Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Took some time today to create a new recipe for you guys! It has been a while since I have created anything new, but you won't be disappointed with these yummy and easy Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls. 

Here are the ingredients and directions on how to make the Peanut Butter Balls: 
 And here are the ingredients and directions for the Coconut Oil Chocolate: 
I did coat the Peanut Butter Balls twice with the Coconut Oil Chocolate. I coated them and put them in the fridge for thirty minutes and then did it again. The reason I did this is because the Coconut Oil Chocolate is pretty thin.
Here is the final product! They turned out amazing. I think they would have been good without the Coconut Oil Chocolate as well.

Give them and try and let me know what you think! 

Until next time,


Saturday, June 24, 2017

How I Found My Ideal Niche

Do you ever feel like things come into life right when you need them the most? This is how I felt this morning as I listened to Natalie Eckdahl's podcast. The podcast was called The Magical Art of Niching Down. At the time I was expecting a regular podcast that I would listen to as I did my morning routine, but the podcast grabbed my attention when Natalie said "when you try to talk to EVERYONE, you end up talking to no one". 

The reason this spoke to me is because I have been feeling this way in my business latley. I have so many passions and I want to help everyone, but that is not realistic and it is stretching me too thin. I took Natalie's advice and took 30 minutes this morning to brainstorm my ideal niche and I am so happy with my results and wanted to share how I found my ideal niche! 

I started my brainstorming session by sitting down with a big piece of paper and wrote my top ten passions and interests. To create my ideal niche I knew that I needed to find something that I truly was passionate about and that could make the biggest difference. After making this list I found a common theme...EDUCATION! 

The other day I was telling my mom how dissapointed I was that I did not learn practical skills that I can use in my business throughout college. My mom has always been a huge influence in my life and was actually my high school librarian. Today my mom, Shannon Miller is an International Speaker, and Consultant, Author, Future Ready Libraries and Project Connect Spokesperson and so much more.  I have seen her make a huge difference in so many people's lives and I want to do the same.

Based off this frustration and how I can see personally that there is a gap in education I made this one of the main problem that my ideal niche is experiencing. My ideal niche is having problems with resources and support to help them make a change in the education world. From here I found that I can help solve this problem by being a voice to help spread the word by sharing through social media and marketing.

Based off everything that I found and an amazing brainstorming session with my mom I found that I want to focus on educational sales reps, influences, and organizations who are looking to change the education world. I am going to help my niche by supporting them to make a change. 
It was hard choosing one main thing to work towards. Especially with my passions in so many different areas, but I am excited about my niche and I know that putting all my efforts into this niche is going to make me the happiest and help me to make a difference. 

What do you think? Are you ready to find your ideal niche? 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Club Questions For Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard & Starting Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I have to apologize for being so far behind! For those of you who do not know we took two weeks off and went back home to Iowa to celebrate my graduation and birthday. We had an AMAZING time, but I have been getting caught up with everything for the past couple weeks. That being said, I am back and ready to get on with our next book, but first let's talk about Red Queen. 

I thought Red Queen was an amazing book. I read it in a couple days and went on to finish the entire series in about a week. Red Queen was my favorite book of the series and really drew me into Mare's story. What did you think of Red Queen?

Here are a couple questions:

  1. What would you have done in Cal’s position (at the end)?
  2. What do you think will happen in book two?

The fifth book we are going to be reading is Into the Water Hardcover by Paula Hawkins. We will be starting Into the Water on June 26th and ending on July 10th.

Synopsis From Goodreads: "A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath."

A reminder that this is a very relaxed book club. You can read a book than skip a book then come back and read another book with the club. Whatever you want to do. We are super excited to get started and hope you all will join us. :) To learn more visit the 2017 Books Without Borders Tackk!

Let's Get Reading!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Club Questions For Caraval by Stephanie Garber & Starting Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I was blown away by Caraval by Stephanie Garber! Oh my gosh..one of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved it so much that I read the entire book in one afternoon. I can't wait for the second book in the series. 

I would love to hear what you thought about Caraval either in the comments or on social media! 
The fourth book we are going to be reading is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. We will be starting Red Queen on May 1st and ending on June 5th.
Synopsis From Goodreads: "This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart."

A reminder that this is a very relaxed book club. You can read a book than skip a book then come back and read another book with the club. Whatever you want to do. We are super excited to get started and hope you all will join us. :) To learn more visit the 2017 Books Without Borders Tackk!

Let's Get Reading!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Cleaning For Your Small Business's Online Presence

Spring is now in full bloom! I was doing some spring cleaning over the weekend and wanted to share some tips on how you can spring clean your small business's online presence. These tips will help to optimize your online presence and allow you to excel online. 

Create Shareable Content

Take a look at your content and determine how much of it is really shareable. Look at your online analytics and determine what is it your followers are sharing. Shareable content could include blog post, how-to guide, infographic, image or instructional video. If you want more people to see you online you need to create content that people want to spread. Here are The 7 Secrets to Shareable Content from Entrepreneur.

Tune Up Your Content
What words do your customer use when describing your company? Ask around and create a list of appropriate keywords that match your business and update your content to match. This will help more people to find your business when searching. 

Ask Your Customers For Reviews
Good customer reviews are so important for any business. Good reviews from customers are very meaningful and can help you stand out in the sea of small businesses. This is also a very important step when growing your business because what your existing customer's say about you can make or break a new customer's decision to shop with you.

Build Up Your Social Strategy
Utilizing social media is a great way to be visible to customer and potential customers. Social profiles should be used to interact with customers, list business information and share any content that you might have. As easy as this may sound it is a good idea to put into place a strategy that can help your social media sites excel. Check out this great blog post from Hootsuite on How To Create A Social Media Marketing Plan In 6 Steps!

Place More Value On Building Relationships
Building relationships is a much better tactic than other SEO tactics. SEO is not the main focus when online. Increasing your online visibility needs to involve creating relationships with followers. Ways to build valuable relationships through social media could include being real, not censoring followers, finding your niche and creating brand ambassadors.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Club Questions For You Are a Badass by Jen Sinceror & Starting Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Another book down! What did you think of You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero? I really enjoyed this book. Throughout the entire book I was inspired. I loved how honest and raw Jen Sincero is in this book. I had a lot of great takeaways from finishing You Are a Badass.

I have a couple questions for you who are participating. I would love to hear your responses either in the comments or on social media!

1. What were your main takeaways from the book?

2. Did the author’s style of writing appeal to you?

3. Have you made any changes in your own life based on the advice given in the book?

The third book we are going to be reading is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. We will be starting Caraval on April 2nd and ending on May 1st.

Synopsis From Goodreads: "Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever."

A reminder that this is a very relaxed book club. You can read a book than skip a book then come back and read another book with the club. Whatever you want to do. We are super excited to get started and hope you all will join us. :) To learn more visit the 2017 Books Without Borders Tackk!

Let's Get Reading!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Importance Of Transparency

According to Dictionary.com the definition of transparent is.. "allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen." I think that being transparent in business is so important in order to build trust and meaningful relationships with both customers and coworkers. Here are the five reasons that I think transparency is a necessity in business. 

Builds Trust
Trust is everything when trying to gain new clients or trying to understand your coworkers. Without trust a business cannot be sustainable. To excel in business you need to trust the people you are working for and with and they need to trust you. Trust is the backbone for success. Check out this great article that gives ways to build trust inside your business

Creates Better Relationships
This one is similar to building trust. Transparency allows for trust to be built, which in turn allows you to create better more meaningful relationships. Better relationships help you so much in business. Creating solid relationships allows you to gain loyalty, better word-of-mouth and a better image for yourself. Still not convinced that you need to build relationships in the workplace? View this article about why workplace relationships matter

Gains More Engagement
In the 2013 Harvard Business Review employee engagement survey it was found that 70 percent of those surveyed said they’re most engaged when senior leadership continually updates and communicates company strategy. It is so important to be open so that customers and employees know what is going on and feel like they matter because you take the time to update them. 

Gives High Quality Solutions
By being open and honest you can solve problems faster and with high quality solutions. You know the saying two heads are better than one? This is the concept behind this point about why transparency is import. When you are trying to solve something or do not know what to do try being transparent and asking for advice. The outcome will always be better! 

Allows For Better Alignment
Transparency allows for better alignment because when you are transparant your goals, vision and mission are known and every aspect of your business can align correctly. If you want to reach your goals faster and in a much smoother method be transparent and everyone will be on the same page.