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.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

3 Tips for Cranking Out Blog Posts

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Sometimes you just have those days where you have no time to write any posts.  On those days, it would be nice to know that something will just post on it's own.  This is why you should take a few days each month and just write a bunch of posts.  Then you can schedule them throughout the month and the only thing you have to worry about is promoting them, although there are apps for that too!


Staying on track and getting 5 or more posts done in one sitting can be tough.  So, I put together some tips to help you!

1. Have a list of topics.
    + Write down post ideas whenever they come to you so you don't have to come up with post topics & write them at the same time.  (Actually write them on paper, preferably something that won't get lost.  You will not remember that idea you had at 3 am.)

2. Block out time, but take breaks.
     + Writing for 10 minutes sporadically won't help you very much since you will have lost your train of thought.
     + Try writing for about 50 minutes (or more if you're not at a good stopping point) then take a 10 minute break.  Scroll through Twitter, go on a walk, make yourself some tea- whatever you need to do, but limit it to 10 minutes.

3. Keep distractions to a minimum.
     + You don't need to have Pinterest open in another tab. It will not help you.
     + Put your phone on silent.  It's great that someone tagged you in an Instagram photo, but you can check it out later.

Other than that, I would suggest focusing on your goal.  You're going to be whipping posts out in no time.

Cassandra  
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Monday, June 16, 2014

5 Little Grins #33

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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. Exploring Green Bay by both dinghy & bike throughout the week.



2. Ordering the actual set of Card Against Humanity!  The paper ones are okay, but they wind up stuck together a lot, and we ordered a bunch of expansion packs.

3. Going to a super cute farmers' market Saturday!  I even bought macaroons which were literally amazing.

4. Taking both the tortoise and the parrot for a walk Saturday and this morning.

5. Getting to talk to the girl I will be staying with in Madison for the dance intensive!

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

We're also still 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 15, 2014

My First Week in Green Bay Recap!

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Today is our seventh day in Green Bay.  It's been a crazy, but incredible week.


Monday: We were on the boat underway for 10 hours, with one short stop for fuel.  When we got here, we pretty much ordered pizza and retired.  Unfortunately it was pretty bad pizza so that wasn't a great first impression, but we're going to just pretend it didn't happen.


Tuesday: We took the dinghy down the river and had lunch at this place called Regata.  It was absolutely incredible.  The food was so good yet we ordered WAY too much and couldn't finish.  The ride back up the river was pretty rough, but we got back fine, after stopping at a few places to explore the town.  We decided to bike to see a little bit more of the town when we got back.


Wednesday: We biked the the Post Office bright and early and set up a PO box.  It won't be too bad of a bike ride to go check it.  We also signed up for a 5k and ordered CAH.


Thursday: We biked to a bakery which wasn't too bad of a ride & their stuff was well worth it.  Later that night we played Cards Against Humanity at the Marina bar with the bar tenders which was fun.

Friday: Friends drove up our car so we no longer have to bike everywhere.


Saturday: We went to the Green Bay Farmers' market which was super cute and SO HUGE.  It was crazy how many booths there were!  I got macaroons which were really good and are already gone.  That afternoon we took the dinghy down the river all the way to the first lock which was a fun ride!

Every time I use "we" I'm referring to my family and I.

All in all, I'm definitely loving Green Bay and am definitely looking forward to spending the summer here!

In other news, you should definitely enter our giveaway.  The winner gets to choose where we donate $100!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for 5 Little Grins!

♥ Cassi ♥ 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Our 2 Year Bloggiversary (& a Giveaway)

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Hey chicas!  Today is our 2nd blogiversary!  We can't believe how long it's been since we first started this blog.  So much has changed since the beginning- we started with a different name, a different goal, and a whole different blog topic.  We're extremely happy to be where we are today and are so grateful for everyone's continued support- we wouldn't have gotten here with out you.

We'd like to share some of our favorite posts we wrote from the past year with you.

Our Tutorial for Mailing Cake // 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind // Our Tutorial for Wrapping Christmas Presents // Katie's Cra-Z-Loom Review // 50 Reasons to Live // Our Review of These Awesome Socks // Cassi's 5 Tips for Auditioning // The Nutrition Benefits of Bananas // Our Carrot Cake Pancake Recipe

Since Raewyn and I both have blogiversaries in June, we decided to have a giveaway for you guys!  The winner of the giveaway gets to decide where we donate $100!


Raewyn and Cassi & Katie both have blogiversaries coming up!  What better way to celebrate than with $100 to charity?  Who ever wins the giveaway picks where it all goes!

First, meet your hosts!

Raewyn blogs over at Be a Warrior Queen and is celebrating her fifth blogiversary!
Cassi and Katie blog at The World From the View of Two Teenage Girls and are celebrating their second blogiversary!
Next, your lovely co-hosts!

(Clockwise starting top-left) Adri at Adri's Thoughts // Tiffany at Endless Bliss // Jess at Jess Loves this Life // Laura at Simply Me the Way I See It  // Angie at My So-Called Chaos // Shane at Whispering Sweet Nothings // Jackie at Jade and Oak // Samantha at The Samantha Show

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Evening on the Town: New York City Style

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Recently, Kendra Thornton contacted us asking us to put together a style board for her trip to New York.  Here's what she said:

"In only a few short weeks, I will be traveling to New York with a group of friends. While we are in New York, we will be staying at The Standard High Line Hotel. Our adventure includes plenty of wining and dining as well as other fun activities. When I go out to eat with my friends, I want to have an outfit that will be comfortable yet stylish at the same time. As I am a mother of three, I want this outfit to still have that sense of modesty. I am coming to you for fashion advice so that I can have a wonderful night on the town. 
One of the places we will be getting a delicious meal at when we stay at The Standard is The Standard Grill. It consists of a front café as well as a bar where we can get specialty cocktails and other drinks. Bright decorations adorn the restaurant as there is white oak on the walls and tile on the floor. A dish that I am looking forward to trying is the fresh oysters. I love seafood, and this is a way to get a small plate of food so that I can try several different things instead of being bombarded with a large amount of only one thing. There is a main dining area that has comfortable seating and decorations of red leather and vaulted ceilings. The floor is paved in copper pennies, something that I look forward to seeing. Fresh ingredients are used in the dishes. 
When I go to New York, I know that I will see a style like none other. There are several shopping centers, historical buildings and restaurants that I want to see. One site that I used to plan my trip was Gogobot. This helped with my itinerary during the trip as well as finding the perfect hotel in New York. With the right outfit, I know that I will have a dazzling time with my friends."

We're always up for a challenge so we designed an outfit we thought would be great for Kendra.

It includes a halter dress- extremely stylish and comfortable, but still modest.  We thought a large gold bangle would accent the black and white nicely and continued that theme with a black and gold clutch.  We don't know about Kendra, but whenever I'm out, we like not having to worry about hair in our face.  We thought this messy french twist put a modern spin on a timeless look.  To cap off the outfit, we choose these super cute booties, they're totally affordable and won't hurt her feet if she winds up walking a lot or standing at the bar.


Night on the Town


Charlotte Russe black dress
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Buckle shoes
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Henri Bendel black purse
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Forever 21 jewelry
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We hope Kendra likes the outfit we picked out for her- we're totally jealous of her New York trip!  (You can totally take us with if you want!)  Would you wear this for dinner with friends in New York?


♥ Cassandra & Kaitlyn ♥