How I Started This Blog

My journey and guide in creating a blog.

I have no background in web design and this is my first blog. This was definitely a huge learning curve for me. I purchased a blogging course for over $500 when my husband was deployed (with his permission, but yikes!). I would wake up two hours before my kids were up and work on the blog. I would listen to my online blogging courses while cooking and washing dishes. It was tough, not gonna lie. But, doable. And yes, fulfilling.

Create and Go

This is an online learn to blog course. After weeks of contemplating if I should spend money on taking an online blogging course or not, I decided that yes, I needed the help.

I checked out 7 bloggers who are teaching others how to blog (there are SO many these days), I looked at their websites, their course descriptions, I signed up for their free courses, I looked at the prices, etc.

After a couple months of research, I chose Create & Go. It was their transparency and price of the courses that won me over.


Bluehost is a hosting and domain name platform. They are the #1 recommended web hosting company by WordPress and serve over 2 million websites worldwide.

If you want to start a blog, you have to have hosting. There are many others like Siteground, Hostgator, and Go Daddy, but after a little bit of research I went with Bluehost. Roughly $33 per year for 3 years. They have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Elegant Theme

Guys, this theme is THE BOMB. Ok fine, I have not tried other paid themes but after using Elegant Theme, I don’t think I want to.

This theme was recommended by Alex and Lauren from Create & Go as a theme FOR BEGINNERS. I looked no further, and I am so glad I didn’t waste my time trying other themes.

 I highly recommend them. I used many of their pre-made layouts to design this website. Their support is great and very prompt in my experience and they have a great blog and YouTube channel dedicated to helping their customers.

I chose the yearly plan because I didn’t know how I would like it at the time, but I will definitely go with the lifetime once it is time to renew.


Mail Chimp is an email service provider. Email is key when starting a blog because this helps you keep in touch with your subscribers. I am signing up with them because it’s free. I am also eyeing ConvertKit, but for now free is good for our family budget as we are starting out.


Below are step-by-step tutorials on how to set up all the services I recommended above. These are the services that I paid for (except for MailChimp because it’s free), recommend, and use to create this blog. I don’t let money go that easily so if I pay for it, it better be good. I will only recommend the good ones, worth your time and money.

*I am an affiliate of Create and Go, Bluehost, and Elegant Themes. If you choose to sign up for their services by clicking on the links I provided, I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you. I appreciate your support.