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30 August 2013

13 Ways You Should Not Display Pride For Your Favorite Team



1. Your team pride on a DIY project
Cool you have Pinterest. So do I. Stop cutting up your uncles XXXXXL tshirts and turning them into a dress tied with the ribbon from your Christmas Wreath.

2. Your team pride on your braces and/or mouth guard.
Don't show me your nasty retainer because it is green and you love showing off your pride for Michigan State. This is the grossest idea in the history of the world. I don't care if you're a kid or an adult. Keep it in your mouth. You can show pride for your school elsewhere. 

3. Your team pride on your nails.
One plain single color, ok. I can deal. I can even handle getting wild and crazy with using a separate solid color as an accent nail. After that, #icant. 

4. Your team pride displayed as a stick figure family on your car
Who started this? I need to rub their nose in what they've done. WHAT IS THIS? WHAT IS THIS? NO! NO! 

5. Your team pride vomited all over your vehicle
Want to show your team's pride on your car? Grab a sticker (but please God not the sticker above). I also recommend car flags, they can be quite festive when used sparingly. But this? No. 

6. Your team pride on your (inappropriate) shoes
This makes my heart hurt. 


7. Your team pride double, triple and quadruple lettered
Pick one logoed item. Just one. I know it can be so hard *cough* Kentucky fans *cough* but if you have your team's logo on your shirt, maybe you don't need it on your shoes, socks, shorts, breakaway pants covering up the shorts, sweatshirt, jacket, hat, sweatband, wristband, headband.... etc. 

8. Your team pride in pink, which is clearly not a shade of orange or red
Personally guilty here. I'm working on it. Orange can be so hard to find and I'm colorblind. By colorblind, I mean I'm not colorblind. Yeah, this dress is clearly pink. I suck.

9. Your team pride on your butt
Why must you moon people with your school pride? Maybe don't. 

10. Your team pride on another pattern- i.e. chevron, glitter (gasp, yes I said that), burlap, tulle
Someone explain why we need to girly up something as simple and powerful as a team's logo? Can't we just all agree to support the team, as is? What if someone took your blog logo, which I'm sure you put a lot of time and effort into creating, and threw a bunch of glitter, chevron, burlap and tulle all around it because they thought it just wasn't pretty enough on its own? How would you feel? Sad. Nothing screams DON'T EFF WITH US, WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE like polka dots and burlap. 










11. Your team pride on overalls
Someone please make this stop. I have been seeing these wretched overalls on PRETTY, FASHIONABLE sorority girls since the first day I stepped foot into Neyland Stadium as a student, and it hasn't stopped 8 years later. You should know better. 


12. Your team pride bottled in a scent
Not a joke. I wonder what LSU football smells like? Les Miles' armpit sweat? Yeah, I'll pass thanks. 


13. Your team pride whittled with a crochet needle
You can crochet, what a skill. I bet your husband is thrilled to put on his new football beanie. Thrilled. Does this come in baseball?


One day I swear I'll do a post of things I love and recommend to wear/use/tailgate with on game day. Until then, I think I'll just keep being a grouch. What did I miss? What public displays of collegiate affection do you want to just stop?


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29 August 2013

Thursday Sessions: A(nother) Guide To Maximizing Your Passionfruit Account






We are talking about improving your blog... it must be Saturday!! Wait, then why am I at work? And why is everyone else at work? And why am I not asleep in bed? Poop. It's Thursday.


I learned how to edit for foul language from my friend Whitney. Ah well. Let's talk about some Passionfruit tricks you may not know about. If you missed it, you can find my first post about passionfruit tips and tricks here. Plus, we've teamed up to give away 5 free annual memberships, each worth 50 bucks, but we'll get to that momentarily. 

Here is a current snapshot of my passionfruit ad shop. I have the buttons set to just a basic black, but now that I have a new blog design, I want to change my ad shop to match my exact blog colors. 










I know that my purple color is #fbb5f3 so that is the color I'm going to make the buttons in my ad shop. If you need help figuring out what color is on your blog, just leave me a comment and I'll email you back to help :) 



Most blogs have a two column template with a relatively wide sidebar. My sidebar, for example, is 340px wide. Ads that look the best are either square or are wider than they are tall. All of my ads are the exact same width, 300px. I then differentiate the ads based on height. 

For example, my most prestigious ad is 300px wide by 400 px tall, giving it the most visibility on the sidebar. Then they range all the way down to the smallest, which is 300px wide by 200px tall. 

Which looks better to you? The left side where they are all the same width, which is a proper width that fills the sidebar, or the right side with odd heights and widths? Duh, faster is better. (If you don't like those AT&T commercials get outta here.) 

Don't hesitate to go in and change your ad sizing... just be courteous to your sponsors. Email everyone and let them know you are adjusting the size of their ad. Give them some time to get a new ad in place so their old ad doesn't look distorted. 

To change the size of your blog's ads....

Go to Manage Spots, then edit the spot you want to adjust. Change the pixel sizing and click save. You don't have to change any HTML on your blog, because it will automatically change your blog's ads to the new size! 


You wouldn't leave you sponsor page blank on your blog would you? No, you put stuff in there like impressive numbers and sad face pictures to WOO over potential sponsors. So be sure to put that same information on your Marketplace profile. 




The new passionfruit isn't just for ad space. I actually use it for my Social&Chic design page. Before Passionfruit 2.0 was released I was sending invoices via paypal. I kept forgetting who I had invoiced, who i hadn't. To say it helped my organization is a vast understatement. I also think clients enjoy just making the purchase on their own time and own dime.

I was able to list out all of my services, everything from full blog redesign to post signatures. I have sold a la carte items I had never been able to sell in the past, like social media icons and business cards, probably because no one knew I offered them. I can't recommend it enough for fellow designers.

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Now lets give away some free memberships shall we? This giveaway will only stay open for 24 hours. And the best part, in my opinion, is that if you already "put a ring on it" for the year, your $50 will be refunded if you are one of the 5 winners! Great for me seeing as I put a ring on it in the first, like, 17 minutes it was available. If you ain't first you're last, right?

Here are the giveaway rules: 
  • 5 free memberships will be awarded, valued at $50 each, good for one year
  • If winner has already paid for PF they will be refunded
  • Giveaway winners announced on August 30th
  • You must have PF installed on your blog to be a winner.
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28 August 2013

$250 Stubhub, Victoria's Secret Giveaway + Meet My Friends!

Hey everyone, come and meet some of my August sleepover friends. I also asked them to include their favorite Pinterest Pins so we can all get a good hard laugh and some lovely inspiration this morning. Check them all out, and be sure to enter our August giveaway at the bottom.

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What I've Learned From My Year As A Nursing Assistant :: One Of My Favorite College Memories

I'm Nicole, the lady behind the blog Treasure Tromp. My blog started as a way to document my attempts at finding life's hidden treasures ... and as a way to distract myself from my PhD program in psychology. When I'm not working on research and program evaluations I love to pretend that I am a world traveler, hike and camp, obsess over hedgehogs, and make a mess in the kitchen. Latest adventure? I'm living in South Africa through December with my fiancé! Come stop by my blog to say hello - can't wait to meet you!
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Life According to Kenz is a lifestyle blog focusing on faith, fitness, and fashion. I hoard scarves, share my struggles with autoimmune arthritis, and overcome them with a wicked sense of sarcasm. Smiling's my favorite and we tend to do it often around here. :)
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A Little Leigh Way was born through a quarter life crisis, because it's easier to start a blog than move cross country. Stop by and you'll find tons of bright colors, lists and pic monkey collages. I blog about things that I love, my attempts to be domestic via DIYs & recipes and an adorable but poorly behaved puppy. So grab a mocha & come hang out!
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I'm just a 22-year-old girl who is figuring out life and my blog is the place where I document it all. I love margaritas, I hate texting, and you will probably never find a DIY project on my blog. I do, however, love to write about fashion, relationships, food, entertainment, and anything else that tickles my fancy! Feel free to stop by for a visit anytime and say hello, because things might get interesting...
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Do you want $250 to spend at StubHub and/or Victoria's Secret from me and my sleepover buddies? Winner takes all, plus the winner gets to decide  how much of that $250 they want to spend on tickets, and how much they want to spend on new gear to wear to the big game from Victoria's Secret.  But don't thank me, thank them...
Magen ::: Jill
 Nadine ::: Erin




 Laura ::: Jackie




Tori ::: Sarah



Rules: Win a two gift cards, a combined value of $250. You choose how much of that $250 you want to spend at Stubhub, and you choose how much you want to spend at Victoria's Secret. Winner will be verified. 




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