2018 | Where your heart is now

10 Ways to Make Money Blogging

March 7, 2018

Hat: Forever 21 Shirt: Forever 21 (only $17!)  Bag: Forever 21, similar here Jeans: Boohoo c/o Boots: Forever 21, similar here

Ok first things first, how do you guys feel about this baker boy hat? I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something different...so here it is! lol. I have gotten some questions on how I make money blogging. People are often confused that this is my actual job and not just a hobby. So if you are curious too or if you are looking to start a blog, here is how you can make money:

1) Sponsored Posts: This is definitely my biggest income. When I pitch a company or they email me about a sponsored post, it means I will showcase their product on my blog and or social channels in exchange for the product and compensation.

2) Affiliate Programs: Bloggers make a percentage of their monthly income through Affiliate Programs. If you don't know what this means it refers to companies such as Reward Style and Shopstyle that allow you to make a percentage of your sales that you link through them. Other companies such as Amazon offer affiliate programs too. So whenever I link what I'm wearing and my readers click on the link, even if they don't purchase that exact item I will make money as long as they check out on my link. So whenever you find a blogger you love, purchase through their links to help support them! 

3) Agencies :  You can be represented by an agency and your agent will help you gain sponsored posts in exchange for a percentage of each deal you receive. 

4) Social Media Consulting : I recently started social media consulting. I have done this for a few friends in the past and they are doing amazing so I thought why not start this as a side income. If you are interested, message me! I will evaluate whatever social media platform my client needs then we have weekly meetings to help them prosper. 

5) Advertising: Ads are a great way to make money also! Through your website you can charge for ads. You can also run Facebook and Instagram ads that help get your posts seen more which in turn leads to more payoffs. 

6) Coaching: Lots of bloggers make money from teaching blogging courses or how to's. This goes along with social media consulting. I know one of my favorite bloggers Hello Fashion Blog is currently coaching girls through FaceTime to help them. 

7) Events: A lot of companies will pay you to attend events. If you are traveling or speaking at the event both of these are great ways to negotiate payment. 

8) Press Trips: Justin and I are going on our first press trip this month to Cancun! While I am so so excited, press trips are hard work. I will not be lounging on the beach sipping pina coladas the whole time. I'll be waking up early, shooting content, Insta-storying, etc. I am not complaining, free travel is absolutely amazing and a goal I have had for a long time! 

9) Video Production: Video has been getting bigger and bigger. Almost every blogger has a YouTube now a days and a ton of brands are asking for video when collaborating. The good thing about video is you can negotiate more because it takes a lot more time. 

10) Sponsored Giveaways: This is when you work with a brand to promote a giveaway that benefits both of you. 

I would love to hear any feedback on how you felt about this post! I am going to add a "Blogging" tab to my blog so these are easier posts to find! :)

Photography: Photo 243

My Spring Plans

March 5, 2018

Top: Chicwish c/o Skirt: Chicwish c/o Bag: Hazlymay c/o, exact here!
Shoes: Target (on sale for $18!0 Earrings: Adina's Jewels c/o

Spring is almost here! Woo! I wanted to share some plans with you guys! First of all, how fun is this skirt?? Thanks to Chicwish for making me look cute for Spring! :) I paired it with this super cute white top that I know I'll be able to wear with sooo much! Plus it is on sale! Do you guys have any Spring plans coming up? Here's what I have going on! 

- Trip to Cancun with Justin! We will be checking out Secrets Resort and we are so excited! 
- Seeing Demi Lovato....my QUEEN I'm so obsessed with her, if you haven't checked her documentary out, you need to!
- Helping my sister organize for my new nephew! He'll be here in June :) I'm SO excited
- Visiting my blogger bestie Jessica Hall aka @halljessicalynn in Arizona! 
- Celebrating Justin and I's four year wedding anniversary! 
- Booking more travel plans....I have a few ideas in mind
- Hosting a Blogger Event at Lululemon :)....also my favorite! 
- Hosting my sisters baby shower! 

I'm so excited for warmer weather! I can't wait for the clothes and to be able to walk Frankie and Emmy more than just around the block without freezing my bum off! I linked some super cute Chicwish pieces below I have my eye on for Spring! :) Enjoy your Monday babes! 

Photography: Photo 243

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

Heart Sweater

February 26, 2018

Sweater: Chicwish c/o Belt Bag: Forever 21, similar here Jeans: Boohoo Boots: Forever 21, similar here

You guys, how cute is this sweater?! It has stretchy sleeves and I love the heart detail! Chicwish has such cute stuff right now. I'll link some of my favorite pieces below. My all time favorite piece of clothing in my closet right now is my boyfriend jeans. These are my all time favorite! Plus they are only $25 right now! 

How do you guys feel about belt bags? I got the one I'm wearing at Forever 21 but I am dying for this one!! My birthday is tomorrow and all I really want is a new handbag lol. I am such a handbag and shoe freak. Gimme all the bagsssssss! Have a good day babes! xx

Photography: Olivia Zwayer

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

Grocery Store Photoshoots

February 16, 2018

Hair Clip: Goody Top: Chaser Brand c/o Jean Jacket: Forever 21, similar here Skirt: Chicwish c/o Bag: Fossil c/o Watch: Fossil c/o Shoes: Boohoo, similar here Earrings: BP

So I don't know if you've been on Instagram lately but if you live in a shitty cold place like Ohio then sometimes you don't want to shoot in ten degree weather so grocery store shoots are all the rage right now. And even though it was a little more awkward than a normal shoot, I had fun. Plus, I was warm....even better!

I decided to rock my hair in a clip that brought me back to 6th/7th grade and I didn't hate it. I heard scrunchies are coming back so maybe the clip will too? I got this jacket last year from Forever 21 but I found a similar one here that is SO CUTE. My skirt is a little big but I love the color for Spring and of course it's from my favorite place, Chicwish. Plus it's on sale for $45! I will link some other things I'm loving below from there.

Shoutout to Fossil for my new gorgeous bag and smartwatch! You guys this watch can take a picture, control your sleep, track your steps and give you social media/text/email alerts just to name A FEW. PLUS, it's on sale for only $95. Any girl would love it!

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post!

Photography: Ben Paul Photo

Valentine's Day in the City

February 12, 2018

Coat: Chicwish c/o Shirt: Mott & Bow  c/o Jeans: Mott & Bow c/o Boots: Steve Madden, almost exact here! Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o

How cute is this coat? When I got it in the mail from Chicwish and tried it on, I fell in love! I normally wear a size small but I sized up and got a medium because I wasn't sure how it would fit. Some things I like a oversized fit look but for Chicwish clothes I always check the reviews before ordering just to be sure! I linked a few of my other favorite coats too below :)

My friend Olivia and I took these photos downtown Columbus and it was such a freaky looking day outside with the fog! There was no one out and it was kind of eerie! But whatever your Valentine's Day plans are, I feel like this coat would look perfect for any occasion! What are your plans? 

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

Photography: Olivia Zwayer

Cozy Valentine's Day Look

February 5, 2018

Earrings: Lisi Lerch c/o  Sweater: Chicwish c/o (ONLY $39!)  Jeans: Mott & Bow c/o Bag: Foley + Corinna c/o (on sale!) Shoes: Steve Madden

I'm pretty sure it was like 20 degrees and super windy when we were shooting these so despite my smile I was in a lot of pain haha. On another note, you guys NEED this sweater! Chicwish has the cutest sweaters during these cold winter months and I'm obsessed with the ruffle sleeves on this one, not to mention it's only $39 (originally $73!) I linked below some great Valentine's Day looks for you guys! 

Also, I know I'm so behind on this but Justin and I just started watching Stranger Things and holy crap. We binge watched the first season in the past three days. I can't wait to start season 2. Do you guys have any fun Valentine's Day plans? I'm such a girl, I literally will be so happy with flowers and a note! :)

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

Photography: Photo 243

5 Date Night Ideas + A Date Night Outfit

January 30, 2018

Earrings: Lisi Lerch c/o Cami: H&M Cardigan: Chicwish c/o Bag: Gucci Jeans: Boohoo (ONLY $29!) c/o Shoes: Steve Madden

Looking for the perfect date night outfit? I've got you covered! This pom pom cardigan was one of Chicwish's bestsellers and you need it!! After I shot it, I took a few instastories and so many people dm'ed me about it! I wear my Chicwish sweaters to work a lot and everyone LOVES them. I linked a few of my favs below. I typically stick to neutral colors so I paired it with my lacy black cami and black pumps + some killer boyfriend jeans For a little color I added these light pink earrings that are my favorite. I wasn't sure how I felt about boyfriend jeans but I have a couple pairs now and I LOVE them. They are my favorite with pumps. How do you guys feel about them?

Also I thought it would be fun to share some of Justin and I's favorite date night ideas! It's true when you get married things get a lot busier but if you love someone, you will always make time for them. So here are a few of our favorite things to do when we have date night together:

1) Dinner & a movie! We loveeee going to the movies and bringing our own diet pop and getting popcorn. YUM. Justin loves superhero movies and he has got me into them but I still always try to talk him into chick flicks!
2) Double Date Night....we love trying new dinner spots with our good friends Olivia & Jake!  
3) Sporting Event. We recently just went to a Cavs game and it was SO much fun!
4) Wine Tasting. Or if you don't like wine, you could do beer, or coffee if you don't drink! You might just be hyper all night, lol. 
5) Comedy Club, these are so much fun!

* Bonus....concerts are ALWAYS great date night ideas! 

Photography: Photo 243

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

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