Celebrating Four Years


Time flies by when you are having fun! Today I am celebrating my four year anniversary blogging. I have had a great time so far and I am looking forward to four more years at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. I have several exciting new projects and giveaways in the works for the month of April. So stay tuned!

Thank you being a loyal reader! Cheers! 

My New York Trip Via Instagram: Part One


Last week I was in New York for a few days to visit friends and attend a blogger workshop hosted by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Only 50 bloggers from around the country were hand selected to attend. I had a great time at the workshop and I was honored to be invited!

I loved being able to meet several bloggers, I have admired and looked up to for a while like Made by Girl, The Little Kitchen, House of Earnest, and Myers Style. It was also a great way to connect and make new friends with bloggers like Julie Blanner, Creative Juice, and I Heart Organizing.  

The workshop started on Thursday morning with panels led by the editors of the magazine. After lunch we were broken up into sub groups were we had time to meet and talk to the editors about ideas for the magazine. We also attended a styling a session with lifestyle expert, Eddie Ross on how to style your table setting for photos. 

Later that night we all came back to the Eventi Hotel for a cocktail party and panel session with Apartment Therapy’s Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan; East Coast Editor/Producer for Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Eddie Ross; Designer,Kayce Hughes and Food Stylist, Annette Joseph

On Friday morning, we were invited to tour the Meredith Publishing offices in New York where Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, Better TV, and Rachael Ray magazine are housed. This tour was amazing! We had a chance to visit the test kitchens, food studio, photography studio, and the set of Better TV. The features and beauty sections of Better Homes and Gardens are located in New York while the rest of the magazine is in Des Moines, Iowa. As apart of our tour we met with Fashion and Beauty Director, Ellen Miller were she discussed fall beauty and fashion trends with us. During our visit with her she showed us this amazing floral top from Old Navy that every blogger from the workshop will probably be buying. (I went out yesterday afternoon and brought one for myself)

I want to extend a thank you to the amazing team at Better Homes and Gardens magazine for putting together a great event. 

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing details about the rest of my time in New York. So stay tuned! 

Greetings from New York


This morning I woke up in New York. I flew here last night so that I could attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Blogger Workshop today. I’m excited about being in the city again. I’m also looking forward to meeting all of the bloggers and editors attending the workshop. Follow my Instagram account and the hashtag #bhgstyle to see how my trip is going.

I’m blogging from my iPhone. Isn’t amazing how much technology has advanced.

I’ll be back on Monday with a recap from my trip.

Blog Party with Delightfully Chic.

Today I am co-hosting a party over on my friend Tiffany’s blog, Delightfully Chic for her new “Little Friday Blog Hop” series.

Every Thursday, Tiffany is throwing a link love party on her blog. Check out the details below on how you can link up to join in on the fun!

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Alt Design Summit Online Classes

Alt Design Summit hosts a big blogger conference each year in January but I haven’t been able to attend in years past. I am looking forward to attending next years conference in January 2013.

Well if you are like me and haven’t attended the conference but wanted to, you can virtually! Now they offer online classes through their website at a very affordable prize point of $15 on similar topics covered at the conference. What a steal! They usually announce the schedule a month in advance so that you can plan to attend ahead of time. They are offered at all different times of the day.

For the past few months, I have been taking several online classes through Alt Design Summit to learn how to be a better blogger and businesswoman.  So far I have taken classes on How to Grow my Readership, Advertising for Bloggers, and 10 Photo Workouts to Make You a Better Photographer. They  have all been very informative and also served as a great networking opportunity to meet other bloggers.  Alt offers classes on design, photography, general blogging, and marriage advice classes.

For the month of July, Alt Design Summit has partnered with Bing to host two free classes. So this is the perfect time to try out their classes before you pay for one on your own. Bing will be talking about these two topics: What Brands Really Think About Your Blog and The ABCs of SEO:  How Bing can help make your blog a success.

To learn more about these classes and other ALT Design Summit online classes, visit the ALT Channel.

Have you taken any Alt Classes? What did you think about them?