All About That Beach: Seven Sexy One-Piece Swimsuits

Happy first day of spring! It is spring, right? Nashville is damp and dreary today but I am daydreaming about the beach. Next week is spring break for my girls and my older daughter is down in sunny and warm Tampa visiting with my sister and niece.

Meanwhile, I am all about this at work today…

beach poster


And this…just go travel poster

Oh and most definitely this.

vacation poster

I just bought a strapless swimsuit top in navy on sale at Target to go with black bikini bottoms I already owned. My other two swimsuits from last summer are both one pieces and I really love them. There are some super cute one-piece bathing suits for sale now and I thought I’d share some of my favorite sexy one-piece swimsuits! A one-piece bathing suit doesn’t have to be matronly or mundane!

Sexy One-Piece Swimsuits


Which suit is your fave?I love the polka dot ruffle suit, the solid strapless red, and the magenta strapless. No tan lines for me!


I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by some fashionable bloggers like Mommies With Style.

Sign Up For OrderUp Nashville Through My Link And Get a $10 Credit!


There are many days when I’ve forgotten to take my lunch to work, the weather is nasty, I’m on a deadline, and I just wish someone would run out and bring me a nice hot lunch. Between that and a margarita fairy my life would be complete. Okay and a laundry fairy.

I was excited to hear that OrderUp was opening in Nashville! I went to the fun launch party downtown Tuesday night at Barista Parlor, which I learned is one of the most photographed coffee houses in the United States, and had a blast celebrating the grand opening, meeting great people and listening to great music.

order up nashville band

It wouldn’t be a Nashville launch party without live toe-tapping music!


And cupcakes…

order up nashville party

And friends… (Photo courtesy of Angela with Spinach Tiger)

Here’s the deal. I went to the party, got the scoop on Order Up Nashville from their CEO Chris Jeffery AND I have a little virtual party swag for you. I came home with my swanky red sunglasses as seen above. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for OrderUp here in Nashville for free and use code BlondeMom to automatically get a $10 credit! Because they just launched, they’re offering some pretty sweet deals (like a cheese pizza from Obie’s for $3.99.) Plus, if you use my code, you’ll be automatically entered to win another $30 credit. The code ends March 31, so don’t miss out! Sign up now!

OrderUp Nashville

Note that most of the available restaurants at this time are in the downtown Nashville and Vandy area but new restaurants will be added continually.

Fashion Friday: Get Lucky Next Week With Green For St. Patrick’s Day

Green is one of my favorite colors. I think a pretty vibrant green shade also looks incredibly flattering on all sorts of skin tones and with different hair colors.

Lucky for me (get it…ha) and you next week is the time to go green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out these green finds that will help you get your Blarney Stone on!

thredupI adore this simple, classic dress on ThredUp (one of my favorite online consignment stores. I have a very similar green shade dress from Forever 21 and it’s so versatile! It’s perfect for spring, summer or fall. Wear it with wedges in the spring or boots and change up your jewelry. This dress would look great with a statement necklace like the one below from Chelsea Row (see what I did there…I made a rhyme! Next stop fashion lymerics!) Oh and be sure to click through my link and you’ll get a $10 credit to shop at ThredUp!

tassel necklace

Here’s another similar basic clean-line piece in green that can be dressed up or down via Modcloth and it’s only $35. My blog friend Donna Roland from Faithfully Fashionable gave me a tip when I was in Sevierville and that is 3/4 sleeves are flattering on everyone and make you look thinner. Can I get a click of the heels on that? Whoop!

modcloth tunic

I also love this striped preppy look dress from Joules out of Great Britian (they offer free shipping on orders totaling $49 or more AND pay customs fees.) Joules dress

On the preppy trail, how fun are these bright patent driving moccasins from Cole Haan?

cole haan

Maybe you’re more of a subtle green girl. You don’t want to get pinched on St. Pat’s but you don’t want to go full-on leprauchaun. Try some pretty green accessories like this statement necklace from Wild Lilies for just $30:


I also love these Elise Earrings from Chelsea Row for just $24:


This pretty vegan wristlet from Humble Chic is just $28. I’ve noticed a trend toward sleeker handbags and clutches lately, although I apparently have not gotten the message since my personal bag weighs about 25 pounds. Hmmmm.


Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? Do you have anything else fun planned? Let’s hear about it!

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by some fashionable bloggers like Jo-Lynne Shane.



Connecting Via Conferencing: The Big List of Blogging Conferences to Attend in 2015

big list of blogging conferences

Happy Monday! And why yes that is an oxymoron. I am excited about Daylight Savings Time, however, even though it meant it was a wee bit difficult to get up today.

It’s been a while since I attended a blog conference but whether you are a blogging newbie or ninja, conferences are an excellent way to network with other bloggers (and in some instances, brands), educate yourself on new skills, and get empowered. The cost of tickets (and travel, lodging, etc.) are tax deductible so save all those receipts!

I’m bummed that I missed the first BAM Conference (Bloggers at Midlife) held this month at Opryland Hotel. I realized I need to put conference attending back on my radar.


Here is a list I’ve compiled of 2015 blogging conferences and events to help you plan out your year. And please feel free to leave a comment if you are aware of any additional conferences not listed below or if you’re planning to attend any of these conferences. While this list trends heavy toward women and mom bloggers, there are several such as WordCamp that will appeal to all bloggers, no matter your gender!

Tip: If you can’t attend a conference, follow along with the Tweets and other social media messaging via the official conference hashtag. Although not as beneficial as being an attendee, it’s still a great way to pick up some tips or discover new social media influencers.

We All Grow (Latina bloggers) February in LA (2016 location TBD)

Women’s Travel Fest February in San Francisco (this is a new conference and looks fantastic! 2016 location and dates TBA)

Bloggers at Midlife March in Nashville (2016 location TBD)

Simply Stylist – Multiple; Next is schedule for LA, March 28, 2015; Chicago, July 18, 2015; New York (TBA)

Texas Style Council- March 20-22

Craftcation  – March 26-29 in Ventura, CA

Go Blog Social Conference – April 3-4 in Kansas City, MO

SNAP! Conference – April 23-25 in Salt Lake City, UT

Mom 2.0 Summit Conference – April 29-May 1  in Scottsdale, AZ

Mom 2.0 Summit – April 29 – May 1 in Scottsdale, AZ

Camp Blogaway – May 1-3 in Angelus Oaks (Southern California)

International Biscuit Festival Southern Food Writing Conference May 14-16 in KNoxville

Internet Week New York – May 18-24 in NYC

Bloggy Boot Camp – May 30 in  Temecula, CA

Altitude Summit- June 9-12 in Salt Lake City

FitBloggin – June 25-28 in Denver

Eat Write Retreat June 26-28 Chicago

BlogHer – July 16-18 in NYC

Food and Wine Conference July 17-19 in Orlando

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference – September 18-20 in Seattle

International Food Bloggers Conference  – August 13-16 in Corte Madeira, CA (outside of San Francisco)

The Hello Sessions – October 9 in Portland, OR

BlogHer Food – November 6-7 in Chicago

WordCamp - March 14-15 in St. Louis; March 20-21 in Dayton; March 27-29 in Atlanta; March 28-29 WordCamp: Experienced Edition in Seattle; March 28-29 in San Diego; April 25-26 in Minneapolis; May 8-9 in North Canton; May 15-17 in Maine; May 29-31 in Miami; June 6-7 in Orange County

Camp Blogaway - May 1-3 in Southern California

LA Fashion Digital – May 7 LA

BlogU Conference – June 5-7 in Baltimore, MD

FitBloggin Conference – June 25-28 in Denver, CO

Blogger Bash – July 16-17 in NYC

Haven Conference – July 16-18 in Atlanta, GA

Type-A New York City Bootcamp August 1 in NYC

Blended Conference – September 18-19 Phoenix

Bloggy Moms – September 18-20 in Sandusky, OH

Type-A Parent – October 8-10 Atlanta

Allume – October 15-17 in Greenville, S.C.

Blogalicious - November (TBA)

BlogHer Food Conference – November 6-7 in Chicago

Blog Elevated – Date and location TBD but scheduled for fall 2015

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