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Yup, I went and did it again.  I made the move BACK to Blogger.  I swear this is the last time!  Check me out there!


This month I have been sponsoring the wonderful Rebekah at All That Glitters.  This morning she did a post on her sponsors and we’re all pulling together to giveaway some awesome items; iTunes gift cards, ad space, a necklace, and an iPad cover!  (My first time being a part of a giveaway!)  Be sure to enter for your chance to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sooo you may notice that I don’t have the awesome Rafflecopter widget where you can enter right on my blog.  Must be something with WordPress, or I’m doing something wrong when trying to put it into my post.  But the good news is you can still click the link and enter!



Rebekah nominated me for the Liebster award yesterday and I could not wait to type up this post.  Thank you so much Rebekah!  Be sure to check her out at All That Glitters.

The rules for this award are as follows:

This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers…the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.

4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

5. No tag backs. 🙂

11 Random Facts about Myself

1. I only write and use a fork with my left hand.  Everything else I do right-handed.

2. My favorite color is red.

3. I love to bake.

4. I drink raw cow’s milk.

5. I have one dog, Bo.

6. I love my iPhone and am not sure how I waited so long to get one.

7. My best friend lives over 700 miles away from me.

8. This is my 4th blog (and hopefully my last!).

9. I love sweatpants and hoodies, always in them when I’m at home.

10. Country music is my favorite.

11. I am still driving my first car that I go when I was 16.

11 Questions from Rebekah

1. What is your favorite nail polish color? I really like Dive Bar by Essie.  It’s a dark blue/green color.

2. What is your favorite season? Tough question.  Spring or Fall I suppose because it’s warm enough to not need a jacket but cool enough that I can wear a hoodie.

3. Do you like Instagram or Pinterest better? Why? I’m going to go with Instagram because it is all about the pictures.  Pinterest, while totally awesome, is about what’s behind the pictures (i.e. the instructions on how to do something).

4. What was/is your favorite subject in school? English was my favorite subject when I was in school.  I am good at English and it usually meant reading books which is something I enjoy doing.

5. Lipgloss, lipstick, or neither? Lipgloss!  When I use it that is.  I’m more of a chapstick (Burt’s Bees) kind of girl.

6. What are you favorite types of blogs to read? I love them all!  Beauty so I can learn new things about makeup and hair, lifestyle so I can learn and get ideas for my own, food and fitness so I can get new ideas and motivation/inspiration.

7. What is your favorite pattern? (chevron, polka dots, etc.) I don’t have a favorite pattern…unless you count camouflage. 😉

8. Have you ever made anything from Pinterest? If so, what was it? Sadly I have not made anything from Pinterest but I have plenty of recipes pinned that I want to try, hopefully soon!

9. Would your rather drink coffee or tea? Neither!  I wish I liked one of them, or both, but my taste buds just are not having it.

10. What is your all time favorite movie? All time favorite?!  Such a hard question to answer.  Always love A League of Their Own.

11. Do you watch reality TV? If so, what shows? Yes, I do…The Bachelor/Bachelorette (not always but I’m watching this season), Teen Mom 2, The Real World, the Realworld challenge shows,and Bachelor Pad.  Hopefully that’s it!

And the nominees are…

1. Lex at Life by Lex

2. Melanie at Happy Being Healthy

3. Sarah at Picky Runner

4. Nikki at Antos Does Life

Aww man, being new to the blogging world sucks sometimes.  I don’t know that many up and coming bloggers because I am following some pretty awesome ladies that have quite a few followers.  😦  I’m just going to nominate 4 bloggers.  Hopefully this isn’t against the blogging world rules!

11 Questions for the Bloggers

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

2. Cook at home or go out?

3. Summer or Winter?

4. Planner or spur of the moment?

5. Favorite recipe?

6. Favorite store and why?

7. Is your Christmas tree and/or lights still up?

8. Favorite outfit?

9. Gym or at home/outdoor workouts?

10. Favorite sport to follow?

11. Favorite smell?

Whew!  Coming up with new questions is tough.  I am looking forward to learning more about the four lovely bloggers I nominated.

And thank you again to Rebekah for nominating me!

Hello blog readers!  Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend so far.

Today I want to talk makeup.  I am running low on my current makeup, which I have had for what seems like forever.  So ladies, I am looking to you for your favorite {inexpensive} makeup and any tips and tricks you have for applying said makeup.

If you follow me on Twitter your knew this was coming.  (If you’re not following me I would really love it if you did 🙂 )


Right now I am working on finishing up the following products and obviously this is what I have been currently using.


1. CoverGirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Mineral Powder

2. CoverGirl TruBlend Whipped Foundation

3. CoverGirl Eye Shadow

4. CoverGirl Liquilineblast (black)

5. CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion (black) [the for volume one]

6. CoverGirl Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (for brown eyes)

Unfortunately, I seem to be having a problem with my eye liner.  By the end of the day it looks like my eye liner has been rubbed off from where it was applied in the morning and has been spread over my eye lid.  You can see in the picture below what I am talking about.


Yes, I had to hold my eye lids down in order to take a picture of this

I took a picture of my right eye just to show you that it isn’t happening with that one.  It would appear that my left eye is a bit different from my right since I apply the eye liner the same way on both every morning.  Ladies, any ideas on how I can prevent this from happening?

Sadly, I really like the eye liner that I have been using (besides my little issue).  So, if there is anyway to prevent this from happening while using the same product I would love to hear it.

All of the other products I use I am not as attached to so I am more than okay with trying new ones.

So let me have your recommendations, tips, and tricks for {inexpensive} makeup ladies!

Hi folks!  I was a busy girl yesterday in terms of the blog.

I created a Twitter account just for my blog so be sure to follow Living n Learning by Amy @lnlbyamy.  On the right side of my blog you can see some of my recent tweets and to follow me all you need to do is click the “follow @LnLbyAmy” button.

I also became a sponsor of Life by Lex (be sure to check her out).  She created what you see as my ad on her blog.  Didn’t she do a great job?  I was considering adding sponsorship to my own blog but after some further checking I found that the website that I would use to do this doesn’t work well with hosted sites, which is what I have.

I also changed the background on my blog.  I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to web design so all I did was upload a picture I like.  What do you think of the new background?  It feels kind of plain to me considering the majority of my background is just plain white now.

If I could do one big picture for my entire background I would, but like I said I don’t know what I”m doing so I don’t even know if that’s a possibility   Only thing with doing that is I would need to change the font color for the links at the top of my page and again I don’t know what I’m doing.  Sensing a theme here?

Any tips you have are welcome!

Thanks Laurie at Love, Laugh, Laurie for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

Thanks Laurie!!  The rules are simple:  Tell 11 facts about yourself, answer the questions posed by person who nominated you, make up 11 questions of your own, and nominate 11 people.

11 Facts:

1. I am a bridesmaid in my best friend Chelsea’s upcoming wedding on September 30th.  We are wearing brown “slouchy” cowboy boots with short red dresses.
2. September 14th through the 17th I will be in Joliet, IL at Chicagoland Speedway for my 4th NASCAR race where I will be able to meet my favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (!!!)
3. I was a member of 4-H and showed dairy cattle at the Wisconsin Valley Fair for 4 years.
4. I drink raw cow’s milk 99% of the time.  Rarely will I drink milk from a store.
5. I needed to have a baby tooth pulled when I was 18 in order to have an implant put in because I lacked an adult tooth.  I also do not have wisdom teeth, or my bottom 12-year-old molars.
6.  I am completing a summer internship for 3 credits that will allow me to graduate in December of 2012 (4 months!!).
7.  I played softball from 2004 until 2009 (I think).  I ended my high school softball career as the starting varsity pitcher.
8.  I am an animal lover.  I am both a dog and cat person as well as other furry animals.
9.  I got to look at puppies on my 21st birthday (2011).  It was also the day that we picked Bo out from a litter of 9.
10.  I absolutely love my Kindle that I received as a birthday gift from my parents for my 21st birthday.  I have over 100 items in my “read” folder since receiving it just over a year ago.  I love to read period though so I still read actual books in addition to what I download to my Kindle.
11.  This was hard for me to do!  I want the facts to be interesting but struggle to come up with what I think people would find interesting.  Maybe I need to do some more reflecting on myself so the next time I need to come up with facts about myself it won’t be so hard to do?

Laurie’s questions to me:

1. What is your favorite Olympic event to watch? I enjoy watching gymnastics and swimming.  Prior to this year’s summer Olympics I LOVED to watch softball but as many of you know they removed softball from the summer Olympics.  Don’t even get me started on the “sports” that are part of the Olympics instead of softball.
2. What event would you participate in if you had unlimited talent?  If softball were still an option I would definitely want to be a Team USA softball team member.  Of the current events I think I would participate in gymnastics, swimming, or diving.
3. What is your favorite quote?   I have two favorite quotes.  “Don’t be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be.  But don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price.” ~ Lane Frost (10/12/63 – 7/30/89) and “You’ve got to really want it all the way to the end… If you runt oo hard you lose interest or you lose focus and you’ve had enough before it’s over.  You’ve got to pace yourself so that the entire season is just as important from start to finish.” ~ Dale Earnhardt Jr.

4. What is your favorite way to work out?  With someone!  Chelsea and I were working out regularly together during the Spring semester.  It was great to have someone to hold me accountable to getting to the gym and someone to talk to while working out.
5. Have you seen The Dark Knight Rises, and is it not the best movie ever?  <– I really want to know if you feel this way  I have not seen the movie.  Fun fact though, Dale Jr. won his first race in 4 years with a paint scheme with The Dark Knight Rises on his car.
6. Best movie you’ve seen recently?  This Means War is at the top of my list.  It has some great lines in it and it was enjoyable beginning to end.
7. What is your favorite memory?  I have a few but I’m going to go with helping my softball team in high school win its first game in over 2 years by hitting a triple but being awarded home plate because the opposing team threw the ball into the 3rd base line dugout.
8. What are you currently reading?  Pretty Little Liars, book #1 in the series.  The ABC Family show is based on the books by Sara Shepard.
9. If you are married, what were your wedding colors, and if you aren’t — what colors do you think they will be?  I imagine my wedding colors would include red as it is my favorite color.  Possibly other fall colors.  Haven’t really thought much about it.
10. Favorite movie trilogy?  Honestly, I don’t think I have a favorite movie trilogy.  I can’t seem to think of any movies I’ve seen that are a trilogy.  Is that bad?  I am looking forward to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy being made into movies even though I was kind of disappointed with the ending of the books.
11. Favorite beverage?  Mountain Dew – it’s a tough habit to kick!  If we’re talking alcoholic beverages I would say Cherry Dr. + Mountain Dew, aka Dr. Dew.
11 Questions for the Nominees:
1. Favorite food?
2. How long have you been blogging?
3. Favorite hobby?
4. What is one book that you would recommend someone to read right now?
5. Right or left handed?
6. Favorite place?
7. One place you would like to visit in your lifetime?
8. Biggest pet peeve?
9. Favorite month and why?
10. Current favorite movie?
11.  Current favorite song?
Now, I nominate:
Becca @ I Heart Eggs
Alyssa @ Life of Blyss

Rather than forcing another 3 nominees out I’m just going to stop at 8.  I would rather have 8 good ones than 8 good ones and 3 not so good ones (because I don’t follow their blogs regularly).



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