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Instagram vs. Reality (Part II)

Last year, I published a post called Instagram vs. Reality and it was an instant hit. I think it resonated with so many people because they loved seeing a more authentic side to bloggers. Sometimes on Instagram, it’s hard to see photo after photo of perfectly styled, clean homes…beautiful moms with gorgeous hair and a face full of makeup…or a pregnant woman who looks like she could be on the cover of Glamour magazine every day of the week. We…

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Photo Editing Tips For Instagram

Creating the perfect Instagram photo is an art, and it’s an art that I’ve been trying to master for the past three years as a lifestyle blogger and seasoned Instagram user. I receive messages and emails every day asking what apps I use to edit my photos, what camera I use, how I edit them, etc. I am so excited to share this guide with you all! Apps to download: VSCO. ALL of my photos go through VSCO. This app…

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Arizona Blogger Shoot with Melodee Lynn Photograpy

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting a collaborative shoot with several local mommy and style bloggers! It was so much fun and I am so pleased with how all the photos turned out! PinkBlush sent shirts/dresses for all the mama’s and Chrome Classic (a local small shop) and Leotudes sent clothing for our little babes! Also, a big thank you to Melodee Lynn Photography for capturing these sweet moments! If you’re not following these sweet blogger babes yet,…

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20,000 followers + mean people

Last night, I hit 20,000 followers on Instagram. I am so excited, honored, relieved and a million other emotions. I have put a lot of effort into Instagram (which probably wasn’t wise, because I neglected my other platforms) but to see my hard work pay off is such an amazing feeling. To be recognized for my hard work feels even better. My husband being so incredibly proud of me and telling me over and over again – it takes the…

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2016 Reader Survey

Hi friends! I have been blogging for almost three years now and in 2016, The Garcia Diaries grew exponentially. This is my first time ever conducting a reader survey and I am so excited to see what my readers love, want to see more of, and where I can improve!! Each question is optional so feel free to fill out as much or as little as you’d like. The survey is 100% anonymous! I will be reading through every single…

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This is NOT a hobby, it’s my JOB.

It’s Small Business Saturday! Shopping small has always been important to me. Supporting small businesses, eating local and purchasing from small shops are a part of my daily routine. If you had told me a few years ago that I would soon OWN a small business, I probably would have laughed out loud. I would have told you that it’s too much work or way out of my comfort zone. But here I am, the owner of a small business…loving…

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10,000 Followers On Instagram Calls For A Celebration!

When I started this little blog of mine, I didn’t realize what the future had in store… I created a brand new Instagram in June of 2014, a few days after I started TGD. From the ground up, I built a loyal and engaged following. I have worked so hard, built so many relationships, done so much research, tried different hashtags and filters, followed and unfollowed, commented, blocked A LOT (lol), and built an account that I’m seriously proud of.…

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Instagram vs. Reality

I am a part of so many Facebook groups for moms, and one comment I see a LOT goes a little something like this: “How are these ‘moms’ on Instagram keeping their houses perfectly cleaned, hair brushed, kids dressed…while I’m over here with spit up on yesterday’s clothing, matted hair and a pig sty of a house that is never clean for more than 4 minutes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that you are NOT alone. My Instagram may…

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The Best Instagram Accounts with Under 10k Followers

I wanted to title this post “The Most Underrated Accounts on IG” but didn’t know if underrated would be taken the right way. Urban dictionary defines underrated as “cooler than most people think” and “something or someone not well known by the mass public but of high quality”. But let me tell you, every one of these Instagram accounts will be HUGE one day. The pictures on these feeds are beautiful and high quality, the women behind the accounts are incredible and kind.…

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Six Ways To Style: Off The Shoulder

Today, we are talking all about the “off the shoulder” trend. This trend has completely taken over the fashion scene this summer! And now that fall is near, these off the shoulder tops will make great transitional pieces! I’ve teamed up with five of my favorite style bloggers to share how we style this trend and why we love it! Why I love the “off the shoulder” trend: I love the “off the shoulder” trend because you can pair it with jeans…

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