Thursday, August 21, 2014

BLANQI style - bump or no bump:) // Review + giveaway!

It's nearly the weekend folks! I'm always so relieved when I get a post out for you guys that I feel answers a bunch of your questions, and today's post featuring these support leggings from Blanqi is just such a post!
By way of better introducing you to today's topic I just want to go over the first rules of my blog regarding sponsored content and reviews of products here, etc, to quickly remind you guys that no products are used or worn or talked about here in this space that I haven't personally hand-picked and chosen to share with you, and that I don't truly/genuinely love! Are we clear? haha
Okay, that being said, there are still those items that when I finally receive them in the mail I am so surprised and delighted at them exceeding my high expectations that I can't help but exclaim aloud how comfortable they are and how much I love them (to the empty room), and then I'll even run to find Martin and proceed to do a jazzy moonwalk with sound-effects to show them off for him... :) I am of course describing my experience at receiving these leggings! ...though it has been known to happen a few times before.haha
I get questions about my closet staples all the time, I get questions about my pregnancy wardrobe essentials, I get questions about items that will work weather you're pregnant or not (probably since I've been pregnant four times in the last four years.haha ), and these leggings my friends are in the top items on all those lists.

These babies are great for every season, they work for just about any occasion, they're extremely easy to style, and they're comfortable enough that you'll find yourself living in them all the time.haha I love to pair them with short dresses and heels for date nights, with baggy t-shirts for lounging around the house, with my knee boots and a cardigan for running errands, and with my favorite tank-top for working out! So so versatile.
Obviously they work for when you're not pregnant (just a food baby here:)), but the support of the stretchy fabric is the kind you can only dream about when you're pregnant.haha It's so so soft to the touch, and so incredibly light-weight without being see-through at all, which is so hard to find in leggings isn't it?! They're also thick enough of a weave to provide full coverage, the top waistband reaches comfortably to up under my bust-line, and they're versatile enough that you could also keep them as capri length if you wanted.
wearing: beanie - c/o target (old) // necklace - c/o bip and bop // shirt - h&m // cardigan - ross // jacket - c/o chicwish // support leggings - c/o BLANQI // boots - tj-maxx (steve madden brand)

Well have I gushed enough about them to you? haha Now for the best part, the amazing people over at Blanqi are giving away one pair of these leggings to a one of you lucky ladies! Remember- bump or no bump, you will live in these things! haha alrighty I'll shut up now because you know the drill from here:)
The giveaway will go for one week and the winner will be announced in this post and across social media. And that's it! I've been so excited for Fall to arrive lately, and since September is just around the corner it's the perfect time to be adding new autumn staples to your closet! We had a couple rainy and chillier days here this last week and it's been fun breaking out light jackets and beanie hats:) I hope you've enjoyed todays post, and I hope you have good luck with the giveaway! xo
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What I Wore // Cloudy-day Yoga + an Albion Fit Giveaway

Happy Tuesday my people! I took last weekend off for a little extra family time and house work in preparation for some company that arrived here yesterday, so we have an extra fun week ahead! I've been anxious to share this fun shoot with you guys though and share a bit about my experience with Yoga. 
Yoga is something that I've loved to do ever since I can remember. I grew up going to classes with my mom in middle-school and I got to where I was pretty great at it in high-school! It was always a way to start the day refreshed or to wind-down in the evenings, and I loved seeing my flexibility increase every day. Since I've gotten married though, I've seemed to do it really well for a while and then take a break for the next little while without meaning too. I blame it on the different issues I've had with me pregnancies, but right now is one of those times where I've taken a big break and I'm working at getting back into a regular routine again! 
Yoga is such an amazing practice that pretty much anyone can do no matter their age or body shape or state of their health. It's one of the only exercises that I'll do throughout my whole pregnancy! There are definitely different levels of skill for sure, but even at the beginner level you're left feeling refreshed and strengthened, body and mind. I've never met anyone who took yoga that hated it, because if you're uncomfortable with a certain pose or something like that, you can just adjust your positioning so you're more comfortable. I follow a lot of Yoga boards on Pinterest and I love collecting poses that I hope to be able to achieve some day when my flexibility is better! 

Weather I'm doing Yoga in a class setting, or on the edge of a cliff by myself *grin*, once I'm done I always feel like I've gotten a message.haha but seriously! My whole body is warm and humming, and I feel so peaceful and relaxed. Even just doing a short routine (anywhere and everywhere because you don't need any equipment!) always brings a calming influence with it, and I'm able to better get in touch with deep feelings and positive thoughts. I'm so grateful for the foundation I have in Yoga even though I fall out of practice often, and I'm going to set new challenges for myself every week going forward! 
wearing: Petal pants  - c/o Albion Fit // Love Racer in coral (here in orange and aqua ) - c/o Albion Fit 
Changing topics a bit now, you guys know I have a great love for Albion Fit clothing since I've posted several times on here about them in the past, and today I'm sharing my favorite workout pieces that I love especially for doing Yoga! I do wear more billowy shirts and shorts/pants for doing weights in sometimes, but for Yoga especially you need fitted pieces that feel almost like a second skin. These don't chafe, they're not restricting, they don't get overheated, the top doesn't come down over your face when doing down-dog and show off your bra to the whole class.haha They're incredibly soft and flexible, and they're very well priced for quality that's going to last! Now that I've sold you on them:) I'm teaming up with Albion Fit to give you and a friend EACH a pair of my favorite petal pants! Here's how it works:

1. Head on over to my instagram here and make sure you follow,
2. click through to Albion Fit's Instagram and follow them as well, 
3. leave a comment on the giveaway image posted on my account tagging a friend!
also as a bonus entry you can leave a comment here with a link to your favorite item from Albion Fit!

A week from today the giveaway will conclude and the winner and the friend they tagged will each receive a pair of petal pants in their size! Also in case you can't wait, as another treat for you guys Albion Fit is offering an exclusive discount for my readers for 15% off your purchase now through September 1st! Just enter the code: fox15 at checkout and you're good to go!
Well that's it for today, but I hope that my sharing a few things I love about Yoga has maybe motivated you a bit to either give it a try for the first time or get back into about it, and if you'd like to comment here for the giveaway I would love to hear your favorite thing about doing yoga if you already love it, or if you're going to give it a try, or any other thoughts you may have, particularly about yoga! haha Thanks as always for reading today, and I hope to see you again tomorrow! Good luck with the giveaway my friends!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Beginning Steps to Re-brand Your Blog | Guest Post + Giveaway

Morning guys! I have a little something different today for you that I'm sure you're going to love. Those of you that have been following from the early days when I started my blog over two years ago now know that I didn't start out as The Freckled Fox! I'd started it as more of an online journal but realized after only a few months that I wanted to change the name, make it open to the public, and blog about tons of other stuff that was important to me, and that's where today's post comes in! I wish that there had been a post like this for me when I re-branded, but because I get emails about re-branding on a regular basis I know that this is going to be perfect for many of you! Here is Sierra:
Friends! My blog, Sierra's View, has gone through a major transformation (Goodbye, LivingtheDream--you've been good to me!). Now, there are still a few tweaks that need to be made here and there (I'm not entirely sure why Facebook is making it so difficult to change the name of my Page? haha). As I was re-branding, I didn't even know where to start.
At some point, there will be some of you that will want to re-brand, so I wanted to give you a few basic pointers on where to begin this process. Hope this will give you a good idea of what to do in the beginning steps.
1. Blog Name. 
If I were to give you any pointers, it would be to have your blog name be the following aspects: 

- Simple. My blog name used to be "Oh, Just Living the Dream" and I found that every time I would try to say my blog name, it would be so annoying and long. Having your name be simple makes it easier for your readers and yourself!
- Unique. You want your name to be something that people can remember! You don't want it to be similar to other peoples' blogs. 
- Memorable.

2. Make all of your Social Media Similar Names to your blog.
Something that makes your life a lot easier, especially for your blog, business, hobby, etc. is to have all of your social media the same. My twitter, instagram, Pinterest usernames are all of the same. When I fill out any Shoppertunity sites, or explain it to readers, they know exactly what to look for when searching my social media sites. 

3.  Buy a Domain. 
I decided to stick with Blogger just because the coding is more user friendly, but something that I think that makes your blog more marketable it to buy a domain. I used to buy a domain for my blog that correlated with my name. I found that this made my website more profitable and professional. 

4. Change Your Information. 
If you have any Shoppertunity sites (Social Fabric, Pollinate, etc.) or other businesses that you work through, make sure to go in and change your websites and information. Make sure email and social media websites are up to date!

5. Spread the Word!
Make business cards to pass around to people, spread the word through social media, ask questions! I was constantly texting, tweeting, calling, emailing people on little questions regarding HTML coding and making a new website. 

Like I said, these are very basic steps, but they were some things that helped me take this process into my new blog. I hope that you enjoy it. Don't forget to follow :) 

And now on to some more fun before you go! Sierra and I are teaming up to bring you a little appreciation gift:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And that's it! Thanks so much for reading today, and thanks again to Sierra for guest posting today! I know that she and I would both love to hear if you have any other beginning steps to rebranding that you'd like to share, if you've done it recently, what the most frustrating part was, things like that! Take care today friends, and I'll see you again tomorrow,

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Have we got a treat for you | a Canon DSLR Giveaway!

Good morning guys, today's post as you can see is another DSLR giveaway brought back by popular demand! My sponsors and I have been excited about doing this for a while, and it's definitely turning into a monthly thing here on The Freckled Fox, so I hope you don't mind! haha Take a look at this fancy thang:
Such a great camera! I know because it's one that I use just about every day:) I know that I speak for most of us when I say that my biggest push in professionalism for my shop and my blog was getting my first really awesome camera, and what could be better than having one delivered to your front door completely free?! Even if you already have a DSLR or maybe photography isn't exactly your thing, you always can use a back-up camera, and think what an amazing gift this would make for that friend or relative that's been saving for one!

Well now on to the ladies and shops that are responsible for bringing you this fabulous prize today: my beautiful and creative sponsors! I love love having this opportunity to introduce them to you guys. They're such a genuine and creative group, and I'm so grateful for their support and for the chance at partnering up! So, please click through and introduce yourselves, and don't forget the rafflecopter at the bottom!
 Autumn Klair     |     Brittany Gary     |     Course Craft     |     House of Polynesia
Notes: The giveaway will run for ten days, the winner will be selected at random, contacted, and announced shortly after the giveaway concludes in this post as well as on all Freckled Fox social media channels. Yes this is open internationally! entries will be verified. Enter below:
There it is folks! Tons of different ways to enter with this one huh? Remember that the more entries you complete the better your chance of winning this beauty! Also as a special bonus, each entry is a new way to meet and support the bloggers who are bringing you this giveaway, and they're huge supports to me, so it's basically one big support/love fest that you should join in on.haha See what I did there? 

Best of luck to you on the giveaway, and I hope you come back here tomorrow for more awesome post goodness! Love you guys lots, and take care today.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School Hairstyle Round-up

Howdy ladies!(and gents:)) I hope you've been getting some good work done so far this week. I've been getting tons of emails lately asking for which of my tutorials would be best for back to school. So, today I thought I'd share a few of my favorites that are pretty quick and easy to do, and that are great with lots of different hair lengths! I hope you find a few new favorites!

Thanks as always for visiting and reading, and now I'd love to hear which of these tutorials is your favorite! Have you done any of these yet? how did it turn out? Let us know in the comments! Also be sure and visit again tomorrow because there's another Really exciting post coming up for you!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

What I Wore // my new favorite shirt + a bit on 'Home'

Hi friends, I hope you're having a great start to your week! I got an email not long ago from a follower who is moving to a new city and was sad to be leaving home, she wanted to know how I dealt with leaving my home where I grew up and moving across the states (actually most of you probably don't know that I moved with my family from Delaware to Idaho when I was in high-school:)). I won't go into as much detail here as I did for her, but since I'm wearing my Home T-shirt here, I thought it'd be perfect to share a bit about that!
'Home' means different things to different people of course, but to me it's wherever my heart is , wherever my family is. The important relationships we come to know become home.  I knew I would miss living by the coast when we left Delaware. I missed my friends. I missed the excess of green and all the wildlife everywhere, but I was so excited for the adventures ahead, and the contrast of moving out west to the desert! Not everyone can be so lucky, some people have to leave their homes because of work, or school, or are military families, and some people I know count the days till they'll be able to move back. The best tip I can give is to have an open mind, and keep yourself busy! Find the good if you can and live in the moment instead of holding onto the negative and letting life pass you by:)
Martin and I have big plans of traveling the world when we grow up *wink*, and we may go on extended vacations to exotic or rustic places around the world, but I think that Idaho will always be our home. Both of our parents live here, we met, courted, were married, and started our family here, martin's work is here, and we can hop down to Salt Lake City, or up to Boise for my work at any time, and I don't think we'll ever have a reason to leave! 
wearing: sunglasses - tj maxx // cuff - c/o nickle and suede // necklace - c/o forever21 // idaho t-shirt - c/o the home t // leather pants - ross // sneakers - target
Well, I should probably quit while I'm ahead, but before I go I just wanted to give you guys the link to where I got this shirt, because it's literally my favorite T-shirt ever! I've worn it more times than I can count, and I always find myself picking it over all my others.haha The home-t people are also incredibly accommodating and awesome to work with, so I hope you get over there and order a couple shirts of your own! I should also add that this post was NOT sponsored by Home T, and that this is my honest-to-goodness genuine opinion.haha
Thanks as always for stopping by, and don't miss tomorrow's post!
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