2nd Anniversay Giveaway ‘New’ Winner

Jun 7, 2014 by


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Since the first winner never replied back to my emails I decided to go ahead and pull a new winner for the giveaway. And that winner was

Desiree Gray!

I have already sent out the email. So I will hopefully hear from you soon so I can send out this prize pack :)

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May 2014: My Month in Numbers and Link Roundup

Jun 3, 2014 by


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Sorry for the late post! I was out of town this past weekend and then got thrown right back into work. :)

1 new blog theme

I wanted something different but simple. Do you like it? I really love Elegant Themes. They have really gorgeous themes for any type of blog. I like that I can customize them. :D I get bored pretty easily but I think I can see myself using this theme for a while. It’s very simple, but has everything that I could really need.

8 family events

This month my family had 4 birthdays, a wedding anniversary, Mother’s Day, and a special family holiday to celebrate an aunt. It was busy, busy, busy! In fact, I also just came back back yesterday from my cousin’s high school graduation. Time moves way too fast! I remember when she was just a little baby! I’m so old…

1 blog anniversary

I celebrated my 2nd anniversary and also had my first giveaway! I’m still waiting on the winner to contact me back. If she doesn’t respond soon, then I may be announcing another winner. So some of you may still have a chance! I really enjoyed this one and I hope to do more in the future. I also look forward to another full year of blogging. :D


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* I recently found Bookbub which is an amazing resource for discounted and free ebooks! You just sign up and let them know what genres you like to read. And then you can browse the site or just wait for their daily emails with recommendations based on your interests. They have books discounted on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and more. I’ve been scouring this site every day for new books to read. It’s so addictive.

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2nd Anniversay and Giveaway Winner!

May 14, 2014 by


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Hello, everyone! Today is officially the 2nd anniversary of ‘Sincerely Valerie’. I wasn’t sure that I’d make it, but here I am! I’m so glad to be here, sharing a part of myself with you. This blog is a constant work in progress, as I think most blogs are. I continue to find myself through the blog posts I share and I love to read the comments of the people that choose to visit! I probably would not have lasted that long otherwise. So, thank you!


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Since we are just hanging out here in the interwebs and not in person, we can’t have a proper party. But I do have a little music. You can’t have a party without music! Here is a little playlist I wanted to share with you. Just a few songs that got me into the celebration mood. :D

2nd Blog Anniversary by Valerie on Grooveshark

I now announce the winner of my very first giveaway! First, I want to say thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway. I really wasn’t sure how it would be received. :D And I’m very happy that you seemed to like the prizes. I guess you guys are just as addicted to stationery as I am. I really hope to do more of these in the future. I happen to have some extra washi tape hanging around if anyone is interested. ;)

I used Rafflecopter to pick the winner and that person is…

Jessica Mezo!

Congrats on winning! I’ll send you an email today. You must reply within the next 7 days in order to claim your prize. Thanks again to everyone that entered! And here’s to another year on the internet. :D

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April 2014: My Month in Numbers and Link Roundup

May 1, 2014 by


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Sorry for this being a little late. I meant to get this out yesterday but I got a little busy.

2 weeks until my blog’s anniversary

Only a couple more weeks until this blog’s 2 year anniversary and the announcement on my first giveaway’s winner! I’m so excited. :) So don’t forget to enter here!

1 million tissues!!

At least near that many anyway. I have gone through so many tissues that it’s not even funny. These seasonal allergies are killing me! I don’t know what it is about the pollen this year, but my allergies are worse than ever. I can’t wait until Spring is over. I’m trying Nasacort, that new OTC allergy medicine. We’ll see if it works. *crosses fingers*

7 or should I say 10 days of Master’s mania

The Master’s Golf Tournament was on April 13th. But the week leading up to it was hectic! We had so many people coming through Augusta. All I did that week was work and go home, because I refused to be on the road with that type of traffic. :( While I do enjoy that week at my job, I’m really glad that it’s only one week a year. It’s like Christmas, the lead up is great and so is the holiday, but when it’s over you are totally relieved and ready for a break.

1 season of Game of Thrones

I got the first season of Game of Thrones from Target for a great price! Now I can watch it and see what everyone is talking about. I’ve been wanting to watch it, but we don’t have HBO unfortunately. No spoilers, guys!


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* I’ve known about this site for while and I have no idea why I haven’t shared it before. Shout Factory sells DVD’s of older tv shows. It’s where I got my copy of the complete Daria series as well as my childhood favorite Jem and the Holograms. They also sell movies and music. I just love that you can get those older shows and cartoons from when you were younger. I always wanted to be a Hologram. :)

* My sister actually introduced me to the site The Krazy Coupon Lady. Now I’m not an extreme couponer in the least. In fact, I hate to clip them. But from this site I found some great ideas for saving money, including some great apps that I plan to share with you in the future.

* I’m a huge stationery addict. I love notebooks, pens, post it notes. A blog that I love is the JetPens blog. The blog posts about the new items that they have in their store, has giveaways of great items, and just great stationery posts.

What was your April like?

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My Dream Job

Apr 23, 2014 by


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I found a simple blog prompt about what my dream job would be. For the longest idea I really had no idea what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’. Sometimes I still don’t feel like I’m fully grown up. I guess I’m young at heart. I’m currently working as a customer service agent at a steady job, but it’s definitely not my ideal. But money is money and bills have to be paid. Honestly, I’m luckier than a lot of people that don’t even have that. So I’m definitely not going to complain.

But if money was no object and I could do or be anything… I would own a bookstore. I love books! I love the smell and look of them. I love to crack open a new book and get lost in that world. Which is why it sucks that I barely have the time to read anymore. I feel so deprived! But if I owned a bookstore I could feed my hunger every day! I could be surrounded by books all the time! That is my idea of Heaven.

It would have both new and used books. Nice, tall bookshelves like the ones you’d find in a library with plenty of step stools to go around. And of course plenty of comfortable chairs so people can just sit and enjoy a book or two. Private desks for students to use to study privately. I’d have a children’s book sections with bean bag chairs and toys for them to play with. And every week we’d have a children’s reading group, maybe even a couple of times a week.

There would be a section for reading or writing groups to come in and use each week. I would have seats and tables where people can play board games or chess or cards. Whatever they want, just hang out at the bookstore for fun. And little cafe with simple pastries and drinks. (Simple, because I don’t need to be a Starbucks, as much as I love them.)

Barring that, being a librarian would be the next best thing. I’d prefer the bookstore because I’d have control everything. But being a librarian would still be great, I think. I still get to be around the books I love and I’d hopefully be able to pass on that love to others. This is much more likely to happen since I don’t have a ton of money to open my own business. But if I ever won a few million dollars in the lottery, you better believe that this is on the top of my list right after buying a house. :D

What is your dream job? Is it attainable for your or are you already doing it?

Also, don’t forget that I do have a giveaway going on still! You can enter it here! There is still more than 2 weeks left to enter!

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2nd Anniversay Giveaway!

Apr 9, 2014 by


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On May 14th, Sincerely Valerie will officially be 2 years old! I can’t believe it! In celebration I will be hosting a small giveaway! It’s not really big, because I’m definitely not rich. But it’s just a small assortment of items that I think are cute and enjoy. So I hope that you will like them, too. This giveaway will be a mixture of beauty and stationery items. Sorry guys! :D


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Included in the prize pack will be this Lilly Pulitzer makeup bag (which I wanted to keep, but I have way too many makeup bags), Sephora brand nail stickers in ‘Black Strass’, and 3 Sally Hanson Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips. The patterns are ‘Skinny Jeans’, ‘Misbehaved’, and ‘I Love Lacey’ (my favorite one!). I love nail stickers. No mess, no worrying about drying and in cute patterns that I could never replicate on my own. :D


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Also inlcuded are these stationery items. These are just things that I see out while shopping the stationery department and I just can’t wait away from. A Moleskine Volant ruled notebook, some magnetic bookmarks with woodland animals, fortune cookie erasers, and Dr. Suess erasers. And don’t forget the Hello Kitty journal sheets, Hello Kitty washi tape, and Hello Kitty pens! I bought some for myself, too. :D There are a couple of other things thrown in there as well.

I really hope that you enjoy this giveaway! Let me know what you think!

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All prizes in this giveaway were purchased or obtained by me personally. This is not a sponsored giveaway and it is not affiliated with any certain company.

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March 2014: My Month in Numbers and Link Roundup

Mar 30, 2014 by

Hey guys! I’m so sorry for being away for so long. I really have no idea how time got away from me. I feel like the weeks have flown by! That said, I recently found a new way to review my month with numbers! I found it on a great blog, Notes on Paper. You can read more about it on her blog, but I basically summarize what happened to me during the month using numbers. I think this could be a regular feature that I could combine with my monthly link roundup. Tell me what you think about it!


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7 weeks since my last blog post

As I said, I can’t believe it’s been so long! I feel like the year just started and here we are heading into April. What’s up with that? Time is moving way too fast and it needs to slow down. I feel like I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to do. How is time moving for you?

6 1/2 weeks until my blog anniversary

I can’t believe that this blog has been here for almost two years already! I had a bit of a hiatus for a little while, but that’s ok. I’ve come a long way, I think. To celebrate the anniversary I’ve been thinking about having a little giveaway. It will be my first giveaway ever, so I’m really kind of excited for it to happen.

2 family members visited

My aunt and uncle came to visit for a few days. My uncle is a teacher and it was his spring break, so they came by for a little while at the beginning of his break. It was really fun! I just wish that I didn’t have to work while they were here. But I do have to go down to Florida for a graduation this summer, so I’ll get to see them and more of my family later. :) I can’t wait! I really need a vacation anyway.

60 invitations made

Speaking of graduations, I was tasked to make the invitations for my cousin’s high school graduation. I can’t believe she’s graduating! It makes me feel so old. :( Anyway, it was really great to make her invitations. I did the same for my sister’s college graduation a few years ago. I’m sorry, but those companies charge way too much for invitations, when you can easily do something nice on your own. They came out so cute, too!

9 trips to Starbucks made

While I do love Starbucks, for some reason this month I went way more than normal. For me anyway. It’s probably my recent addiction to their Awake Tea Latte. Perfect for the early morning jolt! Plus they also have that new shaken sweet tea. It’s sooooo good! I want one right now.


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* Again, I have to share the link to Notes on Paper. I am stationery, paper, and notebook obsessed. I really love all of her blog posts, including her blog themed series. You should really check it out.

* Bloglint is a new social community for bloggers to connect with each other. They have just opened and I just joined. I can’t to see how it grows.

* The images I used for this post and the new layout for my blog were both made, at least in part, using Canva. I absolutely love it!! You can make gorgeous images using photos or using just their features. They have preset formats, such as a Facebook cover, presentation, or business card. Or you can use your dimensions and create something from scratch.

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