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    BLOGGERS/INFLUENCERS/AFFILIATE MARKETERS: I HAVE THE NEWEST PLATFORM FOR YOU TO LINK ANYTHING + EVERYTHING

    *This post is sponsored and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Sit back, grab a glass of whatever, and listen up because this is BIG!

    Like landing on the moon big.

    Ok, maybe not that big. But do I have your attention yet?!?

    We all know how frustrating it is that we have this thing linked here and that thing linked there and then a whole other platform for that.

    And if we’re being honest, we know that most people are too lazy to go link fishing, right?

    What if there was a way to have everything in one place? AND you could get paid just for people coming and looking at your store? They don’t even have to buy anything. Yeop, you read that right.

    Tandem is a new platform where you have a storefront and link anything and everything you want. I’m talking clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchen items, home decor, whatever you want.

    How is this different than those other platforms where you can link items? You can link from ANY site. They do NOT have to have a contract with Tandem!

    I love this because I am an affiliate for several different smaller boutiques that I can’t link in other places.

    This platform allows you to link everything that you want to share with your audience and you can include your affiliate links so that you are still earning commission, but you are also earning money just for people coming and looking at your store.

    I think this is such an innovative way to monetize as a blogger or influencer, and this is honestly going to be so big. I’m so excited that I found out about this, and I could not wait to share it with you so you can take advantage of it too!

    Click the button below to sign up! It’s free and anyone can sign up! You can get started linking your products immediately!

    Please let me know your thoughts about this! Are you as excited as me?!? Let me know if you have any questions at all!!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

    SHOP THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

    *This page contains affiliate links*

    How are you spending your Memorial Day weekend?!?! I’m hoping for some sun, relaxing, some drinks, but hey, of course I gotta throw in a little online shopping.

    And there are SO many sales going on right now that you HAVE to check out!

    Here are some of my favorites!

    PINK LILY BOUTIQUE

    Take 30% off the ENTIRE SITE with code MEMORIAL30

    FIORE BOUTIQUE

    Take 25% off all clothing, shoes + jewelry at Fiore Boutique!

    THE MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE

    Take up to 75% off the sales tab at The Mint Julep plus they are now doing 25% off the entire site!

    RUSTIC LLAMA BOUTIQUE

    Rustic Llama is having a HUGE Memorial Day Sale on their site + you can use my 15% off code on top of the sale prices! LINDSEY15 will get you 15% off your entire order!

    MUD PIE

    Mud Pie is having a sale where items are up to 80% off! Hurry before everything sells out!

    ABERCROMBIE

    Abercrombie is having a 40-60% off sale! Plus some styles are an extra 15% off!

    AMERICAN EAGLE

    American Eagle‘s shorts are all 50% off! RUN!!! Plus Aerie swim is BOGO free!!!

    OLD NAVY

    Old Navy is having 50% off all shorts, tanks, tees + swim! Plus they’re now doing 40% off your ENTIRE purchase!

    TARGET

    Target is having tons of sales right now including 20% off all clothing, shoes + accessories, 25% off furniture, patio items + home items plus so much more!

    SOCIAL HOUSE BOUTIQUE

    SOHO has TONS of items marked way down on their SALE tab!

    How to Clean Your Rings

    I’ll have to admit that this is super random. But I love the simple way that I was taught to clean my engagement + wedding rings + I love how it leaves them sparkling! So I thought I would share!

    You only really need two things: dish soap + a soft bristle toothbrush!

    Crazy, right?!?

    I almost didn’t believe it when the lady at the jewelry store told me. But I have done this for about 4 years now + it WORKS!

    So all I do is put my ring in a little dish with lukewarm water + a dot of dish soap. I let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then I put some of the sudsy water on the toothbrush + scrub, scrub, scrub the rings. I get in between every little crack with the bristles. Once I’m done scrubbing, I rinse it with water + then dry it with a clean cloth. + that’s it!

    See what I mean that it is so simple?!? I shared this on my Instagram story a few weeks ago + I turned into a highlight on my profile called “rings” so if you want to see the cleaning process in action, be sure to check it out on Instagram!

    The picture below shows the exact items I use when cleaning my rings. Click on the picture to see some similar products I linked for you if you want to clean your rings this way.

    Let me know if you try this + what you think!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

    QUARANTINE SURVIVAL GUIDE

    *This page contains affiliate links.

    Obviously, we’re all going to be staying in for the foreseeable future, but guess what? Amazon still delivers.

    So I’m going to share with you a bunch of awesome games + activities to kick the quarantine blues + have fun at home (with or without kids)!

    This game is so hilarious. We played it several times over the Christmas holiday + everyone loved it. Kids can play this, but they do have to be able to read or have someone read it to them.

    This is an adults only game! Everyone loves memes!

    This is a family friendly version of the meme game that kids can play!

    This is the family friendly version of Cards Against Humanity!

    Adults only game!

    Everyone can play Jenga + no reading is involved so kids of all ages can play!

    This one is for everyone, no reading, but you do have to be able to understand the strategy a little bit. This is my family’s favorite game to all play together.

    Chelsea did this kit a few days ago + loved it. She is so proud of her crystals!

    Walkie talkies are always fun + since you’re going to be stuck at home, might as well have an easy way to communicate with each other!

    This was a Christmas present last year + it was a big hit for people of all ages!

    Chelsea + Cooper love this writing tablet to draw + write on.

    We bought this last year for the kids to decorate eggs with + I can’t wait to do it again this year! It’s so fun + absolutely no mess!

    Please let me know which ones you get + what you think about them! Tag me on Instagram playing the game!

    Stay safe + healthy out there, everyone!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

    WE GOT A DOG!

    Yes, you read that correctly. The woman with three kids, a husband + a house, gave in + got a dog. Why, you ask? I really have no clue.

    I am not against dogs, not in any way. But with so much on my plate already, I have just been putting off getting a dog for a long time. My husband + my oldest daughter have been begging for one. Like down on their knees, sobbing, begging. I have held strong up until this point.

    My husband has been particularly obsessive about it lately though. Every single day the week before his birthday, he would come home + say, “Well, I guess you didn’t go get me a dog today, huh?” He was reminding me every day of what the Humane Society’s hours were for the next day…it was a little psycho.

    He had asked if we could get Chelsea, my oldest daughter, a dog for her birthday which is at the end of April. I told him no, we needed to wait at least until summer when he would be home more (he’s a teacher + gets summers off except for football practices because he’s also a coach).

    Then on his birthday, I was just sitting there after breakfast with the two little ones + all of a sudden, I thought I should go get him a dog for his birthday + surprise him when he got home. I have no idea where this thought came from, maybe it was because he had been bugging me extra lately + I was just tired of it, I don’t know, but I got it in my head + I knew if I didn’t just go do it, I would talk myself out of it.

    Soooo, I called my mother in law to see if she could come over early to watch the kids for me. I was so nervous on the way to the Humane Society. I really had no clue what I was getting myself into.

    When I got there, I walked back to where the dogs were + almost every single one started barking + going crazy. I started to turn around + then I noticed there was a beautiful golden lab sitting there quietly + still + looking so, so sweet. I looked at the other ones, but I kept coming back to this one. I asked if I could take her out so they let me go outside on the porch with her. They took her leash off + she just kept her tail down + was very hesitant when I would reach out to pet her, but she would still let me do it. I could just see that she was terrified + had no trust for people, but she was so sweet.

    Turns out, she had just given birth to eight puppies only three months before. She had some health issues that caused her to have to stay there a little longer until she was cleared to be adopted. Of course, all her puppies were adopted super fast + were no longer there. My heart broke for this sweet dog. So I just went for it, + I asked them what I needed to do to take her home with me.

    So after I did all the adoption paperwork, I then went to pick Chelsea up who was at her grandma’s house. She had absolutely no idea that I had just adopted a dog! I got her reaction on video + it is priceless! Check it out here!

    Chelsea talked the whole way home about how excited she was + what she wanted to name her. She finally decided on Bailey + was stuck on that. She wouldn’t consider any other name! When we got home, she wanted to be the one to hold her leash + walk her in to surprise Brad. So she did, but once Bailey saw how many people were in the house (Brad, his parents, Cooper + Camille), she didn’t want to go in. So she just crouched down on the stairs + Brad had to come to her + slowly pet her. Poor girl was terrified! Chelsea asked if we could name her Bailey, + Brad said, “Sure.” That night, Bailey hid in our downstairs bathroom + wouldn’t come out. We tried to give her food, water, treats, but she wouldn’t touch any of it.

    We have had her for about 3 weeks now, + I wish I could say that she is super comfortable now + really likes us, butttttt that would be a lie! She is doing much better. She is eating + drinking now + will sometimes take treats. She is going to the bathroom outside. She doesn’t jump too bad when you get near her now! She even came up + licked my elbow yesterday, so we are getting somewhere!! Her favorite person, by far, is Camille. We don’t know if it’s just because she’s the littlest, or because she just had babies herself + misses them, but Bailey + Camille are two peas in a pod. It’s the cutest thing.

    We really couldn’t have picked a better dog, though. She is so calm + so quiet (unlike everyone else in our household!). We have only heard her bark like two times! Her favorite thing to do is lay down (I feel her on that one!). She finds any comfy spot to get cozy in, whether that’s the corner of my closet, Chelsea’s bed, or a pile of Brad’s clothes on the floor! She is getting more used to us everyday + we are so thankful to have her as a part of our family. We got a good one!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

    So, you’re looking for a job?

    ADVICE ON HOW TO GET A JOB FROM A FORMER HR MANAGER…

    My family likes to make fun of me at how easily I get jobs + how many jobs I have had. I am not afraid of change. I actually love change. If I am not happy in a job, I have no problem looking for something else. So I’ve had a lot of experience looking, interviewing + changing jobs. I realize that if it’s not something you’ve done a lot, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.

    I’ve reflected on all the things I’ve learned in my job searches plus my experience working in Human Resources + combined them to help you find that perfect career. (hint: I would bookmark this to refer back to!)

    1. Your Resume. This is your first step. Don’t even start thinking about looking for a job before you deal with your resume. You don’t want to be caught with your pants down (figuratively speaking) + have someone ask for your resume + start scrambling. There are plenty of resources to help you build a resume, edit your resume or make it pretty. Here are the main things: highlight your strengths + don’t lie. Don’t put that you’re great at public speaking if you actually would rather have a hole in your head. Remember the episode of Friends when Joey had to pretend he knew how to dance? Yeah, not a good look. Definitely talk up things you’re great at, but don’t put what you think they want to hear if it’s not the truth. Also don’t use the thesaurus on Word to try + make yourself sound smart (another classic Joey mistake…). You’ll end up just sounding ignorant. Here’s what you should include:

    +Your name + as much contact information as you can fit. You don’t want them to be confused on how to get in touch with you. (Also, if you put an email address, make sure you check that email regularly!!!)

    +A professional summary/mission statement/objective (whatever you want to call it) that explains a snippet about you + your expertise. Tell them what value you would add to their company.

    +Education – do not put high school on there if you’re a college graduate. If you’re a college grad, they can assume you went to high school. The key is to keep your resume concise. If your GPA was really impressive, you can put it, but it’s not necessary. What’s important is you have a degree from an accredited university.

    +Work History/Experience – Hopefully some of it will relate to the job you are applying for, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok. Just make sure you highlight skills you learned there that can translate to other jobs (such as teachers looking for other jobs can most definitely highlight the fact that they had to be very organized + learned planning skills. these skills are needed in many other jobs, not just teaching). Keep this list pretty concise. I wouldn’t list more than 4 jobs. Make sure you put the company name, your title, the dates you worked there + a summary of your responsibilities in this role.

    +Awards – If you received any special awards at your previous jobs or in college, I would highlight them here.

    +Skills – I wouldn’t make this an exhaustive list, but focus on your main strengths. Do think of the skills that would be required of you if you got the job + try to mention those.

    +Technology Proficiencies – If you are going to be in a job that requires a lot of technology (which is basically every job these days), I would highlight what programs/devices you’re experienced with. For example, do you have knowledge of Microsoft Office or Google Drive? Most companies use one or both of these systems so they are important to note.

    +Portfolio – If your job will be one where you have to produce something (such as graphics), I would add a portfolio of some of your work so there is a visual representation of what you can do. This way nothing is left to the imagination. This would be separate from your actual resume though.

    2. The Search. This is where people get hung up a lot of times. They don’t know where to look. There a lot of sites out there for job listings + I will list them below. But I also want to note that a lot of companies post open jobs on their websites. So if there is a particular place you want to work, you can go to their website + look under “Careers” or “Job Opportunities”. If you don’t know where you want to work, do you have an idea of the type of work you want to do? For example, do you know you’d like to work in a doctor’s office? In my area, we have two really big hospital systems that pretty much own all of the doctor’s offices. So they have a big job board online with all of their jobs for all over at all offices. You can narrow it down by the city or the job category. Do you know you’d like to work for a construction company? Do a Google search for construction companies in your area + then visit each website + look for their open positions. Another place you can find jobs these days is Facebook. They have a whole job section where you can search for jobs + apply directly on Facebook. Now we’ll take a look at some sites that list job openings:

    +Indeed – By far my favorite these days for professional jobs. You can upload your resume or create a resume specifically for Indeed. You can apply directly to the company that posted the job and keep track of the jobs you’ve applied for right in your Indeed dashboard. You can also save jobs that you are considering applying to. Some companies don’t want you to apply on Indeed + will give instructions of a different way to apply. You definitely want to make sure + pay attention to these because it shows you follow instructions. Companies can also message you directly on Indeed which is a nice way to communicate and keep it all in one place. Another great thing about Indeed is employers can search for candidates that match what they are looking for. So if you have your resume on there + have your settings so that employers can find you, someone might contact you about a job they have available, even if they don’t have it posted publicly. Sometimes companies don’t want to post open jobs publicly for various reasons.

    +LinkedIn – One of the great things about LinkedIn is it runs sort of like a social media site. You make “connections” with others + can post + share just like you could on Facebook. I love that you can highlight your skills + other people can “endorse” you for these skills. So employers don’t just have to take your word for it; they can see that other people are vouching for you that you do have that skill.

    +ZipRecruiter – I feel like ZipRecruiter has changed + become a job board for mainly truck drivers + skilled labors. So that is great if that’s what you’re looking for, but since I wasn’t, it wasn’t very helpful for me. I do like that it has a lot of the same features as Indeed: the ability to save jobs, apply directly, message employers, etc.

    +Glassdoor – This site is very similar to Indeed + ZipRecruiter. The best thing about Glassdoor is that you can review companies you have worked for to help others who may be thinking of working there.

    +CareerBuilder – Another site similar to Indeed + ZipRecruiter. I never had too much luck with this one.

    ***Just a side note: a lot of companies (especially the big ones) post an open job to ALL of these sites. So if you see it on Indeed, you’ll probably see it again on ZipRecruiter, or Glassdoor, or CareerBuilder, etc, etc. So as long as you have your eyes on one of these, you should be good. I don’t see the need to search every single one every day because you’ll be looking at a lot of the same things.

    +Craigslist – This used to be the first place I would look for jobs (about 10 years ago) + I actually did get jobs from leads I found on Craigslist, however there are so many other great job boards now (see all the ones listed above), that not many reputable companies post on Craigslist anymore.

    +Social Media Sites – As mentioned, Facebook has a whole job section where employers can post open positions, but sometimes companies will post about open positions on their Instagram, Twitter, or other Social Media platform. It is also beneficial for you to post on your own Social Media that you are looking for a job. This way people you know will keep you in mind if they hear of anything. If you are a member of any local Facebook groups, this is a great place to post that you are interested in finding a new job + get your name out there to more people.

    If you are still not finding any suitable jobs after trying all of these options, I would look into an employment agency in your area. This costs nothing to you. Companies pay employment agencies to find suitable candidates for them to interview. Employment agencies work with reputable companies so you know that you won’t be getting into something sketchy. They can bring jobs to your attention + you can let them know if you’d be interested in interviewing or not. They also can argue your case to the company + give you a leg up before even meeting them. Employment agencies are definitely a smart place to go especially if you don’t have the time to be searching on job sites 24/7.

    3. Applying. Some people will tell you not to apply to a job that you know you wouldn’t take, + I agree with that in some sense, but I also think that every time you apply, you are getting your name out there. Every interview you go on is practice, even if you know you are not getting the job. Every person you meet in the application + interview process is a new contact. You could even go on an interview + end up interested in a completely different position than the one you originally applied for. I have had this happen. I have driven to interviews before + been thinking, “What the heck am I doing going to this?” + left there with a new contact, a new opportunity, or a new position that was brought to my attention. If you are the slight bit curious, I would apply. It never hurts to just apply. You would be surprised at what might come of it.

    4. Interviewing. Interviews can be very nerve-wracking. I know how intimidating it can be when there are multiple people in the room with their eyes on you. I have a couple pieces of advice on interviews:

    +Be confident without being COCKY. Don’t hesitate. Act like you know what you’re talking about. But don’t seem like a know-it-all.

    +Think about what you’re going to say before you come to the interview. If you are caught off guard with a question, don’t show it. But still put some thought into what you’re going to say + don’t just blurt something out.

    +Act like you are not nervous, even if you are. Act natural. Have fun.

    +Be personable. Companies will more than likely hire the person who they feel will fit in with their culture the best.

    +Have a couple questions prepared for when they ask if you have any questions. But don’t ask too many. Be careful with what you ask also. Don’t only ask about pay + vacation time. Ask deeper questions that relate to the job duties.

    5. Accepting an Offer. So you have the perfect resume, you found the perfect job, you applied, interviewed, + you got an offer! Congratulations! But hold on for just a second…don’t accept too quickly. I never accept an offer right away. I always ask if they can give me time to think about it. I have many reasons for this. One is I want to discuss all of the details of the position with my husband + make sure he agrees with me taking the job. My job greatly effects him + our children, so I want his input. Another thing I always want to do is make sure I am not rushing into anything. Sometimes we can feel so great when we get that offer that we don’t think about some of the possible cons of the job. It is also important to do your research. Look at the reviews of the company on Glassdoor. Ask around to anyone you know who works there or knows of someone who works there. Make sure they are reputable, there’s a good atmosphere, good benefits, employees are treated fairly, etc. I would do a quick Google search of the company + make sure nothing sketchy comes up. Once you’ve had time to sit on the offer for a day or so + you still feel good about it after weighing all of the options, call + let them know you accept! Don’t wait too long on this, because they might assume you’re not going to take it + offer it to someone else.

    So what else can I help you with in your job search?!? Let me know in the comments or send me an email! I would be glad to help!

    Make sure you sign up for my email list below + let’s be friends! Life is so much better when we do it together!

    xoxo,

    Lindsey 

    Your 3 Day Getaway to Charleston Itinerary

    *This is a sponsored post*

    I absolutely love to travel, and one of my favorite places to go within driving distance is Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is only about three hours from the Upstate where I live. Honestly even if I had to take a long flight, I would still go because it is just so beautiful! There is so much to do and see and the history behind it is just captivating. It is like a dream to drive through the historic district downtown. The buildings, the landscape, the water, everything is so charming and lovely.

    I have visited Charleston on multiple occasions for different reasons. I have gone to stay with friends on Mt. Pleasant and Folly Beach; I went for a girls retreat in high school; I have stayed at Isle of Palms with my family. My most recent trip was this past summer with my husband and kids. We stayed right across the bridge as you enter Mt. Pleasant. It was a short trip. We only stayed for 2 nights, but we packed a ton into those 3 days. Before we went, I had the whole trip scheduled with what we were going to do. We had an absolute blast and discovered so many great Charleston treasures while we were there. If you are looking to take a fun little trip to the lowcountry, here is your itinerary to pack it all in while you’re there.

    DAY ONE

    Lunch: Bay Street Biergarten. This is a great spot for the whole family. They have indoor and outdoor seating, multiple bars, great food, and even feature taps that you can have right at your table. The atmosphere is super chill and laid back. They have a great beer selection and the food left me feeling stuffed.

    Boat Tour: Charleston Water Taxi. This is such a fun, inexpensive way to go on a little boat ride and do some sightseeing. You can get an all day pass for $12 (kids 3 and under are free). The taxi has four different ports. You can get out at any of them, walk around, shop, eat, and then come and get back on.

    Shopping: Charleston City Market. The market in Charleston is a must see, featuring over 300 entrepreneurs, you can always find a unique souvenir that you didn’t know you needed. Walking through and looking at all the treasures is so much fun.

    Dinner: There are so many options on Shem Creek: Tavern & Table, Red’s Ice House, NICO Oysters & Seafood, R.B.’s Seafood Restaurant, Saltwater Cowboys, and so much more. There is a convenient parking garage right there where you can park and walk to all of these places. You really can’t go wrong with food in Charleston. They know what they’re doing in the kitchen. They also know good beer and tasty cocktails. We went to Tavern & Table, and I got a delicious sangria. Oh, did I mention that all of these restaurants are on the water? Sit outside to enjoy a breathtaking view.

    Nightlife: Now if you’re taking kids (like we did), nightlife consists of trying to get kids to go to sleep when they’re not in their normal bed! But if you are lucky enough to get to go without kids, there are a ton of options for fun nightlife. Downtown is the place to go at night obviously. Remember Bay Street Biergarten where you ate lunch? It’s also a great place to go for late night fun. Other late night spots in downtown: The Cocktail Club, Prohibition, King Street Public House, Republic, all provide a unique atmosphere with a drink selection big enough to satisfy all palettes.

    Image: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.

    Transportation: If you’re going to be going out and indulging in the local beers and tasty cocktails, you need to make sure you have a ride. Also, parking can be rather challenging in downtown and it would be much better to be dropped off and picked up. Rather than calling one of the rideshare services and getting into an old Toyota Camry with some sketch guy named Cody, why don’t you ride in style? Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. offers vintage cars, luxury rides, limousines, and more. You can feel safe, secure, and sophisticated traveling to and from your downtown location. Let the Lowcountry Valet professionals take care of everything from the directions, parking, gas, while you just enjoy your time out. Check out their website to see all of the amazing transportation options they have.

    DAY TWO

    Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. This unique restaurant offers biscuits, coffee, grits, biscuit sandwiches, and more. They also offer biscuit-making classes (how cool is that?!?).

    Beach: Sullivan’s Island is south of Mt. Pleasant and features a little less busy beachfront with a great selection of shops and restaurants in their quaint little town. Take a picnic lunch and spend the day on the beach. Then stick around to shop and eat dinner on Sullivan’s at one of the exceptional restaurants.

    Dinner: There are so many options on Sullivan’s, but I would highly recommend Poe’s Tavern. Wonderful atmosphere, service, food, and drink selections.

    DAY THREE

    Brunch: The Park Cafe is a unique restaurant offering a reimagined farm-to-fork concept. They have a pretty standard brunch menu with a fun spin on the classics. Their ingredients are all local and service is a top priority. There is something for everyone here and a relaxing, laid back atmosphere to go with the delicious meals.

    And then you are on your way home after a relaxing, fun-filled getaway! What are some places I forgot? Do you have any favorite places in Charleston that I didn’t mention? Leave a comment and let me know or shoot me an email! Let me know when you try any of these suggestions and tell me what you think of them! I hope you enjoy your getaway to Charleston! It is truly “the holy city”!

    xoxo,

    Lindsey