Holy Moly It’s Happies and Crappies 49!

The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch With Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 49th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn’t have been around for so long if it wasn’t for you awesome ladies linking up, so Amber and I really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:

1. Happies and Crappies link up is posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST. Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!

2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. It’s not  mandatory, but we appreciate the love.

4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag me and Amber as well as use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies

HAPPIES

1. I got to spend 5 days with my family back in Corpus this past week. Seeing my family was MUCH overdue and I was so glad to have spent as much time as we could there.

2. As y’all know, my parents got me the Maskcara IIID Foundation HAC Pack for Christmas! It was the really big thing on my list, so it made me really happy.

3. Mathew and I not only got to have a late Christmas with my family, but we spent New Year’s Eve with them as well! We had a great time at my aunt’s house playing trivia games, watching football, eating yummy food, and my favorite part…making bunuelos. Bunuelos are balls of dough stretched out super thin until they’re practically see through. Then, they are fried in oil and covered with cinnamon sugar. It’s my favorite part of New Years because all the ladies just sit around, talk, and try to make the best looking one!

4. Mathew and I started working out again and are beginning the process of clean eating. I’ll be talking more about our journey with clean eating and even giving y’all some fun recipes from one of my favorite websites, which I can’t wait to do! Although yesterday was only day 1, I’m happy to say that it was a success.

5. I was inspired by a fellow blogger and Instagrammer to take a picture every day for the year and use a hashtag to document it. I’d love if you all followed my hashtag on Instagram– #VMWeveryday2014. Let’s hope I can keep it up for all 365 days!

 

CRAPPIES

1. My car STILL isn’t done and I wrecked it in October. I’m dying to have it back!

2. Our only working car went kaput on us this week and so we are even MORE in dire need for crappy #1! We would absolutely love your prayers or thoughts to just get through this hard time. It’s not easy having ZERO vehicles.

Now it’s your turn to link up! Tell us about the Happies and Crappies from your week!

Making the Most Out of Your Blog with Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas: Brand Edition

There are so many things I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas: Brand Edition that I can’t even begin to describe. My book of notes is so full from incredibly useful information from Blissdom (see recap 1 & recap 2!) and Bloggy Boot Camp, both of which I’m thankful to have attended this year. There are so many valuable things to gain from blog conferences: new friends, old friends, meaningful connections and conversations, inspiration, and how to be more dedicated. Bloggy Boot Camp has given me the time to reconnect and rediscover the focus of my blog and just get to know people that love the same thing as I do.

Some of my wonderful blog friends, old and new: me, Ricci, Kim, Rebekah, Neely, and Ashley

Some of my wonderful blog friends, old and new: me, Ricci, Kim, Rebekah, Neely, and Ashley

Earlier this year I went to Blissdom and felt it was the best conference I could’ve ever been to. I still believe it was amazing, but for a totally separate reason from Bloggy Boot Camp. Blissdom is more about making connections with other bloggers and brands, not so much the content. However, Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas: Brand Edition focused less on corporate sponsor connections (although there were two of my favorite companies: LG and Mirassou in attendance) and more of the “meat”/content. It was about taking your blog to a whole other level, which is exactly what I want to do.

Some things I learned:

If it’s not a “Hell yeah!” it’s a no. These words of wisdom come from my newest friend, Danielle Smith. I actually met her at Blissdom, and took her advice for a video interview earlier this year with the Huffington Post. This woman knows what she’s talking about. Plus, she is incredibly honest and I loved having a honest conversation with her, Neely, and Ashley at BBC Dallas. These words really made me take a look at the partnerships I am considering forming and really put them into perspective. Bottom line? You probably won’t see as much sponsored content around here..and if you do, you better believe that it’s because I’m working with a brand that I absolutely believe in and not half-heartedly care about.

Danielle Smith and I- she's such an encouraging woman!

Danielle Smith and I- she’s such an encouraging woman!

Content is KING! Weave in your own stories. Sounds simple, right? I think many times bloggers get caught up in the “free stuff” and forget about content. Heck, I’ve done it before!  BUT no one will read your blog if you just post a bunch of sponsored stuff that has zero meaning to you. I plan on weaving in more of our stories (which means Mathew and I are going to make it our mission not to be boring married people all the time!)  so you can really get down and get to know us…if you don’t already.

What’s your end game? I’m still wondering what my end game is, but I know this- I want my blog to be meaningful, full of a strong readership with tons of friendships that have stemmed from it, and I want it to be successful. As for the rest? I’m not certain and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be certain what I want my end game to be.

Google + is important. It’s an internet COMMUNITY that can help your blog in a ton of different ways! If you’re not following me on Google +, please do! I’ll make sure to follow you back on my circle.

Your reputation matters! You better believe that companies are watching you on social media. It’s POOR TASTE to bash or complain about a company online. If you feel the need to do it, text a friend instead to rant. You’ll be happy you did.

Celebrating a great end of BBC Dallas with Mirassou wine!

Celebrating a great end of BBC Dallas with Mirassou wine!

Tell your story. I’m a BIG fan of Lisa Leonard (I feel like such a nerd around her and just about died that she remembered me) and her story…well, her son David’s story. Her story is what draws me to her. Sure her jewelry is amazing, her thrifted clothes are far cuter than I could ever put together, and I have NO idea how she gets her curls so perfect (mine never cooperate!), but at the end of the day, I am in such admiration over her story. I want my friends…my readers…to connect with me as I tell my story. There are so many times I want to be raw, real, and honest with you all about things. I realize that many people I know in “real life” read my blog, however, and I feel like I need to shelter myself from telling certain things. Likewise, I feel as though my story is so small because I don’t lead an amazing and adventurous life, I’m not a mom, and I pretty much work, spend time with Mathew, and sleep. I’m going to work harder to break out of my shell and delve into the things that make me, ME, and begin to interpret whatever my story is.

Me, Lisa, Neely, and Ashley

Me, Lisa, Neely, and Ashley

Power down and be present. Sure, social media is important to just about everyone nowadays, but it isn’t EVERYTHING. It’s important to step away from the text messaging, Instagramming, Tweeting, and Facebooking and get to the heart of conversations in your daily life. Pay attention to your loved ones and live your life. You don’t have to be on your phone or computer every second of the day. Because…at the end of the day, do you want to say “I lived my life” or “I lived my life always on my iPhone”? Something to ponder. Besides, how could I adore this handsome face that I got to come home to after Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas was over?

Mathew at lunch when I finally got home from BBC Dallas

Mathew at lunch when I finally got home from BBC Dallas

So there you have it- Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas: Brand Edition in a nutshell. Trust me, I’ve barely skimmed the surface and have 25 pages of notes, but there’s just too much good information! I really encourage you to attend BBC Dallas next year. Tiffany and Fran know how to throw an awesome blog conference full of laughs, tears, and a whole lot of knowledge. Psst- I’ll be there!

Stick around on the blog tomorrow because I’ll be talking all about the hair and fashion from Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas: Brand Edition!

Never Ever Ever (will I EVER understand…)

It’s the 24th week of Never Ever Ever! Thank you so much for participating this week! It always makes us feel so good when y’all link up! We know you could be writing something else today, so we’re really appreciative of you!
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The info on Never Ever Ever:

1. The Never Ever Ever link up will be posted EVERY Tuesday at Midnight CST . Tell us about the things you’d “never ever ever” do!

2. Please put our button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. We won’t make it mandatory, but we appreciate the love 4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag myself, Neely, and Shelley and use the hashtag #nevereverever

I Never Ever Ever….

– can believe that it took me so long to meet Ricci, Rebekah, and Kim! I had so much fun with them (and Ashley and Neely) at dinner on Saturday night.

– can believe that I snagged such an awesome guy. BBC was such a fun experience, but unfortunately for me to go, I had to take a day and a half off of work. Needless to say, Sunday night’s sleep was FULL of anxiety with all the things I knew I needed to do yesterday once I arrived to work, and I pretty much laid in bed for several hours. Once I finally went to sleep, I was up every hour on the hour. It ended up throwing me completely off the entire day yesterday. Mathew kept texting me to check on me, and because he knew I was so stressed, he sent these gorgeous flowers to my work.

– can understand why some people want you to constantly give them affirmation and compliments, but they are always trying to speak negatively or bring you down. Why can’t we just make the decision to support each other and wish for the best for people? Life is not a competition…and if it is for you, then you probably need to reestablish some life goals.

– will enjoy going to the gym alone. It’s never been something I like. I’m so thankful that I have an awesome coworker that goes to the gym with me 5 days a week. Even when we both don’t want to go, we end up going. I’m so glad to know that we support each other and encourage each other to get our butts to the gym!

– will be able to express the insane amount of knowledge I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp this weekend. I’ll be doing a recap post tomorrow, but let me tell you, I could sit all DAY and tell you all the things I learned and have already implemented to make my blog and social media outlets better than ever.

So now it’s YOUR turn to link up for Never Ever Ever!