Tools & Resources

My Top Recommended Resources

Welcome to my resources section!

When I decided to start my own website, I spent endless hours doing research on the internet to help me prepare for this big task.  After reading and reviewing various websites, I narrowed down my list to include the ones that worked for me…my behind the scenes tools and what I hope will work for my readers. 

Please remember that these are only recommendations; it’s important to find the right resource that will work for YOU and your needs.

My Top Recommended Blogging Tools

Web Hosting - I personally recommend HostGatorHostGator has a good price and gives you the option of monthly payments instead of an annual payment.  For this reason, customers will not be obligated to sign a long-term contract.  They offer “bundles” that include the domain, web hosting, and email for a low price.  I am currently using this web host and find the quality of service to be incredible.  Just use my Coupon code: CJSAVE25 and you get 25% off from web hosting!  I am satisfied with their warm support each time I have needed help with technical questions.  Imagine, I paid less than $80 bucks for a 6 month package and in my case, I chose the Baby plan and that's all I paid for it! It will go down if I unchecked other offers from the package that you may not need. So no match right? It is seriously LOW!

WordPress – WordPress is the top choice of web designers and I know why…it’s FREE!  WordPress allows you to create your own free website or personal blog.

 

Perfect domains are here

Namecheap–  is one of the best domain name registrars online where you can purchase a domain name for your website as well as purchase affordable hosting and you even have the option to use NameCheap in building a it through other or different website buliders. 

 

 

StudioPress Theme of the Month

StudioPress– WordPress is the top choice of web designers and I know why…it’s FREE!  WordPress allows you to create your own free website or personal blog.

 

 

Google Analytics – Useful tool from Google that helps to track visitors from my blog as it tells you what they read while they were here and even where they were from, it is very helpful in determining what works and what doesn't for your website.

 

MailerLite is an email marketing directed towards small businesses, giving them a robust and powerful platform that is easy to use and easily complements existing content marketing platforms and strategies. This simple and straightforward application comes with all features professional email marketers look for in an email marketing software.

 

OptinMonster

OptinMonster - is an email marketing directed towards small businesses, giving them a robust and powerful platform that is easy to use and easily complements existing content marketing platforms and strategies. This simple and straightforward application comes with all features professional email marketers look for in an email marketing software.

 

Picmonkey – This is a graphic design tool, as well as, an easy photo editing tool that allows you to create a logo or any image design.  Additionally, there are options to add a variety of effects. I bet you'll love it, so easy and fun to work with!

 

The #1 Writing Tool

Grammarly - A free writing app that instantly checks your writing for grammatical errors, misspelled words, punctuation, style and use of words in the wrong context. It also ensures that it is also easy to read and effective, which gives detailed explanation about the grammar rule that has broken as well as examples of correct and incorrect sentences and offers possible corrections.

My Top Recommended Crafting Tools & Materials

I purchase most of the materials for my crafts from the JOANN online store.  Shopping online is convenient, offers more stock choices than the stores, and is sometimes cheaper – especially when there are coupons that offer huge discounts.  I also go to Michael’s, but I’ve had a hard time finding supplies such as clay colors and texture sheets.

Here are the list of my recommended tools:

For Claying: 

Embossing and Stylus Tool Set
Sculpting 5-in-1 Tool
Slicer Tools
Bead Making Kit
Baking rack
Rollers
Clay Extruder
Sand papers (purchased from Home Depot)
Clay Machine

I have also tried several brands of clay bars and my preference is Premo.  Premo offers the best price with excellent result.


For Needle Felting:

Single Felting Needle
Felting Pen (I'm using 5 prong or 5 point, you can use 3 point or 2 point needles)
Silicone Finger Guards
Thick Foam Sponge
Bristle Felting Mat
Needle Felting Comb
Wires (purchased from Home Depot)
Scissors


Felting Wool Batting and Wool Roving

 

Also important to read: Difference between Wool Batting and Wool Rovi

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