Blog Award Time!

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit, I’ve been nominated for a blogger award! Paul from palfitness nominated me for (in short,) the Epically Awesome award – woohoo, thanks Paul!

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The rules (which I’ll post below) state that I should write 5 things about me/my blog…and while I think I used up the majority of my fun facts on my previous award post – I think I can pull a few more out of my brain.

  1. I love writing, re-writing, and re-re-writing lists. Shopping lists, packing lists, planning lists, to-do lists….etc. And if I smudge something on the list or it just doesn’t look quite right? I’ll throw that page in the recycling bin and start over. I especially enjoy doing it when I have one of my MochiThings pens that I rave about here on my blog every now and then.
  2. I love subscription boxes, despite currently only subscribing (full-time) to one – Birchbox! I also have recently fallen in love with Club W, get an outfit from Fabletics on occasion, skip FabKids every month, but there’s the option to get an outfit for our niece Bridget, got a lingerie set from AdoreMe once, and have yet to completely cancel, was doing the Graze thing all of last summer (highly recommended,) Joe has gotten Birchbox Man and SprezzaBox in the past, and currently receives clothes from FiveFourClub…and lastly, Barb has given KitNip Box a try, with a PurrPacks box on the way! Wow typing that all out makes it seem like I have a problem – but I swear only Birchbox and FiveFourClub are recurring/monthly boxes!! Hahah. (ps, referral links abound! All but Sprezza I think.)
  3. I have a tough time doing nothing. I think I wrote about this in my New Year’s post (about how I’m like a hummingbird and all that jazz) but really. I can’t think of the last time Joe and I had a weekend where we weren’t doing something. Well actually yes, I can, but it’s because I was alternating between whining on the couch and puking in the bathroom. Even when we think we’ll have a weekend to do nothing but relax, watch movies, and maybe do a little laundry, we end up doing much more than that — and that’s just the way I like it!
  4. I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I love traveling. Howevvvvver, nothing makes me happier than walking down Main Street USA towards Cinderella’s Castle! Spending the night in the Sahara (in Morocco), eating fresh hummus with a picture-perfect view of Hagia Sofia (in Turkey), or consuming way too much wine on a cruise down the river Seine may be close seconds, but Disney World will always be my second home. Home is where the wifi automatically connects, right?! 😉
  5. Some people need their coffee in the morning to get their day going, I need Diet Pepsi. In fact, my whole family does. If we’re traveling, no matter what country we are in, the first thing we do is seek out Diet Pepsi….sometimes clearing a smaller store’s entire stock, especially in countries where Coke is more prominent. It’s kind of amusing. On that note, we’re all very excited that Pepsi has taken the aspartame out of their DP – hooray! Sometimes I joke that my occasional sucky memory is due to consuming too much aspartame 😛
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Oh hey! A bonus picture of Barb snoozin!

Hooray! Now for the rules:

Include the picture of the award in your post and thank your nominator while linking to them. Tell the blogging world 5 things about yourself and/or your blog. Select 5 nominees, name and link to their most recent post!

That’s it! Pretty simple, I’d say.

My nominees:

Allison – 10 ways

Jamie – From 5’3

Linda – Nutsrok (she has an award-free blog, but worth a follow!)

Kelli – Kelifornia

Joanne – My Life Lived Full

Sooooo, yeah! Hooray awards! If you haven’t checked out any of those blogs, you should definitely give them a look 🙂 Hopefully everyone’s weeks are off to a great start! We woke up to another 4+ inches of snow here in Kalamazoo. Mother Nature can suck it – I’m ready for spring!

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2 Awards!

What?! I’ve only been blogging since August, and this past week I was nominated for two blogger awards! First,  The Versatile Blogger Award, from Stephellaneous, and second, The Liebster Award, from Be Free 2 Love! Muchas gracias <3

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The Versatile Blogger Award asked for 7 facts, so here goes nothing:

  1. I have an albino hedgehog named Poppy. She’s 5.5 years old, which is about 90 in hedgehog years (hedgies are only ‘supposed’ to live 3-5 years.) She’s super grumpy 98% of the time, but I love her anyways!
  2. I’ve been an extra in a handful of movies/tv shows: LOL, 5 Year Engagement, Into the Storm, and Detroit 187 (I might be forgetting one.) I really like seeing how everything works behind the scenes and feeling like I’m a part of something important! It was also cool to tie my shoes next to Emily Blunt, and watch Miley Cyrus (fresh out of her Hannah Montana days) drop about 20 f-bombs when a bee was flying around her on set.
  3. Along those same lines, I was on an episode of My Strange Addiction on TLC! But no, not for having a strange addiction. After seeing Davecat on an episode of the show, I tweeted him on a whim, since I had been trying to figure out what to do for a photojournalism assignment. He ended up tweeting back, and we set up a date for me to come out for a photoshoot! About a week before I was set to go over to his apartment, he emailed me asking if it was okay for the TLC to come film us for the duration of our shoot – they were filming a “where are they now” segment. Of course I said yes 🙂 The day of the shoot the TLC crew was running SUPER late, so me, Davecat, and his sex doll wife Sidore watched The Life Acquatic – ya know, just normal things.Davecat
  4. In case you hadn’t caught on by now, I really like using parentheticals. And commas. And probably overuse both, but that’s okay. I also hate hate hate when people misuse to/too, their/there/they’re, and spell ‘definitely’ defiantly. Unless I really like you, misuse/misspelling any of those things = deal breakers and/or heavy judgement. And if we are close? I’ll be correcting you 24/7. Sorry not sorry, I can’t help myself 🙂
  5. I went to college for 7 years. I’m the oldest person in my group of art school friends, and oy. 7 years is just a long time. I started at Valparaiso University in Indiana, going to school for Elementary Education, but a mixture of homesickness (missing both Joe and my parents/home in general), realizing I’d really rather just take care of/teach my own kids as a parent rather than 30+ other people’s kids, and realizing after taking a few art for elementary teachers classes that I would rather go to art school, I applied and was admitted to CCS! I started there as a photography major, but a year later switched to a Graphic Design major with a minor in Photography. Hooray for indecision! Luckily I have zero regrets, and wouldn’t have nearly as many good friends if I didn’t take the path I did.Graduation!
  6. I’m a very messy, unorganized person when it comes to clothes and tabletops, but when I have to plan something (a wedding, vacation, people visiting…) a switch flips in my brain, and I turn into the most well-organized, detail oriented person in the world. I don’t get it, and I wish I could keep my life uncluttered all the time, but alas.
  7. I love bad TV. And good TV. Okay, I just like TV. I have the TV on way more than I probably should, but 99% of the time it’s just on as background noise while I work. Some must-sees for me include: The Bachelor(ette), American Horror Story, Once Upon a Time, Gotham, and Intervention. I’ve recently started watching Scream Queens, and after realizing Hulu has every season of America’s Next Top Model, I’ve been putting that on while I work on freelance things. Netflix is also great for Orange is the New Black, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s a good thing Joe and I try to stay relatively active/eat relatively healthy, otherwise I’d definitely fall under the category of a couch potato.

Whew. That was a lot of long-winded facts. Congratulations for making it through! Now for some nominations and rules: Continue reading “2 Awards!”

happy monday!

Well. The Mac and Cheese Disaster of 2015 was not avoided. The crockpot basically turned the mac and cheese into a big vat of yellow play-doh, and I ended up waking Joe up at 2:45am…there was no way he was taking that blob of starch in to work. We ended up making 4 boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese at 3am. It’s not going to win any awards, but at least his coworkers will be fed! Maybe we’ll try out the whole ‘crockpot mac and cheese’ thing again some day.

Kraft to the rescue!
Kraft to the rescue!

On to happy things!

  1. I just got back from Kalamazoo Barre, and although I’m a little underwhelmed (it was apparently a hard class…but was on the easier side for me) I’ll definitely be going back/making a habit of going! It’ll be nice to incorporate it back into my daily (?) routine…but I’m currently in the process of purchasing seat and ab intensive Pure Barre class DVDs from PBs website. I feel like my thighs got an excellent workout at Kalamazoo Barre, but abs and seat left something to be desired. Luckily our basement is barre-workout ready, and I can fill in the gaps on my own!
  2. So many things to review! If you know me, you know that there’s always been a pretty constant flow of free things being delivered. Welp, starting a blog has apparently doubled that (not sure if it’s just a coincidence or the two are correlated.) In the coming weeks I’ll be reviewing an eye cream and nighttime face moisturizer on my blog (thanks to BrandBacker) and from the variety of other sample/review sites I’m part of I’ll be getting (or have recently received): OB Tampons, GoodnessKnows snack squares, Seventh Generation laundry detergent, Robutussin, Vitafusion Womens gummies, Accuflora, TAZO chai tea, Pagoda snacks, annnnd Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage. Holy moley. Hooray for Crowdtap, Smiley360, and BzzAgent!
  3. Last week I was awarded two blogger awards that I need to follow up on – and might combine the two. They both include writing up some fun facts about myself. Luckily I’m full of those!
  4. I brought all of my fall-friendly boots to Kalamazoo! It was getting a little old wearing my knockoff Birkenstocks or Sperrys in the chilly weather. As sad as I am that summer is officially over, I do love my boots and scarves 🙂
  5. We are (hopefully) having a pumpkin carving party with some of Joe’s coworkers this weekend – we have a bit of cleaning to do to prepare for that, but it should be fun if all goes according to plan! We’re not quite sure if anyone is free, so it might end up being just the two of us. Regardless, yay pumpkin carving!
  6. Bonus entry! It looks like my website is officially moved over to being self-hosted (vs WordPress hosted.) I’m not exactly sure what that means for anyone following my blog, but it’s certainly exciting for me! 🙂

Happy Monday, y’all!

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PS: The giveaway I’m running ends tomorrow night! Be sure to enter if you haven’t already 🙂