5 Quick Tips For Branding Yourself Online

Are you on the struggle bus of figuring out how to BRAND yourself?

Let me help 🙂

Branding is my favorite part of marketing. It creates a cohesiveness to your business and allows your follows/buyers/peeps to relate to you in a more intimate way. PLUS It will help set you apart from all the “other guys”.

Branding ROCKS and should definitely be a key part of your business or personal endeavors.

SO lets get into it.

Here are 5 quick tips to help you brand yourself:

1.Decide who you are.

This is THE most important step for virtually every part of promoting your business. You have to get really clear about who YOU are.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you do?
  • What are you promoting?
  • What’s the big idea?
  • How do you compare to other businesses or influencers?

Answering these questions will help you get a clearer understanding of what you want to convey to your followers.

Feel like  you need more help standing out? Check out this fab article (LINK)

2. What’s the Mission?

Creating a mission statement or just an overall mission for your personal/business endeavor will help you keep your eye on the prize and really help you stream line and give your branding PURPOSE.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • What part of this endeavor excites you the most?
  • Why did you start all of this?
  • What are you hoping to accomplish?

People love to follow people who have goals and an ultimate reason for doing what they do.

Here’s a quick How To if you need help (LINK)

3.Define audience.

Who do you want to reach?

It’s okay to not be EVERYONE’S cup of tea. Actually, it’s better! The more specific your audience is, the more loyal your following can be and the easier it is to target when you start getting into advertising.

Sit yourself down and think about what you’re offering and who specifically you want to offer it to!

Here’s an awesome resource if you need more help! (LINK)

4. Establish a color scheme

What’s your aesthetic?

Picking a color scheme will help your audience to identify you in the ocean of social media posts or advertisements.

Our brains are like 70% more likely to remember something we SAW. So help your followers to associate you with some gorgeous color schemes.

If you need some inspiration, this color scheme branding board is a MUST SEE.

The rose gold makes me SWOON.

5.Create a Logo

What do you want people to identify you with?

Are you a photographer? Maybe include a classy camera. Are you a writer? Maybe a pen or pencil or something that alludes to what you do!

If YOU are your brand, you can just use your name and create something gorgeous and classy.

THIS is my logo:

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Something with a little bit of wild in it is what I wanted people to see!

Do you think this works for my brand? Why or why not?


I hope these quick tips help you out in whatever you are trying to accomplish online.

Let me know if you have any you think I should add in the comments below!

love,

-H

 

P.S. Here’s a bonus link to what NOT to do when branding: (LINK)

 

DIY Outdoor themed wedding favors

This past weekend was a BLUR. My cute sister-in-law got married this weekend and we had the chance to help put everything together for her BEAUTIFUL outdoor themed wedding.

Here’s a peak at the DIY wedding favors we made!

DIY Bird feed Wedding Favors:

(Link to Original Post: http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/birdseed-wedding-favor-hearts-easy-and-inexpensive-diy/ )

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed

You will also need:

  • large mixing bowl
  • heart shaped cookie cutter
  • nonstick spray
  • chopstick or bamboo skewer for making a hole in the ornament
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet
  • jute or raffia
  • card stock
  • rubber stamp
  • ink
  • hole punch

Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.

Make sure to spray some non-stick on your hands.. this stuff is disgustingly sticky.

Spray your heart (or really whatever shape you’d like!) mold, and get to work!

I would make little balls of bird seed, place them in mold and then press it to fill the mold.

(See below)

If you want to hang these (obviously, its for birds so hanging from trees is ideal) make sure to poke a hole to stick the ribbon or jute cord through!

Once you’ve laid them all out, let them dry for 6-8 hours before doing anything with them!

 

 

If you want to make these cute hearts yourself, here’s the link to the original post:

http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/birdseed-wedding-favor-hearts-easy-and-inexpensive-diy/

Also here is a link to some cute heart shape cookie cutters for molding them:

http://a.co/8sUSZFd

Have you ever made DIY wedding favors?

Share below!

 

 

Parade of Homes -St. George 2018

If you’re hardcore into ‘window shopping’ (especially for houses), the Parade of Homes is for you!

This last week we decided to take a trip down to St. George to see what all the fanfare surrounding the Parade of Homes was about. We were not disappointed.

These homes ranged from $450k- 4 Million in price. The styles and themes were vastly different but all of them were so beautiful!

Here are some of my favorites:

Building style & Architecture :

As much as I love craftsman or bungalow style homes… these desert dwelling had my heart pumpin.

Desert Dwelling:

Modern:

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(The Greystone)

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(Sunset over Dixie) *Major Fave

Check out this link to see ALL the pictures:

https://paradehomes.com

Landscaping:

Landscaping is something I always keep an eye out for. I love the outdoors and my dream house will have a GIANT back yard as well as land for daysss.

However, the parade of homes is definitely more focused on the HOME, there isn’t a lot to the yards besides pools.

Here are some of the cool features that WERE there:

This volcano rock blows my mind.

Fire rocks were all over! So cool!

Kitchens:

You can’t have a Parade house without a dreamy kitchen, it’s the law. I can not WAIT to move into our new place with a giant kitchen!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Bathrooms:

What I wouldn’t give for an insane bathroom like on of these. Bath’s are a stressed out college girls best friend and these tubs couldn’t be more inviting.

Here are a few of my favorite designs:

The view on this one makes up for the lack of privacy

Interior Design:

Definitely one of my favorite factors of any home. I love the way small things can pull together an entire room.

Here are a few of my favorite accent walls & pieces:

Views:

Most of these gorgeous homes were located up near Snow Canyon park in Southern Utah. An incredibly gorgeous place that you definitely need to see for yourself.

Here’s a link if you want to go see it:

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon/

If you’re looking to build a house in southern Utah and love the way these look I highly recommend checking out this website to find some awesome contractors:

https://www.suhba.com/

A Blondie’s Guide: ‘Whole Food’

Let’s talk about ‘Whole Foods’.  

If you’re a little crunchy like I am you’ll get why whole food is a big deal. Now, I am not talking about the Grocery store chain. I’m talking about real actual food!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite blog posts from another blog I have that is ALL about being healthy:

https://the-wellness-home.com

Here it is:

HELLO HELLO! Today we are going to be chatting about ‘WHOLE FOODS’ … so if you’re not into learning about food or you don’t like to eat food or you’re not into eating good foods… stop reading NOW.

If you ARE looking for a some resources about things to put in your body to make it happier AND healthier, you are in the right place.

What are ‘Whole Foods’?

Definition: “plant food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.” (Thank you google.) For example.. Fruits, Veggies… good grains.

That sounds easy enough, right? Well.. it’s not. Take a good look at what things you may have in your fridge or in your pantry or cabinets. I am willing to bet most of the food that you have stored away in there doesn’t quite meet the requirements for ‘Whole food’. In today’s world it’s much harder to find unprocessed, unrefined, un-tampered with food. Even a lot of the produce we consume has additives or artificial substances added to it.

Crazy, right?

Note: Check out the labels on your food! If you can’t read it or pronounce it, it most likely isn’t whole food and it probably isn’t too awesome for you.

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Why do we need ‘Whole Foods’?

Now, I don’t mean to scare you, everything will be OKAY. Not having a strict diet of only ‘Whole food’ will not kill you and hasn’t been proven as a cause of cancer or any of that kind of junk (Maybe)… our bodies just don’t function as well without them. ‘Whole Foods’ are an essential part to having a healthy balanced body and life!

Our bodies were MADE to process and use Whole, Fresh, food! Imagine a life where all you ate was ‘Whole foods’, I’m sure you’re picturing more energy, a more balanced state of mind. Perhaps, clearer skin and memory, greater health and vibrancy. You are SO right. Our bodies function on a whole different level when we give them the nutrients they need without all the fillers or frills. Eating more whole foods is essential to health and a HUGE step in the right direction if you are ready for an improved healthy lifestyle.

Note: TRY IT! If you haven’t heard of the ‘whole 30 diet’, I recommend checking it out and giving it a go for 30 days! I’d love to start another challenge group and do it with you.

How can we incorporate more ‘Whole Foods’ into our lives?

That being said, how in the world are we supposed to incorporate more Whole Foods into our diets? Easy Peasy. Buy them. I know what you’re thinking… ‘how am I supposed to eat that stuff?’ RECIPES! If you are on Pinterest I am SURE you will find what you need to make these whole foods sound appetizing. Create meal plans, get your family in on it, make it a goal! You will thank yourself later for being so proactive with your health.

Besides, we are happy to help! Join one of our 21 day challenges and get some awesome recipes, meal plans and tips to help. (Email:be.eating.clean@gmail.com)

The truth of the matter is that our bodies crave these foods and what we can find at the grocery store wont entirely sate that craving or fulfill all of the nutrients our bodies need. That is the BIGGEST reason I advocate for supplements.

Specifically ‘Whole Food’ supplements.

Some of my favorite ‘Whole food’ Supplements:

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Greens- Jade greenzymes

The ULTIMATE super food. You can literally survive off of this stuff and water. This will help alkalinize your system, promote better functioning organs (especially digestion/acid reflex stuff) and it’s definitely the best option for families who need some help in the eating more greens department. PLUS its great at fighting off infections and I even use it as a facial mask to suck out any impurities in my skin! (Seriously, if you have sick kids all the time THIS is a MUST.)

Click here to learn more. 

Daily Health- Kenzen Mega Daily (Men & Women)

Most daily vitamins are hard for your body to absorb.. but, because these are ‘Whole food’ supplements your body uses them right up! I LOVE the way I feel one these. My hormones stay so balanced. There’s also a ton of rocking antioxidants AND metabolism boosters. HECK YES.

Click here to learn more. 

INSANE Daily Nutrients- Kenzen Vital Balance

I am totally not a protein shake type of gal but, I make an exception for something that has literally changed everything about my health. This stuff tastes good and does the best things for your body. My immunity is much higher, my skin is brighter, my hair is longer, my digestion has improved IMMENSELY (more on that later) and I have a crazy amount of energy. (Not to mention this stuff is the bomb for both building muscle AND losing extra weight you may be carrying around)

Click here to learn more. 

Energy- Kenzen Ten4

MY FAVORITE THING EVER. If you need more energy, a gentle detox… some brain/emotional balance, THIS should be your go to. Besides having an amazing amount of nutritional value and antioxidants, this stuff boosts your metabolism AND helps you gently detox. I LOVE IT. 10/10 would recommend to EVERYONE.

Click here to learn more. 

Total Detox- Activated charcoal

Lately I have been totally loving on this stuff.. even though its not technically a ‘Whole food’ it will totally help scrub out all the gunk in your system to help you absorb your Whole foods better! Just make sure you continue to drink copious amounts of water to help it filter through!

Find this on Amazon or at any health food store. Or click here for the one I use.

Note: Find what works for your body! Do research, ask questions, be proactive.

Link to full post:

https://the-wellness-home.com/2017/11/15/why-whole-foods-are-everything/

This for sure isn’t everything… There is so much more for us to learn about how are bodies are affected by food. I can’t wait to write more about it!

Stay tuned for a fit & foodie post in the next month or so!

What are your favorite Whole Food recipes?

Have you done Whole30? What was your experience?

 

Love

-Hailee

 

 

9 quotes to help you stay motivated in 2018

If you’re anything like me, you LOVE motivational quotes. So for today’s post, I put together some of my absolute favorites to help you stay motivated in 2018.

 

Hopefully you can use them throughout your year. Or post them all over your house like I am going to! 

1. Get yourself started.

It’s a new year. You GOT THIS. Getting started is the hardest AND most important step to achieving anything. 

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Success.com

2.Believe in your Awesome.

Just let yourself be amazing. Imagine what would happen if you just BELIEVED in how incredible you are.

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3. Focus on the Important things.

Keep perspective. If it’s not going to matter in a few months, it’s not worth your time!

Where is your focus?

 

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4. Keep the end in mind.

Become so obsessed with the things you want to accomplish that nothing can stand in the way of it.

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5. Stop living in fear.

Experience more faith in your life.

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6. Remember who you are.

You have SO much worth! Keep that in mind even when you’re facing great challenges.

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(Pinterest)

7. Choose better. Always.

Every decision you make has an impact on your destiny. Start living like it!

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8. Love More. Live Positive.

Live each day with a little more love and a lot more positive thinking.

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(Pinterest)

9. BECOME the person you’re meant to be.

Finish strong and as the best person 2018 can create! I believe in you 🙂

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Need more inspiration?

Here are some incredible inspirational quotes from inspirational women!

http://www.refinery29.com/motivational-work-career-quotes-for-2018

 

5 Ways To Practice Self Care & Chill The Heck Out

“Of this be sure: you do not find a happy life, you make it.”

– Thomas S. Monson

Finding contentment as a control freak is a difficult task indeed. Life is pretty unpredictable & it’s easy to have mental breakdowns and hyperventilate. 

So instead of COMPLETELY shutting down & becoming a couch potato wrapped in fuzzy blankets and sadness for the rest of our lives, what can we do to overcome it?

Going back to my post last week, I wanted to get a little bit more specific about the things I use to help me chill & to practice self care.

If you’re anything like me, Type A, Red personality, absolute insane maniac obsessed with success, these will make you a feel a little salty about doing them but oh so much better after 

Finding your chill is ROUGH.

STEP ONE.

Breathe.

If you’re not dying… it’s fine. You’re fine. It’s fine.

Don’t just take a couple huffs in and out, really take a minute to monitor where your thoughts are.

Give yourself a minute to stop freaking the freak out and really breathe.

I like to go go go so taking a second to breathe is THE WORST. Like why would I do that when I can just throw myself into the issue and fix it?

But, I have definitely found taking time to breathe helps me to approach issues with less of an insane energy and more hope.

Breathing saves lives!

STEP TWO

Take a step back & dump your brains

Not gonna lie.. this is my favorite one. I whip out my notebook, grab my favorite pen and furiously write down everything on my mind. Which usually takes me about 15 minutes.

Doing a brain dump can be hard when you’re first starting so here are some ideas to get you started:

-What are you Grateful for?

-What is driving you crazy?

– What are the most pressing things on your to-do list?

-What decisions need to be made? (Pros-cons)

And here’s an awesome post about it if you need more help:

https://littlecoffeefox.com/brain-dump/

STEP THREE

Do something you LOVE

TREAT YO SELF.

Take a bath, journal, create some art, dance in your kitchen, buy some cake and eat it all by yourself.

Give yourself permission to have a little joy and do something you love.

Then proceed to feel awesome for being so good to yourself. (The best way to get a mental self congrats for eating a whole cake)

It’s important to give our brain a break every once and awhile, have a little distraction so we can come back to our issues with a different mindset and a little more happy.

I love this post about self care and why it’s important:
https://lifehacker.com/why-self-care-is-so-important-1770880812

STEP FOUR

Work out

Stop. Stop rolling your eyes. I get it. Working out is NOT the ideal way to do self care.

But when you’re a control freak and you have all the pent up energy of an insane person cause.. control. WORK THAT BODYYY.

It helps your hormones chill. It helps your body chill. It helps your brain chill.

Seriously working out may be the answer to everything… sad but true.

Get your blood flowing and watch magic happen. (Just do some yoga at least)

To help you really understand why working out is crazy important and definitely linked to mental health.. here’s a little post about it:

https://www.today.com/popculture/exercise-cure-truth-about-all-natural-miracle-drug-2D11723687

 

STEP FIVE

Make a realistic plan

I lied.. THIS is my favorite one. Time to let your creative planning brain shine through. Grab your brain dump notebook, some colorful pens and get to work! Create a list of what needs to happen, make some small goals to achieve and become clear on what you really need/want to accomplish. 

Its okay to change the plan up a little bit, its okay to release those things that don’t serve you. Be real with yourself about what you can and can’t handle.

I promise to write a little bit more on goal setting and how to achieve your goals late this week!

If you need a cute new planner for all of your plans & you’re a lil extra, this one is SO cute:

http://a.co/0I56VYz

I hope these tips help you get a little more centered on the important stuff and help you chill the heck out too! Sometimes our plans might not go our way BUT we just have to trust that it’s all for our own good.

You got this babes.

xxxx

I want to hear what you do for Self Care!

Share with me in the comments 🙂

 

How I’m learning to Trust God & chill my inner control freak

I am a little bit of a CONTROL FREAK

Let me show you why…

Scenario: Your life is going good. Your house is clean. Your finances are in order. All of a sudden.. A huge opportunity drops into your lap (like your DREAM opportunity). BUT you have to move, take some financial risks and live completely differently than you have been. (Not to mention, your house won’t be clean for the next three months)

If this makes you excited & overwhelmed all at the same time… AND you already started planning out how that’s going to work in your head, you might be a control freak too!

I’m the kind of girl that has a 10 year plan and likes to keep it updated in a google drive spreadsheet.

A little background for this scenario: I’m currently in school for a Bachelors in Strategic Communications & Marketing, My husband is serving in the bishopric at a young single adults ward for our church and I have a small business I run out of our home. We’ve been super comfortable.. But definitely not living our best life.

All these things are part of the plan, right?

So you can imagine my feels when the scenario described above occurred in MY life. Here I am, having just set all my 2018 goals, excited for the upcoming year… you know all the plans. This was NOT part of them.

But after lots of discussion & prayer we knew that although it wasn’t my plan, this opportunity was God’s plan for us. We’re Moving to Phoenix, AZ!

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(I’m already obsessing over the amount of cacti & succulents I’m going to possess)

I had a mini meltdown. I was Ecstatic. Terrified. Overwhelmed. My brain immediately went into planning mode.

-Financial aid for the upcoming school year was still up in the air.
-I had to somehow get into the rest of my general classes this semester for my associates to transfer.
-All my classes had to be online so that we could move in the middle of the school year.
-We have to find *affordable* housing in Arizona in the next 6 weeks.
-Not to mention, we had to find someone to take over our lease or end up paying $1500 more dollars for an uninhabited place.
Etc. etc. etc.

There’s a lot going on and a lot to consider… obviously, as with any move or big change in your life.

My inner control freak is losing her crap. FOR REAL.

But let me tell you, when you are on the right path, heaven showers down some miraculous blessings. All of those worries I listed earlier, have been dealt with or are in the process of figuring themselves out. Sometimes prayer is the most efficient way to get things done.

I’ve spent a lot of my life halfheartedly trusting that God will take care of things.. Even though HE ALWAYS DOES.

But, recently I have been noticing how God is slowly teaching me to roll with the punches and how His plan is ALWAYS always better.

Trusting in Him helps us to drop all the cares of the world and just let it happen. I’m not saying that we should just stand by and watch our life unfold or just be the victim of our own circumstances. No, we need to include our Heavenly Father in a more intimate way with our life plans and TRUST HIM.

Why the heck don’t we trust the all powerful, all knowing being in our lives? What kind of ridiculous notion is that?

I know for me, as a control freak I tend to like things my way… I have a plan and that’s how things should always work. If and When things don’t fall perfectly into place within that plan, I tend to shut down and panic. (I’m working on it)

So here are 5 Things I do to chill my inner control freak:

  • Pray

This is probably THE most important & helpful thing you could possibly do when you’re panicking is stop, drop and PRAY. Talking with heaven always helps me keep eternal perspective, which is the best kind of perspective to have when you feel like you might be losing control.

  • Brain dump

I keep a notebook just for this purpose. I find writing it all out to be very helpful, even if it’s just a word cloud or a pros and cons list. Get all the ideas and plans out on paper and THEN organize.

If you haven’t ever done a  brain dump, here’s an article that I found helpful:

https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2014/tips-better-brain-dump/

  • Lists

I love love love todo lists! I even make to do lists for different sections of my life.  For example: a house to do list, a school work to do list and a business to do list. It helps me keep track of all the sections of my life and what needs to get done. PLUS it’s very fun to check things off lists.

  • Small goals

I am a FAN of productivity. Its low key my crack cocaine… but when I’m not productive or if I feel I haven’t “made it” that day, I get really down on myself. Like I said, it’s a drug. SO I’ve worked on it and found that setting small goals for myself on the daily and making sure they’re small enough to accomplish in 24 hours really helps my self esteem!

  • Visualize & Let go

I know visualizing may sound a little crazy but, our minds are AMAZING. Visualizing what you want in life helps you to get the energy you need to get there & visualizing helps you release your intense need for total control. Visualize what you want and then release it into the world!

Here’s a fabulous article about it:

http://jackcanfield.com/blog/visualize-and-affirm-your-desired-outcomes-a-step-by-step-guide/

Here’s a cute little info graphic to help you keep track:

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The biggest thing is that we trust God… through all the thick & all the thin. We must trust Him through all the dark places, believing with all our hearts that He will show us the light at the end.

I’ve been learning this over and over again this month. Heavenly Father has been lovingly guiding me through the wreckage of my own plans to show my HIS, which is so much better than I could have ever imagined.

How do YOU deal with your inner control freak?

I want to know what tips & tricks you use!

Leave them in the comments below 🙂

 

 

P.S. Here’s a FABULOUS planner to help you balance all the things!

http://a.co/55QdBYd