This post is going to be a little bit of things I’m loving on lately, springy blossoms, and some Easter pictures. And whatever other things spring into my mind while I’m typing this. Too late at night when I should be in bed reading! Um, Happy Friday??
And just so you know, none of the links are affiliate. Does that even really turn people off if they are? All of my Amazon/Indiebound links are affiliate. I mean, if you’re going to buy a book online, why not give a blogger like 10 cents? Snort! But seriously, I always seek out affiliate links of blogging friends when shopping online. If you’re an affiliate, I’d love to know!
First thing I’m loving? Picmonkey. Have you used this editing website yet? Use it to edit your photos (like adding my “watermark” to the corner of my photos below) or create designs–like the lovely image at the beginning of the post. I did recently spring for the Royale subscription and haven’t regretted it for one minute. I created Elle’s birthday invitations using PicMonkey this week and have a tutorial to share with you on the next Inspiration on Monday.
Except for Autumn, Spring is my favorite season. It’s a short-lived season where we live because before we know it we’re in the midst of sweltering summer heat. The past few days it has been mid-80s by the afternoon, and Elle asks me every day if it’s summer yet. Nope, but it sure feels like it!
Last week on Instagram, Maria of A Little Adventure asked her followers to share pictures of blossoms for #BlossomWeek. I’m so glad she did this because I finally got out my camera and snapped away. I love these delicate pink blossoms on the Redbud trees. Um, also go check out Maria’s feed. She lives in Oxford and every single flipping day she makes me wish that I lived there.
Don’t those tulips below look so feminine? We took the girls to a tulip farm (run by Dutch immigrants!) a little north of where we live. Sadly the fields were mostly picked over and I only got the sweet photos that I did because of extreme close-ups. Next year we’ll have to go well before Easter weekend!
Another current guilty pleasure–I bought a text and graphic bundle from The Hungry JPEG. I swear, someone should take my credit card away from me! Of course I don’t need this, but the graphics are so so so pretty that I couldn’t resist. I blame Ashley from Nose Graze (ps–if you’re looking for WordPress or Blogging tips or gorgeous templates or someone to move you to WP from Blogger, she’s your gal).
Our Irises didn’t bloom this year. I think maybe the soil is bad and they’re too overcrowded. I was pleased that our Indian Hawthorn (above) did as it’s been a few years since we’ve seen blooms on this bush. But my next door neighbor has purple irises in her front yard and I had to go snap a few pictures. I’m sure she was wondering what the heck I was doing in her front yard with my camera (she’s awesome and wouldn’t care).
Something else I’ve learned lately is that I should be reducing the size of my pictures before I upload them to WP (instead of uploading them and then resizing). I’ve started using JPEGmini. It is an extra step in my process, but it makes me feel a little less guilty about posting heavy picture things like today.
And seriously, this girl. Sometimes I just sit and stare at her–totally blown away.
And this one. So full of mischief. And spunk. And attitude. And cuddles. Since Elle rarely cuddled, I take every single damn cuddle I can get from Evie.
My mom gift the girls their Easter dresses (from Gymboree). Every single Easter when we were little, my mom bought (or made!) my sisters and me coordinating Easter dresses. I should really dig some of those pictures out. This was the best picture I could get of both girls.
When I tried to do better a few days after Easter, this is the best I could do. In the one of Elle standing up, Evie is to the side throwing a fit. I can’t even remember why now. Let’s just say that we were all SO HAPPY by the time it was all said and done. Sigh. The lovely floor mat is from Personal Creations. I totally have my eye on this Travel Mega Mat for camping. Which we haven’t done yet this year. Sob. It’s looking like the first weekend of May will be our first chance–and it’s likely that it’ll be too hot then!
Oh my girls. I love them so so so much. (my dress is Old Navy. I’m loving all of their spring collection!)
I’m sure I have other things to tell you, but my wine glass is empty and it’s about 30 minute past my bedtime. I mean, maybe more thing. I’m kind of addicted to crafting lately. Or at least buying craft-making things. Curious what your favorite Mod Podge project is? I have no idea what to use my container for. I just had to have it. Maybe someone should send help…
Happy Spring Friends!!