Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Favorite Gifts from Francesca's

Francesca's is one of my favorite places to shop: I love all the flowy dresses and gorgeous statement jewelry. And I can never get enough of the cute, affordable gifts and accessories piled onto tables around the stores. Here are some of my favorites!

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Have you ever been to Francesca's?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HUGE Group Ad Space Giveaway for May!

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to present this HUGE giveaway along with 8 other lovely bloggers! 

Enter, check out their blogs, and share this giveaway with anyone and everyone! Or maybe don't share it, because technically that would lower your chances of winning yourself. ;) One lucky winner will get FREE 200x200 px sidebar ad space on all 9 of our blogs for the entire month of May.  That's access to over 15,000 followers: whoever wins will be one lucky blogger!  

Don't wait to enter: this giveaway ends on April 30!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marvelously Monday

Hi friends! :)

This week has been jam-packed with class, work, and fun with friends.  I'll go through each of them!

CLASS: I'm taking four really neat classes this quarter! Two of them are communication disorders classes, so they're super interesting.  The other two are marketing classes, and they're both pretty writing-heavy.  I'm confident in my research paper-writing abilities, but press releases? Not so much! I'm lucky to have friends who are not only willing to help me out, but are also super good at journalism and PR! If they ever need help writing a research paper, I got them covered.

Check out this pretty building at sunset! I go to a beautiful college.

WORK: I work 2 jobs: one in a research lab that studies how babies and toddlers learn language, and another with KIND Healthy Snacks. I'm busy, but they're both lots of fun! Fingers crossed that my summer research grant proposal gets funding... hopefully I'll find out about it this week!

FUN: My friend Jaime and I went to the lake on the east side of campus yesterday. It was gorgeous, but so windy!
My boyfriend and I got frozen yogurt earlier this week. Yum! I always fill up on samples before I choose my yogurt. ;) I got tart and peanut butter yogurt with crumbled Reese's peanut butter cups on top. So good!

MiMM MIMM #91Marvelous Moments of the Weekend

How was your weekend? Tell me about it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tips for Decorating Glass

1. Be on the lookout for glass bottles/jars/cups.  This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but remember that you don't need to buy glass items on their own.  Think salsa jars, jelly jars, olive oil bottles, drink bottles, and more.  

2. Start by cleaning the glass with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.  I don't keep rubbing alcohol on hand, so I used nail polish remover.  I soaked a cotton ball in nail polish remover, and used it to remove the label.  It worked great!  The glass was perfectly clean when I finished.  Be sure to keep a window open when you do this step!

3. Put a rubber band or hair elastic around the bottle/jar/cup.  Use it as a guide to make straight lines around the bottle.

4. Don't be limited to paint!  As long as you're using this as a decorative object (and don't plan to eat off of it, heat it, or wash it in the dishwasher), you can use anything from paint pens to nail polish to permanent markers.  Obviously, if you want to eat off of your glass, cook with it, or wash it in the dishwasher, be sure you use paint designed for glass.

5. Look on Pinterest for inspiration.  I wanted to write something on the jar, so I searched Pinterest for typography and hand lettering to find the pretty ampersand on the bottle below.  I (tried to) copy it right off Pinterest onto the bottle.

Decorated glass cups, bottles, and jars make great gifts!  Fill them with flowers, candy, tea, etc. 
Perfect for spring!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

4 Reasons I Switched to Blogger

After lots of thinking, I decided to make the switch from Wordpress to Blogger.  You might be thinking, "WHAT?!? WHY?!?"  Wordpress is known for being more professional than Blogger, and it's true.  But I'm not running a company website.  I'm running a lifestyle blog!  I decided that Blogger is a better fit for me, and here's why.

1. Customization
I really enjoy customizing the look of my blog, and Wordpress made that difficult to do without shelling out extra cash for themes, custom design, or self-hosting.  With Blogger, I can make my blog look however I want - for free!

2. Google Friend Connect
Remember those rumors that GFC was going away?  It never did, and I have yet to find a blog reader as good as Google's.  Now I can follow, read, and share blog posts all on one platform.  On that note... I'd love it if you joined my site on GFC!  I have no members and it's sad.

3. Money
Wordpress is expensive if you want your blog to grow.  From custom domains to self-hosting, it's all very expensive and very confusing.  I would much rather use a free platform and just pay for my domain name.

4. Connections
Free Wordpress doesn't allow you to add Google Analytics or any Javascript to your blog.  Certain  networks, like Clever Girls Collective, require you to have a Java badge on your blog.  I don't want to miss out on these opportunities just because I'm restricted by a platform.  I want my blog to grow, and I need access to these tools and communities to do it.

Stay tuned for a post on exactly HOW I made the switch to Blogger.  It was a little challenging, but if I can figure it out, anyone can!

Which platform do you use?  What do you like about it?