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Best Time of the Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is gorgeous, it starts to cool down, and I can finally wear a sweater without sweating with one of my favorite scarves. The leaves change to beautiful hues of orange and red and the excitement of the holidays coming up puts me in a great mood. Fall is the inspiration for the next blog I am posting about: Autumn Cozy.

I have posted a number of times about picture blogs and this is another one of those. I have said time and again, “Who doesn’t love a pretty picture?!” And that rings true for this blog. Autumn Cozy is filled with beautiful pictures of fall. It is a great reminder of why I love this season so much. Looking at this blog is like stepping into the coziest room full of everything you love plus hot coco and fluffy blankets.

The author, who’s name happens to be Autumn, posts many different fall-related photos. There are a lot of fall dessert pictures:

And, of course, there are many pictures of the colorful fall leaves:

There are pictures of fall clothing, and I love fall clothing:

mrsjuliejones:clubmonaco:Cashmere blanket in buffalo plaid. Perfect for your chilly cabin. I’m kind of obsessed with buffalo check plaid…

And plenty of fall coziness:

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I could seriously spend hours on this blog scrolling through the thousands of pictures on it. There’s something about fall that makes me feel so comfortable, and looking at this brings that right to me on my computer screen.

LA Street Style

I tend to like blogs that revolve around a certain city or place, which might be obvious since I follow so many NYC-based blogs. The next blog I am featuring is based in LA. It’s called Native Fox and is a street fashion blog.

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I really like fashion blogs but many are unrealistic for, say, a poor college student like me. This woman does wear expensive clothing, but her clothes aren’t inaccessible to the everyday woman.

This blog is made by one woman who models her everyday outfits on the streets of LA.

I like how she posts casual looks as well as dressy looks.
And, of course, she provides a variety of angels and shots to show off her outfits.
Another thing that I really like is that she doesn’t write too much. Some bloggers will go on and on about a certain subject and it can be way too much reading for a blog. When I think blog, I don’t think about a lot of text. She writes a short explanation of her outfit and why she’s wearing it, and what she is up to for the day. For a fashion blog, that’s really all you need (plus the brands and links to the clothes you’re wearing, which she does).
The author, Jennifer, also has posts of inspiration in which she posts a handful of things she really likes at the time. Most recently she posted about her top ten skin care products.
She gave an explanation of each product and why she likes it. When fashion blogs have something a little extra, it really adds to the blog.

 

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One That Covers It All

Ever now and then, I come across a blog that covers a wide variety of topics. That’s exactly what the blog The Pioneer Woman does.

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer WomanYou may know that The Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond, has her own cooking show on Food Network known as The Pioneer Woman. She got a show on Food Network because of her blog, which has won numerous awards, and her best-selling cookbook. However, I discovered her on Food Network because I have a mild (more like huge) obsession with Food Network shows. I really don’t know why…

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Later, I discovered her blog and man, oh, man does she do a great job blogging! She lives in the middle of nowhere on a cattle ranch with her husband and four kids. One might wonder how she has so much to blog about then. Well, I’m assuming living in the middle of no where with four kids forces one to come up with interesting stuff to do.

Her blog has a number of sections making it easy to search through this wide-ranging blog. The Confessions section includes photos and stories of her husband and children and the animals on the farm.

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The Cooking section includes step-by-step photos of all the cowboy-friendly dishes she taught herself to cook through the years. There’s butter involved.

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In her Photography section, Ree gives tips to starting photographers and photoshop tutorials.

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In the Home & Garden section, Ree shows the step-by-step saga of a start-to-finish remodeling project of an old guest house on the ranch, as well as general home tips and photos of things she loves.

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And in the Homeschooling section, she discuss the adventure of homeschooling four children on an isolated cattle ranch, hold regular “Smartypants” trivia quizzes so readers can test their brain matter, and share Words of the Day, interesting trivia, and occasional brainteasers.

There is so much on this blog. So many great recipes, so many amazing photographs, great stories, and more.

Inspire My Closet

I’m always looking for inspiration whether it be recipe or meal ideas, decorating tips or DIY how-to’s. One area I am always searching for a little idea help is fashion. That’s why I love following fashion blogs. I love seeing new ways to wear things, different combinations of unrelated items, and new and different ways to accessorize.

Enter the blog What I Wore.

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I am a little picky when it comes to fashion blogs but for good reason. I don’t want to look at a fashion blog that is just pictures of what someone wears every single day. I’m gonna need a little information with all those fab photos of you wearing your fab clothes. For example, tell me where each piece is from and link to a place where I can purchase the piece. If I can no longer buy that piece, give me a link to where I can buy a similar piece. Jessica, the blogger, does just that and I love it.

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Another reason I’m picky about fashion blogs is because I don’t really care much about clothing that I cannot afford, probably will never be able to afford, and clothing that I would never wear because it is very outlandish. As you can see from the above picture, Jessica does not spend mass amounts of money on designer pieces. She shops at places I regularly hit such as J.Crew, Target, and Old Navy. Even though some of these pieces are relatively cheap, she makes them look very chic.

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Jessica makes it super easy to shop for the clothes she is wearing in her post, which is a definite plus.

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She’ll also have links to posts with similar outfits, which is great because it helps you think of ways to style pieces in different ways. Woohoo!

Another reason I like this fashion blog is because it’s not just a blog with the outfit she wears everyday (boring). She incorporates different posts to make it fun. For instance, the post Top 20 Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults on What I Wore (OMG!!!). I literally cannot believe she made all of those costumes herself.

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Another example of the different types of posts she does is this: Your Workplace Wardrobe on What I Wore. She compiles work outfits of her own all in one place, which is helpful to those looking for just work clothing. work+wear+2

For the Skinny in All of Us

Since I am constantly trying to come up with new meal ideas (I’m getting really sick of veggie stir fry and chicken), I have been searching for new foodie blogs to read. I recently came across one that I really like. It is called Skinnytaste.

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One reason I love this blog is because all of the recipes are “skinny” aka they are low in calories, low-fat, and are healthy and delicious. Gina, the author, takes everyday recipes and makes them better and healthier. She even lists all of the important nutrition information, including Weight Watcher’s point, which is great for the weight conscious readers.

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Servings: 7  • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 165 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 6.5 g
Sodium:
 278.5 mg (without salt)

And of course, Gina lists all of her recipes and cooking directions with photos to help. And, man, do those photos help… make me hungry!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan

This blog also has a Recipe Index to make it easy to search for what you’re looking for. Gina has all kinds of recipes and many of them.

I cannot wait to try out the recipe above and many more, and I’m super excited to try these Low-fat Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies this fall!

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Health Nut

I recently came across a new blog that I love! I try to eat very healthy and clean during the week (and give myself eating freedom on the weekends) and exercise a lot, so that is why I love the blog Peanut Butter Fingers.

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The author Julie, who is a personal trainer and healthy-food-lover, dedicates this blog to giving readers new, healthy recipes and workout ideas. She documents something or multiple things she eats each day and her workout. This blog is perfect for someone who loves healthy food and exercising because she is very creative with both and is constantly coming up with new stuff.

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Today, Julie blogged about her breakfast, which was an egg white and oatmeal protein pancake with a side of sliced pear. Since she had already made one before and featured it on her blog, she linked to the recipe. She always includes a recipe for every meal she blogs about.

I love hearing about ways to make healthy food delicious and enjoyable. This is something Julie really focuses on.

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In the same post today, Julie included the workout she did. I love that she details exactly what she does herself during her workouts. If I am going to follow a personal trainer, I want to know how she eats and how she works out, not just random recipes and workouts she finds somewhere.

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Dog Sadie

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Another thing I like about this blog is that she details her life outside of eating healthy and exercising. Obviously no one’s entire life consists of just doing these two things.

P.S. Julie’s definition of peanut butter fingers: “Take your finger, dip it in the peanut butter jar and voila! Peanut butter fingers. So simple, yet so, so delicious.” Yum!

Pinning is my Interest

While this my not exactly be considered a blog, it sort of acts like one. In fact, most of the content comes from blogs. And I absolutely love it and am on it quite a lot. Let me introduce you to Pinterest.

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The way Pinterest describes itself is “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.” For a better description, it’s a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other users’ pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos. If you double click on photos, almost all of them lead to a website.

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For instance, if you double click on a picture of a shoe, a new page might open with the website for where that shoe is from. On other instances, images might bring you to the blog where the image was originally pinned from.

Pinterest also has an easy pin button. If you are on a webpage and see an image you like, you can click the pin button, which is located at the end of the web address slot. When you click the button, the images on the page you are on pop up and you can choose the image you would like to put on your Pinterest page.

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For me (and I know for many others), Pinterest inspires me. I get inspiration for clothing ideas, decoration ideas, food and recipes, weddings, pretty much everything. And I find things that I’ve never seen before. There are so many great recipes and DIY projects for anything and everything. I could, and do, spend hours on Pinterest.

Merry pinning!