19 Awesome Free Graphics Resources You’ll Thank Me For Later!

Free Cheap Graphics Resources

Ever since New Year’s Eve, I’ve been obsessed with finding new places to find free or cheap graphic design elements. It started with one graphic deal my mom sent along to me, and now I’m up to like 200 gigs of stuff. Today, I’m sharing the results of my latest obsession with you! You don’t have to be a graphic artist or even a blogger to use these sites. They’re also perfect for scrapbooking, crafts, or even the PTO newsletter. Before getting started, let me just quick say: there are literally a million places to get “blah” free graphics. I’m not sharing […] Read more »

How to Keep Up With Pinterest Trends & Create Killer Boards in Minutes a Day

Pinterest trends killer boards

Let’s talk Pinterest! More specifically, how to find out what’s trending on Pinterest, and how to use that to grow your boards without spending hours upon hours a day on the social media network. Now, I could literally spend an entire 8-hour work day just pinning stuff and be happy, but I’d never get anything else done. I have to limit myself to a few small bursts of time, otherwise I go down the Pinterest rabbit hole. What really surprised me: once I developed this little method of scheduling based on trends, my repin rate went from around 800 a […] Read more »

2016 Pinterest Trend Predictions: The Pinterest Top 100

Wondering what will be trending on Pinterest during 2016? Everyone's favorite photo site released the Pinterest Top 100 for 2016, with the top ten pins across the top ten categories.

Knowing what’s trending on Pinterest is a major help in planning your editorial calendar. I spend a good chunk of time searching for terms like “popular on Pinterest in XXX month” or “Pinterest trends for XXX topic.” It’s so time consuming because there are very few good resource that flat-out tell you “this is what will be popular in June for makeup, home decor, etc.” Pinterest themselves took charge this year and made it easy for all of us to plan our content and get inspired with their Top Trending Pins for 2016. The based it on Trending Pins across […] Read more »

10 Secrets to Running a Successful Blog without Losing Your Mind

Check out my ten secrets to running a successful blog...without losing your mind in the process!

For today’s WAHM blog hop “helpful tips” theme, I’m sharing a few of my best blogging secrets that have made my life easier over the last few years. Pretty Opinionated is turning 5 in January! Five years of ups and downs,  experimenting, growing and changing. The great thing about being a blogger: there’s always something new to learn. So these blogging secrets and helpful tips aren’t just for new bloggers, but for anyone who’s open to learning something different! I hope you find them useful! My Best Blogging Secrets & Helpful Tips # 1 Always be Yourself I wrote quite a […] Read more »

100+ Blog Posts Ideas & Writing Prompts for November

Fill the gaps in your editorial calendar with over 100 blog post ideas and writing prompts for November! Broken down into easy categories, with post ideas for all month and by week, recipe ideas and Thanksgiving writing prompts.

Ready for your November blog post ideas? I’m actually pretty close to on time this month! Hey, it’s not my fault the 1st fell on a Sunday, and the 2nd fell on my “fall back” jet lag day. Time changes mess me up for like weeks I tell you, weeks!  Although I do like “fall back” way more than “spring ahead.” Extra sleep is always welcome. Anyway, this month is crazy busy, especially in the blogging world. We have so many options to choose from, especially if you’re a food or craft blogger. Me? I try, but you know I […] Read more »

Rock Your Pictures with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan & Lightroom

Thinking about getting the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan but aren't sure if it's for you? Check out my favorite features and see how it can transform your photography!

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. If you’ve been thinking about getting the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan but aren’t sure if it’s for you, read on to check out my thoughts to help you decide! You know I have an insane addiction to photo apps, right? I’m talking like four pages worth in my “photography” app folder on my iPad and a whole huge section dedicated to them on my PC. Most of the apps are related to typography and “Pinterest prepping.” You […] Read more »

Blogging for Profit Without Selling Your Soul

Planning on blogging for profit? Check out my number one rule for selling yourself without selling your soul in the process. I promise, it's the easiest rule ever.

Today we’re talking about blogging for profit and the number one rule of selling yourself without selling your soul. You get total fangirl (or fanboy) bonus points if you know why I used a picture of crossroads in the graphic below! The answer is at the bottom of the post.* When I started Pretty Opinionated, I had one goal in mind: grow a site that could eventually help support me and my son. At the time, I was freelancing for a few well-known content mills. With each edit, I noticed more and more of my own personality slipping away, until […] Read more »

Who Wants to Be Featured in the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide?

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year, my dear PR friends! The holiday gift guide season is upon us! I am SUPER stoked this year because after nearly 5 years of blogging, I FINALLY found something that lets me create my gift guide exactly the way I’ve envisioned it all along. I’m also excited because, for the first time ever, I have a second reviewer on board to help with all your amazing products! You’ve seen Emily’s work on great stuff for kids, cool kitchen gadgets and beauty supplies. I’m thrilled to have her and I know together we’ll make this the best holiday […] Read more »