Things Worth Talking About – October 2013

The month of October has been really fun and productive so far. I’ve been busy working on a few updates to the blog (coming soon!). There is so much to look forward to with the holidays coming up. Here are a few things I wanted to share with you this month.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen are hosting The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again this year. I am really excited to participate and share delicious cookies with fellow bloggers. I’m working on a fun cookie recipe that everyone will enjoy. I will share the recipe and all the details about the other cookies I receive here on the blog. To sign up and read more details go here. You have until November 4th to sign up.

 Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

If you didn’t read my post last week about my first “fix” from Stitch Fix, but are interested in the service, then you must read my review to see what I received and read my thoughts on the service. I love what I received the first month and can’t wait to see what future months bring for fun new clothes and accessories.


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Martha Stewart v. Bloggers

By now you might have read about the comments that Martha Stewart made last week about bloggers. If you haven’t heard, you can read all about it here.

My first response to Martha’s comments was “who cares?” I’m not a professional blogger and I haven’t been blogging for as long as most bloggers, but I have been reading blogs for a long time. I read other blogs because I love the story, the food, the pictures, and the people. I don’t read the blog because the blogger in an expert in a certain field. I read the blog because everyone has different ideas and experiences.

Bloggers are credible to their audience. Your audience is what is important and your audience is the one who cares. Martha Stewart has probably never read 99.9% of the blogs out there, so why care? I blog for myself and my readers. One of the things I said to myself when I first started blogging, and something I continually remind myself, is that my blog is about “me” and the food that I love. I’m not aspiring to be someone else. I blog for myself and my readers, because blogging is something I love. I’m not aspiring to be Martha Stewart, or any other big name industry “expert”. I am aspiring to just be me.

Bloggers are some of the most professional people that I know. They are highly dedicated, mostly self-taught individuals. I understand why some bloggers are upset with Martha’s comments, and I really hope that she truly appreciates bloggers, as some bloggers believe. After all, I’m not going to stop using her recipes or buying her products.

pink notebook

Sugar Paper  Polka Dot Journal $16

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Target Polka Dot Notebook by Greenroom $3.99

I’ve been lusting over the Sugar Paper Pink Polka dot journal for the past few months. I always like to have a small notebook in my purse because I am constantly writing reminders, taking notes and drafting blog posts. I love that it is bright and fun. But since I use a lot of notebook paper I wasn’t really willing to spend $16 for each journal. Fortunately, while shopping at Target one day I ran across the Pink Polka Dot Greenroom notebooks that are a close knockoff of the more expensive version. These were only $3.99 each and available in store. I bought one pink with gold polka dots and one gold stripe notebook. In addition, I found a large 2 inch binder to match. I love finding fun and inexpensive items at Target.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I’m sharing these things because I think they are worth talking about. This post does contain referral links for new Stitch Fix sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next box.


  1. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    I love how you wrote about Martha’s little thing last week. I can’t seem to get it out of my head… mainly because I’m right there with you. I read a lot of blogs and also trust their recipes. They don’t have to have a “test kitchen” to be so super amazing and especially to be huge like Martha herself. Even if we can reach one person and make their day… then it makes my day! (=

    • Ashley

      I completely agree. It makes me happy just to have readers who actually want to hear what I have to say 🙂

  2. Ellen

    About Martha Stewart – She knows what looks good and hires talented people, but nobody should take her too seriously. She clearly doesn’t understand that the yawning chasm between “professionals” and “amatuers” was never as big as the professionals wanted to believe and now is practically gone. By the way, I always found a lot of her recipes to be over-seasoned.

  3. Kelly

    Love the notebook and binder you got from Target – what great steals and they look adorable! Wow, I hadn’t heard about Martha’s comments but I feel the same way you do – I trust a lot of talented and creative bloggers’ recipes out there and would never think less of them just because Martha thinks so 🙂 Thanks for sharing Ashley and have a great week!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for your comments, Kelly! I agree, I almost trust bloggers more than the “experts” because they seem more real to me.

  4. marcie

    I’m taking part in the cookie swap this year and can’t wait! Those notebooks and binder are adorable. I use notebooks to write notes and recipes down constantly. These would make that more fun!

    • Ashley

      Yay! I am really excited about the cookie swap.

  5. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I hadn’t heard about what Martha said, because she isn’t popluar here and she’s never on tv and stuff… but I feel so dissapointed now. It’s as if she was saying that we bloggers don’t put effort into everything we do. Well, I personally know (and I’m sure that all bloggers do), that I’m doing all that I can to run my blog the way I like it and I’m putting a lot of effort in it, so I don’t really care whether she thinks that we can’t be “as talented”.
    I do trust other food bloggers recipes more than hers, because in my opinion it’s the personal touch which makes them amazing! Oooh, sorry for the rant 😉

    • Ashley

      No need to apologize, I love hearing what other people think! And I agree that the personal touch is why I love so many blogs.

  6. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Love the polka dot notebook. I go through notebooks like crazy because I always have to jot down my thoughts before I post something. I used to really like Martha, but I’ve lost interest in recent years. Her company stock and earnings have been going down and I think a lot of it is due to the fact that so many people are getting project/recipe ideas from bloggers.

    • Ashley

      I agree, Christin! The demand for “experts” has decreased since blogging has become so popular. I still like to use a lot of her cake and cupcakes recipes as a starting point, but I almost always end up adapting them in some way.

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