***The winner of the PostalPix credit is Lesley!!! Congrats!****
Simple, sweet, and grainy!
Let’s put those instagrams to good use! (I’m jeannettg)
I had so much success with our birdhouse craft, I was stoked to see these canvas kits on clearance at Target for $1.48.
Hideous and weird? Yes.
Kept the kids quiet for a half hour? Yes.
Will they find themselves in the trash because neon frogs aren’t really my gig? Yes.
Am I mean? Yes.
Do I care? No.
Jilly’s IEP is next month.
It’s basically a big, giant meeting with the school district to go over her Individualized Education Plan for the next year (she’s only three, but that’s when kids move to the school district).
I was basically gonna show up solo and just fill Andy in on what they said.
Turns out, it’s a MUCH bigger deal than that. MUCH. And I’ve been informed by special needs parents all over the country that it can be hideous and one of the hardest days of my entire year. I had NO idea.
So I bought some booksand I’m dusting off my studying skills. Bring it school district. I dare you.
Rubber gloves, a replica of a pelvis, and a tiny little itty bitty plastic uterus.
Doctor appointments are frequent at this point in my pregnancy.
Isn’t being a woman grand?
This weird thing happens when you read blogs: you feel like you know the blogger.
And then certain things totally remind you of a blogger when you’re out and about.
It makes me wonder if people think of me when they see something?
Hideously yellow kitchen islands, perhaps?
Oh wait. You don’t see that. Because other people don’t do that. On purpose.
I have super powers of suggestion.
Subtle. Discreet. Sweet.
My husband should get an award for putting up with me.
A medal of valor or something.
Ten minutes later? What did I have in my hot little eight month pregnant hand?
Yes, that’s right.
Take notes ladies.
Speaking of hot little hands…
Six freshly cut, incredibly fragrant roses from my garden.
So pretty and happy, minding their own cotton pickin’ business decorating my living room.
Punk. Just you wait until your first boyfriend brings you roses. Then we’ll see how you like it.
(Kidding. Unless I don’t approve of him. Which I probably won’t. So all bets are off blondie. Muahahahaha!)
If you’re like me, you are irrevocably in love with Instagram.
And honestly, even though I have a big fancy DSLR, I find that many of my absolute favorite pictures are the ones I snapped with my cell phone. They capture the little things. The everyday. The simple moments otherwise overlooked and long forgotten.
Which is why I also love InstaFriday. And not because I host it. But because it paints the picture of our life.
So when I stumbled across Postal Pix, an app where you can order prints of your Instagrams right from your phone, I was in love. So many blog posts I’ve seen about printing instas talk about making a big collage in your computer and then printing it poster size at Costco and then cutting them all apart. Um, nothankyou. Too much work.
Download the Postal Pix app (in the app store), click a few buttons on your screen, pick your favorite instas right from your camera roll, and three days later I had a stack of thirty four 4×4 prints in my mailbox.
The quality was great, ordering was super duper easy, and shipping was fast. I’m a fan. I will be back.
I found a couple of (kinda ugly) bulletin board type things at Kohl’s on clearance for $9.99 each. I spraypainted the frames a crisp white and simply push pinned my instas right on. I purposely didn’t frame them behind glass because I want to be able to change them out easily.
I made sure to include things besides just pictures of the kids. I really wanted these two boards to tell the story of our life: the very necessary cup of morning coffee, the dishwasher filled with dishes, the flowers on the coffee table. Superhero capes at Costco, swim class, and trampolines. All of those things are life at the Gibson’s.
These two cork boards make me insanely happy. I cannot help but look at them and break out in a smile. Which is especially helpful when the kids are being insane. It makes me like them again. At least for a bit.
I have all these grand ideas for gifts. Dad’s office needs some insta love. Grandmas. Cousins. Postal Pix has a cool gallery of things their customers have done with their prints. My favorite is the instas hanging from helium balloons at a birthday party.
I asked Postal Pix if they’d be willing to hook you guys up too. And guess what? They said YES!
For starters, they are offering all of you 25% OFF YOUR ORDER from June 1 to June 3 with code: lifepix. Promo code ends 11:59 p.m. PST. So that gives you until midnight on Sunday! Go now! I got 34 prints for ten bucks at regular price!
And one of you lucky linker uppers will win a $10 PLUS free shipping credit to Postal Pix!!!! (giveaway now closed)
Now grab a button, link up, and leave comment love on at least two other InstaFridayers!