July 25, 2014

[THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP]


Happy hopping everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 8pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. 
   


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- Say hi to new bloggers and leave a wonderful comment
- Grab the button and/or tweet about the blog hop as well
- Come back every Thursday evening to join in the party
- If you are interested in being a co-host for an upcoming week, send an email here
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July 21, 2014

Rock Stars and Ramblings


Completely beautiful. I just want to stare into this 
picture until it no longer makes sense.


At this point, I do not give 2 shits about Google+.  
It might change later...but right now my opinion on it is...."meh".


I believe........
that most people are assholes....and that
my life would be more awesome if I had a tree house or a fort.

 Music makes the world come alive.  I could be having
this shittiest day ever but if I hear a good song....at least the world is 
right & good for those couple of minutes.

Steps To Make This Happen:
1. Get Patio
2. Make Coffee.
3. Find someone who likes to drink coffee & stare at shit with me.

Courtney Love.  You're basically a horrible human being but I have to 
give you props on your ability to pose while wearing amazing clothes.

 I love rock stars.  I'll tell you why.  Because when they're on stage...the way they move....it's hypnotizing.  Contorting your body in the most insane ways, the faces they make, the way they can truly SING those songs that make you FEEL SOMETHING.  It's like magic watching it.


For me being onstage is me being everything I always wanted to be. It erases everything I don’t like about myself. Nothing can hurt me. I feel completely invincible. I feel like everyone on that stage is invincible and we’re capable of anything. There’s no stopping us.” -Gerard Way

 Gerard Way. ♥





July 20, 2014

Real Talk: Save The Undies with U by Kotex

Thanks to U by Kotex® Pads for sponsoring today's discussion.

Let's get real here.

I mean really real.  Talking about "women" things has been kind of taboo, for me at least.  I mean, I talk with my girlfriends about stuff like our periods and we let each other know when there's a sale at our favorite stores so we can stock up on new undies to replace those destroyed by "Aunt Flo".  I mean, how many of you let out a knowing sigh when reading this because it happens to you too?  Constantly restocking your undies supply can drain the bank, so I said I was done with it.  No more.  It's time to Save the Undies.  U by Kotex has long been my go-to for tampons but I haven't really been pleased with any panty liners I've tried.  No one wants to worry about embarrassing stains so I set out to find a thin pad to use that would provide me with 100% security.    The new U by Kotex product line features a 3D Capture Core which features a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks all their ultra thin pads.


Summertime is vacation time.  A time to travel, explore and go on adventures.  If you're just heading out to the lake, exploring a new city or even flying off to some tropical destination, the U by Kotex pads w/ 3D Capture Core are a travel must have.  I'd be pretty angry if I ruined my clothing while on vacation.  Unless you over packed, you're in a bad situation.  As we all know, that time of the month can ruin a vacation...but it doesn't have to.  Have the confidence to wear what ever you want without fear of stains with U by Kotex.

Think about your favorite Summer outfits.  The ones you'd take with you on vacation.  I know I wouldn't want my favorite Summer clothes ruined because of an accident.  

Linqia U by Kotex Promo #1
Whether you're out shopping in the beautiful weather...


Linqia U by Kotex promo 2
or on a date night at a nice restaurant...


Linqia U by Kotex promo 3


or enjoying fun in the sun at the beach...

U by Kotex has you covered!  They offer a full line of feminine care products for periods including pads, liners and tampons.  Outstanding protection that keeps you one step ahead.  #SaveTheUndies!

Would you like to try the new U by Kotex products for free?!  Visit the U by Kotex Landing page and find the samples that best fit your mission to save the undies. Click on the “Get Sample” button and enter your mailing information. Then, sit back and wait, your free samples will be on their way!

This post is sponsored by Kotex but all opinions are my own.












July 18, 2014

Friday's Fancies & Back That Azz Up


Friday's Fancies - 7/18/2014


| tank, $29 | jeans, $33 | satchel, $35 | boots, $42 | ear cuffs, $20 | lip gloss, $26 | eyeshadow, $12 | blush, $21 | bangle, $6 |

Everything on this board is, and will always be, less than $50! My goal is to share affordable & fun fashion! Pin this outfit if you like it! Scroll over the photo & a 'pin it' icon will pop up on the top left of the photo. Click it and you're all set!
I'm linked up at Long Distance Loving for Friday's Fancies!



It's #BackThatAzzUp Friday at I Wore Yoga Pants!



July 17, 2014

[THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP]


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July 10, 2014

[THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP]


Happy hopping everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 8pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. 
   


That Friday Blog Hop: Join Us Every Thursday Evening

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- Come back every Thursday evening to join in the party
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July 8, 2014

Monetize Your Blog w/ Linqia

Linqia is a company that helps brands and bloggers connect.  When you are accepted into the Linqia network, they call your blog a community.  When Linqia and the trusted brands they work with think your community is a good fit for their product, Linqia will email you to ask if you are interested in participating in the paid campaign.  If you think the brand/product will resonate with your readership and you have an authentic story to tell along with it, you will simply respond to the email letting them know you would like to participate.


Linqia is a pay-per-click network, which means you get paid when someone clicks on the link(s) in your blog post or social media outlets.  Before starting a campaign with Linqia, they will email you with your potential earnings budget based on the size of your community.  You will not earn more than the set budget even if you get more clicks than your goal.  But…. if you do get more clicks than your goal, it helps to increase your goal for your next campaign, which means more money next time.

For example, say that Linqia projects that you should be able to get 100 clicks during a campaign and your pay-per-click is $0.80.  The maximum amount of money you can earn is $80.  Even if you got 150 clicks, you would still only earn $80.  If you only got 50 clicks, you will only make $40.  Does that make sense? 

You will get an official ‘invite’ to the campaign on the day it starts and you just need to log in to your dashboard and ‘accept’ it.  Then you are all set to start!  Linqia gives you everything you need to make your campaign a success.  Simply log in and check your control panel.  There you'll find all your requirements/instructions, product specifications, story ideas, your tracking links, sample tweets and facebook posts, hashtags, plus an activity stream where you can interact with other community leaders participating in the same campaign (as well as the Linqia customer service manager for that campaign).
There are some requirements for a community to be considered for the Linqia network.


    • Have at least 10,000 social followers between your blog & all your social media.
    • Demonstrate healthy engagement from members.
    • Have at least 60% non-branded/sponsored content.
    • Based in the U.S.A.
    • Cover any of the following topics – Parenting, Pets, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Fashion, Food, Travel, Active Living, Home Decor & Design, Eco-Friendly Living, Wedding & Entertaining, Millennial Interests, Men’s Interests

     

    • Linqia partners with awesome brands such as Huggies, Kotex, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Cottonelle, and Ghirardelli. 
    • They pay pretty well...and quickly.  Yes, you have to work a little more to get the clicks but Linqia pays more (if you reach your goal) than other networks I’ve worked with.  You are usually paid within a week from the campaign end date.
    • They give you a product allowance.  If you have to buy the product for your post, the money doesn’t come out of your pocket or out of your earnings.
    • The communication is top notch.  Either through emails or the activity stream, a customer service manager is always readily available to answer any questions you have.
    • Potential for increased future earnings.

    Linqia is not your typical blog-for-bucks company.  They want their bloggers to tell authentic, true stories that tie in to the product they're promoting.  They'll never ask you to compromise your blogger integrity.  You join a group of bloggers dedicated to telling meaningful stories that resonate with their audience.  


    If you meet the above requirements and you like what you’ve read about Linqia & want like to apply, please consider using my referral link.  If you have any questions at all about the program, please leave them in the comments or email me and I'll be more than happy to answer them!

    July 7, 2014

    That Time I Was Told That I Used To Be Hot...

    I can honestly say that I don't have much dating experience.  I've either been single or had a boyfriend.  I was never that girl who just went out on dates with dudes.  Frankly, as loud and adventurous as I am, the thought of making conversation with a stranger over dinner is right up there with sitting on a clown's lap in terms of terror.  I'm serious about that analogy right there.

    When I moved away for college, I felt like it was my chance to break away from "the small town girl whose known these people her whole life" me and create a new, "anybody I want to be" me.

    As is the college girl way, I used to hang out at frat houses.  I've always been that girl with a ton of guy friends.  It's like this...if I friend zone you, you're one of the girls...or I'm one of the guys?  Either or, there's no nervousness there.  If I am attracted to you, I become this bumbling idiot incapable of talking without stumbling on my words.  So smooth, I am not.

    Well one day we were sitting around the frat house and I'm observing the cute guys & having fun when we start talking about our good ol' high school days.  You know, the ones that when you're in college, you don't yet look back on with wistful fondness like you do when you're fifteen years removed from it?  Yep, those.  So we're talking about our loser boyfriends/girlfriends that we dated way back when (all of two-something years ago at this point) and we started talking about what we looked like when we were in high school.

    There was a lot of laughter and more than a little teasing as the stories came out of the Slim Shady era of the bleached hair, the neckties-as-belts craze, wide leg jeans, baby tees & tales of using brown eyeliner as lipstick.  (Yes, it happened.  Moving on.)  We started talking about hairstyles.  Aside from the Slim Shady hair, there were confessions of neon hair, super gelled spiked hair and recollections of highlights gone wrong.  One of the guys asked me what I looked like in high school and I nonchalantly said that I was blonde. 

     My senior picture.  Totally a dramatization:) via

    Apparently this was an impossible thing to imagine.  I, at this time, had gone back to my natural color, a deep dark brown.  Honestly, I would have kept the blonde but it was just so hard to keep up with.  Shouts of "pics or it didn't happen" rang out so I went back to my dorm and grabbed my high school scrapbook.  I sat down, thinking it was no big deal because to me, it wasn't, and showed the group my senior photo.  And then came this gem...

    "You used to be hot!"

    I wish that I was half the smartass then as I am now so I could have come back with something clever but no, I was still relatively innocent in the ways of smartassery so I just sat there, mouth open in shock.  You USED to be hot.  The phrase burned in my ears.  It hurt my little feelings.  I was taken aback, shocked at the rudeness.  I wanted to say that that picture wasn't even two years old...how much could my appearance have changed?!  No tattoos, no piercings; in my opinion, the only thing between me of the now and me from high school was a change in our hair color.  We thought we looked cute both ways.  Apparently we were wrong.   

    I stared at what could only be described as THE DUMBEST MAN ON EARTH as he tried, sputtering, to cover his ass.  I sat there, amazed that someone would be that blunt.  Something like "I think you looked really good with blonde hair." would have been more appropriate than taking away my hotness altogether! 

    I'm pretty sure tendrils of smoke were starting to come from my ears as I sat and stewed in silence.  In retrospect, it was quite a drama-filled move on my part, but at the time my 19 year old self thought it was a good idea at this point to call him an asshole, grab my shit and walk out of the damn door without another word.  With my confidence taking a hit and the realization that I was apparently a cave troll, I did not return to the frat house for some time. 
     
     What I apparently looked like in college.  Not a dramatization;) via

    I'd been metaphorically sucker punched.  I was hurt and I acted like a baby by avoiding the whole scene.  I stopped any flirting that I would have otherwise engaged in since all I could think of was the embarrassment.  What if it happened again?  I wasn't about to throw myself back in the ring.

    A couple of months later, I had moved in with a great group of girls who lived right off campus.  One of the girls had her high school best friend staying over for the weekend.  Her boyfriend went to our school and was picking her up for a date.  Lo and behold, when I opened the front door, there he was.  The asshole.  He looked as shocked as I felt, seeing him on my doorstep.  He came in and sat down as his girlfriend yelled that she was not ready yet.  I stared at him.  He stared at me. 

    Then came his apology.  He said that when he saw my graduation photo that I looked awesome, that the blonde hair made such a difference in the tone of my skin and how it made my eyes pop.  He said he'd meant it as a sincere compliment but, as a dude, of course it came out wrong.  He said he had honestly never meant to insult me and had meant to apologize but never had the chance since I had stopped going to the frat house and he never saw me on campus.  We patched it up that night and I began to feel a little better about myself.   

    Fast forward to today.  He and I are the best of friends.  Seriously.  I couldn't ask for a better guy friend.  We even bring up that fateful sentence in jest to each other from time to time.  He'll throw me "You used to be hot" and I'll swing back with "Well, you used to have hair!" (he's kinda balding...)  I had to learn not to take things so seriously.  I could have missed out on a lot of things by sitting in my room being butt-hurt about a rude comment.  Yes, in life people can be assholes, but that doesn't mean everyone is one...