Thursday, December 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY!! | 12 Days of Service 2016

It's back!!! I know, most of you are thinking "Was 12 Days of Service ever a thing? How can it be back if it's never been done before?" Well, it was done before. Back in 2013. It was meant to be an annual thing, but that never happened. Hopefully, this year kicks off it actually working as an annual thing... but we can only hope.

What is 12 Days of Service?

What a great question! 12 Days of Service serves as our "Charity of the Month" for December. But instead of giving to a specific charity, we are giving service to the people we love and our own communities. We often hear about 12 Days of Christmas from the song, but here on this blog, we devote 12 random days in December to giving service to others.

There are dozens of ways you can participate! (Ha, do you get the joke there? Because a dozen equals twelve? It's funny, I promise.) And there's no act of service too big or too small. Whether it's volunteering at a homeless shelter or making someone's bed for them, each act of service spreads love and kindness, which is the whole purpose of 12 Days of Service.

Here are some examples of what you can do this December to participate:

-Donate to Toys For Tots
-Write an old friend a letter
-Volunteer at your local food bank
-Give your neighbors Christmas treats
-Shovel snow from someone's driveway
-Organize a bake sale to raise money for your favorite charity
-Send stuffed animals to the hospital
-Make blankets for newborns
-Offer to babysit

Honestly, anything big or small you can think of is good enough.

While I've thought out my acts of service for the past month and have twelve ready to do, if you don't end up doing twelve, that's okay too. Even if you only do one, then you're helping make the world a kinder place. It's all about spreading kindness, and as long as that's what you try to do this month, completely twelve acts of service isn't necessary.

I am planning to write up posts about each of my acts of service. Maybe have a couple videos to go along with them as well. Don't forget to follow me on Snapchat and Instagram, as I will post photos and videos as I do my service. [Snapchat: cowgirlkaylee22, Instagram: _cowgirlkaylee_] My acts of service will be spread out through the whole month, not all in a row. Feel free to do your service however and whenever you like.

For my first act of service, I want to celebrate my amazing blog readers. I wish that I could blog full-time and give you all more. I love all my readers and consider you very close friends. So, to one of my friends I am giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! There is only one requirement to win the gift card: you must promise to do at least one act of kindness/service this month. (Sure there are other ways to enter, but that's the only important one.)

In the comment section below, make your promise, then confirm you did it in the Rafflecopter widget below. It's just that simple.

The giveaway will run only till the 15th of the month so get your entries in quick. Hopefully, the winner will be able to get their gift card in time to use it to buy themselves a Christmas present (or for any other holiday or special occasion you wish to celebrate this month). Or maybe you could even use your gift card to buy a gift for someone else, that could be your act of service. Entirely up to you, though. Personally, I'd use it to buy the books I have on my wishlist on Amazon.

 So get out there and do some service this month!! Spread a little kindness and help make the world a better place. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Wishlist

Happy Fashion Friday y'all! It's officially after Thanksgiving so we can start thinking about Christmas. Shoutout to all my friends who started putting up their Christmas trees after Halloween, you should all be ashamed of yourselves.


Clothes are always at the top of my wishlists for any gift giving situation. Whether I'm given money, gift cards, or actual clothes, it's probably the smartest gift to give me. So today I'm doing an unconventional Fashion Friday post to show off the clothes I'm wanting at the moment.

I've never really known how to define my style, but recently I've been working on it. These are all items that I think would fit into my current wardrobe while also helping me transition into a new wardrobe. Defining your own style is difficult, but I'm trying my best. Most my inspiration is coming from my Pinterest board.

Feel free to shop from this list as well (Affiliate Links). Like all my fashion posts, the following items are all under $50. (And, you know, you're always welcome to buy these products for me, you know, if you want. Wink wink.)

If you thought my wishlist would be colorful... then you don't know me at all.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Knight Dragon vs. the Power Outage | Heroes & Villains [1.5]

“Ben?” Roger called as he stepped into the command center from the alley. He moved down the metal staircase, his footsteps echoing through the dark room, only the emergency lights still on. Roger found Ben messing with the computer wiring, sitting on the floor beneath his desk. “Ben, I got your call. What’s going on?”
“A villain,” Ben muttered, his voice slightly muffled from under the desk. “Well, she’s not really a villain. Well, I don’t think. She’s just angry, but I don’t think she’s a villain.”
“Well, who is she?” Roger asked.
“Melanie Bolton,” Ben replied, his focus still on the wires. “She can control electric currents. That’s why the power’s out across the city.  She’s attacking Bakersfield though and we need to stop her.”
“Why is she attacking Bakersfield?” Roger asked. Ben didn’t reply, trying to get something working through the emergency power box. Roger watched him. He and Ben had known each other since they were kids. Roger knew Ben better than anyone, probably even better than he knew his fiance. And Roger knew Ben was trying to avoid something.
“Ben, why is she attacking Bakersfield?” Roger repeated.
“It’s a personal issue,” Ben muttered.
“Personal how?” Roger prodded.  Ben let out a sigh and moved out from under the desk, moving to his feet. He leaned against the desk, grabbing the edge in his fists, his knuckles turning white.
“I was, uh, dating Melanie. Sort of. It was only two dates, I didn’t think much of it. It was only two dates. Then I went on another date with a different girl who happened to be Melanie’s sister.” Ben winced. Roger stared at Ben a moment, holding back a smile.
“Right, this is clearly a personal issue.” Roger agreed.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Winter Is Coming...

Just because of the title, I'm curious how many of my blog readers are Game of Thrones fans. Let me know in the comment section below. Personally, I've never watched it, but I've read the majority of the first book and I have a husband who is in love with it and talks about it non-stop. So I do know the majority of what happens, without having to watch nudity or violence, because I'm not a fan of either. 

So winter is coming. Maybe it's here. I'm writing this on Tuesday. Forecast says it's supposed to snow on Thursday, so when you're reading this on Friday there's a good chance there's snow in my hometown. Probably check out my Twitter or Instagram and I'll be talking all about it. 

I'm so in love with this sweater, I have worn it at least once a week since buying it, and that was over a month ago. Literally obsessed. I saw a sweater like this on New Girl and knew I needed one so I found this one. It's a love story. 

There's still time to enter my Zak Detox Deodorant giveaway! Don't forget to enter before the end of the month. 

Hat: ??? (Similar (Affiliate Link))
Sweater: Target (Exact Match)
Pants: Target (Exact Match)
Shoes: Vans


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