I had no idea when I first started this blog years ago that my DIY tutorials would be pinned thousands of times with my crappy pictures! But you know what? So what! It's silly for me to worry about that. My day job, that helps to put food on our table and keep our little household running, is teaching.
I blog for fun. I had to laugh the other day when a student asked me, "What's a blog and why would anyone have one?" Haha.
Yes, I've had so many fun things happen because of this blog that I would have never anticipated, but in no way shape or form, have I "made it".
And, I'm glad I haven't. The pressure seems insane and cut-throat. And there seems to be too many dang rules to follow. For example...
Your pictures have to always be magazine worthy and you can only have two fonts on their descriptions. You must post at least 5 times a week. If you Instagram make sure to only Instagram sparingly. And don't be a nuisance. If you do a giveaway only do them once a month. Don't get too personal, but yet don't be too vague. Blah-blah-blah-blah...
Oh, and let's not forget the sneaky posts with affiliate links littered throughout...THOSE are the worst. You are no better than a celebrity endorsing makeup or haircare who you know never uses that stuff. It's dishonest AND misleading.
Ugh. It's all super annoying.
I miss bloggers who blogged because they wanted to keep a journal for themselves and their families and genuinely share their DIY successes and failures with us, enlighten us with their experiences, and brag on their fun times. My favorite product of blogging has been getting to be real life friends with some of my favorite bloggers who are still like this -> true to themselves, funny, witty, honest, chill, all of whom break those stupid "rules" I mentioned above.
But, if I'm being honest, I can't stand the bloggers who are trying so dang hard to be famous. To be the next Youngsters. To be the next whomever. Their "trying too hard" gives me second hand embarrassment. You know, when you're watching a show on TV or at a talent show and someone is singing because they think they are awesome when in reality it's just all too much. That's what I'm talking about.
Wow, I didn't mean for this to turn into a rant--haha! It's just that after reading this blog post from my soulmate momma-friend, Janice, and this post from my sassy friend, Terri, it all just hit home.
So here we are, nowhere near finished with our spaces and places in this home, but I'm going to share what we have going on now anyway. For me. For my memories years down the road. And for my real-life friends & blog friends who take an interest in my little life.
Phew. That feels good.
Let's do it, shall we?
Recently we added some new stuff to our entryway! My awesome father-in-law rewired this light from Urban Outfitters to be hard wired and then hung it for me as well. I love it's shape and it's so much better than the light that was there before.
I'm not convinced I love the styling of my entryway table but it's ok for now.
I really did just take some random stuff out of some boxes and place it there after we moved. I should probably just start fresh but like I said, it works for now!
We also printed off some IG pics at Walgreens via their app [so easy!] and placed them in a heart shape on the wall with some painter's tape.
It's been up for a couple weeks now and nothing has budged. It was a cheap and easy way to bring in some personal photos! I really want a long bench to go on this wall but haven't found anything in my price range that I love. I think it's going to be a DIY for my father-in-law if I can twist his arm.
Then, finally, I scooped up this little cookie jar at World Market the other day for $6. She is so cute on our countertop.
Our stove recently went kaput so now we're on the hunt for a newer one. And of course, we want all new matching appliance to go with it. When can I win the lottery?! Ha!
So that's it for now. But I'll be sharing more soon. We're doing a staircase remodel and when I take some pics, I"ll let you in on all the deets!
Have a happy Friday and sweet weekend, guys!