The BEST Fourth of July Sales (Updated)

The BEST Fourth of July Sales! Clothing, accessories, beauty, home decor, appliances, all with HUGE discounts and markdowns for the summer sales. #sales #shopping #fourthofjuly #summersale

I am not going to lie, I’m not very interested in celebrating the Fourth of July this year in 2020. Instead, we’re keeping things low-key and going sailing to avoid crowds. Traditionally, I update this post with links to the best Fourth of July sales, but it felt weird to do that this year with everything going on… but I also know that a lot of my readers shop these sales because you can get some great deals. Because of that, I decided to still update this post for 2020… but I will be making this post more impactful by donating all of my affiliate commissions from this post to the ACLU through Monday July 6. That means if you click on any of the links below, I get a small commission at no cost to you (typically 5-12% of the item’s price), so this year I decided to ‘celebrate’ Fourth of July by donating instead. To stay accountable, I’ll post a screenshot of the donation amount on my Instagram.

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How to Solo Camp as a Woman & Why It’s Important to Me

How to Solo Camp as a Woman & Why It's Important to Me! Tips for going camping by yourself and being safe. Pacific Northwest camping, camping for self-care. #camping #solocamping #selfcare #wellness

This week was really eye opening to me about the type of content I can share here on the blog and on my Instagram. I went on a solo camping trip last weekend and, on a whim, decided to share about it in my Stories… and WOW, I got so many responses! I was totally not prepared for it, to be perfectly honest with you. So many people were amazed that I go camping by myself! I’ve never really thought too much about it, but I do get it. There are safety concerns, for sure. So today I wanted to share how to solo camp as a woman and why it’s so important to me to do this for my mental health and well-being (more on those benefits here)! I hope this post inspires you to do give it a try and see if it works for you, too.

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My Latest Launch: 30 Specialized Tips for Interior Designers on Social Media

30 Social Media Tips for Interior Designers, the latest launch from The Jojotastic School of Social Media! This list is specifically tailored to the needs of interior designers and includes 30 tips to guide you through ways to establish a consistent aesthetic, connect with your audience, and get noticed by brands and press publications. #socialmediatips #socialmedia #interiordesigner

In case you haven’t heard yet, we launched something new for The Jojotastic School of Social Media recently! They are checklists of 30 tips and tricks to improve your social media accounts and get out of a rut — and each one is dedicated to a specific industry! Right now, there are 4 to choose from: interior designer, florist, wedding photographer, and maker (i.e. ceramicists, artists, illustrators, and anyone who makes a product!). More to come, too. There’s so much to share about each one, but today I want to focus on the social media tips for interior designers since I know that’s a large part of my blog readers and social media followers! Oh, and before we dive in too far… did I mention that they are each only $25???

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9 Things of Note | June 2020

Joanna’s Things of Note from June 2020 (including the perfect military jacket, Dr. Bronners lip balm, gochujang, coffeesock, the perfect summer tanktop, SheaMoisture detangling spray & more) #thingsofnote #shopping #shoppingguide #musthaves #favoriteproducts

Time during COVID has really been weird… I feel like new, fresh months keep rolling in, even though it feels like we’re still stuck back in March. Anyone else?? But here we are, July 1 and I’m really shocked by there the last month went. It’s already time to share my 9 things of note, aka new-to-me products that I tried and loved during the past month — and this is a good one, especially if you’re looking for a really good, affordable detangler, the perfect summer tank top for less than $10, and how to use a CoffeeSock.

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How We Live With a Cat (& Litter Box) in a Small Space

Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System Review + Tips for Living With a Cat in a Small Space! #AD Find out why I love the ammonia odor absorbing pads and anti-tracking pellets from #TidyCats and how I transitioned my cat to a new litter box on #EaseofBREEZE
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tidy Cats. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Let’s talk litter boxes… I was definitely NOT prepared for the number of questions I received when I posted this Instagram in partnership with my friends at Tidy Cats. There were a lot of opinions and questions about how we could possibly live with a litter box in our living room. Trust me, I know. That is a huge part of why I was so thrilled to team up with Tidy Cats — because we were literally willing to try anything to make this situation better for everyone involved, including Georgette. After using the BREEZE Litter System for about a month now, I wanted to post a more in-depth review of it here on the blog + take some time to answer more questions.

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5 Budget Decor Hacks I Swear By

These Budget Decor Hacks I Swear By Are Total Game Changers! Interior design tips, decorating tips for a small space and affordable decor #interiordesign #smallspaces #designhacks

This is actually a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while! I’ve been writing about decor on this blog for 8 years now (!!!), so you knowww I have a lot of decor hacks to share — especially budget-friendly ones. Since it’s finally warmer out and we’re still spending time at home (right???), it felt like the perfect time to post these tips and tricks. Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, I tried to make sure there’s something in this post for you!

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The Best Sources for Affordable Outdoor Rugs (under $200!)

The Best Sources for Affordable Outdoor Rugs (under $200!) for your deck, patio, or balcony. Plus, tips on how to shop for an outdoor rug. #outdoorrug #outdoordecor

The other night I was chatting with my friend Kate from Drinking with Chickens about a new outdoor space she was working on. Mostly we were trying to figure out her outdoor rug situation… when it dawned on me that I haven’t shared best best sources for them on the blog! Literally, I couldn’t remember if I had written a post dedicated to this topic, so I searched… and nope! So here we are… I scoured tons of my favorite outdoor decor sources to find the best affordable outdoor rugs for your deck or patio!

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A Personal Update

a personal update: my diagnosis with Birt-Hogg-Dubé a rare genetic syndrome.

I’ve gotten a few messages lately from people checking in, asking if everything is ok because I haven’t been super-consistent with publishing posts lately… and the truth is that you’re right. I have been slacking lately because I’ve had some personal stuff going on behind-the-scenes. If you’ve read the blog for a while, you know that I consider you to be part of my online family. Because of that, I do my best to keep you informed with my life especially the good, bad, and ugly. To me, transparency is very important as a blogger. So it’s felt really weird to me that I’ve had a “secret.” But the time just wasn’t right. I didn’t want to cloud the important conversations we’re all having (and continuing to have!) about anti-racism. To me, talking about what was going on behind-the-scenes for me and my health felt incredibly selfish and, quite frankly, inappropriate. It just wasn’t the right now. I also needed some time to mentally process on my own. Blogging is this weird balance of constantly asking yourself what is too personal to share and what should be shared, no matter how personal, in order to help and connect with others.

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