Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Meet Our July Partners

You may have noticed some tweets and a few new images in our sidebar. We have been working hard on our blog for 3+ years--it is work that we love every second of, but it consumes hours of our lives, and it is an important part of our business. We had always seen this blog as something interactive, a place that would grow and change--and one of those changes is going to be entering into the for-profit blog world.

We decided to start using Passionfruit ads as a way to build partnerships (we don't like the word sponsorship since we truly believe that there should be something in it for both people/businesses involved!).  This month, we "swapped" ads with some other fabulous ladies who are also using Passionfuit blogs as a way to build community.

So without further ado, this month's group of lovelies...

Your "song of the summer.": I have been listening to the Tapestry album on vinyl nonstop so I will have to go with "I Feel the Earth Move" by Carol King!  Love that woman :)
Fashion trend you can't get enough of: I am LOVING the chiffon button up shirts/blouses trend right now. I could buy 100 if them!
Last thing you read (book, magazine, newspaper): Finished reading? House Beautiful July Issue.  Currently reading? I am finally reading Friday Night Lights after being obsessed with the TV series
Other favorite blog/s:  So many!! Young House Love, Centsational Girl, Apartment Therapy to name a few.
Favorite thing about yourself: I am a sunshine-y optimist, which I get from my mom, with just enough of my practical father to ground me.  I feel like I can stay very positive and still make smart decisions.
What you do when you aren't blogging: I work full time as a assistant editor at a post production facility but when I'm not working I enjoy hanging out with my two men: Walker (my amazing boyfriend) and Bo (my amazing pup), working on DIY apartment projects, being outdoors, cooking with my man (he's the brains behind the operation... I am just a decent sous chef and baker), learning how to take nice pictures with my camera, listening to & playing music (I play acoustic guitar), reading, drinking some vino, and hanging out with friends!  I tend to adore the little things in life... as long as it is quality time with people I love.


Your "song of summer":  Lately I've been listening to Adele's "21" alot

Fashion trend you can't get enough of:  Color-blocking ( I just LOVE it)
Last thing you read:  I'm reading "Sugar Snaps and Strawberries" right now; it's about gardening in small places
Favorite blog:  In Honor of Design
What you do when you aren't blogging:  ...wishing I were sewing but I'm more than likely working or doing laundry.

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My Song of the Summer:  I'm loving Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
Fashion Trend I Can't Get Enough Of: Fun nail polish!
Last thing I read: I'm loving the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Favorite Blogs: Fabulous But Evil, O is Me, The Nerdy Katie, The Little Aslam, The Vintage Apple
Favorite Thing About Myself: My monkey toes
What I do when I'm not blogging:  Cuddle my new baby & play with my furchildren


Your "song of the summer": Right now I am really digging "Some Nights" by Fun.  It's just the perfect song to belt out on the way home from work.  Another favorite that I have had in frequent rotation during the past several summers is "Paper Planes by M.I.A.  I've come to associate that song with summer for some reason.  Not that I go around forging visas and robbing people during the summer.  At least, not all summer.  :)
Fashion trend you can't get enough of:  I'm loving the dainty sundresses this summer.  I love the structured eyelet dresses and the flowy floral dresses.  If given the choice I will usually choose a dress over pants or shorts.  They are so comfortable and just look nicer.  I also love that mint green is everywhere now.  It's such a lovely color, so light and feminine.  I love pairing it with a coral or yellow.
Last thing you read:  I'm ashamed to say that the last books I read were the 50 Shades series.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about!  Luckily I had them e-mailed to me so I didn't have to spend money on them.  I eventually had to start skipping over all the "good" parts.  Too much.  The current issue of Outdoor Photographer arrived in my mailbox yesterday afternoon, so I'll be reading that this evening!  
Other favorite blog/s: I love The Pioneer Woman for recipes.  I also read The 818Young House LoveHarper's Happenings, and Alternative Apparel's blog. I have hundreds of blogs in my reader, so those are just a sampling of my favorites.
Favorite thing about yourself:  I think I have pretty green eyes.
What you do when you aren't blogging:  Well, I have a full-time job so most of my day is spent doing that.  I try to sneak in a link or a small post on breaks, though.  Then I spend my evenings with my husband and our 3-year old and 10-month old boys.  We like to take them to the park or the pool, and on the weekends we may try to get into the city for a Braves game or just to explore Atlanta.  We also like to find new places to eat and things to do around our neighborhood.  We've been venturing out and finding lots of fun stuff!

Your "song of the summer": Always Summer by Yellowcard
Fashion trend you can't get enough of: Anything Nautical
Last thing you read: Just finished, Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder
Favorite blog/s: 
Favorite thing about yourself: My big heart. I love helping people.
What you do when you aren't blogging: reading, volunteer work, promoting other handmade artists.

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Thanks so much to all of you for being part of our blog this month! We hope you'll consider sticking with us or returning in the future.

Starting in September, we're hoping to work with your small business, blog, or handmade shop at extremely reasonable rates--see more info on our PR/Advertising page!  We may also consider swaps if they seem like a good fit for our readers.  You can always email us! We'd love to hear from you!



  1. So excited to have started this partnership with you ladies! You are fantastic :)

    1. No, YOU are fantastic! Thanks for being here. :)

  2. You two are wonderful! Thank you for featuring me, and introducing us to your other great partners.

  3. Thanks for featuring us! Love "meeting" these great bloggers. And I am apparently extremely wordy, haha!



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