Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's more than likely I won't be back online until the New Year, so I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

When will I start to feel like a bride?

I've written and rewritten the beginning to this post (and the rest of it, really). I'm not sure how to start it or what exactly to say. I know that I might get some flack for this, but hey, you gotta write what you feel. I'm also not totally sure I captured my feelings correctly. Sometimes the "right words" just aren't there. PS - This post is looooong.

Before getting really into this, I want to add a disclaimer. I am so happy! I'm thrilled to be marrying the man of my dreams and I can't wait until we're standing in front of friends and family and officially get to become man and wife. This post has nothing to do with that. If I could marry him tomorrow, I would. (And if we hadn't yet put down so many deposits that's exactly what we'd do...at the courthouse.)


The wedding industry is ridiculous. I think future brides buy into it looking for this idea of "the perfect wedding." I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't exist. Please hear me out. I'm sure that everyone's wedding day is special and perfect in its own way. And I really hope I feel that way about my own wedding day in just four months (holy eff, four months). I guess it's not really the actual wedding day that gives me issues, it's everything leading up to it.

I have not yet felt like a bride throughout all my wedding planning.

I'm serious.

I've fallen in and out of love with my dress about ten times, I own two pairs of shoes that go with the dress and neither one of them works (who knew that shoes would be so stressful?), I can't make a decision about what my hair should look like, and oh my goodness don't even get me started on what I'm going to do with my nails (I have no clue -- French manicure is out). Every decision I've made surrounding me I've gone back on at least once.

I did not have a problem making any decisions about the venues, decorations, bridesmaid stuff, or other details. My only difficulty has been with making decisions about myself. This is sounding really self-involved, but, eh, I guess that's exactly what it is. I mean, I'm the bride, right? Technically yes. I'm still waiting for it to feel that way, though.

I've had two dress fittings. I can stand there in front of the gigantic mirror on the pedestal and admit that I look nice in my dress, but I don't feel like a bride. So often you hear the bride say "This is my dress! I feel like a bride in it!" What does that mean? It's almost like I'm having an out-of-body experience. Oh yeah! That girl looks great in that dress, good for her! But oh...that girl is me. Does this mean that it's not the right dress? Not necessarily. I like it, and at this point I'm definitely not interested in starting from scratch. Maybe finding the right shoes will help.

I've had two hair trials (and potentially a third in the near future), and nothing is living up to my expectation of what a bride is supposed to look like. I think that's the problem -- I'm imaging some bride, not myself as a bride. My inner monologue is saying, Well, this hair is nice, but it doesn't look very bridal. It's not something I've seen in a magazine. So am I not allowing myself to see that I don't have to (and won't) look exactly like what I've seen on TV and in the magazines?

I had a makeup trial, too. I thought it went well. The makeup was a bit heavy, but shouldn't it be? I got home that night and Erich had a cow. He wasn't used to seeing me wear that much makeup and couldn't understand why our wedding should be different. He prefers me with no makeup and just can't wrap his head around the fact that I will absolutely not show up bare-faced to our wedding. So now I've decided to mostly do my own makeup (with some help on the eyeshadow because at least one thing has to be different/prettier than normal). Unfortunately -- and I wish I didn't sound like a brat here -- that just added to my insecurity about not feeling like a bride. I mean, surely brides don't do their own makeup for their wedding! (They do. It happens all the time. But not in my "perfect wedding.")

Am I just not happy with these decisions because none of them have left me with that Weeeeee! I'm getting married and I'm the briiiiiiide! feeling? Am I just one of those people who won't feel like that? (I think I just pinpointed my exact issue with being a logical creature. I am not emotional, and therefore do not subconciously care about these things, except ohmygodIcaresomuchbecauseit'smywedding.)

I guess as a child I imagined my wedding, but never imagined me in my wedding.

Normally, my advice to someone else would be to follow their heart. I can't follow that in this case because I'm not sure which direction my heart is leading me in. Actually, it's usually telling me to suck it up. I am totally aware that this is absolutely ridiculous. I know that none of this really matters in the long run, and my wedding will be perfect regarless of whether or not I finally found the perfect shoes or have the perfect hairstyle. But right now I just can't see it. I just want to feel like a bride, whatever that means.

Will I have that moment on our big day where I finally see the whole picture -- me in the dress, with my hair and makeup done, wearing the right shoes -- and feel like I'm the bride? Or maybe I'll feel like the bride when I see my groom?

I guess I'm just wondering if it was like this for any other brides. Did anyone else experience this? Is it just the stress of planning that's getting to me? Does seeing the whole picture help? Will I feel like a bride on my actual wedding day? Can I hire a stand-in so that my idea of what a wedding should look like can be fulfilled? (Just kidding on that last one. Kind of.) Please send help.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Tips for Beautiful Eyebrows {Sponsored Post}

*This is a sponsored post, not written by me.

Beautifully shaped and well manicured eyebrows give an overall polished look to your face and make-up. Whether you favor the fuller Brooke Shields look, which has been brought back up to date by the likes of Cara Delevingne, or something shapelier it really makes no difference – keep them in good shape and they will provide the perfect frame for the face.

1 – Choose the shape you want to achieve.  You need to decide which look you are going for before you pick up your tweezers. Do you want slender, arched eyebrows or something thicker?  Take a look at some of your favorite celebs online or in a magazine and decide which eyebrows you want to copy. The thing to pay particular attention to is the height of the arch and the distance to which the eyebrows extend.


2 – Before you start plucking take a few minutes to soak your eyebrows – it will make the job much easier and less painful. Take a clean washcloth and soak it in warm water then gently lay it over your eyebrows and leave it there for a few minutes. This will help to open up your pores and loosen the hairs a little so that it they are much easier to tweeze.  Pat them dry before you start.

3 – You do need to have your equipment at the ready.  Some pointed tip tweezers, some angle tip tweezers, good lighting, a mirror, and an eyebrow comb. Make sure that your tweezers are clean – you don’t have to use a UV sterilizer or anything, but pop them into some boiling water to give them a clean before you start.  Brush your brows in an upwards/outwards direction and you’re ready to get cracking.


4 – You should only ever pluck your eyebrows in three areas – between your eyebrows, under your eyebrows and a tiny bit above your eyebrows if necessary – just to catch any strays. Start between your eyebrows but don’t get carried away, the brows should start just above the corner of your eyes so make sure that you don’t go in any further.  Keep going from one side to the other to keep them even and carry on until you have achieved the arch of your dreams.  The arch will preferably peak above the iris of your eye and continue outwards at a 45 degree angle from the outer edge of your eye.


5 – Be careful not to get too carried away or you could end up with bald patches or uneven brows. Switch from eyebrow to eyebrow and take a break every couple of minutes; step back and admire your handiwork and decide whether you really need to tweeze any more.


6 – If some of your eyebrow hairs are longer than the rest and have a tendency to stick out then trim them. Comb them out/up with your eyebrow comb and trim with a clean pair of nail scissors. Be careful not to trim them too short or they will just stick up even more.


7 – After you’ve finished and you have perfectly shaped eyebrows giving a beautiful frame to your eyes and your face, you should remember to rinse your tweezers and dry them off. Wash your face once more with your clean wash cloth and warm water before patting gently dry. Applying a little moisturizer to your eyebrows can help to soothe any minor irritation but do be careful not to get any in your eyes. 


For many more great beauty tips and ideas take a look at The Salon Outlet – they’ve got some great ideas.


Monday, December 8, 2014

(More) Favorite Beauty Products

I'm constantly changing up my makeup routine. I have a few favorites that I'll never go without (hello Dr. Pepper chapstick), but for the most part I'm not attached to any one product. I've rounded up my new current favorites for you, and let me just warn you -- this post is going to be a serious rave. I cannot get enough of these.


1. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick - I have this in three colors. I grabbed the first one on a whim in the checkout line at ULTA. Obsessed. So smooth and perfect. The colors last a good while, but you'll definitely need to bring it with you for touch-ups during the day. They're a little on the pricey side for what they are, but it's worth it.

2. it Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil - I don't know how I lived without this. I've only recently started filling in my eyebrows (I also don't know how I lived for so long without doing that, but that's another story), so I've been experimenting with powders, pencils, and whatever else. I actually saw this on an infomercial one day and thought it seemed weird, but then by the end I was totally convinced. They made it seem like even a novice could handle this, and boy were they right. Now instead of never leaving the house without mascara, it's mascara and eyebrows.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation & Brush - Guys. Er, ladies. I just...I can't even. Pure perfection. I came across this months ago and didn't want to try it because I used to be a Bare Minerals snob, but recently stopped using it because I wasn't getting the coverage I needed. Plus, the brushes always hurt my face. Anyway. I finally took the plunge and bought this on Black Friday. I will never go back to any other powder foundation. And I chose to get the brush as well and I'm in love. It doesn't make my face red and it provides amazing coverage. I ordered Fair-Light Honey and when I got it I thought it wouldn't match, but once it was on the color was perfect. It really does last all day. I put it on at 6:00 a.m. and wore it to work. At 9:00 that night before I washed my face it was still perfectly in place. *Side note: my face gets oily throughout the day, but that was no problem with this stuff. Well, now that I've written you a book about how wonderful it is, you should probably try it for yourself. Whew. Oh, and one more thing. It doesn't look super powdery when it's on, and that's really important. (PS - Right now Tarte is having their Friends and Family sale and everything is 30% off until 12/11.)

4. Benefit They're Real Mascara - Again, why did it take so long for me to hop on this bandwagon? I'll be on a They're Real kick for at least a year. I put it on without having curled my eyelashes and I immediately noticed how much longer, curlier, and fuller they looked. I bought the sample size because I couldn't justify spending that much on mascara, but I guarantee I will be buying the full size when that runs out.

5. ULTA Super Blender Sponge - Cheap. Works like a charm. I have one liquid foundation that I wear for special occasions or when I really have time to perfect my makeup, and this is what I use to put it on with. I won't pay a bajillion dollars for a sponge, so I opted for the ULTA brand one and I love it. I've already bought a second one. I also use it to even out my powder blush when I accidentally put on too much. Just a couple dabs and it fixes everything. I've had my first one for a few months now and I've washed it multiple times and it's still holding up great. But at $5, who really cares if it falls apart in a month? (But it won't.)

If you want any more details of these products, just let me know. I'd be happy to write another novel about how great they are.

What products have you tried lately that you don't think you can live without?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I've got another giveaway for you today! I teamed up with Elora and some other blog friends to bring you this Holiday Blog Roll giveaway. I hope that you find a blog you love in the process! 

Being given away is a $10 Starbucks card -- just in time for their holiday drinks (has anyone had the new Chestnut Praline Latte? OMG so good.) -- along with jewelry and some free ad space!

A major plus: those bracelets would look perfect with any Christmas outfit. 

Good luck!


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Monday, November 10, 2014

How is it Monday?

Even after a totally great weekend that actually felt like a weekend (read: I didn't go to work this morning and feel like I had just left there), it's still hard to get up and do the whole work thing. Although, a slow day + tomorrow off = pretty great. No real complaints there.

My weekend was full of errands and homework, but the errands were fun. Wish I could say the same about the homework, but...no.

Friday

Worked. Left work a bit early to get to an appoinment with my financial advisor because I'm an old lady, then got my eyebrows done. It's the little things. But I for real feel like a new person. I did not finish those errands in time to get to the play I wanted to see at my high school, but it worked out because I was exhausted anyway. Instead I sat on my parents' couch, ate pizza, watched Shark Tank, and promptly passed out.

Saturday

Woke up Saturday morning to my aunt -- she comes over on the weekends to give my stepdad dancing lessons for my wedding. #aww When I'm home she usually makes me practice too. I must say we're doing pretty well, but I might be biased.

Now I know this isn't a big deal for most adult people who are functional, but I actually blow-dried my hair AND did my makeup on Saturday. Who even am I? I dry my hair maybe three times a year. Buh. And I wore foundation. That never happens. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this. Otherwise, here's proof.

Was gonna make this extra large, but no one needs to see my face that up-close-and-personal.
Also, I might've been a little too excited to wear that vest. It was frigid outside, and as much as I hate the cold, there's something about cold weather that makes it feel closer to Christmas.

After I took a #kitchenselfie (I'm making that a thing, guys) my mom and I went to look for a dress for her. Hallelujah, she found one! We both love it, she ordered it in the perfect color, and it's one more thing to check off the list. Thank the Lord. I have pictures, but I think she would kill me if she found out I posted one here, so sorry. You'll just have to wait until the wedding pictures.

After dress shopping we got some lunch, went to AC Moore and Michael's because we're crafty -- just kidding. My mom is making my centerpieces and she's crafty. Then a trip to Ulta because duh, then I desperately needed a nap. Instead I went to a bonfire. Erich came to pick me up from my parents' house (are you catching on that I spent the whole weekend there?) and we went to a friend's house for fire, guitars, and cider.


I got home around midnight, was locked out of my house, finally got inside and was up until 2:00. I only mention this because it's truly shocking. My eyes haven't seen 2:00 a.m. since...ever. Unless I'm waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. #tmi

Sunday

I slept in later than usual (it was only 10:00, please don't make fun of me), hung out and watched TV, my mom and I did a face mask that I totally should've taken pictures of but didn't, then I went home and did homework and cooked dinner. Oh, and watched The Walking Dead. 

I'm really sorry that was so boring. It was boring for me to write. If you made it to the end let me know. I'll send some good karma your way, and maybe a cookie. 

PS - I know I've tweeted my heart out and posted on Facebook, but I redid my sponsor page and options. I finally went back to Passionfruit; I'm not sure what took me so long. I highly encourage you to check out the options -- I'm offering other services now in addition to ads. I'm pretty excited about it. Ohhhh! I am also working on switching to Disqus. Anybody know how to speed up that process? Kthxbye.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Too Busy for Life (And Some Feel-Good Stuff)

Y'all. I have been so flipping busy that I feel like I haven't had time to breathe. I'm pretty sure I woke up Monday, got through the day, then went to sleep and when I woke up it was Thursday. Do you ever have weeks like that?

I started my new job on Monday, and even though I'm in the same place with the same people, the work and workload is totally different. I love it and I'm so interested in what I'm doing, but there's definitely not much time to do anything other than work. (I mean, that should be obvious, right?) I've barely had time for lunch this week.

I don't want you guys to think I'm complaining -- that's not what this is. I'm super happy and loving every second, but yeesh!

I've been in an awesome mood this week because I just feel like things are going right. So in the spirit of happiness and excitement, I wanted to share a few more things that are making me happy right now. So much to look forward to!


Dinner with friends tonight. We haven't seen them in a while and it's really weird because we usually hang out once a week, so it'll be nice to have some time to catch up with them.

Possibly going back to my high school to see their Fall play tomorrow night. I know this probably doesn't excite anyone else, and most people avoid their high school like the plague, but I loved high school and I was in theatre, so it's always fun to go and see what Thespian Troupe #303 is up to. (#nerdalert)

Going mother-of-the-bride dress shopping with Madre on Saturday. We found a dress that she liked a while back, but we wanted to keep our options open. Saturday is the day she'll make a decision. I think.

Heading to a bonfire/party Saturday night with Erich to hang out with some of his friends. Fall + bonfire + good friends + alcohol = good times. Need I say more?

Makup trial on Sunday afternoon. I am beyond excited for this.

Tuesday is Veterans Day, which means no work. It's nice to look forward to a little break.

That's just stuff that's coming up in the next few days! I could give you another list of just "November stuff" that's coming up, but then this post would never end. Here's a teaser, though: wedding stuff and a weekend trip. But more on those later.

Happy almost Friday and I hope your Thursday flies by!

PS - If anybody is addicted to the Gap like I am (do people still call it the Gap, or is it just Gap now?), their Friends and Family sale is happening right now. 40% off. Go get you some new clothes! I know, I know. It's an addiction.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sometimes I Do Fashion

And we're all laughing now, right?

I totally understand why "fashion posts" are so awkward for non-fashion bloggers. But I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.




Vest - Old Navy, sold out online, similar // Scarf // Sweater - Boscov's a million years ago // Jeans // Boots - Sperry last season
(I had to include that last one because it's such a good outtake.)

November first just happened to be absolutely frigid here, so I thought it was a great day to put my new vest and blanket scarf to work. It was a long day of running errands, so it was nice not to have to carry around a coat. I will sing the praises of that scarf forever.

I do realize that I committed a serious fashion blogger faux pas. These were all taken with my iPhone. I was out walking Louie, and I didn't really feel like carrying along my real camera. You understand, right?

Anyway, I mentioned recently that I've been obsessed with Old Navy lately; I'm pretty sure half of my wardrobe is made up of clothes from there (at least half of the wardrobe I wear, anyway). I'm glad I documented this outfit, but probably this will never happen again. I hope you enjoyed it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Super Random Things About Me

I've definitely got some more new faces around here, and it's perfectly timed with what I had in mind to post today AND it's perfectly timed with the #Blogtober14 prompt for today! You'll get to know me while I tell you some really weird things about myself. I mean, everybody has quirks, and I'm pretty sure that if you took the time to think about it, you'd have some super strange routines just like I do. No judging.


1. I hate the smell of yogurt. For real, though. I don't really like dairy at all, but specifically yogurt -- the smell actually makes me gag. I banned Erich from the couch the other day because as soon as he opened his yogurt container I lost it. I made him sit on the other side of the room. Sorrynotsorry.

2. When I wash dishes, I have to wash the silverware first. I feel like the silverware clutters up the sink and I just want it gone. And bowls are my favorite thing to wash. There's just something so satisfying about washing and rinsing a bowl. Maybe it's because I don't have to scrub that hard, or because I don't have to fight to sqeeze the sponge into some tiny space. Oh, and on that note, I hate the smell of sponges. Again, gag.

3. I need my personal space. I hate when people sneak up on me, or they come within a foot of me when I'm not expecting it. Hugs are a super no if I don't know you or if I don't consider you to be a close, personal friend. Also, I'm the worst cuddler. Unless you're a dog.

4. I'm really good at public speaking.

5. I would rather scrub a whole bathroom than vacuum.

6. I have anxiety. This isn't a secret, but it's something not everyone knows. I've touched on it before, but not often and not thoroughly.

7. I start a new job on Monday! Also not a secret, but a recent fact. I will no longer be a technical writer -- I'm making the switch to become an instructional designer. Yay!

8. I can't sleep with socks on. It makes me feel like I might die. Also a weird sleep-related fact, I have to be fully covered when I sleep. I will never be one of those people who sleeps naked or in their underwear. That makes me super uncomfortable.

9. I spell out my text messages. I hate when people use "u" instead of spelling "you." I mean, really!? It's two extra letters! Come on.

10. I like to fall asleep on the couch before I actually get up and go to bed. I have no explanation for this one. I just sleep better that way.

The Daily Tay Blogtober14

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another Giveaway!? Yep!

With change comes adaptation and bloggers know all about adapting to policy changes. Sometimes change springs forth ideas and this is exactly what happened with this giveaway! For those who do not know, Facebook likes will soon not be allowed as entry options in giveaways. This is exactly where the idea came for this giveaway! 

In this giveaway you will have the opportunity to win tons and tons of ad space, as well as a few gift cards to some amazing shops! All you have to do is like our Facebook pages! Super simple right? Make sure you enter before it is too late! 

*Southern Beauty Guide// *My Fair Daily// Busy Being Jennifer{Homespun Happiness Shop}// *Kristie's Blue Jeans//*The Southern Thing// Bijoux Avenue< /a>// *Gettin' Fit Fab// *A Gayle Force// *Re•solve// *Glitz & Grits// *Life With a Side of Coffee// Keeping Up With Ashley and Cody// 
Life as Rachel {Country Couture}

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Good Luck!


Monday, October 27, 2014

5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1

Sometimes easy prompts are exactly what you need on a Monday morning afternoon. The blog world may never sleep, but I certainly do. I've never done this whole 54321 thing and it seemed interesting (and like I would be able to do it without thinking) so I thought I'd give it a shot. Plus, it's nice to take stock of things happening in life -- I mean, that's what a blog is for, right?

Without further adieu, my list.

Five Meals I Want to Make

1. My mom's chili. Recipe will not be posted, but I'm sure I'll share some pictures.

2. Our favorite pesto chicken recipe. I used to make this at least once a week, but it's been a while.

3. Shrimp of some kind. I'll either try to make New Orleans BBQ shrimp again or I'll stick to something simple. Craving shrimp lately. It's weird, I know.

4. The BEST soup ever. My recipe varies slightly from what's posted.


5. Mummy dogs for Halloween. We're cute like that. One day I'll have kids who really appreciate my efforts instead of trying to get Erich to pretend to be excited about it.

Four Stores I'm Obsessed With Right Now

1. Old Navy. Just purchased a bajillion things from there. It's my go-to store lately and I just can't get enough.

2. ULTA.

3. American Eagle. Obviously I still partake in the undies deal. Because duh. I also just bought a super cute Zara-like blanket scarf and now I'm wishing for cold. Knockoffs, for the win!

4. New York & Company. Because I'm profesh.

Three Pretty Pinterest Things

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Two Goals for the Week

1. I need to get back on the workout train. I stopped for a while because I had bronchitis again, but the cough is nearly totally gone so I think it's time to start. I borrowed the 21 Day Fix DVD from a friend and am really excited to try that. She's assured me it's less boring than Jillian. If anyone has tried it, let me know what you thought!

2. My bedroom is a mess. I haven't been spending any time at home so I've neglected to clean anything in a while. My second goal for the week is to tidy up the apartment, but specifically the bedroom.

One Trip I'm Looking Forward To

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We're taking a day trip to Harper's Ferry this weekend (weather permitting) and I can't wait to see the changing leaves. I've only been once before and it happened to be Fall then, too, so I know it'll be gorgeous. This time we're taking the dog and I know he'll just love it (because that matters).

Halloween Giveaway!

Happy Monday!! I have a little treat in store to brighten your day. For this month's giveaway, lots of bloggers and shop owners have come together for a Halloween giveaway! There is a ton of ad space available and a $75 gift card to Amazon so you can treat yourself to something on your wish list or use it to get a start on your Christmas shopping. Your choice!!

Participants: *Raewyn - Be A Warrior Queen // *Laura - Side Street Style // Taylor - Pink Heels Pink Truck // Katie - Beneath the Chandelier // Betsy - Musings of a Museum Fanatic // /*Chelsee - Southern Beauty Guide // *Brittany - Everyday Thoughts // *Gayle - A Gayle Force // *Christine - Life With A Side Of Coffee // *Lix - A Classic Notion // Brenda - Schooling A Monkey

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GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Currently

I'm in a blog rut. Shocking, I know.

I do have a review coming up for you, hopefully this week. Until then I suppose we'll go with something easy.

Keep in mind that none of these are actually happening right now because I'm sitting at my desk trying to get this post up, BUT figuratively they are all current things. That makes sense, right?

Watching - American Horror Story and The Walking Dead. October brings the best TV.

Feeling - Anxious and excited and hopeful. More on this to come. It's about work, so it's not the most interesting thing ever.

Grateful For - Family and time to myself. It's really important for me to decompress because I like quiet and don't deal well with craziness. I'm thankful to have the time to be able to do that. I'm also grateful for the fact that it is Tuesday and not Monday.

This picture has nothing to do with anything. It just makes me laugh every time I look at it. Two peas in a pod, really.
Looking Forward To - My hair trial on Saturday, getting my new glasses (because I'm a nerd), and dress shopping with my mom (for her dress, not mine). Also lots of little stuff in between, but those are the big things.

Eating - Halloween candy. For breakfast. No shame in my game.

Listening To - This.


Here's to YouTube, allowing music to happen when Grooveshark is broken. 

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #88

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!



A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 88th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 




***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Rebekah @ Butcher's Niche
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force
Kaelyn @ My Fair Daily

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Tiff today. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
I just loved this post by Ashley on how to successfully include your dogs in your wedding. I always love when weddings have their own personal touch, and doggies are such an important part of our lives! She gives really practical tips on how to make it happen. I actually think these tips are great for any sort of even dogs might be going. Anyways, whether you have a dog or not this post is great. The pics are awesome (I am a sucker for wedding pics!). She looked gorgeous on her wedding day, and had her furry babies with her. Love it! 

Ashley's blog, The Nashvillian, is a great blog full of awesome posts. BEAUTIFUL pictures and great posts. Go check The Nashvillian out and go follow Ashley

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #87


Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!



A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 87th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 




***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Rebekah @ Butcher's Niche
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Chelsee this time! Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
I have to say that Halloween movies are something I look forward to all year long. I am a sucker for ones like Hocus Pocus, which I admit scare me as a kid. However, I am always on the look out for other movies that are just as amazing that come on around Halloween. I have to say that I love this post from My Fair Daily! She also has a YouTube page and is a fellow beauty lover, who I love watching haul tons of beauty products.  Kaelyn picked some amazing movies that I feel you all need to watch, and who knows perhaps you have some that you can add to her list as well. Make sure you head over and check out the movies she picked and share some of your favs! 

Make sure you Go follow Kaelyn

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself {A Letter}

Pleeeease tell me you get the reference from the title of this post. If you don't, then google it and get back to me.

I haven't been participating in #Blogtober14, mostly out of sheer laziness and also because I haven't been blogging at all because BUSY. I think Winter is my only slow season. And this Winter will not be slow. Anyway. That has nothing to do with this post.

Today's prompt is to write a letter to yourself in 10 years. Stressfuuuuul. But I'm gonna do it anyway.
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Girl (because in my head I refer to myself only as "girl"),

Wow. You're married. And old. How many kids do you have? One? Two? Ten? I hope you're planning something awesome for your ten-year anniversary -- I mean, it's kind of a big deal. Wait, you are still married right?

Are you in Texas finally? I really hope you found a good job when you moved. I also hope you bought a house. And hey, don't be lazy anymore about cleaning. You have a house now; you need to keep that ish presentable at all times. At least as presentable as small children will allow. Hopefully you've fully adjusted to the fact that your family isn't right around the corner anymore -- at least not your side of the family.

I hope you didn't get stuck in that career field you were trying to leave. I'm gonna go ahead and assume that you managed to get out of it and are now doing things that you really enjoy. In fact, I'm gonna go ahead and assume that you're happy in general. You managed to overcome obstacles in your young life, so I'm sure you've powered through any hardships in the past ten years.

My young, naive advice to you, my older self, is this: Be kind to everybody, especially your husband and your kids. Rely on people when you need to. Stop freaking out about the passing of time. Have some patience. Enjoy each day. Take the next ten years slowly.


The Daily Tay


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