An amazing blogging resource!

Hello lovelies,

Most of  you are fellow bloggers which is why I decided to share a blog I’ve found that has been an amazing resource for me: The Wonder Forest. Dana provides great tips for getting more traffic, ways to refresh your blog, photography tips, and the importance of a contact page.Blog resource

I love going through Dana’s blog because she is not only engaging but really knowledgeable! Her work has really inspired me to want to better my blog. I enjoy the overall look and feel of her blog and I love the way she adds text to her photos. The text/image combo makes her blog topics really obvious which makes it easy to cruise her blog and find exactly what you need.

So this holiday weekend, check out her blog and get some ides for making up your own blog!

Be sure to tell me if you find any helpful tips. I am always looking to improve.

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4 tips for planning your wedding with Christina of a casual beauty!

Hello Lovelies,

In honor of my upcoming wedding here is the first installment of awesome wedding tips from Christina! Her blog is absolutely wonderful so after you read through these tips make sure you head over and check it out.

Greetings everyone!

My name is Christina, and I blog over at a casual beauty where I share my love of makeup and beauty through swatches, reviews, tutorials, stories, and much more.  With the exciting arrival of her own wonderful wedding, Hilary has created this great series to share wedding tips and she’s asked me to share a few of my own. I’ve been married for four years, and I’m happy to share these tips with you. I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Don’t get too worked up about tiny details or other mishaps. At the end of the day, a wedding is supposed to be a day celebrating love and regardless of things that may go wrong or not be “perfect”, if you end up married to the love of your life at the end of the day then it’s a success! I think people often get caught up in the superficial parts of a wedding and forget what they are really about. For instance, I had a couple mishaps go on during my wedding-the priest’s cell phone rang and subsequently beeped a couple times right in the middle of our ceremony, and our DJ pronounced my name wrong when he introduced us at the reception! However in the grand scheme of it all, those things didn’t matter. I’m married to my wonderful husband. Guaranteed that practically no one remembers or cares about those goofy things and it’s something I can easily joke about now.
  2.  On that note, make sure whoever is announcing you when you enter your reception (if applicable) knows your correct name and how to pronounce everything so you don’t have to feel as awkward as I did
  3. Don’t go crazy trying to appease guests. A wedding is about you and your love, and it should be everything you two want it to be. Sure you want things to be nice for guests but too many people put too much pressure on themselves worrying about what other people will think. Needless stress. Make the day look and feel how YOU want it. If someone doesn’t like something, that’s their problem, not yours!
  4. Don’t feel like you need to take part in EVERY little thing that has ever been associated with wedding planning or the wedding itself. I had a nice planner book for the wedding to try and keep stuff organized and while it was very helpful and gave lots of ideas, it also included tons of superfluous stuff that my husband and I had no interest in and would have been a huge waste of money for us (printing menus, place setting cards, etc.) Just because something is traditional to do doesn’t mean you have to do it!

Here is a BIG THANK YOU to Christina for sharing these helpful tips! Her blog is spectacular so you should definitely go check it out (click here). I hope you enjoyed her tips as much as I did!

More to come in the weeks approaching the big day so keep checking back!!

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Five Tips to help you Juggle Life and Blogging

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Hello Lovelies!

Today I thought it would be beneficial to share how I’ve learned to balance my personal life and blogging. I have had a lot on my plate the last seven months. I’ve been trying to find a balance between maintaining a relationship with my fiance, keeping up relationships with my friends, wedding planning, my full-time job, and, of course, blogging.

I told myself from the beginning that if blogging became too much I would slow down but I’ve found that in times of stress it really soothes me. When I feel overwhelmed by wedding plans, I take a break and write a fun post involving a great inspirational quote or a silly photo. It brightens my spirit and helps me create content. Talk about a win-win!

My two year anniversary is coming up and I almost can’t believe it. With that said I think I should provide you with what I’ve found helpful.

Blogging Tips:

1. Keep a journal with you at all times. When you come up with a fun post idea make sure you jot it down.
2. Give yourself a few hours on the weekend to write and schedule your posts for the week. I LOVE spending my Sundays at a coffee shop focusing on my blog. I take all of the ideas I wrote down in my journal and I develop them into posts! I try to get all of my work week posts done so I can focus on personal stuff during the weeknights, after work.
3. If you are super busy with life stuff, share about it! Readers love hearing about your big life moments and fun adventures. Take a TON of photos so you can beef up your posts and provide a great picture, get what I did there?, of what you’ve been up to!
4. Make sure you are writing about stuff you are passionate about. I am sure you hear that tip often but it is so true! It is so much easier to make time for blogging when you are writing about things you enjoy and find happiness in.
5. Lastly, understand that it is alright every once in a while to step away from your blog. If you have too much going on in your life then take a little break. Your readers want you to be happy and understand! Just don’t go away for too long. I think I would miss you.

Well, I hope this helps! I may not be an expert but I know what has worked for me.

I hope you have an amazing day! Stay classy, San Diego! (No I don’t live in San Diego, I just like Anchorman.)

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Photography Tips

Hello Lovelies!

I am no photography expert but I do know what works for me. Here are a few tips that I’ve found helpful and I hope help you!

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  1. You should always use your manual settings. Do NOT allow yourself to get used to the automatic settings. Just trust me.
  2. Practice. Practice. Practice. Take photos of everything so you can find what truly inspires you.
  3. Bring your camera with you everywhere. I know you may be hesitant because you spent a ton of money on your new DSLR but when you bring your camera with you then you have the ability to capture every moment and continue to practice.
  4. When taking portrait photos I enjoy using textured backgrounds. Try an interesting garage door or brick wall.
  5. If taking photos of products I recommend using a white background. Try using something like this to get a nice, crisp background to really allow your products to pop. If you don’t want to drop the cash for that little product try making your own.
  6. Take a ton of photos! That way you know you truly captured the moment and snagged some good photos. You can’t rely on editing for good photography. Editing should be used to enhance your already stellar photos, not to make them amazing.
  7. Try taking photos from down low and up high. Using different points of view will create a more visually interesting photo. Some of my favorite photos are shot from the ground.
  8. Lastly, don’t be afraid to test out different things! I love hunting around for new tips and tricks online to get different effects. You will never know if you like something until you try it!

These are just a few tips that, hopefully, will help you improve!

Here is a handy little settings cheat sheet I made to help you master those manual settings. Print it out and keep it with you for reference.

Photography Cheat Sheet

Here is a printable version: Photography Cheat Sheet

Lastly, here are a few of my favorite photography related sites. Maybe you will find something you like or need.
Photojojo
Four Corner Store
Lomography
B & H Photo

I hope these tips help! If you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me! I also regularly pin photography tips on my Pinterest account so make sure you check it out!

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My Pinterest Profile and Why You Should Check It Out!

Hello Lovelies!

In 2013 I became addicted to Pinterest.

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I enjoy pinning cute photos, helpful tutorials, yummy recipes and I love pinning new blogs and blogging tips.

I think Pinterest is a great way to organize all of your favorite stuff out there on the internet. The reason I am telling you about my Pinterest profile is because I have a ton of really helpful tips on there. If you are a blogger trying to improve or looking for layout tips then you need to check out my Blog Tips board.

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Looking for some new inspiration from fellow bloggers? Take a look at my Blogs I Love board.

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If there is something specific you are looking for just let me know and I can see if I can help! I love sharing my knowledge and if I can help you I will!

Do you have a Pinterest account? If so, what is your favorite topic to search for?

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