There is a rumor going around blogger that Google Friends Connect is going to be shut down. Google if you are listening please do not shut it down! I don't think it will affect blogs that use blogger, but I am not taking any chances. So I opened an account on bloglovin'. I prefer GFC, but bloglovin' is a good back up system. I follow some great blogs and I want to make sure I still follow them. While we are on the topic of great blogs. I want to share some of my favorites...

1. Carlotta Cisterus

     She is a fantastic blogger. Carlotta takes the most amazing pictures and writes creative post. She is truly a creative writer, and thinks carefully on how to word her post, which is one of the reasons I love her blog. One of my favorite post she has done is books for days (and a video). This is a different type of post for her, but I love it. If you chose to explore her blog you will walk away impressed.  This is definitely my favorite blog.

2. ps: heart

     This is a blog done by three ladies. I love how they structure their post with pictures. By taking amazing photos and edit them just right for the particular post. I don't have any favorite post, because they are all so different from recipes, diys, outfits, and weekly wrap ups, but I thought I would share I favorite treat they made that I am dying to make: Coconut Bark.

3. Paper Raindrops

     This is a delightful blog to read written by Inna. Unfortunately Inna hasn't posted for a month or so, but I had to share it. I love this post she did. I loved the colors in the photos, and her reason for posting it, which was to share a joy she had rediscovered. Maybe I should do a post were I share a joy I had forgotten about....

     I tend to like blogs that have things that I want to improve in my own blog. I would love to improve my design, post structure, and definitely better photos. My camera is down so most of the photos you have seen recently are old photos, or photos from my i-pod, and i-pods do not take clear photos. Back to my main reason for posting this: start a bloglovin' account or follow by email all the blogs that you love to read. And if you do it, you are reading my blog, which means you love it and will make sure to follow it with bloglovin' or by email...hint, hint! :).

By the way if you want to comment and leave a link of your blog I will visit it and comment on a post I like.


You might be a Texan if...

You might be a Texan if...

∆ You've seen a Christmas where it is 92ยบ outside

∆  the plural of u is you-all 

∆ Sunscreen has to be worn year round

∆ The true value of a parking spot is not if it is close, but if the space has shade

∆ Necessities are cowboy boots and hats

∆ You've heard this conversation: "Wanna a coke?" "Sure" "What kind?" "De. Pepper" 

Explained: Coke in TX means any drink that is carbonated. 

∆ Swimsuits are available year round 

∆ You've have more tan 5 swimsuits

∆ Six Flags is a must every summer

∆ Mexican restaurants are everywhere!

∆ Everyone has been hitch hiking 

∆  You know all four seasons: 
    Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas.

∆ You have memorized the second amendment by heart

Always remember what our great governor Sam Houston once said:"Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States can't make it without Texas!"

I'm proud to be a Texan!


Things that say a lot


"things that say a lot about people: 
the way in which they treat the waiter/waitress
how they feel about the weather
whether they dog ear pages or highlight in books
and hands in general
their preferred creative outlet
how much they dread/enjoy talking on the phone
whether or not they drink coffee
if they ever forget to eat
how honest they are with themselves (and others)
if they correct your grammar
and whether or not they get nervous before haircuts."
~by this person 

i. I greet waiters and waitress with a cheerful smile and say "Thank you" whenever they bring me something such as a glass of water or my food. I tend not to be overly open to strangers, but try to greet everyone with a smile. And here is a smile for you... :)

ii. I usually love a spring storm with raindrops sliding down my window, and lighting booming in the distence. It gives me a cozy feeling when I am reading with a quilt tied up around me. Of course I wouldn't like it all the time, I need sun, too. But I love spring storm because you can get cozy inside or get a whiff of clean storm air while walking barefoot in the rain.

iii. I leave my books clean, because I love the feeling of opening a new fresh book, and clean books can also give me that feeling. If I find something particularly worthy to write down. I stick in my journal or in notes on my iPod. Of course if I am reading a book for school I mark my book up. 

iv. I used to have the shortest nails ever. I am (somewhat) proud to say I didn't bite them, however I did tear them :(. Finally one year for a New Year's resolution I told myself I would never tear my nails. I do once in a while, but most of the time my nails are so long that I need to clip them. Also people sometimes think my nails are fake, because they are long. (They are NOT fake) I usually try to paint my nails once in a while, but I'll see a little mistake on one of them and try to fix them, however I mess up all my nails in the process of fixing one small mistake on one nail. I need to get better on not being a nail perfectionist. 

v. I have small little hands, and my baby dimples have not yet gone away. I personally like my dimples, even though I want to look like I'm 13 going on 14! (in case you haven't notice I am a small 13 year old) My hands are average in feeling. They are neither soft nor hard, but they are covered in ink a lot of the time. I like to scrapbook and make cards, and I have quite a collection of stamps, but the majority of the ink seems to land on me! 

vi. When I am feeling creative I scrapbook, make old outfits look new, go on Pinterest (I love this place!), and try to be a good photographer. I also look for neat things to blog about. I don't know about you, but I'm lovin' this post! (The idea was not mine though. I've seen it around several blogs)

vii. I dread talking on the phone. Dread isn't the right word...I prefer to email, text, or better yet talk in person. The thing about talking on the phone is that if the conversation lags, there is an awkward silence on both sides of the phone. Grown-up seem to be able to talk for hours!

viii. I do love to drink coffee as long as it full of sugar and cream. My favorite is Andes Mint frappuccino from Snug. Snug is a small local coffee shop in downtown Mckinney. If you live anywhere near Mckinney I would strongly recommend the place to you. I also like the carmel frappuccino at Starbucks.

ix. I usually forget to eat breakfast. Yes, I know the doctors say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but usually we just have cereal in the house. So instead of eating breakfast I have a cup of coco, tea, or cider. I do not forget any other meals, because I love food.

x. I am honest with myself and other people, unless I am feeling blue, then in my head I tell things about myself that is not true, and it just makes me more blue.

xi. I do correct grammer in my head so I don't offend any of my friends. My Grandma has drilled into my head correct grammar so now I can't help, but think of the correct way to say something.

xii. Haircuts scare me. Not the cutting part, but the part where I see the final product and I don't like it. I never have not liked my haircut, but with curly hair I have become more afraid that if I cut my hair, I will look like a curly headed scare-crow!

I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to see what you would do with "things that say a lot about people". So if you do a repost, comment with the link and I will be sure to read it.



Sensing Summer


Smelling ~ The sweet smell of honeysuckles. Just like summer with the humid touch to the smell, yet with a sweet and refreshing smell. If you haven't smelt honey suckles before...go and find some! Our neighborhood has been full of honeysuckles this month.

Tasting ~ Crisp fresh watermelon. I can't seem to get enough of it, ever. It is my faveorite fruit to eat in the summer time. And of course lemonade. Who doesn't like a tall glass of chilled lemonade?

Seeing ~ The burning sun that seems to melt everyone and everything around it. In TX the sun gets way to hot. In some ways I am already looking forward to Fall, not really, but

Feeling ~ The cool sweet water that laps around my feet, and sliding down and around my fingers. Hopefully the pool will open up soon, because I'm getting a urge to slip right into the water.

Listening ~ To songs on my i-pod, while dancin' crazy all over the place. <--- This is what summer is all about!

Well I am done with school for the summer. Being a homeschooler you either get out early or late. This year I got out early. The first thing on my list is to go to the library and bury myself into a pile of books. What have you been sensing?



a walking and a singing

 "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."
~John F. Kennedy
Or in this case a walk!

       On the weekends I end up spending too much time on the internet...way too much. So I decided to go on a walk to clear my head, because I was getting a little crabby. It was quite a nice day and I enjoyed myself so I am sure I will walk again. I sang to my heart's content and now one was there to witness when I accidentally hit the wrong note. I gathered some honeysuckles, too. Have you ever smelled honeysuckles? They are so sweet and smell like honey! Well I better get off now before I get too crabby!




(n.) an ache for distant places; the craving for travel

Once a year go someplace you have never been before. ~Dalai Lama 

Where have you been before?