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Hi Friends! I’m SO excited about this blog post today because I am sharing a new baby that is near and dear to my heart. If you follow me on my Instagram, you would already know about this. However, for those of you who do not, first, go follow me. :) Second, allow me to introduce to you, my new special baby… D.A.T.E.!

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So what is D.A.T.E.?
The acronym stands for “Desiring a Thrilling Experience” and it is designed to be a place for couples - married or not - to come together and discover new travel destinations & exciting things! With D.A.T.E., you will travel to exciting places with your significant other, plus have the opportunity to network and fellowship with like-minded people who just want to have a great time together. We want couples who are young and old, newly dating and married for many years. I truly believe that we can learn something from couple's from all different walks of life, so it is my hope that we can experience these exciting places and meet people who will be in our lives forever.

Why should you D.A.T.E.?
My husband and I love to travel. We love traveling with other couples and also meeting new couples on our different travels. We have found that you learn so much about each other and your relationship is strengthened because a lot of the time, these experiences are firsts for the both of you. Even if you've been to the destination prior to visiting with your significant other, it's still a first because you're experiencing it together for the first time.

Being on vacation puts people in a relaxed state and you’re able to learn about their story as well as tell them a little bit about yours while you're doing something you enjoy. There’s so much to learn from couples who are younger or older, just starting out as a couple or seasoned. No matter who you are or what you look like, the one thing we all have in common from the start is that we D.A.T.E., and that’s all we need to make that initial connection.

Other major reasons for D.A.T.E.ing with your significant other:

  • Networking
  • New Friends
  • Escape from daily routine
  • New Tradition
  • Gain knowledge

We are SO excited that our first D.A.T.E. will be to Paris, France in April of 2020!

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What better way to kick this off than in the city of LOVE?! I'm so excited and I want you guys to join us! :) You can reserve your spot for you and your significant other here

Here's a quick Q&A for you guys!

Q. Is there a limit on the couples for this trip?
A. Yes! For this trip, there will be very limited spots so I would book ASAP if you're interested! Once it sells out, that's it for this one! :)

Q. What other trips do you have planned?
A. For now, we are focused on Paris, but there will be more trips, don't you worry! Once this one sells out, we will be ready to release more. Stay tuned!

Q. Is there a deadline to submit the deposit?
A. As of now, there is no deadline, but like I previously stated the spots are limited, so once it sells out it won't be any more spots available.

Q. Will we spend the entire trip as a group?
A. Nope! Not if you don't want to. There's two excursions included in the package price and those are the two that we will do together. Other than that, feel free to plan time with your significant other or stay tuned for the itinerary I put together and you're free to partake. It's totally up to your discretion!

Q. Will we be able to choose our own flights?
A. Yes, I believe the flight times will be up to your discretion. The dates for the trip are April 3-10, but as far as the flight itself, there will be choices.

If you have any more questions for me, feel free to leave a comment for reach out through email!

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Thank you so much for reading guys! xo

It's my BIRTHDAY WEEK!

I cannot contain my excitement. I always turn into a little kid when any holiday comes around and let's be honest, my birthday is the best holiday of all! HAHA! :)

My birthday is on Sunday, so this week I have literally been all smiles in anticipation. I've always been the type of person that never waits until the actual day to celebrate. I usually need a week if not the entire month to celebrate my special day. I thought as I got older, my love for my birthday would start to fade a little and I would not be so pressed to celebrate. So far, I have been extremely wrong! I love my birthday and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Anyway, this post is for those of you who are like me and enjoy birthday celebrations longer than just a day. I'm here to share 5 Things to Do During Birthday Week so that your birthday festivities can carry on and on! :)

5 Things to Do During Your Birthday Week

1. Cash in on ALL Your Birthday Rewards
When you belong to Rewards program's at different retailers and restaurants, most of them will e-mail you or mail you a birthday coupon or two. Some of them even offer you FREE things (hello Buffalo Wild Wings and Sephora!). Be sure to check the expiration dates of your rewards and take advantage of them while you can.
2. Pamper Yourself
Go get a massage! Go get a mani/pedi! Whatever pampering yourself looks like to you, your birthday week is the perfect opportunity to do it. You can even take a nice bubble bath with some lit candles. Self-care should be a year round thing, but your birthday is a great time to indulge.
3. Indulge on ALL the Sweets
Eat the cake! :) Or whatever your favorite dessert is. If you want to eat some type of dessert every day during your birthday week, go right ahead. No one is judging you! Enjoy because after all, YOLO. 
4. Go Shopping for a Birthday Outfit
Shopping always makes me happy and wearing something new on my birthday is something I always love to do. Will you be celebrating your birthday by going to dinner or some other type of outing? Perfect. Buy an outfit for that occasion. If not, a new pair of jeans never hurt anyone, right?!
5. Have Dinner at Your Favorite Restaurant
Your birthday week is the BEST excuse to have dinner at your favorite place. It's nice sometimes to try a new restaurant maybe ON your birthday, but if time allows, why not visit your favorite restaurant during your birthday week? Yep, you should!


Do you celebrate your birthday on just one day? Or do you celebrate for a whole week? :)

Thanks so much for reading! xo



I am so excited to be sharing my favorite room of our house with you guys today, my cloffice!

In case you're unsure of what a cloffice is, it's basically a closet + an office combined. I am not sure where the name actually came from, but I thought I made it up until I started seeing other people use it! Nevertheless, it is my favorite place in the house and it is the perfect little space for me.

Before we jump into the pictures of this gorgeous space, let me give you guys a little backstory. First of all, I told my husband I wanted to turn this room in our house into a cloffice before we even went under contract, haha. Surprisingly, he was immediately on board! We had a couple of other things we prioritized in the house before this room, but last July (I can't believe I've had my little space almost a year!), we took the plunge! My husband, my Mom and I rode down to Memphis one random Saturday, bought all the things I needed for my cloffice, and drove back home. Then, we spent the next day putting all of the furniture together. It was SO MUCH FUN watching it come together.

You see, I planned this room out on an interior design website. I knew exactly what I needed/wanted before we went to the store because I already had photos of what it was going to look like. I'll show y'all a quick comparison below. The top photo was what I made on the computer and the bottom is my actual cloffice! So cool right?!
So watching this room come to life was extra special to me! Plus, it was a lot of fun bonding with my hubby and mom while putting all the furniture together. Anyway, I can be long-winded and this post is all about the cloffice, so it's about time I show you guys the photos! :) Enjoy!



TADAH! :) I am so in love with this room. My favorite part of my cloffice is my candy station and my wine fridge in the corner. I guess it is the perfect 'woman cave'! Most of my furniture came from IKEA and At Home Stores, and but I linked some similar things above!

Thanks so much for reading! xo

In a little under two weeks, I will be celebrating four years that I have had this beautiful blogger space, better known as Through Jam's Eyes! It is SO hard to believe that four years ago, this blog was just an idea and now it is a fully functioning site. I'm no where near where I want to be and I have so many ideas for where I want this page to evolve to, but I have accomplished so much and that is for sure something to be proud of.

When I started Through Jam's Eyes, I honestly had NO IDEA what I was doing. I sat down in front of my computer and started Googling everything like crazy! I had no one I could go to and ask for advice, no one I could bounce ideas off of. It was just me, my computer, and google! As time went on I learned more things and as I established myself as a Nashville blogger, I was able to meet so many amazing people in this space and I have learned a lot from them as well. If blogging hasn't done anything else for me, it has introduced me to a network of super creative and motivated individuals that I will forever hold near and dear to my heart!


So today I will be sharing '10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging' in hopes that it will help someone starting out on this blogging journey step right on over some of the mistakes I ended up making. Even if you aren't just starting out, maybe I will share something today that you haven't thought about and it will still help you in some way! I am forever learning new things, so this list could probably be updated weekly or monthly, haha!

So here we go!

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging
1. The Faster You Get Serious, The Better
No one is going to take you seriously if you don't take yourself serious. When I started, I really just wanted to see if I could do it and once I proved to myself that I could, I got way too comfortable where I was instead of pushing myself to do more and being serious about making my blogger space into a business. I'd say I really didn't get super serious until the end of last year and I regret it!
 
2. Everyone Isn't Going to Understand
Don't be offended if your family and friends don't understand you and what you're trying to accomplish. It used to REALLY bother me that I didn't have a lot of family/friend support, but I had to come to the realization that to them, it can really just seem like I'm posting pictures and writing in a virtual diary. That's why meeting and networking with bloggers/creatives in your area is SO important. You will be each other's biggest supporters!
 
3. Stay Consistent... Seriously!
Consistency is KEY y'all. I cannot stress that enough. People have short attention spans (I am people. People is me.), so you really have to grab people and keep them! If you take a hiatus, you have to understand that some people might not stick around. Planning ahead and brainstorming with your blogger girl tribe will REALLY help you beat the rut that can come from creative blocks. Anytime I have had creativity blocks, that's why my consistency lacked.. so I'm trying my best to stay on it!
 
4. Make Sure You're Passionate About Your Niche
When you choose your niche for your blogger space, make sure it is not trendy or something you kind of like. When I started Through Jam's Eyes, it was a "style blog", and while I do LOVE expressing myself through my personal style, that is not something I am passionate about. I am more-so passionate about traveling, helping others, and more of a lifestyle feel so that is what my blog has evolved into and I am having a much better time with it!
 
5. You Will Need to Invest a Few COINS to Be Successful
You have to spend a little money to make a little money. You can't really take a shortcut with this one guys. You will need to spend money on advertising, photo-shoots, blog domains, etc. More and more expenses will come up depending on the stage you're in with your blog. Just be prepared to spend and make sure you budget and make it make sense for you and your lifestyle.

 
6. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest
This is something I am STILL learning about y'all! (Any pointers will be GREATLY appreciated). But seriously you need Pinterest in your life! You should pin your posts, your pictures, and everything else multiple times on multiple boards in order to get more traffic to your page. Again, I am still trying to figure this one out, but I know it is important!
 
7. Pay Attention to Your Photo Sizes
Woooh y'all.. so this one is kind of embarrassing for me, haha! So it took me forever to figure out the right size my photos should be on my page in order to look good! I mean, just look at how terrible this post looks! The photos are not the same size, and they are grainy, and just a mess! It is from my first year, so like I said I really had NO IDEA what I was doing, but you guys just make sure you get your photos to the right size and best quality.
 
8. When You Can, Ask for Help
When you have someone you can go to and ask for help or advice, DO IT. Don't be afraid. Some people will be more receptive than others (I've had some bad experiences where people have been kind of rude), but you'd be surprised that a lot of people are actually very happy to help! I know I'm always ready and willing to help anyone who asks me because I like to see other's succeed! Just try it, the worst that can happen is someone ignore you or not be helpful. Then you can just shake it off. :)
 
9. Realize That Blogging Can Be a Full-Time Job
So blogging is a job! I don't care what anyone says, it is legit a job and you have to set aside time to produce good quality content. Sometimes your nights will be long and you may have to say no to plans on the weekends if you need to plan good quality content. Not understanding this can be another reason consistency lacks because you end up feeling overwhelmed like you don't have time. Make the time!
 
10. FIGHT the Comparison Game Like the Plague! 
This may be the most important one of all. DO NOT compare yourself to other bloggers, creatives, and social media influencers. If you do, you'll want to quit every other week. Your journey is not the same as anyone else. What is for you is for you.. period. Focus on yourself and your own growth, no matter how fast or slow it is, produce good quality content, and success will come to you in the way it is supposed to be for you. If you have to unfollow people to not compare yourself to them, then do it.
 
 
If you're a blogger, what is something you wish you had known before starting your blogging journey?

 

Thank you so much for reading! xo

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