A Few of My Favorite (Christmas) Things

So it’s the day after Christmas. Technically Christmas isn’t over for me until after I celebrate with 60+ relatives on my dad’s side this weekend. Let’s just say last year’s get-together was the biggest party of the year, in my opinion. What I’m trying to say is that I’m not quite finished blogging about Christmas just yet.

Here are a few pretty cards, crafts, and things I absolutely love:

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

neon tags // M&J Blog

neon tags // M&J Blog

Merry Christmas // Whit & Whistle

Merry Christmas // Wit & Whistle

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

What are a few of your favorite Christmas-y things?

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Let’s Organize My Jewelry

Every morning I waste at least three minutes scrambling around and searching for the perfect necklace, a set of earrings or a handful bracelets. Things are tangled. Earring backs are lost. There is no rhyme or reason to my necklaces. I have a beautiful jewelry box that holds my smaller necklaces, but it doesn’t hold everything.

Within the next month or so, I’m going to upgrade my jewelry station around my dresser. My statement necklaces and long gold necklaces are so pretty–they should be displayed! Here is a little inspiration I’ve found on Pinterest:

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I already have a cork board to use, I just have to find the perfect frame to paint. So, how do you keep your jewelry organized?

7 Social Media Pet Peeves That Drive Me Batty

Social media is great, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes people drive me batty.  Here are seven things that really get under my skin.

1. People on Facebook who upload photos the wrong direction and LEAVE THEM. This doesn’t happen very often anymore thanks to smart phones but really…how can you leave a photo in the wrong direction? Is this the first time you’ve used a digital camera? Please, figure out it’s wrong within a day or so. After that, you’re in big trouble with me.

2. People on Twitter who send a tweet every time they’re using Foursquare. Please, turn off those notifications. They don’t provide anything substantial or helpful to your followers. It’s just plain annoying. I think it’s just asking for a creeper or stalker to follow you if you publicly say where you are all the time. But that’s the paranoid, scaredy cat in me talking.

3. People on Facebook who feel the need to document every second of their lives on the internet. Why should your uncle or old coworkers on Facebook care that you’re “checked in” at the movie theater or you’re at Shopko with friends? Guess what? They don’t. People need to be confident that they have friends and that they don’t need to publicize every moment they’re in good company.

4. People on Pinterest who don’t editorialize the captions of their pins. Let me give you a few examples, ONE PINNER SAYS, ‘MY HUSBAND HAD 7 SERVINGS OF THESE ENCHILADAS!! HE SWEARS BY THIS RECIPE!!’ or MY HOUSE HAS NEVER LOOKED CLEANER! EVEN THE KIDS CAN’T MESS THIS UP! OK really? I know you don’t have a husband and kids because you’re 19. Please modify the caption so it’s actually relevant and doesn’t make me want to smash my laptop into the ground.

5. People who take really ugly and pointless photos on Instagram. Isn’t Instragram supposed to be artsy? Aren’t we supposed to be capturing bits of our life that are best told with a photo? Stop taking ugly photos that no one understands or can relate to. I’m trying to think of a good example for this, but if you’re on Insta, I think this complaint is fairly self-explanatory.

6. People on Facebook who share way too much about their kids. Enough is enough! Your kid ate macaroni and cheese in a high chair…good for him!! I ate Chinese for lunch and I didn’t have my roommate take a picture of me and share it on the internet. Jeez, my childhood photos can be haunting enough just to flip through in a dusty photo album. I can’t imagine having every detail of my life exploited on Facebook before I even have a chance to have a say in things. I guess that’s just how the world is these days. When I’m a mom, I’m going to ask myself “How would I feel” questions before posting nonsense photos of my kiddos.

7. People on any social media platform who take too many selfies. How many selfies is too many selfies? Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that. But seriously, people don’t look that drastically different from day-to-day. Too many selfies gives me the impression you’re fishing for compliments, which means I won’t compliment you because compliments don’t work like that.

So tell me, what drives you nuts on social media? Keep adding to my  list in the comments. There’s gotta be something…otherwise I look like a total crab apple.

Country Girl Wannabe

OK, so let’s be real here. I’m a total country girl wannabe. I’ve lived in cities my whole life and now I’m a resident of Minneapolis, which means I’m  the farthest thing from a real country girl. I do, however, appreciate country living and hope to move to the quiet country someday. I’ve loved country music since kindergarten (back when Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw were just gettin’ started) and have always loved visiting my cousins’ farms. I used to tag along for rodeos, attend 4-H meetings and run around the farm helping with chores.

I’m not saying I’d fair well on a farm, I honestly have no idea how I’d do. When push comes to shove, I don’t know if I’d be able to handle the (sometimes) harsh weather conditions and physical labor day after day. What I do know is that my farmhouse would be decorated absolutely beautifully.

So, here are a few of my favorite country-inspired pins from Pinterest.

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So at this point in my life, I’ll continue to appreciate all things country.

Really, Really Obsessed with Yellow

Once you get to know me, I’m sure you’d figure out real fast that my favorite color is yellow. I just love it. It’s the happiest color to exist. I’m really into sunny yellow, lemon yellow,  mustard yellow and most other yellows.

In honor of my obsession, I thought I’d share my top five yellow pins from my “All Things Yellow” Pinterest board. Enjoy!

this yellow bed frame

this yellow bed frame

this fall outfit

this pillow + chair combo

this pillow + chair combo

this maxi

this skirt

this skirt

Well, there’s my yellow speech. Thanks for stopping by! So, is yellow your favorite color yet?