Monday, February 8, 2016

A POST ON VALIDATION: SOMETIMES IT FEELS GOOD TO WIN.

We all grew up with the phrase "winning isn't everything". As kids, it's supposed to make us feel better when our T-ball team comes in last place. As adults, it's supposed to calm us down when we start to freak out that our kid's T-ball team came in last place. #circleoflife.

And it's true.
Winning isn't everything...but that doesn't mean that winning isn't awesome when it does happen.

I've been running this blog for 4 years, and over those 4 years I've been trying to get better at photography to make posts more appealing- as well as to up my instagram game. I've been lucky enough to have been re-grammed by big name bloggers and companies like A Beautiful Mess, Martha Stewart, One Kings Lane, and Target. Those re-grams ROCK; every single one of them feels like a small win. Knowing my picture, out of thousands, was noticed by those people (or at least their social media managers ;-) ) and liked enough to be shared with their followers leads to some feelings of serious pride.

Recently I entered a photo contest through the Cranberry Marketing Committee for the Cranberry Friendsgiving Contest...and I won! (See the Press Release HERE! ) After doing some serious happy dances I realized that while winning the monetary prize was amazing, just the sheer validation that the work put into learning to take better photos and the time to continue to create was all totally worth it is a prize in itself.

If you need me, I'll be celebrating my win by baking another one of these cranberry galettes :)

Thanks so much to the Cranberry Marketing Committee & their PR teams for this opportunity- so happy to take home a win for Wisconsin!

xo, lp


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

12 CARDS FOR A VALENTINE WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR!

I love Valentine's Day. Honestly it's probably because it's so close to my birthday. I know all the other kids out there who grew up with their birthday near a holiday can understand...you don't really have a choice but to embrace it.

Here are 12 awesome cards for Valentine's Day that offer up a bit of wit or humor!

All images are via the shops below- click the name of the card to purchase!

You keep my feet warm // by: sadshop
Brie mine // by: beckagriffin
You're one in a melon // by: nicerpaper
To my significant otter // by: nicerpaper
Their They're There // by: bettieconfetti 
You've Caged my heart // by: turtlessoup
I think you're super hot // by: smoochiepaper
Couples that fart together stay together // by: hellafreshdesigns
I've fallen for you & I can't get up //  by: diamonddonatello 
Let's makeout // by: aviatepress

Which of these cards would your Valentine love?
I think "brie mine" miiight be my favorite.

xo, lp



*for more valentine's goodness, go HERE*

Sunday, January 31, 2016

LIFE LATELY: A WHOLE MONTH OFF

I didn't really mean to take a whole month off blogging...it just kind of happened.
I figured to start the new year I would try and take the time I usually spend blogging and read more, get outside more, and connect with family and friends more...and then a month later...I was still doing just that.

I still read other blogs daily, and recently I realized how much I missed sharing life updates, recipes, and other fun things on the blog- so I'm back, friends. Whether you like it or not (hopefully you like it?) I'm back.  
February is my favorite month, so it'll be a good month to start B&B back up! 
Here's what's been good lately:

1. Skiing!
 To start the year out, Michael and I took a few days to cross country ski at Wisconsin State Parks. If you're a Wisco skiier you MUST go to High Cliff State Park in Appleton- they have great trails! We recently got some fresh powder, and plan to make it out and about skiing more this month

2. Books on books on books!All the candy!
I was lucky enough to get a ton of books from family and friends for gifts over the holidays - which means I've been reading a lot more lately. I'm going to start doing book reviews on the blog (YAY NEW THINGZ), so look for them coming soon on People I Want to Punch in the Throat and Crazy Rich Asians!

3. All the candy!
have zero intention to stop doing rainbow order posts or posts with candy in 2016. They're my absolutely favorite to do, and I already have a few under my belt for the year. Best find? Sweethearts released a bag of their original flavors since it's their 150th anniversary and they are SO much better than the new flavors. I definitely went through the bag and picked out all the white Wintergreen flavored ones. #favorite

4. The Bachelor, and other TV things
Hey, I never said I was ditching TV to only read books! I have a group of women I watch the Bachelor with...although it usually ends up being half watching and half just talking to each other. For the record: Olivia is the worst, Jojo is adorable, and Lauren B is totally winning. Other than watching high-IQ shows like the Bachelor, I of course watched Making a Murder (do you guys think he's guilty?!), finally finished New Girl, and have been re-watching Parks & Recreation.

What's new with you?
To catch up on 2016 so far, go here!

xo, lp 


(instagram is the bomb.com. you can find me here ---> @lpodlich)



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