Painted Pumpkin Ideas: From Plaid to Polka Dot

Anyone else feel a bit behind this season? It’s like I blinked… and we suddenly morphed from summer to Halloween! Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons to decorate for—and while I love carving pumpkins—I wanted a few porch options that would work past Halloween. I always get so sad when those carefully carved faces start to droop. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have that “styled” porch look beyond spooky season?…

Reinventing Yourself After Job Loss? 5 Blogger-Inspired Habits To Help You Bounce Back

What can “influencer” culture teach women who are facing pandemic job loss? Your first answer might be to scoff and roll your eyes. And I totally get where that is coming from! Certainly, the Kardashians of the world have precious little in common with the near 900,000 women who dropped out of the labor force last month. However, they are not the “influencers” I am talking about.…

Best Amazon Prime Day Fashion Deals

Life has been super busy lately, right? Sometimes things you intended to keep tabs on—in this case, Amazon Prime Day—just creep up on you. It’s this week (Oct. 13 and 14, beginning at 3 a.m. ET). While I don’t talk about sales holidays often on the blog, the pandemic has made online shopping the norm. So, I thought a quick post about Amazon Prime Day and successful shopping strategy might be helpful.…

Fall Family Photo Outfit Ideas

Tis’ the season for pumpkin spice lattes, jack o’ lanterns, and crisp morning air… It is also the season for getting a wall-worthy snapshot of your favorite people! Many families call fall the best time of year to book a photo session – and I don’t disagree. Natural beauty is at its peak (think stunning fall color) and temperatures tend to be quite comfortable.…

10 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

The blogging world can seem overwhelming at times. The more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. Are you thinking about starting a blog and feeling lost in the prep work? Or perhaps you’ve launched your website, but want to dodge the pitfalls others have encountered. We can help with that! Whether you’re a new blogger, prospective blogger, or seasoned pro, there are plenty of blogging mistakes to avoid.…

Balancing Grad School And Motherhood

It’s funny how something you work so hard for can arrive so unceremoniously in your inbox… In fact, I nearly missed it. But, Purdue made it real last night! The registrar confirmed – yes – my diploma is in the mail. I now hold a master’s degree in strategic communications. Cue the happy dancing! If you had told me a few years ago I would be balancing grad school and motherhood, I’d have told you you’re off your rocker.…

Sustainable Handbags: A Designer to Love

When I first stumbled onto the accessory brand Soli & Sun, I was immediately taken with its artistry. I had never seen anything quite like these bold, cheerful handbags, fashioned from unique hand-woven fabrics. They are quite literally the prettiest styles I have ever seen. However, it was the social motivation behind them that truly captured my heart. If you are looking for sustainable handbags, Soli & Sun has an inspiring story to share!…

Summer Splendor + An Honest Chicwish Review

Ah, flower fields and dreamy dresses… I’m not ready to give up on summer splendor just yet! Does anyone else feel like the summer months just vanished before our eyes? Thankfully, we still have plenty of warm weather left here in Indiana. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite feminine styles, plus a much-requested Chicwish review. I share a ton of styles from this company.…

How To Get Media Coverage & Why You Want It

Want to give your blog, brand, or business a lift? Earned media may be the answer! For more than a decade I fielded all kinds of media pitches—good, bad, and ugly. As a news anchor, part of my job was deciding who made the cut. We had businesses, city leaders, politicians, charities, animal shelters, brands, and bloggers jockeying for position. Each wanted a spot on our morning news program.…

20 Elegant White Tops For Summer

It might seem risky or counter intuitive with a three-year-old at home, but my closet is packed with white tops. Dangerous? Yes. But 100 percent worth it! Why? White tops offer instant elegance, particularly in warmer weather. No matter what you pair them with they always look chic. Dress them down with jeans… or shoot for all-out glamour with a sophisticated skirt and red lip.…