Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The irony of being a new blogger

Blogging can be weird.  If you're writing about a particular subject matter (decorating/cooking/beauty/whatever else you can think of), you want to at least kind of seem like an authority.  No one's going to want to read your blog if you have no idea what you're talking about.  The ironic thing is that most of us in the hoards of eager new bloggers have no idea what we're doing.  So we're constantly trying to research and learn to do it better and for the most part, there's always a huge learning curve.

I'm certainly no different.  I've been struggling for a year with the look of my blog.  As a designer myself, I thought that I could make the blog look good on my own, without outside help.  I'm no graphic designer though and I realized that that was not the case.  I eventually realized that blog templates are readily available, especially on my old standby, Etsy.  (I don't know why it sometimes takes me so long to find stuff like this, but I digress...)  So I enlisted the help of Leanne from Brand Me Beautiful to help me get a new look.  

With the craziness of the holidays and a hospital stay on her part (yikes), it wasn't quite the quick fix that I thought it would be, but it's all up and running now and I'm so excited to finally have a nice looking blog.

Check back in the new year for lots of new content on my pretty new blog!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Under Construction

If you've visited the blog in the last few days, you've probably noticed that things are looking a little wonky.  I just got an awesome new template (and I'm pretty excited about it), but we're still working out some formatting issues.  I'll be back up and running with an awesome new look soon!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Customizing and Protecting Your Phone with Red Bubble

When B got his iPhone a few months ago, he started hunting for a fun case for it.  After much searching, he turned to Red Bubble and finally settled on a design featuring the wallpaper from his beloved Haunted Mansion.  Red Bubble is an awesome website that allows you to order a variety of items, like mugs, phone cases, and t-shirts featuring designs from users.

Now it's my turn to get a new phone (which is replacing my surprisingly long-lasting cracked screen monstrosity). It's really easy to get sucked in to all the choices on Red Bubble and search through designs forever.  I originally wanted this design from Scott Naismith, but because cost varies by design, I'm balking at the cost....

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Monday, December 8, 2014

5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Blues

I loved Christmas growing up, but as an adult with anxiety and a theme park career, the luster has worn off.  It's only the beginning of December and I can already feel the panic mounting, as my to do list grows.  So in response to my growing feeling of doom, I've compiled some tips for dealing with the holiday blues!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Guide to: My (Thrifty) Thanksgiving/Holiday Table Setting

As I was writing this post, I surprised by a loud popping noise.  It was my laptop charger and one of the wires had almost completely severed.  Oops.  Lucky for me B could fix it, but I was still computer-less for a few days.  So, here is my much delayed Thanksgiving post...

Thanksgiving was at my house this year.  Cooking isn't really my strong suit, so lucky for me, my parents brought most of the food and B made a pie, so all I really had to do was clean the house and try to make it home from work.  For my contribution, I really wanted to try to make the table look nice.  My house is (really) small, so the only place large enough for all of us to eat is in the living room.  We cleared the coffee table out of the way and I set up one of B's long sewing tables in its place.  Of course, I looked on Pinterest to try to get some decorating ideas.

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