Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blog Post Ideas for EVERY Blogger

If you're a blogger, chances are that at one point or another you've had "bloggers block." You have NO idea what to write and you really want to stay on top of your blog and not miss any days. I understand, I am the same way. When I get stuck in a rut, I don't want to "mess up my blogging schedule" but I also don't want to force anything either. 

Don't fret! I've compiled 40 blog post ideas that will help any blogger who's stuck in a rut and needs a little extra help. I could have gone for days...but didn't want to overwhelm you all. I hope these help! 

Blog Post Ideas for Every Blogger | When You're Stuck in a Rut

Beauty Ideas 

-Most Repurchased Beauty Products 
-Favorite Drugstore Makeup Products
-Favorite Skincare Products 
-Beauty Wishlist 
-Makeup Storage
-Your "No-Fuss" Makeup Go To's
-Perfume Collection
-Share Your Beauty "Empties"
-Everyday Makeup Look
-Easy Go To Hairstyles 

Fashion Ideas 

-Fashion Wishlist
-Go To Date Night Outfit
-Favorite Workout Gear
-Favorite Seasonal Shoes
-Favorite Fashion Bloggers
-Favorite Online Shops
-Seasonal Outfit Ideas 
-Tips on Saving Money When Shopping
-Dream Closet Inspiration
-Talk About a Certain or Seasonal Trend

Lifestyle Ideas 

-Easy DIY Tutorial 
-Bloggers That Inspire You
-Day In Your Life 
-Share A Few of Your Favorite Recipes 
-Random Facts About You
-Affordable Date Night Ideas
-Things You've Learned During/While ____
-Favorite Inspirational/Motivational Quotes 
-Home Decor Inspiration
-Share One of Your Favorite Family Traditions 

Blog Related Ideas 

-Bloggers That Inspire You
-What Made You Decide to Start A Blog
-Blogging Mistakes You Used To Make
-What Are Your Blogging Goals
-Interview Your Favorite Blogger

Miscellaneous Ideas 

-Bring Back an Old Blog Pos
-Share More About Yourself 
-Talk More About Your Daytime Job and Routines
-Share About a Current Struggle You Are Facing
-What do You Carry in Your Bag? 

I hope this gave you a few ideas on what to write about the next time you seem to be out of ideas. Better yet, you can type a few of these up and have them as "backup posts" for days you don't have time to finish what you wanted to get up or maybe you just want to spend some extra time with family. These ideas will work so well for that too! 

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What do you do when you're stuck in a rut? Think you'll use any of these ideas?

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Monday, October 24, 2016

How To Avoid Dry Skin + DIY Body Scrub

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The harsh cold months are hard on my skin (not my face...that's always oily.) But my poor elbows and hands, they take a beating. Thankfully there are ways to help prevent the dryness and keep my skin supple, so I'm sharing a few tips that you can start now, to help with the upcoming colder months. 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

Stay Hydrated 

I feel like a broken record when I say this, because I'm constantly telling the kiddos at work to drink plenty of water...but water is essential in more ways than one. While you may not feel thirsty during the cooler months, your skin still needs the hydration just as much as it did during the summer months, so drink up! 


For facial skin, stick to using gentle exfoliants. You want to exfoliate around 1-2 times a week, you don't want to over-exfoliate and dry out your skin even more. 

You also want to exfoliate your entire body, around 1-2 times a week as well. I like to make my own since I have sensitive skin and it's a so cheap to do! 

Which brings me to a super easy DIY Pumpkin Spice body scrub! Seriously, you probably have every single ingredient in your pantry right now. 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

What You Need:
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of coconut oil 
2 tsp of vanilla extract 
2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice 
1/4 tsp of cinnamon 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

Simply melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients together until desired consistency. Pour into an air-tight jar. It's that simple! 

The measurements above fit perfectly into one of the glass jars I used. 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

You guys know I'm obsessed with all things pumpkin-flavored, so I just had to share this easy body scrub with you all. It smells heavenly! 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

No matter the season, it's always important to moisturize...yes, even if you have oily skin...always moisturize your entire body. I like using products that are easy to find, easy to use, and smell good! So the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizers have been a go to for me. They can be found at Walmart in the beauty section, are inexpensive and have a variety of scents.

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub
How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

My personal favorite fragrance is the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil -- the newest scent, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Cherry Almond Essence, smells amazing as well, which by the way, is exclusive to Walmart. 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

And these are SO easy to use, you simply apply to wet skin (yes, WET SKIN, not dry or damp) after showering. Use about a dime-sized amount for each extremity. Dry as normal, and you're good to go! It immediately absorbs for faster moisturization -- the essential oils in the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer work with the water to lock in moisture. Giving you all day softness! HUGE bonus's lightweight, non-sticky and makes moisturizing every day so much easier, so you're less likely to skip any days. 

How To Avoid Dry Skin and Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

For more great winter skin ideas, click here for other bloggers' ideas and tips! 

What are some of your tips for avoiding dry skin? Have you tried the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer?

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites | Fall Edition

It's been a while since I last shared some Friday Favorites, so I thought I'd mix it up and throw them in today. What do y'all have planned this weekend? My husband is working all weekend, so that gives me time to get A LOT done at home and maybe even fit some shopping in. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, let's get into the faves. 
Favorite Movie | I feel so bad for my poor husband, but since I've been so busy with work, school, and home life (plus the blog) we haven't had a date night in awhile. We love going to the movies but sometimes I'm too tired to leave the house, so we'll stay in and watch something at home. We watched Daddy's Home earlier this week...HILARIOUS! I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. 

Favorite Purchase | My skin has been acting insane recently. I will go through a phase of really good skin and overnight it will go to horrible skin. So I finally had enough, went to see an esthetician and purchased some new skincare products. I've only been using these for a few days...but I can already see a huge improvement. My blemishes have diminished drastically, most have completely gone away and the redness/scarring is almost gone. I highly recommend this kit if you have acne prone skin. 

Favorite Pumpkin Recipe | 'Tis the season for pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING! So when I came across these Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies, I just HAD to make them. You guys...these may be my favorite cookies EVER! I am going to stock up on pumpkin spice pudding mix! 


Favorite New Release | My sweet blog friend, Caroline Harries from In Due Time wrote a book! Not just a book either, she wrote a 60-day devotional for those who are having a difficult time or waiting on the Lord for something. Whether you are waiting for a baby, a better job, having financial problems, no matter what...this devotional was written with love. I have no doubt that this will help so many of us, Caroline's love for the Word of God moves me, so I'm sure it will do the same for a lot of you. If you would like to order a copy, you can pre-order here

Overall Favorite | YOU guys! I am so grateful for having the best readers, friends, and supporters. I know I say it a lot, but THANK YOU! Because I'm constantly trying to upload content that YOU would mean the world to me if you could take 3 minutes of your time and nswer this quick survey. I'm looking for blog feedback, as well as what you want to see here on, Beauty With Lily, in the future. A million thank you's!! 

I plan on getting some filming done this weekend, what would you like to see? Any particular makeup looks, empties, favorites? Let me know! 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

From Pinterest To Your Closet | Fall Street Style

Two weeks ago I started a new series, From Pinterest To Your Closet, and so many of you really enjoyed it. I'm so glad you did, because I can honestly say that this is such a fun post to get together, extremely time consuming...but fun, nonetheless. In case you missed the very first post in this series, you can find it here, along with a beautiful blush and burgundy outfit, that is sure to be a hit this season! 

Affordable Fall Street Style Outfits| Trendy, edgy and casual outfits that will look great on anyone!

I was pleasantly surprised to also get a few emails with requests to find pieces for certain outfits that some of you ladies have pinned. Again, thank you! You guys make my job so much easier, when I know what you want and like. So for today we are talking Fall Street Style! This style is more on the casual, laid-back side with some edginess to it. Not typically my style, but after putting this post together, I feel like I need to add some dark distressed denim, Adidas Superstar's and a moto jacket to my closet...ASAP! 

Affordable Fall Street Style Outfit | Trendy, edgy and casual outfit that will look great on anyone!

How edgy is this look? This is definitely SO out of my comfort zone, so I was happy to be sent this for inspo. Bodysuits are a total hype right now and look so seamless on, the one the girl is wearing is a tan-ish color...but all I could find that looked similar to hers was a gray one. Which I think ends up working out really well. 

Affordable Fall Street Style Outfit | Trendy, edgy and casual outfits that will look great on anyone!

Let's just take a minute for those olive distressed jeans!? I now NEED a pair of olive jeans in my life. Now, I couldn't tell if the girl was wearing a vest as well, or if it's the jacket that has the "puffer" vest look. I couldn't find anything like her jacket, but I'm sure it wouldn't look bad with a slim puffer vest. 

Affordable Fall Street Style Outfit | Trendy, edgy, casual outfits that will look great on anyone!

This last look, believe it or not, was the hardest to put together! I couldn't find a plaid top that looked like hers, they were all SOLD out. And the moto jeggings were also tricky to find. I found a few different styles and they are all linked below. But how fun and versatile are these jeggings? I love the ribbed detail and the dark wash!

That wraps it up for this post, I hope you all found some inspiration in these outfits or perhaps found some new items to add to your closet. Don't hesitate to send me pictures of outfits you'd like for me to find and put together for you. As always, the clothing is linked below (as well as in plus-sizes) and a few extra pieces that I thought would also work. 

Are you into street style? What are some pieces you can see yourself in?

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Day In My Life | Work Edition

Over the Summer I shared what a day in my life looked like, but now that school has started, my days are SO much different. In case you missed that post, you can find it here. A lot of you seemed interested in taking a peek at what a typical day for me looks like when I'm back to work. I get it...I like to see what other people do too! 

My mornings usually always begin at 5:30 am, my husband usually leaves at 6 am, so I get up early to fix his lunch and send him off. I then wash my face and start putting on my face. I'm NOT a morning person at all, so I'm super slow in the mornings. I take my time doing everything...and it totally doesn't help that I do my makeup while in bed! While I do my face, I watch a bit of the news and I also catch up on some DVR or YouTube videos. 

Unfortunately, I have to leave my comfy bed and get my lunch ready. Most of the time, I take leftovers, a salad or if I'm in a hurry I'll grab something on the way to work. I fix my hair, get dressed and out the door I go. In case you're wondering, my brother lives with us, and he leaves much later than I do. So he takes care of feeding Charlie -- huge help! Sometimes I have some time to stop by and pick up some coffee, but more than likely I'm rushing and don't have time. I love listening to the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on my way to work. 

Once I get to my office, the kids start pouring in. No joke! Since I leave pretty early, I eat breakfast in my office. I forgot to snap a picture of my cereal, but I also had a banana mid-morning. Kids and teachers come in and out ALL morning long, it's definitely the busiest. In between kiddos and computer work, I sneak in some blog reading if possible. When lunch time rolls around, I usually take 30 minutes away from my desk. But on this particular day, we were SLAMMED! The other nurse was out seeing kids in the cafeteria while I stayed in the office and tried to eat while seeing kids. Normally, I would just wait, but I had an appointment to donate blood at 1:30. It would not be a good idea to donate blood on an empty stomach, so I scarfed down my food and headed to our school's blood drive. I donated Double Red Blood Cells, so the process was about an hour long. 

After donating blood, I made my way back to my office and found some sweet treats on my desk. PTA brought in some goodies to enjoy as an afternoon snack. I am I supposed to lose weight like this!? The afternoon was a little slow, so I did some blog reading and brainstorming in my planner for future blog posts. Once the last bell rings and the halls clear, I am out of there! It was a dreary and rainy afternoon, perfect weather for some cuddling with Charlie -- but he's not a cuddler. Speaking of Charlie, I'm always greeted by him and one of his many toys, at the door! LOL! 

After letting Charlie out, it's time to feed him...his favorite time of the day. LOL! Soup was the perfect meal, for this rainy evening. After dinner and cleaning up the kitchen, I hit the shower and double check that my post is scheduled to go live the next morning. My husband and I will watch some TV, on this Thursday night we watched some football. Once I've had enough football, I head on over to the other room to watch some reality TV and paint my nails. I change nail colors 2-3 times a week. I don't like naked or chipped nails. We will play a bit more with Charlie, wear him out. And we are usually out by 10:30. And the routine starts ALL over again the next morning. 

My life is less than exciting, we enjoy a quieter life, but we certainly hope that one day we can add children to the mix. I hope you all enjoyed a little peek into my life.  

What is your day to day life like? How do you spend your evenings?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Let's Light The World

Experiencing a miscarriage changed me in so many ways. I lived in a dark place for months, but didn't feel strong enough to share my actual feelings. So I walked around with a smile on my face, but hurting on the inside. This type of grief is terrible, that I don't wish on anyone. It's a cycle for sure, times of denial, anger, sadness, hopelessness -- over and over again. 

I've been there. And it's a hard time to come out of. But it happens with time. However, not a day goes by that I don't think of my angel babies. They would be nearing their 1st birthday. 

Not many women share their pain or suffering. I know plenty of women who before opening up about my story, didn't share their story with me. It's something that just isn't talked about much. But 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a miscarriage. 

Fortunately, there is more awareness now than ever before. October 15th was named Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day and the month of October is recognized as the awareness month. Every year on this day, the Wave of Light takes place. This is something I only heard about a year ago, but I think everyone, whether you've gone through this or not, should be aware of this day. 

This month recognizes the loss so many families experience around the world. It also helps inform and provide resources for parents who have lost a child due to a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, still births, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes. 
To create this Wave of Light -- those who are grieving and those who are supporting those who are grieving -- are invited to light a candle on October 15th from 7 pm to 8 pm, in ALL time zones, ALL over the world. Because of the time differences, the lighting of these candles creates a “wave of light” across the world. It’s a beautiful and touching tribute to the families who have suffered. 

This small gesture offers light into the darkness accompanied by grief. It gives hope to families who are suffering that it's possible to see. 

 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (ESV)

To those who have suffered a loss and are grieving -- I am with you. Each life, no matter how short, 12 week pregnancy, 3 days, 9 months, 1 year -- was meaningful and special. 

I'm so thankful this awareness was created. If you can, I ask that you light a candle and say a quick prayer for those suffering...if you are unable to, a quick prayer would be very much appreciated. 

I'd like to thank every one of you who knows our infertility journey and already prays for us or has prayed for you. I appreciate you guys more than you'll ever know. Thank you! 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How To Plan Blog Posts + FREE Checklist

When it comes to blogging, I'm always curious to see how everyone else's thought process is and how they plan everything out. I've mentioned before that when it comes to blogging, I'm very organized, so having a checklist is essential -- especially because I'm very forgetful. 

I have put together a summary of how I like to plan my blog posts and have also included a FREE printable checklist, that YOU can use and help make things a bit easier. 

How To Plan Blog Posts + Free Printable Checklist

About a week before my post is going to go live, I like to take all of the photos that will go in the post. Since I plan most of my posts ahead of time, I know what pictures I'll need and I can take advantage and take ALL of my pictures for the following week or two in one day. I will upload them to the computer and edit, if I need to. If my post requires any research, I will also get this done a week or so ahead of time and begin drafting my post. 

About 4-5 days before the post is scheduled to go up, I will create all of the images it requires -- cover picture, Pinterest worthy picture (if applicable) and any other images. A couple of days before, I will then move on to adding any finishing touches, editing and scheduling the post. Most of the time, when I sit to begin the draft, I can finish the post in one sitting. If I'm in a writing mood...if not, I will put it off for a day or two, but usually no more than that. 

The morning of the post going live, I will link up to any other bloggers...if applicable and share on social media, as I see fit. Social media can be I check my analytics to see what times are best for my following. For instance, uploading a picture to Instagram at 7 am will not get me many likes or engagement. Whereas, uploading at 12 pm probably will. But it all depends on your followers. 

A week or so after, if the post has a lot of pageviews, then I will continue to share it on social Twitter and Pinterest. I find that sharing on Instagram sometimes isn't the best option...for me, but like I said, it all depends on you, your blog, and your following. 

I hope you found this helpful and find the printable useful. It has been a huge help for me, I am a very visual person and checking things off works best for me. I also included a few empty slots so you can add whatever fits your needs. 

Go ahead and share this with your blogger friends, click here to tweet and pin the image below! You'll make my day and help someone else out. 

How To Plan Blog Posts + Free Printable Checklist

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Monday, October 10, 2016

27 Random Facts | It's My Birthday

It's my birthday! And quite honestly...I didn't know what to post today. I wanted to open up about my fears of getting older, but I didn't want this to be a "down in the dumps" type of post. So instead, I'm sharing a bit more about myself! In case you haven't read my get to know me post, you can find it here

My intentions for Beauty With Lily were never to blog about myself, my life, or anything about me really. I actually didn't even want to share my face! But you know what they say, when you make plans, God laughs. Things on BWL have really taken a turn and I'm really happy with how things are going. And I'm even happier that you guys are loving these changes! Thank you for all of the love and support! 

Let's jump into a few random, personal and raw thoughts!

1. I don't have just one favorite color -- I have many! 

2. I am quite frugal...I don't like to spend a lot of money, if I don't have to.

3. I love cooking, but I'm not very good at it. 

4. I am very organized at work, with blogging and with my makeup -- but when it comes to anything else, I'm ALL over the place. 

5. Getting older scares me. I know age is just a number, but after turning 21, I haven't looked forward to a birthday. 

6. Speaking of getting older, a huge part of me doesn't want to be an old mom...

7. But I know the good Lord has a plan for us and I need to be patient. 

8. If you can't tell, I'm not very patient...

9. I have no friends...plenty of acquaintances, but no friends. Over the years, friends have come and gone. 

10. My love for chocolate custard is unreal. 

11. I love making YouTube videos and although it's A LOT of work, I really enjoy it. 

12. BUT, I've been thinking about quitting YouTube, and only utilizing it for blog posts that may need a video to go along with it. The numbers on YouTube have me super discouraged -- hence the lack of videos. 

13. I hate the number 13...not sure why, I always have. 

14. If I could go anywhere right now, I'd go to DisneyLand -- I'm a child at heart. 

15. I've never really had the urge to travel -- however, I do want to visit Spain and learn more about my dad's culture. 

16. Since we are on the topic of traveling, I think it would be absolutely fun to take a road trip to Georgia and back. 

17. Give me a Dr. Pepper and I'll be your best friend! 

18. I am a daydreamer. 

19. And I also dream a lot at night and usually always remember my dreams. 

20. I have the worst resting b**** face! Even if I'm happy! 

21. I'm scared of never having kids...

22. I am not an outdoors-y person at poor husband. 

23. I always tell people I don't want anything for my birthday...but I secretly want ALL the presents. 

24. I am not good at hiding my emotions. 

25. I am an extremely indecisive person. 

26. One of my goals is to one day work from home.

27. I am determined to live a healthier lifestyle, lose weight and start posting more fashion posts in the next few months. 

Now I'm off to enjoy my work! Haha! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

PS - Charlie gives the best birthday nose kisses!

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