Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #85 !!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 85th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Amy at Set Free
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Chelsee. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
Wow. Well last week Tiffany picked a winner that had a healthy recipe, and it seems this week we are keeping with the food theme. I was scanning and saw something fried and had to click! The title containing the word southern made me think the guys would just love this! I must say it looks so tasty from the pictures! I highly highly suggest you all check it out and perhaps try out the recipe! I think eating healthy lately has me craving something fried...go figure! 

A Cowboy's Life is a wonderful blog. Chasity is a fantastic wife, mom and cook, just check out her blog, but I warn you the pictures will make you hungry!  Go check her out! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wedding Planning Progress

I feel like Wedding Friday should be a thing. So I'm making it a thing.

I don't talk about my wedding much (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!), so I figured I'd give you, my lovely readers, an update. It's pretty basic.

Things We Have Already Done:

  • Found and booked the ceremony space
  • Found and booked the reception space
  • Got the DJ, decorations, lighting, and photobooth
  • Picked out bridesmaid dresses (and my girls have already bought them!)
  • Found THE dress and the shoes
  • Planned bouquets (meaning I know exactly what I want everything to look like)
  • Planned (and started buying stuff for) the centerpieces
  • Picked invitations
  • Picked out favors
  • Bought bridesmaid gifts
  • Engagement pictures
  • Sent save the dates
  • Contacted the Pastor
  • Picked readings for the ceremony

Things That are in Progress:

  • Cake tastings
  • Food tastings
  • Searching for a tux
  • Picking a restaurant for the rehearsal dinner
  • Planning the honeymoon
  • First hair trial is next month

This is so not a complete list. I'm getting married in seven months (can we freak out about that?) and I plan to thoroughly enjoy coasting until then. The big stuff -- and a quite a bit of the little stuff -- is done and the rest will come together.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Bucket List

It has been brought to my attention (dang, that sounded serious. Don't worry, it's not.) that the SITSgirls are hosting a back to blogging challenge. This is just what I need! And to top it off, their prompts are actually interesting!

I realize that the post I'm writing today is actually yesterday's prompt, but I'm a rebel so I'm gonna do it anyway.

1. The Fair: I know this makes me a child, but I have to go to the fair every year. Technically it's always on a weekend that is still considered summer, but in my book, once I go to the fair it's officially Fall. Gimme all the lemonade, funnel cake, corn dogs, fries, and 10 trips around on the Ferris Wheel and I'm a happy girl.

2. Lobster Festival: I'm pretty sure this is only a thing where I grew up. Every year, the Rotary Club of the county I grew up in puts on a lobster festival at the end of September. Tickets include two lobsters, a bowl of fried clams, all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, and sides, and all-you-can-drink soda and beer. I never miss it. There's also entertainment, a silent auction, and raffles.

3. Renaissance Festival: As you may know, I've already done this. However, I usually go in October and I'm planning to go again this year, so I'm leaving it on the list. Nothing quite says Fall like walking around in hay and mud in cool weather while watching people dressed as wenches and pirates and eating turkey legs with your hands.

4. Pumpkin Patch: Does this require an explanation? As I've gotten older I've started to care less about picking my own pumpkin and more about going to a farmers market where I can buy a pumpkin and apple cider and apple cider doughnuts. If you're in the greater DC area, I highly recommend Miller Farms in PG County.

5. Weekend Getaway: Erich and I always try to go away for a weekend in the Fall. Actually, I don't know if we so much try to do this or if it just always happens that way. Last year it was Williamsburg, but I'm not sure where we'll go this year. I do know we're going to Philadelphia after Thanksgiving, so maybe that will be it.

So these are the things I absolutely have to do, otherwise it's just not Fall. And clearly I like fairs and festivals. There are always things that get added to the list, and they're different depending on the year. This year we're adding a trip to visit friends and to go to the Maryland Wine Festival, going to eat crabs before it's too late, a few concerts, and probably a trip the the winery. Between the months of September and November I usually don't have a free weekend, but I like it that way.

What's on your bucket list?