How To: Monetize Your Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We all know monetizing your blog is a bit of a touchy subject but one that is always so popular. I debated for a long time about writing this post, but since it was the most asked about question, I've decided to go ahead with it. I don't believe generating money off your blog is a bad thing, but it should never be a priority and you should never compromise your content for money. When you work so hard on your blog and love what you do, it's nice to get a little something in return. The money I do make off my blog, goes towards it to help it grow - design, content, products, etc.

I'm going to list a few ways which are most popular when it comes to monetizing your blog, but I'd like to first point out that these things don't happen overnight. The truth is that not everyone will be able to turn their blog into their income and there is never a guarantee with blogging, so it's not something you should ever depend on.

A Burt's Bees Kind Of Christmas

Monday, November 17, 2014

Considering it's just over a month until Christmas (seriously, when did that happen?) I think it's only right that the Christmas posts begin! YAY. Burts Bee's have always been a brand I go back to, and I love, partly because I find them really familiar and their products are never a let down. Personally, I think their packaging is so so gorgeous. I love the fact that they've kept a kind of traditional, old style jars & tins sort of look. Every year they release lovely Holiday gift kits, which are all kept very affordable with prices under $30. They're a great option for work colleagues, friends and Kris Kringle gifts because they're an amazing value for money. They also cater to men, women & babies.

First up is this adorable Kissable Colour Warm Collection* ($14.95). It comes with a glittery ribbon on it which you can see if you click onto the link (and also makes it all the more adorable) but of course I seem to have misplaced mine.

I absolutely love the colours. They're very warm, brown & pink tones that are just perfect for the Christmas and Winter season. They do have some shimmer in them but really not that noticeable after applying. As always with Burts Bees products, they are so moisturising, again, perfect for the colder months. They do have that traditional Burts Bees scent (if you're not familiar with it, it's quite minty) and leaves a bit of a tingle on the tips. I find them the perfect amount of pigmentation for a lip balm. You really can't go wrong with them, priced at almost $5 each, they're such a bargain!
Next up is Burt's Bees Radiance Day Cream* ($39.95). This has actually become one of my favourite moisturisers to use. It's light-weight and contains royal jelly, an extract that helps enhance skin's natural radiance. It also contains bee pollen to maintain essential moisture, wild cherry bark extract to calm and soothe, and burdock and birch extracts to help minimise the appearance of fine lines. It feels so lovely and nice on the skin and I've been thoroughly enjoying using it in the mornings because it's so refreshing.

The next few products you can buy separately, or in this Best Of Burt's Bees gift kit* ($29.95) which is one of my personal favourites.
This has to be my favourite packaging from the lot. I'm in love with the glass jar & tin lid, it has such a vintage feel to it. Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream* ($19.95) is a product I'm honestly surprised I didn't already own. It's super rich made with all natural ingredients including sweet almond oil and vitamin E to moisturise dry skin, and beeswax to help seal and shield your hands from the elements. It has this really light, sweet scent that reminds me of Summer and I'm in love.
A cult classic, the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream* ($14.95) which is what I now consider a manicure essential. This buttery cream contains Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter to moisturize and soften your cuticles while Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil to nourish brittle nails. I've never used a cuticle cream before this one, and not quite sure how, as it make a huge difference to your nails & cuticles. It has a fresh lemon scent which is just lovely.
Last but not least, Burt's Bees Coconut Food Cream* ($24.95) has definitely won me over. Majority of you would know how Coconut oil has basically taken over the skincare world. There's just so many benefits it's hard to even count. Basically, this Coconut Foot Cream combines coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There's also a hint of rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired feet. It will leave them feeling silky smoooth!

*Products sent to me for consideration. Click here for more information.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm just going to go straight to the point and say this is possibly one of the best hot chocolate recipes ever. A soul-warming, melted Nutella hot chocolate with creamy marshmallows that turn to a thick frothy cream. This hot chocolate is dangerous and you'll probably end up having more than necessary.

The best part is it takes minutes to make. Seriously. It was even easy for me (OK well it was on the second attempt) and I'm someone who should be kept away from kitchen appliances at all times.

Psst. Is anyone else in love with the cat mug?!

 Serves 4 · Recipe from Cafe Delites
- 4 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread (or any hazelnut cacao spread)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons natural sweetener of choice/raw sugar

Optional Toppings:
- Marshmallows
- Crushed hazelnuts
- Chocolate chips
- Extra Nutella

Heat milk in a medium sized saucepan on medium - high heat until beginning to warm and steam. Add the spread, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until dissolved and combined. Bring to a gentle simmer while stirring, and take off heat. Serve with your desired toppings.

Free iPhone Wallpapers

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm that person that is constantly changing my phone background, there's just something about it that makes me feel refreshed. I get bored really easily (I have the attention spam of a puppy) and love having something new and shiny to look at. Here are some super cute iPhone wallpapers I've put together, although, I'm pretty sure they can be used for Android as well! Just click the iPhone with the background you like & save the image onto your phone. I hope you're all enjoying your week!

Currently Trending: Pineapples

Monday, November 10, 2014

 You might have noticed Pineapples have become a developing micro trend over the past couple months and have made their way into our households, not only as fruit, but decor. Everything from pineapple ice cube trays to lamps. Personally, I can't get enough! I think they're so cute & the perfect home accessory, especially as Summer begins to approach us (on this side of the world, anyway!). This tropical fruit blends into almost any home style or theme!

Life Lately

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Thursday night in  · Europe travels  · First Christmas purchases  · Breakfast in bed on a Monday  · After a long day  · My new favourite (very dramatic) lashes  · A gorgeous, generous delivery from Chapstick  · Christmas displays in Myer  · The best fake tan that ever existed

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It's been a while since I did a bit of a life update & more personal post. I just want to say thank you to all of you guys because The Sunday Chapter reached over 400 Bloglovin' followers this week! Apart from that, there's been quite a few things happening lately.

After months of planning, I finally booked my Europe 2015 holiday. I'll be visiting London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, the Greek Islands (Ios, Mykonos & Santorini), Croatia (by doing a sail from Dubrovnik to Split) and then attending Ultra music festival in Split. I'll be gone from the beginning of June to near the end of July, and I can't wait to post about my adventures here & share them with you all.

I am SO EXCITED about all the Christmas festivities to come. It's starting to feel more like Christmas everyday and I really can't wait until December hits. Does anybody else love the lead up to Christmas more than Christmas day? or is that just me?

I've also developed a serious candle obsession. I literally cannot stop buying candles. I've already got my eye on the Christmas Cookie & Celebrate Christmas Yankee candles. Send help.

Things To Keep In Mind

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

 ♥ Do what makes you happy. It's pretty self explanatory, but it's something everyone always seems to forget. It's okay to treat yourself - to some ice cream or to pizza. Appreciate the little things. One of the happiest moments in life is when you stop holding onto what hurts and move onto making room for what feels good. If you're not happy, change it.

Don't surround yourself with people who bring you down. Sometimes, you might not even know it's happening. The people you surround yourself with affect how you think about yourself. Be friends with people who are supportive, kind and only lift you higher. Only small people will try the belittle your ambitions.

Stop comparing yourself. I'm sure the majority of us are guilty of this. Focus on your own strengths, count your blessings and be OK with imperfection. Real life doesn't have an airbrush tool or a filter. You have nothing to gain when you compare yourself to someone else. Social media allows people to show the best parts of their life, but no one is perfect.

Compliment people. A small act of kindness could make someones day. Even if you're having a bay day, treat the world better than it treated you. Everyone has their own struggles so be kind to everyone, including yourself. Nobody knows how much anybody else is hurting.

Be yourself. In a world where everyone is trying to be like everyone else, it's not easy to do for a lot of us. Sometimes you have to remind yourself it's okay to not do what everyone else is doing. If you'd rather stay home alone with good old Ben & Jerry's on a Saturday night, then that's totally cool.

It's okay not to be okay. It's okay to not know where you're heading in life or what you want to do, tomorrow or in 5 years. It's okay to feel so alone that the world is going to close in on you. To be sad or mad. To cry at nothing. And cry a lot. You'll find your feet again.

Photo: make life eaiser

November Wishlist

Monday, November 3, 2014

My obsession with bralettes continue with this gorgeous Lace Mesh Bralette, however this one seems almost impossible to get as Nordstorm doesn't ship to Australia & the black is sold out (cries). I'm in love with this Isabel Marant New Day Brass necklace and luckily enough it just came back in stock. As much as I love the Me&Ro Moon necklace, it seems a bit more out of reach and something that's going to be on my wish list for a long, long time. 

I cheated and already bought this little sugar skull key ring hoping it will stop me from losing my keys everyday (if not, at least it'll look cute hey?). Unfortunately, since every living plant around me dies, I thought I'd invest in some paper succulents (1, 2) for my bedside table. Also from Typo, this owl mug is too adorable not to be in my life.

As Summer is approaching that means Summer drinks, and you have to admit, it'd be pretty cool to serve pineapple ice cubes in those drinks (is anyone else developing a Pineapple obsession too?). I saw this floral wallet in store (note: there is also a matching planner (!!) and fell in love with the print. It's so perfect for Spring! I'll let you guys in on a secret, I have never tried Topshop makeup. I don't even know why, I've just not got around to buying any but this wont be the case for long. I've had my eye on their Chubby liner & Lip Bullet Lipstick in Double Rainbow. Has anyone tried them?

Next on the list is this amazing Moschino iPhone 5 case that I absolutely want need in my life. The only thing is I'm on a waiting list to get an iPhone 6 so fingers crossed there will be a case released for it too! Yet another item from Typo (really loving their new releases!) is this Mason Jar candle. It comes in lots of colours but I thought this colour was especially pretty. Lastly is Topshop's Window Pane Pelmet Skirt. There's not much more I love than a monochrome outfit!

What's on your November wish list?

Lush Inspired DIY Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Saturday, November 1, 2014

This is a post I've been so excited to share with you guys, especially because I know like myself, a lot of you are fans of the store Lush. I recently did a bit of haul and came across their Bubblegum Lip Scrub which smells AMAZING. Seriously. The bad thing is, it didn't last that long for me & I don't have a local Lush store, so I thought I'd look into the ingredients & make one for myself!

According to their website, the Lip scrub consists of Castor Sugar, Jojoba Oil, Methyl Ionone (which is what gives it the bubblegum flavour) & food colouring to turn it pink. I'm sure you're all very happy to know that with just a few of the ingredients tweaked, the lip scrub turned out pretty much identical to the Lush one! It was incredibly easy to make and will save you money!

Here's what you'll need (makes 5):
- 3 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Jojoba or Olive Oil
- 2 Drops of Bubblegum Extract (can be found online or craft stores)
- 3 Drops of Pink Food Colouring
- Empty Lip Balm containers (either from craft stores, $2 stores or online)

Place all your ingredients into a bowl and mix. Pop them into the empty lip balm containers and you're DONE! Easy as that. :)

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