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I’m back in business!

4 Feb


While my computer seems to be undergoing a series of unfortunate events (just as it gets back to working condition, my ethernet cable breaks…so I’m gonna have to replace that too), I’m back! Hooray!

Regular posting should be back on Sunday. See you then!

xoxo, Tara


My HDD’s Dead and Gone, Dead and Gone…

20 Jan

Hey Everyone.

I’m sorry I have been absent lately – I’m dealing with a matter that is outside of my control, namely, the premature death of my hard-drive.

Thankfully, I was able to back up all of my data, so nothing should be lost, however, my computer access will be limited as my computer is no longer capable of actually…functioning. For that reason, posting may be sporadic (or delayed) until my computer problems are solved.

Thanks for bearing with me guys!



Vote for me! And here’s why! (aka, My Greatest Hits)

30 Aug

Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming, but the voting period for the Black Weblog Awards is almost over! In fact, they’ll be over tomorrow! (for more information about the nomination and the process for voting, click this link.)

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with my work and are unsure whether you should vote for me. Fear not! For your consideration, here are some of my more popular posts:

Mid-Summer Check-Up: 42 Fun Activities to Give Your Summer a Boost

34 Ways to Combat a Gray Day! (or a sunny day, if you’re bored) (the sequel!)

Four Ways to Get Fit (That You Might Not Have Heard Of)

Have Your Meat and Eat it Too: A Introductory Guide to Flexitarian Eating

Should Guilty Pleasures be Guilty?

From Tanzania, With Love

and the post that started it all:

My Self-Happiness Manifesto!

Thank you to everyone who has supported through the nomination and voting process. Without you, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. Thank you!



An update from me!

11 Aug

That’s me in the middle! 🙂

Hi everyone! I’m back! My life has been really hectic recently (flying back from Tanzania, taking a stop in London, getting a drastic haircut, getting sick – oh my!) but I plan on detailing most of those things in upcoming posts!

For now, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who nominated me for a Black Weblog Award. Thanks to all of you awesome folks,  I reached the finalist stage! Yaay! As you can see, I have updated the button on the side to show this. If you’d like to vote for me, check out page 6 of the voting form to see my category, Best Teen Blog. You can follow this link or click the Black Weblog Awards button on the right.

Since you have to vote in all the categories for your ballot to be counted, here are some suggestions for the other categories, from blogs I enjoy:

◊Best Fashion and Beauty Blog – Afrobella

◊Best Humor Blog – Yeah…I Said It

◊Best LGBT Blog – Rod 2.0

◊Best Micro BlogBlack Love Poster

◊Best Music Blog – SoulBounce

◊Best Photography Blog – Le Coil

◊Best Travel Blog Vai Via Blog

◊Best Video Blog The Fury TV

I can’t wait to tell you guys about everything that’s been going on, and responding to the lovely emails and comments that I’ve received! Also, I want to hear from you all – has anything awesome happened in the month I’ve been gone? Let me know in the comments!

And again, thank you!!

xoxo, Tara

It’s Almost Over!

21 Jul

Hi guys!

I know I’ve been talking about this a lot, but now we’re at the end (!) of the nomination period for the Black Weblog Awards. Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you think this blog isn’t too shabby. If you think I’m doing a pretty good job, could you please head over to the Black Weblog Awards website and nominate me under Best Teen Blog? (If you think I am deserving of other categories, however, I won’t discourage you…)

To nominate, just head on over to their nomination page and click “next” (all the while adding the URLs of other great blogs, if you are so inclined) until you reach the Best Teen Blog subheading, where you can enter my URL, If you want to wait till later, just click that shiny yellow button on the right-hand side of the page. The nomination period ends July 25th. (which is really soon – and then you won’t have to hear about it again! At least until voting starts.)

To all that have nominated me already, thank you, thank you, thank you!! I really appreciate it.

Thank you a million times in advance!



If this post is stuck to the front page…

5 Jul

…Then I am currently abroad in Tanzania. While the blog will continue to update on a modified schedule, I will be unable to respond to comments, emails and the like until I return. For more information, see this post. Thanks!


Some more information on my trip…

30 Jun


…and what it means for my blog.

If you want to know the specifics of my trip – where I’m going and what I’ll be doing there – see this post for more detailed information!

When are you leaving and for how long?

I’m officially leaving July 5th, and I’ll be gone for about a month.

Are you going on a posting hiatus? If not, what’s the posting schedule going to be like?

I sure hope not. If things work out properly, there will still be new posts appearing on this blog, even while I’m gone. I’ve been working on pre-writing posts that will automatically be published in my absence. (That’s the plan, at least.) However, since it’s not really practical to write things like Weekend Links and Slowed Down Sunday weeks in advance, I will put those on hold until I come back. In other words, posting will be reduced to Mondays and Wednesdays, probably until the week of the 8th.

What about comments? Aren’t they moderated?

I moderate comments here to some extent, (once I approve one of your comments, you’re set) but I’m experimenting with ways that will allow people to comment more freely so there won’t be a backlog of comments that need approval. Hopefully spam won’t be a huge problem, but I’m willing to delete spammy comments by hand once I come back. Replies will have to come after I return, though.

Can I still contact you by email/twitter/etc?

Feel free to send me emails or otherwise contact me, but keep in mind that I almost certainly will be unable to respond until I’m back and settled.

If there are any other questions or comments, post it in the comment section.

xoxo, Tara