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Pink and Green Garden

This past week I received this adorable Lilly Pulitzer inspired pillow from My Pink and Green Garden. This was just perfect to finish off my bedding in my Lilly inspired room! I got the opportunity to partner with this company by the She Can Blogger Network. If you would like to join a fabulous community with other bloggers just go to this link - http://www.shecan.us/p/apply.html

  

  
  


 

I have seen these pillows all over Instagram and I have been obsessing over it - and I finally have one! I love it and couldn't be happier about what I chose. The print is in Skinny Dippin - which matches perfectly with my Rule Breakers pajamas! The fabric is perfectly placed and I LOVE the bright pom-poms on the edge! I love how the pillow came so cute and neatly packaged, even pink and green ribbons tied!

What I love about her shop is the variety of what you can get on a pillow! There are so many options; mermaid silhouettes, monograms, and even dogs! Then even better - so many prints! I love when you find a shop and you want countless things! I am so glad I got the opportunity to get a pillow from this shop and now I recommend you to go check out her shop!

Make sure you check out My Pink and Green Garden Etsy shop!

Want to Start a Blog?

If you are wanting to try something new this year, I would start a blog! I wish I had started mine earlier than I did, I love it! Its one guaranteed place that is all mine. Where I can share my obsessions, reviews, fashion outfits, and so much more and not being judged.

I can't say enough great things about blogging. The community, opportunities, photo shoots, and all the fun you have! Today I wanted to give you the key tips on how to start a blog! These are just my tips off of experiencing and researching while I was starting out.

  1. WordPress. All the way start with WordPress. I did not start with Blogger, but I read on many blogs that you need to start with WordPress. You can read more on the pros and cons here.

  2. Be patient. I can't stress this enough, there have been times where I wished I would get better at blogging. I learned over time different things. When I first started out I took my pictures in my room with a window mount that held my phone. I have come a long way from those days. I now have my mom take my photos, which we go places around my town. It is so nice to have someone who can help you with being on the other side of the camera. And yes I use my iPhone to take my pictures, which I think they turn out great! For still being a beginner I don't have the money to invest in a nicer camera yet. So still on that note of being patient.

  3. The Golden Rule. Treat others how you want to be treated in return. If you want people to comment on your posts, yes you can ask, but go comment on others as well! That is also another way of meeting people who are blogging as well!

  4. Be yourself! This one is a given and you don't have to do anything except be your true self! Show your personality in what you put on the internet. Don't try to be someone else because in the end it will never be your true work.

  5. Buy a Domain and Host with HostGator. I host my blog through HostGator and bought my domain through them as well. It's easy to use HostGator and you pay monthly instead of yearly like on others.

  6. Find your niche. This is an important one. Don't blog about something you don't enjoy! This goes back to being yourself! If I don't like sports, I wouldn't blog about it. Once you find your place I would stay with it.

  7. Free Themes. If you are still just starting out, there are so many places you can get cute FREE WordPress themes. I found most of mine from Pinterest.

  8. My Last Tip. It to not compare yourself to other bloggers! You will not be like that one blogger you just love. Know why? Because you have to be yourself in your blog! If one blogger does something that does NOT mean you have to! Your blog is your own place - keep it that way. It is okay to brainstorm from others but create your own unique content and don't want to be like others.



6 Ways to Stay Motivated in 2016

Am I the only one who loves have a workout motivation board on my Pinterest, but for some reason I am rarely motivated to actually workout… Well this year I really want to bust my butt on trying to workout. So I have a couple of things I am going to try to get me motivated. If you have any ways to motivate yourself that have worked please share them with me! The more the better!

Lets get started:

  1. Work out in the morning! - As much as I will dread it, but I will be done with it early as possible! Also taking a warm shower afterwards feels amazing. Then once you are done, you have the whole day ahead of you!

  2. Find a friend or two or three! - I have about three friends I like to work out with whenever I do. It definitely helps the process!

  3. Treat yourself! - When you have reached certain checkpoints you want or a goal. Don't forget to treat yourself. If it's a new pair of tennis shoes or even a nice lunch! Rewarding yourself keeps the motivation go!

  4. Have the hottest playlist! - Would you want to workout to music you didn't enjoy? It all depends per person, I like to feel pumped up and loud music!

  5. Relax! - You want your body to thank you and not hate you! Sometimes your body needs a break. Even if it's a day or a week! Just depends on each person.

  6. BREATHE It's Okay! - This is my last tip for you. IT is OKAY to cheat. You can have the cookies you want. Just limit it and push your next workout. It is OKAY to not have time. We all have those days where school and/or work drains the energy out. It is OKAY to not do your best. You may not always have the best workout. Like I said, IT IS OKAY!


 

Now remember, I am not the professional at this. This is just my advice, so you can take it or ignore it. I just think of these things sometimes and thought I would share them for you! I hope your NEW YEAR is going great so far and keep PUSHING IT!

 

New Year TAG

Hi guys! Today I thought I would do something a tad different! I am a huge fan of watching YouTube videos and I saw Kalyn Nicholson had new video called the New Year Tag that she did with RachhLoves. I loved this idea for a blog post, so I did get these questions from their video. I also would love to hear your answers to these questions. So I challenge you to answer them either in a blog post or in the comments below! If you make a blog post on these - leave a link in the comments and I will check them out!

1. Rate 2015 on a scale of 1-10
I would rate my 2015 year a 8! I had a very crazy year and I can honestly say that I am ready for 2016! It definitely wasn't a bad year, had many new things happen and great things as well!

2. Fav Memories of 2015
I had many favorite memories throughout 2015, my most favorite is my blog! So many great and exciting things have started throughout mainly my Instagram, DarlingInLilly. Which that Instagram made me want to start a blog! I am loving the blogging community and can't wait for what happens throughout 2016 with my blog.

3. Did you change at all in 2015?
I think I did change just a little during 2015, for the better. I think each year I change either a big or small change. This year I feel like it was small adjustments. Like I learned who my true friends were and I learned how to turn away from the ones who aren't. Peer pressure is a hard thing to avoid, but turning my head from the ones that aren't good in my life, changes me for the better.

4. Did you stick to last years resolutions?
I did not make any resolutions, as bad as that sounds. So technically I did!

5. Did you travel anywhere in 2015 and where?
I went to a new mall this year with my mom. We went to the South Park Mall in North Carolina and went to my first Lilly Pulitzer store!

6. What are you excited for in 2016?
As crazy as it seems, new Lilly prints! There is something about the new releases from Lilly Pulitzer that just makes me so happy. I can stay up all night just looking at the website and Lilly Pulitzer's Pinterest. I obsess over new collections. Also I am excited to see where my blog goes during 2016! Especially since I just started mid year in 2015.

7. List 3 2016 resolutions/goals?
To save money! I just had a post about how I plan to save money this year if you would like to read it! Then I plan to take care of my feet, yes. My feet have always been the last place I tend to take care of. It's sad and horrible of me to do it! This year I am going to change that and make them look great by spring!

Resolutions or Fixes HAPPY 2016!

As the new year is here finally, it is time to think about what resolutions we failed for 2015 just within the first month. I have not been all for having new resolutions each year, just because if I want to change something in my life or make a difference - I will start it whenever.

MY RESOLUTIONS:

To take better care of my feet:

I tend to forget to make sure my feet look healthy, then once spring and summer comes around. I regret not taking care of them! Plus I think about wearing Jack Rogers all the time and need to be prepared for the sandal season!


To get back into working out:

I have always wanted to be a true fitness girl. Over the past couple years, I would get into working out for a week or two, sometimes a month or so. Then I'll stop, something comes up for one day where I am not motivated to workout. This year, I want to try SO SO hard to stick through with it! I don't like working out in the evening so I will be doing it in the morning, motivation needs to stay strong!


Water, Aqua, H2O:

I have been a solid soda drinker. I need to get myself to drink water more, MUCH MORE. I am guilty of not drinking ENOUGH! I know that is so bad, but it is so much easier said than done (especially because of Dr. Pepper).


Limit the Snack Food:

Gosh, this is the hard one. If I am going to get back into working out, snack foods need to be on a limitation. All the chips, candy, popcorn, and more candy needs to decrease. Sadly, food is just so good, and candy is so addicting. I will try to include healthier options instead.


SAVE MONEY:

I can't stress this one enough on how much I want to save this year. I always say I am going to save money, it just never happens or succeeds. I did have a post on how I am going to save money if you would like to read it!


 

 

How I Plan to Save Money in 2016

Are you ever telling yourself you are going to save money? But then you get into your savings and take money out? This year I want to be better at this thing called "saving". I am now nineteen and I have a lifetime ahead of me. I need to start while I can and be okay. I do still live at home so I don't have to buy groceries yet or pay any rent. We both know that won't last forever. This year I want to get my savings to be nice to look at but not touch.

Heres how I plan to save:

  1. I will put 10% of my paychecks and round to the nearest dollar. Sounds small and many stupid but if I succeed that's roughly an extra $12 by the end of the year!

  2. This doesn't mean I can't spoil myself throughout the year. If I reach certain amounts I will try to give myself a reward either buying myself something. Or if the motivation is on fire I will add maybe 11% or 12%! It all just depends how I kick my butt to do this!

  3. I will write down how much my paychecks are to the penny and how much I put into my savings. At this moment I work two jobs and sometimes babysit, that means I will be putting back from three sources. I think I can do this! Then the other 90% takes care of gas and any other things I am wanting to buy then.

  4. Lastly I will not beat myself up at this. Its saving for now, I may not always put it in on time or the correct amount. This is just my goal for this year and how I plan to succeed.


 




How do you save? I would like to know! I have seen the 52 week challenge, I had thought about it. Then again I don't want to follow a chart. If you have succeeded saving over a long period of time let me know what you did and how it went!

As You Lay for Bedtime

We all love a great nights rest, as I call my "beauty sleep". I love sleeping and I don't know anyone who doesn't! Here are some of my tips on sleeping great and waking up just as great as you slept!

  • Get ENOUGH sleep! I like to have around 7-8 hours of sleep per night!

  • Drink water or a glass of milk before you go to sleep! Honestly I wish I did this more!

  • Only set alarms you actually need! Don't set an alarm an hour before you need to actually get up (guilty of doing this!)

  • Have everything you need ready for the morning - if you plan to work out in the morning; lay workout gear out!

  • Know what you are doing once you get up - if you go to work or school have your belongings ready to go

  • Have your surroundings clean or at least tidy. The worst is when all the mess is on the bed, so you can't get into bed before you clean it all up.

  • Be comfortable in your bed - if you are cold; socks and heated blankets are my essentials in fall and winter. If you get hot at night; wear light clothes/pajamas and maybe try out a fan at night

  • Let go of electronics! Easier said than done... Sadly

  • If you can't sleep: read, write, or watch tv without touching phone! (depends per person)

  • Feel accomplished at the end of the day: Finish your work for a job or school, worked out that day, finished a complete checklist you made for that day.

  • I have read that doing yoga while in your bed helps you get relaxed for bed.

  • Take a nice LUSH bath before getting in bed, I love taking baths and relaxing in the hot water





Now these are just some of my tips that I have learned myself or researched. These may not work for everyone but thought I would share along! Hope you come back to my blog again!


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Favorite Bloggers of 2015

First want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's finally 2016, is it just me or did 2015 fly by? I feel like we all say that each and every year. But 2015 was gone so quickly! So many things happened throughout 2015 (started my blog)!


This past year was my first official year in the blogging community. I have loved the experience so far and because of these blogs that I follow and love, I have learned so many things and enjoyed just reading daily!






Lonestar SouthernKate from Lonestar Southern


 I love Kate's blog, she is gorgeous and I can tell throughout her blog posts she is adventurous. She has many outfits I have wanted certain pieces she has worn. I even bought things either because she has it or something similar to it.
Kate posts very frequently, which is a plus. Each of her outfits, she features new and fresh things.






Covering BasesKrista from Covering Bases


First off, can we talk about how beautiful this picture is of Krista! She looks stunning in that Lilly Pulitzer dress!
Krista is known for covering the bases, yes that means baseball and fashion! I even enjoy watching her YouTube videos, the seeing her gorgeous travel posts!






The College PrepsterCarly from College Prepster


Carly has always been a blogger I have to check out! She is has an adorable dog named Teddy, which she shows many times on her blog, Instagram, and Snapchat! I love her preppy style, which you seen in many outfit posts!






Aspyn Ovardaspyn ovard


Am I the only one who is obsessed with Aspyn?! I love her and Parkers vlogs on YouTube (watch every single one)! Her style is not on the preppy side, but is super cute! I think she is so pretty and love seeing her daily life and style on her blog! BTW, her wedding video and honeymoon videos are my FAV!






Pink PeoniesRachel from Pink Peonies


Rachel is just so darling and adorable, her family is just as cute! I love seeing her outfits and her posts with her sweet baby girl! She as well doesn't necessarily have the preppy style, I would say she has more of an edgy look. Her intake on fashion is so cute and love seeing her pairings!






BelleoftheBall45Abigail from Belleoftheball45


Abigail is one of my favorites from the beginning. She is so young and so inspiring for how much work she has put into her blog and Instagram. She has been featured on many Instagram accounts including; Vineyard Vines, Jack Rogers, Devon Maryn, Barrington Gifts, and probably so many more!
Abigail is always in with the new trends with fashion, especially Vineyard Vines. She pairs cute outfits while she is out adventuring!






Hope you enjoyed todays post and hope your 2016 is going to be great! Heres to a NEW YEAR! Lets make it so much better than 2015!!