Maternity Leave! (Photo Post)

Things at our house have been very different these past two weeks since bringing our newest family member home. There have been a lot of naps and loads of laundry, but I’m lucky enough to have 12 weeks of Maternity Leave to get settled with our new tiny human. Entries may be a bit shorter these next few weeks while my brain gets used to sleep deprivation, but I have plenty of photos to make up for it (which is much more fun anyway 😉
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Stay Gold,

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Grace

Social Print Studio

I love being able to hold a tangible photograph in my hands. Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram and Facebook to share and browse photos, but there’s something comforting about having the real deal. So imagine my excitement when I found Social Print Studio, a company produces high quality matte prints of your photos from Instagram or Facebook!

Free express shipping from China? Yes please.

Free express shipping from China? Yes please.

I have ordered from them before, as you may remember, but they’ve grown and made some awesome changes. You can now order your prints in four different sizes: Squares (traditional 4×4 Instagram style), Mini Prints (2×3), Mighty Prints (4×6), and Mini Squares; adorable little 2×2 prints, which I decided to go with this time. At $15 for 48 prints AND FREE EXPRESS SHIPPING (I know. What a deal.) I couldn’t resist. Plus their App, Print Studio, free in the App Store, makes it super easy to order. The App enters your photos on your device, and you select the photos you want printed!

How adorable is this packaging?

How adorable is this packaging?

Don’t you just love getting packages in the mail? I was greeted this morning with my prints on my desk at the office. Having only ordered them Wednesday I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had already arrived! So of course I had to make a mess and spread them out to see what I picked (of course I’d already forgotten.)

Tiny Prints Everywhere!

Tiny Prints Everywhere!

Your photos are printed on high quality card stock and have a matte finish. My mind is full of ideas of how to use these little guys. Here are a few of my favorites. Some with the best friend, then some with the boyfriend 🙂

The bestie, L.

The bestie, L.

The boyfriend, also L

The boyfriend, also L

I couldn’t possibly wait until I got home to put a couple of these adorable photos to use, so I decided to personalize my computer monitor…

Yeah, it,s pretty colorful over here...

Yeah, it’s pretty colorful over here…

 

I’m all about this App. The photos are of great quality and perfect to use for crafts, gifts, or simply tiling your walls. You can also order framed prints and greeting cards from the same site. Check them out and get some tiny prints of your own 🙂

Stay Gold (and take lots of Instagram photos. Selfies, in my case.)

Friday outfit :)

Friday outfit 🙂

Grace

 

Pumpkins in the Burbs

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Today was a very productive Saturday after a very rough week. It felt good to take my mind off things by spending some quality times with a good friend and losing myself in some good old Halloween activities.

After being woken up by this bedhog, I got a text to get up and moving.

Gabby Baby

Gabby Baby

After filling up on breakfast and too much coffee, one of my oldest friends, M, and I decided to make the most of the day off and carve pumpkins and watch scary movies.

Good ol' IHOP with M.

Good ol’ IHOP with M.

I got a balloon bracelet from the IHOP Clown.

I got a balloon bracelet from the IHOP Clown.

We headed over to my parents’ house, spread out some garbage bags, and got to work on gutting our gourds.

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Muscles.

Muscles.

So once we got the pumpkins gutted and cleaned, we cheated a little bit and cut out some patterns to make our jack-o-lanterns look badass.

Whooo Whooo

Whooo Whooo

I went with a creepy owl. M went with something a little more detailed which you will see shortly…

*Chewy Noise*

*Chewy Noise*

CHEWY! I commended M on his detail and dedication to Star Wars. Mine turned out pretty awesome as well!

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With our pumpkins finished and glowing with electronic candles (it’s the future), I set to work on the OTHER best part of the pumpkins; THE SEEDS! I decided to do a sweet and spicy blend; this is what you’ll need.

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  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Two egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

And of course…

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So you wanna whisk together all the ingredients mentioned above in a medium sized mixing bowl, and add the cleaned seeds, like so.

IMG_0950Strain out the extra egg whites and add the seeds to a greased cookie sheet. I like to salt the seeds with a little sea salt as well.

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Bake for 15 minutes or until seeds are golden brown. Then add a little more salt and enjoy! Warning: They’re addictive.

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I hope everyone is having as great a Saturday as I am. It feels really good to be home and productive. Nothing beats spending good time with friends, family, and pets after having a hard week. Coming home to such a warm environment makes me feel so grateful for all I have in my life and all I have to be happy about. Who knows, maybe I might make being domestic a repeat occurrence.

Stay Golden,

...maybe not

…maybe not