November 20, 2013 by Katie
I received an email from a reader… a really long time ago requesting some tips for new bloggers. Dropped the ball on that one, but better late than never, right? I decided to split this up into at least two different parts – one being more about your writing, networking and handling the blog world, and the second having more practical tips about things like self-hosting, plug-ins, social media and more.
tips for new bloggers
1. Don’t be afraid to change: I’ve been writing Peace Love & Oats for over two years now and over that time my blog has evolved tremendously, from my writing style, to the topics I cover and my attitude about many different things. It’s only expected since I’ve changed as a person over the past two years.
Every time I made a more obvious change, such as writing fewer What I Ate Wednesday posts, or cutting down to 4-5 posts per week, I’ve felt nervous about losing readers and having numbers drop. But I have to remind myself…
November 19, 2013 by Katie
I’m baaaaaaaaack! I had a GREAT time in Denver and I have to say, I was not happy to arrive back in my apartment! As much as I love living in Chicago, there’s nothing like spending 24/7 with your best friend.
We didn’t do anything too exciting in Denver, I’ve been there quite a few times and just went to hang out with her, not be a tourist. We did, however, have quite a few drinks and spent an obscene amount of time doing our hair… perfect girls weekend.
I arrived on Friday around noon and we had lunch, hit up Target, got some froyo and then went to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make dinner for our movie night. On Saturday it was off to the Denver Art Museum where I got to see an exhibit called Passport to Paris, featuring a lot of French artists throughout history…
November 14, 2013 by Katie
Goooood morning! I hope you’re all having a good week so far! Mine is going alright, although back into one of those not so great moods. Hoping a weekend away is just what I need! I may or may not have spent the majority of my day yesterday reading for fun… But hey, I also cleaned my apartment, so productive? Right? Oh well. Back at it today I guess! And, back to another round of thursday thoughts!
1. The Chiefs play the Broncos this weekend, which is a pretty big deal. It’s the first game that I’m legitimately concerned about (although we’re TOTALLY going to win, because we’re going to the SUPERBOW!). Anyway, a good friend of mine is a big Broncos fan (traitor) and we’ve not only put a friendly wager on the game but are “trash” talking one another. Good thing he knows this is as intense as my trash talking gets…
November 13, 2013 by Katie
Good morning and happy Wednesday! For this week’s WIAW post, I chose my food from Monday, a typical day of job searching!
If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about, and to see the other participating bloggers!
Peas and Crayons
I started out my day by headed to the gym bright and early for a 3 mile run and a 12 minute HIIT workout from Purely Twins. When I got home I showered, got dressed and made some breakfast. For breakfast I made a bowl of Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal, however I nixed the chia seeds and added 1 T psyllium husk (I’m going to add less from now on… super weird texture), 1 tsp maca powder and 1 tsp spirulina, which is what gives this the bizzare green color. Topped with almond butter!
November 12, 2013 by Katie
Although most people refer to the machine as “the dreadmill,” I’m actually one of those rare people who enjoys running on the treadmill. Call me crazy, but I like the comfort and consistency of it. Maybe I’m a just a girl who doesn’t like the unknown, or I just like having my water bottle at hand and a bathroom nearby. Either way, I’m going to try to convince you that treadmill running isn’t as awful as you think!
First, there are several benefits to treadmill running over running out doors. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to argue that there aren’t pros to running outside, but today’s post is all about the benefits of running on a treadmill.
First and foremost: Safety. I’m a 20-something girl living in a big city and when I have to run in the morning or at night my only option outside is total darkness. I’m personally not comfortable hitting the lakefront path at 6am, alone and an easy target for anything from cars to people. The treadmill on the other hand…
November 11, 2013 by Katie
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, I had a pretty low-key one, but here’s my recap:
Friday afternoon I took Miss Molly on a walk, which is always a highlight of my week. Great photo of her excitement in the elevator (okay, actually about to lick her nose…).
She had some serious energy and really enjoyed running around in the park. We played chase Katie and normally she looses interest but on Friday she was all for running!
November 8, 2013 by Katie
Haha that title caught your interest, right? Well I have two reviews for you today: one for a book and one for a bra. Let’s start with the bra!
I was contacted by a representative from Leonisa, which is an undergarment company that I was unfamiliar with. After looking through their site, I decided to try out their Slimming Strapless Push Up Bra, since I was in need of a new strapless bra. The reason I chose this one was because of the thick band on the sides and back of the bra.
My number one pet peeve with strapless bras is that I always seem to be pulling them up throughout the day, readjusting it and keeping it from slipping down. What I loved about this bra is that I never messed with it! The wider band seemed to really…
November 7, 2013 by Katie
Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week! Mine is going alright so far, just a couple busy days yesterday and today getting me up early and home late! Haha which I guess is weird for the unemployed but pretty normal for most of you! Anyway, let’s get on to this week’s Thursday Thoughts!
1. It’s been so rainy lately that I haven’t felt like I’ve really been able to appreciate Fall. We got a short reprieve from the weather on Monday and I ended up walking a ways. It was a great reminder to just look up (away from my phone…) and enjoy the views!
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November 6, 2013 by Katie
I haven’t done a One Word Wednesday in a few weeks, so I thought this week would be a great time for it!
So what is One Word Wednesday? In Lindsay’s words:
The only rule of “One Word Wednesday” is that you must label your pictures with one word. And it MUST be the first word that comes to mind (and yes, you can put two words together, hashtag-style if need be). If you can’t play by those rules, you probably should just sit this one out. Yeah. That’d probably be best.
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November 5, 2013 by Katie
So this has been a long time coming, but I wanted to wait to show you all my apartment until after my parents had come and dropped off a few items. It’s definitely not done: I still need some throw pillows for the couch and to frame a few of my drawings to hang on the larger wall. However, I thought it was about time!
I moved after the Bar Exam because I really felt like I needed a change. I’m used to moving to a whole new part of the country when I finish school (from Kansas City to Charleston, then from Charleston to Chicago) so I think it’s a natural instinct. Since I wasn’t ready to move cities, I decided to move apartments and I’m so glad that I did. I think mentally I needed to leave the place that I associated with law school and the bar exam…