Saturday, July 27, 2013

Simply Shelby: Launching my New Blog

For two years, I have shared my life and interests here at Chasing Birdies, making many new friends and discovering things about myself along the way.  Starting a blog has been one of the best decisions I've ever made, and now I can't image not doing it. With two years under my belt, I have definitely gained confidence as a member of the blogging community. I feel as though I have a better sense of who I am and who I want to become.
As you know, I graduated from high school this year and I will be starting my freshman year of college next month. I have definitely changed during these past two years, and my life is about to change drastically when I move away from home. I decided that I needed a fresh start - a new blog with a new focus and brand. I needed to take everything I had learned from the past two years and put it into a new blog where I could share this new chapter in my life. And thus, Simply Shelby was born. 

Depending on how hectic my life becomes in college, I plan to post 1-2 times per week about topics such as my daily life, college tips, style, and beauty. I've spent the entire month of July putting this blog together, and I'm really quite proud of what I've created. I would love nothing more than if you stopped by to take a look at it and leave a comment! If you like what you see, you can follow me through GFC or Bloglovin. My facebook and twitter pages will be the same, so you don't have to like/follow new accounts. Also, if you have me in your contacts, my new email is

I will no longer be posting here at Chasing Birdies, so this feels like such a bittersweet goodbye. I love my new blog and the new focus I have, but this has also been a special place for me during the past two years. I know that I will most likely lose hundreds of followers by switching over like this, but numbers don't really matter to me anymore. But I do care about you guys. I care that so many of you take the time to read my posts and leave comments, and I truly hope you do the same now that I'm moving to a new location. I really do read every comment, and (assuming you're not a no-comment blogger) I reply to every one.

This is a time of new beginnings for me, both in real life and in the blogging community. I hope you decide to join me on this journey!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July Sponsors

I'm sure you've noticed by now all of the lovely ads I have on my sidebar this month. These ladies are my July sponsors, and let me tell you, they are some of the sweetest bloggers you will ever meet. And I'm not just saying that. I already knew most of them before they decided to sponsor me this month, and I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with them again.

Be sure to click on their blog links (and follow them if you'd like!) or send them a little tweet to say hello. Because it's July, I also asked them a few questions about summer and traveling. So without further ado, I'd like to introduce to you my July sponsors!

Ashleigh // The Darling Prepster
blog - twitter - Facebook

Hey there! I'm Ashliegh, the pearl-obsessed poor college kid who runs The Darling Prepster! When I'm not blogging I can be found volunteering for Habitat For Humanity or competing in Miss Ohio America local preliminaries. I am a sister of Alpha Phi and live everyday by my personal motto, "High heels, high standards, pearls everyday."

What do you love most about summer? What's NOT to love about summer?! There's nothing better than rocking your sandals, shorts, and bikini whenever you want because it's warm out! Also, no school is also a major plus ;p

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would love to see the countries that boarder the Mediterranean Sea! Greece, Italy and Spain would be beautiful, especially on the coast!

Adriana // Horses of Ares

Hi there, lovelies! My name's Adriana and I'm a student, web designer and lifestyle blogger at Horses of Ares - I like to write about my daily adventures in Southern California, design, food and recipes, style and more. Come visit my blog sometime and let's be blog buddies. :)

What do you love most about summer? I love the random visits to the beach and frolicking in the water; eating ice cream with good friends; going on adventures because there's nothing else better to do; the free tans and long sunny days.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I'd go to Italy because I love their food, their ice cream, their art and their festivals. I would love to get a Carnival mask and ride a gondola in Venice. It would be so fun! :)

Amanda // Raspberry Beige

Hi folks! I'm Amanda and I blog over at Raspberry Beige. I am wife to hubster {the most patient man on Earth}, mama to junior {and one on the way}, and a first grade teacher. I've been blogging a little over a year now and love it. It's my therapy/outlet/self-improvement/humor all rolled into one. I love to laugh. Humor is great, especially sarcasm. Seriously, it's my therapy. I laugh at myself quite frequently. As do other people. I have loved getting to know other bloggers out there and learning from them!

What do you love most about summer? I am a teacher so I love being able to sleep in, take naps, sleep some more, and play with junior in between.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I am slightly {embarrassingly} obsessed with Disney World. Even though I've been there close to 10 times, I would go there on every vacation if I could. I love the hotels, stuffing my face with food, and all the rides. Now that I have a kid, I want to go even more!

Gina // Gina Alyse
blog - twitter - pinterest

Hi! I'm Gina, a  nineteen year-old college student studying communications and Spanish in North Carolina. I blog over at Gina Alyse, where I talk about college life, faith, design and anything creative! I think salt water, love and sunshine can cure anything. I strive to live by faith, love everyday and find beauty in the world.

What do you love most about summer? Oh, this is a tough question! Can I say everything? I love the feeling of summer, the heat, the vacations and the travel. I also love how it's break in the year to feel refreshed or to learn new things. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would travel to Greece, because it's one place that I have always wanted to visit. I would love to soak up the beauty and history of country!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Only the Good Die Young

When I woke up this morning, I did the same thing I always do: I grabbed my iPhone and scrolled through twitter and facebook before finally forcing myself to roll out of bed. This morning, however,  it was different. I had a Facebook message from my best friend, Lauren, saying that Cory Monteith had died the previous day. As a die hard Glee fan, she was completely devastated. After reading her message, I noticed my entire twitter feed was filled with "#RipCoryMonteith". So it's true, I thought to myself. Just like that, he was gone.

For those of you who don't know, Cory plays Finn on Glee and is 31 years old in real life. He was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver yesterday morning by an employee coming to see when he would be checking out. It hasn't officially been determined what the cause of death was, but it's been made public that Cory has struggled with drug abuse for most of his life and had admitted himself into rehab earlier this year. Right now, it has basically been assumed that the cause of death was a drug overdose.

I have watched Glee on and off from the beginning, and Finn has always been one of my favorite characters. I had absolutely no idea that he struggled with drug addiction in real life. Maybe it was just because he played such a sweet and innocent character on Glee, but he seemed to have his life together. He was dating his co-star, Lea Michele, and seemed so genuinely happy.

It makes me so sad to think that his life ended at only thirty-one years old. He was at the prime of his life, with a successful acting career and a beautiful girlfriend. I have never done drugs in my life, nor do I ever plan on it. I've never even had alcohol. But let's be honest... I'm eighteen years old. I know tons of people from my high school who drink and get high literally every day. I know that this could happen to anyone. I don't understand it, and I don't know that I ever will. Why do people do this to themselves? Why do people rely on substance abuse to feel better?

My prayers go out to Cory's family, friends, and girlfriend, Lea Michele. I can't even imagine what they're going through right now. You never imagine someone important to you dying at a young age. It's important that we don't take loved ones for granted, because you never know what the future holds.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Exciting News!

Hello fellow bloggers! I have some exciting news for you.

For the past two years, I've shared my life and interests here at Chasing Birdies. And as I pointed out in my post about graduation, I've been through quite a lot in that time. However, graduation feels like the end of an era to me. I believe it's time for me to put this blog behind me and start a new one, just as I will be starting a new chapter in my life when I begin college next month.

So what exactly does that mean? Well, first of all, I will not be deleting this blog. I'm going to keep it here in my little corner of the internet so that I can look back on it as a reminder of everything I've been through. I will not, however, be posting here anymore after the launch of my new blog.

If you'd like to follow me as I begin my journey as a college freshman, you will have to follow my new blog (which will launch in August). I'm going to refrain from sharing too much about it right now, but I will say that I've spent a lot of time putting together a fresh, new layout and design that I hope you will love.

I will share one thing about my new blog today; I have decided it will be too difficult for me to manage sponsors and the promotion of other blogs while I'm in college (at least for right now). BUT never fear, I will be doing free swaps with other bloggers so that I can make new blog friends and we can share each others' ads on our sidebars. I hope you decide to swap with me... I would love to have you!

Stick around, folks. The announcement and launch of my new blog will be coming soon!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Adriana's Group Giveaway

   Hello everyone! I'm participating in a group giveaway this month over at one of my favorite blogs, Horses of Ares. Adriana is such a sweetie, and I was so excited when we swapped ads this month! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a Featured Ad Space on my sidebar as well as many other great prizes!

Have a good weekend!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Independence Day

Disclaimer: If you're not American, then this post will not be relevant to you.

I hope all of you had a wonderful fourth of July! My family normally doesn't do much for this particular holiday, except for the occasional trip to the fireworks show in my town. This year, my friends and I had a cookout together complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, and patriotic desserts. Afterward, we went an open grassy area near the facility where they hold fireworks and played bags, with blankets spread out over the ground (and even more dessert!). After the fireworks were over, we sat around a fire pit in my friend's backyard, eating s'mores and talking until almost one in the morning. It was so much fun, and it makes me sad that we've never done anything like that until now.

My group of friends has become closer than ever this summer. Maybe it's because it's our last summer together before college, or maybe it's by some coincidence. Either way, it's going to be bittersweet leaving everyone once August rolls around.

What did you do to celebrate Independence Day? Comment below and let me know :)