Blogging Tips and Etiquette

Now keep in mind when I write this that these are just my opinions. If you’re a blogger too and you don’t like what I have to say, just keep doing what you’re doing. I am a firm believer that blogging is for you and not for other people, but hey, to each her (his) own, right? (Did I say that saying right?) Okay well I’m starting to get a little bit rambly so let’s start.

First off, let’s start with a little grammar. Now I’m not trying to be a grammar nazi, but a couple of these things can be pretty distracting to me when I read a post:

  • defiantly vs definitely – Do you think this product is defiantly worth trying out or definitely worth trying out? Pay attention to the difference. Read this post for more information.
  • brought vs bought – No I don’t think you brought shampoo at a pharmacy, but maybe you bought it? Read this post for more information.
  • there vs their – I sit over there is correct, but saying, I love there hair is not. Instead, say I love their hair. Read this post for more information.
  • your vs you’re – Your is possessive. For example: your book. You’re is a contraction of “you are.” For example: you’re the best. If it can work without the contraction as well, you know it’s correct. (You are the best.) Read this post for more information.

Okay enough with me lecturing you. I’ll probably make these mistakes at some point in writing my blog because my mind often gets all in a tizzy and I start doing all sorts of funky things. Also, I have a really bad habit of not proofreading my work…

The second thing I wanted to talk about is #bblogger chats. Please, please, please be kind in those chats. Those are real people you are talking to, with real feelings. Even saying that you don’t like the chat topic can be hurtful because other bloggers come up with that chat topic and participate in the chat as well. It can be disheartening to see that other bloggers don’t like what you thought would be a good topic for a chat. I’m guilty of it too. Last Sunday I tweeted, “More invested in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie than in this chat. #bbloggers.” It wasn’t directly targeted at the topic, but I didn’t need to say it.

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From my profile on pinterest.com

So my last thought to share with you is a little tip: Use Pinterest boards to organize yourself. See a product you want to try in a #bblogger chat? Pin it. Have a sudden blog idea? Pin it. That way, it’s always on your phone or your computer or wherever you need it to be. My “Blog Ideas” and “Products to Try” boards are both secret so other people can’t see them, but you can make yours public.

Okay, I just wanted to add more thing before I go. When you put an image source under a picture on your blog, you cannot just put “google.com” or “tumblr.com.” The rule for image citing is that a person must be able to find the image with the image citation you give them. If you just put “google.com,” I’m not going to be able to find your image. There are SO many pictures on Google. Same goes for Tumblr, Pinterest, or any other website.

Okay I’m done ranting now.

What are some tips you have for blogging?

Green Curry Pot Pie

Hey guys! Today I thought I would write about a dish I made for my mom the other night. It was so delicious and it took very little effort, so I thought I would share it with you. View the full recipe here.IMG_9312 IMG_9318

The first thing I did was cut up a leek.IMG_9319Then I rinsed everything off. Who knew that leeks were so dirty? I also learned while making this recipe that leeks are basically just giant spring onions. You learn something new everyday! 🙂
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Then I peeled a potato…IMG_9332

…and cut it up.IMG_9342

I had lots of vegetable scraps after that (as you can see above)…IMG_9352

…so I put them all in a pot, covered them with water, and simmered them over the stove for a while to make a vegetable broth. Then I strained out the vegetables and stored the broth in my fridge for a future recipe!
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Now the cooking begins! I put a little bit of olive oil and the leeks in a pan and cooked them until they were soft.IMG_9646

Then I added the potatoes and sautéd those for about 5 minutes. IMG_9650

In went the ground turkey, as well as some water. I was pretty confused with exactly how much water to put in whenever the recipe said water, because the recipe just said 2 tablespoons, but you added water to the recipe about three times. I ended just putting in 2 tablespoons each time and that seemed to work okay. However, I added more when cooking the turkey (maybe about 6 tablespoons?) because the potatoes were just not cooking fast enough for me.
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The turkey is all cooked up!IMG_9663_2

Now time to add the star of the show! This little jar gave the pot pie all of its delicious flavor! Check it out here.
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In it goes!IMG_9682_2 I actually used a gluten free crust to make this recipe, since my mom doesn’t eat gluten. The pie still turned out great! I used the above crust. The package comes with two pie shells. I used one for bottom crust and flipped the other one out of its container to be the top crust.IMG_9687_2 IMG_9692_2

As you can see, I had a little bit of trouble getting the crust out of its metal pan, so the top of the pie looks a bit patchy…IMG_9697_2

…but spread a little egg and water mixture and everything evens out a bit!
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TA-DA! It was so delicious! I made it for dinner last night, but I actually had it for breakfast this morning as well. I might have it for lunch too…

IMG_9699_2I also wanted to show you the apron I was cooking in! I look a bit out of it in this picture (I was so tired last night), but I wanted to show the apron my grandmother brought back from Hawaii. (The green and dark pink think around my neck is supposed to be a lei by the way.) It’s a bit cheesy, but still kinda cute so I thought I’d show you.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you make this recipe, let me know how you like it!

What are some of your meal recommendations?

 

June Birchbox

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When my Birchbox arrives, it always makes me so happy! 🙂
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Isn’t this little quiz to find out where to visit next cute? I got Chicago, Illinois, but personally, I’d really like to visit San Francisco, California.IMG_8480

Perlier Body Cream in Shea Almond (Full Size $28.45 | Sample Size $4.25): I know some people get annoyed when subscription boxes keep sending them lotion, but I really don’t mind. It means I get to try a wide variety of lotions that all fit easily into my handbag. Plus, this one has shea in it so yay!
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Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (Full Size $34 | Sample Size $5.71): I’m a big fan of trying out facial skin care products so when I saw this I got really excited. However, I have yet to try it out…IMG_8493Dr. Hauschka Body Wash in Lemongrass (Full Size $22.95 | Sample Size $1.15): I’m always down for trying a new body wash. Also, lemongrass. I love lemongrass. Birchbox I’m loving you.

IMG_8502Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Silver (Full Size $16 | Sample Size $12): Basically when I saw this I thought GLITTER and was happy. Finding a time when I can wear this should be interesting though…IMG_8523Folle de Joie eau de parfum (Full Size $98 | Sample Size $1.73): Oh the endless barrage of perfumes you send me Birchbox.

Total Value: $24.84 – That eyeliner pretty much paid for the whole box…

What did you think of my Birchbox this month? I was pretty impressed. Also, keep an eye out for my “First Impressions” of my Birchbox items from now on. I always have thoughts about the items I get, but there’s never enough in the bottle to really give you guys a full, fair review. That being said, I do think first impressions are very important which is why I am making this series.

What subscription boxes have you received recently?

Reworking My Closet Outfit #1

So, right now, I’m in the process of moving, which means I don’t have all of clothes with me and because of that, I tend to end up wearing the same outfits over and over again. So I thought I would try to be a little creative with my closet, and here is an outfit I came up with:

IMG_8331_fotorThis outfit includes a grey tissue long-sleeved tee and a floral halter neck dress from Aéropostale. However, when I first put the tee on, it was too baggy and I couldn’t tuck it in because I was wearing a dress. PROBLEM.

IMG_8356_fotor_fotor.jpgHowever, I found a solution! As you can see above, I bunched up some the extra fabric that was just hanging around, tied it with a hair tie, and tucked it under the shirt. A little trick from back in middle school when all of our shirts were too big.

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 Yeah I don’t really know what I’m doing with that watering can… Or my face for that matter…

Do you guys know of any good reworking your closet posts? Link them below!

May Empties

Okay so kind of a late Empties post, but, hey, it’s here! Enjoy! 🙂

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Clump Crusher Mascara: I absolutely love the brush on this mascara! It’s perfect for using on your bottom lashes. True to its word, there are no clumps! However, I really can’t say there is 200% more volume. However, I think this mascara is good for a very natural, everyday look and for just swiping on your lashes really quickly before leaving the house. Will probably be repurchasing this in the future!IMG_8016_FotorIMG_8024

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara: I really had a love-hate relationship with this mascara. When I first started using it, I was like “Ew, no,” but I took a break from it for a while and went back to it. Although it is not the perfect mascara I’m looking for, it does a pretty good job (better than the mascara I’m using right now). However, I don’t know if I would recommend it to other people just because it’s been so hit and miss with other people. Would I repurchase this mascara? Maybe. If I can’t find any other drugstore mascara I like, then yes, but I think I’ll wait to come back to this one.
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Harmony Crème Balm: Oh my goodness I love this moisturizer so much. This was my holy grail moisturizer during the winter. I have combination skin which becomes more dry in the winter and more oily in the summer. However, until I met this bad boy, I was never able to find a moisturizer that gave my skin lots of moisture while still being mattifying. This moisturizer does that!!! However, it’s a little out of my price range so I doubt I’ll be using this again anytime soon, but this little pot did last a good 2-3 weeks (a little goes a loooong way), so maybe it’s worth the investment. Or…Christmas present?
IMG_8321Softlips Lip Balm: This used to be my favorite lip balm before I discovered Burt’s Bees. It has that cooling sensation like Burt’s Bees does (which I love), but is less moisturizing. I was using this because I currently trying to use up all the remaining lip balm I have so I can just use Burt’s Bees from now until forever. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to see your Empties Posts so put your links below!

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

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Last night I went to see TFIOS and oh my goodness it was perfect. The characters were perfect, the plot line was perfect, the way the movie was shot was perfect. I laughed (quite a bit; I now see why John Green thought he was writing a funny book) and I cried (of course). The thing I loved about this movie the most was that it seemed so real. Nothing was perfect. Hazel’s iPhone screen wasn’t completely free of fingerprints and there was a time when you could see the top part of her bra. The movie wasn’t perfect and that was beautiful.

If you haven’t been to see this movie yet, I would recommend it to you wholeheartedly. There are good movies, and then there are GREAT movies. This is a GREAT movie, no debate there. In fact, if you haven’t seen it already and you’re just sitting here reading this post, you’re wasting time. GO WATCH THIS MOVIE! (Sorry for screaming.)

The Start of My Fitness Adventure

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So the other day I realized that I was really out of shape and just felt pretty crappy all the time. SO, time for a change. I’m going to make an effort to workout everyday and to avoid junk food (pizza I will miss you). I want to come out on the other side feeling better about myself.

Does anyone have any good fitness websites they can recommend? Let me know in the comments below!