Essential WordPress Plugins for the Genesis Framework

This post includes affiliate links which help support Far Beyond Love. I have mad love for the Genesis Framework. In fact, I only recommend Wordpress themes that are built using it. I've made the mistake of using Wordpress themes that were not built using Genesis and let me tell you, that's a huge mistake that you don't want to make. My load time was slower, I ran into a lot of compatibility issues, and I found myself having to go in and edit the actual theme or design code if I wanted to make simple changes. In the early days, before I had … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning: 10 Things To Do For Your Finances

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. Unless you filed for an extension, by now you should have filed your taxes and the early birds among you may have already received your tax refund (assuming you didn't owe, of course). Brandon and I received our tax refund back in February because we were really early birds this year. I was hyper-diligent about tracking finances in 2016 because 2015 was a mess. In 2015, I had serious issues when it came to filing taxes. It was the first year I'd made any kind of real … [Read more...]

WWII Novels Worth Reading

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. I have a bit of an obsession with WWII novels. I'm not sure when it started and I didn't notice it until a co-worker told me that every book I talk about takes place during war. She is Buddhist and said that because her beliefs focus on peaceful things she avoided filling her mind with negativity, especially as entertainment. Novels that took place during war was negativity to her so she avoided them, that's how she noticed that all of my favorites were books she … [Read more...]

6 Tailwind Tribes That Helped Me Grow My Blog

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. I felt so late to the Tailwind party when I first joined the platform about a month or so ago. I'd been hearing about it for almost a year but never bothered to sign up for it because I was already over-extended on my blog expense budget and the last thing I wanted to do was add one more item to the list. I'd been going through a stage of purging items and paying for fewer subscriptions so the idea of paying for Tailwind didn't make sense. I kept putting it … [Read more...]

How to Save Money Dining Out (Without Being an Ass)

There's a big difference between being frugal and being cheap (there is also a huge difference between being cheap and being a complete ass). Do y'all remember that story  that went viral about the couple that put five $1 bills on the table and took a dollar away if the server disappointed them? Whether the story was true or not, the whole concept turns my stomach. That story combined with the stories of people not tipping their server for one of dozens of other stupid reasons irritates me so much because if you can't afford to … [Read more...]

MailChimp vs ConvertKit – Which One is Right For You?

This post includes affiliate links which help support and maintain FBL. One of the most popular pieces of advice floating around online for bloggers is to build your email list. There are thousands (millions?) of articles about how to build your list, what to create as an opt-in offer, how often to communicate with your list, and how to create a sales funnel to milk every possible penny out of your subscribers. There are also raging debates over which platform you should sign up for in order to maximize your list and create the best … [Read more...]

Brawny Reminds Women That #StrengthHasNoGender

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StrengthHasNoGender #CollectiveBias I am so excited to be teaming up with Brawny today to talk about strong women! They recently changed up their iconic branding (for a limited time) to showcase a strong woman on the front of the exclusive to Walmart, limited-edition Strength Has No Gender™ pack as part of their new #StrengthHasNoGender campaign. The Strength Has No Gender™ campaign is highlighting inspirational stories of … [Read more...]

My Top Time Management Tips for Achieving Balance

This post includes affiliate links. Thank you for supporting the brands that support FBL. A lot of people ask me how I find the time to work a full-time outside the home career, manage my blog and social media accounts, and commit to my marriage in the way it seems I do. I know it sounds like a lot (and it is) but it's doable. I spent about a year trying different time management tips I read in books or online until I found systems and schedules that work for us. Sure, there were plenty of days when I've felt overwhelmed by … [Read more...]