Here is a list of recommendations for tools and software that I use on both of my blogs.
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If you'd prefer, go to them directly. I don't want you to miss out on such useful tools

Hosting Providers

Siteground - I use it to host both of my blogs
Since I switched Raising a Ragamuffin to Siteground it loads much faster.
It's easy to use and you can now add a free SSL certificate to your blog.

WordPress Themes

I use ThemeCo's X Theme both here at The Blog Genie and on Raising a Ragamuffin. There are so many options to customise X, and it comes with a free drag and drop plugin, I don't think I'll want to use another theme again.

Useful Tools

Asana - for tracking tasks and to-do's
Toggl - for tracking time
Zapier - for automating tasks e.g. pinning new posts to Pinterest
Social Oomph - for Twitter scheduling