Spotlight Saturday | Christ, Crafts & Cuisine

Spotlight Saturday | Christ, Crafts & Cuisine

Hello there, guys! I hope that you’re all having a fantastic weekend. 💜 Wonder of wonders, I managed to have two Spotlight Saturday interviews to share with y’all two weeks in a row! *brain explodes* That’s pretty amazing, and it was only possible because of the beautiful ladies I had the opportunity to interview. ❤ Last week, it was Shannon from Kittyp0p, and this week, it’s … well I’ll let you find out in the rest of the post below!

Have fun reading 😀

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #13

Hi guys!! Thanks so much for coming by this week’s spotlight(: Today I would like to introduce you to one of the sweetest bloggers I know on WordPress! She loves writing about the Lord, DIYs she’s done, recipes she makes … haha actually, that’s all in the name of her blog! 😂 Please welcome the lovely writer behind Christ, Crafts & Cuisine!

Thank you, thank you! I am so honored to be here! Thanks so much Maggie for your kind words and this opportunity, you rock! I want to give a big “HELLO!” to all of you fabulous readers out there! I hope you find this just as exciting as I do!

You’re very welcome! Ahh yes I’m excited as well 😀 My first question for you is, why did you decide to start your blog, CC&C?

I decided to start this blog because it seemed like a really fun idea! I loved the idea of posting things and people responding and getting inspired. I really enjoy sharing my passions with so many people as well. I hope that through this all I may have the honor of inspiring people to live a life dedicated to following God, eating “healthier” alternatives, and getting creative 🙂

That’s wonderful! I have loved blogging for years (I made my first blog in 2010!), and I’ve always had fun with it. 🙂 I love seeing your posts pop up in my Reader! They always inspire me. xx My next question for you is, what are three posts that you really enjoyed writing, and what are they about?

You have been blogging for a long time, that is awesome! I am so glad you like them!

As for my top three posts that I enjoyed writing:

Living With Actions– This post is about an amazing youth service I had gone to and an important life lesson I learned

Revelation on Worship– This post is about a mind-blowing revelation God gave me, concerning true worship, and how it all came about.

Vegan Cookies– This post is a yummy cookie recipe, plus I got creative and slightly strange and wrote a really fun introduction!

Overall though, I enjoy writing all of my posts!

Hehe yes, I am quite the experienced blogger! Ooh those all sound like amazing posts. The Revelation on Worship one has such a beautiful and powerful message! ❤ Next, I’d like to know, what are your favorite things to do when you’re not blogging?

Thank you so much 😊 My favorite things to do when I’m not blogging are: Baking-of course, walking, watching YouTube videos, singing using the StarMaker app, taking pictures, searching Pinterest-only for a few minutes 😉,and hanging out with family and friends!

You’re welcome! Aww that’s all amazing! xx I’ll have to look up StarMaker; never heard of that before:) My next question for you is, do you have any advice for new bloggers? And what have you learned during your time of blogging?

Oh yes, it’s an awesome app! My number one advice for new bloggers would be to not stress yourself out. Unless you plan to make blogging your career, do what you can, when you can. That is something I am still learning 😂 

A great thing I have learned from blogging is that there are many other Christians, particularly my age, going through the same things that I am going through. For example, you Maggie! It’s so good to know that I am not the only one. 

Awesome advice! Stressing myself out with blogging is something I’m guilty of too often 😂 I’m still learning, even after all these years! And I agree, it’s so comforting to know that we’re not alone in whatever we’re going through. 💖 My next question is, what inspires you to blog?

Oh, I am pretty sure we all are guilty of that one!! It really is. I would say my followers are a big inspiration.

I love when they respond to my posts and interact with me. Just knowing that people are interested in what I am saying is so inspiring. It gives me that boost to keep going, which is definitely needed at times 😊

Followers are a huge encouragement to me, too! Having a community of blogging friends is so much fun. 😊💕 Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, girl! This has been so much fun. xx Do you have anything else you’d like to say before we go?

Yes, it is! All I have left to say is: This was so fun! Also, thank you so much for thinking of me 😊 I am so thankful for the opportunity to be introduced to some fantastic followers, on a wonderful blog and not to mention the amazing, God-loving young lady behind it all. Thanks, Maggie ❤️

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Thank you all so much for reading, guys! It would be a big blessing to both of us if you could go by her blog for yourself. She’s always coming up with unique, interesting post ideas – I’m sure that you’ll find something you like there!

So, are you following CC&C? Let me know
in the comments below!

Happy Saturday, guys! I’ll see you next week. ❤

Spotlight Saturday | Shannon from Kittyp0p

Spotlight Saturday | Shannon from Kittyp0p

Hi there guys!! Happy weekend to all of you(: My, but it has been a while since I did a Spotlight Saturday!! I’m so happy to have done the one for this week because I had so much fun writing it with the featured blogger! Hope you guys enjoy. xx

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #12

Hello everyone! Welcome to another one of my Spotlight Saturday posts. 🙂 Today, I have the wonderful opportunity to interview a very kind blogger whom I’ve really enjoyed getting to talk to recently! Please welcome Shannon from Kittyp0p!

Hellu, I’ve never done anything like this as I’m still somewhat ‘new’ to the blogging world. When Maggie asked if I would do an interview, I was more than happy to oblige and excited to do a collaboration with her. So thanks a bunch for including me, girl!

You’re very welcome!! I’m excited to get into this. 🙂 So first, I’d love for you to tell us a bit about yourself. What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Some of my hobbies and interests are of course blogging, and I know it might sound super boring or like a chore to some people- but I love to organize. I wouldn’t consider myself a “neat freak”, but I do enjoy having a place for everything and categorizing my belongings as well.

My interests include spending time with my loving boyfriend of almost 2 years as we both work a lot, we don’t get too much time together- but after moving in together this past June, that hasn’t been as much of a problem. We get to come home to one another and when our schedules match up for a day off, we either work on cleaning up our place or go out downtown to have a dinner date!

Haha I’m the same way with organization!! I absolutely love it and finding new ways to organize. 🙂 Your boyfriend sounds like the sweetest guy ever!! I’m glad you two get to spend time together. My next question for you is, what is your blog all about? And what are your favorite types of posts to write?

Thank you, it’s good to know I’m not alone! He really is a dream haha and I have no idea what my blog is about. It’s basically just become a vessel for my photos and thoughts on things I’m using or what’s going on in my life. It’s become my favorite “social media” if you can call it that.

I like writing my favorites cause I like reading those type of posts to find new and cool things to try and experience (: but I also enjoy sharing my photos of random days off and outings we’re enjoying, whenever I can.

You’re welcome! And that’s so funny; I tend to feel the same way with my own blog. It’s all over the place!! I love how you share so much of your life on yours – it’s great to get to know a blogger like you so well! WordPress is my favorite social media now, too. It may not be the one everyone uses, but I love getting to connect with others that way! My next question is, what are a few posts that you loved writing recently? Please share them with us!

Thank you! It’s so encouraging to have such a supportive audience.

Being comfortable sharing my thoughts and experiences is vital, and I think that’s why my blog shows so much of the real me. I really liked doing the awards posts recently- it’s such a honor to be recognized by other bloggers (including yourself) and answering their questions has been a blast! I also think it’s great to spread the word by nominating other blogs. It’s a lovely way to show your audience the blogs you think deserve to be seen and heard from. 

Aww yeah, award posts are always so much fun!! x Next I’d like to know, what are two different posts of yours that you loved writing, and what are they about?

Totally! My favorite post I’ve ever posted is called B0yfriend backst0ry and it’s just that- the story of how my boyfriend and I met and eventually started dating.

I love it because it’s a nice read and I put together a lot of my favorite photos of us for it.

Another one I really enjoyed was my G0dsey supply post.

Even though it’s a short one, the shoes I mentioned are awesome and the business is only growing and becoming more user-friendly. The online store is ever expanding, they’re doing flash sales now, and customer service is 10/10!

I’m actually waiting for two more pairs to come in the mail soon, so I’ll probably make another post about them when I get those. I’m so excited for the new ones!

I absolutely loved the post on you and your boyfriend!! Ooh I’ll have to go check out the second one you mentioned. 🙂 That sounds awesome! Next I’d like to ask you, what are a few things you’ve learned about blogging that you’d like to pass on to other bloggers?

Definitely give it a read and check out the site too. I wasn’t into sneakers til I started shopping from there haha and thank you again, my boyfriend appreciates all the sweet comments as well!

Something I’ve learned in my short time blogging is that you’ll get genuine followers if you’re genuine. Putting yourself out there can be scary, but the community here on WordPress is so open and non-judgmental. Which is super refreshing for a social media outlet!

I definitely will! And aw you’re very welcome(: I agree, the blogging community is amazing! ❤ I’ve had so much fun interviewing you, Shannon! Thank you for doing this with me. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we go?

This has been a blast for me too! I just want to say thank you again for considering me and my blog for this interview- it really means so much coming from a blog I enjoy so much and a blogger that’s such a lovely person (: keep it up xoxo

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Thanks for reading this week’s interview, everyone! It would make me so happy if you’d go check out Shannon’s blog for yourself. She is so sweet, posts weekly insight into her life, and would love to chat with you in the comments section of her posts!

 

Happy Saturday, guys! ❤ let me know in the comments below if you checked out her blog, or if you already follow her! 😊

Spotlight Saturday ~ Shannon from Trail of Lights

Spotlight Saturday ~ Shannon from Trail of Lights

Hello everyone! How are you all doing today? 🙂 I hope and pray that your weekend has gotten off to a beautiful start!

If you haven’t already seen the post I did yesterday, I am taking a three-week long blogging break starting tomorrow. 🙂 This is the last post I’ll be doing for the month of July, but I’ll be back bright and early in August! Click here to learn more. 🙂

For this week’s spotlight, I got to interview one of my dearest blogging friends, who was also one of the first people I met on WordPress this year! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. ❤

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #10

Hi everyone! Thank you for coming by this week’s Spotlight Saturday. Today, I’d like to introduce to you someone I met very shortly after starting my blog back in January; she was one of my very first readers! She is so sweet, writes encouraging posts, and I honestly really enjoy her blog so much. Please welcome Shannon from Trail of Lights!

Hello Maggie! Thank you so much for the interview! And hello readers – thank you all for tuning in. I hope you guys enjoy this 🙂

You’re welcome, Shannon! Alright, so first, can you tell us about yourself? What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Ok! I am a Texas girl and yes, I own a pair of cowgirl boots!

I’m going to college right now to become a child and teen psychologist, I love animals, and I would say my faith is the most important part of my life.

Hobbies include writing, reading in bed at midnight, scrapbooking and crafts, doing Irish dance leaps in my bedroom, musical theatre performances in the shower, and baking (sometimes) edible creations. 

Hahaha, that all sounds great! I’ve always wanted to scrapbook, but I have yet to pursue that dream, lol. Next, can you tell us about your blog? And what made you decide to start blogging?

I had wanted to start a blog for a while, in the back of my mind, but never did it. I really wanted one because as a writer, it was important to me to get feedback on my little scribblings. Also, I was starting college and wanted a way to keep people, like my grandparents and friends, posted about my life. And finally, I thought it might be therapeutic as well. So one day in the fall of 2016, I was on my computer, and suddenly I was purchasing a blog spot on WordPress!

My blog is called Trail of Lights, from the verse in James 1:12, and from a poem I wrote that contains that phrase.

I wanted a positive blog that looks at the good in our world. However, I have always struggled with depression and anxiety, and I also wanted my blog to be a place where you could go and feel like you don’t have to hide your struggles.

So I finally decided I would just have a blog that reflects me.

Some posts are goofy, others are reflections, either in photos or words. I try to acknowledge the good and the bad of life. And ultimately, I hope maybe the posts will help people consider taking their struggles to God.

What a cool way to start blogging, Shannon! I’m always so excited to create new blogs. ❤ I haven’t done that recently, but when I was younger, I had multiple ones, hahaha! Also, I love the focus of your blog, how you delight in the joy in your life, as well as reflect on the sad. It helps us to keep our eyes on the Lord, to talk through what upsets us, as well as praising Him no matter what we’re going through. 🙂 My next question is, can you share a few of your favorite posts that you’ve written? Why are they your favorites?

I am so glad you enjoy my blog Maggie! And hearing you describe it also brings joy to my heart because what you said is exactly what I wanted to convey to readers: that there are good times and bad times in life, and it’s ok to talk about both of them – Jesus is there with you no matter what, and there IS hope for tomorrow. 

Oh my goodness! Favorite posts… I really, really enjoyed the Philosopher Frog Tea Party post, and I know Kafka and Conrad did too! That really brings out the goofy side of my blog 😊!!!

My other favorite post is Kisses. It is an old blog post – one of the first I did. It is pretty serious, but I published it because I remember so clearly feeling so proud of it once it was done, and wishing I could share it. Because it expresses both my dark times and my hope.

Finally, I love one of my Sunday Blues-Busters in particular! It’s the Sloths, Songs, and Sickness post.

Yes!!! There will always be hope for tomorrow. ❤ I love all of those posts, Shannon!! That particular Sunday Blues Buster had me cracking up 😀 Now I’d like to know, do you have any advice or inspirational words you could share with us for anyone going through difficult times?

It’s never easy to know what to say to people going through painful experiences; everyone’s situation is different, and sometimes even good advice can come at the wrong time! But to anyone going through something tough, you need to know: you are loved.

I know that God loves you and wants the best for you. He doesn’t forget people, and He understands our weaknesses. Let me, (Shannon) encourage you to not give up, even though it’s really hard sometimes. I won’t if you won’t.

When I was a kid, in Sunday School, one of my teachers gave each child a rock, to represent the Ebenezer stones Israel put up in different places, as memorials to what the Lord has done. Sometimes, things happen in our lives when we clearly sense the Lord’s presence, or we see something happen that only God could do. When that happens, write it down. Or get a rock to remember it by. Remember your Ebenezers, don’t forget the good times and the amazing things in your life that God has provided. Reading that list will help you remember that God has begun a work in your life, and He will not stop now.

That is beautiful advice, Shannon. 🙂 It has definitely proved to be helpful for me over the years to think back on how the Lord has worked in my life and shown Himself to be faithful, as my immediate response to hard times is to wonder why He’s allowed that situation to happen. By remembering the good that He has done, it makes difficulties so much easier to bear. Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Shannon! It has blessed me to learn more about you. Is there anything else you’d like to tell my followers before we go?

Thank you for interviewing me! It has been a pleasure. I just want to say thank you to all of your readers, and all of mine – you are all so special to me, and make my day brighter! I hope you continue to enjoy ‘Dreaming of Guatemala,’ and that you keep coming back for more of Maggie’s delightful posts. Kafka and Conrad salute you!

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Thank you all so much for reading! It would bless both of us if you could go visit her blog for yourself. She writes about things going on in her life, encouragement and inspiration to bust your Sunday blues, and so much more.

Happy Saturday, guys!!

— Maggie