Friday Things

one. bunny decor.

IMG_3778A tad obsessed with this unique handpainted bunny wooden pallet that I received from Tagged with Love. I cannot wait to show you how it doubles as both Easter/Spring and Nursery decor!

two. Freshly Picked moccs.

11053419_10205895064476521_1693541264195905741_nI was jumping over the moon after learning Freshly Picked wanted to collaborate with Confessions of a Northern Belle. Annabelle and I are HUGE fans of their moccasins. Have you entered my giveaway yet?

three. when your Mom comes to town

11024661_10205882370999192_4970003761986478068_nMy mom flew in last night and is staying until the 17th! We haven’t been together since January 3rd and I feel like its been a century. Here’s to lots of laughs, yummy dinners, and finally having someone around to play with my hair.

four. ridiculous weather

It was literally 76 here in North Georgia on Wednesday. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the air smelled like spring was coming. Today I woke up and it. was. SNOWING. Flakes were falling and the temperature was around 32. Hmmm…I think Mother Nature is confused.

five. when your blog introduces you to great friends

Kim and Lia PlaydateSo far, I’ve met a few people through my blog…and it’s always funny when I explain to someone how we “met.” One of my readers turned real-life-friends  and I have so much in common its crazy. She has a beautiful daughter who is only a week older than Annabelle, she has a teaching degree, and she is a fellow Northerner. Kim is gorgeous, funny, and talks fast like me. She reaffirms my belief that some people are put in your life for a reason!

six. bossy toddlers

Bossy A March 2015That face speaks a thousand words.

 

a Freshly Picked review + giveaway

Freshly Picked Moccs

From the time Annabelle realized she had control over her little feet, she made a point of keeping them bare. She tore off her socks, kicked off her booties, and threw herself into a tizzy if we tried to force a pair of shoes on her. Then one day I won a pair of Freshly Picked gold moccasins in a giveaway. You would have thought I put real gold on her feet the way she looked at them. Annabelle didn’t yell, or kick, or try to take them off. She actually touched them adoringly. Now, four months later, they are still her favorite pair of shoes. At least one of her favorite pairs… she has four now!

Freshly Picked Moccs 2Everywhere you look, babies and toddlers are wearing moccasins, but Freshly Picked Moccasins are the creme de la creme in baby shoe world. Annabelle receives more compliments on her Freshly Picked moccasins than you would believe. Older women at the grocery store – her baby school teachers – other babies – they always stop to comment on how adorable her shoes are.  I don’t blame them.  They are stinkin’ adorable. If I didn’t think I would look like Pocahontas, I would totally want a pair. Some people may think fresh picked moccasins are pricey, but when you consider the quality of the shoe, and the length of time your child will be wearing them, you’ll realize they are more then worth it. Getting a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins is going to be right of passage in my little family. Our next baby will get Annabelle’s hand-me-downs and my sisters’ kids (whenever they have them) will each get a pair from Auntie Caitlin.

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Freshly Picked moccasins are handmade with quality, love, and care right here in the U.S.A. They are 100% leather and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The shoes stretch and have a bit of wiggle room, so babies can wear them longer than other shoes. They’re durable and feel strong, not flimsy. They are also so easy to slip on that even Annabelle’s Daddy figured it out on his own. Annabelle is wearing the Freshly Picked Merci – Limited Edition – Moccs. They are so gorgeous that I almost didn’t want to let her walk out of the house in them. They are sparkly and shimmery, a little bit of silver, a little bit of gold, and a lot of platinum. The Merci Moccs are unique, trendy, and absolutely adorable.

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Love the shoes…but someday she will hate me for the bow.

 

Since it’s your lucky day, Freshly Picked is giving away a pair of moccasins (your choice!) to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter below! The giveaway will end on the luckiest day of the year at 12am and the winner shall be announced by the end of March 17th.

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*This post is sponsored by Freshly Picked, however all opinion are my own*

5 Tips for New Bloggers

Tips for New Bloggers

Congrats on wanting to start a blog! But now what?

Back in 2008, I decided to start a blog. I quickly learned that blogging isn’t as easy as it seemed… Setting up a blog takes a lot of work … and a lot of time … and a lot of resources. Sometimes blogging makes my brain hurt.  I now know that unless you’re a super awesome website developer, the words platform, page views, and html coding will be nothing but a frustrating foreign language. I had to reach out to the experts during my start up to learn. Now I don’t have all the answers, but after years of blogging, I can share the five most helpful tips I learned for starting a blog.

Casual Business Woman Typing On Laptop Whilst In Bed1. Choose a platform. Blogger or WordPress? My honest opinion: Blogger is easiest if you don’t care about a dot com. You won’t need to buy webhosting or a domain name. BUT, if you want a www.myblog.com, choose WordPress.  My friend Lisette has a great post about starting a blog on WordPress here. And if you need a webhost, check out A Small Orange. They have the best customer service around.

2. Choose a blog theme that makes sense. Don’t call your blog “Under the Table,” advertise yourself as a cooking blog, and then post about your favorite fashion trends. Be specific, clear, and don’t confuse your readers.

3. Design matters. Whether or not you want to pay for a blog designer, your blog layout matters, so you’re going to have to think long and hard about what you want it to look like. Both Blogger and WordPress offer free themes/templates for your blog, and they are easy to navigate on your own. If you can’t figure something out, always ask Google. But, if you are like me and terrible at following tutorials, check out High Note Designs. Lisette is fabulous, my real life friend, and designed Confessions of a Northern Belle.

4. Plan Plan Plan. Before you hit publish, plan out a series of meaningful posts. You can save them all as rough drafts or even type them up in Word. Readers will return to a blog once they’ve found something worthwhile to read. Invest in a notebook where you can write down all your great ideas or even a planner for scheduling posts. Make sure all your posts are free of typos and contain a few photos. If you don’t have any personal photos, check out a website with free stock images.

5. Visit other blogs! The best way to get readers to visit your blog is to let them know you exist. Not only can you mention yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., but you can also become an active reader by commenting on blogs you read. Also, many blogs offer link-ups where you can share your posts or social networking information.

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When I started blogging, I didn’t have any blog buddies to ask for help. If you are new to the blog world and need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to click Contact at top of my page.