Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Meet Fawn

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Today, we thought you guys might like to meet our blog "little", Fawn.  We did a quick interview with her the other day.

Tell me a bit about yourself.

My name is Fawn I have been married to my husband Matt for 9 years and we have two kids. My sweet girl Riley  (4) and my handsome Cohen (2). I am from sunny San Diego California, but have lived in Colorado ever since I got married. I stay at home with my kids which has always been my dream.  I am slightly obsessed with reality t.v. and social media (instagram & pinterest.)  I love anything health and fitness related as well as fashion and beauty. 

How does Matt feel about your blog?

That is a great question, one I haven't thought much about until now. My hubby is totally the anti-social media person so we are complete opposite. However, he does read my posts if I tell him about it and he is glad that I have something that I love to do which is write.

Do you ever let/ ask him to help?

I don't think it would be his choice to help me lol but there are a few times when I have needed his help with html stuff. He is really smart and helps me out once in a while with something like that. Otherwise he's not involved at all.

How long ago did you begin blogging?

I began blogging when I had my daughter Riley so almost 5 years ago.

What was your original goal for the blog?

My original goal was to keep my family (who all still live in California) updated with Riley and her life. I know it was hard for them to not be here and see all of her milestones growing up. 

Has that changed?  How so?

Yes it has changed. Now that we have instagram and facebook to keep our famlies updated with pictures of the kids my blog has turned into more of a "Me" out let. It is a way for me to share what is on my heart , my passions, interests and to connect with others.

What originally inspired you to begin blogging?

I was inspired by my daughter. I always loved writting and keeping journals, when I became a mom that passion came back.

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

I love to read Casey Leigh from The Wiegnads, my friend Amy from Set Free, Bailey Jean from Brave Love blog, Jess Connolly oh there are so many but those are a few of my faves.

Where do you come up with ideas for your blog posts?

Usually it's just what is on my heart at the moment. There are times when I do join up with linkups or challenges to help with writing prompts or ideas from other bloggers that inspire me.

Do you have a routine for writing?

Not really I kind of just go with the flow. The one thing that I try to do though is pray before I write. I don't ever want my posts to be just "about me" I want them to connect with the reader so that they don't feel alone.

Can you share some of your favorite posts you’ve written?

One of my favorite pots is called "Paul Walker and God" it's a real honest post about faith and life. I also love my post on our recent trip back home to visit family because I put a ton of pictures up from our trip to California and I love seeing my kids cute little faces on vacation.

Anything else you’d like to leave our readers with?​

Just that if your new or old to the blogging world remember why you started blogging in the first place whenever you feel like your in a slump or wondering why am I doing this. Don't forget your "why".

Friday, October 10, 2014

$50 Target Gift Card Giveaway | Not Just October

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October is Breast Cancer awareness month, but every month should be seen as such.  (Hence Not Just October)

If you don't count some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, no matter race or ethnicity.  It's also the most common cause of death from cancer in Hispanic women.

In 2011, 220,097 women and 2,078 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer.  Also in 2011, 40,931 women and 443 men in the United States died from breast cancer.

Not Just October is a non- profit organization to fund raise to help find a cure.  You can read more about their mission here.

Now for a giveaway!

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I Never Thought Blogging Would. . .

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Well this week has been insane to say the least, but TGIF.  So, on to Blogtober

I never thought blogging would bring me closer to my little cousin.  We've always been fairly close, but now we have something we share.

I never thought blogging would introduce me to so many people from all over.  It's interesting how close you can become with someone without ever actually meeting them in real life.

I never thought blogging would allow me to get to know myself more.  Blogging about my thoughts has really helped me grow as a person.

I never thought blogging would make me obsessed with snail mail.  (If you're interest in being pen pals hmu)


Helene in Between Blogtober

Monday, October 6, 2014

10 Things I Should Have Told Myself When I Started Blogging

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Oh gosh.  If you have read any of our posts from 2012, you probably know there was a lot I should have told myself.

1. Is this an image you think would properly represent your blog?  If not RETAKE IT so it isn't as blurry.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA!  You can't expect people to just show up if you aren't promoting posts on twitter and the like.

3. Don't expect companies to fall at your feet offering you products when you get 15 views a day.  It's just not going to happen.

4. Don't expect to get a stable income from AdSense.  Yeah, also not happening.

5. Ask would you take time out of your day to read this?  If not don't share it.

6. Before hitting publish, take out one smiley face.  Trust me on this one.

7. Size pictures consistently and don't try doing wrap text.  It just looks stupid.

8. Don't do so many giveaways that are irrelevant to the blog's topic.  100's of followers do you know good if they don't care about your content and won't read.

9. Can you see what's going on in the picture?  Maybe add some light.

10. Don't post just to post.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Sew Nauti Halloween

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*Product Provided for Review*

We're super excited for Halloween!  Although we're not quite sure what we're going to be yet, we know we'll definitely be toting these cute bags for candy.

They're handmade and feature cute embroidery!  I love these little candy corns.

Plus you get to choose between burlap and canvas for the bag.

Plus, when you inevitably wind up carrying your child's candy (and stealing a few here or there, they probably won't notice) you can still totally rock it!

If you're the one at home handing out candy to all the trick-or-treat-ers you can use this awesome basket.

Are you as excited for Halloween as we are?

Cassi & Katie

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cassi's Fall Bucket List

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1. Enjoy not having snow on the ground.

2. Enjoy pumpkin spice everything.  Yes, I've waited until October.  No, I don't think it is right the PSL started in September.

3. Spend quality time with family for Thanksgiving.

4. Carve a pumpkin.  (and bake pumpkin seeds of course)

5. Rake leaves.  

6. Drive a ton.

Pretty simple, huh?

Helene in Between

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Recap

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Honestly if you were to ask me what I did in September I would probably spend 10 minutes talking about the Ed Sheeran concert.  But, since you can read/see all about that here, I'm going to try to avoid spamming you with concert photos.  Seem fair?

I started school again :(

I got new glasses 

I added like a billion books to my TBR

I drove a bunch and even went through a few drive-thrus (I'm up to 50 hours!)

I had a sleepover with Katie

We had a photoshoot (more "normal" photos coming soon!)

Saw If I Stay

Planned all our posts for October (including this one)

Then on Sunday I babysat for 10 hours straight

What did you do in September?  Any concerts you're still talking about?


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy World Ballet Day!

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It's strange how something I started at 3 because my mom put me in it has become such a huge part of my life now.  I now have 13 hours of class a week, which will probably turn into at least 20 when BTI starts.

I'm honestly so grateful for dance.  Even though most of the time it causes me extreme pain, it truly makes me so happy.  Maybe it's just the endorphins, but I can be having a horrible day and as soon as I get to dance everything is better.

I'd like to think it's worth what it's doing to my body.


Friday, September 19, 2014

X Recap

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Hey guys!  Long time no see(/chat/read/write?)!

Tuesday I went to the Ed Sheeran concert I've been talking about since April.  It was absolutely incredible.  Rudimental (a band from South Africa) opened and they were great.  I'd never heard of them before and I'm glad I got to because I've had them on repeat all day.

and now for a photo dump

Friday, September 12, 2014

Faves From Ed Sheeran

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In early celebration of getting to go to the Ed Sheeran concert on Tuesday (and complete lack of inspiration) today I'm sharing my all time favorites.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Attachments Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So. Good.

I read this at every moment I had and was completely hooked the entire time. I love the concept of telling half a story through emails exchanged between coworkers. I found I felt like I knew Jennifer and Beth more than I did Lincoln.

I actually enjoyed this more than Fangirl + Eleanor & Park which I didn't anticipate at all seeing as it's not YA.

This book featured 3 main characters: Jennifer and Beth, whom you learn about mainly through their e-mails back and forth, and Lincoln. The characters are all very strong and 3 dimensional. There's evident character development from the beginning to the end with all three mains. Jennifer decides to make a huge change in her life, one she was dreading at the beginning, but she later decides she would really like. Beth moves on from her current relationship that's gone dry. Lincoln finally moves out and moves on.

Both predictable and unpredictable, the plot was great. There was a definite climax as well as rising action leading up to it. There weren't any slow or incredibly boring sections- the whole thing really kept me captivated.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and can't wait to read Landlines

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY Thursday: Recycled Bank

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So, I've taken up the "hobby" of changing trash into cash!  All I use are old pop bottles (or juice cartons), duct tape, and scissors.  So, today I'm going to tell you how to do this, too!

Step 1.
Take your recyclable of choice and cut off the top so it is perfectly rectangular, square, or even cylindrical.

Step 2.
Start covering with duct tape of choice until fully covered, even the top where the hole is.

Step 3.
Cut a money-sized slit in the top, to make it a bank.  You're done!  The finished product should look like one of these:


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Eight Education Essentials

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I started school again yesterday.  My independent work took me maybe 3 hours.  It's kind of annoying having nothing to do once I'm finished, but I'm sure I'll be a lot busier and far more stressed out once dance starts.  But, for now I'll spend my down time cleaning and reading.

Today, I want to share with you my top 8 needs for back to school.

Like a pen, but erasable & doesn't wind up smearing all over your hand.  Not having to deal with pencil sharpening is definitely a plus as well.

I can use this app to organize my assignments, get reminders about due dates & class times, and keep track of test dates.  It's great to have everything in one place.

These are my ultimate pen crush.  They write so smoothly and the fun colors are great for note taking!

I. Love. This.  I use it all the time- my walls are practically covered in it.  I love edging pages in notebooks with it or using it to create tabs.  Great for organization and extremely cute.

These are great for marking pages in text books as well as notebooks.  I'll definitely be using these when we read The Great Gatsby later this semester.

These confused me a lot at first.  They still kind of confuse me.  I first discovered them in drivers' ed, but now I love them.  I'm not a huge fan of capping highlighters since I'll probably just need it again in 30 seconds, but these never dry out so I don't have to worry.

7. Wall Calendar
These are great.  A dry erase one is best, but anyone will work.  While it's nice to have calendars on your phone and computer, sometimes actually seeing it helps.

I can barely last an hour with my hair down.  It doesn't matter how long I spend straightening it, I always get annoyed with it in the way and I need to pull it up.  I always like to keep one of these hair ties on my wrist for those situations.  The plus?  They look cute as a bracelet too!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cassi's September Goals

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Hey guys!  I hope you had a nice holiday.  Mine was pretty uneventful, but I enjoyed my last day before school started.  I have an actual plan this month, so I really believe we will be posting regularly this month.  Too bad it can't count for school.

August Goals

1. Post more often!  I was supposed to start that this month, but with drivers’ ed daily I’ve had absolutely zero motivation.  HAHAHA nope.  This didn't happen at all.  It's going to happen this month for sure, though.

2. Drink more water.  My face is breaking out really bad and it had been clear throughout July.  Although there are many factors that have changed, I’m hoping this will help.  I have been drinking more water, but that doesn't really mean much since I spent most of July on Arnold Palmers.

3. Start my prep work for school.  Scantron opens soon for me and I can start getting organized so the beginning of September won’t be as stressful.  Yup- I finished both scantrons and got everything clean and organized so I have space to do my school work.

4. Stretch and continue my ab workouts.  July was great with 8 hours of dance, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks, but I’ve kind of taken a break.  It was nice, but it’s a good idea to get back into shape for when classes begin again.  I have had absolutely zero motivation to do this.  I stretched probably twice.

September Goals

1. DRINK MORE WATER.  Definitely continuing this one.  I'll aim for 6 glasses a day to start and move toward 8 as it become attainable.  I need to be especially careful once dance starts so I don't get dehydrated.

2. Abs abs abs.  Continue my daily ab workouts once I complete my school work.  Gotta get that 6 pack.

3. Stay on track.  Make sure I am on track for all my course work daily as well as all the blog stuff.  Being ahead would be best.


Monday, September 1, 2014

August Photo Recap

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Read & Saw TFIOS for a Third Time

Read More. . .

Saw Guys & Dolls at St. Norbert's College

Decided I needed more books, unnecessarily large ones too.

Got through drivers' ed

Beach time with the bird

Escanaba eh?

Got this awesome bow from Flyover Press

Fire the last night in GB

Cleaned & threw out around 100 magazines

Hung out at our old marina

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Kaitlyn

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Happy Birthday!  You're growing into such an independent young woman and I'm so glad I've got to be so close with you through this.  I hope your day is lovely.