Four Fantastic Reasons To Add Images To Your Blog

Four Fantastic Reasons To Add Images To Your Blog

Blogs are growing in popularity, with both business and private blogs taking over the internet and social media. When you spend time writing a blog, you want people to read it; that’s kind of the whole point! Driving traffic to your blog to get readers and eventually turn those readers into customers is the idea if you’re a business blogger, and if you have a personal blog, you want to get your thoughts and opinions out for the public to see.

4 Skills Your Child Needs To Know Before Entering Kindergarten

4 Skills Your Child Needs To Know Before Entering Kindergarten

Kindergarten is supposed to be fun and educational, and allow children an opportunity to blossom because it is usually the first time the tykes are away from their parents for any significant amount of time. And while most kindergartens don’t exactly have GPA requirements, for a child to succeed there are a few milestones that should be reached before they toddle through the door, says Alise McGregor, founder of Little Newtons (www.littlenewtons.com), an early education center with locations in Minnesota and Illinois.

Don’t Grow Your Blog Before You Do This

Don’t Grow Your Blog Before You Do This

Growing your blog. Letting it pay for your lifestyle while you can enjoy more time with your family and friends. This is precisely the dream of every blogger. Admittedly, when you write a blog, there’s a sense of excitement and satisfaction from being able to help someone by sharing your personal experience. But it is fair to say that most hobby bloggers consider creating a professional presence for their blog so that they can make money from it. The growth hack strategies to boost your audience and increase the volume of readers are varied, and ultimately, they are not the subject of our article here. No strategy will work if you haven’t prepared your blog and yourself for a growth process. Here are the essential elements you need to sort out before you can even design your professional blogging strategy. Are you ready to give your blog the boost it needs?

How To Find An Area That You Love

How To Find An Area That You Love

Building a life for yourself isn’t always an easy task. Whether you know what you want your future to look like or not, actually making it happen can be incredibly tough. You have to have a vision, you have to do your research, and you have to know what you put in place to make everything work. It’s not something that’s always going to just fall into your lap. Instead, you have to work incredibly hard to figure it all out. This is definitely the case when it comes to choosing your forever home. Your family home that your children will grow up in, and that you’ll create lasting memories in. Even when you know what you want your home to look like, knowing exactly where to buy or build it can be the hardest part. So we’re going to break down exactly what you need to do to find the perfect area.

You’re Hired!

You’re Hired!

Jobs for Life aims to see all people flourishing in their relationships and work. More specifically, we provide a platform for churches and ministries around the country to engage their communities to help individuals find and maintain meaningful employment. Our Biblically-based work readiness curriculum emphasizes job search skills, character, relational mentoring, and creating an ongoing community of mentors, instructors and employers. This network greatly improves their chances of finding meaningful work and achieving long-term success.

Raising Kind Kids

Raising Kind Kids

There is a saying or meme that you may have seen going around on social media, that says, in a world where you can be anything, be kind. And while we do live in a time where we have so much more freedom and freedom of expression, as well as more equal rights, we can be anything we want to be and do anything we want to do. But how many of us have ‘kind’ on our agenda? As parents, it is so important to make sure that we are raising kind children. Goodness knows we need more of it in the world.

Timeless Things We Still Ask Our Moms About

Timeless Things We Still Ask Our Moms About

Long after we leave the nest, our moms still go above and beyond for us. Whether it’s a thoughtful card when we’re feeling down or homemade chicken soup when we’re sick, mothers almost always know best! Shari’s Berries recently surveyed 1,500 people with the question, “What do you ask your mom about the most?” and got quite a few interesting responses. Across the board, cooking, parenting and health were the most popular topics.

Tips For First Time Mothers

Tips For First Time Mothers

Becoming a mom for the first time is an experience that cannot be justified with words. It is special, it is magical, and it completely changes your life. However, a lot of first time moms also have a lot of anxiety. What if I am doing this wrong? What if I make a mistake? This is only natural, but you have no reason to worry. We all make mistakes, and we all learn as we go. Here are some great tips to help you get started…

5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

“The best way parents can get started teaching their kids about money is to find out what your child is interested in, such as goals and what they want to be, do, and have in their lives. You can then tie any money lessons you teach or money conversations you have moving forward to their list of things that are important to them, meaning they’ll be more receptive in receiving the information instead of just thinking you’re babbling on about stuff that doesn’t relate to them.”

5 Ways To Fight Fatigue And Energize Your Life

5 Ways To Fight Fatigue And Energize Your Life

Feeling tired is a common complaint people express. Sometimes the self-description morphs into “I feel tired all the time,” and experts say that’s when extreme tiredness becomes better known as fatigue. Fatigue, when someone lacks energy and feels exhausted mentally or physically, can negatively impact performance at work, family life, and social relationships. Often, it is not a medical issue, but one that can be reversed by a lifestyle change.

Is Something Irritating You?

Is Something Irritating You?

If you feel as though something is irritating you in life, then you really aren’t alone. Multiple areas of your life might be affecting you, slowly niggling away at you until you start to think of it as irritating. However, half of the things that you find a problem might not even be one if you focused on sorting them out before they manifest into something worse. Your life could be so much easier if you follow the simple advice that we’ve got for you below. From your health to your work life, we’ve got you covered.

Must-Have Blogging Resource

Must-Have Blogging Resource

Let’s make this the year you accomplish your blogging goals! So what will happen to you over this next year? More subscribers? Finally create that course? Publish that eBook? Earn a full-time income? Whatever it is, I know it’ll be amazing. Just don’t miss it… Because at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, the Toolkit will come off sale for good!

The 3 Most Common Home Improvement Scams—and How to Avoid Them

The 3 Most Common Home Improvement Scams—and How to Avoid Them

You might think you know what to watch out for but buying a home opens up a whole new avenue of potential fraud most have never considered. Home improvement scams prey on optimistic homeowners, grateful for the chance to renovate or restore their home on the cheap. What seems like a great deal quickly turns into a disaster. Here are three of the most common home improvement scams—and how to recognize them before it’s too late.

The Holistic Approach to Life will Change You Forever

The Holistic Approach to Life will Change You Forever

A lot of people think that the holistic approach to life is nothing more than woo-woo mumbo jumbo, others think that it is taking a spiritual approach to life and others, others like me, think that it is simply a better way of living on your own terms, being aware of your own actions and doing whatever works for you to live an optimum life. If you believe that everything we eat, think, practice and believe has a huge impact on your life and the lives of others, it makes sense to like at your life holistically, taking care of your mind, body and soul so that you can live a truly beautiful, happy and healthy life.

Make Money With Your Blog

Make Money With Your Blog

You’ve got big plans and dreams for your blog. And with good reason. I love blogging and feel so fortunate to do what I do, connecting with this community, sharing what I’m passionate about, and even earning an income. But that doesn’t make blogging easy — in fact, sometimes it’s downright hard. For all of your big dreams, maybe you’ve felt frustrated, confused, or stuck at times, trying to figure out how to grow your blog, get more traffic, overcome hurdles, find smart strategies, and earn more money.

A Mother’s Home

A Mother’s Home

If you familar with my story, you will know that it took time to adjust myself to motherhood. My mom is my hero and she made motherhood seem like a course you had to study it college. She certainly made our house a home. I feared I couldn't live up to my own expectation without proper study on the topic. However, the rewards of motherhood brings me such joy and satisfaction. Mother's Day is observed to celebrate this devine nature of women.

A Few Humble Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

A Few Humble Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Life is a beautiful thing, and it is a thing we should all enjoy and revel in to the utmost, ideally with loved ones by our side. Life is all the more precious it is finite, and alas, we will all come to the end of the road one day. In the modern world, funerals and commemorations are more easily arranged than ever before — such as through services like https://www.memorials.com/cremation-urns.php — but we are perhaps less psychologically prepared than ever before to confront death head-on.

6 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Money

6 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Money

Nobody’s born a financial genius. But as you grow, you get the opportunity to learn from those who’ve done it before. Just as you start to feel there’s a few financial boxes you’ve checked off, it might be time to swap chairs and become the one giving advice versus receiving it. Whether they’re nieces and nephews or your own little ones, answering financial questions and helping kids understand money is a skill all its own. And it’s one worth practicing.

Lock 1.8

Lock 1.8

After his heart-felt prayer for Lock, William closed his eyes in silence. He felt a hand on his shoulder. It was Alex. Alex looked at William with tears in his eyes and said, "They need you upstairs." William ran from the altar and repeatedly pressed the elevator button but because that first minute felt like 20, William decided to race up the five flights of stairs. All he could think about as he ran was the distraught look on Alex's face. As he continued up, he repeated out loud, “Please Father! Please!" as he made it pass each floor. The climb from the fourth to the fifth was the hardest. At this point, William was nearly crippled with fear. 

Save The Date

Save The Date

It's been 16 years, 7 months, and 15 days since I declared my love for Tim and promised to love him for the rest of my life. The vows I spoke were engraved in my heart and through the good times and bad, the love has not wavered even when I wanted it to. I've come to accept that God made no mistakes when he placed him in my life and I am grateful for all of the experiences. Therefore, after great consideration and daily prayer, I shall renew and rejuvenate my life with Tim on Sunday January 20, 2019 with a ceremonial wedding.

3 Ways Stress Takes A Toll On Your Body

3 Ways Stress Takes A Toll On Your Body

Did the latest challenge at work bring on a tightening in your stomach? Does constant worry about a loved one’s health make you physically ill yourself? Everyone at some point feels the effects of stress. Not everyone deals with stress in the best way, though.

4 Ways To Give Yourself An Energy Boost

4 Ways To Give Yourself An Energy Boost

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the motivation to get up and get things done? You’re not alone and a lack of energy is something that affects a lot of us. There are all sorts of reasons you might be struggling with your energy levels from your diet to your schedule. Whatever the cause, you need to do something about it. These are some of the best ways to give yourself an energy boost.

Lock 1.7

Lock 1.7

As William was escorted from the room, he could see Marilyn running towards the room as the constant buzz from the monitor sounded as Lock drifted off.  He could see the fright in Marilyn's eyes as she also heard the nurse from the nursing station repeat, "Code blue in room 531." She dropped their drinks as she ran down the hall. The fear in her eyes was undeniable. William sank to the floor as she stormed past him trying to enter the room when the nurse stopped her and said, "We need to help her. Please stay out!"

The Ultimate Guide To Relaxation

The Ultimate Guide To Relaxation

Life gets hectic - and fast. So fast that one day you sit down and notice that you’ve been completely neglecting yourself. You look in the mirror and notice how tired you look, how dull your skin is and how much you’re totally in need of a fresh hair do. At times like these you need to begin thinking about ways in which you can relax and begin to feel like yourself again.

Respecting Your Body Will Always Be The First Step To Improving It

Respecting Your Body Will Always Be The First Step To Improving It

Respecting your body will always be the first step to improving it. This means that you focus on a range of important health benefits that are tried and tested, and you manage to do so with the conventional wisdom you are already aware of. It’s easy to fall into the overly corporatized efforts towards fitness and health, and to be suckered into the promises that your personal trainer or gym class makes.

A Few Painful Months of Marriage

A Few Painful Months of Marriage

I was perfectly fine with my decision and was prepared to live with it. However, Tim had other plans. He would not give up on me no matter how many times I would ask him to. In my heart I was happy that he didn’t, but my mind was becoming more and more annoyed. 

LOCK 1.6

LOCK 1.6

Now I’m laying in what a believe to be a hospital bed and that scent took away all the sadness and fear I was feeling. All of a sudden William began to speak. “Lock, I don’t know if you can hear me, but..."

8 Tips to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft

8 Tips to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft

You buckle them into car seats, make sure they wear a helmet when riding their bikes and keep a first-aid kit on hand at all times. As a parent, you do everything you can to guard your children’s physical safety, but do you know how to protect them from identity theft?

3 Easy Steps To Meal Planning

3 Easy Steps To Meal Planning

To avoid the constant sugar crashes and to management my time better I started meal planning. It became second nature which gave me real energy, better health, and saved me a lot of time and money over the years.  If you are looking to fast start your family meal planning, grab a notebook and follow these three easy steps.

Are You Tapping These Unexpected Sources of Inspiration?

Are You Tapping These Unexpected Sources of Inspiration?

If you’re in a creative industry, then there’s nothing worse than hitting a bout of what writers would describe as “writer’s block.” Sometimes, it feels like we’re full of ideas; at others, it can seem like no matter how hard we try, just nothing will come. However, it’s important to remember that there’ll always be ways to bring yourself out of your slump. And while sitting down and just creating something, anything will sometimes jolt your brain into action, that’s not the only avenue you have at your disposal. There are many places where inspiration lives, and not all of them are instantly obvious.

Can You See Yourself Investing In Stocks?

Can You See Yourself Investing In Stocks?

If you are keen to try and improve your overall financial situation, then one of the things you might want to consider is investing in stocks. Even if you don’t think that you could do it and succeed at it, chances are you are probably mistaken. The truth is that anyone can get into trading in stocks with the right kind of understanding and approach. In this article, we are going to look at some of the first things you should try to wrap your head around if you want to invest in stocks at some point in the near future. Learn these concepts first, and you should be well on your way.

Lock 1.5

Lock 1.5

"Was this it? Was my life ending?" is what went through my head as my eyes shut. "I am not ready." I thought as my eyes opened to my best friend Marilyn pleading for me to fight as hard as I could. I could hear the ambulance's sirens as the paramedic flashed a light in my eye. “She looked at me! She looked at me!" is what I could hear Marilyn say as my eyes became heavier and I drifted off.

Lock 1.4

Lock 1.4

The cab driver repeated, “143 22nd Boulevard?” I said, “Yes.” although my eyes were glued to what I left behind. I was looking out the back window of the cab as William and his companion seemed smaller and smaller. “Ms. Ms. Fasten your seat belt!” the cab driver repeated several times, but I couldn’t look away. I saw the young woman rub William's head as they turned and walked away. 

The Weddings That Weren’t

The Weddings That Weren’t

I was a twice-married woman to the man of my dreams however, I had not had a wedding. Today, as I sit here writing down these memories, I wish I could be describing my wedding as a tear falls from my eye. These past years with Tim are full of good, bad, joyful and painful memories that I look forward to sharing with you all. But the thing that breaks my heart nearly every day is remembering the weddings that weren’t. 

Diet Supplements That Aren’t Hard To Swallow

Diet Supplements That Aren’t Hard To Swallow

Detoxing is something we schedule in from time to time to make sure we’re never feeling too sick on the inside, and we look forward to them. Similarly, there’s so many natural fruits and vegetables out there that make our skin glow when we actually make the effort to eat 5 a day.

LOCK 1.3

LOCK 1.3

I laid quietly and tears fell from my eyes as I thought about the words that made breathing unbearable. I could see him as he uttered those words, “Lock! Baby, the cancer is back. We beat it once and we will beat it again!”  I could not believe what I heard. I saw so much in his eyes. I saw sadness, disappointment, hope, and fear.  

5 Ways To Achieve A Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

5 Ways To Achieve A Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

Many parents find it hard to find the time and motivation to stick with their workout regime when working the typical 9-5. Though it is a challenge, it is possible to fit in exercise amongst a busy workday with a few lifestyle changes.

LOCK 1.2

LOCK 1.2

As Marilyn got comfortable in bed, Pawl rested neatly between us. Although I was happy to see my best friend, I wasn’t sure if she could get me through the days ahead. As Marilyn and Pawl feel asleep, I laid quietly and tears fell from my eyes as I thought about the words that made breathing unbearable. I could see him as he uttered those words, “Lock……………”

Pizza Night

Pizza Night

My mom was cooking the ground turkey while I was chopping tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and onions. Zyan was placing all the chopped vegetables in a clear glass bowl as they became available. I think her favorite part was when I asked her to toss them lightly with her hands. Zoey sat at the counter. She placed the baby spinach on one leaf at a time from a clear plastic measuring cup adding them patiently until they reached the second line. I remember her smiling and clapping her hands and yelling, "I made it!" once she reached that point.

Lock 1.1

Lock 1.1

Tears fell from my eyes while reading of a "Very Emotional Valentines." It was a beautiful story with a twist and a tell of true love. It totally drew me into her emotions and for a moment my troubles were out of mind. I thanked her in the comments for such a great read. I placed the tablet on the nightstand and turn off the lamp. Suddenly, there was a knock on my door......

Is It Time For A Stress Detox?

Is It Time For A Stress Detox?

Stress is only supposed to be a short-term survival mechanism – in a life-threatening situation stress can help us get out of danger by making us more alert, making our muscles tenser and making our blood pressure higher to keep antibodies flowing around the body. Long-term exposure to stress is not healthy. It can wear down our mind and body, resulting in insomnia, muscle fatigue, and heart disease. Taking steps to detoxify your body of cortisol (the hormone that causes stress) can be much needed to prevent burnout or worse a heart attack. Here are just some of the ways to give your body a stress detox.

Baby Steps: Simple Ways To Boost Your Confidence After Having Children

Baby Steps: Simple Ways To Boost Your Confidence After Having Children

Even if you’re a naturally confident and outgoing person, there’s a good chance that your external shell hides some insecurities. When you become a mom, there’s a lot to take in, and it’s very common to experience a crisis of confidence. If your self-esteem has plummeted or you don’t quite feel yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some baby steps you can take to feel more confident after having children.

Become a Better You: Five Ways To Get Out of a Rut

Become a Better You: Five Ways To Get Out of a Rut

As beneficial as it can be, doing the same things day in day out can become incredibly tedious and before you know it you feel trapped. Life loses its excitement, and you’re so exhausted by it all you don’t even know where to start to make a change. If you’ve been feeling like this lately, here are a few ideas to help you become a better you, get out of your rut and start embracing life again.

Health Doesn’t Have to be Hard: Simple Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle

Health Doesn’t Have to be Hard: Simple Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle

when it comes to our health there really is no excuse, we only get one body and so it’s imperative that we treat it well. If we want to see our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow up and live a long and fruitful life then we have to take control. Even if you already live a healthy lifestyle, you might still feel terrible due to mistakes you’re making- are you fit sick? Perhaps you’re just sick in general, and are sick and tired of, well… feeling sick and tired? Here are some of the simple changes you can make in your life to live more healthily and start feeling better.

The Twenty-Second

The Twenty-Second

According to my journal, it all started June 22, 2001. I was fresh out of college and starting a new career. Business was slow so I was journaling about how much this fellow had control over my thoughts. I found myself doubling his name. While my boss was giving me the rundown of my duties for the day and I couldn't help but anticipate my date with Tim.

6 Months Blogging Update

6 Months Blogging Update

I have been blogging for six months now and I love it. Don’t get me wrong, to build a following is a lot of work, but a like or a comment from you makes it all worth it! I want to thank you all for reading & especially for being vulnerable with me and sharing your thoughts and feelings when you feel inspired to. I really appreciate your support, comfort, and love. I read every single comment and it helps to shape LavandaMichelle.com into the best blog possible.

Don’t Let Baby Weight Become The Bane Of Your Life

Don’t Let Baby Weight Become The Bane Of Your Life

You’ve probably heard horror stories from other moms who have found it impossible to shed their baby weight, and you are terrified that the same thing will happen to you. However, the fact is that if you are mindful of your weight from the get-go, and make a conscious effort to take care of yourself, you shouldn’t find that baby weight is too much of a problem for you.

Focus On Fitness: What To Do When Your Motivation Is MIA

Focus On Fitness: What To Do When Your Motivation Is MIA

We start a fitness regime with great gusto only for our interest to dwindle a few weeks later. Suddenly, that energy has drained from every fiber in our bodies, and the last thing we want to do is hit the gym. If this scenario sounds familiar, and you’re struggling to stay on the exercise bandwagon, you’ve come to the right place. If your motivation is MIA, I'm here to help get you back on track.

Valentine’s Day 2005

Valentine’s Day 2005

As I sang, tears fell from my eyes because Tim was not there with me. My brother had gone and Zoey looked so much like him and he was also my sunshine. Then the phone rang to my room and it was Tim. His first words to me were, “I love you.” My voice cracked as I uttered, “Then why aren’t you here?” Although I knew the answer, my heart was broken. I couldn’t believe I said those words because my heart screamed, I miss you and I love you too. But my mouth betrayed me and expressed words that I didn’t mean to say.

The Parenting Super Bundle

The Parenting Super Bundle

It’s Day 2 of the Ultimate Bundles Festival (UBFest) and today’s bundle is the Parenting Super Bundle! Yes! For a crazy low price, you can get eBooks, printables, and eCourses to help you if you have kids, fitness goals, healthy living resolutions, clutter to conquer, or a desire to ward off the winter sickies, stick with me this week.