About Taylor Bradford

I am a shoe lover, book hoarder, wanna-be-fashionista. I call Texas home, Chai Tea Latte’s my go-to drink and time spent with my hubby and friends music to my soul. I call myself a Lifestyle Blogger, but really that just gives me an excuse to blog about what I want. You’ll find Blogging Edumacation posts, Fashion posts and Book Reviews frequenting my blog weekly. You might even see a craft, recipe or healthy living post every now and then. My motto in the blogging world is to roll out your own red carpet and keep your big girl panties pulled up high. I've always got something going in the works...my brain very rarely shuts down. Welcome to my blog!!

#bloggingedumacation: Blogging To-Do’s FACEBOOK

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Are you doing these Facebook Blogging To-Do's every day? Check out my tips and tricks for Facebook!

Let’s talk Facebook shall we. Facebook (for a blog) is not my favorite way to build community. Basically, if you don’t want to pay Facebook, the chances of you getting a lot of traffic is nil. It’s sad but it’s true. No money = No growth.

However, it’s still a Social Media channel that I want to maintain AND that brands still ask about. So I still think it’s important to not just ignore it completely. Here are some tips that I recommend you work on daily to help maintain (and slowly grow) your community on Facebook. Here are some of my Blogging To-Do’s for Facebook:

ONE | Post a question to your Page. It could be something fun or thought provoking. Grab the link to the question and tweet it out. Get people back to your FB page to answer the question.

TWO | Post your blog post to your Page.

THREE | Respond to any and all comments/messages left for you on Facebook. The messages area keeps changing but people are using it. So make sure you don’t go 2 months in answering those messages coming into your Page’s Message Folder! Also, responding to people’s comments (especially on the question post) gets people interacting with your page more often!

FOUR | Share something funny, helpful, etc on your Page. Find content that you know your readers will enjoy.

FIVE | Recommend at least one Page to your followers. (Bonus…coordinate with that blogger and cross-promote each other)!

For me, I post a question, my blog post and one of my blog posts from my archives. The question post by far gets me the most engagement. I see my community growing, albeit slowing, but it’s still growing. So I’ll take it. AND I didn’t have to give Facebook any money. ;) WINNING!

What do you do to help keep your Facebook page moving forward?

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Sunday Sharefest v.7

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Each week I'll be sharing some blog posts that I think you will enjoy! Welcome to Sunday Sharefest!

Ohhh happy Sunday!!! I can’t believe we are about to go into September!!! Can y’all feel fall yet?? Football is officially here and I am one happy girl! ;) LOL Okay, so let’s get to Sunday Sharefest.

Here’s what you might have missed this past week…

I found 84 delicious Smoothie Recipes!! Ohhh I can’t wait to try all of these out!

From Berries to Bananas and Peanut Butter to Peaches...Check out these 84 Tasty Smoothie Recipes!

Have you entered the Giveaway for a copy of Mary Kay Andrew’s latest book, “Save the Date”?? Giveaway ends Tuesday morning at midnight!! So there is still time to enter!

I’m showing off a super fun Floral Blazer Outfit complete with feather & leaf jewelry from Chloe + Isabel!

Kathy from Penney Lane Kitchen is sharing a scrumptious Bacon & Parmesan Oven Roasted Potato recipe. SO YUM!

Alana from City Girl Meets Country Boy has the perfect Texas Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail for us featuring Dripping Springs Texas Vodka. A perfect Girls Night In drink!!

Back to School Memories…I’ve got a lot of them and I’m sharing them with you! What Back to School Memories do you have??

Now let’s get on to what I’m sharing from around the web. Recipes/DIYs/Crafts/Fashion/Beauty…just anything that I said…oh I bet my readers would love this just as much as me!

These Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers from By Stephanie Lynn look super easy and DELISH!

Ohhh….loving this DIY Jeweled Paracord Bracelet from Honestly WTF! There are so many different creations running through my head right now!!

So excited for Fall and I’m loving The Beauty Department’s Fall’s IT Lip!!

Gal Meets Glam is showing off an outfit that will help you transition from Summer to Fall. So cute!

These Peach and Nectarine Crisps from A House in the Hills looks so good! Gluten Free & Vegan!

Another Fall Treat for you….a FREE Fall-Themed Printable from A Dose of Paige! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

What did you find this week?? Share it with me!

Back to School Memories #BTS

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Share your Back to School Memories with Me!

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This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to chat with @VZWaudrey, @MyDFWMommy and @jmroubinek along with lots and lots of my fellow Texas Twitter peeps about Back-to-School Memories. Lots of talk was made about the best gadgets/tech devices for Back-to-School plus lots of fun memories.

We chatted about how you can print from your mobile device and about the Fit Bit. We chatted on how the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is water resistant and dust proof!

We learned 4 Ways your Middle Schoolers can use your Tablet for School (some great tips in there!) We also chatted about some great accessories for tablets: like wireless headphones and keyboards.

Today, I thought I’d re-live some of my own Back to School Memories. I’m a child of the 80s/90s when I was in elementary, middle and high school. I remember a lot of things from Kindergarten (it was half-day school for me at that time…did anyone else have half-day Kindergarten??)

I remember learning my street address and phone number by heart. I remember a hunt all through the school trying to find the Gingerbread Man (we found him in the Cafeteria…lol). I remember different learning stations during school (kindergarten)…one was a reading area, one was a home area (think kitchen stuff)…one was a coloring area…one was a nap area.

I have various memories throughout Elementary School…just bits and pieces of random stuff. Like Earth Day in 3rd Grade. Having a Split Class in 3rd grade (so there were half 3rd graders and half 4th graders). Having a Split Class in 5th grade (so there were half 5th graders and half 6th graders).

I remember the Oregon Trail on the big bulky computers with the green screens. I remember Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? game. I remember the eye sight and hearing tests all throughout Elementary School. I remember getting a salad bar in the 6th grade as an option at lunch. I remember taking the Presidential Fitness Test in 6th grade…the chin up bar specifically (where you had to hold yourself up for so many seconds and then once you got past that specific time, then how long you could stay up there…I was a rockstar at that).

I remember cleaning the erasers outside for the chalkboards. I remember the Book Fairs. Ohhhh the Book Fairs. I would spend hours going through the Book Fair catalogs and marking everything I so badly wanted.

In Junior High, I remember having a Lunch and After-School Canteen where you could buy sodas and Candy. I remember being on the Drill Team (dance) my 9th grade year and going bowling twice a week once our seasons were over. I remember typing class. Sometime in Junior High, my parents bought a home computer. I think it was an ASIS. And we had AOL. And my brother became a computer nerd/hacker and ended up getting our account shut down at one point. We had all get new email addresses. I still have my email address from way back then on AOL.

In High School, my first cell phone was this huge bulky Nokia Flip phone that had a battery that weighed like 5 pounds. It’s what I took with me to college.

In College, I ended up getting a new cell phone…it was this tiny little Nokia. It was dark blue. Text messaging still didn’t exist. And you cherished your phone minutes. There was no such thing as Night and Weekends. I owned a beeper. That was my text messaging. ;) My parents bought me a desktop computer (an HP) to go off to college with. I had it from 1999 till well…I honestly don’t remember when I got rid of it. I remember having it in 2003/2004. But then I don’t remember having a computer for awhile after that.

Ultimately for me, back to school meant new clothes and school supplies to start the school year. Even as a College Student, I would go on the hunt for new clothes and school supplies. If the technology had existed way back when, when I was in school….I would definitely had asked for a tablet for school and an e-reader. I would’ve had a smartphone because it would’ve been something else that I would’ve asked for (either birthday or Christmas). The advancement of technology even since I’ve been out of college (2003) has come leaps and bounds. I foresee text books going digital. I foresee tablets being used more and more in the classrooms (even in Elementary Schools and Junior Highs).

What are some of your Back to School Memories?

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