Friday, November 28, 2014

Authority: 6 Ways to Yes

If you haven't seen the YouTube video The Science of Persuasion you should definitely go watch it right now. I'll wait.

Great! Welcome back. Now you understand the 6 ways to yes! 

As bloggers, I think most of us have the desire to influence/persuade others. Whether that is for a company paying us to promote their product or just us wanting to share our latest blog post that we poured our heart and soul into.

I've already written posts for...

Now we learn about authority.

Authority is a big deal in blogging, yet at the same time it's nothing.

 I'm a newlywed, so sometimes people get snarky about me blogging about marriage. Truth is, I don't know much about marriage. Currently I know 15 months worth of marriage. That's all. But that doesn't keep me from blogging about my marriage goals, why I love being married, our date nights and how I'm keeping the spark alive in our marriage. However, someone who has been happily married for 25 years would have more authority than a newlywed marriage blogger.

I blog about blogging. Maybe I don't make $1,000 a month blogging but I've been blogging for over 5 years now. I've run 3 different blogs, each with a different niche. So how's that for experience!

I blog about Disneyland. I've been there close to 30 times, so even though I'm no Anaheim native, I know my stuff. 

The best advice is to blog what you KNOW. But also to blog what you LOVE. If you want to blog about happy marriages even though you've only been married 15 months, go for it! Share YOUR story. And if you happen to have some authority on a subject, i.e. you're a licensed cosmetologist blogging about hair? Share that! Brag about yourself. This is the blogging world folks, it's all about us.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

HUGE Black Friday Blog Ad Sales: Discount Codes for Your Favorite Blogs

I can't believe it's already time for Christmas shopping. It's hard to believe Black Friday is already here. Now what Black Friday would be complete without HUGE Blog Ad Sales??? So I've compiled a list of tons of your favorite blogs and their black friday ad sales. It's your one stop shop for growing your blog this holiday season and into the new year.

60% Off Ad Space using code BLACKFRIDAY

50% Off Ad Space using code BLACK50

30% Off Ad Space using code BFRIDAY 

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30% Off Ad Space using code BLACK FRIDAY

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Cosmos Mariners
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40% Off Ad Space using code TURKEYDAY

Living for His Glory
50% Off Ad Space No Code Necessary

Oak & Oats
50% Off Ad Space With Code BLACKFRIDAY

Noor's Place
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Southern Beauty Guide
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Lindsay Living Vegan
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Ways to Improve Your Self Esteem


My dear, dear friends.

I am Sierra and I blog over at Sierra's View! I am so excited to be on Brooklyn's blog today to talk about something that is very near and dear to my heart.

Self Esteem.

Before you all have sigh a huge sigh of relief, I want to tell you that this something that needs to be talked about. And it needs to be talked about often.

I like to consider myself a confident person. Yet, there are many times that I am quite difficult on myself. I am my own worst critic. I find that I am looking at all of the negative aspects about myself rather than positive ones. I, sometimes, tend to notice things about myself that other people don't even see. I am so hard on myself, and I see so many other women being hard on themselves as well.
This needs to stop! So, let's talk about what we can do to help our self esteem. These are five things I have found that have helped me when I am struggling with my confidence.

1. Embrace being alone.
Often times, I find that being alone can sometimes be damaging. Alone time can sometimes lead to negative thoughts. If I could say anything about this aspect, it would be that when you are alone, enjoy it. Spend that time to write, to ponder, and to grow. A confident woman is someone who can do things alone and enjoy it.

2. For every negative thought, give yourself five compliments.
As a child growing up, my mother would make me say five nice things to my brother for every one mean thing I said to him. I hated it. But now looking back, I think it's brilliant. We have this concept of negative "Self talk" that gets into our brains often. Every time you find yourself saying something negative or mean about yourself, automatically say five things that you love about yourself. It seems awkward at first, but I promise, it works.

3. Do something every day for yourself. 
Go to the gym, take a walk outside, go to yoga, read a book, write on your blog, cook, etc. Do something everyday that makes you feel good about yourself; something that you truly enjoy. You need to remember through your crazy lives of children, jobs, husbands, school, etc. that you need to do something just FOR YOU. Building those "happy moments"--that's what I like to call them, helps you become a more whole and confident person.

4. Do not compare yourself. 
This one is the most challenging, in my opinion. We live in a world that is constantly comparing--our income, our homes, our bodies, etc. We each have different bodies, different struggles, and different strengths. Do not compare your weaknesses to other peoples' strengths.

5.  Remember Who You Are. 
Remember that you are a wonderful person. You are loved by God. You have so many wonderful aspects about yourself. Even if you don't believe in God or a higher power, always believe that you are a special person with wonderful gifts and talents. Always remember that.

Come stop by and say hi!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What To Do When Love is Waning

This morning while browsing Facebook I saw a link to an article that looked interesting. It said, "The No. 1 cause of divorce might not be what you think." So I clicked on the article. Read it HERE before reading any further.

Truth is, life gets in the way. We have crazy weeks at school, you buy a house and are busy unboxing everything you've collected in the past 15 months of marriage, one of us is cranky, people get pregnant and have beautiful human beings that they now have to keep alive, and don't forget making a living through work to afford life. Life gets busy.

What you put your affection, time and efforts towards is what will grow. We move toward what we focus on. If you aren't putting time and effort in your marriage relationship your love will wane. But the good news is, "If feelings of love are waning, they can be recovered." It just takes effort and focus.

I promise you that is true. Now go over HERE and read 5 ways to help your marriage when those lovey dovey newlywed feelings begin to wane. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Shop Small Business: Holiday Gift Guide

One of my favorite things about this season is buying gifts for others. I love to shop for others and find things that they will love to share with them. Now, I'm not above shopping Walmart, but I do love to support small business as well!  So here's a few amazing small shops that I think you will love just as much as I do.

Adorable, comfy, MODEST skirts, dresses, leggings, and tops for all ages and sizes. (2T up to 3XL)

CYBER MONDAY: Mention this post for 20% off your entire order placed either on FB or Instagram.

Share this blog post on your Facebook or Instagram account and receive 20% off any item in shop! Use discount code BLACKFRIDAY2014

My shop is all about Mamas and their babies! I sew quality, practical, and fashionable items for babies to use and moms to love. Whether it be a car seat protector or little girl's tunic, you're sure to find something you love!

At my Etsy shop I sell custom wood signs, wood block sets and tumblers decorated with vinyl.

Jamberry Nails wraps and products.  Free samples are available.  

Hello, my name is Jenny and I’m an Accountant by day, Etsy Shop Owner by night and married to my best friend.  Kabat and Co. specializes in accessorizing newborns up to adults in top knot headbands, turbans, head wraps, bibdanas and infinity scarves.
Promo Code:  TURKEY 25% Off Purchase of $5.50 or more.

Lindsay’s Secret Closet sells fashionable women’s apparel at a fraction of the cost of our competitors. We strive to help women feel beautiful on a budget!

Customers can use the code HOLIDAY20 to get 20% off their entire purchase.

I am a fairy tale lover, and so I thought of making fun and familiar jewelry pieces. Everything is inspired by fairy tale or geekery characters from movies and books. I handcraft my jewelry, so you can have a piece of magic wherever you are.

HOLLYFUN5- 5% off, min. $10 purchase.

Hello all! I’m Ali and I make custom jewelry! All pieces are beaded and made with only the best products ;) This started as a nap time hobby and then it’s grown to a bit more than that ;) All pieces are customizable and you can also request something special! Thanks for supporting homemade!

MISLETOE when you spend $20 and you'll save $4! (sorry I can't spell)

RUDOLPH when you spend $40 and you'll save $6!

SANTA when you spend $60 and you'll save $8!

And YES you can use ALL the codes at once as well, so the savings could be HUGE! Happy Shopping!! (Codes are good thru December 17th to ensure Christmas delivery!!)

*As a special for you readers, I’ll throw in a BLACKFRIDAY code that gives an extra 20% off their entire order! Good only Nov 28-30th!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Those Crazy Mormons: Are Mormons Christian? And Other Questions You Have About Mormons.

"Those Crazy Mormons" is a blog series dedicated to answering common questions about Mormon beliefs, culture, and history. If you have further comments or questions, please feel free to 
email me at 

More than likely, you've heard of Mormons. The official title is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Here are a few simple answers to some questions you may have about Those Crazy Mormons!

Are Mormons Christian? 

YES! The full name of our church says it itself. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." We read & study The Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible. The full title is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We love Jesus, believe in His saving divinity, desire to follow His teachings, and rely on His saving grace.

Is Mormonism a Cult?
If Mormonism is a "cult" then so is any other group that has "a system of religious beliefs and ritual"--which is how the dictionary defines the word. Some people think Mormonism is a cult because our worship is a little different than mainstream Christianity. 

Do Mormons live in secluded compounds and don't use electricity?

Nope! I'm a Mormon and I'm writing this blog post!

Is the Mormon church a White, American church? 

Not anymore! Some people think that Mormonism is a white, American church. But more than half of Latter-day Saints are NOT Caucasian and more than half of members worship in congregations outside the USA. The LDS Church has congregations in 177 countries worldwide.

Is all of Utah Mormon? 
Whenever we go places and people hear we are from Utah they always ask, "Are you Mormon then?" Well yes, I am, but not everyone from Utah is! Utah is the place where the early Mormon pioneers settled and Salt Lake City, Utah is currently the location of the worldwide headquarters of the church. About 60% of Utah's population is LDS.

More of the Those Crazy Mormons Series:

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter Date Ideas!

I'm over at Sierra's View today sharing some great Winter Date ideas! 

See the post HERE.

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