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I’ve had people ask me how to set up a blog, so I thought it might be helpful if I just list the blogging resources that I know about or use on my site.

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Web Hosting:  Siteground

Siteground is the host that houses this blog.  Wordpress is installed in my account on their servers. Their support has been awesome, I haven’t experienced any downtime, and the process of moving over to their platform was easy!


This is a great, easy-to-use email system to send newsletters and emails to subscribers.

E.B.A. – Elite Blog Academy

This is a very in-depth course about blogging.  The support you get from the others in the course is invaluable.  If you really want to be a blogger, check out this course.


The framework – the underlying code and workings – for many WordPress sites is Genesis.  Studiopress has the Genesis framework and includes it as part of the package with some child themes.  My first theme was Lifestyle Pro purchased through Studiopress.


Tailwind takes the headache out of scheduling Pins for Pinterest.  You can’t be everywhere at once, so use Tailwind to make your life easier.  Schedule your own pins, pins of others and join Tribes – others who have similar interests – to help each other with pinning.

Sprinkle Theme

Restored 316 Themes for your blog

Simplifying DIY Design

Graphic Design help for your blog


WordPress site-building tools

Other Affiliates

Playtime by Eimmie – American Girl Doll accessories

PuraVida Bracelets – Cute handmade bracelets with a purpose

Music Box Attic  – Music boxes, Cuckoo clocks and more

iPlay, Inc. – Products and support for “whole” parenting

Vat 19: Curiously Awesome Gifts – Fun and crazy gifts

Print Games Now – Printable games for wedding or baby showers

The Story Box – Book subscriptions for kids



Dollar Tree


Family History

This is a well-known resource for genealogy, family trees, research, DNA testing.

This is the site run by the LDS church.  We have gathered very useful information from this site, including tips for collecting your history, investigating, and “proving” your sources.

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