Ready to Get Back to Blogging

Time and time again, when I take a blogging break I come back wanting more. I’ve been blogging for almost five years now and from time to time burnout sets in. I am asked often in business circles for tips on blogging. I tell people consistency is key. I’m not always the best example of this (my recent hiatus) but if you have to leave your blog, leave it for a few weeks or a month. Whatever you do, just don’t leave it untouched for a year!

I have five drafted posts ready and I should be hitting the ground running again soon. While I still love blogging, it often takes the back burner when business ramps up. Blogging provides a great outlet for writing… when I’m not writing for others. My work is very ebb and flow. It’s the reality of self-employment (at least for me right now). I’m learning to embrace the busy times along with the slow. In the meantime, I appreciate you coming back here every now and then to see what’s new.

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Top Five Posts of 2014

I realize I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I did want to do my annual roundup of top posts throughout the year. It’s always fun for me to look at my blog statistics and also to rediscover posts I previously wrote and sometimes forgot about.

Oddly, these most popular posts were all written right at the beginning of 2014. I was focusing a lot of SEO at the time and also on providing helpful DIY content. I think readers continue to view these posts today, as a result. I provided a short update on each “project” next to each link. Enjoy!

Top Five Posts of 2014

Sourdough Starter Container

  • DIY Sourdough Starter Day by Day: My starter is still alive and I use it to bake sourdough bread on a weekly basis! It’s become a Sunday tradition for me. I haven’t bought a loaf of store-bought bread in almost a year now.

How to Make Homemade Mineral Veil Face Powder

Dog Ate Bread Dough

  • The Time My Dog Ate Bread Dough: Fortunately, Lulu hasn’t gotten into the dough again since this incident. Lesson learned and I hope others learn from my mistake as well!

Using Jojoba Oil as a Face Moisturizer

How to Make Homemade Shampoo

  • How to Make Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner: This post has been pinned 227 times to date, which might be a record although I’m not positive. I have been shampoo-free for 14+ months. I love how much money I’ve saved by making my own “shampoo” and “conditioner” and I’m still able to style my hair just like normal.

Review: KISS InstaWave Hair Curler

I don’t write about hair or beauty much because I try to be really simple with how I style myself. I’ve written before that I use homemade shampoo and conditioner – which I’ve now been using for a full year! However, when it comes time to dress myself up I am often at a loss. Lately I’ve been feeling like I really need a fashion consultant, makeup consultant and hair consultant – all in one.

Kiss InstaWave

Anyways, several months ago I also joined a website called BrandBacker which allows bloggers to receive sample products in exchange for a review. To be honest, many of the opportunities have not been a good fit for me, so I passed on them. Then an opportunity came up to try the brand new KISS InstaWave Hair Curler. It looked and sounded so easy I had to try it. Maybe it would be a solution to my hairstyling woes?

Kiss InstaWave

A few caveats here, I received the product very quickly and my review was due very quickly so I have only tried out the hair curler once so far but I intend to use it much more. I think with experience, the curler will become easier for me to use. Traditional curlers require you to clamp your hair on the curling rod and then rotate the rod to create the curl.

Kiss InstaWave

The KISS InstaWave has a forward and reverse button on the rod. This button rotates the device, thus pulling and curling your hair for you. I was nervous the device would pull too hard but it did not! My hair is not as long as that of the model on the package of the product so I had a little trouble grasping my hair, especially in the back. I am growing my hair out and think the curling will become easier as I do that.

Here are a few tips on how the device works from KISS InstaWave:

  • Automatically creates tangle-free curls. No need to be a pro!
  • Easy-to-use from any angle with any hand. Features a curl dial with left and right directions.
  • Device automatically shuts off after 90 minutes and features low/high switches, maximum temp of 420-degrees.
  • Hold each curl for 5-10 seconds, longer for tighter curls, and less time for “beachy waves.”
  • Switch curl direction from left to right to create a natural look.
  • Pull the device straight down to release hair.

The KISS InstaWave is available for purchase now from Target, Ulta and Amazon. Retail price is $59.99.

Disclosure: BrandBacker sent me a KISS InstaWave Hair Curler in exchange for offering this product review. All opinions and thoughts here are my own.