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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
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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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If you fancy being next week’s featured blogger make sure you follow all the rules give you hosts and co-hosts a follow and Sarah could be calling on you next week to come and feature with us.

We now have a fantastic Mail Chimp List so if you want a weekly reminder about the hop Sign up now!

Editing the A to Z Challenge

5 Apr

During this Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I began to think about what other challenges we could do from A to Z in upcoming months and blog to share our experiences. Some of my favorite challenge edits are:

  • Eating my way from A to Z– Some people could do this with full course meals, cereals, fruits, exotic foods or cutting their food into shapes. I can imagine their families would be thrilled for “Frog Leg Friday.” Although, I’ve had frog legs on several occasions and they really do resemble the taste of chicken.
  • Falling in love from A to Z– Did you ever see the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? This would be along the same lines but the goal would be just to have a date with a day whose name starts with a letter consecutively from A to Z. It might backfire when you meet your future first ex-husband at the bar and decline a date just because his name is Mike and you already are all the way to P- searching for Peters, Pauls and Pasquals.
  • Hobbies from A to Z- This would be good for anyone who wanted to have a chance to try being an acrobat or zoologist. They would be able to join this challenge and spend a day going through each of their potential passions by letter. Beekeeping anyone? Ghost hunting?
  • Send a gift to Kate @ Another Clean Slate from A-Z– This is my personal favorite. Everyone could use their creativity to send me gifts- anything from Alcohol to Jewelry to Zumba soundtracks.

What are some edited challenges you can think of? Maybe one of ours could go viral like the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Imagine the possibilities!

Today was Day Five (or Day E) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

One of my college roommates has been in town, so my creative juices are moving more slowly than usual. I will have a recap of this upcoming amazing weekend once my brain cells are again fully functioning. Hoping you’ll follow me on Bloglovin or Twitter! New friends make me happy!


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From A to Zzzz….

29 Mar

I had joked that I didn’t get sick this winter because my boyfriend was sick often enough that it was like my own personal flu shot every time we kissed. I spoke too soon. I made it through winter, but it appears it wasn’t in the cards to skip being sick altogether. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say things aren’t pretty and that I’m hoping my coworkers aren’t cringing from their cubicles. Trust me, if I had a choice, I wouldn’t be here.

This wonderful surprise just happened to pop up at the most inconvenient time. I better recover by tomorrow for a number of reasons.

First of all,  I’m going to my boyfriend’s house for Easter. This will be the second time I meet his mom and I’m not sure I want this follow-up impression to be me heavy lidded and sniffling while the ham gets carved.

Secondly, my 30th birthday is on Monday. The aging process has done its duty enough, thank you very much Mr. Cold. I have friends traveling in for my big “surprise” bash next weekend. There is NO way I want to be sick for the main event.

Last but not least, Monday begins the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. How will I keep up with the veteran bloggers if my brain is foggy?

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge kicks off on April 1 (my birthday- woohoo!). Every day except Sundays for the month of April, a post must be written using a word starting with a consecutive letter of the alphabet as the hook. Did I explain that right? Monday has to be about something starting with “A,” Tuesday with the letter “B” and so on and so forth. If it doesn’t make sense blame the unicorns tap dancing in my head- or the cold medicine- then check the challenge’s Web site for a clearer description.

Wish me luck… and a quick recovery!

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Take my advice, you need it

28 Mar

Dear 16-year-old me,

I bet you figure you will have all the answers by the time you are my age. Think again. You are just as clueless at 29 as you were at 21 and as you are at 16. In fact, I’m beginning to think you’ll never have the answers. The difference is that I accept that fact. However, there are some tidbits of advice I can give you- not that you’ll listen.

  • Save your money. That purse is going to go out style, but that debt lasts a lifetime (or at least it will feel that way).
  • Try to go a little easier on your mom. She is trying and whether you believe it or not, you’ll be very close in only a couple of years.
  • Some friends aren’t meant to be in your life forever. Accept them for what they mean to you at the time.
  • Some friends are meant to be in your life forever. Be good to them. You’ll need them.
  • You’re a strong person. Don’t doubt that.
  • It’s okay to say no if someone proposes to you. In fact, I strongly encourage it. It won’t work out. Just trust me on this one.
  • That metabolism won’t last forever. Try to get into a habit of running now or I doubt it will ever become something you enjoy.
  • For goodness sake, lay off the Sun In!

Love,
Your older and not quite wiser self

Just wanted to say, I am grateful for all of you reading my posts. It’s been two weeks since I started writing this thing and I woke up this morning to a total of over 1,000 page views and 200 followers on Twitter. Now I know that is all in an hour’s work for a lot of blogs out there, but this newbie is definitely feeling the love- real or imagined. So thank you!

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A virtual high five- for me?!

26 Mar

Having gone from a lurker to a blogger less than two weeks ago, I am so thankful for already being welcomed into this community.  Amber from My Life in High Heels has welcomed me as a newbie blogger with a  Liebster Blog Award. The Liebster Blog Award is a blogger’s way of showing some love and connecting with other bloggers. Lots of love right back to you, Amber! Thank you!

With the award I post 11 facts about myself, answer 11 questions from Amber and nominate other bloggers with 200 followers or less. So here it goes…

11 facts about me

  1. I have a terrible Diet Coke addiction. I drink about two a day, one in the morning and one around lunchtime. Plus, I might drink another later depending on the day. Save me the lecture. I am trying to quit.
  2. I don’t drink coffee- never have. In a way, this might explain the Diet Coke addiction.
  3. I am the quintessential oldest child. I have a younger sister and a younger brother.
  4. I went to three different colleges plus took classes one summer at a community college when I came home to work. I ended up graduating from the University of Florida.
  5. I am a HUGE college sports fan. Go Gators!
  6. My dad is a police officer and my mom works in a pediatrician’s office. Talk about growing up as an American cliche.
  7. I live alone in an apartment in South Boston. This is not an invitation to stalkers.
  8. I love my Jeep Grand Cherokee, but I hate driving. I feel safer being in a bigger car despite the sick feeling I get when I have to pay for gas to fill it up.
  9. Luckily, I only have to fill up my Jeep a couple of times a month. I only drive once or twice a week because I can either take the bus, train or walk everywhere.
  10. I read all the time- on the bus, at lunch, waiting in doctor’s offices… ALL.THE.TIME. I have been known to plow through an entire book before I go to sleep at night.
  11. My best friend lives in NYC, but I see her more often than some friends who only live a 15 minute drive away. I’m lucky like that.

Questions from Amber

  1. Why did you start blogging? You know, I have no specific reason for why I started blogging. My friends have told me for years I should write, but I am sure all bloggers heard that over time. I just was lurking one day and decided I wanted to join in the fun. Why not?
  2. How long have you been blogging? Two weeks ago Thursday and have loved it since Day One!
  3. Where is your dream vacation spot? I don’t exactly have a dream vacation spot, but wherever it is has a lot of sunshine, cool drinks and absolutely no distractions from a day of doing nothing.
  4. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why? I would love to have dinner with my mom’s dad. He passed away when she was young and I have heard so much about him from her and my grandmother. I would love to have the chance to know him myself.
  5.  What is the best gift you have ever been given? The gift of life! I thank my parents for giving birth to me almost 30 years ago. Just kidding 😉 That was my out for not having a better answer.
  6. What is something that is on your bucket list? I definitely want to have children. Does that count as something on a bucket list? I told my boyfriend when we first started dating that no matter our situation, when I am 35 I am going to figure out a way to be a mom. I am surprised he stuck around after that proclamation.
  7. What is your favorite thing to look at on Pinterest? I love looking at recipes. Sometimes I even make them.
  8. What is your favorite movie? Gone with the Wind is probably my favorite movie. I am not a big movie buff, but do enjoy curling up on the couch and watching them or going to the theater on my own for a bit of escape.
  9. What is your dream job? I think my dream job would be to be a teacher. It started out my dream job and then I got off track. Down the road, it might still happen.
  10. Night out or night in? I love both! Nothing beats a nice, long dinner with a bottle of wine with my boyfriend or a group of friends. Well, maybe a night in with those same people and the same bottle of wine would beat it!
  11. Where were you born? I was born in America’s hometown… and yes, people do hold protests during the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

My nominees

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11 questions for the new nominees

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. How long have you been blogging?
  3. What are some of your favorite blogs?
  4. What three things do you think are your best traits?
  5. What three things do you think are your worst traits?
  6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  7. What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend?
  8. What do you do to relax?
  9. How long have you known your oldest friend and how did you meet them?
  10. What is your least favorite household chore?
  11. What advice would you give to other bloggers?

Now, I am going to celebrate by eating some of the Girl Scout cookies someone dropped on my desk that I forgot I had ordered. Thanks again for the nomination Amber!

Update: A few days later I was nominated for another Liebster Blog Award by Zoe at Rewritten. Thanks Zoe! Rather than post another of these, I am encouraging you all to visit her blog!

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