This Could Be Killing You & You Have No Idea...

30 January 2013

My dearest friends. Today I want to share something very near and dear to my heart. Lyme Disease Awareness. I know this is a long post, but if this reaches one person and saves their life, then it was worth it (:

Some of you may have heard of Lyme Disease before. A few of you may actually know someone who has Lyme Disease or has struggled with it in the past. Stars (like Candice from Vampire Diaries) and athletes are beginning to step up and use their popularity to spread awareness for the disease.

I had Lyme Disease. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through in my life. I was actually bitten by a tick when I was in my Sophomore year of college. At the time, no doctors knew what was going on with me. I actually didn't even know I had been bitten. Most people think you will always see a 'bullseye' looking rash where you got the bite. That's not always true. And what if the tick bites your scalp so you can't see the skin? Do you see how small these ticks are? The little one is a nymph (baby). This is why these ticks are so hard to notice.

Well I started having severe neck pain, migraines, extreme fatigue and all sorts of other problems. When the doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong, they said I was just stressed out and put me on high doses of anxiety medicine. The medicine was scary and so I eventually just stopped taking it.

I went three years without knowing what was wrong with me. By that time, I had started to get joint pain and I could barely stay awake more than 4 hours at a time. I had so many weird symptoms, but the strangest thing is that they would always come and go and jump around my body. Everyone thought I was just a hypochondriac. Eventually a friend suggested that I might have Lyme Disease. After forcing doctors to give me three different diagnostic tests, I found out that Lyme is what was making me so sick.

I won't go into all the details, but going through treatment was horrible. I was on high doses of oral antibiotics and I eventually had to have a PICC line put into my arm so I could take other antibiotics through an IV. I lost almost all of my friends. Everyone would rather go out to bars than sit inside and watch movies with a sick girl. It came to the point where I felt like I only had God and my family. It was a really low point in my life. I finally was able to end treatment after 10 months.

I am so blessed to be able to say that I am ::hopefully:: free of Lyme Disease. At this point there is no test to tell you if you've gotten rid of it, but they say if you can go 6 months symptom free without antibiotics, you should be out of the woods. It's been 2 years for me.

What I want to share more than anything else, is the symptoms that Lyme Disease has. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of people are walking around with Lyme everyday and don't even know they have it.

What's crazier is that Lyme Disease is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Interstitial Cystis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Fifth Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, scleroderma, lupus, early ALS, early Alzheimer’s, crohn's disease, ménières syndrome, sjogren's syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, prostatitis, psychiatric disorders, bipolar, depression, encephalitis, sleep disorders, thyroid disease - just to mention a few of 350 diseases that could possibly be Lyme.

The Alzheimer's is what really got to me and my family. Over 5 of my relatives have died from Alzheimer's in the last 10 years. They did a study on 10 Alzheimer's patients brains from the Harvard Brain Bank after these patients had passed away...they discovered Lyme Disease in 7 of them. If any of my family had Lyme Disease (misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's), all they would have needed was antibiotics and they could have gotten better. We will never know because we didn't even think to have them tested.

If you take one thing away from this, please just take a look at the list of symptoms below. If you ever hear anyone complain of strange random symptoms or they feel like a crazy person because no one believes they are sick, tell them to get tested. You might just save their life!

If Lyme Disease is not caught quick enough, it can kill you or leave you severely mentally and physically handicapped.

I know this list is long - but that's the point. I wish someone had shown me this when I was first bitten. It would have saved me 3 years of pain and thousand and thousands of dollars.

Thank you my dear friends for taking the time to let me share my story (:

Various Symptoms of Lyme Disease

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Let's Get Our Creep On...

30 January 2013

So a lot of you saw my comments about this super creepy website that is oh-so-cool.

Well, that website is StatCounter.

StatCounter does way more than your Blogger dashboard or Google Analytics ever could.
Some of it seems borderline stalker-ish, but I love it!

It's basically your blog's statistics on steroids.
Let me show you.
(most of these images aren't my own, but from google)



When you first log on, this is what you will see. You'll notice all the items you can change to customize your dashboard to show exactly what info and time period you're wanting to look at.

This is pretty basic, but I've found it to be really accurate.

On the left hand sidebar, you'll notice about 25 different options of what level of detail you can view from your blog.
Now, it may seem overwhelming.
So I'm going to just let you know which are the creepiest coolest to use while you get used to it.

Top 3:
Entry Pages
Exit Links
Visitor Paths

Entry Pages: Click on Entry Pages and you'll see a list of how people are stumbling onto your blog. Click one of the small hourglasses to get more detail. You'll notice more menu options drop down under "Entry Pages". My favorite thing to click on is "Came From". You can see how people came to your blog.

Exit Links: This shows how amazing putting links in your post body actually works! If you click on Exit Links, you can see what people click on to leave your site. Today, in the past 3 hours, it says that 14 people left my site through clicking on my In-Post Sponsor! Heck Yeah!

Visitor Paths: The creepiest of the creepy....

Yes, you can see EXACTLY what people are doing on your blog.
Like step by step.
You can see who their internet provider is, their IP Address, where in the world they are stalking you from, and basically a second by second play by play around your lovely blog.

Above is me...on my own blog. So you can see your path as well.

There are a TON more things that StatCounter can do, but I highly suggest signing up!
It's free!
It even shows you things like what words people use to find you on search engines and you can narrow down to see who is your biggest referring sites!

It's a great way to monitor whether advertising you are providing on your blog or Ads you are purchasing on another site are doing their job (:

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Tookies {Review & Giveaway}

29 January 2013

I am here today to share an Etsy Shoppe that is very near and dear to my heart.

Tookies is a gourmet delectables shoppe that sells the most scrumptious desserts you will ever find.
The shop owner, Julie, has a blog as well.

She has been an incredible blessing to me since my early days of blogging and also has supported me through all my ups and downs.

Today (just in time for Valentine's Day!) I want to make you drool.

Tookies creates desserts like you've never seen.

One of the things I love most about the shoppe is the little details they include in every order.

I opened my box to find this heartfelt note about Tookies and a little personal note to me.

Now let the drooling begin:
Up top is the Kickin' Key Lime Jar Cake.
Ryan got mad at me because he said I stole more frosting. It was SO amazing, and that's coming from a Florida girl who's never really liked key lime pie. My only criticism: I wish there was more frosting!! Now there was a lot, but I could have eaten a jar of frosting alone!

On the bottom is the Sinnie Bun Bar Jar.
Now I have been very frank with the fact that I don't like cinnamon rolls.
You pop this little jar in the microwave and dig in.
It is like a sin in your mouth.
This was not nauseating at all - in fact, I couldn't stop eating it...

Let's just say this lasted about 5 seconds between Ryan & I.

Next came two little packages.

A container of cream cheese buttercreme....

And another adorable box filled with Perfectly Pumpkin cookies.

Tookies sends them to you separate so they don't get mushy in the mail.
When you put the two together you get:

Another heavenly dessert.
I worried about sending baked goods through the mail, but Tookies packages them so well and even sends instructions on how to keep everything fresh!

These were moist and perfection!
I had a serious pumpkin kick in the Fall, so I loved getting a little taste of that even though Winter is almost gone.

Lastly, I got one of the infamous Gourmet Marshmallows!

Now, not to brag, but a little birdy told me that I actually inspired this flavor from a cupcake I had at my wedding.

It was so special to hear that and also get to try them for myself!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, these are a MUST HAVE treat for the special people in your life! They make awesome gifts for significant others, co-workers, teachers...or even yourself!

Tookies has a HUGE sale going on this week for their Valentine's Day items!
They are offering 25% off!!!

They also are offering 15% off any item or order to you guys! Just use the code:


So that means - you can get 35% off any of the Valentine's Day items!!!


Tookies is kind enough to offer one of my readers $20 to their shoppe!
All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

This contest will run from 1/29 - 1/31 midnight EST.
It is open to US Residents.

Thank you again Tookies (and Julie) for being such a blessing to me!

*I was given these treats as a gift to review. No other compensation was provided. These opinions are solely my own and are not influenced by anything other than my love for delicious desserts.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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I Wanna Know.. {Week 7}

29 January 2013

I had a great response to my post a few months ago.

I basically opened the floor and gave you guys a chance to ask me ANYTHING.
When I say anything, I mean anything! Blogging, marriage, army, crafting, shopping...

I'd love for you to submit a question for me to answer & for you to be featured next week!!!
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Alright! Week #7! I plan to answer a few questions a week and will try to include both blogging & personal questions. 

Question #1: You have a niche: army wife & cara box. What are your suggestions for us bloggers who are just starting out & don't have a specific niche? How do you get traffic without one?

Hi Marci! So I have a lot of women ask me this. Most importantly, look at who you are and why you blog. Try to find something within that, that makes you "unique". I LOVE my Birchbox's every month. I love to encourage and help bloggers grow. I put those two things together to create the Cara Box Exchange. Now, I didn't ask to become an Army Wife lol. Ryan created that niche for me. But it is an interesting life situation that I have found myself in and I've loved meeting other military wives through that part of my blog. You can gain traffic from all sorts of things. Participating in Blog Hops is a big one! And sometimes the best Blog Hops for you, personally, will be the ones that pertain to a niche you are in. Mommy Bloggers, Foodies, Newlyweds, etc.
The most important thing is to stay true to who you are and why you blog. I know you and I know that you're going to be a new mommy! You can use that to create a special link up or something else similar on your own blog to draw in other new moms! Things like that are how I've come up with some of my ideas in the past.

Question #2: How many times do you make a recipe before you take pictures and blog about it?

I get asked about my recipes frequently. I make up almost all my recipes. If I get inspiration from someone else's recipe, you'll see that noted in the post. For the recipes I do create - sometimes they make it to the blog in the first try, sometimes I re-make them a few times...sometimes you guys never see some of my kitchen disasters.
Once you get more comfortable in the kitchen, you start to know what flavors taste well together, what works and what does not. It doesn't mean I have things down perfect, but 95% of my recipes now make it in the first try.
A huge secret of mine: Always take pictures of your food the next day or in natural lighting. Most of us make dinner after it's already dark out. DO NOT use indoor lighting in your kitchen or a flash! Going outside or using the light from a window will make your food look 1,000 times better! And I've found that cold food photographs better. So all those pictures of scrumptious dinners you see on Wifessionals? They usually are taken freezing cold at 10am the next morning (:

Question #3: How have your sponsors done in regards to increased followers in the past?

Hey Melissa! Honestly, this is a question that you would probably have to ask my past sponsors about. When I was a smaller blog, I basically just had the bare minimum when it came to sponsors. Now that I've grown, I offer a TON more and hopefully, my sponsors have gained from that. I offer V-Blate Workshops (where I help you fine tune your blog, help you create a plan to grow, and answer ANY questions you may have), HUGE monthly giveaways, spotlight posts on your blog and social media shoutouts. Now I know you and Lisette gained a ton from the V-Blate Workshop we had, even though you guys weren't sponsors. I think all of my sponsors would agree that my giveaways give them the most bang for their buck as far as gained followers.
I don't see my sponsors as dollar signs, I see them as friends. A few ladies who started off as sponsors and grew into some of my sweetest friends are Hallie, Ashley, Julie, and Carolynn. I would email them personally if you want to know about their experience sponsoring Wifessionals (:

Question #4: Ultimately, why did you begin blogging...and lets face it, how much do you love it!?

Hi Becca! I started blogging because Ryan and I packed up and moved to Arizona one week after we got married. We were in the middle of nowhere. I wanted to start blogging to keep my friends and family in the loop and to make some new friends. As Ryan puts it, "You were lonely and bored as hell." Well, yes I was. I absolutely LOVE the blogging community. While there are positives and negatives to everything, the positives that I've gained through starting Wifessionals far outweighs the bad. I adore all of the amazing women that I've met. It has opened my eyes to so many different walks of life. I've been blessed to learn from girls who I would have never had the chance to meet, if it wasn't for being a blogger. My encouragement to all of you is to cherish the friendships you make through your blog, always encourage each other, and never walk on others to get ahead. Even if you are a brand new blogger, if you follow that advice you will find yourself with some of the closest friends you have ever had (:

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing some of your questions answered! I'll be back next Tuesday with more!

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January Cara Box Reveal {Link Up}

28 January 2013

It's time to fess up!
Have you been following your New Year's Resolutions?!

Today is the day for all of the lovely ladies who participated in this month's Cara Box Exchange to reveal their amazing boxes!

If you want to know more about the Cara Box Exchange, click on the tab at the top of my blog (:

January's theme was "Resolutions".
Everyone was supposed to get to know their partners and create a box that would encourage each other to follow the Resolutions they made for themselves.

My beautiful partners were Colby & Melissa.
I got to know Colby and sent her a box (you can visit her blog to see what I sent her!)
Melissa got to know me and created a special package to keep me in line with the promises I made to myself.

I was SO excited to rip open my box. I basically gave Melissa a whole list of Resolutions so I had no idea what she chose to include!

For My "Start Running" Resolution: "An armband for your iPhone so you can run & jam simultaneously, gum so you don't get dry mouth, hair ties to keep those lovely locks out of your face, chapstick to prevent windburn, and a running magazine with beginner's tips!"

For My Healthy Eating Goals: The BEST marinade ever, snacks and some healthy handwritten recipes.

For My "Keep The Honeymoon Stage" Resolution: A homemade date jar.

Ok, so I could not believe how thoughtful Melissa was. She made this jar and attached a note that says:

Red: $$ & Planning
Yellow: $
Blue: At Home Dates

She came up with SO many creative and fun ideas.

I loved my box!!!
Getting to know Melissa was such a blessing. I got to video chat her twice and I am so glad that we are now closer bloggy friends. She put so much love and energy into encouraging me and sending me this package.

So what did you get in your box?!
Link up below and show off your resolutions!!!
Keep an eye out for the February Cara Box announcement on February 1st - it's going to be an AWESOME theme (:

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Turkey Sausage & Cranberry Quinoa {Clean Eating}

24 January 2013

Oh lawdy.

Quinoa is a power grain. It's packed with protein and is extremely versatile.
First off, quinoa is pronounced:




It's ok, I walked around saying it wrong until I actually tried it a few years back.
Well, I've been making some "clean" recipes.

I will be eating this at least twice a month now. It was SO good.

Because we aren't "clean" fanatics, I added some feta cheese to it, but it was delicious before mixing it in, so you can totally leave it out.

Turkey Sausage & Cranberry Quinoa

serves 2-3

16oz turkey sausage
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt (can leave out & salt to taste if you prefer)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped onions (I used frozen)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup juice sweetened, dried cranberries
2 tsp ground sage
1/2 cup feta cheese (optional)

1// Rinse quinoa. In a small mesh strainer or large cup, stir quinoa vigorously for 2 minutes while running under water or immersed in water. Drain. This is VERY important and will get rid of the bitter or "soapy" taste.

2// Place drained quinoa in a saucepan over high heat. Drizzle with a little olive oil and stir constantly to get the majority of water to burn off - about 2-3 minutes.

3// Pour unsweetened almond milk, pepper, salt, & cinnamon in with the quinoa and stir. I used vanilla unsweetened and it was delicious. Bring to a rolling boil.

4// Boil quinoa for 5 minutes uncovered. Then cover and turn the heat down to low. Cook for 20 minutes.

5// In the meantime, brown turkey sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Once browned, pour into a bowl and set aside. In the sausage drippings, sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent.

6// Turn the heat down to medium low. Add in the sausage, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cranberries and sage. Keep warm until quinoa is done.

7// Once 20 minutes has passed, keep quinoa covered and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes covered and then fluff with a fork.

8// Stir in the sausage mixture and add feta cheese if desired.

This turned out to be so good and the leftovers were just as fabulous. The almond milk gives the quinoa a creamier texture, so this tastes more like a risotto.


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I Wanna Know...{Week 6}

22 January 2013

I had a great response to my post a few months back.

I basically opened the floor and gave you guys a chance to ask me ANYTHING.
When I say anything, I mean anything! Blogging, marriage, army, crafting, shopping...

I'd love for you to submit a question for me to answer & for you to be featured next week!!!

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I can't believe we're on Week #6! I plan to answer a few questions a week and will try to include both blogging & personal questions.

Question #1: What type of camera do you use for your posts?

Hey Lady! The type of camera I use is a Nikon D5000. I received it from my parents as a graduation gift from college. I never really used it until I started blogging!

With that said, you don't have to have a fancy camera to take great pictures! iPhones and point n' shoots work great as well! A few words of advice: Avoid flash wherever possible! Try to use outdoor or natural lighting. Use editing and collage Apps when using a phone! Great filters and layouts can do so much for your pictures! Lastly, get creative. Use different backdrops and take pictures in different areas (:

Question #2: How do you use social media to effectively promote your blog? Especially Twitter? I'm totally Twitter challenged!

Great question! I hear a lot of girls say: "When I get this many followers I'll start using social media..." I shake my head. This is such a mistake! I wrote a really great post about How To Grow Your Blog Easily. I talked about a lot of tips and tricks - one of them being social media. I went a few months without it and I really regret it. It seemed daunting and I didn't want to make a separate account on all those sites for Wifessionals. But then I bit the bullet. If you want to grow and connect with your readers, you need to hop on the social media bandwagon. Now I'm not one of those bloggers who tweets every 5 minutes...I guess you could say I'm Twitter challenged too...however, Twitter ::especially:: has helped me in growing my relationship with readers. A tweet is an easy thing to respond to. It comes right to my phone and it's a short response back. Twitter has definitely grown to be my favorite source of social media and it continues to help my blog grow on a daily basis. If you are overwhelmed by social media, start small. I would suggest investing in these types in this order as you get comfortable: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. I don't like my Facebook page all that much, but it always updates with my newest post. I know a lot of bloggers love Facebook because they can quickly see when you post new things on their personal news feed. I LOVE Instagram because I like seeing everyone in "real life". Pinterest is a great way to share recipes and tutorials from your blog with the rest of the world. Pinterest is easy to manage if you install a Pinterest button on your posts and pictures!

Question #3: How do you handle cooking for just the two of you?

Hi Ashley! Truth be told, I'm usually cooking for 4-6...because Ryan eats like a beast lol. I usually make enough for dinner and there's a little bit left over for me to eat lunch the next day or to put in Ryan's lunch. Some nights I do only cook for two portions though. Especially if we are leaving town the next day or I don't want leftovers.

Recipes usually do very well when scaled down. If it says it will feed four, cut everything in half so it will feed just you two! Another great thing about making extra is a ton of dinners freeze well. I will make extra and then freeze half so one night when I don't feel like cooking there is already something prepared - I just warm it up! You can find an excellent list of foods and meals that freeze well here. They also tell you the best way to freeze them!

Question #4: What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Hey Brandi! My hands down favorite thing about blogging is all of you! I recently had a V-Blate with Brandi and I know we all talked about this a ton. I LOVE my bloggy friends. I started blogging because as Ryan puts it, "You were bored as hell and lonely!" We lived in the middle of nowhere Arizona and I just missed getting to talk to and see my girlfriends. So I started Wifessionals. And now I have a huge amount of girls I would call my "real friends". These women know my secrets, have laughed with me or skyped me when I'm crying. I feel silly saying it, but I've heard a lot of bloggers agree: My blog friends are better friends to me than a lot of girls I've met in "real life". Is that weird? I don't think so. Blogging let's us choose who we want to bring into our lives. I think we find blogs we love based on who and what we relate to. These girls feel like such great friends because we pick out women, get to know them and bond. Then if you meet in real life, you feel like you've known each other forever. If you have ever had a "blate", I'm sure you can relate to this. The community I've found through Wifessionals is by far my most favoritist thing! (I know favoritist is not a word but I like it)

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing some of your questions answered! I'll be back next Tuesday with more!

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Cashew Chicken {Clean Eating}

18 January 2013

Clean Eating.
It's all the rage.

I'm personally only temporarily eating clean for a cleanse. We'll call it a trial period. If I love it I may stick around.

Well, in my adventures through clean eating I have made some truly delicious meals.
This chicken is one of them.
It's probably the most flavorful chicken I have made in quite some time.

I added salt directly into the spices, but you hardcore clean eaters can just add it after you bake it - to taste.


Cashew Chicken

2 large boneless chicken breasts, cut in half
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
Salt, to taste or add 1/2 teaspoon into the spice mixture

1// Preheat your oven to 360 degrees.
2// Place all spices in a bowl and mix.
3// Spread olive oil in the bottom of a glass baking dish so there is a thin coating. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the dish.
4// Sprinkle half of the lemon juice on the breasts and then half of the spice mixture.
5//Flip the breasts and repeat with remaining lemon juice and spices.
6// Evenly place the chopped cashews on top of the breasts. Sprinkle with a little more of each spice if you would like (I did!)
7// Cover the baking dish with foil and place in the oven.
8// Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear.
9// Plate the chicken and top with the juices and cashews that remain in the pan.

{adapted from here}

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Create A Customized Hovering Pinterest Button

16 January 2013

You may have noticed over the past week that there is a new addition on the blog!

Now, whenever you hover your mouse over a picture in a Wifessionals' post, a Pinterest button appears.

I tried many different "Pin It" options for the blog, but this was, by far, my favorite. It's clean looking and only appears when you hover. That means there aren't 1,000 "Pin It" buttons everywhere.

A lot of you emailed me when you noticed the change, asking me to explain how I did this.
You ask, I answer!

The Button

Go to your Blogger dashboard and click Template - - - > Edit HTML - - - > Proceed
CTRL + F or Command + F to find
near the end of your template.

Paste this code above

It looks like this:

Click "Save Template" & "Close".
Go look at your blog!!!

***If it does not work, try pasting the code from this webpage. It is almost the exact same code, however we have discovered that depending where you copy and paste the code from, it can make the button work or not's weird, I can also try pasting it from here.

Now if you want to be a fancy pants like me, you can change the button to any image you want!
Most likely you will want to stick with the Pinterest "P", but maybe you want to change the color like I did?

Here's how!

Customize Your Button:

Save this image to your computer.

Go to and upload a blank swatch of the background you want to use. I chose:

Once you upload it, crop it into a perfect square. Then select "Frames" and "Rounded Corners".
Slide the "Corner Radius" knob all the way to the right & click "Transparent Corners".
This should give you a perfect circle.
Go to "Basic Edits" and click "Resize".
Make sure "Keep Proportions" is checked and changed the dimensions to 75 x 75.
Go to "Overlays" & click "Your Own".
Upload the "P" that you saved above.
Use the colorpicker to choose what you would like your "P" to look like.
Move and resize your "P" until you are satisfied, and then save the image as a .png on your computer.

Here is what mine looks like:

Once you save it, upload it to the photosharing website you use.
Get the direct link and go paste it in place of the yellow highlighted code above.
Make sure you leave the quotation marks before and after!!!!

Save your HTML template and enjoy!!!

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I Wanna Know...{Week 5}

15 January 2013

I had a great response to my post a few weeks back.

I basically opened the floor and gave you guys a chance to ask me ANYTHING.
When I say anything, I mean anything! Blogging, marriage, army, crafting, shopping...

I'd love for you to submit a question for me to answer & for you to be featured next week!!!
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I have some amazing questions and answers for Week #5! I plan to answer a few questions a week and will try to include both blogging & personal questions.

Question #1: Is there a way to push out a blog post for a certain time without manually clicking "Publish"?

Hello Clara! This is a great question. If you've found yourself asking this before, then you'll probably be shocked to know that most bloggers rarely blog at the time their posts are going live. Truth be told, I've scheduled out posts as early as two weeks in advance. This can come in handy if you are taking a trip and you want your blog to still look active while you are gone.

To do this, after you write a blog post go into the right hand pane next to the post. Click where it says "Schedule". If you want it to post immediately, leave "Automatic" selected. If you want to choose the time it will post, click "Set Date and Time". Then you can choose the date and time when you want it to go live! Another random great tip is that you can get the link to your blog post before it goes live!! Just click "Permalink" and it will show you what the URL will be. This is great if you are trying to give someone the URL of the post or if you want to link up somewhere before it goes live.

Question #2: How do you start a successful linkup?

Hi lady! Well I have two link ups that I do on a regular basis:

The Cara Box Exchange & 30 Second Thursdays

The Cara Box just came out of my love for subscription boxes. I always look forward to my Birchbox every month, so I started trying to figure out a similar thing that I could offer on Wifessionals. I wanted it to focus on encouraging each other and meeting new bloggers! 30 Second Thursdays just started last week. I was talking to a couple of bloggers about vlogs. Girls love them but they are terrified to do them themselves. So I thought that a 30 second vlog link up where you are answering a specific question would be the perfect answer! So that's how I came up with that idea.

Basically, just think of something YOU would want to link up to! Plan your link up with at least 1-2 other bloggers. Then I would suggest getting a bigger blog to guest host your first few weeks to get the word out! If you ever want me to help spread the word, I'd be more than happy to! I have 3-4 blogs I'm co-hosting with this month for that exact purpose (:

Question #3: What are the best prizes for giveaways? The ones people enjoy the most/generate the most traffic/gain the most entries?

Hi Marci! Hands down, the best giveaway I ever did was the iPad Mini Giveaway. People went crazy over it and there were almost 15,000 entries!! Now, it probably helped that it was right before Christmas so people were dying to get their hands on one. The problem with that giveaway was that there were 28 ladies co-hosting it. From past experience I've learned that people don't always like having to follow 28 blogs or Twitter accounts in order to gain entries. I understand where the hosting bloggers are coming from...They are trying to get a HUGE prize so they ask a ton of girls to participate.

My advice for giveaways: come up with an awesome BIG prize and do it with as few other bloggers as possible. The iPad was so great because I hadn't seen anyone else giving one away. After mine went live I saw a few other ones go up, but think of an item that would be popular with your followers! An iPad Mini sounds a lot more enticing than a $300 gift card to Target. They are about the same in cost, however something about a giveaway for a specific LARGE item draws in a better crowd (: With the Wii U Giveaway I just had I cut the number of co-hosting blogs to 20. That made it a lot more manageable for me AND cut down on the amount of bloggers the readers had to follow and get to know in order to enter.

Question #4: What do you and your husband do to grow closer, both emotionally & spiritually?

This was an anonymous question. Well, I KNOW you guys saw my post last week on #ClubSexy!!! If you didn't, you can check it out here. I try to come up with fun and creative ideas like that to make sure we stay "in to each other". The best part of the #ClubSexy night was the dinner. We sat in candlelight, totally alone, and just got to talk to each other for over an hour. We even asked each other things about our childhoods or growing up that we've never talked about before. I also have been making a conscious effort to put my whole blogging life on hold when Ryan gets home from work each night. I've learned I need to focus completely on him and take a time out from the computer, phone and twitter (as hard as that may be sometimes). When I started doing this last week, Ryan immediately noticed! I now try to leave all electronics on our dining room table from the moment he comes home until the next morning.

Spiritually, we go to church together every Sunday. We usually talk about church on the way home or throughout the day on Sunday at some point. I think it's important for us also to grow in our faiths individually, so we both go to separate Bible studies during the week. I go to a women's study on Thursday morning and he goes to a men's study on Thursday night. We always talk after our individual studies and I think it's such an encouragement to each other to see how the other person is learning and growing on their own. By becoming close with Jesus individually, I think it creates a great foundation for us to grow in our faith and love together.

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing some of your questions answered! I'll be back next Tuesday with more!

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