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Thursday, June 18, 2020

HOW I LANDED MY FIRST $5000 CAMPAIGN COLLABORATION!

 


As a blogger when you land your first paycheck it is an amazing feeling! 

One thing I want to encourage you amigas is this:

Don't downplay your small beginnings 

Whether your first paycheck is $200 or $2000, it is a win WIN!

Now I do want to be REAL and let you guys know that this is not a quick money making career! It takes a lot of hard work, strategies in place and time. Getting traffic and growing your audience comes with growth in your blog and your authenticity. You need to gain people's trust and trust in all relationships comes with time.

I want to encourage you guys that you can land a brand collaboration as a micro influencer. A micro influencer is defined as an influencer who has less than 100 thousand followers. This number to different people varies but let's just use this number for now. I currently have 14,200 followers on my Instagram and this was the number that landed me my first $5000 brand campaign.



Here are some of my tips on how I landed my first $5000 brand campaign:

1. Research what brands you want to collaborate with

Create a spreadsheet of brands that you love, shop at, are in contact with and that align with your followers interests and brand messaging. You should have some sort of personal or emotional connection to the brands that you want to reach out to. Working with a brand that you love or believe in will make the collaboration enjoyable and fun.

Also don't underestimate the fact that your audience can smell a fake collaboration. I have seen many influencers get draggedddd in their comments bu their followers by being called a sell out or changing due to collaborations that aren't even remotely close to aligning with this person's brand and messaging.

Don't just go after a collaboration for the money!!! Its is hard to gain followers but it is even harder to try to regain their trust back!

2.  Reach out to brands directly.

For the majority of my time blogging and content creating I have relied on influencer agencies to pitch possible brand collaborations to me and the ones that aligned with my brand I applied for. Agencies are great when you are starting out but it comes with possible low ball numbers and a large portion of the campaign offer going to the agency. You don't get to see the brand's offer and you don't get to contact the brand directly.
Once I started to contact brands directly the rate negotiations were higher. You are given more say in the campaign deliverables and creative freedom.

I contacted my $5000 campaign brand via Instagram. It was a short and simple message and that is how I received the contact person's email address. 

πŸ“±Here is an example of the type of dm(s) I send out:

Hello my name is Alana and I have a fashion/lifestyle blog called The Style Brunch. I would love to get connected with someone at your company to pitch an idea for a xyz collaboration. Could you please direct me on how to get in touch with someone in your PR/social media division? Thank you so much.

9 out of 10 times I get a reply back with a quick hello and the email address of the person to contact with such requests. Done! I found the person and now I can send out my pitch to the right person.

3. Pitch confidently

Know your audience numbers and strong sentiments. This includes swipe up numbers, engagement rate, dm(s), blog conversion rates, online visitors to your blog, your reach, your demographics etc. Learn your analytics and how they work for you. Pitch these numbers to brand confidently.

Here is an example of a bad pitch:

Hello [PR person name],

My name is Alana and I am a lifestyle influencer. I run both a blog and Instagram page that has a very strong engagement rate and lots of likes and followers. My Instagram has currently 14,200 followers. I would love to work with your brand. I think it would be a great fit for me since I am trying to grow. 
If your looking for any influencers to work with I would love to be considered. Please let me know. I can send over rates and a media kit for your consideration.
Thank you for your time and have a great day!

Best,

Alana xyz

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Here is a strong email pitch:



Hello [insert brand contact name here],

My name is Alana Rodriguez, the blogger behind The Style Brunch where I share with my readers style, beauty/skincare, lifestyle and inspiration to a diverse group of adult women from the ages of 25-34.

I've been a customer and follower of xyz for over [x amount] years. I bought my first ever product from xyz when I started freelancing as a makeup artist. It was all that I used on my clients and got so many compliments when used. But apart from your high quality products I admire what you do in local communities including here in my hometown of xyz. I especially was touched with the work done with Volunteers of America.

I would love to support and spread your message while showcasing your beautiful products in a blog post or youtube channel.  I visualize a partnership with you around the concept of the high quality of your makeup brushes and the importance of self care in new motherhood. As a new mom myself without notice an entire day could be spent taking care of your family and not a moment for yourself. I want to write a post listing some self care tips for women along with my own self care routine while using your brushes and highlighting each one. 

Is this something you would be interested in? Please let me know how I can serve you?

 I have a niche audience that is dedicated to vegan and paraben free beauty products and natural looking makeup application. This means your brand will be getting targeted traffic from an audience that falls under your key demographic.

As mentioned previously, my followers or how I like to describe them my amigas, our relationship is authentic. On my instagram my conversion rate for affiliate marketing is 3.5% and my blog rate is 2.5% I can provide more data upon your request if needed.

For further consideration I have attached my media kit for consideration.

Thank you very much for your time and I  look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Alana Rodriguez


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There are so many differences in both emails. It is better to come from a place of service when pitching to brands. Mention phrases like "how can I serve you" or "what are some ways that I can support your brand." In this industry an authentic person comes from a place of serving others and not self gratification.

In addition do some homework on the brand. What is their mission statement? What are their key demographics? Do they do charity work or give back to the community? It always looks better when you do some background research on a brand and mention some highlights in your pitch email.

Be data driven. Find your strongest analytic numbers and data and include it appropriately in your email. How can these numbers specifically benefit the brand in collaborating with you.

Now remember we all pitch differently. So don't take my words as concrete method. I have changed my pitch a few different times until I confidently perfected my pitch email. Ask yourself how can I position myself so that a brand and/or company knows that they are going to gain benefits working from you and vice versa.




4. Know your worth and add tax!

When you are thinking of your rates you have to think about how much these brands are benefiting from your exposure. You also want to factor in your price your time to produce the content. On top of this rate make sure to include any outside costs such as hiring a photographer, props needed etc. All these factors need to be calculated in your pitched rate.

If you are confident in the quality of your work, your audience data and conversion rate and your time then you should be charging a premium price.

*Don't forget that your value increases when you also have other high engaged platforms. *


5. Visualize the partnership

When you are thinking about pitching to a brand already have in mind a concept of what this partnership will look like. Ask yourself how does this brand align with my audience and vice versa. In some circumstances you might really like a brand but if their products don't align with your audience then it won't be a good fit. 

In addition to having your content visualized you should prepare ahead of time what platforms would this partnership fit best. Is it a blog post, an IG TV video, a youtube video, IG stories, or a takeover for the brand. There are many opportunities of ways to work with them but make sure that you are explaining to them in the ways that you want to. Don't just write "I want to work with you" periodt. Sis, NO this won't work or go very far. 

You can also include how would this partnership fit into people's everyday lives. Pitching with intention, strategy and thoughtfulness will set you apart from all the hundreds of pitch emails brand managers get everyday. 


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I hope you guys found this post helpful and informative. If you have any other recommendations that worked for you to land your first brand campaign please share below! 

COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION 
OVER
COMPETITION!





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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

HOW TO START A BLOG IN 2020


 When I first started my blog I had no idea what I was doing and back then there wasn't as many articles as there are now. Everyone was just figuring this thing out as they went along. I have learned so much throughout the eight years I have been blogging. Chile I have worn more hats in this industry than I have ever in any of my full time jobs combined! There is always a learning curve.
During our recent stay at home orders I have been reflecting on changing the context of my posts for you guys.

I want to post less inspirational posts and more informative posts. 

I am going to share more tips, resources, guides and strategies that have helped me grow and monetize my blog and social media platforms. I am excited to share more career and also faith based content on my blog. 

If you have any requests please leave them down below or send me a message on Instagram.

Don't forget to check out my check list down below to help you guys stay on track of the process of setting up your blog! Its a one page PDF but I figured it would help you guys stay focused, organized and accountable! Hope it helps :) 

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    HOW TO START A BLOG IN 2020:

    What is a blog?

    According to Merriam Webster, a blog is a website that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks, videos, and photographs provided by the writer. 

    Is blogging easy?

    I wanted to add full transparency in this post because I don't want to deceive you all and be another IG or Facebook that is advertising how easy it is to make money blogging. NO! It takes a long time! For the small percentage of people that take off within their first year that is great but happens to very few. For most of us it toke a lot of time and hard work but can it happen..YES!

    Many people quit within their first year so if you are really passionate about blogging my best advice is to keep going! If you love it your blog will grow! 



    Step 1: FIGURE OUT YOUR WHY

    Think about your why and what is your intention for starting a blog. Do you have a skill that you want to share and teach others how to do? Do you have a passion for beauty and want to teach others how to apply makeup? What is the thing that is inspiring you to want to begin this journey and connect with others? This will help you define your blog and eventually create your blog's mission statement. 

     If you are stuck on this then what are things that your friends and family always come to you for? 
     In this same step figure out what kind of content you want to cover? What is your niche? 

    I have a further in depth post on discovering your niche here!←←

    Tip: When choosing your niche I suggest that your posts are helping your readers solve some sort of problem. You want to create a balance of both inspiration and informational posts. 


    Step 2: WHAT DOES YOUR IDEAL AUDIENCE LOOK LIKE

    Who do you envision is the type of person that will benefit from your blog. Strip this down to as specific as possible. Where do they live? What do they like? How old are they? What is the career? 
    When you create a profile for your ideal audience it will make it easier when you are writing captions and blog posts because you know how to speak to this person. This will  help you build a tribe that you can serve and create a community. 

    Action plan: Write down all the traits of the woman or man you are speaking to. Come up with at least 15-20 traits. If you need a head start here are some traits to think about: age | race | marital status | income | career | hobbies | personality | interests | 


    Step 3: SELECT YOUR BLOG PLATFORM

    Many posts recommend so many different platforms and hosting services. I am on blogger but I wish when I started out that I  used a hosting server from the beginning. Do your research on this and make sure you pick one that works for you financially and fits your best blogging needs. This will make live easier because if you use blogger like me it is going to be really hard to transfer all my blog content to a hosting server! Pray for me ya'll! 

    While choosing a platform start thinking about a domain name. This is what your blog is going to be called. It tells people who you are and who they are visiting. Try to pick a name that you will be happy with down the road and that people can find. Once you chose a domain name register it. You can google how to do this and will find many services on registering your domain name. 

    Tip: Google and look up on social media that the domain name you chose is available!

    Also in this step figure out what social media platform do you want to jump on to drive traffic and engage with your audience. Your website and a social media platform go hand in hand. Just remember that you don't own any of these platforms beside your website! 

    When starting out I would focus on just one platform because trust me you can quickly run into creative content burn out and it can be discouraging to your momentum. Once you grow and are able to obtain a consistent schedule and/or an additional team member then you can push content and time into growing on other platforms.

    Tip: If I could suggest any platforms to start on I would focus on either Instagram or Pinterest!

    Step 4: DEVELOP A PLAN

    What are your short and long term goals for your blog? What type of content are you going to post? In a notebook write down all your content ideas and topics. 

    Action plan: I would suggest writing in a notebook or a spreadsheet 15-20 posts ideas. Group similar items together and label them into categories. Being this organized before you launch will help you when you are ready to make your blog live. You can strategize a consistent schedule for your audience so they know when to expect a new post to go live.

    To schedule your posts you can use: 
    Google calendar

     In blogging consistency is key πŸ”‘

    This is a great step to create a content calendar! 

    I have a content calendar post along with a link to a free template here

    You can find some free templates on the web from sites like Hootsuite or use google calendar as your content calendar. If you would like a more in depth post on tools for creating a content calendar let me know. I have since used a new system and I can update you guys on that.

    Step 5: SET UP AN EMAIL MARKETING SERVICE

    This is something many of us that started out so badly wish we did in the beginning. 

    Obtaining emails from subscribers early on will save you so much work down the road. When starting out you can set up an account on Mailchimp or Convertkit for free. There you can create a landing page and a welcome newsletter!

    Step 6: DESIGN A THEME 

    I suggest you don't get too caught up on this. You can get stuck on this for daysssss and then end up never starting your blog! If you don't have the start up funds to hire a web designer don't let that stop you from starting your blog. 

    Make sure to start out with a simple clean design and that it is easy to navigate. You can always change it later.

    If you chose Wordpress for your blog platform they have many templates to start out. You can also find themes from freelance designers on Etsy for a affordable price or goggle templates. 

    Step 7: JUST START!!!!!

    You can spend hours that turn into days that turn into weeks researching and researching on how to start a blog and other related topics that you may never start! You will never be 100% ready to start a blog so just START! You will probably fail on some things in the beginning but guess what we ALL HAVE! 

    It is in those failing experiences that you learn some valuable lessons in this industry. 

    FAILURE = KNOWLEDGE

    Keep going.

    Keep creating.

    Keep evolving. 







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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    WHAT IVE BEEN BAKING ON REPEAT DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN! HEALTHY EASY TREAT RECIPES!!!!!!!


    Who else is baking like ever before during lockdown??!!!

    I have never baked this much in my entire life! Its both fun and insane but it has been therapeutic for me. It is a fun distraction! The downside is its getting a little expensive! Since I tend to bake on the healthier paleo side I am running out of ingredients faster and its adding up! 

    Anyways I always share what I make on IG stories and I wanted to create a blog post of the recipes of the ones that have the most engagement and requests from you all! 

    If you are looking for some recipes I always go to Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. I am always on Pinterest looking for new and delicious recipes! If you don't have the app you should definitely download it to your phone. WARNING: IT IS ADDICTING!!!


    GUILT FREE MUFFINS! YUMM!



    Pinterest Recipe:

    2 medium ripe bananas (for extra sweetness very ripe is best)
    1/2 a cup of coconut flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    4  brown eggs
    1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
    1/4 cup of honey
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

    Instructions:

    1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

    2.) In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, salt and baking soda.

    3.) In another mixing bowl, beat together with a fork the eggs, coconut oil, honey, mashed bananas,     and vanilla.

    4.) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for about one minute or until well combined. Then stir in the 1/4 cup of walnuts.

    5.) Spoon the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts on top.

    6.) Bake at 350 degrees or 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    GRANOLA BITES! EASIEST RECIPE EVER!!!!


    Ingredients:

    1 cup of rolled oats
    1/3 cup of honey
    1/2 cup of almond butter or organic peanut butter
    1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 cup chia seeds
    1 cup of coconut flakes

    Process: 

    Mix all your ingredients in a bowl and then place the bowl into the refrigerator for 30 mins. Take the bowl out and with a cookie scoop make about 18-20 bite size smalls. Thats it! Enjoy!

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    BANANA BREAD! 



    Ingredients

    1/3 cup melted coconut oil
    1/2 cup organic honey or pure maple syrup
    2 eggs 
    2-3 mashed bananas ( I prefer 3) 
    1/4 cup of nut milk ( preferably unsweetened)
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tablespoon of flax meal (optional) 
    1/2 tsp of cinnamon (option) 
    1 3/4 cup of white whole wheat flour 

    Toppings:
    vegan dark chocolate chips
    walnuts
    pecans

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and place parchment paper into it. 

    In a mixing bowl, beat oil and honey together with a whisk. Add eggs and beat, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. Next add the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt and optional cinnamon and whisk to blend. 

    Then stir in the flour and combine the mixture. At this point you can add in your chocolate chips or toppings of your choosing. Fold into the mixture. 

    Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan. If you want you can add walnuts or pecans onto of your batter or extra chocolate chips! YUM! 

    Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Check with a toothpick if your batter needs to be in longer. I like to let my bread cool for about 10 minutes. I take it out of the pan and leave it in the parchment paper on a cooling rack. Personally I like my banana bread on the warmer side so I don't leave it to cool for too long :) 

    The banana bread can sit on your counter top for about 3-4 days and anything longer I prefer to put into the refrigerator. 

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    BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES 


    Ingredients

    2 semi soft bananas
    1/3 cu of organic peanut butter or regular unsalted peanut butter
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cup of gluten free rolled oats or quick oats
    1-2 tablespoons of dark vegan chocolate chips 
    1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
    Optional toppings: pecans, pumpkin seeds, raisins or cranberries

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl mash two bananas. Then add peanut butter and vanilla extract and stir ingredients. Then add in all your remaining ingredients and fold into the mixture. 

    Roll your mixture into balls. You can make about 12 depending on the size of each ball. Place your balls onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper and softly press down to form a cookie like shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops are golden brown colored. Place on a cooling rack and enjoy! 

    ** Option: Finer oats you can place your rolled oats in a food processor to turn into quick oat like consistency. 



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    Monday, April 13, 2020

    HOW TO BUY A HOUSE | OUR EXPERIENCE AND STEPS SO FAR DURING COVID-19


    HOW TO BUY A HOUSE?

    As my husband and I prepare to buy our first home, I was in for a reality check of how overwhelming the process is. Once we made the decision that we wanted to own a home I quickly realized that I knew very little about the process. 

    Both of our parents came to America from Puerto Rico with the dream of starting a family and raising them with the hopes of giving their children better opportunities. For years of our relationship owning a home wasn't something we wanted. I liked the no strings no responsibilities lifestyle that renting provided. But when we got married our perspective started to shift. When we wanted to start a family, thats when the dream of owning a home became a desire. I wanted to see my children have a backyard to play and have a home big enough for them to run around and play. 

    So with the dream came a lot of research. I am a researcher. I never jump into a decision with feeling prepared and knowledgeable. This is when I realized I had a lot to learn about the home buying process.

    BE PREPARED BEFORE YOU BEGIN

    The first I wanted to do was learn what the most important steps to take before buying a home. I looked up so many articles and watched a few youtube videos from mortgage lenders. I learned that its important to learn the Five C's of credit for every first time home buyer. The Five C's of credit are character, capacity, capitol, collateral and conditions. If you want dive more into this there is a great article via credit karma that breaks this down into detail. 

    With that being said we started to dive into credit reports. Now my husband credit score wasn't above 600 when we started this process so we quickly pulled up all three credit reports for free via annualcreditreports.com and strategized. In this process I suggest you carefully make sure everything listed is accurate. We reviewed personal identifying information, all soft and hard inquiries made, all accounts listed etc. We realized that his debt to income ratio was low so in order to increase that I added him to my credit card as an authorized user. 

    Why I did this? 

    I had the better credit however he had the two consecutive years of employment so we knew he was going to be the primary lender. But since I had the better credit my credit card had a higher credit limit and I always made my payments on time. I researched this method and saw that being added as an authorized user to a responsible credit card holder that had a high credit limit and made payments on time was a high to bump up your credit score.

    Next we looked at debt to income ratio. This plays a huge role in qualification for a mortgage. Lenders look at this as part of the pre-approval process. Lenders calculate your debt to income ratio by dividing your monthly debt obligations by your gross income (pretax). Now there are many different opinions on what the best percentage to have is. But I wanted it as low as possible. We had a goal of 10-20%. I wanted all credit cards to zero! 

    SAVING FOR A HOUSE

    Whether you are planning to apply for a loan that will minimize your down payment costs lenders still want to see that you have money in your savings or checking accounts. A real estate friend of mine recommended we make an appointment with a friend of hers who was a mortgage lender. When we met with her one thing that she mentioned was that underwriters (who I had to research what that was) want to see that your deposit and closing costs have been in your accounts for a couple months confirm your financial stability. This was a big eye opener for me because I didn't find this information online! Bottom line is: the more money you can save the better

    I started to research Dave Ramsey's steps to first time home buying. Now if we followed his steps to a tee we wouldn't own a home until 10 years from now! But I wanted to read what his recommendations were. 

    First I wanted to ensure we had an emergency savings fund. Dave recommends $1000. I saved this amount in my savings account. Next we worked on saving for both a down payment and closing costs. Luckily this year we are actually getting a tax return so that return will go into our house savings account. 

    We researched local grants in our area and federal loans that we would qualify for. In a perfect world yes it would be better not to have to apply for any of these loans like Dave Ramsey suggests but it is what it is! If you can do it his way so you have more financial freedom then GO FOR IT! 

    Steps to save money are different for everyone and personal. We are currently in this phase and haven't hit our goal yet. When we do I will write a dedicated in depth post on this for you guys! 

    So for now this is where we are at guys! 

    As of now our steps have been:

    1.) Research the process before beginning 

    2.) Knowing our credit and working on a goal of improvement

    3.) Lowering debt to income ratio (DTI)

    4.) Setting up an emergency savings fun

    5.) Strategizing our savings goals 

    I hope this posts is a source of encouragement or resource for anyone thinking of buying a home. Subscribe to this blog to get the latest news on new posts and an alerts of new posts within this series!

    If you have any advice or tips for the FAM please leave them below! 

    Stay safe everyone and remember to wash your hands!





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    Sunday, April 5, 2020

    5 INTENTIONAL WAYS TO GIVE YOURSELF SELF CARE


    "You can't pour from an empty cup.."

    The expectations put on us as women is immeasurable. We bear the pressure to be great mothers. Great wives. Great daughters. Great employees. etc. 

    Women are natural givers. 

    But what happens when you start to run on empty?

    In order to serve others around us we must take care of ourselves to perform at our best. This includes Mind. Body. and Soul

    Here in this post I wanted to share five small but intentional ways to take care of ourselves and practice self care and self love first



    Start your day with a positive mantra

    I like to start my day by opening my bible app and reciting what the word of the day is. But this can look different for everyone. You can recite an uplifting statement to yourself. Or read a devotional. You can start your day with a grateful heart. 
    If you are looking for a devotional here are some recommendations:
    Lysa TerKeurst Embraced (I have this one and its one of my favorites)
    Sabrina Lawton Each day a gift 



    Make time for self care 

    When I schedule to do something for myself I noticed that it gets accomplished. This "appointment" eventually becomes a routine or a good habit. It can be as simple as "scheduling" a day where you give yourself a hair care day and enjoy applying a leave in conditioner and giving yourself a blow out. It could also be a face mask day and enjoying an extra 10-15 minutes of your morning routine. You can schedule Friday nights to be the day where you get to try a fun and delicious recipe that you have been wanting to try! 

    Self care enables us to re-fill our cup. Since becoming a mother self care has become a lot more necessary and important than prior to having Mateo. Almost my entire day revolves around thinking and caring for him and so it is nice to just have a sliver of my day to do something for me πŸ’›

    Sleep

    Many experts have found that sleep deprivation can heighten anxiety levels. During these times of worry and anxiety sleep should be part of our self care routine. I know that during this time getting sleep is hard. But give yourself grace and start slowly in establishing a routine. Set your alarm one hour earlier to settle into bed. Other helpful ways to ensure you go to bed earlier are:

    Don't take your laptop with you to bed. This will stimulate your mind to continue to think about work duties.
    Try to not sit on your phone while in bed. I know this one can be hard but you will thank me later!

    Try to make the mood cozy. I like to put on cozy pajamas. Drink a warm cup of tea beforehand. Wash my face and teeth right away and get under the covers. Coziness usually equals lights out! 

    Nourish your body

    This is one of my top priorities when it comes to my self care. Food is so connected to everything from our minds to our bodies. It effects our energy. It effects our mood. It effects our productivity levels. It can be a determining factor on avoiding getting sick. 

    In my life I have taken better care of my body by getting down on my daily carb and sugar intake. I have noticed an increase in my productivity and focus since doing this. I have a sweet tooth and being on lock down it has heightened in the face of boredom and worry. So I make paleo low sugar dessert recipes that I find on Pinterest to satisfy my cravings. 

    I also incorporate lots of greens in my diet and healthy spices in my foods such as turmeric, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, ground ginger and more. I also try to cook with healthier oils such as avocado or coconut oil. Small changes are a big step into the right direction when looking to take care of your body. 

    Stay active

    Physical activity can be good for both the body and the mind. Right now there are so many fitness trainers and fitness enthusiasts that are hosting IG Lives and/or posting workout ideas on social media. There is so much free content being put out right now. 
    Make some space in your house or apartment and take your mind off of the current world events and move your body. If you aren't into working out try yoga.
    Yoga and meditation is another great way to move your body but also quiet the mind. Carrying around an infant all day I love either starting or ending my day with a quiet yoga session. My muscles could use a good stretch and self care. 

    Bonus Tip: take a break from the news!

    This week I felt that everywhere I go, the news and social media are completely saturates with the coronavirus. It feels like 99% of it is all negative, gloomy and fear driven news reports. I do encourage that we all stay informed but I try to minimize my intake a day and it made a huge different on my mental health. I give myself one hour a day to look at news and stay informed of any announcements by the CDC or our governor here in NY and then that's it. Also make sure to read trusted news sources. Don't spend your time reading so and so's tweets or Facebook posts. 

    Like always chicas I hope this post was helpful to you! 

    Please share what your self care has looked like for the past few weeks! 

    Stay safe, wash your hands and stay home ♡





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    Sunday, March 29, 2020

    Spreading Good News Sunday!

    Photo credit: Franchising

    Happy Sunday ya'll

    We made it another week through social distancing and surviving being on lockdown. None of us really know how much longer this is going to be for but as we continue to adapt to our new normals I want to continue spreading positive and helpful posts. 

    I was recently on Instagram and found a page called Good News Movement and it inspired to start this new series called: Spreading the Good News Sunday! What better day than Sunday to read positive and inspiring articles and posts. 

    I don't know how long this series will last for but I hope it entertains and puts a smile on ours faces. If you want to contribute to this series and share some good news please email at: thestylebrunchblog@gmail.com

    Let's continue to build up both our online communities and local communities πŸ’›


    International 

    • According to an article in Newsweek, over 100,000 people have recovered from the Coronavirus around the world 🌍

    • According to The Guardian, Wuhan closes its last makeshift coronavirus hospital as China's infection rate falls.  

    • According to Newsweek, a 97 year old woman in South Korea fully recovered from the coronavirus

    • According to thelocal.it, and what's being called an extraordinary recovery, in Italy a 101- year- old man who was born during the Spanish flu has recovered from the coronavirus and was sent home


    United States

    • Distilleries from all over the US are doing their part to help out their local communities by making their own hand sanitizer and giving it away for free according to NBC news.

    • Churches all over the country embrace online streaming platforms and services to bring service online 

    • The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation announced a donation of $10 million toward global response efforts to COVID-19 and begin production of masks and isolation gowns 

    • Celebrities are donating across the country and Rihanna's foundation announced a $5 million dollar donation toward relief efforts according to a statement by Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation

    • Athletes are helping their communities in big ways and Drew Brees is among them when he announced on his social media that he and his wife were donating  $5 million to help towards relief efforts in Louisiana

    • Hundreds of volunteers from Chicago to New York City have signed up to various babysitting apps and websites to help take care of children of health care workers according to NBC news

    • Delta airlines offers free flights to medial volunteers to some of the hardest hit areas in the country according to USA today

    • 2 young men in NYC started Invisible Hands and within 72 hours amassed 1300 volunteers to deliver groceries and medicine to elderly and vulnerable people according to the Associated Press


    Feel good news
    • A church in Georgia pulled their Chic-fila points and delivered more than 500 sandwiches to doctors and nurses at two hospitals according to Fox news

    • An Alabama man serenades his wife to "Amazing Grace" everyday through her nursing home window because of nursing home restrictions according to the Montgomery Advertiser

    • New Jersey pizza restaurant owner, Bryan Morin toke out a $50,000 line of credit to pay his employees during the coronavirus 

    • A 5 year old girl from Elgin, IL gets surprised with a 64 car birthday party parade according to patch.com

    • Health care workers are being applauded around the world. In the US #Solidarityat8 started to show appreciation for those on the frontline battling this virus to save lives of others.

    • Free mental health services are being offered to New York residents after 6,000 mental health workers volunteered to help provide services according to Elle.com

    • Across many social media platforms musicians have been playing free concerts to help uplift spirits such artists have been John Legend and Chris Martin.

    • According to goodness_movement a family's trip to Disney World was postponed so family friends surprised the kids with a Disney parade

    • Starbucks is giving out free coffee to frontline health care workers announced on their Instagam page 



    I hope you guys get a chance to check out some of these articles and may it uplift your spirits today and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

    If you have or seen other positive and uplifting stories online or on social media please share them below or send me an email at: thestylebrunchblog@gmail.com

    Stay safe everyone. Stay inside. Stay positive 



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