Saturday, June 30, 2012


I am so, SO honored to have such generous sponsors! Today I have another fantastic group giveaway for my readers! This week there will be 7 lucky winners...YEP, 7 WINNERS :)!!! To enter this giveaway, you must complete ALL of the mandatory entries. Each additional entry will give you more chances to win! The giveaway will close Friday night at midnight, and a winner will be announced sometime on Saturday, July 8th, once all of the entries are verified. Here is what's up for grabs.....

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Friday, June 29, 2012

June Sponsor ♥ Thursdays {on Friday}....

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This has been such an amazing month, and man, has it gone by FAST!! I have to apologize, I didn't post a feature group last week, because of such a busy schedule at home. So this week I'm super excited though to introduce you to these very special ladies!! And don't forget to come back tonight for another BIG GROUP GIVEAWAY!!! Let's meet....

Laura at Our Reflection

I'm a full-time working mom of two beautiful daughters, a wife to an amazing encouraging husband. When I’m not working my 8-5 or being “mommy”, I’m a lifestyle photographer. I'm regrettable a bit addicted to social media. I have a constant connection with Facebook and Twitter. I heart Starbucks. I love the colors pink and yellow. I have a passion about mountain biking and I would LOVE to learn how to play the piano {on my bucket list}.

Sophie from Bagatelle Designs

Happy, colorful & sparkling crystal jewelry.
Do you like to stand out in the crowd with happy, colorful & sparkling jewelry? With FREE DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING it is easy for you to indulge in our refreshing multicolor crystal jewelry. 

Mommy to 5, wife to 1, warden to a psychotic dog! I’m a self-confessed socially awkward, southern girl with sass. You can call me Delilah! I share my sometimes-successful attempts at domestication, motherhood, and life in general on my blog, Confessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama. I might not be the next June Cleaver but I am a happy mama who finds joy among the chaos- that’s my superpower. Welcome to my Semi-Domesticated Life. I hope you brought wine.

My blog is a hodge podge of things.
It is an expression of myself, life, and the journey's on which I embark.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Brittany from Three Years Down

My blog focuses on topics of life, love and faith. I write about surviving in a small town, and the how-to's that I've discovered along the way. I also write a lot about Jesus and how following Christ affects my every day life. Another focus of my blog is chronicling the wild, wild west adventures that my boyfriend, who grew up in Small Town, takes me on the "cure" me of my city ways.

I was inspired to start my blog because I was sick of sitting in the library, outlining for law school. That's it. haha

Courtney From Baxtron Life

Blogging for me = breathing. Baxtron{Life} is the place where I share my heart, mind and soul, unpacking whatever has been collected there via experiences, relationship and day to day life. It is my happy place, my place of refuge and my creative outlet. Come take a peek into my world. ;)

I'm a lover of Jesus, my incredible husband and our baby to be. Tales of Beauty for Ashes is all about my adventures (and misadventures) in faith, marriage, family and life.

Thanks ladies for hanging out on my side bar this month!! I have really 'ed getting to know you!! 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How to make a BLOG BANNER tutorial

Your blog banner is such an important part of your blog. It is the first thing your readers (or new readers) see and should represent a little about what your blog is about! When I started my blog, I had no idea how to make a banner (or even how to edit pictures very well), so the top of my blog has change many times. I'm sure it will again {cause I'm indecisive like that}, but I have truly loved having my daughter be the first face I see when I pull up my site! I shared this tutorial on how to make a blog banner on Miss Information's blog as guest, and thought I'd share it with you lovely readers today! So, here how to make a blog banner {or at least how I make mine}.

I LOVE EDITING PHOTOS!! I am {just a little} obsessed with the things you can do with pictures!! The poster child for my blog is my beautiful little girl, Drew Bella. She is a bit of a ham and loves a photo-shoot!
I tend to use a couple of editing sites at a time, for the various features that they each offer. I haven't found (a free one) that I absolutely love everything about...but they all have great features together. The 3 that I use on a regular basis are Photobucket, Fotoflexer, and Picmonkey. Now, to get this picture to the size of my blog, I needed to crop it, NOT just resize it. Or it would look like this....


I know that the size I want it for my page is 995x320,  and I figured this out by following these steps

The width of my blog is 1240 pixels and I don't want the banner to be the entire width, so I am making the width of my picture 1000 (you can play with yours to find what you like best).

Now it is time to edit your photo (on any editing site that you like): I used photobucket for this part...     
Crop your photo: I cropped my photo so that it wouldn't be distorted. For this part, I uploaded the photo to Fotoflexer {because I love their fonts}
                           *note: you may have to resize your photo to a larger size if it isn't large enough originally   

 Now you can add any text that you want.....and tada
You have your banner!

To add it to your site...

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I hope that this tutorial has been helpful! I'd be happy to answer any questions that you might have, or if I confused you in anyway :) Please feel free to contact me!!

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