Weekly Wishes #10 (+sponsor love)

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Hey all. It’s Monday, you know what that means! Today, I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week!

Last week, I wished for a few things and they weren’t very successful. My Bloglovin’ feed is still overpowering me! But at least I haven’t let it grow anymore. And I did complete the biggest wish of all–to get home safely. I spent last night with H and we had a blast just hanging out, eating pancakes, ice cream and black cherry soda (balanced diet, am I right?). So I totally don’t even care about my other goals; all that matters is that I’m finally home.

A week from today, school starts again! In honor of this wondrous (jokes) occasion, I’m offering a SURPRISE SALE–30% off all ad spaces from today until next Monday, August 19, 2013 when I start school. See all of your options on my sponsor page and make sure to mention this sale when you contact me!

But on a slightly less happy note, I don’t have much time before school craziness starts. In other words, I gotta get my shiz together. For those of you who don’t know, I just drove home to NC from Michigan over the weekend, where I’ve been living for two months. So I have a lot of schoolwork left to do and unpacking and cleaning and I need to work on finding a job! And to add to it, my body’s on a crazy sleep schedule because I used to get off work at one. In a week, I’ll be getting up at 6ish for school, so something’s gotta change. Basically, I got lots to do.

In more simple terms, here are my wishes:

  • Get my body on a good sleep schedule. Specifically, lights out by ten thirty, out of bed by eight. I can do this!!
  • Do some major cleaning! Pick up or clean for 30 minutes every single day–if possible, right when I get out of bed. My desk drawers are stuffed and I’ve got books all over my room that need to be picked up (figures).
  • Write out a full posting schedule for my first week of school. 
  • Look for a job. I’d ideally like a job in tutoring, but I’ll see what I can scrape up–wish me luck!

Now head on over to The Nectar Collective and join the Weekly Wish link up.

Today, I’ve also got a super exciting opportunity to introduce a lady who’s been chilling out on my sidebar recently. Crystal writes over at The Happy Type about positivity and things that inspire her. In her own words, The Happy Type is “a place for women to grow”. Let’s chat with this stellar female!

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Crystal, I want to introduce you by talking about some of your favorite things–give us a book recommendation to start us off! 

In high school a teacher made me read Catch-22 and I was so mad because a wartime story, UGHHH! BUT it turned into my all time favorite book because of the amazing story line Joseph Heller’s writing is simply sensational. Even if you don’t like wartime fiction Catch-22 is such an engaging story that you’ll find yourself immersed in it in no time!

I’ve never read that, but I’ll definitely be adding it to my list! What about your favorite band or song?

Journey / “Don’t Stop Believin'”!

If you could visit or live in one place, anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Prague. END OF STORY.

Ooh, Prague sounds super! 

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Her fave posts: Protecting Your Joy / Being Happy Where You Are (Literally)

My fave posts of hers: If Home Is Where The Heart Is, Then What About When Your Heart Is Missing? / Four Seasons Smoothie (yum!)

Meet up with Crystal: Bloglovin’ / Facebook / Twitter

What were your wishes this week? Don’t forget about the sponsor sale–30% off until next Monday!

Reasons why I suck at blogging + 3 ladies who don’t

Honest to blog…

Here in the blogging world, it’s easy to feel like I don’t measure up because I’m not just like other bloggers. It’s a weird comparison–blogging is all about being yourself, but there’s a big pressure to be just like bigger, more popular blogs. It is tough sometimes, but I’ve learned that it’s good to blog about things that are different than other people. I may have less readers but those readers know they can’t find a blog just like mine anywhere else. And yes, this is more than slightly tongue-in-cheek.

So here are four reasons why I suck at blogging, followed by a few ladies who don’t suck at blogging. 

1. I don’t make DIYs all the time. If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I made one diy, once–envelopes made out of magazine pages. That took about ten minutes. I don’t sew my own clothes, much less publish pictures and patterns for them. And I don’t make all the decorations for my house out of mason jars, god forbid.

Anne makes, well, everything. Especially this finger-knit love pillow.

2. I don’t take beautiful pictures of my food. Come to think of it, no food that I make ever looks beautiful. Let’s just say that I’ve lit toast on fire before and put silverware in the microwave more times than I care to admit.

Amanda K by the Bay makes ice cream, every Sunday. Most recently, Kahlua Chocolate Chunk with Caramel Swirls!

3. I don’t take pictures of my outfits. It’s not that I don’t dress cute, I just can’t figure out how to (a) take pictures of myself using just an iPhone or (b) not be awkward in pictures. (Side note: I really would like to start posting pictures, because you know, I have great style and all. Anyone have advice for doing it on an iPhone/without a photographer?)

Jessica at Jeans and a Teacup, looking adorbs, as always.

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4. Also, I don’t even have a camera (other than my iPhone), so I can’t post pretty pictures of every single thing I do. I use stock pictures or things from Pinterest, but they’re rarely my own. (This is the one exception when I took pictures.)  For any of you bloggers who also are not too camera-handy, here’s a great source for pretty stock pictures! Also, Flickr’s creative commons are great too.

What makes you different than other bloggers–why do you “suck” at typical blogging? Any tips for me to on reason number 3? 

Weekly Wishes #9

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Hey all. Today, I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week! Last week, I had quite a few goals! Here’s how I did.

  • Get through my Bloglovin’ feed? Ah no. But I did make significant progress! I’m just barely under two hundred!
  • Get a new sponsor?? Nope, not this week. I do have a super awesome guest post coming up from Crystal at The Happy Type and I’m so excited to share! If you ever want to guest post/sponsor CMS, check out the sponsor page.
  • Brainstorm topics for the first week of school posts? Yessirree sure did! Get excited!
  • Make progress on school reading and college apps? Yep! I started my apps and am just waiting to hear back from my counselor before I finish!

I’m finding that my goals are just too vague so it’s hard to really make progress. So I’m making a goal to make my goals more concrete (yes, my goals involve goal-making).

Now, for this week’s wishes:

  • Keep on truckin’ through my Bloglovin’ feed! I’d like in <100 ideally. Work on it a little bit everyday!
  • Try to comment more on blogs! Make at least one thoughtful comment everyday–more is great!
  • Plan two posts and write out one for the first week of school.
  • Go home!! By this time next week, I’ll be home in Charlotte! I get to see the boy eeeeeeeeee.

Now head on over to The Nectar Collective and join the Weekly Wish link up.

What were your wishes this week? If you have a blog, tweet me, or comment to motivate me and help me reach my wishes!

July in Favorites

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Things I love about me + why that’s not arrogant
5 more things I’m not ashamed of (but probably should be)
Three Must-Read Memoirs
Where’d You Go, Bernadette [book review]
Marie Curie, karate chopping stereotypes.
Funky Mood? Not for Long.
The Good and Bad of Living in Alaska [guest post]

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Beautiful Boy by David Sheff.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. Not done with this one, so that might be cheating but it’s great so far!

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Amanda makes super cute geometric jean shorts with a bleach pen and raspberry-rosemary sorbet. FancyHands shows a really doable way to live richly and avoid regret. Melyssa shares the experience of getting and dealing with her first negative commenter. Sarah introduces me to Jes the Militant Baker. I found Emily’s pretty and natural blog, Growing Wild Ginger. Mary shares her thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case. Kelsey shares some super duper cute patterned things! Crystal works out at home.

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I Want You to Want Me / Cheap Trick
Somartider / Gyllentider
Thrift Shop [electro-swing cover] / Postmodern Jukebox/Macklemore
I Would Walk 500 Miles / The Proclaimers
Jackie Wilson Said / Van Morrison
Hey Willy / Shannon and the Clams
Guaranteed / Eddie Vedder

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What were your favorite things this month?

Catching My Eye 09.

Would you make me very very happy and take my survey? I promise, it’s super short, 9 questions. And most of the questions are multiple choice, a few you have to fill in a word. I will love you forever! 

The best of the interwebs:

(This is probs NSFW…but it’s effin hilarious.)

♥I’m working on the 30 Day Arm Challenge with Claire from DaisyBisley. I love feeling stronger!

♥This slightly depressing article shows that I’m about as smart as an eighth grader in 1912.

♥I love this cool Kickstarter campaign for laboratory glasses made into tableware.

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♥Think your life is tough? Here are 23 easy fixes to first world problems.

♥If anyone wants to give me $60, I’d love this studded Stella & Dot bracelet.

♥Michelle reviews a subscription box of gourmet food!

♥This is so freaky cool! A photographer spliced pictures of family members together and shows how cool genetics are.

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Make graffiti with moss!

♥You might have missed: Funky Mood? Not for Long Weekly Wishes #8 ♥ Choices + free iPhone backgrounds Sponsor CMS in July/August.

What have you been loving this week? Which of these links did you think was the coolest?

Weekly Wishes #8

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(Isn’t this gorgeoussss? It’s in Norway, somewhere.)

Hey all. Today, I’m linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week! Last week, my goals were to run once, get through my Bloglovin’ feed, connect with bloggers, keep my bedroom clean and learn something new.

  • Ran once? Sure did! Five miles.
  • Get through my Bloglovin’ feed? Oh man, no. I’m closer to 300-350 now. I’m so sorry for commenting on everyone’s posts from two weeks ago. I’m working on it.
  • Connect with bloggers? A little bit but not as much as I would have liked. You’re a blogger? Tweet @CallMeSassBlog or comment or comment on my Facebook! (See buttons above)
  • Keep my room clean? Did pretty well! Not perfectly, but it was a good try!
  • Learn something new? I learned about the colors you see when you shut your eyes!

Now, for this week’s wishes:

  • Go through my whole Bloglovin’ feed (take two)! This is getting pathetic. Share your blog with me below!
  • Get a new sponsor! Want to help me out? Check out my sponsor page! Starts at only five bucks!
  • Spend some quality time brainstorming posts for my first week of school–it’s gonna be crazy busy!
  • Make progress on my school reading and start college applications!

Now head on over to The Nectar Collective and join the Weekly Wish link up.

What were your wishes this week? If you have a blog, tweet me, comment or sponsor to help me reach my wishes!

the liebster award.

Buckets of thanks to Lou at Stars in Jars for nominating me for the Liebster Award. In German, “Liebster” means darling, or favorite, or loved. This award is given by bloggers to other bloggers with less than 200 followers. It’s a way of spreading a lot of blogging love and saying, “Hey, you know what? You’re pretty awesome!”

Just for the record, this is above and beyond my usual level of narcissism. The original rules said to share eleven facts about myself, but I just couldn’t do that. So, I’m sorry, I broke the blog-rules. Sue me.

Here are the basics:

1. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
2. Write 11 facts about yourself. (See note above).
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

The Q+A (I just picked my favorites because I’m lazy).

1.Tell me a joke
–What did the daddy buffalo say to his son when he left for college?
–Bison.
2. It’s dinnertime, what are you cooking me?
–Macaroni and cheese, that’s about the extent of my repertoire.
3. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
–This is totally not the “right” way of answering this question but Agnes from Despicable Me (It’s so fluffaaayyyyy!…ahem)
4. What’s your favourite childhood movie?
–The 1960 Swiss Family Robinson film.
5. Describe your perfect date.
–That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket. (Please tell me you got that).
6. Which are cooler? Dinosaurs or dragons?
–Dinosaurs. Procompsognathus, specifically. I nerd out about dinosaurs. Plus dinos actually existed and all. Sooo yeah. Not much of a competition there.
7. Are you proud of yourself?
–Yes. Not always, but most of the time, yes.

My Nominees

  1. Whale & Wasp (love this name!)
  2. On the Adventure
  3. emm.elle.kay
  4. You’re In Brookelynn
  5. At Home In Love
  6. Transient Expression
  7. Almost Endearing
  8. Lovee Seems
  9. 91Dash
  10. Kayli Wanders
  11. The Open Life

My Questions for the Nominees

  1. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
  2. What’s your favorite book ever, and why?
  3. Explain yourself in six words.
  4. Mountains or beach?
  5. What website do you visit first in the morning?
  6. What are your favorite places to find inspiration (online or otherwise)?
  7. (Copying from Lou) Dragons or dinosaurs and why?
  8. Pick three pins you love from pinterest or three blogs you love and link them.
  9. What one (or two or three) thing do you wish that you had known as a new blogger?
  10. Give us three songs to listen to.
  11. What’s your favorite animal and why?

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of this narcissistic post. Well maybe not that much because the point is really to see other bloggers. And I hope you know that I didn’t just google ‘blogs with less than 200 followers’. Some of these blogs are new to me, but I’ve read a good bit from them and endorse them whole-heartedly! Do me a favor and check out these rockin’ females.