August 2018 / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog

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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!

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8.20.2018

Look Book :: Disney Outfits For The Kiddos


We're going to Disney at the end of this month and I had such a fun time looking at outfits for the boys to wear while we're there. Like always, most stores I looked at had a very limited boy section and I ended up going to sneak a peek at the girl section even though I have no daughters. I just couldn't help myself from looking at their outfits too and O M G you guys, there are some super cute things out there. H&M and Gap are my favorite brands that Disney collaborates with, so here's a look book / catalog of a few Disney items that I loved from those stores! 












Are these outfits just adorable?! Where do you shop for your Disney gear? Let me know in the comments below and check back here in a few days because I'll be posting some of my favorite adult Disney gear in another post!
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8.12.2018

Introducing @Mainly.Co :: Network, Build Community & Give Back


Being thankful has been something that I always try to incorporate into my life because I've been given so many opportunities. All the collaborations and opportunities have allowed me to grow in so many ways -- my brand, my abilities to connect with people and brands, etc. Being a blogger / social media influencer has really been a blessing. 

But, can I be brutally honest for a second — without each other, our brands, blogs, and shops would essentially be at a stand still. As bloggers and influencers, we honestly all need each other.  

I’ve been contemplating this for such a long time and I am 100 percent convinced that my brand / blog wouldn’t have come has far if it weren’t for A L L O F Y O U and for that I am truly thankful for the relationships and partnerships I've made thus far. Seriously, you guys, thank you.

For the some of you who know me and have followed my journey from the beginning,  you know that I always want to help / find new productive ways for people to beat the algorithm as well as give back to the community. 


I’ve always wanted to combine the two some how and because of that —  @mainly.co giveaways was born. It’s my small way to say thank you to the community of sweet people who interact with me on a regular basis and give back to those people too.

Here’s how I plan to use @mainly.co -- I will be hosting an occasional giveaway, but with no gimmicks or profiting off you / your brand — that I can promise. It’s just me, @mainlymarta on Instagram, trying to give back to the community & collaborate with brands, small shops & fellow bloggers / influencers all while helping your numbers along the way.


We'll also have daily engagement threads, follow loops, influencer tips, etc. It's basically a space on the gram where we can create + grow together. 


JOIN ME! 

community  page :: @mainly.co


I hope you'll join / follow this page because I'd love to connect and work with you! I've always felt that genuine people are hard to find and sometimes getting noticed on a platform that is already so saturated can seem impossible which exactly why I've started up this page. No matter how big or small your numbers are, you are always welcome here. 


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8.07.2018

Review :: Lorena Canals Rug


If there's one thing I love, it's items that I can through in the wash because lately my toddler decided that it's okay to use E V E R Y T H I N G as his personal napkin. I was told that kids were messy and that having white / light colors in our home would be problematic, but of course, whites and beige is my dream color palette, so a few warnings didn't stop me.

I was invested in a trendy home, but also in finding things that weren't high maintenance -- annnnnd in swoops of Lorena Canals Rugs. Get this you guys... a rug that you can throw in the washer! I literally did a happy dance when I stumbled upon their Instagram and saw allllll the cute designs.

I love this rug so much. It's eco friendly 100% cotton and it's amazingly soft. I find pretty much any excuse I can to go step on it -- it's that great. Honestly, softness aside, I cannot get over the fact that I've thrown it in the was several times since received and it still looks as amazing as when it came! I cannot get over how happy I am with this product.

If you have a rug obsession like I do -- please please please check out Lorena Canals Rugs!



* product received compliments of brand, but review is my honest and personal opinion. 
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8.02.2018

Linktr.ee :: Why I Don't Use It + What I Use Instead


I bet you're wondering why I would be knocking on the tool that everyone has in their instagram bio.

Don't get me wrong -- the concept of Linktr.ee is absolutely genius. How wonderful to have all the links you want to share with your audience in one place?! It's convenient, easy to use and just smart. In essence, it's a great tool for bloggers except when their servers are down which is exactly why I opt out.

Why I Don't Like / Use Linktr.ee


Reason No. 1 :: when I was using Linktr.ee, I noticed that they don't notify you when their servers are down and in my opinion, that's disservice to it's users. Essentially, you are using their product which has their logo plastered at the bottom of the screen on the free version and it's brand name is in the url even if you pay to use their upgraded services, so you're technically giving them free publicity.

The least they could do is tell you when the service isn't working -- I mean, it's a hinderance to your blog / brand if someone clicks the link and they find a broken page leading them nowhere. It looks unprofessional and you wouldn't even know... possibly resulting in that person / brand not wanting to do business with you or never attempting to visit your blog again each time someone clicks the link in your bio.

Reason No. 2 :: It's an unnecessary step that doesn't help your numbers. I know that I click on a lot of links when I'm roaming instagram and sometimes I stop at the first page it shows me which is usually Linktr.ee. I mean, wouldn't it be nice if that first click contributed to your numbers instead of linker.ee's?

Reason No. 3 :: It's ugly. I know that's kind of blunt and slightly rude, but it's honestly how I feel about it. The page displaying your links is not only bland, but it's color options are boring.

I know that if you pay $5 per month, you have a few font selections and you can tweak the colors a bit, but $60 a year really isn't worth it when you can have the same type of thing for free.


What I'm Using Instead


What if I told you, you could have all the links you wanted to share with your community.. 
  • all in one place, 
  • be atheistically pleasing / look professional, 
  • represent your brand and your brand only
  • and contribute to your blog's -- all at the same time?!  

It would be a dream, right? Well, hold on to your hats mom bosses because I'm going to tell you that such a tool exists ... drum roll please .... within your own blog

That's right, I have a hidden page on my blog with a collection of all my links and I've posted it's url in my instagram's bio -- it represents my brand and my brand only, looks how I want it to look, helps my numbers, and I don't have to worry about servers being down or constantly check if everything is working properly.

It's really that simple ladies. I've listed the steps you need to take in order to get this going on your blog for anyone who's interested down below. 



How To Set Up A Collection Of Links Within Your Blog


Step No. 1

Make sure that your blog is mobile friendly website. 

This is important for the aesthetics of the page, but also because most people access these links from an app on a cell phone. 


Step No. 2

Make a page within your blog. 

Title it "resources," "links" or whatever best describes your collection of links. I'd advise you to keep the title short and sweet because usually the title of the page becomes part of the url you'll be placing in your bio and the shorter it is, the cleaner it will look. 


Step No. 3 

Get Creative & Customize! 

Do this by using buttons, graphics, script / fun font for your list. I used the dimensions 800 width x 100 height for my buttons, but how big you want them is up to you -- there are also a few websites online that can help you make a widget with pre-made buttons if you don't want to start from scratch! REMEMBER... This is a where you can put your brand's personal touch on the layout and really make it yours.  You can add your @ighandle at the top of the page if you really liked that about Linktr.ee -- the possibilities here really are endless. 



Step No. 4 

Link Everything & Make Sure All Links Work.

Because we want everything to run as smoothly as it looks.  


Step No. 5

Publish Page & Add Page URL To Your Instagram's Bio 

& Y O U A R E D O N E  -- see how simple that was? 


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