Monday, July 6, 2015

50 creative blog post ideas

The struggle is real when it comes to original content creation... and I hope I'm not alone. I am constantly trying to rack my brain, take notes, and unearth some fun reading material for you friends, but sometimes I fall short and rely on the world of social media to help me in that department. I came up with a list of 50 ideas that may help you get the ball rolling, inspire others, or make you think about a topic in a different light than you had previously before. And by ALL means, send some ideas my way!
1. DIY Hits and Misses
2. What's In Your Handbag?
3. Workout Routine(s)
4. Share What Success Looks Like to You
5. Two Truths and a Lie
6. Fashion... What Was I Thinking? 
7. How You Stay Organized
8. Your Dream Vacation
9. Best and Worst Advice You've Ever Received
10. Go-To Recipes: Appetizer || Main Entree || Side Dish || Dessert || Cocktail 
11. The Things You'd Like to Change About Yourself
12. Roundup of Your Favorite Bloggers
13. Dream Dinner Party Guests
14. Favorite Music Playlists: Dinner Parties, Girls Night, Kids, Oldies, Etc
15. Things You Wish You Knew When You Were Younger
16. Top 10 Blog Posts 
17. Recreate a Celebrity's Outfit
18. Favorite Apps
19. Dream Home Design: Showcase of Rooms and Decor
20. Top 10 Dining Experiences/Restaurants
21. Original and Fun Date Night Ideas
22. Collage/Gift Guide
23. Beauty and Makeup: Top 10 Under $10
24. Best Blogging Advice
25. Have a Guest Blogger [Host a Spouse, Friend, Parent]
26. Your Best and Worst Trait
27. A-Day-in-the-Life Show and Tell
28. Favorite Vacation/Trip Rewind
29. How To ______ [Something You Can Give Advice About/Show How To Master, Etc]
30. Top 10 Favorite Books
31. Share Some of Your Quirky/Random Habits
32. List Your Favorite Charities | Non-Profits | Volunteer Opportunities 
33. Instagram Round Up
34. Question and Answer Session with Your Audience
35. Share Your Blogging Resources (Websites, Photo Help, Graphic Designer, Etc)
36. Write a Letter to Your Future Self
37. Goals for the Month | Year 
38. Post a Vlog! 
39. Your Dream Job
40. Make a List of Your Biggest Pet Peeves
41. Share Your Bucket List
42. Write About Your Favorite Childhood Memory
43. Share Your Favorite Things to Do/Places to Eat/Sights to See in Your City 
44. List Your Favorite Quotes
45. Show Us Your Jewelry and How You Wear It (Daytime | Nighttime | Special Occasion)
46. Your Favorite Hairstyles | How You Style Your Hair 
47. Five Things You're Passionate About 
48. Share Your Top 10 Visited Websites
49. Talk About a Current Hot Topic
50. Wardrobe Staples | Pieces You Can't Live Without

Thursday, July 2, 2015

east tennessee family fun getaway

A few weeks ago, we were invited to head east to the Smoky Mountains for a fun family weekend getaway, courtesy of Cabins of the Smoky Mountains Resort. We had been thinking about taking the girls to east Tennessee for a bit now, so this little adventure came at the perfect timing as we were heading to Knoxville for baby Brooks' baptism that Sunday, too.
Once we made the 4-hour car ride (always SO much fun with two toddlers...haha), we arrived at the resort, checked in, and immediately decided it was time for some R&R before we got out and about in Gatlinburg.
We loved the accommodations and it was perfect for our two kids, us, and Mimi and Pappy... lots of room, a big kitchen, a movie theater for all things Disney, a game room complete with a pool table, air hockey, and arcade games, and of course a back porch that was perfect for taking in the beautiful scenery! 
Car ride selfie
Pappy giving Little Bit the grand tour
Not a bad view, right???
Testing out the game room!
That night, we headed out to dinner in downtown Gatlinburg, then loaded the girls up in their stroller to walk the streets to be sure we took in the sights. Jeff then saw a place to mine for rocks/gold/jewels so of course we took the girls and they had a ball. Then we finished out the night with lollipops, sweets, and ice cream treats!
This girl is serious about her love of ice cream
Saturday morning, we put the boys in charge of cooking breakfast, got ourselves dressed and ready, and headed out to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. We were nervous about the girls enjoying it, but they loved all the fish, the sights and sounds, riding the tunnel to view the sharks, and of course the activities were so kid friendly, too! Afterwards, we ate lunch and then went back to the cabin so the girls could nap for a few hours... and us adults could rest! Then, it was off to the miniature golf course [yes we were all so excited] and played our little hearts out... Caroline loved it and Carson carried around her yellow ball the entire time... it was a hoot! And as always, Jeff won. That night, we went to dinner at The Park Grill and then called it a night. It was such a fun, quick trip and was a great way to show the girls the mountains that are so close to us!
 Checking out the Nemo fish!
Interested in learning more or planning a trip? Check out Cabins of the Smoky Mountains Resort or see more pictures of their cabins on Pinterest

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

32 is approaching... birthday wishlist

My birthday is fast approaching next month and I cannot believe the big 32 is looming closer and closer... I know a lot of people hate birthdays, but I'm celebrating... another year older and hopefully wiser and learning more and more each day, and trying to pass that knowledge on to others. Wishful thinking, right?? I've been swooning over some pretties in the hopes that someone might be looking for a birthday wishlist ;) One can dream! 


Because leopard is a neutral and this Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch would make the perfect date night/dressy purse! Onto jewelry, I'm still eyeing the Baublebar Courtney Bib Necklace, this fun Kendra Scott Brenan Stacked Ring Set, and of course the staple Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Bracelet Watch so I can keep track of time and still look glamorous. As you know, shoes are a girl's best friend so the Steve Madden Stecy Nude Heel would be a good staple to add to the closet and I'm loving the JCrew Factory Travel Pouch Set for all my upcoming trips... so much easier to pack with an organized suitcase!
Moving onto books, a new pretty to add to the house would be this Scalamandre Haute Decor Coffee Table Book and I need a good new read so fan-favorite The Girl on the Train should do the trick! Finally, a new necessities for the kitchen, office, and my dresser including these Latte Bowls, this Ban.Do Floral Agenda, and the pretty pink Fringe Studio Happy Trinket Tray would give any girl something to celebrate! 
What do you ask for from your loved ones for your bday???

Friday, June 26, 2015

Party Recap... Carson's 2nd "Land of Oz" Birthday!

It's funny how people look at me when I tell them The Wizard of Oz is Carson's favorite movie... I know, flying monkeys and scary witches could be enough to haunt most people, but she is mesmerized which is why I knew it was the PERFECT theme for her birthday... 
Hope you all love this little look-see into her special day... complete with more food than we could eat, cake that was OH SO tasty, friends and family jam packed into our home with tons of kids running around like crazy, and memories none of us are sure to ever forget! 
As always, a BIG shout-out and thanks to Beth Hart Designs. She continues to blow me away with her creativity and always bringing my party dreams to life! Enjoy friends ;)
 the rainbow cake... with funfetti icing and lollipop candles!
the world's most amazing pop up book... found on Amazon
the best champagne mimosa punch... see recipe here 
party favors for the kids were mini red pails with animal crackers that said "lions and tigers and bears oh my", glinda's bubbles, and rainbow lollipops with a thank you card for coming
follow the yellow brick road... but dont get a house dropped on you
 the favorite birthday gift by far... a Dorothy wig and a basket with Toto!! 
pinata time!!!
 big sister helping open presents!

Sources: 
Lollipop Candles: Shop Sweet Lulu
Paper Goods: [Banner, Door Sign, Food Tents, Favor Cards]: Beth Hart Designs
TWO Letters: Joann [then painted with red metallic paint and topped with red glitter]
Yellow Brick Road: Amazon
Witches Legs: Amazon
Rainbow Pinata: Amazon
Rainbow Lollipops: Amazon
Clothing: Carson's Bubble: Sugar Bit (no longer available), Red SandalsCaroline's Dress, My Top and Shorts
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