Top Blogger and The Virginia Bloggers Club


Top Blogger 
What is a blogger and how do you become the biggest baddest blogger of them all? My partner Carin Kilby Clark of Memoirs of a Clueless Woman and I are exploring every detail of what it take to become a Top Blogger. No longer do you have to wander "the Google" searching for the answers you seek. Follow along during our YouTube and Podcast series to see if you have what it takes to climb the mountain to influential stardom.

Why are we starting the Top Blogger series? To help young aspiring bloggers and to bring attention to the NEW Virginia Bloggers Club. Carin and I want to help connect local and national brands with the perfect dedicated blogger for their campaign. Also, we want to bring awareness to blogger equality. Some small businesses will attempt to pay bloggers with paperclips and sticks of bubble gum. That is not okay. Likewise, bloggers must insist on being compensated(as any trained professional should be) for their time and efforts.

The Virginia Bloggers Club is helping to connect businesses that know the value that bloggers bring to their businesses, products, and services. Bloggers have an established audience of online friends that trust their opinions and feedback. Most bloggers(even when paid) speak honestly without a filter when reviewing a product and/or service. They cherish the bond they have with their audience. The Virginia Bloggers Club is getting quality and motivated DMV bloggers the financial compensation they deserve and small businesses are getting high-end promotions as a result.

Stay Tuned as Top Blogger picks up speed for tips and tricks of the trade. Also, please leave us questions and feedback. We will be doing special Q&A sessions with your questions and feedback. Thank you for joining us and good luck on your blog endeavors! Cheers to the influencers of the world!

Shabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaint


Shabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaint
My question above is merely a philosophical search for the best chalk paint. An on-going quest if you will. I discovered Shabby Paints last week after a trip to Weathered Elegance where my friend and stockist Scottie started telling me about this zero-VOC arcylic based chalk paint. No buffing and No waxing? Intrigued, I purchased a Shabby Paints shimmer paint in Sapphire Sea to use in my son's bedroom. I though it would be a nice contrast to the matte Van Gogh brick red color of Bole. I am going to tell you in detail my experience with Shabby Paints shimmer paint from start to finish and maybe you will want to experience this acrylic-chalk paint journey that is Shabby Paints!

Shabby Paints shimmer paint. Let it be known that I have never worked with metallic paints before last week. Shabby shimmer paints are very thick and super fun. You will want a separate container to glob out and stir in a little water for a workable paint. The shimmer paints or metallic paints should be applied thinly for the best results. I did start to get carried away and caked it on at one point. Heavily applied metallic paint does not adhere very easily and is easy stripped off with subsequent brush strokes.
Shabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaint
What I love about Shabby Paints. They are Made in the USA, Non-Toxic, 100% Vegan Friendly, and Zero-VOC. VOC's are essentially chemical compounds that are released into the air over time. Some of which are dangerous to humans. Shabby Paints have ZERO of these potentially harmful VOC's. Also, once applied Shabby Paints are tough.

Shabby Paints <3 continued...You can also apply a VAX to achieve a matte like finish, which is the reverse of Annie Sloan chalk paint. Annie Sloan applies matte and then you use a clear wax and buff to achieve a sheen finished look. Shabby Paints dry with a glossy sheen due to their acrylic base. I did not use the VAX last week. We will save that for another day.

 A duel-chalk paint discovery. I applied a thin coat of Shabby Paints Sapphire Sea on top of my Annie Sloan chalk painted table in Coco. That table is a favorite play table for the boys and after they got it all dirty I washed it. The Sapphire Sea started peeling right off. Perhaps a bit of VAX would keep that from happening in the future. I will keep you posted. However, the end result is shabby chic adorable!
Shabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaint
Shabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaintShabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaint
Shabby Paints better than Annie Sloan? #chalkpaint
Shimmery Blue Bedroom. My son loves the Sapphire Sea color of the trim, fire place, and his bed! Shabby Paints stays put and have a finished look even with the use of VAX. VAX is a varnish and acrylic resin combination. Again, I have not used VAX....yet. The trim was difficult to paint in bright shimmery blue, but after a few touch ups it will be perfection. This bright shimmery color is perfectly suited to a vibrant young boy. The paint stretched very far. One 16 oz. jar painted nearly the entire room. Great coverage Shabby Paints!

You should consider Shabby Paints for your next home improvement painting project! Eco-friendly paints with an exceptional user experience. I am impressed and will be exploring their line more extensively in the coming months. If you are looking for additional information Scottie generously supplied more with a Shabby Paints Shimmer Paints Guide. Until next time chalk paint lovers. Be bold and create something! XO.

Herban Lifestyle Trunk Show #SmallBizSaturday


Herban Lifestyle Soap Giftset   
*I was monetarily compensated for this post. All words and thoughts are mine.

The sudden arctic weather shift is making me antsy for Christmas AND getting all my Christmas shopping done. Lucky for all of us, Herban Lifestyle is hosting a trunk show on Saturday, November 29th to help us get a head start on preparing for Christmas while supporting local businesses at the same time. A win-win. 

Small businesses DO make a difference. Shop local. Shop small. Spend a day to shop with small business owners that make a difference in their community and local economy. You are sure to find beautiful, handcrafted, artisan, and 100% local items for every special person on your gift list this holiday season!   In addition to Herban Lifestyle products, there will be blown glass objects d'art by Beth Hess of WunderAround and a variety of Etsy artisan products by: EHL Creations, Healing Touch Pottery, Herban Luxe, Karmalades, Naked Botanicals, Pine Branch Designs, Sarah Winter Clothwork, Sprout Bottle, Vita Pulita.
Did I mention the Herban Lifestyle Trunk Show is FREE?! Be sure to view the event details below and RSVP...It's FREE!!:) 
Who: Herban Lifestyle Trunk Show  
When: Saturday November 29th from 11-4  
What: Start the holidays off right with free Herban Lifestyle product samples, delicious food, exquisite glass art, a build-your-own terrarium demo, giveaways, vegan soap, natural bath and body gifts and much more!  Plus, receive 10% off your purchase in celebration of Small Business Saturday!  
Where: Herban Lifestyle Shop located @ 2931-C Eskridge Road, Merrifield, VA 22031—adjacent to the Mosaic District See you there. Heather Paulding Founder of The Virginia Blogger's Club

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