FIRST OF ALL - WELCOME TO THE NEW HEY THERE, CHELSIE! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate FOUR YEARS of blogging than by taking a HUGE step and hiring a designer to custom design my website. If you are in the market for a custom site, I cannot recommend Amanda at Alpine Lane Creative enough. She somehow took all of my random design requests and created this beautiful site that is better than I could have dreamed. And let's just talk about this being my 4th year of blogging. FOUR YEARS!?! FOUR YEARS?!?! I seriously cannot believe that I've been doing this whole blogging thing for four freaking years. Sometimes I get so caught up in the "now" that I forget . . .
It’s been a busy couple weeks as I’ve adjusted to my new job and work schedule, managed two busy schedules with just one car while we waited for mine to be fixed, went through most of my remission tests, bought a lot of furniture, and watched a lot of HGTV. I've neglected HTC on so many levels because "I've been busy" but the truth is, I've been in a bit of a rut. And yes, I've had a lot going on in my life, but I've also had a lot of down time that I've filled with HGTV, so I really can't use my business as an excuse. I’ve been thinking a lot about Hey There, Chelsie because I’ve been away from it more than I had planned, basically for the last 6 months. I know I . . .
* Affiliate Links may be used at no additional costs to you I've been in the blog slumps over the last couple weeks, but really, it's mainly due to Instagram. I know I shouldn't let a social media platform dictate my happiness, but after working hard to build an extension of HTC there and seeing my engagement go down because #algorithims, I've been feeling pretty woe-is-me. But, I decided that I needed to stop throwing a pity party and focus back in on where everything started: my actual blog! I had to remind myself that one: Instagram does not make the world go round. While it is important to my brand and story-telling, I don't own Instagram and I could wake . . .
*Affiliate links are used in this post at no additional cost to you. Before jumping into this post, I first want to say that it's no secret that I make a bit of money off of HTC. It's been an absolute joy and pleasure to see something that I love and am so passionate about actually put a little bit of fun money into my pocket and help me grow my space here. That being said, I hope you all know that ANY time I get paid, it's for the right reasons (as in, it's in collaboration with a company I love and trust and would recommend to you regardless.) Your trust and my relationships here are far more important to me than making money off of my blog. However, I want . . .
When I decided to take blogging seriously, I decided I wanted to switch from the Blogger.com platform to Wordpress. I had no idea what I was getting myself into - I just knew that I wanted plugins! So, I jumped into the process head first, made a lot of mistakes (like signing up for wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org - YES! There is a difference) and spent a lot of extra money that I didn't need to if I had just done more research. So, today, I'm putting together as much information as I can about self-hosting your blog, along with why I left Bluehost for Siteground in hopes that I'll be able to help both new and seasoned bloggers! What is Self-Hosting? I'm . . .
Last year I did my first comprehensive yearly blog report for my blog and it was really eye-opening and motivating to see how far I had come. I knew after putting together and sharing the 2015 Blog Report, it would become an annual post to put together and share. Although it's a little terrifying to dig into my stats and to be this transparent with my success (and failures) with my audience, it's also really rewarding and refreshing to see how far I've come. I belittle myself and my success because I forget to look at the big picture! Taking the time to look back on my blog for the whole year gives me a bit of a reality check - and shows me that I am successful and . . .
Although this year was crazy, I definitely don't feel like it flew by as fast as others. Between all the crazy moves and huge life changes we made, this year definitely had times where time went by a little slowly, and other times where it sped right up. All in all, though, I am really grateful for this year and all the lessons I learned from it. But, I'm also really looking forward to 2017 (hopefully the year of NO major moves) and to continuing to grow HTC in new and exciting ways. I wanted to round up some of my best posts this year (a combination of those that did well on social media and some of my favorites that I wrote.) It's a really good way to look . . .
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CentrumFunFlavors #CollectiveBias I know I might sound like a broken record, but ever since we moved to Utah back in September, life has become busier and more hectic than ever. Between our new jobs, only being 20 minutes away from some of our best friends and family, and projects for my blog, we have just been going non-stop. I won't lie, it's been downright exhausting at times and my health and blog have suffered from my lack of energy and endless to-do list. Thankfully, I've been able to implement several time-saving hacks into my life recently that not . . .
Instagram and I have a pretty complicated relationship. I mean, I started my Instagram years before I started blogging seriously and used it like any normal person would: to share 10 overly-filtered photos a day of Rosie and the food I was eating. No pressure to have a perfect picture or feed and no stress on how many people were unfollowing me. Just photos of my life. When I started blogging seriously, I started a long journey on redefining my Instagram account. I knew I had to treat it more like a business and put a bit more effort and thought into the photos I was posting, but it was a struggle to find the balance between gaining followers, sharing “perfect” . . .