9 Words That Broke My Heart

My son has been my world since I first found out that I was pregnant with him back in 2009 and even more so when he was born. Things were a bit rocky for awhile after he was born due to his biological father and I going through a break up when he was two months old. Children didn't come with a manual so learning along the way as to how to be a mom and I can only hope a good one, have had its ups and downs. I can say that I would and will do anything that I possibly can for that kiddo but nine words that he said on Sunday while I was holding him on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Bellagio hotel with my sister absolutely broke my heart.

"I wish I had a dad."
"But I don't"

Now, I wasn't heartbroken because I didn't feel like I wasn't enough for him. That thought hadn't crossed my mind at the time. I was heartbroken because that was the first time that he had ever said anything in reference to him having or in this case not having a dad. He has never asked about his dad or questioned me who his dad is or where he is in all of his six little years. A dad is something that I can't give him even though I would very much like to but I just can't.

I know that I mentioned his biological father but he has never really been in his life. He moved thousands of miles away, has only seen my son twice since he moved, hardly ever calls to talk to him and everything else that does not constitute him being at the "dad" level. He never wanted to be a dad and says that he doesn't know how to be one. Not sure how many times I have told him that kids don't come with manuals and that no parent knows how to be a mom or a dad and that it's all a learning process.

No matter what my ex says or doesn't do, I feel absolutely sorry for my son because he doesn't have that father male figure in his life. I do what I can but sometimes I don't feel like it is enough for him especially since he spoke those words. I thought that he knew no different and that a dad is not something that he really understood but I was dumb for thinking that since he obviously recognizes that he is missing something. Especially since he sees his friends at school with their dads and my dad was just in town for the weekend.

Being a single parent is tough and even tougher when you try to make up for the other missing half of the parenting scale. I can only do so much and not entirely sure what to do to give him some kind of male influence and role model. Maybe sports or something where there are other males and the discipline factor. It hurt before that he didn't have a dad but now that I know that he knows that he is missing one it just breaks my heart. The last thing that I want is for my little dude to feel any certain way that isn't happy and loved and I just hope that as he grows he will know that I have/do anything and everything that I possibly can for him.

Meet the Blogger Behind: Embracing the Spectrum


Greetings everyone and welcome back to my Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog weekly series. We didn't have a post last week as I was running around crazy getting ready for my dad and sisters coming into town for our dad's birthday weekend. It was a fun and interesting weekend that is for sure. This week I would like you to meet 33 year old Teresa and her blog Embracing the Spectrum. She talks about what it is like to raise her autistic son which I think is awesome and hope that it will help other parents that might need her posts.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
My blog is inspired by my autistic son. I decided after his diagnosis that I would spread awareness of autism, tell the reality of it, and bring hope to parents going through the same things we’re going through.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
Blogging is like therapy, but it’s also a good way to find a community when you don’t have time to go out and meet people in person. I have a busy life, but I have found so many people with children who have autism by writing this blog. I love that!

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
I write about family, do book reviews on inspirational material, and tell our story.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
I am a teacher, a mom, and I’m in grad school. If I have time, I try to make it to the gym. I need the endorphin's. I also read and watch way too much television.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
I have the good fortune of living near the coast of North Carolina. I do not enjoy getting all sandy, but I do enjoy the view. Downtown New Bern is also a beautiful place and we love driving there to walk near the waterfront. The kids love watching the bridge go up so that the boats can go through.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
I’m in a kind of purgatory here. I don’t have time to really make it a job, but I do make a few bucks here and there on affiliate links. I would love to get more traffic, write more reviews on things I really care about, and at least be able to cover the expenses of blogging. Being a part of BlogHer and SITSgirls has increased my revenue some, but at some point I have to justify the cost of running my blog to my husband.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
Right now I get about 100 to 150 page views per day. I would love to increase that number…a lot! I’ve come a long way since the beginning, but it takes a while to get the word out there about your blog. The breaks I have during the school year are the times I really get some writing done. Eventually, I’ll have time to do more and get where I want to go.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
Writer’s block is a big thing for me right now. But I don’t think it’s so much writer’s block as writer’s denial. Raising a child with autism is hard and I try so hard to be positive that sometimes it’s very difficult for me to write. You would probably not be surprised by how harshly people criticize the parenting of those raising children with special needs. If you say one negative thing, it’s like people assume you don’t love your child. I’ll get over it one day. Maybe after I turn 40 and develop a thicker skin. I know how much I love my children. I don’t really need the affirmation of others, right?

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Networking is really important if you want to get the word out there about your blog. When I first started, I asked for advice from other bloggers, joined networks, increased social media participation, and linked up with other bloggers all the time. It helped! When I get done with grad school, and then National Board Certification, I’m jumping right back into it!

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
Oh my goodness. That’s a hard question. I do watch too much television. Let’s see… Of course, I’m super excited about The Walking Dead coming back, I love Shameless, and then it’s a toss-up between Modern Family and The Middle, but if The Orange is the New Black comes back, both of those shows might get kicked out of the running.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
I am an autism mama that also has several years experience working as a special education teacher. I feel that I almost have a duty to share my knowledge with the world. And I will. I will.

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
As a little girl, I always looked up to Amelia Earhart and pretty much any other strong female character. I’m a feminist from way back and loved reading biographies about the adventures of women who did more in their lifetimes than I can ever dream possible. When Amelia Earhart was a little girl, she and her sister used to take boxes and fly off of the rooftop. What I wouldn’t give to be so fearless!

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
Since I speak from the heart most of the time, I have several. But most recently, I wrote a letter to my son on his 9th birthday. Though I read it to him, he didn’t really have a reaction, but one day he’ll understand what I wrote to him and hopefully feel my love coming through. http://embracingthespectrum.com/a-letter-to-my-autistic-son-on-his-9th-birthday/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
I love Spring. I most look forward to regaining daylight again. The winter is hard for me because it’s cold and dark and if I don’t go to the gym, I don’t get much exercise. I’m so looking forward to warming temperatures (more consistently) and, most importantly, the return of the sun.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
Although I said it’s hard raising a child with autism, I have two children that are very different from each other, and I appreciate their differences. Both of my children are, in my opinion, awesome. I wouldn’t change them for the world, but I would change the world for them.

Thank you Teresa for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Teresa by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN



On April 5, 2016, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill announced a new campaign sponsored by CrowdRise in support of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world. Starting April 5th, Star Wars: Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1,000,000!

To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has raised over $10,000,000 with the help of the amazing Star Wars community. This month-long campaign will lead up to “Star Wars Day” on May the 4th. The four select charities include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish®.

“Star Wars fans are some of the most generous, thoughtful, and sympathetic people I have ever met,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “I am so proud of the charitable work they have done over the years and hope this month-long donation-matching campaign will go some way to express our sincere thanks for their tireless efforts.”

Over the course of the four-week period, which culminates at 11:59pm (PST) on May 4th, fans will be able to donate through CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange to these four charities and have their donations matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000,000.During the first week, the first 20 fans to raise or donate at least $500 will win a Blu-ray of The Force Awakens signed by the cast[i], with more incentives to come. All participants who enter will also have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland, including Skellig Michael along the Wild Atlantic Way, the location of the dramatic final scene from The Force Awakens[ii].

Show your Force and visit CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange now for more details.

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[i]  Must be at least at least age eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater, at the time of entry and an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Starts on April 5, 2016 at 4:00am PST and ends as soon as there are twenty (20) individuals that have donated and/or fundraised at least $500 online on the Website here:  https://www.crowdrise.com/ForceForChange or on April 11, 2016 at 11:59:59pm PST, whichever comes first. To enter, follow the on-screen instructions to donate or fundraise. ARV: $500. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, Click Here CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange. Sponsor: CrowdRise. Prize Provider: Lucasfilm Ltd. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

[ii]  No Purchase or Donation Necessary. Must be at least at least age eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater, at the time of entry and an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Starts on April 5, 2016 at 4:00am PST and ends on May 4, 2016 at 11:59:59pm PST. To enter, either (1) follow the on-screen instructions to donate or fundraise or (2) email Kennedy@crowdrise.com with the subject line: “Please enter me in the Win A Trip to Ireland and Skellig Michael Sweepstakes”, and your full name, birthday, address, email and “I agree to these Official Rules and CrowdRise Terms and Conditions.” Limit 200 entries per person. ARV: $4,999. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, Click Here CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange. Sponsor: CrowdRise. Prize Provider: Tourism Ireland. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Meet the Blogger Behind: Housewives of Frederick County


Greetings and salutations. So I am a day late on this weeks Blogger series post but things have been a bit busy lately with work, a cranky-tired 6 year old, signing back up for school and I just joined the gym to get back in shape. But I figured that a day late is better to do instead of no post at all. So I give you Terri Lemere. She is in her 40's and blogs over at Housewives of Frederick County with her twin sister. Be sure to check out her interview below before you hop on over to her blog to check it out.



1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?  
My twin sister, Pam, and I have always wanted to have a joint venture! We had been following a friend of a friend's blog and saw how fun and successful her blog was, and we decided that we'd like to try it!  We wanted a great excuse to spend time together while having fun and making some money.

2.   What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?  
It's got to be the fact that Pam and I get to "do business" together.  Our blog has given us opportunities that we never thought we'd have, and it's taken us out of our "comfort zones" in a good way.  It's allowed us to explore our town and document the beauty of it too!

3.       What main topics do you blog about?  
Our town of Frederick, healthy eating, fitness, beauty, current events, seasonal topics, recipes, reviews of products/places, family issues, pets - lifestyle topics.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?  
Working out at our local crossfit gym, singing karaoke or listening to our favorite band at the local pub with our husbands and friends, spending time with our kids (I have 2 teen boys, and Pam has a tween boy), spending time with family and friends, watching Real Housewives shows, traveling.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
Well, lately, I have had such a desire to return to the Caribbean for a vacation! So, I'd have to say St. Maarten is my absolute favorite place to visit and explore.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?  
Kind of both.  We have monetized it to a point, but not to the point that we would like it to be.  I am also an Occupational Therapist and I work very part-time doing environmental assessments for clients who may be at risk of not being able to live independently/safely in their own home.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
We would LOVE for it to become more automated, have more sources for passive income, have an increased readership, have guest posts - we'd like for it to be more of a business.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
I would say time management has been THE biggest challenge.  Trying to keep up with all of the trends, changes, algorithms, etc. has made this issue even tougher!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Comparison is the thief of joy.  Not sure who originally said that, but it's genius.  You HAVE to maintain your "voice" and just do you.  THAT is what will draw readers to you and that's what will keep them interested in what you have to say.  If you write things that YOU are passionate about, the rest will fall into place.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
The Walking Dead, The Real Housewives of the OC, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?  
I'm an identical twin.  Pam and I portrayed another set of real-life twins on Investigation Discovery's "Evil Twins"!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
Princess Diana was such a beautiful role model.  She handled herself with such grace, and championed for great causes.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?
http://www.housewivesoffrederickcounty.com/sitting-car-pick-line/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
Spring is my favorite season - I guess the thing I love about Spring is that everybody comes out of hibernation, flowers are blooming, the grass is the greenest, birds chirping and I seem to feel a renewal.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
Just that I love life :)  I love my sons, and I love my Southern boy hubby.  I love my Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Stella.  I feel so blessed, and even though my life is quite far from perfect, I just feel so lucky to have the love that I have in my life :)

Thank you Terri for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Terri by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Era Organics Giveaway


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Meet the Blogger Behind: Being Bianca S


Gooooood morning friends. It is another crazy weather day here in Las Vegas. I'm not exactly sure what is going on with our weather here but it has been nuts lately. High winds, massive cloud coverage one second and then gone the next and cold. And we just had warm sunny days and then got hit with this...again.

But enough about our weird weather and onto what today's post is about. It's Wednesdays Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog series post and today we get to meet 35 year old Bianca Hart and her blog Being Bianca S. She had me when she mentioned Disney.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
I started the blog as a way to share my experiences. Maybe someone can learn for what I have been through, or get a laugh from my crazy life. I will also start using my blog to promote my online fitness accountability groups

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? 
That anyone can do it! You can blog about the weather, your dog, or how your dog likes the weather. You can talk about anything, and there are people out there (once you find them) who will want to read about the weather and your dog! All you need is a computer and your life! That's it. That's pretty powerful

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
Me and my crazy (well I think it's crazy) life, working out, clean eating, knitting, and a weekly #singlegirlproblems post where I talk about what its like (for me ) to be single.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
I enjoy working out (best therapy ever), epic Netflix binge marathons, and hanging with my dog and kitten

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
Disney World. Hands down. The only place where you can scream and run around like a little kid and no one flinches

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
It's a hobby right now, but you never know ;)

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
I would like to be so popular that someone makes a movie out of it, like Julie and Julia. Well that's is a hairy scary goal, but hey, anything is possible

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
Being consistent with posting

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? 
Just start! It doesn't have to be perfect, just set up a site on Wordpress or Blogger and get blogging. If you try to make it absolutely perfect for someone else, you will never post anything! So just do it.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
NCIS, WWE, and whatever interests me on Netflix

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
I have a scar from a recent fibroid surgery. It's a vertical scar that goes from my belly button to well, below the belt line!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
Michelle Obama and Beyoncé, Yeah, they are women who are rockin it. They don't care what people think about them, They just go out there and handle business.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?  
Actually, all of them (www.beingbiances.com) because it would have been easy just to save them as drafts or not right at all. It took guts to publish each and every one of them.

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
Fall, hot days and cool night. I look forward to my annual Disney World trip (see question 5)

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog? 
I'm just a regular girl, sharing my life, hoping that people will a.) conncect , b.) learn, and/or c.) share. That's it. It's pretty simple, just like me, and I wouldn't want it any other way!

Thank you Bianca for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Bianca by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

It's a Weird Friday


Am I the only one having a weird Friday today because it sure is feeling weird for me and it's not yet 10:30 in the morning as I type this. Maybe it's just me and I woke up on the wrong side of the bed or didn't get enough sleep but I am feeling all sorts of emotionally off right now. Do you ever have days like these where you just don't feel like your calm and collected self and cry for whatever reason even if it's just a tear or two when normally you wouldn't. That is me at right this moment and I'm not all that sure what's causing it.

Maybe it's the fact that I don't feel like I'm doing enough for or with my son. More like the with part since he had this whole week off from school and has been stuck at home with his great grandma and I have been at work and not able to give him a cool Spring break. Last week I missed most of the week from work since I got hit pretty bad with some allergy cold thing plus the stomach flu or I would have taken a day off or two and just spent it with him doing cool things. I really feel bad that he's stuck at home and not able to have fun. I'm taking him out tomorrow for something pretty cool so hopefully that will kinda make up for it.

Maybe it's from being sick for over 2 weeks now and feeling worn out from it. I have a stupid cough which thankfully isn't as bad as it was but still annoying and I have laryngitis. I never knew how annoying it must be to not have a voice or not have it properly until now and it truly is a big pain in the rear. When I went to pick up my medication Monday night the pharmacy clerk was treating me like I was deaf which was odd and made me feel a bit for those that are. People truly do treat others differently when they are "different" from themselves it seems.

Then there are all of the emotions and feelings that comes with liking a particular person but that is a whole other can of worms and maybe a future post.

It could be that while I am beyond thankful that I have a job I don't feel like I am using everything that I know and went to school and paid lots of money to learn about to the fullest. I've been reevaluating my career path and what I want to do and thinking about going back to school. Right now I am an office manager but I want to do more than what I am doing and I would like to get into event planning since I've enjoyed what little we've done here in regards to events but even when I was getting my degree I loved my event planning class and thought that that might be a path for me.

Things are just getting to me today and it's annoying on top of some things annoying me or they make me cry. I can't wait to get off work (I'm on my break typing this) and go home and be with and do something with my son. He fell at the store last night and hit his head pretty hard which made me just want to be with him today. But alas, I must adult today. And when I am typing about my son I start to cry so I think I have found the cause behind my emotional issue today. Sometimes as a parent and a single one I feel like I'm doing good and then beat myself up because I missed the deadline to sign him up for soccer or something. And the little monkey just called me reminding me that I forgot something of his in my car that I was supposed to take out last night. Ugh oops. It's just one of those days and right now I want to watch movies with the kiddo and binge on mint cookies and cream ice cream.

If this is a long winded and whiny post I'm sorry but not sorry. I felt like writing and sharing more of what I am actually thinking and feeling for once because I rarely do and I know that there has got to be many others that feel this way sometimes to. I think the thing to remember is that we might have days like today but they don't last long, tomorrow is a new day and soon I can go home and chill while my ice cream washes away the day.

Ipsy March 2016 || hello SPRING


I'm a wee bit late in posting this since I was a bit on the sick side when I received my bag about a week ago. So far I'm not entirely digging this months bag just like I didn't dig last months bag too much either. I love getting brushes so that's a hit for me but I'm not so sure about the other items. For these posts I was thinking about at the end of the rundown on each product that I received I would do a review on the products from the previous month after using them for that month. That way you can know what I actually thought about the products and then I will have to use them rather than just hoarding them in my drawers.

NYX Cosmetics - Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Pink Lust
Full Size $7.00 0.13 fl. oz.
This is a pretty color that will be nice for Spring. I read that it is supposed to dry to a matte finish but I've noticed that some lip products that say that don't actually do it so we shall see if this one does.

Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Full Size $22 4.0 oz. I received 1.8 oz.
I have quite a few dry shampoos but haven't been using them lately since my Dove one was causing my scalp to break out or something. Hopefully this one doesn't do that.

Me me me - Loose Powder Brush
Full Size £14.00
Brushes are one of my favorite things to get in these bags. This Me me me brush is smaller than most brushes which I like since it's easier to handle and the brush itself is super soft. Can't wait to give it a try with the blush that I received this month.

Nourish Organic - Rosehip & Rosewater Body Oil
Full Size $19.99 3fl. oz. I received 0.5 fl. oz
In the past I had an issue with a rose product so I am hesitant to use this one but I'll give it a try at least once. It's supposed to be really good for the skin and help with anti-aging along with a few other things so that is a plus to giving it a try.

Mellow Cosmetics - Powder Blush in Bronze
Full Size $10.00
Not sure if I received another full size product with this one but it is 5g which is pretty decent for a blush. I got the shade bronze but it looks really peachy. I swatched it on the back of my hand and it is really pretty and goes well with the yellow undertones in my skin. If it looks as nice on my cheeks than it might be one of my go to shade for Spring.

I don't have a full review of the products from last months bag but I can say that the brush has been my favorite since I use it almost every time I do my makeup.

Meet the Blogger Behind: Texas Sweet Tea


Good afternoon and a happy Wednesday to everyone. I love these Wednesday posts and meeting the new blogger of the week and checking out their blog. This week we get to meet Sarah who is 19 and blogs over at Texas Sweet Tea. I'm pretty jealous that she gets to play with puppies whenever she can.

1. What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
One day I was sitting reading Carly’s (the college prepster) blog and I just thought to myself, hey I could do this. And so I did!

2.  What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? 
I love being able to have the freedom of posting whatever I want. Like if I want to talk about my favorite Netflix shows, I can do that. Or if I want to take pictures of a cute new outfit, I can do that too! It’s fun getting to share your life with people.

3. What main topics do you blog about? 
I consider myself a fashion and lifestyle blog, so fashion and, well, my lifestyle! I started off as a ‘preppy’ blogger, but since coming to college I’m trying to help my blog reflect my new style.

4. When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
The animal shelter is really close to my college campus. They have a super cool program where you can go and take the dogs out for ‘happy hour’. I really miss my dog at home so getting to walk and play with puppies is my favorite way to spend my free time.

5.  What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
Alabama! Since I’m here for college, it’s really cool finding new restaurants or pretty places to watch the sunset. It’s such a cool state and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

6. Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
I do it as a hobby!

7.  Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
Honestly, I have no idea! I never really expected people to actually read or follow along with my blog. It was honestly just sort of for me to be able to document what was happening in my life. I have had some really cool opportunities working with companies and people, and it would be awesome to continue to do that!

8. What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
Being consistent with posting can be hard. I have a very busy life and sometimes I can forget to post or sit down and write. I can suffer from writers block a lot too! But thankfully, pinterest exists to help spark my creativity.

9.  From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Don’t write about something that you don’t care about. It’s very obvious when people accept sponsorships just because they want free stuff. Only write about your passions and things you truly love. DON’T BE A SELLOUT.

10. What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Hart of Dixie.

11. What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
A lot of people don’t know that I was born in Scotland! People get really confused when I tell them that I’m not a citizen of the US!

12. Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
This is cheesy, but my mom is the person that I look up to! She has overcome a lot in her life and I hope that I can be half the woman that she is.

13. What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?
My “What Dressing Like a Sorority Girl Has Taught Me” post is probably one of my favorites that I have written! It was fun to sit down and think “okay, now what stereotypes are actually true” and then get to explain why we actually do these things. I’m a very sarcastic person so it was nice that a lot of people also enjoyed my sense of humor!

14. What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
Fall! Because the fashion is so fun. I love riding boots, booties, cuffed jeans, puffer vests. I always get so excited when the leaves fall too!

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
I would really like to make more blogging friends! If you’re interested in it, feel free to contact me!

Thank you Sarah for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Sarah by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

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New Trailer || THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR


A new trailer for the upcoming film The Huntsman: Winter's War was just released to the public.
Check it out below!

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR – In Theaters April 22
 
Discover the story that came before Snow White in The Huntsman: Winter’s War.  Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
 
Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed.  Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love.
 
As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between them is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Hemsworth).  Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Chastain)—the only woman who has ever captured his heart—Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister…or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.
 
Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in this breathtaking prequel in the legendary saga that is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.  This spring, find out who will win the war between good and evil in the epic action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War. 
 
Genre: Epic Action-Adventure
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Sam Claflin, Rob Brydon and Jessica Chastain
Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Written by: Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin
Based on Characters Created by: Evan Daugherty
Produced by: Joe Roth
Executive Producers: Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel

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Meet the Blogger Behind: Doreen McGettigan

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well on this sunny Wednesday. I am trying to fight off a cold that came with a cough from hell but I wasn't about to miss posting today's Blogger Behind the Blog series post. This week you get to meet Doreen McGettigan and her blog. Doreen is in her 50's and a mother of 6 but also a mom-mom of 13. I like that we both share a love for Downton Abbey which sadly said its farewell this season. So while I sit here and pump my self full of antibiotics please get to know Doreen and her blog. 
1.      What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
I was writing a book and other writers suggested a blog and other bloggers might be helpful to my writing and it might also be a way to earn money to support my writing.

2.      What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?  
Absolutely my favorite thing is meeting people. I have made so many connections and friends.

3.      What main topics do you blog about? 
Writing, social media, kids, family, travel, sponsored posts and pretty much anything.

4.      When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
Family time, writing, travel, cooking, motorcycle riding

5.      What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
I love traveling to and speaking at conferences, traveling to bookstores to do readings and signings and I love taking my grand kids on adventures. Last year my husband and I drove 5 of them ages 8-14 from Philadelphia to Florida. We had such a good time, we are planning to do it again with the whole family.

6.      Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
I am an author and just had my second book released, I also do sponsored posts so I guess you could say it is my job. I gave up my day job 10-months ago. I love blogging so its a job I enjoy.

7.      Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
To several more best selling books and the respect of readers and other bloggers.

8.      What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
Tech stuff, ech!

9.      From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? 
Do not worry about, focus on or obsess about numbers. Write good content and visit, read and leave meaningful comments on tons of other blogs and the numbers will grow.

10.     What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
My guilty pleasures are The Young and the Restless (been watching 35-years) and some of the Housewives and other reality shows, Downton Abbey (so sad to see it go) I am binge watching Shameless and Ray Donovan now and looking forward to the return of Poldark.

11.     What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
Brought home a homeless woman one night and she ended up living with us for 2 1/2 years. It was such a crazy story I wrote a book about it. The Stranger In My Recliner. [January 2016]

12.     Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
I worked with hospice clients until a few months ago and all of my older clients were fascinating people. I learned more about history from them than I learned in high school and college.

13.      What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?  
I do a series called Writing Wednesday were I share blog/writing tips on writing, social media, promoting etc... I also love this post http://doreenmcgettigan.com/2016/01/the-snowman/

14.      What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
Summer and the beach!

15.      Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog? 
For the past 4-years I have participated in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I learned so much and cannot recommend it enough. There is a link on my blog. Also I have authored 2 books.

Thank you Doreen for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Doreen by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Meet the Blogger Behind: My Life In Rose Tinted Glasses


Happy mid week Wednesday everyone! Hopefully you have been enjoying this Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog series that I have been doing. If so I have another blogger for you to meet and she would be 24 year old Francesca and her blog My Life in Rose Tinted Glasses.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog? Well, I have always had a love of writing, I tried blogging before but didn't really take it seriously so it wasn't one of my priorities! I guess with being a mum to two wonderful children its encouraged me to get writing again! Everyone is always asking for my opinion and advice so I thought i'd do that through a blog on topics I really enjoy & I hope others do too!

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? For me its just so much fun! I enjoy writing every single post and coming up with new ideas! Its a little bit of me time where I can enjoy something I really love to do!

3.       What main topics do you blog about? I blog about everything! Mainly beauty related posts & food & recipe ideas at the moment because I've only just started but I have plenty more planned for sheer entertainment value!

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? I enjoy spending time with my family, as you can imagine life with 2 under 5 year olds is mad but we love it! I also enjoy music concerts, anything crafty (I have my own little side business where I make flower crowns! You can find us on instagram @crownmeheadwear), cooking & baking are definitely a favorite pastime & also just chill out relaxation!

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? Well definitely when I was younger and I visited Florida!! It was amazing! Disney world is more than you can even imagine! A child's paradise (and adults actually)!  I'll definitely be going back and I'd live to explore more of America!

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? My blog is just a hobby, I want to do something with writing for my career so this is just a stepping stone or outlet if you will for my writing skills.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? In 5 years I would definitely hope to have a solid base of subscribers, i'd hope to see more activity on there in views and feedback too! If my blog ever turned into a career for me i'd be more than happy to continue that!

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? I think for me its been getting the views and feedback from people. Obviously there is a lot of time and effort put into each individual post, I want people to read them and love them. Without the readers a blog is nothing!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? Well I am a new blogger, however a piece of advice I do have is to not to rely solely on family & friends to share your blog! Most of the time they don't because its just a blog no one knows just what it means to you than you! Make sure you explore all avenues when sharing your posts, it takes a lot of effort but its worth it!

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? Number 1 has to be The waking dead!! It's definitely a must watch! I'm a serious fan! Love zombie films but always felt like they fell short and are pretty rushed so the walking dead is literally everything!! Number 2 is The wire!! Honestly if you haven't seen it start now!! So addictive and its pretty raw and real! Its an old series now but its such a goodie! And finally number 3 (this would have been Dexter had they not messed up the last season and totally ruined the whole thing for me!) is 24! Again this is an older series now but its incred!

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? I guess what makes different (if not unique) to other 24 year olds is the fact that i'm married and have 2 children!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? I actually don't! There a tons of people throughout history and now that I admire for the things they do or have done to help others and make changes in the world but I can't say I look up to someone as an idol. I just try to be the best me I can without looking at others to do that, if that even makes sense!

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? Well since i'm new to this I don't currently have a lot of material to choose from however a post I wrote on skincare has to be my fave. I really thought about what I should include and what would be benefits to people reading it so that for me has to be my fave so far! https://mylifeinrosetintedglasses.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/skin/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? I use to say winter because of wearing the over-sized jumpers and cosy clothes, that was more down to insecurities as I had gained weight! I've lost 3 stone since then & would now say my fave season is spring, I love the blossom and how pretty everything looks around then!

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog? I'm looking for guest bloggers and collab bloggers that would be interested in doing a piece for my blog so if anyone would be interested please email me at francescaferrarinelson@yahoo.co.uk

Thank you Francesca for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Francesca by following her on: Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - #TeamIronMan Posters



Which side are you on?
Are you a member of Team Iron Man?


STORY SYNOPSIS:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

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Genre: Action-Adventure
Rating: TBD  
U.S. Release date: May 6, 2016  
Running Time: TBD
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl
Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore, Stan Lee
Screenplay by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely