Ask Away Blog: 2019

Does Grime Have Your Home Under Siege?

Thursday, September 12, 2019




What even is grime? Grime is dirt that has become ingrained onto a surface. It's a very hard substance because dirt and debris has lost all it's water content and overtime it's become more and more solid. That’s why it sticks to the surface and really requires elbow grease to get rid of. It comes in all shapes, colors and sizes, it's pretty much everywhere in the modern home. From your kitchen, the living room, the bathroom and of course even outside on the exterior of your home, it's made itself at home. The trouble is the longer you leave it the more sticking strength it has. So here’s how to jump into action and break the siege in your own home.


Every Girl Needs a Blue Handbag | Teddy Blake Vanessa Palmelatto Handbag

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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You may recognize the brand Teddy Blake from a few months ago when I did my Teddy Blake Eliza Vitello handbag review.  Well, I'm back with another bag to review and this one has me super obsessed!  I have always been obsessed with Teddy Blake! I love working with them, I love their customer service, I love their bag options, and I love their social media feeds. 


So let's look from the inside out, at my new Teddy Blake handbag, the Vanessa Palmelatto!



6Tips for Influencers

Tuesday, September 10, 2019



Whether you are a blogger or your area of focus is social media, as an influencer, you need to do your best work to grow your brand and get access to new opportunities for partnering with bigger and bigger companies.  As an influencer, I've worked for years and years to grow my brand, gain followers, and network with others in my field. 


Today, I'm sharing some tips that can help you do better whether it's as a blogger or an Instagrammer! 

Couponing Tips For Pros


We all like this age money now and again and as adults this is something which can drive a lot of the decisions in our life. Money saving tips are super important to find and use in life and there are a lot of things we need to consider when budgeting and saving our money.

This is why when you get a Macys Coupon you might jump at the chance to save 50p on your favourite cheese and honestly, this can be a big thing when you accumulate these coupons and us them right. Today we are going to take a look at some handy couponing tips which will be useful for you today.

Get In, Get Out
The biggest tip you can utilise when shopping using a couponing scheme is to have a list of the items you plan to get before you go into the shop and don’t stray from it. It is important not to start walking down aisles for the sake of it because this is where you can pick up things you simply don’t need. Get in and get out quickly.

Use coupons to make meals
When you go shopping at a store and get some coupons, a lot of the time the coupons are a bit random. You might end up with money off potatoes, cheese, and chicken and this is why sometimes you might simply throw these out without using them. However if you start to think about meals, you can create many meals with these ingredients such as a chicken curry, chicken pie with mash or even a jacket potato with chicken on top. Think about ways to use coupons for meals and this will allow you to create a good shopping list that works.

Know Your Price Points
When we head shopping on a busy weeknight each week it is easy to forget to check the prices of staples such as bread and milk and cheese. However, it is important to know how much things like this cost because you could be getting ripped off if you don’t check. Make sure you don’t let yourself overpay for house staples and ensure that if a price is high, you shop somewhere else instead.

Present Your Coupons in a Certain Order
Not all coupons are made equally and it is important for you to build your coupons on top of each other for the best savings. For example if you have a coupon which gives you money off an item and one which gives you a percentage off your shop, you should do the former before the latter: this way you will get the percentage taken off the reduced price instead of the full price. Make sure when couponing that you always look for ways to order things in a smart way and this will make your life a lot easier.


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Are You Ready To Talk About The Colder Months?


The colder months are definitely something that are creeping in, but for a lot of us, there is still some of summer left. We’re clinging on to those remaining warmer days, but we just know that the colder days are nearly here, and are we ready to face those? Maybe not. Are we ready to talk about those? Probably not as well. But what we should be ready to do, is face the problems that the warmer weather might have started to cause, and the colder weather is definitely going to make things worse. When it comes to your home, problems can come in thick and fast, especially as the weather changes. So if you feel like you already have enough problems on your hands, and that you need a little break from the drama that your home in particular seems to cause, then we’re here to help. We want to show you some of the ways that the colder weather could damage your home, and what the warmer weather might have done to it!


Kitchen Cabinet Inspiration

Monday, September 9, 2019


If you are looking for cabinets for your kitchen, there is a lot that needs to be considered. After all, you need to make sure that the cabinets you choose add to the style of your home while also providing you with the required amount of storage space. This is especially the case when you consider the fact that kitchen space seems to be at a premium today. Below, we will take a look at some of the different things that you must consider when you are looking for kitchen cabinets. Hopefully, this will help you to get a better understanding of the different options that are out there too.

HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER | FREE PRINTABLE

free printable home management binder
Since my blog is always gaining new followers, I wanted to share a free printable from earlier in the year.  This beautiful free printable home management binder is just what you need to have one central location for everything related to your home life.  You can store contact numbers, financial information, and deal with project planning.

Check out what's inside! 

Getting Down To Business

Saturday, September 7, 2019




  When it comes to your business there are many things you need to keep in mind to grow and prosper.  There are many tools and services out there that can help you grow your business so it's more efficient and successful.  Today's I'm going to talk about some ways to do the best for your business. 


Great Customer Service Tips

Friday, September 6, 2019



Customer service is so important for all businesses big and small and the way to make things happen whether it's with customer churn or something else, is to listen to the advice of others. 

As a blogger myself,  I need to pay attention to what I do so that I keep a good reputation in my industry but also so I meet the needs of the customers. 

Here are some great tips others in my industry have given me. 
Get Feedback
Ask your customers how you are doing and what they want to see more or less of.  You can't know how to meet your customer's needs if you don't even know what they are, right? So ask for feedback after purchases, in your newsletters, on social media, and create polls or other surveys to gather opinions from everyone.  Then look at your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. 
Pretend you are the customer
If you can't beat em join em right? That's right...pretend you are your own customer.  Are your needs being met? Is there a product or service being offered that can actually benefit you?  Is your website easy to navigate or is there too much on the screen? Do your shopping and purchasing buttons work correctly EVERY time? These are the things that can make or break your business. 

Focus on the positive


If you get higher sales from certain things you do...keep doing them but do them even better! You already have some strengths, now you just need to enhance them.  Make a plan, list the steps to achieve your goals, and get working! 

Get advice from others

Ask others what they do that makes them so successful.  Ask them for tips and advice and don't be offended if they are too busy to respond.  Just keep asking others and you'll surely get the advice you need to flourish in your industry.  Maybe your prices are too high or your product is something that's already out there.  Find a way to market better and smarter. And don't get up or get discouraged. Your customers NEED you and what you offer. So keep that end goal in mind. 

Always improve where you can

Even if it's the tiniest detail, it can make a BIG difference. Simply by changing the font on my blog actually improved my click rate.  Seriously, I didn't think that was even a big deal, but apparently it is! 

No matter what industry you're in, customer service involves the same criteria.  If your customer's needs aren't being met they won't shop from you, visit your site, or recommend you to others and that's no good for business.  Always put the customer first and do your best in your own business to thrive in your industry. 

There are also plenty of books and websites out there for more guidance on this topic of customer service so don't be afraid to do your research and even attend trainings and conferences. 

What are your tips for better customer service? 



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Tips for Ensuring the Whole Family Is Happy and Comfortable at the Theme Park



Just going to the theme park isn’t enough to make sure the entire family has a good time. Although you may be tempted to assume the setting will be enough to keep everyone happy, and the facilities and stores will have everything you need to keep everyone comfortable, nothing could be further from the truth.

A trip to the theme park should actually include a lot of planning and packing, especially if you’re traveling with children. With the tips on this list, you can make sure you’re prepared all day long, so you don’t end up having to go home early.

My Newest Best Beauty Finds!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Everyone seems to be super excited these days about the latest and greatest best beauty finds, and for good reason.  We deal with a lot in everyday life, from stress to harsh environmental elements, so it's no wonder that it's taking a toll on our looks and our health. 


I don't post often about beauty products because I normally stick to the same routine but recently I've switched that up because I've become simply obsessed with some amazing new products.  They are by Dynamic Innovations and not only do they come in beautiful packaging but the products themselves are one of a kind.  They are very fairly priced too! 

Our New Home: Should We Buy... Or Build?



It's one of those debates many people have when they have the money. Should you build or buy your home? There are cases for both sides, so let's break it down, and see which is the best one for you.


To Build

While it doesn't have the same sort of convenience as buying a home, there are so many different personal touches you can add. When you are styling your home you can do it exactly as you see fit. As such, when we think about building our own home we've got to have a very specific image in mind. The great thing is that when you choose an architect or builder, this can help to shape the process. There are plenty of builders out there now, ParkerBuilt Homes is one that works with you to help. One of the great things is that if you join an existing development, this makes life easier for you. But also, when it comes to building your own home, you've got to find a lot of these things yourself. For example, you have got to find the land, and you've got to choose every single element of the new structure. If you are someone that doesn't really know what they want, this can prove to be time-consuming and frustrating. On the other hand, making a new home has reduced concerns in relation to health, for example with toxic materials like lead paint or asbestos. And on the other hand, while costs can be higher, it is a great investment. If you decide to build your home to sell it on, this can be an enticing prospect.

Essential Oils | Benefits, How To Use, + How To Choose

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Essential Oils | Benefits, How To Use, + How To Choose


I'm sure you've seen the memes circulating by now making fun of essential oils being used in place of traditional medicine.  It's true but it's not.  First of all the big disclaimer with any kind of natural solution to anything is that you should always seek advice or treatment from a medical professional first.  So no you can't always solve your anxiety issues with lavender essential oil, but you can use it to help you relax and unwind.  See what I'm saying? 


So today's post is all about essential oils - their benefits, how to use them, and how to choose them. 

Budget Friendly Fall Activities

Monday, September 2, 2019



Fall is my favorite time of year because it's still sunny, the scenery is beautiful, and it's just cool enough for you to get cozy in a hammock as you read.  So how can you enjoy Fall without breaking the budget? Well here are some ideas. 


Doctors Vs. The Internet: Who Should You Trust?

Saturday, August 31, 2019




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There have always been debates about who knows best when it comes to health. In the distant past, people had the opportunity to choose between a range of different types of healer, with some which used chemicals to do their job, and others who would rely on prayers, sacrifices, and other religious rites. With the advent of modern science, the approach which people take to this field has changed an awful lot. Of course, though, there are still plenty of people out there who think they know more than doctors, and this can create a challenge when you’re using the web to figure out how to handle the problems you have.

Celebrating Pixie & Grace for their Birthdays

Friday, August 30, 2019



WOW!   Almost all of my dogs are in double digits now because Stella will be turning 10 in November. Pixie and Grace share their birthdays a week apart (August 24th for Grace and August 31st for Pixie) so we celebrate them together since they are the 2 originals.  Pixie turns 14 and Grace turned 12.  ACK!!!!!



7 Unusual (But Fun) Activities For Your Next Girls’ Night

Thursday, August 29, 2019



We all love a girls’ night — it’s a great excuse to hang out with our gal pals, drink wine and leave our partners to watch football and do guy stuff.

Whether it’s once a week or once a month, many of us have a regular girls night pencilled in — but sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to do. Or perhaps you’re a bit bored of just going round to Janet’s house for the same meatballs and chardonnay combination, and you want to add a bit of sparkle to your girlie night.

That’s why we’ve gathered up seven of the best unusual (but fun) activities for your next girls' night — read on for inspiration!

Books I Recommend You Read [August]

Monday, August 26, 2019

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Another month, another list of great books.   I had lots more time to read this month so enjoy my favorite picks!


Smudging 101 | What Is It, How To Do It, + What's The Point?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019



Smudging 101 | What Is It, How To Do It, + What's The Point?


If you've been following me on Instagram you'll see all the fun earthy goddess type things I share including how I smudge my house every time there's a new or full moon. Many people have been asking what the heck smudging is, if it's legit, and how they can do it in their own home or sacred space.  So today I'm answering ALL of those questions. 

How I Keep All Aspects of My Life Organized

Monday, August 19, 2019

How I Keep All Aspects of My Life Organized


Life can get wild sometimes for all of us whether you're a dog mom, a mom of 4 kids, work 2 jobs, or just stay at home to handle the household everyday.   That's why I figured it would be a good idea to do a post on how I keep all aspects of my life organized. 

Why Flooring is an Important Part of Home Improvement

Saturday, August 17, 2019

 
 

When it comes to your home and the home improvements you make, one of the most important ones is the floor.  Whether it's in your kitchen or the living room and whether it's carpet or tile, flooring is so important.  Your floors are what provide you the ground to walk on inside your house on a daily and almost constant basis.  So why should you bother with the floor? Well, let's take a closer look.


How To Organize Your Finances

Friday, August 16, 2019


How To Organize Your Finances

Finances are such a big component of our everyday life that it makes absolutely zero sense to be disorganized with them.  Living this way can cause you to miss due dates, mismanage your money, and fall very short of achieving your financial goals for the future.  


Today I'm going to show you everything you need to organize your finances. 

Eight Tips For Open Plan Living

Thursday, August 15, 2019




Many modern homes are built with open plan layouts. While this can be great for making your home feel spacious, it can create a challenge for privacy and properly defining spaces. If your home is open plan, and this is causing you problems, follow these easy tips to make a more open layout work for you.

3 Things to Consider When Buying a Renovation Project

Wednesday, August 14, 2019



Choosing to buy a house that needs a lot of work is a big decision. The reality is a house that is in a bad condition or near-derelict state costs time and money before you can start to reap the benefits of your purchase. Expect the unexpected is the best way to tackle things projects of this nature. But regardless of whether you are flipping the house to resell, or making it your forever home, there are few things you should make sure to keep in mind when considering buying a home that needs renovating completely.
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Live Life With Unique Jewelry By MyOwnNecklace

Tuesday, August 13, 2019



“Standing in front of the vanity mirror, I look left from right. There is something missing, something pertinent to the way I look. My clothes are gorgeous, my hair and makeup en pointe but still something is missing. The jewelry I have is not worth this dress but what do I do?
‘It is Incomplete,’ she said.”
The Need For Unique And Personalized Jewelry

Let's talk about FRIENDSHIP

Monday, August 12, 2019



From the moment we could walk and talk as children we began to form friendships by interacting with our peers.  Sometimes it was over common ground like being into the same toys and other times it was simply because our parents were best friends so we spent a lot of time together when they would hang out.  Either way, friendships have always been a crucial part to the life of a human being whether you're young or old, male or female, shy or outgoing.  Friendships allow you to thrive by bonding with other people, having a support system in place, and always having someone to laugh at your jokes.  


In this post I wanted to talk a little bit more in depth about friendships and what they really should consist of.  There is a big difference between a toxic friend and a friend that helps you thrive, but sometimes it's hard for us to see that when we have known the person for so long.  

So let's talk about friendship. 

Top Tips For Transforming Your Home

Wednesday, August 7, 2019



When it comes to our homes, there is always some sort of project that we are getting on with. Whether it’s tidying to the garden for the summer, adding in a new kitchen or maybe even a loft conversion. There is always something that keeps us busy. When there is a lot to complete in a home though it can be difficult to know where to start and to recognize which project will have the most effect.

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What To Wear for Girls Night Out


What To Wear for Girls Night Out

A Girls Night Out is a fun time to get together with your closest gals and enjoy a night out on the town.  This is the most common occasion that you will find women primping and preening for so if you're lacking some ideas on what to wear check out these suggestions! 

How to Achieve 100% Customer Satisfaction

Tuesday, August 6, 2019



Anyone that has ever made money through a service or business knows that the most important thing is customer satisfaction. And how do we achieve customer satisfaction? We achieve it through great customer service of course which goes beyond just helping a customer that comes to you with an issue.  Great customer service begins the moment a potential customer comes your way. 


 So let's take a closer look at how to achieve 100% customer satisfaction in business

8 Ways to Save Money on Back To School Shopping

Monday, August 5, 2019

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Back to school shopping can be a killer on your wallet and it's inevitable that you have to deal with every year.  If you have more than one kid, you're definitely feeling stressed right about now because you know you're looking at double the cost.  Well, calm down.  I have some money saving tips for your upcoming back to school shopping trip. 


How Do You Get To Sleep? Simple Question, Difficult Answer

Friday, August 2, 2019

Most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep per night to feel rested. How much sleep you need depends heavily on your particular biology, but generally, most people need somewhere in this range.

The problem is that the majority of us aren’t getting it. Figures from The Good Body suggest that about 20 percent of people living in the US have a sleeping disorder and that 35 percent don’t get the recommended 7 hours every night.


How To Handle Debt with Ballast Associates

Thursday, August 1, 2019



Debt....just the word itself makes most people nauseous.  Debt is a heavy feeling of owing money that you don't have and likely don't have a plan to pay off quickly.  Debt can hold us back from many things when it comes to purchasing large ticket items like a home or car but it can also weigh you down mentally and emotionally.  So how do you handle debt?  If you're someone that feels like they have no extra money and they owe more money in debt payments than they make every month...calm down and take a deep breathe.   That's what I'm here to help you with!

4 Ways to Style a Simple Tank Top

4 Ways to Style a Simple Tank Top


This time of year it can get so hot and humid that you won't want to wear any sort of top other than a tank top.  At least that's how it is for me because I really can't tolerate the sticky sauna feeling when I walk outside during a humid heatwave.  But if that's the case for you too, you're in luck because today I have 4 ways to style a simple tank!


3 Ways to Wear Western Boots in Your Daily Life

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


As you're browsing the latest fashion blogs and Instagram accounts, you may notice an increase in Western boots as the footwear of choice. Putting together a stylish outfit that complements a pair of boots may seem like a challenge, but with the right pairing, you can create a versatile and appealing look that includes these fun and unique boots.

Self Care 101 + A Giveaway

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We need to have a legit conversation about self care.  Self care is thrown around all the time on social media these days in the form of #SelfCareSunday with a view of your friends feet sticking out of her bathtub, or from your bestie telling you she's going off the grid for 2 days to re-energize.  The thing is, self care is SO IMPORTANT and everyone needs to prioritize it.  I'm not quite sure whether it's our easy access to technology or even our crazy work and life schedules, but too many of us neglect self care.  


Self care is basically when you take the time or energy to focus on YOURSELF and do things for YOURSELF that will leave you happier, energized, and a better person over all.   

Am I talking to you? I don't know...are you stressed out and constantly on edge?  Are you sleep-deprived but you keep pushing yourself harder?  Are you suffering health issues that you keep neglecting to take care of?  Then, yea, I guess I am talking to you!   
No matter who you are or what your life is like, here is what you need to do to prioritize self care. 

How to Buy the Right Sauna Heater

Monday, July 29, 2019

 
There is a chance that you might be in need of a new sauna heater to replace an old one that is no longer working properly. If this is the case, you need to be certain that you make sure the sauna heater you buy is very high quality. This will help to reduce the chance that you will need to replace it any time soon. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration before you agree to make this purchase. It would be wise for you to do some research. This will help you to spend your money wisely so you do not regret your purchase later. 

Here are a few tips you can use when it is finally time for you to buy a new commercial sauna heater.

How To Know If Debt Consolidation with Second City Advisors is Right For You


Everyone seems to be talking about debt consolidation these days but most of us don't have a clue what debt consolidation really is or how it could potentially benefit us.    Debt consolidation is when you obtain a new loan that takes the place of your current debt.  Sometimes it's a great choice and other times, there are other solutions to check out before consolidating your debt that way.  So let me give you some more information so you can determine if it's the right choice for you. 

Books I Recommend You Read [July]

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Summer is always my favorite time of year because I get so much reading done.  And of course some of my favorite books are from a large variety of genres. 

Why It's Important To Have a Hobby

Friday, July 26, 2019


Every day of our life is filled with tasks we need to complete, chores we have to finish, or jobs that need completed.  But what do you do with all the time in between?  This is where having a hobby comes into play. Having a hobby can very much enrich your life.  A hobby is something that you enjoy doing and you're good at.  It can be something that's therapeutic to you or something that is mindless and just lets you fill your downtime with something that you enjoy. 



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