Monday, January 30, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Groundhog's Day

Hi All!

Happy Monday! I'm in a super good mood right now! I had a productive weekend and am ready to have just as productive of a week! Plus, my favorite holiday is coming up! Today's Meredith's Monday Musing post is all about: Groundhog's Day!

I have no idea how Groundhog's Day became an actual holiday. I can only imagine that it started with two drunk guys picking up a groundhog and deciding that, that animal was going to predict if we'd have an early spring or longer winter. Who knows, maybe Ben Franklin started it?

Groundhog's Day is my favorite holiday for the entire year. Why, you ask? For one, I love the idea of having a shortened winter. If any of you are friends with me on Facebook, you'll know that I hate the cold. So, I'm down to being told by an animal that an early spring is coming.

Furthermore, I love this holiday because there aren't any expectations for it. It seems like that with every other holiday, people have to eat certain foods, buy certain things, sing certain songs, etc. For Groundhog's Day, no rules apply. Therefore, there's no stress that goes along with it.

Lastly, I love Groundhog's Day because it is such the "underdog" when it comes to holidays. No one ever picks Feb-2nd as their favorite holiday. People will always say Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc are their favorite holidays. It makes me feel bad for this holiday that no one views it as their favorite. (I know, it's a silly train of thought). So, I decided I would view it as mine.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Mr. Groundhog tells us that we'll have a shortened winter. What do y'all predict he'll say?

Happy Monday!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: ModCloth

Hey Everyone!

How's it going? It's Monday again. A new week, a new chance to meet the goals we set for ourselves. I'm hoping to get some writing done. I've been slacking on that a little. Today's Meredith's Monday Musing topic is: ModCloth!

I have a confession to make. I hate shopping in stores most times. *If* I'm in the right mood and it isn't too crowded in the store, I can manage. However, 9 times out of 10, I prefer to shop online, especially when I know that the store runs true to size.

One website that I frequent quite often is ModCloth. It's an online fashion boutique that has a unique style to it. Some of the clothes are retro, others are more one of a kind feel, and others are just go along with the fashion trends of today.

Another thing that I love about ModCloth is that they don't just cater to skinny women. Their sizes range from XS to 4X.

I really like them because so many of their clothes just fit my personality so well! They really like polka dots over there, which I LOVE! I bet about half my shirts and socks have come from ModCloth. I sadly can't get pants from them. These petite, chunky legs need to try on all pants before I buy them.

Anywho, the only two things that I don't like about ModCloth is there are a few items on the website that I would love to wear, but I have no place to wear them. For instance, there was this one adorable black and white polka dotted skirt. It was SO cute, but I knew that the skirt would just sit in my closet and never be worn, so I didn't get it.

The other issue that I have for with ModCloth is: it's a bit expensive. I'm not opposed to spending a little bit of money on clothes if I really love them, but I a girl can only spend so much. LOL! Normally, maybe twice or three times a week, I'll go on ModCloth, check the new items they have and then I heart any new items I like. Then when any of the items that I hearted go on sale, I get an email, and can buy the clothes at a more reasonable price.

Do any of you have a favorite online clothing store? If so, let me know!

Have a great Monday!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Twitter

Hey Everyone!

Happy Monday and Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!! How has your day been going? It's been a bit of a slow start for me, but I'm waking up. Today's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is all about: Twitter.

When I became an author, I set up my blog and Facebook and vowed not to have a Twitter account. I didn't like Twitter. Having to constantly write tweets, and the tweets could only be 160 characters long, it was awful sounding to me.

However, after many authors told me of the importance of having a Twitter account was to being an author, I decided to setup an account.

Once I bit the bullet, I joined the masses of authors and start tweeting about my books frequently and adding many followers. At first, I thought that it was going to be a great marketing tool because I had a decent number of followers.

But, as time went on, I wasn't so sure about how good of a marketing tool Twitter was going to be. If you leave your Twitter account open, within five minutes alone, you'll have fifty new tweets to read. So, it makes me wonder, if there are so many tweets that a person can get in five minutes and each tweet can only be 160 characters long, how effective can Twitter be as a marketing tool.

What do you all think? Is Twitter an effective marketing tool or is it not worth it?

Until I can say 100% that Twitter is an ineffective marketing tool, I will continue to use it. So, for those who like Twitter, don't stress.

That's all for today. I hope that y'all have an awesome day!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Stuffed Animals

Hi All!

Happy Monday! Another new week is here. Can you believe it? These weeks are just flying by so fast. Before we know it, it'll be the end of 2017, but lets not go crazy.

This week's topic for Meredith's Monday Musing is a bit silly, to be honest, but that's okay. Today's topic is stuffed animals!

I LOVE stuffed animals, I'm not exactly sure why. Growing up, I had many and would sleep with one every night until I reached about the age of 9. Then I would only sleep with a stuffed animal if I was very upset. But after I went to college, I started to sleep with one every night.

There's something just so awesome about stuffies. They're soft and comforting. They never have a mean word to say. If I wake up from having a nightmare, they're there to chase the bad dreams away. There's just something about stuffed animals that is soothing.

If I travel anywhere, I always bring my favorite stuffed animal with me. I've had her for the longest time (over twenty years!) and she brings me the most comfort.

I LOVE having stuffed animals, the only bad thing about them is when I have to wash them. It is impossible for me to do now. I just feel like I'm drowning them or overheating them. I can't do it anymore. Instead, I'll spray them with Frebreeze or Lysol if they need to be washed.

Do you guys have any favorite stuffed animals? If so, what are they?

Okay, that's all that I have for now. Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Meredith's Monday Musings: Misconceptions of Age Play

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday and New Year! Did y'all survive New Year's Eve? I did (obviously). LOL! I had a bunch of fun with my family. Now that the holidays are over, I'm ready to get writing. The only issue is, I have to figure out what story I want to work on. Until then, we can discuss the topic for this week's Meredith Monday Musing Post: The many misconceptions of age play.

Being a writer, I like to do my research so my writing accurately reflects a concept, piece of technology, etc. Since the majority of my stories have age play elements in them, I read many age play blogs, books, etc just to keep up on everything. In my years of reading these items, it makes me a little sad when I read phrases like, "You need to do this to be a little...." or "Littles cannot do....".

Let's make one thing clear first, when a person is a little, it is up to them and only them what constitutes being a little means. It doesn't matter what I think, or what anyone else thinks. That is the first misconception that I'd like to discuss. I have read so many things where a little enjoys sucking on a pacifier, talking like a baby, using a bottle, etc. Those activities are awesome for a little who enjoys regressing to a baby. However, they are not activities that one must do to be a little. You get to be the one to decide what you like to do when you regress. For some, that might mean calling their partner Daddy when they're having sex. For others, it might mean watching Clifford the Big Red Dog while folding laundry. Do you get my point? There's no "right" activity that one must do to be officially called a little.

Along with there being no "right" activities for a person to do when they're acting little, there is no right age. Some littles, enjoy acting like a baby. Others, enjoy acting like a bratty teenager. The person gets to decide what age they want to regress to and whatever they decide is right is right for them.

Another misconception that many people have is that in order to be a little, they need a Mommy or Daddy to watch over them. This isn't the case. Sure, it might help to have someone there to comfort the little or watch over them, but it isn't needed. Letting your little side out can make a person feel very vulnerable, so they might want to be alone while they let go. That's okay. A person can play with their dolls, suck on a pacifier, watch a G-rated movie, or use a vibrator while they imagine letting their Mommy or Daddy fuck them. It's up to the person, if they want to let someone be by them when their acting little, that's great. If they don't, that's great too. It's their choice, but a Mommy/Daddy is not needed for a person to let their little side out.

Additionally, there seems to be a misconception that if a person is little that they aren't as much of an adult as others who are not littles. This is far from the truth. When a person regresses, it's a choice that they make. It isn't like they can't control when and where they let go of their responsibilities. They decide when and where it happens. It's the same as when a person decides to ask submissive. Just because a person is submissive in the bedroom, doesn't mean that she/he can't take charge in a situation outside of the bedroom. The exact same thing goes for littles. So, if you're little, don't let anyone ever tell you that you're less of an adult because of it.

One misconception that I can't stand is there are some people that say that people act little because they had a horrible childhood. This isn't the case. Why a person acts little is different for everyone. Some people enjoy acting little because they get turned on by it. They get turned on by the taboo thought of having sex with their Daddy or Mommy. Or letting their Daddy or Mommy spank them. That's okay. Each person has their own things that arouse them and no one can tell a little that what arouses them is wrong. (The same goes for any person and their kinks).

While some get turned on by acting little, others don't. For the ones that don't, acting little can just be an outlet for them to relax. As adults, we have so many responsibilities and worries on our shoulders, it can get overwhelming. Being little allows a person to get let go of those worries for a while and just relax.

In some cases, yes, a person enjoys being little because they had a rough childhood and being little is a way for them to regress to that hard period of their lives and relive it, but in a positive setting. That's fine, in fact, I believe it's a healthy way to cope. However, not all who are little have had bad childhoods.

Lastly, this so much isn't a misconception about age play, but it's something I'd like to share. There are some littles out there who are ashamed for having a little side. They're embarrassed or they think it makes them weak. Being little, is not something to be embarrassed about. It's okay to enjoy wanting to regress, even if you don't know why you like it. If you try and fight your little side, it'll take a lot of energy to do so, and most likely, it'll come out eventually. So, my advice to littles who aren't sure about regressing is read books about it, read blogs, go on FetLife, talk to real littles. Do anything to try and find out more information about being little. If you don't want to do that, then just accept it. Even if you have to take baby steps (no pun intended) to do so, do it. If you don't, it'll just torture you.

Remember all, whether you write about littles or are one, there is no right way to be a little. Just like there is no right way to bake cookies or there is no right color to be your favorite. What makes you feel little is what's right for you and don't let anyone tell you any different.

All right, that's all from me for now. I hope that y'all have a Happy Monday!