Blogger Love

Blogger Love

Another week done, another week closer to Spring right?  I think that’s the way most people are thinking right about now.  A light at the end of the tunnel would be great.  A break in the ice and cold would be much appreciated right now.  Just in case the weather forces you to stay in this weekend I will happily provide you with some great posts to check out.  That’s just another beauty of Meagan’s Blogger Love link up.  Not only do you get to virtually high five other bloggers but you also get to find some new blogs to read.  Win/win right?

Why I’ll Continue to Sponsor Your Blog by Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos.  This list by Lindsay sums it up perfectly.  Do these things and you are sure to get sponsors returning to your sidebar.

How To Really Get the Most From Your S.E.O. by The So-Called Homemaker.  This past week I admitted that S.E.O. was a blogging mystery to me.  Along comes Christine (and the next Blogger Pow Wow) and all of a sudden, S.E.O. seems like it could be something that I may finally start to understand.

8 Things I Learned from Deleting Facebook by Sage.  Facebook is my least favorite social media platform.  I have come so close to deleting my account and my blog’s account.  If ever there were some arguments to follow through with my threats of abandoning Facebook Cassie has found them.

DIY Gold Mercury Glass by Heavens To Betsy.  You know I love gold.  When Betsy posted this simple DIY I was thrilled.  I can’t wait to try this!

Our Plan Isn’t THE Plan by All the Joys.  Meagan talks about house hunting and buying a new home but you can easily substitute anything.  Sometimes you just have to let it go and see where the cards may fall.  A great reminder that we are not in control of things even though we wish we were.

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I announced that I was starting a monthly newsletter.  The very first edition come out tomorrow and I am excited.  In case you aren’t sure about what I am talking about, you can read more about it here.  Sign up to receive it and I will gladly schedule you and your blog to be featured one month.   This month’s Bloggers of the Month are Emily from Ember Grey and Sheryl from How to Make a Life.

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10 Things to Do When You’re Snowed In

10 Things to Do When You're Snowed In

Let’s face it, this winter has been brutal.  The snow drifts are piling up, the temperatures are dropping insanely low, and ice is keeping people prisoners in their own homes.  Cabin fever sets in as we wonder if and when Spring will ever arrive.  It’s easy to succumb to boredom and the feeling that the walls are caving in.  Here are 10 things that you can do to keep yourself (relatively) sane when you are snowed in.

1. Binge Watch a Series on Netflix / Catch Up with Your DVR

You have hours stretched out ahead of you with nowhere to go.  It’s the perfect time to start that series that everyone is raving about or to catch up on your favorite show.  Life rarely seems to slow down but Mother Nature has a way of using the winter to force our schedules to come to a screeching halt at times.  Pop some popcorn, grab a mug of cocoa, your warmest blanket and snuggle into the couch.

2. Read

Pick up that book you have been meaning to start/finish.  Get lost in another world and let the time just pass you by.

3. Board Games / Card Games

Remember back in the day when people played board games?  Actual games were played with people sitting next to you and not on an Xbox (or whatever the latest and greatest gaming system is).  We are huge fans of strategy games (Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Sabateur, and Pandemic) and Uno in our house.

4. Tackle a Project

Have you been meaning to paint a room?  Sort through your cupboards?  Now’s a great time to get that project started and finished.

5. At Home Spa Day

Ahhh…..a day of nothing and nowhere to go.  Indulge yourself.  Long, hot bubble baths, a manicure, and pedicure will leave you feeling revived and pampered.

6. Pinterest

If you are anything like me, you pin things to your heart’s delight yet never follow through and try them.  It’s the perfect time to choose something and try it.  Find a new recipe or a DIY craft and try it.  Not feeling like actually making anything?  Use the time to clean up your Pinterest boards.  I love the new update that allows you to move pins to other boards. If you choose to spend some time on Pinterest look me up here!)

7. Snail Mail

Perhaps Mother Nature has really thrown a temper tantrum and your power is out.  Gasp!  No email?  Hmmm….go back to the pre-computer age and write some letters to your family and friends.  Who doesn’t love receiving snail mail??

8. Clean

Boring, yes, but mandatory right?  Might as well tackle those chores so that when the weather breaks you can get outside and enjoy it!

9. Exercise

With all that snow comes a perfect form of exercise.  Shoveling.  Not fun but it will definitely work those muscles.

10. Embrace Your Inner Child

Have a snowball fight.  Make snow angels.  Go outside as the snow is falling and catch snowflakes on your tongue. Take in the wonder and beauty that a soft snowfall can bring.  Too cold to be outside?  Build blanket forts inside and hang out all day in there.  Have a fire and make S’mores.  Try to find that little bit of youth that enjoyed snow days and lose that adult nagging sense of responsibility of knowing all the things that have to be done yet can’t be done because of the weather.  Give in and enjoy it.

 

So how do you manage to fight cabin fever when you are snowed in during the long, cold winter months?

 

 

 

Wednesday Wishes and The Lilac Linnet

Wednesday Wishes

One of the best parts about having sponsorships on your blog is getting to highlight the bloggers you have come to enjoy working with.  Today I am happy to introduce you to Llinos, my international blogging friend behind The Lilac Linnet and also the co-host of today’s Wednesday Wishes.

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It just seemed like a fun thing to do, and it gives me the opportunity of having a regular writing practise. I love cultivating my writing skills and making blog friends.

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I would go to a lakeside villa in Italy, and spend time writing and exploring the area. It would be a blissful time for relaxation and creativity!

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I knew I wanted my favourite colour, lilac, to be in my blog name. My name is Welsh for ‘linnet’, and so my blog name was born!

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Spring is a time full of promise and joy which inspires me. I am looking forward to warmer weather, a chance to wear lighter clothes, and long walks during the evenings.

Does my birthday count as a holiday? I do love celebrating my birthday. I also like Easter – a long weekend in springtime. I always feel inspired by pretty crafts and pastels at Easter.

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Have fun! Write posts that are heartfelt and engage with the blogging community.

You can follow Llinos and The Lilac Linnet on Bloglovin’, Twitter, and Pinterest.

My wish for you today is simple.  I wish that you might take the time to visit one or two new blogs and comment on them.  I think we often get in the habit of following the same blogs and not reaching out to bloggers that are new to us.  Tides’ the perfect day to start a new friendship.

What are you wishing for?  Link up with Llinos and I and tell us!

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