My Top 18 for 2018

2018 IS HERE!!!

I’m excited about the new year. I wanted to put together a list of my top 18 things for 2018 in hopes that maybe these things would also improve your year! Enjoy!

The Magnolia Journal! I’ve never seen a more beautiful magazine ever. It’s so inspiring, the little stories always bring tears to my eyes, and the recipes look divine.

Girl Defined Ministries. Sooo convicted and encouraged by both their videos and written posts.

NingXia Red, I love you. THE tastiest supplement ever, its jam packed with antioxidants and all kinds of amazing nutrients.

Savvy Minerals Makeup. I’ve never been more excited about makeup than I am about this brand. Its gorgeous, healthy, non toxic, and cruelty free. Basically it’s the best makeup I’ve ever had.

Super Cal Plus. I just got this in the mail and I’m so excited to use it! It has vitamin D and magnesium in it, which I’m 98% sure I’m deficient in so I’m excited to see how it’ll shake things up. All I’ve heard about it is how amazing it is!!

Lemon, because I’m using it constantly and I want my life in 2018 to be just as fresh and happy! Joy, because who doesn’t need that? This happy oil keeps my brain where it needs to be, in a state of joy. Frankincense. Frankincense always. This amazing oil has helped boost my immune system, it clears brain fog, and smelling it makes my mood elevate like 127%.

Vanity Fair, a Christmas present from my parents. It’s a big, classic book and I’m so excited to read it!

North by Northwest. We started this movie and never got to finish it! I want to rewatch it this year.

Dunkirk. A movie my dad raves about that I want to see. So. Bad.

My Nikon D3200 camera. It was a gift from my great great uncle and I love taking photos with it!

Thrift stores/flea markets/antique stores. I love finding treasures at places like these.

Golden Pothos. After the disasters that succulents turned out to be, these beautiful, easy plants are encouraging. If you want to shop plants in 2018, steer clear of succulents and most cactus and head towards Lowe’s to get a Golden Pothos.

Dewdrop diffuser. My diffuser is almost always going. I love mixing up different oils and experimenting with scents and benefits. Right now I have Cedarwood, Grapefruit, and Cinnamon Bark diffusing in mine. It smells AMAZING.

RNI Films app. Thank you to Nina for introducing me to this STUNNING PHOTO EDITING APP. It’s my favorite photo editor ever. It makes your photos look vintage and lovely. (I used it for all these photos.)

Lady Grey tea. I love tea, and this flavor in particular. It’s so fresh and light! How I want my year to be!

Reference Guide for Essential Oils app. THIS APP YA’LL. If you have Young Living essential oils this app is so handy. It has all the single oils and the blends listed alphabetically with their modern and historic uses, their properties, how they smell, and AHH I just love it! It also has a guide for dozens of different ailments also listed in alphabetical order and it tells you which oils to use and how to use them. Hands down one of my favorite apps. (Its name is shortened to Ref Guide 4 EO on the App Store.)

And that’s it! My 18 favorite things for 2018!


Winter Wonderland Tag

Another blog tag y’all! I love these. I hope my readers do too. 😂 Thank you Amaris for tagging me!!! Go check out her blog my peeps it’s amazing. ❤️

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to Chronicles in Bloom
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers, or however many you want!

1. Name a few things you love about winter, and a few things you don’t love so much about it. I love how everything slows down a bit! I love the coziness and how it’s more acceptable to snuggle up and spend a day reading or watching movies. I love cold, fresh air and SNOW and as a low-energy introvert I sometimes like how it ruins plans. I also like not having to show my legs for months on end. TMI? I really dislike cold feet and I have them almost constantly in the winter. 😭 I don’t like wearing a coat because BULKY AND CONSTRICTIVE. I also dislike having to find socks all the time. I owe that to laziness though.

2. When you were a child, did you “believe” in Santa Claus? I didn’t. My parents never told us Santa was real. Sometimes we joke around that Santa is coming but never seriously. 😄

3. Is there a book or movie that you really love watching or reading in the Winter as opposed to other times of the year? I like to read Tolkien books and Austen books in the winter. They’re just so cozy!

4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as a tradition? So many. 😂 Elf, The Nativity Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Grinch, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, I could go on.

5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who’s in charge of decorating it at your house? We’ve only gotten one real Christmas tree that I can remember… We normally have a fake one and we decorate it as a family.

6. Does your family usually stay at home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day? We stay home because our family lives far away.

7. What does your family do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight? We always stay up late, sometimes we’ll watch the ball drop and we eat snacks for dinner.

8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf? We do get a little bit normally, but it’s either been cloudless on the really cold days or too warm for snow so far this winter! It snowed up on the mountains but they’re all the way East of here. 😭 I haven’t built a snowman in yearssss and I probably wouldn’t name him Olaf. I’m not exactly a Frozen fan. 😂

9. If it’s snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book? I’d probably rather… stay inside??? I’ll normally choose indoor activities over outdoor. 😂

10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring? Ooooo. Right after Valentines Day. I still always look forward to Valentine’s Day even though I’m single as all get out and I haven’t been to a Valentines party in like 11 years. 😂 But my birthday is March 2nd and I consider myself a Spring baby, plus it’s my favorite season. ❤️

I’m tagging anyone who reads this!!!

Here is the list of questions:

1. Name a few things you love about Winter, and a few things you don’t love so much about it.

2. When you were a child, did you “believe” in Santa Claus?

3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?

4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as tradition?

5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who’s in charge of decorating it at your house?

6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day?

7. What does your family usually do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight?

8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?

9. If it’s snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book?

10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?

Christmas on a Budget


Holidays, Christmas especially, can be expensive. But they don’t have to be! Thanks to Pinterest, the Dollar Store, sales, and creativity you don’t have to drain your bank account.


The Dollar Store

You can get so much here and not spend more than $15! After some quick Pinterest searches we got enough inspiration for how we wanted to decorate using things that only cost one dollar each. We got several tubes of assorted ornaments, lights, plastic snowflakes, a little gold tinsel tree, faux flowers to make a wreath, bells, tinsel strands, and some suction hooks. We hung the ornaments from an arched entryway to our living room with some white thread and it turned out so pretty! We did the same with the snowflakes on the light fixture in our dining room. The lights, tinsel, and everything else got sprinkled here and there around the downstairs

But you can get much more than decorations from the Dollar Store! I was surprised by the giant selection of wrapping paper, and now that all my presents are wrapped I can say it is decent quality. There were several sizes of rolls so be sure to get your money’s worth with a 50 yard roll instead of a 15 yard roll for the same price. They had so many cute designs to choose from, it was a hard choice! They had a good nerdy selection too, for the Star Wars, Disney, or superhero fan. They also have two packs of tape, bags of bows, and all kinds of ribbon

I didn’t do any actual Christmas gift shopping there, but there’s definitely some great things you can use for gifts! Mugs, candy, hair accessories, nail polish, stationary, mittens… Sounds like the perfect start to a girly gift basket to me!


Homemade gifts

Since I’m not good at sewing or knitting/crocheting, I like to make things like cookies, truffles, candied or spiced nuts, peppermint bark, essential oil roller bottles, body scrubs, sprays, creams, whatever I can think of! Sometimes I give my art away too. My paresnts and grandparents still have my ooollllddd (cringey) paintings out as decor. If you’re good at poetry or scrapbooking or photography or anything creative you could use those talents and make a lovely, heartfelt gift.


Sales and Discount Stores

Keep an eye out for things on sale and don’t shy from places like thrift stores or flea markets! Books are amazingly cheap at most thrift stores and it doesn’t take much searching to find a gem. Antiques are also super cool to give as gifts, and if someone you know has a record player, a record would be a neat gift! I also love places like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Target if I’m looking for new gifts for cheaper or on sale. Amazon is also a great place to find almost anything and if you have Prime you get free shipping AND you don’t have to leave your nice cozy bed— ehm, I mean, house. 



Last year after Christmas we threw away our artificial tree. It was old and dusty and ratty, and my parents just decided they’d get another one this year. Come Christmastime this year, we weren’t able to get a replacement! We just accepted it and were all fine, but I did pray and I told God that even though it’s silly, it would be really awesome if my parents found a tree for free or even very cheap. Two days later my dad dragged in a GIANT prelit tree that is barely an inch from our ceiling. It was free from someone in our neighborhood who didn’t want it anymore. I kinda choked up when I told my mom about the prayer that I was a little embarrassed to pray, that God answered so beyond what I imagined. It may seem silly to us but God knows how to bless! Keep an eye out for freebies and enter giveaways for decorations and/or gifts. Every day it seems like one AMAZING giveaway (at least — sometimes there’s more!) shows up in my Instagram feed and it doesn’t take more than a couple minutes or less to enter!


Secret Santa

Since there are so many of us kids we’ve had a tradition of Secret Santa for almost 10 years. Each kid is assigned a sibling and they get to be that persons Secret Santa, which includes buying that person a gift with a price limit ($5, $10, $15) and some years we’ve done little things like made each other little snacks or secretly helped with chores. It’s fun and mysterious and, if you have a lot of siblings, it would help you save money!


I know these tips are too late to help this year, but hopefully you can use them next year if you have a limited budget like me!







The Book Lover Tag

Helloooo my lovely readers! I have a fun tag to do today that my bookworm friends will hopefully enjoy. Thank you Amaris for tagging me! I love doing these. Even though it takes me way to long to get to them.

Here are the Rules:

• Answer the questions

• Have fun (don’t worry)

• Tag some book-loving bloggers


1. If you could rewrite the end of any book, which one would it be?

For me it would probably have to be Little Women. I have always disliked that Laurie and Jo never ended up together. It never felt right! Especially since he ended up with Amy. It just felt forced. I feel like Laurie could have helped Jo fulfill everything she wanted in life, like taken her traveling and supported her family and helped them live in comfort.


2. Which fictional character are you most like?

Fanny Price, Meg March, Jane Bennet, Bilbo Baggins… there are quite a few but definitely those ones. 😂


3. Do you have any signed books?

Sadly, no. I’d love to have one someday!


4. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? 

It’s hard to pick especially since I *hides face* didn’t read many books this year. But I definitely enjoyed Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl.


5. Do you have any bookish pet peeves?

People not being gentle with books. Folding pages, spilling stuff on them, AGH. In the books themselves though, I don’t like cliché villains who have no motive.


6. Out of the books you’ve read this year, which has your favorite cover?

Mansfield Park. It has a gorgeous cover.


7. Is there a book that releases this year that you cannot wait to read?

I can’t think of one… I mostly enjoy classics and all my favorite authors are long gone. *sniffs sadly*

8. What is your favorite non-fiction book?

Besides the Bible, I was really touched by The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor.

9. Do you have a favorite location and/or time period to have a book set in?

Ancient Egypt, Israel, Greece, or Rome. I love ancient history more than any other and I just love feeling so transported into those times and places.

10. Is there a book that reminds you of something else?

This question is pretty vague so I’m going to answer creatively. Every time I read Narnia I’m reminded of when I was really little and my dad would read Narnia to me while we snuggled on the couch.

Once again, thank you so much Amaris, my blogging buddy! ❤️

I’m tagging Nina, Leah, and Halee. I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope you enjoy doing too!

Things I liked before they were trendy:

Avocado toast

Ahem. My dad is 1/2 Chilean. Avocado toast is a staple. It doesn’t need any of that fancy stuff though, just some pepper, large grain salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice and you’re good to go mejita. 

Rose gold

I used to browse engagement rings on Etsy obsessively almost 5 years ago. I LOVVVEEED all the rose gold rings. Now you can find rose gold laundry hampers. 

High waisted jeans

They fit me better, look better on me, and suit the 50s vibe I’ve been inspired by since I watched Sabrina (starring Queen Audrey Hepburn) around 5 years ago. Could never find these except online until very recently. 

Neck scarves 

French, a la Audrey Roman Holiday, chic, and practical. How could I not love them? However, I couldn’t find them outside of antique stores till Spring 2017. 

Cat-eye sunglasses 

So 50s chic. Also became a trend Spring 2017. 


I was born in Arizona. During car trips back to visit family it was a tradition that whoever saw the first saguaro cactus got a quarter. (I’ve always been tempted to eat a prickly pear fruit. My mouth waters when I look at them. I still have no idea what they taste like.) And now you can find cactus print on everything. Or baby cactus in any home. 

Wonder Woman 

Before Gal Gadot mega-graced the big screens, I already loved the best female superhero in existence. TBH I got a bit jealous when literally everyone on earth was such a big fan of her record-breaking debut this year. WHY DID IT TAKE THE WORLD THIS LONG. 

Embroidered clothing

Just brings me back to when I was still little. Now everyone and their aunt Lucy has an embroidered baseball cap. 


A lovely red gingham dress with black accents just screams “toddler growing up in the early 2000s midwest” to me. Too specific? 

Gluten free stuff

All these new GF dieters don’t know what it was like pre “gluten free fad”. There wasn’t a GF bun option at your local burger place way back in 2009 when my brothers first had gluten cut out of their diets. Most people didn’t even know what gluten was, let alone have an alternative. 

3 ways that MBTI has helped me and 3 big MBTI mistakes I’ve learned to avoid

If you’ve been on the internet for long enough you’ve probably come across MBTI (which stands for Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator) chatter or lists. It’s something I’ve become mildly obsessed with in the past two years because it is to interesting and just fun! But in my experience there are upsides as well as downsides to the MBTI. Here are three of each. 

  1. MBTI is a great way to figure yourself out. I’m sure everyone at some point in their life has felt like they were a crazy weirdo. MBTI helps relieve some of that. You learn that there are other people like you out there. 
  2. It can assist you out of ruts in your personality. I’m an ISFJ, but when I first took the test (in a rough part of my life) I got ISTJ. I realized later on that it’s common for ISFJs to become jaded during trying periods of their lives. I read about how ISFJs can get unstuck from a apathetic state and move on and it helped me. I’m a Feeler if there ever was one. 
  3. It helps you understand people. Finding out someone’s personality type is for me like finding buried treasure. There’s so much information, so many resources. So many ways you can easily figure out how to encourage them, help them through a rough time, or just be understanding to them. 
  1. Blaming character flaws on your personality type and then not even attempting to change them because that’s “how you are” is very wrong but very easy to fall into. As an ISFJ, I usually see “passive aggressive” on the list of ISFJ faults. I see that as a way to change those behavioral patterns in my life. But that can also be used as an easy excuse to continue to be passive aggressive. 
  2. You shouldn’t use someone’s type against them. Or be prejudiced against certain people because you know about their types and have pre-conceived notions about who they are as a person. Also I don’t recommend paying too much attention to any list that say your type “shouldn’t get along with/like” this type. As God’s children we’re supposed to love EVERYONE. I suggest reading every MBTI article with a large grain of Bible salt. 
  3. Don’t try to change yourself to be a more stereotypical version of your “type”. There are billions of people in this world and billions who have lived before us and no two people are exactly alike. God created us all with individual personalities and souls. He’s an artist who didn’t paint only 16 portraits, but billions. We shouldn’t shove ourselves into a box for the box’s sake. It’s unhealthy and insulting to our Creator. 

Do you have MBTI tips or warnings? What is your “type”? Leave a comment! 

DISCLAIMER: MBTI is NOT in any way involved with astrology or horoscopes. It’s based on research and science and not superstition (which can be an understandable assumption at first glance). 

2nd Blogiversary & Givaway 

Hello lovelies! ❤️

It’s been too long since I posted something of substance on this cobweb-collecting corner of the internet. I’m not a very good blogger but I do think about my readers a lot and it’s the thought that counts right? *cries in shame* 

ANYWHO! My blog has existed for two whole years now! I started it in the back room of my Nana’s house in Arizona. I worked on it for an entire day. I still haven’t figured out the ins and out 100% and I’m (obviously) still not posting consistently, but so many of you have humbled me by talking about how much my blog has impacted you and I’m surprised every time. I pause and I’m like “Wow God. You knew what You we’re doing when You inspired me to start this seemingly silly, insignificant blog.” 

You guys are what keep this thing going. So I want to thank you with a giveaway. (And maybe a video at some point?)

SO. In order to enter you must:

  1. Be following my blog and
  2. Answer the following questions:
  • What is your greatest passion that is unique to you?
  • What unique gift has God given (or is cultivating in) you that pertains to how you relate to other people? Are you empathetic? A good listener? A great practical helper? 
  • What is one of your weaknesses and how is God working you through it? 

You can either comment them below or on my corresponding Instagram or Facebook posts since commenting on blogs is sometimes a hassle. 😂

After you all have commented I will assign you a number and then use a random generator to pick a number for me. The giveaway will close November 19th and I will chose a winner on November 20th. 

“…But…what’s in the giveaway?”

 I’m collecting little ideas here and there already, and more details will follow. 😉

Thank you for reading! ❤️ Hopefully I’ll come up with something interesting to post on here soon. It’s been a weird year. 😂

Being an Oldest Sister: Pros and Cons

1. Pro:

You get first dibs and first say in pretty much everything.







“You want the leftover coffee? HAHAHA YOU THOUGHT!”


2. Con:

You also are responsible for pretty much everything.

“How was I supposed to know they didn’t make their bed?”


3. Pro:

All your siblings look up to you and adore you.

4. Con:

They fight for your approval.

“But I love ALL of you. Equally.”


5. Pro:

You get to stay up late and hang out with your parents.

“Binge Parks and Rec and gobble ice cream? YeAS PLEAZZZ!”


6. Con:

Finishing a conversation with them in the middle of the day is rare.

*How I look when a sibling interrupts me for the millionth time*


7. Pro:

There’s always someone to cuddle with.

Blog Tag — and an apology

Amaris (aka Phoebe) over at The Storybook Journal (one of my absolute favorite blogs) tagged me in something… in April…. And I feel awful that I didn’t see it until this week. I’ve sort of slipped out of the blogging world this year.

Not because I wanted to, but life just seems so busy and spontaneous. Sure there were plenty of times when I watched TV or scrolled through Instagram when I could’ve been catching up on all the lovely blogs I follow.

But my brain just never went there. So to all you amazing people with amazing blogs that I love to read but just haven’t, I am very, very sorry. My heart kinda hurts. Know that I still love you guys and I’m going to try better the rest of this year. *hugs and kisses*

So after all that mushy sad stuff, how about I do the tag eh? Thank you so much Phoebe! You are a WONDERFUL blogger friend. (Seriously guys, just go check out her blog. It’s enchanting.)

  1. What are you wearing right now? A lacy pink top and floral chinos.
  2. If you could spend one day in someone else’s shoes, who would it be? A fashion designer in the 1950’s, living in Hollywood or something. I’d want my office to be mostly windows and filled with plants, and have a fun, lovely staff. Ahhh it just sounds amazing.
  3. Is there a celebrity that gets on your nerves for some reason? Why/how do they bug you? Ugh ok, I REAAAALY don’t like Jennifer Lawrence. *hides from Hunger Games fans* She’s absolutely not classy, she acts like a comedian in real life but is like a talking piece of wood in the movies I’ve seen her in. Those are just my opinions though.
  4. Do you have any strange phobias? No, not really. Seeing a cockroach always makes me have a stronger reaction than most bugs. I’ve always been terrified of getting bit by a black widow though, and I actually had to kill one a few weeks back, while it was killing a poor, innocent honey bee. *sniff* Poor lil bee!
  5. Is there a movie or a TV show that you could watch over and over again and never tire of? The Lord of the Rings for a movie, and The Office for a show.
  6. Are you looking forward to anything exciting right now? I have a baby sister due in October!!! *throws pink confetti in the air* 
  7. Would you rather go to a book store or a craft store if you only had time for one? Probably a book store… I would spend too much in a craft store. I don’t even crochet anymore but I saw a sale for my favorite yarn in an email and my heart jumped a little. I still want some of that yarn darnit!
  8. Which historical figure do you admire most? I’ve always really admired John and Abigail Adams. I feel like they were the most truly conservative founding father and mother. They opposed slavery while others (I’m looking at you Tommy J.) insisted on keeping theirs. Abigail is a woman of virtue who definitely deserves more recognition.
  9. Do you prefer early Spring or late Spring? This is actually hard to answer! But I’m going to have to go with early. My birthday is in the beginning of March (which technically isn’t Spring yet but eh) and I like how its still a bit cool out. And just the freshness and optimism that comes with the beginning of Spring! It’s so good!
  10. Did you pull any practical jokes or pranks this April Fools Day? I actually did. So my sister has this strange aversion to Nicolas Cage (don’t ask why, she really doesn’t know). Our hallway upstairs is covered in family and baby photos. I spent a bit of my evening March 31st printing off different sized Nicolas Cage faces and taping them over pictures of my sister. It took her quite a while to figure it out! XD The weather pulled a prank on us as well. It snowed. Not like a tiny little dusting either. Golfball sized snowflake clumps fell from the sky, when it had been in the 70s days before. It was crazy!!!
  11. Does your family decorate the house for seasons and holidays? If so, who does the decorating? We do! Mom usually does it with us kids, but my Dad helps with Christmas decor. 

So here are my questions!

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world at any time in history in whatever social class you want, where, when, and what would they be?
  2. What is your dream occupation?
  3. If you could learn a skill from one famous person, dead or alive, who would you choose?
  4. If you could change one thing in all of history, what would it be?
  5. If you had to live in one already existing fantasy world, which would you choose?
  6. Do you want to date and get married? Why or why not?
  7. If you got your dream dog right now, what would you name it?
  8. What would you want your life to look like in five years?
  9. Who is your favorite actress?
  10. What is your favorite movie that makes you cry?
  11. Do you have a job (volunteer or not)? What do you do? (Babysitting and working in the church count as answers.)

And I am tagging Nina, Leah, Shelby and whoever else reads this! If you don’t have a blog, leave an answer in the comments! I’d still love to hear them!



The Coronation: A Book Review 

Last month I read The Coronation (The Tales of Tarsurella Book 1) by Livy Jarmusch (find her online magazine here!). It is a fiction, almost fantasy that takes place in the 21st Century (how cool is that?!?). This book includes many good, Christian themes, but I think the one that stood out to me most was guarding your heart. 

This story gives voice to several main characters: the royal siblings, their romantic interests, the retiring king of Tarsurella, and the royal staff. Most of the book follows the events of the eldest royal child Addison’s coronation and search for the right wife and queen. It also follows along with some of his younger sisters and their romantic interests. 

The climax was completely unexpected on my part, and it was nice to be surprised by something so exciting as opposed to seeing it coming from the first chapters.

 I breezed through The Coronation in one day, which is something I haven’t done in years! The ending left me wanting more and I absolutely can’t wait for part 2! 

This book was so entertaining but it had so many good lessons masterfully sprinkled throughout. One wasn’t sacrificed for the other in this story. Jesus was presented to readers very plainly. I was so touched and even convicted at parts that I couldn’t hold back tears. You just know the author loves Jesus. 

There are an abundance of characters which means that everyone who reads it should find at least one that they can relate to, and even learn from. 

I related a lot to Addison, and a bit to both Chastity and Hope. Also I love that one of the staff is named Clark, and he ends up being a hero. I couldn’t help but compare him to one of my favorite fictional heroes who shares his name. (I have yet to ask Miss Jarmusch if this was done intentionally or not. *winks at Livy*) 

So if you’re itching to read a book with adventure, romance, engaging characters and plot, a most importantly a focus on Christ, you will love The Coronation! 

Thank you so much Livy for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour!