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


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Because Jewelry

Hi friends!

So, I'm totally obsessed with Lia Sophia jewelry and I'm hosting a Facebook party (actually the "party" part is over). The party will be open until Saturday at noon, so if you're in need of some sweet new jewelry that comes with a lifetime guarantee, come look through the party stuff or just contact me for the link.

Just wanted to put this out there. Lia Sophia is one of those things you can only get through someone who sells it (like Mary Kay, etc), so here's your chance!

Link to my FB party: https://www.facebook.com/events/511140512322314/

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Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #86

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 86th 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
Amy at Set Free
Gayle at A Gayle Force

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

Hi friends! It's Tiff. 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 am in love with this post. I am on a budget, so it is so fun to see creative ways to do fall decorating from the dollar store! I love the ideas that Keitha has. That fabric is too cute. I intend to steal some of her fab ideas. Her blog is also amazing. I am so, so, so happy I found her! Keitha has amazing DIY posts such as this cute tutorial on DIY Moss Letters and her pantry organization puts me to shame! This is a blog you will follow because it is filled with useful and awesome tips for home organization and design. 
Go follow Keitha

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! :)




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