Monday, May 30, 2016

Tips for Long Term Travel

Up until last year the longest trip I had taken was about 3 weeks long (unless you count the occasional summer at Grandma's, but when you're 9, you have no say in the planning). Last summer I decided to start taking extended trips to Seoul, to immerse myself in the culture (Atlanta's Korea town is cool, but not quite the same) but quite a bit of planning has to take place because two month is not a short period of time.

After last year, I think I have a pretty good system in place.

Travel tips for those long term trips (or even some shorter stays)

I like to make sure my home is nice and fresh before any length of travel, because nobody should want to come home to a dirty bed, trash and piles of laundry. But I find returning to a clean home after a long trip is doubly important. You'll probably be exhausted and just want to pass out, and that'll be impossible if you have to deal with a bug infestation that manifested while you were gone.

I personally make sure all dishes are washed, trash is taken out, bedding is clean, floors are clean, counters are wiped down, laundry is done...

Friday, May 20, 2016

BTS: How to Enable Rich Pins on Pinterest

For this week's behind the (blog) scenes, I wanted to share how I enabled rich pins for my site on Pinterest. It was super simple and only took a few minutes.

Super simple instructions on how to enable rich pins on Pinterest


Rich Pins add a little extra something to your pins which help them stand out on Pinterest.  By enabling rich pins, your pins will show your favicon and blog name as well as the blog post title on all of your pins. You can see see some examples below on a few of my pins.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Go-To Green Juice

I've been juicing almost daily since Christmas 2014 when my sister bought me my first starter juicer. She knew I was eating healthier and taking better care of myself and thought juicing might be something I  would be interested in. She was right. This past Christmas I transitioned from a starter juicer to my holy grail big girl super juicer and I've grown to love juicing even more. It's just so easy.


I did get a little too excited at the beginning and tried to make all kinds of fancy juices with fruits and veggies with names that I had never heard of. Sometimes I do still like to get a little creative and juice a Korean sweet potato or some red bell peppers, but for most days I have two go-to juices, one green and one red.

This is my go-to green juice.
My super easy go-to green juice recipe.

Friday, May 13, 2016

BTS: Taking Better Blog Photos

I'm thinking of starting a new series on the behind the scenes of blogging, where I'll share some of my blogging tips & tricks as well as what happens behind the scenes to create both this website and it's blog posts. Do me a favor and let me know in the comments if this is a series you'll enjoy.

In this first (and hopefully not last) post in this series I wanted to share with you how I ended up with the photos that I did on My Minimalist Skincare blogpost. The thought to share this process actually popped in my mind when I was taking the last set of pictures... you'll understand when you see the very last photo. 

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional photographer, I don't even own an actual camera. I don't claim to take amazing photos. But when you see what could have ended up on the blog post, I think we'll all agree that the end results are a huge improvement from where they started.