Hey, y’all! I wanted to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed with you. Here’s the buzz:
I crammed a week’s worth of content prep into a few days in anticipation of a busy week outside the house, including travel for the second half of the week. I had set aside Tuesday as a special occasion to celebrate my Mom’s birthday, since I would be missing the actual day this past weekend when I was out of town. I took her downtown for a fun girl’s day out of eating, shopping, and spa time together. We had a ball! I actually filmed a recap style vlog (shown below) if you’re interested in hearing and seeing more about our day together. What I love most about spending time with my Mom is how our relationship has evolved into a true friendship. I so treasure our time together. Happy Birthday, Mom! ❤︎
I spent the second half of the week in Dallas for the rewardStyle conference. If you’re unfamiliar, rewardStyle is an affiliate networking company with “a suite of tools that allow top tier style publishers to monetize their entire digital brand.” Basically, being a rewardStyle publisher allows me to earn an income from my blog through the use of affiliate links. I’m personally not a big fan of those splashy (and flashy) Google Adsense and similar ads that some other bloggers use. I find them distracting (which they’re meant to be so you’ll click on them) and generally annoying. I understand why people use them, as there aren’t many ways for bloggers to generate income from their efforts. I am grateful that rewardStyle allows me to monetize my blog on my own terms and within my own aesthetic. I am never showing readers an ad for something I don’t 100% genuinely recommend and all of my affiliate links are intentionally included by me, not some third party. In short, it’s an awesome service and I was very excited to see what the conference would be like.
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Despite a pretty packed schedule, I managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of time to explore. I’d never been to Dallas (or anywhere in Texas for that matter) before and I wanted to make the most of my time there. I ate at one of the highest rated local restaurants (on Trip Advisor), called Rise N∘1, which is known for their savory and sweet soufflés. Talk about decadent! I highly recommend the marshmallow soup (not what you think) and strawberry soufflé if you’re ever in the area. I also visited The Sixth Floor Museum, which is a powerfully moving exhibit dedicated to the JFK assassination. If you go, I recommend doing the audio tour, which is included in the price of general admission. I actually vlogged my time in Dallas and plan on writing a more in depth account of my conference experience after I’ve had some time to let the post-conference dust settle. Stay tuned if you’d like to see more!
Here is the recap style vlog from my special day with Mom last week if you’re interested:
I’d love to know how you celebrate your loved ones’ birthdays if you care to share. I hope you’re having a great day!
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *