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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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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5 Things Not To Do As A Blogger

Hello there! Happy Saturday! By the way, thank you all so much for the survey results! Many of you said that you wanted more blogging posts, so be prepared for quite a few of those over the next few weeks!

In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about five things NOT to do as a blogger. I’ve talked about what you SHOULD do as a blogger in the past, so it’s time to shake it up and try something new! Let’s hop right in.

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Fancy graphic, huh? I don’t think including too many photos or over promoting your posts would kill your blog, but then again, I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic. 😉

-Don’t Post Just To Post-

Be sure to check out my post on My #1 Blogging Tip, because it talks more about having quality content! It’s really important that when you post, it has a purpose, and you’re not just typing up a quick post just to post. If you find that you’re doing this, maybe try posting less often so you have time to work on making every post perfect.

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-Don’t Use Too Many Images-

It’s always really important to have images in your post. But it’s also important not to have TOO many! If you have more than 15+ pictures, go through the post and see which ones you really need. If some of the images are unimportant, consider deleting them! But if you don’t want to take away any photos, just warn your readers that there are a lot of pictures in that post.

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-And Don’t Use Too Few, Either-

But make sure you don’t use too few photos, either! If you have a post heavy with text, it’s easier on the eyes to include some images. So how many pictures should I include in a post?  It depends on the length of the post, but four to eight is usually a good amount. IMG_0221.jpg

-Don’t Tag Posts With Irrelevant Tags-

Tagging posts is so much fun, am I right?! But before you hit the publish button and share your post with the world, make sure the tags you use in your posts are relevant. Also, make sure the tags are common, frequently used tags so that people are more likely to find your post. Don’t use too many!

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-Don’t Over-Promote Your Blog-

Okay, for this last one, you’re probably shaking your head. It’s so important to get your blog out there–Pinning every post, putting it on social media, commenting on other blogs–but, remember, everything in moderation.

I once followed a blogger that pinned the same post from her blog over and over and over on Pinterest. She did this so that it would get more views, because the more you pin something, the more chances for it to get views. But that got annoying pretty quickly, as you can guess. If you re-pin your posts or share your posts over and over, you could lose followers. Tread carefully, my friends.


Were these tips helpful? Is there anything else that you think you should never do as a blogger? Let me know in the comments, and we’ll help each other out! Have a marvelous weekend.

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Microwave Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake (In A Mug)

It’s Friday, and you know what that means? Time to treat yourself for surviving the week! I rarely post about food on my blog, unless I find a recipe that I absolutely HAVE to share. In the past, notable mentions are 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies and 3 ingredient pancakes.

Well, there’s a new favorite dessert on the block. My current obsession is microwave chocolate peanut butter cake. This takes five minutes, no joke, doesn’t create a lot of dishes, and uses ingredients that everyone has in their pantry. So, when you want a quick dessert, this cake will save the day! Feeling hungry? Good, let’s get into the post!

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Note: this recipe is not my own. It comes from thecomfortofcooking.com! I found the recipe when I was feeling lazy and wanted a quick dessert to make that didn’t require cooking. Since this cake is eggless, you can eat the batter if you don’t have a microwave! It’s your life, man, do what you want.

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Just look at that gooey peanut butter. How can you resist?! This cake is also super Instagrammable-if that’s a word! Whenever I make these, I add a little bit of brown sugar to hold it together, and some powdered sugar on top.

I’m not sure if the recipe states this or not, but make sure you grease the inside of the mug. The cake sticks to the side otherwise, and it will take a lot of scrubbing to get it clean.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder until completely combined. Whisk in milk, butter and vanilla until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into a large microwave-safe mug.

Dollop peanut butter into center of mug, gently pressing down until even with top of batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Allow to cool for 1 minute before serving.

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What in the world are you waiting for? Grab a mug and get baking–er, microwaving. Same difference. If you make these, which you totally should, let me know how they turned out! Have a great day!

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Blog Survey

Hello, how are you on this sunny day? It’s finally spring, and the snow has begun to melt in NY. How is the weather where you are? Cloudy with a chance of chocolate? I’m curious, let me know in the comments!

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Lately, I’ve really been curious about what YOU think of my blog. Your opinion matters so much to me. So, I created a Google Form survey. It has four questions on it, and your feedback will help me to improve my blog and make my posts even better. It would mean so much to me if you would set aside one minute and take it.

Here is the link to the survey. Thank you so much. Although this post is short, stay tuned for Friday’s post, I have something delicious coming your way. It involves chocolate, if that will sway you. Have an amazing day!

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