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Gettin’ My Groove On!

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After the holiday season I just had (and am still hoarding stocking candy from!) I need all the help I can get. This time,  I’m reaching out to my friends at UbiSoft for a little dance workout action! They kindly sent me a copy of The Hip Hop Dance Experience and I was able to find my groove! ‘Cuz sometimes I just don’t wanna get out of bed at 9am on Saturday and drive my butt to Zumba.

So I’ve been droppin’ it like it’s hot with hip-hop’s hottest dance game instead! The Hip-Hop Dance Experience is the first authentic hip-hop game in the dance category. All of the songs are choreographed with original moves designed by the most famous hip-hop choreographers in the industry. Check out the game trailer now!

This is the part where I show you extremely embarrassing footage of me attempting to look a lot cooler than I actually am. Seriously, you might want to look away, while you still can.

I had so much fun laughing and dancing along with the game. I can’t help it, I’m a goofball! If looking like a fool in the best possible way while your fiance laughs at you from behind the camera (not that this was my experience!) seems like something that you’d like to do, you can purchase the game for Xbox or Wii here.

I can’t wait to explore the game even more because I can already tell that these dance moves are much more realistic than other dance choreography games I’ve tried. Hey, maybe it’ll even help me become a better dancer for Bloggers in Sin City in May!

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I never miss a chance to Just Dance!

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps

I went into this game absolutely open-minded, as I had never played any version of Just Dance before. I expected something like many of the other musical competition games out there. I was actually really pleasantly surprised by how much I loved dancing to my favorite guilty pleasures!

I obviously didn’t want to play the game by myself, so I decided to invite my 7-year old cousins (yes, they’re twins!) and their older brother over to boogey with me! First we all went to dinner, with their parents and my Fiancé tagging along, and we ate ALL THE BREADSTICKS KNOWN TO MAN. Turns out that carbs are exactly what you need when heading into a Just Dance bender!

We got home, after my Aunt B and I had tried out some of the Moscato at the restaurant and we had all eaten waaaay more than we should have, and no one wanted to get off the couch. But after letting our food digest for about 15 minutes (didn’t want any of the kids getting sick!), I started the game whether we were ready or not. I did not expect such a workout, but I was soon putting my hair up because I was hot and SWEATY! Seriously, what a workout!

We got the boys (including SC!) together to play a “boy round” and Lance, one of the twins, made us scroll through every single song before he could make his song choice. He complained that there weren’t enough boy songs! Plus, he’s basically an expert at Just Dance 3, playing almost every day after school, so everyone should listen to him.

Kaylee, Lance’s sister, started feeling sick so she didn’t get very into the dancing portion, but she still moved the remote in spirit. And Zander, their older brother, was “too cool for school” and didn’t even want to play when I made him. Even Baya the puppy wanted to play!

Aunt B and I, though, got down with our bad selves. She loved the Rock Lobster, as it was a song she grew up on. I thought the lobster was a liiiittle creepy. My favorite song was (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life! I love Dirty Dancing and I wish I could play with someone who could really lift me up for the super special ending!

And by the time we had played for a few hours, we were all feeling much better about all that food we ate! I can’t wait to bring the game over to play with my family after Thanksgiving dinner! If for no other reason than to get everyone’s blood pumping so that the food digests faster and we will all have room for dessert! In fact, I volunteered my house for Christmas just so we can play Just Dance 4 all day!!

Have you played any of the Just Dance games? Which songs do you think I would love to play? Let me know! And if you’d like to purchase the Just Dance 4 game, just in time for the holidays, you can do so from Amazon or ToysRUs. Happy Dancing!

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The Ultimate Girls Night Out

Thank you to Hpnotiq for sponsoring this post. Visit http://hpnotiq.com/danceoff to enter to win the ultimate VIP weekend in Las Vegas for you and your friends!

In about a month’s time, I’ll be heading back to Vegas. You may remember that time that I was there back in May. I sure don’t, but you might. This time, I’m expected to be even less of the granny that I am and actually stay out till the sun comes up dancing the weekend away. THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW, guys. This is gonna be tough. But also? Worth it. SC and I are headed out to Sin City for his sister’s wedding. He is in the wedding party, so we are both attending the bachelor/bachelorette festivities before the happy couple officially ties the knot on Sunday night in Vegas.

This couple loves to drink. So, basically,  I’m in for one hell of a girls night out. They’re doing the partying separately, so no boys allowed on our Ultimate Girls Night Out in Vegas. First stop is obviously the bridal suite to pre-game and get pretty. YES, there will be glitter! We already have a cooler full of various alcoholic beverages, including the one and only Hypnotiq that’s sure to knock my on my ass! We’ll be partying in style with a limo ride to dinner, and then we hit the clubs. We’re planning on seeing some hunky men dance for us, so you can be sure there will be a stop at a strip club or a stage show! And then, of course, comes the dancing. From what I’m hearing, there will be at least two night club stops. Of course, no one can predict EXACTLY how the night will go. It’s Vegas, after all!

We’ve also got a goodie bag full of “pecker pops”, a bachelorette sash and tiara and “blow me” whistles, to name a few. You name it, we’ve probably got it. I don’t quite know how I’m going to survive this outrageous weekend, but assuming I do, you’ll be the first ones to hear all about it!

Jealous much? What if I told you that you have the opportunity to win your very own Ultimate Girls Night Out in Vegas? This isn’t a tease, it’s the real thing! Go now to enter the Live Louder Dance Off contest for a chance at winning the ultimate VIP weekend in Las Vegas! To enter, you can either upload a  30-second video showcasing your best, stand-out dance move here: Hpnotiq LLDO – Likeable – Video Upload OR you can capture and post a photo of your best, stand-out dance pose – alone or with friends! – here: Hpnotiq LLDO – Likeable – Photo Upload And if you win, please take me with you!

Thank you again to Hpnotiq for sponsoring this blog post! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. 

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I Need to Wash My Face.

Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit http://www.discoverbeautywithin.com/.

I don’t know if most of you know this, but I hardly ever wear makeup. If I’m working, no makeup. I don’t have anyone to impress at Michael’s, and It’s almost impossible to KEEP makeup on at the Soccer Center even if I felt like wearing any. Which I don’t. ThankYouVeryMuch. When SC and I first started dating, I wore makeup a lot more, I mean I didn’t let him see me without makeup on for at least a couple months. You know, the newness and all that. I don’t even know why I wouldn’t let him come over unless I had makeup on because I am so NOT That Girl. But whatever. I wanted him to think I was beautiful. Which is totally silly, I realize.

Basically, my point is that I have bad makeup habits. I don’t wear it everyday so I don’t have to wash it off every night. So when we go out and I get all dolled up and then we come home and have crazy sex, I just pass out afterward. And then I wake up with a huge zit on my face. I know, I pretty much deserve it. But guys!

So I have a few resolutions, which are not exactly new year resolutions because I haven’t started them yet, that are on my Life List and I’ve yet to put myself up to the challenge. I’m resolving to (#30) wash my face and brush my teeth every single night for one month. I’m hoping that this will kind of take hold as a new habit, similar to the theory behind #12changesin12months (whichI am SO NOT prepared to bring into my life). I really like Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser and Clean & Clear Morning Burst Cleanser. I’m definitely a drug store kind of girl. You won’t catch me paying 20-30 bucks for a bottle of face wash. Nope.

Let’s face it, this is what I ACTUALLY mean when I say get all dolled up and go out. #winetoreach

Similar to the whole washing my face thing, I have issues with brushing my teeth each night. I mean, I totally brush them at least once a day, but have probably not brushed them 3 times in one day more than a handful of times IN MY LIFE. I also never floss unless I can’t get something out of my teeth. I like mouthwash though. Doesn’t mean I use it consistently. P.S. I have major cavity issues. Who knew?

Those are a couple things I’d really LOVE to work on, because I just know they’d improve my beauty regimen and, really, my quality of life. I just need the self-control to follow through with myself.

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Two Thousand Eleven: A Year in Review

In previous years, I’ve done a recap of my year in posts. I even wrote about the past decade of my life in 2010. This is my first one on this blog, but I’m excited to share my year with you!

 

 

 

 

I stepped away from my past and started this blog. I was ending a chapter and I needed a change. I couldn’t handle all the weight of my past relationships anymore. Because I couldn’t handle it, I didn’t write. It became a chore for me to even post. So I walked away. And then I came to a new place. A better place.

I talked about my two great loves, and compared them to Dawson’s Creek and Sex and the City. This is still one of my favorite life theories.

I made the last steps in getting over The Ex.

I ran a series about my five favorite things on a number of subjects called 5ives.

 

 

 

 

I went back to school to finish my transfer credits.

I had a naughty dream.

I ran a series on the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, GreedGluttony, & Lust.

I showed you my California accent.

For some reason, I kept feeling things about the Ex. So I wrote about them.

And then I fell in love with SC.

 

 

 

I listened to some music and had a dream. It must have been uneventful. Either that or I spent all month having sex. Probably the latter.

 

 

 

 

SC turned 24 & his nephew was born.

I started participating in Ten on Tuesdays.

My dog ate a used condom.

My unconscious self worked on getting over The Ex.

I dreamt I was on a Bachelor spin-off show.

 

 

 

I became a Clever Girl.

That led me to post my very first giveaway! (And across an item off my Life List!)

I ranted about 5 fabulous ladies.

I went to Bloggers in Sin City 2011. There were sponsors. And swag bags. And I still can’t believe I wrote FIVE freaking posts about #BiSC.

 

 

 

I started reading Infinite Jest and a part of the Infinite Summer program that @writetoreach Ashley mapped out for us. Did you ever finish, Ashley?

I went majorly mushy.

The Ex Texts were really starting to cause problems.

I wrote about what turns me on to life.

I rehashed some old flings.

I cut my hair off!

I fell in love with all things post-apocalyptic. This obsession hasn’t ended. I’m on episode 5 of The Walking Dead, counting down the days until The Hunger Games comes out in March, and I’m still reading tons of books about the collapse of society.

 

 

 

 

At this point, I was still reading Infinite Jest. But I’m pretty sure I was behind. And completely positive that I was frustrated.

And then I dreamt the dream that inspired the most popular post I’ve ever written.It’s called “He was eye-fucking me during the whole performance.” Can you tell why it gets the most traffic?

SC broke his collar bone. Kaiser sucks ass.

 

 

 

 

I hardly blogged during the month of August because  was way too fucking busy recording vlogs every day for VEDA.

I did manage to post a sponsored giveaway for Sprayology.

SC and I vlogged together, It’s really adorbz. You’ll probably puke. There’s also an entire blooper reel dedicated to this shoot.

I finished Infinite Jest and I did it on time. (sidenote: I hated that book.)

 

 

 

 

Jenny Blake inspired me and I got overwhelmed.

I continued to post VEDA videos from the previous month because I was completely burnt out on the internet.

 

 

I turned 23 and SC got a new job and moved in and we went to Disneyland and I got a job at Michael’s and WHEW!

Nico, Hung, Ashley, SC and I had a VEDA meetup in Pasadena while Hung was visiting from Canada, eh?

 

 

The VEDA-ers put out a call for a time capsule themed video, and I responded.

My sister visited from MA and we made a huge tent out of sheets and clothespins and chairs and christmas lights and it was amazing. We also went to the L.A. Zoo and learned to shoot with a bow and arrows at the archery range in town (SC is basically Robin Hood).

I switched cell phone service providers (from AT&T a.k.a. the worst service ever to Verizon where I have not had a single dropped call in almost three months thankyouverymuch) and I got an iPhone 4.

I joined the #twookclub. We read The Scent of Rain and Lightning.

 

 

 

I baked a lot. Cherry Cobbler, TONS of cookies, and I made Cowboy Cookies in a jar as Christmas presents.

My sisters and I started a youtube channel called The Bert’s Bees.

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Cherry Cobbler Makes Everything Better

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com.

This weekend was definitely a long one. SC’s mom was moving, and we celebrated two birthdays among our family and friends.

So in between working and driving 30 minutes to my future mother-in-law’s new house to help her move and decorate, I had to come up with some way to keep everybody’s spirit up AND celebrate the birthdays. Enter Duncan Hines.

I had already made the boyfriend some rice krispies, because he wanted to buy the store bought ones and those are TOTALLY not the same. And also, he worked his butt off this weekend and was totally exhausted, I wanted to do something to perk up his spirit a little going into the workweek. But I decided to double up the desserts because, well, who doesn’t love a good (and super simple) cherry cobbler?

I got off work on Sunday night and whipped up the cobbler in no time at all. Seriously, it took me all of 10 minutes to open the can, pour all the ingredients in the pan, and throw in the oven to bake. Then it was off to SC’s mom’s new house to celebrate with a group of friends. His mom had actually already made brownies, so we all just completely gave up being healthy this weekend. But I think we all earned it.

To make the cobbler, all you have to do is open a can of Comstock Cherry Pie Filling (you can use any of their canned pie fillings, I just love the cherry) and dump it into the bottom of the pan. After that, grab a box of Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix and pour the dry mix into the pan, right on top of the cherries. After that, grab a stick of butter and cut it into slices, spreading the slices all over the surface of the cake mix. throw it in the oven for 30-35 minutes at 350*. That’s it! Super simple. (I also LOVE it in a crock pot. Little changes to the recipe but still deelish!)

I think SC both loves me and hates me right now, but it was totally worth it! Oh yeah, and this also happened. A little Christmas spirit, amiright?

Blame SC.

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

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For a Change

The following is a post sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage, they’re showing their support for Girls For A Change.
I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

So there’s this organization called Girls For A Change and they’ve inspired me. First and foremost, they’ve asked me to do one simple thing and switch my homepage from iGoogle (obvs) to Yahoo. They told me that Yahoo! will donate ten dollars for each person that makes the switch, up to $10,000! That means we need to get 1,000 people to click on this link (which contains a tracking code so the peeps at Yahoo! can make sure you’re really changing it!) so that Yahoo! will donate the maximum amount to this great cause. What’s the cause, you ask? Girls For A Change actually sends women out into communities all across America as coaches for young women. They set up teams of girls that want to change problems in their community but don’t feel they have the tools to do so. The coaches help guide these girls to successful outcomes.

Every year thousands of girls learn how to tackle community problems such as gang violence, low self-esteem, and environmental degradation. Imagine the possibilities if every year thousands of middle school and high school girls learn how to tackle community problems. Picture the huge number of powerful women leaders driving local communities and the world toward success and well-being.

The main reason I’m interested in helping this cause is because I can only imagine how a program like this could have helped me and my community when I was a teenager. I want other young girls to be inspired. I want them to feel like someone believes in them. Everyone deserves that. And if there’s an opportunity for me to help even one person achieve that, I’m going to do all that I can.

So, what I’m saying is PLEASE PLEASE click on that link. Try out Yahoo! as a homepage with me. I know, change is scary. I was hesitant at first. I am a creature of habit and I didn’t think I’d like this new window looking at me every morning while I’m sipping my coffee and getting ready to crack into my Google Reader. I still don’t know if I will like it, honestly. But I’m going to try it. And I hope you will too.

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All The Rainbow Love: BiSC Event Sponsors

 

I originally wanted to do this post separate from all the awesomness that is my experience in Vegas with 50+ bloggers, and also because those posts were already long enough, but now that I’ve talked about Vegas for somewhere in the realm of 20 paragraphs I’m kinda pooped. Either way, the show must go on because I have some really important stuff to share with you all!

Before I get to the actual swag bag, the event itself was sponsored by so many amazing people on the strip. First of all, to Eric, who worked so hard behind the scenes with Nicole and was rarely seen at the actual event: A HUGE thanks. I know it’s your job, but you’re amazing at it.

Without Nicole organizing this entire event on company time, it wouldn’t have happened or have been nearly as amazing. And the WEBSITE! Shatterboxx is giving 20% off to any #BiSC attendee for a new header, custom vanity page, or even an entire website makeover. If you attended BiSC, enter BiSC2011 at checkout. If you didn’t? What are you waiting for? Start saving for next year so you can be eligible for this and other amazing offers!

Shatterboxx.com | @Shatterboxx

Tremendous thanks to the Flamingo Hotel for putting all of us crazy bloggers up, the free Wi-Fi in our rooms, the conference room on day one, the FOUR daybeds reserved by the pool every day, the seriously delicious farewell breakfast at The Paradise Garden Buffet, and for employing Buddy. Buddy was a riot and super helpful.

FlamingoLasVegas.com | @FlamingoVegas

Sin City Brewing Co. located inside the Flamingo housed our initial meet up and three hours of open bar. Wowza did I use those three hours wisely.

SinCityBeer.com

Stratejoy, AKA Molly, sponsored Blogger Bingo [which I won!] as an ice breaker at Sin City Brewing Co. and it was fabulous. There were bloggers everywhere singing, doing shots, walking backwards, and tweeting the shit out of anything from their most embarrassing stories to greatest life goals.

Stratejoy.com | @stratejoy

The Clever Girls Collective sponsored two pitchers of frozen mojitos by the pool on Friday morning. That was basically the only drink I wanted while in Vegas and no one seemed to be able to make them! Thanks, Clever Girls for curbing my craving!

CleverGirlsCollective.com | @clevergirlscoll

One of our sponsored events was chocolate fondue and cocktails tasting at the Chocolate Lounge inside the Sugar Factory inside the Paris hotel. OH MY GOD were those red velvet martinis to die for. One of the highlights of the weekend for sure. We also loved going through the candy shop [and yes, some of us licked the lollipop].

SugarFactory.com | @SugarFactory

I guess they loved us so much they asked us to come back to Chateau night club after our next sponsored event. About ten of the BiSCuits went back and they got a comped table with two comped bottles of SKYY Vodka. How amazing is that? I was in bed, but I mean, WOW.

ChateauNightClubLV.com | @ChateauLV

After the Chocolate Factory [and before Chateau] we all went to see Absinthe presented by Spiegelworld at Caesar’s Palace. This show is to die for. I can’t say enough amazing things about it. The Gazillionaire, sexy burlesque with Melody Sweets, handstands on chairs crookedly stacked ten feet high, a rollerskating couple flying out over the crowd, penis, tap dancing balloon boobies, Penny and her Reverse Cowgirl Sock Puppets, the Ukranian strong men, high wire keg stands, and so much more. The only thing I can say is that you just need to experience it for yourself.

AbsintheVegas.com | @AbsintheVegas

We enjoyed some amazing caramels and fudge by the pool and later in Nicole’s suite on Saturday, sponsored by the amazing Swiss Maid Fudge. Swiss Maid is offering 15% off any order  until June 30th, 2011. Just enter BiSC15 at checkout.

SwissMaidFudge.com | @swissmaidfudge

On Saturday night, we had  a fun photo shoot and 1/2 priced drinks at the Saxe Theater Lounge. It was here that Katelin introduced me to the Madras. New favorite drink.

SaxeTheater.com | @SaxeTheater

The last stop for me on Saturday night was Pure Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. We cut the line and for about an hour we were the only ones in the club.  The rooftop was amazing and Caryn, Terra, and I talked to Robert the Security guard who was amazingly nice even though we were kind of trying to break the rules. We talked celebs and why he loves his job. Then he gave us his card and had to get back to work. Will.I.Am was supposed to be there, but of course he didn’t show up until 1:30 AM and by that time I’d had 6 drinks spilled all over me and people humping me uncontrollably, so we left before he started his DJ set.

PureTheNightClub.com | @PureLasVegas

Last but certainly not least, The HUGEST OF RAINBOW VEGAS AIRPLANE SEXTOY LOVE THANK YOUS to Nicole for EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING times a bagillion. You were there the whole weekend, and several months prior to that, for every single need that every single blogger had that attended the event. And you did it without a single drink! And that guy of yours? Truly James Bond. He’s handsome and super capable of handling anything you throw at him. He’s definitely a keeper. LOVE YOU TO THE TEN BILLIONTH DEGREE. You’re the best.

NicoleIsBetter.com | NicoleAntoinette.com |@NicoleIsBetter

Coming right up: Gift Bag Sponsors!

*Disclaimer: None of these lovely people paid or even asked me to blog about them. They simply sponsored the event I went to without asking for anything in return. How awesome is that?

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And The Winner Is…

Last week, I posted about my VERY FIRST giveaway! Paramount DVDs and Clever Girls Collective sent me a prize pack, and I wanted to share that with you! The giveaway ended on Sunday night, but I was just getting home from Vegas (poorly planned on my part!) with Bloggers in Sin City. So, without further adieu, the winner of the No Strings Attached prize pack is:

Akirah from Quarter Life Lady!!

Thank you all for participating. You helped my cross one more thing off my life list and I love you for it! Akirah, get in touch with me so I can get your address and mail off your goodies.

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Five Fabulous Bloggers

Thanks to Trop50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 Fabulous Wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous!

I’m going to be honest, I have a lot of blogs in my Google Reader but I don’t always give them the attention they deserve. Sometimes I only have time to read a few posts before work or bed. And when that happens there are always a select few that I choose. I actually have a MUST READ folder. That’s where I look first. And hopefully some of my favorite guys and gals have posted a blog or two. Don’t deny it, I know you have favorites too! Here are some of mine (in no particular order):

Shannon from According to me writes about everything. She’s shared her marriage, affair, divorce, subsequent relationships, issues with her parents and everything in between. We write about the same things. I mean, my last website was almost entirely about my four year relationship with my ex. We are oversharers. And I like that about her. I admire her because she’s not ashamed to put herself out there in the world and say, “You know what? This is me, take it or leave it.” She’s real. And I’ve actually met her, she’s super sweet, so I know that she’s real. You can find her on her blog or on twitter @lovedyoumore.

Ali hasn’t written much lately, but when she did she was a riot. She’s from the same neck of the woods as me and we’re around the same age so I think we have a lot in common. I mean, she has a Carrie Bradshaw quote on her sidebar. I actually got interested in her blog because she commented on mine first. She was really interested in a series I did called 30 letters in 30 days and she was really encouraging. Ali blogs at The Way Ali Sees It and tweets @alibreit.

Vibrations of a Vixen, or Vixations as she calls herself, is an anonymous blogger because she talks about the stuff that no one wants to talk about but everyone wants to read. She’s a sex blogger. And sometimes she gets down and dirty in descriptions of her sexual festivities. I LOVE IT. I started reading her blog even before I met her. And then, when we were introduced at Bloggers in Sin City 2010, she told me she blogged anonymously so I had to keep her real info on the down low. I asked her where she blogged, and when she said VoaV, I couldn’t believe it. She’s such a sweetheart. She asked my not to judge her, that she wasn’t always about sex. And I totally understood. Ever since, we’ve become good friends. We talk all the time and occasionally meet up in LA for drinks or random events. I love her! You can find her on her blog or on twitter @vixationsblog. She also has a real life twitter, but you’ll have to get to know her and ask her for that one yourself. 🙂

Jamie Varon is pretty much infamous. She IS Shatterboxx. And by that I mean that Nicole runs her life and so they are both Shatterboxx, but you know what I mean. She’s living out her dreams in Paris right now, so her blogging is pretty *ahem* sparse (!) but, really, can you blame her? I was incredibly intimidated to meet her for the first time, but from the first hug she completely accepted me. I mean, maybe she flirted with me a little, but again, can you blame her? 🙂 She writes exactly like she talks and acts. Which is totally sporadic and hilarious. I know I can always crack a smile when reading one of her posts. Jamie is EVERYWHERE. A Life in Translation. Twitter @jamievaron. Shatterboxx. Facebook. Paris.

Ashley from Writing to Reach You is a fabulous chick. We both share a love for N’Sync, so obviously we’d become fast friends. She’s basically a superwoman. She works a bazillion jobs and is finishing her graduate degree, all while finding time to record a million vlogs and also actually write. She’s posts more than almost anyone I know. I don’t know how she does it. We’ve tweeted at each other a lot and I’m hoping to get to know her better in the Party Car to Vegas next week. We’re also doing a blogger book club, so I’m pretty excited about getting to know her through that avenue as well. Ashley blogs, tweets @writingtoreachyou, tumbls, vlogs, and booths (nearly) daily.

Honestly, what makes these ladies special to me isn’t their blog content, but their friendship. I’m talking about girls that I talk to on a regular basis, if only just to say “I miss your face”. They make me laugh, they give me advice, and I them. I never thought I’d meet actual people through my blog, let alone friends. They are real girls, talking about real stuff, and supporting me and others along the way. And that’s what makes them fabulous bloggers!

Don’t forget to enter the 50 Fabulous Wishes contest for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous. I was selected for this Tropicana Trop50 sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. I received compensation to use and facilitate my post.

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