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How to Work with Brands as a New Bloggers

How to Work with Brands as a New Bloggers

As you may know, I celebrated two years of blogging late last year. Because I’m asked about blogging and working with brands on a regular basis, I wanted to share some tips for new bloggers, especially on sponsored posts.

Let me start by saying that there is no formula, it’s good old trial and error. You have to figure out what works for you. Blogging takes a lot of time, research, and planning! To me, it is all worth it; especially since I’m a naturally creative soul! I went to school for Marketing + Communications, I even had a certain visual for my career. When my visual didn’t turn out as planned, I found my purpose through blogging. This is why I feel that blogging is worth everything I’ve put into it.

I won’t deny that  finding the right balance between being a mom, wife and blogger can be a bit hard. And will say this, blogging is not for the faint of heart! But it is absolutely worth it!

If you’re thinking about becoming a blogger or have just started blogging, I think this post will be helpful. No, I don’t have all the answers but I think it’s important to share my experience as a blogger for others who are coming after me. My top three points of advice to new bloggers are these:

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Holiday Home Tour – Hints of Christmas Everywhere

Hello! Welcome to my (current) home! You may remember me mentioning on several occasions that we sold our home this summer… We went from a four bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment; and it’s been a journey. No complaints, I feel blessed to have a roof over our heads! What I mean, is that it has been a challenge to decorate. We’ve bought a new sectional, bar stools (because there is no dinning area), sold furniture, you name it. So it took some time, but it finally feels more like home now.

While, I had said that I wouldn’t decorate for Christmas this year, as soon as December came around I changed my mind. I did bits of shopping and got to decorating. There is much more I wanted to do but I think I’m at a place now where my focus is shifting from decor to making plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas day instead.

Today, I wanted to share a bit of my home with you. Although the space is really small, I have made the best of it and sprinkled bits of Christmas everywhere possible. You’ll be touring the Master bedroom, the girls’ bedrooms, living room and front porch area. I’m sure that by now you’ve got all your decor ready but I am linking some items in case that you’re in the shopping spirit. 😉

MASTER BEDROOM

In this space, I didn’t do much other than swap out an abstract painting that hangs over the wall for a berries wreath. I also swapped out the blue throw pillows for red ones because nothing says Christmas like red, am I right? Added a fun sign that I found at Target and added a buffalo checker pillow that ties in with the pillows in the living room.

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My Academy Holiday Wish List – 9 Gift Ideas for Her

I have partnered with Academy Sports + Outdoors to create this gift guide but all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s already December, and I can hardly believe it! I just know this month will fly by, so I have been trying to finalize my holiday shopping. I started by buying gifts at Academy Sports + Outdoors for my family. I got them a few items from the holiday guide that I shared a few weeks back. If you missed it, no worries! You can check it out here. I love shopping at Academy because of their everyday low prices, and I always find something for everyone, from shoes to apparel.

Because I was able to get my shopping done early, I thought I’d browse for a few extra items – for myself. My picks are perfect gift ideas for the active mom, so take a look and take some notes. Whether she’s a wine lover or yoga fanatic, you will find something to surprise. Read More

Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy for Your Family at Academy

I have partnered with Academy Sports + Outdoors to create this gift guide but all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The holidays are fast approaching and I have already started making a list of options for my loved ones. I know that finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task, so I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you below. This year I’m tackling my list by shopping at Academy Sports + Outdoors. I have been shopping here for over eight years now and I love their everyday low prices. Plus, their large selection of items. I found everything from athletic shoes to hoodies and wine tumblers.

If you haven’t shopped at Academy before, let me tell you that you will love it. Let’s face it, shopping for a family of four is not cheap, but they make it easier for everyone to get great prices! Having little ones means spending lots of time outdoors and Academy will make it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoors with my picks below.

Gift Ideas for Girls

  1. Adidas Kids’ cloudfoam Racer TR Running Shoes – the integrated cloudfoam in these shoes delivers plenty of cushioning for little ones. Because my kids are so active, I think these are a great pick.
  2. Nike Girls’ Sportswear Full-Zip Hoodie – this hoodie is perfect for cooler temperatures because it provides warmth through its brushed-back fleece. This is a great piece for layering and keeping little ones warm and cozy.
  3. iWorld Rave Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – uses Bluetooth® technology to wirelessly connect to electronic devices. It also lights up and has a color-changing design, so it will literally bring the party to life.
  4. Heritage Kids’ Cuddly Sleeping Bag – this cuddly companion is great for sleepovers and indoor camping and its roll-up design makes it easy to store. This is the gift those unicorn lovers on your list will love.
  5. Ozone 500 Girls’ 20 in. Majestic Bicycle – This bike is a winner – style and safety come together. It is cute, includes a storage bag, has an adjustable seat and also comes with comfortable grips and reflectors. This will be both your and their favorite gift.
  6. Disney Girls’ Peeking Minnie T-shirt – isn’t she everyone’s favorite cartoon character? I don’t think any girl can say no to Minnie, so this gift option is a no-brainer.

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Eat, Drink and Make An Impact for #NoKidHungry with Church’s Chicken And Fanta

I have partnered with Church’s Chicken, Fanta and NoKidHungry, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The holidays are all about giving, but not just to our loved ones. This is the time of year that many people in need could use a little extra help. Whether you like to donate on your own or join in on a cause, there are many options. One of my favorite causes these holidays is #NoKidHungry.

When I learned that Church’s Chicken is collaborating with Fanta to help support the #NoKidHungry cause, I had to join and help spread the word. As a mom to two little kids, knowing that other little ones are struggling to get a meal hits close to home.

How are Church’s Chicken and Fanta helping? With the purchase of the Limited Edition #NoKidHungry Fanta cup sold at Church’s Chicken locations, a donation will be made to help end childhood hunger. You can get involved and be a part of this cause too!

Here’s what you need to do; head to your local participating Church’s Chicken, order your favorite meal and purchase a large drink in the Limited Edition #NoKidHungry Fanta cup. It’s that easy!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Favorite Fragrance for Him at Kohl’s

Holiday Gift Guide: Favorite Fragrance for Him at Kohl’s
This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included fragrances and perfumes as compensation.

Thanksgiving is upon us and I have started doing some shopping. I personally like to start buying a few presents in advanced and stashing them away until Christmas comes around. As I started making my list, I thought I’d also share a few gift ideas with you. Because it can be hard to shop for that significant other at times, a few suggestions are never a bad idea.

Fragrances… are my go-to gift for loved ones during the holiday season. Just about everyone uses some sort of fragrance, so these make the perfect holiday gift. There are two that I’m absolutely excited to gift this holiday season. And the best part is that Kohl’s; one of my favorite retailers is having an amazing Black Friday Sale, offering 20% off fragrances. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for him, you should try Lacoste and Boss the Scent  Fragrances. If it’s a lady that you are shopping for, I got you covered as well… You can find a variety of perfumes to pick from at Kohl’s!

I love that when shopping at Kohl’s I am never limited, because they have a variety of products. So, if you’re thinking about gifting something other than fragrances, they have some great beauty gifts ideas too. If you’re more of a pick up and go kind buyer, you can check out these beauty and fragrance gift sets.

Lacoste Blanc

Lacoste has a wide range of fragrances, for both men and women. This one I thought was a great choice because it’s light scent is perfect to wear during the day. It combines a blend of woody and herbal components. I love that it brought the matching deodorant.

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