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.…

Stolen Goodbyes: Families of the Dying Need Clarity, Consistency

Earlier this month, I said goodbye to my grandmother for the last time. It was not as I had intended—squeezing her hand and kissing her softly on the cheek as we always do—but from outside a window, my face pressed tight to its dirty screen. I couldn’t see much, but called out to her, desperately hoping she could hear my voice through a tiny 1.5”…

Best Amazon Swimsuits of 2020

Feels kinda funny to begin talking about swimsuits and beach days in July. However, in many ways summer is just getting started! Certainly, 2020 is no ordinary year. I put on a swimsuit for the first time last week… and it reminded me to do this much-requested post: The Best Amazon Swimsuits of 2020.

Swimwear can be tricky to shop for and expensive.…

5 Ways to Love Your Body WITHOUT Changing It

Today’s post comes to you straight from a conversation with a friend. We were talking about getting “softer” during this time at home, laughing ruefully about not exactly loving what we are seeing. Have you joked about gaining a “quarantine-15” or stress-eating your way through the shut-downs too? It feels like everyone is itching to shape-up these days. That’s not what this post is about though… Rather, it centers on giving yourself a bit of grace during these challenging, unusual times.…

Palm Print & Summer-Ready Styles

Perhaps it’s because this is the summer of going nowhere... but these days I really find myself pulled toward palm print. It has a way of transporting you away from your current reality and offering a beeline to the beach. Sure, it’s unlikely that beach is literal. For example, we are stuck at home in the throes of potty training our little guy.…