Using Gmail with Your Own Domain



When I started my blog some time back, knowing that I wasn’t really doing much with it at the time, I didn’t invest in hosting or an @mydomainname email address.

I created a gmail account for my business – and used that for the few clients I had, mostly people I knew already. Well, once I began really building my blog and business, it was time to upgrade my web hosting and email. Plus, if I wanted to use Mailchimp or another email service, I had to have a legit email address – no @gmail.

But the interface for the webmail applications through SiteGround, my web hosting provider, are not the my favorite. I like Gmail. I’m comfortable using Gmail. I have an existing gmail account with stored emails related to my blog and business. But I also have an @mydomainname email through SiteGround. So can I still use Gmail with my own domain? And without having to upgrade to a business account?

The answer is yes.

I’ve set up my email using the method below, and I’m gonna walk you through how you can do it too.

In order to use your existing Gmail account to send and receive emails using your own domain email address, there are a couple of things you’ll need to do. It’s not super complicated, but by this point in the post you should probably know what hosting is, and have an account where you have registered your domain name and have access to email. Again, I use SiteGround. I’ve found their loading times to be great, they work well with WordPress, and they have very responsive customer service.

If you aren’t familiar with hosting, that is the first step. Essentially your hosting is where your website and it’s contents are stored. When you purchase hosting (typically a year at a time) you get a domain name as well.

So, now you’ve paid for your hosting and you’ve got your account set up. There are a few steps to setting up your domain email to use with Google. I’ll walk you through it and I promise it really isn’t that complicated.

First, you’ll need to set up your @domainname email address.

Do this by logging into your hosting provider. I’m going to provide you with the instructions for SiteGround but it’s similar for other services.

When you log into your domain (hosting provider) under the Accounts Tab, you should see a button to access your cpanel. The cpanel is where you control the back end of your website, including your email.

Find the Email Accounts Icon and double click. You should be directed to a page where you can enter your desired email address along with your password, etc. Once you’ve created your email address…

Sending Emails:

In a new tab: (stay logged into your cpanel)

-Log into your Gmail account. In the upper right, below your image, there is a gear menu. Click on it, and it will give you a drop down.
-Click on settings – you’ll be directed to the general settings tab. Click on the Accounts & Imports Tab
-Scroll down to the section – Send Mail As
-Click Add Email Address
-You’ll get a pop-up – Add email and un-check treat as an alias
-Click Next Step – Send Verification

Now go back to your domain’s cpanel and find the Webmail icon. It should be right next to the icon for Email Accounts. Double click. You’ll be asked to choose a webmail service (it doesn’t matter which one since you’ll be using gmail). Pick one and you should be directed to your inbox. There you’ll find the email from Gmail containing the verification code you need. Copy and paste the verification code into the Gmail pop up box and click finish.

Alright! Now you can send emails through gmail with your @domainname email address. In the same section of your settings you can also choose which email to use as your default. If you keep your @gmail address as the default you can chose your @domainname email from a drop-down with each outgoing message.

OK. Next Step.

Receiving Emails.

In the same settings tab in Gmail, scroll down to the Check Mail From Another Account section.

-Click Add Email. Enter your desired email address.
-Click Import Emails from Other Account (POP3)

Here you’ll need some information from your @domain email:

-Go back to your cpanel and double click on the Email Accounts icon.
-Scroll down and find your desired email address.
-Click More on the right side of the email and a drop down menu will appear.
-Click configure email client. This will take you to a page that has the info you need to enter into Gmail.
-Scroll down to the Manual Settings – Secure SSL/TLS Settings (recommended).

In this box you will find the username, you’ll need your email password for your @domainname account, the incoming server, the POP3 Port (you can choose from the dropdown on the google pop-up), and the outgoing server.

-Copy and paste this information into the google pop up and Add Account.


Google with authenticate (i.e. “do it’s thing) and you should now be able to receive your @domainname emails in your Gmail inbox.

You’re welcome.

Any questions or suggestions on what might be most helpful to you I’d love your feedback.

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Tumeric Chai + Cookie – An Anti-Inflammatory Snack


It’s 3pm. I want a snack and a warm beverage. The weather is cold and I’ve been holed away working all day…

I want something warm. But healthy. And how many cups of coffee can one woman consume? I know, the answer is a lot. But I thought I would branch out and give this recipe a whirl. Did you know Tumeric can help reduce inflammation, improve digestive health, and reduce bloating and gas? And it tastes delicious! It really does!

I made the chai at the same time as the cookies, so everything was done in under 30 minutes, and I was back to work. Wah, wah. But hey, at least I had a delicious, healthy snack.

I wanted a little something sweet, but not too sweet. It is only 3pm after all. But what? Without gluten and dairy in my life, cookies have to be homemade. Well, good thing this recipe is super easy, and just as quick. I had everything on hand, and improvised with what I didn’t. Isn’t that what cooking is all about after all?

This delicious turmeric chai and low sugar, “healthy” cookie got my through the second half of my day, and for that, I am grateful.


Dairy Free Tumeric Chai


3 cups of water

Masala chai mix
2 bags Trader Joe’s Decaffienated Black Tea
2-inch fresh ginger root, sliced
5 cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon fennel seed

Ooops, I forgot…

1 large Ceylon cinnamon stick, broken to pieces
½ tsp cardamom

Other ingredients

2 pitted dates
3 tablespoons ghee or coconut butter
1 teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon nutmeg powder


Add Chai Mix into water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 min. (I left mine on 13 minutes and it was delicious). Strain into blender with coconut oil and dates. Blend for about a min. Add in remaining ingredients and blend.

Serve warm. Yum

And now for the cookies…

Low sugar, no flour, all delicious. Now, while these cookies are still, well, cookies, they are a nice alternative to the typically over sugared, gluten and dairy rich versions out there.



Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter (Trader Joes)
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
2/3 cup rolled oats (GF)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chocolate chips


Preheat over to 350. Mix peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined (a few minutes at most). Then mix in the oats, baking soda, and chocolate chips. I found the easiest way to mix was with my hands. If you are using a less natural peanut butter you may get a slightly different consistency. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Pinch off small chunks of dough and roll and shape into small cookies. Remember, they will grow in the oven. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

I’ve linked the images to the original recipes if you want to give their versions a try as well. As always, let me know your thoughts.

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Creative Office Space for a New Year


This new year has started off with a bang. For me, it’s been starting this blog, publishing my first Ebook, and jumping ALL IN to my health business and Plexus.

My first order of business this year is creating my office space.

In order to inspire creativity, creating a space  that allows you to do your best work is critical. Since I plan to be filming video, as well as writing and researching, I want a space that is attractive and functional. My husband and I share an office in the upstairs of our home. We’ve done very little with the space since I went back to work as soon as we moved in. Now that I am working at home, AND I need the space to look creative and inspiring-it’s time for a makeover.

Who doesn’t love a good makeover?

I took a quick trip to our local IKEA, and I kept it reasonable, coming in at around $150. I kept some of the things I had (the sewing table, the standing rack for fabric storage…) and I still need to pick up a rug, an updated filing system (that cabinet needs to go!), and a new shelf, but I think for my first pass, I did pretty darn good. I mean, getting that bubble gum blue off the walls did miracles for the space without even putting anything back in.

Here’s the before…


So we set to work to paint and install furniture and hardware.

I was inspired by some of the following images, and my Pinterest page is full other other inspiration as well




And without further delay…

The finished product.




I decided against the pegboard for my own practical purposes, and as I mentioned, I still have a few more touches to put on, but I am feeling inspired in my new space. I’m so excited to break into this year, and my new office!!!

Let me know what you think! What does your work space look like? Does it inspire you to do your best work? It should.




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Building a Successful Online Business – Your Passion + Your List

build-an-online-business-your-passion-your-listI want you to have success in your business. Especially if you are on my Plexus Team – I am absolutely committed to helping you find it!

I have done a lot of research. I have seen many different ways that people have become successful in their online businesses, whether they were involved Plexus or not. I will tell you two things to start –

  1. If you don’t want to do the work, building an online business is not for you. AND
  2. If you do want to do the work, building an online business can help you reach your greatest personal and financial goals.

The choice is yours.

So once you’ve made the choice to start, what do you do? I mean there are a million ways and even more people telling you this or warning you about that. So at the risk of being one of those people, I’d like to give you a few bits of advice as you start your business journey.

Where do you start?

Start with what you know/what you are passionate about. If you are not passionate about your business, it will be very difficult to push through the challenging times – and there will be challenging times. Nothing worth having is easily gotten – remember that and keep pushing forward because you are passionate.

Once you’ve found your passion, and maybe you are still exploring it – But once you find the place inside of you that drives you forward, you can start to focus on the details.

How do I reach people?

My suggestion is to build an email list. Facebook is great, and there are tons of people there, but you don’t own that platform. When Facebook kicks you off for posting something they don’t like you don’t have access to your potential customers. Now, I’m not saying to ditch Facebook, just that it doesn’t have to be your exclusive way of building your brand.

Build an email list. Start with the people you already know. Then announce your list on Facebook and ask people to sign up. This way, anytime you want to communicate with your list, you can.

Now, there are many different schools of thought on how often you should communicate with your subscribers and what you should talk about. I will write a separate post all about that. Today, I want to talk about the simple things you can do to start building your network and building your business.

There are many email services such as Mailchimp and Emma (I use Mailchimp and will be creating content on that as well), and they offer easy to use templates for newsletters and general emails that are great.

For example, let’s say (pretend) Plexus is having a FREE SHIPPING Promotion. You create an easy email template in Mailchimp announcing the promo and send it out to your entire email list.


Now, don’t stop posting on Facebook. But sending this email out to your list just gave you personal contact with every person on your list.

The intention of these emails is that they feel special that you thought of them and likely want to hear more from you. Now, GROWING your email list can be done through platforms like blogging, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and I will cover how to use all those platforms in separate blog posts and upcoming courses.

I want to stress the importance of building YOUR list. Not your friend list on Facebook, not even the number of likes on your Pinterest profile (although this is also important), but the actual list of names and emails that you can use tools like Mailchimp to communicate with regularly. Good old fashion email marketing. It’s tried and true. It works. And YOU own it.

This post is just a taste of where to start – Find your passion and build your email list. My mission for my Plexus team is that every member feel passionate about their business, motivated by their incomes, and the lives they are changing. I want each person to have the tools to build a large network and a successful online business.

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FREE Ebook – A Simple Guide to Cleaner Eating


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Oh, I know. I have been there – fishing the breaded mozzarella sticks out of the freezer for an 8 pm dinner for 1 after the kids are in bed. And hey, nobody’s perfect. Sometimes life happens.

But if you’re looking for a great guide to eating cleaner and healthier, to starting steady, and to finding your way, download my FREE Ebook – A Simple Guide to Cleaner Eating.

This amazing reference and recipe guide is full of useful information about what foods to avoid, what foods to indulge in, when it matters to buy organic, and more. This Ebook also includes a detailed shopping list and delicious, simple recipes, that make it one you’ll reference again and again.

I take a sensible approach to clean eating and healthier living. I genuinely want your journey to be fun and exciting. I want you to enjoy eating healthier food. I want you to enjoy cooking at home more often and taking more time to plan your days. When you are in control of your days, your diet, and your decisions, the world becomes a much easier place to be. It’s worth it to take the extra few minutes to get up early and stretch. It’s worth it to prepare food ahead of time so that you always have a hot, nutritious, protein rich breakfast to fuel your day. A Simple Guide to Cleaner Eating was written to be a tool for you to start thinking about the role that food and lifestyle play in your health. I want you to use this book as a guide to making better choices about your health, nutrition, and eating clean.

But most importantly I want it to be useful to you. What is the point of having a million recipes if they are too complicated or they don’t taste good? Or the worst yet, if they contain a bunch of ingredients you can’t find at your local market.

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