As we head into the New Year, everyone starts to think about resolutions. As an overwhelmed, always-busy mom, I frequently promise myself that I’ll do some self-care – and then it’s the first thing to get bumped out of the schedule because there is just too much to do. Think about it: How many times have you made a joke about being able to even just take a shower? Probably at least once a week. And if we can’t even find time to shower, how do we find time to do anything else to take care of ourselves?
So that’s my self-care resolution for 2017: Just take a shower. Just that. It’s so basic it seems trivial, and yet.
If you’re a new blogger, like I am, it feels like there are just way, way too many different things to do in order to build up your audience. I know I’m still in the very beginning stages, but I’ve found a few sites that I find super helpful. Today I’d like to share Simple Pin Media with you, along with their amazing, FREE Pinterest content calendar for 2017!
Kate Ahl heads Simple Pin Media, and offers a ton of free information for bloggers who use Pinterest. She also has a paid course, which I haven’t taken yet, but plan to, simply because her free content is so amazing. One of my favorite features from her site is the free Pinterest calendar.
The calendar gives really clear direction for each month of the year, with suggestions on rearranging your boards, what content to pin when, and strategies to try. When I get too overwhelmed with wondering what I should be doing, I like to get this calendar out and get back to basics.
The layout is super clean and very easy to follow. There’s also a Simple Pin Media Facebook group, and it’s one of the best blog-related Facebook groups I’ve joined. I definitely recommend checking it out! The podcast is great as well, although I know it can be hard to find time to listen when the kids are awake – I actually listen at bedtime because my toddler is used to audiobooks as she falls asleep!
You can download your copy for free by joining Kate’s mailing list – and the list itself is full of good Pinterest tips, too!
You’ll notice that Simple Pin Media recommends Tailwind, and I do, too. It’s a great resource and they offer a free account – it just limits the number of posts you can schedule in a month. I used the free account for a few months to make sure I liked the service, which is officially sanctioned by Pinterest. I’m now a happy, paying subscriber and I think it’s been totally worth the time to learn how it works.
If you’re looking to make Pinterest part of your blog strategy – and I think you should if you’re in any kind of food, craft, fashion, home decor, or DIY niche – you should absolutely grab this calendar! I didn’t receive any compensation for writing about this 😉 I just love it that much. I’ll post updates throughout 2017 with my blog’s progress as far as traffic, including how Pinterest performs for me!
Wondering what to buy for the frugal cook in your life? Maybe your best friend just loves to cook for the freezer once a month. Maybe your sister enjoys couponing and cooking in bulk. Or maybe you have someone who just likes to see how low they can get that grocery budget to go. But even the most wallet-conscious cook can appreciate a few tools to make the job easier. This gift guide for the frugal cook is intended to give you some ideas for that friend (or for yourself!) – items that will actually be worth having around and that will help reduce food costs more by increasing efficiency.
I’ve included options with a wide range of price points, and a variety of interests within frugal cooking, so you can find the perfect gift! Enjoy shopping!