How to write a website brief

how to write a website brief

As a web designer and developer who cares a lot about my clients, I thought it might be useful to show you how to write a website brief. You might be wanting a new website or you might be thinking about re-designing your existing website.

It’s important to consider planning your new website before you start build it, this is where writing a website brief comes in handy.

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Think about what you want your website to do? think about the functionalities of what you need your website to perform

 

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What do you want it to say? The content and copywriting goes here for each of your pages.

 

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Finally how do you want your website to look like? fonts, logos and colours etc The whole esthetics of it.

 

 

I have a free workbook to help you with this process that you can download here or by clicking on the Free workbook banner below.

PS: DO NOT PRINT THIS WORKBOOK, save the workbook on your desktop and give yourself a week to spend time planning for your new website. Type straight into it and remember to SAVE it!

PPS: leave a comment below and let me know how you’re getting on with the workbook will you? x

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My morning routine

my morning routine

Do you have daily rituals? If you don’t, and you’re thinking of new ideas on how to get inspired for your day then maybe my morning routine might spark some interest on new things you can try.

So this is what I love to every single day when I wake up (time permitting), the first thing I do is some stretching and what I like to call Yoga in bed, my body feels really good like i’ve just had a massage and I’m ready to roll out of bed. Luckily for me, hubby gets out of bed before me so I have the space to do it, sometimes I do my yoga even before gets up in bed or I roll out onto my yoga mat next to my bed.

Next, I like to do some journalling around my day and the previous day, letting go of what is bothering me, things I’d love to do with my day, this brain dump seems to turn into an almost to do list. Once I have done all of this, I like to go into prayer/meditation. I want to come from a place of feeling grounded and centred before making decisions about my day. Then, I schedule things in my diary making room for urgencies that might creep up during the day. Every day is a gift so I try not to be too rigid with schedule. Once I have scheduled my day I am then able to jump into my web design and web development work for my clients.

Some other things I love to as I work is to light some candles, burn some incense and open the windows for an hour. This really gets me going for the day. Now I would love to hear from you, What rituals and routines do you do on a daily basis? I would love to know, leave me a comment below and lets get the conversation started.

 

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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

wallpapers for desktop

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

about me + winter blues

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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If you’re not quite ready for a website, start the right way with a plan using this free workbook, Sign-up for my free Plan and brand your website workbook and take the first step towards creating the website of your dreams.

 



Christmas Shopping List

christmas shopping list

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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