I like to look at blogs and pretty things. (Part 2)

More places for you to discover (when your boss isn’t looking)….

Helen Jane – she’s taking a hiatus and will be back in July, but you should cruise her site anyway.  She has lovely party ideas, she writes about every day life beautifully and her family is adorable.  Her sangria recipe is my go-to when I’m entertaining.  And her menu planning inspired me to do my own version with Dinners This Week (thank you, Helen Jane!  You possibly saved my marriage! *wink*)

Oh Happy Day – this site is basically an online party every single day.  So many cute ideas for parties, entertaining, crafts, DIY gifts, how to live life with flare, it’s unbelievable.  Just don’t be like me and read it right before you go to bed – you’ll be up for a long time looking at cute things and lose a lot of sleep.

The Bloggess – a quirky blog, this gal is so funny.  WHEN I get her level of humor.  But she’s also kind-hearted and has helped a lot of people address depression and anxiety, two issues she is very familiar with.  She is also the author of one of my favorite books ever, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, a super funny story about her childhood.

The Meshugana Momma – this is my friend Carolyn.  She writes exactly the way she talks (and sings!) – beautifully.  I think, and I haven’t had a chance to prove it YET, but I think she IS Wonder Woman.  She writes about life in ways that (especially us ladies) THINK, but have a hard time articulating.  And she’s funny.

Chookooloonks – I can’t get enough of this lady.  Karen is an amazing photographer and story teller who sees the beauty in E V E R Y T H I N G, including you.  How she manages such a busy and full life with so much joy and gusto, I’ll never know.  I’m just happy to be inspired by her.

Your turn – what blogs are you visiting on a regular basis?

Did you miss Part 1?  Here you go.

 

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I like to look at blogs and pretty things. (Part 1)

When time permits, I like to take a break and surf around to some of my favorite spots on the web.  Some are new to me and some have been long time haunts.  Many of them are where I get the inspiration for things I do / want to do.  I thought I’d share some with you – in case you need suggestions of where to rest your eyes between spreadsheet making or whatnot.  I’m just going to give you a few at a time because I don’t want to overwhelm you.

AB Chao:  She hasn’t posted for a while but she sure posts purty pictures of every day life.  And her home is drool-worthy, so there’s that.

Finslippy:  Alice Bradley is one of the best writers I’ve ever come across.  She’s so conversational that at times I want to say “I KNOW!” and jump in on the conversation out loud, but I don’t think she’d hear me.  She’s witty, and her family is adorable, too.

Design*Sponge:  Shiny, shiny objects.  DIY ideas that I always think YES to but never seem to happen.  But!  Shiny objects!!

Mighty Girl:  That girl online that is so witty, smart, and Wonder-Womanish and you want to be jealous of her but you can’t because she’s just so darn nice and  you end up just wanting to be like her.  I’ve been reading her for ages and she has so many great ideas and knows how to have fun.  She inspired me to do my year long Champagne & Chocolate Fridays and my 100 List – she’s a big believer in making to do lists – I still need to get myself set up on Go Mighty.

Modern Seinfeld:  A funny Twitter feed sending up what Seinfeld and gang would be up to if they were still on television today.  As a huge Seinfeld fan, I couldn’t find it funnier.

I’ll give you a few more in a couple of days.  In the meantime, if you know of some place you think I’d like, do share!

 

 

A Day in the Life

Last week for kicks I participated in a project that a few folks from around the world were doing on Instagram called “A Day in the Life”.  In short, we were to post pictures of our activities throughout the day.  At first I was a little bit nervous because when I looked at my schedule for the day that was chosen for the project, I had nothing exciting planned, other than a mountain of work to do.  I wondered if I should abort my schedule and go out and do something more exciting, but then I thought that wasn’t really true to what my day was really supposed to be like.  So, I did it just as is.

Wakey wakey.

Wakey wakey.

 

7:50 am | Coffee, please.

7:50 am | Coffee, please.

 

8:10 am | Planning day. It's going to be an easy one.

8:10 am | Planning day. It’s going to be an easy one.

 

4 shower

8:30 am | Shower, shampoo and shine.

 

5 housework

9:30 am | Housework

 

10:00 am | Barclay came over and replaced the light fixture in the master bath water closet. Embarrassing how long we went without a working light in there!

10:00 am | Barclay came over and replaced the light fixture in the master bath water closet. Embarrassing how long we went without a working light in there!

 

10:44 am | Worky work.

10:44 am | Worky work.

 

11:10 a.m. Neighbor little one tossed ball over to my yard, asked for it back.

11:10 a.m. Neighbor little one tossed ball over to my yard, asked for it back.

 

11:58 am | Lunchie munchie. Leftover spicy sausage and rice casserole.

11:58 am | Lunchie munchie. Leftover spicy sausage and rice casserole.

 

12:36 | Back to work.

12:36 | Back to work.

 

4:22 p.m. | Crafty time!

4:22 p.m. | Crafty time!

 

6:12 pm | Still crafting, but now with a cocktail as I sneeze, sneeze and sneeze some more from allergies.

6:12 pm | Still crafting, but now with a cocktail as I sneeze, sneeze and sneeze some more from allergies.

 

6:45 pm | Best part of day, Daddy coming home.

6:45 pm | Best part of day, Daddy coming home.

 

Korean BBQ for din-din.

Korean BBQ for din-din.

 

9:46 pm | Time for some Walking Dead.

9:46 pm | Time for some Walking Dead.

 

11:38 pm | Casey says, "good night, Mama!"

11:38 pm | Casey says, “good night, Mama!”

 

What I found with this project was that my “ordinary” Thursday was so much more than what I thought it was.  In these still captures of my day, I saw so much.  I saw my surroundings.  My belongings.  My loved ones.  My responsibilities.  My life.  It’s a good reminder that things aren’t too shabby.