September 24, 2014

October Sponsorship—FREE!

What happened to September?  The days have whizzed by and drastically shifted from 90 degrees of late summer to a frigid-feeling 50 degrees. And in a week it will be October!

I'm not thrilled about anything indicitive of cooler temperatures, but I am excited to give away 5 new sponsorships for October! re•solve has been growing tremendously and you sponsors get to reap the benefits - for free!

Enter below for your chance to win sponsorship of re•solve in October, including your 250x250 sidebar button, social media promotion, and a sponsors-only group Pinterest board!

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September 23, 2014

Lindt it started with HELLO! #spon

Many thanks to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today's discussion, and for giving my readers the opportunity to win sweet prizes!

Meeting my husband started with "hello."

OK, so it really started with the "wink" feature on it didn't take too long for a hello to follow!

That was in late 2004....almost ten years ago! We lived in different states and had no idea what that "hello" would turn into. But, we all can see in this case, it resulted in something very sweet.

Know what else is sweet? Chocolate. C'mon, you knew that. You don't need me or anyone else to push the good stuff on you. Lindt chocolate is delicious, and they certainly don't need my help in spreading the word to you smart readers. But, just like Sean and I, Lindt knows that a sweet and beautiful relationship starts with "hello." in this case, say “hello” to the enticing flavors of the Lindt HELLO collection:
  • Caramel Brownie: Discover the irresistible combination of smooth milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel brownie filling
  • Strawberry Cheesecake: Satisfy your cheesecake craving with rich milk chocolate and a light, fluffy strawberry cream cheese filling.
  • Crunchy Nougat: Smooth milk chocolate,– now that’s yummy!  
  • Cookies & Cream: Chocolate, cookies – and a crunch!  Savor a chocolaty experience like no other, with chocolate chip cookie pieces and cream filling.
I may or may not have a stash in my desk drawer...

The fun thing is, you can enjoy this new chocolate from Lindt in any capacity from just a nibble to full on splurge - these 4 indulgent flavors come in bars, sticks, and minis!

I love how the chocolate minis are small enough to enjoy at my desk (and share- every connection starts with hello!)

Know what else? Lindt wants to give you some of this sweetness! They are offering five weeks of prizes including their sweet chocolate and a sweet way to connect with others (shopping spree, anyone?)

I clearly don't need to keep talking here - eat some chocolate, enter to win, and when you do, remember that #itstartedwithhello!

Let's be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 84th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Amy at Set Free
Bekah at Re•solve

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Tiffany. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
Wow. The food posts this past week were out of control. Maybe it is because I am trying to lose a couple pounds and eating healthier this week, but y'all made me hungry. This BLT wrap looks out of this world. I want one, now. Delivery? Just kidding. 

Eat Drink and Be Mary is a wonderful blog. Mary is a fantastic cook, just check out her blog, and her food photography kicks serious butt. Pinterest heaven over there. Go check her out! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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September 22, 2014

The Song

I'm exited to be a part of The Song blog tour and hope you will check this film out for yourself!

More and more Christian-themed films have claimed a space on the big screen, which is a trend I can definitely get behind. I have my likes and dislikes within the genre, but most importantly, I think they provide a great forum for discussion (i.e., God's Not Dead). When I heard about The Song from another blogger, I was intrigued and ready to see what the hype was all about.


The Song primarily deals with marriage and the choices that make or break it. If you've seen Fireproof, think grittier and you've got The Song. The prologue instantly demonstrates to the audience that they won't be skirting around any issues in this film - you're instantly greeted by a prologue featuring the stereotypical "rock star lifestyle" of alcohol and groupies. Then the main story gets going and for a minute you may think you're in for another cheesy Christian film, but it's not long before things get real. And wow

I don't want to spoil anything pre-release, but this romance addresses many common obstacles in marriage in a big way- especially how we prioritize the division of our time and energy. While most Christian films simply allude to some of the resulting consequences of these choices or avoid them altogether, The Song is a little bolder. They go there. Christian or not, humans are imperfect and challenges in a marriage can (and likely will) happen. The Song could almost be perceived as a secular film were it not for the choice to sprinkle in narrated scriptures from Song of Solomon, the film's influence. It's different for sure but interesting and thankfully without any preachy tones.

Ultimately? I think it's worth a watch. The Song signals a departure from the way previous Christian films have been. The cheesiness is down and the production quality is up. While I still found elements in the film to be unrealistic, I appreciated that it was honest. There was no Christian "bubble" effect and the film didn't feel preachy- it presents common marital conflicts and the universal truth that a successful marriage requires a large investment of time and effort. I would actually say they could have bumped up the message a little more and still been palatable for all audiences.

Of course, most critics will still present scathing feedback when the film debuts on 9/26. Mention Christianity in any form and they will lose any objectivity. My two cents? The Song isn't perfect (nor is any film) but I appreciate the change in tone I saw in the film and hope future Christian films take note and move in the same direction. It's definitely worth a watch for adult audiences.

So, will you go #seethesong?

Giveaway-Winner's Choice!

It's that time again for the monthly giveaway! This month 7 lovely ladies have joined me to giveaway one amazing eye shadow palette from Kat Von D. What's the difference? Well basically if you are wanting a warm toned palette then you would love the Monarch palette, but if you love cool tones more then you will love the Chrysalis palette. Both of these are simple amazing and if you don't believe me then just check out this post to see swatches! This is an amazing opportunity to get your hands on one of the most impressive palettes on the market! Make sure you enter below for your chance to win! 
Southern Beauty Guide// Penny's Passion// Re•solve// Alexandra Nicole
The Dwelling Tree// Life with a side of Coffee// The Southern Thing// Life as Rachel

Terms & Conditions:
Open to US Residents only. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the Giveaway ending. Winner will be verified. If the winner cannot be verified, a new one will be selected. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize after the notifying email has been sent out. If they do not respond to the email within the 48 hours a new winner will be selected.
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Good Luck! Don't forget to enter!