November Recap

+ I posted a journal 11.21.14

+ I created a "I Need Happiness" playlist.

+ I shared my NaNoWriMo survival kit.

+ I said hello to November.

+ I shared a tutorial.

What did you do this month?

xx Nicole Rose

How To Make A Drop Down Menu

Hello. I got a request from Tane to do this tutorial. I hope this is helpful. :)

Now before doing this, it may be best if you set up a test blog and tested this out on there so you can tweak the code to fit your needs and then when it's ready, you can put it on your main blog. But you can do whatever works for you. :)

1. Go to your blogger dashboard and select the blog you'd like to the add the drop down menu to.
2. Go to Layout >>> Add Gadget >>> HTML/Javascript and paste the following code into it.
<!-- start navmenu -->
<div id='NavMenu'>
<div id='NavMenuleft'>
<ul id='nav'>
<li><a href='LINK'>Home</a></li>
<li><a href='LINK'>CATEGORY 1</a>
<li><a href='LINK'>CATEGORY 2</a>
<!-- end navmenu -->

3. To add more categories and sub-categories, continue pasting this code:

<li><a href='LINK'>CATEGORY 3</a>

4. Save the gadget once you've edited to fit your needs. When you view it on your live blog, it may look a little wacky so don't panic. You just need to add some CSS to style it.
5. Go to Template >>> Customize >>> Add CSS and paste this code in the box.

/* Spacing & Border of First Link in Navigation */
.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul { margin-top: 0px; border: 0 solid #eeeeee; }
/* Background & Border of Navigation */
.tabs-inner .widget ul { background: #ffffff; border: 0px solid #eeeeee; text-align: center !important; }
/* Font, Color & Border of Links */
.tabs-inner .widget li a { font-family: new times; color: #333333; border: 0px solid #ffffff; }
/* Font & Color of Rollover Links */
.tabs-inner .widget li.selected a, .tabs-inner .widget li a:hover { color: #eeeeee; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration: none; }
/* Center Navigation */
.tabs .widget li, .tabs .widget li{ display: inline; float: none;}
/* ----- NAVMENU Styling ----- */
#NavMenu { width: 800px; /* Change width of background */ height: 40px; /* Change height of background */position: relative;
margin: 0 auto;
padding: 0;
border: 0px solid black; /* Change Border Around Navigation */ }
#NavMenuleft { width: 800px; /* Change width of navigation */float: none;
margin: 0 auto;
padding: 0; }
#nav { margin: 0 auto; padding: 0; border: 0px solid black; }
#nav ul { float: none; list-style: none; margin: 0; padding: 0; overflow: visible; }
#nav li a, #nav li a:link, #nav li a:visited { color: #666666; /* Change color of link */display: block;
margin: 0;
padding: 10px 15px 10px; /* Change spacing */ }
#nav li a:hover, #nav li a:active { color: #0099CC; /* Change color of text on hover over */margin: 0;
padding: 10px 15px 10px; /* Change Spacing */text-decoration: none; /* Change to underlined or none for look when hovered over */ }
#nav li li a, #nav li li a:link, #nav li li a:visited { background: #ffffff; /* Change background colour of drop down text */width: 150px; color: #333; /* Change colour of text */float: none;
margin: 0;
padding: 7px 10px; /* Change Spacing */ }
#nav li li a:hover, #nav li li a:active { background: #0099CC; /* background color of drop down items on hover over */color: #eeeeee; /* text color of drop down items on hover over */padding: 7px 10px; }
#nav li { float: none;
display: inline-block;
list-style: none;
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border: 0px solid black; }
#nav li ul { z-index: 9999;
position: absolute;
left: -999em;
height: auto;
width: 170px; margin: 0; padding: 0; }
#nav li ul a { width: 140px; }
#nav li ul ul { margin: -32px 0 0 171px; }
#nav li:hover ul ul, #nav li:hover ul ul ul, #nav li.sfhover ul ul, #nav li.sfhover ul ul ul { left: -999em; }
#nav li:hover ul, #nav li li:hover ul, #nav li li li:hover ul, #nav li.sfhover ul, #nav li li.sfhover ul, #nav li li li.sfhover ul { left: auto; }
#nav li:hover, #nav li.sfhover {position: static;}

6. You can customize the codes in red.
7. Don't forget to save and view your template.

Comment below if you have any questions. :)

xx Nicole Rose

30 Second Thanksgiving Post

Last year I wrote a small list of things I was (and still am) thankful for. Check it out for a refresh, please?

+ + +

What are you thankful for this year? :)

xx Nicole Rose

Six Word Stories [#37]

Gulf of Alaska..where two oceans meet, but do not mix

Oceans meeting, but never, ever mixing.


there's much I've learned from living life.

     there are a multitude of paths we have to choose and choices we have to make. these construct who we are and the resulting events of our choices help us on the journey of who we are eventually to become.
     sexual orientation, religious pursuits, social life, education, philosophical and psychological endeavors are all building blocks that bring us - unique souls of God's design - to life.
     sometimes I want to say it is not life that makes us, but our choices. which, in a sense, is true. but the whole structure of this system that is life interwoven with variable choices is too complex to get into. and since it is my personal belief, it may differ from yours - which brings us to the real subject of this entry.
     I've gone over that we're all unique, different and the same, because God designed us this way. so, I'd like to know, is it fair for us to blame who we are on what is? or what is on who we are?
     better explained as: are our lives the way they are because of who we are? or are we who we are because of our lives?
     this is a perplexing question for me, and quite arguable in either sense.

     maybe things are the way they are and should just be left at that.

what do you think?

xx Nicole Rose

I Need Some Happiness - playlist

[listen to playlist here]

All these songs make me want to dance around due to the uplifting feeling they ingest in me. They make me feel like there's hope.

I hope they do the same for you. :)

xx Nicole Rose

    The Blogger Recognition Award

    I have been awarded by the ever so lovely Jollygirl with the Blogger Recognition Award. :)

    rules and regulations:

    + Select 15 blogs to nominate.
    + Thank the person who nominated you, and give a brief story of how your blog got started and a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
    + Attach the award itself!
    + Comment on each nominee's blog and let them know that you've nominated them.
    + Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.

    How My Blog Got Started:

    Well, at the time of building this site, my first blog, Loving Your American Girl Doll, had become unfulfilling for me. I didn't enjoy posting and it basically just stressed me out. So out of nowhere I decided to build and design this blog--originally a Dancer's Pointe, sometime in November of 2012 (November 11th, to be sort of exact). It was just a hobby blog until a few months later, when I decided to hunker down and post often. I wanted to share my writings, and have an influential blog with content that made me happy. :)

    Advice for new bloggers:

    Always always always write for yourself. Don't ever compare yourself to bigger blogs and better writers. Doing that will just discourage you from doing something you love to do--whether it be expressing yourself or typing out your feelings. You want to be happy with the content you are posting, so don't care what anyone else thinks. Just continue blogging about what makes you happy. :)


    1. Kenzie
    2. Tane
    3. Eve
    4. Bethan
    5. Celia
    6. Madeline
    7. Cindy
    8. SW
    9. Jenny
    10. Kelsi
    11. Kat
    12. Paige
    13. Lizzie
    14. Anne-Laure
    15. Anna

    ALSO: if you would, please check out this survey. I would love to hear your thoughts about my blog. :)

    Thanks for reading!

    xx Nicole Rose

    Six Word Stories [#36]


    I wish it was summer again.

    How I Plan On Surviving [NaNoWriMo]

    Besides the basic tools we use for NaNoWriMo - laptop, ideas, swift fingers and a writing program equipped with a word count - there are other things we can utilize to ease our writing journey. So I came up with a list of items and put them into my post. This, is my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. :)

    1. A Clean Work Space

    These chic desktops and home offices will inspire you to create the perfect workspace.

    A clean work space is a must for me, especially during NaNoWriMo. I have those days where I don't want to be writing, so when there's something nearby - like a stray piece of paper or even a pencil - I will allow it to distract me from my task. Cleaning up your writing space not only removes these distractions, but gives you more room to work as well.

    2. Water

    New eddy™ Glass is naturally BPA-Free and doesn’t retain taste or odors. Grip-able silicone sleeve is stylish and protective.

    Having a water bottle next to me as I write helps me not only to stay hydrated, but also stay focused on my task. I know as soon as I step away from my laptop to get a drink, I won't come back for at least an hour, so with water nearby, my focus stays on my work.

    3. Snacks

    Cancer-in-a-Can? The horrific true story of how Pringles are made

    Snacks are perfect for writing, especially if you want to complete mini-goals. Just tell yourself, "as soon as I hit 3,000 words, I'm going to pop open that can of Pringles". It will not only motivate you, but keep your tummy happy as well. ;) (I recommend taking a small break while snacking. Get up and move around, let your eyes and brain rest for a few moments. You want to stay focused on your task, but don't ever hesitate in rewarding yourself with a power regeneration break.)

    4. iTunes / Music

    Listening to music.

    iTunes is great for those times when I feel a lack of inspiration. I just put my earbuds in, press play, and begin typing. I would advice taking precaution when doing this, because if you're like me, you may get sucked into a song you really like and start jamming instead of writing. :P

    5. Outline

    Plot Development: How to write the climax and ending of your novel.

    My outline is my lifesaver right now, so I definitely recommend creating one. It's helped me stay focused on what the goals of my writing are. Of course, it's very rough and loose, so I can add or delete any details at anytime as I write; because thinking about what to write and actually going to write it usually turns out to be two very different things - at least for me.

    + + +

    These are just some suggestions based on what works best for me, but I hope they help you as well. :)

    What's in your NaNoWriMo Survival Kit?

    xx Nicole Rose

    [graphic was created by me, other photos are courtesy of Pinterest]

    Six Word Stories [#35]

    "You told me to run once, now it's my turn to tell you. Run. Just run. You have to get out."

    "Freedom is just around the bend."


    Ours - Taylor Swift

    "Elevator buttons and morning air
    Strangers' silence makes me wanna take the stairs
    If you were here we'd laugh about their vacant stares
    But right now my time is theirs"

    One Lovely Blog

    Hello! :) Today I am posting the "One Lovely Blog Award" I was nominated for. Thank you Sammie, for nominating me. :)

    Rules of the Award:

    1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
    2. List the rules and display the award.
    3. Add 7 facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
    5. Follow on blogger the person who nominated you.

    7 Facts about Me:

    1. I have brown eyes.
    2. I have over 1000 songs on my iTunes.
    3. I regret much of my past.
    4. I no longer have a phone.
    5. I have a hard time being happy.
    6. I'm still figuring myself out.
    7. I wanted it to work out.


    Anyone who would like to participate. Comment below if you do it. :)

    That's all for now. Sorry for the short post. :P
    xx Nicole Rose

    Six Word Stories [#34]


    "i think there's something out there..."

    October Recap

     + I welcomed October.

    + I shared a tutorial.

    + I shared 6 so-not-cool things about being left- handed.

    + I went balloon chasing.

    + I went on a GIF Quest.

    + I shared "it doesn't hurt anymore.

    + I talked of God-given desires.

    + I shared some NaNoWriMo Tips.

    + I rocked Halloween.

    Thank you for reading.

    Hello November

    What does November mean?

    NaNoWriMo. // Blog Anniversary. // Thanksgiving. // Decisions.

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