Apr 16, 2015

Blogging 101: How To Change Post & Title Fonts + Little Friday


This is one of the easiest blogging changes to make to your template - but one I get asked about the most! So I thought I would share how you can make this simple update on your own. If you have any questions at the end of the tutorial please feel free to shoot me an email here!

Steps 1 & 2:

Click "Template" and then "Customize"


Step 3 and 4:

Click the advanced tab, then navigate towards the page text button. Then scroll through the available fonts and choose from there. You can also just your font size and color here as well.


Step 5:

Click post title (while still under the advanced tab) and adjust the font and font size from there.


And that's it! Simple right?! Still have questions let me know here! I have other blogging tutorials that can be found here as well!

Thank you for having me Anne!

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Apr 15, 2015

Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding + Little Friday

I am not efficient in the mornings. I like to piddle around, take my time, and then rush like a mad person during the last ten minutes before I have to leave for work. Am I the only that does this? Just shake your head and reassure me -"Why Nooooooo Ashley, I do this same madness EVERY morning too!"

So to help me with my morning, I need easy to grab, healthy, foods for the day. This does mean me working on Sunday to prep - but it's always worth it. Without further ado I give you one of my all time favorite go tos - Chocolate Chia Pudding.


To make this all you need is a food processor and cute little 12 oz jars to portion out your puddings in.


If I remember correctly I got these jars at Target - but I think you can find them at Walmart as well.


All you need to do is throw everything in the food processor (minus the chia seeds) and press the blend button. Easy right?!



After you have portioned out your puddings, pop the chia seeds on top then put the lids on and shake shake shake shake!


And voila! You have chocolate chia pudding!


Ingredients:

1 can of full fat coconut milk
3 heaping tablespoons of any kind of nut butter
4 tablespoons of honey
3 teaspoons of vanilla
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons per jar of chia seeds

How to:

Place all ingredients except for the chia seeds in a food processor and blend together well. Separate out into four 12 ounce jars. Top each pudding with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, place lids on top and shake it all up!

Place in fridge overnight and enjoy the next day!


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Apr 14, 2015

Font Talk- Top 10 Freebies

I haven't done one of these posts since like February! It's good to be back in the saddle. I thought it might be kind of cool to round up a few of my favorite FREE fonts. Which one of these is your favorite?? **By the way, I hit 20 weeks today!! Half way there!!**



Now for my lovely font partner in crime - Anne from Love the Here and Now. I think my favorite font she has listed below is Pink (Bellanie script).

Spring Fonts for Your Blog

Smoothy Cursive (Sweet) // Source Sans Pro Light (Pea) Bellanie Script (Pink) // Densia Sans (Peony) Gardenia (Pink) // Fashionism Light (Tulip) Dandelion Soup (Purple) // District Pro Thin (Lilac) Helena (Cherry) // Mank Sans (Blossom) In Screaming Color (Spring) // Andes Extra Light (Fonts)

What do you think of this month's font round up? Any one font in particular a new favorite for you?

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Apr 9, 2015

It's a....+Little Friday

So I had this whole chia pudding post planned out - but then this happened and I decided to post pone it till Monday. On Tuesday we found out -

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We are so so excited! I can't get over the sheer joy and love thats in my heart for this baby. To say I am grateful and thankful for our sweet little miracle would be such a huge understatement.

Words just can't do how I feel justice - so I am going to leave it with this-

My heart is so full!

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Apr 2, 2015

Tips for Shopping in Antique Malls + Little Friday

Sunday's are made for rest.. and antiquing! Ever since we've been on the search for a house, I've also been on the hunt for antique and vintage furniture. I plan looking for potential items that I can refurbish on my own when the weather gets warmer (ps.. it's sleeting currently and we have about a 1/2 inch of ice). But for ready to use items in our apartment are top on my list right now! Walking into an antique mall can be VERY intimidating.. I mean which way do you start? How do you know you visited everything? What happens if you find something? Well hopefully today I want to try and answer these questions for you and give you some tips! 

Disclaimer: I am in no way a professional thrifter I just enjoy it as a hobby. All opinions are my own.

1. Wear comfortable clothes | 
most likely the mall will be in a large warehouse and you will do a lot of moving around. Wear sneakers or closed toe shoes, in case anything would fall while searching through shelves and piles. If it is winter, chances are there won't be that much heat in the warehouse, so wear layers you can easily remove. 

2. Be prepared to purchase large items |
It's always better to be prepared then to be stranded. If you plan on purchasing large items like furniture, make sure you have the right means of transportation to take it home! 

3. Always bring cash
Even though some places have atm's or credit card machines, make sure to take cash with you. It's always a good to have the green paper to try to get prices lower or possibly even not pay taxes.

4. Take pictures of things you like
You don't want to purchase the first thing that catches your eye, but with everything you are looking at you might forget about it! Take pictures of the item, tag and aisle you saw it in. 

5. Use a small cross body purse |
The aisles will be small and you may have to get in small places. Last thing you need is for your purse to bump over a display of vintage china. You shouldn't have to carry a lot in your bag, so the smaller the better. 

6. If you aren't absolutely sure you want it, leave it
If you are hesitant about buying something, then you should leave it. You will know right away when you find something it's meant to be. Make sure if your purchase is something like furniture, check it out completely before buying it. Remember there are no returns on antiques and everything is sold as is!

Hope this list helps for you next adventure! Good luck on your hunt!

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