Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aggie Football Season is Upon Us!

I've mentioned before that Parker and I aren't huge sports people. NFL, MLB, NBA... not what you will find us watching on a Friday night. However, there is one very large exception: Aggie football. We live for this stuff. Going to football games as students are some of our very favorite memories. We've seen our team be really good and really quite terrible, and the whole thing's just plain fun.

Today is the first Aggie football game against South Carolina, and we couldn't be more ready! Honestly, I have no idea if we will win or lose, but I can't wait to watch and find out. We are really interested to see how the Ags do without Johnny football. People either love or hate Johnny Manziel as a person, but most people can agree that the man can play football. He made our debut into the SEC a successful one, and we are going to miss seeing him successfully pull hail mary plays on the field every single game. I'm excited to see how we do in the post-Johnny era.

Since we are grown-ups now (so overrated), we can't attend every game at Kyle Field like we want to. Thanks to football parties, games are still just as fun. We started hosting football parties with our Aggie friends in Pensacola, and I think we can all say those were some of our favorite Saturdays. What's not to love about obnoxious amounts of food, pups playing, and the Aggies winning (sometimes)? Football parties are back, and I am so excited to hang out with friends tonight and watch the Aggies hopefully kick some South Carolina butt. 

In honor of Aggie football season, here are some throwbacks from attending footballs games as students. We typically took pictures either before the game started or after it ended. The stands were so packed that we all literally stood sideways on the bleachers the entire game, so picture-taking went out the window. Yes, we stand the entire game, but we do sit at halftime! Sweating in 100+ degree temps, being packed in the stands like sardines, making sure not to lock your knees so you don't pass out... ah the good old days. Take me back!

These next two pictures are from our all-time favorite game. We played #8 Nebraska our senior year and won 9-6. The only points scored were field goals, and it was so close and intense the entire time. After we kicked the final field goal and won, everybody rushed the field. That's the only time I had ever seen everyone rush the field, hugging, screaming, cheering. It was seriously the best moment. 

Fun fact: today is our engagementiversary! On this day 4 years ago, Parker asked me to be his wife. He asked in Aggieland of course, so let's call it loosely related to this post. I wrote all about our engagement here if you'd like to read about it!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Top 5 Resources I Use For Blogging

I've been doing this blogging thing for a little over a year and a half, and I've definitely learned a few things through trial and error through it all. Every blogger does things a little bit differently and has methods and tricks that they swear by, so I thought I would share mine. I know there are a lot of people out there thinking of starting a blog, or maybe you've started one but have no clue what to do next (don't worry, half the time I still have no idea what's going on), so hopefully these tips are helpful!

1. Picmonkey. I seriously use this website for everything (www.picmonkey.com). You can pay for an upgraded version, but I don't really see the need for it. You can do anything from editing photos to creating blog buttons all for free. I am by no means a graphic designer (quite the opposite, actually), but I wanted to design my own blog. It probably took me 10 hours longer than it would a professional, but it was fun to put time into creating something myself. I have always designed my own blog templates, and I use Picmonkey for everything. Literally, everything.

2. A nice camera. I'm not saying you have to have a DSLR to be a blogger, but many blogs will benefit from nice pictures. I take almost all of my recipe images with a basic Sony DSLR and try to use it for as many photos as I can. I don't lug the thing around every day, so I still post plenty of iPhone photos too. For photos in which I am looking to showcase something, like recipes or crafts, I like to use my DSLR.

3. Pinterest. I share a new recipe with you all every Tuesday, and I find many of them on Pinterest, but that's not exactly why it's such a great resource. I did a blogging series called Pinterest 101 about the most effective ways to use Pinterest to help your blog. I get the most traffic each month from a couple of recipes I pinned a year ago on Pinterest. Pin your content, install a "pin it" button, and get verified on Pinterest. Pinterest and blogging is like peas and carrots, yall. 

4. Google. When I see HTML, I might as well be reading Japanese. My husband was a computer engineering major in college, so he gets it. I was a marketing major, so I don't. At all. Any little change I make to my blog, I google it first. Google will be your best friend with blogging, and there has been a tutorial written about every little thing you could ever want to know. When I need to make an HTML or design change, I google the heck out of it before I touch any code.

5. Time. This is the resource every blogger uses the most. You can have the greatest ideas for post topics in the world, but you have to find the time to sit down and type it all out. I try not to carve out time to blog because I don't like the pressure that brings. Sometimes I just don't feel like writing, and other times I want to crank out 5 posts in an afternoon. I write when I feel inspired to write or feel I have something worth saying, but I do have to find the time to do so.

What is the biggest resource you use in blogging?

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