Colors and Unicorns

Hey friends! I know it has been a while since I have posted. I just wanted to give you a little bit of love and happiness this week! Here are some fun links I have found about little things that bring a little happiness. Enjoy!

Sweet and Saucy Shop

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Photo: Sweet and Saucy Shop

I mean, how cute is this unicorn cake?! I am loving this unicorn fad and I am totally unashamed to admit it. If you love cakes and pretty designs, be sure to check out the Sweet and Saucy Shop!

Animal Cracker Pillows

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Photo: Brit+Co

These animal cracker pillows are so cute! This article is part of Brit+Co’s list of 17 DIY Pillows That Are Too Cool To Be A SquareΒ and each pillow is cuter than the last. These pillows just make me want to take up sewing… or at least try it out. πŸ˜‰

Rifle Paper Co.

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Photo: Rifle Paper Co.

I mean… this is the cutest thing ever. And the best part is that you can buy one custom for you and your Love! Rifle Paper Co. has the sweetest selection of pretty paper things and I really admire their artwork. Be sure to check them out!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week and I hope to have more content on the blog soon! Have a lovely day!

Much grace. Much love.

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Give A Little: Happy Things

I hope you have been enjoying the rains, flowers, and Spring weather this past month! Spring is such a happy time full of life, warmth, and a little extra sunshine. Today I wanted to share some happy things I have come across in the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!


Choosing Our Words Carefully

Here are some FREE Printables and Downloads from Marriage Roots are too cute and so encouraging! I love how sweet these are!

Bird On A Line Designs

This cute Etsy shop sells some of the cutest signs for gifts or your home!

Paperglaze CalligraphyΒ 

This shop sells custom and specific handmade calligraphy. Each piece is so lovely and carefully written!

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I know, I know…. these are pins and don’t really fall in line with the other things;Β I just couldn’t help it! I love how cute these enamel pins are! I want to collect them all!


I hope you have a happy Spring and lovely day!

Much love. Much grace.

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My Favorite Insta’s

A while back I took a week off from InstagramΒ to free up some of my time and really just to see if I could do it. Β I talked about how I wanted to be more selective in who I follow and what I post, so today I am sharing my absolute favorite accounts on Instagram! Yay! (Obviously, I follow more than six people… but these are my top favorites)


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Photo cred: @whitehouse

The White House

I know, I know… you don’t like politics. One thing I love about The White House’s Instagram account is that it is mildly about politics and more about day to day life and activities in The White House itself. I mean… who doesn’t like pictures of our National Leader playing football?

To Follow: Β @whitehouse

 


 

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Photo cred: @pnwonderland

 

Pacific Northwest Wonderland

Ever since Mr. Yell and I went to Seattle, WA for our Honeymoon, I have been obsessed with the Pacific Northwest. This account shows pictures of nature and some urban pictures, which make it a fun feed to follow. If you love travel, the PNW, or just pretty pictures be sure to give this account your attention.

To Follow: Β @pnwonderland

 

 


 

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Photo cred: @elsielarson

Elsie Larson

I love colors, crafts, food, and cute things so obviously I follow the blog A Beautiful Mess. Elsie is one of the writers and founders of the site and her feed is so lovely! Always full of color, she shares her blog posts and just pieces of her everyday life making it a fun feed to follow.

To Follow:Β @elsielarson

 

 

 


 

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Photo from: @emmaredvelvet

Emma Chapman

I LOVE Emma’s feed. LOVE IT. She is Elsie Larson’s sister and works as a co-writer/c0-creator of ABM. Emma’s style is more like my own, with more dark colors and a little edgy, which is why I love her Insta. She also posts pictures about blog happenings and her personal life, but I love how she has a different perspective than Elsie when it comes to her picture-taking.

To Follow:Β @emmaredvelvet

 

 


 

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Photo cred: @yoga_girl

Rachel Brathen

Rachel was one of the first accounts I followed when I was getting into Instagram and yoga more. Her posts are full of island pictures (she lives in Aruba so…) and of course, YOGA. If you are interested in yoga, travel, or just love beaches, I recommend following this awesome yogi. (Also, she just got a baby goat, which is amazing.)

To Follow:Β @yoga_girl

 

 


 

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Photo cred: @pudgethecat

Pudge the Cat

I’m going to be honest… I follow A LOT of cat Instagram’s (post to follow!). Pudge is one of the first ones I found and is still my favorite, because I mean, look her face! Too cute. If you are in need of some cuteness or giggles in your life follow Pudge for your daily dose of adorable.

To Follow: @pudgethecat

 

 

 


 

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Photo cred: @rachelynn_ak

Rachel Willyerd

Ya’ll, I love Rachel’s feed. She lives in Alaska and takes the most amazing photos. I don’t know why more people don’t know about her, because her photos are dreamy! If you love mountain photos with great colors, Rachel’s feed is the best for you.

To Follow: Β @rachelynn_ak


So I guess this is more than just SOME of my favorites, but there is too much diversity on Instagram to just have one favorite, or even two. I love how Instagram is more than just a social media site… it can create and encourage community if you allow it to. You can meet people who struggle/enjoy/travel/live like you do. It’s a whole new dimension to friendship and relationships.

What are some of your favorite Insta accounts?

Much love. Much grace.

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Give A Little

 

Welcome to another edition of “Give A Little”! Here are some (fairly) recent blog posts I have loved reading! I couldn’t have talked about these topics inΒ a better way.

Be Your Own Goals

Because why try to be like someone else when you can be you? I love this post about setting healthy goals that allow you to want a healthy change to be a better you, not to be like someone else.

Seven Things I Would Rather Be Than Hot

Because being hot is cool and all (see what I did there? haha…) but I don’t think that is the best thing I could be.

Why I Left My Full Time Job to Work at Trader Joe’s

Life in an culture where degrees are king and part time work is unimpressive, this article brings a light that doing what you love is far better than forcing yourself to do a job you hate.

Pregnancy and the Fear of Losing Myself

Alyssa hits the nail on the head with this one. I’m not pregnant, but this is definitely a fear I have about pregnancy in the future. I love how honest she is about this struggle because in the world we live in today, it seems impossible to be anything other than a mom. How do you still remain a person during mommy-hood?

Have a lovely week, friends!

Much love. Much grace.

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Book Love: Quiet

This past month* I have been reading a fantastic book that I have been wanting to read for about 2 years now.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

When I first heard of this book I had just arrived back to the States after being in Eastern Europe for two months. The culture there was much Β more quiet, intentional, and soft-spoken than my American culture, but it was an environment I enjoyed, and even thrived in. The quiet culture of thinking before speaking, not feeling the need to speak to random strangers, and even enjoying a pause during a conversation was a culture I loved.

So after enjoying my summer of gentle culture, coming back to the United States was a loud, brash, abrupt awakening. And honestly, I was struggling to adjust back to the loud colors, language, and voices of my home culture.

That was when someone referred me to the book Quiet. She said that this book would not only help me adjust, but possibly help me understand my louder, more extroverted counterparts.

I could not find this book anywhere. I searched for about six months before giving up and just decided that I couldn’t read a book that was nonexistent. Then (a year and a half later!!) in October, I was walking past the Psychology section in Books-A-Million when the red words caught my eye. To say I was excited is an understatement (ask Mr. Yell… haha!) so I grabbed the book checked it out and began to read one of the most well-constructed, non-fiction research based books I have ever read.

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The author, Susan Cain, does a brilliant job of researching and presenting her topic of Introversion in an Extroverted society. She brings up issues in our culture, how she believes they can be solved, and speaks with truth and authority. Her research is quite extensive, which sounds boring, but she presents her research with stories, examples, and interviews which makes the book much more of a fun read.

She brings to light the plight of introverts, not because they are introverted, but because American culture seems to have no room for those who are introverted.

Being an introvert, I felt so understood by reading this book. Introversion is an issue I see in our culture today, and introverts do have a tendency to try to hide introversion characteristics. This book made me understand myself, and extroverts much better than I had in the past.

Cain’s explanations and solutions are intriguing ideas to introduce to our loud society. Even if you believe that a society cannot have a preferred personality, reading this book will make you look a bit closer to friends, family, coworkers, and the media.

Book Love

I would rate her book highly on my personal reading list, and hope you enjoy it as well!

Be sure to check it out, take a read, and tell me what you think of the book!

Susan Cain’s TEDTalk is just a small portion of her book but is still worth the time to listen to, especially if you are unsure about buying her book. Listening to her speech will give an insight to her research and the book, Quiet.

Much love. Much grace.

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*It took me a month to read this book due to school work and other life factors. Not because the book was disinteresting, hard to read, or Β lengthy.