Saturday, November 13, 2010

Beauty is Winning Free Stuff

Hi Guys! I've slacked a little on my 30-day Challenge... Sorry! But, I'll make up for it with announcing who won my giveaway. Well, I was kind of bummed that only two people entered it, but hey... It gave them a 50/50 chance of winning! ; ) I made a little video of me drawing the winner. Sorry there's no sound. My hubbie was in the next room watching football, so it was a little loud. : )

So the winner is...

Congratulations!! I'll get your goodies in the mail on Monday! : )

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 4 - 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4 - Your parents

I actually have 3 sets of wonderful parents. My Mom & Step-dad, Joey, My Daddy & Step-mom, Dot, and My In-laws, David & Sylvia.

I grew up with Mom & Joey in South Carolina. Here they are:

Everyone says I look just like Mom... unless I'm standing beside Daddy. Then I look just like him. The only pic I could find of him & Dot has my sisters and me in it as well. Dot's on the far left... Dad's in the back. (Not really sure why I pointed that out since he's the only man in the picture) : P

I have the best in-laws in the world! David and Sylvia:

And there they are... not really sure what all I'm expected to post about them. They're my parents. I love them. They did a bang-up job with me, obviously. ; )  And since none of them, or my siblings, read my blog, I can honestly say that I'm their favorite child! : D

And since we're talking about parents, I'll end this post with one of my favorite sayings:

Yes I am a princess... My Father is the King of Kings!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 3 - 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 3 - Your first love

Well, I had lots of crushes growing up, but I'm going to say my first true love was my husband, Matthew.

Isn't he handsome!? : )  We actually started out as just friends, but romance just kind of blossomed. I love him very much and am so Blessed to have him! Here's a couple of my favorite "Matt" moments:

1. A few months after we started dating, Matt had to leave to attend training in Missouri for two months. I went with his parents to visit him there for his birthday, and one day we rode a train to St. Louis. Well, I was reading one of the Harry Potter books at the time, but reading while riding makes me car sick. So Matt offered to read it aloud to me... and he used voices for the different characters. It was adorable! : )

2. One state holiday, I had to work and Matt didn't, so he surprised me by making me lunch. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. He even sprinkled shredded cheese on the soup. I was very impressed... Even more so when I took a bite of the soup. It was a little thicker than normal.

"Wow, did you use milk instead of water?"


"Did you use milk or water in this?"

"What do you mean? I just heated it up."

"Ummm... this is condensed soup. You're supposed to add water to it."

"Oh. Sorry."

So we had grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. : )

Guess that's it for Day 3. Sweet dreams everybody! Don't forget to register for the giveaway! : )

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 2 - 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 2- Meaning behind your blog name

I had wanted to start a blog for a while, but I couldn't decide what kind of theme to have. There are so many things I love... literature, art, cooking, music, film.

I've always tried to be a happy, upbeat person. I tend to look a little deeper at things than others. Try to see something positive in a world full of negative. So why not start a blog about that? And so began The Beholder of Beauty. I see beauty in so many things... So ultimately I can write about anything! : )

Wow, that was an easy one! I guess I'll add some pictures just to give this post some substance... ; )  Here are some pictures I've taken to try and capture some form of beauty:

Beauty is Free Stuff

What?! I went to bed with 9 followers and woke up with 11! You know what that means... Giveaway time!! Nothing fancy. Just some cute stuff I picked up. : )  A little over $20 value.

So, the lucky winner will be receiving the following:

Two Adorable Nail Files

A Cute Journal

A Little Tub of Wildflower Seeds

A 3-Pack of Pretty Little Notebooks

An Absolutely Adorable Piggy Notebook

Some Festive Fall Post-Its

And A Pretty Little Magnetic Frame

Hope you like it! : ) All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. I'll draw the winner a week from now, Saturday, Nov. 13.

AND... You can get extra entries by posting a link to the giveaway on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, and/or MySpace. Just list those on the comments you leave. One extra entry for each of those. Here's the link if you want to copy/paste it:

Alrighty, good luck! : )

Day 1 - 30 Day Blog Challenge

Aren't you proud of me?? I remembered! : )  Let's do this...
Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Hi there! My name is April. I'm 29 and live in the awesome state of Alabama. I've been married for 5 years to the most wonderful man on Earth... Matthew. I love to read, sing, paint... watch movies... lots of things. Here is a recent pic:

Interesting facts about me:

1. In the 6th grade, I decided I wanted to grow my bangs out. 18 years later, I decided I'd like them back. 2 weeks after that, I decided I didn't want bangs after all... Figures.

2. When I'm alone, I randomly break into song. Pretty loudly. Then after several minutes of singing my heart out, I begin to worry that someone has heard me.

3. My favorite movie is Labyrinth. Yes... with David Bowie and Muppet goblins. Laugh all you want... it is awesome.

4. One of my life goals is to write a novel and have it published. I've actually started one, but it's been a while since I've worked on it. : ( You can read the first few chapters on another of my blogs.

5. Ummm... wow, am I really only on #5? I must not be a very interesting person. Let's see. Oh, I'm 6 feet tall. That's kind of interesting, right?

6. When I was little, I wanted to be a ballerina. But, according to my Mom, when she'd ask me if I wanted to take dance lessons, I'd say, "I don't take dance lessons... I teach them." Ha, ha ; )

7. I'm ridiculously afraid of spiders. Seriously... keep them away from me.

8. I love to give presents (much to my husband's dismay). You may have figured that out already though since I'm doing a giveaway for reaching a whopping 10 followers.

9. My dream job is to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

10. I want to design stationery and open an Etsy shop.

11. I can't whistle. : (  When people whistle around me, I sometimes ask them if they're making fun of me.

12. I've never done any illegal drugs... I am what you may call a "goodie-two-shoes."

13. Including steps, halves, and in-laws, I have 11 brothers and sisters.

14. The first play I was ever in was a mystery dinner theater called Murder in the Air. I was a sophomore in high school, and I played Arabella Langastino... a snooty opera singer who was having an affair with the rich victim. It was so much fun... if not a little mature for high school.

FINALLY... I've been struggling for tidbits about myself for hours.

15. I love children. I work in the nursery at my church and teach 3-year-old Sunday School. I want to have at least 4 of my own.

And, so concludes Day 1. I hope you enjoyed a little deeper glance into my life. : )

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Beauty is Randomness...

Wow, it's been a while, huh... There have been several times when I planned on posting but just got sidetracked. :(  But I just need to make a habit of it. I've heard doing something for like 21 days consecutively creates a habit, so I've decided to overshoot that and do The 30-Day Blog Challenge a lot of my friends are doing. That way I'll get in the groove of posting consistently, and you'll get to learn random things about me... Aren't you totally excited!?! ; )

So, speaking of random things, I think I'll just do a little recap of the past month and start the challenge tomorrow.

Let's see... a couple of weeks ago, Matt and I went to my cousin Summer's annual Halloween party. We dressed up like Sue Sylvester and Mr. Schuester from Glee.

Matt had a brown jerry curl wig on... Hilarious!! : )  I actually won Best All Around costume, which really surprised me since most of the people there didn't know who I was. But I won a cake, so I didn't ask questions. ; )

Let's see... I just finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Loved it!!! It kept my attention from the very first page, and the timing was perfect. I wasn't all that crazy about the end, but it was a great segway to the next book, Catching Fire, which I've already started reading.

Hmmm... one more act of randomness. There's a ladies' group at my church called the M & M's (Mary's & Martha's). We meet once a month and do different activities, like crafts and charitable projects. Last month, we had a lady come and help us paint a picture of an angel. I was very excited, since A) I love to paint, and B) I love angels. The room was a little crowded though, and I couldn't really see her example painting, so I decided to just do my own thing. This is what I came up with:

The one everyone else painted was really cute, so I may try it on my own one day...

Well, I guess that's it for my randomness. Oh yeah, I'm so excited about having 9 followers now! : ) Just one more and I'll do that giveaway. I've already gotten some cute stuff for it!

And here are the topics for my 30-Day Blog Challenge:

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name

Day 3-Your first love

Day 4-Your parents

Day 5-Your siblings

Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 7-Favorite movies

Day 8-A place you've traveled to

Day 9-A picture of your friends

Day 10-Something you're afraid of

Day 11-Favorite tv shows

Day 12-What you believe

Day 13-Goals

Day 14-A picture you love

Day 15-Bible verse

Day 16-Dream house

Day 17-Something you're looking forward to

Day 18-Something you regret

Day 19-Something you miss

Day 20-Nicknames

Day 21-Picture of yourself

Day 22-Favorite city

Day 23-Favorite vacation

Day 24-Something you've learned

Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs

Day 26-Picture of your family

Day 27-Pets

Day 28-Something that stresses you out

Day 29-3 Wishes

Day 30-a picture

Aren't you soooo excited to learn all that stuff about me?! I thought so... : P
Well, until tomorrow... Have a great night!