Why I don’t have Pinterest + an alternative

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Today I decided to share an easy alternative to Pinterest!

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I’m going to share this alternative with y’all right off the bat… Unsplash! I know, right? If you don’t know what Unsplash is, it’s a free photo website full of high-resolution photos. They’re all free for the taking and you can use them anywhere, plus they’re great quality! Awesome, right – if you want photos. But you can use Unsplash for other things too! I use it for a Pinterest board. It’s not the same, but here’s what it DOES have.

  • Tons of great quality photos- if you want photo inspiration, this is WAY better than Pinterest. These photos are professional and hand picked daily!
  • Bible journaling and art inspiration- this is surprising but true. There are quite a few gorgeous spreads for bible journaling, art, bullet journaling, and planners.
  • Cute pictures of babies- I know! But they’re so CUTE 🙂 ‘Nuff said.
  • Food pictures- I have a whole board on this one 🙂
  • Boards- You can make collections that are kind of like pinterest boards! It’s very similar.
  • Appropriate photos- the photos are all hand picked and very appropriate.
  • You can submit photos- I can’t promise that they’ll be accepted, but you can submit them!
  • You can like photos
  • You can follow other people’s feeds
  • Your feed is specific to your interests

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VIEW MY UNSPLASH ACCOUNT 

One thing I love about Unsplash is that it’s not ads for products. On pinterest, the pictures make you want stuff, but Unsplash pictures don’t (for me).

Go to unsplash.com today to sign up, or check out my unsplash account with the link above.

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June Recap + July Goals

Wow! Time has flown by. It seems like I just posted the May Recap + June goals post, but it’s already time to do another monthly recap + goals post.

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June Recap

This Month’s goal recap:

  1. Use my bullet journal every day, with the exception of 1 day per week. Re-doing this one! ✖ It’s hard to admit it, but I didn’t do this one… again!
  2. Write 3 posts for this month. ✔ Check! I did do this one!
  3. Take photos on my  blogging break. ✔ Sure did!

I didn’t have many goals for June, but I did do 2/3, which is good!

This Month’s posts:

May Recap + June Goals

RATC Challenge ANNOUNCMENT

RATC Week 1

RATC Week 2

Back from Summer Break + Photos

I still posted 5 times, even though I was on break- what?

This Month’s stats

Note: I normally schedule posts ahead of time, so these aren’t going to be super accurate- sorry!

Total followers: 78

Top three countries:

America with 124 views

Australia  comes to a close second with 13 views, and

Canada gets 3rd place with 7 views.

Views: 155

Visitors: 67

Likes: 45

Comments: 46

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July Goals:

  1. Prep posts ahead of time
  2. Send out a weekly newsletter 3 times
  3. Prep QTE posts ahead of time

Only 3 goals again 😦

 

 

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RATC Week 3

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Do you like my new hello gif? I was inspired by Clara (clara-and-co.com) to make one. I really like it, but it doesn’t really match the blog theme…

Time for RATC! Oh, and by the way, I totally messed up.

 

 

This challenge is hosted by:

Ariana

Liz

Christina (you’re here)

Rhiana

 

Check out the post where I introduce this contest before you ask any questions- the answers might be there.

Week 3 Challenges:

Remember, there are 3 categories: Photography, Writing, and DIY. You don’t have to choose one category- you can do as many as you want.

Photography:

Take a  photo of books (5)

Take a photo of an animal or pet you don’t own (your neighbors pet, a friends pet, an animal from the zoo…)  (10)

Take a photo of something you think is beautiful (15)

Stories:

Write a journal entry (it doesn’t have to be about you) (5)

Write a story about yourself as a child (could be true or fictional) (10)

Write a story (between 500-1500 words) about a character running a business (bakery, lemonade stand, store…) and the trials they go through (15)

DIY’S:

Sketch a drawing of yourself (5)

Draw a picture or series of pictures showing a dream you once had! (10)

Make a craft where you can only use  paper, Popsicle sticks, glue or tape, your choice of drawing utensil (pencil, crayons, markers…), photos from a magazine, and streamers. You don’t have to use them all: be creative!

 

Remember, you don’t have to do everything! I recommend doing at least 2-3.

Week 2 Submissions

 

 
Shekina
Kaelyn  https://kaelynslife.wordpress.com/
Team 1 :  Bird: 30 points
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Shekina- 30 points

Love Photo (15)

Garden Photo (10)

Take a picture of something of your choice (5)

Maelyn
Kaylean:
Team 3: Squirrel: 40 points
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Kate
Eleanor
Lila: 30 points!
– c h r i s t i n a

Back from Summer Break + PHOTOS

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Hi guys! Today, I’m officially back from summer break. I’m so excited to be consistently blogging again, but I enjoyed taking a short break as well.

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Summer Photos:

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SMORES!! It was SO hard to get a good picture of these. I had around 20 that I deleted, and even this one isn’t great.

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My sleepy sister- XD!

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She loves the little tie- so sweet.

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She decided to pose for me 🙂

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Now she fell asleep on me…

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My crazy brother posing for me- he’s so silly!

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Comment below if you know what book this is!

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I tried to get some good pictures of our Jamaican cherry tree.

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I don’t know why I like this picture, but I do.

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❤ B U L L E T   J O U R N A L   P I C S ❤

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This post was shorter then normal but hopefully short and sweet.

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RATC Week 2

Hey guys! I’m actually coming back from summer break officially tomorrow! I’m so excited. I’ve really missed blogging every week.

Now onto RATC!

 

 

This challenge is hosted by:

Ariana

Liz

Christina (you’re here)

Rhiana

 

Check out the post where I introduce this contest before you ask any questions- the answers might be there.

Week 2 Challenges:

Remember, there are 3 categories: Photography, Writing, and DIY. You don’t have to choose one category- you can do as many as you want.

Photography:

Love Photo: 15 points

Garden Photo: 10 points

Photo of your choice: 5 points

Stories:

Write a article about your favorite animal (5)

Write a cliffhanger story: 1,200-1,500 words (15)

Write a script for your favorite tv show/youtube channel: 1,000-3,000 words(20)

DIY’S:

Back to School DIY: 15 points

Music DIY: 15 points

DIY of your choice: 5 points

 

Remember, you don’t have to do everything! I recommend doing at least 2-3.

Teams + Participants

 

Team 1 :  Bird: 60 points
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Shekina- 30 points

Take a picture of something unique (15)

Take a picture of a sunset/sunrise (10)

Take a picture of something of your choice (5)

Shekina: 30 points

Maelyn
Kaylean: 30 points (can’t upload photos, but check out her post: https://kaelynslife.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/ratc-round-1-go-team-bird/
Team 3: Squirrel: 40 points
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Kate
Eleanor
Lila: 40 points
Birthday Diy (15)
Summer DIY: 10
Unique Photo: 15
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RATC Week 1

Hey, guys!

I’m officially back from my summer break on June 29, but I’m actually one of the hosts of this awesome challenge- RATC!

This challenge is hosted by:

Ariana

Liz

Christina (you’re here)

Rhiana

 

Check out the post where I introduce this contest. It has the answers to your questions! You can actually still sign up until Wednesday the 27th at midnight EST, when the first week of challenges are due. So go sign up NOW! I promise, this will be SO. MUCH. FUN.

And now, the first week’s challenges:

There are 3 categories: Photography, Writing, and DIY. You don’t have to choose one category- you can do as many as you want.

Photography:

Take a picture of something unique (15)

Take a picture of a sunset/sunrise (10)

Take a picture of something of your choice (5)

Stories:

Write a story about a lottery of your choice, 1,300 words. (10)

Write a story about a grieving girl, how she grows from it, 1,750 words. (15)

Write a story about a boy saving a girl’s life, 1,500-2,500 words. (20)

DIY’S: Birthday DIY (15)

Summer DIY (10)

Baby Shower DIY (10)

 

If you choose to do EVERYTHING (I don’t recommend that…), you would get 110 points! That is quite a bit, but I really don’t recommend doing all of them. I think that the average amount of points that people will get is 15.

 

Teams + Participants

So far, these are the participants, but remember that you can still enter until next Wednesday!

Team 1 :  Bird
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Lilah
Maelyn
Kate
Team 2: Mouse
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Hannah
Eleanor
Shekina
Team 3: Squirrel
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Kaelyn
B Y E   G U Y S !
– c h r i s t i n a