Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: January 2016

January 29, 2016

6 Reasons You Should Read "Girl On The Train" Right This Minute

Alert: Bookworm taking over the blog today!

Hi everyone, my name's Amanda from Anchored to Sunshine and I’m so excited to be taking over Emelia’s blog today.

For those of you who've been hiding out from Jonas these last few days then you probably know how nice it is to curl up with an amazing book for some quiet reading time (literally the only way I survived 4 days of being locked indoors because of the blizzard). But what book are you curling up with? 



If you haven’t read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins then you're missing out!

Here are 6 reasons you should pick the book up right this minute and start reading:

1. You'll completely relate to Rachel's desire to people watch.
People watching, we all do it. We just don’t take the starring further than that... unlike Rachel. Boundaries, Rachel!

2. You'll hate all the characters, but in an amazing way!
You won’t like anyone in the book, so who do you root for? It will pull at all of your emotions!

3. You'll want to binge read it like you binge watch Netflix.
The picture above serves more as a suggestion than a pretty image. You must keep snacks (preferably ice cream) close by to eat as you binge read this book! You won’t be able to put the book down once you start, so you better have snacks (and maybe a glass of wine) within reaching distance.

4. You'll second guess the main character non-stop.
What do you do if you have an unreliable narrator? This book breaks all the rules in quite a refreshing way.

5. You'll flashback to all the times you've had something to drink.
Did you drink more than you should have and forget something that could be life altering? Probably not… but this book will generate those fears in your nightmares (eek)!

6. You'll want to compare it to Gone Girl.
While I try not to compare books to Gone Girl (sometimes it's seriously impossible), I will say that if you loved that type of book then you'll love The Girl on the Train as well!

Have I convinced you to pick up the book yet? Or have you already stopped reading this because you're running to Barnes & Noble (or downloading it on Audible like I did) already?

Thanks so much for letting me take over the blog today! It was so fun getting to share my thoughts and I hope to chat with you all soon :)

p.s.  If you’ve already read The Girl on the Train, check out my blog for dozens more recommendations . Ever read Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ? Now that book is a serious thriller!


Thank you so much to Amanda, my Sunset Chaser sponsor for gracing the blog with her book expertise today. You can take over my blog today with one of my sponsorship options, don't forget to use the code JANUARYDREAMIN for 20% off an ad you purchase through the weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stay warm--you can even curl up and read something new thanks to Amanda. See you next week friends!



January 28, 2016

January Favorites

How has the month already come and go? The easier the days fly by the more I am reminded to soak in every second. I am excited that we are a month closer to warmer weather though, that is something I never mind coming too fast. It's time to recap my favorites from January and show some love to the bloggers out there who have made my month a little brighter.





Favorite Purchase: If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE holidays. Any reason to celebrate makes me over the top excited. I purchased some fun little goodies for our nieces and nephew for Valentine's Day and had a good time putting them together.

A photo posted by emeliaπŸ’œ (@emeliaanne_) on


Favorite Post About Life: Jordyn from The Fairy Princess Diaries asks a good question that many women may think at some point in their lives - Why Am I Not Ready Yet?

Favorite Recipe:  Easy and Healthy Chicken Fried Rice from Kristyn at Dash of Herbs...I mean is there anything really more to say here? Easy. Healthy. Chicken Fried Rice. Yup...that about sums it up. This is bound to go wild on Pinterest...I can feel it.



Favorite Blogging Post: It's Okay If You Don't Want To Be A Full-Time Blogger from Lindsay at Bourbon, Lipstick and Stilettos resonated with those of us working hard at our 9 to 5 while blogging in our free time. With the push out there to quit your job and blog full time being at an all time high...it may not be the path for all of us.

Favorite Moment: This is not for the small bit of profit that it will give me, but the minute I hit the publish button on my Sponsor page I literally danced around my kitchen. It felt really good to knock a BIG item of my goal list and earlier than expected. I was toying around with the idea of sponsorships for quite some time, but couldn't find the right mix of what I wanted to do, how to name the options & how to execute it all. When it all came together I was ecstatic. I seriously love connecting with bloggers because we share something in common, yet we are all so different and I enjoy getting to know you all better.
Want to work together? How about a promo code for 20% off sponsorships- because I'm still so over the moon about my new project- use JANUARYDREAMIN for a discount and I'll pimp you out on the Internet!

Favorite DIY: Rebekah at Rebekah & Co. made some Easy Dog Treats that sounds like something awesome for your sweet pups!

Favorite Fun Post: Kim from The Thirty Something Life does these great posts where her husband dresses her for different occasions. It's amazing what a great fashion sense he has and I love seeing what he will come up with next and Kim's opinion of it.


Favorite Dream Big posts this month:
If My Mom Was Here
Dreamy Instagram Inspo: C O L O R
Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Bouquets On A Budget


I'll see you back here tomorrow for a special guest post you won't want to miss. Happy Thursday!!




January 27, 2016

The First Touch // Wedding Wednesday

You've heard it all...save time and get pictures- do a first look, or keep it traditional and don't do a first look. I strongly encourage you to go with your gut, that's what we did. I was considering and actually opting for a first look because I felt like everyone said you should do it. When I brought the idea up to Chuck he was not on board with that plan.
Chuck wanted to stick to the traditional route, and did not want to see me until I walked down the aisle. He didn't even want to see my shoes that I was so excited to show him until our wedding day. I accepted that and was glad he reminded me of what we had initially planned on, which was keeping in traditional.

I needed to talk to Chuck before I walked down the aisle. I had serious anticipation that I was going to be an emotional mess the whole morning, mostly related to my mom not being there. Chuck always calms me and I needed to connect with him somehow.

I had seen the idea of a couple getting pictures before the ceremony, but not actually seeing each other. Pictures were staged around the corner from one another or on the other sides of a doorway. I asked Chuck if he would be willing to do a "first touch" so I could hold his hand and hear his voice. Thankfully, he agreed and the first touch became a thing.

Our wedding coordinator at the venue set up the perfect spot right by where the bridesmaids and I were getting dressed. Our photographer was there to shoot some pictures of the whole thing and some of these pictures are my favorite from the whole day. It was a really special moment and I'm excited to share it with you today.


I was hidden in the room past these white doors and off to the right with the rest of my bridesmaids while they set Chuck and Ethan in to place. I absolutely love these pictures of my guys...they are two of a kind. 


It was time to bring me out and I was so nervous Chuck was going to somehow catch a glimpse of me, but it all worked out perfectly. 


We were both so nervous...just look at our faces. I felt so much better once I heard his voice though. Ethan was a little confused at first as to how this was all happening and at this point I still hadn't seen him. Once Ethan came around the corner, I lost it. I seriously lost it...I'll let the pictures do the explaining.



I couldn't get over how grown up he looked and how adorable he was in a suit. He is the sweetest little man and seeing him looking like such an adult made me break down in to tears. Ethan said to me "Oh man, I knew you were going to cry." He knows me so well and I am a highly emotional person who cries easily. He then followed it up with "Dad, have you seen her yet? She looks good!"



After I put myself back together, Chuck gave me a sweet note that I read in private a little later. I couldn't risk messing up my makeup again, especially in front of the camera...ha-ha. 

Our first touch was the perfect way to ease my mind, talk to one another, and share a special time with just the three of us before the day began. I still got to see the look on Chuck's face the moment our eyes met as I walked down the aisle. 

I wouldn't change a thing about the decision we made to not do a first look. While, it may be for others we found a way to connect that worked just perfect for us. You should always do what's best for you and your husband and don't worry what others think. Do what's in your heart.

Thank you for all your love each Wedding Wednesday--sharing these posts with you really make me happy and I'm always touched by your sweet comments. 


Wedding Wednesday in week's past...in case you missed it:


To Travel & Beyond

January 26, 2016

The Best Homemade Iced Coffee

I don't know about you, but sometimes I crave a delicious iced coffee. Unfortunately most of the time this happens at home and until now I have failed at my many attempts at homemade iced coffee.





I finally found the best way to make some iced coffee from the comfort of your own home. I am so excited to share my recipe with you today.

You will need:
Ice
Creamer
Keurig
Any K-Cup of your choice (they're all tasty if you ask me)



To make:
Fill your cup half with ice
Add desired amount of creamer- I used roughly 2 tablespoons
Set Keurig to smallest cup setting and brew over ice
Add more ice and fill to top of cup
Stir & enjoy



I was pretty excited when I realized I had F I N A L L Y came up with the right combination to make this at home stuff drinkable. I have thrown one too many cups down the drain, but this one went straight to my belly and all was right in my world. 




If you're looking for some insight for what K-Cups are the best you can check out my Battle Of The K-Cups to find the right one for you. I hope this helps you the next time you're craving some cool caffeine at home.


Do you have a favorite type of iced coffee?

January 25, 2016

How To Cure The Winter Blues: Weekend Winery Fun

Last week I talked about what I like to do when it snows and luckily we missed the big effects of Winter Storm Jonas over the weekend. When you're someone like me who isn't fond of snow, and skiing or hiking in all that white stuff this season can be kind of boring. Well, boring unless you have awesome friends with January birthday's who like to celebrate with limo's and wine.


Two of my best friends share birthdays two days apart and when they threw the idea of a wine tour out, I was definitely on board. We spent Saturday in a limo hopping from winery to winery in Pennsylvania & New York and ended with a fun dinner.



I have never done a wine tour, but it's the perfect thing to do when you have a driver, good music, great snacks and even better friends. The birthday girls had the limo stocked with goodies to make the whole drive in between the wineries a blast. 

The first winery we went to was closed, but that didn't put a damper on our day. We stopped at some pretty cool places and got to experience even more than just wine.


South Shore has this incredible cellar and a huge area for tasting. It was a little cold which is to be expected in a stone room in January, but the atmosphere was so cool.




Johnson Estate Winery was one of my favorite stops on the route, because not only could you try wine but you had the option of trying other spirits. I opted for the bourbon and whiskey side of the building and loved all three that I tried. 




You can see Dave, our limo driver in the mirror...he was the coolest guy and gave us a tip to buy the Bloody Mary mix they sold. Obviously I bought a bottle.


I loved all the options on the tasting menu...it was a nice switch in the middle of the day from the wine.



You know I will never miss a good sky, even if it means stepping outside during wine tasting in the cold. I love the icicles hanging down too.

One thing I wish I would have done is write down what wines I tasted. I loved one from 21 Brix, there was hints of cotton candy smell and it was really refreshing. I have to say it may have been my favorite winery thanks to their big friend out front.



Once the wine kicked in, I didn't even feel the cold anymore so of course you pose in front of a big pink elephant with the birthday girl. I couldn't get over this creature in the snow, I was laughing so hard taking pictures and snapchats with it.



We ended the day in New York, and as we were getting in the limo I turned and looked out to the vineyard and saw this. It's amazing how beautiful a bitter cold season can be.

You know you're having too good of a time at dinner when you end up with no pictures of it in your camera roll. Sometimes it's nice to simply experience things rather than document them. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Cork, which used to be a bank. The birthday girls reserved the vault, which was pretty fun. We sat at a long table in a private room inside the bank vault and it was really cool to have the room all to ourselves.

The weekend was spent with great company and a first time winery adventure. I also have to share a picture you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram.



If you're looking for a hilarious gift for any occasion, you need to check out Anonymous Potato. You can get a big potato and put ANY message on it as long as its 140 characters or less. It's delivered in a yellow mailing envelope from AnonymousPotato.com and that's all they get. No letter inside, no explanation...just a potato.
I stalked the tracking on it and the minute it arrived in their mailbox I waited...and waited...and finally a Snapchat was posted asking who sent the potato. We didn't admit to anything until we were directly asked, then you better believe we owned up to that potato. I was so excited that the birthday girls got a hit out of it because I laughed every single day after I ordered it just thinking about it. Everyone needs an anonymous potato in their mailbox, I promise you. They even have a deal on Groupon right now that you can check out.

The best way to stay warm this season is by piling in a limo with your friends and doing some winery hopping...it's a great cure for the winter blues.

Happy Monday friends! What did you do this weekend?

January 22, 2016

Healthy Eating With Dash of Herbs // Guest Post

I'm really excited to have my Shine Seeker Sponsor, Kristyn here today to share something I think most of us deal with consistently...weight and healthy cooking. Kristyn from Dash of Herbs has managed to turn a struggle of hers in to a passion and she has some wonderful things to share with us today.


Every year, at the beginning of the year, I feel the pressure to lose weight and go to the gym. Hi, I’m Kristyn and I recently started a food blog called Dash of Herbs. But back to that first sentence. Does anyone else feel that pressure? I know so many people try and fail to keep New Year’s Resolutions about losing weight and going to the gym. We set the bar so high that it’s just unattainable. Let me tell you something. You aren't alone. I have felt this way for many, many years. And I have struggled with my weight for longer than I really want to admit. After living an active childhood, I started to notice the weight creep on when I was working a 9-5 cubicle job. It didn't happen suddenly, so I didn't really notice that it was a problem until it was. When I got on the scale recently, I think I yelped. It was that bad. And I knew I had to do something about it. So, I decided to join Weight Watchers and with that came cooking more. Dash of Herbs is the brainchild of my Weight Watchers journey and my new love of cooking. You can find simple, easy recipes that any type of cook can throw together, and they are so easy to make. I try to not spend more than 30 minutes putting a meal together, and these recipes are on point.

  food collage 1

These mini chicken pot pies are perfect when you are wanting a little bit of comfort food. I don't know about you, but I can't deny myself something sweet. These choco-chocolate chip muffins are fabulous when my sweet tooth hits and I have to have something. This black bean burger is delicious. It's a little bit spicy, but the homemade guacamole on top just adds to the flavor and is a great compliment to the burger.

  food collage 2

Want to make breakfast while you sleep? This slow cooker apple cranberry oatmeal is amazing. Seriously, it's so good. It's pretty high in points, but it gets you really full for the rest of the day. Talk about starting your day off right! I have made these turkey sausage mini quiches twice, and both times, they were amazing. You can have so many varieties of these little things, that I just love them even more. The possibilities are endless! When the weather gets colder, I want chili. But I don't love beef chili all the time. This white chicken chili recipe is so flavorful, you won't know what hit you. Oh, and it's INCREDIBLY easy to make. And what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn't include a recipe for you? This chicken tortilla soup recipe is extremely easy to make, and delicious.

Interested in an easy dinner idea? This chicken tortilla soup recipe is so easy and only uses 1 pot.
 
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Author: Kristyn
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4 servings
According to the Weight Watcher Recipe Builder, this recipe is 3 Smart Points per serving, about 1 cup.

Ingredients
  • 4 frozen uncooked chicken breasts
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 6 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • 15oz fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 15oz corn, drained (optional)
  • 15oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped - for garnish
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese, shredded
  • baked low-fat tortilla strips
  • sour cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot set over medium heat. Add onion and salt and cook for 5-10 minutes or until onion is softened. Add garlic, jalapeno, and ancho chili powder and cook for 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, corn, black beans, chicken breasts, and lime juice.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered for 20 minutes or until chicken breasts are cooked through. Remove breasts from soup and use 2 forks to shred. Return chicken to pot with cilantro.
  3. Serve soup garnished with cheese and tortilla chips.
 
Thank you Kristyn for sharing several delicious, and EASY recipes with us today. I have so many of her posts pinned because you can't go wrong with quick, healthy cooking.

You can have the opportunity to guest post on Dream Big & Buy the Shoes, since it's included in a few of my sponsorship options. Check them out, I would love to feature YOU!

Have a wonderful, safe and warm weekend...and hope it's delicious too thanks to Kristyn!


January 21, 2016

Winter Activity List

Winter in Erie is no joke. I can't complain this year though, on Christmas Day it was 60 degrees and not a sight of snow. I haven't hit the slopes in years so I find other things to keep me occupied during my least favorite season.



Play a board game

Build a puzzle

Create a new favorite hot cocktail
--My Cinnamon Roll Cocoa is a winter favorite

Plan out your Valentine's Day details
--Make something, such as this Sealed With A Kiss Picture Frame

Spend some time at the library or a bookstore

Clean out your closets

Try out some new K-Cups
--Check out Battle of the K-Cups if you want some advice

Unplug from technology and read a book

Burn a candle in each room and watch a movie- Aladdin is always a good choice

Plan a trip for warmer weather
--Browse my T R A V E L Pinterest board



Follow Dream Big & Buy The Shoes's board T R A V E L the world on Pinterest.


There's so many things to do even if you're snuggled up inside the house. Stay warm friends!

See you tomorrow for a special delicious guest post.


January 20, 2016

The Dress // Wedding Wednesday

This isn't the first time I've shared pictures of my dress, but I wanted to go in more detail about...well, the details.

When I started looking for dresses online, I had several different ideas in mind and shared a secret Pinterest board with a few of my bridesmaids so we could look for styles. My dream dress was the Gianna from Maggie Sottero. The way it flowed, the pops of gold, it all took my breath away.

I wasn't 100 % set on the Gianna dress, but I really loved it and thought I may end up it.
I started the dress hunt at a local shop and really didn't think I was going to find anything on the first trip. We started pulling dresses off the racks, and let me tell you...they look SO much different on your body than they do on a hanger. If you are dress shopping, I highly encourage you try on anything and everything that looks remotely good to you. You'll be surprised on how a dress fits on your body opposed to how it hangs on a rack.

I was sure of some things I wanted:
A white dress
Something with straps
An element of sparkle
Not too spend TOO much on a dress- I had a budget set for ideally $1,000



I was surprised with what I chose in the end based on what I thought I wanted. I hated the white dresses on me. No joke- the minute I put it on, I took the first white dress right back off. There was something about the white that just didn't look good on me. One other thing that didn't look good on me was lace.
I got an off the shoulder dress, which I loved because I really like the way I look in off the shoulder tops. I also chose it because I had never seen anything like it in the form of off the shoulder and I liked that sense on uniqueness.
 I also had 3 layers of tulle removed from the bottom of my dress so that it wasn't too big for my liking. I love the really poufy look on some dresses but it did not suit me well at all.
My dress came with a built in belt that was so me. That belt sparkled and shined and ended up being a focal point of all my accessories.




I was graciously surprised by my Stepmom who came dress shopping with me, that her and my Dad planned to pay for my wedding gown. It was such a relief from the wedding budget and the sweetest gift. I found something at a very reasonable price, but something to keep in mind when setting a budget is the veil, alterations, pressing of the dress, and other small add on's that you aren't thinking of when it comes to just, the dress. 






I felt great in my dress, and that's how you are supposed to feel. I hadn't worked hard on losing a ton of weight like I would have liked, but that's something I am constantly struggling with. I focused on looking beautiful in my own skin and that's what happened...I loved how I looked and that was important to me on my wedding day.




Of course, Chuck didn't want to see the dress prior to the wedding and we didn't do a first look. We opted for a different way to connect before the wedding which I will share next week. I think the pictures of him as I came down the aisle speak for how he liked what I chose for a dress. 

 I knew this dress was the one when I put it on, and then I came out to see the reactions of my fellow shoppers and it was solidified. I felt so good in my gown and loved wearing it all day and night. It's all about you, the Bride. I encourage you to shop until you find something you are 110% happy with. 

Until next week...one of my favorite pictures showcasing the dress. 




Details & Vendors:
Photography: R. Frank Photography
Hair & Makeup: Panache Salon and Spa
The Dress: Bridal Elegance
Customized Hanger: The Elite Bride 
Flowers: Afloral
Men's Shoes: Nike Lockwood



Wedding Wednesday in week's past...in case you missed it:



To Travel and Beyond








January 19, 2016

If My Mom Was Here

This weekend I saw a friend's Instagram post where she described all the amazing things she did with her mom and it looked like so much fun. I got a bit jealous, but at the same time was so happy for her that she could experience all these things. I don't like to publish sad posts often, because I want this to be a place of positivity and all the happy things.
Life isn't always easy breezy though, and while this blog is for me to share my dreams with all of you and promote an environment of creativity and love...some days I just want to utilize my little space of the Internet as an online journal.

As some of you may know, my mom passed away 15 years ago and I swear at most times it feels like it happened yesterday. Sometimes I wish that cell phones were more advanced or common back then because something I don't have a ton of is pictures. I love pictures and take them of Ethan about every day. I am so thankful that I was old enough to have the most heartfelt memories with her though, because no one can take those from me.

I got to thinking about some things I would do with my Mom if she was still here today. Here's what I came up with:

I would go to a movie with her. We loved movies. I have fond memories of seeing a lot of great ones I still love to this day with her like Clueless and Jurassic Park...classics.

We loved to shop together. My Mom spoiled us. She made any excuse to take us to the store to "pick up a little something." I would love the chance to spoil her, like she definitely deserves.

My Mom always made sure I was decked out for dances, proms, and everything in between. I can pictures us getting pedicures together and just relaxing or talking about our day.

Oh man did Mommy love to sing and dance. Some of my most favorite memories are going to a few concerts with her- Hootie and the Blowfish, Elton John, and Janet Jackson...my mom was so awesome. My absolute best memories are dancing around the house while she blasted music. Fleetwood Mac's song "Everywhere" was our jam...I couldn't imagine the level of excitement I would have seeing a concert with her today.

I find it really upsetting that I can't remember my Mom's favorite drink. I know she drank a ton of lemon water, but I honestly don't know if she liked coffee, or tea, or either. Do you know how sad it is to not remember something so simple? Well, I would try and convince Mommy to come to Starbucks with me...it's my favorite place, duh.

I think the one thing I wish for the most is to hear her voice and hold her hand. She had the absolute softest skin. I loved holding her hand and remember that we did that a lot when she was sick. I would sit with her or lay in her bed while she slept and just hold it. Sitting here right now I can feel her hand. I love those hands because they wrote me the cards I still have from her. Sometimes I pull out her cards and read them over and over. I can probably recite what's written in them...they're mostly simple words, but words I will cherish forever. If I could pick up the phone after a bad day and just talk to her or share with her my best moments...I couldn't even imagine.

Mommy, I miss you and hope that you're dancing in heaven every chance you get. Thank you for watching over me and being with me in all the moments I enjoy in life. You taught me to Dream Big.



January 18, 2016

Beauty On A Budget // Dry Shampoo

One thing I really want to do this year is collaborate with other bloggers. There are so many strong & interesting people in the blog world and I love to get to know them better. Working on projects lets my creativity run wild and I am really excited about this series with my beautiful friend Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick  & Stilettos.





Beauty On A Budget is all about great drugstore buys that you may not have considered trying. I love my Sephora, Ulta, MAC & Nordstrom goodies but there are so many amazing products out there that you can find at your local Target, Wal-Mart or even at the grocery store.

Lindsay and I will each be sharing a product in a different category the third Monday of every month in this series and today we are starting with hair.

Let me be honest with you. I don't wash my hair every day. I have naturally curly, coarse, thick hair...that I usually straighten. My routine isn't that difficult, but it does take time to achieve the look for the perfect at home blowout . In those off days, I am a huge fan of dry shampoo.

I swear every female is on the lookout for a great dry shampoo that doesn't hurt the bank account, since (if you're like me), you buy it in bulk. I've used SO many different products in this category and finally found the perfect budget friendly dry shampoo.

budget friendly dry shampoo


Batiste Dry Shampoo is not only inexpensive, but it applies evenly, works great and smells yummy too. I first found a travel size in the Wal-Mart checkout line, but when I was at Marshall's the other day I spotted it and had to scoop a few up. At only $6 a bottle, this stuff is a life saver.

batiste dry shampoo for brunettes

I remember years ago in college hearing about brunettes putting baby powder in their hair in between shampoo's. Those days are over now that we have dry shampoo. I like to apply mine by lifting the roots of the areas I'm targeting, shaking the bottle of Batiste, spraying 10-12 inches from the hair and teasing a little with my fingers. I don't brush it out because I like the added volume it gives me.



I love the scent of the original formula, but Batiste also offers different ones if you're not a fan of the original version. I crave summer year round so I grabbed a bottle of the Batiste Tropical to pretend I'm on a beach when I use it in the morning. Batiste has such a wide variety of dry shampoo's that are all budget friendly, so there's sure to be a bottle for every girl out there.




I am seriously in love with Batiste Dry Shampoo since there seems to be a formula for everyone at a price point that can't be beat. Dry shampoo saves my day at least 4 days a week...so it's a must have beauty buy for me.

If you want to buy 33 bottles of Batiste, or a bunch of other fun stuff I've got the perfect giveaway for you. How's $200 PayPal cash sound? I've teamed up with a beautiful group of bloggers to give you just that. You have until Monday January 25th to enter. If you're entering from my blog please put MY blog name "Dream Big & Buy the Shoes" in the free entry.

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Happy Monday friends--make it a good week!


January 15, 2016

Meet The January Dreamers & Sponsors

It was a long process in the works, but as you may now know, I've started offering sponsorships. The day I hit publish on that sponsor page I was so excited I did a little dancing in the kitchen.

When the e-mails started coming in from lovely ladies sponsoring me, I was so thrilled. My first month of sponsorships brings an awesome group featured on Dream Big & Buy the Shoes. If you are looking for a new blog to sponsor, I would love the opportunity to work with you. I'm offering a great deal as an introductory celebration...how about HALF OFF all sponsorships?! Use the code NEWDREAMS through the end of the week and take advantage of this offer.





From a foodie blogger with to die for and still healthy recipes, to a lifestyle blogger sharing fun ideas for girls night, recipes & everything in between, to two beauty bloggers each bringing a little something different to the table. My sponsors this month are a lively, diverse group who you will love.

I am so thankful to all of you for wanting to work with me. Connecting with bloggers and getting to know people better makes my heart happy. I want to introduce four beautiful bloggers today that have made my life better this month..

Get to know the sponsors--



Kristyn- Dash of Herbs




Let's start out with something easy. I love cupcakes. What's your favorite treat?

Anything chocolate...I love candy, cupcakes, brownies. All of it!


What is your biggest dream? Don't be shy, you know we love to Dream Big in these parts.

To become a full-time photographer...that would be amazing.

Traveling gives me complete happiness. If I could play Oprah & send you on a trip, where would you be heading on a jet plane?

Traveling around Europe would be great.


What's your favorite thing about your blog & why?

I feel like my blog is now a full extension of my life. It's what I love to do - cook - and you get to follow me as I am trying to lose weight. It's become the primary focus right now for me.


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Let's start out with something easy. I love cupcakes. What's your favorite treat?

I would have to say Mallomars! They are these tasty little bite size (they may technically be two bite, but I like to challenge myself and do it in one) chocolate covered marshmallow and graham cracker. Basically a s'morse on the go :) no campfire required!

What is your biggest dream? Don't be shy, you know we love to Dream Big in these parts.

I have about 50 dreams, just like everyone should :) I dream to find the perfect career, create a welcoming home, be surrounded by supportive friends and family... the list goes on and on! But as long as I'm happy, determined, focused, and engaged with my life every step of the way (no matter what dream I'm pursing) then I'll view my life as a success!


Traveling gives me complete happiness. If I could play Oprah & send you on a trip, where would you be heading on a jet plane?

This may be the hardest question yet... I would have to go to Croatia. I've never been there but have seen beautiful photos (and had friends go who I'm still jealous of). If I could spend a week on a yacht in the middle of summer there with a few good book and a few piΓ±a colada in hand, I would be the happiest girl alive!

What's your favorite thing about your blog & why?

It's always changing. Some days I'm focused on food, some days books, some days I'm not even sure if there is a focus. But it is an awesome way to channel my creativity and a great way to document my ever changing life :) Not to mention I have some pretty tasty recipes, if I do say so myself!


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Kelly- Six One Six




Let's start out with something easy. I love cupcakes. What's your favorite treat?

MOZZARELLA STICKS! Oh wait, I assume you meant something sweet. All the gummy candies! But mostly the ones that are covered in sugar. Like sour straws.

What is your biggest dream? Don't be shy, you know we love to Dream Big in these parts.

Currently, it would be to work for myself from home. But, if we're talking really big let's discuss how the lottery is over a billion dollars right now and the need to win is consuming my life. I'm dreaming with all my might!

Traveling gives me complete happiness. If I could play Oprah & send you on a trip, where would you be heading on a jet plane?

At first thought I want to say some quiet paradise island but then I remember that I'm such a picky eater and I probably won't like any of the food so throw me on a plan to Italy please!

What's your favorite thing about your blog & why?

That it's my little time capsule. Even if no one ever read it ever again, it's my place to put all of my memories and that's always nice to look back on :)

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Let's start out with something easy. I love cupcakes. What's your favorite treat?

Brownies!

What is your biggest dream? Don't be shy, you know we love to Dream Big in these parts.


I actually love what I do for my career, and want to expand on it. I'd also love to really learn HTML 

so I can do some design work! We also want to move to a new city!

Traveling gives me complete happiness. If I could play Oprah & send you on a trip, where would you be heading on a jet plane?

Greece

What's your favorite thing about your blog & why?

I love the connections I've made and how I am comfortable to be myself. I get caught up in the "competition" but those things can't be taken away from me.

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