Thursday, July 31, 2014

Adventures in Dating: Fishing...Throwing Some Back and Reeling One In

The last Thursday of every month Adventures in Dating features a guest blogger or reader to share their dating mishaps, triumphs, tips and tales. This month I've got Laura from Life with Lolo sharing one of her dating stories. 

I’m Laura, sometime called Lolo. I live in the beautiful state of Idaho, and no, I don’t grow potatoes.

I went to the University of Idaho where I majored in Advertising and I now work doing the marketing for a county Fair. Pretty awesome gig if you ask me – backstage at concerts? Yes please.
These days I’m living in my very first house, with my boyfriend James and our two fur children, Golden Retriever, Gunner and Tabby kitten, Ted. 
During my free time you can find me playing volleyball or soaking up some sun on a patio enjoying a cold beer.

Find more of Laura here: Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bloglovin // Pinterest



When I first started online dating I was in a bad place in my life. I had graduated college, didn’t have a job and was living at my parents. I was single, lonely and frustrated that a dream job hadn’t just plopped in my lap alongside my degree.

I had always been a boyfriend kind of girl—you know the kind, who never has more than a few weeks between relationships? The summer/fall after graduation was the longest I had gone on my own, which was undoubtedly good for me, but I longed for a relationship

It was that lonesome, desire filled boredom that led me to Plenty of Fish.

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.