The Best Posts of 2015

HEY! I know you just heard from me yesterday, but I thought we’d continue with the New Year’s festivities and look at my favorite posts from 2015. New Years is a bloggers dream with all those opportunities to talk about what we want to do in the future and link back to all those posts we worked so hard on. But I digress.

IMG_2260 - Version 2I started off 2015 with a post about my family’s New Year’s day hike. That was a really fun day and it was nice to be able to spend time with my family. I really liked how the photos I took turned out as well.

IMG_1863 - Version 5I was really proud of this post about the Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser mostly because of the photo that I took to go with it. It was the first photo I had taken that felt “blogger-esque” to me. Also, I love that cleanser.

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We continue our journey in New Mexico. I took a trip there in February and absolutely loved it. I took so many photos of the amazing nature and sunsets that I saw. It was just a really great trip and I felt so inspired while I was there. You can read about that four day adventure here, here, here, and here.

IMG_3923I was so so proud of my Almond Joy Overnight Oats post. I loved how the photos turned out and was so proud of the recipe I created. Definitely my favorite post of 2015.

Version 3In my Small Town Adventures post I talked about one of the first days of summer and it was probably one of my favorite days of 2015. There was no school work to worry about and there was lots of delicious food eating and it was just great. Also, I actually was able to be in the photos of a blogpost so that was great too!

Which post from 2015 did you enjoy the most?

A Reflection on 2015 + 2 Years of Blogging

Version 2Hey guys! Long time no see! Where has 2015 gone? It feels like just the other day that I was writing my hopes for 2015 blogpost! I thought this would be a perfect time to reflect on what I wanted to happen last year and write about my hopes for the future.

Hopes for 2015:

  • Be more active: I have a vívofit (similar to a Fitbit) and it has a very cool feature where it automatically sets a steps goal for you, depending on how many steps you took the day before, gradually trying to get you to be more active. I did a great job of keeping up with the goals for the first month or so. Then…I gave up. So nope, I didn’t achieve this goal.
  • Cook/bake something once a week: Nope, didn’t happen.
  • DON’T PROCRASTINATE: I didn’t do a very good job of this until the beginning of the school year (September). When school started I was so on top of everything! I felt super proud of myself. Hopefully I can continue with those good habits this year.
  • Start a YouTube channel: DONE! Check it out here.

For 2016, I plan on setting myself a small goal every month. That way, I hope to make one goal a habit before I move concentrate on the next one. My goal for January is to meditate everyday. I’ll let you know in February how I did. 😝

I also just wanted to take a moment and thank all of those who read and comment on my blog. Your support means the world to me. ❤ I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for 2 years already! Here’s to the best year yet!

Favorite Blogs

Hey everyone! It’s Monday again. Yay… I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things with school and everything, so this is just going to be a quick little post so I can give some love to some people. If I seem a little rambly, forgive me. I’m feeling sick and a little cloudy.

Anyways, I wanted to share with you some of the people that I read religiously. I have a separate tab for them on Bloglovin’ and I read them before I read anyone else’s blog. So here we go:

Cliona Hill – She was one of the first people I followed. I just like the variety of stuff she posts and I feel like she and I have similar taste. Plus she shares my obsession with skincare so good things all around.

Willow Tea – Rachel was also one of the first people I followed. I think she writes so beautifully and no matter what she posts, I enjoy reading it.

Zoe Bold – I found Zoe relatively recently, but she is easily one of my favorite blogs to read. She’s just one of those people who I want to be like: “Can we be best friends please? Okay thanks. Bye.”

Well that was a very short post and very undescriptive (shame on the blogger), but I hoped you enjoyed and perhaps found a new blog to read. Let me know if you stopped by one of their blogs and if you love their blogs as much as I do!

Kisses, Gwen

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?