Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Never Too Early to Think About Christmas

Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards


OK, OK, I know what you're thinking. "Mia, it's not even Halloween yet, and you're already talking about Christmas." I totally get it. But hear me out.

There's only 61 days left until Christmas. That's 2 months. It'll be here in the blink of an eye! Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Have you even started?

What about your Christmas card list? Better yet, what about the cards themselves? This is the time of year that most people are getting their family photos done. So, it's the perfect time to get a move on with designing and personalizing your own Christmas cards.

This is where Minted.com comes in. You can upload your own photos, choose your design/colors/personalization. You can even get recipient addresses printed on the envelopes! Talk about easy peasy, and not getting hand cramps. Bonus!

I checked out their site, and these are a couple of my favorite Christmas photo cards:


Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards | The Complete Tree
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Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards | Wreck the Halls
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With the craziness of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas right around the corner, it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas. Minted.com is offering 10% off their holiday card collection + free recipient addressing using promo code JOY2014. Talk about fa-la-la-la-fabulous.

And I may have mentioned to you guys that I have a serious notebook obsession. So of course the awesome notebooks at Minted.com immediately caught my eye. You can personalize them, add photos, etc. I'm pretty much in notebook geek heaven.

Minted.com Notebook | Botanical Garden
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Minted.com Notebook | Pen Doodles
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Have you ever used Minted.com for your holiday cards before? What's the number one thing on your Minted wishlist? Tell me all about it!! 


{Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Minted.com, but all opinions are my own.}



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursdays: Live



I don't want to just exist. I want to live. Truly live. I want to put myself and my family first. I want to achieve my dreams. I know I've said it before, but I don't want to wake up one day and have more regrets than happy memories. 

Food for thought: Are you truly living the life you want to live? 


P.S. The Write or Die writer's link up is live, feel free to check it out and join us, if you're so inclined. It's open all week. Hope to see you there!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: I'm not going to wait.



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


                                       

What we do:

Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:

We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:

Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:

We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:

More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.

If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.

Write or Die Wednesdays


This week's prompt is as follows:

Do certain memes get under your skin? Are there any popular sayings that you despise? Choose a quote or saying that you do not agree with and explain why you do not agree with it.


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Good things come to those who wait. We've all heard that before, right? Maybe you were feeling impatient about something, or feeling envious that something had already happened to someone you know. And your parents or your friend said that to you, trying to reassure you, and remind you to be patient.

Do we really think that's true? That the universe will just reward us for sitting around, hoping and waiting and wishing for something? I don't buy it. I want a million dollars. I've been waiting for several decades now. I'm sad to say, the money hasn't just fallen from the sky or into my bank account. I think sitting around waiting for something to happen is the worst thing you can do if you really want it to happen.


Are there times when things are out of your control? Absolutely. But if you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to make it happen. That's the key phrase - MAKE it happen. Not wait for it to happen.

One saying that I do agree with - Life is short.


So don't sit around waiting. Get out there. Kick some ass, take some names. Go after what you want. Nobody is going to hand it to you.

Now it's your turn. Tell me what sayings you don't agree with and why. This link up will be open for a week, Vashelle and I hope you will join us!



Monday, October 20, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: October 2014 Edition



Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite things this month. 

  • I have been drooling over the Day Designer Planner. I already have my Erin Condren planner for 2015, but you have no idea how tempted I've been to buy the Day Designer anyway! I really, really need a daily planner. The weekly just isn't doing it for me anymore. I need a full page for each day, instead of trying to cram everything into these tiny little columns. Sigh. But I suppose I should do the responsible thing and wait until 2016. *pout* 
The Day Designer Planner
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  • Oh, Fall and everything pumpkin. I need this candle in my life. 
Pumpkin candle Bath and Body Works
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  • I must have this sweater from Kiki Larue. I mean, who's a bigger geek than me? Exactly. 
Kiki Larue sweater geek ivory
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  • The Last Song is the only Nicholas Sparks book that I haven't read and I really need to. I think I've been avoiding it because Miley is in the movie version. But I've decided that the book doesn't need to be punished for that... ha! 
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OK, now it's your turn. Tell me some of the things you've been drooling over this month! Ciao. 


P.S. Our writing prompt for Write or Die Wednesdays is: Choose a quote/saying that you do not agree with and explain why. Hope you'll join us and check it out!

Write or Die Wednesdays

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thoughtful Thursdays: Magic

J.K. Rowling quotes


Love this quote. I have the power to transform my own world. Sometimes I forget that. Happy Thursday! 



P.S. Don't forget to check out the Write or Die writer's link up. It will be up for a week, so plenty of time to brainstorm your posts if you're so inclined to join us! Or just check out some creative writing from a bunch of great people and leave some love. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: A Moment.



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


What we do:
Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:
We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do, too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:
Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:
We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:
More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.

If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.

Write or Die Wednesdays


This week's prompt is the photo below. Does the image invoke certain emotions? Does it remind you of a special memory? Maybe it inspires you to write a short story or a poem. The possibilities are endless! Happy Writing!




   
   
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Butterflies in my stomach. Dressed to the nines. Waiting. Just waiting for him to pick me up. I've been thinking of him all day. Those big brown eyes. That adorable snaggle-toothed smile. Nobody has ever gotten under my skin this way before. Nobody has ever been able to pierce my armored shell of feigned indifference. 


It's getting dark. The minutes are ticking away. I can't wait to see him. My heart is pounding, knowing that he will be here soon. I look at myself in the mirror a hundred times, making sure no hair is out of place. I've never felt more self-conscious in my entire life. I've never cared more about what someone else thinks than at this very moment. I can't sit still. I pace back and forth - well, as much as I can in my tiny bedroom. Waiting, just waiting. Willing time to move faster. 


Finally. When our eyes meet, I feel like I've been hit by a ton of bricks. That immediate, infectious smile. I can't help but smile back. I grab my purse. We get in the car. The weather is warm. The stars are twinkling. The moon is shining. The radio is blasting and he's singing along. I look over and smile. I'm not sure I've ever been this happy. I don't know how to act or what to do with my hands. I don't have to worry about it for long. He reaches over and takes my hand in his. Our fingers intertwine. He looks at me, his gaze intense. And in that moment, I know. I just know. 


We drive on. The night is young. 


"I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you." -Claudia Gray, 'A Thousand Pieces of You'


Love you, babe. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Read All About It: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Read All About it: A Book Review


Jennifer Weiner is one of those authors that I initially dismiss when at the library or browsing the book store and I don't really know why. I loved "In Her Shoes" - both the book and the movie. But when I saw "The Next Best Thing" at the library, I hesitated and picked it up and put it back a few times. Obviously, I finally decided to check it out.


The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner book review


Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials. 
Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true."

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): 4 out of 5 stars. 
I really liked it. The main character, Ruth, was likable. Her grandma is a hoot. It is slightly predictable, but I don't think that took away from the story. 


What I liked:
Ruth is a complicated woman. She is independent in the fact that she moved across the country to pursue her dreams and doesn't really care what people think. But she is also insecure because of her appearance (it's explained in the book) and also because Hollywood would make anybody a nervous wreck, I'm sure. And she lives with, and has depended on, her grandmother since she was a little girl. I like this dual nature. People are complex, and I find that some writers only focus on one aspect of a person's nature/personality. 

I also liked the struggle that Ruth experienced when finally becoming successful and realizing her dream, but also having to compromise with Hollywood execs and watching her dream evolve into something else that she's not quite happy with. I can totally imagine authors/screenwriters feeling this way when seeing their work portrayed on the screen and entire characters/storylines being changed or omitted. That would be hard for me to deal with and I appreciated reading how Ruth handles it. 


What I didn't like:
There really wasn't much that I didn't like. I thought it was a good read. The only complaint that I have is that it's slightly predictable. But again, I enjoyed it. 


Favorite Quote:
“You don't get perfect-but I was going to grab this happiness and hold it as tightly as I could. I was going to enjoy it for as long as it lasted.” 


Share your thoughts if you've read this book. Or tell me what you've been reading lately! 



P.S. The Write or Die Wednesdays writer's link up is tomorrow! I really hope you'll join us. The writing prompt is this photo below. Happy writing!

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