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Featured Blog: and then, she snapped

Hi! I'm Rachel, and I blog. I'm addicted to decaf tall vanilla nonfat lattes, and purses. Oh, and shoes, but that's a given, right? I'm married to a super cool dude, and we have three annoying adorable kids. I say we have three kids, but we had four babies. Our third child, Mina , passed away at six days old. That sucked. I stay home, well, by stay home I mean I drive kids around and go to Target. I also watch way too much tv, spend far too many hours on the internet, and do a ton of online shopping. If you only knew how many things I "add to cart", and never ever buy. There should be some kind of 12 step program to get me off of that, but I guess it's better than buying everything I added to my cart, because then I'd also need a bankruptcy attorney. My blog is where I do whatever the hell I want. (Isn't that the point of having my own blog?). There you'll find my Dear Charlie letters (written to my favorite youngest child). You'll

Thirsty Thursday : July 4th Style

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Who's ready for a quenching drink and who's thirsty for some more friends?! Grab a cup, click the pic above to grab those delicious recipes and let's enjoy a fabulous day. We're celebrating the upcoming fourth of July here . be sure to check out our newest e-courses . We'll be adding more shortly. Are you setting those phone alarms for tomorrow's first giveaway. Each day we'll be shooting out a new one. If you'd like to sponsor, head here . Now let's link up, drink up and have a lovely day! If you have a drink recipe to share, please link to the post directly: otherwise just link to your blogs so we can stop by anyways. Enjoy friends.

FTLOB tutorial - how to widen your blog

well hello beautiful faces!  hope you all are having a wonderful day. we thought it was a good time to share another simple tutorial with you all.  today we're sharing with you how to widen your blog beyond 1,000 pixels.   you will want to start by clicking on the "design" section listed on your dasboard  next select the "edit HTML" option   before making any coding changes to your blog, it is always a good idea to download a full template of your design to your computer first. this way, if something goes wrong you have a back up of your original design. once you are done downloading your template, you will need to go into the coding and find the wording above.  you can hit control F to specify wording to be found.  type template-skin and it will bring you to this section! now you will want to find value= on the first line of code.  here you will see the pixel width.  in this example the value is already set to 1000.  you can change this number to whatev

Who's Ready to WIN!?

Okey Dokey Kool Kids! We're just about ready to get this party started. The first giveaway begins on July 1st and you will have only that day to enter to win before we start the next giveaway! Each day will be a new item to win; some giveaways are packages! Now since we have so much going on, we'll put out as many posts as possible but We'd like to keep that giveaway up front and center for that entire day so everyone has a chance and we will be adding a badge up on the header directing to the label "giveaways". So be sure to check them often and scroll down to enter each one. The comments will close at 11:59 est. via As we mentioned before, we have Ahhhhh-Maaaaaa-ZING Sponsors . These lovelies are fabulous and you should love them to pieces for giving such awesome things away. It includes CASH , Summer Fun Items, Gift Cards, Jewelry, Shop credits and More. Would You like to become a sponsor? You can give an item away or write a post about this event to be inc

Picture Perfect - a new ftlob hop

Hi guys! Today we are starting our new Wednesday photo challenge hop. Our getting fit moved to monthly. We also host an album if you'd like to show off your many photos. But this hop is all about your best photo shots. We want to see those picture perfect photos. They can include any photo you'd like, providing that it is yours. This is a challenge and totally up to you on how you decide to present your photo. Whomever has the most likes at the end of this challenge will win $10 in cash via New prizes each new week. The challenge ends on Tues, the night before we start our new picture perfect. Some things you can do to your photos; you can leave it original, edit, add frames, borders, text, etc....We're not picky. This is a free for all. We want you to be creative and we want everyone to "Like" their favorite photo. I'm sure you all have gorgeous photos just waiting to be voted on. You MUST link directly to the submitted post, not your blog

This Blog of Mine: E-Course

Aside from our blogging tips ; This Blog of Mine is our full course on how to run a successful blog, tips on getting started and so much more. We're just a couple of ladies with strong minds and each new day we grow. I'm sure as time goes by, we'll be adding new things to the course, continuing to keep it updated and we'll use it as a learning experience for all of us. At the end of the day it's important to feel accomplished and proud. One of the main things we continue to express is to be YOU and to Love your blog. If anything, we hope you find inspiration, good advice and a long term commitment to your blog throughout this course. It's good forever. No rushing and no worries. We'll be available throughout the entire thing, you can call, text or email us during this course to get your questions answered asap. Sessions include: 1.) why start a blog? we go over our summary of why you should/shouldn't start a blog and our top ten reasons to start

Featured Blog: Change on the Fly

Hey Everyone :)  My little corner of the world wide web is titled Change On The Fly .  I don't have a super-specific 'theme' behind it, but it is mostly about my life as an American 'hockey wife' living in Finland, and more recently, about our struggles with multiple miscarriages and attempting to start a family.  that's me! :) I was born and raised in the Midwestern U.S.  I was taken to my first hockey game at 3 days old... and I haven't been able to get away from rinks since.  I paraded around those cold arenas in my little pink snowsuits like I owned the place.  I started playing hockey at age 3 1/2, following in the footsteps of my older brothers.  I must have been a confused child, because half the time I wanted everything pink, frilly, and girly... and the other half I was just one of the "boys".  My Christmas presents consisted of a mix between dolls and doll accessories, and hockey equipment.  Now, obviously at a young age I had no id

Tasty Tuesday

Oh my goodness I've got something fun and different for you guys today. Look at this... I mean, SO cute. And guess what, that little treat that doggy is salivating over is an actual dog treat... a peanut butter and banana pupcake . Seriously! I know lots of you FTLOBers are also dog lovers and owners so I thought you might enjoy a special recipe for your pooch. Head on over to Sweetly Made for an adorable post and tasty recipe! And while we're doing things a little different today, check out these chickpea chocolate chip cookies ! What a way to sneak something healthy into your kids. Or yourself. Hop by It Happens at Dinner for more cool recipes. Have fun, be kind and enjoy what everyone is serving today! XO <center><a href=""><img border="0" src="" /></a></center>  

Featured Blog: Al's Narratives

Hi everyone! My name is Autumn and I blog over at Al's Narratives when I’m not picking up sweet gigs like this. When I was trying to decide what to write for this post, I thought, “What are a few of my favorite things?” Easy enough, right? Negative ghost-rider. Let’s see, I love: Jesus , Utah , Coldplay , running , smoothies , photography , crafting , writing , hiking , children , Mormons , baking and a plethora of other things. But I can’t keep you here all day, lest you get fired from your job or neglect the children sitting at your feet. I decided to keep it simple. My best friend once told me, “I don’t read your blog because there are too many words. I just look at the pictures.” And who knows? Maybe you are like my best friend. If you are, this post is light on the words and heavy on the pictures. Is that okay? Cool. Here are my Top 10 Favorite Pictures that I have ever taken: Phew, that was an eye-entertaining experience. (Say that ten times really fast!) Oh, what

The Look Book

featuring gina of {acute designs} hello beautiful friends! we hope you had a wonderful weekend. we are kicking things off with another look book link up! stop on over and say hi to our featured look book girl, make a new friend and lets see what you've been wearing. just a few things before you get started...we have decided to do a look book link up once a month. this will be open for the next 30 days and then a new fresh one will be posted. feel free to link as many outfits as you would like...there are no limits! as long as you, your kiddos, or your friends are wearing the clothes that is perfectly fine with us!   have fun with it...we can't wait to see what you've put together!! p.s.  if you would like to be featured in next months new look book post, leave us a comment below with your links!

Who's Our Next BOTM? Voting Poll

It's time to Vote for our July Blog of the Month . Since the new layout, not as many seem to be that interested- which is good for the few nominees, I guess! I try to make this place as easy to navigate as possible so if something needs to be changed please let us know. Coming Soon: Best in Category . This is the same concept as BOTM but every category will get a Best Blog Title. Details will be out shortly, so be sure you are linked up. To nominate a favorite blog of yours for August, head here and leave a simple comment with their url. To Vote for your Favorite Blog for July whom will be getting an introductory post, a link on the very top of the site ↑ See Where it Says Blog of the Month? Click that to see who your new friend will be. And a large Ad placed below the small ads. The Nominees were: King Corvid A Sparrow's Flight Truly Lovely The other nominees not included were either nominated by themselves {not allowed} or not a member. So when nominating a b

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