Want To Be A Successful Blogger? Practice These Daily Habits

Being a successful blogger has become one of the most popular career aspirations in recent years. Thousands of people love the idea of making money from writing about their passion. But in reality, a large majority of these people won’t gain success from blogging. Being a successful blogger is not easy, and it can take a while before you can turn blogging into your main source of income. But if you think you’ve got what it takes, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success. To make your blog the hottest on the internet, read through these habits which successful bloggers practice daily.


Create content daily

Creating new and original content each day can help your blog grow in multiple ways. It can make it easier for you to be sound on search engines which can make it easier for you to gain new followers. It can also help you build a loyal fan base and strengthen the reputation of your blog. While creating content daily might sound difficult, it’s not as hard as you might think. You can use a blogging schedule planner to help you stay organized each day. You can reach out your followers and ask them for ideas on what they would enjoy reading about. There are also guides online that provide content ideas that are suitable for almost any niche.

Backing up your blog

Backing up your blog on a daily basis might seem unnecessary and a bit over the top. But it’s actually something that many top bloggers recommend. As wonderful as the internet is, it is also full of potential hazards which could put your blog at risk. From viruses to server issues, it can be very easy to lose your content or your entire blog. So get into the habit of backing up your blog using plugins like BackupBuddy. This is particularly important as you start to create and post new content daily. In addition to your blog, it can also be beneficial to backup your social media platforms too using sites like Vibbi. Set an alert on your phone to remind you to backup your content if you think you might forget.

Respond to comments

As your blog begins to grow, you’ll find that more of your followers begin to ask you questions and leave you comments. This can be on your blog and social media pages. Top bloggers realize how important these readers are so they schedule time each day to respond to them. This can help them to feel appreciated and heard, which will make them more likely to return again in future. Doing this each day will ensure that no messages go unheard as well as helping you stay on track. Just a short and simple acknowledgment to a message could help your blog progress considerably. So while it might not be that exciting, make sure you do it regularly.


These daily habits can help you build and develop your blog to make it even better than before. They can help you work toward effectively monetizing your blog and increasing your popularity online.

Manwich Monday: Easiest Supper Ever + Sloppy Joe Totcho Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.


Mondays are always so hectic around here. Two kids come home from school grumpy and tired, there's homework to be done and a house to straighten up... The last thing on my mind is making some elaborate dinner that no one is going to eat anyway.

That's why I've replaced our "What's for supper tonight?" with Manwich Monday (and occasionally Sloppy Joe Saturday, depending on how busy the weekend is.)




Maybe it's a sneaky mom trick, but when I make Sloppy Joes, I know they take two hands to eat. That means no one is going to be checking their phones or playing with their tablets once supper starts. Manwich is the best way to go for getting everyone to the table for a simple family supper.

I used to love when my mom would make Sloppy Joes for supper. It wasn't anything special that she did to them, just a plain ol' hamburger bun with saucy ground beef. She always used Manwich though, and the sweet and tangy sauce made them the perfect supper, especially when she paired them with tater tots!

That's why I want to share my family's new favorite recipe - Sloppy Joe Totchos! They're great on their own as a snack or as a side to Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joe Totchos

Sloppy Joe Totchos

Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can (16oz) Manwich Original Sauce
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking Directions
  1. Fry or bake your tater tots.
  2. Brown ground beef, drain, and add Manwich sauce.
  3. While tots are still hot, cover with cheddar cheese, and then add meat mixture.
  4. Enjoy!

The best part? Manwich comes in three different varieties: Manwich Original, Manwich Bold and Manwich Thick & Chunky - no meat sauces perfect for sandwiches, pastas, and more.

Visit manwich.com to learn more about Manwich products, recipes and more and be sure to follow them on Twitter (@Manwich) for more great recipe ideas!
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Making Your Health a Priority: BabbleBoxx Women's Health Box

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. 

One of the most important parts of being a mom is making sure you take care of yourself. I mean, chasing around little ones and keeping up with everyone is hard to do if you aren't mentally and physically healthy enough to stay on top of everything. 

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it's important to remind ourselves not just about breast health, but our mental and physical health as well. That's why I've partnered with BabbleBoxx to show you guys some great products that can help us stay on top of our health.


This was my first BabbleBoxx and I am so excited to show you guys all of the awesome products that were included. BabbleBoxx is not a subscription service and it is not available to the general public – it's an exclusive box with products that gets delivered to a limited number of social media influencers. 

Spire Wearable Wellness + Activity Tracker


As a mom with panic disorder and anxiety issues, this was probably my favorite item in the box. Spire is a wearable "trainer" for mindfulness and mindful living. It helps you recognize stressful situations by monitoring your breathing and even suggests breathing exercises to help you calm down.

State of mind affects how you breathe, but how you breathe can also change your state of mind.  - Click to Tweet this!
 

Studies have shown that slow, deep and consistent breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and increase the flow of endorphins in the blood stream. Spire worked with leading experts in several health fields to create the only wearable device that increases mindfulness and productivity by tracking breathing patterns.

Spire is fully integrated into the Apple Health App and works with Apple watch. An Android App is also now available. 

Learn more and receive $10 off when you purchase Spire by clicking here. (Discount applied at checkout)

Viviscal Extra Strength for strong, healthy hair

Viviscal has been the leading brand of hair growth supplement on the market for more than 25 years. It works by nourishing hair from the inside out with its scientifically formulated, exclusive and clinically proven marine complex, AminoMar®.

100% drug-free, Viviscal Extra Strength promotes thicker, fuller hair and reduces hair shedding in women of all hair types.

Ever since I had my first baby, my hair has shed like crazy - to the point where it has thinned out drastically from the full luscious locks I used to have. 

I'm excited to be using Viviscal to help my hair grow healthy and strong again!


Dermae Firming DMAE Eye Lift & Firming DMAE Moisturizer

The closer I get to the big three-oh, the more fine lines I notice around my eyes. Not only that, but I'm starting to notice that my face isn't as firm as it used to be.


With Dermae, I can finally combat some of those signs of aging and bring back that young glow that I once had (not that many years ago!)

Firming DMAE Eye Lift - This multi-action eye cream helps to revive and smooth the look of your delicate eye area. Widely-acclaimed DMAE helps to visibly improve the appearance of skin’s firmness for a more lifted look. While wrinkle-fighting peptides including Instalift® Goji Berry help to smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking eyes.

Firming DMAE Moisturizer - This nutrient-rich moisturizer is clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin’s firmness, hydration, and elasticity. Widely-acclaimed DMAE helps skin to appear visibly firmer, smoother and lifted. Antioxidant-rich Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C-Ester nourish your skin for a more revitalized appearance.

Fiera® by Nuelle™


It's not something that really gets brought up very often, but a woman's sexual health is just as important to her well-being. That's why Nuelle created Fiera, a small device intended to help your mind and body be ready for a physical, mental, and emotional connection with your partner.

This hands-free device is fast-acting and helps increase your arousal. Perfect for those times when the dirty dishes in the kitchen are distracting you from being completely present with your partner in the bedroom. 

Use the code Babble for 10% off at http://www.fiera.com/

Three Must-Know Hacks For Healthy Family Cooking

We live in an age where health and fitness are bigger priorities than ever before. Even the busiest of people seem to be squeezing in a HIIT class before work, and we're constantly told about the latest fad diet to be on. Plus, fitness accounts on Instagram are some of the most followed across the whole world, often showing an extreme dedication towards a healthy lifestyle. But what do you do if you simply can't dedicate all your time towards your health goals? The good news is, in the real world, not everyone can, and that's ok! For many fitness bloggers, they are also personal trainers, so keeping fit is their full-time job. When you're trying to balance a healthy diet with a career of your own, and running around after your children, it's not quite so simple!


With that in mind, it's easy to see how so many families put healthiness on the backburner and instead opt for convenience foods. A lot of people also consider these to be cheaper than buying fresh food in bulk, but in reality, this is actually doing your family a disservice. Convenience food tends to cost more overall due to the amount of chemicals and additives the companies put in the food. Health-wise, it doesn't look good either. Convenience foods are normally filled with excess fat, salt and sugar. These are all things that have been proven to be addictive if regularly consumed. It's therefore clear that switching to fresh, home-cooked meals is what's best for both you and your children. But whether you're an experienced chef or completely new to the kitchen, there are little things you can do to make sure your food is as healthy as can be.

Be mindful of your oil use

Nearly all of us use oil to cook our food in. This applies whether we are frying, baking or grilling our food. Oils can be heated to a much higher temperature than water, meaning that when our food is doused in oil, it forms a protective layer which prevents burning. There are many different types of oil on the market these days. Olive oils, vegetable oils, sunflower oils are the classic options for most people. But many of us also choose to cook our food in other things, such as duck fat (common at Thanksgiving) and coconut oil. With all these options, it begs the question, which is healthiest? It pretty much goes without saying that cooking your food in fat isn't going to provide you with a very healthy outcome. Of course, it creates an incredible flavour - duck fat, in particular, is a popular choice for cooking roasted potatoes in. But it is a compound which is very high in cholesterol and saturated fats, meaning it won't do wonders for your waistline. Olive oil is the most common choice for a cooking oil and is one of the healthiest too. It is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats, meaning it is one of the best ways to cook your food. Coconut oil is also popular due to it being another healthy fat, and one that can add a great flavour to your cooking. It works especially well if you are making Asian food.



Consider what cookware you use

When we think of how to cook healthily, we normally consider what the ingredients are or how much of it is served. But you could actually be putting your family's health at risk simply from the pots and pans you use in the kitchen. Many popular types of cookware contain many chemicals that can actually leak into your food during the cooking process. This can leave your meal full of excess amounts of compounds such as aluminium and even lead. These  can be potentially dangerous for your health. Non-stick cookware is very convenient, but much of it contains Teflon, which has links to cancer and also reproductive issues. Copper cookware is fashionable at the moment and does admittedly look great. But any leakage can lead to you exceeding your recommended copper allowance, which can potentially be poisonous.  You may notice some of the coating come off your pans from time to time, and in these cases, it's better to just dispose of them. After all, that coating which has come off has ended up in your family's food at some point! If you're in any doubt, it is best to stay safe by investing in something such as WearEver Pure Living Cookware Set.




Remember that size matters

When we're plating up our dinner, so many of us don't even consider portion size. Even if you eat a strictly healthy diet, there is always too much of a good thing. In terms of calories, the recommended daily allowance for women is around 2000, and for men it is between 2000 and 2500. If your evening meal along is where you are packing away most of these calories, you may need to consider portion control. Consuming excess calories leads to weight gain, which can lead to a whole host of health problems such as diabetes and heart failure. Thankfully, there are certain tips and tricks you can deploy in your home to stop you and your family overeating. Try serving your meals on smaller plates or bowls, to trick your brain into thinking that you are eating your regular amount. The saying 'eyes bigger than your belly' is often true. We will often eat a gigantic portion of food simply because it is there, not because we are actually hungry. Eating our food slowly is another way to ensure that we don't overeat, or go back for seconds. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register that our bellies are full, so take your time with your meal. If you find this hard, try eating your dinner with chopsticks to make it take longer! If nothing else, you and your family will at least have a giggle together. Many of us also struggle with estimating the correct portions for things like rice and pasta. Measuring cups can be your savior here, and also help ensure that you're not wasting food too.


An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

This post has been sponsored by KidzVuz on behalf of Amazon Studios.

Today, Amazon is releasing its first Amazon Original Special, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win. I had the opportunity to screen it before its release with my stepdaughter, and this story is one I think all little girls should see.


ABOUT THE SPECIAL

Set during the civil rights movement, the special centers around Melody, a 10-year-old  girl living in Detroit in 1963, whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her. True to American Girl fashion, the story shows the specific time period through Melody's eyes, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing.

Melody's belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. I found myself nodding along as she questions her teacher about the "liberty and justice for all" when black girls were denied service at a lunch counter.

There was one point in the video when Melody is falsely accused of trying to steal a dress when her only "crime" was being a black girl in a predominately white store. Then, the emotional moment when she sees her mother being treated differently at work, and seeing little boys bully Melody at school, really helped my stepdaughter see how much inequality there really was during this era, and opened the line of communication between us about racism and inequalities that are still present, more than 50 years later.

Throughout the show, Melody’s mother keeps reminding her that love brings out the best in everyone and fear brings out the worst. But, she also instills in her that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.” The same message that I will be teaching my children throughout their lives.

WATCH IT

This story isn't the easiest to watch, but the messages it has are ones that need to be told and retold. Definitely plan on watching on An American Girl Story — Melody 1963: Love Has to Win today, October 21st, on Amazon Prime.



FROM AMAZON

The Amazon Original Special is based on American Girl’s Melody character and inspirational stories. In addition to the special debuting exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon and American Girl have collaborated to create a destination for fans of Melody’s stories to find a wide selection of American Girl Melody products. Go to www.amazon.com/americangirl to shop an 18-inch Melody doll, historically accurate 1960s doll outfits, a Motown-inspired recording studio that plays and records music, and more. “We are always looking for new ways to bring our great content to life both on and off the screen,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader for Toys. “From toys to books to crafts, Melody’s biggest fans can now discover and shop a wide selection of items available with free Two Day Shipping for Prime members.”

An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win will be available for Prime members using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals—Prime members will also be able to download the series on mobile devices for offline viewing.

MORE FROM AMAZON

Did you know Amazon also offers more original programming for kids? Check out these new videos from the Amazon Pre-School show, Wishenpoofs:

Wishenpoof! Believe In Me - Official Music Video | Amazon Kids
Set to go LIVE 10/21 at 6am PST

Wishenpoof! Say Something - Official Music Video | Amazon Kids
Set to go LIVE 10/28 at 6am PST

Easiest Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

I received this item for the purposes of making my Chicken Fried Rice Recipe and for sharing my honest experiences with you. All opinions are my own.

I love rice. Unfortunately, I can't make rice to save my life. I mean, sure, I can whip up some Minute Rice as a side dish, but only if you don't mind a burnt layer stuck to the bottom of the pan...

Seriously, I gave up on making rice years ago. It's one of my favorite breakfasts, to make a bowl of fluffy white rice with a little bit of butter and sugar... yum! The frustration of making either crunchy rice or burned rice, though? Not even worth the hassle.

If your rice resembles cement more than something edible, you've gotta check out this new addition to my kitchen. It's the 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker from Hamilton Beach, and this thing totally cuts out the aggravation of trying to make a perfect bowl of rice.


I love this rice cooker because it can be used for so much more than just rice. I've used mine for hot cereals like oatmeal (add in some apples and cinnamon and your kids will go crazy for it) as well as steaming broccoli and carrots. It's definitely one of those things that I didn't realize I needed it until I had one.

It's so easy to use. The steamer basket doubles as a strainer to rinse your rice, and the measuring cup makes sure that your portions are perfect and exact every time. If I want to make 3 cups of rice, I just measure out 3 level cups with the measuring cup provided, rinse it, and then pour it into the pot and add water up to the 3 line. No more guessing portions or trying to make sure I remember the 50/50 ratio with rice to water.

It's a completely no-hassle system; All you have to do is close the lid, turn it on, and select the type of rice. There's even a delay button if you decide that you aren't ready to make the rice just yet. It took 45 minutes for fluffy, perfect white rice.


After trying out several different meals with my new Hamilton Beach Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker, my family's absolute favorite turned out to be this easy Chicken Fried Rice recipe:


Now, you're going to want old rice for this recipe. Leftover, straight from the fridge rice works best, cold.

Ingredients:
1 cups cooked, diced chicken breast
3 cups cooked rice (day old rice works best)
1 bag frozen vegetable blend (corn, carrots, and peas)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs Soy sauce
1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 egg
seasoning (I love the Sun-Bird Fried Rice Seasoning packets, but plain ol' salt & pepper works wonders too)

Start by heating your oil in the pan. Toss in your onion and garlic and cook on med-high heat until garlic is golden brown and the onions are becoming translucent. Add in your frozen veggies and stir, cooking about 5 minutes (or until the vegetables begin softening). Add in your rice, soy sauce, and seasonings, and continue mixing for 2-3 minutes. Move rice to the side and scramble egg, then mix into rice. Add chicken and enjoy!

Click here to learn more, and to get your own 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker.

What's your favorite rice recipe? Comment below and let me know!