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The Collective Monthly Social Blog Hop #66

Welcome to THE monthly blog hop party! Every 1st Monday of the month, link up all of your social media and blogging accounts with me. If you're looking for your blogging tribe, this is it!

Grow your blog followers and social media accounts with The Collective Monthly Social Blog Hop with Bre Pea.

These guidelines are in place so that we can all have a successful experience with The Collective. Please do your best to abide by each one, there are only 2:

1. Follow the host: (first link in each list) If you leave a comment letting me know that you did and what method you are following with, I'll return the favor :) I greatly appreciate each and every one that does.

2. Get social: This hop is about creating community. Looking for your blogging tribe? This is it. Visit as many blogs as you can and make sure you say hello!

*Please make sure that you are linking up under each category appropriately. Any links that are not appropriate for the category may be deleted.

The following are optional yet encouraged (they only help us all in the long run):

Grab a button: Using the code provided in the box, display the Collective button on your sidebar or wherever you list your link ups. The more people that do this, the more help there'll be to keep the popularity of the hop going.

Follow the host on social media: I am so grateful for your follow via social media. If you leave me a short message/post letting me know, I'll be sure to return the favor.

Spread the word about The Collective via social media: Pin, Tweet, post about it on Facebook, whatever you can do to help spread the word about The Collective and what it has done for your blog is awesome!
Let's get social :)

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Spontaneous Road Trips are the BEST

Tracking PixelI was inspired to take my family on a spontaneous summer road trip thanks to Caribou Coffee. All opinions are my own.

There are lots of awesome things about living in Minnesota, particularly in the summer. We are the land of 10,000 lakes, after all. Normally during summer weekends, and especially after buying our dearest "Gilly", we're spending time up north at our family cabin and out on the lake.

For us to stick around for a weekend with no plans is unheard of. But after the busy summer that we've had so far with my brother getting married, 4th of July festivities, lots of weekends up at the family cabin, and another wedding in the family, staying home for the weekend sounded spectacular. Of course, we couldn't just sit at home the ENTIRE weekend.

I somehow talked my husband into taking a spontaneous road trip to the coolest place in all of Minnesota. Ok, ONE of the coolest places in all of Minnesota: the Franconia Sculpture Park.



Our 2015 Family Summer Bucket List

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #4KPhoto #4KFun

There might only be one month left of summer, but I am intent on finishing summer 2015 with zero regrets! Us Minnesotans have to treasure these warm months because before we know it, the boat will be going back in storage and the snow will be flying (shudder).

Luckily, I don't even have to leave our backyard to make the most of the rest of our summer. In fact, some of the most fun our family has together happens in the backyard. We bonfire, we play on the swing set, we pull out the redneck blow up pool and cool off, heck we even have fun giving Bean the hose and just letting her go wild.

Never miss a moment with Panasonic LUMIX G7 and it's 4K photo technology, best family camera ever!
Never miss a moment with Panasonic LUMIX G7 and it's 4K photo technology, best family camera ever!
Never miss a moment with Panasonic LUMIX G7 and it's 4K photo technology, best family camera ever!

Aren't these photos neat? I captured them with my new Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera. It's got this really cool 4K photo feature: I just held the shutter button down while Bean was spraying away and it recorded the 4K photo (they've got 2 other 4K photo modes as well). Then, I went back and extracted the perfect moments using the touch-enabled screen on the back of the camera and turned them into HD 8-megapixel photos. Seriously, Panasonic is taking action photography to a whole new level. Plus the camera has built in wifi so sharing the photos via social media was so easy! I could go on and on about my love for this camera, but I digress...
There's something slightly terrifying about letting a crazy 3 year old loose with a hose in her hands. My husband experienced this terror firsthand, brave guy. The joy on her face is worth getting pelted with a little water ;)


Mason Jar Hanging Solar Lantern [TUTORIAL]

I created this Mason Jar Hanging Solar Lantern tutorial with compensation from Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser. All opinions are my alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias

Bonfires are one of the reasons why us Minnesotans live for summer. A permanent bonfire pit was one of the first projects on my list when we moved into our first house.

We've got the bonfire pit, but now we needed some lighting to show the way up our deck stairs and back into the house. Mood lighting is where it's at. The flood light on the back side of the house really kills the chill mood of a relaxing bonfire.

I made a Dreamlight with a mason jar and loved the way that had turned out, so I thought that there must be a way to combine an outdoorsy type of lighting with the ever popular mason jar.

Make these Mason Jar Hanging Solar Lantern using just a few supplies: mason jars and solar lights!

DIY Mason Jar Hanging Solar Lantern Supplies

  • 2.5" width solar lights
  • half-pint size mason jars
  • Command™ small hooks
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Needle-nose pliers


InstaVerbs | June 2015

"What in the heck is an InstaVerb?" you are probably asking yourself. It's my way of giving you a peek into my June. You know us bloggers, we can never do anything plain and simple. Because calling this post "Life Lately" is too basic, amirite?

I find that ever since I got a better phone (and a fancy new camera with WIFI, we'll get more into that later!) I'm sharing my day-to-day adventures more and more on Instagram. I try to keep my captions short and sweet on Insta, but let me elaborate on some of my favorite verb-y photos from June:


We are having quite the eventful summer in the Burley/Paulson family. My brother from another mother got married up in Walker, MN on beautiful Leech Lake. The name is deceiving, that's for sure, because when I hear the word "leech" I certainly don't think of something pretty. We hit up Bean's Nana and Papa for some beansitting and had a mini vacation weekend to ourselves.


I've been obsessed with aviator sunglasses since I can remember, so when the mirror lens trend hit it's peak this summer you bet I was buying every pair I came across. I found these colorful babies at H&M. I also invested in a super rad planner from I'm going to kick daily planning in the butt this August, because that's when the planner starts ;)


If you're a fellow Minnesotan, you probably know that every weekend in the summer is usually spent going "up north". I happen to be lucky enough to have grown up with not one, but 2 family cabins in northern Minnesota. We tend to go to our cabin on Mille Lacs Lake more often. Since we bought Gilly, I think our fun up north has increased tenfold.


Though one of my best friends lives an hour away, that doesn't keep us from having play dates! We took advantage of a particularly hot and humid Tuesday and had a play date at the local splash pad. Turns out, everyone else in the area had the same idea. Though the amount of kids overwhelmed Bean at first, she started to warm up and had the time of her life. We've also been taking advantage of Grandma & Grandpa's pool every afternoon after I'm done teaching my daytime dance classes, one of my favorite summer traditions.

We had a great June, and we hope you did too!

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