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.
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.
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.
Although I felt some parts were slow moving, I did enjoy this book and am definitely looking into reading the sequels.
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.
*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!
*PRODUCT PROVIDED FOR REVIEW ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MINE*
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.
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.
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!
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. . .
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.
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
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,