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Woohoo! Liebster Award & My Favorite Bloggers

Dec 17 2014

Liebster Award: My Blogger Nominations

Thank you to the sweet and creative Amber Renee from Miseducated for nominating me! I’ve gotten this award a couple times in the past on my old (now gone) blog, and I love knowing people appreciate my blog… especially from bloggers whom I also like!

The deal is this: you answer some questions so new readers can get to know you, and then you nominate other bloggers, so they can hop along and check them out, as well.

If I nominate you, you can fill out the survey and nominate your own favorite bloggers. Don’t feel pressured to participate if you would rather not, or if you simply can’t find the time. I almost couldn’t!

The Questions

1. What made you want to start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing. When I was a kid, I put together books and wrote the stories with my own illustrations. When I was older I started writing in journals and decorating notebooks as a creative outlet. Naturally I was lead to Livejournal in 2001. It’s always been a creative outlet for me. Even if I stopped for a while, I always ended up coming back to it. I’m a huge introvert, so it also helps me meet like-minded people! I work at home and I have a kid, so I don’t really get out much.

2. What is your biggest dream?
To be able to go on lots of far away travel adventures. I want to see all kinds of places, meet different people and try new foods.

3. If money were no object, what would you do all day?
I’d probably be doing a lot more interesting things to blog about. ^.^

4. What is your favorite country or place to visit and why?
Sadly, I haven’t been to many places yet, and the only other country I’ve been to is Canada — Niagara Falls, to be exact. I’ve been to Virginia Beach and that was pretty cool. One of the places I need to see first is New Orleans. The mix of cultures, religions and superstitions in that city seems like something I need to check out. Also, Sedona, Arizona because the natural landscape is breathtaking. I also kind of want to live there.

5. Oops, you’re stranded on an island (with plenty of water & food). What three things would you want with you?
Oops! I must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque. I would want an electricity generator with plenty of fuel so I can radio for help. There’s no way I can survive that long without an unlimited supply of electricity and access to WiFi.

6. Name a movie and/or book that you recently watched/read and can highly recommend.
“Unstoppable”. I’m usually not into action movies involving things like runaway trains, but I was freaking out throughout the whole movie. As for a book, “Cold Quiet Country”.

7. What do you collect?
I collect owl figurines and anything with owls on it. I’m also amassing quite the nail polish collection again, and art supplies.

8. What do you do to get “zen”?
I look up good stuff to watch on Netflix and eat something I enjoy. Hanging out with my husband always brings me to a state of inner peace. :D

9. What is the wisest thing someone ever told you?
“Don’t take no wooden nickels.” That’s what my Dad used to say to me whenever a mean kid was bothering me at school. Don’t accept crap from anybody, whether they are treating you bad in any way, or if someone isn’t giving you what you’re worth in the work world. Don’t settle for less than the best, basically.

10. What song do you like to sing out loud?
There are so many. I love to sing! I find myself singing along with Rihanna a lot, namely “Half of Me” and “Take a Bow”.

11. If you could learn something super fast (Matrix-style), what skill would you pick?
Martial arts (any form) or acrobatic pole dancing. I’m not kidding!

Random Facts

1. I’ve had my nose pierced since 2005.
2. I’m really good at imitating voices and animal noises.
3. I taught myself how to swim when I was 12.
4. I have asthma and it’s gotten pretty bad recently, but I’m on a medicine now that’s helping a lot.
5. I suck really bad at volley ball.
6. I met my spirit guide. That’s a whole story for another day.
7. I’ve moved house 7 times since I was 21, and some of those weren’t by choice.
8. I’m good at shading and blending with colored pencils.
9. I used to work at an animal shelter, a green house and a Starbucks. The animal shelter was of course, my favorite out of those.
10. I started working from home in 2009 when I had no other choice.
11. I want to start doing tarot card readings for people as a hobby, after I learn more about the meanings.

The Rules

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the same 11 questions your nominator answered above.
3. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Pick 11 nominees to answer your 11 questions.
5. You can’t nominate the person who nominated you!
6. Tell your 11 nominees you have nominated them.

My Nominations

1. Karin from Rock Witch
2. Kylie from Everblossom
3. Cassie from Witty Title Here
4. Kandee from Kandee J
5. Akirah from Akirah Robinson
6. Celia from Ceedling
7. Kya from
8. Tara from Tara Nickole
9. Angeliska from Angeliska Gazette
10. Christie from Girl on Canvas
11. Angelica from Whirlwind

On Body Policing

Dec 16 2014

“Don’t tell thin women to eat a cheeseburger. Don’t tell fat women to put down the fork. Don’t tell underweight men to bulk up. Don’t tell women with facial hair to wax, don’t tell uncircumcised men they’re gross, don’t tell muscular women to go easy on the dead-lift, don’t tell dark-skinned women to bleach their vaginas, don’t tell black women to relax their hair, don’t tell flat-chested women to get breast implants, don’t tell “apple-shaped” women what’s “flattering,” don’t tell mothers to hide their stretch marks, and don’t tell people whose toes you don’t approve of not to wear flip-flops. And so on, etc, etc, in every iteration until the mountains crumble to the sea. Basically, just go ahead and CEASE telling other human beings what they “should” and “shouldn’t” do with their bodies unless a) you are their doctor, or b) SOMEBODY GODDAMN ASKED YOU.”

– Lindy West

Budget Beauty Review: Suave Natural Infusion Leave-in Cream

Dec 14 2014

I can’t spend a lot of money on beauty products, but some things you can’t skimp on — like a good concealer or BB cream. I’m willing to spend more on products like that because you know, I don’t like breaking out. But a bottle of this Suave (that budget brand of hair products) is $4-something and I give it 5 stars.

I haven’t tried the other Natural Infusions stuff, but this leave-in cream is all I need. I don’t like the feel of products in my hair. Ideally, I just want to wear it down without fussing with it or straightening it like I always did in the past to get rid of frizziness. I put it in my hair after I wash it, run a comb through my hair, and let it air dry. Although crazy witch hair can be fun sometimes, most of the time I’d rather have mermaid hair.

Budget Beauty Review: Suave Natural Infusion Leave-in Cream

As for the “strengthening” aspect — the fact that my hair doesn’t look or feel damaged, despite dying it steadily now for almost a year and having straightened it a lot in the past, I think it’s doing the job.

I’ve used leave-in conditioners in the past with a lot of good results, but they always cost more than I was willing to pay on a regular basis. When it comes out of the bottle it feels kinda thin, so at first I didn’t think it would do much for me. But this is the right combo for me — makes it look better without feeling like I put glue in my hair, and lets my hair go just a little bit on the wild side without looking bad.

Crescent Moons & Neon Sunsets

Dec 06 2014

Just a few things I did with the photo editing apps on my phone. Some of these ran through a couple different apps. This is what I do when I’m stuck somewhere, and I can’t get WiFi on my phone.







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