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Cara Box Reveal: Go Green for Earth Day

25 Apr

Cara Box

cara (car-rah) noun   :   beloved friend

Awesome things in the mail + Meeting new women + Encouragement = Cara Box
This was my first time joining Kaitlyn at Wifessionals for the Cara Box exchange. I decided to join her crew because I love getting fun things in the mail, plus I am new to the blogging community and thought it would be a great way to meet some other ladies.
I sent my Cara Box to Heather from My Little HEA and I can’t wait to see what she thinks! It’s been so fun getting to know Heather and I’ve already enlisted her to do a guest post for me when I am out of town! Yay for new blogging friends! Update: check out Heather’s reveal here!
Maria at Keeping it Stepford received me as her Cara Box recipient.
April's Cara Box

April’s Cara Box

After missing the package multiple days thanks to the USPS only delivering during work hours and the post office closing at 5pm, I finally left work early one day to shoot over and pick it up myself. Love getting packages!
Maria included Margarita pretzels for some green snacking, a springy butterfly bookmark, natural Lemongrass soap and a card made from recycled material. I love the saying on the card, “Dream Big. Climb Higher.” Thanks Maria!!
If you are interested in participating next month, go see Kaitlyn at Wifessionals!
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Inspiring Blogger… who me?!

19 Apr

The lovely lady at Things That Happen Everyday has honored me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It sounds so impressive, right?

The rules are as follows:

1. Display award logo on blog.
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
3. State 7 things about yourself. Getting to that…
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link back to them. Easy enough!

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Seven Things About Another Clean Slate

  • I grew up being called Katie, but at some point started going by Kate because it sounded more professional. I can tell what phase of life people know me from or how close they are to me based on what they call me.
  • I still sleep with the teddy bear my dad gave me when I was first born in the hospital. His name is Teddy. Very fitting, I think.
  • I got glasses when I was three years old and was allowed to get contacts when I turned 13. I considered it the best gift ever at the time and don’t understand people who wear fashion glasses by choice now.
  • You all know my first gig was babysitting, but my first real job was working in a fish market that one of the family’s owned. It was a smelly first job.
  • I have a younger sister and a younger brother. We would all do anything for each other, but definitely still have our sibling moments.
  • I played soccer as a kid, but eventually I quit because the coach required me to take out my earrings. I obviously loved the sport.
  • My mom is one of my best friends. There are many times I would have been completely lost without her- and not in the “I’m just saying this to be nice” way, but in the totally serious way.

And the nominees are…

Two Bored Housewives

Here I Go With All My Thoughts

Kiss My List

LB in Wonderland

Mama, Schmama

My Little HEA

Just Stay Lovely

Keeping it Stepford

Julie You Jest

Helen Jameson: Scribble Girl

A Dose of Jules


My Life in High Heels


I know the bigger blogs don’t usually participate in these types of things and some of my  fave new blogging friends belong to those, so please feel free to snatch this award for yourself if you want- you know who you are!

ALSO, if you haven’t heard the news, two of my blogging mentors My Life as Lucille and Something Clever 2.0 convinced me I need a Facebook page, so go check it out 🙂 (Update: I’ve hidden this page for now- still trying to figure it all out!).

And thank you for the two new Liebsters I received from Reflex Reflections and Just Another Blog. Make sure you check these great blogs out! Also check out my other Liebster Award mentions (see 1-2 here , 3-6 here and 7 here). Appears I have a lot of catching up to do responding to these awards.

Officially out of my mind

17 Apr

That is it. It has happened. I have officially gone out of my mind.

What? You think this happened before today. Well, you’re wrong. Today is THE DAY I lost it.

Seriously, who in their right mind thinks it is okay to let their dog go the bathroom on the sidewalk and not clean up? Not me. BUT, who wears their new flats to commute in and then looks at her phone instead of where she is walking? Yep, me.

Don’t worry- it is all cleaned up now.

But that’s not all that has caused this mind crisis.

I walked back home, cleaned my shoe and then walked back to this bus- this time looking where I put my feet. I got on the bus, got all the way to work and sat down at my desk only to realize I had forgotten my computer at home. Are you kidding?!

Back to the bus I walked, back to my house I went and then turned around and did it all over again, this time with my laptop bag.

So here I am, clean shoes, clear heart, computer on desk and officially out of my mind.

I know I should think about all the people out there who are suffering and have been through serious tragedies and instances. And trust me, I am. I am in no way comparing my bad morning caused by my own idiocy to what other people are dealing with. I have perspective, but sometimes its the little things that are the tipping point- especially after such big things have weighed you down.

Is it Friday yet?

Some brightening news: Over the last couple of days I was nominated for not one, not two, not three… you get the point… but FOUR Liebster Awards! Since I so recently started blogging and had just responded to a couple other of these awards (here), I am going to thank my nominators (did I make that up?) and ask you to please visit their amazing sites! I will definitely be responding to their questions sometime soon 🙂

Thanks to:

Julie You Jest

Helen Jameson: Scribble Girl

A Dose of Jules


Today was Day Fifteen (or Day O) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Hoping you’ll follow me on Bloglovin or Twitter! New friends make me happy… and I could use some more happiness today!

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Happy One Month, Another Clean Slate!

14 Apr

Happy One Month, Another Clean Slate!

Thanks to everyone who has kept me motivated to keep this blogging bit up! I can’t believe I have stuck with it for a WHOLE month. For those who know me, that is kind of a big deal.

Hoping you’ll help me celebrate by following me on Bloglovin or Twitter! If you don’t use Bloglovin, you can always follow by entering your E-mail where it says “Follow” up there in the top right 🙂

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I Love My Post Blog Hop

12 Apr

I am hosting my very first blog hop today thanks to Sarah at Life in a Break Down. I am looking forward to “meeting” everyone who links up and am so thrilled to be a part of this event!! Thanks Sarah!

I love my post Welcome to the I Love My Post blog hop where we invite you to link up your favourite post of the week, to show it off and hopefully receive some love from the others partaking in the hop!

If you are yet to participate in a hop they are really simple to get the hang of all you need to do is ‘hop’ around, hopefully finding some new great reads!

The Rules are simple.

1. Check out and follow the hosts and co-hosts. Leave them a comment if you would like them to follow back.
2. Choose at least 3 other blogs and hop on over and leave them some love, plus let them know how you found them – I’m sure they would love it if you followed as well!

3. Have Fun and come back next Saturday.

Please just don’t link up and click off to make this successful everyone needs to hop around!

Your Host’s this week are:
Sarah from Life in a Break Down
Bex from Futures
and our lovely co-hosts are:
Kate from Another Clean Slate
Jess from Girl Booklet
Fiona from Dolly Dowsie
Jutta from Hungry Little Girl

I would love it if you would tweet, share on facebook or place our button on your blog, the more sharing we can get happening the bigger this hop can become!


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This week’s Featured Blogger is: Karen from Karen’s Soiree
Her blog looks at her life as a wife and Momma she blogs recipes, party ideas (love the 1/2 birthday I think we all need one of those) and craft ideas you really need to pop over and have a look around and see what it is all about ~ Sarah

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