HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SARAH (+ Blog News & Extreme Cuteness)

Good morning, friends! I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s post is a rather random mixture of several different topics, so read on at your own risk. XD

First off, today is the birthday of one of my blogging friends, Sarah! (Click on her name to check out her gorgeous blog. Seriously, it’s amazing. She’s on a hiatus right now, but you should follow her anyways so you don’t miss her epic posts when she starts blogging again.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sarah! You’re an extremely sweet and talented person, and you’re a great friend who I’ve really enjoyed getting to know over Hangouts + blogs. πŸ™‚ I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day!!

Here’s a gift for you:

Hedgehog baby

*spends a few moments appreciating the extreme amount of adorableness in this photo* I hope you enjoy your hedgehog, Sarah. XD

Here are some birthday messages from some of Sarah’s blogging friends. πŸ˜€

From Charis:Β Happy Birthday, Sarah! You are one of my dearest blogging friends and I’m so happy to have connected with you through blogging. I’ve enjoyed being in a cabin with you for Camp NaNoWriMo, chatting and emailing you, and talking about graphic design. Thanks for answering all of my design questions and giving me your opinions on my own designs! I loved having you as a beta reader for my novel. You’re always so honest, helpful, and constructive with your advice. Although you’re not currently blogging, I’m so happy to still connect with you, and I hope you start blogging again soon! I love ya, my smolΒ friend, and I hope you have a splendid birthday!

From Nicole:Happy birthday, Sarah!! You’re such a talented person, it literally blows my mind whenever I see any of your photography or blog posts or graphic design. And not to mention you’re one of the sweetest people in the universe (and the something hundred around it) that I have ever had the privilege to meet. I hope you have a wonderful birthday because you definitely deserve it! πŸ™‚

From Madi:Sarah! Where to begin? You are such an amazingly epic, hilarious, Light-shining girl I’m so happy to know! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays celebrating your 15 years of awesomeness with many, many more to come.

From Megan:Β “I hope you have a fabulous birthday and year, Sarah! I can’t wait for you to start blogging again. πŸ™‚

From May:Sarah, you’re an absolutely amazing friend to me. You’re so supportive and kind and hilarious and sweet and incredibly talented at so many things. I’m proud to have you as part of my Asian squad, and also my Hamilton squad (Lafayette is better than Burr). We have so many inside jokes that I’ll never forget (you’re a princess dude!). Your graphic designs are always stunning, as well as your photos and the little snippets of your writing that I’ve had the honor of reading. And I’ve never heard you play the piano, but I am 100% sure that you’re incredible at it. You seem so dedicated to everything in your life, and I know that you’re going to grow up to be a wonderful, beautiful, successful young lady (wow I’m getting so cringy). Love you, and I hope you have an amazing birthday! ❀

Once again, Sarah, I hope you have an epic birthday! Thanks for being such an awesome blogging friend! ❀

Border 2

In other news, what do you guys think of my new sidebar design? It’s part of a completely new design that I’m working on, but the full thing probably won’t be revealed for a little while. I’d love if I could get your opinions on the colors/layout/etc. in the comments below! (You won’t be able to see the full thing when you’re on a post – you’ll have to go to my blog’s homepage.) πŸ™‚

One more thing – a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local animal shelter to do some photography. Good, high-quality photos of a shelter animal help it to be noticed and ultimately adopted. It was a really cool experience, and I’m hoping to go back again sometime next month! The photos got a good bit of attention on the shelter’s Facebook page, and I really hope the dogs and cats get adopted. Here are some of the adorable animals that I photographed: (Note: from here on, the spacing is all messed up for some reason. I have tried repeatedly to fix it but can’t figure out how, so sorry about that!)

This is Bailey. Isn’t she adorable?
This is Buddy. ❀ He was the sweetest little dog ever and I really wanted to steal him. XD
Reynie. (My brother named him after The Mysterious Benedict Society. πŸ˜‰ )
Rocky wasn’t the friendliest dog in the world, so I had to take his picture through the cage instead of bringing him outside. 😦
This is Sonny. He has an adorable smile. XD
Β Doesn’t Star look just like Maude??
Here’s the last puppy, Tanner. πŸ™‚
Which of those animals was your favorite? I really loved Buddy. Have you ever volunteered at an animal shelter?
Also, here’s a bonus picture of a sweet but shy little kitten that was at the county dump. That dump is overrun with stray cats (it’s where we got our kitten, Ember). Thankfully people bring the cats food pretty often, so they don’t have too bad of a life. πŸ˜‰
Thank you guys for reading this rather random post! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and that you all had a great Thanksgiving. ❀
Which of my photos was your favorite? Don’t forget to wish Sarah a happy birthday in the comments below!

85 thoughts on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SARAH (+ Blog News & Extreme Cuteness)

  1. I think the new sidebar looks good. I haven’t seen gold used for text before. πŸ™‚ The pictures you took of the animal are great. I have never volunteered before, but my advisors keep telling me I should consider it. Maybe I’ll help my neighbor down the road this summer with her petting zoo. She doesn’t charge anything for people to come has helped me a few times with my goats. πŸ™‚

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS CLARA THIS MADE ME SMILE AN AMOUNT THAT WAS PROBABLY UNHEALTHY. You all are the absolute sweetest and this made my day!! I love each and every one of you amazing people and just UGH ALL THE HUGS <333 and ahhh the animals were all so cute! Buddy looks incredibly precious, but then again I want to adopt them all helpp πŸ˜‚

    (Also this is why you are le camera master nodnod)
    (and that hedgehog ahhh it’s so tiny and just ajsldkfjd)

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    1. AHH YAAAYYY I’M SO GLAD. THAT WAS THE GOAL HERE. πŸ˜‚ I hope that you’ve had a great day!! ❀ I knowww, I really wish I had endless money and space so I could adopt every single one of them. XD

      (I. am. not. the. camera. master. πŸ˜‚)
      (I know, right?? I want it. XD)

      -Clara ❀

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  3. Happy Birthday Sarah! I just gotta say that I love the title of your blog!! And the design, and your style of writing, and your profile picture…the list goes on and on! Hope you had a FABULOUS birthday!

    Ahhh!! Dogs and cats!! ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ They are adorbsable! Yeees! I’m a Mysterious Benedict Society fan so it’s Reynie all the way, duh… πŸ™‚ Nope, I can’t pick a favorite πŸ™‚ These pictures express maximum cuteness!

    Blog on!

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  4. HAPPY birthday, Sarah!!! Thanks for your awesomeness. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‰
    These animal photos are seriously so amazing, Clara! They totally bring out the CUTENESS of these animals. You did a great job, and I’m positive a lot of those animals will find homes because of you. ❀

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SARAH! β™₯β™₯ That was such a sweet idea, Clara! Also aww, I loved the animal shelter pictures! What a neat opportunity! I especially loved the picture of Midnight. SO. FLUFFY. XD And the last picture is also super neat. πŸ™‚ Ooh, I think the sidebar update looks neat! I like the boxed text a LOT. πŸ˜› I can’t wait to see the finished design!

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    1. Thank you so much, Allison! Yes, it was a super neat opportunity. πŸ™‚ Haha, yes, Midnight was amazingly fluffy. XD Yay, I’m so glad you like it! Thanks!!

      -Clara ❀


  6. WAIT IT WAS SARAH’S BIRTHDAY?? Great, now I’ve been an absolute jerk and forgotten to see this on time. Typical of me. sighs
    The redesign sounds cool! Gold is a classic, it works wonders. πŸ˜€ Oh, by the way, one of my book characters is named Bailey, haha! πŸ˜‰

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  7. happy birthday sarahhh!! i love the design of your blog, it’s so aesthetic!!!
    clara, I love the new sidebar! however it IS a little hard to see πŸ™‚

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  8. Your shelter photos are bound to help! I feel sad for Rocky; having to be photographed through the kennel door or fence won’t help him find a forever family quickly. Keep working with him, he may come around.

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  9. Happy birthday, Sarah! I don’t know who you are, but still, happy birthday. xD
    The animals are also SUPER CUTE!! I’m not sure how you resisted the temptation to steal them ALL.

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  10. These photos are absolutely darling! ❀ The animal shelter sure was fortunate to have you as the photographer- and I think the pets were glad, too. πŸ˜‰ I adore Sonny. His little smile is so sweet! πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work, Clara!

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