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  1. I was kindly invited to try out an AI logo creator called Logojoy and I’ve been playing around with it yesterday and this morning to create logos for both me and my husband Ben.  I’m quite happy with my own logo, but Ben has been blogging since June and still hasn’t decided on a logo. 

    So this morning I decided I’d create him one.  His website is called Wood Create and is a place for him to share all his wood creations and DIY adventures in our home, garden and beyond.

    My thoughts on a suitable logo were nothing too frilly, something bold and perhaps something somehow related to wood, if that were possible.

    How to design a logo with Logojoy

    Here we go.  Six easy steps.

    1. First, enter your business/blog name.
    2. Next, choose 5+ logos you like from the selection shown.
    3. Choose a colour scheme (I decided to go for orange for some reason – brown for wood seemed too boring and brown, so orange seemed like the next logical choice)
    4. Add a slogan if you like.  I left this blank.
    5. Pick an icon.  Ooooh.  This is where I found a little chunk of wood icon – like a trunk or chunky branch with a leaf and twig sticking out.  Perfect.
    6. Voila – lots of logos for you to scroll through and choose the one that is perfect.

    Create a professional logo for your blog in under 10 minutes with Logojoy

    Easy peasy

    It actually took me way less than 10 minutes to create a professional looking logo.  The part that takes the longest is choosing the logo that is best.

    I also realised Ben should not have a logo of just the initials of his blog name as they are WC!

    After choosing the logo I liked the best I was able to see how the logo would look on business cards, adverts and merchandise.  This part got me very excited as I could see how professional it really looked on business cards and I sent Ben an email immediately saying he needed the sweater! 

    Imagining the logo in use really brings the business to life.

    If you’re happy with your logo the cheapest option is $20 to download one image.  If you want higher quality images with colour variations and a range of different formats (eps, pdf, png and svg) you’ll need to choose the $65 package which is what I was able to trial.  This premium package also gives you full copyright to the logo for commercial and non-commercial use.  You can also download brand guidelines which is a resource with full fonts and colours so you can maintain brand consistency on your website and in any printed text.

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    My thoughts

    Overall I’m really impressed with Logojoy, especially the speed at which I was able to generate numerous suitable logos which looked professional.  If you are terrible at design and need a logo in a hurry, this is definitely the place to go.  Ben has so far spent hours and hours trying to draw and create his own logo online as well as using design software, when it could take him a few minutes using Logojoy.  For the time and effort wasted elsewhere so far, it makes Logojoy’s price seem totally worth it.

    I like that the logo generator is so simple and easy to use.  Anyone can use it, even if they’re no good with technology or design.  It allows anyone to have a great looking logo and to easily customize aspects of it without any design skills.

    One thing I forgot to mention is the social media kit add on.  For just $9 the logo can also be downloaded in 40 different sizes which are ready for Etsy, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many more, meaning the logo is ready to go on all social sites and no time is needed to resize in another program.  This will definitely appeal to busy business owners.

    I think the logo I have chosen for Ben looks great.  It’s bold, simple and timeless.  What do you think?

    Click here to try Logojoy today!

    Have you used a Logojoy to create a logo?  It’s free to use the generator, why not have a go?  

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    Create a professional logo for your blog in under 10 minutes with Logojoy

    * I was gifted a premium package in exchange for my honest review

     

  2. There comes a time when we can find ourselves feeling a little run down with life, our emotions, and generally how we feel inside. There's a number of reasons for this. It might be that you have huge deadlines at work, that you find yourself struggling to keep up with deadlines or hot targets that have been set for you.

    Maybe you are burning the candle at both ends, working hard but equally playing hard in the evenings or throughout the weekends. Maybe there are financial struggles that you are finding hard to handle, relationship issues that don’t seem to want to be resolved or friendship drama that is causing you pain.

    Or perhaps, like me, you are a busy mum of two who is also running her own business, has a never ending list of things to do, a full inbox waiting for replies, a ton of work to do and constantly feels overwhelmed.

    There's a multitude of reasons as to why you could be feeling run down and out of sorts, so what is the best way to start to feel yourself once more?

    One main area you need to conquer first and foremost is that you need to discover exactly what is causing you to feel this way. It’s all well and good making positive changes to your lifestyle and your routine, but if you aren’t going to change the one thing that has caused you to feel this way you could be back at square one before you know it.

    Once you know that, then you can start to focus on yourself. Here are some of the ways you can pay yourself a little more attention, hopefully bringing you back to your best.

     

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    Time to get your hair done

    Who doesn’t love getting their hair done? It is a time to try a new style, change your hair colour, or give your hair that little bit of volume and life with a treatment and a nice blow dry.

    Often just this small thing can make a huge difference to how we feel about ourselves.

    Why not treat yourself today and book in with your hair stylist?

    Maybe browse Pinterest for some hair inspiration and try a new style. Often this can give you a little bounce in your step. Especially if you have somewhere great to be after it is done.

    Let’s focus on that smile of yours

    One of the biggest indicators that we aren’t feeling yourself is our smile, or lack of for that matter. But, there could be an underlying reason why you are faking it instead of flashing your natural smile and letting your true emotions shine through.

    Many people have big hang ups on how their teeth look, the condition, how white or straight they are. This is when you may want to look into the Invisalign treatment process and take action against the opinions you have developed about yourself.

    Follow my own brace journey here.  I already know having a perfect smile will boost my confidence as I have had awful teeth making me self conscious for years.

    It can be hard to smile through problems you are going through, but a positive outlook can play a huge part in changing the circumstances, the situation and how you feel about things. Smiling is one way you have control in doing that.

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    Treat yourself to some new clothes

    Sometimes just changing our appearance can make a big difference. We all know that while slobbing around in our tracksuit bottoms and jumpers is so comfortable, it can often make us feel lethargic and low, especially if we are feeling that way anyway.

    Why not take this time to put some focus into how you present yourself each day. There is some psychological truth behind it.

    For example, someone who works from home will find that they are far more productive if they get dressed and work than if they sit comfortably with their pyjamas on and their laptops on their knee.

    Treat yourself to some new clothes for the new season ahead. Autumn and winter is a great time to rock those chunky knits and ankle boots.

    Knowing that you look great on the outside can give you a real confidence boost for the day ahead. The same can be said for things like make up. A lot of women feel that it can be like their armour, putting their make up on enables them to feel powerful and ready for anything.

    Even a colourful lipstick while doing the housework can have the same effect.

    Is it time to focus on your mindset?

    Time to focus on that mindset of yours, because the truth is, this is your biggest tool for feeling better about yourself, but it can be the one most people have the most difficulty with.

    Sure you can buy the clothes, you can make changes to your appearance, but your mind, well often it can be the thing that controls you.

    Instead, focus on your positivity and outlook. Make sure that anything negative simply floats away from you and only allow the positive thoughts moving forward.

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  3. Working for more than should be humanely allowed is not very uncommon nowadays.

    When I had my pre-kids job I would regularly work 6 days a week starting at 7am and finishing later than 7pm.  Even with kids, many parents put in long hours.  Running my own business to make a full time income requires a lot of working hours, dedication and commitment around raising two young children. 

    There's a great quote that says 'entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hours a week so they can give up working 40'.  It's so true.

    That combined with looking after the house, taking care of the kids,  keeping on top of the never ending laundry, staying on top of the garden, organising your households schedules and whatever else you may have on your plate can easily become too much for one to bear. Leaving you completely overwhelmed with by the sheer amount of tasks in everyday life. 

    I must admit, I regularly reach boiling point at the moment and find the whole lot very stressful.  I am not savouring the toddler days, but wishing them away so the kids are more independent and in school full time so I can have some sort of normal working week!

    Now while there are not many ways to limit the number of responsibilities, there are ways to try and stay sane and improve your general wellbeing. The key to a healthy body is a healthy mind, it has been proven numerous times before that stress is the primary cause of many health issues, such as headaches, low energy, nausea, chest pain, insomnia amongst many others.

    Without further ado, let’s see how you can get started some self improvement.

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    Treating yourself

    While not the optimal long-term solution to a healthy life, occasionally treating yourself is almost guaranteed to keep your spirits high. Buying that one thing you’ve always been putting off buying because you feel guilty treating yourself or it's a bit much, can often work as great stress relief.  Be it that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing for the past month or some ladies luxury watches that you've wanted for years.

    Finally buying one of them can really get rid of that weight on your chest and if you can afford it and it makes you feel better, why not?

    Not that just buying things forever to keep yourself occupied while not addressing the real problems at hand is a permanent solution, but sometimes it might just be what someone needs.

    Same principle applies to food. Strictly sticking to your diet is a task not many can boast of achieving and is a rather impressive feat, but with the wrong mindset, it can be more stressful than it is worth. Forcing too many changes at once often leads to burnout rather than progress, leaving your discouraged and not wanting to try again in the future.

    Now I'm not suggesting you go out and spend a load of money you can't afford on things you don't need, but every once in a while it's worth remembering we are allowed to treat ourselves and not feel guilty about it.  As a mum I often feel guilty about spending money on myself and not the children or the whole family.  But it's OK to do this and we deserve a treat every now and then. 

    My treat this month is a facial experience which is one hour long with a massage included.  I can't wait and it's only £30ish.  It will give me one hour away from hectic family and business life to totally relax and soothe my mind.  Good for my mind, body and soul.

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    Treating your body

    The mind and body are forever intertwined. Without a healthy body, it might be hard to get into a good state of mind in the first place. If you suffer from chronic falling back to bad habits, then try to take things slowly.

    Introduce positive changes into your life one at a time. Start off with a better-than-current sleeping schedule. Of course, in an ideal world it would be possible to sleep early always but everyone’s experienced the working late into the night scenario before.  Try to plan out your day in a way where the evening is a time off as opposed to a time of last minute panic.

    If you don’t already, try to introduce regular exercise into your daily or weekly routine. A morning run in the park can leave you energised and give you that sense of clarity your mind might need for the busy day ahead.  Find free online yoga videos to calm, destress and also provide physical exercise all in one go.

    Try to incorporate more greens into your diet, your parents weren’t nagging you for no reason as a kid. Try to buy organic fruit and veg from farmers markets, they are much healthier than the usual supermarket counterparts, and you’ll be doing your part supporting local farmers.  Why not try a weekly organic fruit and veg box delivery?  They're great value for money and will encourage you to try veg you may never have thought of buying before.

    If eating lots of veggies isn't your thing, invest in some sort of chlorella tablets which are rich in chlorophyll, protein, iron, magnesium and amino acids. Spirulina is very similar in that regard and also highly recommended.  I take a handful of  organic spirulina tablets every morning without fail, their benefits are huge. 

    While nothing will beat a balanced diet rich in all sorts of vitamins and minerals, supplement tablets are the next best thing and they can also complement your healthy diet. Do not be afraid of doing some online research yourself and taking matters into your own hands, after all, your health is not just important to you but also your loved ones.

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