Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Round One!

I'm not sure if you noticed but I have a huge batch of beautiful, talented new sponsors gracing my blog with their ads this month! They really are the bee's knees and each individual is just as different and awesome as the last!

Meet Kiley of Let It Be Raw!

Tell us about yourself!

I may be an amateur of many things, but I also have insatiable passions. I play many instruments, but I can only play three well: piano, tenor saxophone, and accordion. I grow many things in my garden, but cacti rule the ground in my backyard. I'm a bibliophile with a collection of books that take over half my room, and the other half is full of pictures, cameras, negatives, and notes. My life is constant learning and I love it.

Now tell us a little bit about your blog and what sparked you to start it?

Let It Be Raw began as a way to organize my photography and share it with friends. The name came from a friends description of my photography as "raw, grainy, and nostalgic". This blog has become a larger part of my life recently as my passion for photography has grown into a career pursuit.

What are your top 5 simple pleasures?

1. smelling the earth right before it rains. 
2. writing in cursive. 
3. hearing the click of a camera shutter. 
4. petting my kitties. 
5. drinking tea.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid I wanted to be a ballerina, vet, baseball player, cat, musician, teacher, artist, and many other things.

Cake or pie?

I've thought of this before, but I haven't done it yet: pie-cake. It's a pie inside a cake.

Meet the lovely librarian, Sarah from Desirous of Everything!

Tell us about yourself! 

My name is Sarah and I am a school librarian by day, writer by after school and blogger by night. I like to share my writing and stories about my life over at

Now tell us a little bit about your blog and what sparked you to start it? 

I started blogging back in 2008 as a way to get my name out there as a writer. But then in 2011, I suddenly had a change of heart.  I wasn't blogging that often even though I enjoyed it when I did.  I didn't want to get rid of my blog but was feeling a little trapped having to post about the same subject all of the time.  So I made a change and decided to write more of a lifestyle blog with a focus on creativity and writing.  My blog is a place for things that make me happy, a positive place where I like to keep it real and get personal sometimes. Please stop by and say hello!  I'd love to meet you.

What is one of your favorite quotes and why? 

One of my favorite quotes in from On The Road by Jack Kerouac and was the inspiration for the name of my blog. I actually wrote this quote on the back of my bedroom door in high school while reading On The Road and later wrote my first novel, THE MAD ONES around it.  “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”

What are your top 5 simple pleasures? 

Smelling clothes right after the come out of the dryer, stepping on an ice puddle and feeling it crack beneath my feet, listening to my cats purr when I pet them, eating the skin off of roasted chicken right when it comes out of the oven and sleeping in a bed with fresh, clean flannel sheets.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

I used to want to be a life guard in Cape May, NJ. I figured I loved going to the beach and swimming, so this would be the perfect career.

Cake or pie? 


Keep on the look out for Round Two to meet even more incredible bloggers!

And while you wait, swing over and visit Gentri Lee for one heck of an awesome giveaway brought to you by The Secret Life of Bee!


Sarah O'Holla said...

I love how we both talked about our cats as simple pleasures!

claire said...

ahhh more lovely bloggers to check out :)

Anonymous said...

Super glad I found your it, it's so cute! I'm looking forward to seeing more and would love to hear from you. Congrats on your sponsors, they are such fun!


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Danfredo Rivera said...

Yay, new blogs for me to read!

Lauren said...

Cats purring is one of lifes greatest simple pleasures! My cat purrs so loud when he gets excited he coughs a little.

Great sponsors! I read Sarah's short story & I enjoyed it so much! Sponsor posts are a great way of finding new blogs!


Sarah O'Holla said...

Thanks so much Lauren!!