TrineMarie.Com

A couple of people have told me that they are directed to this url whenever they click on one of the comments I’ve left on their blog. So, until I figure out how to fix this problem and automatically transfer you to my self-hosted blog, I will at least leave you with a link to it here.

I now blog from TrineMarie.com and I would love for you to stop by and say hi!
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Exciting Blog Changes

Wow… I’ve spent the better part of my day looking into transferring my blog to become self-hosted. I am so tired of not being able to change my design or add widgets for giveaways and so on. That’s what I get for choosing a free blog platform, but now that things are going great and my enthusiasm for blogging is at it’s highest I would like to take it one step further. In the long run I think it will be the right decision for me and the blog. I’ll definitely enjoy the creative freedom.

But let me tell you, it’s all very confusing! I was familiar with the general idea of it, but all the details have me baffled. Now I think I’ve finally made my decision, but it will still take a while before it’s all ready. And until then I’ll still be blogging right here. And don’t worry, all my posts, pages, and comments will be transferred when the change is made. I’m so excited!

If you blog from WordPress and have any questions regarding blogging or becoming self-hoted, I recommend you stop by WPbeginner and search their archives. They have been such a great help to me!

Oh, and while we’re talking about blogging… Right now my cute little banner is up on the right side of lovely Ange’s blog. And she also has a giveaway coming up on Monday, so you should stay tuned!
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Now I’m wondering: Are your self-hosted or do you blog from a free platform? And how did you make the decision? If you have any tips, feel free to share them!

New Nail Polishes

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! And that your weather is better than mine. Just when I thought spring was coming I got freezing rain instead. But UPS definitely improved my day yesterday!

I mentioned the nail polishes I ordered from Amazon in yesterday’s giveaway post. They weren’t supposed to be here until next week, but here they are! It was definitely an impulse buy, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw that 24 polishes were only $30 (shipping included)! I actually wasn’t ready to take off my beautiful liquid sand polish (which still looks great after 5 days), but I’m so excited to try out this new brand that I just have to.

I’ve never heard of Shany Cosmetics, and I’m a little worried because they are so cheap, but they got surprisingly good reviews online. And look at this pretty box that they came in!
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I think I was expecting small sample sizes, but these are all 0.5 oz, and in every color imaginable!
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You can look forward to lots of swatches to come!

Win a $30 Amazon Gift Card

Now that spring is around the corner I figured I’d start up another giveaway on my blog. I wasn’t sure what to go for at first, but I wanted to do a gift card instead of the regular prizes. That way you can decide what to get for yourself! And in the end I settled on Amazon.com since I get a bunch of my nail polishes, beauty products, and books from there. So I’m sure everyone will be able to find something new and fun for spring. I actually just ordered a bunch of nail polishes myself!

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You know the little widget that most people use for their giveaway? The one that makes it really easy to enter the giveaway right here on my blog? Yeah. Well, that one doesn’t work on WordPress, sorry. But if you click on the link below you will get to it!

–> TrineMarie’s Spring Giveaway <–

The widget will look something like this. Remember that you don’t have to do every entry; doing them all simply gives you a better chance of winning. But you can even participate by only leaving a comment.
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Thirty Before Thirty

I was inspired by Nykki’s Thirty For Thirty post to write one myself. I have always been a huge fan of to-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists – any types of lists you can imagine. And I’m sure I’ve had at least 10 different bucket lists while growing up. But I don’t remember what they were and I never saved them to my computer, so now it’s time to start over. This time I’m not aiming for lifetime goals, but things that I want to achieve in the next 5 and a half years, whether they are important or silly, or simply important to me. Lists are motivating, and I could definitely use a bit of motivation every now and then.

4 down, 26 to go! I wonder how this list will look in about a year or so.
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I would also love it if your guys did a similar post on your own blogs. Maybe we have something in common? If you do I would love share your link at the bottom of this post.

Just let me know!

Back To A Healthy Diet

Being back from vacation means going back to better habits. No candy and no more eating out. I really haven’t kept it up at all this year after several weeks of being sick, but now I have no more excuses! I’m going back on a low carb diet (lchf). I did it for about a month and a half back in November, along with regular workouts, and I felt ten times better. I started with filling up our empty fridge, and right now I feel more motivated than ever before.
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I really can’t remember the last time we had this many vegetables in the house. But I am loving it! (And, yes, I do know that bananas and tomatoes are fruit. But still.)
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I’ve always thought structure is the key behind keeping up with a diet, a workout regime, or any other lifestyle changes, so I’m writing down this weeks dinner plan. Hopefully I will stick to it and make another one next week. Although I’m leaving one day open for each week – this time It’s Sunday.

Today’s dinner was a success. I haven’t tried this recipe since I posted it on the blog, so I had forgotten how delicious it is. This time we also added fresh cilantro, which really hit the spot!
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Travel Observations

Just a few random observations/discoveries I made while we were on spring break that I had to get off my chest. Because the beauty of seeing new places is that they are different from what you’re used to.
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– There was A LOT of plastic surgery going on in Miami. I swear I even saw butt implants…

– You hear roosters everywhere you are in Key West. Be careful not to step on them.

– We saw (and heard) wild parrots in Fort Lauderdale.

– People practically hunt you down with offers and free drinks to get you to eat at their restaurants in South Beach. So you might as well take advantage of it (once you’ve seen them all).

– The Everglades looked like an African savannah in several places.

– There were a lot of people from Scandinavia in the Everglades. I even talked to a Danish couple.

– Just about every airboat service claimed to be “the original”.

– Thin high heels are a really bad idea when walking on docks.

– Running along the beach in the dark while tipsy is a lot of fun.

– It is windy EVERYWHERE in Florida. Where we went anyway. Bring a hair tie.

– People eat fried key lime pie. Seriously?!

– Very cheap hotels might have bed bugs. Check your mattress! We luckily got a new room.

– You can apparently drink in public in South Beach and Key West? At least people did. I just though that was a Vegas thing. Not that I’m complaining.

– Drawbridges are fun the first time. Then they get old fast.

– I hate toll roads…

– Jamaican style chicken is delicious! We had it at two different places, and they were both excellent.

– Eat at the local places. The food is new and exciting, and the service is way better.

– The sand in Miami is fine as sand while in the Keys it’s a lot more gritty.
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