One Year Blog Anniversary + Things I’ve Learned

Tank: HERE | Shorts: HERE | Wedges: HERE | Watch: HERE | Bracelet: HERE | Earrings: HERE

A year ago today I started Little Bit of Living and wow what a year it has been! This past year I moved to Houston, started my blog, got married to my best friend, went to Canada, Seattle, Atlanta, and Columbia, started a new career path, and picked up and moved to Georgia! There has been many hard times along the way, but having this creative outlet has been so fun for me! When I first started my blog, I truly had no idea what to expect. I set goals for the first year and have been so surprised that I met them all. I have met so many amazing people and created relationships that will last a lifetime. This past year I have learned so many things about the blogging world, so I decided to share some of them with you guys. When I started Little Bit of Living, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but no one knows how much effort goes into it until you do it!

Things I’ve Learned:

  1. Purchase a domain and host: When I started, I was so lucky to have a couple friends who had already started blogging and got some major advice from them. Purchasing a host is so important because it’s the only thing you own. If Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or any other social media site went down and disappeared tomorrow, you would still have all your information on your site! Social media sites are obviously HUGE and a great way to share your content but you definitely want to have a spot on the internet that you own that your followers can resort back to.
  2. Don’t Buy Followers: This is SO important not to do. As the blogging world has grown, so many people want to have as many followers on their social media accounts as they can. Yes, having more followers helps you with getting brand collaborations, but, when you have a plethora of followers and only receive a few likes on your pictures, then it is so obvious to everyone that your followers are not real. It is so easy for someone to go look at your followers and tell if they are real or not. Having fake followers doesn’t help you. Fake followers are not going to purchase stuff from your links, or like and comment on your pictures so why have them? It is so easy to get carried away and want to do this but as always, quality is better than quantity. Having less followers that you are connected with is always better.
  3. Connect With Your Followers: Following the last one, connecting with the followers you have is so important. I love when someone direct messages me or emails me with questions or just wanting to talk! Connecting with you followers and making real friends on social media was one of my main goals and is always something I try to do!
  4. Consistency is Key: When I first started my blog and would ask others what advice they have, I was always told to be consistent. Post at the same time on social media and post new blogs on the same days during the week (still working on this one lol). This helps your readers and followers know when you are posting so they can be on the lookout for your post. With the Instagram algorithm, it has made it extremely hard for you to see who you want to see on Instagram. If you post at the same time, it makes it easy for your followers to know when something is coming.
  5. Have Goals: When I started, my goal was to have 10K followers by the end of the first year. I am happy to say that I exceeded my goal! Your goals can be posting at the same time every day, having a certain number of blog posts up every week, growing your social media by a certain amount each month, or setting revenue goals. Whatever your goals are, it is important to set them so you continue to grow your blog.
  6. Be Transparent: Online is such an easy place to only post and talk about the good things going on in your life. You can share as much or as little as you want to and can portray you life exactly how you want to. One of my biggest goals was to be open and honest about everything on my blog and I feel like so far I have done just that. Life is hard y’all, and everyone can get in a rut every so often. It is important to remember that no one is perfect and being transparent with people helps people understand that!
  7. Find your Niche, whatever it may be, and go with it: When I started this blog, I wanted to share my gluten free life, fashion and beauty, and my pups! Those are the things in my life that I enjoyed talking about and sharing! Since then, I have gotten married and enjoy sharing more about married life, so it’s become more of a lifestyle blog! Share whatever you’re comfortable with and what makes you happy!
  8. Don’t Wait to Start: Truthfully, there is never a perfect time to start your blog. If it is something you have been wanting to do, just take the jump and go for it! There are so many things that you will learn along the way! It is a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it!
  9. Invest in a Photographer or a Good Camera: Having good pictures is so important to make your blog and social media channels aesthetically pleasing. I started out with a photographer and shot with him weekly or bi-weekly to have content. Since moving to Georgia, I have been looking for a new photographer! There are so many good presets out there now that you can purchase, so if you have a good camera, you can take pictures and edit them yourself!
  10. Go Outside Your Comfort Zone and Make Friends: This has been something that I have been trying to get better at! I am such a extroverted introvert. I love talking to people, but am such a chicken when it comes to reaching out first! This is one of my main goals for the next year.
  11. Don’t Compare: Y’all, there are SO many blogs out there and so many different ways to compare yourself. Everyones story is different, so you should focus on your own. The comparison game is honestly something that I’ve struggled with. It’s definitely easier said than done, but instead you should brainstorm how to make your blog and yourself better. Try to make something positive on something that can make you feel so negative.
  12. Don’t Expect Success Overnight: Like I said in number 11, there are SO many blogs out there, and earning success will take time. Set your goals and take each day one at a time! There are blogs out there that will grow fasters than others, but that’s ok! Keep focused on your goals, stay engaged, and you’ll get where you want to be! My blog is definitely still a work in progress, but as long as I am enjoying it, that’s all that matters!

Future Plans:

As far as future plans for Little Bit of Living, I have a few goals in the near future! My plans are to rebrand the blog and redo my website to make it more user friendly. I designed everything in the beginning and have learned so much along the way that I want to incorporate into it!

Thank you!

This year has been nothing short of hectic, but has also caused me to step outside my comfort zone and do things that I never would have before! All of this would not be possible without you guys and for that I am grateful! I love connecting with you guys and love every DM, email, comment and like on social media! It all means so much to me and I can’t thank y’all enough! Please feel free to reach out to me or comment below if you have any more questions! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Our Wedding Day


Happy wedding Wednesday! I am so excited that life has settled down and I can finally finish up my wedding Wednesday series on the blog. Our wedding day was seriously the best day of our lives and there is so much I am excited to share with you guys.

When Patrick and I got married, I already had a vision in my head of what the day would look like. We wanted an outside wedding with an inside reception. After looking at three or four venues, we fell in love The Springs in Anna, TX. It was timeless, and exactly what we wanted. When we were booking our venue we thought Patrick’s company was moving him to Dallas, so that’s where we booked it! About a month later, we found out that his company was moving us to Houston so a wedding planner was a must because we weren’t going to be there 24/7. We used Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events and Mary Frances was a dream to work with. She made my vision a reality and I am so thankful for everything she did for me! The best part was she became a friend of the family!

Our whole weekend was so fun and special to everyone involved. It was full of laughter, happy tears, friend, family, dancing, and so many amazing memories. We started out the weekend with our rehearsal dinner and that was a party itself! I am going to do a separate blog post next week all about our rehearsal dinner. Patrick’s mom worked with our wedding planner to do that all and it was amazing. Saturday was our wedding and we started off the morning with rehearsal. We had to rehearse the morning of the wedding because there was a wedding at our venue Friday night. It worked out well because everyone remembered what to do by the wedding. I rehearsed with Patrick’s best-man and Patrick rehearsed with my MOH, my sister. After rehearsal, we spent the day getting ready. The boys spent the early afternoon at brunch at a restaurant close to our venue and then came back to the venue to get dressed. I had 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 3 house party girls, and 3 ushers. It took the girls awhile to get dressed because there were quite a few of us! We had 2 girls doing our hair and 1 makeup artist. We used Tousled Studio for hair and Ashlan Glaze for makeup. They were both amazing and did exactly what everyone wanted!

The ceremony was beyond perfect. The pastor that married us was the pastor of our church my family went to when I was growing up. He made the ceremony so personal and so special to us. Patrick and I had many FaceTime talks with him before the wedding so he really got to know Patrick and know about our relationship. My favorite part of the ceremony was having all of my favorite people in one spot hearing the word of Jesus. Although it was all such a blur to us, we had so many amazing compliments from people on our ceremony. I was so nervous about the ceremony because it was SO incredibly windy and SO sunny and I was worried about flowers blowing over or my veil blowing off! Although I could barely see because the sun was in my face the whole time, everything went perfect and it was more than I could ever ask for.

During our cocktail hour while the wedding party was taking pictures, we had mariachis for the guests inside. I didn’t get to see them at all and truly wish we would have had them for another hour so I could’ve enjoyed them! My family loves mariachis and this was one of my favorite things we did. Another one of my favorite things at our reception was the live painter that we had. I found Renata Sharman online and reached out to her but then decided it wasn’t going to fit within our wedding budget. Patrick ended up surprising me with her for a Christmas present and I am SO thankful she was there. We had her paint our wedding ceremony and it is now one of my favorite things hanging in our house.  Once we got inside, Patrick and I had our first dance, my dad and I danced, Patrick and his mom danced and then we ate! Before the wedding, I met with our DJ and had a voice over of me reading a letter to my parents added into my dad and I’s song. I got the idea from our wedding planner, and it was SO special. The whole room was crying and it made for such a special moment for my dad and I. After dinner, the dance floor opened up and the party got started! I might be biased but our reception was the most fun party I have ever been to. I don’t think I stopped dancing one time!

Our wedding weekend was the best weekend ever and I truly with we could relive it over and over again. Although there were a few bumps in the road (I’ll do a blog post with our wedding regrets and bumps in another post), everything went better than I could ever imagine. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and look forward to the ones coming! I have shared pictures above, and our highlight video and full wedding video below! Thanks for stopping by!

Highlight Film

Full Video Password: mclendon

Toasts:

Vendors:

Wedding Planner:Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events 

Venue: The Springs, Anna

Caterer: Cotton Catering

Florist: Bella Blooms Couture and Florals and Posh Events 

Photographer: Kristen Davis Photography & Legacy Imaging

Videographer: Thompson Pictures

DJ and Photo Booth: Le Force Event Group

Wedding Cake: Tart Bakery

Hair: Tousled Studio

Makeup: Ashlan Glaze

Wedding Dress: Crystal Designs – Blushing Bride Boutique, Frisco

Wedding Shoes: Badley Mischka 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Bride Robe: Flora Nikrooz

Bridesmaids Robes: Etsy

 

Yellow Polka-Dot Ruffle Dress

Dress: HERE | Shoes: HERE | Clutch: HERE | Bracelet: HERE | Watch: HERE

Helllllllo! How is everyone?! I haven’t been on here in a couple weeks because Patrick and I have been moving! We moved into our house on the 11th and are finally settling in. Our parents were up here for a week helping us get unpacked and holy cow we couldn’t have done it without them. Patrick started at his new company last week and is loving it so far which makes me so happy! I am trying to get acclimated to the area and getting all my ducks in a row, lol!

I shot this dress before I left Houston and wanted to show you guys this dress! I love the color and how flattering it is. I always get worried about wrap dresses because some of them cut super low, but this one stays together and keeps you covered! It would be so perfect for a wedding or church! These heels I have on here are 35% off!! Grab them now!

I’m excited to be back and trying to get back in my routine! I’m going to lunch with a girl I met through our neighborhood Facebook page tomorrow! Here’s to meeting new friends! Thanks for stopping by!

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Public Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

YAY! The Nordstrom anniversary sale is finally open to the public! I have gone through the entire sale and listed my favorite items below into categories! If you like an item, make sure you grab it fast! Things sell out in seconds! Happy shopping everyone! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you are looking for something specific!

Tops and Sweaters:

Cardigans and Jackets:

Bottoms:

Dresses, Rompers, and Jumpsuits:

Workout and Athleisure:

Shoes:

Accessories:

Home:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Eeekk! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started yesterday and I am so excited to share my picks with you guys! I know I am a day late, but we have been SO busy moving! I am going to make a tab at the top of my blog with all the different categories that I will keep updated so y’all can always refer to that! I’m sure you’ve heard from everyone but if you like an item, buy fast! Things sell out SO quickly! Happy shopping!

Tops:

Cardigans/Sweaters/Jackets:

Dresses:

Bottoms:

Workwear:

Athleisure:

Shoes:

Accessories/Beauty:

 

Olive Green Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: HERE || Shoes: HERE || Clutch: HERE || Earrings: HERE || Watch: HERE || Bracelet: HERE

Hi friends! I’m back with another jumpsuit! Surprised? You shouldn’t be! I am obsessed with jumpsuits!! They are so effortless and make you look so put together. The material of this one is so airy and light which makes if perfect for the hot summer months. I love the flower detailing on this one with the color, and the tie on the front adds the perfect touch. This one is a little more expensive than I usually like to spend but is definitely worth it! I’ll link a few more below that I am loving! I paired this one with these wedges, and this clutch. I also found these earrings the other day that are so cute on and only $22!

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Patrick and I spent the day packing! We are having a little going away party on Saturday with some of our closest friends, and then we leave to Georgia on Monday! I can’t believe how fast it’s going! Please keep us in your prayers for a smooth transition to Georgia, and thank you for stopping by!

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Fourth of July Outfit Inspo

Top: HERE | Shorts: HERE | Wedges: HERE | Earrings: HERE | Bracelet: HERE | Watch: HERE

Hi friends! The Fourth of July is a week away and I am SO excited to celebrate this weekend! Patrick and I are going to the beach with some friends this weekend! I personally love this holiday because it is so fun to dress the part! I love everything gingham, stars, stripes and polka-dots and of course all the red, white and blue.

I love these fun shorts that are under $20 that I have on in the pictures above and I am obsessed with this tank! I love a good white tank because you can seriously wear them with anything. It’s definitely a great investment piece. I have put together a Fourth of July Inspo board for you guys as well with some of the cutest pieces!

One || Two || Three || Four || Five || Six || Seven || Eight || Nine || Ten || Eleven || Twelve || Thirteen

What’s everyones plans for the fourth? I hate that it’s in the middle of the week, but we are still going to make the best of it! Are y’all celebrating this weekend or next weekend? Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great week!

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We’re Moving to Georgia!

Top: HERE | Shorts: HERE | Shoes: HERE | Watch: HERE | Patrick’s Shirt: SIMILAR HERE | Patrick’s Shorts: SIMILAR HERE | Patrick’s Shoes: HERE

As you can tell by the title of this post and by my instagram post, after a year of living in Houston , we’re moving to Georgia! Patrick got an amazing new job and I am SO proud of him. We’re excited and scared, me mostly scared (HA!), but we are excited for a new adventure. We will definitely miss our house we are in now! It was the first house we moved into together and is so special to us.

Patrick grew up in South Carolina and Pennsylvania and didn’t move to Texas until high school so the area is home to him! I have grown up and lived in Texas my whole life, so this is definitely new to me but I know this is the best step for Patrick in his career and for our family. I am excited to see a new part of the U.S. and to go on this new adventure with Patrick. We went a few weeks ago and found our new house, and I am SO excited about it! I can’t wait to show y’all when we finally move in. Our house right now is an absolute wreck from packing y’all. I am SO ready to be unpacked in our new house.

Patrick’s new office will technically be in South Carolina so we will be in north Georgia. I am on the search for a new photographer in the area so if you know of anyone, please let me know! I am so excited to take y’all along on this adventure.

If y’all want to know the truth, I have cried more days than not because this is all so new and foreign to me, but I know (hope) we will get out there and love the experience and love finding new things! Moving states away from our family’s is hard and we are nervous but excited to make new memories as a family of our own. Texas, we’ll be back!

Thanks for stopping by, and I would love and appreciate it if you guys could keep us in your prayers as we embark on this journey! Thanks in advance guys!!

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Casual Summer Look

Top: HERE | Shorts: HERE | Shoes: HERE | Clutch: HERE | Watch: HERE

Everything and anything that’s casual and comfy, I’m all in!! You can wear this top with jean shorts like I did hear or you can pair it wither nicer linen pants and heels for a dressier look! I love this top because it has a longer part in the front that is made to tie up! It’s a good price point too! I have on the Small here and I would say it fits true to size. This one will definitely be on repeat! I paired it with jean shorts and these sandals, which I LOVE! They truly are worth every penny paid! 

My mom is in town this weekend helping me around the house with a few things. My grandparents are also coming to town tonight. What are y’alls plans for this weekend?! I hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy finally FRIDAY!!

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Yellow Striped Dress Under $20

Dress: HERE | Shoes: HERE | Clutch: HERE

Y’all, I can’t even tell you how hot it was taking these photos! I swear I was dripping sweat! The first day of summer is almost here and I will definitely be wearing little dresses and rompers all summer long! They are so easy, but they make you look so put together. I love the ruffle details and open back on this one. I have a small and it fits true to size. The straps are also adjustable! Yellow is such a trendy color right now and it’s a color that looks good on everyone! Anytime I see this color, I immediately gravitate towards it. I paired it with these shoes and this clutch. I’m sharing some of my other favorite dresses and rompers for summer down below.

Happy Monday guys! Patrick and I had such a great weekend with my parents on the island. A day of fishing and riding on the sea doo was such a good little getaway. Thanks for stopping by, and as always please reach out to me if you have any questions!

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