Introducing Cherylene✨

We have reached the 3rd week of features for my 500 follower Q&A winners!
It’s crazy how fast these weeks are going by. This week I will be featuring Cherylene from LivingvsExisting.

For her first feature I want to introduce you to her blog by sharing her about me section, and some facts I’ve found while browsing her blog.

Let’s get started!

“Hello and Welcome!

My name is Cherylene.  I am the mother of two amazing boys.

I have recently discovered that writing gives me a sense of joy and satisfaction that I never got doing anything else.  It is a great way for me to share my thoughts on various issues and topics that I feel compelled to write about.

I am a woman who has refused to let the negativity in my life and the world at large hold me back from pursuing my dreams.

My hope and dream is to be an inspiration and motivator for others.   I want my writing to reach far and wide helping others all over the world.

If you are searching for inspiration, motivation or direction I hope that you can find some here.  Be prepared to dig deep because true happiness and peace of mind comes from within.”

If you have a blog that is inspirational, and motivational in some way- I usually will follow and I’ve noticed other bloggers do the same. Inspiration is inspiring so I search for it everywhere and I can tell you Cherylene’s blog will inspire you in one way or another!

As I searched for some facts to share, I found quite a bit but i’ll be sharing 10 below 🙂

  1. -Her favorite color is blue
  2. -Her favorite book is Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T.D. Jakes (I haven’t read this book or heard of it until now but it sounds like something to check out)
  3. -She enjoys interior decorating 
  4. -She was a part of a Twin and is the eldest of her 2 siblings who are also twins (Wow!)
  5. -Mother of 2 boys; not twins
  6. -She likes having freestyle rap battles with her eldest son (These are the type of moments I’d love to have with my children some day. Cherylene, you’re a wonderful mother I can tell.)
  7. -One of her favorite quotes is “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll 
  8. -Top 3 places she would love to visit are Bali, London, and Paris
  9. -Her favorite Disney song is A Whole New World from Aladdin 🙂
  10. -One word she would use to describe herself: Determined (That’s a great choice and great to be determined.)

Do you follow Cherylene? If not, you should! Please visit her blog after reading.💛
Did you find any of these facts interesting like I did? The twins?! Twins are always interesting to me lol. I also love that she spends time with her son, doing fun things. I never got to do those things with either of my parents so It’s always special to see or hear about it in other families. Kind of bittersweet too but mostly beautiful.

I will be back with another feature tomorrow, and also some updates. Stay tuned.✨

Cher, please let me know if I need to correct any of the facts.

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Fun Friday #14: Exploring A New App☺️

Happy Fun Friday everyone! I hope everyone has had a fun, exciting week and if not, I hope you have a better weekend:)

Today, I wanted to try out a new app. It’s not new in the App Store, but new to me. This is something I may do more often because I love finding cool apps, I search for new ones so often.

There were a few that I found yesterday but today I’m going to be sharing one. The app I’ll be sharing is called Patternator.


Patternator allows you to create cool pattern wallpapers using some of their cute photos or your own. They can even be animated. Here is the description in the store:


It says the animation feature is for iPhone 6S and up but if you have an older version don’t worry, you can still make and save cute patterns:)

Let’s take a look inside the app and start creating a pattern!

(Since today is the last feature for Pamela’s week, I’ll be using her picture)


When I first opened the app, this cute kitten pattern came up and I got so excited lol I just knew I would enjoy the app at that moment. They must know my love is so strong😻

But that cute cat isn’t cute Pamela so we’ll have to change that lol.

Click the camera icon in the left and it will open your camera. You can take a new picture or go into your album. I’ll be going into the album to grab some screenshots from Pamela’s Instagram. The next thing you need to do is trace what you want as your pattern. This probably wasn’t the best image for that but it still turned out nice I believe.


Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve traced you can create your wallpaper. It will automatically start with suggestion background colors matching your picture which I love! That’s great. You can also add stickers (I didn’t this time) and change the style of your pattern.




You can also pick your own color and there are so many to choose from! I went to the pastel colors.

Once you’re satisfied just save it. Or upload it to social media, whatever you wish to do. One thing I will say is that there will be a watermark on the saved image. I always hate those. You can pay $4 to get it permanently removed (yikes) or you can invite 3 friends to use the app and once they download the app you get watermark removed for free. Here is the wallpaper with watermark:


I decided to try out a face pattern also so I used one of Pamela’s lovely selfies. I thought it would be cool to trace out a heart pattern❤️


This was Patternator’s suggested color but I went with something different. I also changed the style of the pattern.


Finished!


Thank you so much Pamela for participating in my Q&A Game and being a constant support! I really hope you’ve enjoyed all of your features this week, I enjoyed posting them. I especially loved the Q&A session and trying out this app with your pictures:) can’t forget about that amazing guest post either!

I don’t know who hasn’t followed Pamela yet but if you’re reading this now and you haven’t- please be sure to check her blog out!

Let me know in the comments if you would try this app out or if you already have. Any cool apps you know of that I should try?✨


Fun Q&A With Pamela; StarringPamela☺️

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Today is Pamela’s 4th feature which means there is only 1 left before we move on to our next winner. These weeks have been flying by! I really enjoyed doing the fun Q&A with Maggie and mentioned that I would do one for each winner, so that’s what today’s feature will be and I’m so excited! Am I the only one that loves Q&A/interviews? I try to ask fun questions that they my not have already been asked, like the traditional “What’s your favorite color?” “How long have you been blogging?” questions. Those can still be asked, but to make it more interesting you put a little twist on it:)

Let’s get started (Pamela’s answers are in blue)

  1. If you could create and name your own retail store what would you name it? I would love to name it something along my blog name. Maybe like Words and Stars? (I’m picturing a book store.) 
  2. If StarringPamela was taken, what would you use as your blog name? I really liked Words and Stars from above so let’s go with that! 
  3. What is a beauty product you’d love to try but it just costs so much? I’ve wanted to try the La Prairie foundation after I saw Tati (GlamLifeGuru on YouTube) do a WTF video on it. But it’s so pricey! 
  4. If you could be anywhere in the world right now doing anything you wanted, where would you be and what would you be doing? I would love to go to Mexico to see my grandfather. Then I’d somehow get him to come with my family to Cancun for a nice vacation! 
  5. If your new name had to be the last thing you ate and the last think you drank, what would your new name be? (Mine would be cookie water lol) Hahahaha! Love it! Mine would be Pasta Water. I think we’re related! 
  6. What is one dessert you could eat everyday if it were healthy? Ice cream for sure! It’s literally my favorite thing! 
  7. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you wish for? 1) I’d definitely wish for a lovely farm so I can get a ton of horses and dogs. Well maybe like 2-4 horses and like 2 dogs. 2) Lifetime subscription to Broadway in Chicago (transferrable to any city if I move). 3) Free quality education for all. 
  8. If you could only have 3 colors in your entire wardrobe, what colors would you choose? I’d pick black first since it’s a great color to wear overall, blue next as I love wearing jeans and blue clothing, and probably pink since that’s a pretty color overall. 
  9. What is the first thing you can think of that is the color red? The bottle of nail polish on my desk that looks red but is actually pink. 
  10. What is the last movie or tv show you watched and if it described your life what would your life be like? I watched a film version of the musical Love Never Dies which is a continuation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera. If it described my life then my life would be quite dramatic! 
  11. What is the longest word you can think of on the spot? Quick answer!Onomatopoeia. And I didn’t even have to spell check it! 
  12. Where are 5 places you would like to visit that you haven’t already? 1) London. 2) Cancun. 3) Machu Picchu. 4) Rome. 5) Boston. 
  13. If you could only be known and famous for one thing which would you rather it be for: Cooking/baking, dancing, or, photography? I think I will pick dancing for this one! 
  14. Imagine this was your new horse, what would you name him/her? 
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    Ruby! 
  15. Can you draw a dress, a horse, and a star? It doesn’t have to be perfect this is meant to be fun 🙂 take a picture of your drawings and attach. Not very well but here they are!
    pameladrawspameladraws2Aww look at the horse lol, I’m going to assume her name would be Ruby!
    Ruby looks very friendly and cute 🙂 Thank you so much Pamela for your awesome answers. Onomatopoeia was the first word I thought of also. I really like Words and Stars for a bookstore, I’d shop there! We MUST be related lol only i’m guessing i’d be the bad apple in the family with Cookie as a name compared to a healthier choice like Pasta LOL.
    & free quality education for all?! Im down!

I hope you all enjoyed reading this fun Q&A. Do you have anything in common with Pamela? What would you answer differently? Let us know in the comments below💖

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Exploring A Fellow Bloggers Instagram✨

We’ve reached that weird mid week phase. It’s weird to me at least lol. It’s not a Monday where you’re freshly recharged with ideas, or dreading the start of the work/school week, but it’s not yet the end of the week that we usually love so much. That’s Wednesday for you. Or maybe just for me. 🤔🤷🏽‍♀️

Today I want to share a fellow bloggers Instagram feed with you all, sharing some of my favorite pictures and hopefully encourage you all to follow her. Can you guess who???

If you guessed Pamela, you’ve guessed correctly.☺️

It can be discouraging keeping up with Instagram and being consistent when so many people follow and unfollow so often. Sometimes I get into the mood of not posting for a while or being active at all. Pamela is pretty active I’d say. She has over 400 posts… Yes 400! She also likes and comments on others which is always important when you want to grow your blog or following.

Well let’s check out some of her posts! The ones I’m showing are some of my favorites.

Here is her bio:

I see many bloggers following already!


Her most recent picture: I just love nature photography! I wish I was surrounded by pretty flowers to snap often.


A pink rose?! Of course this would be a favorite:


I felt a bit of anxiety first looking at this one lol but it’s still such a stunning view!


Her trip to Mexico!


A few more favorites:

I love how colorful and pretty this is💖


Remember that Belle is her favorite Disney Princess!


Ballet💙


Okay, I have to admit I included this because it was posted on my birthday (LOL) and because it’s a great quote of course!


Can we talk about how yum this bag of bagel looks?


Last but not least, my favorite picture of Pamela! Isn’t she beautiful? This picture was from her 3 year work anniversary with the company. Her bestie Erin was the special photographer.


Which of the pictures shared is your favorite? Do you follow Pamela already? Will you be following her after reading this post? Let us know in the comments✨

Click Here To Follow Pamela’s Instagram

The 10+10 (StarringPamela’s Blog)✨

Hey everyone! I’m sure you all are wondering what exactly the title of this post is about and what this post will be in general. Well, for Pamela’s 2nd day feature I’ve decided to list 10 things you can find on her blog, plus another 10 things I’ve learned about her while browsing her blog, hence the title The 10+10.

Pamela, by the end of this post I’d like for you to let me know if I got all the facts right.✨

Let’s get started!

10 Things You Can Find On StarringPamela:

  1. Beauty posts- her beauty posts include make up, skin care, hauls, & more!
  2. Fashion- she has a few OOTD posts
  3. Lifestyle- including monthly favorites, a day in the life posts, reading, mental health awareness & more!
  4. Tag Me Tuesday- this a series she does every Tuesday to post all of her tags/awards
  5. Travel- she even posts about her trips and adventures 🙂
  6. Decor- yes, you can find some home decor posts on her blog also!
  7. Baking- Pamela bakes too 🙂
  8. If We Were Having Coffee- This is a post she does once a month. Here are a few examples she has shared:If we were having coffee, I would tell you how much I’m enjoying this summer. It’s not overly eventful but it’s so nice and hasn’t been too terribly hot. Except yesterday when it was 90 degrees. Yeesh. If we were having coffee, I would tell you how amazing everyone’s blogs and posts have been lately. Seriously! It’s so inspiring to see everyone’s hard work.If we were having coffee, I would tell you how happy I am to have reached 500 followers on this blog! I never would have thought there would be so many people reading what I have to say.
  9. You can also find her social media very easily which I love. She has icons on the top of her page, and views a long the side where you can even see some of her latest tweets!
  10. She has a new YouTube channel! You can check out her first video here: 500 Followers Q&A

Those are the 10 things you’ll be able to find on Pamela’s blog, now for the facts I’ve found:

  1. Pamela is now 26 years old 🙂
  2. Her birthday is in May and she had a “BirthMay” series on her blog, unique right?
  3. Huge Harry Potter fan!
  4. Her favorite Disney princess is Belle, she was Belle for Halloween for most of her youth. How cute??? I was a witch for most of mine lol.
  5.  She studied abroad in Barcelona in college. WOW! I’d love to visit Barcelona.
  6. She graduated from college with a bachelors of science in international business. That’s an amazing accomplishment Pam!
  7. She wants to learn American Sign Language. I actually know a little sign language, I can speak fluent using the alphabet but I know a few word actions also. I have a cousin who is deaf so I had to learn young.
  8. She is taking ballet classes!
  9. She named her car Baby Bat 🙂
  10. Some of her life goals are; publishing a book, making music, and designing fashion or home items! These are definitely in my top 10, maybe even top 5 goals!

There we have it, basically 20 reasons to love and follow Pamela
If you haven’t already the time is now to add another amazing blogger to your Reader.💛

Did you learn anything new about Pamela by reading this post? Do you have anything in common relating to her blog or in general? Comment below✨

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Small Weekend Pickups💛

I was able to do a bit more shopping this weekend. I’ve been trying to build up a summer wardrobe since I haven’t really done much summer shopping the past couple of years. 

No shopping? Stressful for most of us I know lol. It’s hard not keeping up with trends, looking at so many outfits online wanting to try different styles but not being able to reward yourself because of stress or money related issues. That was me. It even got to the point where I didn’t want to go anywhere because my clothes were so old, and easily noticeable due to growing, and working in them. I was tired of going out in clothes that weren’t in the best condition, I was tired of going out in the same few pair of jeans and t-shirts. I was tired of noticing rips, stains, and fading. 

But my clothes weren’t the only things fading, my confidence began to fade as well.

I know I’m not the only one, especially as a young woman, who has felt their confidence deteriorate due to lack of self care. Due to not getting dolled or dressed up every once in awhile. You begin to feel like you’ve let yourself go and sometimes, others will tell you.

I’m not saying you let yourself go when you don’t go shopping, not at all. But you should be able to do something nice for yourself and feel and look good every once in a while if not often.

This is why I’m now making it my mission to upgrade my wardrobe. I’ve been upgrading the inner parts of me to feel better, now I deserve to  upgrade the outside to feel and look better. 

I’m still dealing with a lot of issues including money so I try to only get a little each time and focus on sales/clearance. I’ve been getting a lot of dresses which is new to me because I usually hate dresses, but this weekend I decided to get a few t-shirts. That was my main goal but I ended up seeing a few other things. 

Let me show you:

I picked up 4 t-shirts all together. I don’t know about you all but any time I go on a shopping spree I have to get almost every color in plain tees. You can wear them with anything and having every color means you can mix and match outfits. I know some people do this with tank tops but I can usually do with just 2 or 3 of those lol. I plan on going back to get red, blue, and pink. They didn’t have pink in a Medium that’s why I didn’t get it this time. I can fit the small but I’d rather not risk it shrinking in the dryer or gaining a little weight not being able to fit it anymore.


I also picked up a cute floral bodycon dress. I actually saw this dress last weekend but decided to wait on it along with a yellow dress. Unfortunately the yellow dresses were gone. This dress was $10. Have I got enough floral yet? Probably not.


The last few items I picked up I actually made a quick outfit with one of the t-shirts, a pair of shorts, and small bag.


I am pretty much obsessed with small purses/handbags so I was excited when I found a cute brown one. I had been looking for one the last few shopping trips and it was only $8. There were so many (different colors) that I wanted to get all at once! I think I’ll be going back to Rainbow more often for them✨ and don’t get me wrong, I love big purses too but I just don’t carry that much stuff around so I don’t feel the need to buy them. I can do with a good black and brown and fine. 

I’m not sure if I’ll do any shopping this weekend, but the following weekend I plan to focus on shorts, sandals, more tops and hopefully wrap up my summer shopping because Fall will be here again before we know it! 

That’s all for this Weekend’s Pickups. Have you gone shopping or done something else nice for yourself lately? Do you get as many color tops/tanks as you can? Let me know in the comments✨

A Guide to Exploring New Things; Guest Post by Pamela✨

Hello lovelies and welcome back to another Monday!

As you all know, this week I will be featuring Pamela who blogs over on StarringPamela. For the first feature, Pamela has written a great post about exploring and trying new things. She worked hard on this post, it’s so inspiring and informative and I encourage you all to read it! I think you’ll be able to take something from it- I sure did. After reading, be sure to check out her blog and give a follow 🙂

Hi everyone! First, thank you Lee for allowing me to guest post on your blog! Second, thank you to everyone who supports Lee and her wonderful blog! I can’t wait to see how Golden Pink Journal changes and I know it’ll be even more amazing than it already is.

As the title suggests, I’m going to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to go about trying and exploring new things. This post is by no means intended to be a strict rule book, but rather meant to be a friendly nudge towards encouraging you to find something new to enjoy.

I will focus on hobbies and how to go about finding a way to start working on making that hobby yours! I do hope you’ll find it helpful. So far this has worked for me! I’ve done a range of activities. Such as:

  • Competitive swimming and running in school
  • Played flute for over 10 years
  • Horseback riding as an adult for fun
  • Ballet as an adult, as a college elective and for fun
  • Creative writing for as long as I can remember
  • Film photography as an art elective in college
  • Attending musical theatre productions

I could go on but you get the idea. I also left out blogging from my list as I feel that’s something we probably all share or at least know a lot about here. But there’s quite a few others.

Let’s move on!

Step 1: Find Your Interest

You may already have a specific hobby in mind that you want to do and if so, great! You’re pretty much done with step one. It may be a good idea to keep a few other potentials in the back of your mind in case the hobby you have your eye on doesn’t work for you for whatever reason. More on that later.

If you don’t have an idea already, try making a list of what you’re interested in learning. Don’t hold back! I literally want you to take a few minutes with some paper and pen and write the hobbies that have interested you. All these steps are geared towards working towards that one hobby you will eventually start to learn so you can just compare a few potentials as you go. I would say try to keep it to no more than three so you don’t get overwhelmed.

I haven’t necessarily gone by a list of hobbies when I’ve picked one up. I’ve usually had one that I’ve specifically looked into but if you’re unsure you can consider two or three at the same time to decide which is best for you.

Got your idea? Great! Let’s keep going then.

Step 2: Do Your Research

Before you run away because I didn’t tell you to just jump right in, let me explain. I do believe you have to do your research and learn more about the hobby you want to do in order to be successful and stick with it long term.

Here is what I suggest you start gathering:

  • Cost. Let’s be honest, hobbies can be expensive! You’ll need to know how much you need to pay for the instruction, any equipment you might need to provide for yourself, and other costs you might encounter.
  • Time. Hobbies will also take time. Will this work with your schedule? You need to know how much time you need to dedicate to this hobby.
  • Place. Where could you learn this hobby? You don’t need to pin down a place yet, just get a general idea of where you could do it. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
    • A local community college
    • Local park district or library
    • Online classes
    • Friends/family (word of mouth)
    • Lifestyle brands (some can point you in the right direction or even offer classes themselves, this is more common in outdoors-y or active/fitness brands or music brands)
  • Requirements. Some hobbies are easier to do as children and some you can only do as an adult of a certain age. Others require certain physical abilities so if you have certain limitations be sure to keep that in mind while you search. There might also be some seasonal/weather related requirements as well.

Now that you have a bit more knowledge on your hobby of interest, you hopefully have a good sense of whether or not this will work for you. If it does, that’s wonderful! You can proceed to Step 3. If it does not, don’t despair! You can always select something else and start Step 2 over again. This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever do the one you ruled out, it just means you won’t do it now.

Let’s continue!

Step 3: Prepare

Okay, so now you do need to focus on the specifics of the hobby you plan to do.

I recommend you start with the place you will go to. Why? Because what you need to do to prepare will likely vary from place to place.

Dress codes can be very different from one place to another. Equipment requirements could also change as some places provide more than others and certain places either require certain items or ban others. Lesson times, facility hours, and prices are usually comparable because of competition from place to place, but it’s still a good idea to compare them as they can be different as well or, if it’s something you need to schedule, they may not have the time/day you want available.

So you can see that the location can greatly impact what you will ultimately need, so it is important to narrow that down fairly early on when you know you do want to pursue that hobby. And at this point it’s important to figure out what you need to do to afford it. If you need to save before you can commit, or wait until you have more time to dedicate to the hobby, do so. It’ll save you a lot of stress and headache later.

Of course, not all hobbies require all of this but the more specific information you have on what you’ll really need to get started, the easier it’ll be when you start doing it because you’ll know what to expect.

Lastly, take some time to learn what to expect when you walk in if it’s a hobby you haven’t done before or haven’t done in a long time. You can talk to people who you know have done it, blogs are excellent resources as well, and you can phone ahead to the place you want to go to as well to ask questions about it.

Sometimes we don’t go out and explore because it’s something unknown. But you never know what you’ll love if you don’t try it, right?

Step 4: Commit!

Now that you’re prepared with all your knowledge do whatever you need to do to get yourself in that door! (Figuratively and/or literally depending on your hobby.) Be sure to verify anything you want to double check on such as methods of payment they accept, dress code, what you’ll need, etc. If this is a hobby you can do from home, or you can just show up to the location then even better for you!

Just make sure that no matter which type of commitment you make, you follow through with it!

Here’s all the steps again:

  • Step 1: Find Your Interest
  • Step 2: Do Your Research
  • Step 3: Prepare
  • Step 4: Commit!

That’s really all I have for you! I hope you found this helpful and let us know what hobby you plan to pursue! Are you planning to use any of these steps?

Pamela definitely has inspired me to make a list of my hobbies and think about things that I would probably never do. I want to get out there and enjoy my hobbies but also try new things, maybe i’ll pick up a new hobby or even a new passion. You never really know until you try, that’s the thing! Don’t let fear and comfort hold you back from exploring the world because you could be missing out on a key ingredient to who you are meant to be or want to be in life by doing so.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and will consider trying these steps out. Let us know in the comments. I think following the steps would make a great post idea!💡💛

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