Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sunshine Award Nominee

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The lovely Ally of Lazy Confessions has graciously nominated me for the Sunshine Award. This is the first award I’ve ever been nominated for so I’m pretty ecstatic.

The whole idea of the sunshine award is that you nominate 11 bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative and inspiring.

Sunshine Award Rules

  1. You have to post a picture of the Sunshine award in the blog post.
  2. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers.
  5. Write 11 questions for them to answer.
  6. Also let the bloggers you nominated know you have nominated them.

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Nix Niches

I think it’s important to celebrate the fact that we refuse to give in and refuse to define or corner ourselves by using a niche. We love to talk about our lives, our interests, and we embrace our Lifestyle Blogger label, but most importantly we embrace and support each other!

If you are proud Lifestyle Blogger who refuses to be backed into a corner because of the ever growing revolution of niche blogs, share your love, your life, and your courage by linking up. My hope is to be able to find other Lifestyle Bloggers in an industry where we are becoming the minority and celebrate our blogs every Tuesday.

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rules

1. Follow my blog on Bloglovin’ or add me to your RSS reader to participate in the blog hops each week.

2. Grab the button and place it on your sidebar or link love page.

3. Stop by the blogs in the blog hop! The blog hop will not be successful if no one visits the other blogs! This is a great opportunity to say hi and support your fellow Lifestyle Bloggers!

4. Share the blog hop with other Lifestyle Bloggers!

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Styling Paragraphs Using CSS or HTML

Recently I’ve decided to set my paragraphs a part by using indents and altering the way the first letter in a paragraph looks, known as first-letter. I felt that it added a bit of uniqueness to my posts and it makes it easier for readers to discern where a paragraph ends and starts.

Since styling my paragraphs, I’ve actually gotten a fair a number of requests asking how to do it. I’m going to go out on a limb and just assume that Google is down for these people or their keyboard is failing or, and really the only valid excuse, they’ve lost all ability to use their hands. Otherwise, GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND.

Anyway, despite my annoyance at people’s refusal to use the almighty Google search, I figured I’d be nice and let you in on my little secret.

First off, if you’re not familiar with CSS or coding in general, do yourself a favor and learn. You don’t necessarily need to become a guru but at least get familiar with the basics. As much as I’d love (not really) to teach it to you, I simply do not have the time nor the patience to invest in something that is quite easily learned through some research.

If you are however familiar with CSS, let’s get started! :D

The first thing you’ll want to do is add an indent to your paragraph by using the paragraph tag or in this case <p>. Once you’ve done that, you want to style it by adding the property text-indent. Similar to this:

p {
text-indent: 50px;
}

This code will add an indent to the beginning of each of your paragraphs that looks like this:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Now, if you want to get a bit more in-depth, and you’d like to stylize the first letter of each paragraph to further discern endings and beginnings, you’ll want to add a class selector to your CSS, using the pseudo element p:first-letter and style appropriately.

Mine is set to:

p:first-letter {
font-family: Cherry Swash;
font-size:200%;
color:#ED7130;
}

Coupled with my text indent, this will output the following for each paragraph:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Now if you want it so it ONLY effects your entries and not your comments, you’ll have to target the class associated with your entries. In my case I have it set up as:

.entry-content p:first-letter {
font-family: Cherry Swash;
font-size:200%;
color:#ED7130;
}

So there you have it, my not so secret way to style my paragraphs! I’d tell you to leave any questions you have in the comments or e-mail them to me, but it’s likely my response will be GOOGLE IT so it’s probably best you not bother. ;)

Revenge of the Curls

Ever since I can remember, I struggled with my hair. It’s been a constant fight not only for me but for my poor mom who had to deal with it. The usual solution was to toss it into a ponytail or braid it, so from a young age I grew up with a poor image of my hair. In short, I hated it and would avoid trying to manage it by straightening it or putting it up into a high ponytail or messy bun, and that little trick worked for a while.

Then I hit puberty and I had the suddenly desire to rebel against my dad’s rules, shocking right? Which meant, I wanted to dye my hair. I didn’t start with any alarming colors because hello, I was rebellious not suicidal but it gave just enough of a tint in sunlight to satisfy my need to be unique. I was content with this until I started to get older and started to get pissed over the fact that I was spending money on dye that wasn’t actually doing much of anything. angie

Fast forward to 2010 when I decided I’d had enough with the store-bought dye and went in to professionally cut and dye my hair. Once again, the joke was on me because even a professional dying wouldn’t cut it. At that point I was pretty much convinced my hair’s sole mission was to spite me.

Finally, at the beginning of 2013 I decided to take a leap of faith and go all out. I had my stylist bleach and then dye my hair AND finally, finally it took. I was beyond thrilled. I was finally able to get color to show in my hair despite its stubbornness and I couldn’t be happier.

Unfortunately, as with all dyes, it starts to fade out and since I’d picked a particularly hard color to maintain, red, mine faded out sooner than most but I was okay with that. I wasn’t in any particular hurry to repeat the process so I wanted over 8 months before returning to have my roots bleached and hair dyed again and that’s when my hair made a clear, “FUCK YOU” statement. If I didn’t hear it before, believe me, I hear it now.

In short, the curls that were once my hair, have turned into frayed ends and when wet have turned into some sort of straight, wavy but not, disaster. Normally, I’d be thrilled. I’ve always wanted straight hair but given that I’ve had curly hair for, well, for all of my life, I have no idea how to manage this type of hair so I default to what I did when I was younger, high ponytail or messy bun.

Now, that I don’t have my curly hair, I miss it terribly and believe me, I know how weird it is to read that—hell, it’s weirder saying it BUT I’m on a mission to bring my curls back to their full glory… well I hope.

Otherwise, there’s always the option of pulling a Miley Cyrus and waiting for my hair to grow back… let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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Nix Niches Tuesday

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rules

1. Follow my blog on Bloglovin’ or add me to your RSS reader to participate in the blog hops each week.

2. Grab the button and place it on your sidebar or link love page.

3. Stop by the blogs in the blog hop! The blog hop will not be successful if no one visits the other blogs! This is a great opportunity to say hi and support your fellow Lifestyle Bloggers!

4. Share the blog hop with other Lifestyle Bloggers!

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