Liebster Award

Jen from From One Journey to the Next nominated me for the Liebster award, which is an award for up-and-c0ming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I am so honored that Jen selected me. Her blog is awesome and I recommend you going to check it out ASAP.

So, here are the rules:
– 11 Random Facts about yourself
– Answer the 11 questions the awarding blogger has posted for you
– Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers)
– Let the bloggers you have nominated, know you nominated them!
– No tag backs

Random Facts:
1. I once hugged Taylor Swift. Yes, THE Taylor Swift. My friend and I had floor seats for the “Speak Now” tour. When she came down the aisle, she hugged us. It was AWESOME.
2. I own every episode of “Duck Dynasty,” “Full House,” and “The Big Bang Theory” on DVD.
3. My initials spell my name, SAM. As you know my first name is Sami, my middle name starts with an A, and my last name starts with an M!
4. I was a varsity swimmer in high school. I competed in the 500 meter free style and 100 breast stroke. I also did YMCA competition swimming and a recreational summer league.
5. A few years ago I was on the background of Kathy Lee & Hoda’s segment of “The Today Show.”
6. I am a VERY picky eater. I pretty much only eat a few certain foods and whenever I go to a restaurant, I almost always get the EXACT same thing.
7. In elementary school, I won two essay contests, two math bees, and two spelling bees.
8. I don’t know how to ski or snowboard, but I really want to learn how to ski!
9. The only country I have visited has been Canada. However, I really want to travel the world.
10. My favorite color is pink – however, my bedroom at home is purple and my comforter at school is purple (well, purple cheetah print!).
11. I LOVE Disney. I have the autograph of every single character there is. I also have my Cinderella wedding all planned out and own every Disney movie.

My Questions from Jen:

1. Why did you start blogging? I’ve always loved writing. I remember being a little girl and writing – everything from in a diary to books to my own magazines. Last March, I attended a journalism conference and they talked all about the benefits of having a blog. I thought that hearing that a writing hobby could benefit my future was a sign I should make one. So ta-dah! I did.

 2. Who do you look up to? Why? I look up to my mother, hands down. She is my role model and my inspiration. She has taught me to overcome any obstacles I face because I am strong enough to do so and that she will always be by my side doing so. The song “I Learned From You” by Miley Cyrus describes how I feel about her perfectly. Listen to the song and you can see EXACTLY why I look up to her.

3. What’s one food you could never live without? CHICKEN FINGERS WITH TOOOOOOOOONS OF KETCHUP. I have the same food tastes as a 5 year old.

4. What was your favorite toy growing up? I was such a stereotypical little girl who loved Barbies. I had so many Barbies and would always dress them up. Whatever career Barbie took on, I would have her be that part. I was lucky enough that my parents and family were able to bless me with so much that Barbie was able to have everything from her dream house to dream car to dream boyfriend.

5. What’s one song I should be listening to? One bad I LOVE that most people don’t know about is Mariana’s Trench! I recommend “Cross My Heart.” It’s also one of my fave music videos EVER.

6. What are your top 3 favorite TV shows? DUCK DYNASTY, Big Brother, The Millers

7. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? I very much want to travel the world. One place I want to go to is Australia!

8. What is one beauty product you cannot do without? My mascara! I can’t leave without putting mascara on. I love to play up my blue eyes and long eyelashes with mascara. I’m currently using “Lash Blash” by Maybelline.

9. What’s your favorite Christmas movie and song? My favorite Christmas Movie is the old school claymation “The Year Without A Santa Clause” and my favorite Christmas Song is “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

10. If you could only have one candy for the rest of your life, what would it be? Reeces Peanut Butter Cups!

11. What’s your favorite scent? My favorite perfume is Viva La Juicy. I’m actually really bad at answering scent questions for some reason because I never really know. LOL

I nominate:

1. Hannah @ The Fro-Yo Diaries

2. Adriana Renee @ With Love, Adriana Renee

3. Jess @ Busy Being Jess

4. Alyssa @ My Life’s a Cup of Cake

5. Dylan @ Sartorial Spice

6. Trina @ Tales of a Fluorescent Adolescent 

7. Olivia @ Liv, Love, Laugh

8. Kriselle @ Livin’ and Lovin’

9. Shannah & Tara @ The Students’ Lifestyle

10. Kristine @ The Glitter Diaries

11. Devin @ Run Like a Girl

My questions for them:

1. If you were stuck on an island and could only have three items with you – what would you bring?

2. What was the last show you binge watched on Netflix?

3. What’s the last thing you bought?

4. Who is your favorite Disney character?

5. Backstreet Boys or NSync?

6. What was your favorite show as a kid?

7. What’s your favorite book?

8. What is your dream job?

9. If you could eat dinner with anyone – dead or alive – who would you pick? Why?

10. What’s your favorite restaurant?

11. What are your blogging goals?


My Monday Musts

Happy Monday, “Sparkle and Shine” readers!

I can’t believe this year is already over. Thank you so much for following me in my blogging journey thus far this year. I am happier than I could have ever imagined with my blog and couldn’t be anywhere without you readers!

I hope you all had a great 2013 and have great plans for 2014. I know I sure had an incredible 2013, and will be sharing with you all memories from it during the week.

More importantly, I hope you all had a great Christmas and that Santa brought you all that you had dreamed for. I know that underneath my Cinderella topped Christmas tree I had everything I could possibly ask for – Uggs, clothes, jewelry, gift cards, ADPi gear, and more! I finally got the Vineyard Vines cap and white vest I have been wanting! I am so thankful and blessed for not only the gifts I received, but the time I got to spend with my family. My whole family went down to my grandparent’s house to celebrate the holiday together. There is nothing more magical than being together with the family for Christmas.

mikey on christmas 2

Because of the craziness of finishing up my Christmas shopping and completing holiday traditions last week, I did not get to post My Monday Musts. Since I’m sure you were all so upset about it, I’m going to jump right into this week’s Monday Musts!

1. “Duck Dynasty” WILL be back – and with the whole family!

I’m sure for any of those who know me, you absolutely could have guessed that this was going to be on the list. We all know I looove “Duck Dynasty.” If you couldn’t tell from all of my posts about the show, you can always tell by my sweatshirts and tumblr (from my big. Thanks Katherine!). So, I was completely horrified when I heard that Phil was being suspended, and then that the show might be over because the family would not continue on without feel. I threatened that I would wear black 24/7, even to work, because I was in mourning. Since the controversy regarding what Phil Robertson said to GQ is now over, I will not share my opinions with you all. All I can say is that I am happy, happy, happy that there will be a new season premiering on January 15th that will feature the whole Robertson family!

phil robertson

2. Liebster Award

I recieved some awesome news from fellow blogger Jen that she nominated me for the “Liebster Award,” an award for bloggers with less than 200 followers. It was such honor that she had selected me and it was so much fun reading all of the answers to her questions from her nominee. Be on the look out for when I post my own Liebster Award nominees, as well as some fun facts about me and answer the questions Jen asked me in her nomination post.

liebster award

3. “Who’s Got Your Money” by Tina Parol

So during finals week, my friends Bailey, Jacqueline, Jen and I got a little cabin-feverish while trying to study for our Friday exam. We took enough study breaks to take online quizzes that I can tell you what my spirit animal is, what Friends character I am, what Harry Potter house I would belong to, and more (a wolf, Rachel, and Gryffindor – in that order). During another study break, Bailey started singing (side note: she’s an incredible singer!), “Who’s Got Your Money.” Though the lyrics are slightly funny (it’s about a girl spending her ex’s money), the beat is extremely catchy and gives you a little pump up when at the gym. I can’t wait for the summer to blast this with the sunroof open. It’s a great girl power song. Thanks, Bailey!

2014 may not hold only great things in your lives, because you are all fabulous, but great things for “Sparkle and Shine.”

BUT WAIT! Before I end this post, I have two last things to share with you all!

1. I just made a Facebook page for Sparkle and Shine!! Like it here to stay up to date with all the posts!

2.  Remember to check out the site The Collegiate Standard for sorority and fraternity jewelry! PLUS use coupon code SAMI10 to receive 10% off! A post on their products will be coming soon!!

Happy New Year!