5.25.2016

The Ultimate Guide To Hosting A Yard Sale


The warmer weather means a chance to clean house and bring out your old unused items to sell. A chance to earn a little extra cash for those things that you don't need or want anymore. Who doesn't need a little extra cash? Yard sales are a huge summer activity that so many people participate in. Yard sales are a great place to find treasures at a very low price. I love a good yard sale.

I have been to several, but had my very first yard sale a couple of years ago. You never know what the turnout will be. Is there a secret to a successful yard sale? How do people sell their items and make a big profit off of it? It seems like there are so many unanswered questions that go into the planning and throwing a yard sale and making it work to their advantage.

Lucky enough, this wonderful e-book just came out called The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Yard Sale and it has a lot of useful information to help you through the process from start to finish. Inside you will find several chapters on facts and planning out your yard sale and making it as successful as possible.


One of the chapters that stood out to me was one called Choosing A Date. This was actually a real eye-opener. As I stated before, I'm not a pro at yard sales and so I just figured you did them whenever you were ready to set up and host one. But after reading the chapter on it, there were a lot of good pointers and useful dates I never would have considered.

Like how the best days to shoot for are the first and fifteenth of the month because it's when people are most likely to have money to spend on sales. And try to avoid the first nice day of the year because people are most likely going to be out doing things other than yard sale shopping.

Those are just a few tips plus so many more. Everything from planning to pricing to negotiating a sale. It's all in this book. If you are a beginner or even a yard sale pro, this book is great for everyone who loves to sell and have sales. Did you know that the average person has about $7000 worth of stuff that is unused in their home? That's right! That's a lot of money right there. This book can help you take those unused items and turn them into a profit.


You can now grab this book from Amazon to see for yourself the helpful tips it holds. Want an even sweeter deal? Now through May 27, you can get this book for FREE! Yes free! No excuses to not get a copy for yourself. 

5.19.2016

Million Dollar Jewelry Weekend


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I have some exciting news for you all. As some of you know, I am a Jewelry In Candles representative. Team Leader to be exact :) Ok, so I know I didn't have to brag but it's a big deal to me.

I rarely post about my business but I wanted to share with you all an amazing deal that is happening this weekend only {Thursday 5/19 at 11:59pm EST until Sunday 5/22 at 11:59pm EST}. Our Million Dollar Jewelry sale is happening. What's that you ask? Well, I'm about to tell you. 



First, let me tell you a little about what exactly Jewelry In Candles is and why you should get excited about this sale happening. Jewelry In Candles {or also known as JIC} are candles and wax tarts that are 100% natural soy wax products infused with essential oils. They burn clean and safe for your family to breathe in. No fillers or harmful chemicals added. We also sell organic body butters which comes with jewelry as well. So awesome!

Hidden inside our candles and wax tarts is surprise jewelry. But not just any random jewelry. You get to choose the jewelry type. The surprise is what it looks like and what it's actually worth. So you can choose to reveal a necklace, a pair of earrings, or a man/woman's ring and the size as well. How awesome is that? Now you don't have to worry about getting some random ring size that won't fit you. The jewelry inside can be worth anywhere from $10 to thousands of dollars. And inside our Bonus Prize products, you can even win big prizes. Some of the past ones included a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an XBOX One, Playstation 4, big screen tv, gift cards to stores, maid service, free products, and so much more. What other candle can give you that?

I love all the jewelry I have revealed inside my JIC products. Here are two videos I have done of one of my most recent candle and wax tart reveals. So you can see exactly how it works. My daughter loves to help with these. She is the one usually doing the actual reveal as I videotape it. You can check out my other reveals as well on my YouTube channel. 

This is one of my candle necklace reveals:

And also a wax tart men's ring reveal:
As you can see, it's pretty fun to melt down. And not only that, the scents are amazing! I tell you, we have one in every room in our house and it just fills up with amazing scents. I can't go a day without my JIC candles and tarts. Once I tried them, I got hooked. I love every single scent. It's hard to choose just one.
These make amazing gifts as well for guys and girls. That's another reason I love it. I just recently gave a candle as a graduation gift to my friend's son and they both love it so much. Not to mention, he loves his ring he got from it as well.
So with this sale going on this weekend, not only do you get the jewelry inside every candle and wax tart {or it comes in a box with the body butters}, but you will get an additional piece of jewelry with each one. So now you can get at least two pieces of jewelry with every purchase and who knows if yours could be worth a lot of money! 
They have a scent for everyone. And they make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, graduation, baby showers, or just because. I have become obsessed with them. It has over taken my house in a good way. 
So if you are excited and wanting to try one for yourself, or someone else, now is the best time. JIC ships worldwide so anyone in the world can enjoy these awesome products. And I'll even sweeten the deal for you too.
If you want to purcahse any product on my website, I'll give 10% off every single purchase on all regular priced items. Just send me an email at JICCoMo@gmail.com or message me on Facebook and let me know you heard about this sale on my blog and I'll give you the discount at checkout.
Remember, the extra jewelry sale runs from Thursday 5/19 at 11:59pm EST until Sunday 5/22 at 11:59pm EST and the discount is only good through me and my store. So check it out, look around and if you have any questions at all, I'd be happy to answer them.

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5.16.2016

Becoming A Blogger


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Starting up a blog is a big deal. It's exciting, it's fun, it's real. I love blogging. I love connecting with others through my writing as well as my life stories. Blogging has opened up so many new wonders for me. Blogging gives me a place to call my own on the internet, and I love that.

I get asked almost daily, "How do I start a blog, Rebecca?" And I always tell people that it's not as hard as you would think. However, it is a lot of time and dedication. Those are the two biggest components involved when you are first beginning.

I first began my blog back in 2010 with no knowledge what-so-ever of how to blog or what to even do. I knew I loved to write and would write my thoughts and feelings down in an online diary. I thought to myself, "isn't this blogging?" And yes, it really is. I thought if I could do this, I could share my world with the world and find like minded people out there who blogged as well.

Thus began my journey into the blogging world. I spent countless hours researching different types of blogging platforms, how to use HTML coding to make my blog unique and my own. I also found another important thing. Connecting with other bloggers. This was a huge step to becoming a long time blogger. It's hard to be motivated when no one is reading or commenting. But it takes time, and trust me, you will get there. Like I said in the very beginning, it takes a lot of time and dedication. But it's so worth it! At least, it has been for me.

So I'm going to help you with a few blogging secrets to get your blog started.

Step One: What Do You Want To Blog About?
The first step to becoming a blogger is figuring out what your niche is. Are you going to blog about your love for food and become a food blogger? Are you going to talk all about your travels and become a travel blogger? How about a business you run and want to promote it more with a blog? What about making money while blogging? That is very popular these days. Making an income through your blog. Are you an author and just want to share your stories with the world? Are you a crafter and love creating tutorials? Or do you just want to write about your everyday life and share those moments?

There are so many options out there. Sometimes it's hard to just choose one. But if you don't know where you want to start or fit in, that's ok too. Just write down some ideas and see what you come up with the most and you can start with that. I can tell you so many bloggers have changed their style up through the years. I am one of those. It was hard to just keep focus on just one sort of subject matter for me. And that's ok. You don't have to commit to one thing and stick to that. The number one problem bloggers have is they get burnt out and no longer blog. Always blog about what you want to. It's your blog after all. There are no rules on how you should run it. Be you. That's the most important rule. People love reading blog posts from those they feel a connection with or can relate to. You don't have to be fake or make everything 100% unicorns and rainbows. The best bloggers are those that are relatable, friendly, and make connections with each other.

Step Two: Select A Blogging Platform
So once you have decided what you are wanting to blog about, now you need to figure out which platform to house your blog on. There are several options. Some are free, but they are limited to what you can do. And others do require a fee, but you have more control over the content because you own it {where as other platforms own your content published}. So research which one is right for you and what you are the most comfortable with.

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform. It is self hosted meaning that you run the entire blog and all content belongs to you. I'll be showing you how to start up your blog using WordPress and Bluehost together to get your blog started. Bluehost is a great Wordpress hosting site because it is affordable, reliable, and trusted by millions of bloggers.

Go to Bluehost and click on the green "get started now" button to begin your setup.


Step Three: Selecting Your Plan
Choosing the right plan to fit your budget is important. Bluehost offers three affordable plans at this time for bloggers to choose from. Check out which ones suit your needs and budget and choose that one. The Plus plan is the most popular because it gives you more features that will allow your blog to do more. But the Basic plan is also great for those just starting out too. All of them are great to start a blog with. Just choose which one you want to start with and you can always upgrade later if needed. Each one of these also comes with a free domain as well.




Step Four: Decide On A Domain Name
This is the fun part. Giving your blog it's own URL {or Domain name}. This gives your blog it's own identity. You want to make sure it fits your blog and your style. Afterall, it will be your link to give to everyone to stop by and read your posts. You can be as creative as you want. Mine is www.xoxorebecca.com and my blog's name is xoxo Rebecca. It goes together so you will want to make sure you find something that matches well so people can relate the two together.

Once you have thought of a URL choice, make sure you think of a couple of others, just in case your first choice is taken. If this is your first time registering a domain name, you'll choose "new domain".

Step Five: Registering Your Account
The next screen has you fill in all your basic info to register your new account. Bluehost bills the full payment upfront so the best deal is to get the 36 months hosting package. You save more money doing it that way. However, if that is not in your budget, you can select the 12 month package as well.

You will also notice some extras you can add onto your hosting package if you would like to. These aren't all too necessary so you are able to do without them if you wish. However, the one that everyone says is pretty much a must is the Domain Privacy Protection. This helps keep your info safe and secure. 





Once you are finished, hit the blue "Next" button to continue. You will be taken to another screen that will ask if you want any more add ons but you don't have to if you don't feel the need for them. You can skip over those.

Once you are done, congratulations, you have successfully set up hosting for your new blog. Be sure to now check your email for all the important info about log in and password information. Go back to Bluehost and now add in your information to get started. You are now ready to setup and install WordPress.

Step Six: Installing WordPress
Make sure you click on "Install WordPress" to get started. Then go through the steps to apply your new domain to be connected with WordPress.





Once WordPress has been successfully installed, click on "View Credentials" and this will be your infor for your blog. Screen shot these or write them down and keep them in a safe place to remember what they are. And then you are done! You finally have a blog to start up. Once you have completed all the steps, log into WordPress and begin your blogging adventure. 

Now you can start learning your Dashboard and getting familiar with it all. Try a test post to see how to post and insert images. You can also start to play around with the template and theme to make your blog pretty or unique. There are also several sites to help with templates and design if you aren't comfortable doing it yourself. You can choose between many free themes, as well as paid themes. Everything is up to you. This is your site now and there are so many open doors that can come from it.

Welcome to the world of blogging! Enjoy your new blog and the fun blogging has to offer. You will be a pro in no time! Congratulations again!

5.14.2016

Installing A "Back To Top" Button


It seems like you can do just about anything and everything with your blog these days. Some require a lot more time and patience than others. I'm going to share with you an easy way to install those awesome buttons that appear on the side of your blog where users can push it and it sends them right to the top again in a flash.

This is one of my biggest blogging pet peeves. Is when a blog does not have a "scroll to top" button of some sort on it. In fact, it's a pet peeve of mine with any website. I remember a long time ago, Google used to have one and I loved it. Now they don't and it drives me crazy.

It makes it as a reader just so much easier and saves time to be able to hit that button to go back to the top of someone's blog. And now I'm going to give you a very simple way how to install one.

Please note that this process is only for Blogger hosted blogs.

First step is to go to www.blogger.com and sign into your account. Click on Template and then Edit HTML


Click on the HTML and then hit CTRL+F to open up the search feature. In the search bar, type in <head> and hit enter. You will see the <head> highlighted in yellow. Right under that paste the following code:

<script src='http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.0.0/jquery.min.js'/>

Please note that you may already have this code in your template. If you do, you are not required to add it again. If you don't, simply add it and then hit the Save Template button above in orange.


After you have saved that, go back to your Layout tab and click on Add Gadget. Then select the HTML/JavaScript option.



A window will appear and inside that text space, copy and paste the following code.

<!--Smooth Back to Top Button Start-->
<script>
jQuery(document).ready(function() {
var offset = 220;
var duration = 500;
jQuery(window).scroll(function() {
if (jQuery(this).scrollTop() > offset) {
jQuery('.back-to-top').fadeIn(duration);
} else {
jQuery('.back-to-top').fadeOut(duration);
}
});
jQuery('.back-to-top').click(function(event) {
event.preventDefault();
jQuery('html, body').animate({scrollTop: 0}, duration);
return false;
})
});
</script>
<style>
div#page {
max-width: 900px;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
padding: 20px;
}
.back-to-top {
position: fixed;
bottom: 2em;
right: 0px;
text-decoration: none;
color: #000000;
font-size: 12px;
padding: 1em;
display: none;
}
.back-to-top:hover {
text-decoration: none;
}
</style>
<a href="#" class="back-to-top"><img src="http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b505/xrebeccahope/BackToTopButton_bigarrow_zpsvfubvn11.png" alt="Back to Top" / ></a>
<!--Smooth Back to Top Button End-->


Hit Save and you are finished. 

You should see a nice little "Back To Top" button appear on your blog. You are welcome to use the code I have above with the link in green as being the actual image for the button that is defaulted.

If you don't like that one, you can use your own image or replace it with one of these I created. Just replace the code above that's in green text with the image URL.

 

http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b505/xrebeccahope/BackToTopButton_triangle_zpsuxebodkt.png



http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b505/xrebeccahope/BackToTopButton_arrow_zps3laaicdq.png



http://i1289.photobucket.com/albums/b505/xrebeccahope/BackToTopButton_words_zpsrsgyesy1.png


Test out your code now and it should work. Scroll down your blog just a bit and the new button will appear in the lower right hand corner. When you click on it, it should bring you back to the top of the page.

5.12.2016

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP : FEATURED BLOG - EVERYTHING KAYSI


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