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Bali with Hacker Paradise

As you may have seen on one of my social media accounts, I am currently living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia through a co-working program called Hacker Paradise.

I will be posting pictures of my month-long adventure here…I invite you to follow along!

View from my room - Bali

I look forward to sharing my experience with you. ☆★★

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branding identity psd mock-ups

One of my current freelance projects involves developing the brand identity for a client. Whenever I pitch a new identity, there is a round of PSD mockups I use to display my direction and ideas, and I wanted to share them with you today. And the best news is…they are all free. That’s right…$FREE.99! Here you go…


Stationary Items


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file downloads with custom botton

On all of my free download posts, you will notice a little “download” graphic underneath with a hand-drawn arrow. It looks like this:

Download Button

I am going to show you how to add this to your WordPress site, using your own custom image in the download button!


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how to setup a wordpress blog

I use WordPress to run this blog, building off of the Responsive theme and customizing it down to the very last pixel, all myself. Its so much fun – and I’d love to share more of how I did it with you. Here are the steps:  (more…)

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something new

I go back-and-forth with myself about which of my many interests I should focus on and feature through this site. Up to this point, I have placed an emphasis on design, fashion and my life in Charlotte. What you may or may or not know, is that I am an absolute geek and am also very interested in technology, web/blog development and self-improvement. I am going to take a shot at featuring more about these interests on August Every Month. I feel as if these topics are more useful and would prove to be more interesting and beneficial to my target readers..I hope you like this new direction!

AEM leaf

Posted in AEM, tech, wordpress

which browser should i use?

There are many web browsers out there..many of which are outdated yet so many people still use them because they don’t understand how much better the browsing experience could be if they just updated or switched!  The four main browsers are Internet Explorer (the default for PCs), Safari (the default for Macs), Firefox and Chrome. I could get into the details of the pros and cons of each browser, but I am going to skip that because I feel so strongly about one of them…


In my opinion, Chrome outperforms its competitors in all arenas – interface design, speed and functionality. While the other three are improving quickly, Chrome continues to outweigh overall. I will say that I have not used Internet Explorer in quite some time, and that Firefox does offer some features that Chrome does not, but as I mentioned, overall Chrome is better for my daily browsing activities. Here are some of the reasons I love Chrome:  (more…)

Posted in AEM, tech

free download | desktop background || 2

I came across this quote by Walt Whitman the other week and it became an immediate favorite. And of course I had to turn it into a desktop background…

AEM We Were Together

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Tonight, I am hosting my first guests through Airbnb. If you’ve never heard of it…..

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.

I travel for either work or play most weekends and often during the week, so I wanted to rent my place out for a little extra income while I am away. It has forced me to finish decorating the place (it has been 6 months since I moved in, after all!) and keep the place clean so that not much work has to go into preparing and cleaning the apartment for guests every weekend. The only thing I am concerned about is people stealing my personal belongings…it is definitely a practice in trust!

Living Room


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cheers to 25 years

On Thursday (Sept 26), my main squeeze turned a quarter of a century years old.

Cheers to 25 Years

I had Happy Sign Surprise (based in the Queen City) come out and put up the small signs you see pictured above…David loved it! It was a great cost-effective way to do something special. Thanks Happy Sign Surprise…and happy birthday David!

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may days of summer

How crazy is it that August is already here? Shops have started putting out their Fall clothes and back-to-school sale ads are everywhere. In college, the start of August meant that it was time to move back into the dorm, reunite with friends and start classes. Now that I am in the working world, I feel like everything is happening around me and since I don’t go to school or have kids, life is just proceeding on as normal. I do miss buying back-to-school supplies and the excitement of new classes and new school year, but I am enjoying sitting on the sidelines and watching from a distance just enough.

Just because I mentioned that the transition from July ↠ August hasn’t meant much to me, doesn’t mean I haven’t had a lot going on this summer. Quite the opposite actually…

The first couple weekends in May were spent at graduations and weddings. It is wedding season, after all!

First up, we went to Caroline and PJ’s wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I became great friends with Caroline playing with her on the USC Club Tennis team. We have so many college memories together, and I was so glad that David and I were there with her while she made one of her most important ones. Congratulations to Caroline and PJ!

The Zitos

Zito Wedding

Zito Wedding

David caught the garter and had no idea what it was.

Zito Wedding

Zito Wedding

Next was Jacob’s Graduation from high school. He has grown into quite the young man and I was so glad I was able to be there to support him on his big day.

Jacob Graduation

Jacob Graduation

Shortly after – actually the same exact night of Jacob’s graduation – I got to celebrate the wedding of my oldest friend Lindsey Wilder Mazzola! Unfortunately I had to miss the ceremony because I was at the graduation, but I still got to partake in the wedding festivities at our neighborhood country club.

Me and Lindsey

This picture is of Lindsey and me at Medieval Times on a 4th grade field trip. My oh my have things changed since then!

This picture is of Lindsey, me and my other oldest (and best!) friend Niki. It was so good to celebrate together!

During all of the hustle and bustle of weddings and graduations, David got a new job in the city and moved into a great house with his friends Brock and Ian. His backyard is fantastic. They even have a bamboo “jungle” in the very back to separate their yard from the neighbors. He loves his new job — I am so proud of him!

David Backyard

Shopping for Work Clothes

Looking forward to seeing how well he does at this new company.

Thats it for May!


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