Brand Your Blog For Big Success

The Golden Arches. You recognize them almost immediately don’t you? Pretty much everyone recognizes that iconic symbol and knows precisely what it is and who it represents. That is what you should be aiming for with your blog.

Focus on branding yourself.

Brand Your Blog For Big Success

Brand Your Blog

Branding your blog will make it recognizable in an instant to your audience, and will hopefully encourage them to see you as the niche expert and the best choice over your fellow bloggers.  It will also help to make you appear more credible and informative, connect you with your audience seamlessly and emotionally make readers want to really buy into you and your brand, and invest in you and your content, and carry and share your message. Great branding and brand compliance is a reflection of who you are as both a blogger and a business, and what resonates with your ideal reader and blog visitor.

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Preparing for Kindergarten through Reading

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March is here which means it’s time to start submitting the enrollment forms for Kindergarten. At least in my area, that’s the case. Over the past year, we have really buckled down and began preparing for kindergarten when it comes to my oldest who just turned 5 last month. Reading has been a huge help for prepping with kindergarten.

Now I know you are probably asking yourself, how? How does reading really help with preparing for Kindergarten? It all comes down to the way you introduce books to your children. There is more to reading than just the words on the page.

When you read a book to your child and you make reading an interactive experience, it feeds young imaginations as well as their problem-solving skills, communication skills, and even their ability to understand what the intent or purpose of something is. My end goal with every book we read is to leave a lasting impression. This may not always work of course but I do put the effort in to make the story worthwhile.

 

Work on the W Questions

 

When we truly began introducing books, and not in the I bought these because they were cute and in all of the nursery decor sections of Pinterest, we started with just looking at the pictures of the book. I worked on W questions which help with one’s receptive language skills as well as critical thinking skills. Who, What, Where, Why? What do you see? Why do you think “insert person, animal, object, etc” is doing that? What colors are on the page? Where do you think they are going? Etc. Take this time to let your child think for themselves but also as an opportunity to explain the W questions back. This allows your child to see that not only is there an agenda with the story but that there is more to the story than words on a page.

 

Leo's Moon and These Are My Faces

 

 

One other extremely important topic we have addressed with reading is our emotions as well as how their actions/choices matter. I wanted my children to understand how they are feeling, why they are feeling that way, how someone else is feeling, how actions or events might make someone feel, etc.

We really enjoyed reading The Boy Without a Friend by Bruce Jassett, These Are My Faces by Bret J. Ludwick and Leo’s Moon by Cinthia del Grosso. Now, these books aren’t crazy popular like other books and that is really what I liked most about them. When preparing for Kindergarten, a variety is best when it comes to reading. Just like you and I, children will have different tastes in books. My 5-year-old is on the more serious side and he enjoys books that are more realistic. My 4 year still enjoys the bright colorful books you find in every book section. That’s okay!

 

Make reading fun!

Get silly with the books you read and plan some fun activities to go along with them. Coloring pages, crafts, recipes (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie), and anything else I can find. Eric Carle has always been a favorite of ours and there is an endless amount of ideas on activities to go with his work. Pinterest is an amazing resource for finding ideas and I know if you are anything like me, most Pinterest ideas are a fail. However, this has not been the case so far when it comes to finding activities to go with the books we read.

 

Preparing for Kindergarten

 

These ideas don’t just apply with preparing for Kindergarten but it is one way we have chosen in our home to help prepare. You also don’t have to use the most popular books on the shelves to make reading interactive for your child. Let’s face it, some children mature far beyond their physical age. Use magazines, read chapter books, whatever you have to do to gain their attention. Reading is such a crucial part of education and you can never go wrong with using it as a step to prepare for kindergarten.

I also wanted to take a moment to point out to those with children under the age of 5 that Dolly Parton runs an Imagination Library. When you sign up for this program, and it is determined on where you live if the program is available, every month from birth until age 5 you receive a free book in the mail. We have quickly been able to build up our mini library simply by participating in Dolly Partons Imagination Library.

Another great option for building your book stash is through The Book Bundler. This company bundles gently used books and sells them at a fraction of the cost. For example, a stack of 100 books for approximately $50 (this does change based on promotions and other variables such as age group, types of books, etc). That is an amazing deal! Their customer service is also on point.

Keep an eye out on the blog for other ways I am preparing for Kindergarten with my little ones.

Would you be interested in a Pinterest board or even a separate blog post sharing books we enjoyed as well as the activities we enjoyed with them? Let me know with a comment on this post or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Behind The Scenes: We Have A New Home

Behind The Scenes: We Have A New Home

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Beauty Brite started as a passion project. I was just getting into skincare and beauty. I just started using anti-aging products and wanted to share beauty recipes, tips, hacks and new products! I already had several other blogs and they all eventually merged into Beauty Brite.

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Simple Water Boost At Walgreens

Simple Water Boost At Walgreens

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If you can’t tell, I love all things beauty! I may not be a makeup artist, I do love to play with different makeup, discover new techniques and try new brands! These days, I am picky about the brands I write about on this blog. I receive a lot of requests, which is why I am so thankful to have an amazing team of reviewers who help contribute!

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Coach Purse Giveaway

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Are you ready for an amazing chance to win a Coach purse?! I know I love Coach. I have 3 Coach handbags! What’s in your closet?

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Relocating Out Of State

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My husband and I have been married for over 14 years and during that time, we’ve moved several times due to jobs, opportunities, family and more. We recently relocated out of state and still getting settled in. This is not the first time moving out of state but it has been almost 10 years since we’ve moved to a different state.

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How To Stay Organized Like A Boss

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Are you a busy person with lots of daily tasks and events to keep track of? While many people enjoy having everything on their phones, you’ll be surprised at how many keep track of daily to-dos the old fashioned way. With a daily planner. A great option to remain organized and on track of your busy lifestyle is with an Erin Condren Lifestyle Planner. As someone who works full-time, has a beauty blog, and an Etsy shop, not to mention regular day-to-day life tasks, the Erin Condren lifestyle planner has been a life saver for me.

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How To Get Quality Photos Without Professional Equipment

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Have you been wanting to start your own blog or Instagram, but didn’t because you don’t have professional equipment? Well, you don’t need it! You can still get amazing photos while using an affordable background and natural lighting. It’s what I use for my beauty blog and Instagram!

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Uncover Radiant Skin In 3 Steps

Uncover Radiant Skin In 3 Steps
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I love trying new makeup. When I walk into a makeup store, I feel so lost because there are so many choices! I never know where to start! Instead, I learn about new makeup from my friends, beauty articles, commercials and blogs. I prefer to read blog reviews. I want to know how the average person uses products.

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The Compact Solution To Charging Your Smartphone

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It was time for me to upgrade my smartphone. I had the Samsung S5 and I was ready to upgrade to the S7! I wanted the option of wireless charging, water resistant protection, high quality camera and more. As a blogger, I admired the camera features! I use my phone to take pictures for my blog, editing, social media and more!

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