The blog-aholic award

Hello everyone, I’m currently in Ohio and will be taking a tour of Ohio University soon. I’m super excited to see all of campus. Last night my dad and I drove all over campus so we were able to see a bunch of buildings and sort of figure our way around Athens.

Last night, I was nominated for the Blog-aholic award by Sarah at Cups of Confessions, which was created by Esme at The Recipe Hunter. Very big thanks to both of these lovely ladies for the nomination and for the award itself. Be sure to check out both of their blogs at some point! Let’s get started with this award.


Rules

  1. Put the above award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page)
  4. Mention the creator The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) of this award and please provide a link or pingback as I [Esmé of The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) ] would love to meet you!
  5. Write a post to show your award
  6. Share a link to your best post(s)
  7. Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself
  8. Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish
  9. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

My Best Posts:

March on

Change is good

Pulchri-what

3 Interesting Facts:

  1. I cry whenever I see any animal
  2. Speaking of crying, the only movies I’ve ever cried during were Marley and Me and The Notebook (but only the first time)
  3. I can’t wait to go to COLLEGEEEEEEE

I Nominate:

Lu          Tiana          Steff          Sarahn          Jess


That’s all for this award. Thanks once more to Sarah for the nomination and I hope you all enjoyed reading this and everyone nominated enjoys making the post

Alicia

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Ringing in the New Year Tag

Hi everyone, I was just tagged this morning by Sophie from Blame Chocolate for the Ringing in the New Year tag. Now, I’m not really a book blog… I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything book related actually, however, I’m an avid reader and follow quite a few book blogs. So, I figured I’d give a whirl at this tag. Once again thanks to Sophie for the tag and don’t forget to give her blog a look.


Best book/series you’ve read in 2016?

I read the book The Girls by Emma Cline and I really loved it. It’s a book that takes place in the late 60s, about Evie Boyd and her friends. Evie becomes enthralled with a girl Suzanne and her friend group and drops everything to become as close to them as possible. Then shit gets real and I don’t want to spoil anything. I really loved that book and I hope to read more of Cline’s work this year.

Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year

Emma Cline, as I just said haha.

Most anticipated book turned TV/Movie show

Technically I haven’t yet read the book either, however, a friend has recommended The Mountain Between Us and it is in my top 10 books to read this year. So, if the book does live up to my friend’s rave reviews then I would love to see the movie.

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight

I feel like every book I read, girls are main characters. Any guy in any book I almost ever read is a douche and I don’t want to kiss them, so shit, maybe Marley from Marley and Me is the only one I’d want to kiss.

What’s on my TBR for 2017?

Okay, I have 25 books that I own that I need to read, and then about 250 links bookmarked to books I need to buy. I don’t have a set list. Basically, I just pick up a book and start reading, so I don’t really have like a set TBR.

How many books do you plan to read in 2017?

My goal is 52, one a week, but I know that things happen where I won’t bring a book on vacation or once school starts up and I’m too busy studying. But for now, my goal is 52.

Will you participate in the Goodreads reading challenge or any other?

I’m participating in the Beat the Backlist challenge this year so I really don’t want to join a ton of challenges, but I would definitely join the Goodreads reading challenge in the future.

Any New Year’s resolutions (bookish, blogging, or otherwise)?

I have my New Year’s Resolutions post up so I have a few for all of those categories 🙂


Well, that tag was actually really fun and it makes me want to sit down and read. I’m not going to tag anyone because I have seen a few people do it and I don’t really know how many of my followers love reading and I don’t want to pressure anyone into doing this tag. So, if you want to have a go at the this tag, be my guest 🙂

Alicia

Blogger Recognition Award

Hi everyone, I was nominated by Jamie the other day for the Blogger Recognition award. Thank you so much for nominating me and I definitely recommend checking her blog out, it’s one of my favorites. Let’s get started.


Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How I started blogging:

I have been blogging since I was 14. I stumbled upon someone’s summer bucket list blog and I decided that I wanted to make one as well. So, that summer and the summer after, my friend Molly and I made a summer bucket list blog. We are no longer friends, however, I wanted to continue blogging so I have made a few blogs over my lifetime to continue blogging, mainly just random writings and a bit of food tracking. However, last October, I decided that I wanted to document my time in college so that’s how I started this blog.

2 pieces of advice to new bloggers:

The biggest piece of advice I have is to be social. Follow people, like people’s posts, comment on posts, etc. With all of my other blogs I never did that, however, with this blog, I like, comment, and follow so many people’s blogs and have met so many awesome people because of it.

Another thing is to be consistent. If you’re going to post like once a month people really won’t follow you or keep up with you. I’m not saying you have to post daily, but make a schedule and try to stick with it. Yes, there will be times that you won’t be able to maintain it, say during finals or vacations, but definitely try your hardest to stick to a schedule that is pretty frequent.

I nominate:

Lu Reads       Blame Chocolate        Unexpected in Common Hours      Sit Back and Just Live

Fabled Haven       Renxkyoko’s Space          Pirate Patty         Beafree       PTContender

Kisses from Jess        Styled by Lauren        Idiot Views        A Dreamer’s Library

Mermaid Moon Child       Maggie’s Simple Life

 

Once again, thank you to Jamie for nominating me for this award and be sure to check out everyone that I nominated because they are definitely some of my favorite blogs to read!

Alicia

Real Neat Blog Award

Hi everyone, this morning I received a nomination from rniks24I14 for the Real Neat Blog Award. So thank you so much for the nomination and I can’t wait to complete this award. Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them

My Answers:

  1. Why did you start Blogging? I wanted a way to put my feelings and life down and in words so I figured why have a 30 page google doc when I could have a blog?
  2. Who do you love a lot in your Life? This is really lame but my dog.
  3. Who is your oldest friend with whom you wanna spend maximum time? My friend Cassie. She is about a year younger than me and I’ve known her since she was born
  4. What are your extracurricular activities? I used to play a lot of sports like golf, basketball, badminton, and water polo. Right now I just like to write, exercise, read, listen to music, take photos, things like that
  5. What country would you love to live in? Finland
  6. What are some words for this world’s behavior for female gender? I don’t really understand this question. I think women’s words for the female gender would be empowered, feminist, inspiring. However I think men’s words would be slutty, conceited, weak

My Questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. What type of phone do you have?
  3. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they?
  4. Do you watch YouTube videos? If so, who are your favorite Youtubers?
  5. Are you excited for the holidays to be over, or do you wish they would go on forever?
  6. What is your favorite season?
  7. What is your favorite sports team?

I’m going to nominate some of my most recent followers: Welcome!

Lauren           Jessica            Marcella               Katie            Ciarra

Talk to you all soon

Alicia

Mystery Blogger Award

Hi everyone, I was just nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Jewish Thoughts. Thank you for the nomination and thank you to Okoto Engima for making this award. Let’s get to it.

The Rules

Put the award logo/image in your blog.

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

Tell your readers three things about yourself.

Nominate 10-20 people.

Notify your nominees.

Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify)

Share a link to your best posts


3 things about myself

 

  • I just dyed my hair Sunday.
  • I am currently watching Cupcake Wars while writing this
  • I am going to a Vegetarian diner this weekend (tentatively) and I AM PUMPED

 

My answers:

 

  • What were you doing this time last year? Studying for finals
  • What moment changed your life in an instant? Probably when my grandma died.
  • Who do you owe the most to in your life? My dad probably
  • What is your favourite part of the week? The weekend
  • What is your favourite recipe? I have this super yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe with coffee in them and they are SO GOOD

 

My Questions:

 

  • What were you doing at around 9 this morning?
  • Do you want to have kids at some point? If you have a kid already, do you want more?
  • What is your favorite chore to do?
  • Tea of coffee?
  • Would you rather not be able to see anything or hear anything?

 

Some of my best Posts

This one or this one

I’m not going to nominate anyone because I’ve already been nominated for this and knoeing me would accidentally nominate the same people.

Until tomorrow

Alicia

Black Cat Blue Sea Award: Part Dos

Hi everyone, yesterday I was nominated by Lia from Lost in a Story to do the Black Cat Clue Sea Award. I wasn’t going to do it, since I’ve done it and blogmas, but Lia gave me a bonus questions having to deal with my blog title so I figured I would go on and do the award anyway. Let’s get to it.

The Rules:

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

My answers to Lia’s Questions:

  1. What are you most passionate about? I don’t really think there is one thing that shines about above the most, so nothing I guess
  2. Have you ever considered stopping blogging? And why? I have taking blogging hiatuses in the past where I thought I’d never blog again, but I miss it. I miss the people, I miss the feedback, I miss writing. With blogging, it gives me an excuse to write, it makes me write, if you will. When I don’t have a blog, I don’t write as much, and that in itself is a reason to not stop blogging.
  3. What is your favourite hobby? Probably writing
  4. Bonus Questions: What does your blog name mean and how do you pronounce it? Okay, so my blog name is Live Pulchritudinously. Pulchritude is just a synonym for beautiful. So my blog name means Live Beautifully. Pulchritudinous is pronounced (pull-cri(like Chris but without the s)-tude-in-ous)

My Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite holiday?
  3. What is/was your favorite part of school?

I’m not going to nominate anyone for this because most of the people I woul have nominated for this has either already won it or are doing blogmas and probably have no free blogging time. If you want to do this, please do as I am curious as to what the answers to te questions I asked are.

Until tomorrow’s Blogmas post

Alicia

Mystery Blogger Award… Round 2

Hi everyone, before I get into this post, I may or may not be doing the final prompt for NaBloPoMo which is: Have you chosen a word of the year for yourself for 2017? What is it? If not, what words would you consider? I may do it but I’m in a weird funk today and don’t want it to be a shitty post and I was already planning on doing something like this next month… but we’ll see. Anyway, if not… NaBloPoMo was a total success and I posted every single day and some days twice. I am not guaranteeing I will keep this up forever but it was nice to have some consistency.

Onto the award…


The Rules

1.Put the award logo/image on your blog

2.List the rules.

3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5.Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6.You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

7.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8.Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9.Share a link to your best post(s)


So a huge thank you to Darcy from Darcy’s Book Blog for nominating me for this award and   Okoto Oke Enigma for creating this super fun award. Definitely give both of their blogs a visit because they post super cool posts.


3 things about myself

  1. I LOVE goats
  2. I am highly allergic to cats
  3. My whole life I told myself I didn’t want to work with kids and now that’s what I’ll be going to school for.

My best posts

Quintessentially Autumn Day

Bittersweet

Society Told Me


My answers

  1. What would make you not finish a book? Well.. if I lost it, which I don’t think I’ve ever done. Or if I’m 100 pages into and it pains me to continue
  2. Do you annotate your books? For school I do sometimes, but not books for pleasure
  3. What is your favorite genre? Romance or Sci Fi
  4. What format do you like to read your books? Hardcover? Paperback? ebook? Audio? Paperback or ebook… I honestly hate hardcover…
  5. Do you like to have noise going on in the background while you read? I like alpha waves but that’s about it.

My questions

  1. What was the last movie you saw?
  2. What is your favorite thing about winter?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What was the last book you read?
  5. Are you allergic to anything?

I nominate…

A Sprinkle of Laughter             Azra               Renxkyoko               Bea

There you have it… If I post again tonight… talk to you later, but if not, talk to you in December 😉

Alicia

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hey everyone, Vivian nominated me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award and I’ve never heard of it, so I figured I would take part. Sorry for all the tags and awards recently, we will be back to our regularly scheduled rants and shitposts soon.

Rules:

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  2. The nominee answers questions posted by the nominator
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simple does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to get the award.

My Answers:

  1. What’s your favorite genre? I’m assuming book genre so science fiction.
  2. What type of shoes do you swear by? Converse
  3. Shorts or skirts? Neither. I only wear pants.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite holiday?
  2. Heels or flats?
  3. Dream travel destination?

I nominate

Elm           Alexandra          John


Until tomorrow

Alicia

The Winter Wonderland Tag

Hi everyone, Debbie from Debbie’s Library tagged me to do The Winter Wonderland Tag. Be sure to check out her blog, very cool stuff. When I saw this I got extremely excited. I am one of those people who believe the Holiday season starts November 1st. When my local radio station started playing Christmas music on Friday at 4:05pm you better believe that I was ready just like I’m ready for this tag.


The Questions

Do you like the cold?- okay okay okay okay. So unless you live in Russia, some of those most extreme winters are found in Midwest and upper North America. I do not like when the temperature is -7 degrees Fahrenheit and with the wind-chill it feels like -20 degrees Fahrenheit. I do not enjoy the cold where I can’t walk 5 feet outside with wet hair and have it be frozen. I do enjoy colder weather. I like being able to see my breath in the air and being able to go out comfortably with a hat, gloves, coat, and scarf. I don’t even mind when my nose is red from the cold. So, I like the cold, I just don’t like the extreme cold Chicago and Wisconsin choose to bestow on me most days from November to April

Favorite part about Winter- Going to the German Christkindlmarket every year with some family and friends after breakfast at Seventh on Heaven.

Does it snow where you live- DOES IT SNOW?!?!?!? All I can say is hell yes it snows.

Favorite clothing item in winter- Scarves. I can wear them with sweaters if it’s somewhat decent of a temperature outside or with my winter coats for when it’s a lot colder

Your favorite winter memory- Probably last winter when I came home from San Diego and seeing my sister because of how excited she was.

Favorite hot drink- Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks. Soy milk and no whipped cream of course.

Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket- Milk and Honey- Rupi Kaur

Best winter movie to watch- How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the real version not the cartoon one. It is hardly ever on anymore and it is always a treat when it does make its appearance on ABC family.

Do you do any winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating)- Okay, story time. A. No I cannot do any of these things. When I was in fourth grade, my best friend had her birthday at an ice skating rink. Her mom and my mom (she was our neighbor so it was convenient) piled 10 girls into their minivans and we made our way to the rink. Like most of the other girls who went, I also had never ice skated. A bunch of my friends and I stayed on the edge holding onto the railing so we could get the hang of skating. As I was trying to skate I stepped too far forward or the girl in front of me stopped quickly (I don’t remember it was 10 years ago) and basically we linked skates and both ended up on the ground. She was fine but I ended up falling directly on top of the other skate, piercing my butt. My butt was bleeding, my pants had ripped, I was crying, and finally ended up with a bruise the size of a softball and couldn’t sit for weeks.

Favorite Christmas/Holidays/New Year tradition- Every year on New Year’s Eve, I go to one of my two friends’ house and we do a secret Santa gift exchange and then wait until midnight to ring in the new year together with a ton of super cute photographs.


I Nominate…

Triz          Sally          Anna          Cassie          Jenny          Lia          Britt


Hope you guys all take part in this and can’t wait to see what you guys say!

Alicia

The Sunshine Blogger Award…. Round 2

Hi everyone, Lu over at GirlWhoReads tagged me in this right after I finished doing my first Sunshine Blogger award, so I figured I would answer her questions as well. Also, the picture for the award is different and I really like it. Also go give her blog a visit because she is an amazing writer and blogs about fun stuff.


Rules:

* Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

* Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.

* Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award & ask them eleven new questions.

* List the rules & display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog


My Answers

Summer or Winter? Unpopular opinion but honestly… Probably winter

Tea or coffee? I love coffee but I think tea takes the cake

What’s your current read, and your thoughts? I just started Secret Life of Bees and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t gotten through much so.. No thoughts yet

Your Favorite post this month? This one

5 of your blogger friends? Tag them! I picked the first 5 people who popped into my head (you are all nominated for this… except Lu, who nominated me)

Rayna    Alana        LifeOfAnInspiredTeen      Lu         Jenny 

Sweet or savory? Does it change between the seasons? SWEET

Favourite warm drink at the moment? Soy Peppermint mocha

Hardback or paperback? Or no real preference? Paperback. I honestly can’t stand hardcover.

A favorite pastime? I was always a big basketball fan. I played for 10 years until I messed up my knee junior year.

What’s the weather like at the moment? It was 80 degrees today. But oh no… global warming doesn’t exist

DNF’ed books this year? This list is far too long, I can’t even begin. :/


My 11 Questions

What time of day do you typically write your blog posts?

What is your favorite social media?

Who are you favorite bands/musicians?

If/when you exercise, do you prefer working out at home or the gym?

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

What was/is your favorite subject in school?

What is your favorite color and why?

If you had one day left in this world, how would you spend it?

Which is your most recent favorite song?

Would you dye your hair? If so, what color?


I nominate the bloggers I already tagged and anyone who else who wants to do this!

Alicia