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Too much to do

too much to do

You’re in absolute overwhelm, you are working so hard with too much to do and I feel you, I really do. This is something I used to struggle with on a chronic level and I have since found a way to manage my feelings of overwhelm whenever they decide to strike.

First of all,take some time to slow down your breathing, slow everything down for the next few minutes. I know you probably have feelings of wanting to run around like a headless chicken but trust me on this for the next few minutes. It will really help you to take some time for meditation and get yourself grounded first. You’re not going to be able to tackle anything in a state of panic.

Once you’re done with your meditation get a post it note,index card or piece of paper and draw the lines/quadrants that I have explained to you in the video. This method is called the Eisenhower box method. I also explain how to clearly define what is urgent, what is important etc. How to put all your one million and one things to do in each quadrant and what goes where. This will help you with finding balance in your business and your family life.

So tell me, What are you going to stop doing today? What can you let go of? sometimes we are trying so hard to be super human, you know what? There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re perfect the way you are, you don’t have to get EVERYTHING done today, give yourself room and space to breathe and to grow, before you know it one task after the other will have been crossed out. If you’re still not sure on what to go into what box, please leave a comment in the box below, i’d love to help you with your priority list.

 

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Natural Cold Remedies

Natural cold remedies

I have just been recovering from a cold. These are the natural cold remedies I have been using without the need for medication. This is completely natural. Here is a list of what I talk about in the video:

  • Fresh Lemon and Ginger
  • Nature’s Answer – Echinacea and Goldenseal
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. I took it about 2-3 times day.
  • My essential oils were amazing too: Lavender and Tea Tree Oil. They are both anti-bacterial.
  • Crystals: I used an aquamarine – very good for throat chakra and sore throats, I show you my massive aquamarine in the video. I also held unto a rose quartz crystal.

There was no need for paracetamol or medication and I was cured in 3 days, went out for 2 of those days. I did use a vicks vapour rub though too. Does that count as medication?

What do you do when you have cold? What are your go to Natural Cold Remedies that have worked well for you? Let me know in the comments box below.

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Wallpapers for Desktop

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wallpapers for desktopIf you’re anything like most people (including me) you are suffering or have suffered from an extremely messy desktop. We’ve downloaded so many gorgeous wallpapers for desktop beautification but due to our busy minds and working through the day we close down everything only to discover that our desktop wallpaper is now covered with our downloads, new folders,screenshots and projects for the day.

 

So, where do you put all of this “clutter” at the end of a looooong day? Too tired, you shut your computer and day after day it starts to get difficult to find anything, plus that beautiful wallpaper you downloaded when searching for wallpapers for desktop isn’t looking so beautiful anymore with everything every where!

Frustrated, just like you, one day I decided to create a desktop wallpaper that will help keep me organized, inspired and happy to look at my desktop at the end of the day. The result are these pretty wall papers, Click on the photo to download now, it’s free! or you can click here too!

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS: when you click on the link it will open up the image, right click and save to your desktop. Then go to your computer settings and set this as your background wallpaper. Any problems? leave a comment below and i’ll try and help ya! 🙂

 

 

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Coconut Oil Benefits and How I use it

coconut oil benefits

How you ever wondered what all the fuss is about with coconut oil? Is it just a fad? Or are there any coconut oil benefits that we should know about?

 

Well, whether or not it’s a fad, coconut oil functions in my life and I use it for many things such as for cooking, cleaning, moisturizing etc.

In this video I talk about Coconut oil versus Olive Oil. coconut-oil-benefitsI also love using it as a body moisturiser and it works great for sensitive skin too, you can also combine it with essential oils. Due it’s anti-bacterial properties it can be used as a deodorant as well as a toothpaste! who knew??!

I also highlight how other people have used coconut oil which may or may not apply to you. In the meantime here is my coconut oil deodorant recipe that i’m currently using and it works great!

Coconut Oil Deodorant Recipe

1 table spoon Coconut oil (Get 30%off ANY coconut product with code – CWC30 at check out here)

1 tea spoon Baking Soda

3 drops Essential Oil (Bergamot or Lemon or Lavender is great)

Instructions:

Mix these up into a paste and put in a little container. You only need to put a little on your pretty pits for it to work. 🙂

I’m curious, do you have a coconut oil toothpaste recipe you can share with me? Please leave a comment below.

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Best Planner – What I have used?

best planner

Is there such a thing as the best planner?

If you’re anything like me you’re probably wondering how to find the best planner for you. With so many amazing choices out there it’s hard to decide and choose the best planner out of the ridiculous amount of options. So in this video i’m going to share with you some of my planners, journals and diaries that I have used so far from 2013-2016. I talk about:

You are going to get a sneak peak into all of them here and hopefully it can help you decide on choosing one you might want to try out for yourself!

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Chocolates to Technology-My Story+Winter Blues

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What’s My Story? + Winter Blues Tips

If you are curious on how I got into web design and development. Here is an intro into what I do, How I started Chicks Who Code and Barter Entrepreneur. My transition from Chocolate making world into the Tech world and also where you can find me socially.

In this video, I also talk all about winter blues and how I cope with staying motivated during the winter season. I talk about becoming a self generating radiator and how I do it.

Ever found yourself feeling low? Here is what I do when the suckies strike, get caught up in a funk and just lost the will to live.

Here is the link to the mediatition podcast I talk about in the video: Meditation OasisPlan-branding-website

 

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3 Tips For A Website Facelift

website facelift

 

Are you connecting with your audience? Do they know your story? Are you telling your story effectively?

Also, If I googled you, or your services right now, would I be able to find the information I need? From time to time, you’re going to want to bring some life back into your website, there are so many reasons right now that you might be wanting to spruce up your website. In this video I’m going to share with you 3 tips you could implement today to give your website a fresh update.

Oh, and here are the resources I promised you too:

For a google juice checklist download this free workbook  help you get found on google clicking here. 

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If you don’t have a website yet, remember you can sign up for my 2 week course where you will also get one on one support with me to help finish up your stunning new website. Ready to find out more? – Build a professional website in just 2 weeks!

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Christmas Shopping List

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christmas shopping listFor those of you who like online shopping, I decided to create an interactive Christmas shopping list and guess what? it has checkboxes too. Check your list off! So download and save this list to your desktop, add who it’s for, what you got them/are going to get them, how much you spent/will spend and then check your list off! Best part? you can use this Christmas shopping list next year too! hee hee 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Download your interactive Shopping List HERE or by clicking on the ipad image to your right side where it says “My Christmas Shopping List”.

google driveiconsineed-plus-24-128f3cLttVhPS: Do you use Google Drive? Save this to your google drive and open it in google drive using the DocHub app so you can edit it. You’ll have this list every year and can budget for it again next year!

 

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Best Fonts for Websites

best fonts for websites

Here is a quick and short guide to help you pick the fonts you will use on your website.

Contrast and SizeFonts for website - contrast and size

So what are the best fonts for websites? your website. There is no short answer to this but broaddly speaking,You’ll want to pick fonts that when put next to each other, they stand out. For example, the image on the left  is using the Carter One font in a 32px size and the subtitle is using the Boldoni FLF font in 21px size

More on Font SizesChoosing font size for your website

When using fonts remember to follow this format for sizing

  • TITLE is the largest font size
  • SUBTITLE is next largest
  • BODY is smaller than the rest (please keep it simple and legible as most of your text will be in this size and font)

 

 

Emphasis

choosing fonts for your websiteAlways choose fonts that complement your message. Is your message informal and fun? Or is it formal and serious?

 

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DIY or Hire A Pro? Who’s Developing Your Website?

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You have a clear vision of what you want your website to be like, and a fierce determination to make home page into a reality. (Vision not clear yet? Sign-up for my free Plan and brand your website workbook and I’ll get you started.)

So what next? Hand over your plans and money to a professional web designer, or build your own website DIY-style?

 

As a self-taught web developer turned pro, with hundreds of beautiful websites and happy customers to my name, I’m in the perfect position to offer a balanced opinion on whether you should go it alone or pay for expert assistance.

 

Are you in the perfect position to DIY?

If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’ then DIY might be the right web development route for you.

 

#1 You Need Something Simple

For many businesses a simple vanilla website is all they need. Some text, photos and a contact us page. Somewhere they can call home for now and add to later. And vanilla doesn’t mean it’s bland and boring. You can still put your visual stamp on the site with the right colours, fonts and graphics, and by injecting your personality into the words. You can even add e-commerce and appointment booking systems using simple plug-ins without too much drama.

 

#2 You Want To Nurture Your Website-Baby Over Time

When you construct your own website, you know it inside and out. You know how it works, how it’s put together, and what you can tweak. You have the ability to nurture your site over time, further developing it as your business grows. You’ll be able to save money long-term by making changes and updates yourself. And when you need to hire a pro for more complicated changes, you will be in a position to have a meaningful conversations with them and appreciate the complexity of work involved.

 

#3 You Love To Learn

If you embarked on entrepreneurship because you love to learn new things, then building your own website may be a productive new hobby for you. One man’s toil is another man’s pleasure, and I can tell you from first-hand experience there is plenty of joy and satisfaction to be experienced when creating your own website (frustration and panic too, but as an entrepreneur you’ll be used to that rollercoaster).

 

When to call in the professionals

 

#1 You Want Sauce + Sprinkles

Plain vanilla websites are a good place to start your web development education. But if you want sauce, sprinkles and maybe even a wafer on top, it’s time to call in the pros. Prominent branding throughout the site, special buttons, a specific look and layout, interactive sites with e-commerce, booking systems and the many other more complex things you could wish for, should be handled by an expert. They aren’t cheap (especially the good ones) so be prepared to set aside a budget for this. If your budget is tight, don’t be afraid to ask for a payment plan option. Most developers, like myself, will accept a deposit for a small amount to lock your booking with them then take staggered payments as milestones are reached.

 

#2 You Want It Right This Very Second

The majority of entrepreneurs are looking for cost effective solutions to get a business off the ground quickly. Learning to build your own website will not be the fastest way to create an online presence. However, even if you plan on hiring a professional, you need to plan ahead. The best designers have a waiting list of clients, so get a date in their diary and deposit in their bank account to secure your spot in the schedule as soon as your decision to hire is made.

 

#3 You’ve Reached The Limit Of Your DIY Skills

If you already have DIY’d your site and now find yourself stuck in certain areas, a professional will save you A LOT of tears and frustration. When you want to do something complex the cost of your time (and energy) to learn more skills vs. the financial cost of hiring a developer will swing the decision in the pro’s favour.

 

Have It Both Ways

As most websites will require a common core of pages and basic functionality, many entrepreneurs choose to develop this basic starter site themselves. It gives them the opportunity to play around with the look of the site until they’re completely satisfied without driving a designer nuts. Plus their experience of developing the site gives them a new appreciation of the complexity of the work and the possibilities for functionality and appearance.

 

An Alternative To Solo DIY’ing

Before you skip off into the sunset to grab your domain, hosting and WordPress install, let me share some of my experience with you.

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Attempting to create a website myself (without appropriate support or training) took me much longer than hiring a professional. Piecing together WordPress tutorials from around the Internet was time-consuming, and frustrating. The videos were often out of date or incorrect. And when I had a specific question about my set-up, I was forced to ask forums full of strangers for their help.

 

To save other entrepreneurs time, money and energy when creating their own WordPress website, I’ve developed a comprehensive training program with wrap-around support. You can go from zero coding skills to launching your self-developed WordPress website in 14 days.

 

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