How about a beautiful smile, Kaley? Happy girl!
How about a beautiful smile, Kaley? Happy girl!
Cute little homemade book. Learning how to make homemade stitched books. This took less than half hour, using a piece of typing paper and part of mail advertisement. I might make some to give away. Very cute. #homemade #book
Your mission should you choose to accept it. Blog, vlog, sing or dance about the prompt. Interpret it how you wish. Post it in a blog and share. Include “The Blogging Lounge” and “Ariana Browning” in the post. Or just use the image provided. All links posted within Facebook Group are shared on Twitter profile for the group. Join the Twitter group, use the hashtag, and I will RT all. (Includes anything except promotions.) I try to share all prompts on my sites.
Read below for full information and links.
What is The Blogging Lounge? https://kimberlysueiverson.com/2014/01/spring-cleaning-except-its-not-and.html
I’m open to suggestions of things you would like to see more of on my site. I’m busy redesigning a new theme and site design, so I would like to know what you want to see.
No suggestions are bad. I’ll take in everything told and try to accommodate what you want to see more of!
Some of the things I know you love are the quotes and recipes, or bits about the gremlin gang. What else?
I also plan to make a new tutorial on working with the CS templates since that one was such a huge hit for you. That includes a part for Lulu since I now use that for my hard covers. 🙂
Dark Illusions: The Next Chapter
The paperback is officially available! See link: https://www.createspace.com/4583957?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026
I have a special offer, just for you. This is for Dark Illusions: The Next Chapter only. Please read carefully, and if you have questions, feel free to ask.
Buy One, Get One:
If you purchase a copy of the paperback book through me personally, the first FOUR (one offer has been claimed so it’s down to four) people who do, will receive a signed paperback copy. And you can also receive one signed paperback for free. Which means two books for one price.
Choose to either get two free signed copies for yourself to give away, or you can receive one for you, and I will send another directly to a friend of your choosing. Again, this is reserved for the first FOUR people who take advantage of this offer. As soon as I’ve reached five, I will send out a notice and let you know in a special note.
How to redeem.
Either reply to this (if you receive it in email), or send me a separate email to email@example.com, subject: buy one get one.
If you want both books for yourself (both signed for free), I only need your mailing address and your email so I can send you a PayPal invoice. Your privacy is my main concern and I will only use your address for that purpose. The paperbacks will be purchased and when I receive them, I will sign them, then send out. That could take up to a month because of the weather. I will email you once I’ve put them in the mail.
If you want one book for you (both signed for free), and one for a friend, then I need your mailing address and your email to send a PayPal invoice to you, and then the mailing address of your friend, if you want the book sent directly from me to them. Otherwise if you plan to send/give the book to your friend, just send me your address and the email alone. The paperbacks will be purchased and when I receive them, I will sign them, then send out. That could take up to a month because of the weather. I will email you once I’ve put them in the mail.
If you purchase the print book, you’re entitled to the digital eBook on Amazon for free. It’s a Kindle MatchBook program. I could have chosen any price, but since my physical copies are already priced high (I price as low as I can), I thought I’d stick with the eBook being free. So at any time, you’re welcome to purchase the print copy (I believe you have to purchase it through Amazon strictly to receive the offer), and receive the digital eBook (again, only with Amazon) for free.
If you use a different digital reader, feel free to contact me if you purchase the paperback, and I’ll honor the same deal and email you the eBook for free.
The price is $13.99 for the book and $4.99 for the shipping. So the total is $18.98 and you get the second book absolutely free, which includes the shipping, and the autographs on both!
I shared this on Facebook the other day, but thought to myself, I really need to share it again for those that missed it. And all over. So here you go.
I consider myself a very fortunate human being. Getting to know such an exceptional group of people, fans, and individuals, has been an amazing experience in the past year, and longer. Every day you deserve to be told how great you are and how much I adore you all. I am impressed by, and absolutely love the creativity everyone shows, especially those who are a part of The Blogging Lounge. I enjoy reading the incredible things they come up with in general, but especially for the prompts. That is why you have seen me sharing their links on my profiles when they share the prompts in the group. I am so proud of them. It takes great courage to write and share your thoughts. Let’s never forget that. To do so in any form online is a brave feat. I don’t think we realize sometimes that we are so much stronger than we may believe. We all do mini acts of courage every day without realizing it, or receiving credit for it.
I come online every day to read stories, and get to know everyone, and we are all fighting battles, but I see so many people who hold their heads high and never allow that to bring them down for long. It is incredible. It’s beautiful. You are beautiful. There are always people out there who may be silent, but they are privately rooting for you every step of the way, and hoping all those dreams and wishes of yours come true. You can count me as one of them. I eagerly look forward to continuing to get to know you, and seeing all the accomplishments you achieve. Everyone possesses their own wonderful gifts and talents that they bring to the posts that it’s fun to learn things from you that I may have never known before. So many people complain about Facebook, I understand that, but at the end of the day it’s a great place to meet and talk with some fascinating individuals.
I also understand that when you may see me share where you can find me online, that it’s just another person sharing their sites and it’s about numbers, but to me, it’s about connection. I truly love to chat with you between everything I do. Even if I had millions of followers, I can guarantee you would each continue to have a face, a name, and a story to me, not just a number. And despite my weird brain who forgets, I remember the small details you share whether you know it or not. Between all the things I have to do every day, it can get lonely during certain periods. So even on days where it may not seem like I am fully engaged, I AM paying attention and hearing you. You are always, always heard by me and accepted. No matter who you are. I enjoy talking to everyone, even on the days I am exhausted and it may not seem so. If nothing else, know how much I appreciate having such amazing people to talk to. How much I appreciate getting to know everyone around me, and how damn amazing you are. ♥
This is the BEST granola on the planet. To make it even simpler, I have been eliminating the seeds, nuts, etc. Seriously, I am addicted to this freakin stuff.
I love this. $10 donated from every purchase to cause of your choice.
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp yeast (I use quick rise)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup flour
1/4 heaping tsp baking powder
1/4 almost tsp baking soda
1/4 heaping teaspoon salt
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar (I prefer 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, but either works)
cinnamon to sprinkle over top
*optional chopped nuts of your choice (if you choose to use nuts, know that the bread will fall apart very easy)
Pan used is an 8×4″ loaf pan
Mix the 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil, and 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl. Stick in microwave for about 1 minute. The time varies. You want it warm enough you can add the yeast without scorching, but not cool enough that the yeast won’t react. I have found 1 minute works great for my microwave.
Mix in 3 teaspoons yeast, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp cinnamon (you can leave out, but I like the bread to also include the cinnamon), and 2 cups all-purpose flour.
Set it aside for one hour. I cover it with some plastic to keep warm and activate the yeast further like above.
You can see by the above picture, I do a semi-rectangular piece. And you’ll also note that I have plenty of flour all over the place. I don’t mind being generous to keep it from sticking on the bottom. If you want to add some nuts, go for it. Just make sure they aren’t too big, or too much. The bread separates very easy when cooking with too many, and then you have a huge mess on your hands. But it’s still good!
Ask me how I found that out.
Optional, smother top with butter as I did above.
Here is a trick to how I rise, then cook. Put oven on warm (or 120*) and let it warm up while you’re rolling the dough out. Then turn off oven once warmed a little. Place dough as the above picture, into oven and set for 30 minutes to rise. Without removing the dough, after 30 minutes, turn oven on to 400*. Easy!
Or just set dough aside 30 minutes to rise, then cook.
Cook for 15 minutes-20 minutes until the top is a brown you like, I think darker brown is the best flavor, but at least do it until past the golden stage or you’ll have to cook longer in your second step. Cover loosely with foil, cook 20-30 minutes more.
You want to cook long enough that the center cooks, but because it’s got butter, the center may still remain a little uncooked looking in spots even when cooked. I’ve found 20 minutes, top with foil (doesn’t have to be tight, just so oven doesn’t brown top anymore) then 20 minutes again works for me.
Set aside to cool (hard part!)
This is the most delicious snack.
If you try it, let me know. There are a lot of steps, but this is actually a really easy bread to make. I have made it a bunch of times and it doesn’t last but a few days.
You can also cut out the part with the cinnamon, butter, and sugar, then just have it rolled up plain. Still delicious.
There are times when we do things that we often regret, analyze too much over, worry that it wasn’t the correct decision. I know I face that one a lot. The over-analyzing. I do it with decisions I make, with things I do, things I don’t do. Everything and anything is over-analyzed to a bazillionth degree. I don’t allow myself to feel bad, I just naturally am inclined to thinking too much. I have a scientists brain. I study and analyze myself, and others, for fun. As odd as that sounds.
But honestly I have always believed that even though my mind becomes filled with a lot of fear based reactions and thoughts of should I have done that?, that yes. The answer to that question is yes, you should have. You should have made that decision. You should have said those words. You should have reacted that way.
Because you were meant to.
Now, I’m not this overtly religious human being. I’m not this destiny and fate girl. I do believe in some things, I don’t in others, but it’s always changing. Always shifting with the tides of life. Everything I do changes constantly. What I believe, what I think, how I behave.
The one thing that I always come back to though is that you were meant to do that. It doesn’t matter what the situation. If I did something that I worry over later on (who doesn’t, right?), that fills me with turmoil, and I tend to do the human based “oh my god, I made the wrong decision!” reaction, I have to remind myself of that. I truly believe that everything we do, we do it for a reason.
For a long time now, I’ve been living based on gut reactions, instincts, and those feelings. Ever since the day I was raped because I didn’t listen. They have led me to where I am now. I have never been at a better place. In some ways, there are struggles that I don’t speak of, and maybe eventually I will. But the main idea is always that I shouldn’t regret anything I do. I had to do A to get to B. I had to face B to get to C. I trust my heart and soul. When my heart tells me to back off, I do. When my soul tells me to venture forth, I do. I have found that every little step, no matter how minor I take, is important. It has led me to the people I know, the places I’ve gone, where I’m headed. I am here right now because of every small minute detail of the past.
I’m also grateful for every experience, every person I’ve come across. I don’t regret friendships that have dissolved, or men that have gone away. I have learned that regret is something that eats you up. I know. The one regret that slips in and haunts me is the one that I didn’t listen to my gut. Then I feel shame, humiliation, anger. I ignore it until it goes away once more. I’m grateful for every experience whether good or bad because it teaches me to trust my gut more. I learn from the situations. I go on to a better place because of them. A better mindset.
I wouldn’t be here now had I held back when I was too scared to be open. Or when I walked away when every part of me said not to. When I didn’t take that job that paid a lot, and instead chose this route. Everything led me here. As much as I begin to regret certain decisions, I stop myself. I then remind myself. I am here now because of all those choices. Those choices and the choices I make right this second, are leading me to better and greater things. To the dream I want.
Because a funny thing happens when you make up your mind. Life will do everything in its power to fulfill your dreams. But it will also make sure that you rid yourself of anything holding back from that. Even if it means say walking away from a job or friendship that may later on come back and be better than ever. Or not.
Don’t regret decisions you make. For every small thing you do, is leading you to the path that will fulfill what your heart desires. Even if it doesn’t seem that way right this second. You are on that path. You may not see it because you may have to build it yourself, so it’s not laid out already ahead of you, but it is there.
Trust yourself. Trust your heart. Trust your soul.
Don’t be so afraid of what you don’t know.
We are in this together.
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The other day, or rather night, I had a moment that I thought I would share with you. It’s very easy to look upon people who live in the public eye and believe they must be the most confident, fearless people on the planet. I know that’s something that people have always believed about me.
Either I’m assumed to be extremely confident, or well . . . a bitch.
I can’t remember what set it off exactly. I was in the midst of reading some material about authors, reading a book, and studying grammar and writing. Somewhere in there, in the midst of the evening hours, I remember reading a random sentence and then I was struck with this “oh my god, millions of people around the world may one day know my name, and read my books,” realization.
I understand that it’s an obvious thought. I write, I publish, people will see the books. I will receive the attention. But I don’t know. I was just hit with the realization that sometimes occurs in the most random of moments. And the truth? I wasn’t just scared. I felt petrified.
Then the thoughts began rolling. I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. They’ll hate my work. Oh my god what am I DOING? The thoughts went off the deep end into solid dark deep fear. Anyone who has ever placed themselves in this sort of position will know exactly the type of moment I experienced.
What’s truly interesting is that I’ve been at this a few years. I’m always thinking in the back of my mind about all the people who will read my books or I wouldn’t work so hard to improve my writing and grammar. I am always conscious of just what I’m facing, what’s involved, and the future aspects. I am far too self aware not to.
So that idea wasn’t really a surprising one and yet . . . it was. I felt the cold depth of fear hit me. For an instant.
Then . . . I went right back to writing and editing. My day went on.
I still fear what may come. But as Anne Rice mentioned in her video I watched on YouTube the other day. Every single one of her books has received someone mentioning that it’s the worst writing they have ever read, that she doesn’t know how to write, you name it. And even Stephen King has faced it.
So even the most confident seeming among us face those fears. The difference between you pursuing that dream and the others who aren’t? It isn’t that fear that may sweep you up and tumble you end over end. It’s not that you keep facing the fear. It’s simply that you keep going. No matter what you say to yourself, someone else says to you: keep. going.
Just keep going. Fear and all.
I haven’t ever seen this video before for this, but this machine is fabulous. Wouldn’t it be great to own one in your own home?
With your help, that is. Well, maybe not take over Twitter. Maybe . . . the world!
If you missed the post the other day on Facebook or Twitter, I created a group Twitter account for The Blogging Lounge at www.twitter.com/blogginglounge
If you’re a writer who would enjoy increasing your readership and want to meet like minds, a reader who’d like to read some wonderful blogs (trust me, I don’t pimp out blah sort of reads, lol), and overall want to join in, feel free to follow and come by.
Every day I RT [almost] anything that is tagged @blogginglounge or #theblogginglounge. If you are part of the group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377737912484876/), I pop in, grab links shared that day and tweet them. If you tag, you may end up earning two tweets a day. This isn’t a competition sort of thing, it’s just that I may overlook, or do it accidentally. Which is all right because you get more views! Just no playing with my mind you meanies, because I will limit how much I share a particular link per day. I can see which ones I have done. Thank you Twittah! ha-ha
I set the account up so that others can use that tag, follow your great posts, but also as a great way to increase viewership. If you help me get the word out, that increases how many people will see your links when shared. As long as you don’t promote “buy this!” links, and you do want to be a part of that group, you CAN tag quotes from your books, fun quotes, interesting things you find, blog posts, etc. Again, as long as they are not links to buy your products, promotional links, or similar. A quote from your book is fine if you do the quote, and the book name, but no link. Then it’s not technically promotional. This is to increase readership, participation, connection with others like you. And overall fun times!
And because I do have such high standards (they are higher for myself) I will check a link to a blog, or make sure it isn’t something grotesque. I won’t limit based on personal issues I have with anything, but only from what I deem inappropriate for readership. As in, I’m not sharing sexual posts with a lot of nudity, or things that I feel promote hate. If you’re unsure, you can always just ask. You can tweet me at that account and I will respond. If a link is overlooked, I may just have done it by accident, but again, feel free to tweet me, or DM me to ask. I follow back all that follow that account.
Note: Vlogs are also permitted.
Because this is also a blogger group, if you have a blogging question, you’re also welcome to tag #theblogginglounge or @blogginglounge and I’ll still RT it. Get a lot of help with Blogger, WP, or other issues. Ask a question of the group in general. This is all about connecting, connecting, connnnnnecting. 🙂
Thought I would scream
Okay, as with the title, this is an intense read. I’m not sure what is is/was about it that makes it that intense, but my heart definitely was pounding while I read it. I got too into the book.
The only “off” thing for me, if you can call it that (I’m brutally honest with reviews) was the over usage of “honey” from Chyna near the end. Not saying more than that because I don’t want to give the book away, but for me, I get bothered by too many terms of endearment. Which is funny considering I write them into my own books at times, but it just began to feel a bit fake.
Other than that really minor nitpick, no cons from me for this book. LOVED it. I found myself relating well to Chyna’s personality. Maybe that’s also why I could connect with this book so well.