Friday, August 29, 2014

Another Year Older

Yes, today is my birthday!!!

I am excited as most people are on their birthday.  But it's a little sad to be getting older.  I still remember when I turned 21.  And next year I'll be the big 40!  Where did the time go?

 


I don't have any big plans for my special day.  I'm just hoping it doesn't rain.  And my brothers better have a cake for me.  All in all, I am thankful to see another year.  :)

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What I'm Watching

The summer television season will be ending soon.  And the fall series will begin in a few weeks.  So what have I been watching, and what am I looking forward to?


Watching:
  1. Extreme Weight Loss.  I love to see the chosen makeover candidates gather the courage, and take the initiative to overcome their weight issues.  And it's heartwarming when they can also conquer the root of the problem.
  2. Married At First Sight.  I was skeptical about watching this show because I wasn't sure how much of this reality series would be real.  But I must admit, I'm curious to know how these marriages will pan out.
  3. Mistresses.  I was happy that this show returned for a second season.  I enjoy it, even though the leading ladies could use a lesson in common sense. 
  4. Master Chef.  For someone who doesn't like to cook, I love watching cooking shows.  I was bummed that Ahran was sent home. But I'm now cheering on Christian and Elizabeth.  Can't stand Courtney. 
  5. Hotel Hell.  Yep, I can't get enough of Chef Ramsey.  Watching the dysfunction of these hotels and inns makes you think twice about booking a room ever again.  And I wish they'd stop showing Ramsey's body every episode.  Ughh.  I like him but not that much.
  6. Restaurant Startup.  This show is a combination of The Profit and Shark Tank, with Master Chef's Bastianich.  I usually disagree with who the investors should extend the business opportunity to.  And when I do, most times a deal is not made in the end.  But I like to see the passion the business owners have for their businesses.
The fall shows are soon approaching.  I'm waiting for some of my favorites to return.  I'm also interested in some of the new shows for the season.
 
Anticipating:
  1. The Blacklist. Need I say more.  Miss you, Red.
  2. Revenge
  3. The Voice
  4. Crisis (hope it's returning) 
  5. A to Z (new)
  6. Bad Judge (new)
  7. Selfie (new)
  8. How To Get Away With Murder (new)
  9. Marry Me
What are you watching?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Who's Wearing What Wednesdays

She's got the look!

Ronlet, of Lovejoy Styles, has several looks in her lookbook.  Fun, casual, comfortable and chic.  She showcases it all.  And her styles are on trend.


Her jean shorts look great with the long, knitted cardigan.  The animal printed maxi skirt is the shining star, paired with a casual tie front shirt.  And Ronlet takes a white button down tunic and dresses it up as a shirtdress. 


My two favorite outfits in this lookbook include classic skinny jeans in white and a mix of bold patterns.  And what I really love is that she appears so comfortable in all the looks.  See more of her styles on her blog.


Which look is your favorite?

What are you wearing today?  Leave a picture or link to a picture in the comments section below.  Your look could be FEATURED tomorrow here on this blog!!  Find more information here.

**photos courtesy of lovejoystyles.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Man's Best Friend

Today is National Dog Day!!

It is a day when dog lovers can celebrate their best friends.  There are millions of dogs around the world.  Big dogs, small dogs.  Short dogs and tall dogs.  And they are loved by so many.

My first dog was a mixed breed named Mikey.  We received Mikey when he was just a puppy.  He was always into things,a very active dog.  We always believed that he died from a snake bite.  It was hard dealing with his death at such a young age. 

We also had a German Shepherd named J.R.  He was one tough dog, and my dad's favorite.  The neighborhood kids were afraid of him.  He would always bark at them when they would jump the fence near our house to get to the other neighborhood.  We had J.R. for years, until he passed when I was in high school.  My dad missed J.R. greatly, and always had a dog after that. 


I remember in 2001, wanting a beagle so badly. My friend was moving into an apartment and couldn't keep her dog.  She asked if I wanted him.  And when she said that he was a beagle, I knew he was meant to be mine.  Buster didn't care for me at first, but soon became my baby.  He was so hyper, with a personality out of this world!  I even had a birthday party for him once, complete with party favors, food and cupcakes.  We had a blast.

I acquired another beagle, named Missy, a few years later.  She was the fattest dog I had ever seen.  But she was so cute.  I had Missy for about 6 years before she passed.  It was a sad time, especially because it caused Buster to be depressed.  He didn't bark for two whole months after Missy's death. 

And then Buster passed a little over a year later.  He was 11 years old, but was still a little rascal at the time of his death.  When he died, I felt like I had lost a child.  I'll always remember the good times with Buster.  I've been wanting another dog, but fear losing one again.  But maybe, just maybe, I'll get a beagle again someday.

Are you a dog lover?  What's your favorite dog?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivate Me Mondays Week 4 (Final Week)

Welcome back to the fourth and final week of Motivate Me Mondays!!  So be sure to join in!!

This is the place where you can seek some motivation throughout the week.  Last week, my goal was to complete a media kit for my blog.  I am happy to report that it is complete.  There are some tweaks I will eventually make, but I am glad that it is done.  Thanks to those who motivated me.
 

Motivate Me Mondays is a platform for motivation for yourself and others.  It is an opportunity to not only share your goals with others, but be encouraged by others to achieve those goals.  This is how it works:
 
  1. Every Monday in August, you can list a goal that you have set for yourself for the week.  Be sure to say "Motivate Me".  Remember, the goal should be realistic and attainable within the time frame.
  2. You will also include your Facebook or Twitter URL so that others can send you some motivation throughout the week.  Please only one URL per person.
  3. By adding your URL, you agree to offer motivation to all involved.  The goal is for everyone to motivate each other, so please cooperate.
  4. Try to send words of motivation to each person at least once during the week.  Check back often to see who has joined in.
  5. Join in and be motivated!!
My goal for the week is to link up to a minimum of two linky parties each day.  I am wanting to grow the number of readers and pageviews for my blog, and I know that this can give me a huge boost.  And if you have a linky party going on, let me know.  So, Motivate Me!!
 
How can we motivate you?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Media Kit Accomplished

One of my goals for this month was to complete a media kit for my blog.  I actually made this my goal for the week (see more here).  I am so happy that I met my goal. 

I've been blogging for almost a year.  I don't get tons of pageviews daily, but my following has steadily increased over the months.  And I'm enjoying blogging regardless of the stats. 

I haven't really done any sponsored posts, mainly because I must remain true to myself when it comes to the products and services I promote.  I have done a few sponsored tweets, though.  But I am looking forward to doing some sponsored posts in the near future.

It may not be perfect, but nevertheless, I do have my media kit complete.  And that gets me one step closer to meeting more of my blogging goals.  I would like to thank Reese of The Importance of Being Reese, for the inspiration for my media kit.  She has some awesome free templates and great advice.  I designed mine based on her orange and turquoise template. 

Do you have a media kit?  What do you include in your kit?
 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Math Tip of the Day: Domain and Range

Sometimes students have difficulty in remembering how to determine the domain and range of a graph.  I always used the alphabet to help me.  That's right, the alphabet!

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I always remembered that it was all based on alphabetical order.  Let me explain:

  1. You must first know the difference between the x-axis and the y-axis.  The x-axis is horizontal and the y-axis is vertical.  Alphabetically, x comes before y, and horizontal before verticalSo x-horizontal, y-vertical.
  2. Domain is determined along the x-axis, and range is determined along the y-axis.  Alphabetically, x comes before y, and domain comes before rangeSo x-domain, y-range.
That's all to it!  It's as easy as ABC!!

Do have have any other methods to remember domain and range?

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