Silly, simple, fun.

No fancy cameras.  No ISO.  No aperture.  No shutter speed.

Just whatever camera you have built into your phone.

It doesn’t have to be Instagram (I’m jeannettg), but it has to be a cell phone.

When Daddy is out of town on business, I try to incorporate something fun…let’s face it, for my own sanity.

This week, we had a “picnic” in the living room and the kids got to choose their dinner (corn dogs ::gag::).

Considering they aren’t allowed to bring so much as a sippy cup of water into the living room, this was a BIG deal.  Plus, we watched Princess and the Frog while we ate.

It was exciting.

If you follow me on Facebook (you do, right?), you know that my old phone broke, and I got a new one.

As much as it kills me to cover up the sleek design of the iPhone, I can’t afford to be replacing phones all the time.

I asked which case to get, and was overwhelmingly recommended an Otterbox caseand this screen protector.

I’m gonna cover the case in washi tape.  Would it kill Otterbox to make their cases cute as well as functional???  Boo.

Since I was ordering stuff anyway, I picked up this booktoo.

We’re gonna be doing a hybrid schooling gig with Henry next year.  I was feeling overwhelmed by our decision…but now that I’ve read some of this, I’m PUMPED.  I cannot wait to get started!!!

Girlfriend has been OBSESSED with her sunglasses lately.

She’s quite the superstar.

She wears these around the house.  Everywhere we go.  And during her therapy sessions.

It must be tough to be that fabulous.

Speaking of fabulous…why yes, yes I do wear a mini skirt and stilettos around the house.

JC Penney sure has their finger on the pulse of the American mom.

(And you know, even if this is a nod to the working moms…as a former full time working mama myself, I will tell you that those shoes would have been kicked off at the front door…and that skirt is too short.)

Miss Glam saw sunnies in the dollar bins at Target and went frantic.


It wasn’t really an option for me to not get them for her.

She’s rockin’ a new pair.  With rainbow stripes on the sides.

It’s too much.

This is my happy place.


Leftover cream puff squares. (Make them. Easy and delish.)

Friday Night Lights on Netflix.

WHY did no one tell me how great this show is???!!!  Oh wait, everyone told me.  A million people told me.  But I never like TV shows.  I just don’t watch them.  I rarely get why people like something (but I get Parenthood.  Totally love that one too).  But I was bored one day and thought I’d give it a whirl.

HOOKED.  ADDICTED.  I dream of Coach Taylor.  Because he is HAWT.  (And that Riggins boy is awful cute too.  Even if I’m an old hag compared to him.  We could make it work though.)

How fun is this new bracelet?

I rarely wear bracelets…and I need to remember to wear them more often.  They’re fun!

For those of you looking for some new summer reading material…

Yeah, I can’t even pretend.

This hurts my brain.

A lot.

Oh, and while you’re here, don’t forget to enter to win this week’s giveaway of a $25 shop credit to The Pleated Poppy!  I pull a winner tomorrow!

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Okay, now it’s your turn!

Grab a button, link up, and leave comment love on at least two other InstaFridayers!  It’s nice.  So be nice today.  :)

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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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    This is my first time linking up as I just recently discovered my love of Instagram. Now I’m an addict! I can’t wait to see all the links and find some new friends to follow! Thanks for hosting :) Have a wonderful weekend!
    Delilah´s last blog post ..Life in an Instagram

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    Jill is too cute w/ her sunnies!! :) Ok so I’ve heard the same about Friday Night Lights and never watched it either..maybe need to check it out. And the cream puffs..YUM!! I saw those on Meg’s blog and I was thinking I need to make those!
    Cute polish, is that I need a refresh mint? love that polish and the price! Btw, I got nominated for a blog award and I had to recognize other blogs, yours was one of them. No obligations to do anything, just that I’m a rule follower..haha
    Happy Friday! :)
    Denissa´s last blog post ..My first award!

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    The hubs and I have been hooked on FNL for the last few months…watching it on Netflix any chance we get. We only have six episodes left :( and I think I’ll cry when its over. I LOVED this show and am so sad I never took the time to watch it when it was actually on!

    Love that there were no hospital pics this week…hope that means it was nice & uneventful in your house!

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    Great set! I just about lost it at your JCP ad comment. What are they doing lately with their advertising. I think they have LOST it ;D

    Have a great weekend!!!
    Brooke´s last blog post ..WEEKLY INSTA-RECAP

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    Thanks for hosting InstaFriday each week. :) I first saw this link-up on the Pleated Poppy and for months now it has been one of my favorite posts of each week!!
    Candace´s last blog post ..InstaFriday time!

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    ohhh this week you are my mantra…love art (great bracelet), eat cake (love cream puffs) and have fun (with your kids)! looks like a great week for you xxxoo enjoy!

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    Dear Julie,

    I am so very sorry that I completely ignored your advice to watch FNL. You are the smartest person in the world, who would never lead me wrong and I have been missing out on all of the goodness that Dillon Texas had to offer. I hope we can still be friends, and I will always listen to you from now on.

    julie´s last blog post ..Magical pajamas.

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      you were right. i was wrong. i will never doubt you.

      (except maybe for eating that pb&j hamburger you said was good. because that just shouldn’t be legal.)

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    oooo, a washi tape phone cover. very cute idea!

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    LOL. I can’t believe I am going to put this out there but I seriously just had a dream this morning about Riggins coming up behind me and smacking me on the butt. I haven’t watched that show in FOREVER and so it was so random, but yeah, he’s a Hotty Pitt Totty! I’m blushing. God forgive me. It was just a dream. It was just a dream. Thanks again for the link up.
    Noel´s last blog post ..Insta Friday

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    I couldn’t find a cute cover for my droid either! I see all these girls that have polka dots and stuff on theirs and mine is BLUE. Washi tape may be my answer! Can’t wait to see how it works! Found instaFriday through Pleated Poppy, I love it, am a new follower, and am now linking up each week!! I think it makes life’s little moments all the more special! Thanks!
    Shelby´s last blog post ..These are the days

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    Thanks for offering the link party each week- I love it.

    Love your commentary on the JCP ad. I wear my stilettos and minis all day long, I don’t know about everyone else :-P Nothing says mom like ‘cant move to chase my kids.’
    Rae´s last blog post ..InstaFriday 5.25.12

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    I had some good laughs reading your post! Yes, I wear heels and mini skirts while parenting too! Not. I wish I could take your advice and watch Friday Night Lights on Netflix, but as usual Netflix in Canada DOESN’T offer it! Why are they so mean to us? Have a great weekend!
    Joann@womaninreallife´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday in real life

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    I do like to stop by but something you said doesn’t sit right.

    While I don’t believe that skirt falls under “mini” category, you seem to be judging. Even though it is only a picture, would your thoughts be different if that person were in front of you? Yes, that skirt would be too short for me but I wouldn’t judge others who wear it, I’d just hope I’m not seeing their woohoo. There is a difference in saying “that skirt is too short” and “that skirt is not for me”.

    Yes, it’s only a skirt but after I read your Ohmahword a few weeks ago, I was mad for you because no one deserves to be judged, weather a minor or major issue.

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    I have “The Well Trained Mind” on my wishlist, now I want to get it sooner! : )
    Linda´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday {Link up}

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    i gasped when i thought you were serious about the snooki book. lol. thanks for the laugh!

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    you are hilarious. i love your blog!! :) also, friday night lights is the best show to ever grace television. the end and amen.
    sara @ it’s good to be queen´s last blog post ..instafriday afternoon

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    I love your coffee table!! We are a homeschooling family using the classical method. There’s lots of lovely classical homeschool blogs out there, but if you’re interested, I just wrote a light, five post series on classic ed.
    Also, I’m sure you’ve seen the comic: “Every time you watch an episode of Jersey Shore a book commits suicide.” I’m pretty sure that applies to Snooki books, too. If you can call it a book.
    April@M3RH´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday with a recipe

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    So this is my first time linking up and I am in LOVE! Oh the goodness people see LOL.
    My happy place is netflix lol.
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Oh what a week

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    i never love TV shows either, but agree that i’ve heard so much about loving this one. hmm…

    washi tape on otter box? genius.
    love´s last blog post

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    Just so we are clear, I think my IQ dropped a few points cruising by that book cover. Yes. I said it out loud.

    I am on to Otterbox #4 (I killed three since October of last year, luckily Otterbox has a one year warranty on their covers and I snagged two replacements from the AT&T store). I moved on from red to purple. I have dropped my phone on more than one occasion, seen it flung across the room by my 3-year-old when she can’t get her game to load and my phone is still intact. I don’t use an extra screen protector though, thus far, the Otterbox on its own has been sufficient. Good luck!!

    I’d link up, but I’m blog-free.


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    um…..yeah….coach Taylor. YUM. and he just gets better.
    and also tim riggins gets better.
    i love that show because it was the only show on at the time that had a real marriage shown. with a strong male role and a man to respect.
    but now we have parenthood too. PHEW.
    i finally go tot link up to insta-friday!!!! so excited. :)
    miss you.
    meg duerksen´s last blog post first INSTA-friday!!!

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    wait….did you think i meant tim riggins needed to get better? because i don’t wan there to be any confusion. he starts out completely beautiful and dreamy and it gets better from there. hotter. more manly. more hot.
    that is all.

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    Love your blog! Thanks for the fun instapics.
    Cara´s last blog post ..Instagram Friday

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    Love the shades. She does look very cool.
    Wendy Hagen´s last blog post ..Intsa Friday With a Walkie Talkie

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    So I was trying to leave comments on some of these cute blogs and if it was a blogger blog it wouldn’t let me. I was confused and searched around to find out that blogger is having problems with comments if you don’t have your comments in a pop-up or full page spread. Maybe you could pass the word along so people would get more comments on their blog. here’s the link to the blog with directions:
    Cara´s last blog post ..Instagram Friday

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    sister is stylin’ with those sweet shades! love.
    the jcp ad kind of really bothers me. but anyway.

    love your cute feet and nail color. also, should i be watching friday night lights?

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