Monday, January 26, 2015

Fun Nugget is One

Remember that time I blogged more than once a month?
Yeah me either.
One day I was saying to myself, self it's a new year and you are going to start blogging again and then next thing I know its almost February and I have only blogged like once.

This past weekend we celebrated my nieces first birthday. I still can't believe the little fun nugget is one now! Mama C and I decided to get crafty and we did everything for her party ourselves. It was a lot of work but she had a great party and it was all worth it.

I made the glitter One, gold cupcake tray, cupcake toppers and burlap name banner (not pictured)
Mama C made the best cupcakes!

My sister painted the highchair gold, I made the onesie and Mama C made the smash cake.

She loved her new wagon and tutu Mama C made her.
The birthday girl and I.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Design for your blog

I don't know about you but I enjoy reading a post more if it includes pictures or graphics.  I know one thing I struggled with when I first started blogging and still do is with the graphic design.  This probably should have come easy for me since I took a few design classes in college but taking the time and knowing what programs to use is the difficult part.

I always wonder what programs people use when I see their blog graphics.

I know most people use Photoshop as their go to.  Photoshop is great but it is also pricey and not something everyone is looking to invest in or like me purchased it for a PC and soon after switched to a Mac and it is not compatible. (I don't even wanna talk about it.) 
Anyway here are my top favorite graphic design programs to use when making graphics for my blog posts in no certain order, and the best part they are all FREE for the most part.

Pixlr: I think Pixlr is pretty similar to Photoshop only it's free. 

PicMonkey:  Easy to use and majority of it is free unless you want to upgrade for a low cost.
Canva:  Easy to use, lots of options and is mainly free but there is options to purchase additional options.

Powerpoint:  Easy to use and most people have powerpoint on their computers if they purchased it.

What are your go to programs for graphic design?
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Where does the time go?

Seriously how has another year flown by?
When I first started typing this post I was thinking of 2014 in a negative way, I went through a lot in 2014 but then I had to take a step back and understand that everything that happened may not have seemed great at the time but it was all a blessing in disguise and at the end of the day I am still incredibly blessed.  With the not so great things there were still many good things happen as well.
2014 wasn't in my top favs so I wasn't too sad to see it go but it's hard to believe its already over.
Here's to hoping 2015 has some great things in store!

A little 2014 recap:
I became an aunt to the cutest little nugget.
A relationship ended.
I tried life without anxiety meds for a few months.
I quit my job.
I moved back home.
I got baptized.
I started my own business.
I made some great new friends.
My big got married and had the best wedding ever.
I took a road trip with my family.
I lost 20 lbs.
I blogged probably less than ever. (hopefully that will change.)

Come on 2015 I'm ready for you!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Travel Essentials

The upcoming Holiday's mean some travel will be happening.  I put together a few of my travel essentials.
First of all when picking out what to wear I always go for comfort. (Which could be why I am no fashion blogger.)  My winter travel attire is usually leggings, a VS sweatshirt, Uggs and Ray-Bans.  Comfy and warm.
I just love my monogrammed weekender bag and it's the perfect size to put all the things I want easy access to in the car.  I always bring along a pillow and blanket, hand lotion (no one wants dry skin), Ear buds, car charger, baby wipes (great for cleaning hands and spills in the car), of course snacks because I am always hungry, and I rarely leave home without a Tervis Tumbler of water.

If you aren't driving to your destination and will be flying where you might need a rental car check out RelayRides.    RelayRides is a peer-to-peer car rental service, they offer many different models of cars and price ranges depending on your needs.  You can rent anything from a mini van to a G wagon or even a Jaguar F-type.  After browsing around their site I now want to go rent a car!

If anyone tries their service out let me know I would love to hear your experiences!
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Gift Guide

The Holiday's can be tough when it comes to gift giving.  I always have the hardest time figuring out what to get people.  I put together a few of my favorite gift picks and the best part is they are all under $50.  I don't mean $49.99 either like really under $50.

1.)  Essie's mini four pack of holiday polish.  I might be a polish addict.
2.) Old Navy's PJ pants.  I buy some every year, so comfy and cheap!
3.) Kate Spade Glitter Studs.  Studs are my favorite earrings to wear and these are glitter too.
4.) VS Fries before Guys Tee.  I love this shirt, it might be my life motto and its super soft.
5.) Kate Spade sticky note set.  I just really love sticky notes and think others should too.
6.)  Lilly Pulitzer Agenda.  I think an agenda for the new year is a great gift anyone could use.
7.) 6 ft iPhone cord.   Need I say more? I don't think there is such a thing as a long enough phone              cord.

The holidays is also a time we receive gifts and what better way to thank the giver than a personalized card?  My favorites of course are from Treat by Shutterfly.

You can pick from premade cards and personalize them with your own message or pictures.
If you are forgetful or short on time they will even mail your card for you.

What are some of your favorite gifts to give or receive?
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Hangbag Survival Items

When browsing through Rue La La's premier Handbag Guide I got to thinking about my handbag survival items.

Most of the time I carry a larger handbag and seem to have anything and everything in there but lately I have been carrying a smaller crossbody handbag, it is easier when out shopping and running errands.

With a smaller handbag I have to keep the bare necessities, a smaller wallet, hand lotion, chapstick, lipstick, giftcards, notepad, sunglasses, travel size perfume, and a concert flyer?

What are your handbag survival items?

Go check out the Rue La La Handbag Guide to help decide which handbag is best for you.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to clean your makeup brushes

Something I don't do enough is clean my make up brushes.

Sharing today a super easy way to clean your brushes.

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