Sponsor Spotlight: August

This past month I began using Passionfruit for advertising on The Modern Austen and I am REALLY happy about it because it’s led me to so many amazing blogs and opportunities to talk to and collaborate with such great people.

That’s why I feel so compelled to highlight my amazing August sponsors. I’ve explored each of their blogs and have found some really great content and such fun features, not to mention beautiful women both inside and out. Please take a moment to say hello to each of them! They deserve it. Blogging is all about supporting one another as we go through life :)

First up is Michele from short girl, long island. There are many things I enjoy about Michele’s blog, but what I’m MOST excited for is her new post series entitled Teach Me Something Thursday where YOU can get involved and teach Michele’s readers something–anything! Read more about it here:

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My name is Michele, and I run the blog short girl, long island. I’m just shy of 5 feet tall + I live on Long Island, hence the name of my humble blog. sgli has a littlle bit of everything: crafting, recipes, tutorials, music, fashion, + life in general. I love meeting new readers + bloggers, so come by + say hi! :)

Next we have Natasha from Happy Chaos! I LOVE little kids so it is always so much fun to see Natasha’s kiddos having fun every day, like this post about a recent art class her toddlers took. So cute.

My blog, Happy Chaos is where I share the daily adventures of raising my twins, Marco and Olivia. Playdates, outings, a little style thrown in. 

On to Courtney from Chase All Your Dreams. It’s inspiring to see Courtney follow her dreams on her blog! She posts about lots of topics, which is why she just received a Versatile Blogger award. I particularly enjoyed this post about her trip to Maine because I love to travel:
Hi! I’m Courtney and I live in the Big Apple. Chase All Your Dreams is where I talk about my life as a college student, my thoughts and opinions, things that are going on in my life, things that I like, and whatever else pops into my head. So come on over and say hi! 
 Now, here’s Emily from Oh Hello, Love! Emily’s blog is always a treat to visit because she has SUCH great style and taste. She has directed me to some really cool blogs and things I never even knew about before. I’m also a sap for a great romance and just recently she shared her love story. Go on, read it. You know you want to!
Oh, hi! I’m Emily from Oh Hello, Love! Mostly I blog about my life, which usually includes little stories and photos and thoughts and blog designs and sometimes recipes from my husband. I like to imagine my blog as my living room, where we sit, drink coffee and chat a bunch about life. So come by and chat, no? 
My next sponsor is Ditte from My Dodo Diary. Ditte’s blog is quirky and fun and has a little bit of everything, which is so great. Did I mention I love traveling? Because how FUN is this post? I felt like I was traveling with her the whole time:
My name is Ditte, 25 years old. I am in a special period of my life because I have just finished my education (as an animator) and now I need to find a job. I probably won’t find one in my homeland, Denmark, so I will be blogging a lot about travelling (probably) and about everything I love; Animals, cake dekoration, craft and that kind of stuff. I love taking pictures. Mainly of my pets. One guinea pig and two budgies. Of cause I will also show some animation and some illustrations I make.
Next we have Kristen from The Wright Stuff! Kristen has wonderful taste and I particularly enjoyed this post where she co-hosted a link party that highlighted some really cute camp-inspired outfits!
 Check out Kristen’s group giveaway that I am a part of here!
Finally, my last lovely sponsor is Jennifer from Jennifer Alison Designs! I wish I had half as much talent as she does. I hope that when I get married some day I remember to go to her for my wedding monogram. Look how amazing these are!
Hi there! My name is Jenn and I blog over at Jennifer Alison Designs. I am 30 years old, from  San Diego, California. I’m a Registered Nurse, police wife, and new mom to Makayla Jo. I’m also passionate about graphic design and photography.My blog started in 2008 as a graphic design blog for wedding monograms, invitations, save the dates, etc. It has since evolved into life as a new mom. I have also recently started making baby accessories, including headbands and petti rompers, and still do wedding designs as well as graphic design work  including business logos mainly for photographers and other small businesses, as well as custom blog design, blog headers, etc.

So there you have it! Check out these fabulous women right now and tell them how great they are ;) But seriously, I highly recommend these ladies to add to your RSS feed! Thanks for your support this past month!

Insta-Friday 8.31.12 + THE MOVE!

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today on Insta-FridayI thought it would be an appropriate time to tell you about my move since all of  my pictures revolve around that!

On Friday night, I laid on the floor of my empty bedroom and watched my childhood dance across the ceiling. It was heartbreaking knowing that that was it. Sure, my house would always be my home, but from that point on, everything would change. I wouldn’t be moving back home unless something tragic happened, like if I lost my job, and I wasn’t planning on doing that. It was time to face the inevitable, even if I wasn’t ready to.

It was an emotional night, but not nearly as emotional as the next two days.

Saturday was moving day! With the incredible help of my brother Justin, my aunt Joni and Uncle Carlo, and my wonderful parents, we were able to fit all of THIS…

Into this! We rented a 14′ truck and we are really glad we did.

Thanks to my dad and uncle’s great packing skills, we were able to fit everything (amazingly) into the van, with a few fragile items in my car. Thank you again, family, for all of your hard work and help.

Three hours and two stops later, my parents and I made it to my new apartment! With the help of a friendly neighbor, we were able to unload everything pretty painlessly. We worked our butts off for hours, went out to eat, fell asleep, and worked hard again.

During this time, I felt overwhelmed off and on. There were a few moments when I got upset and broke down once or twice. Mostly, I kept busy and tried not to think of my parents driving away later that afternoon.

Due to the college move-in day happening nearby, our trip to Target was a disaster. Everything was stressful and rushed because my parents needed to get on the road. This only added to my worries and made me more upset than I already was.

When it came time for my parents to leave, I sobbed like a little baby. They have been the most supportive and loving parents I could ever ask for and I wouldn’t be here without them. Thank you Mom and Dad for everything. I love you so much!


When my parents left, I plowed through the rest of my boxes and cleaned until nighttime. Keeping busy made it easier to move on. As you can see in the photos, my place is small (and the kitchen cabinets are uber ugly!) but just right for me at this time. I’m really glad I have my home couches (sorry M&D!) and my own craft/office space.

If you remember my pinterest post last week, you’ll recognize this shower curtain! I ended up “splurging” for this Kate Spade shower curtain from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I am SO glad I did. This is probably my favorite purchase for the apartment and it really brightens up the space. I love stripes and I love the colors! If you interested in purchasing, make sure you check online first if your store has it because it goes out-of-stock frequently!

This isn’t Instagram-ed, but I thought I’d share it anyway. I think one of the biggest reasons this transition has been fairly smooth is because Aaron came and visited me the very next day! I was SOOO excited to see him and it was absolutely wonderful finally showing him my new town and apartment. He loved the area, especially the cute antique stores and the lovely park. We had a blast playing “grown-up” and exploring the town together. The visit was so perfect that it made me feel a lot better about our long-distance situation. I know that it won’t be that nice all of the time, but it was the perfect medicine for my anxiety.

Since then, everything has been SCHOOL. SCHOOL. SCHOOL. I’ve spent hours each day at school trying to get my room together and my planning done. I don’t feel like I’ve made much progress, unfortunately, but it will come together eventually.

Here’s the first bulletin board I created today. I’m really happy with it because it’s very applicable to my students and it stands out from the other side of the classroom.

School starts on TUESDAY! If I’m nonexistent in the next few weeks, you’ll know why :)

 What have you been up to this past week? Have you entered the group giveaway yet?!

Photobucket Ohsoamelialife rearranged

You know you’re becoming an “adult” when…

I’m thinking I need to start a blog post series solely for those “You know you’re becoming an ‘adult’ when…” moments because there seem to be a lot of them recently!

Photo courtesy: Poorly Drawn Lines

Like this morning. You know I’m being FORCED to be an “adult” when on the first morning I don’t have to wake up before seven, the smoke detector in my new bedroom decides its batteries are low and begins chirping every minute  starting at 6:30 AND I can’t get it to stop because the detector doesn’t screw off the base nor turn to the “off” side. I’ve tried looking up different things to do online and I can’t seem to do it. UGH. Guess I will be making a call to my landlord at a more decent hour…forget sleeping in I suppose!

Another moment of inevitable adulthood was when my parents drove away in the moving van on Sunday. I was bawling my eyes out and I suddenly felt like a two-year-old all over again who wants her mommy and daddy. I’m thinking that even adults have those moments when they just want to give up control to the ones who raised them right. 

Have you ever had those moments? Those reality-slaps-in-your-face that tell you life is going too quickly, that it can be both exciting and frustrating to be an adult, that sometimes you just want to face palm yourself? Share them with me below so I don’t feel alone :)

Group Giveaway!!!

Hi everyone! Today is an exciting day. I’ve been sponsoring Kristen over at The Wright Place (I’ll be doing a spotlight on her and my other amazing sponsors soon!) and today she did a spotlight on each of us. It has been a pleasure connecting with her and I encourage all of you to hop on over to say hello!

What’s even MORE exciting though is that, we, Kristen and her sponsors, are hosting a group giveaway!! I am personally giving away these adorable InPink earrings and one month’s standard size ad on The Modern Austen!

Some of the other prizes include ad spaces on five other blogs, an eyeshadow palette, AND some custom digital design! You don’t want to miss out!

Hope on over to The Wright Place for more details here OR submit entries below! Good luck!
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