Bloggers Who Have Inspired me

May 5, 2015

Hey there everyone, welcome to another “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up. My second “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up for the new blog was last Tuesday and I had 42 link ups, whoa! It was also the first link up to have a guest co-host (thanks Teresa) so thank you for posting and if you missed it you can refer back to it here. I choose my favorite five to feature today and I will choose another five to feature next Tuesday as well. With so many people linking up I actually prayed about taking on guest co-hosts and so far I am glad I went with this decision as 42 or more is quite a lot to keep up with but I am doing it anyway because I love you all. If you would like to guest co-host just e-mail me at as I have open slots.

Today’s link up is special because not only do I get to feature you and read your posts but because I can’t wait to introduce you to this weeks guest co-host Carrie of I have known Carrie for quite some time. She has been a faithful linker to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” and been featured numerous times on this link up. I love being inspired by her daily as she is very creative with her outfits and DIY projects. You can also link up to her link ups such as “Motivational Monday” on Mondays and “Thursday Fashion Files” on Thursday where she hosts it alongside Jill of (another favorite blogger). I am an avid linker to Carries link ups so I say you better link to these to. It is all about showing blog linker love and spreading it right?

“Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up:

Meet your Host: Rachel of Garay Treasures blog


Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your guest co-host Carrie of blog.



Hi! I am Carrie over at Curly Crafty Mom and I am a DIY/crafting blogger with a little bit of fashion mixed in. I am a christian, wife to my first kiss and a mother to a six and almost nine year old! I believe life is about not being afraid to fulfill your dreams… and, I really do believe that dreams can come to true if you believe they will! I am a seven time half marathon finisher and a marathon wanna-be, I believe in true love, enjoy pinot noir and cherry limeades, romantic dates with my husband, one on one time with my kids, reading, travel, anything Paris, Disney, and fun and carefree days with my family. Blogging is a creative outlet for me and is where I share my creativity and love for fashion. I hope you will stop by and introduce yourself! And, thank you Rachel for having me as a co-host for Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me, you have definitely inspired me yourself!

You can follow Carrie at any one of these social media links:

Now on to the featured five from last week and link up:



Shauna looks so lovely in this yellow citrusy dress. I love the added white heels and purse. She inspired me to consider adding more “citrus” colors and colorful heels to my wardrobe, plus I love this girls style any day. You can find out more about this look here.

animal print top and leather pants

animal print top and leather pants

Alena actually inspired me on how to choose my outfit for this past Thursday (on my sons Birthday). I grabbed a patterns short sleeve tee, black flats and coated denim black skinny jeans. Thanks Alena for inspiring me on how to style black skinny jeans recently. You can check out the look here.


Iris inspired me with her lovely floral blouse with a pink suit attire. Iris is new to the link up but while checking out her blog I loved her business or work wear style creations. You can check out this particular post here.


Jennie inspired me with her weightloss and healthy eating before and after outfit post. Jennie has been one of those bloggers that is down to earth and real and so I have been following her weight loss journey (along with lovely outfits) and I can say I am quite proud of her and she inspires me to continue to eat better (as I try). Way to go Jennie on your new healthy lifestyle. You can read her post here.


Jordan is new to the link up but while checking out her blog I am impressed with the many outfits she herself has styled and many being that no one can recreate as it is her personal style but she gives AWESOME and helpful tips on how to create similar looks. For this particular look it was how to downplay an all monochromatic look. Check it out here.
I hope you enjoyed those featured, now on to the link up. Remember to follow the rules below, follow your host and co-host and enjoy being inspired.
*Want to guest co-host some week on “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me?” Guest co-hosting is a great way to gain more exposure and meet new people, while being inspired and having fun blogging and interacting with other bloggers. If you are interested in doing this just drop an e-mail at and please be following Garay Treasures blog in some way to be considered for this. Thanks!
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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  • Brooke May 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I too love drinking several cups of coffee a day!! I feel like I need some mom tips from you, stay at home mom to four children, that’s awesome!!

    pumps and push-ups

  • Ada May 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Yeah for first Tuesday of May and a great giveaway. I would get the slouchy dolman tunic in yellow if I won, or Per-suede Me Necklace, Turquoise and the The Lana Necklace, Purple. Pleasure linking up with a special post, this week. =)

    Yeay for Carrie co-hosting and I also loved Alena and Jennie’s looks, a lot!

  • Cynthia May 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Great picks, Rachel. So fun that Carrie is co-hosting with you.

  • Shauna May 5, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for the feature! Love your other 4 picks too – all wonderful Bloggers 🙂 Happy Tuesday! -xx


  • Marta May 5, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Love all of these looks, Carrie is such a sweetheart! Thanks for hosting.

  • Jennie May 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Awww, thanks for the shout out, Rachel! I truly appreciate it. I always enjoy seeing your picks and discovering new blogs. Congrats on the link-up’s growth!

  • amy May 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Cute look! Love your shoes!

  • Ashley May 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Love Carrie! She’s such a doll!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Denise May 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Always loving this linkup! I love how you incorporate a variety of bloggers from all different realms! Hope you are having such a lovely week!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Megan May 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I am loving all of these bloggers and their fun looks!

  • Kishina May 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Rachel you look awesome! I’m loving those sandals and you look so fresh and rejuvenated here. What’s your secret? Do tell! I’m a mom of 4 as well. I follow some of the ladies featured already and they have amazing style! I always look forward to discovering new bloggers via linky parties. I love your blog and thanks for hosting the link up 🙂

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom May 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for letting me be a co-host today, Rachel! I am going to stop by and give some love to those that have linked up now that I have a spare moment. I just adore that citrus colored dress that Shauna has on… you know I love bright yellow!

  • Rachel May 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This is such a lovely post and I see how all these bloggers inspired you – they have very unique amazing styles!

  • Heaven May 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the party. I’m new here. Following on G+.

  • Michaela May 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    A new follower on IG! (@keepcalmmommyon) and linking up for the first time! I can’t wait to read more of your posts, thanks mama!

  • Sarah @ Bows and Clothes May 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I love your outfit! So cute! I have really been on an ankle strap shoe kick, and yours are simply adorable! I have been thinking about co-hosting, but I still need to pray about it. I will contact you if I get a “yes”. 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog! Your comments always make my day!


  • Sam May 5, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Wow, 42 link ups! Awesome, Rachel! Thank you for hosting and sharing your picks from last week.

  • Tina Bradley May 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Carrie’s blog is a fave of mine! Congrats on ever-growing popularity of your blog link up! As always, enjoying the fab style inspirations from your post. Thanks for hosting this link up! T.

  • Shannon May 5, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    So many gorgeous looks! Loving your heels!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Iris May 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    I am so happy to be featured on your blog today 🙂 thanks much

  • IRENE May 6, 2015 at 3:03 am

    congrats on the link up! so happy to link up! love how i get to meet new bloggers!

  • Jordan May 6, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Thank you so much for featuring me, I’m truly honored! I’m glad I inspire you and that you enjoy my style!


  • Whitney 'Nic' James May 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Great inspirations. I have to check out some of these lovely ladies! Thanks for hosting!


  • welovefur May 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I love your blog. I hope you will like mine