I get a lot of questions about the tools I use for This Custom Life, so I’d like to share them with you!

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This blog is using the Avada theme. I had a great web designer who set this all up and made it easy for me to post and update. If you’re looking to set up a website, I highly recommend her! Click here to check out her site.

Web-hosting platform



ConvertKit (I am in the process of moving from Mailchimp – stay tuned!)


I try to use a lot of my own photos because I love photography. But when I can’t get that perfect photo I want, I use stock images from Depositphotos.

Social Media

To schedule my social media posts, I use Tailwind and Hootsuite.


I have used my iPhone X for many of the blog photos – it’s amazing the quality you can get from an iPhone!

I do have a digital SLR: the Canon EOS 60D. A more current version is the Canon 80D – it is a lot of camera, but if it’s anything like the previous version that I won, it will do all you need and much, much more. If you’re looking to start with a high quality, but not all-the-way professional SLR, ‘starter’ SLR was the Canon Rebel. I used that camera for some phenomenal photographs for several years before upgrading.


Blogging is not easy. There is a lot involved and it’s way more than just writing a post you hope people will be interested in reading. Trying to get your blog out to readers is very involved – and not necessarily intuitive.

That being said, it’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. I have had a number of really great instructors along the way (and I continue to learn every single day!).

If you’re thinking of starting a blog, please check back here – I’ll update this list with the courses and instructors that have really helped me!