As a blogger that has been around for about 10 years, I’ve seen it all. When I first started blogging in 2009, the blogging world was vastly different than what it is now. As in night and day different. It was a world that was more personal and more organic in forming relationships. There were no facebook groups, and there definitely wasn’t pinterest or instagram. There were no blog launches. Support threads or telegram groups? Nope. If you wanted engagement, you sought it yourself and made real connections. You wanted to start a blog? You did and that was that (I have to say thank goodness for social media because it now makes it easier to promote your blog).
I stopped blogging in 2015, and I think around that time is when blogging started to shift in a different direction – into influencer marketing (I started back blogging again with a brand new blog, Fabulous In Fayette, in 2016). Blogging circa 2010 makes me laugh, because it was so different – the photography, the content, just everything. It was just funny. Also, you would rarely see affiliate links and sponsored posts were not as mainstream as they are now. Remember when blog buttons were a thing? If you wanted to make money, you would charge everyone to place their “blog button” on the sidebar of your site and you would offer extras such as guest posts, twitter shoutouts, etc. for a ‘x’ amount of money.
Now, obviously, I love the direction blogging has went, because that means I can make a business out of it and it’s no longer a hobby. However, there is one thing that has always been on my mind, especially now with the influx of new bloggers popping up and that is…
The HOLY GRAIL of shopping days is coming up at the end of this week – BLACK FRIDAY! My husband and I have been shopping on Black Friday for the past five years. We do it because it’s fun and we actually enjoy it! There’s nothing like finding a great deal on something that you’ve been eyeing for quite some time. In fact, over 174 million people went shopping last year on Black Friday! Last year alone, Americans spent a record number of $5 billion in 24 hours!
I know some people would rather shop online, but sometimes you just can’t find the deals that you can in person. I know other people are apprehensive because of the crowds, but all the times we have shopped on Black Friday, it hasn’t been too terrible. Obviously, it depends on which store you are shopping at and what time you are there.
I know the media tends to hype up Black Friday about being utter chaos (and I don’t doubt that it is in some places), but it honestly isn’t too bad at all from what I’ve personally experienced.
Since I’m a seasoned veteran of Black Friday, I figured I would include my top seven tips for making your Black Friday successful!
I’m so glad it’s the weekend again! A few weeks ago, my husband and I started watching The Haunting of Hill House, because everyone was raving about it. We finished it in a couple of nights and it was SOOOOO good! If you haven’t watched then you most definitely need to! You won’t regret it! My husband doesn’t normally like the horror genre, but he’s glad he gave it a chance. Since he enjoyed it so much, we decided to find another similar show to watch. Lots of people suggested that we watched American Horror Story, since it’s an anthology series – every season is a different story. We already have finished seasons one through four! So far, I have to say that season one and two are my favorites. I thought season three was incredibly boring, and season four was pretty interesting (I have a strong feeling that nothing is going to top the first two seasons!).
Since the holidays are coming up, we are thinking about taking a break and resuming watching seasons six through eight after the new year. We want to make sure we have plenty of time to watch our favorite Hallmark Christmas movies!
I still can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I’m excited about all the food, and then going shopping for Black Friday! That weekend, we are going to be cutting down our Christmas tree and starting to decorate our house. I love Christmas decorations so much! Have y’all decorated yet for Christmas?
Can you believe that it is almost Thanksgiving? Where has this month gone? Where has this year gone? Before we know it, we will be sitting around the table with our loved ones over a feast of food. After all, Thanksgiving is in seven days! Seven days!
I have the perfect side dish you can bring to your get together – spicy herb roasted potatoes. These have been on repeat in my house for years, since I decided to experiment and make the recipe. I make these for my husband and me on a pretty regular basis for dinner. These are not only perfect for holiday dinners, but they are great for your everyday dinner. Plus, everyone LOVES potatoes. With potatoes you can never go wrong.
These potatoes are super easy to make and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!
I’m sure us girls have noticed the cosmetics that are in the light green packaging while strolling through the makeup aisle at Target. If you have but aren’t sure what brand it is or you haven’t tried any of the products, then let me introduce you to Pixi Beauty by Petra.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist picking up a new lipstick or two every time I’m out shopping. I was super excited that I received the entire collection for Pixi’s MatteLast Liquid Lips. This product was a winner of Cosmopolitan UK’s Beauty Award. Pixi claims these lippies are hydrating with a long-lasting formula that sets perfectly to a matte veil finish.
Well, I put them to the test!