Final Social Saturday: Meet Kristin

December 20, 2014

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It’s almost Christmas! Today we’re celebrating Christmas with Carl’s side of the family and I must say, I beasted the crap out of some homemade Pinterest gifts. Like, I felt like any second choirs of angels would start singing and confetti would burst everywhere while fireworks shot into the sky. Instead all I got was Carl singing and talking into an empty wrapping paper tube, but he was very impressed with my skills, so I’m considering my endeavors properly celebrated.

First, I want to thank everyone who took my survey for Something Winnderful. I’m soooo happy with the feedback I got that. I think my biggest relief was how many people chose Social Saturday as their least favorite category. To be honest, it’s my least favorite category too. I love featuring and meeting bloggers, but to put the post together every Saturday was starting to get more and more of a hassle. Thankfully I can stop Social Saturdays without feeling too bad.

So for the final Social Saturday, the honor goes to my blogging buddy and real life in person buddy Kristin! I had the pleasure of being a bridesmaid with her in the Gay Pride Great Gatsby wedding.  We bonded over the fact we’re sane individuals and the fact we might actually have to murder the crazy maid of honor. Since I’m so lucky to have her in my life, it’s only fair to share her with you all!

Kristin My Year In The Making

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

I’ve always been a writer. Ever since I could spell I was pumping out poems and short stories (That my mom probably still has…ugh.). So when I discovered the magical world of the internets one of my first obsessions was LiveJournal. I wrote in it daily for years. It was friends only of course, because only those who could make the effort to comment to be added could really be trusted ;) A few years ago, I ran a Fitblr on Tumblr and really, really loved it. It helped me with my weight loss and kept me motivated. The best part was that I seemed to be motivating people in return. But then I started college and fell off the wagon, and with my lack of working out came the burn out of my Fitblr as well. About a year ago, I decided to start a blog about my daily life. It was more of a diary though, and I ended up deleting it because I was frustrated. Back in August, after hearing my good friend Katie talk about how much she loved blogging, I decided to go ahead and give a legitimate blog a shot. So My Year in the Making was born. It’s a lifestyle blog where I write about my cats, my likes and dislikes, and any random project I’m attempting to tackle at the moment.

What inspired the name of your blog?

Initially, My Year in the Making was a personal challenge for myself. I put back on most of the weight I lost before college, and there were quite a few things on my bucket list that I wanted to accomplish but never got around to them. I decided I wanted to accomplish all these things in a year. But this semester almost killed me, so I decided to just make it more of a “take everything one day at a time” kind of challenge. So each day is a year in the making, if that makes sense.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

In the LiveJournal days, I just really wanted an online journal. I actually made a few friends from LiveJournal that I still talk to today. One of them in particular I essentially consider a sister even though we’ve only met in person once (I think. Maybe twice?) I loved that form of community. And when I read other people’s blogs and saw that they had that same sense of community, I wanted to be part of it too. Also, I knew how much Katie loved her blog, and how much I loved reading blogs like Katie’s, and I wanted to play too!

What is your most unusual trait (physical or personality wise)?

Sigh. I suppose it would be the Gnome collecting. I just can’t quit them!

You fully embrace the crazy cat lady title—why do you like cats?

I just really relate to cats. They’re cute, they like naps, and they’re kind of assholes. I’m cute, I like naps, and I’m kind of an asshole!

What inspires you?

Seeing other people accomplish they’re goals. It makes me go “Hey! I can do that too!” Also, my hero Lena Dunham (I really want to read her book.) and double stuffed oreos.

What’s your favorite memory from 2014?

Oh man, it’s so hard to pick just one. The Michigan trip in August where I got to meet like 30,000 of my boyfriend’s 50,000 relatives was so great, and Kate’s wedding weekend definitely is up there too.

What do you look forward to in 2015?

The plan to get healthy! I can’t wait to do the Whole 30 in January. (Except I can kind of wait because RIP cheese.) Mine and E’s two-year anniversary, my new internship, and a whole bunch of other random stuffs.

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

Don’t ever let someone else tell you how to live your life.

Cats, gnomes, inspiration, Kristin’s blog is certainly an eclectic and worthwhile read.  Go visit and be entertained!

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But before you go stalk for hours, make some blogging buddies for (the last) 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.

Social Saturday!

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Let’s Get Baked // Italian Christmas Cookies

December 18, 2014

Hello Something Winnderful readers. This is Katie from The Hungry Goat again, here to present to you an awesome Christmas dessert that you don’t normally see during cookie exchanges and holiday parties.

I had promised my Italian teacher that for the final class of the semester I would bring in cookies. I wanted them to be Italian themed but when I went to The Bible that is Pinterest, everything was quite difficult to make and I had two hours to get these done.

Lo and behind: Italian cookies. There is no other name for these babies. My class loved them. When I brought the leftovers into work (I can’t keep sweets at my house because I have no self control), my coworker who grew up eating Italian food his entire life said that these were in his top three.

Let me repeat: These are in the top three of my coworker’s favorite Italian cookies he’s ever eaten.
I was proud.

So, if you’re looking for an easy Christmas cookie recipe that isn’t the usual Santa-shaped sugar cookies or peanut butter blossoms, then these bad boys are the ones for you. And they are zero calories delicious!
Italian Christmas Cookies

Let’s Get Baked // Italian Christmas Cookies

Ingredients

  • The Cookie:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup veggie shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 t lemon extract
  • The Glaze:
  • 3 T 2% milk
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 t lemon extract
  • Colorful Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and shortening together until completely mixed. This will take about 2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix in the lemon extract.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until fully incorporated. Do not over mix.
  5. Roll the dough into small balls and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove the cookies and place on to a wire rack.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, mix the milk, confectioners' sugar and lemon extract. It needs to be thick enough to stick to the cookies. Add more confectioners's sugar when needed. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and sprinkle away with as much as color as you'd like.
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Enjoy!

Want some more where that came from? Let’s Get Baked. You can also read my thoughts on Dawson’s Creek on Twitter, see what I’m baking on Instagram, get overwhelmed by all things Harry Potter on Pinterest and simply follow me on The Facebook.

Hump Day Treats #11

December 17, 2014

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Time for another Hump Day Treats! It took a bit of a vacation, but it’s back to its every other week schedule.

Hump Day Treats #11

// So…A Beautiful Mess has be convinced I need to start scrapbooking and ish. //

// I first discovered Going Home To Roost through work and she it awesome. The printable calendar she created for your Instagram photos is too great.

// 103 Random Acts Of Kindness. Because the world needs more kindness.

// I feel like I need to start a Project Life.

// These are some of the happiest/luckiest people ever.

// The first 30 seconds of this would be awesome, then I would be convinced I was about to die. Killer Whales are terrifying to me.

// Thank you Jessica for this link. This woman spent a week attempting to like a “Pinterest perfect” life.

//  20 Things You Should Say More Often. I love Kid President.

// I asked Carl when he knew he loved me and he said, ” When we were cuddling at my apartment and I thought about our relationship and my future and I knew I couldn’t imagine my future without you in it. We had been dating about a month or so.” Here’s 30 men on the moment they knew they were in love.

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How To Beast Christmas Shopping

December 15, 2014

A Monday post (barely)! It’s been so long! I’ve mentioned I’m excited for Christmas and I must admit there are several reasons why. Besides the obvious ones, Christmas shopping is a big reason I’m excited. Why? Because I had majority of it done before stores started shoving Christmas decor and music down everyone’s throats. I’m pretty much a Christmas shopping beast. I’m also not near as poor as I was last year. But mostly I’m a Christmas shopping beast. Here’s how I managed to get my shopping done early.

How to beast your Christmas shopping (and save time and money)

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Keep a running list of gift ideas.

So this method of mine pissed Carl off this holiday, but now he knows what he’s up against for Christmas shopping. I’ve been keeping a list of gift ideas on my phone for months. Whenever Carl or anyone I’ll be buying gifts for mention something they would like or a problem that needs to be solved, I make a note of it. Not everything that gets put on the list still remains gift worthy a few months later, but it certainly gives me a great head start. Now that it’s Christmas time, I didn’t have to do any thinking about what to buy. Unfortunately, Carl is having a harder time shopping for me, but I think he’s going to adopt the gift idea list method for next year.

Shop all year long.

Who has a bunch of cash laying around in December they can use to buy way more gifts for way more people than they’d like? Uhm, not me. When you come across something in a store you think someone will like, buy it. Nobody has to know it’s going to hide in your closet for a couple months.  For example, when we were in Wisconsin this past August, we came across these ceramic cows my mother used to collect. They haven’t been available in South Carolina for years, so we bought two and have been saving them for Christmas. (I’m really counting on her not reading my blog.) Spending the $25 wasn’t a major financial hit, and it’s $25 I don’t have to spend in December.

Take advantage of sales and online sites.

We’ve already established shopping all year is the way to go. The biggest advantage is you are able to shop sales. Would you rather buy a sweater at full price in December, or when they’re 40% at the end of season the sale? Ordering gifts online is another great way to save money. I bought wedding gifts and a few presents for Carl over the summer using my Amazon reward points.  I also started using Ebates for cash back on gifts. My red card with Target combined with their Cartwheel app is another way I’m saving on purchases.  We also had an employee sale at my office a few months ago and I was able to get great crafting projects for next to nothing.  Keep an eye open for opportunities and be ready to take advantage.

Most importantly, keep track of what you buy and who it’s for.

That’s my biggest mistake this year. I have all sorts of random stuff and I can’t remember who gets what. I have a great printable for tracking that stuff but I slacked on using it.  Print out or make a list of who you need to buy gifts for and add each gift as you buy it.  This week I plan on writing down what I have for who, then using homemade treats to fill in where more gifts are needed.

How do you stay on top of Christmas shopping? Also, have you taken my reader survey? It’s super short!

A Little Life Update

December 11, 2014

Hey there! I’m sorry for disappearing, but a blogging break was in order.  So many of you have said such kind words these past few weeks and while I might not have responded, know that it has meant so much. I continue to be baffled by the fact I’ve actually made friends through blogging. I knew the purpose of blogging is to form a community, but I never thought that would mean actual friendships.

I didn’t want to jump completely back into the game, so I’m starting off with a short and sweet update on these past few weeks. I also have a reader survey at the end of the post that would mean the world to me if you answered!

A little life update

1. We’re finally done with weddings.

2. I got (another) tattoo.

3. I got my traumatizing birth control removed and am so much happier.

4. I finally decided it was time to see a doctor about my depression.

5. I (kinda) figured out the whole cooking thing.

6. We got our second wedding photos back!

7. I got a whole new wedding set.

8. We decorated for Christmas.

9. I’m super excited for Christmas!

10. I’m done shopping for Christmas! But I do have some handmade gifts to finish.

11. Dave & Busters opened in Greenville and after three hours our group still didn’t get a table.

12. We’ve had lots of free food at the office this month.

13. I’m considering a Whole 30 to kick off the new year. Would any of you like to join?

Now, I’ve never done a survey on Something Winnderful but I want to start planning for the new year.  It’s not very long and none of the questions are mandatory, so please answer, I’d love your feedback!