Ask Away Blog: September 2019

What's The Hype About Hemp?

Monday, September 16, 2019

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I'm sure you've heard people talk about how amazing hemp is but I'm really trying to educate you about hemp in this post so I'm going to try to explain what it is, what the benefits of hemp are, and how you can use hemp by showing you how I use it. 

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.


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. 

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