Oct 31, 2013

We still fresh and hopping.


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Welcome back to another week of That’s Fresh Friday presented to you by myself and the wonderful blogging community, Southern Girl Blog Community!
If you haven’t heard of Southern Girl Blog Community, it’s an amazing community of Southern Bloggers from all over the Southern area that came together to connect, share and inspire each other through blogging and building connections.
If you haven’t stopped by, make sure to hop over and connect with some of the wonderful ladies, you know Southerners love to chat!
Now on to the link up. I am so excited to see what everyone has to share this week! If you don’t understand what That’s Fresh Friday is, well it’s a link up where you can share anything that your heart desires, we love it all!
We only ask that you do not link up other blog hops, reviews and giveaways
First let's start of by introducing you to our amazing host and co-host for this week. Some are back for a second time and some are new!
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Co-Host: Jenn @ Party of One :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
Co-Host: Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram ::
Co-Host: Krayl @ An Appealing Plan :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
Co-Host: Dawn @ Spatulas On Parade :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
** All Co-Host are Southern Girl Blog Community members **
Now for the rules. There's not many but please make sure that read and follow each one.
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:: Link up anything with the exceptions of reviews, giveaways and blog hops
:: Follow the Host and Co-Host via one of the methods listed above
:: Visit at least 1 link before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I promise you won't be disappointed!
:: Display our Link Up Button somewhere on your site (Sidebar or in post)
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::Link up as many projects/post as you like (link directly to your post URL)
:: Share, Share, Share! Post about it on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram! The more the merrier, post and let your readers and friends know where the Freshest Link Up for Friday is! #thatsfreshfridaylinkup

Each week we will feature the Top 5 post from the following week. Those features will be pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday Feature board on Pinterest and shared via Facebook, Instagram and G+ and both Prototype Mama’s and Southern Girl Blog Community’s sites!

Life couldn’t get any sweeter than that, right?
Now let’s have some fun and be inspired! Happy sharing!
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Campus Books brings smiles.




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Gather 'round kiddos it's story time. Wait, I'm not at school and y'all aren't my kiddos. Who am I tryin' to kid? I don't say that to the kids at work. They would laugh me out the room and never listen to the lesson I was tryin' to teach. When Campus Books contacted me about a sponsored post I was like, "who me? I'm done with school and have yet to study that GRE book starin' me in the face every night." And then I thought, "Do they know I used to work on my campus and part of my job was to inform students on things and if I said it students usually listened?" But I got over myself real quick and agreed to do the post. Why you might ask.. cause of Operation Smile, that's why!

I've never mentioned this but Senior year of HS I was nominated for a scholarship because a teacher thought I was a great example of overcoming adversity. I guess living despite doctors warnings, having life saving surgery at 16 and then watching your father die at 17 and not coming out a hot mess makes people interested in what you do with your life and how you succeed. I was all honored that I was nominated and wrote the best dang essays you ever did see. Obviously I lost and that is why I have material for this post. Who did I lose to you may ask? I lost to another student who overcame WAAAAYYY more adversity. He was born with a cleft lip. As soon as I found out he was in the finals with me I knew I was a goner and they should just hand the 10,000 check over to him. At the time I was all bummed and actin' a fool. I wasn't really friends with this kid despite having many classes and group projects with him. I also didn't know much about cleft lip except he had a surgery after he was adopted. Needless to say after I did some research I realized why he won and wasn't so bummed. That also led me to Operation Smile and what they do. It is amazing and that's all their is to it. In a former life I wanted to be a doctor and eventually join doctors with no borders. Obviously that didn't work out and I resorted to blogging instead. I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through Campus Books.
Operation Smile and its more than 5,000 medical volunteers are working every day around the world to provide safe, effective and free cleft lip and cleft palate reconstructive surgery for children all over the world. We are an international medical humanitarian organization that works in over 60 countries that is dedicated to raising awareness of this life-threatening issue and providing lasting solutions.

We all know that buying textbook is a hot mess and no one ever wants to do it. Spending all that hard earned money you made over the summer is no fun. Working on campus in college we were always told to support the book store. I was always getting in trouble for trying to tell students about other options. By now I know y'all just want me to get to the point. So here it is: If you rent your text books with Campus Books not only are you saving 40-90%, receiving that good ol' free shipping to and there but they are flexible and you can write till your hearts content in that book. Plus why do you want to buy a book in a subject you will never need. But really I just LOVE that they donate to http://www.operationsmile.org/about_us/who-we-are/ and save some lives. So it's like your giving to charity with each book you rent. And once your done head on over to www.RentBack.com. Basically you then rent out your textbook to other students and make money. That's what I call a win win. Oh, I hope people still say that. Whelp, that's all follks. Now go tell your mom and 'nem!


    


Oct 30, 2013

Meet The Alisha Nicole.

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If y'all don't know about the Big/Little bloggers network than you need to asap. I have signed up a few times and this time I was thrilled to be considered a big blogger. I don't consider myself a big blogger. Yes, I have started to have a few things come my way but I still feel small in the grand scheme of things. I guess there will always be someone bigger and better than you. Whelp, here y'all go! Y'all go show her some love.

1. I started blogging about 4 months ago because I basically needed somewhere to vent and I was tired of going through a million journals. I am a small business owner so I also wanted somewhere I could inspire and document my journey. The name The Alisha Nicole came out of pure laziness! It has been my Twitter name for years and I figured if I named my blog the same thing it would eliminate the need to change my twitter name. Terrible I know.

2. If I could take over anyone’s blog for a day it would have to be Whitney’s over at I Wore Yoga Pants. Her blog is one of my daily reads and all of her posts give me a good laugh.

3. I can normally be found working or thinking of new ideas to add to the shop..and if I’m not working then I am definitely somewhere reading. I know that’s sounds extremely bland but I love it. I do go out occasionally though.

4. It would have to be Kanye and Jay Z together. Both give a great performance but together they are AMAZING. I definitely see myself years from now attending their reunion concert.

5. If you were to visit NC I'd tell you to stop at CookOut first and get you a BBQ tray with a Cheerwine. Thank me later!

6. “Do What Makes You Happy” are the words that I live by. I’ve really learned to stay true to that since I’ve started this whole blogging thing.

Oct 28, 2013

It's a giveaway kind of Birfday.

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                 Chloe from Rainbows & Honeysuckle                  Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange                       Rebecca from Caravan Sonnet

                         Noor from Noor's Place                             Kate from Kate the (Almost) Great              Stephanie from Never the Same Spice Twice
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              Krystle from Life Revolves Around Them              Mandi from All My Happy Endings                   Tiffany from The Dwelling Tree


                         Jackie from Jade and Oak                                 Ashley from Mrs. Mama                           Sarah from Oh The Things I Think


                    Samantha from Life Style Love                         Areeba from I Have a Messy Bun                        Aleshea from Glitz & Grits


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Oct 24, 2013

That's Fresh Friday Blog Hop


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Welcome to the 1st of many weeks of That's Fresh Friday's presented to you by myself and the wonderful blogging community, Southern Girl Blog Community!
If you haven't heard of Southern Girl Blog Community, it's an amazing community of Southern Bloggers from all over the Southern area that came together to connect, share and inspire each other through blogging and building connections.
If you haven't stopped by, make sure to hop over and connect with some of these wonderful ladies, you know Southerners love to chat!
Now on to the link up. I am so excited to start this link up this week! If you don't understand what That's Fresh Friday is, well it's a link up where you can share anything that your heart desires, we love it all!
We only ask that you do not link up other blog hops or reviews and giveaways
Let's start of by introducing you to our amazing host and co-host for this week.
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Co-Host: Jenn @ Party of One :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
Co-Host: Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram ::
**All Co-host are members of Southern Girl Blog Community**
thats-fresh-friday-link-up-rules
:: Link up anything with the exceptions of reviews, giveaways and blog hops
:: Follow the Host and Co-Host via one of the methods listed above
:: Display our Link Up Button somewhere on your site (Sidebar or in post)
Prototype Mama
:: Link up as many projects/post as you like (link directly to your post URL)
:: Share, Share, Share! Post about it on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram! The more the merrier, post and let your readers and friends know where the Freshest Link Up for Friday is! #thatsfreshfridaylinkup

Each week we will feature the Top 5 post from the following week. Those features will be pinned to our That's Fresh Friday Feature board on Pinterest and shared via Facebook, Instagram and G+ and both Prototype Mama's and Southern Girl Blog Community's sites!

Life couldn't get any sweeter than that, right?
Now let's have some fun and be inspired! Happy sharing!
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Fallin in love at a coffee shop


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Before I get into today's post I need to do a quick FYI! Y'all know that I prefer to reply to comments via email. If ya didn't know then read this post real quick. There is no guarantee that you will come back to my blog but I'm sure you will get my email. Well, it has gotten ridic with the number of no-reply/no-comment bloggers I am encountering. I was told that this is happening because many of you are switching to Google +. Basically if you haven't gotten an email where I am replying back to your comment left then this is you and you need to fix it asap. Go in your settings and click to show email. I promise it won't actually give your email out to the world. But I do promise that it will open up a whole new world and you will realize that bloggers have been trying to connect with you and weren't ignoring you. So, I have no shame and will freely admit that I wrote this post while watching the 2007 version of Hairspray. What ever happened to Nikki Blonsky? Anyways back to the regular schedule post.

I don't know if I've mentioned this on le blog but not only did I double majored in college but I also had a minor. I have a B.S. in Political Science/ B.S in History with a minor in Gender Studies. Can you say unemployed/underemployed fave times fast. I know I sure can. I feel like this is something I haven't talked about much on le blog. I spend many a free day watching CSAPN etc. I always joke with Sherry and James cause we will stay up late watching fillibusters and text each other while doing so. The other day when Ted Cruz held up the Senate, Sherry texted us and goes, "That's why you always keep a pair of headphones with you. You never know when a good fillibuster will happen" Whelp, I don't know what that had to do with today's post and me telling you a few things I am loving. Oh wait, now I remember. I wrote that to ultimately say don't be alarmed when you see me with pictures of the weirdest books. That's just the liberal arts nerd in me.

Finally: Here are just a few things I'm lovin' this week.I don't know about y'all but just because a cd/song is old doesn't mean it doesn't bring new life to me when I hear it. Lately I've listened to a lot of Scotty McCreery. He just came out with a new cd and I used the iTunes gift card Chevy gave me to buy it. Thank you Chevy. I know a few days ago I was thankin' life for the cold weather. Well, I'm still thankin' life. Even though it has warmed up a bit. Yesterday it got in the 80's. Texas weather is so unpredictable most days. Maybe it's just me but I get in a whole different mind set when fall rolls around. I've always been a people watcher and this time of year always brings that out. Most days I just wanna curl up with a good book, something warm to drink and have music playing in the background.  All of the tings pictured about allow me to do just that. wait, I shouldn't say allow cause I have actually done that with all of these things. Heck don't even get me in a coffee shop or cafe. I will fall in love with life all over again.

And if you was wonderin' The title of my post is an actual song from Landon Pigg. What music/books etc are you lovin' this week?

Linkin' with Megan Ashley and Kristen.

Oct 23, 2013

Cancer: No respector of persons


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Do y'all know what Relay for Life is? If you don't what are you doin' with your life? Yes, that's a serious question and not one of those rhetorical questions I always pose. I got involved with RFL back in college and have been participating for about six years. When I came home from college I was so excited that my momma's gym had decided to start getting involved. Basically it is a walk a thon to raise money for cancer research, treatment etc. Each year our town is always in the top donors. Heck one of the middle schools raises over $20,000 each year. This past year we decided to walk in honor of our family fran Brent. He's the one I've been talking about that's on hospice with the cancerous tumors.

But one thing I've never understood is why our town always does theirs in the fall. It was so dern cold, y'all and we was struggling. The group picture was those of us left at 5 am. In college our RFL was always in the spring and I miss that. 40's may not seem cold for some but for us Texans that's very cold.

But in the end the point is to be uncomfortable for a good cause. Cancer is not picky and will inhabit anyone it can. I'm always willing to get out of my comfort zone for a good cause.

What are some organizations/ events y'all like to participate in?                                                                

Oct 22, 2013

Let's hippy hop them blogs: WW Blog Hop


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 Welcome to Wildcard Wednesday!


 

The name of the game is #wildcard 
Stakes: A special PRIZE will be up for grabs the last week of each month
 Your link ups each week are your entries
Example: If you link up your blog, bloglovin and twitter you will have 3 entries each week
Disclaimer: You MUST be following your hosts in order to win

Winner of the September #wildcard {Won A $20 Giftcard of Choice}:

Rules of the Game: 
1. Follow all your hosts

Simply Clarke: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Mal Smiles: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
All That Glitters: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter

and co-hosts


Missy Dallas: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Glitz N Gritz: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter


2. Grab our button for your post so that others can join in the fun
3. Link up using your Blog URL, Bloglovin' URL & Twitter
4. Visit at least 3 other blogs

5.  TWEET about Wildcard Wednesday using #wildcard 





Now make some new friends :) 






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