Monday, September 01, 2014

Man Candy Monday: The Men of Country Edition

Happy Labor Day, friends! Got any fun plans today? I'm all set for a marathon relaxation day, and we'll be back with our regularly scheduled blog programming tomorrow. To shake thing up a bit today, though, I thought it would be fun to celebrate some of my favorite men of country music because, well, nothing sends my heart a-fluttering quite like these five swoontastic (and yes, I did just make up that word...) crooners. They know how to tell a good story. They're beautiful music to the ears. And, of course, they make me positively weak in the knees...

KIP MOORE

SAM HUNT

TIM MCGRAW

DIERKS BENTLEY

BRETT ELDREDGE

Pop quiz, friends: Who's YOUR favorite country boy? Luke Bryan? Eric Church? Keith Urban? Blake Shelton? Florida Georgia Line? Johnny Cash? Share your pick in the comments! xoxo

Friday, August 29, 2014

Have a fun Labor Day weekend

Happy weekend, friends! Are you excited about the long weekend ahead? I don't know about you, but this week was particularly stressful, so I'm looking forward to playing lots of games (Yahtzee, anyone?) and relaxing for the next three days! Glory! Hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

This peach crisp is putting me in the fall mood.

I'm not sure I'd ever be brave enough to go rock climbing, even if I wasn't disabled.

Fashion Do or Don't: The ear cuff.

A Full House revival may be in the works!

Get ready to turn green with envy.

What really happened at the end of The Sopranos.

New study says height affects marriage. Thoughts?

A truly inspiring love story.

Heads up: Central Perk is coming to NYC.

Can't get enough of this song!

The real salaries of fashion editors.

The real story of life with ALS.

I can't get enough of twinkling jewelry!

Dear Aaron Paul: Why must you be so darn swoon-worthy?

I grew up in a John Hughes movie.

What happened when one college professor banned her students from emailing her.

Vintage school supplies you can still buy.

What's the most popular eBay item in your state?

Awww, I want a teacup piglet now!

...and I want to adopt this puuurrrfect kitty!

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via bippity boppity boo]

Fashion Do or Don't: Denim shorts



Are you thinking fall fashion yet? Too early? One thing that we can be sure we'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months is denim. The tried-and-true fashion statement has become a fall staple, but what's the consensus on denim shorts? Too revealing? Too '80s? Too Daisy Duke-esque?





As it turns out, though, denim is fading in popularity! Eeeek! With Labor Day coming up this weekend, it might be the perfect excuse to support the economy and say goodbye to the summer in style! All you need now is a crisp white shirt! What do you say, friends? xoxo

[Photos via Vanessa Jackson, ELLE, The Glitter Guide and Who What Wear]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ms. Bear's Kitchen: Summer's final hurrah...

Summer is winding down, school has started again and believe it or not, Labor Day is right around the corner! So, in the spirit of one last hurrah for summer, we just had a fun meal today! It was easy, quick and delicious.
We heated up some turkey smoked sausage and put it in a warm bun.
We topped it with chopped onions and tomatoes. Add some fun summer sides like corn on the cob and potato salad and enjoy a final salute to summer!!!! Enjoy!

P.S. Don't forget to enter this year's BIC Back-To-School giveaway -- lots of great office goodies await one lucky winner!

My Diaries (The Remix): Reading #49

P.S. Don't forget to enter this year's BIC Back-To-School giveaway -- lots of great office goodies await one lucky winner!

Sponsor Spotlight: MagnetStreet Weddings

Next to the summer, fall is my absolute favorite wedding season. The beautiful leaves. The crisp air. There's just something so romantic about it, don't you think? I recently had the chance to chat with MagnetStreet Weddings, the online destination for all things wedding, including save-the-dates, invitations, wedding programs, reception goodies, wedding favors and thank-you essentials. Read on for five fun facts -- and a special discount! xoxo

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dear College Freshmen: 5 Life Hacks For The Next Four Years

Hello to college freshmen everywhere!
First, before we can even get to anything else, I'm going to need you to do something for me. Breathe. Sit down if you need to. I know you're probably nervous -- maybe even terrified. I hear lots of you are stepping into the world of higher education over the next couple weeks (that is, if you haven't already), and those hallowed ivy halls can be panic-inducing. I get it because I've been there. Suddenly, you're a small fish in a gigantic pond, and you feel like you have no idea what you're doing. And for most of you, this new journey is about so much more than textbooks and midterms -- though those things aren't to be overlooked, either. It's your first taste of early adulthood, of that elusive freedom that you, until now, had only heard about on TV shows like Friends.

Well, I'm here with some good news: You'll get through it. I promise. Sure, the entire landscape may seem intimidating (Hello, popular sorority girls and their PINK wardrobe! Hello, broad-shouldered football quarterback! Hello, massive library!), but once you learn the ropes, things will be a piece of cake! A couple months ago, I talked about life after college, but this advice is all about you, you beautiful undergrads! So in the name of college success, keep these 5 life hacks in mind...

1. Hit the books and go to class: I know, this one seems like a no-brainer, and I'm sure your high school teachers drilled this one into your head. But you'd be surprised how many people miss class for a variety of reasons -- they overslept, they partied a bit too hard the night before, they didn't finish a paper, they'd rather hang in the dorms and play video games than listen to a lecture on early American literature. You (or your parents...) spent good money on classes -- why not make sure you get your money's worth?

2. Get to know your professors: No, I don't advocate stalking them, but don't be afraid to ask for extra help! Make use of their office hours -- they're there for a reason. When I was a newspaper adviser, I can't tell you how many days I'd sit in my quiet office! Professors are pumped about what they're teaching and love to see students get excited too.

3. Get involved: Working on my college's newspaper was one of the best decisions I ever made in college. Not only was it a great learning experience, but I also met some amazing people who loved journalism and writing as much as I did. What are you passionate about? Chances are, there's a club that matches your favorite hobby! Get involved and have fun!

4. Know where the library is: Sounds basic, I know, but the library is a pretty happening place if you give it a chance -- and not just because people apparently like to make out in the stacks. It's quiet enough to get lots of work done, and librarians are like walking encyclopedias. I'd say the library rivals any frat party any day.

5. Call home on the weekends: Of course you'll get homesick. My mom always likes to tell the story of how she called home every day for the first month. Hearing familiar voices will help ease the transition. One no-no: Don't call just to ask your parents to send more money and clothes. That will get really old really fast.
So sharpen those #2 pencils and go forth! I promise these next four years are going to go by before you know it. And who knows -- come 2018, maybe you'll be the one doling out the college success tips! Knock 'em dead! xoxo

P.S. Don't forget to enter this year's BIC Back-To-School giveaway -- lots of great office goodies await one lucky winner!

[Photos via We Heart It]

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.





"Oh, won't you stay with me? 'Cause you're all I need..." --Sam Smith

P.S. Don't forget to enter this year's BIC Back-To-School giveaway -- lots of great office goodies await one lucky winner!

[Photos via emptyforest]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let's talk childhood celebrity crushes!


Brace yourself, friends, for this big revelation: I was pretty obsessed with pop culture as a kid. No, not pretty obsessed. More like EXTREMELY obsessed! Wait, you don't believe me? Really? OK, so it may be hard to believe, but it's true. I was a mini pop culturista (is that even a word?) -- I mean, I did have a Smurfs-themed birthday party when I turned three. That says a lot right there, doesn't it?

So I suppose it's only natural that I found myself easily wooed by the cute celebrities of the day. And by day, think the classic '80s and '90s. Oh, yes, there was room in my heart for them all, and I even had my father laminate some of my most prized photos. For the sake of brevity, here are 11 of my absolute favorites...

*Andrew McCarthy
*Scott Baio
*Donnie Wahlberg
*Joey McIntyre
*Chris O'Donnell
*Devon Sawa
*Ralph Macchio
*Justin Timberlake
*Brad Renfro
*Zack Morris -- yes, the character!
*Jonathan Taylor Thomas -- though I never wanted to admit this one for some reason!
Your turn, friends! Who did you find yourself crushing on way back when? Did you used to hang pictures of them on your wall? What do you think about them, looking back now? xoxo

Vintage beach photos



The Weather Channel's Travel blog is full of all sorts of amazing people, places and things. Case in point: These vintage beach photos from the early 20th Century. The fashions! The happy people! The roaring waves!




I love how people back then weren't afraid to pose or even ham it up for the camera...almost makes you want to travel back in time, doesn't it? xoxo
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