Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Featured: AMANDA From A BROWNIE WORLD

Happy Friday Lovelies!! It's Andrea from Living On Cloud Nine. I love this featured blogger so much that my Friday Favorites even centers around the "Brownie" theme today. Meet the phenomenal Amanda from A Brownie World. This sweet and sassy friend of mine is as smart as they come, nails what so many of us are thinking and is as real as real can be!!
She is a devoted wife and mama who consistently puts all the needs of others above her own. She radiates sunshine, and I can feel her warmth all the way from Carolina!

You wanna go see how magnificent she is, just go check out her two favorite posts:

The $#it Holes I've Stayed In - "It is summer vacation time and I wrote this post back in April when I was planning out our summer trip.  I started thinking about all the places I stayed in as a kid and I caught myself laughing so hard I nearly needed a Depends as I told my husband the stories!"

Cal-or-not-for-mes - "Food is my passion (OK one of them!) and I get so sick of hearing of diets where women starve themselves to death or gimmicks that make them feel good for a couple weeks and then BAM they gain their weight back.  When I shared this post I received so much positive feedback and really felt like I was helping out a piece of the population who need to know they can get their health back on track with simple and effective common sense methods!"

Let's get to the Q&A with Amanda. Trust me, 
you're gonna LOVE Her!!!!

Other than blogging, what do you do for a living (profession)?I am a substitute teacher and I also have a small cleaning business.  When my son is a bit older I hope to return to regular work but I doubt it will be in the area I studied (Public Health) and I doubt it will be life altering but my focus these days is just making a nice way for my kids.  Oh and one day retiring to the beach.

What is your greatest unfulfilled ambition? 
Winning the lottery, duh.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?Attention Deficit Disorder

What is something that people might be surprised to know about you? 
I am a Canadian Spy.  Just kidding.  I'm not a Canadian Spy but ya know.  
What is your oddest habit?  I am addicted to using the orange sticks on my nails.  I do it every single day.  It is so weird and I will probably do damage to myself but I like to make sure my nails are spic and span every single day.

What has been the most rewarding outcome of blogging? 
Who is your favorite blogger and why? I guess this is totally cliche but it has been these new "friendships" with others around the country!  I seriously wish that Andrea was my neighbor, Emily was bringing her kids over to play, and that Alexis was making me some pretty fabulous baked goods.  I honestly do not have a favorite blogger but I do have a long list of those who I am checking in on on the regular!  Everything brings something different and unique to the table and that is the best part of this!

What is your style “uniform”? It depends on the day!  If it is summer and I'm home then a tank and torn denim shorts, a work day during the school year I try to be super trendy and cute or chic and classic.  I try to buy more classic pieces than trendy because I don't have a budget to buy new stuff every month.

What is your favorite style season (fall, spring, summer, winter) and why? 
I am a summer girl and live for tank tops, shorts, and sundresses.  My favorite things to wear in the summer are tank tops and patterned shorts.

Which fashion trend do you currently love? 
What is your best beauty trick? Self tanner.  It is trendy because its safe and it is a beauty trick because you can forget foundation and bronzer - a little mascara, blush and lip gloss and you are good to go! 

What is the last book you read and would you recommend it? The Hypnotist's Love Story by Lianne Moriarty - yes I would recommend it!  I love her books so nicely written and a slight bit captivating!

Do you like to dine-out or stay-in and cook dinner? When my kids are with us - stay in.  When we are alone - go out!
And, what is your favorite meal or restaurant? Local favorite:  Milner Brothers in Clemmons, NC. 

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? As long as it is in the Caribbean I am typically content!

Do you enjoy gardening, sewing, decorating, painting or photography? What is your latest project? 
I refer to myself as a dirt girl.  Dirt therapy is the best thing to me!  I love to have my hands in soil and to plant flowers, trees, shrubs, etc.  I have been working on my perennial garden this season and added in roses which makes me quite excited.  I dabble in decorating, it is a secret passion but my OCD makes the process quite more drawn out than it should be!  Lately, I have been working with adding in vintage pieces with modern style in my home.  It helps that a vintage and antique dealer moved in next door!!!

Lastly, Follow the Sweet Sista on Instagram too: HERE

Andrea is a regular contributor to the Blended Blog and shares her fashion, recipes, family and motivation over at Living On Cloud Nine. With the last name of "Nine", she tries to make each day as blissfully happy as possible. Much of that happiness comes from her loving husband and 3 amazing teenage sons.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July in Review

Summer is in full swing!  All of us are enjoying the lazy days of summer and all that comes with it!As always with the end of the month comes our best in blog reviews. So get to clicking and see some things you might have missed!

 Shaunacey shares a fashion combo she's previously been hesitant to try: black and cognac and why it's now her go-to.

Sometimes it seems the world is falling apart.  Shaunacey shares her thoughts on some recent events and some steps to help people crteate change. Trying to Find Hope in a Broken World
Sarah gives you 4 tips on how to raise polite confident kids.

Sarah shows you what's in her junk drawer. She isn't hiding anything and gives you all the dirty details of her messy drawer.

Katie enjoy her summer vacation as a teacher because it gives her more time to read for pleasure!  Earlier this month she shared her summer reading list on the blog!

Some of Katie's favorite posts ever are her You Might Live a Solitary Life If...lists.  The latest list, Solitary Life 101, is the summer edition!

Using one (often run-on) sentence to summarize each of my days for the month of June.  A mix of answered prayers, lazy summer vacation mornings, summer cleaning, clean eating, exercise and baby snuggles.

My Summer Book Shelf:  What I'm Reading This Summer
A look at my summer to-read book shelf.  So many books, so little time.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Style: Week 4

Welcome back to week 4 of summer style with a twist.  Thanks to everyone for linking up, here are a few of our faves from this past week:

The scarf vest styled by Jaymie 

Love this kimono with the hat look by Jill:

And this romper styled by Andrea is awesome:

We look forward to seeing your style!