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)