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The dazzling art of beauty blogging - my tips for beginners

My experience as a beauty blogger allowed me to escape from the daily routine and find purpose

The dazzling art of beauty blogging - my tips for beginners
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Beauty/Lifestyle Blogger at Bows and Pearls and a self taught MUA
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When I started my blog back in 2011, it's safe to say that blogging has and still is one heck of a journey.


My blog, Bows and Pearls, covers everything from beauty to lifestyle-related topics, and it's my escape from the day to day routine. I love to sit and type away my thoughts on the latest concealer or my favorite candle.

To say that I have learned a lot now would be an understatement because I am still learning so much. Blogging encompasses a lot of things from HTML coding, dealing with PR companies, and so on. Each is a new experience in itself, and with each passing day, I feel more and more confident in my abilities.

In the beginning, I was obsessed with my stats and follower count. Not that many people used to read my blog, but I persevered and carried on. Now don't get me wrong, some days I used to get writer's block or let the stats get to me, but it's important to step back and think.

Why am I blogging, and what is my purpose?

It is about the content and not just posting anything that you aren't pleased about. I can definitely say that some days it's an inward struggle, but then I have a pep talk with myself and think about what I have achieved so far and what I can achieve in the following months.

With a household to run, endless chores, and multiple Instagram accounts, I share my time equally with blogging as one of my top priorities. I have made a few friends in the blogging community, some of which date back to the start of my blog, and working with numerous companies and brands has really boosted my confidence.

If you are reading this and want to start a blog, then seriously go for it, but my advice is to stay consistent. It's easy to get carried away with follower stats and freebies. Just type whatever thoughts come to mind, and the rest will follow.

With every post published, I feel a little more accomplished and excited to see where my blog will take me. I always make sure to share my views without bias in any way, and I am constantly learning.

The journey has been quite a ride so far.

Children have a place on the frontlines of the culture wars

What Should We Do When the Culture Wars Invade Our Children’s Lives?

Children have a place on the frontlines of the culture wars
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You know when there’s a controversy whether to include both sides to the Holocaust in a Texas school district, the culture wars have once again invaded the children’s lives. Similarly, in Southern Pennsylvania, books by people of color were banned (or per the official Central York School statement: “frozen” for an entire year.)

These discussions by the school boards are impacted by the bills passed in government, as in the case of House Bill 3979 requiring public school teachers to present various points of view when teaching about current events and social issues. Often, the impulse to clutch pearls and to “think of the children” is a rhetorical device to further political causes. As the larger climate in a racialized society such as the United States grapple with a history of slavery and the fight for racial justice--with the most current iteration being the black lives matter protests in the summer of 2020--what the children learn in schools have become a new battleground for those who land on opposing sides of this culture war.

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Why I don’t always expect my children to be completely truthful

Personally, I don’t expect the kids to always be completely truthful. Sometimes their truth bombs can be very unwelcome

Why I don’t always expect my children to be completely truthful

It's 7 am on a Wednesday.

My five-year-old bursts into our room like a whirlwind, and I blearily say good morning and remind him that he's going into school dressed in his onesie and wellies for a "wild rumpus day."

He replied, "Yes, I know. Don't forget we need to bring in sausages for the party".

Suddenly I'm wide awake and interrogating him; "What sausages? What party? What do you mean we're bringing sausages?!" I have a vague memory of going into school as a kid with sausage rolls or cheese and pineapple sticks for end-of-year parties, but I didn't think that was still a thing.

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