Spotlight Saturday ~ Lee from Golden Pink Journal

Spotlight Saturday ~ Lee from Golden Pink Journal

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight Saturday series. 🙂

For today’s post, I got to interview a very sweet blogger – it was such a blessing to do this with you, girl! I’m looking forward to getting to share it with you guys today. 🙂 I hope all of you enjoy! Oh, and for any new bloggers reading this: Lee has some awesome tips to share with you near the end of this post! So stick around if you’re interested in reading her stellar blogging advice. xxx

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

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Spotlight Saturday #8

Hi everybody! Thank you so much for coming by this week’s Spotlight Saturday. Today, I would like to introduce to you a lovely blogger that I first met a couple of months ago. I love seeing new posts from her pop up in my Reader – and new videos in my feed on YouTube, as well! Please welcome Lee from Golden Pink Journal!

Before I answer Maggie’s amazing questions (I just know they will be) I want to thank her for thinking of me for this interview. I’ve seen a few of the other bloggers she’s interviewed and this this is just such a brilliant, selfless idea. I love series like these, they keep the community connected and growing! I hope all who is reading enjoys, maybe we can talk and become blog friends? 💗☺

Aww you’re so sweet, Lee! I’m glad you enjoy this series; it has been such a fun experience getting to know so many bloggers even more. 🙂 I hope that the readers will consider coming by your blog after they read the interview. My first question for you is, what are your hobbies and current interests?

Definitely agree!

Hmm my hobbies and current interests… I’d have to say reading and writing obviously lol but also doing DIY projects, listening to music and writing my own lyrics or covers, and creating YouTube videos. I could probably think of so many more hobbies but those are the main ones. Most of my hobbies involve creating something. I’ve even created online virtual items like clothing, and a variety of textures (hair, floor, wallpaper) for online gaming. I recently became interested in caring for small animals since I’ve always been an animal lover. Especially kittens, I’m even thinking of fostering one day! I have a strong interest in anything involving nature, and also astrology to name a few.

Those all sound so great!! I love being creative, too. 🙂 Awww fostering is so awesome! I never have myself, but I would love to one day. My next question is, why did you decide to start blogging?

You should check out Kitten Lady on YouTube☺ She’s my inspiration.

Before I started blogging I had already thought about it before. It was one of those things I wanted to get into as a writer, I just didn’t have the motivation or confidence to take initiative. At two different occasions, speaking with two different friends, we discussed some of my poetry and stories I had written during the time. I told them that I wanted to write stories on Facebook again, or get into something else and they both suggested I start blogging. I guess that was the motivation I needed because I made my blog shortly afterwards. I’m still working on the confidence part but I know that when I’m ready to share my blog with my friends and family I will have support from them at least.💕

That’s great, Lee! I’m so glad that you joined the WordPress community:) It wouldn’t be the same without you! 💕 My next question is, what are your top three favorite posts that you’ve written? Why are they your favorites?

Aww thanks Maggie that’s so sweet of you💗

This question was a bit hard because I had a lot of favorites to choose from. I decided to go with some of my most recent favorites.

Short Story Saturday: Izabelle’s Edition

I wrote a short story from my cats perspective of her life here with me. Izabelle is the sweetest cat I’ve ever met and I love taking pictures of here which can be seen in the story. It’s like she’s vlogging about her life almost lol. It’s so adorable which is why I’m choosing this one.

Fun Friday #8 Late Night Crafts

As you know, one of my series I do is Fun Friday, one afriday I posted a few quick and easy DIY projects. I made pen/pencil holders out of candle jars similar to mason jar projects and some really cute bookmarks. The bookmarks were so fun to make and I’ll have to make more! Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies so any DIY project I share will be a favorite of mine.

This Told Me the Story of My Life

Okay, this last one… I know a lot of people aren’t really into astrology, numerology, things like that but I’m one of those people that is very into it. Everything I read or calculate is usually accurate for me and even other people that I know. In this post I shared my life path number, life expression and a few others, while showing how to calculate your own. I talk about what numerology is and what it all means. I was amazed at how accurate my numbers related to my life. I’d really love if anyone else in the community could check it out to calculate your own and see if anything is spot on for you. Maybe even share your results, I’m curious.

You’re welcome! Aww those are all such great posts:) haha I loooove that Izabelle one, especially – seeing all those pictures of your sweet kitty was so much fun! Next, I’d like to know: what are three tips that you have for new bloggers who have just started out?

There will be lots more! Izabelle says you all haven’t seen the last of her☺

New tips for bloggers, that’s a great topic and very important so if there’s any new bloggers tuning in, pay attention here:

I’d say the first tip is to know what you’re going to be blogging about, have some type of general idea. I feel like if you’re serious about blogging don’t just start because it sounds cool, you should go into it knowing why and what so you don’t end up lost about what to write, or looking at everyone else’s posts to get ideas. This brings me to my next two tips…

Be consistent with posting and engaging, and make your blog your own. Many will look past your blog and won’t give you any feedback if you don’t upload often or you aren’t engaging with them. Your blog will get lost within the others, that’s just how it is. What you put in is what you get out.

Make your blog your own so that it’s different from all the rest. What makes your blog unique? What makes your voice unique? Go with that and build from that because if you’re trying to be like everyone else you’re not going to go very far and blogging just won’t be as fun, for you or your readers.

Aw yay! That’s awesome. ❤ Girl, those are all such great tips!!!! It is very important to know what one wants their blog to be like, and being an active part of the blogging community, as well as coming out with original content weekly, is the best way to stand out in the beautiful world of blogging. ☺ I have really enjoyed getting to interview you today, Lee! Do you have anything else you’d like to say before we go?

Thanks for having me! It was so fun being interviewed, I really enjoyed this experience. Its been the highlight of my weekend☺

Also thank you to everyone reading, I hope you could get to know me a little more and maybe learn something. Give Maggie a like and lots of love for this wonderful series💖

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Thank you all so much for reading! It would make both of us very happy if you could visit her blog for yourself. She is so kind and inspiring, writes about a variety of things, and would love to talk to you in the comments sections of her posts!

Have a great Saturday, everyone!

— Maggie

Little Accomplishments – June 23rd, 2017

Little Accomplishments – June 23rd, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome back to this week’s Little Accomplishments, everybody!

I’m going to start by saying, how is it Friday again??!! I’m pretty sure I just hit “publish” on last week’s Friday post, LOL! I have no idea if time is flying like this for anyone else, but I am truly in shock. I mean, what?!

Alright. I won’t continue to ramble on in this scattered manner. Although I’m tempted to, haha

I hope that you all had a great week! As you know, mine sped by, but some great and definitely unexpected things happened over the course of these past seven days, and I’m thankful for each one of them. Some of them I have shared below, but others I’m keeping private for personal reasons. Without further ado, let’s get into this.

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

This past week, I…

  • started learning the piano keyboard. (Last Sunday, my mom was considering donating our piano keyboard, which we’ve had for years but I’ve never had an interest in. Suddenly, I got the notion in my head to see if it and the stand fit in my room – specifically in the corner where I’ve been keeping my electric guitar [which I still can’t play], and to my delight, it did. Since that day, I’ve been watching videos on YouTube and familiarizing myself with the keys, notes, major chords, scales, and other tips and tricks that I come across to help me learn. The quickness of this decision, and how much I’m suddenly loving it, truly appears to be inspired by the Lord. So I’m going along with it and enjoying every step of the way. I think I’ve already fallen in love with it. ❤ If you play the piano, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to chat with you.)

  • organized my closet. (It’s difficult for me to find a way to make everything in there work together organization-wise, as it’s so narrow, but I have it set up pretty nicely for now! I’m always finding ways to improve it haha)
  • started a new coloring page. (This one is a neat, intricate butterfly that I colored using lots of different colors instead of similar tones like I usually do! I can’t decide if I should leave it as is, or add more color. I think I’ll figure that out this upcoming week.)

  • began learning Spanish 5 on Memrise. (The first part of the course is all about sports lingo – specifically, futbol. That means that I’m learning how to say ‘that’s a foul!’ and ‘he’s the best player of the year’ and things like that, lol. I might need to discuss sports stuff like this in Spanish at some point in my life hahaha, but definitely no time soon!)
  • finally started reading Head in the Clouds. (I’ve been eyeing this novel on Goodreads for a while now – it’s been on my ‘to read’ shelf for so long – and I finally got it from the library when I accidentally found it last week, haha! I will definitely be reviewing it sometime soon because I’m only on the second chapter and I already love it so much.)

{Bonus Segment: Little Future Accomplishments}

Oooh! How exciting! Am I right?! I’ve never shared a to-do list on here before 😀 These posts are always about things I’ve done, haha, but I have some different things I’m wanting to get done this upcoming week, so I thought it’d be a good idea to hold myself accountable, lol. Let’s see how many I can check off next Friday.

  • learn the major piano scales.
  • further acquaint myself with piano lingo (what terms are used and when).
  • finish reading Head in the Clouds (can I do it in a week? I think I can!).
  • paint a new watercolor painting.

I’m sure I’ll have more to share next week, but these are the four biggest things! (And honestly, the third one is a stretch. We’ll see about that one.)

Happy Friday, everyone! ❤ xxx

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Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

— Maggie

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to your (usually) bi-weekly dose of my tasty treats!

This particular dessert was quite a large project – definitely the biggest one I’ve done so far.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Pinterest. I always seem to be doing this, haha, but that day, I was looking for something different; I was searching for summer-y recipes to try out and make throughout the summer, and what I’m sharing in this post is the first one that I fell in love with!

It’s such a unique idea, and the homemade chips that went with it are absolutely amazing, too!

Today, I am happy to introduce to you fruit salsa and cinnamon chips!

Fruit Salsa

This picture-worthy appetizer treat is made from a nice blend of different fresh fruits. It also has some fruit preserves thrown in to add a more salsa-like texture and appearance. It was definitely time-consuming with all the different fruits I had to chop up (thankfully, my brother volunteered to help out with some of that!), but the turnout was worth it.

Before I go on, I’d like to tell you guys that this is a great treat idea for a big party, but making the whole batch was a mistake. I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. 😦 There was so much, and my family and I couldn’t eat it in time. So, while I probably won’t make it again (except maybe for a party), I am for sure making the cinnamon chips that went with it! I’ll talk about those in a minute. Alright, back to the fruit salsa.

First, you gather all your fruits together.

I used a dalia melon, two granny smith apples, and a lemon. Next up, we have:

Raspberry preserves (that’s what the original recipe creator used, so I did the same!), as well as strawberries and raspberries.

I cut up the apples, salvaged as much of the melon as I could (ahaha I was quite the amateur fruit slicer), grated the lemon, opted to use some lemon juice from the fridge instead of juicing the lemon I had just zested (I don’t like pulp), cut up the strawberries into very small pieces, then mixed everything (including the preserves) together in a huge bowl! Here are some pictures from that process.

while cutting these up, I stopped momentarily to take a picture because I thought they looked pretty cool.
behind-the-scenes footage of my baking adventures. I was thankful for his help. you can spot different picture props and things I didn’t include elsewhere in this shot aha
all the apples chopped up. there were so many!!
… and here’s everything mixed together!
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Cinnamon Chips

I never thought that I would make my own tortilla chips one day – much less cinnamon-sugar ones! However, I am so happy that I got to make these. They were extremely simple, quick to bake, and sooooo good!

All you need are some flour tortillas (any size will do), sugar, cinnamon, cooking spray, and a baking sheet and foil.

Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray, then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides. Once you’ve done this with as many as you’d like (I used four fajita-size tortillas), stack them together on the baking sheet and use whatever you’d like to cut them (I used a pizza cutter) into the desired triangular shape. (You can make them big or small; it’s just preference!)

Next, you arrange them in a single-layer on the baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes.

I loooove how these turned out!! The salsa was quite a commitment, so I know that most people wouldn’t be up for concocting that (haha), but guys. Please do give these cinnamon chips a chance. They’re super easy, and they make for a light treat!

Thanks for reading, guys!! How about you?

What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Are you interested in making the salsa or those chips yourself? Awesome! Click here for the original recipe.

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie