Monday, June 26, 2017

Verify Pinterest business on blogger

Pinterest business
Getting your blogger account verified on Pinterest Business is a great way to brand your website. It helps increase traffic and people engagement to your website. Pinterest has now 175 million monthly active users. Pinterest is getting popular not only for personal use but for people wanting to grow their business too.

Verifying Pinterest business on blogger. 

Verify your website by going to Pinterest settings. Look for the website information that says verify website. Copy the meta tag code. Log in to your blogger account. Go to THEME, edit HTML.

Press ctrl-F for the search box, type in  <head>

Right below the  <head>  pastes the snippet code that you copied from Pinterest. Click on save theme.

Go back to Pinterest and click on Finish button. You will get a confirmation message that says the website is now confirmed.

Aside from the check mark that says site confirmed, seeing the Analytics button on the top left of your Pinterest account means you have successfully verified your website. Yehey!
It is actually very simple but if you are like me who is not a technical person please proceed with caution.

Continue reading if you don't have a Pinterest account yet and want to sign up to Pinterest. Head straight down to switch to Pinterest business account if you have and existing account but has not switched to business account yet. 

Sign up to Pinterest 

 I love Pinterest because of its cool pinboards. Pin it in the right category leave it there and check back after a few days and still there. With Pinterest, you are not scared loosing links that you need. 

1. Go to Pinterest. 
2. Sign up using either Email, Google or Facebook accounts.
3. If you choose to sign up using an email you have to click on the confirmation link sent by Pinterest to your email.

After you have signed up, you have your Pinterest account up now. Yey! Narrow down your interests into categories or topics. An example of a category is travel, life quotes, arts, parenting, music and etc.

You probably seeing now a photo gallery called pins. Click a pin that captures your attention, interest or something that you want to know more about. Click on the small button that says visit/read at the bottom of the pin or image if you want to read the post or click on save at the top of an image to save the post to your pin boards. 

Pinterest is a search engine. If you are looking for something, Pinterest surely got an answer. Yes, just like searching on Google. The cool part is, you are able to save an article to share with your followers. Once you click on save, you will be asked to create your pinboard. Name your boards according to the pins categories, for example, travel board for any articles related to traveling. If you are going to save a recipe create a board for the recipe, if you are pinning about gardening then create a board for gardening. 

Your boards would be like your library with the right labels. Discover ideas and pin. 

Switch to Pinterest business account 

Pinterest is now widely used. If you wanted to use Pinterest for marketing, convert to a business account. Introduce your product to your customers with product boards. The good thing about switching to a business account is that you'll have access to Pinterest Analytics. It will tell you how people are engaging with your content.

1. Go to Pinterest business

2. Click on Switch if you want to switch your existing personal account to a business or click Log out and create new.

3. Type in your business, Choose your type of business in the drop down menu and enter your website.

4. Click on Convert button.

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Monday, June 19, 2017



Inspiring quotes can be handy to cheer up someone who is having a bad day. Motivational quotes give hope to someone who suffers from loss, failures, and setback. Quotes are a great mood booster to any situations, just like a friend that has always something nice to say.

Famous quotes for motivation, hope, and strength - Do you need the motivation to reach your goals? Did you lose your hope after a failure, Do you need strength to continue despite the challenges?

Inspirational quotes to read when feeling sad or lonely - Are you feeling alone? Get inspiration from these inspiring quotes and be happy.

Inspirational quotes dedicated to single parents - Are you a single mother? You are not alone. Feel loved and get strength from these motivational quotes dedicated to you.

The best falling in love quotes - These are for all of us who experienced to love and be loved. Falling in love quotes makes us smile. It is a natural reaction from someone who knows the feeling.


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Since I started using a to-do list for my daily tasks, meeting deadlines and quality works are a few benefits that I gained. Stress with loads of activities and limited time frames are no longer a problem. Time management and sorting out tasks has been easy since I used a to-do list.

3 Best to-do list tips for a stress-free day (with free printable template ) - Are you meeting your deadlines? Do your activities and goals messed up?  Are you using an effective to-do list?

How to prepare an effective to-do list?
How do you prioritize your tasks? How do you manage your time? Tips for creating an effective to-do list.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Famous Quotes for motivation, hope, and strength

Inspiring quotes are widely used for motivation, inspiration and give strength. It cheers a lonely heart, sheds light, and lifts a bad mood. An inspiring quote is a source of hope, guidance, and mood booster. 

Here are some famous quotes that can be handy when a situation calls for it.

If you want to be happy, be
There are a lot of things that makes us alone and unhappy, whatever that is, you can choose to continue dwelling on the past and drown with loneliness. It is challenging to move forward and forget but deciding to be happy is your first step to living with genuine happiness. This quote 'If you want to be happy, be.' is a great way of affirmation if repeated to yourself. Your mind and heart will follow positively.

Be awesome today
What a great inspiration to start a day. I love repeating this to myself. I always tell this to my daughter before she goes to school. I feel high with hopes, courage, and energy just by reading this phrase. 

Smile and Laugh
Smiling can make someone feel better. Scientists have proven that. Just a simple smile is enough to make you happy and make someone happy too. It's a simple act that lifts a bad mood. Why is laughter the best medicine? It relaxes body muscles, relieves physical tension and stress.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn
Mistake and failure should not be a reason to give up. Whenever there's a setback, accept how you feel. Accept that you are hurting. That way you can heal fast. Be resilient. Do not be stuck. Be inspired, learn from your mistakes and give it another try, and another try until you succeed.

Consistency is key
Dedicate yourself to complete a task that leads to success. Create a plan, break bad habits and be consistent with good ones. Habits are automatic so make sure you have good ones. Good habits, when done consistently leads to success.

Life is tough, my darling, but so are you
As parents with little ones, We often feel scared of what the world might bring to our children. It's not forever that parent can live to shield them from harm and difficulties. It is important to teach them to be independent and self-reliant at an early age.
You would be proud how amazing little ones can adapt to their environment.

I thought about quitting but then, I noticed who was watching
This quote is not only about being strong and giving up. It is about the fact that children are greatly affected by their parent's action. Sometimes parents neglect that their behavior, language, and even emotions are visible to their children.
Being a role model for our children is a tough job.


Inspirational quotes to read when feeling sad or lonely
The best falling In love quotes
Inspirational quotes dedicated to single parent.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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I love printable. It just simplifies my life and makes a ton of my activities done easily. Printable inserts are perfect to a personal planner and household planner.

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Gratitude Log is a journal of things which one is grateful. It focuses on positive things and encourages one to be thankful. Maintaining a gratitude Log at first can be difficult because it is another thing that you should remember among other important tasks. But the impact of this hobby can tremendously change the way you view challenges in life.

You can have a separate journal for the Gratitude Log because this should be for your eyes only. Knowing that no one is reading your journal makes you comfortable to write down your feelings, emotions, struggles and accomplishment or anything that you are grateful for without hesitation.

When you are facing problems or in difficult situation read the things you're grateful about in your Gratitude Log. By doing that you'll soon realize that there are other things to be grateful.

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READ: How to prepare an effective to-do list
             3 Best to-do list tips for stress-free day


Why do you need a daily to-do list? To do list is best for people who forget, It tracks your progress, it prioritizes your tasks,  makes you productive, and relieves stress.
If you are not using a to-do list yet, you are missing an opportunity to be more efficient.

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For a small and large family, it is important to create a menu planner. It saves time, saves money, promotes healthy food, gives variety, and relieve stress. Planning helps you prepare meals of your choice. 

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Creating a budget is a must for every household. It will help you reach your financial goals by making you aware of where your money is coming from and where to go. It helps you how to save, spend and earn more. Creating a budget is a first step to take if you want to be financially free. Following a budget helps you get out of debt and helps you stay out of it. Following a budget seems a lot of work especially in the beginning, that is why having specific reasons as to why you are doing a budget, as to why you are saving money for the future should be clear for you to work on difficulties.


Wall Art Quote is great for home and office decor. Inspiring quotes never fail to boost one's mood. That is why motivational phrases are great hanging on the wall. 

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The best falling In love quotes

The best falling In love quotes

Quotes has a power to change the attitude of a person. It is used by many to lift bad mood,
to be happy and get inspiration from. I am sharing with you today some falling in love quotes.
These phrases are not only for people who are in loved, These are for all of us who experienced
to love and be loved. Falling in love quotes makes us smile. It is a natural reaction from someone
who knows the feeling.

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  • I wanted to tell you all my secrets but you became one of them instead.
  • I’m addicted to the way I feel when I think of you.
  • Forever is a long time, but I wouldn’t mind spending it by your side.
  • You deserve love and you’ll get it.   - Amy Poehler
  • Without respect, love is lost. Without caring, love is boring. Without honesty, love is unhappy. Without trust, love is unstable.
  • A real man chooses to honor, love, respect, adore, and be faithful to one woman.   - Ritu Ghatourey 
  • They say you can only fall in love once, but that can’t be true. Every time I look at you, I fall in love all over again.
  • If you can’t get someone out of your head, maybe they are supposed to be there.
  • It feels amazing to be touched by the person who understands your mind, the person who acknowledges your flaws and loves your soul.
  • I keep myself busy with things to do, but every time I pause, I still think of you.
  • You’re not just my friend, you’re my love. You are not just my love, you’re my heart. You’re not just my heart, you’re my life. You’re not just my life, you’re my everything
  • ...but you can’t control who you love.
  • Once you find true love, don’t expect to find it again so hold on to it, hug it; embrace it, while you have it.
  • The best feeling in the world is kissing someone for the first time when you’ve wanted to kiss them for a long time.
  • Your lips look lonely. Would they like to meet mine?
  • Was falling. Falling through time and space and stars and sky and everything in between. I feel for days and weeks and what felt like lifetime across lifetimes. I fell until I forgot I was falling.  - Jess Rothenberg
  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. - Mignon Mclaughlin.
  • First Best is falling in love. Second Best is being in love. Least Best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.
  • Love is a feeling, a feeling of happiness. Love is powerful, too powerful to play with. This feeling is strange and hard to describe, but when you fall in love, you will know it inside. 
  • When you love, you get hurt. When you get hurt, you hate. When you hate, you try to forget. When you try to forget, you start missing. And when you start missing, you'll eventually fall in love again. - Vinay Sharma
  • When you're falling in love, you never notice it until you've hit the ground. - Terry Mark
  • These butterflies hurt, without being brutal. It's almost like I'm intoxicated, without wanting to hurl. And suddenly  I wonder, could this be love? - Francine Chiar
  • I've long enough to know that falling leads to breaking and breaking can lead to dying but falling can be the best feeling. -Ivy R. Cabading
  • No one believes in love at first sight until that special person comes along and steal your heart.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Inspirational quotes to read when feeling sad or lonely

How to cope up with loneliness? You can talk to your family or friends, but they cannot come to you whenever you want. Inspiring quotes are a great companion to boost your mood and bounce back. You don't need too many just pick one or two and be happy. 

  • Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. - Omar Khayyam    
  • Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. - Valerie Bertinelli                                             
  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer
  • A smile is a happiness you’ll find right under your nose. - Tom Wilson
  • Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on. - Carrie Underwood
  • I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. - Martha Washington 
  • If you want to be happy, be. - Leo Tolstoy
  • There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. - Dante Alighieri    
  • Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy. - Wayne Gretzky
  • Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness. - Louise Hart
  • Until you are broken, you don't know what you are made of. 
  • Happiness is always an inside job. 
  • Sometimes happiness is a feeling, Sometimes it's a decision. 
  • Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain, But you cannot have a rainbow without a little rain. 
  • Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe. love as long as you live.      
  • I know everything happens for reasons, but sometimes I wish I knew what that reason was. 
  • Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you. 
  • You are a victim of your own mind.
  • When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless. 
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression were caused when we are living to please others.
  • Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. 
  • Sometimes you have to forget what's gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what is coming. 
  • The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure but to avoid pain. - Aristotle 
  • Although the world is full of suffering, It is also full of the overcoming of it. - Helen Keller
  • A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings remember the next time you feel alone. 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Inspirational quotes dedicated to single parent.

  • Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love and twice the pride.
  • Just because a single-mom usually can’t be bothered to spend much time on her make-up doesn’t mean that she has given up on romance.    - Kemmy Nola
  • Raising a family is difficult enough. But it’s even more difficult for a single parent struggling to make ends meet. They don’t need more obstacles. They need more opportunities. - Bill Richardson
  • Single moms: You are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly. -Mandy Hale
  • She has to have four arms, four legs, two hearts, and double the love. There are nothings single about a single mom. _ Mandy Hale
  • You know, I don’t think any mothers aims to be a single mom. I didn’t wish for that, but it happened. - Charlize Theron
  • When you can’t remember when you’re hurt, that’s when you’re healed. - Jane Fonda
  • Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead. - Les Brown
  • Sorry, that mommy has to teach you how to be a man. Daddy was more of a bitch than we initially thought.
  • You are stronger that you think.
  • A single mother has a backbone made of steel, and a heart made of gold
  • It's hard growing without a father but it's easy when you have a fantastic mother who plays both. 
  • Any woman can be a mother but it takes a bad ass mom to be a father too. 
  • Being a single parent is not a life full of struggles, but a journey for the strong. - Meg Lowery
  • One of the greatest challenges in collecting child support is that deadbeat dads move from job to job and state to state. It's hard to keep track of them. - Rod Blagojevich
  • Single parents are one the strongest people on this planet.
  • Of all the things I'll ever do in my life, Mothering my children will always be my greatest accomplishment.
  • It's not always easy but it's always worth it. Proud single mom
  • My daughter is my everything, her father was the mistake.
  • You can be a good mother and still follow your dreams. You totally can, if you desire. 
  • She promised herself better and never looked back.
  • I didn't set out to be a single mom. I set out to be the best mom I can be that has not changed. 
  • I'm used to be married... but I'm much better now. 
  • When a single mom goes on a date with somebody new, It always winds up feeling more like a job interview. - Brad Paisley
  • As a single parent who is dating, make your child your priority, Make this known to a person you are dating. 
  • Butterflies don't know the color of their wings, but human eyes know how beautiful it is. Likewise, you don't know how good you are, but others can see that you are special. - Linda Wooten

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How to prepare an effective to do list

Are you missing your deadlines? Forgot an important event? Stressed of so many tasks to complete? No longer motivated to finish your goals? You are maybe not using a “to do list” to be efficient.  To do list is an important listing about everything that you need to do. It is designed to meet your deadlines, cover all yours activities, Prioritize and manage your time. Be productive, meet your deadlines and have a stress free day by using a to-do list. 

How to prepare a to-do list

Write down your things to do, meetings, and deadline.

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  • Remove things that do not need a reminder. Like opening an email since you will be doing it anyway.       
  • See what needs to delegate to save you time and effort.
  • See things to reschedule on a later day so you give your attention to other things that are urgent.     
  •  Put your top 3 most important things on top of the page so you can see what needs your attention right away. Tick them off as you complete tasks.  

Once you're top three most important things are done, complete other tasks you have on your list. 
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Other important things to remember
  • Assign time estimates. You need to research, giving yourself an hour to do so stops you from browsing an unimportant website. 
  •  Be sure to still give quality to your work.
  • Keep it simple. 
  •  Do it the night before. 
  • Have a different note for other things that comes to your mind. Our imagination has no limit. There’s always something that you don’t want to lose. Your kid’s toy she asks you to buy and a recipe you stumble upon. We do not want to clutter our to-do list. So have separate notes for those things.  
  • Be specific with what you wanted to achieve. Eyes on the prize to help you focus. 
  • Base your to-do list with your weekly, monthly and yearly planner. Treat your to-do list as baby steps in achieving your short and long term goals. 
  • Start with a fresh page daily. Another day, another set of tasks to complete. Declutter your page by focusing on what matters for that day only. 
  • Allocate 5-10 minutes in between tasks for something unexpected. Use this buffer time to refresh your mind or catch up with unfinished tasks.
  • Don't waste time decorating. Who's guilty? 
  • Use phrase or inspiring quotes to affirm yourself. 
  • Give room to improvement. You are not superwoman. If your to-do list is giving you a headache, check these guidelines again. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

3 best to do list tips for stress free day

Free daily to do-list printable 8.5x11 (US letter size)
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We want to cross out most if not all on our list. We tend to make a long list of tasks for the day but still end up drained with a lot more to finish. Are we not doing enough? Keeping a to-do list requires a commitment to completing your goals and following your progress by marking it. Others create a separate to-do list for their personal and work.
By keeping a to-do list makes you productive and efficient. You are saving time and energy and still have an organized and stress-free day.
You can hand write your to-do list. If you are creative, a fan of calligraphy with a talent in drawing you will love keeping a journal with a to-do list in it. Have fun with it. Put colors into it. Doodle and be creative.
If you are a minimalist type of person, a simple black and white to-do list will still give you the same efficiency. Print out a to-do list printable above. Choose a simple layout or the one with sections to meet your activities demand.

Here is the list to make the most out of your to-do list.

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1. Be smart in writing your to do list
Write down what matters most. Do not put things that you do every day that does not need a reminder. Like what time you wake up, just set your alarm but do not list it down. It will only make your list longer.
It is frustrating when you realize that you just wasted so much time and energy to something you don't have to do just because of a wrong decision. Sounds not relevant but it happens. You chose to do this instead of something else that matters most
Put the most important things on top of your list. Three must do things is advisable. Set priorities, see what needs to delegate like grocery, which you can say no, maybe a party or reschedule on a later day to prioritize others that need attention right away.
Leave a few minutes cushion time in between tasks just in case something comes up.
Keep it simple.

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 2.  Finish your most important things first (MIT).
Write down at least three MIT and focus on that. Give quality to your task to get the best outcome and to avoid repeating it.
Many focus on the quantity rather than the quality of a completed tasks.  Doing that, you are wasting your precious time and energy.
Keeping track of your progress and time spent on a task is a great way to save time. Be specific with what you wanted to achieve.

3. Give attention to things that involve your emotion.
Calling a family that needs help. Talking to your child about her behavior. Things that will give you peace of mind. These things that we always neglect but affects our health because of stress and worries.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Save money consistently with these 3 easy steps.

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How many times have you told yourself that you are going to start saving money? but until now you don't have any savings. You possibly started and saved but end up spending it. 
That is just one example why people are unsuccessful in saving money. People want to be free financially, that goal needs discipline and self-control.  
Here are the three must do to thing to start saving consistently

    1.  Save before spend
    Setting up an automatic savings facility is the best way to save money consistently month after month. Most banks offer automatic deductions from your salary to your savings account. That way you save first before you can see and spend your money. An effective way to save up. Save, pay bills and spend.Most of us save after spending, save after paying bills. A poor practice in handling finances and end up no saving at all.
    2. Create a realistic budget. Create a budget that you can follow. We sometimes fail because we design impossible steps follow. Saving first before spending is what we are going to follow. 

  • Live from what’s left after saving. Write down your income, savings, and expenses. Deduct savings from your income and live with what is left.  It is easier said than done, I know. Put in mind that nothing comes easy especially in managing finances. If managing money is easy no one is struggling for sure, but that is not the case. The reality is, it is so hard to manage finances without a rule to follow, without a system that makes you control your money.
  • Do not touch your savings.  Saving money can be done easily.  The real problem comes in when you have an insufficient amount your expenses, bills, mortgage/rent, groceries and a lot more. Do not be tempted to touch your savings. Our goal is to save consistently every payday, remind yourself of that always. Borrowing money from a savings account is the real reason why most people has no savings at all. 

  • Create a menu plan. Create a menu plan. Food is where we tend to spend more. Preparing own food to work and home is less expensive than taking out. Creating a menu planner promotes nutrition to your family saving you for medicines and medical expenses in the future. You will be surprised by the amount of money you will save when you cook own meals.

            3.  Earn extra. Discover your talent and make money out of that. You can bake, paint, tutor, write or work part time online. Render over at work time if needed. Other's sell valuable stuff that no longer in use. Shirts, pants, shoes, bags, home appliances, and kids stuff. The garage sale is a great way to sell valuables. Instead of asking a loan from family, think of a service you can offer them. Sell them your baked cupcakes, offer to tutor their kids or babysits for a few hours. The principle of earning extra is to avoid getting indebted when you are short for your expenses.