Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: February 2016

February 29, 2016

An Exciting Announcement & A Giveaway

Have you ever had a time in your life where you do something that you never thought you could do? Ever have that feeling of "YES!" that you didn't think was in you?

A few weeks ago that happened to me one Friday night. My Friday night's aren't quite what they used to be. Having a glass of wine while curling up on the couch and reading blogs or learning something new on the computer is my idea of fun these days. I was sitting here doing just that when I had an idea.

I love making printables and creating things to make people smile, laugh, or entertain. Making new things brings me this extreme sense of calm and relaxes me, but also stretches my imagination and I just keep going. I love that feeling...creating, living, and doing more. So what did I do?




I opened an Etsy shop called The Dreamy Details! I am starting with wall art on a mission to inspire you, put a smile on your face, and deep belly laugh. As I go on, I want to make more printables for various occasions- birthdays, bachelorettes, girl's nights out and everything in between. Come check it out on Etsy...dream a little, live a little, and hey-shop a little too!

"I can be your...Frappe Queen" Get it here from The Dreamy Details
This life is (as my husband says) Hashtag Blessed -- get your own blessings here








These are just a few of the items available for purchase in my Etsy shop. In celebration of my big announcement, I have teamed up with a group of amazing women to give you the chance to win a $125 Etsy gift card!

Good Luck, happy shopping...and don't forget to Dream Big- you never know where it will take you next.

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February 25, 2016

February Favorites

I look back and can't even seem to remember the beginning of February. I don't love the months flying by, even though I'm dreaming of Spring...but I do enjoy recapping them. Having this space allows me to document things which makes for great memories.



Sharing some of my favorite links around the Internet, including some of my own--here's my favorites for this month:

Favorite Post About Blogging: Erika from Coming Up Roses shares the importance between branding and design...and yes, there is a difference.

Favorite Purchase: It's pretty simple, but a black and white version of one of my favorite wedding pictures to complete our entry way...for now.


A photo posted by emelia💜 (@emeliaanne_) on

Favorite Post About Life: Katie told us all about The Simplicity Challenge from Emily Leys and how we can make our lives a little clearer.

Favorite Fashion Post: Samantha from Life & Messy Hair shows off her leather and flares. Two basics I can get behind...so simple and stunning.

Favorite Moment: Sending out Valentine's to my gal pals. I love some good ole' snail mail and finding the perfect little notes took me back to grade school. I loved hearing everyone's reactions too...day made!

Favorite Recipe Post: My gals from The Sequin Notebook never fail when it comes to a cocktail. This black & white cookie martini  could find itself on repeat in my house!

Favorite DIY: Zoe shows us how to make a paper wrapped bouquet. I love flowers and brightening someone's day...I can't wait to try this out.

Favorite Instagram Pic: Shane shared this beautiful picture & reminded me to take in every single second.

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank. It's name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running!! Make the most of today. 🕤🕤🕦 #imagine #truth
A photo posted by Sʜᴀɴᴇ Hᴏʟᴛʙʏ Pʀᴀᴛʜᴇʀ (@seasaltsecrets) on


Favorite Dream Big Posts this month:

DIY Raspberry Lip Scrub 
My 101 in 1001: Update One
Why I Started Blogging

What was one of your favorite moments or posts from February?





February 24, 2016

Our Wedding Venue: Wedding Wednesday


I remember when we got engaged and first discussed where the wedding would be held. I'm from Pittsburgh and Chuck loves the city too, so it was our ideal location. We started looking up venues online and after the first quote we received back we realized it probably wasn't going to happen.
I was sitting in my car at Ethan's bus stop waiting to pick him up after school and got the e-mail with the pricing from a venue we had our eye on in Pittsburgh. I cried...actually bawled when I faced the fact that we couldn't afford the location we had our eye on.

I didn't want a hotel wedding because it just isn't me and I didn't want an outdoor tent because the threat of weather scared me too much. We looked in to a location about 30 minutes away that had recently been taken under new ownership even though we were skeptical on if we could afford it.

Luckily, it was very reasonable for the amenities and what we were looking for in a wedding location. Plenty of room for out of town guests and a space to do almost anything- golf, swim, explore the grounds and a beautiful spot for a fall wedding.

We would get married outside on the back deck for an afternoon ceremony and party the night away inside at Peek'n Peak Resort in Clymer, New York. The location is only 30 minutes from our home so it was easy to travel to while planning, and a breeze the week of the wedding transporting items back and forth. When we initially toured the location we had a choice between three different spots to hold the wedding. We loved The Lodge, but it just felt too big. It holds 500 people and while it was beautiful we just didn't feel like it was the right fit. From the moment we walked in The Retreat we loved it. The beautiful ceilings, fireplace and the bar overlooking the dance floor was perfect for us.

I'll let some of the pictures do more explaining--

Picture perfect weather for our ceremony on the back deck of The Retreat.

Tall trees and sunshine made the perfect backdrop at the ceremony.

We took family pictures outside the front of The Retreat which turned out great.

Bridal party pictures were taken at the Upper Golf Course- 1 of 2 golf locations at Peek'n Peak

We may not be snowbirds--but this is one of my favorite pictures of our day. Look at that view! Peek 'n Peak is the top spot for skiing and boarding in the snowy winter months. I love the lifts in the background of this shot on top of the mountain.


We requested that the Bride & Groom be the first to see the decorated space. I LOVE all that light coming in!

We absolutely loved this room--it was intimate and big & beautiful all at the same time.

A view from the  top...an overlook from the balcony. More on those delicious cupcakes another day....


We couldn't have found a more perfect spot to celebrate our big day. It was unique, beautiful and so...us.  It was a fun place for our out of town guests to meet and check out. I love all the different pictures and gorgeous backdrops we have from our day throughout the entire resort. 

Thanks for sharing another Wedding Wednesday with me...until next time!


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



To Travel & Beyond




February 23, 2016

The Husband Talks: Charlie Chat

You may remember reading some of the the Blogger Men Tell All series which I enjoy & Chuck of course loves. I've been wanting to do some more of you getting to know my husband for several reasons. He's my number one fan, and he's completely crazy and fun. So here's to a new series of my own...Charlie Chat.




Side note: I started calling Chuck by a different name after we took our Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. One of our stateroom waiters was a sweet Jamaican man, Kenloy, and on the first night he was asking us all if we had nicknames and what names we go by. He got to Chuck and said "Hello Charles. Do we call you Chuck, Charlie, Charles?" I busted out laughing and yelled out "Charlie?!" which Kenloy thought was serious and he's been Charlie ever since. I crack up almost every time I say it.

Let's get started. But before we begin here's the rundown.
My questions are in bold italics, Charlie's answers follow and my commentary, if any after the *asterisk.

How do you feel being the husband of a blogger?
Being the husband of THIS blogger makes me extremely proud. I know how much this space means to you and seeing the reaction I get when I tell people my wife blogs is a feeling that I can't really explain.

*Well isn't he sweet? I'm not kidding when I say he's my number one fan...I wouldn't be surprised if he's got my face on a foam finger somewhere.

If you had a blog, what would you write about?
I'm glad you asked this, because its something I've asked myself constantly. Obviously I'd talk about hot stocks and breaking sports stories. I'd sprinkle in some celeb gossip and weekly sneaker updates and since I'm so fashion-forward, I'd probably talk about $2600 Kanye sweaters. Oh, and baseball cards. I'd definitely post pics of my awesome cards I pulled at Dave's.

*Chuck once wanted to start a blog a few years ago "So this guy walked in to a cell phone store" about his daily stories from the industry and it would have been a hit. Also, he really is up on his celeb gossip- usually knows stuff before me.

What goes through your head when I ask you to take pictures for the blog?
"Jesus, I hope the neighbors don't think we're shooting the vanilla stuff for a dirty movie." This has also crossed my mind on multiple occasions.

* I told you he's crazy. Hope no children are reading.

What are some of your favorite posts I've written?
In order...Blogger Men Tell All Vol 1-all of them, the one the other day where I told you, "life isn't always about the page views," (sage advice, there) and then all the Wedding Wednesday stuff.

*He's loving this. Absolutely loving this friends...I'm glad he's reading ;)

Who is Tory Burch?
A lady (guy?) that charges WAY too much for handbags. Hey Tory, if you're reading this, bring it down a notch and if I could get these things at Target or Best Buy, that'd be great.

*Apparently Charlie isn't a fan of Neiman Marcus- because that's the only place he was able to find the bag he got me for Christmas. I swore he liked online shopping.

If you had to guess (this is me asking you to), how much money have I spent so far at Sephora this year?
Calendar or fiscal? I'd assume its north of 4 bills. Normally I wouldn't even know what to guess but there was a $245 brush on the browser the other day when I made the Verizon payment.

*Double those 4 bills...and I didn't buy the brush, I'm looking for a dupe.

I have to go to Target--are you coming with me and how long does it take us to make it through the entire store?
Preferably not and significantly less time if I stay out of your way at the Cashier stand.

*HA! I always bitch that he doesn't put things on the register in the right order. Who's the crazy one?!


So that, my friends, is my husband. I don't know what will come out of his mouth next...but that's one of the reasons our life is so fun.






February 22, 2016

Why You Should Never Give Up

I'm one of those people who went to college for Communications. Laugh if you will, the broad degree that can take you anywhere. After school, I had some jobs that were fun, some that made me some great money, and others that taught me life lessons. As I got older, I felt the need to validate myself and my degree and found myself trying to find my way in this world.




I was determined to find something that made me happy and kept me smiling from 9 to 5 because let's face it- we spend more time at work than we do at home. I've worked for large corporate companies and locally owned businesses but couldn't give up on finding my home away from home.

It's not easy to figure out what you want to do with your life...I don't care what anyone tells you. It's okay to change careers. It's okay to stand up for what you believe in. It's okay if you come home crying every day because you're miserable at work. I don't think it's fair to be unhappy, but don't let someone tell you that you shouldn't cry...because sometimes that's just what you need to do. Cry. Pick yourself up. Move on. Work hard. 

 A year and a half ago an opportunity came my way at a local salon and spa that I was a client of. I took the position and went to work like I always do...110% in from the start. I'm not here to pat myself on the back,  but I want to let you know something about me... I don't do anything with an "easy breezy" attitude. I'm fierce, I'm motivated and I'm ambitious. If you tell me I'm not doing something right I'm going to show you that I can do it and turn your thoughts about me right around. 

I love my job and never thought I would get the chance to work somewhere so fun, so beautiful, and with such passionate people who share their talents in fun ways every day. As this blog has grown, so has my desire to do more, not just with this space...but with my life. I want to live my passion, show the world what I have to offer and put my ideas out there to see what happens with crazy dreams mix with real life.  I had to communicate my love for what I do and transfer that over to my workplace.

A few weeks ago I was offered a position at my current employer being the Social Media Director & Event Coordinator and I couldn't be happier. I'll be staying in my current Managerial role and taking this over as well and I am amped for the change. You know how I love events and I get to be working with all the beautiful brides who come in to share their special day with us, so that is going to be so exciting especially since I sort of miss wedding planning (yes, I'm crazy). 

I couldn't be more excited to grow my career at a place I love and with people who believe in me and what I have to bring to the business. I already have so many great things in my head and can't wait to see where this new opportunity takes me in this business. Incorporating my love for the Social Media world and event planning in to my daily position is going to do good things for my soul.

Everyone has a purpose. You have a path. If you're not quite sure where it's leading you at first...I encourage you to never give up and see where it takes you. There's beautiful things ahead for all of us.




February 18, 2016

Why I Started Blogging

I've heard the question before and been asked it a few times. Why or how did you start blogging? A few years ago I stumbled upon a fitness and healthy lifestyle blog and was so intrigued by how this woman poured her heart out to the world every day. She inspired me and I found it amazing how connected I felt with someone I didn't even know.

I was a child who wrote stories upon storied and filled five subject notebooks with them. I once told a tale from the view point of a sea otter who was trapped and harmed from the Exxon Valdez oil spill and won an award for it. From there, my love took off in different ways. I wrote poems, essays, and I don't even mind perfecting a resume or cover letter. After my mom passed away I sort of lost my spark. My mom loved my writing and encouraged me to go to college for something in the field. She never laughed at my dreams of working in a big city writing for a magazine. 

I never made it to New York City. Heck, I never made it out of Erie, Pa. I also would have never pictured myself as a blogger. Some people don't understand what this is all about, and that's okay. One day in 2014 I decided I had to do something more for ME. I wanted a hobby and I thought that maybe someone would read the things I had to say. I remember the first day I hit that orange publish button. I was overwhelmed with the support from my family and friends. They shared my post, gave me high fives and really made me feel good. The love I felt was really awesome, but the new found strength I found again in my soul was the icing on the cake. 

Throughout the past (almost) 2 years I have gotten to know some of the most inspirational people. People who bare their hearts and souls through a computer screen. Women who are brave and tell stories of infertility, abuse and one's of finding strength through battles with anxiety. I have come to do things I would have never imagined. I find myself not scared to step in the kitchen and try something new. I purchased and frequently use my very own glue gun. I cry when I get an e-mail from someone telling me I have made their day by sharing a story or helping them relate to something. 

Earlier this week I had a scheduling mishap and due to time, had to put two posts out on the same day. I woke up that day a little later than normal and checked my e-mail. Two comments, I only had two comments. I texted my husband and kind of questioned what I'm doing and what I'm here for.  He reminded me that life is not about the page views...seriously, those were his exact words. He asked me if I was happy and that as long as I was happy- then, why stop?

You see, life is sometimes a numbers game. Your salary, your bills, even your blog. It's important not to get caught up in the numbers and stay focused on the main objective. I started blogging for Me- and that may sound selfish, but that's what I'm going to continue to do. If I'm not being true to myself, then yes, what am I doing? As many big dreams and lofty goals I have for this space of mine I will always stay true to what's at heart and at the end of the day, that's my happiness.

I thank each and every one of you for your constant support and love. Seriously, each comment I receive truly makes me happy and I love getting to know you all better in some way. And to my number one fan...thank you for reminding me what's important and keeping me grounded. 





February 17, 2016

Bridesmaid Gifts: Wedding Wednesday

While buying gifts for any occasion can be fun, it can also be overwhelming when it comes to buying for a group. I had so many ideas saved on Etsy and pinned on Pinterest but I wanted to pick out things that were useful, special and something everyone in the group would love.

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The very first thing I purchased were these monogrammed jewelry dishes from Showered With Design on Etsy and had each bridesmaid's initial put in them in purple. Lisa did a beautiful job with them and got them done in such a quick turn around even though I ordered them way early.

I just love personalized hangers...I think they are perfect gifts and a fun item to have in your closet. I searched Etsy forever and just couldn't afford paying $20 a piece for them, especially when I had 7 bridesmaids. One night I was online and came across The Elite Bride on Etsy and couldn't get over her affordable prices. I first ordered 2 hangers for my flower girls to ensure the quality matched up with the price. When they arrived, I seriously couldn't believe how amazing they turned out. I immediately ordered one for each bridesmaid and myself (because I just couldn't resist).

bridal hangers


I knew part of the bridesmaid's gift wasn't going to be given to them at the rehearsal, because I wanted a fun element  added to the morning of the wedding at the salon while we were getting ready. I purchased the infamous Anthropologie monogram mugs for my girls to have while drinking coffee, mimosas and having fun getting beautified. An added surprise made it pretty fun for everyone, and I loved having something that we all had and matched.

bridesmaid mugs


Most brides give jewelry as part of the gifts, and I wanted to do the same. I had a difficult time at first finding something I wanted everyone to wear. I am a fan of HUGE earrings, but not everyone loves the same thing. I didn't want necklaces due to the style of the dress, and not everyone wears bracelets every day like I do so I stuck with earrings. You've heard me talk about my love for Frou Frou & Frill before, and I already knew my bridesmaids loved them since I purchased them all crystal rock cuffs as a thank you for planning my bridal shower.  The owner, Jocelin is not only kind, but she's insanely helpful, fashionable and patient. We talked over what I wanted in length, she sent me numerous pictures and I finally decided on something simple for my bridesmaids. Jocelin even sent me a pair for myself, which was just so sweet. If you're looking for affordable and elegant jewelry for your big day, Frou Frou & Frill can definitely help make your wedding beautiful.

frou frou frill wedding


Last but not least, I included a pink lip gloss for each bridesmaid that was a pretty pink hue and long lasting so they wouldn't have to reapply much throughout the day. The nice thing about this lip gloss from Younique is that it has a little mirror on the side for perfect application. 

I also purchased cards from Brittany Fuson Paper to write my "thank you" to each bridesmaid. I absolutely love Brittany's work and actually used her "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" cards when I asked all of my ladies to stand by my side.

I had wanted to make something for each girl but just ran out of time, because wedding planning and working a full time job is no joke.

Some tips for brides to be when it comes to choosing gifts:
Write down ideas as you think of them so you don't forget.
Keep your whole group in mind.
Buy early and budget- add it in to your overall wedding budget.
If you find something you love & it costs too much--don't stop looking. There's deals everywhere!

I can't wait to show you what Chuck did for his groomsmen gifts, but I want to hear from you. What do you want to see next Wedding Wednesday?


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




To Travel & Beyond


February 15, 2016

Beauty On A Budget // Brows

It's time for another month of Beauty On A Budget with my beautiful friend Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick & Stilettos and this month is all about brows. 

beauty on a budget


I'll admit, I didn't start paying attention to my brows until maybe 3 years ago. I didn't fill them in, rarely waxed them, and didn't do much routine maintenance. Now I've learned that your brows can make a statement and use something daily.

A few years ago I went to the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta for the first time and fell in love with the Gimmie Brow product they used on me and had been using it for the past few years. I love it, but the price tag isn't so appealing and recently when I ran out I was on the hunt for something just as great that was more budget friendly.

Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Mascara to the rescue! I love that it has a brush very similar to the Benefit kind. There is a larger ball shape on the end of the wand that Benefit does not have, and I found this great for blending the product in to the brows. There is a handful of shades, including a transparent one if you are looking for something to help keep your brows in check all day.

best brow mascara


I found that a good amount of color comes out on the wand when you pull it out of the tube so I scrape some of the excess on the tube before applying it to my brows. I start on the inner part of my brow which is the largest and takes up some of the color from the wand, and brush it outward. Before dipping the wand in again, I go over my brows once more to get the color in place and fill in where I need to.

maybelline brow drama


I was spending $24 on the Benefit Gimmie Brow, and now found a great similar product for only $7 which can't be beat. I purchased the shade Dark Brown and it is perfect for my hair color. I highly recommend this stuff if you're looking for a product to give your brows volume, depth and color.

What are you using for your brows these days? What do you want to see next from our Beauty On A Budget Series? Don't forget to check out Lindsay's post on brows too!

In case you missed week's past:
Beauty On A Budget // Dry Shampoo



My 101 in 1001: Update One

I am so excited to share an update on my 101 in 1001 list today. Since it's winter and I live in the snow capital of the United States...no really, I've been getting a lot of things done inside. 





One thing that helped me, was printing the list out so I can constantly look at it and get things accomplished. I have found that having lists in paper format REALLY help me in the areas of planning and staying motivated. 

I've updated my list by crossing things off and marking the date they happened and also created some links so you can check out my progress where applicable. 

Here's the first update in this list of adventures--

Blog

Do a blog photoshoot
Introduce a sponsorship program  *January 2016
Grow my blog to be able to work with larger partners such as BlogHer, Social Fabric & more
Update pages (About Me, Best Of, Sponsor) *in progress
Meet another blogging friend in real life
Update blog files on my laptop *February 2016
Ask to be a guest poster on a blog
Make a vlog
Invest in business cards
Get published in a magazine *December 2015- Holl and Lane
Get published in an online outlet *December 2015- Holl and Lane 
Start a blog series  *January 2016- Dreamy Instagram Inspo
Start a monthly service created around a blog niche
Find a blogger in my city to connect with
Collaborate with another blogger on a project *January 2016-Beauty On A Budget with Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick & Stilettos
Take more photos for fashion & beauty posts
Update old posts *in progress (this is A LOT of work!) So far in February 2016 I updated: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers & Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Culinary
Create a recipe book of old family recipes
Make homemade pasta
Take a cooking class
Host a dinner party
Create my signature cocktail
Try at least 3 new foods
Bake a new cupcake flavor from scratch
Visit 3 new restaurants and write about them
Invent a new recipe  *December 2015 Chocolate Mint Christmas Dream
Learn how to grill
Eat from a food truck
Make 100% homemade Thanksgiving dinner

Health & Fitness
Eliminate pop from my diet completely
Try a green smoothie
Take a barre class
Find a fitness routine that works for me & STICK TO IT
Buy a bike
Stay off electronics at night at least 20 minutes before bed
Give myself 30 minutes of relaxation a day with no phone or computer
Eat at least 1 fruit & 1 vegetable per day for 21 days straight (make it a HABIT
Go social media free for a weekend

Adventure
Visit Napa & explore Wine Country
Have an all girls weekend trip
Travel to a brand new city
Take Ethan to NYC
Go on a Segway tour
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a one year anniversary trip
Go skydiving & hope my husband doesn't faint watching me
See Britney Spears in Vegas, again
See Janet Jackson in concert
Frame a large map & track our adventures
Surprise Chuck & Ethan with a trip
Go zip lining
Fly a kite
Take a drive with no destination planned
Go on another cruise (hopefully to the Caribbean)
Go to a Steelers home opener game
Attend a light up night event around the holidays
Find a butterfly garden and visit one

Professional Growth & Development
Write a children's book
Take on at least 1 "client" and plan an event 
Take a photography class
Finish a webinar, whether for my blog or personal growth
Earn a promotion & raise *November 2015, February 2016
Design something for someone- a poster, invite, etc.
Make 5 new crafts * 1- Valentine's Garland- February 2015
Market my talents and pursue a side business
Start a poem journal

      Just for Emelia
Have another spend freeze for at least one month
Pay off all loans, except for my student loans (that's impossible for the next several years-ha!)
Read for 30 minutes every day
Get my wedding dress preserved
Spend the afternoon at the library without worrying about time
Get a new tattoo
Create a special memorial event just for me to honor my mom
Spend the morning at a coffee shop
Get Britney Spears to tweet me back
Find my signature lip color
Get rid of the clothes I will never wear again *January 2016
Get a custom sketch drawn by Brittany Fuson

Home
Make my own coffee table
Organize addresses *January 2016- I used Postable and it's awesome
Make or purchase a new headboard for our bed
Have Christmas shopping done before October 1st
Sell old wedding décor
Host a themed party
Turn some of Ethan’s old t-shirts I have saved in to a quilt
Host a craft party
Make over a piece of furniture
Update pictures frames with new memories
Buy our first home
Get a picture of our own photography on a canvas for décor
Find the perfect entertainment stand

For Others
Leave a 100% tip
Pay it forward & do a random act of kindness for a stranger *December 2015- Starbucks drive thru
Adopt a family for Thanksgiving
Volunteer somewhere with both Chuck & Ethan
Adopt a family for Christmas
Make an Easter basket for a child in need
Make personalized Christmas gifts
Clean out closets and donate it all to someone I personally know who needs it
Take Ethan to the Lego store & let him spend as much time as he wants in there
Take Ethan somewhere animal related for a behind the scenes look (zoo, park, etc)


I am so happy Macy created this link-up, as it's been something I had wanted to do. I'm having fun knocking things off the list and working hard to becoming an all around better, more adventurous and hard-working person.

I can't wait to see what things I will have accomplished in May...until then....

Happy Monday!


To Travel & Beyond




February 12, 2016

Meet the February Dreamers & Sponsors

I am so happy to have a brand new group of beautiful faces on my sidebar and blog this month. Getting to know bloggers better has been my favorite part of the advertising process so far- and this month is no different. 





When I look at this great group- the first thing that comes to mind is Inspirational. From a gracious blogging guru to a Louisiana sweetheart who loves the Pittsburgh Steelers (YES!) , a genuine soul who is writing her own novel and a social worker, counselor & life coach who is boldly encouraging...I couldn't welcome a more awesome group to the Dream Big & Buy the Shoes space for this month. I encourage you to get to know them better --you won't be disappointed. PSST: There's a few spots left for next month. 
Use promo code NEWDREAMS for HALF OFF an ad. Let's work together girlfriend!


Anne- Love the Here and Now




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

Do I have to pick just one?? I love ice cream in the summer and cake or cupcakes year round.

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

My biggest dream blog wise is to still have this blog of mine going strong and have faithful readers that enjoy visiting it and interacting. I want to be able to find the balance of posting what my readers want to read and staying true to what I love to write about as well.

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

If you medicate me to get me on the plane I am good to go.....take me to France and Italy please....heck...throw in Greece and Ireland too. :)

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

My favorite thing about my blog is the connection it has given me to so many people. Through this little space of mine I have not only grown as a blogger but I have gained so many friends that truly brighten my day and inspire me to be a better person and blogger.

Must Read Post: Love The Everyday

Follow Anne: Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Facebook



Allison- Because I Said So




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

Funfetti Cake and anything with sprinkles! 

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

My biggest dream is to one day own my own business--in the more immediate future, build a house and get married and live happily ever after!

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

I'd bring my boyfriend of course, but we'd head to Pittsburgh to see the steelers play and it would be snowing and we'd get to meet the team. We'd fly out of Pittsburgh and head straight to Hawaii and then Europe. Thats all included, right?

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

My favorite thing about my blog is the growth and change its seen since I first started blogging almost three years ago!

Must Read Post: Do What You Love & You'll Never Work A Day In Your Life

Follow Allison: Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook


Emily- Ember Grey




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

Chips & Salsa! (I've been known to eat this for breakfast. Weekly.)

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

I am currently in the "throes" of writing a novel - my biggest dream is to have it published one day!


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

There are so many places I'm dying to travel to right now (London, Ireland) but I would LOVE to return to Paris. My husband and I adventured our way through that beautiful city last spring and I'm pretty sure parts of my heart and soul were left there when we returned home.

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

I have always loved to write and to connect with others on a greater level and I feel that my blog has been just the space to do that. While I am currently on a bit of a blogging hiatus at the moment (although I do pop in here and there), I love knowing that I can always return. My blog is a safe place for me!

Must Read Post: 12 Months of Bliss: Sharing Kindness Over Negativity

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Sheryl- How to Make a Life




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

My favorite treat has to be The Cheesecake Factory's Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake.

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


My goal is to include motivational speaking and trainings along with seeing private clients in my counseling practice.

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

I would be heading to a safari in Africa - but only after a layover (of a week or two) in Europe 

where I would do some shopping in Paris.


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

My blog is a creative outlet for me and I love that posts I write provide motivation and speak to those who read them. 

Must Read Post: Where Are You Going?

Follow Sheryl: Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Facebook


Thank you so much to my February sponsors for supporting me, working with me and allowing me the chance to showcase you & your bright blogs for the next month.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend--until next week dreamers!



February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, Printables & Giveaway

Valentine's Day--it comes every year and sometimes I find myself running out of gift ideas and I'm sure our significant others do too. Today I have a great roundup of gift ideas that are perfect for Valentine's Day and would even go great in an Easter basket or to surprise someone special on Mother's Day. Of course I have a gift of my own for you  and a fun giveaway as a sweet treat too!



Savvy Sleepers use the highest quality satin that is seriously so smooth. The Savvy Sleepers are anti-aging for your skin and help protect hair from breakage--it's like a beauty treatment while you sleep. They have a secret pocket for hair ties, a little soothing lavender, or some love notes for your Valentine to slip in. I chose the Black Truffle since our bedroom is black and white and love sleeping on it every night. It's a pillowcase perfect for any big dreamer.

black savvy sleeper

**Want a deal?! Savvy Sleepers was nice enough to offer a code for 15% off with code "Emelia15" and it's good for 2 weeks. BONUS--there is always free shipping on their site with any order over $50!

satin pillowcase


Maxine from Lighthouse Paper on Etsy has the most adorable inspirational wall art for any occasion. I just LOVE this HiSugar one! Right now Lighthouse Paper has a great deal to buy any 2 prints & get one FREE.

wall art for coffee corner


Case App has awesome custom cases and custom skins for your phone and laptops. I love the skins because they bring some creativity to your electronics, protect against scratches and personalize something that can be kind of blah. I chose this beautiful gold and white skin for my MacBook and love the way it transformed my laptop.




**Treat yourself or your lover! CaseApp has offered all of my readers 20% off for one week with code "DREAMBIG20"



Frou Frou & Frill has the trendiest accessories for amazing prices. I think the customer service and beautiful accessories with the added bonus of FREE shipping EVERY DAY is what draws me to shop there the most.

cheap pom for purses

I am absolutely obsessed with the fluffy poms this season and they are becoming a big hit. This is the absolute perfect gift for a co-worker of your best galentine!

**For the next 2 weeks my readers can get 20% off on any pom by commenting DREAMBIG on any of the pom photos featured on Frou Frou & Frill's Instagram for sale.


Today these awesome businesses have a great roundup for a Valentine's Giveaway. Up for grabs:
One Savvy Sleeper
$40 CaseApp credit
Hi Sugar! print from Lighthouse Paper
Light Pink Pom from Frou Frou & Frill
**You can enter via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. Giveaway lasts for one week.

In true holiday fashion-- I've got some printables for you to enjoy. Put them on a card, tie them on a gift, or stick them in a cupcake. You can download and print them here .

best cupcakes for valentine's day

Lovers Wanna Love & I Love You More Than Cupcakes 

gift ideas for valentine's day

I Only Have Fries For You Boo & You Make My Hotline Bling


Be sure to tag me on Instagram & tweet me if you use them--I would love to see!
printables for valentine's day





a Rafflecopter giveaway





Happy Valentine's Day to all my lovely readers and dreamers-- Good Luck and thank you for your constant support of my blog and the brands I work with. 

*I have been given products in exchange for my honest review for this post*