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Top Posts of 2016 for The Morrell Tale

Top Posts of 2016 for The Morrell Tale

It’s always so fun for me to see what posts were popular throughout the year. I love looking at both WordPress’s Jetpack as well as Google Analytics. I don’t really read much into them or use them as a marketing strategy. But, I do just love looking at the results. So, I thought I’d share what the top posts of 2016 for The Morrell Tale were this year.

Top Posts of 2016 for The Morrell Tale

Top Viewed Posts of 2016

  1. How to Destress While Pregnant
  2. How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding
  3. Lessons Learned From Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (this was actually written in 2013 and has been a top viewed post each year since)
  4. Lessons Learned From Disney’s Tarzan (this was written in 2014!)
  5. Get Fit Thursdays | Running with a Baby (written in 2015)
  6. Lessons Learned From Disney’s Hercules (written in 2015)
  7. Un-branding the Blog (this was top viewed both in 2015 & 2016)
  8. Feeling Confident in Maternity Clothing
  9. How I Make My Apartment Look and Smell Clean
  10. 5 Positives of Moving Into Your Parents’ Basement

I find it interesting that half of my top viewed posts were not only written in different years, but were top viewed in different years as well!

Top Viewed Post Per Month in 2016

January My Thoughts on the Sitcom Friends
February Intentional Marriage Goals | #LoveBlog
March Blog Post Checklist
April Lessons Learned From Disney’s Tarzan (not written this year!!)
May How We Wore It | Spring Pastels
June Coming January 2017
July How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding

For the rest of the year, I had to viral posts: July’s and October’s. So, I’ll still put them down, but I’ll also list the 2nd most popular post for that month to give you some variety!

August How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding & Tips to Help Toddlers Eat
September —How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding & I Allow My Toddler to Watch TV
October —How to Destress While Pregnant
November — How to Destress While Pregnant & How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding & Lessons Learned From Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame
December — How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding & How to Destress While Pregnant & Currently and Favorites + Giveaway

I think what helped the second half of the year was my Pinterest strategy and implementing CoSchedule. I’m excited for the new year to see what posts I can get to go viral and learn more about easy marketing.

My Favorite Posts of 2016

In no particular order:

Apple Braised Stuffed Porkchops
DIY Winter Pine Ornament
We Failed Potty Training
How to Seamlessly Transition to a Toddler Bed
How to Celebrate Your Anniversary When You Are Apart
Blog Design | BeYOUtifully Made
How to Have an Inexpensive Wedding
How to Create A Pinnable Image with BeFunky
Why I Prefer How I Met Your Mother Over Friends
7 Ways to “Exercise” at Home
Don’t Use Grace as an Excuse
5 Conversations to Have Before Moving in With Your Parents
5 Positives of Moving Into Your Parents’ Basement

 

What was your favorite post I wrote this year?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How to Get Through the Holidays Personally & Professionally | Guest Post

I am officially going on “maternity leave.” My induction date is December 29th, but the holidays are upon us and I still have to get my butt in gear with finishing up nesting and preparing my Etsy shop. But, I’m not going to leave you high and dry. I have a few end-of-year type posts lined up already and I have quite a few friends willing to fill in for me!

Today, one of the most inspiring creative women I know is taking over. Meet Kendra…


The Holidays are upon us which means as a small business owner a mountain of tasks & to-do lists piling up. There might be a million deadlines you are trying to meet and at the same time your phone keeps alerting you about all the things you are forgetting to do.

You might feel like you are drowning in questions of what to do and where to start, but don’t worry we have all been there. At least I know I have & I want to tell you something,  there’s a better way!

MY STORY…

THE BEGINNING

When I started to get serious about my blog & business I felt like there were times when I felt like I was running around in circles not knowing which way was up. I was questioning constantly if that choice was a good choice or if I was simply wasting hours upon hours doing something that wasn’t going to benefit me in the long run. I felt like I was always distracted. I was on my phone way more than I wanted to be and I felt like my business was controlling me, not me running my business.

I remember it clearly, the moment where I knew I couldn’t keep it up. I knew there had to be a better way, a way that brought joy and peace to my personal and professional life.

THE MIDDLE

It started slowly but those minor changes in my daily routine created space to do the things I wanted to. To spend time with my friends and family without looking at my phone 100 times. It allowed me to go on vacation and stay connected with my community & completing business tasks without touching my computer.

I began implementing a few specific habits into my daily routine. I started introducing automated scheduling systems to allow me to run my business from a distance while spending quality time with my friends and family. I started to say no to things (man was this hard at first), which gave me perspective and allowed me to prioritize what needed my attention and allowed me to let small distracting tasks wait for another time.

THE END

Going into this holiday season I knew one thing.  I was going  wasn’t to survive, but to thrive. I knew I had my systems in place and I also knew that I needed to share these things with you!

You are my people, my little family and  If you are feeling even a little bit like I have felt in the past then I know the Simple Tools linked below will help you to have more peace and joy this holiday season and really who can ask for more than that.

I created a little Holiday Guide that shares a few of my Simple Tools that help me stay sane & successful during the holidays! 

SNAG YOUR FREE HOLIDAY GUIDE HERE

WEBSITE  // INSTAGRAM  //  FACEBOOK // SHOP

I’m Kendra, an artist, blogger & designer. You can usually find me with paint on my hands and a coffee near by. I love helping people find there passion and make it a reality. I never thought that I would be a small business owner, but I have learned that dreams can become reality. Thanks for letting me share a bit of my story.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please Help!

Two quick things!

1) Please Collaborate with Me!

Since opening my Etsy print shop, I’ve decided that I want to collaborate with bloggers. I want to send you one of my prints (your choice), and you review it and share it online! Please sign up here and I’ll send you an email by December 5th with more information!

2) Please Guest Post for Me!

Since baby girl is due right after Christmas, I want to start gathering some guest posts for the end of December and throughout January!

You have to write posts that deal with my main topics: motherhood, Christian religion (you don’t have to be Mormon), recipes you’ve created, family and marriage, domestic stuff (being a homemaker), or blogging.

It would need at least one vertical, high quality Pinnable image. No cussing, no graphic thoughts, no politics.

Please fill out here if you are interested and I’ll send you an email with more detail!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop+ Giveaway!

The Morrell Tale Design etsy print shop is now open for business! @themorrelltale

For a long time, I’ve loved playing around with design and creating my own images, prints for Sunday School, and helping others redesign their blogs. It’s so fun to be able to let this creative part of me free. I love being able to discover myself through design and see what I can come up with. Sometimes I even surprise myself: “I made that?!?!”

So, after a few pushes from some family and close friends, I decided to bite the bullet, take a leap of faith, and swallow my fear. I opened an Etsy shop! (AND THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THE POST!)

Introducing: The Morrell Tale Design!

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway

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My etsy shop focuses on prints I design. There will be three main categories: seasonal prints, religious prints, and inspirational/random prints. I also will be adding in options for custom prints as well as announcement cards. I’m even considering adding in blog design type options, such as social media icons, some blog design, media kits, etc.

Check out some of prints I’ve designed and are up on my Etsy shop.

All prints are digital downloads and are only $5!

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway

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So, to celebrate the grand opening of my Etsy shop, I’ve decided to do two things:

  1. Use coupon code GRANDOPENING2016 to take 15% off until December 1st!
  2. Giveaway two prints of your choice to one lucky winner!!

The Morrell Tale Design etsy print shop is now open for business! @themorrelltale

Giveaway will run until November 30th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’d love to work with you: I want to send you a print from my shop in exchange for a review and social media shoutouts! If you are interested, please fill out this form. (I can’t take everyone…I have a limited number of prints I’m able to give away for free, so if you don’t hear from me by December 5th, please don’t be offended)

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’m Going to the Pinners Conference!

Oh my gosh! I thought that only Utah had the Pinners Conference. I thought I was so lucky when I lived in Sandy to be literally a mile away from the South Towne Expo Center for some of the most popular conferences in Utah (especially for bloggers). But, I didn’t realize that the Pinners Conference was a multi-state thing! And, this year, I get to go!

@PinnersConf 2016 in Dallas on September 9&10.

It will be this weekend, September 9&10, at the Arlington Convention Center.

If you have never heard of the Pinners Conference, well, shame on you. This is how it is described: What is the Pinners Conference? It’s two great events in one. It’s a conference featuring 100 Pinterest-based classes taught by the best teachers in the nation. And it’s also an expo with 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What’s Pinners? It’s where Pinterest comes to life. And it’s now your favorite weekend!

Follow along with the Conference, which happens in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta this year, on social media with the username @pinnersconf.

And, make sure you follow me on Pinterest!

@PinnersConf 2016 in Dallas on September 9&10.

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.