We Lived Happily Ever After: February 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

How To Start Your Own Blog And Make Money Doing It | Part 3: How To Monetize It


So there are SO many ways to monetize your blog or website. Don't have a blog yet? You should seriously do it. Like Right now. See my post HERE on how to get started on setting a blog up. Now when I started my blog as a brand new wife and mother, we were living on a super tight budget, in a tiny cabin which barely had running water on my in-law's property.  My blog really started as a creative hobby, and my heart was to give things away for free to other people who couldn't afford to spend money. I was making stuff for myself, so why not share it? This focus on "giving away" things that I could otherwise sell ended up being a blessing, because it gave me an audience, and platform that I otherwise wouldn't have had.

I've been blogging since 2012, so about 4 years, and it's funny to look back at the first time my blog made actual money. It was around $100 for a month's worth of content. It really wasn't enough for all the hours and effort I put into it, but it was money... I was getting paid to do my hobby. I was so excited. Now I look back and chuckle. ;)

I just want you all to know that this isn't a get rich quick thing. You need to develop quality content, be strategic and patient.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How To Start Your Own Blog And Make Money Doing It | Part 2: Tools And Resources


I wish I had had a friend or big sister who blogged who could show me the ropes... but instead, I had to figure it all out on my own. One of the things I had to do was research, and stalk other blogs to find out what sort of programs, equipment, and resources they used for blogging. It was really hard since I didn't have any terms or basic web knowledge to go off of. Thank goodness for Google! 

This post is devoted to showing you all the basic tools I use on a daily basis. You may not need them all, depending on your specific blogging topic, but most of these are things I couldn't live without. 

This series will be divided into three sections: Setting Up Your Blog, My Favorite Tools And Resources, and How To Monetize A Blog.

Monday, February 15, 2016

How To Start Your Own Blog And Make Money Doing It | Part 1: Setting Up A Blog


We live in an era where we can't imagine living without our smart phones, laptops, and God forbid the Internet! It's a world where anyone, regardless of class, location and means, can start an online presence... in their pj's... snuggled up in bed (You bet I'm guilty of that one!!!) 

A question I get all the time is "How do I start a blog & what are your recommendations?" The whole blogging thing was something that I figured out all by myself. I would have loved to have a friend to show me the ropes, and save me a bunch of headaches. So today I'm going to be that friend to you. This post is all about what I have learned about taking my hobby, and turning it into a blog, and more importantly, a business. 

This series will be divided into three sections: Setting Up Your Blog, My Favorite Tools And Resources, and How To Monetize A Blog.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Headboard Ideas...

Hey, I need your help to decide what to do with June's headboard. 

Should I go with the Window or Tufted headboard? I'm trying to find a spot for this pretty window, and I thought I would try it as a headboard because it's too heavy to hang anywhere.

Let me know what you think in the comments. :)


Friday, February 12, 2016

Double Exposure Tutorial

Photoshop allows us to do so many fun, artistic things, like merging photos into one cohesive one. Today we are going to be talking about a popular effect: Double Exposure. It's a process of layering photos (usually a subject and nature elements) together & is really cool! 

While some approaches use layer masks for this effect, we will mainly be using a clipping mask.

Monday, February 8, 2016

How To Build A $25 Toddler Bed

Today I am FINALLY showing you all how we built this simple toddler bed. It's super easy. I promise. As a basic overview, we used 2x4's for the legs (like on my desk HERE) and base, and a 1x4 for the sides of the bed, over the 2x4 base... And a 1x6 for the foot and head of the bed...

Now, I hate sketch up for building 3D plans... it gives me a headache, so I just decided to show you how we built it using real photos of the process.

Here are the boards you will need, along with the measurements to cut them at.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Free Valentine's Day Printables

I have some lovely hand lettered prints (by yours truly) from my shop that I wanted to share with you all in honor of Valentine's Day.

Note: These printables are going to be free for two weeks only (until February 14th 2016) After that, they will go back to being for sale in my shop, where you can purchase them them using these links: