Warby Parker, Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

August 20, 2014

*This post contains affiliate links, however I have been a supporter/obsessed with Warby Parker for some time, so all opinions and words are completely honest.  Honestly, I wouldn’t be opposed to naming my firstborn Warby. (But don’t tell Carl that just yet.)

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I’ve been a bit silent here this week, but Carl and I are currently stressing about our apartment search.  I’d tell you about it, but I think I’ll save that for another post.  A few months ago I bought new glasses and haven’t really talked about them.  I posted a picture on Instagram, because if there’s no picture, it didn’t happen, right?  I had been waiting a long time to buy them and almost just as long to post about them. You can blame my lack of interest in taking glasses selfies for the delayed post.

Warby Parker Glasses and Home Try On

I knew growing up there would come a time I needed glasses, but I managed to hold out until 22, just in time for my final year of college.  I had always suffered from migraines, but I was beginning to see a major increase in headaches.  After going to the eye doctor I learned that I have an astigmatism in my left eye.  I blindly (get it?) picked out the first pair I thought looked cool and just went with it.  Big mistake.  Turns out all glasses are not created equal.  I found the thinner frames with smaller lenses made it difficult to look through when I was trying to type on the computer and look up at the white board in class. They were really inconvenient and after a few months, just not my style anymore.

After years of sucking it up and dealing with it I decided it was time for a new pair of glasses.  I had heard of Warby Parker before and thought they were worth trying.  With their dedication to giving back, it really was a no brainer. They have an awesome Buy One Give One program that makes my heart smile.  Bonus, they are incredibly affordable AND you can pick 5 pairs to try on at home for free.

I signed up for their Home Try-On program and it was amazing.  They were delivered quickly and the glasses were honestly better quality than I expected, they seemed much sturdier than my current pair that cost three times as much.  It took some time but I finally decided on a pair and ordered them.  I was dreading having to figure out my prescription but all they needed was my doctor’s name and number.  They will call and get your prescription if you don’t know it.  Genius.  It took maybe a week and they arrived at my front door in a beautiful package along with nice case and cloth.

Warby Parker

I absolutely love them.  Some say they are too big for my face, but they are so much more functional from me.  Plus, I don’t feel as though they are too big.  I do what I want.

Have you tried Warby Parker before? If so, which ones do you have?

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Social Saturday #10: Meet Rebecca

August 16, 2014

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I can’t believe we’re already on the tenth Social Saturday! I’ve loved getting to know all of you who have been linking up and I hope ya’ll are making friends and discovering new blogs.  I’m still playing catch up from our Wisconsin trip (the number of unread posts and unreplied comments is insane).  I can’t wait to share all my pictures with you!

Before kicking off Social Saturday, I want to introduce you all to the first official Social Saturday sponsor, Rebecca Chapman.  I met her a few months ago when she won a consultation and it’s been so wonderful to watch her blog grow and get to know her better.  She’s funny, laid back, and incredibly talented.  Keep reading to learn a little bit more about her!

Rebecca Chapman

Tell everyone a little bit about your blog.

My blog is a place where I like to share my life as a young newlywed.  I talk about my marriage and my animals and what I find humorous in the everyday moments.  I also share my struggles with a chronic illness and how I try to stay positive and joyful despite that experience.

What makes you different (in life or blogland)?

I don’t take myself too seriously.  I’m ok with making fun of myself and finding the humor in everyday life.  I like to be as authentic as possible in my blog in the hopes that my readers can relate to me and my flawed self more than if my blog made me and my life look super put together.

How do you describe your blog and blogging to your real life friends?

Usually I say something like, “remember that time I put creamer in my water instead of my coffee? I’m going to blog about that!” They’re pretty used to my antics and my need to write about them.  

You just launched a newsletter! What makes it different from other newsletters and why should people sign up?

My Finally Friday! Club newsletter is different because for the most part it’s not about me or my blog.  It’s about the relationship I want to have with my readers.  I want to be that friend that they get funny videos or inspirational articles from once a week to make their day a little brighter.  It’s easy to feel bombarded with sad news stories or business tips, so it’s nice to receive an email that only requires a little laughter.  That’s what I hope to provide with my newsletter. (Click here to learn for and sign up.)

How has blogging changed you?

Blogging has taught me a lot about myself.  It’s made me realize my strengths (humor) and my weaknesses (spelling, self-promotion) and it has also boosted my confidence. I’ve learned so much in the last 6 months that I’ve really seen that if I put my mind to it and work hard, I can achieve the goals I set out for myself.  It’s also allowed me to be more of my goofy self and realize that there are people who love my personality.  I don’t have to be someone that I’m not.

Quick! Give two truths and a lie!

1. I had a dog named Penguin.

2. I used to be a professional singer.

3. I’m a twin.

Visit her blog to find the lie!

Isn’t it refreshing to discover a blogger who is authentic, entertaining and super friendly? Rebecca, has been wonderful to get to know and I love the humor she brings to every post. Hop on over to her blog and show her some love, then be sure to link up for Social Saturday below!

Bloglovin  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Instagram  //  Pinterest

Do you want to be featured on Social Saturday? Visit my sponsorship page for more info, the Social Saturday spot includes a lot more than just this post!

But first, make some blogging buddies for Social Saturday!

Social Saturday

New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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6 Tips For A Badass Pinterest Profile.

August 14, 2014

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It has been a few weeks since I’ve shared some blogging tips, so today I thought I’d share about my favorite social media outlet, Pinterest.  Who doesn’t love Pinterest? It conveniently organizes all your hopes and dreams AND as the potential to drive enormous amounts of traffic to your blog.  But in order to have a million followers repinning your blog posts, you need to have a profile worth following.

6 Tips for Pinterest

Your profile.

Fill out your whole profile.  This is like your elevator pitch.  A person can tell so much about you by what you’ve pinned they can probably decided if they would be your friend or not. So if you’ve included a bio that includes the fact you have a blog (and they like your pins), why wouldn’t they want to check it out?

Verify your site and add your social media sites. How will people find your blog and other social media if it’s not on your profile? Plus, verifying your website on Pinterest allows you to receive analytics. For me, it was very difficult to get it verified and I have no idea how I managed to do so, however I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’s had issues. Also, if you’re site is not self hosted (ends in blogspot.com or wordpress.com) then you wont be able to get it verified. Boo.

Your boards.

Use SEO friendly titles and choose intentional cover photos.  Think about what people will search for on Pinterest.  Are they likely to search for “Desserts” or “Unhealthy But Delicious Munchies”?  Keep the user in mind.  Also, cover photos matter.  If the board photo isn’t appealing, they’re more likely to skip it over.  Choose an appealing photo that describes the content of the board.  If you want to get super OCD coordinated like me, you can color coordinate your boards.

Order matters.  If a person wants to follow your dessert board, they probably want to follow your appetizer, entree, and breakfast board as well.  If they are all spread out on your page, they probably aren’t going to waste their time looking for it.  Place the boards that are most descriptive of your brand on the first few spots then group the rest according to theme.

Your pins.

Know where the pin leads.  Have you ever pinned a recipe you were super excited to make, only to realize the pin leads to a spam site or doesn’t even include the recipe?  You always want to make sure you’re pinning something reputable.  While checking the link of every pin might not be practical, you should at least check links for pins that link to necessary content.

Only pin things you like and use descriptions that are appropriate.  You know you’ve repinned something and thought, “I hope people don’t think I actually wrote that description.” You don’t have to change the caption of every pin, but make sure it’s nothing ridiculous and at least some what descriptive of the content.  Also make sure you pin things you actually like, not what you think others will like.  Pinterest is the perfect place to express the image of your brand, if you pin things you don’t like, you’re not giving your audience an accurate description of your blog.

Bonus!

Pin often and thoughtfully.  I like to take ten minutes or so throughout the day to pin on a specific topic.  If you only pin random types of pins, it’s less likely people will notice you.  But if you pin a few home pins in a row, a person who likes them might notice they are all from you and go follow your home related boards.  At the same time, don’t go overboard and pin a million pins of a single subject.  We’ve all had that person who blew up our Pinterest feed with ish you don’t care about.  Don’t be that person.  That person gets unfollowed.

Are these tips going to help you grow your Pinterest? I hope so! If you want more blogging tips, you can follow my new, soon-to-launch, blogging site on Bloglovin.  You know what’s even better than that? Signing up for the Katie Winnderful newsletter! Sign up and receive 5 Things I Did To Triple My Blog Views + tips to implement the actions on your own site right in your inbox.

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Weekly Wishes/Exciting News

August 12, 2014

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I’m a dayish late for weekly wishes, but I just got back from a week long trip to Wisconsin (15ish hours away) so I don’t feel that bad. Our trip was pretty wonderful, even if it did include several long car rides. We rode a tandem bike, went to the farmers market, and bought some great lunch boxes. We also hiked, kayaked, shopped, slept and spent a lot of time with family. I can’t wait to share the pictures with you all!

Weekly Wishes-August

Review of August wishes:

1.  Start posting my blogging related posts solely on KatieWinnderful.com.  I want to have my posts on that site with the other pages set to private and then do a big launch for my birthday in September. (Psst. Click here if you want to go ahead and follow Katie Winnderful on Bloglovin to keep up with the latest posts to help you pump up your blog.)

2.  Commit to The Whole 30.  My boss just finished the challenge and lost 12 pounds. I want to use it as a cleanse to kick off living a whole foods diet.  You can tell from my Instagram  that I’m not too great at eating whole foods.

3.  Keep taking daily photos.  This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  Carl and I actually pictures together in Wisconsin and it was great.  I might even get bold enough to commit to a 365 photo challenge.

This week’s wishes:

Get ready to start full time! I’m finally moving to full time at my job! A few weeks ago they gave me a pretty nice raise and then recently they offered me a full time position. Which leads me to my next goal….

Find an apartment! We can finally live on our own! We moved in with Carl’s grandmother after the wedding because Carl and I weren’t working full time.  Right after the wedding Carl was moved to full time, so we were just waiting for my opportunity. That time has come and I could cry with joy.  Nothing feels better than knowing you can not only support yourself financially, but plan for future financial goals.

I could write thousands of words about how much joy I have over working full time and finding a new place, but I’ll spare you all.  I’ll just leave my Pinterest here for you and let all my Home boards do the talking.
Visit Katie Winn @ Something Winnderful’s profile on Pinterest.

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Social Saturday #9: Meet Jessica

August 9, 2014

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I’m still in Wisconsin! Actually, by now I’m stuck in a car driving through some unknown state because I’m a failure at geography.  Hopefully we make it back eventually!  If you’re interested in how the trip is going, you can check out my Instagram and Twitter.  I’m sure it’s going to be pretty eventful.

Before kicking off Social Saturday, I want to introduce you all to a wonderful blogger I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past two months.  Jessica of Beyoutiful Beauty has been the awesome Winnderful Sponsor over on the sidebar and has been working hard to improve her already awesome blog with a little help from me and the Winnderful Bloggers Facebook group.  Since starting the sponsorship her Bloglovin followers have tripled and her total social media following has gone from 580 to 1,028 followers.  How crazy is that?! I’m so excited for her! Keep reading to learn a little bit more about Beyoutiful Beauty and learn a few changes she made to help her blog grow.

Meet Jessica of Beyoutiful Beauty

Tell everyone a little bit about your blog and the purpose behind Beyoutiful Beauty.

Beyoutiful Beauty is a blog that focuses on the wonderfully creative world of beauty and makeup, being real and celebrating your own inner beauty! Post topics include reviews, tutorials, favorites, reflections, wishes and more. I first started this blog last December as a way to channel my love of creativity, having fun and beauty products all in one place, and it’s been fun to see it grow both in purpose and in followers over the last few months.

What’s the biggest change you’ve made to your blog over the past few weeks?

The biggest change would probably be my new theme! I had been using different free WordPress themes, and then I decided to finally make the switch to a paid theme I found on Etsy for $20. With this new theme, I added more pictures of myself on the homepage and other pages, and I really focused more on my keywords and SEO. I’m still working on the branding of my blog, but I think this has been a great step forward.

What goals have you reached the past weeks and what goals have you set for the future?

I surpassed 100 followers on my Facebook page (now she’s up to 164!) and 400 followers on Twitter, which is so crazy and awesome! I just can’t believe it. I’m so flattered people like what I’m doing and choose to follow my blog and/or any of my social media accounts.   

My new goals include branding my blog better across social media and focusing on taking better pictures for my posts. I want to create a singular image of my blog and really promote it and stick to it. And since I do a lot of reviews, pictures are very important to showcase what I’m talking about, so they should look nice and not just thrown together.

What do you want readers to take away from Beyoutiful Beauty?

First of all, you are all beautiful just the way you are. Whether you choose to wear makeup or not, you are beautiful right at this very second, and no beauty product will change that. Secondly, beauty and makeup are meant to be fun, so I hope by reading my posts, people want to embrace their creative sides and try something outside the box.

How lovely does her blog sound?! In a world that pushes an unattainable type of beauty, it’s wonderful to see a blogger supporting the beauty each one of us exudes.  I’ve loved getting to know more not only about Beyoutiful Beauty, but also Jessica and the wonderful person she is. She’s definitely worth following and getting to know.  Click through her links below and get to know her for yourself!

Bloglovin  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Instagram  //  Pinterest

Are you interested in improving your blog and seeing it grow? Click on over to my grow your blog page and learn more about the Winnderful Sponsor opening.  It’s only available for the current price until my professional site launches in September.  Claim your spot before the price goes up!

But first, make some blogging buddies for Social Saturday!

Social Saturday

New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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