Flodesk Review and Pricing

In today’s post I’m sharing a Flodesk review and pricing.

What is Flodesk?

According to their website, Flodesk (affiliate link) is a digital marketing service provider. In other words, you can create and send marketing emails to your audience using it. I’ve used several others in the past including Mailchimp and Mailerlite, including both free and paid versions. While Flodesk is the most expensive, it’s also my favorite and easier to use!

Why I use Flodesk templates

I’m not a graphic designer by any means. One of my favorite things about Flodesk (affiliate link) is that it has a bunch of templates to choose from when creating emails. I can easily swap in images and colors that work for my brand in just minutes, instead of trying to create a cute design from scratch. I send out a couple emails each month to my subscribers (sign up if you’re interested!) and with other services it took me forever to get those emails written and scheduled. With Flodesk it’s quick and easy to get them ready to go and I can have a month’s worth of emails done in minutes instead of hours.

I spent so much time designing emails in Mailchimp. It was a giant time suck and it didn’t feel like the effort was worth it when I was sending them out to a smaller number of people several years ago. Now that I’ve customized a template, I just have to focus on writing the content of the email and it’s done in minutes.

Flodesk pricing

Many digital marketing service providers provide a free version that you can use until you reach a certain number of subscribers. Flodesk (affiliate link) doesn’t do that, though of the ones that I’ve paid for, I get the most from Flodesk.

Along with the easy to modify templates, I also get super easy to customize sign up forms, automated emails that are sent out when triggered, subscriber information including segments and last active, as well as analytics, which is really helpful when it comes to figuring out what’s working and what needs to be tweaked with the emails that I’m sending out.

I pay $38 USD for all of the above features, no matter how big my email list gets. That’s right, I can have just a couple hundred or thousands of subscribers, and that’s how much I’ll pay every month.

How I use Flodesk

Along with sending out emails to readers of my blog, I can also integrate Flodesk (affiliate link) with Instagram, and even my Shopify store. Connecting both to my Flodesk account was really easy. I’m not a techy person, but getting it set up was something that I could do pretty easily. I also have several sign up forms on my blog that were really intuitive to design and place. There was a minimal amount of coding knowledge needed and wasn’t intimidating at all.

Let me know if you have any Flodesk questions in the comments below. I’m happy to answer them if I can!

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What I Read: July 2023

In today’s blog post I’m sharing what I read in July.

Even though I tend to read more in the summer, this past month hasn’t seen me finishing many books. I’ve been busy prepping for a week long camp that wrapped up this past weekend. Between getting ready for it and actually volunteering at camp, I haven’t gotten much reading in. I’m hoping to get in some quality book time in August.

The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene

I’m still making my way through the first ten Nancy Drew books. The Secret of Red Gate Farm (affiliate link) didn’t disappoint. While they’re not very hard to figure out, they’re quick and fun to read. They’re perfect reading while on vacation or while sitting on the beach.

The Only One Left by Riley Sager

I’m a big fan of Riley Sager, so I was pretty excited to see his latest release. The Only One Left (affiliate link) is the perfect mix of mystery and the creepy unknown. In the case of this book, along with the usual human characters, the house in which much of the book is set also felt like another character. If you’ve enjoyed Riley Sager’s previous books, I think you’ll like this one two.

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I finally finished the Little House books after getting the whole series for Christmas. I have to admit that once I was done reading The First Four Years (affiliate link), I was left with a sad feeling of having finished reading the series. While I enjoyed reading all 9 books, I would make sure you’re prepared to discuss the racism that is included in the series if you’re reading them with kids.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to find out what I’m reading throughout the month.

What have you read lately? Tell me in the comments below.

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Life Lately: June 2023

It’s been awhile since I last wrote one of these posts, so I thought I’d share one today.

Digital Marketing Class

Back in May I signed up for a continuing education class all about digital marketing. It was an online course, so I was able to work on it on my own schedule, which was perfect. I actually submitted my final assignment earlier this week. While I learned a ton, it was definitely a lot of work, so I’m glad it’s done. The biggest thing I took away from the class was that having a plan with clearly defined goals helps focus where I should be spending my time. It’s so easy to share content without really knowing why I’m doing it. If I have a specific goal in mind then it’s easier to know what I need to do.

Girl Guide Camping

Over the last two months I’ve done a ton of camping with Girl Guides. I’ve been to three different camps in Alberta owned by Girl Guides. The first weekend camp was at a camp that was brand new to me, so it was fun to check it out. It’s the most rustic camp I’ve been to so far – there was no water available, so we had to bring water (drinking, dishes, etc.) with us to camp. The campers had so much fun sleeping in a yurt and I enjoyed having my tent all to myself.

My second camp was with the Guides that I volunteer with on a weekly basis. We spent the weekend tenting with the second year Embers who will be able to join our unit next year as first year Guides. It was great to get to know some of the campers that I may be working with next year. It was the first time some of the girls had ever slept in tents, so there was a lot of excitement about that.

The last weekend camp I volunteered with the core team (I didn’t have any Guides there that I was responsible for), so I got to do more of the programming and prep rather than interacting with campers. It was a lot of fun and I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. It’s definitely a position that I would like to take on more in the future.

I bought my tent this spring when it was on sale. I’m so happy with it. It’s a front country tent so it’s way too heavy to take backpacking, but getting extra room is so worth it to me. Having enough space to sleep on a cot (!) and be able to stand up to change clothes are such little things but make all the difference when I’m camping. It’s been through a couple rainstorms and even hail, and it’s been dry each time.

Now that you know what I’ve been up to lately, let me know what you have going on in the comments below.

Have you taken any cont ed courses? Do you like camping?

My Favorite Moisturizers

In today’s post I’m sharing some of my favorite moisturizers.

I live in a very dry Calgary. It takes it’s toll on my skin, especially in the winter. From my face to my hands, I feel like I’m putting on moisturizer all the time when it’s particularly dry. Pair that with having sensitive skin that sometimes reacts to certain kinds of skincare, and I have to be picky about what I use. Below I’m sharing some of my favorite moisturizers that work for me.

I’ve included moisturizers that are both budget friendly and a bit more pricey. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer and CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion are great options for sensitive skin. I haven’t had any problems what so ever with either of them. They’re also the two most budget friendly moisturizers on this list. They also do a great job. CeraVe was a brand that was recommended to my by a doctor because it’s so gentle on sensitive skin.

The Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins and Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar are both splurges for me. I’ve found that Hope in a Jar isn’t quite as moisturizing as I would like during the winter months. I would recommend going with one of the other options if you’re looking for something extra hydrating. It’s perfect for summer though when I don’t want anything too heavy. The Origins Night-A-Mins smells amazing! It feels pretty luxurious to put it on in the morning and before bed because it smells so good.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins | Hope in a Jar

Aveeno Daily Moisturizer | Tarte Maracuja Oil | CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion

I first tried Tarte’s Maracuja Oil a few years ago. I was a bit skeptical that I could apply a facial oil daily and not break out a ton. I was pleasantly surprised though when it provided me with heavy duty hydration without any of the skin imperfections. If you’re on the fence about trying out an oil, I highly recommend you give it a go. It’s my go to when parts of my face are feeling super dry.

I’ve put together all of my beauty and skincare posts in one spot if you’re interested in reading more.

Share your favorite moisturizer in the comments below. I’d love to know what you’re using!

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What I Read in May

Today I’m sharing the books that I read over the last month.

Is anyone else also experiencing the perfect weather for reading outside right now? A book, a lawn chair in the shade, and something to drink is a perfect way to spend an hour or two. I read six books this month and I’m sharing my thoughts on them in this post.

The Face on the Milk Carton

I picked this one up at the thrift store a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw it on the shelf it brought back all kinds of memories of reading it as a kid. I even remember exactly what the cover looked like. The Face on the Milk Carton (affiliate link) is about a girl who sees her face face on a missing kids milk carton. She spends the book trying to figure out who she is and who her biological parents are. This is the first of 5 books in this series.

After I had read The Face on the Milk Carton I watched the TV movie based on the first two books. It stars Kellie Martin and Edward Herrman (Rory’s grandfather from Gilmore Girls) and is just as cheesy as you’d expect a mid 90’s TV movie to be.

The Bungalow Mystery, The Mystery at Lilac Inn, and The Secret of Shadow Ranch

Apparently I was all about the Nancy Drew books (affiliate link) this month because I read three of them. They’re quick and easy to read and don’t require a lot of thinking to follow the plot. These are also books that I read as a kid. I remember having a whole shelf of Nancy Drew books. While I don’t remember any of the plots, it’s fun to go back and read things that kept me entertained as a tween.

Little Town on the Prairie

I got the Little House series (affiliate link) for Christmas this past year and I’m slowly making my way through them. Either I’d forgotten or completely missed how racist these books are when I read them in elementary school. This book was particularly cringeworthy when it came to discrimination and stereotypes. Since I’ve been reading the Little House books over the last few months I’ve been googling random things about them. There is a whole lot of fans out there that I didn’t realize existed. They’ve even set up some of the different homes that the family has lived in as museums that people go visit on vacation. I had no idea that that was a thing.

Scandalized

The one and only adult book I read this week was Scandalized (affiliate link) by Ivy Owens. I saw that Kayla from Kayla in the City had recommended, so I knew it was going to be good. She gives the best book recommendations. It follows two main characters who were childhood friends and reconnect 20 years later as adults. I really ended up liking the characters and they felt very real to me. One thing I’d point out if you decide to read this one is that it’s spicy – definitely not something for young readers.

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments below!

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