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.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Home Sweet? Home

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Monday we drove back home and it still seems so weird to me that we're no longer on the boat.  While I'm completely ensconced here, I still feel like something is missing.

Last year I made a post about how I felt about leaving the boat to go home, but I feel this year has been so much harder because of all the lovely people I got to meet.  Some I will definitely be seeing again, but many will be going their own ways and I probably won't get to hear from them ever again.

This summer really was a great experience for me and I'm definitely sad it's over.  It does make me that much more excited for what's in store for next year, although I know we won't get to meet nearly as many people since we'll be traveling so much.

Moving home was a big push for me to get a lot done, though too.  For example, my room has been a huge mess for probably around 3 years.  Kind of crazy and definitely not great especially since I do my school work here.  But, the past few days I've spent cleaning and it looks great and is far more comfortable.

I do honestly apologize for all the craziness going on around here, I swear we will be back to posting regularly here soon.  I know I say that pretty much every post, but I do mean it!  Thanks for sticking with us through this crazy summer.

For now I'll leave you with some pictures of the lovely Green Bay.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little Britches Review

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Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Goodreads)

Published 1950

I loved this book.  I'm generally not a fan of autobiographies, but I honestly didn't know it was one until I sat down to write this.  The independence displayed by an 8 year-old as well as all his adventures are so interesting to read about.

The characters are well-rounded and extremely complex.  Other than his younger siblings, they're all complementary and crucial to the story.

Writing Style:
At some points, this story was really slow and it took me a while to get through.  Since it's an autobiography, I feel there wasn't really a climax, but instead many short stories together with their own climaxes.

General Comments:
Although I felt some parts were slow moving, I did enjoy this book and am definitely looking into reading the sequels.



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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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!



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?


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?