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Jocie in the Bloglight!
Jocie | April 23, 2013
Jocie in the Bloglight!

I was recently selected to be in the “bloglight” by Hometalk (a community of DIYers and bloggers) and was asked to answer a few questions about myself and blogging. Obviously, I was honored and said “yes!” So, in case you had some questions, maybe I’ll answer them here. If not, go ahead and ask some more! Still can’t get enough? Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, G+, and Hometalk. About Jocie Probably the thing you should know about me first, is my name. It’s really Jocelyn,... 

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Reader Rewards – Get Free Stuff for being a FAN!
Jocie | April 22, 2013

OPC and The Better Half LOVE to give away free stuff. We often do giveaways on the site and on Facebook. But the easiest and surest way to get free stuff is by joining our rewards program. “What?” you say, “rewards program?”     Its pretty simple, really. You sign up for the program, creating a user name and password. Then every time you visit the site (as long as you are signed in), you get points. Every time you comment on a post on OPC or The Better Half, you get MORE points Once... 

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My New Photography Lighting Kit
Jocie | March 19, 2013
My New Photography Lighting Kit

YAY – I got a new lighting kit! *insert excited gasp here!* Let me preface myself…this is not a how-to article. I have no wisdom, no great project. I’m not trying to sell a product or plug a company. I am just super excited about my new photography lighting kit and wanted to share it with you! I would also love to hear your experience and tips, too! Awhile ago, Heather from At the Picket Fence shared on FB that she purchased a lighting kit and loved it. I pushed it to the back of my brain and forgot about it. Then recently,... 

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An Open Letter to Readers and Fellow Bloggers
Jocie | February 12, 2013

Dear readers and fellow bloggers, The past week has brought me some of my happiest and saddest moments as a blogger. On one hand, I had some bloggers open a friendship to me (some fabulous and encouraging new bloggy friends!). I was also invited to hang with John and Sherry from YHL, and a bunch of other elite bloggers at a RustOleum event in NC. It was very validating to be included in such a group. On the other hand, I had some experiences with other bloggers that made me question blogging altogether and my worth. I am sad at myself... 

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We Have A Winner Plus More Free Stuff!
Jocie | December 17, 2012
We Have A Winner Plus More Free Stuff!

Kim and I were talking today about the lives lost in CT last week and the sadness, fear, and mourning that continues. How sad that families will have wrapped presents under the tree that will never be opened. Parents who will not see their children graduate or get married. And parents around the country fearing for the lives of their own kids. That one hurting, angry, and broken man could shake a country. We are sad and mourning alongside these families and our country. As we chatted about what should be our response, Kim and I agreed... 

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November Round Up
Jocie | December 4, 2012
November Round Up

Wow, how is November already done? Thanksgiving came and went so fast. This is by far my favorite season of the year – not so much the actual Thanksgiving and Christmas day, but the entire season of family, gratitude, celebrating our faith – I love it all! We had another wonderful month here at the Better Half and OPC, making some cool projects and hanging out on other blogs too. Here were the highlights in case you missed it the first time around. Giveaway & The Humble Brag Our link parties are still going strong and this... 

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October Round Up!
Jocie | November 1, 2012

October was a pretty exciting month for us here at The Better Half. For starters, I quit my day job and am now a full-time blogger. Kinda cool… and scary! Lots of other fun stuff happened this month and in case, you missed it, here is what we have been up to here at The Better Half! The Humble Brag The weekly link parties came back this October and have been going strong! Have you come and linked up?   We have also been giving one lucky featured link FREE ad space for a week. Here were our winners this month: This was our first... 

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OPC and Hurricane Sandy
Jocie | October 29, 2012

Hey friends! I’m sure you have heard that Hurricane Sandy is headed for the East Coast. She is strong, severe, and of a different magnitude than we have seen before. We live just west of Baltimore and while we are not expected to get the worst, it doesn’t look good. We expect to lose power, have flooding, have lots of trees down, and probably road closures. I pray this is the worst. The area school have closed in anticipation, in addition to many businesses. Many people are scared and worried about what Sandy will mean –... 

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September’s OVER?!?!
Jocie | September 28, 2012

I have no clue where September went! Seriously, it was just August and I was laying on a beach in Jamaica, sippin’ drinks, getting my tan on. Now I am back to being pale and freckly, and the weather has started cooling down (no complaint there). In case, you missed September too, here is what we have been up to here at The Better Half! Before and After Summer Series Our Before and After Summer Series supporting Habitat for Humanity finished its 14 week run and it was a HUGE success! Stay tuned  – on Monday, all our weekly... 

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