Wintertime in Boone..Give me my hoodies and sweatpants STAT!

Here is one of those posts where I kind of leave the present, and paint you a picture of Nichole's days gone by. Sort of. Back when I was going to move to Boone, NC to go to Appalachian State, I hadn't really "lived" in the mountains in the winter since I was 4! I live in a pretty mild tempatured area where we don't really see a lot of snow, and where we think it is cold when it is below like 50 or so! I packed accordingly when I arrived in January 2005 though!  I had heard the rumors of how cold it got and I wasn't taking any chances. Plus all the snow and wind (that was for you Jason!) Honestly I have heard that Boone even has gotten snow in every month except July. Being a true old timer one of my fond sayings is "It will snow before halloween" in regards to the fall semester! Anyways, I had lots of cute gloves and coats, and my mom even bought fleece and made scarves for me! The staple of my collection though would have been between sweatpants and hoodies! That is all I ...

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Buying a laptop

It has been a few years since I got a new computer (*sniff*) and I am truly itching to get a new one! My laptop is awesome, it is white, my favorite brand..but it is almost 4 years old I think! The battery won't hold up very long, so it has to be constantly plugged in. The thing that bothers me the most though, is that I believe that the screen is starting to go out. I have a weird line that changes colors and also comes and goes...and changes size every time the computer is on! Sometimes it is there, sometimes it isn't! Other than that it has held up very well, with not problems. I am almost afraid to say that, because it is almost like you put it out there, that there aren't any problems..and BAM here comes something to totally screw it up! I have several things that I consider before I buy any type of computer (and believe me I have had my share over the years, several laptops, 2 netbooks and 2 desktops) If things go well I will be updating mine in the near future ...

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SEO Infographic: Because showing up in search engines is important!

  When you have a blog, one of the most important things that you have to do, is make sure that your site is Search Engine Optimized(SEO).  I mean, if you have a website you want to make sure when people search for you on the search engines you show up, or else you are going to loose out! I know from experience that I wasn't showing up on google for a long time, and it probably has had some negative effects on my site! The odds are really low that someone will ever come to your site by searching if you don't show up in the first page of results. It is possible but the deeper they have to dig to find you, the less chance you have of having them come to your site. SEO can be as simple as using the right keywords in linking to different things in your blog posts, and creating good content!  Doesn't that sound easy enough? Why go through the hard work of having an amazing and awesome and maybe even pretty site if no one will see it, or even more, maybe people are seeing it, ...

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Google Reader being Replaced with RSS

I am an old school blogger, Which I know I mentioned before! I also have mentioned that I learn something new almost every day especially thanks to my girls at be-society! When I go around to visit a website, I pretty much just click a link in my favorites, or in my minions section or what not. Well, what I have learned is there is something called google reader (even though I am told that it is going away! It was similar to RSS which I have used before, but not very regularly! I know when it comes to google there are a million and one things that I am not familliar with and have never heard of! I am having to update my old school ways and learn about the new tricks of the trade so to speak. A friend of mine described google reader to me as Triberr, in the since that you have a feed to go to, but you can read everything right there all in one place. Also, it has been described to me as web based and now browsers have the capabilities to do the same thing. Kind of like you use ...

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It is getting time to think of Holiday Decorations!

Not only is it almost my favorite time of the year, the fall, but that means it is getting closer and closer to the winter Holiday's! In my case that means Christmas! I also didn't celebrate Christmas from the time I was 2 years old until I was in 6th grade (long story short= my religion was close to Jewish so we didn't do Christmas!) Anyways, Christmas has always enchanted me since even before I got to really celebrate it! I think that my favorite part of all isn't even the presents, but I think it would be a tossup between being with the family and of course the Holiday Decorations! There are so many different options! I know each year I try to go with different colors/themes. I know one year we went blue & silver and white (that was the first year we were married!) One year we did reds and greens, and My dream is to go with purple and pink and maybe a liter shade of blue one year! I love my tree because we got it the day I had one of my cervical cancer procedures. It is a ...

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A awesome way to save money? Rent Your College Books!

If you don't know anything about me, I at least hope you know how into saving money by using coupons, going to discount bargain grocery stores, buying this on sale, and I have a love affair with thriftshops and even a yardsale when I can find a good one. One of the most expensive times in my life (other than now lol), is when I was going to college! I know that at one point not only was I away and out on my own, but I was having to live off campus which was even more hard for my parents to swing. The awesome thing was that one of the only schools that RENTS their textbooks out for a semester is Appalachian State University. I always thought that was one of the neatest concepts, and I liked it even more than trying to stalk the internet and look for used text books! I actually did find somewhere to rent a couple of my books later on, but it wasn't as easy to find those places as it can be now a days! Enter Campus Book Rentals! They have a very huge stock of available ! A few of ...

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