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{why i love being a blogger around the holidays | coming up roses}

Today, my friends, you get to meet Erica.
You can just thank me later.

You see... not only is Erica the sweetest thang you'll ever meet,
she also has killer style,
and is super funny.
Her blog is an all around great read.
I particularly like some of her recent posts with ideas on what to buy for gifts this holiday season...
some of the best I've seen!

And now... she is going to formally introduce herself. Pow!

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 Hey there! I’m Erica, and I’m the usually sassy, always caffeinated virtual voice behind Coming Up Roses, an aspirational and inspirational lifestyle blog on life and love, with a full shot of fashion and beauty to boot. 

 Have you noticed it’s almost Christmas? Of course you have. Because if you’re anything like me, you love le internet. And if you’re a little more like me, you’re in that “blogger” category, spending hours upon hours (and then a few more hours) behind a screen sharing and reading and learning and sharing some more. 

 But bloggers are lucky. We get the holidays on steroids. 

 Christmas shopping? Easy peasy. There’s gift guides for your baker, your hunter, your mother-in-law, and your budding young professional. Your bargain shopping best friend who wants to spend $15 or less and still get something amazing? Yeah, there’s a gift guide for that.
  Gift Guide- 
   Seasonal drinks? Of course. Doesn’t really matter what you’re drinking, so long as it’s in a red cup.
  starbucks red cup   
 Holiday fashion? First things first: that red cup is now a fashion accessory. So long as your #ootd includes some variation of buffalo plaid/fur vest/Hunter boots/cowled neck sweater/cashmere poncho/over-the-knee-boots/sparkly statement necklace/chunky hat /leopard booties. At least, that’s what I learned from Instagram.   
 Decking the halls? Well, duh. My dormified decorations include this Christmas tree standout. I think it suits my personality quite nicely. christmas tree
christmas decoration
 Discounts? We're all about scoring deals - on everything from peppermint bark to scented soaps to heated car seat attachments - right through Christmas Eve. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Sales Saturdays...whatever you call 'em, bloggers have 'em, too. Use code AMY for 25% off any ad space, design or consulting spot with Coming Up Roses. sponsor-image    
While the seasonally appropriate quotes and pictures and sights and smells go a long way, I like to think that what means even more for us this time of year (brace yourself, sap alert!) are those seemingly infinite communities and networks that we’ve found ourselves within. In one group, I’m mailing holiday cards around the world, and in another, we’re sharing faith-based stories on the real meaning of Christmas. No matter your niche, this season is for all of us. I’m so happy to have ladies like Amy in my network of blogging ladies; I hope all of you reading this now show up in my network sooner or later. Since I can’t wrap y’all up and put you in cute Christmas bags with bows on top (and that would be weird), stop over somewhere and throw some holiday wishes my way – I’ll throw them right back atcha! 

 And since I'm a blogger and it's the holidays, I'm about to go grab me a Chestnut Praline latte and photograph my blessings before counting them (and then checking the list twice). 

 Come say hey here, here, here, here or here, if you'd like a new bloggy friend (I love new bloggy friends)! And have yourself a merry little Christmas.

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She said it best!
Go and show this awesome gal some love, friends. 

And then, don't forget to come back tomorrow to enter and win a huge cash giveaway for Christmas!


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