17 December 2014
16 December 2014
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.
What a day to celebrate! This is the 96th 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:
Meet this week's co-hosts:
Lauren @ Simply Free
Ashley @ Keeping up with Ashley & Cody
Penny @ Penny's Passion
Kelly @ Our Cone Zone
Jess @ Living on Sweet Tea
***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
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!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
... onto the winner!
Hello everyone! This is Tiffany. This time of year is my favorite. I love the holiday season. I am the lady that puts up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown Christmas music has been playing over and over again around here.
This time of year can also be really stressful. Parking lots turn into road rage war zones. On Black Friday people actually fight over scarves and DVD's and toasters. (ugh).
Which is why I loved this post so much that I pinned it and kept it saved away for myself. There are so, so, many people in need. This list by Lynsey is super well thought out and organized and gives us ideas for ways to give back to charities. She puts in links to different charities that help soldiers, families in need of gifts, and more.
I will be referring to it in the future. This time of year is supposed to be about so much more than getting! Thanks Lynsey for this post, I loved it and had to share!
Go check out Eternally Wanderlyn, a blog I am sure you will want to follow ASAP.
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! :)
15 December 2014
If you love cookies as much as my husband does (which is a whole lot) then you will LOVE this post. There is a new place in town that has got you covered for those late night cravings! Welcome Insomnia Cookies! They have fifty locations and are growing. And let me tell you, if there was one of these in Auburn when we were in college, we would have been there all the time! Aside from fresh baked cookies, they also have brownies, cookie cakes, cold milk, and even ice cream.
You can even order online and have cookies delivered to your house. Talk about convenient! And with the Cookie Tracker you can keep tabs on your order. I was thrilled (as was the husband) when Insomnia Cookies got in touch with me about reviewing a sample pack. I was impressed by the variety they had and how tasty the cookies were. They had traditional cookies, and then deluxe, and both varieties were spot on. They came in pizza boxes which made it perfect for transporting, and kept them warm as well!
Check out these yummy options they had in the store:
I couldn't wait to get these home - they were so warm & looked so tasty it took a lot of will power to not take a sample taste from each one of them!
I know you want to try some! So if you're looking for a late night treat, or wanting to send a little love this holiday season, go order some - because the best part is, they ship across the country!
For deals & special offers be sure to follow along on on social media:
And insomnia Cookies has been gracious enough to give away a $15 giftcard to one lucky reader!! So enter below & start thinking about which cookies you'll be trying!
10 December 2014
I love a good book, and as much as I love my kindle for practicality, I will always love a real book. There is just something about turning the pages, scratching notes, folding down the edges, and passing it along to a friend to experience with you the magic that the words hold. If you've been here for a moment, this will come as no shock to you. I mean, clearly, I enjoy reading if I've dedicated an entire page on here to it. But what you might not know, is that we have a space in our house where I especially love to curl up and read or study scripture. Down the hall from our guest bedroom downstairs is a room we've dubbed the library. Complete with a growing number of bookshelves and comfy places to curl up. This is also my token spot for lengthy phone calls or facetime updates!
old door | antique - from the old Exploreum in Mobile
double seater desk | my grandmother's school
rocking chair | salvaged & repainted
bookshelves | salvaged
papasan chair | old time pottery
wedding date pillow | how to
purse to pillows | how to
map | maps.com
03 December 2014
I love this next room I am going to show you today! Our downstairs guest bedroom. It's on the opposite side of the house from the master so it's still private & there is a full bath down the hall so it's got everything you'd need for a weekend stay. In our house we have a lot of pieces that are meaningful or tell a story, and this room is no exception. The furniture is actually my great grandparents (on my mom's side) first store bought furniture from the early 1900's. And the cedar chest was hand carved by my Great Uncle! This has been dubbed the travel room too, as it holds a great deal of artifacts from my mission travels around the world. We wanted the room to be interesting enough on it's own, and even added the wifi password so guests don't have to ask how to connect :)
The bath down the hall is meant to be shared with the second bedroom downstairs (which is currently "the library") so we wanted it to be pretty neutral. We went beach themed and included shells from my Grandmother's collection mixed in with ones we had each collected over the years. We also wanted anyone who spent the night to have anything they needed for toiletries available so the basket is filled with goodies collected from hotel stays!
furniture | great grandparent's
curtains | World Market
bedding/pillows | Bed Bath & Beyond (no longer in stock)
decor | world travels
shell holder | my grandmother's crystal
shower curtain/towels | Bed Bath & Beyond (no longer in stock)