Free Amazon Gift Card

 

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This post is going to be short and sweet. As I was weeding through emails this morning, I came across this little sucker. Get a free $5 Gift Card for your first sign-in on the Amazon App. Which if you are anything like me you could spend hours adding items to your Amazon cart.

Amazon Prime is for sure my new Target. Gasp. You know the exhilarating feeling of shopping at Target without kids on a weekday and not having to wait in line with a screaming toddler. Well, I now feel the same joy ordering items on Amazon and only having to wait two days for shipping.

Offer expires at 11:59 on Dec 17, 2016 or until they are all claimed.

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

They are also offering a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime.  Try it and see if you like it, if not you can cancel.  FREE month to finish Christmas shopping without stepping outside in the freezing cold and no waiting in lines.   Need I say more.  Happy Shopping.

 

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SEO for beginners

SEO

5 Tips to Improve SEO

I have spent endless hours/days/months researching effective ways to improve SEO. There are multiple ways to improve your blogs SEO, so I’ve decided to share a few.

With that being said! Let me know if you’re interested in more SEO techniques. If you found this article helpful, please PIN IT! And or FOLLOW me on Twitter.

What is SEO? I thought creating a blog would be the hardest part; boy was I wrong. Three little letters became my worst nightmare. I have multiple website including business websites.

Competitors are literally paying thousands of dollars to be relevant on google. You don’t want to do that. NOPE. You’re smart. You don’t need to throw your hard earned money at Google. You just to need to drop a massive knowledge bomb. That’s what we are going to do! BOOM

What is SEO?
SEO: Search engine Optimization-Basically it’s the process of improving your websites rankings on search engines without paying.

1. Google Analytics
Hopefully, this is one of the first things you set up after creating your blog.

If you haven’t. GO. NOW.

Google Analytics:
-Tells you how many views you have a day, month, week
-Let’s you know where they are coming from and what country they live in!
-Tells you what are your most popular posts.
-This is a way for you to keep track of your progress and better connect with your visitors.

2. Search engines

There are so many search engines….they will tremendously improve your SEO ranking.
Google. Bing. Yahoo. Ask. AOL Search. Wow. WebCrawler. MyWebSearch

Just to name a few

If can be overwhelming and personally I think Google is the most important one and for obvious reasons. Statistically, speaking about 70% of people do their searching on google.

Let’s be honest, how many times do we say, google it, a day.

Google does a great job of ranking keywords and their relevance for its front page.
-You want that front page! You want it bad. You want to be Google’s “bae”
-Yes I used quotes I’m a proud child of the 90s bae will never replace BFF

-90% of Googlers find what they are looking for on the first page
-Here’s some slightly discouraging news there is no particular strategy that will get you on the first page unless you happen to know one of the creators who created googles ranking algorithm. If you know them HOLLA AT YO GIRL.

-Some methods can help you, YES! BUT don’t go wasting hundreds of dollars on people claiming they have unlocked ultimate one of a kind SEO secrets.

Keywords are a great way to be search engine friendly.
-Sign up for Google Adsense and use Google Keywords. It’s a great, fast, easy way to track and create keywords.  It will also tell you the popularity of your keywords!

3. Social media
So important. It lets you connect with other bloggers and lets non-bloggers know you exist.

So why does it matter for SEO? Good question. Your presence and popularity on social media improves SEO rankings. I would say these are the most important social media aspects to focus on.
1.Google +
2. Pinterest Repins
3. Facebook shares/likes/comments
4. Retweets

Social media is like running into to Google at a party.  Google notices and says “Hey girl, I see you,”

4. Website structure and Speed
I think sometimes this is an aspect of SEO that can be overlooked, but really it’s probably one of the most important.
Your website needs to be visually appealing and easy to navigate. Period.
-The importance of choosing a good theme could easily be an another post.
Your website/blog represents you (your brand) and if your theme is too overbearing or cluttered your audience will quickly vanish unless they absolutely love you. Then props. I wish I was you.
-If you have a large budget shop around for a theme that really represents you or meet with a graphic designer to help create something original.

CHOOSING A BAD THEME CAN SLOW THE SPEED OF YOUR WEBSITE

I am impatient. Most people are impatient. Research shows that if it takes more than 2 seconds to load your website, your audience will probably leave. Therefore, your goal is for your website to load in less than a second. I definitely have room for improvement here.

Most of all, remember to make realistic goals. As you gain confidence in your SEO master skills, you will raise your goals getting closer to that less than one second loading time.

To test your website speed you can go to www.webpagetest.org

There are several ways to improve your site speed, click HERE to find out!

5. Backlinks

If you’re new to blogging you might be wondering what in the world are backlinks and trust me, I’ve been there sister. Google is like the friend everyone wants to a have, but to get into the popular group you have to prove yourself. Ugh, google is such a mean girl.

Backlinks help Google decipher/navigate through your website before it lets you into it’s Google clique. If you haven’t learned by now, blogging success has lots to do with networking.

Let’s be honest, this is not my strong suit, I have trust issues just like Google.

Finally, find blogs and websites in your niche that would be good candidates for you to add your links and then network. Creating great blog posts will not only help you gain followers, but also increase the likelihood of people featuring your link on their website.

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Lastly, Be sure to subscribe! My next post is on increasing website speed!

I got my awesome stock photo HERE.. Isn’t just lovely!

Best Bronzer Makeup

The best bronzer

Buy for $35.99 on eBay HERE

Bronzer was the first makeup I ever wore, my face has never really tanned well. Arbonne Bronzer has gone through many packaging changes through the years, but the quality remains the same and the best bronzer in my book. I try to avoid the sun on my face as much as possible. Age spots, sun spots, more freckles I’ll pass!

I’ve been wearing Arbonne’s bronzer for the past ten years and I still think it’s the best bronzer on the market! To be honest, I only started wearing it in the beginning because my grandma sold Arbonne, so it was FO FREE!

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There were many times throughout the years I would forget it or lost it and buy drug store or department store bronzer, and it just does not compare!

It gives my whole face a touch of glow and is perfect for contouring your face and arms and collarbone!

Don’t you hate when someone’s foundation doesn’t match the rest of their body! Bronzer is great because you can dust a little on your face, your neck, and collarbone and looks like you spent the day in the sun! It’s so light and airy you don’t even know it’s on your face.

You know the phrase “you get what you pay for”…It’s true. This sucker comes in at $37 a pop, but will last forever and is made from all natural ingredients and has been since 1975. They were green and eco-friendly before it was a trend.

Your face is an investment. Treat it well and in 30 years it will repay you for all the money you spend on it when you look 10-20 years younger at 60! My grandma is a walking advertisement I swear her skin is softer than my ten-month-olds bottom!

It gets better if you sign up to sell Arbonne you receive 35% and I really mean you can just buy the product for yourself! OR you can sell it and make some extra money, get free jewelry, free Mercedes, and a free cruise if you are highly motivated and work hard. MY GRANDMA DID IT, SO CAN YOU! My grandma is a highly motivated and a hard worker though, throwing credit your way grams!

Embarrassing story alert! When my grandma received her free Mercedes through Arbonne. I was probably 9, and my cousins and sister were three years younger. Picture this.. 4 little girls in matching white sweatshirts and leggings in front of a conference of people doing the bang bang choo choo train come on Arbonne do your thing cheer. Probably top 5 most embarrassing moments of my life.

Anyways, you can become a preferred costumer  for 20 bucks and receive 20% for the entire year, this way you don’t have to sell the product, just buy it when you want.

Peace. Love. Bronzer

If your interested in being a consultant and receiving 35% as well as making an income please message me! I’d me happy to talk makeup with you all day or until my kids start crying for dinner!

Click HERE to purchase bronzer- To order put in my consultant ID#23106343, fill out instructions and order away! Search Bronzer or #7824 to find it quickly.

Register, Enter My ID#,Become Client and Order to your hearts desire

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Skyler Bolton Photography

Oh sweet summertime in Oklahoma, it was 100 degrees today which your thinking it could be worse. Nope, your wrong, so wrong! 100 degrees plus 100% humidity. We’ve had a very mild summer so far, so this feels like torture. It practically feels like I was swimming through the dense atmosphere minus the refreshing feeling of swimming in an actual pool not just a pool of my sweat and thick air.

My husband launched his photography website today and has spent the last several days working on his portfolio during the hottest time of the year. Here are some of my favorite images. If you live in the Edmond, OK area and are looking for a photographer check us out!
www.skylerbphotography.com

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Skyler Bolton Photography Edmond, OK

Roasted pepper tomato soup

Confession time. I went 24 years without ever trying tomato soup; I’m not a soup fan, but we were on our honeymoon and after too much snorkeling (hard life) my husband got lockjaw. (Super random but weird things have a tendency to happen to him) So he ordered tomato soup that night, and he somehow convinced me to try it. Well, two years later I decided to give tomato soup another try.
Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup

My husband had one of his weeklong hospital stays for pancreatitis. To welcome him home I made a variety of soups for him to try. I decided to start with tomato soup and for extra flavor I roasted the tomatoes along with sweet peppers and onions. Tomatoes and peppers are excellent anti-inflammatory foods, so I’m trying to incorporate them frequently in his food.

I will also admit, mainly because my husband would rat me out if anyone asked, but I don’t always try the food I make. Though I have come a long way, I still am far cry from being a versatile eater. However, this time I actually ate the food I prepared, my husband was so surprised and proud. I even ate it the next day for lunch too; I’m definitely not a left over eater either so you know it has to be good. Unless it’s left over desserts or pizza. who doesn’t love pizza!?

Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup
Roasted pepper tomato soup is so delicious and has a depth of flavor, so it doesn’t just taste like your eating tomatoes. My little lamb found a big bright tomato in the fridge and thought she just had to have it, so I gave in and gave it her knowing she doesn’t like tomatoes. Probably the only food she doesn’t eat. So of course she took a huge bite and didn’t like it left it on the floor and then stepped on it smashing into the carpet. If we didn’t have a shampoo vacuum, I probably would have been a little angry!

Using fresh ingredients is always the key to delicious food! Just look at that bright vibrant color! Apparently my mama didn’t tell me enough to not play with my food.

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Roasting the peppers, tomatoes, and onions makes all the difference and is so easy to do! worth it! Oh and you don’t want to forget my special ingredient.. a little bit of raw honey! It gives it a little sweet kiss of flavor and helps cut that strong tomato tang!

Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup

 

Roasted pepper tomato soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs tomatoes
  • 1 cup of red, orange or yellow peppers
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2.5 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice tomatoes, onions and peppers and place on baking sheet.
  3. Give everything a nice drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven when everything is wilted and looks roasted. The edges of the onions may have started to turn black but that's ok.
  5. Place roasted tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a pot, add 2.5 cups of chicken broth, honey, paprika, oregano, and honey simmer on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. (This lets the flavors marry and intensify but if your short on time you can skip this step and go straight to the blender.
  6. Pour everything into a food processor or blender and blend till smooth. You can add more chicken broth till it gets to the desired consistency.
http://www.honeylambandi.com/roasted-pepper-tomato-soup/

 

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Fall Fashion Trends

5 Fall Fashion Trends for all body types

I’m no fashionista just a girl who loves to shop; being “well-endowed” in the front and back trends and blouses seem to look best on body types opposite of mine. However, there are some awesome trends this fall I love that any body type can rock with confidence!!!

1. Metallic – Who doesn’t have a love for all things shiny!? The inner child in us is fascinated and mesmerized by the radiant glow it gives. Ok, maybe I’m a little dramatic, but I do think metallic anything is a great way to add some subtle attention to your outfit. I’m talking some metallic nails, purse, or belt, maybe even a skirt not head-to-toe tin man style like this… sorry runway I see what you’re doing getting your point across, but you’re doing it wrong… and scaring the children. 

Metallic

try this

Metallic skirt

Target has this metallic purse for a great price, it’s a perfect metallic accessory.

Metallic purse

2.The oversized sweater– I’m so glad you decided to join us again this fall oversized sweater; you are comfy and hide my love handles, and you’re welcome in my closet anytime. Everything about this girl’s outfit is spot on! The color! The bag! The scarf! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Oversized sweater

http://lovely-pepa.com

Check out her blog to find where she bought her outfit!

3. Fur vest-The fur vest has reemerged and hopefully I’ll get to add one to my closet this year! They just look so comfy, and it can add so much to a plain long sleeve shirt. I also love them paired with a plaid shirt or striped shirt, so fun! She pairs a fur vest with plaid so well!

 Fur vest

 http://www.nomadenvogue.com/

4. Large turtle neck– Ok, so to be honest I haven’t worn a turtleneck probably since I was five. Except for this gorgeous plum oversized turtleneck dress, which I recently cut up to make little lamb a skirt out of…it was too small for me, so I had to part with it. Oh Olivia, why do you always look so good and always have your face in your phone. 

Oversized sweater

Here’s a great oversized turtleneck sweater for only $33 at forever21

oversized turtle neck

5.Robe coat– Can we make the assumption that this fall is all about being comfy and looking great? We are talking about a robe you can wear in public people.. how great is this! Why yes I’m wearing a robe; no I’m not at the spa and no I’m not Hugh Hefner.  This coat looks beyond comfy and has a great geometric pattern!

Robe coat

Fall fashion

Fall table setting

 

 

Fall Table Setting-Burlap and wheat inspired table setting to give your thanksgiving table a rustic and homey feel.  #thanksgivingdecor #fall

I’m slowly beginning to embrace the joys of seasonal decorating. We’ve been in our house a year now and with little lamb being one it has given me more time to think about things like decorating. Now I’m not going to lie, we just took down her birthday decorations. I think three weeks is a respectable time frame to leave them up considering the work I put in. My honey did an awesome job making a kitchen table and with thanksgiving right around the corner our new table needed some fall flair. This is what I came up with for a fall table setting; I love the simplicity and rustic feel of the setting. My grandpa was a wheat farmer for give or take 55 years, so growing up in the summer I loved going through the fields and picking wheat. I realize now how wasteful that was but how much wheat could a kid pick, you might be surprised. This table setting was so easy; I used burlap for the napkin for a temporary fix. I found a set of 6 cotton burlap-like napkins on amazon for $16 I plan on purchasing.

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When we were planning our vow renewal, I hunted through probably every website to locate the cheapest place to buy a bushel of wheat, and of course 90% were sold out. I didn’t end up getting any, so I don’t have a website to recommend but there are plenty websites out there selling them. I found the leaves at the dollar store, which was a great buy! We live in a newer neighborhood with zero trees otherwise I would have gladly used real leaves. I found the orange dried flowers and plastic leaf in the middle in my grandmother’s garage..score! I love being able to create a project with items I’ve found laying around the house! Our table was so festive we decided to have thanksgiving dinner early and have a turkey in the oven as we speak! Our house is being filled with the most heavenly turkey aroma which is much better than the typical dirty diaper smell. Happy November!

Fall Table Setting-Burlap and wheat inspired table setting to give your thanksgiving table a rustic and homey feel.  #thanksgivingdecor #fall

 

Click on this picture and download a free fall printable!

Free Fall Printable

Also, I’ve recently started a facebook page finally! I’d love for you to go like it!!

 

 

 

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Fall baby fashion

What’s more fun than dressing for fall…. dressing your baby in adorable fall clothes! My little one out styles me 98% of the time, but I’m ok with that. The more attention I draw to my little lamb the less likely people are to notice that I’ve haven’t washed my hair in more than just a couple days.. oops. I love this bohemian style outfit, too bad they don’t carry my size. Go ahead and oo and awe while imagining your little one in this!

Adorable fall baby outfit #bohemian #fashion #style

Long sleeve dress | suede shoes | Green top knot | Denim legging 

 

 

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Fall Color Palette

It’s fall y’all! We’re a couple of weeks into fall and thank goodness we are about to see some cooler temperatures; well, at least for a couple of days. Here is a fall color palette to help motivate you to start decorating for fall. It has some warm and toasty oranges accompanied by some cooler color tones. It’s the perfect palette to help you decorate for the season.

 

n.Fall Color Palette

 

Colors can be found at Benjamin Moore:  Brown sugar, Anchor gray, Nature’s essentials, Bryant gold, and Golden dunes!

 

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