Things I Love

I love all things techy as well as products and services that help make my life easier. Here’s my current list of my favorite products and why I love them!

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Fun Apparel

Apps

Paprika Recipe Manager

I cannot recommend Paprika for recipe planning enough. It is a total game changer. It’s super easy to import recipes from the web, change the number of servings, add meals to your calendar, and add ingredients to your shopping list. I use it nearly every day and my husband loves it too! Click here for the iPhone version ($4.99) or here for the iPad version ($4.99). There’s even a desktop version for Mac ($19.99) if that’s how you roll.

Headspace Meditation App

I love this app for guided meditation. Not only does Andy the host’s soft British accent gently encourage me when meditation is hard, but he teaches me how to meditate better

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Blogging Resources

I love testing out new blogging resources to find the best, most efficient platform for Reining in Mom. Here’s what I’m using currently and loving.

SiteGround Hosting Services

I was previously with BlueHost and had big issues with site speed. I also waited hours upon hours to talk to a tech. Enter SiteGround. They have 24/7 chat available and you can actually chat with a tech in minutes. Plus, I shaved nearly 10 seconds off my page load speed just by switching. SiteGround switched everything over for me for free as part of the hosting package, and it’s prices are super competitive.

ConvertKit

I love ConvertKit for emailing out my newsletter, email courses, and welcome emails to new subscribers! I had MailChimp previously but didn’t do much with it. I felt it was much harder to use. ConvertKit has the ability to create two-step opt-ins which convert much better than one-step, landing pages that I can host on my site with my domain, and very detailed email campaigns. I can also upload PDFs right to it for my email subscribers to download immediately. It’s customer service has been great too, always getting back to me promptly when I have a question. 

Tailwind App for Pinterest

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Manually pinning to Pinterest is extremely time consuming. When you’re supposed to pin 10-15 pins a day, minimum, and you have tons of group boards you’d like to pin to and from, it’s much easier to batch your process.

I take an hour or two a week and schedule out all of my pins using Tailwind. And when I have a new pin from my blog posts that I’d like to pin to all my group boards, I can use Tailwind’s interval scheduling tool to pin it to a different board every day. It’s so easy. Tailwind’s new Tribes are a game changer too. So much easier than group boards!

BoardBooster For Pinterest

So why do I need another product for Pinterest? Because of looping. Tailwind allows you to schedule pins but BoardBooster will automatically repin your pins so they move from the bottom of a group board to the top. It will delete your previous pin so you’re not overloading the group board. You can set any timeline for this looping that you want. I’ve seen a huge increase in my click-through rate using BoardBooster.

SmarterQueue Scheduler

I use SmarterQueue to schedule my Facebook and Twitter posts and it has saved. my. sanity. A few hours every week or two and I have a month’s worth of content scheduled to post automatically to Facebook and Twitter.

Not only that, it automatically recycles content you designate as “evergreen” so you don’t have to find original content all the time. For the most part, 75% of your followers won’t see the post the first time so recycling saves you time and will get you more engagement.

 

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