5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To + a Giveaway!

Podcasts I've Been Listening to Lately | 5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To 2018 | Podcast Recommendations via life and style blogger, Glitter & Spice

Now that I’ve rejoined the wonderful world of corporate America (and have quite the lengthy commute), I’ve gotten very into podcasts. And I mean very into them. My mornings aren’t complete without listening to my podcasts.

I talked about my love for The Daily in this post. And, if you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen me mention a few of my other faves on Instagram Stories. But I thought it about time I sat down and shared my favorite podcasts you should be listening to (and why I love them!).

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My Workday Morning Routine

My Workday Morning Routine | How I Start My Day | How to Become a Morning Person

First off, thank you to all who reached out and commented on my voting post. I’m so happy so many of you found it informative. While the election didn’t necessarily have the results I particularly desired, one amazing result is definitely worth noting:

Women absolutely killed it this year.

As I’m sure you know by now, we elected a record high number of women this year. Female representatives and governors abound – many of whom are minorities. As these women represent both sides of the aisle, this is a bipartisan accomplishment. And, as somebody who considers herself a feminist and desires to see more women in the workplace and in positions of power, I think it is all totally awesome.

Oh and PS I know you’re all dying to see the new hair, but you’re gonna have to wait till later today/tomorrow. Or you can just pop over to my Instagram and check it out there. Up to you, boo.

Which brings me to the topic for this post: my workday morning routine. As somebody who is so not a morning person, creating this routine – the bulk of which occurs before 8AM – has been really challenging for me. There are still days during which I struggle to wake up in time, skip my workout, or forget to eat breakfast… But I’m getting more consistent each and every week at my workday morning routine.

Plus, Starbucks helps.

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3 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Blog

3 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Blog by Veteran Fashion & Travel Blogger, Glitter & Spice

I’ve been really slacking with the on-time posts lately. But I have a good(ish) excuse this time, I swear.

Three weekends ago, I flew out to California for the wedding of one of my dearest friends from my MBA. In case you missed my sporadic posts on Instagram Stories throughout the weekend, just know that the wedding was absolutely stunning. The ceremony took place in a redwood grove, and the reception was held in a nearby barn. It was so simple, so stunning, and so them. My friend looked like a literal fairy princess and I was so happy to be able to stand by her side on her special day.

Then, I got sick for a few days with a fever and Little Mermaid-level laryngitis. And then I went to Austin to celebrate (1) my dad as he was inducted into the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honors and (2) the wedding of two of my dearest friends from high school. Between being down for the count with a fever, and then the family time and celebrations, there wasn’t a spare moment to write a post.

And then there was last week. I originally thought, “I’ll have so much time to write this week!” Lies. I ended up getting home at or after midnight every night last week (which is not conducive to blog posts that take you at least 2-3 hours to write and you desperately need sleep to be borderline functional the next day). And then I hopped back down to Austin again this past weekend for my 10-year high school reunion. Phew!

But now I’m back and able to write again so yay. Let’s do this thing.

Today, I’m talking all about 3 things you should know before starting a blog. As of this month, I’ve been blogging for 5 years at glitterandspice.com! Where the heck has time gone?!?! Over that time, this site has gone through many changes. Case in point: anybody remember when Glitter & Spice was a food blog? Lessons have been learned, friends.

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My Favorite Mobile Apps for Photo Editing

My Favorite Mobile Apps for Photo Editing | How I Edit My Photos | Editing Photos for Instagram

Today, I’m answering a question I get all the damn time. And I mean all. the. damn. time. Honestly. At least once a week, I receive a DM on Instagram, asking me what I use to edit my photos or for the best mobile apps for photo editing. And after answering this question literally 50+ times this summer, I thought it about time I just wrote a blog post.

So, today’s one of the rare blogging basics posts that were actually requested by my non-blogger followers! In this post, I’m going to explore all of my favorite mobile apps for photo editing, including apps that make my Instagram Stories look better and apps that I use to make me look better.

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Why Bloggers Are Competitive with Each Other (I Think it’s Dumb)

Why Bloggers Are Competitive with Each Other | How to Create a Community of Collaboration Over Competition |

I’ve wanted to write this post for a really long time. Pretty much ever since I discovered the ugly side of blogging – all of the competition – I’ve been asking myself why bloggers are competitive with each other.

To me, it makes NO sense. I’m all about collaboration versus competition, and I’ve made sure to cultivate friendships within the blogging community which are based on that principle. The photography in this post actually features one such friendship – my dear friend Anna, who runs the blog Fleurdille (you must check her out if you don’t already follow her!!).

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