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Blogging Lessons Part 1

Before launching Blonde Boss Babe, I had no idea how many technical skills I would need to learn to start and maintain a successful blog. This November will mark one year since I migrated platforms from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, which I recently realized I didn’t even do 100% correctly. LOLZ. How did it take me this long to find out? Well, all of the images from my posts pre-November 2016 disappeared from public view but would show when I was logged in working on the site. Ironically, this little bit of a nightmare has come with a lot of blessing mixed into the mess. Manually re-inserting the images into each post has provided an opportunity for me to look back on how much the blog has progressed, clean up/delete less than ideal content, and reminisce on some favorite projects. Of the 20+ posts affected, here are the few that made the cut (click the image to be taken to the post): 

  

 While I still have so many more things to learn about this crazy complex – yet super fun platform, in a post soon-to-come, I will be sharing with y’all some of the key steps that would have GREATLY simplified this process. So, if you have any blogging questions about launching a site, working with companies, or even designing a logo – feel free to comment them below this post or contact me here. I will try to answer as many as possible in the posts to come on this topic. 

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June Instagram Roundup

Blonde Boss Babe June 2017 Instagram roundup

 

 Console Table | Chair

 

Office Chair | Leopard print Throw | Rug

 

Mercury Glass | Console Table | Lamp Dupe

 

Leaning Shelves | Pink Heels | Black Heels | Nude Heels | Blue Heels 

 

Tie-up Espadrille Wedges | Rug 

 

Diptyque Candle | Gold Paperclips

 

Diptyque Candle | Chanel Perfume | Marble & Gold Vanity Tray

 

Faux Garland | Pink Accent Roses | White Accent Rose Sprays

 

Metallic Gold & White Leopard Pillow | Leaning Shelves 

 

DIY lace floral teepee

 

Porcelain Plate Set Dupe | Porcelain Pitcher Dupe

 

Goodness gracious, y’all, with a new month came a new round of crazy schedules – funny how we always hope that the summer season will bring more rest than busyness but usually the opposite is true! In this post I’ve linked up all the details from the most popular/asked about Instagram posts from the month of June – as always, if there’s something I’ve missed that you would like more information on, feel free to comment below and I’ll add the related info to this post! July Instagram roundup coming in the next few days! 

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Remove Wax from Diptyque Candles in 5 Minutes

Here at the Williams’ house, we love all things vanilla, and that goes for anything from cake to candles. Currently, the Vanille Diptyque candle is my absolute favorite. All of the home scents by Diptyque are so good and not at all overwhelming or sickly sweet (winning).

Likewise, the candle jars they come in are simple and elegant. This is what makes these jars the perfect glass containers for storing almost anything – including cotton swabs, makeup brushes, even paperclips and/or pens.

 

So, when they’re done burning, how do we clean them? Searching online will yield a number of different options, however not all of those work for the diptyque candles -specifically due to the nature of the glass. Here’s how to clean them quickly and easily, without harming the glass or the sticker in 3 simple steps:

Step 1: First, take a spoon and dip it into the candle between the wax and the side of the glass. Gently press and pull pieces of the wax out. Continue until you have removed the majority of the wax. (Note: Do not do this immediately after burning the candle as the glass will be hot and not safe to touch)

Step 2: Now that the majority of the wax has been removed, there may still be smaller pieces left stuck to the glass. Using hot water taken from the sink, fill the jar. Let it soak the glass for a couple minutes. (Note: DO NOT use boiling water. While this may work for other candles, it is too hot for the type of glass used for Diptyque candles and can result in the glass cracking.)

Step 3: Dump out the water and using a clean paper towel, wipe out the remaining softened wax.

 

Bonus: Decide what you will put in your freshly cleaned Diptyque jar!

 

At first, I thought I would use this one for paper clips. Then after playing around with it, I decided to use it in our master bath for a much prettier way to store our cotton swabs.

Check out this post if you’re interested in making a super easy marble tray like the one I have featured here.

That’s it! See? So easy and so fast. Are diptyque candles your favorite, too? Let me know what scent I should get next in the comments below & don’t forget to Pin/Share this post if you liked it!

 

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Spring Update Home Office Tour

| Marble & Gold Tray | Glass Pineapple | Laptop Stand | Laptop Case | Wireless Keyboard, Mouse & Pad | Linen Office Chair |  Lamp Dupes | Chalk-Painted Desk Tutorial |

| Linen Storage Bench |  Gold Leopard Pillows | Slay Girl Pillow |

 

 | Mirror Dupe | Louboutin PumpsSunnies Organizer |Valentino Flats  |

| Marble & Gold Tray | Glass Pineapple | Laptop Stand | Laptop Case | Wireless Keyboard, Mouse & Pad | Linen Office Chair |  Lamp Dupes | Chalk-Painted Desk Tutorial | Mirror Dupe | Louboutin PumpsSunnies Organizer |Valentino Flats  | Linen Storage Bench |  Gold Leopard Pillows | Slay Girl Pillow | Blue-Gray Tufted Pouf | Sheepskin Rug |

I am constantly updating and restyling the DIY Marble and Gold Ikea Hyllis Shelves  & love how versatile they’ve been in this space. One of my favorite things to do when seasons change is to move furniture and decor around to freshen up the room. Since I spend the majority (only 98%) of my day in my home office, that’s usually the place that gets the spring treatment first 🙂

 

Do you have any favorite traditions for the start of Spring and Summer seasons? I would love to hear them!


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