Blogging

My (Loving The Simple Things) Blog Journey

Hello, my readers! Hope you all are having a great day and week so far. I can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I started blogging. I started blogging in August of 2014 and I have learned a lot in this journey. I actually started with two blogs – this one and a jewelry blog. The jewelry blog was an extension of my Etsy shop, but I later decided to close my shop and sell more in person and make custom pieces. That decision left me more time to dedicate to this blog, Loving the Simple Things, a DIY & Home blog.

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My intention for this blog was very simple, to share my DIY projects. I spent most evenings after work starting, continuing or finishing some kind of DIY project. It was my way of winding down at the end of most busy days. However, I have more time to spend on the blog now and I’ve started making a little bit of money from my blog by using MagicLinks.

In this post, I will share how MagicLinks work and the other resources I have used to increase my blog traffic, in addition to other affiliate programs that you should look into also. I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links on my blog. Check it out here.

Benefits of using MagicLinks

NO BLOG/WEBSITE NEEDED

This is absolutely, absolutely the best thing about MagicLinks! You do not need a blog or personal website to be accepted as a MagicLinks affiliate. You can use MagicLinks on your social media (yes, you read that right!), just  on your social media platforms. This feature really sets Magic Links apart from other affiliate programs.

EASY SIGN UP PROCESS

I signed up for MagicLinks about a month ago and I have made more money than I have ever made in the last five years of blogging. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to pay for my WordPress subscription to start off.  It was really easy to apply for MagicLinks. On the application, you will asked about your personal information, your blog website address, blog description and social media accounts for which you plan to use links.

ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF RETAIL PARTNERS

MagicLinks is pretty much an affiliate program that lets you share links on your websites and social media. MagicLinks really save you time because it gives you access to many affiliate partners and even those that  are not currently accepting new applicants. For example, I applied to become a Wayfair affiliate and was not accepted. However, with MagicLinks, I can now share links for Wayfair as a MagicLinks user. The retailer list is endless, with so many categories.

RETAILER RATINGS

Another great thing about MagicLinks is that you get to see retailer ratings before you choose which retailer links you want to share. With this information, you can decide if certain retailers are work you time or not. Or what categories will earn you more money in the long run.

BROWSER EXTENSIONS

The browser extension is one of the most efficient features of MagicLinks. You can easily install the extension to add to your browser and use it to make links on my webpage at any time. NO NEED to first log in to your MagicLinks account, make a link and then paste it to your blog or social media. Simply make links on any webpage as you go.

EASY-TO-USE MOBILE APP

Are you on the go and don’t have your computer with you? Make links on your mobile phone! Simply download the App to your phone and make links anywhere. The App also features your recent links and your performance. You data  gets updated about every twenty four hours. This cool feature really gives you an idea of how your links are performing.

MAKE SOME MONEY!

So, as I mentioned earlier, MagicLinks is an affiliate program. Use it to recommend products to your readers and get a commission. You also have a few programs that run pay-per-click commission, so there’s no reason to not start making money on your blog from day one!

Thinking about making links with MagicLinks? Click here!

Other  Blogging Resources

WORDPRESS

Ok, so WordPress is my absolute best, best resource. It’s the home of this blog! I am definitely a satisfied WordPress user and would recommend it to anyone looking to start a blog. WordPress offers several subscription options for your budget – free, personal, premium and business. Thinking about starting a blog through WordPress.com? Click here!

CANVA

CANVA is truly a lifesaver. I use it to make my blog graphics. I have actually noticed that my blog graphics get more clicks than any other blog post images I post on Pinterest. Canva  is really easy to learn and use. With Canva, you have many graphic options such as blog banners/graphic, posters, logo, photo collage, infographics and so on. Sign up for a free trial and upgrade when you need to.

SOCIAL MEDIA

My go-to social media for my Loving The Simple Things is Pinterest. I discovered over time that most of my traffic is from Pinterest, so I’m sticking to it. It’s so easy to share to Pinterest from my blog through my WordPress mobile app.  Pinterest is a visual sharing platform and most of my blog graphics fit perfectly everytime. I have tried other platforms but they don’t work as best. I do share to twitter and Instagram occasionally.

Stay tuned. More resources to come!

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Home Decor

All the Farmhouse Signs You’ve Ever Wanted

As you know, farmhouse decor is still trending and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. I was recently browsing for some decor on Amazon and couldn’t help but share some of the lovlies I found. Click on any of the images below for more information

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Just Farmhouse


Family-Friendly


Bathroom


Loooove


Kitchen


Laundry Room

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25 Unique Spring Indoor and Outdoor Wreaths

Hip Hip Hooray! Spring is finally here!

I have to tell you, Spring wreaths are my favorite. I like the bright and fun colors that Spring brings. I have been looking for a wreath for my front door and I’m sharing my favorites with you all. While all wreaths are pretty, keep in mind the color of your door before you choose one. Choose a wreath that will complement the color of your house and door, not one that will blend in.

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The Yellows

Yellow Indoor and Outdoor Spring Wreaths

Luxurious Tulip Blossom Polysilk Wreath

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Spring Tulip Wreath

 

The Whites

White / White Floral / Cotton Indoor and Outdoor Spring Wreaths

Faux Cotton Burst Wreath

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Spring Tulip Wreath

The Greens

Green / Boxwood Indoor and Outdoor Spring Wreaths

Fresh Boxwood Wreath

Light Green Hotag with Berry Wreath

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The Pinks

Pink / Pink- Blush Indoor and Outdoor Spring Wreaths

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The Reds

Red/ Red- Orange Indoor and Outdoor Spring Wreaths

National Tree Company 24 in. Tulip Wreath

The Blues/ Purples

Blue and Purple Indoor and Outdoor Spring Wreaths

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Will any of these spring wreaths being life to your front door? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and don’t forget to share and subscribe to my blog (at the bottom of this page).

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Home Decor

Spring-Inspired Home Decor Ideas

Being an interior decor enthusiast is very exciting! At random times of the day, I find myself browsing page after page of beautiful interior decoration ideas. It has become a never-ending habit and I love every bit of time I spend just browsing through the ideas of others. Right now, I’m itching to visit my local thrift store to pick up some items to makeover. I’m hoping to find a small bench or cushioned chair for our master bedroom. I’ll share all the details of my search and DIY makeover soon (when I find one 🙂

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Spring Garden Throw Pillow

 

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Floral Illustrated Framed Art

 

10 DIY Spring Decor Ideas To Help Freshen Up Your Room
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Island Floral Giclee Glow Plug-In Swag Pendant

Island Floral Pendant Lamp

 

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Florale Collection Chanedlier

 

Spring Cottage Porch Decoration.
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White Peonies in Glass Vase

 

Cute Upcycled Rain Boot Planters.
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Today’s post is inspired by Decorating with Bright Colors on bhg.com. I was drawn in by all the bright and beautiful colors in this post that I just had to share.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with or a paid supporter of Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com).

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My Favorite Easter Home Decor Ideas

Valentine’s Day is far behind us and it’s time to plan and decorate for Easter!

Looking for some fresh Easter décor ideas?

Take a look at some ultra unique Easter décor I’ve dug up over the last few weeks for inspiration! ⇓⇓ Leave me a comment on your favorite(s).


[Karat Easter Eggs]: I am sooo in love with this simple and easy décor I found at Parenting.com, because it’s neutral and will blend well with any décor color scheme. Want to try it? All you need is eggs, mod podge and glitter!

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  • [Au Naturel]: You can’t go wrong with being natural with this next favorite. The white background in this Easter décor helps the green and tan color pop. White, or neutrals in general, offer a good template for other colors.

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[Wreath Flair]: No holiday is complete without a wreath, especially Easter. I found this really cool and modern wreath at wayfair.com. It is beautifully shaped with white tulips. Other colors are available too!

Spring Tulip Wreath

[Speckled Eggs]: I’ve seen many egg-in-vase center pieces, but one is special because the eggs are speckled and they vary in size.

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[Egg Ornaments]: How come I never thought about this idea? Egg ornaments! This is really cool to add to a bottom on a blah glass vase to bring some pizzazz to a center piece or flower arrangement.

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[Oo la la…… Copper egg Centerpiece]

The contrast of the turquoise and copper eggs in this centerpiece is giving me life! Ahh..mazing!  These two colors are by far my favorites and they work so well that i can help but put it on this list.

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[He is risen!] This decor is as easy as paint and wood. It’s really easy and neutral! You can either freestyle the lettering or trace the letters on like I did in my Christmas (JOY) project.

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[Color-blocked Eggs] The design of this next idea is just brilliant. It’s fun, bright, colorful and enticing to the eyes.

[Spring is in the Air]: This next decor idea is not only screams Easter, but also Spring. This floral and Pilar combo is brought to you by grindinroad.com. Check it out!


Hope this post has inspired you to start decorating for Easter! Enjoy! 

xoxo,

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Lifestyle

9 Heart-Felt Valentine’s Day Quotes

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away!!! Hearts are pounding nervously in search of the perfect gift and words for loved ones. I’ve compiled a few unique quotes that speak love to me and I hope they speak the same to you!

 


 

Family

Love Yourself

Loved One

 

Daily Motivation

Heart-felt Love

 

Strength and Courage