Friday Favorites – and my new job!

Happy Friday!

I want to take this Friday Favorites moment to tell you about my new job! I mentioned a few weeks ago that a lot of changes have been happening in my life. I don’t talk a lot about personal life things, but here is a little rundown about my life situation :).

I learned 3 months ago that my current job contract would expire in the end of August (I am an office manager). Even though I knew this was a possibility, it kind of punched me in the gut and for a few days I just felt helpless. My husband is in grad school, so my income is pretty necessary. Also, because we hope to move when he graduates, I didn’t like the possibility to apply for local jobs – just to have to relocate. I love my new design business, but the idea of making freelancing full-time scared me. It was a possibility, but I was also looking for a another job option.

Sometime in July, I received an email about a job – I had been referred by a website design client. This was a huge surprise and almost in disbelief, I emailed back and expressed my interest. Within four days I had interviewed and received the job. For a job I didn’t even apply for. Isn’t God good?

Not only this, but this job is a dream job. I will be working for, which is an ad company that specializes in helping bloggers monetize their blogs. This is right up my alley! I will be working from home as ad technical support. Did you see that? Working from home. It will be full time – but allow me to continue web design on the side. Not only this, but I have fallen in love with this company.

Adthrive was started by a couple that figured out how to maximize ads on blogs. Kelly’s blog View Along the Way has quickly become one of my favorite blogs – and one of the only DIY house blogs I LOVE! Their company is awesome and affective – believing that moms should be able to make enough money on their blogs to stay home with their kids. If you are interested in Adthrive, check out their company here and the FAQ page here!

I think that whole life update should count for #1 and #2 of my Friday Favorites – especially because you all should follow Kelly’s blog right now :).


3. My next favorite is my latest purchase. I have been WANTING these brown Steve Madden boots for the last 3 years, and each year I withhold because of the price tag. I love boots – but I can’t swing $150. I have had my eye on the Intyce boots for YEARS. My resolve won’t waver :).

I always check out the boots on Ebay and Poshmark and have saved searches on both of those sites. Anyway, a few days ago I found a pair of Intyce boots on Poshmark for $36 including shipping. THIRTY-SIX dollars. Yep. And they are basically new. I am so excited!

If you don’t know Poshmark – check out my blog post about it here.

pad thai

4. My new favorite fast dinner is this Pad Thai kit from Thai Kitchen. It’s so good. Seriously. I just add shredded chicken and scrambled eggs. SO GOOD.

5. Lastly, I’ve been re-watching all the Emmy videos – and this tribute gets me every time.


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So Jess and I have really missed each other. We used to talk every week – and then the “No Plan” Menu Plan came to a close, and we were left hanging:). So, we decided to create an awesome new series – focused around real-life fashion! We are both frustrated with fashion posts that revolve around $1,000 items. And items that only can be found at Kate Spade. And we both have very tiny budgets. So, we introduce: Real Life [Continue Reading]

Let’s Grab Coffee // I’ll tell you everything I am learning

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Blog Comments 101 (Let’s Blog Series)

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Hello fellow bloggers! Today marks the beginning of my “Let’s Blog” series! I am super excited about this series. I am constantly learning and trying new things with my blog – so hopefully this will be a way for you to learn along side of me. If you are a blogger, and are interested in blogging things, make sure you read all of my Blogging Tips posts here. Please also follow my Blogging Pinterest board here. If you are interested [Continue Reading]

Why I Use a Boar Bristle Hair Brush (I’m Not a Beauty Blogger)


I remember being a religious Goody hair brush buyer – especially the round kind with hard plastic bristles.  I believed for years that round brushes would give me curls – and bought one year after year.  About 3 1/2 years ago, I became aware of the “boar bristle” hair brush craze, and decided to try it myself. I wanted to try the brush out on the cheap – so I found the Diane Wave Bristle Brush on Amazon for $3.99.  [Continue Reading]

Friday Coffee Chat – and a Week Hiatus

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Coffee. I need coffee. In particular, I need blueberry coffee. Yes, please. Right now. Ok, now that I have that within arm’s reach, let’s hang out! It’s been awhile for a coffee chat, and I felt like I just needed to sit down and talk :). First, I need to tell you that I won’t be posting next week and it feels good! We are going to be busy – and I am taking a week off. I need a [Continue Reading]

“Let’s Blog”: I need your blogging questions!

(Make sure you stop by Miss Kopy Kat, and enter to win $100 to My New Favorite Design!) One of my resolves when I wrote my State of the Blog Address was to start a blogging/design series called “Let’s Blog”. The reason behind this is twofold. One, I already write a lot of blogging tips. These are scattered among my other posts, but I thought it would be beneficial to keep all blogging things in one place. If you are [Continue Reading]