Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recent Reads

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I've done a lot of reading during the past 3 weeks.  About 14 books to be more exact- the weather has just been so crappy.  It also helps that we've befriended one of the dock hands here and she just keeps loaning me books.

I figured today I could give you quick reviews, since I haven't written a book review in forever.

Warning: Crazy long

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flyover Press Review

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*PRODUCT PROVIDED BY FLYOVER PRESS FOR REVIEW ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN*
The requirements I have for really, really liking a brand is being local, handmade, and cruelty free.  It's extremely uncommon, however, to find a company that meets all these requirements.

Flyover Press meets all of the relevant requirements, so you can imagine my surprise when I came across them.  A Midwest company selling hand made products that are also extremely cute and affordable?  Yup.  Totally real.

I was sent a Tailgate Bow for review & was not disappointed.  Although it was sewn slightly uneven, the bow isn't flimsy and you can tell it wasn't made cheaply.  It's also way cute and I definitely foresee it appearing a lot in my future outfits!



They also sent a sticker with the bow that absolutely made my day (Katie and I have a teensy obsession with stickers) and now I just have to decide where to place it.


Some of my other favorite products include the Gettin' Naut-y Sweatshirt.  It features 5 flags nautical flags (Mike-India-Delta-Whiskey-Echo-Sierra-Tango) spelling out Midwest.  I think it would be great for chillier evenings out here on the boat.

I'm also a fan of the Heartland Tank Top that features all 12 Midwest states forming a heart.  Totally patriotic!

Overall I love the company and will definitely be ordering some more products!

-Cassi

*PRODUCT PROVIDED FOR REVIEW ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MINE*

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cassi's August Goals

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I haven’t done monthly goals in what feels like forever, though I’m sure it hasn’t been that long.  So in my normal fashion, I’ve decided to make them half way through the month.

My 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.

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.

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.

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.

What do you want to accomplish in August?


-Cassi

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Goals

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My August goals are to start writing more blog posts, have more fun than ever, and think of a lot of giveaway ideas for this blog.  Oh, and get an awesome guinea pig & have a great birthday.  Those are my August goals.

♥ Kaitlyn

Friday, August 1, 2014

We're Back!

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We’re back!

Finally!  We do want to take a minute to apologize again for our lack of posts lately.  If you don’t already know, Cassandra was at a dance intensive most of July and Kaitlyn has been traveling (some more on that later).  When we got down time, we used it to really rest, since we didn’t get much time to do that.  We’re so happy to be back and posting!

New Design

We posted about it earlier, and you’ve probably seen, but we just wanted to touch on it once more.  Cassandra made the entire thing herself, using Sarah’s incredible tutorials!  Glitter for the win, am I right ladies?

A Few Changes

We’ve decided to have more of a schedule for posts now, since everything has been rather sporadic.  For August, we will be mainly posting Monday-Friday, 3-5 times weekly.  The weekends will be left open for guest posters and sponsor spotlights, which leads to. . .

New Sponsorship Options

Back at the beginning of the year, we stopped accepting sponsors.  We wanted to wait until we’d grown our blog enough to give sponsors the exposure they deserve.  We’ve grown a lot since then and are ready to begin accepting sponsors again.

Our Stats (7/30/2014):
Bloglovin- 533
Twitter- 930
Total- 1570
Average Monthly Views- 1,360
Total Views- 16,000

If you chose to sponsor us, you’ll get much more than a month on our sidebar.  You’ll have two new blog friends, always willing to help you out!  That’s probably not why you’re sponsoring us, though.  We’ll also be promoting every single post you publish during your sponsorship and probably many more after you cease sponsoring us.

You will also be given the opportunity to do a guest post.  You get to take over our blog for the day with a post of your choice, written by you.  If you’re not into that, we could always interview you like the rock star you are.  Both make sure many other lovely people are exposed to your blog.

Finally, you will be given the opportunity to participate in our giveaway that month.  If you know you will want to do so at the beginning, you can go ahead and pay for your links with your ad so you don’t have to worry about it later.  No worries if you don’t pay for it up front and decide you want to participate later, though!

The options:

The Whole Pie 300x400 $7

Ice Cream Sundae 300x300 $5

Sliver of Cake 300x100 $2

(Giveaway links- 2 for $5)


Saturday, July 19, 2014

5 Little Grins

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In case this is your first week, here's what it's all about.  Generally Mondays are considered pretty sucky right?  Well, let's change that.  Instead of focusing on what sucks about Monday, we'll talk about what made us smile throughout the rest of the week, to start the week on a positive note!

My five little grins from this week include. . .

1. Going mini golfing on Tuesday with my fake family.  It was fun, even though I’m pretty horrible at mini golf.

2. Going to Sassy Cow Creamery on Wednesday (also with my fake family).  The ice cream was so good at the goats were adorable.

3. Going to De Pere Saturday morning.  It was a nice dinghy ride and the food was SO GOOD.

4. Grilling out Sunday.  We made fajitas and they were great- I never thought to put leak on them before, and didn’t expect it to be very good, but it was great.


5. We went for an evening dinghy ride after grilling out that was really nice.

What has been making you smile lately?

♥ Cassi ♥ 

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Design

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Hey guys!  Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  As I'm sure you know, we are crazy busy right now.  I did want to drop by and let you know about our new design, though.  We're super excited for it and our plans for the future of this blog!

Let me know what you think!

Monday, July 7, 2014

5 Little Grins #36

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In case this is your first week, here's what it's all about.  Generally Mondays are considered pretty sucky right?  Well, let's change that.  Instead of focusing on what sucks about Monday, we'll talk about what made us smile throughout the rest of the week, to start the week on a positive note!

My five little grins from this week include. . .

1. Starting a dance intensive in Madison.  It's going pretty well so far.

2. Getting to stay with a host family in Madison.  They're all really nice.



3. Going to see The Fault in Our Stars for a second time on Tuesday.  I didn't cry this time, not that I really cried much the first time (I bawled when I read the book 2 years ago though).  The other audience members were hilarious though.  This one guy kept making totally unnecessary comments, but it was more funny than annoying so I didn't mind. 


4. Having family friends come over on Friday.  It was nice to see them!

5. Taking the dinghy to Oconto on Friday.  It was a lot of fun, but a little chilly and I got a horrible sunburn.

What has been making you smile lately?

Just a quick note, we're making some changes to the look of our blog, so there may be some strange-ness going on in the next few weeks.  It will be resolved soon, though.  Please let me know if there is a problem that persists.

♥ Cassi ♥ 

Monday, June 30, 2014

5 Little Grins #35

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In case this is your first week, here's what it's all about.  Generally Mondays are considered pretty sucky right?  Well, let's change that.  Instead of focusing on what sucks about Monday, we'll talk about what made us smile throughout the rest of the week, to start the week on a positive note!

My five little grins from this week include. . .

1. X coming out

2. X coming out

3. X coming out

4. X coming out

5. X coming out

Wait. . . are those supposed to be all different?

2. Well, I enjoyed shopping on Tuesday, the day definitely looked up once we go the the tire changed!

3. On that note, changing/ learning to change a tire was fun.  It's definitely something I'll need to know when I'm driving on my own so nice to know now.


4. Going to Kenosha/ Waukegan Friday!  It was so nice to see everyone!

5. Seeing the Cougars Saturday!

What has been making you smile lately?

♥ Cassi ♥ 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekend Update

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Monday: I didn't do much, but enjoyed the downtime.

Tuesday: I got up to see a crappy sunrise and wound up changing a tire (with some help) all before 9 am.  I got Starbucks and went shopping, though, so that really made up for it.

Wednesday: I spent the day listening to X and trying to con other people into listening to X.  I really, really, like the album and am super excited for the concert in September.

Thursday: I wrote out our editorial calendar for August.  I wasn't sure if I would get time with everything I'm doing in July, so I figured it would be good to get it out of the now.  I can't wait for you guys to see all the changes we're making!

Friday: I went home with my parents (a 3-hour car ride) and went to my great grandmother's birthday party.  There were relatives I hadn't seen in forever, and even some I'd never met, so it was a lot of fun.  Unfortunately I missed Katie by about an hour.  We drove all the way back up here that night, so it was quite the day.

Saturday: I went down the river for breakfast then wrote for a while upon returning.  The marina had a band performing that night so I sat and watched that which was pretty good.

It was a pretty good week and I am looking forward to leaving for the intensive tomorrow.  Not so much the drive, though.  Five little grins will still be happening though, so make sure you link up!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mail Rant

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Steve practically raised me.  hahahaha

I love getting and sending mail.  It's so great to get surprises in you mail box and to see that someone had thought of you & spent time writing you a note.  However, lately I've had a bunch of problems with mail services throwing out or returning my mail which is frustrating and make me worry about sending stuff to penpals without a tracking number!

For example, last year we got our mail forwarded to a PO Box close to the marina so we didn't have to make the trek across town to get our mail once a week.  It was great. . . except for the fact they threw out our magazines as well as my VoxBox, claiming they weren't able to forward those items.  (Even though they didn't bother to tell us this when we signed up fro a PO Box and started forwarding our mail)

We thought we would be smart this year, and set up a PO Box here in Green Bay, but instead of having USPS forward it, we would have a friend check our mail, filter out the junk, then mail the rest.

We ordered Cards Against Humanity and had them delivered directly to the post office box.  Here are the last three scans.
     1. Ready for pick up
     2. Sorting complete
     3. Undeliverable as addressed returned to sender
The time stamp on these was within a half hour which I found super strange.  Not to mention the order- why would they sort it again after it was available for pick-up?  When we asked the postal workers why it was returned if it was addressed to our valid PO box they had no clue.  They insisted if it was to be marked returned they would have done it and remembered the package.  We talked to the manager of the particular location and she just yelled at us for voicing a concern and pretty much told us we were idiots, even though she was the one who couldn't tell us what was going on.

It was super frustrating because it was worth $50, but CAH agreed to send us a replacement for no extra charge and they were extremely helpful throughout the entire process.

Unfortunately, this all happened after I order pointe shoes and had them sent to the PO Box as well.  They never showed up at the PO Box, but incredibly, it wasn't the USPS's fault.  Somehow they were ordered as FedEx home delivery instead of the FedEx to USPS option.  When it got to the Green Bay facility and they saw it was addressed to the PO Box, instead of calling my phone number (which was on the package) they saw in their system that someone with the same name had something delivered to UWGB before and they SENT IT THERE.  So we had to call them twice (the first customer service rep hung up on us) and they were able to retrieve the package and we had to pick it up from the warehouse.

SOOO apparently we didn't get off any better this year so that's just great.

Have you had any problems with mail services?

Cassi

Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Little Grins #34

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In case this is your first week, here's what it's all about.  Generally Mondays are considered pretty sucky right?  Well, let's change that.  Instead of focusing on what sucks about Monday, we'll talk about what made us smile throughout the rest of the week, to start the week on a positive note!

The Rules!  (These are really just kind suggestions)

1. Follow your hosts: Cassandra and Raewyn!

2. Link up your post that includes 5-ish things that made you smile in the past week

3. Comment after you link up

4. Go visit some other blogs and make some friends!

Hey guys!  I want to apologize for posting so late today.  I've been on the boat out on the water for about 10 hours today!  We got to port safely without any crazy challenges so I would say it was a success.

My five little grins from this week include. . .

1. Getting my pointe shoes.  It was quite the adventure to actually get them, more on that later.

2. Doing a Glow Run Saturday!  It was soo much fun.  I also learned neon yellow is not my color.



3. Finding out the Cards Against Humanity is willing to resend our order since the post office got rid of the last one.

4. Going to the farmers' market again on Saturday.  We got a pint of strawberries and they were the smallest strawberries I've ever seen.

5. Getting ready for leaving on the 30th.  I'm super excited for the intensive.

We're still looking for guest posters.  If you're interested check out my post here.

We're also celebrating our blogiversary!  Enter to pick where we donate $100 below!

What has been making you smile lately?

♥ Cassi ♥ 
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Sunday Currently (June 22nd)

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Today marks my 14th day in Green Bay.  I'm still loving it here!  We got a car last Friday, so we've been able to see more of the town.  It is nice not being limited to bikes and the dinghy like last summer.

I actually did a "Glow Run" last night which was pretty cool- it was a 5k with glow sticks.  It had the same general atmosphere as the color run, but with a lot fewer people which was nice.


I figured I'd do a Sunday Currently today since I skipped last week.

Today, I am currently. . . .

Writing nothing.  I did just finish writing a letter to Katie, though.  Hopefully if I find postcards I'll be writing a bunch of those.  No luck so far, though, which is strange since it's freaking Titletown.

Reading Handbook for the Home: 1973 Yearbook of Agriculture.  It's extremely interesting to read.  For example, people who graduated college were estimated to make $400,000 in their entire lifetime.  Oh how times have changed.

Listening the Ed Sheeran album.  I love it.  So much.  I can't wait to see him live in September.

Thinking about how I'll be in Madison in 8 days.  I'm super excited but also rather nervous.

Smelling peanut butter.  Not a bad thing to smell I guess.

Wishing this weather would last more than a day at a time.  It's beautiful today, but I'm sure it won't last.

Hoping I can get some posts scheduled.  I've been so behind since I've been going and doing so much. 

Loving being somewhere different.

Needing to stretch or practice in some way.

Feeling extremely exhausted.

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for 5 Little Grins!

♥ Cassi ♥ 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pantene #ShineStrong

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Hey guys!  Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  It's going to be like that a lot around here for a while.  I'll be staying with a host family Monday- Thursday for 4 weeks during July so I won't have a lot of time to post.  We will have quite a few guest posters coming in (and you're welcome to guest post too- feel free to contact us) and 5 Little Grins will still be going.  Then, in August we will be back full time and there will be some big changes so make sure you stay tuned for those!

I just wanted to drop by with a quick post today to just update you guys on what going on.

I also thought I'd share this Pantene campaign I found with you.  I found it very interesting because I have begun to use the word "sorry" all the time, often synonymous with excuse me, or even when I'm trying to get someone's attention.  You shouldn't have to apologize for taking up space, though!  So don't!  Check it out below.