Hello Fall

It's officially the first day of fall but here in West Virginia it started looking like fall a few weeks ago. I was sitting in my office when I glanced out the window and saw the leaves on one of the maple trees had turned red. It's so beautiful here during this season as everything changes. In fact, West Virginia is known as one of the most scenic states in the US so I'm fortunate to be here.  I'm making plans to hit up a few fall festivals this year because I want to take advantage of outdoor time before winter arrives. It's our first … [Read more...]

How I Care For My Dry Skin with Aveeno®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TimeWithAveeno #CollectiveBias When we still lived down south I never had any skincare worries. I mean, never, and I have put my skin through a lot of trauma over the last few years. I moved from a beachside town in Florida to a northern Alabama town in the Tennessee Valley. Then, we turned around and moved back to the beach only to leave for Atlanta, GA a couple of years later. Today we are settled into the mountains of West Virginia. … [Read more...]

Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison (Book Review)

Until reading Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison I, admittedly, only knew of Beatrix Potter as the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. As it turns out, she wrote and published over 30 tales and books. I'd heard of some of them but have never actually read them. Or, if I have read them it was so long ago I can't remember when. Despite not knowing much about Beatrix Potter, I do love a good biography and the cover of this one caught my eye a few months back as I was browsing Edelweiss. I even put it on my summer reading list roundup. … [Read more...]

Essential WordPress Plugins for the Genesis Framework

This post includes affiliate links which help support Far Beyond Love. I have mad love for the Genesis Framework. In fact, I only recommend Wordpress themes that are built using it. I've made the mistake of using Wordpress themes that were not built using Genesis and let me tell you, that's a huge mistake that you don't want to make. My load time was slower, I ran into a lot of compatibility issues, and I found myself having to go in and edit the actual theme or design code if I wanted to make simple changes. In the early days, before I had … [Read more...]

5 Laundromat Hacks That Make The Trip a Little Less Awful

Nothing screams, "You're an adult" more than finding yourself celebrating the arrival of a new washer and dryer. The apartment we rented in Atlanta included a washer and dryer but moving to Charleston meant that we needed to shell out for machines of our own. We ordered them three days before we moved with an expected arrival date two days after we arrived in West Virginia. Sadly, nothing ever goes as planned.  For one reason after another, the new appliances kept being delayed and we found ourselves having to make trip to the local … [Read more...]

Hilltop Doc by Leonard Adreon (Book Review)

My grandfather, Virgil, fought in the Korean War and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't ask him more about it while he was here to tell his stories. Granted, he was never one to talk about his time in the war but I wish I'd have asked questions and encouraged stories. I feel like a huge part of our family history is missing because I never encouraged him to talk about his time overseas. When I visited Washington D.C. a few years ago it felt like all of the tourists were mesmerized by the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the WWI and WWII … [Read more...]

How to Use Quizzes to Boost Reader Engagement (Interact Tutorial Video)

This post includes affiliate links which help support Far Beyond Love. If you noticed, at the bottom of this post I included a short, fun quiz to help determine what kind of vegetable you are. It received great engagement and generated comments on Facebook as readers responded to my prompt to share their results. A few people reached out asking me where I was able to create the quiz so I thought I'd take time today to share my secret weapon - Interact. I joined Interact a few weeks ago so I could begin building interactive quizzes to … [Read more...]

The Official H&P 2017 Summer Bucket List

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. We are knee-deep into summer and loving it! This is the first summer we've spent outside of the deep south and, as odd as that it is to say, it's very different. Just the other night Brandon and I were talking about how cool the evenings are here. It's weird being able to step outside during the summer and not be overwhelmed by temperatures in the high 90's. We're trying to embrace these summer days and not let a single moment pass us by. The seasons seem to fly by so … [Read more...]