Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Top Five Blogging Tools

In my almost two years of blogging I have drastically changed how I run my blog. I started out posting sporadically and kept my blog fairly quiet, and slowly transitioned into maintaining a consistent blogging and social media schedule. In an upcoming post, I will be sharing some tips on how to grow your blog, but for now I am going to share the five blogging tools that have been most useful to me as a blogger.

1.  PicMonkey I don't own, nor do I know how to use, Photoshop. For the amount of editing I need to do for my blog, PicMonkey is perfect. It's user friendly, free and allows you to create perfect, Pinterest-worthy blog images for your post.

Good photos are one of the most important aspects of a blog post. It breaks up text and adds visual interest to your posts. PicMonkey offers both a free and Royale feature which you can purchase on a monthly or yearly basis. After months of using the free version of PicMonkey I ended up purchasing a yearly subscription to upgrade to Royale and I find it is worth the money. Royale offers you more font choices, and the photoshop-like features of smoothing out wrinkles and wiping away access shine.

Any picture on this blog with text on it has been created using PicMonkey, just like the one above.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Love Story, Spanning Ontario

Today, Victoria is taking over the blog and writing about her long distance relationship with her boyfriend Stan. You may remember Victoria from her previous guest post, We Know: If It Hurts, It Can Heal...Because We Run. 

It was the perfect scenario. I had just moved to Windsor, Ontario to begin law school and an orientation event was being held at a local bar so first year students could have an opportunity to mingle with upper years. While I tend to be naturally introverted, I pulled on my best casual outfit, planted a smile on my face, and begrudgingly headed out the door to meet my classmates. When I arrived at the bar, I expected to make casual conversation with a few people before heading back to my apartment. What I got instead was the very beginning of the biggest emotional rollercoaster of my life: a long distance relationship, stretching across the entire Province of Ontario.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tieks Giveaway!

Happy Monday Blogland! As my loyal readers will know, I rarely post on Mondays anymore. However, this Monday I couldn't resist because myself, along with ten other beautiful, amazing bloggers are bringing you a Tieks giveaway. 

I'm currently compiling a "birthday wishlist" (inspired by Amanda's post) for my birthday next month and these bad boys are #1 on the list. Not only do these ballet flats come in a ton of cute colours, but they fold up so you can throw them into your purse! Genius? I think so. Enough of me rambling, make sure to check out all the bloggers participating in this giveaway, and don't forget to enter. Good luck!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cat's Adventures in Dating: Finding Love on the Lido Deck

Note: I went on a cruise last week, and really didn’t intend to find any romance, but as is the case with me I just love men too much. So I found someone, quite accidentally, and he was too damn good not to write about.

Picture this: a beautiful cruise ship deck turned into a glittering night time party spot.  My sun kissed skin showcased by a coral orange sheath dress and strappy wedge heels, my hair perfectly imperfect thanks to sun and salt water. I’m looking good, I’m looking confident, and I am ready to find some love on the lido deck.

Canon Rebel T3i Giveaway

I'm currently working on writing a blog post about some blogging tools I cannot live without. Along with great editing and social media tools, a good camera is always a great resource for blogging. Pictures break up large bodies of text and add visual interest, drawing your reader in.

If you don't have a good camera for blogging, don't worry just yet. These 22 bloggers and I want to give you a chance to win one! How would you like to get your hands on a brand spankin' new Canon Rebel T3i? Yeah, we thought you might. Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

Win a brand new Canon Rebel T3i!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WTF Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! This week all of my WTF moments are coming to you in picture form. My peepers have witnessed a lot of WTF worthy stuff since the last post so let's jump right into it:

- So this looks like your run-of-the-mill trailer right? Of course it does. And yes, it is perfectly normal to have said trailer parked on the road in front of your house. But, is it normal to sleep in this trailer at night, on a suburban street, when you live just a few feet from it? I only realized someone was sleeping in it because I walked by at 6:45 a.m. and heard a man telling a growling dog (that was also sleeping there) to be quiet.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Banana Chocolate Muffins...with Coffee #HavaJava

Banana Chocolate Muffins with Single Jo Coffee Recipe

When I think of summer I always think "busy." Yes, we are all familiar with the phrase "lazy summer days," but for Canadians like me we only get a short amount of time with this warm weather and we want to maximize it. This means we pack in as much summer fun as we can - road trips, beach days, sitting by the pool, finding great hiking trails and picnic spots and just enjoying the summer sun.

That is precisely why I am sharing this easy, quick and delicious Banana Chocolate Muffin recipe! These muffins are perfect to pack on the go and the added coffee gives you a little extra energy. What's great about this recipe is that it can be easily customized. You can substitute the whole wheat flour for white flour or even a gluten free flour like almond flour. Add a few scoops of your favourite protein powder in the mix to keep you feeling fuller longer. Remove the chocolate chips and add cacao nibs or another healthier alternative. This recipe makes approximately twenty muffins.