What You Need to Know About Auto Maintenance

Today’s post is one I’m extremely excited to share with you.  It’s the first ever guest post published here on The Plus Life. I’ve always envisioned using this platform to amplify voices besides just my own, and I’m excited to share the work of someone I immensely respect.  I can’t wait for you to learn about Chaya from Mechanic Shop Femme today.  Chaya is an automotive consultant who blogs about plus size fashion AND empowers women and the LGBTQ community to learn about all things auto.

Today, Chaya is going to share some maintenance knowledge but if you’re interested in learning even more, be sure to check out her website for blog posts, courses, and consulting services.  

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A Roundup: All The Best Casual Plus Size Valentine’s Day Looks

Last year was the first time I really got into holiday themed clothing, but now I can’t get enough.  On Valentine’s Day, Kevin and I tend to prefer a cozy night in and cooking a nice dinner instead of going out on the town.  We like avoiding the crowds and overpriced “special” menus.  This means that for Valentine’s Day, I’m normally on the lookout for cute, casual outfit options instead of the usual little red dress!

Plus size brands have launched a lot of super cute V-day inspired options this year, and I was feeling them so much I had to round them up for you.

Introducing: Plus Size Deals of the Day!

Hello, my friend!  I’m coming to you today with some VERY exciting news.  Well, it’s exciting for me at least… and I HOPE it’s exciting for you too!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll likely know that I’m a huge sucker for a good deal!  Frugality is a big part of my own life. I hate wasting money and am not a big fan of paying full price for anything.  I’m constantly searching for sales and feel such a sense of accomplishment when I find great clothes at great prices.

The Plus Life Blog Shares Where To Find Extra Wide Calf Boots That Actually Fit Wide Calves

The Best Extra Wide Calf Boots In The World

 

Shoes are by far my biggest fashion struggle, and after months of chatting with many of you I’ve realized we’re all in the same boat.   I’ve written about wide width sneakers and wide width mules but the NUMBER one question I get now is about where to find the best wide calf boots that are ACTUALLY wide calf.

For YEARS, I would get excited after hearing about a new, awesome wide calf boot only to go try it on and realize that even most popular wide calf boots aren’t wide enough for me.

The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018 on The Plus Life

I started my blog at the end of March in 2018.  It has been quite the whirlwind, and I’ve loved EVERY minute of connecting with you here.  What started as a creative outlet is turning into a platform that allows me to connect with women throughout the world who are share similar interests.

It’s by far one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and I’m SOOO happy you’re here with me.  It’s been quite the learning experience figuring out what you like and what resonates, so I thought it would be fun to share the posts that were the most read on The Plus Life in 2018.

Your top 10 favorite blog posts in 2018:

1. The Best Extra Wide Width Sneakers In The World

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2. 15 Holiday Traditions That Will Make You Smile This Year

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3.  The Best Wide (And Extra Wide) Width Mules In The World

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4.  The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Women in 2018!

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5.  An Honest Review – My First Dia & Co. Box!

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6.  Real Talk: How I Manage Foot Pain From Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

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7.  How You Can Get the Best Sleep Ever: A Big Fig Mattress Review

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8.  Sooooo… I quit my job!

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9.  Top Ten Best Makeup Products Of The Year

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10.  Ask Me Anything: How Can I Be More Confident In My Relationship?

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I love hearing from you and some of the best content I’ve created has stemmed from the questions you ask me on a daily basis.  Please chime in with a comment below… what would be your top three topics you’d like to see covered on The Plus Life in 2019?  I’m working on my 2019 content calendar now, so your best ideas will be included! 

Simplifying The Holidays

The holidays can be such a stressful time for all of us, when they really should be joyous.  We’re spending quality time with loved ones, celebrating generosity and experiencing the magic of the season.  I’m guilty of letting the holidays stress me out sometimes, but this year I was determined to change that.  Here’s a rundown of what I’ve learned and how I simplified my holiday season this year.

Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Cards

There are a few things that I need my holiday cards to be…

Easy.  Quick turnaround. Inexpensive. Festive. Personal.

In general, I don’t like wasting money on paper products like birthday cards, gift wrap, etc. because for the most part they get thrown away. I would rather save the $5 I’d spend on fancy gift wrap and get a better gift with cute but inexpensive card and paper.

Photo holiday cards are a little different because many people (including me) do save them. I still don’t need them to be the fanciest pieces of paper ever, so they’re not something I like investing a lot of money into.

The Coziest Gift Guide You’ve Ever Seen

Y’all, the holiday season is the best!  There are parties, family time, and pretty much all of my favorite things.  After December 25th, though, I’m usually done with winter and just want to cozy up at home with Kevin and my dog as much as possible.

I know I’m not alone in this sentiment, so I think the perfect holiday gift is one that brings comfort for the remaining winter months.  If you’re like me and enjoy a cozy night in, you might want to consider these gift ideas as “treat yourself” ideas instead.

If you’re shopping for your favorite homebody, he or she will thank you for any of these gifts under the tree this year!

Cheers to cozy comfort and relaxation!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Women in 2018!

Did you catch the announcement that The Plus Life will be participating in BLOGMAS by providing a TON of awesome holiday-inspired content throughout the month of December? Well, it’s true… and here we are again for part two in the series!

Check out the first post here to read about 15 awesome holiday traditions you could start this year!

Today’s post is the next in the Blogmas series, and it’s been extra fun to prepare for you!  I have a few special gift guides coming your way as part of the series, but I thought it would be fun to start with a roundup of the exact items I PERSONALLY would love to receive this year for Christmas.  I don’t currently own any of the items on this list but they’re all things I’ve been considering purchasing or hinting about to my family.

Real talk, this is a LONG list.  I have absolutely zero expectation of receiving all or even most of these items.  I’ll narrow this down to a few of the things I want the  most and share it with the people who’ll be shopping for me.  Hi, Mom! Hi, Kevin!

15 Holiday Traditions That Will Make You Smile This Year

I’m no fan of cold weather, but even with the cold I would say December is the best month of the year because of the focus on quality time with family and friends throughout the holidays.

I’m SO excited to share with you that because of how much I love the holidays, I’ll be participating in my first ever BLOGMAS this year… with a little twist.  I’ll be coming to you with a TON of awesome holiday content this month and you’ll be seeing more posts than usual around here.