-developed, and the world-building is incredible. For all of my book-lovers out there (or book-haters), read this. I’m sure you’ll love it.

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For some reason, my hands were really dry this whole month! So, I pretty much always had this lotion near me, and I’ve had to apply it a few times every day. It has a soft, feminine scent that isn’t strong. The cream has helped my hands look & feel more hydrated and healthy!

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I’m sure May is going to love reading this! My favorite food from this month was mango strips–but who am I kidding, mango strips are my favorite snack year-round. Pick these up at your local Trader Joe’s or healthy food store! You’ll eat the bag in a day, I swear!


What was the highlight of your month? What are your hopes for April? Thank you so much for reading!

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My Favorite Makeup Products | Collab With Alicia Parry

Hello, hello! Happy Monday!

In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you my favorite makeup products for eyes, lips, and face. I’m doing this as a collab with the amazing Alicia Parry–be sure to check out her blog, because her photos are drop-dead gorgeous, and her posts are so interesting! Alicia is sharing her favorite beauty products, and you don’t wanna miss that!

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I don’t put on a lot of makeup, so I don’t splurge on expensive brand makeup. (I do, however, spend big bucks on my hair). So, most of my makeup is drugstore makeup, and it works just as well for me!

I recently tried out a new mascara called Flower, but I wasn’t crazy about it, and I came back to my good ‘ol Maybelline Great Lash. This mascara is a classic, and it’s easy to see why–it gets the job done, works well, and doesn’t clump. It’s a must-have in every makeup bag!

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Isn’t this palette gorgeous?! For eyeshadow, I use the Need it Nude palette from E.L.F. I’ve talked about this in the past, but I can’t seem to stop sharing it. The palette has all your basic eyeshadow colors, it applies easily, and it lasts the whole day. What more could a girl want?

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Because of my blemish-prone skin, I can’t wear a lot on my face. I don’t prime or contour my face, I just wear foundation. I don’t think anyone notices the difference, anyway! For foundation, on special occasions, I use the E.L.F. foundation in the color Beige. I love this foundation, and when I run out, I’ll definitely buy more! When I’m not going out in public, I put on the Erase Paste from Benefit. It truly does a fantastic job of hiding my pores and smoothing out my face.

To blend the Erase Paste and foundation, I use this beauty blender. The handle makes blending much easier, plus it’s more sanitary, because my fingers aren’t directly touching the blender. Win-win.

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For my lips, I love using chapstick and the NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Angel Food Cake. I have quite a few lip glosses, but I prefer the NYX one above them all, because the gloss isn’t runny, and it smells like heaven.


Before you leave, check out Alicia’s post & blog! Thank you for stopping by! Do you have any favorite products? Have a great day!

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