Random is Order

"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature." ~ Eric Hoffer

Giveaway!

I just posted a poll regarding my first giveaway over at my new blog, A Little Cup of Random. Please hop on over there and take the poll so I can start planning my first blog giveaway.

Also, if you haven’t deleted this site from your account and readers yet, please do so, and follow me over at my new home, www.littlecupofrandom.com.

See you there!

Cheers, Shauna

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Random Adoration

I’ve been wanting to do a post with links to various other blogs that I’ve been reading and loving recently. I feel like I learn so much, and get so much entertainment from other members of the blogging community that I think it’s only fair to share the sources. Plus, I would love to drive some more traffic in the direction of some of these really awesome bloggers as a thanks for the many hours of distraction they have provided me in the form of post-perusing.

I hope you will find a link amongst this bunch that will bring you new knowledge or a laugh. Before I send you on your way, I must give credit where it is due, and thank Lyn over at Pretty Frugal for the idea for this post. Now, click to it!

Did you say Subscription Box?

I mentioned on my Subscription Box page that my sub box hero is Jennifer over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. She has the most amazingly up-to-date list of subscription boxes that I’ve ever found, plus pics and reviews of the many, many boxes that she has either received in the past or currently subscribes to at the moment. The bonus of being a regular reader is seeing pics and hearing about the escapades of her precious boys – human and fur alike. Definitely check out her blog, but beware of sub box envy!

Another source of sub box fabulousness is Erica from Reviews, Reviews, Reviews. She posts tons of box reviews as well as reviews of other products, and of her favorite Etsy stores. Plus, her two dogs are super precious, and make regular appearances in photos as well as the unboxing videos she posts on her Youtube channel. And believe it or not, Erica actually gets a few boxes that Jennifer doesn’t so you’ll have a chance to check out even more sub box goodies.

All Things Nail-Related

I have soft, weak, bendy nails that sometimes peel, and very often tear. In my quest to find a product that would help me with this issue, I happened upon the blog, loodie, loodie, loodie, written by a woman who describes herself as having a “nail care obsession.” Her series of blog posts on the various types of nail hardeners/strengtheners and how they work is fascinating and well-written. The best part is that she’s a scientist (yes, really; she has her PhD) who also explains WHY the products work the way they do. If you don’t need nail treatments, then check out her blog for the fun writing, pics of gorgeous nail colors on her amazing natural nails or her DIY Recipe for a Zoya Remove+ polish remover clone.

If you just want to look at pictures of pretty nails and/or nail art, The Daily Varnish is the place to go. The tag-team bloggers who post on this site share daily pics of gorgeous manis with a variety of polish brands. There are also tutorials for various DIY nail-art techniques as well as reviews on top coats and other nail polish necessities. I visit for the pretty, pretty pictures, but also learn a few things while I’m there.

Money Savers & Personal Finance

If you like free samples (although face it; who doesn’t,) check out the blog, Beauty and Lifestyle of a Broke College Girl. Jocelyn’s weekly Sample Saturday posts list the latest free sample giveaways or super cheap sample programs. I’ve already received a couple of samples from her referrals, and she somehow finds more each week. Plus, she posts reviews of beauty products, subscription boxes and even throws out occasional ideas for ways to make extra cash (like tips for selling your old, unwanted clothes on eBay.)

Joanna and Johnny at Our Freaking Budget post about every financial topic under the sun such as tips on investing in a 401k as well as fun topics like their He Says/She Says debates that never fail to bring a chuckle. Their tag-team writing is witty, amusing and extremely helpful when it comes to basic financial management issues. Their 50 States Series covering pros, cons and info about each U.S. state makes for some pretty interesting reading. I’ve already learned a lot from them, and I’m pretty sure you can, too.

DIY-Tastic!

I’m a sucker for a good DIY project, and the DIY Spa Recipes and other projects at Sparkle & Mine are some of the best I’ve come across. Sarah also posts reviews of beauty products, her fave places to score great deals on fabu fashion and info on fabulously inexpensive makeup dupes for much pricier products. Plus, her effervescent writing style always puts a smile on my face so I just love visiting.

Deb over at Not Inadequate literally makes me laugh out loud when reading her posts. She’s pretty much a wise-cracking, freezer-cooking, DIY-loving, home-schooling mom who is re-furnishing her house after a months-long journey across the United States with her family. Her series of posts that she has dubbed “Other People’s Crap in Mah House” chronicles her pretty fantastic DIY transformations of garage sale and thrift store finds. Plus, her frank posts about the terrors wonders of home-schooling her kids have changed my perception of the home-schooling process in a wonderful way.

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So there you have it! A short, little excerpt from my blog roll. All of these sites are ones that I read because I enjoy the content and the writing. I’m considering making this kind of post a regular monthly feature on my blog, so please let me know if you visit any of these sites, and if so, whether you liked them or learned anything. Also, if you do happen to visit and decide to comment, please let them know that I referred you.

If you are potentially interested in seeing another post like this one, drop me a comment in the box below. Thanks for reading. Blog at you later!

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Thursday Thoughts – 7/4/13

Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

Today, I’m linking up again with my bloggy friend, Jen, over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom.

~ Today is the 4th of July, and we had totally planned to check out the fireworks at Epcot tonight.  Unfortunately,we’ve had thunderstorms most of the day and it’s 90+ degrees with almost 100% humidity outside, so we decided we’d rather stay in than brave the elements.  I asked Roger if he was sad to miss the fireworks, but he pointed out that living here and me working at Walt Disney World means we can see fireworks at 2 different parks 365 days of the year, so we can always see them another day.  Basically, we just decided we’d go some other time when it’s not so crowded.  Yes, we realize we’re spoiled. 😉

~ I would have so loved to go out of town this weekend, but Roger has to work tomorrow, and I have a ton of school work due Sunday.  I think everyone should get to have the day after the 4th of July off, especially if that day is a Friday.  I’m trying to not be jealous of all my friends who are off visiting some place fun for the holiday.  Maybe I can convince Roger to head to the beach for the afternoon on Saturday.

~ After my dental torture on Monday, my endodontist told me to only eat soup and ice cream until I get my post and crown put in next week.  While my jaw, tooth and gums are definitely still sore on the right side of my mouth, I’ve had to break down and start eating other food with texture and flavor.  I’m SO. DONE. with soup.  Maybe if I had the Soup Nazi cooking me exciting variations every day, I would be able to choke it down more, but I seriously only have like 4 soups and 2 stews in my repertoire.  I totally need to develop more recipes for my next brush with the torturer dentist.

~ I’m going to work hard to get all of my homework done early this week so I can maybe spend some time doing something crafty.  I’m feeling a distinct need for a creative outlet so now I just have to etch out the time to do something.  I’m thinking stamping some cards, maybe making a scrapbook page or two, or trying out one of those Pinterest crafts I keep pinning obsessively.

~ After my jarring experience with WordPress shutting down my blog yesterday, I’ve been spending a lot of time researching options for self-hosting, site design and purchasing domains.  I honestly had no idea how involved the whole process really is so I can guarantee it’s going to be a while before anything changes.  When I do make the hop, I’m seriously considering changing the name of my blog as well to better fit the theme of what I actually talk about on here.  I’m just trying to decide if it’s a bad move to make a change like that after people have already become familiar with the old name.  I’d love to hear thoughts on this subject if anyone has any to share.

That’s pretty much it for my thoughts today.  Thanks for dropping by.  Blog at you later!

Cheers, Shauna

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