December 4, 2016

Christmas Movie Marathon - My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Movies | Blogmas 2016 - Day 2


Welcome to Blogmas day 2! Day 1 was My Top 15 Christmas Songs + My Ultimate Christmas Playlist. Since I covered what songs l listen to for the Holiday season now lets talk about the movies I watch.

I love Christmas movies. My dad and I have a tradition to watch Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving and when we put of the Christmas tree. And we usually watch it after opening gifts too.

Today I'm going to take you through my top 10 favorite Christmas movies. I have to watch these movies every season or it just doesn't feel like Christmas.

December 1, 2016

My Top 15 Favorite Christmas Songs + My Ultimate Christmas Playlist | Blogmas 2016 - Day 1



Happy Blogmas! I'm so excited to do Blogmas year two! Let's get this Blogmas started!

I love Christmas! And I love Christmas Music even more! I usually start listening to Christmas music in August, sometimes earlier.

This year I've been humming Christmas tunes since March. I kept myself from really singing or listening to them until July. I just love Christmas music.

I have a huge Christmas playlist. During this time of year I love to put it on shuffle when I'm cleaning or cooking or writing.

Today I thought I'd share what Christmas songs I listen to the most this time of year and my Christmas playlist I play all season long.


September 25, 2016

Why I Use Affiliate Programs for Ads Instead of Google Adsence


Everyone wants to run ads on their blogs. There are so many options out there for running ads on your blog. There are companies like AdSense out there and now a lot of affiliate programs offer ad banners. The question is, which option is the best for you?

Most sites use AdSense. AdSense, if your aren't familiar, is a third party ad running company from Google. AdSense uses cookies to pull Ads from it's system and match them to the sites you have recently visited. 

You've probably see these ads on almost every site you visit. AdSense Ads are easy to spot. They have a little triangle symbol in the upper right corner for the ad.

A lot of people use this system as they see it as the best option since each visitor see a custom ad. I however am not a fan of AdSense, as a reader or blogger. 

September 21, 2016

How to Add the BlogLovin' Button to Your Blogger Blog


BlogLovin' is such a great way for your readers to follow you and get alerts about when you post! It's a really great platform for your reads to follow you and show support
     
But how can they follow you if they don't know your on the site. By adding the follow button and email signup widgets to your blog your readers can follow you and signup for email alerts without leaving your blog

If you are reading this post you probably already have your blog on BlogLovin' and are ready to add the button and/or email follow to your blog. If you aren't on BlogLovin' yet you can check out my post on how to add and claim you blog to BlogLovin' here.

Adding these gadgets is very easy. BlogLovin' makes the code for you than you just have to copy and paste it. So let's get started!

How to Add Your Blog to BlogLovin' and Claim it


What is BlogLovin' exactly? It is a social media site where you can follow your favorite blogs and see their newest posts in your feeds. You can add your blog and link it to your page and other users can follow your blog and see your post in their feeds as well as setup email alerts for your posts.

Why should you add your blog to BlogLovin? BlogLovin is a great way for your readers to "subscribe" your posts and show support by following you. Most of your favorite blogs are probably on BlogLovin. 

BlogLovin' has 8 Million Active users! That's a big base to send your posts out to. BlogLovin' puts your blog into a category and your posts can be found by any user on the site. 

BlogLovin is a great way to engage your current readers and be discovered by new readers.I have discovered so many of the blogs I read on BlogLovin' and I am always discovering knew ones.

Today I'm going to show you how to add your blog to BlogLovin' and claim it to your profile. BlogLovin' has a follow button and a BlogLovin Email subscription gadget that you can add to your blog. You can see both in my sidebar. You can check out my post on how to add them here.

September 5, 2016

How to Customize the Blogger Label Cloud - Change Font Size, Font Colors, Add Border Around Each Label


Today's tutorial is a very simple CSS code tutorial. There is very little editing to be done. There are two codes I'm going to share today. One Changes the font size and adds borders. And the other changes the colors.

I'm guessing if you are reading this tutorial you already have a label cloud widget. If you don't they are simple to add.


To Add A Label Cloud
 
1. Go to Dashboard>Layout>Click Add A Gadget where you'd like your cloud to go

2. Scroll down and select Labels>Choose how you'd like the labels and organized>Title it if you'd like>Then select Cloud>

3. Click save and move your cloud where you want it if necessary


Now on to customizing the Label Cloud.


August 26, 2016

How to Add Social Media Icons with a Hover Effect to Your Blog for Blogger & Wordpress


Having links to all of your social media pages front and center on your blog is very important. It let's readers know what pages are really your's and links them directly so they don't have to go searching. And when the code is right they can be linked to your social media without ever leaving your blog!

Today I'm going to show you a code that works for both blogger and wordpress blogs. Any blog that allows you to add HTML gadgets really. 

This code is fairly easy to edit and add it to your blog. It is also very easy to add more buttons once you've already posted it.

This code is a lot like the code from my other social media icons post. The only difference is that this one is designed for two images so when the a mouse cursor goes over the button it changes color. This one is just as simple as the last one to edit. I just needs two image URLs

Here is a demo of how the hover works:

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How to Add Social Media Icons to Your Blog for Blogger & Wordpress



Having links to all of your social media pages front and center on your blog is very important. It let's readers know what pages are really your's and links them directly so they don't have to go searching. And when the code is right they can be linked to your social media without ever leaving your blog!

Today I'm going to show you a code that works for both blogger and wordpress blogs. Any blog that allows you to add HTML gadgets really. 

This code is fairly easy to edit and add it to your blog. It is also very easy to add more buttons once you've already posted it.


August 22, 2016

How to Make Your Blog Look Like It's Not on Blogger



My blog is hosted on blogger. Can you tell? Probably not. I have removed the blogger navbar, the attribution that says "powered by blogger" and I changed my favicon to my own logo instead of blogger's logo. 

I also removed almost every blogger gadget on my blog and replaced them with HTML gadgets that give me more customization and are easier to edit and from my point of view I got rid of those annoying little wrenches and pencils called "quick edit" tools

I've also edited my HTML itself. HTML is all the code that goes together to create your blog. I've added HTML Gadgets but I've also edited the HTML backbone itself. 

Today we are going to get into a little HTML editing and adding a little CSS code. Don't worry I'm not going to get to in depth with HTML editing. Today the HTML editing is all just search and delete.


August 15, 2016

How to Center Titles with CSS Code on Blogger



This one is a short and Simple Tutorial. For some reason Blogger really doesn't like to center things. I remember this being so frustrating when I started using Blogger. It's actually really simple fix. Just a few lines of CSS code and poof everything is centered.


How to Start a Blogger Blog + Why I Chose Blogger


Hello Everyone! Today is going to be a bit different than my usual beauty and lifestyle posts. I have decided to start a series about blogging. Things like my favorite blogging tips to code tutorials. All the little things I've learned since starting this blog. 
When I started I knew nothing about code, now my blog is completely customized by code and there is nothing left of the original template I started with. 

I actually started my blog on Tumblr and decided I need to switch over to a better blogging platform pretty early on. I had only heard of Blogger so I decided to make the switch over. I had to copy and paste all of my posts and publish them one by one. Lucky for me blogger has the option to set the date for a post. I was able to add the original date to each post. 

Monthly Favorites | July 2016


I can't believe it's August already. This year is going by in such a blur. I feel like July went by so fast I barely got time to even try things to favorite. This year is going to fast I hope it slows down in the fall months so I can really enjoy it. I may have mentioned it 2 or three times or 100 but I love fall. It's my favorite time of year! It's the perfect time of year. 

OK I'm rambling. Let's get to my favorites.


July 28, 2016

The Beauty Lover TAG


I found this tag when searching Twitter for new beauty tags. This tag was written by Holly of Bloomin' Rouge. She wrote it at the beginning of this year so it's not exactly new but I really liked the questions so I thought I'd give it a try.

It's a little different that beauty tags I've done in the past. So it should be really fun! Let's get this tag started.

July 13, 2016

Monthly Favorites | June 2016


I can't believe it's July already. And it's already almost half over. 2016 is running past in a blur. July can keep running. I hate hot weather and it's been in the 90s here.

I can't wait for fall! September could not get here fast enough! I hate the heat. I'm the kind of person you stays inside in AC so cold it would snow if it could. I love the chilly air of Fall and all of the beautiful changing leaves. I can't wait for it to get here!

Since they are 2 weeks late let's get these favorites started.


Beauty


July 10, 2016

Monthly Favorites | May 2016


Alright May Favorites! Only 1 month late... Oops. I'm back now and playing some catch up then it's back to my usual upload routine. New post every 4-6 days. Finally!

Well they are already a month late so let's get to my favorite things of May!



Beauty

Monthly Favorites | April 2016


I'm back! I haven't uploaded in almost two months! I needed to take a break from writing and now I'm ready to start up again. So since they are very late here are my April Favorites. Finally, it's only been 2 months since they should have been up. My May and June Favorites will be up shortly. Bare with me while I play catch up.

Since they are two months late I won't take any longer let's get into my April Favorites!



Beauty

May 28, 2016

Influenster #SproutVoxBox - Unboxing



Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be doing my second voxbox unboxing! If you haven't heard of Influenster you can check out my post all about them and the voxboxes.

Influenster is such a cool company. They hook you up with lots of great products in exchange for your honest reviews. You get a box and then write reviews of the products and complete the tasks to unlock badges. 

This is my second voxbox you can find my other unboxing here if you would like to see it. It was full of really great beauty products.

This voxbox is centered around spring. It's full of things like health snacks and skincare samples.

Here are the goodies I got in my Sprout VoxBox.


May 2, 2016

This or That TAG


I've done a beauty edition, a fall edition, and a Christmas edition of the This or That TAG but I haven't done a normal edition of this tag yet. I thought it was time before I do anther seasonal or holiday editions. So I came up with 30 random this or that questions. There is no main theme to this one. Just some fun questions.

I've separated the questions into a four different categories, life, food, entertainment, and tech to make it a little less chaotic. 

Let's get to it!


April 28, 2016

My Blog Turns 1!


On the 12th of this month my blog turned 1! I can't believe I've been doing this for a year! It seems like I started this yesterday. I've had so much fun writing all about beauty and just anything any everything is past year and I can't wait to keep doing it! Thank you to everyone who has been reading the blog for the past year! The past year has seriously been the best of my life for so many different reasons! I have some really fun ideas for post heading into year 2! I hope you will all join me in the next year! 

To celebrate 1 year of writing here's a link to my favorite posts of the last year! Check them out there is plenty more to come in the next year!

Thank you all for an amazing year! Let's get started on year 2!





Photo credit: Taken by me with a Canon Rebel T5 and a 18-55mm lens and edited by me in Photoshop.

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Product Empties!


The time has finally come for my first product empties! If you aren't familiar with product empties in this post I'll be taking you through some of my recently emptied beauty products and telling you if I liked them and if I will be repurchasing the product. I am so excited to do my first empties! 

I've been waiting to do this one since November so I'm got a few more empties than I though I would have. I've just been throwing my empty bottles and jars in a basket and I have finally gotten around to going through them and telling you guys about them.

So let's get in to the products I've emptied out over the past few months.


Monthly Favorites | March 2016


So I'm about three weeks late on this favorites. I've been having a huge case of writer's block. I had such a great pace until December. I got sick and it's just one of those colds that will not stay away. I think it's finally gone for good. So hopefully now I can get back to my usual uploads every 4-6 days. 

Anyway on to what you are here for, my favorite things of March! I actually had a lot more favorites in March than I've had January and February so let's jump straight in!



Beauty

March 9, 2016

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads | Review


Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads


Gillette Venus Swirl Razor & Gillette Venus Violet Swirl Shaving Gel - #ChooseToSmooth | Review


Gillette Venus Swirl Flexiball Razor

Gillette Venus with a Touch of Olay Violet Swirl Shaving Gel

March 6, 2016

What is Influenster?


I just uploaded an unboxing of my first VoxBox from Influenster that may leave you with a few questions about Influenster.

In this post I'm going to explain what Influenster is, how it works, how you sign up, what a VoxBox is and what you can do to increase your chances of getting a box full of free goodies.

So let's get started shall we.

Influenster #GlamVoxBox - Unboxing



I was so excited to receive my first VoxBox from Influenster! Influenster is a company that sends bloggers and YouTubers products to test and try. I did a whole post on Influenster and how the program works that you can find here.

A VoxBox is what Influenster calls the box of goodies they send out. The all have something added to the name. This is the 



Here are the goodies in my box:

March 3, 2016

Monthly Favorites | February 2016


It’s time again for monthly favorites! I can’t believe it’s March already! February went but so fast. I’m so glad it’s finally getting warmer. On some days anyway, one day it’s 55 the next it’s 20.
I’m so happy the days are finally getting long too. Sunsets are my favorite thing to take photos of and when it gets dark at 4:30 I can never catch the sunset. I was able to get some beautiful sunset shots in late February.

So let’s get into my favorite things from this month.

February 26, 2016

Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer | Review



Benefit Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer

Benefit says this bronzers has soft-matte finish and blends seamlessly. It's promised to give a shimmerless, sheer, natural look.

"This liquid bronzer gives your face a year-round glow without the gleam. The smoothing effects and lightweight texture melt in for a shimmerless, natural look that’s so sheer, it’ll have you saying hoola-la!"
 - Snippet from Benefit Cosmetics' Product Description on benefitcosmetics.com

Here's my experience with Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer 

February 22, 2016

The Beauty Confessions TAG


Hey everyone! Since I was gone for 2 weeks I decided to upload a few post closer together than normal to catch up.
The Beauty Confessions tag is another tag that I have written. It consists of 7 questions that all have to do with confessing something in beauty.
As always the questions will be in the comments. I’d love to know your answers!
Let’s get started.