My Favorite FREE Resources for Bloggers

Hey y’all!

If you are just starting out as a blogger or need a little content pick me up, this post is for you! When I started blogging years ago, I remember feeling lost and didn’t know the first place to start. With a few years under my belt and some good advice from others, I have a learned a few great tips for blogging and content creating!

+ Free Stock Photos

There are a lot of great websites to find good quality stock photos that are royalty free, meaning you can use them without paying for them. My go-to websites for free stock photos are Unsplash and Pixabay. I use Pixabay for vector images and illustrations to give posts a little pop of color and something fun. Unsplash has a lot of really good photos and the quality is A+! I have seen some bloggers use images from Unsplash to fill in content gaps on Instagram and while that’s not really my personal style, Unsplash’s high caliber photos look great on all social media.

Tip: make sure you know where you are allowed to use images! Different websites have different rules!

 

+ Editing Websites & Apps

So you are ready to make your own Instagram stories but you aren’t sure where to find free templates that actually look good. Look no further- I gotchu! My top two websites for templates, banners, and a bunch of other projects are Canva and Crello! Canva is what I used from day one and their styles and options have only gotten better. They do have a paid premium subscription option but I still use my free account! I utilize Canva for my Facebook and Instagram stories, post templates, making fun social media quizzes, a a lot more!

Crello also has a paid membership option available but the free account has a lot of access to editing tools and templates. If I can’t find something I like on Canva, I’ll jump on Crello and check out what they have. Their animated post options are really cute and I have used those for a few different posts. If you check out Crello, I recommend looking at their templates for Instagram video stories!

 

+ Photo Editing

Girl, yes throw the filter on that photo! I never used to use filters and sister, let me tell you- filters change the entire game! If you have some dark light, the right filter is going to light everything up and smooth it all over.

VSCO (yes, like the VSCO girl stereotype!) is a wonderful free app for filters that do the job. However, the number of filters is limited for the free version! There are currently 10 filters available for free, but if you want to invest on a paid membership, it is $20 for a full year and that allows complete access to the app and editing tools.

Snapseed is the other app I use! I haven’t played around with it a lot but it is a good resource for editing! I learned most of how it worked by sitting down and trying out all of the options and going by trial and error, but that’s also how I learn best. I’m sure there are other apps out there that are better but Snapped is free so I can’t complain!

 

+ Join Facebook Groups and Instagram Pods!

Facebook groups for bloggers are a fun way to make friends, get some of your blog posts views, and to expand your blog’s followers. It’s completely free to join groups on Facebook and I promise you that you are going to find people you will click with!

Instagram pods/messaging groups are another way to get engagement on your posts, plus you can interact with new and upcoming bloggers or influencers. Supporting fellow bloggers is an awesome way to get out there!

I hope that some of these tips may have helped you and given you some ideas to get started on your blog! Drop your blog links down below! I would love to read some of your posts and support you!

Until next time,

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Conserving & Living Cleaner

Hi, friends!

If you haven’t seen on my Instagram lately, I’m starting something new and fun that I have wanted to do for a while now and I think now is the time to do it! Conservation is something I have always cared about and it is something that we can all do. It sounds daunting and believe me, I thought it was too! An easy thing to remember is that conserving starts at home. It is a great step to take and you will feel great because you have made the decision to live a little greener and you are helping eliminate waste! Recycling is a great key in conservation, so let’s start there!

Think of a few things that you may use daily: plastic straws, cotton rounds, a plastic toothbrush. Those are things that I use almost daily and there are products that I can replace them with that aren’t as harsh on the environment. This month(or in the next month, depending on how that works out) I plan on switching over to a bamboo toothbrush that is biodegradable, buying stainless steel reusable straws, and getting a big pack of reusable, washable cotton cloth rounds. Another great thing to do is to buy reusable grocery bags and take them with you when you go shopping. I have two of them right now and I need to stock up on them. Any plastic bags that I do get from the store go back to them so they can be recycled. Replacing those items are really affordable and very simple to do! Etsy is my go-to for all of these and I will put links in the bottom of the post!

If you are like me and you buy a water bottle almost every time you go to the store (hi, Oklahoma hot summers. I’m looking at you!), then a good idea to replace those plastic bottles is to buy a filtered water bottle that is reusable. Brita has a lot of bottles to choose from and the basic blue one is under $10! Note: you will have to buy replacement filters every two months (or after 40 gallons). I plan on buying one of these the next time I go to the store! Where I live, there aren’t any recycling centers to go to. It is a problem, but there are a few solutions to recycling if you don’t have a recycle center!

  1. Find out if you local grocery store (Walmart or Target, mainly) has a spot to put recycled items! The Walmart near me has bins to recycle plastic bags, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.
  2. For aluminum cans, see if there is a salvage center near you. I take my crushed aluminum cans to my local salvage center and I get money back from the soda cans!
  3. Save all of your recycled items and then take them with you when you go to a bigger city!

After seeing someone pull out a plastic straw out of sea turtle’s nose, I don’t like using plastic straws. They go in the trash and for a lot of people (myself included), there is no afterthought of what happens after the garbage man picks it up. By using stainless steel reusable straws, I don’t have to worry about using plastic straws. They are also really affordable to use! Again, check Etsy! Buying there supports smaller shops and there are so many great products on there!

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If you want another great way to support conservation efforts, go online and look at shops that sell products and donate proceeds to charities! Pura Vida is one of my favorite brands that gives back and you can buy bracelets that are part of their charity collection and part of your payment goes towards charity. I recently purchased a bracelet that helps donate money to saving sea turtles. I can’t go physically help with sea turtle conservation (and believe me, I have looked!) but I can help by donating! It may not seem like a lot, but every bit helps! Once my Pura Vida order comes in, I will be doing a post on the two bracelets and the anklet I got and what charities they will be helping!

This is going to be a new theme to Glitz and Glitter, especially on my Instagram. I think more awareness needs to be brought to conservation and recycling, and we can all do our part! I’m also going to put links to different resources down below so you can know more!

Happy trails, babes!

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Etsy links: 

Stainless steal straws
Cloth cotton rounds
Bamboo toothbrush
Cloth wipes
Reusable cloth grocery bag
Mesh produce bags

Walmart:
Brita water bottle

Sea Turtle Conservancy 

Conservation.org

Conservation.org also has a page with a lot of tips on how to live green! Link here!

 

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