Cole Tries New Things

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The team strives to support fellow bloggers, artists, and creatives through content partnerships and cross-promotion. Read about our partners below!

Doherty Photography


“Life is just a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff and I’m just trying to capture it one photo at a time.” Dylan Doherty shares those captured photos on his website, There, you can see the world through Dylan’s photographic eye and enjoy shots of his friends, his family, and his favorite places.

J.R.R. Tolkien says “Not all those who wander are lost.” Dylan lives this motto by venturing out into the world and snapping pictures anywhere and everywhere. In his spare time, Dylan is known to enjoy a nice cup of tea, a horrifying video game, a pretzel with cheese, or a gripping fantasy novel. You can follow him on Instagram @doherty_photography.

Dumb Ass Podcast


For those who prefer scripted, factual, and innovative radio for everyday news culture updates, NPR’s All Things Considered or This American Life would be perfect. For everyone else, there’s the Dumb Ass Podcast.

Every Tuesday, Sheridan Keen & Ryan Davidson bring the heat! Join these two Slytherins for a weekly dose of debauchery and laughter.

They frequently have their friends on as guests, including Cole, so wherever the conversation decides to take itself is a mystery. You might tune in for an insightful debate about gun control or a heated discussion about just how long you should grow out your pubes.

Are they geniuses? Absolutely. Are they morons? Absolutely. It’s the Dumb Ass Podcast.

Erin Maturo Photography


Erin Maturo Photography captures life’s grandest and most genuine moments. The site collects Erin Maturo’s photography portfolio. Pictures are uploaded as she experiences new things and works with new clients. You can also check out her latest photos on Instagram: @erinmaturophotography.

Erin is a Human Resources Professional with a degree from the University of Illinois in broadcast journalism and minors in informatics and sociology. She loves playing the ukulele, board games, drinking beer and wine, so-ugly-they’re-cute dogs, being a typical Hufflepuff, and watching Boy Meets world.

As Erin learns the ropes, hones her skills, and expands her portfolio, she’s offering discounted portrait sessions to people in the Chicagoland area. Reach out via her website for more information.

Kicking the Seat


Kicking the Seat is home to movie reviews from the last guy anyone asks. That guy is Ian Simmons, proud member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and sole defender of the Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence flop, Passengers. In recent years, Kicking the Seat has transitioned from long-form criticism to a capsule-review format, allowing Ian to A) devote more time to producing the site’s weekly companion podcast and B) get to the point already. Ian lives in Skokie, IL, and is the happily married father of two humans and approximately six-hundred Blu-rays. You can like Kicking the Seat on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Literally Always Hungry


Literally Always Hungry is a fitness blog for people who really love to eat. LAH exists to help anyone struggling with health, fitness, body positivity, or balance. Follow LAH to see how it’s founder, Jenny Crawford, balances a lifelong struggle with fitness while living in LA and never saying no to sweets, especially cinnamon bun Oreos.

Jenny Crawford is a content marketer and blogger living and writing in LA. As a health and fitness coach, she aims to help those around her live their best life. She loves to hike, read, bake, and run. When she’s not binge-watching something on Netflix, you can find her buying things she doesn’t need at Target. Follow her on instagram @jennay7392.

3595 Millas


3595 Millas (3595 Miles) follows the journey of Peace Corps Peru Volunteer Jenna Houchins. Through her blog you can follow along with her adventures of navigating a foreign country, eating interesting food (cow heart, anyone?), and the work of a Peace Corps Volunteer. In addition to her blog, you can follow her on Instagram @JennaHouchins.

Jenna graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with a degree in Global Studies and a concentration in Sustainable Business Development. After avoiding frostbite for 22 winters and a college degree in hand, she decided to move out west to California after graduation. Before her time in the Peace Corps, she was working for a tech company on the sunny beaches of Malibu, CA (unfortunately, she still doesn’t know how to surf). Jenna will be serving in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Volunteer in Peru from April 2016 – July 2018.

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