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Allie's second snow day and we're most certainly spending it indoors this time.  Allie's been off playing with her toys all morning and this mama has been confined to the couch getting an insane amount of work done. Anyone else feel super stressed this time of year? Thanksgiving is just a few days away and then we're immediately thrown into Christmastime and I'm not sure I'm fully ready for it 😂 between updating last year's holiday content, creating new content for December, and scheduling out all the social media for the next month, I feel like my to-do list is never-ending and none of this will ever get done. But as of right now, I feel like I'm in a pretty good place 👌🏻 anyone else taking full advantage of this Monday morning? Let me know what you're up to in the comments!
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Sooo excited to have picked up @michelleobama’s book. I rarely pick up biographies/autobiographies but I’ve had this release date on my calendar for quite some time now. This woman is truly remarkable and inspiring. Anyone else reading this? Let me know your thoughts! •
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Little girl had her very first snow day today! Our little California baby was a little iffy at first but by the end of it, she was happily eating the snow 😍😂 now we just need to get her some snowpants and boots 👌🏻
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First Starbucks holiday drink of the season! Anyone else just LOVE red cup season?...although my cup is green 🤔 but that's beside the point. The point is that we're finally headed into the holidays and this girl couldn't be more excited for it 🙌🏻
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Doesn’t this adorable little country store just scream New England?! 😍 just a sort 10 minute drive from Portland, the Town Landing Market can be found in Falmouth Foreside, Maine and is on my list of must-see’s if you’re visiting the Portland area. •
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8 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using

8 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using | Keating & Co.

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  As some of you may have noticed, my blog went through yet another rebrand last night.  I know I just did this about a month ago, but something just wasn’t working for me.  I was on Etsy, fell in love with this theme and ten minutes later, I was typing in my debit card information and downloading the content.  Horrible, I know.  I should really work on that whole self-control issue and teach myself how to stick with my choices.  BUT I’m completely in love with everything now so there will not be another rebrand for a VERY long time.  I promise!  So onto today’s post…

I’m not sure what’s up with all my blogging posts lately, but I just love sharing these things with you!  I’m constantly getting questions from readers wondering how I do things and a few have asked me what my favorite plugins are.  SO I thought I’d share them with you.

Disqus.

You all have heard me talk about Disqus many times in the past.  It’s my favorite comment system.  It looks nice on my blog and it’s super easy to comment quickly and easily.  It’s even very easy to install and respond to my reader’s comments.  Some choose to use the built-in WordPress or Blogger comment system, but I hate commenting on these.  I never get notified if someone comments back so I’ll comment on their post, they’ll comment back and then the conversation ends.  I want to be able to keep the conversation going!

Revive Old Post.

This is such an awesome plugin to have if you want to share older posts. I used to schedule them out manually every week, but this plugin will do it all in the background with little to no effort on your end.  It’s the perfect way to share older posts without having to put in any extra work.  You just install the plugin, adjust the settings, and leave it alone.  It’ll take over from there.

Yoast SEO. 

A good majority of bloggers use Yoast as their SEO plugin on their blog.  I’m still learning about SEO and how to use it effectively, but I’m a huge fan of Yoast.  Like most of these plugins, it’s super easy to install and use.

Click to Tweet.

Click to tweet is a pre-typed tweet for readers to easily share on their Twitter accounts.  All a reader has to do is click on it and it will open up a new window for them to edit and tweet.  This is a great way to make it easy for your readers to share your posts through Twitter.

CoSchedule.

This is another tool that I’m completely in love with.  CoSchedule makes it super easy to create your editorial calendar, shift around your posts, and schedule out your social media with little effort on your end.  Unfortunately, it’s not free, but I still highly recommend it and I definitely prefer it to using Hootsuite Buffer.  It’s everything you need all in one place.

Related Posts.

I’m pretty sure Jetpack also comes with an option for related posts, but I really like this plugin.  It’s pretty straightforward.  It shares posts that are related to that individual post.  So this post probably shows other blogging-related posts in its ‘related posts’ section.  I can also choose how many posts to include at the end of each which I think I currently have set to five or six.  Very basic, but it keeps your readers on your blog by giving them more to read.

Mail Munch.

This is pretty straightforward.  I use Mail Munch for email subscriptions.  I have a small pop up that appears in the bottom, right hand corner as you scroll through my blog as well as a sign-in option located in my sidebar.

Broken Link Checker.

I just recently began using this one and I’m already in love with it.  Broken Link Checker monitors the links in your posts, pages, and comments.  It will give you feedback of any broken links that no longer work, redirects, and missing images.  Within minutes of installing it, it gave me a whole list to go through and check.  I can then look at each item on the list and determine if it needs to be edited, ignored, or removed.  It does all the work for me so that I don’t have to go through and manually check out every link on my blog which saves so much time and energy.  The one thing I do recommend, though is to adjust the settings to not include comments.  It found hundreds of broken links just from comments when all I wanted was for it to check my own posts and pages.  But at least it does its job!

What do you think of the new look of the blog?

What plugins do you use on your own blog?

XOXO
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