Monday, July 27, 2015

#spon Power your influence with #Sverve!

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How powerful is your influence? Sometimes it's hard to tell, but you can always grow your influence, right?

Sverve is a great platform for social media influencers to build their profile and get noticed by brands, marketers and users. By signing up, you get to specify which areas of influence you want to be endorsed in, what campaigns you want to participate in, and which brands you want to build a relationship with.
Sverve endorsements and score.
A look at scores and endorsements.

You also get to improve your influence score, which is determined by 3 factors: social influence (followers, engagement, etc.), blog influence (your stats), and your Sverve influence (endorsements). What's unique about the Sverve influence is that it is based on what you are endorsed for from followers and users. The more endorsements you get, the higher your Sverve influence.

When applying for campaigns, this influence score is almost always looked at to determine if you would be a good fit for the program. Another deciding fact is your areas of influence - a food blogger is usually not what a home decor campaign is looking for.
Sverve campaigns.
Notice the yellow and orange dots? That helps you keep track of what you're doing!

Speaking of campaigns, that is another wonderful feature of Sverve that I love! Right now, there are 4 different categories for influencers to apply for: Sponsored Posts & Affiliate, YouTube, Pinterest Sweepstakes, and Targeted Tweets. What I love about the campaigns is that you get paid one way or another: through actual payment for each post, tweet, or video you send out or through commission, if you are approved for an affiliate program.

While it isn't a lot, I have made about $15 since I've started Sverve and due to cash out another $5 soon. It's not a big money maker, but well worth the time.

If you are having trouble getting campaigns to sign up for, keep in mind that they only allow you to see campaigns that match your profile so you're not bothered by campaigns that don't suit your blog. For more in-depth information on Sverve, I suggest checking out their Influencer FAQ.

Now, I highly suggest signing up for Sverve because more and more brands are looking at Sverve scores - along with others - to see if bloggers would be a good fit for their programs.

If you do sign up, be sure to follow me and I'll follow you back!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Introducing Stella & Dot's Fall Collection!

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Stella & Dot's Fall Collection is here! Get ready for golds, bolds, blues, and beautiful fall hues. Here are a few pieces that are sure to warm up your style and give you a nice glowing finish:

You can reverse this cobalt blue and gold collar necklace to change up your look. You'll love the genuine leather detail and hints of pave sparkle.

Hand-cut, semi-precious Deep Sea quartz set in shiny gold or silver plating. Elegant drops for any occasion.

Semi-precious crackled quartz stone set upon a geometric shiny gold cuff.

What are some outfits you would pair these pieces with?

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Asking for help is difficult...

UPDATE: A family member has donated the money we need. Thanks to everyone who sent their well wishes and prayers. We truly appreciate it!

When it became 2015, I had great ideas and plans for the year. Heck, the year started off on a good note. But then May came around, and our whole world changed - for the worse.

My mother was hospitalized for a week and my father lost his job. While my mother has since recovered, our financial situation, unfortunately, hasn't. We used every available program to us, but have exhausted all other resources available. We hate to ask for help, since we're pretty private, but we have no other options. It's either get help or sink to the bottom.

I don't like asking for help. But I have to swallow my pride, and accept the fact that if we do nothing, things will get worse.

I hope you can help, and remember that no amount is too small.

If you would like to help, please visit
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Controlling Your #MenieresDisease

Meniere's Disease - How To Control Symptoms

It's been a while since we've talked about Meniere's Disease (as well as vertigo) and since it's still an ongoing issue in our family, it's important to continue talking about Meniere's Disease.

One thing we have finally perfected is controlling my mother's Meniere's Disease. If you think it's all about taking Dramamine and resting more often, what we learned may surprise you!

Did you know that food can have an influence on how one with Meniere's can feel? We have found out that tomatoes, potatoes, and other food from the nightshade family can possibly make dizziness and nausea worse. Here is a small list of fruits and vegetables from the nightshade family. While this certainly isn't true for all sufferers, it seems to be for quite a few. Even too much sodium can make a bad day worse, especially if they also have high blood pressure..Be sure to keep a food journal so you know what you can eat and what to avoid.
Tomatoes (and other nightshade fruits/veggies) can make Meniere's Disease symptoms worse.
Tomatoes (and other nightshade fruits/veggies) can make symptoms worse. (Credit)

Exercising isn't just food for your health - dropping a few pounds can help stabilize Meniere's just a bit. High blood pressure is known to make Meniere's worse, so when you lose weight, your blood pressure decreases as well. Remember, though, to contact your doctor before you start any exercise regimen. It could unknowingly make your symptoms worse.

But controlling Meniere's is more than just eating healthy and exercising. You also must stay calm, especially during an attack. Even if you've had it for years, an attack can be scary, but freaking out can make it worse. For 5 minutes every day, spending time focusing on "square breathing". To do square breathing, inhale for 3 counts, and then hold it for 3 counts. Exhale for 3 counts and hold for 3 counts. Repeat are necessary. It can help clear your mind and bring oxygen to your brain, which may help with some of the dizziness.

As always, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any of these tricks, but they are what helped me mom keep her Meniere's Disease under control. But we hope you might find some of them helpful as well!

If you suffer from Meniere's Disease or even vertigo, how do you control it?

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Blogging Tip: Do you need a media kit?

If you're a blogger, than most likely you've heard people mention something about a media kit. Essentially, a media kit is like a portfolio and business card rolled into one file. It lets companies, brands, and networks know what you and your blog is all about!

Do you need a media kit? All blogs, unless they're just personal blogs without any sponsorship or reviews, need a media kit. It helps to have your stats in once place, plus it helps you get more clients when it comes to reviews, and all that good stuff.

Where do you begin? Well, all depends if you want to create one yourself, use a template, or pay someone to make one for you. If you want to create one, there is a great tutorial on The Importance of Being Reese (along with some template freebies). If you're unsure on making one yourself (and want someone to create one for you), ask around the blogsphere and see if anyone has a suggestion of a graphic designer that can make one for you. Be sure to keep it simple but cohesive to your blog.

This media kit is used as an example.

Great, now - what do you put in your media kit? There is no cookie-cutter idea of what you need to include but always include your stats, social media, contact information, and a bio (either about you, your blog, or both). You can also include demographics, companies you have worked for, and advertisement rates. As you can see from my media kit, I have included a bio about my blog, brands I've worked with, my advertising rates, demographics, and contact information. (On a side note, I've blocked my contact information and stats, since those are only for prospective brands and networks.)

What if my blog is small and I don't have a lot of traffic?
Believe it or not, to some companies it doesn't if your blog is big or small - passion and dedication are major points over those with a ton of traffic. If you have a lot of influence but a small blog, some companies would rather work with you than a blog with a ton of traffic but not a lot of sway. More often than not, page views won't make or break the opportunity. It all depends on what the brand is looking for.

How often should I update it?
OFTEN! Try for every month or every 3 months. However, if you see that your traffic is changing drastically before it's time to update your media kit, go ahead and update it. You don't want to keep giving out false information only for the company to find out - that could damage your reputation as an ethical blogger.

If you have any questions about a media kit, be sure to leave a comment and I'll try to reply to as many as I can!

Do you have a media kit?

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