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5 Top Blogging Tools You Cannot Live Without

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(Photo Source: Pic Jumbo) When I started blogging a little over two and a half years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I went in blindly without knowing what direction I wanted to take my blog in and without any prior research. I just started writing, posting, and learning by trial and error. Luckily, I met some amazing bloggers along the way who were very supportive. Even with the support from other bloggers, there weren’t as many tools readily available for bloggers as there are now. If you’re a beginner blogger, or thinking about becoming a blogger, and you’re equipped with the proper tools then things will be a lot easier for you. I want to help make your blogging life a little easier by sharing 5 top blogging tools you cannot live without. 1. Editorial Calendar An editorial … [Read more...]

Take Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE

Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE feature

On July 4, 1776 America declared her independence.  That means that this year is our nation's 238th birthday.  That also means that in the coming days hundreds of thousands of folks in America are going to gather to watch a glorious display of pyrotechnics in the sky.  {I'd sure love for someone to blast some fireworks into the sky for MY birthday each year!} {photo credit} Photographing fireworks is sometimes tricky. The night time conditions aren't ideal for photography, to begin with. Add in getting a crisp focus on a bursting ball of sparkles and it almost seems impossible. Using these few steps YOU can capture beautiful photos of any fireworks show. Don't forget the tripod.  You'll be taking photos in the dark so you're going to want complete stillness in your camera's … [Read more...]

Make a Blissful Home on a Budget With Goodwill

Blissful Home on a Budget With Goodwill

Everyone loves a good re-purposing project, right? Right! So let’s talk about making your home blissful on a budget.Sure, you can go down to the local antique store and find those beautifully painted chairs, dressers, picture frames and other crafty items. But have you seen the price tags on those things? It is much more satisfying and frugal to do it yourself. Check out this refurbished side chair project as a great example of bliss on a budget! So where do you begin? Maybe you already have an idea of what you want to do? A new chair for your reading room, something to decorate your new dining room table, maybe you are looking around and seeing bare spots on your wall that needs something appealing? Or maybe you have no idea what you want to do yet and you need some inspiration … [Read more...]

It’s a Stella & Dot Fashion Jewelry Trunk Show

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Stella & Dot Spring 2015 New Arrivals: We're super excited to announce an online Trunk Show for trendy, affordable jewelry from Stella & Dot . The new arrivals are out  for their Spring 2015 line and you can shop from home. Look at these beauties. Whether you're looking for one of the latest trends, or a noteworthy style you can wear this season and next, this collection of fashion jewelry has it all. You will find stylish necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, bangles, and accessories to keep you in the latest styles for events, work and everyday attire.   Every season brings excitement with the new product announcements from Stella and Dot. An invitation to a Stella & Dot trunk show is always on my radar. A night of fun, friends and shopping for jewelry and … [Read more...]

Spring Porch and Patio Decor Inspirations

patio and porch decor inspiration

Warm winds are blowing; if it isn't already, soon it will be time to open up those windows and let the fresh air in. Even better will be spending time outdoors on porches and patios. Whether a front, back, side, or balcony, outdoor spaces extend livable areas and help us connect with nature. Looking forward to sprucing up your porch or patio in anticipation of the warm months? Here are some fabulous examples to get you started! Decorate a back porch table with books in birdcage like this creation by Thistlewood Farms. A fire pit, pillows, and throw make a perfectly cozy conversation area as here by Coordinately Yours.   Dramatic porch with curtains accented by lovely potted plants by French Country Cottage. Black and white farmhouse porch makes a dramatic and … [Read more...]

7 Incredibly Creative Flower Gardens

7 Incredibly Flower Gardens

Those April showers did their trick! May flowers are blooming everywhere. Now that the weather is warmer, we're going to be seeing color blossoms on trees, bushes, and in garden beds. Need a little inspiration to bring some of this color to your own garden or yard? We've got some gorgeous eye candy in the form of creative flower gardens for you that will do just that! Flowers spilling out of flower pot by Interior Holic. Gorgeous, huh? The link has a tutorial as well, so you can have the look yourself. Mossy and flowery chair by Oscar Mora. This is magical; would look lovely tucked into a glower bed or under a weeping willow tree. Wooden chair recycled as planter from FittoGarden's Flickr. Could this be more adorable? Could work with almost any type of wooden chair. Tire … [Read more...]