An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Friday Favorites September 4 Edition

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Favorites September 4 Edition

Ahhhhh, welcome September! It's still 100++ here and doesn't remotely feel like fall, but it should be down into the upper 80's before October hits, so fall will come eventually. Eventually... Right? It has to at some point - right?! I digress with the weather. Let's get right into those Friday Favorites for September 4, shall we?

1) Bloggers talk all the time about their goals, but I've never set any and mentioned them here - either personal or blog-wise. I decided to hit some milestones this September so I can continue to grow and learn new bloggy things! Here they are, so I'm held accountable for them:

SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused and time-bound. Perfect for taking your blog to the next level!
  • Reach 1k followers on Pinterest
  • Optimize my AdSense account. Last month I made a whopping $3.89 with it - I KNOW it can do better, because my BlogHer and click-links do far, far better! (Any tips here are welcome)
  • Get my Young Living essential oils distributor/order info added to the sidebar of my blog and publish my first informative post
2) It's finally September, so we can finally start to watch horror movies on Friday nights (I know, we're crazy with the social life right?) I LOVE scary movies. Love them. Countdown is on to when I decorate the house for fall/Halloween. Is that the most basic thing I've written on this blog? Perhaps.

3) I'm now 6 months pregnant and stuck sleeping on my side. I'm NOT a side sleeper. I am decidedly a back sleeper. So this transition is tough - with Henry, I would wake up with intense shoulder and ear cartilage pain. When we moved, we bought a fancy Tempurpedic mattress, and the sales guy threw in some pillows for us. This Tempurpedic pillow is saving my pregnant life! It's amazing. No earaches. No shoulder pain. Pregnancy pillows are for the birds y'all, get yourself a Tempurpedic pillow when you're pregnant!

Amazing pregnancy Tempurpedic pillow

4) Facebook algorithms have changed again, y'all! This is definitely not a "favorite" for me this week, but if I can prevent any of you from making the same mistake, it will be worth it. If you're a member of blogging groups, beware of how many links you "like" from one post. I was doing a reciprocation thread, and was on my third day of spreading it out to avoid "Facebook jail" (you know, when they strip your ability to "like" fan pages). I STILL got hit and got my privileges taken away for 30 days! Facebook thinks I'm a robot. Jerks. They've adjusted things so that if all your likes come from one URL (for example, a follow-all thread) it will take note no matter how much you spread it out. It happened to 10 other blogging friends this week too! So bloggers and promoters of other blogs/content, beware.

Makes it a real good time to focus on Pinterest instead though, doesn't it?! Are you following me yet? Let's be friends! I follow back :)

5) I've started my education courses on Young Living essential oils! I can't wait to share with y'all how to use them, blend them, wear them, diffuse them and clean with them for better health. I'll turn y'all into some crunchy hippies yet! Or, you'll sit there and laugh at me. Whatevs. If you give them a try I know you'll be a convert, too!

What's everyone up to this weekend? I hope there are fun things in store for you! We go on our babymoon to Cape Cod next weekend and I'm SO excited to get away with hubs for a bit (and leave the toddler, home and contractor management to our folks who are coming to stay with us. Thanks mom!)

Linking up with Amanda, Karli, April and H54F!


  1. Hoping we get some cooler, fall like weather in Texas sooner this year! Looks like another 100 degree weekend. I just pretend it is fall inside the house lol. I don't earn much with adsense, it is usually about $15 a month. I have a small banner, than one below my picture on my sidebar. Adding the banner is what increased it for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I wasn't following you on pinterest yet so that was quickly fixed! :) I didn't know that about Facebook but it doesn't surprise me!!! Hope you guys have a wonderful long weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Oh my bad, I was NOT following you on pinterest!! I just followed you! I got rid of my facebook because I couldn't deal with the "drama" on it. It was the best decision ever. Hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Ughhhhh seriously FB is the worst! I can never figure them out. I was posting at night and that was good, then it was the morning but now I think it's back to night. Wait what is that about not liking a lot of fan pages??? Why are there so many rules?!?!?!?!?!

  5. Why is FB such a B?! Like, just stop. You aren't helping anyone and only hurting everyone. Like, enough with the changes and rules people!
    And let me know how it goes with your AdSense. I need some serious help there too.
    Have a great night watching scary movies!

  6. i don't know anything about BlogHer or AdSense - good luck though! i am so bad with pinterest, i always think i'm following people but i'm not lol. but now i am following you, so i hope that helps you get to 1K!

  7. ps. I sleep all over - side, back, stomach, and sometimes on my side i wake up with the worst ear and shoulder pain so thank you for sharing that!

  8. Awesome blog goals! I definitely need to step up my game in this area. Have a great weekend. - Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

  9. Scary movies are fun. I'm going to see The Visit with a friend when it comes out.

  10. Thanks for the tip about the Facebook groups. I never do the 'like all' threads and I haven't had any issues liking the 3-5 links on a typical one, so I wonder what their threshold is? 7-10 maybe? I've actually been getting really bored with Facebook lately. I like the blogging groups but don't get much post engagement and I'm not willing to pay to please their algorithm. I've thought about just doing away with my blog page altogether and just keeping the personal account for groups. I get a lot more traffic from Pinterest anyway...

  11. Great goals! I can't wait to see your updated goals! :-)