Social Saturday #19

October 25, 2014

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Good morning everyone!  Nobody is having a better morning than Carl.  Yesterday he finally used the Best Buy gift card he’s been holding onto since last Christmas.  What did he buy? A 55″ TV.  He’s in heaven.  Our previous TV was 32″ and to have this one is mind blowing.  If I can manage to tear him away from football on his new prize possession, we’re getting wedding photos taken. Check out my Instagram if you want to keep up with the pretty pictures.

With that, its time for Social Saturday!

Do you want to be featured on Social Saturday? Visit my sponsorship page for more info, the Social Saturday spot includes a lot more than just this post! PLUS it now includes 10 specific to you blog tips, the option to cohost and private Facebook group.) BONUS: hellooctober is still valid for 20% off SS sponsorship spots, mainly because I’ve been too lazy to deactivate it.  

Social Saturday

New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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Home Decor: Vintage Ladders

October 24, 2014

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I made the most amazing purchase yesterday.  If not, then read the title of this post and you’re pretty much caught up.  (But for reals, you should follow me on Instagram, I have a cute dog.)  I have had this thing for vintage ladders for some time now.  Not years, but definitely a few months.  It mainly began when I started dreaming about actually having money and a home to decorate.

Flash forward to now where we have our real jobs, a nice home apartment…and no ladder.  What was I going to do with this ladder? I don’t know, that’s not the point.  But Pinterest showed me the possibilities I needed to explore them.

I never really told Carl I needed one, I just casually searched for one in every Goodwill and antique/thrift store we went into.  And then today happened.  An old dance friend of mine recently opened her own store full of thrifted and upcycled furniture and home decor.  (Rustic Chic Interiors, check it out.) She’s been sharing the latest items on their Facebook page.  What suddenly appeared in my newsfeed this morning? A picture of a vintage ladder.

Hell. Yes.

Long story short(er) the ladder in the picture pretty much sold immediately (because apparently the need for a vintage ladder is spreading like the flu (note I didn’t say Ebola)). And now this beautiful piece belongs to me.

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The store is located in Columbia, so I can’t quite bring it home yet, but we’ll pick it up during our next visit in November.  In the meantime I’m just going to be perusing Pinterest for every vintage ladder decor option ever photographed and blogged.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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//  Via El Taller de lo Antiguo  //

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//  Via Rusty Hinges  //

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//  Via Garden Therapy  //

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//  Via French Larkspur  //

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//  Via Daisy Mae Belle  //

Aren’t they fabulous!? Sorry if I just ignited a desire for a ladder you never thought possible. How would you use a vintage ladder?
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Hump Day Treats #8

October 22, 2014

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I spent all day Tuesday thinking I was late for posting Hump Day Treats. I’m not sure if it was a relief to know I wasn’t behind or a disappointment it was still only Tuesday.

This weekend Carl and I are having wedding photos taken and I’m SO excited.  We didn’t get a lot of pictures together on our actual wedding day (it was hot and I was hungry), so we’re getting more done without the stress of 100 people waiting to eat.  I’m also really excited for the South Carolina Auburn game.  South Carolina has been struggling this season, but we’re watching the game at our friends’ new home. They’re Auburn fans, so it might be rough, but I’m excited either way.

Let’s move on then to Hump Day Treats and make the week go by faster! (How this post makes the week go by faster, IDK, but hopefully it gives you some smiles.)

Hump Day Treats #8 | Pumpkin Planters from Oh Joy!

//  These pumpkin planters from Oh Joy! are adorable.  //

//  Carl wants our next dog to be a Great Dane, and considering we already have a 120 pound beast, I’m pushing for a corgi.  But this video of a jealous Great Dane has my heart wanting one. Be sure to watch the whole thing. (It’s a video from Facebook, so hopefully the link works.)

//  This man was given the first retinal prothesis and saw for the first time in 33 years. His smile and wife’s joy made me cry all the the tears.

//  Give some dudes too much time and too many (empty) beers and this is what you end up with.  Musical Genius.  Also, high five to the dude rocking the shakers.

//  Let’s just all give one big thank to you to Amanda for brightening our day with this post.

//  I’ve done serious work on my quilt for work.  I got the quilt top done and wrote this post with tips for making your first quilt.

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Weekly Wishes

October 20, 2014

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? My weekend was a mix of getting a lot done and not really getting a lot done at all.  I think that means I had the right balance of chore accomplishing and being lazy? I don’t know.  Either way it was nice.  Getting off work every Friday at 2 makes the weekend feel so much longer, mostly because Carl and I can use that afternoon to get all the errands done that would typically be left for Saturday.  Since this weekend was fairly uneventful, I figured I’d just share a picture from my Instagram that pretty much sums everything up.  As you can tell, Gatsby and Carl are enjoying the new king sized bed.

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Last week’s wishes

Unpack all the boxes. Check! Well, all the boxes are unpacked but not everything is put away.  We’re not used to having so much space so a lot of our stuff needs new homes.  At this point everything is out and ready to be put away, I just have to decide where.

Sew something. Check! I sewed a quilt top for work/me.  I still have to do the other half but I definitely accomplished a lot!

No soda.  Eh.  I mean, I never had more than one a day and I did have days I was soda free.  Unfortunately on soda free days I had headaches.  It’s a struggle.

This week’s wishes

Take Gatsby on longer walks.  Pretty much I’ve just been lazy this past week.  Also, the caffeine headaches haven’t really been motivating.

Catch up on blog reading.  My Bloglovin feed got out of control this past month with the move and no internet issues.  I’ve got it down from 1000+ unread to 200-300 unread.  It needs to get down to zero or I’m gonna lose my mind.

That’s it! I figured I’d have an easy week and relax and settle into the new apartment.  I could make goals to unpack and put everything away, but with how busy these past few months have been, there’s no need to put any pressure on doing something that has no real deadline.

 

 

 

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Social Saturday #18 Meet Angie

October 18, 2014

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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s been a busy week, but oh so wonderful.  I’ve had internet the entire time, a big bed to sleep in, a much shorter commute, and I’ve actually been able to blog. I may or may not have even done some crafting.  Say wha?! It you can’t tell from all that, we’re adjusting to our new home just perfectly.

To top off a great week, I have a lovely Social Saturday sponsor to introduce to you! Angie of Chasing My Halo has been hanging out on the sidebar this month and she has been wonderful to chat with. As a fellow ginger with a love for sports and her dog, I knew she was a blogger I could get along with.  I mean, she likes unicorns, how can you not like her?

Angie Chasing My Halo

Tell everyone a little bit about your blog and how it came to be.

Originally I started my blog because I was looking to develop a passion outside of work. Being an author is my dream job, and blogging seemed like a step in that direction. I quickly discovered how much I love blogging in and of itself! It provides so many positives, and helps me savor life a little bit more.

What inspired the name of your blog?

I’m a perfectionist, and used to tease family and friends that because I was named “Angela” I was angelic and practically perfect in every way ;-). I knew that wasn’t true, but it became glaringly obvious the older I got how short I fall! I have become content in my shortcomings, but I still try every day to become better. Better at fitness, relationships, balance, the list goes on. I’m always up for challenges and ways to improve. Hence the name Chasing My Halo was born.

What were you most surprised by after being in the blogging world for several months?

What a large and wonderful community it is! For the most part everybody is so supportive and encouraging. I didn’t even consider new friendships when I started this journey, but that is what has happened!

If you could change the name of your blog, what would you change it to?

Perhaps The Ginger Giraffe? Two traits that have helped define me are my red hair and my height. As a child they were my biggest insecurities, and as an adult they are two of the things I love about myself the most.

How has blogging changed you?

Blogging has changed me in that I follow up on things that I have wanted to do but haven’t got around to. For example I’ve wanted to experiment more in the kitchen, play with photography, and tap into my creative side. Blogging is forcing me to do that in a very good way! It’s feels like I’m accountable to someone other than myself, and I’m adding a lot more zest to my life in the meantime!

What does your husband think of your blog? Does he read it?

To be fair the Hubs isn’t much of a reader, but he does read my posts from time to time. He is very supportive, and doesn’t seem to get annoyed that the word “blog” has infiltrated most of our conversations :). He’s a good sport about taking multiple pictures (that I usually don’t end up using), and above all else he is happy that blogging makes me happy.

What advice would you give to someone looking to make self improvements?

Just keep swimming! There are so many times where you can feel stuck or discouraged, but every day really is a chance to do it better. Opportunities for growth abound, you just have to be brave and tenacious enough to seize them. Failures will happen, probably on a daily basis, but as long as you’re trying you’re doing it right. Give yourself grace!

How do you stay motivated when you are working towards a goal?

Bribery works wonders for me! I will try to set rewards for myself for things that I really want. I also find that small milestones along the way help break it down. For example when I ran the ½ marathon (and I hate running) I signed up for multiple shorter races so I knew I had to keep up with the training.

Do you think you’ll still be blogging ten years from now?

I hope so! I hope that in ten years I will be a lot more tech savvy to go along with my blogging experience :)

If you could pass on only one piece of advice to a person, what would it be? (blogging or life related)

It’s not all about you! When the focus shifts away from yourself, that’s when you can really start living a life of joy. Even in blogging where so much attention is on you, there are ways to draw others in and be an encouragement to them.

Ginger giraffes?! Uhm, I think I need to rename my blog. Only I’m not tall at all.  Oh well.  I love her just keep swimming advice and perspective on self improvement. Take some time to send Angie a hello and get lost for awhile on her blog. Oh! And definitely go like her on Facebook. She just created her page and it could use some loving. :)

Bloglovin  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Instagram  //  Pinterest

Do you want to be featured on Social Saturday? Visit my sponsorship page for more info, the Social Saturday spot includes a lot more than just this post! PLUS it now includes 10 specific to you blog tips, the option to cohost and private Facebook group.) BONUS: hellooctober is still valid for 20% off SS sponsorship spots, mainly because I’ve been too lazy to deactivate it.  

But first, make some blogging buddies for Social Saturday!

Social Saturday

New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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