Tuesday, September 30, 2014

7 booties $50 and under

I'm slowly starting to accept that fall weather will be here soon. One trend I'm really loving this year are booties. Last year I was really against them because I didn't really know how to wear them, but a year later with lots of help from Pinterest and blogs I've decided this is one trend that's a winner. The way I most like them is when wore with tights and a dress/skirt, but they also look cute with jeans and an oversized sweater. There are so many great options for booties this year; today I've rounded up 7 pairs that not only look adorable but won't make your bank account cry.

one / two 
three / four / five
six / seven 

Last week I said boots with fringe confuse me, but I'm really digging that bottom right pair. Maybe I'll have to put my Pocahontas fears aside and give those a try.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Nail Polish

I really love nail polish; the belief that a fresh manicure can instantly make you look more put together is one I 100% believe.  I've always thought it'd be a fabulous job to get to name all the polishes, but what would be even more fabulous is to have your own line of polishes named for you. OPI does this for different celebrities and I think it's such a fun little idea. Because I'm so nice I thought today I'd take a stab at naming my own line, you know in case I get my dream job and become famous one day.


Coast Trash - grayish blue - This is the nickname people in the state have for those of us who call the coastal area home. This color would be one of those that on first look wouldn't be your favorite, but once you've got on never want to take off.
Middle Child - bubblegum pink - I simply can't imagine life without my siblings; being the middle child has taught me to be ready for anything and to just go with the flow. This color would be your go to polish when you want something fun yet traditional.
Rebel Red - true red - My love for Ole Miss has only grown since receiving my degree; wearing this polish will say "I am an Ole Miss Rebel"
Hotty Toddy - navy blue - The Hotty Toddy is something the Ole Miss faithful have said for years; nobody really knows how it started but we know we love it. It's said to cheer on our sports teams, as a hello, or just as a filler in drunk awkward conversations. It's not for everyone, but those who love it, really love it, and that's what this color would be.
Sorority Girl - gold glitter - My sorority completely ruled my life for my 4 years of college, serving on our exec board twice I am a proud retired sorority girl. Our colors are black and gold, and this polish honors that with the little extra bonus of glitter.
Frozen with Salt - pale lime green - This color pays tribute to how I most enjoy my favorite cocktail, the margarita
Bed Head - deep rich brown - I've had big hair since the day I was born; this color pays tribute to my messy curls signature look.
Crooked Letter - blush pink - M I crooked letter crooked letter I crooked letter crooked letter I humpback humpback I: this color is all about my beloved Mississippi 

Please tell me I'm not super weird and somebody else has thought about this too?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Future Dream Home

I've recently been watching a lot of HGTV. One of my favorite ways to spend my early afternoons before going into work is to turn it on while I work on some blog posts. Sometimes it's educational and other times it's pretty funny because some people have terrible taste, but it's always good mindless television. While I'm nowhere near close to buying or owning a house it's fun to watch and day dream about what I'd want in my future dream home. I'd love to live in an old home because I think they have such great charm and character, but then I'd like to build my dream home exactly with everything I want.

 One of my favorite memories of growing up was sitting on my grandmother's front porch swing so I know I want to have one of my own one day. I love how big and cozy this one looks. It just screams to be snuggled up on during Spring evenings with a big glass of sweet tea.

I hate carpet, absolutely hate it. If I have my way I'll have any carpet in my dream home; it'll all be hardwoods, tile, and maybe brick with accent rugs for warmth. I think these dark woods make the space look more elegant and sophisticated. 

I love an eat in kitchen. I think it's such a great way to bring the whole family together during the entire meal process from prep, to eating, to clean up. I love kitchen bars but I really love the uniqueness of this bench. I can picture it being used for lazy Sunday at home brunches to children doing their homework. 

This is the Southern in me, but I just can't imagine living in a house without a front porch. They just add so much curb appeal! These high stained board ceilings are very elegant and the fans transform the space from beautiful to functional.

I love natural lighting! I know I'll need a house with plenty of big windows.These skylights are such a great way to bring that into a room. They're in a kitchen here but I think they'd be more practical in a sunroom or closed in back patio looking out to a pool. 

What would your future dream home look like? Am I crazy that I'm 23 and think about these things?

PS: Check out my Pinterest to see more of my future dream home ideas.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

life is short, buy the bag

When you're trying to lose weight one of the most frustrating things to do is buy clothing because hopefully whatever you buy will be too big next month. That's where accessories become key.  I always say your dress size will change throughout life but your accessories will always be the right size. Shoes are easily my favorite accessory, but buying them is sometimes difficult because you have so many things to consider - Can I walk in these? Do they make my feet look big? How will these hold up in the rain? Jewelry can be equally as difficult with its own set of questions - Where will this necklace fall? Are these earrings too heavy? Will this bracelet clash with the rest of my stack?

I find that bags are the easiest items to buy, especially if you're online shopping because the descriptions are usually very accurate. A bag is a great investment because you literally carry it with you everyday. It's one of the few fashion items that you're expected to reuse day after day before switching to a new one. I have a serious weakness for tote bags but lately I'm also loving clutches. I've rounded up a few of my favorites to share today. And don't forget; life is short, buy the bag.


Want to see what I carry in my bag? Check out this old post.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5 companies I'd love to have as sponsors

If you're a blogger and say that you've never once wished a company would sponsor you in some way, you're a liar. While winning sponsorships and getting free things should never be the main focus of why you blog, they certainly would be nice perks not that I'd know for sure because nobody has ever wanted to send me free swag. One time I emailed a small online boutique that advertises a blogger discount; they never responded to either of my emails. I know I'm just a small blogger, but they could have at least responded saying thanks but no thanks. I decided that was just plain rude and will never shop there. But that's beside the point.

I've seen tons of sponsored blog posts, some good some not so good, and I've decided that what really makes a sponsored post good is having a good sponsor. Some products, no matter how hard you try, you just can't write a witty blog post about. While I certainly don't blame any blogger who accepts a less than ideal sponsor, because hey free money!, I'd like to think that only the best would want to sponsor me.


I've put together a little list of my top 5 companies I'd love to have as sponsors

1. Target - I could write posts and posts about the goodness I find in the $1 section
2. Girl Scouts - Thin Mints year round! I was a Brownie for exactly 3 meetings when I was 5, but then I was the junior troop leader for my sister's troop when she was in 3rd and 4th grade so basically I'm the ideal blogger for them
3. Barefoot Wine - The very first wine I ever tried was Barefoot White Zinfandel and to this day it's still my favorite. I know it's cheap and not the most exciting, but boy oh boy is it tasty.
4. Dove - preferably the chocolate company, but the soap one would be okay too. When I was in elementary school my mom would take us to this sketchy gas station after school so we could grab a snack before our different sports/music practices. Sitting up at the counter was a box of individual little Dove chocolates, you know the kind with the little sayings inside the wrapper, and she'd sometimes let us get one in addition to our other snack because according to her they were the best chocolate. I still think Dove chocolate is the best, and eating some always feels like a special treat.  
5. a gas company - I could write posts about taking road trips, essentials to always keep in your car, ways to get out of a speeding ticket, and other driving related posts. They could pay me by filling up my car.

Who would be your ultimate dream sponsor?

PS: If you're from one of these companies and reading this let's talk!

Monday, September 22, 2014

fall fashion questions

Happy Fall Y'all! With today being the first day of the new season my mind has finally started to transition from summer afternoons spent by the pool to the cooler temps we'll (hopefully!) be experiencing soon. I know I'm behind, but honestly so far in Mississippi the only hint that fall is here is that it's football season. While every other girl has been day dreaming of sweaters and boots I've been wondering if I should invest in another bikini. Fall fashion has never really been a big thing for me, some years it seems we completely skip right over it and end up right in winter wear. I consider myself a bit of a lost soul when it comes to fall fashion. Because I don't get to truly experience it like girls in other parts of the country I have so many questions when I try to shop this season. Today I've compiled a list of a few of these. If you ever had any thought that I was a fashion/beauty blogger, this will prove why I'm not.


1. Can I still wear bright pink lipstick or do I need to switch to plum?
2. How do I do a berry lip without feeling like I've just smeared on grape jelly?
3. Is this the season when I'm supposed to wear open toed booties?
4. How many sizes up should I go if I want my sweater to be slouchy but not look like I'm hiding a food baby?
5. Is radiant orchid still a thing?
6. What is Oxblood?
7. Do I look like Pocahontas in boots with fringe?
8. Will I look silly wearing a scarf when it's only 75 degrees?
9. Can you be too busty for a puffer vest?

What are your fall fashion questions? Or am I the only one that struggles with this season?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Five

1. Despite my best efforts, my sunburn is officially peeling. It's peeling to a tan and not super pale again so at least I'm lucky there, but it's still itchy and annoying. I imagine this is how a snake feels when it sheds it's skin

2. Have you heard of the instagram account DILFS of Disneyland. Hot men and adorable children. Seriously what more could you want in an account. You can thank me later

3. If you're a frequent reader of my Friday Five posts it's no secret that I'm a fan of TFM, TSM, and PGP. This article from Post Grad Problems is so accurate I feel like I could have written it myself, except I never realized how true it was until someone else put the words in front of me.

4. I'm looking for a Bible study I can do at home alone. I really enjoyed the devotional I did back during Lent, but the way it was set up I absolutely had to do the reading that day or I missed it. I'd like to do it before I go to sleep each night, but with my wacky job schedule that means some nights I'm doing it at 11pm and others at 3am. I need something that will always be there so I'm thinking a book would probably be my best bet. I went to religious school almost my entire life so I never needed an outside Bible study, but lately I've just been hungry more God in my life. I go to church each week, but it's late Sunday night after I've worked all week and am exhausted so I feel like I'm not getting very much out of it. I think a little Bible study is exactly what I need to help get me through.

5. Remember how I said I'm a little obsessed with Swagbucks? Well that obsession has only grown since I've discovered I can just sit and get paid to listen to Adele videos. This is the song my chapter always sings during the last round of rush as the girls are making their final decisions of which house to list first. Obviously with this being rush week, and the first one I'm not there for, I've been a little emotional listening to it.
Make You Feel My Love by Adele on Grooveshark

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Swoozies Sale

One of the great things I've discovered since joining the blogging community is a wide variety of really great stores. From Etsy shops to online boutiques to stores that I just don't have locally I love when I discover a new place to spend money. One of these shops is Swoozies, the perfect little southern shop. They have lots of Lilly and Kate Spade items plus tons of adorable items you can personalize with your monogram or initials. They're currently having a 25% off sale for basically their entire store. I've rounded up a few of my favorite items that would be a great little "Happy Fall" treat for yourself or you could be super on the ball and do some early Christmas shopping.

A couple of things to note:
1. I have that glitter wine glass and it's one of my very favorite things ever
2. Yes, that is the Gigi New York all in one bag! They've got in in all the other colors too
3. If you're a Georgia, Clemson, UNC, or Texas fan they've got tons of cute tailgate items you'll love

Are you buying something during the fall sale? Let me know your favorite picks!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Saying Yes

We always hear about the things to say no to, drugs, abusive relationships, drinks from strangers, texting while driving, etc, but we never really talk about the things to say yes to. All my life I've been the person to say no and play it safe. I've turned down invites and skipped out on good times because I had something more responsible to do. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, that's why I started my monthly goals, but saying yes more often is something I've really been trying to work on this year. It's not about accepting every invite that comes my way, but it is about considering each one. I'm trying to not feel guilty when I do something I want even if it's not the smartest/healthiest/most responsible choice. We only get one life and more often than not saying yes will do more good than harm.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bauble Bar acrylic engraved bar bracelet review

I once read somewhere that shorter women shouldn't wear bracelets because they only shorten us more. That is a rule I lived by for far too long. I was even too scared to wear a watch because at barely 5 feet I don't need any help looking shorter than I already am. I eventually started wearing a watch about 4 years ago when I realized pulling out my phone to constantly tell time wasn't polite or practical. Slowly I've worked my way up to wearing bracelets again and I'm happy to report that whomever first told me not to wear them was a liar.

I have a couple of large cuffs and bangles I'll wear alone, but mostly I love to wear smaller bracelets stacked together to create my unique look. I know most girls love David Yumans, but personally I kinda hate them. Because my watch is the ever popular, yet unoriginal, tortoise Michael Kors I want the rest of my arm party to be something I'm not going to see 15 other girls wearing that day. I have a couple of Alex and Ani bangles (Leo and St. Anthony) that are great for this, but my favorite option is my acrylic engraved bar bracelet from Bauble Bar.

This is probably one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I've ever bought myself. Technically I think you're supposed to personalize them with your name, but I decided I wanted to do something different and chose to put "Let It Be" on mine. You could put a special date, favorite Bible verse or anything else that fits within the 10 character limit. You also get to choose between 8 different colors of acrylic (for reference, mine is the hot pink). I just love how much freedom you have to really make this piece unique and totally you. I know I won't run into someone else who has a bracelet like mine and that makes me really happy. If bracelets aren't your thing, but they totally should be, they also offer a necklace option.

The acrylic engraved bar bracelet is only $32, but if you've never bought anything from Bauble Bar and sign up for an account you get 15% off your first purchase.

Bauble Bar did not compensate me in any way for this post. I just genuinely love their products and want to pass along what a great company they are. They offer free shipping, which is huge for me, and they have great customer service. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Five

1. I thought about doing a little recap post from my Oxford mini trip, but then realized I really didn't do anything exciting enough to write about. Basically my 48 hours were spent eating (I had brunch plus breakfast twice; the only breakfast I usually get is a donut eaten in the car on my way to work Sunday mornings) and just catching up with friends. I did manage to acquire a bit of a sunburn on my entire front of my body. It doesn't really hurt anymore, but I'm still concerned it'll peel and leave me super pale again. Anybody have a fool proof trip for making sure it'll just fad to a tan? Right now I'm just making sure to keep my skin moisturized.

Finally got my snowball for the season

2. Feeling down? Go read this post from Ashten; seriously, go do it right now. I woke up feeling a little blah yesterday and then read it and instantly felt better. I often feel like a I don't matter and what I say and do is so small nobody would notice if I just stopped, but this was a good reminder that for someone somewhere I add value to their life.

3. Did you hear about Devon Still? The Cincinnati Bengals player was released from the team, but then resigned when it was revealed that his young daughter is battling cancer. The team later said all profits from the sale of his jersey would go towards pediatric cancer research, moved by the gesture New Orleans Saints' coach Sean Payton bought 100 of the jerseys. Sports news so often seems to be dominated by stories of players and coaches doing the wrong thing. It was really refreshing to have a story of these people not just using their influence for good, but being genuinely good humans.

4. Don't forget to go enter these two giveaways! There are some seriously great prizes up for grabs plus you'll discover some seriously great bloggers to follow

5. I randomly found this playlist on Spotify yesterday and it's everything. I guess they publish a new Throwback Thursday one each week. I feel like I'm back in my Mimi's kitchen dancing around as she cooks dinner when I'd go visit as a little girl

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What I'm passionate about

Remember way back when I wrote that post about needing to clean out my drafts folder? Today's post is one of those. 

I've always said that my favorite people are those who are really passionate about something. It doesn't matter what that something is unless it's something really weird/illegal, as long as they have it.  It doesn't matter if it's a boy who can name every player on his favorite team's roster for the past 5 seasons or a girlfriend who knows more Harry Potter trivia than JK Rowling. I love people who have a thing and totally own it. Those are the type of people I want in my life. I guess I figure if they can put that much energy into something else they'll put that much energy into our relationship. I'm not really one of these people. Don't get me wrong, I'm passionate about many things, just not one specific thing. Today I wanted to share a few things that I'm passionate about. The things that excite me. The things that make me tick.

being knowledgable about my surroundings and the world at large
sitting in an oversized chair with a good book
helping others and showing kindness
Ole Miss
nap time
animated Disney movies
singing along to my favorite songs on the radio 
a good meal with good company, especially when margaritas are involved

What are you passionate about?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Giveaways

Hello friends! I had a fabulous quick trip up to Oxford and am totally exhausted today. I spent about 48 hours in town and 11 in my jeep driving back and forth. Even though I'm so tired I'm so so glad I decided to take advantage of my extra day off and go up for a visit. It was so nice to see people I consider super close friends but haven't seen in almost a year. I didn't really do anything exciting other than eat at a few of my favorite places, but it was just the change of scenery I desperately needed.

Today I have something a little bit different to share with y'all. Remember how I said that this month I wanted to start sponsoring blogs? Well I actually did it! I'm currently sponsoring 3 blogs (plus and few ad swaps!) and I'm considering doing a couple more before the month is over. Today I'm sharing TWO different giveaways from blogs I'm sponsoring this month! They are both fabulous giveaways that I hope you'll enter. If nothing else I hope you'll discover a new blog that you'll love; discovering new favorite bloggers is my favorite part of giveaways.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Road Trip Essentials

Remember how last week I said I only got one day off work so this week I'd get 3? Well I decided to use my long weekend to make a little trip up to Oxford to visit some of my friends. The drive to my favorite little town isn't exactly what you'd call short; I essentially drive from one end of the state to the other. I've made this drive so many times I honestly feel like I could do it in my sleep now. The one key to making the drive enjoyable is making sure I'm prepared with my road trip essentials.

1. Awesome playlist - like this, this, or this because the only better place to belt out your favorite songs than the shower is in the car
2. Snacks - my favorites are a large fountain diet coke, pretzels, cereal, and peach rings. The key is to pick something that you can eat in one to two bites so you can keep your focus on the road
3. Games - License plate from the farthest away; weirdest vanity plate; most red cars. Anything to help keep your mind off how long you've been in the car
4. Phone Charger - not so you can text and drive, because that's dangerous and YOU SERIOUSLY SHOULD NOT DO IT!, but so that you can keep your phone charged to use as your GPS or incase you run into trouble along the way.
5. Sweater - I have to keep the air turned way up blowing on my face when I drive or I feel sick, so if I don't bring a sweater I end up freezing
6. Comfy clothes - Pumping your gas doesn't need to be a fashion show. I suggest anything with an elastic-band or a tshirt dress. And don't forget comfy shoes! In the winter I always bring a pair of flats to drive in because my boots get uncomfortable
7. Sunglasses - because I've yet to find a car with a sun visor that is the right size to block the blinding sun from your eyes.

What are your road trip essentials?

Monday, September 8, 2014


I'm Wearing ... this Kendra Scott necklace I got on sale for Labor Day. It's a little shorter than I would have liked but the length actually makes it the perfect piece for layering or to wear alone to make a simple statement. This was my first Kendra Scott purchase and I'm already obsessed and want more

I'm Reading ... A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth. I'm really enjoying it so far, mostly because it's written just like I imagine she talks to her friends in real life. "Life's too short. I'm not."

I'm Listening ... to Strawberry Bubblegum. I cleaned out my car a few weeks ago and the only CD I left was JT 20/20 Experience. I feel like we didn't fully appreciate all the goodness of that album

I'm Eating ... not a snowball! I just realized the entire summer passed me by without getting to enjoy one of these favorite treats. The closest I got was a Sonic slush. And no, they are not called snowcones

I'm Wanting ... every weekend to be 3 days long. Seriously how have we not made that a thing yet? They always say that so many Americans leave their vacation time untouched, why don't we just convert all that to long weekends always?

I'm Loving ... this quote I found on Pinterest 

Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

if you knew me in high school

I'm really excited to be linking up today to share a little bit of high school me. I've mentioned before that I didn't have the most normal high school experience. I went to four different high schools so I didn't really have one core group of friends. I wasn't the popular girl, the athletic girl, or the band geek girl, I was mostly just the new girl. After some Facebook digging I found a few tragic pictures to share with y'all today.

Sophomore year serving as a hostess for the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. They open a bunch of the old Antebellum homes in town and local girls dress up to give tours 

Junior year I was a member of the Dance Team and we won state for small team!

The uniforms I wore for the longest time, end of 9th grade - beginning of 11th grade. We had so many options and new restrictions on what shoes we could wear

with my brother before our first day at the high school I graduated from. We wore those blazers and ties every week. 

I was a member of the Robotics Team for a year and a half #Nerd

Senior Awards night : High Honors graduate, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Exchange Club Student, and Hall of Fame 

What were you like in high school? Go linkup and share!

Health, Love & Fire

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I Confess

....I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year so I'll finally be the weight I told the DMV I am

....I started using Swagbucks over the weekend and I'm a little obsessed

....I went a little overboard with my Labor Day sales purchases but I regret nothing but my debit card hates me

....I still plan to wear white for the next few months, just not a white dress or shoes or pants


....I'm already struggling with posting 5 times a week and this is only the 3rd day of the month

....I can't remember the last time I looked forward to something as much as I'm looking forward to my long weekend

....I still think it's too warm to eat anything pumpkin but the DD pumpkin pie donut is seriously tempting me

....I ate an entire bag of peach rings in one sitting but it's okay because it's a fat free food

....I watched 5 hours of House Hunters the other day and it made me realize how weird some people's requests are

Vodka and Soda

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

my life in 200 words

One of the most important skills you learn in journalism classes is how to say more with less. Space is a precious thing in newspapers and magazines, and even when you only get a few lines of copy people still want the entire story. When I would feel myself becoming too wordy I liked to do a little exercise to practice this less is more philosophy. I would take events, such as the American Revolution or the Super Bowl, and write about them in just a couple of hundred words. It was always a good way of looking at what was essential and what was added fluff. Today I thought I'd revert to my old school days and tell my life in 200 words. I don't know if I should be proud or embarrassed that I so easily compiled 23 years into 12 sentences.

this photo has nothing to do with this post and only serves to break up the text 

11 days after being born I moved from New Orleans. My family moved three more times around the state before settling in Mississippi three weeks before my 3rd birthday. I slept in that same bedroom until Hurricane Katrina came ripping into my life at 14. I attended four high schools before graduating with high honors and heading to Ole Miss. At 19 my sorority decided it was a good idea to let me be our chapter president. I had no idea what I was doing but at the end of the year nobody had been seriously injured, we still had our charter, and the house was still standing so I'll call it a success. I earned my degree in journalism with no life plan at graduation other than not working for a newspaper or television station. I moved home and was a professional stay at home daughter for 7 months before joining the marketing team at a casino. Essentially I get paid to walk around and talk to people for 40 hours a week. I have a mom and dad plus two sisters and a brother, but sadly no pets. I am a horrible speller and will never turn down mexican food. I am cheerful, determined, and smart.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Goals

Happy Labor Day! Today I'll be celebrating by working, oh the irony. Normally I'm off on Mondays but I agreed to switch and work for the girl who's off on the weekends. That means I've worked 6 days in a row, including the entire holiday weekend, BUT it also means I get 3 days off in a row next week. So the switch is worth it.

As the first day of a new month it's time to recap my August goals and introduce my new ones. I did really well in August! I completed all my August goals except for one (eat more fruit) so I'm adding $40 to the me jar making my total $490. My favorite goal from last month was the quicker email response time; answering emails as soon as I opened them really helped me control my inbox and helped my stress levels. This is a goal I'm hoping to keep doing for life.

And now on to my September goals. As I mentioned Friday this month is all about growing my blog. I'd really love to have 100 followers by the end of the year so I figured this was a good time to devote time and energy to the blog.

1. Post 4-5 times a week - obviously the most important part of growing this space is by producing content for it. I really try hard to post 5 times a week, but with my nontraditional schedule plus extra crazy hours this month due to a coworker's wedding, sometimes that just doesn't happen. Tuesday - Thursday are usually pretty easy to get something up, but Mondays and Fridays sometimes give me trouble.

2. Schedule/plan posts - This helps me write more creative posts and not just dumb last minute ideas. I've started keeping a running list on my phone of ideas when I think of something that might make a good post so that I have some ideas for when I get writer's block. I'm going to try to devote Sunday nights to planning out my posts and get at least 2 posts written before going to bed, then spend time on Monday writing the rest of the week's posts.

3. Sponsor 3 blogs - I never in a million years thought I'd get to a point where I decided it was okay to spend money on my blog. In fact I've straight up said I wouldn't spend money on this hobby, but then I realized that spending money on a hobby is totally normal. I mean people shell out tons on other hobbies so it only makes sense that I should spend some on mine too. So that being said, anyone have a suggestion of a great blog to sponsor? PS if you're interested in swapping buttons send me an email!

4. Include pinnable graphics - people keep claiming that Pinterest is a great way to grow your blog, but honestly I think I've had like 3 page views ever from Pinterest. This could probably be because I don't include a Pinterest worthy image in each post. I'm going to try and include more so I can stop sucking at gaining views that way. Also y'all should go follow me; I'll follow back!

5. connect with other bloggers - In my short time blogging I've discovered that the best way to grow your blog is to make actual meaningful connections with other bloggers. Bloggers who are friends do the best job of promoting each other and making a new friend costs nothing. Plus sometimes I feel like blogging is like being in high school where everyone is very cliquey and I just want to feel cool and have a bunch of friends.