Why I am making the switch

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Happy Hump Day! I can’t believe the week is halfway over with already, where has time gone? I normally don’t post on Wednesdays or even Fridays for that matter, but there are just so many things to post about as my time with this little blog dwindles that I want to post as much as I can. If you missed it in yesterdays post (here) I will be making the switch from here to my own blog domain. There are many reasons why and so today I plan on highlighting a list of why I am making the switch.
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I have read recently that many bloggers are switching from blogger to wordpress etc, or some bloggers choose to use this time of the year to redesign their spaces, I guess this is all a sort of “spring cleaning” for bloggers, a new change for a new year. For me, this is my year. After blogging for a year and some months I have really been contemplating having my own domain apart from the garaytreasures.wordpress.com until now. You see my follow readers, this blog that you are reading on now (the .wordpress.com) is a free wordpress hosted blog site not self hosted which means I am limited to what I can or have been doing and ENOUGH is ENOUGH. In real world terms I am suffering on this little space and NEED my own.
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Some things I cannot do on this free WORDPRESS hosted blog:
-I am out of storage space allotted to me for images, so I have to go back to older posts I don’t care about and delete images or icons just to add some pictures to newer posts, like this one.

-You know when you enter giveaways on other blogs and you can normally see the widget or image for the entries. Not here! Giveaway rafflecopters with wordpress hosted can only be viewed by clicking on the link Rafflecopter link provided.  In the past when I collaborated with a company to giveaway a giftcard this was a concern for them and I nicely told them I had no control over it, but I appreciate their frustration as it frustrated me too.

– When I host my Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up on Tuesdays, readers have to click on the cute little frog in-linkz button to be directed to the link up page, the link ups don’t appear directly onto my page and this has been a issue with some bloggers I believe.

-People who may be searching for my blog on search terms may forget to add the .wordpress.com and just give up. I would like for them to have it easy with just remembering garaytreasures.com, granted they can remember to spell garaytreasures.

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Let’s be honest some bloggers want to make a little money off their blog with affliate links and such and I can’t or not as easily and here is why:

-Affliate sites turn me down because they don’t want to pay out compensation to a blogger on FREE wordpress blogs.

– It is against free wordpress hosted blogs to have up advertisements or shops on my page, yet they make money off of my blog with surprise advertisements they choose to have up.  I am not allowed to earn money from blogging according to wordpress basically.

I am sure there are many more but these were all I could think of and pet peeves of mine so I hope you learned a little about my frustrations with being free.

Outfit details: Sun hat: Walmart//Tassel Necklace: Walmart//Dress: gift//Flip Flops:  Marshalls//Sunglasses: Target.

What do you like or not like about your blog? Do you have any tips for me as I venture on to my own domain? Please leave me a comment below and let me know. 

Have you entered to win a leather cuff bracelet from My Arm Charms yet? You can do so by clicking on the button below to enter
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Linking up with: Tuesday Talk, Liz, What I Wore Wednesday, Leanne, Thursday Fashion Files, Melissa, Lisa, Molly, Trend Spin, Because Shanna said So, Get Your Pretty On, Style Me Weekly.
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Making the switch & Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me (featured 5 ladies).

Hello everyone and welcome back to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me.” Today I am sad to mention that there won’t be a link up attached to this post as this will be the last “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” with this blog (without the link up) but I had to include last weeks favorite five posts that were linked. This link up isn’t going anywhere however my blog is, that’s right hopefully after this week I will have my new domain and self-hosted blog. I already purchased the domain name, signed up with bluehost and await my designer to do the switch in the next few days, I am both excited and anxious about it,but I know this is God’s timing and the best thing for me. For those of you who have been following me forever, or even recently thank you so much for sticking with me and this blog, I can’t thank you enough for all your support, comments and encouragement but you will just have to come back tomorrow as I tell you why I am making the switch.
Now on to todays featured five ladies:
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Kishina of @kishinaskurvykorner.blogspot.com linked up a lovely mix of print (stripes with leopard) for her St. Patricks Day outfit and I just love how she pulled it all together around the neon green pants too. You can check out her look further here.

Shauna of @lipglossandlace.com linked up probably the coolest, boldest and cutest outfit I have seen in awhile. Check out that bold t-shirt, pants and fenced barbed wire background. I think someone is trying to make a BOLD statement for sure. You can check out Shaunas bold look here.

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Tina of @tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com posted a lovely outfit with her blanket cape in honor of St. Pattys day, but I love how she suggests to style the bright green hued sweater, you can check out her suggestion here. Doesn’t she look lovely by the way!?!

Tiffany of @brightonabudget.com celebrated a 1 year blogiversary along with St. Patty’s day. I just adored here way of celebrating both with green balloons and outfit. You can wish her a Happy 1 year of blogging here! I am sure happy for her.

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Elizabeth of @allkindsofthingsblog.com linked up a recipe I actually pinned and tried Friday night for dinner and I would say it was a hit with everyone but our 6 year old (maybe it was the carrots and onions) but otherwise it was so delicious. I just love simple crock pot recipes, so thanks for sharing Elizabeth. See the recipe here.

Thank you for coming back by here today, I am sorry I couldn’t view your posts for today but if you really want me to check out your favorite posts just leave them in the comments below and I will drop by.

Rachel xo

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Have you entered to win this leather cuff bracelet yet? This giveaway is open until midnight March 30 and is open to participants with a US mailing address only. The more entries you complete the more points you will be able to receive. Please enter in the rafflecopter box below. Thank you and Goodluck!!!
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Rachel xo
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Chocolate stains and a HUGE spider

These white pants are my new favorite but let me tell you they are CURSED or at least they were the day I wore them and after washing them.

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I have had on my wish list of items to shop for a pair of white pants or white leggings and chambray for quite some time and finally I scored them both in the same day at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. Well as a mom of four I was a little apprehensive to get white pants in the first place because anything can happen to white in a wardrobe.
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I dreaded spaghetti sauce, coffee or dirt getting on these babies but NO I had to go and sit on a melted chocolate bar in the seat of our van either before or after going into Target one night alone. I pray it was after my target trip as there was a smear of chocolate about 5 inches long near my butt (how embarrassing).

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It took several washings to wash the chocolate out of these pants too because at first I was out of bleach so I had to use Oxyclean stain remover, then that didn’t help, then regular cleaning bleach, nada so then I finally went to the store and got laundry Clorox bleach and used this on the pants and then….

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In our basement we have had a HUGE wolf spider decide to live near the washer and dryer, it has even scared me to go near the washer and dryer as I hate spiders. Well before I went to take the pants out of the wash to look over them I looked all over the place to make sure the spider wasn’t around. Whew not there. But once I opened the door to the dryer…

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He was sitting right on top of my white pants, ALIVE, alive I tell you. I gasped and looked around thinking on what to do but nothing came to mind so I gently picked up the damp pants and prayed he wouldn’t attack and seeing that the monster wasn’t moving towards me or my fingers I took something and swatted at it and I haven’t seen it since, and the chocolate stain was gone.

How is that for pants that went through ALOT after being worn the first time…or wait is it me that went through ALOT? Either way I am in love with them and can’t wait to style them throughout the spring and summer.

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For this outfit I choose to go “rock star” with my jewelry. Check out the nail pointed necklace and earrings, along with the “Rock Star” cuff bracelet from My Arm Charms. I just loved incorporating this punk/rock star look with elegant clothing.
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If you haven’t read here (where I also styled this same cuff) I am giving away this “Rock Star” bracelet to anyone living in the US. You can enter up to 24 entries to win this bracelet here.

How would you style this bracelet?
Outfit details: Bracelet: c/0 My Arm Charms “Rock Star”//Earrings & Necklace set: gift//Pants: via Marshalls//Chambray top: TJMaxx//Shoes: via Plato’s Closet//Purse: Michael Kors (wedding gift).

Linking up with: Mix It Mondays, Tuesday Talk, Thursday Fashion Files, What I wore Wednesday, Liz, Leanne, Whitney, Lisa, Melissa, Megan, Molly, Carylee, Cherie. Motivational Monday, Charnelle,Rhea Celebrate Southern, Trend Spin, Confident Tuesday Because Shanna Said So. Get Your Pretty On, Style Me Weekly.
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Rachel xo
Garay Treasures

If only I had known in high school

*This post is a sponsored post,compensation was given in exchange of a review; however all opinions are 100% mine and not that of the sponsor.

My husband and I often talk about how or what we thought our high school prom might have been like, but alas neither one of us went to our proms due to various reasons. I just was anti-social but really dreamed about the perfect dress if I had gone to mine; However working a part time job at the time didn’t allow for the expensive price tag on a dress worn one night, with perhaps friends or a date I wouldn’t have for life, until now.For every girl in high school, or to any girl you might know looking for a cheap prom dress I can’t wait to show you an option I just discovered and that is affordable prom dresses of ihomecoming. This retail site specializes on cheap prom dresses that you can customize by size, color and even have tailored as needed to fit your needs.

There are so many lovely options it was hard for me to choose what color and style I liked the best. I decided to go with dresses that could be considered versatile or worn to several fancy events even after prom so that the dollar amount spent would feel worth more then even one night. I came up with two dresses that I loved:
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This Glamourous A-line Bateau Floor Length Beading Prom Dress has such a Grecian goddess look to it that I just love. The shearness of the chiffon full length skirt and gold toned beading make this dress not only elegant for prom but for a wedding event or day or night on a beach as the life of the party.
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Secondly, I also love this Graceful Short Sleeves Floor-Length Pearls Jewel Neck Mermaid Prom Dress as I love the flowy tail of the skirt and the versatility of the beaded top.

With iHomecoming selling such glamorous cheap dresses for prom I wish I had known about this site before my junior and senior high school prom. I hope you find a gem for yours!
http://www.ihomecoming.com/sexy-c104294/

Lucked out

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Happy Hump Day! I normally don’t post on Wednesdays but I couldn’t help but show off yesterdays green outfit, because since blogging I actually care to wear green on St. Patricks day. Before blogging I almost cared less if I wore even just a hint of green. I even have a lot of Irish in me, what is wrong with me!?!  Here is what I wore last St. Patricks Day.

My day started out great and with the busyness of taking care of toddlers I misplaced my phone so I looked all over the place and even asked my two in a half year old son Xander where it might be. He started looking in a few of his boots and said the phone was in them, but no luck.  Since it was nearing nap time I disregarded the phone and actually took a nice pleasant uninterrupted by the phone nap while the kiddos did. Then when I woke up I searched some more and remembered the “Find iPhone” app on my icloud account so I did this from my laptop and found the phone- in a boot near the basement door. How lucky am I to have such a handy finding device? How awesome is my son for trying to tell me it was in a boot? and he was right for the most part, just not in the boots we were searching in.

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I had a hard time thinking and even finding a green item in my wardrobe when I remembered this lovely top that was gifted to me from my mom (even though the color seems more blue to me depending on the lighting).It is a Michael Michael Kors, I might add. This top still had the original MMK price tag (originally $89.50) but the top also had a Stein Mart tag and it had been reduced to $19.99 due to beading on the front coming loose or off. Because I didn’t know how to wear the top with missing beads in the front I thought last minute that adding a light grey metalic scarf would work perfectly to hide the imperfections and viola that and adding leopard print flats and my new black skinny jeans, the look worked like a charm.

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Speaking of charm I added my “Gems” bracelet from My Arm Charms to add another element and hint of green and gold tone to the look.

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I got lucky enough that my hubby let me run out and get some Starbucks and while I was away I managed to steal away to a neighborhood park and take these pictures. It was just a lovely breezy weather kind of day and while rain seemed to be on our horizon no rain came. I call that luck right there.

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What did you do for your St. Patricks Day?

Want to have a chance of getting lucky with a bracelet I am giving away? Then go here and enter to win a My Arm Charms “Rock Star” cuff bracelet (US entrants only please). Goodluck!

Outfit details: Shirt: Michael Michael Kors (gift, old)//Pants:Merona (via Target)//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms “Gems”//Scarf: Christmas gift//Shoes:via Plato’s Closet.

Linking up with: Shanna, What I wore Wednesday, Get Your Pretty On, Style Elixir, Tuesday Talk, Thursday Fashion Files, Leanne, Fun Fashion Friday, Lisa, Melissa, Molly, Mix It Monday, Tara.

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me

Happy St. Patricks day (are you wearing green? NO pinching here!) and welcome to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up. A place where women (or men) come to link up any recent post they want to share (and perhaps have featured next Tuesday). I can’t tell you how awesome it is to read your link ups each week and just get excited for what you are learning, wearing or doing as each of you inspire me to consider all kinds of things and new ideas so thank you very much! Give yourselves a pat on each side of your back, or better yet go to a spa and get a massage or get someone near by to give you one, get a favorite snack or drink and sit back and hopefully gain some inspiration, all the while linking up some of yours below.
This weeks featured five ladies that linked up last week are:
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Jessica of @blessherheartyall.com linked up a lovely watermelon colored portofino top and floral fun heels for a welcoming of spring weather. Her heels are just gorgeous, check them out and the post here.
Rachel of @rachelthehat.com linked up a spring styled outfit that I am seriously inspired to tryout for my own as I just adore all of her items of clothing (as seen in the picture above) and check out those BEAUTIFUL pumps (I am IN LOVE with anything cobalt blue) so of course these are my favorite part of her outfit. You can check out Rachel’s new loves here.
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Alena of @garmentsspeech.blogspot.com wears a lovely layered amount of purple and fun mixing textures and prints that I just love. You can view the whole look here.
Cynthia of @myrosecoloredshades linked up a beautiful post on how God used a man of God to save orphans and how this act (or documentary that she recently saw) moved her spirit and showed her just how much God loves us. Read this inspiring post here for more.
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The lovely Dana of @danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de has been linking up a series she began on her blog to feature fashion bloggers from all over the world and since she began this I told her I would love to be featured.  Months later I finally got around to joining her project called WABISABI and so I am featuring her project here today in hopes you will want to get in on the project, get discovered and meet other bloggers. Oh and she is featuring me today here (thanks Dana for your kind words). To see the post she linked up go here.
Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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Have you entered to win this leather cuff bracelet yet? This giveaway is open until midnight March 30 and is open to participants with a US mailing address only. The more entries you complete the more points you will be able to receive. Please enter in the rafflecopter box below. Thank you and Goodluck!!!
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Rachel xo
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Style Collaboration: Fedora Hat and Leather Cuff bracelet + GIVEAWAY

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Happy Monday! I am excited to be collaborating again with blogger and new blogging friend Grace of Colorandgrace.com on how we styled our white fedora hats and leather cuff bracelets.

I love how Grace incorporated her white fedora and leather cuff with spring colors and florals. Her look is polished enough for wearing to work but fun enough to wear out and about perhaps on a fun lunch date or shopping date. I just love how Grace incorporated other bracelets from charmed bracelets to other cuffed bracelets (from My Arm Charms) with her leather cuff.  Grace has styled her fedora and leather cuff in other ways as well but you will just have to check those out on her blog here.

I choose to style my white fedora with a striped black and white dress I got on super clearance back on Black Friday along with black flats and cardigan. My “Rock Star” blue leather cuff bracelet from My Arm Charms was added to the outfit along with a long chained necklace with bead hints in the same blue color. I wanted a casual look that day but something fun enough to wear to a baby shower which I attended that day in this outfit.
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IMG_0216A baby shower was not the only shower happening that day. Rain showers and rain dances occurred towards the end of this photo shoot.

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Today in celebration of this style collaboration with Grace, I have partnered up with My Arm Charms and Grace to giveaway this same blue leather “Rock Star” cuff you see gracing my arm today. I just love this cuff for it’s color and added charm. At first I thought the cuff wouldn’t fit my style but I was charmed other wise, it is just too cute. It snaps by snaps around the wrist and feels so comfortable. If you can’t wait to see if you won this bracelet (which is $14.99) then I encourage you to sign up for My Arm Charms e-mails so that you can receive offers, discounts and sometimes monthly giveaway news. When you subscribe to the e-mailing list you also receive $10 off a order subtotal of $30 minimum with a code. Now you can’t beat that and ALL the bracelets and watches are affordable. This giveaway is open until midnight March 30 and is open to participants with a US mailing address only. The more entries you complete the more points you will be able to receive. Please enter in the rafflecopter box below. Thank you and Goodluck!!!
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My outfit details: Leather cuff bracelet:c/o- My Arm Charms Rock Star cuff bracelet //Necklace: old//Fedora: via Plato’s Closet//Maxi dress:Charlotte Russe//Cardigan: Old Navy//Flats: Merona (via Target, old).

*My Arm Charms provided the Rock Star bracelet in exchange for a review. However all opinions are 100% mine and not that of My Arm Charms.
Linking up with: Carylee, Molly Mix It Monday, Motivational Monday Thursday Fashion Files,Melissa, Whitney, Charnelle Fashion Fun Friday, Tara

Rachel xo
Garay Treasures