Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Drive 12-18

Here we go!!! It's time to hop on and take a Sunday Drive Around the Blogosphere! I hope you're all ready to link up and hop! Please follow at least 2 people, as well as the hostesses and BOW...

I know next Sunday is Christmas, but I do try to post the hop on Saturday evening anyway... I didn't tonight because of my 100th post... But, I will be posting the hop next weekend, for those of you who want to hop :)
Also, I'll post it for New Year's as well!

Okay, let's get right down to it.

This weeks BOW is:




Hellofromthekings

This is a lovely blog about a family who wanted to keep their family up-to-date on their lives when they moved out of state. Now, she enjoys sharing her recipes, and lots of other fun stuff! Make sure you check out her super cute blog!

The rules are simple...

1. Follow your hostesses, Through the Eyes of a Tiger AND My Crazy Life, as well as the Blog of the Week (BOW) listed above. If you're new to our blogs, leave us a comment and we WILL follow you back! 
2. Enter your link(s) in the hop below. (If you're linking your blog, please link ONLY your main page) Link up your blog, Twitter and/or Facebook! 
3. Follow at least 2 other links... The more links you follow, the more followers you get!
4. Leave a comment stating that you're from the Sunday Drive Hop, and make it RELEVANT to the post you're commenting on (PLEASE)
5. HAVE FUN!!! 


If you'd like to be our Blog of the Week, simply fill out the form under the BOW tab at the top of the blog! We'd LOVE to showcase your blog, and make you a mandatory follow!




100th post!!! I can't believe it, but I've already reached that 100th post, and I wanted to do something to commemorate this moment! I was going to answer 100 questions about myself, but I'm just honestly not very interesting, so I decided to go with 25 questions about myself, and a few other lists of 25 things! I hope this is much more interesting!

What is your name?
Crystal

What is your favorite color?
Purple and Pink

What's your favorite food?
Chicken and Rice

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Ireland

What is your favorite movie of all time?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

What about your favorite show?
Cupcake Wars!

Favorite drink (alcoholic or non)?
Margarita!!!

Where do you like to shop the most?
Walmart... Affectionately referred to as "Hell"

What is the name of your best friend?

What is your eye color?
Blue-Gray

What is one thing you could not live without?


Favorite animal?
Striped Dolphins

Relationship status?

What's your favorite clothing item?
Something comfy

Who are you with right now?

Who is your celebrity crush?
Ian Somerhalder

What's your best feature?
I like my eyes

If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Scatterbrained!

How do you feel right now?

What is one thing you're involved in?
Homeschooling!


Okay, that was 25 random questions... Now for 25 things I've learned about blogging...

1. My posts aren't read as often as I would like, but that's the life of a blogger.
2. Anything I say CAN and WILL be taken the wrong way by someone, so as careful as I try to be, I can't make a post without stepping on any toes.
3. The more boring your life is, the more you have to work to make an interesting post.
4. I have met some of the coolest people, and seen some of the most awesome blogs since I started! 
5. Knowing that I will attempt to make a post before the day ends makes me want to do more interesting things with my day... 
6. Those bloggers who get the awesome giveaways like Kindles and iPads have worked their rear-ends OFF to get where they are, and I've got serious respect for that!
7. The giveaways that I really expect to take off don't do as well as I thought, and the ones that I am concerned about do better than I thought they would.
8. Manipulating the HTML of your blog can be a VERY scary experience... and when it goes wrong, the panic that ensues is NOT lessened by the fact that you downloaded your template.
9. Blog hops gather lots of links, but no one reads the rules.
10. Finding cute backgrounds for your blog for free is NOT easy.
11. You can contact 15 companies and only hear from 1 or 2...
12. Getting readers isn't easy
13. There's a wealth of information on blogs, and it's fun reading!
14. I have no idea how anyone can make a blog about only 1 thing, and keep it interesting. It's not easy.
15. A blog can be a great way to express the things you can't explain out loud.
16. Getting comments lowers your Alexa ranking
17. I need to get business cards to share my blog address.
18. Self-hosted blogs are more appealing to companies, but making it worth it isn't easy.
19. Nothing about blogging is easy.
20. Doing special events for your blog is hard work
21. I've been trying to write this post for a while, because I knew this was coming
22. Writing a blog can show you exactly how uninteresting you are
23. People are much more willing to be rude or crass online than in person.
24. Keeping your readers happy is hard!
25. Coming up with 25 things about ANYTHING isn't easy!!!


Okay... How about 25 Useless Facts?! I know all kinds of stuff that will never be of use. LOL

1. The first product to have a barcode was a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum.
2. Daylight Savings is not observed in parts of Arizona and Indiana.
3. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10th of a calorie...
4. Ants appear to stretch and yawn upon waking.
5. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television in some way or another
6. That dip below your nose is called a philtrum.
7. There was never supposed to be an answer to the riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" but because he was inundated with requests for the answer, Lewis Carroll finally made one up. The answer? "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat. And it is 'nevar' put with the wrong end in front!" Unfortunately, and editor caught the misspelling, and not the joke. It was printed as "never" instead.
8. According to some studies, people with naturally red hair have a higher tolerance to pain.
9. The average human can only access 10% of their brain at any time.
10. Da Vinci could write with one hand while drawing with the other. I think he was using more than 10% of his brain.
11. Birmingham, Alabama is the only place in the entire world where significant amounts of the three minerals needed for steel production can be found in close proximity.
12. After sending frogs to space, scientists learned how frogs vomit. They vomit their stomach out of their mouth, and using their forearms, scrape the offending content out of the stomach, and then push the now empty organ back into their mouth and swallow it. Yummy.
13. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
14. Men's buttons are on the right side because most people are right handed... Women's are on the left, because women used to be dressed by maids, most of which were right handed. They would face the woman they were dressing, and thus, the buttons were placed for their ease of use.
15. You should cut the stem of a rose under water, because the stem will inhale when cut, and if it inhales air, it will start to wilt faster.
16. Your thumb and your nose should be the  same length. (My thumb is longer)
17. According to legend, the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because it is the only finger with a vein straight to the heart.
18. 14 years before the Titanic sank, a book was written about a ship called Titan that hit an iceberg in April, and sank.
19. There isn't an English word that rhymes with the words month, orange, silver or purple.
20. Your stomach must produce a new lining every 2 weeks, or it will digest itself.
21. A time between a person yawning, and someone in the vicinity yawning is relative to the relationship between the two people. Basically, if you are close (friends or family or whatever) and they yawn, you will yawn quickly in response. But if the person that triggers your yawn is a stranger, it will take you a little longer to respond.
22. There are 13 bell tolls at the beginning of "Hells Bells" by AC/DC
23. The proper response to the Irish greeting "Top o' the mornin' to you" is "And the rest of the day to yourself!"
24. The name "Wendy" was never seen in print before the book "Peter Pan" and is thus believed to be the creation of the author, J.M. Barrie.
25. Beauty products contain disgusting ingredients. Lipstick has fish scales and lead. Perfume has whale vomit, and some red blushes and lipsticks have boiled bug insides in them... NASTY!


And finally...

25 things I would like to do before I die... Because everyone needs a bucket list. :)

1. Visit Ireland (I have a real fear of flying, so this is definitely a bucket list item)
2. Publish a novel
3. Adopt at least one child
4. Own my home outright
5. Go on a cruise to the Bahamas
6. See the Grand Canyon
7. Renew my marriage vows on the beach
8. Go on a cruise to Alaska
9. Be able to say that I've stepped foot in every single state in the US
10. Experience New Year's Eve in Times Square, NY
11. Experience Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama (where it started)
12. See the Northern Lights
13. Learn another language to fluency
14. Explore Brazil
15. Assist Habitat for Humanity on a build
16. Homeschool my daughter through high school
17. Design my own home
18. Swim with dolphins
19. Hit the jackpot (Lottery or gambling)
20. Visit Disney World again
21. Learn American Sign Language fluently
22. Break my caffeine and sugar addictions
23. Get a tattoo
24. Get my knee fixed
25. Purchase gasoline for under $1.00 per gallon


I really hope you've enjoyed these lists! It took me a LONG time to write them! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bullying

I found out yesterday that a young boy in my area committed suicide because he was bullied constantly. I was heart broken. Today I learned that we knew him through karate (no pics were posted, so I didn't realize it). I'm completely shattered. 

Bullying has been a part of my life as long as I've been alive. When I was a child, I was bullied, but not as badly as kids today are. When I first became an adult, I became the victim of a very different kind of bullying, known to many as domestic violence. When my child started school, I learned what it felt like to be the parent of a bullied child, and how frustrating it was to see the school doing NOTHING. 

I've LONG been a supporter of all of the anti-bullying movements happening. Each young life that ends because of bullies breaks my heart. Please, talk to your children. Make sure that your children know how much damage they are doing if they are picking on someone. And make sure they know that they need to shout it from the rooftops if no one will listen if they are being bullied. This HAS to stop, and it will only stop if every parent knuckles down to make sure that their child isn't the cause, or a victim. I know that no parent wants to believe their child is capable of being that vicious... It's not a pleasant thought. Talk to them, anyway. Even if you don't believe your child could be a bully, talk to them. Too many young lives have ended. Why can't we all at least tolerate each other??? Get out of your narrow-minded views, and even if you don't agree, or condone whatever, accept it and don't cause them pain. This HAS to stop!!!


Big trip!

Well, the time has come for our big trip. We're leaving around 8 in the morning, and we'll drive over 5 hours to attend this Christmas party! The holiday season is really getting into gear, and lots of parties and gatherings and trips are happening right now. I'm nervous, but it's normal for me. I'm always nervous before I do something. I'm nervous the night before I take my daughter to the doctor, so this isn't new. LOL I'm currently printing off directions, and packing and trying to get everything ready to walk out the door in the morning... FUN! We will go via one interstate, and come back a different way, so I've got to print off 2 sets of directions. LOL And I'm also trying to schedule a couple of stops. :) I'm excited! LOL
Festive Nails!

They aren't perfect by any stretch, but they're good enough for me :)  Please ignore the white paint on my hand. LOL I wiped one off when I was doing my right hand, because I'm not left handed, and painting straight (or even remotely straight) stripes with your non-dominant hand is NOT easy! LOL.


I hope you're all having a wonderful time at whatever celebrations you're having!!!

Hopefully I will have lots of great pics to share when we get back! :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Drive Blog Hop 12-11-11

It's time to hop again! The rules are the same as always, and we have a new BOW. If you would like to have your blog featured on our hop, just fill out the Interest Form in the tab at the top! No one is in line for next week, so get that form filled out!


This week's Blog of the Week (BOW) is 

This is a brand new blog, with only a few followers, so let's show them some love! Still so new there isn't a button to post! That's okay, no blog is ever too small... After all, that's what blog hops are for, right? Let's help grow this blog!

RULES
1. Follow your hostesses, and the blog of the week. If you're new, leave a comment and we'll follow back!

2. Link up your blog (main page only, please), Facebook, and Twitter pages!
3. Follow as many of the links as you'd like! The more you follow, the more followers you get! Make sure you leave a comment letting them know you're new and that you came from this hop!
4. Please add the hop button to your blog. This is NOT mandatory, but HIGHLY appreciated!!! The code is in my right sidebar!
5. Have fun!



Friday, December 09, 2011

Parades, shopping and our trip

My daughter was in a parade last night, and will be in another one tonight... After the parade last night, I did some shopping. I got the outfit I will wear at the Christmas party! I've still got to get my hair done, and I will apparently be changing my nail polish. I'm currently sporting a pretty light blue with white snowflakes painted on, and then a pretty glitter over it. :) The top I chose is red, so I will go with candy cane nails for the party. Yeah, I LOVE doing my nails :) I've seen some super talented people on YouTube and Pinterest, and I'm not one of those, but it's fun, and it's my little outlet for creativity and expression.

I'm starting to get nervous about the trip... I always do this and I suppose it's normal to be nervous. It's a 5 hour drive. I will be able to post while I'm there, so it's not a big deal. We will leave Thursday morning, and the party is Thursday night. Then on Friday, my hubby will have to attend a company meeting, and I will be stuck in the hotel room. LOL We'll leave on our way back home Friday afternoon, and should be home before midnight, but that depends on how many stops we make.

I hope all of your parties and celebrations are great!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Quiet lately...

It's hard to say I've been quiet lately, since I've made nearly 100 posts in less than 3 months, but I've been REALLY busy the past few days. Christmas is just 2 1/2 weeks away! And (Queen Procrastinator) I've barely STARTED my shopping. I know, I'm ashamed! Plus, my hubby and I will be going out of state next week for a couple of days for his company's Christmas party. We had fun last year, and are really looking forward to going, but I've not given myself any real attention since my mom passed away, and I'm LONG past due for a trip to the salon... I haven't had my hair touched since early February! And I need to pick up a couple of cute outfits, since I've gained some (hmm) weight since last year. 
Since I opened up the topic, I might as well make my plans known... I will be going on a SERIOUS diet after Christmas... Not so much a diet as a lifestyle change really. And maybe making it known and logging my progress on my blog will help me stick with it. I hope you guys don't mind me using this site as a weight loss journey log as well... I'll still be doing all of the awesome giveaways! 
Speaking of giveaways, I've got some great stuff coming up! A couple of reviews, a couple of giveaways... Should be a lot of fun! I'll give you my whole story a little a time, I suppose. It's not pretty, but it will hopefully be interesting enough to read. 

In the meantime, anyone got any advice for a girl with some SERIOUS emotional eating habits??? 
Have you ever faced these issues? How did you cope with emotional eating? I'd really appreciate any help offered! :)

Sunday, December 04, 2011

SquidSoap Winner!

Someone has to win, and that lucky person is...


Entry #42 - Christian Nunez!

Please respond to the email within 48 hours. It's already sent, so if you don't see it, check your spam folder! Congratulations!!!


Thank you to everyone for participating! I'll have more coming up VERY soon, but in the meantime, make sure you're entered into the Locomotion of Giving giveaway for one of THREE Amazon gift cards totaling $80! Check it out!!!


↷ Click the cute graphic! 
Locomotion of Giving
We're REALLY late posting the hop, and that's my fault. I'm sorry! I will do better in the future, I promise :) Please remember that the hop runs all week, so get those links in! :)


The rules are the same as last week! And thank you to those who have filled out our BOW Interest Form! We will be doing these in order, so you WILL be a BOW very soon!

This week's Blog of the Week (BOW) is 

See, Shop, Love!

A blog featuring beauty and skin care products, some food, and some eco-friendly products! Her most recent post is about ADORABLE crayons that look like egg-shaped cats (you have to see these) and they're made from soy! Eco and child friendly! Make sure you follow her!


1. Follow your hostesses, and the blog of the week. This is really a nice thing to do... If you're new, leave a comment and we'll follow back!

2. Link up your blog (main page only, please), Facebook, and Twitter pages!
3. Follow as many of the links as you'd like! The more you follow, the more followers you get! Make sure you leave a comment letting them know you're new and that you came from this hop!
4. Please add the hop button to your blog. This is NOT mandatory, but HIGHLY appreciated!!! The code is in my right sidebar!
5. Have fun!




Thursday, December 01, 2011

Win Amazon Gift Cards!!!

Locomotion of Giving is starting!!!
Locomotion of Giving
You can click this lovely graphic to get to the entry page!
Alright, do any of you remember the post I made in a couple of weeks ago about Locomotion of Giving??? I've got GREAT news! Not only is it starting TODAY, but the prize amounts have gone UP!!! There are THREE prizes in this giveaway! 

1st Prize - $50 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize - $20 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize - $10 USD Gift Card

Make sure you're all entered! You can get SEVERAL entries in this giveaway, so take advantage! :)
Go to Locomotion of Expressions to enter! Please make sure you fill out ALL of the fields in the Rafflecopter! Oh! And if you can purchase from Amazon in your location, enter! This is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as they can purchase from Amazon! :)


If you're new here from the Locomotion of Giving, please leave me a comment, and I will gladly follow back! Glad to have you!!! :) 

We have a winner!

The Real Kids Shades giveaway has ended, and the winner has been chosen! Thank you all very much for participating! Remember, the more participation I get on my blog, the better stuff I can get for giveaways! :)

Okay, the winner is...

Entry # 169  Amber Jackson!


Congratulations, Amber! I know you'll love those sunglasses! I've already sent out your email, so if you don't see it, check your spam folder, because you only have 48 hours to respond.

I've got some great stuff coming up! If you want to be up to date on everything, please subscribe to my blog via email! Thanks!