All About Those Blogging Goals

Well, It’s the beginning of the year, and we are all talking about what goals we want to achieve this year. I am HORRIBLE with goals. I set them, and then never follow up with them. But, for now on, I want to keep up with my goals, keep track of them. It could only help myself right? I went looking at my blog, and realized that I did this exact same post at the start of 2016, so I thought.. let’s take a look and see how I did:
Reach 20,000 Social Media Followers– Ugh so close actually, My ending number for social media following was 17,186 (that includes, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and my small email list). This My end goal is 30,000 social media followers!

Reach 500 Blog Followers – FAIL. Umm. I don’t really even keep track of that anymore since switching to self-hosted WordPress.

Post Consistently: MAJOR FAIL. Did I mention the 6-month unplanned break I took from blogging? I took that break right after I wrote this post.

Monetize My Blog: Success, I actually received my first paid blog post at the end of the year. I have worked with companies & monetized my Instagram. But I wanted to be able to monetize my blog. I can say at the end of the year, I kicked it in high gear & it paid off!

Interact With My Followers: Sucess, I love to interaction with all my followers, especially on Instagram (Click Here to Find Me On Instagram!)


2017 Blogging Goals:

 

Post Weekly: I made this goal because I think it is achievable! I know if I say I want to post 2-3 times a week, I will fail. And why make a goal that you know you will fail at? I think this goal is an achievable goal for me! I am starting a new position in my job the beginning of February, and I know that will take up a lot of my time!

Reach 30,00 Social Media Followers- Now this goal is a stretch! That is almost doubling my following now! Combined with, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & my Email subscribers, I want to be at 30,000 people! That seems like a lot, but I know I can do it!

Grow my Email List- Yes, I know it kind of goes with the goal above, but I have never spent time growing my email subscriber list. This is something that would challenge me, but I know I would enjoy. My end of year goal is to get 100 Subscribers to my email! (Want to sign up now? Check the bottom of the post!) 

 

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Do you keep track of your social media following? If so, what is your target goal for the end of the year?

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Christmas Home Tour Of The Knight Household

Christmas Home Tour

 

How is Christmas less than a week away? I have no idea! I just love Christmas and everything about it! Our Christmas decorations have been up since before Thanksgiving. Yes, I am that person who puts their decorations up before Thanksgiving, but I love the decorations!

 

Since this is the 4th Christmas in our house, our Christmas decorations have changed a lot! I am so excited to show your our Christmas decorations this year! I have slowly but surely been getting into the rustic & antique looking decorations & I just love it. Next year I think I might just have to buy a flocked tree. Becuase seeing all of your gorgeous flocked Christmas trees has made me a little jealous!

This area is in our Living/Family Room. The shelf was new this year, we added it when we fixed up the room! The shelf cost less than 20 dollars! And, I love it! It is the perfect shelf to add small and dainty Christmas Decorations!

Shelf Garland  – Similar Wood Clock – Galvanized Letters

Christmas Decor The Knight;s PlaceOur Christmas tree is one of the favorite things in our house! We have two trees in our house, one with colored lights (My amazing husband just had to have colored lights.) And then our other tree has clear lights! I just love the having the tree up, lights on, watching Christmas Movies and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. We opened up a doorway this past spring, so it’s a little tight, but at the end, it all works out perfectly!

Christmas Pillows  – Wrapping Paper – Flocked Christmas Tree

This end table area has to be my second favorite area. This whole area is new this year too! During the spring I made this blanket ladder for less than 5 dollars! And I LOVE it. I have also been using a lot of galvanized items in my house & I love them! Of course, I had to add a little red plaid to the ladder! I liked the yellow blanket that I normally have on it, but had to change it a little for Christmas!

Plaid Blanket  – Blanket Ladder  – Snowmen Mugs

This area is in our kitchen next to our table. I just recently added the old window. (I scored this, this past summer at the flea market for 8 dollars…  I just couldn’t pass that up!) This is also the area that I have Justin’s uniform picture, so this place in our home holds a very important spot in my heart. This area stays pretty simple for the most part.

This is the entrance area to our house. Of course, another old window for the win. This was actually a wedding gift! The table is something my dad built when I was young, and I always had it my room. So it is amazing to see it in my own house now. This area is always fun to spruce up!

Monogrammed Pillow  – Snow Covered Christmas Branches  –

There are some snippets of my house! I love the cozy feel of all the decorations up during Christmas time!

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Stop Living For Life For Others

With so much on social media, people think that we need to be perfect. Well guess what everyone. We don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be yourself!
Here are four ways to stop living life for others and start living your life for yourself. 
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Take Your Own Advice  You know that voice in your head, listen to it! Do what makes you happy. Talk yourself into taking risks. Do what is best for yourself! Sometimes, you have to put yourself first. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, you have a voice for a reason, so make sure you are heard.


Listen To Others With Caution Remember, you know what is best for you. Yes, some people may think they know what is best for you, but they don’t. Of course, you want to listen to everyone who wants to help you in life, but at the end of the day life has to be your choice.


Applaud yourself  Be happy with yourself. Don’t wait for others to give you credit. Pat yourself on the back, and believe you did a good job. This can be so hard. With all the social media these days, people feel like they are never good enough. We need to stop feeling like that, feel like you are the best! Give yourself some confidence! Don’t wait for social media to accept you.





Love Yourself  I mean at the end of the day, if you don’t love yourself who will?  Remember to live your life for yourself. Do what makes YOU happy. Stop looking at others for the “okay” in life. Stop comparing yourself to others, it will only bring you down. Especially on social media… people have the tendency’s  to show only the good in their life, so don’t compare your life to theirs.

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2016 Blogging Goals

Reach 20,000 Social Media Followers – I have really be focusing on my Instagram. I finally hit over 10K. But now I need to focus on my Pinterest, Twitter & Facebook. It is hard getting good content on all social media platforms without repeating everything a thousand times!

Reach 500 Blog Followers– I have been stagnate lately. Between Bloglivin’ & GFC I have been around 400 followers for the last year-ish or so. So I am ready to start growing my blog!

Post Consist– No one wants to follow a blog that post randomly. So my goal is to get a set schedule, so you all know when I am going to blog! ((What do you think the best days to blog are?))

Monetize my Blog– Who doesn’t want this? With twenty grand of school loans hanging over my head, a little extra money would be wonderful! Also, I feel I would be a “successful” blogger.


Interact with my Followers – I love getting to know all of you! I think it is hard getting to know each and every one. But I am if you think my life is interesting enough to read my blog then I want to get to know you!!

So help me out make sure you are following me on my social media, on the right hand side!

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The Blogger Life Chat

So its the new year, I’m sure there are so many things that you want to talk about, and here is your chance! I can not wait for The Blogger Life Chat! I just want to make sure all of you, have it on your schedule! Tonight at 9pm EST I hope it is a wonderful turn out!

Follow me on twitter, so you can keep update on the chat!!

Our topic for this discussion will be goals for our blog! How we will grow together, and how we will help each other achieve our goals!
Will you be joining our chat tonight?

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Top Five Post

Where did this year go? I feel like it was just a couple days ago that I was planning my wedding and getting ready for fall!! With the year coming to an end, I wanted to share with you my favorite top 5 posts from this year! 

1. Our Wedding Video– This shows our amazing day. A day that I wish I could relive over and over again. Everything went perfect, and I love watching this to remind me how lucky I am to have the best husband ever. 
2. Love A LEO aka Law Enforcement Officer. I love this post. All those quotes are so true! Loving a officer can be hard, but it is so worth it! (Justin might be switching to thirds.. YAY), 
3. Wedding Party Recap –  I love this post! I spent so much time and worked with so many Etsy shops to figure out the perfect way to ask our bridesmaids and groomsmen! 
4. How To Find The Perfect Wedding Dress–  This post is near and dear to me.. Why? Because I had a horrible time finding “my” wedding dress. It was not one hundred percent fun, and super stressful. But looking back, I am so glad that I got the dress I did! 
5. Police Goodie Bags –  I love spoiling my police officer! So these goodie bags were a perfect way to do it! I loved sharing this post with over police wives too! 
What was your favorite post of 2015?
 
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It’s Christmas Time

Can you believe that today is the last day of November. Where did this year go? I can’t believe we have one last month of 2015! But, now that Thanksgiving is over, I can officially say it’s Christmas Time! I just love the holiday season! Spending time with family, having all the Christmas Decorations up, having the fireplace on. What more could you want?

Christmas Decorations and Printables

I am also super excited so show you one of the new prints I received from Lora at Craftivity Designs. I love how printable have become so popular! they are an inexpensive way to have great decorations!

I received this product in return for my opinion. Once again all thoughts are my own

Love this “Ho Ho Ho” printable! It goes perfect with all my picture frames! Lora has way more than just Christmas designs, so make sure you go check out her Etsy Shop! ((Also, Just for you guys, she is giving away three FREE printables!)

 Arn’t these just amazing! Just think of all the places you could use these at your house! The giveaway will be on on Instagram so don’t forget to check it out! Easy to enter.. Easy to win!

Our house is “officially” ready for Christmas, and I am so excited to show your all!







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What I’m Thankful For

My Husband (It still feels weird to call him that.. I still want to call him by boyfriend) He is my rock. We may not see each other that often, but when we do, we make the best of it. He is always there for me, and I am so lucky to have him. 
My Family- With Justin’s horrible schedule they are always there for me. I am so lucky to have sisters I do. We are so close to each other, and I truly know I am so blessed to have such an amazing family
My Animals- They keep me sane and insane at the exact same time. With being home by myself 5 nights out the week, they really do keep me good company. I could do without the shedding and barking.. but I guess that comes with them! 
My House- I know how blessed I am to have such an amazing house for my age. My parents helped us pick out the house and my sister has helped me all with designing! It is finally starting to become our little home! 
Justin’s Work Schedule – This year Justin is off Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve & I am so excited! He has to work Christmas day, but I’ll take what I can get! I am just excited he is off for Christmas Eve! It is the little things in life! 
My Life- Of course I have hard the ups and downs, the highs and lows of life. But my life is amazing. I have everything I need. I am so blessed to be able to spend thanksgiving and the Holidays with the love of my life & my family.

Link up your post below, and share what you are thankful for!

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Make Money From Your Old Clothes

So I admit, I hate getting rid of clothes. I hate getting rid of things that I spent my money on! But with Poshmark you can sell your clothes for money! It is so easy to use. It is super easy to upload your clothes, and does not take a lot of time at all! I have made over 300 dollars on clothes that would I have just not worn.You can also find great deals for clothes too! You can make an offer to the buyer, and find the perfect price for the both of you!

Between making offers, printing out shipping labels, the whole experience is extremely easy! Buying clothes is great too! If it doesn’t fit you can return it with no hassle!

Sign Up Today,  and use the code “HFEQA” and get free FIVE DOLLARS!

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Wedding Advice From Others

The Best Wedding Day Advice from Others












“I was so glad that I didn’t stress the small stuff on my wedding day. Once your wedding day rolls around you’ve been planning and stressing for weeks. Let it end before you go to bed the night before your wedding. If something goes wrong it’s not the end of the world. You just married the man of your dreams! Enjoy this day and keep all your memories positive.” —Rebekah

The whole day tends to fly by in a whirlwind of activities and people and details.  I wish my husband and I would have carved out some time right after the ceremony for the two of us to get away from it all, decompress and talk to each other for a few minutes in private.  I kept wanting to drag him away from everyone to have a moment to just ourselves, but we were both being pulled in a million different directions.  A personal private few minutes to reflect with each other before all the madness began would have been really nice.” —Sara


I wish I had invested more in my wedding — not
crazy amounts, but a few more things. You can always make more money, but you
only get one wedding. That being said though, invest more in your marriage than
you do a wedding. Have fun, and make it look nice — but it’s not the wedding
that is the most important detail, it’s everything after that day. 
 —Jess

“The best advice I have is kind of two part. Be sure to
take a moment where it’s just you and your husband and just take it all in –
you will be pulled every which way with people but just remember to take a
second just the two of you. Also it is your day – if you don’t get around to
everyone that’s ok. I spent my entire wedding trying to make sure I spoke to
everyone – this was an impossible task and as a result I was only able to dance
to thee songs outside of the first dance and daddy daughter. That is my biggest
regret – I wish I would’ve just danced and not been so concerned about everyone
else.”
 
 —Kristen 



“Take a few minutes throughout the ENTIRE
day to really enjoy and cherish the moments between you and your new husband.
Don’t regret anything. The day goes by so fast, and you want to remember
enjoying it and not worrying about the little details or mishaps (if any). Ask
a few friends to videograph/ some photos (If you don’t have videographer) The
wedpics app is awesome because ANYONE you invite can upload any photos/videos
that were taken  that day. So you
can get a different perspective and shots of everyone smile emoticon It’s fun to see what people end up
uploading and some favorite photos came from that!”– 
— Lisa


 I’m happy we did a first look! We got to take
most of our pictures before the ceremony! That left us with more time to enjoy
cocktail hour with our guests!” 
Emelie







What is your best wedding day advice?  

 

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