Honest To Blog -- Ulterior Motives

I'm going to preface this week's Honest to Blog with this: This is is no way meant to hurt anyone's feelings, call anyone out, or point the finger/play the blame game. Instead I'm going to touch base on a topic much like my original post that spawned this weekly feature simply to share my newfound point of view.

I love meeting people through blogging. I'm so awkward and shy in person that it makes it hard for me to branch out and meet people. Plus I'm always working on something. I have a group of friends I wouldn't trade for the world, but I'm very cautious as to who I decide to associate with. I'm not sure what pushed me in that direction, but I don't like to just hang out with any ol' person. Blogging has given me an outlet to meet so many like-minded people all while I still manage to be productive. 4 out of 6 of my bridesmaids were met online/through blogging in some way. But I've started to become very particular with who I befriend and associate with online, just like in person. I've recently started paying much more attention to the way people conduct themselves and how they choose to go about communicating online. I've come to notice that so many people in the blogging world whose blogs I've read for months/years are simply part of a giant circle-jerk crowd. I don't want to be friends with someone because it may earn me more pageviews. I don't want to say yes to a guest posting invitation because I think I might get a handful of new followers. I won't lie, at one point that was probably a thought that fueled some of my actions, but being where I stand now I realize that that really isn't what it's about. I'm starting to resent the air of "strategy" that so many bloggers have.

Confession: A few months ago (as recent as a few weeks even!) I was ready to cut the cord to this blog and walk away. It started to not be fun for me. I started to recognize people for their ulterior motives and I even fell victim to blogging drama and catty girl hate. I've talked about the passive aggressive digs and all the messy stuff that comes with. This is blogging. It's honestly not too removed from high school. There are stuck up people, people who want to ride the coattails of others, manipulative people and ones who just want to undermine you for their own benefit. Blogging isn't the rainbow filled bubble we (I, especially) want to think it is. I get so much motivation, support, and inspiration from girls in the blogging world, but that really is just one side of it.

I never want blogging to seem like a popularity contest, but more often than not that's exactly what it is. People will judge how good your blog is based on how many followers you have or giveaways you offer. But blogging has become immensely more enjoyable for me since I stopped reading bloggers I would constantly side-eye and started reading the blogs of my followers. I absolutely love when y'all leave a link to your blog along with your comments! A simple URL works just fine, as ones who leave 3 or 4 lines of self promotion and "OMG come check out my giveaway" get marked as spam. (Again, in it for yourself. Genuine comments are a great way to become part of a close-knit community... just don't turn into That Blogger!). I'm the world's worst commenter but chances are highly likely that if you've left your URL in my comments then I've visited your blog. I follow mostly via Google Reader and I read almost, but not quite every post (sometimes it's overwhelming!), but I'm often at a loss for what to comment with. Anyway, I've noticed how much more inspired I feel when I read blogs that are genuine and void of any agenda. Climbing the circle jerk blog ladder isn't something to aspire to. I've read blogs who got 1+ million hits a month and I started to really look at how they responded to their readers (if at all!) via Twitter and other social media. If they gave absolutely no thought to it, I unfollowed. Even if/when I tweet at someone "higher up" in the blogging world and they are quick to dismiss me only to tweet constantly with their favorite bloggy BFF with "tons of followers", I get insulted. Wouldn't you?! I understand some people get an overwhelming amount of messages and @replies, so if it's a generic "aw!" or "that's so cute/great/awesome/funny!" tweet, I let it slide. But when I/others share sincere comments, it's a harder pill to swallow. I'm not always the best or quickest to respond to everything, but if you tweet at me with a genuine question, concern, comment or just to say hello, I respond back. I respond to every single email I receive too... even if it takes me a week. I'm not a blogging saint, so please don't think I'm trying to say that! But I finally recognize how rude and dismissive some bloggers are... for no reason. If they didn't have readers, they wouldn't be in the position they are now. They wouldn't have sponsorships, partner deals and the opportunities they do (I wouldn't either!). I value my readers so very very much. Even when you speak up and have concerns or constructive criticisms. Sure, the criticisms aren't always the easiest to digest but I try to look at them from a different perspective. Some are helpful and some are just mean. But that doesn't mean they're all malicious.

I know some of you still side-eye me when I say or do things you might think are totally hypocritical or stupid... it's human nature. I do it, too. I very often say/do things that aren't in line with my thoughts/beliefs without realizing. But I hope that each and every one of you read my blog because it inspires you or brings some sort of happiness into your daily lives. Not because I have thousands of followers you could potentially make yours, or in hopes that I link to you randomly. The friendships and relationships I've built from blogging have been some of the absolute best in my life. I don't want people to feel like they have to be sponsors of my blog in order to get mentioned.

I honestly stand behind this next thing that I'm going to say: If my blog doesn't inspire you, bring you genuine happiness or motivate you in any way to be better, feel free to unfollow! If you don't feel like I connect with my readers or give back in a way similar to what y'all give to me, don't feel obligated to read! I mean that with the utmost sincerity, no sarcasm or attitude involved. Explore the blogging world for all it has to offer. Find blogs that really do speak to you, but make sure the blog author is genuine and real. I'm not saying be skeptical of everyone you meet, but be smart. Make sure they're presenting themselves in an honest light. I'm so very far from perfect (and this little blog has all the proof of that!) but I'm willing to acknowledge and learn from my mistakes in hopes that it'll make me a better person. 

If you strive to grow your blog or audience, just make sure you stay true to yourself and look at everything from a grounded perspective. Don't let the hullabaloo of being a "big time blogger" be your driving force. Do it for the people you'll meet, the experiences you'll have, and the stories you have to share!

And while I'm on the topic of awesome audience blogs, leave a link to yours below! I want to get to know you if I haven't already! I'm constantly amazed at how many amazing blogs are out there in my general social circle that I've yet to stumble across! When I find one it's like a big "Ah ha!" moment and I wonder how I had missed it all this time! Please don't ever hesitate to introduce yourselves and send your links! You can always email me, too! (kaelahbee at gmail dot com)

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Honest To Blog is a weekly free-writing feature where I share whatever is on my mind. No edits, no filters. Just unapologetic, sometimes offensive, always truthful thought. Click HERE to read all of the past posts in this feature.

This feature has been a saving grace for me and my little blog. I love that you allow me to share my out-there opinions with you even if they're far from popular. It's a wonderful feeling to make LCH a more personal platform.

Sponsored Giveaway!

Here are the last round of giveaways from our October sponsors! I think you'll find the curated group below to be quite stellar! Here's what you could win!
Rosita Mustache Studio is offering up a pet portrait painting to the lucky winner! I have one of each Georgia and Pipkin (I'll share those soon!) and they're darling! Such a lovely treat! They'd make absolutely lovely gifts for the holidays!
Shop // Blog // Twitter
Minty Sweet is giving the winner a custom sculpted clay portrait of sorts! She did one of me in the past, as well as my pal Danny! Aren't they fun?!
Kirstin Marie is giving the winner a large ad spot for November on her personal life + style blog!

Grace from Betwixxt is giving away a handmade gift set that includes an "I use bad words" mug, a cute fox patterned stuffy, and a caravan makeup pouch! Cute!

Now here is how you can enter to win this giant prize pack! (Yep! One person gets all of this!)

To enter to win, drop by the sponsors above then leave a comment below telling me your favorite time of year! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! (You can spell it out like kaelahbee at gmail dot com to avoid spam!)

If you'd like additional entries you can.... 
+ Follow the blogs above/leave a sweet comment (one entry per blog followed, up to 3!)
+ Follow the sponsors on Twitter (one per follow, up to 4!)
+ "Like" the sponsors on Facebook (one per like, up to 2!)
+ Tell me your favorite item in their shops (one per shop, up to 4!)

If you kept tally then you'll notice that is up to FOURTEEN entries! Please be sure all entries are in separate comments so they can be properly counted! A winner will be drawn on Thursday and contacted shortly thereafter! Good luck! xo

Congratulations to Comment #6 Briana for winning the Pretty Zoo giveaway! Email me at kaelahbee at gmail dot com to claim your awesome prizes!

Kaelah's Cocktail Hour: New Old Lady

I've been bartending for over 5 and a half years now (holy crap!) so it goes without saying that I've found certain drinks to be my favorite to make and consume. I decided to start a new feature here on LCH sharing some of my absolute favorite cocktails from my bar. Some originated there. Some originated from me. Some came from goodness knows where but made an impression at my little bar. But they have one thing in common: they're all delicious. I'm biased to a few and this first one I'm sharing is my all time favorite. I might as well not drink anything else because 99% of the time, it's a New Old Lady.

In my 5+ years I have never had a single person tell me they didn't like the NOL when I suggest it. I get a lot of customers who have no idea what they want and this is always my first suggestion. It's kind of my baby!

Below you'll find the illustrated (and very simplistic) recipe, and I'll include ways to change it up to suit your mood underneath! 

For everyone afraid of taking a "recipe" to a bartender, worried that they'll roll their eyes at you and tell you they can't make it, don't be scared! I love when customers bring me new recipes and I love sharing my concoctions with other bartenders! Other bartenders (or you!) may recognize some of the drinks I feature by a different name, and that's all well and good! Every place tends to call it by a different name, and every bar may mix a Sex on the Beach differently! We don't actually abide by a little black book of recipes so don't be alarmed if I share something you think is wrong... it's just how we do it! Enjoy! (Click on the image below to see it full size!)

Ways to mix it up:
+ Add a splash of Sprite and/or pineapple juice. This is especially tasty if you serve it on ice as a drink!
+ Like the subtext reads, do equal parts whiskey and schnapps if you want to ease your way into it.
+ Add a tiny splash of grenadine for a fruity kick.

Most bartenders will understand what you mean when you say "one parts" and "two parts" and "splash"... but if you want to make it at home and you have no idea what that means, think of all alcohol equaling 1.5 ounces (2 or 2.5 if you're feeling wild!). 3 parts of 1.5 oz would be .5 oz each. 1 oz whiskey and .5 oz peach schnapps. I don't actually measure this as I've grown accustomed to just knowing when to pour/stop, but if you have a jig on your liquor, start to pour it and count to five fairly quickly. That is roughly between 1 and 1.5 oz. I tend to say counting to 3 is half an ounce but that's fudging it a bit! (ex: count to 5 quickly for the whiskey and count to 3 for the schnapps!) Okay, I may tend to give a wee bit more alcohol than the recipe calls for but oh well! If you're mixing it at home you can mix to taste so don't sweat it too much! If it's too strong you can always dilute it a bit with sweet ' sour mix. Be careful if you're prone to heartburn as the sweet 'n sour might set it off!

New Old Lady is without a doubt my favorite drink so if you find yourself craving something new when you're out and about (or even at home), give it a try! Let me know if you decide to try it and what you think! It's absolutely yummy! xo

What's your favorite cocktail to have when you go out?

PS; I'll also be sure to include some mock-tail recipes for all of you readers who are underage or choose not to drink alcohol! I can't leave you out! ;)

Things I Love Thursday

Thursdays seem to come like the speed of light each and every week! They're kind of like my Sunday (I say this all the time!) in terms of my weekend job so I really try to enjoy my week for all that I can. The weather outside is a bit gloom and doom today so I'll be working major overtime to finish up some creative projects inside, as well as some freelance design work (!!!) and personal ventures. Y'all, I'm really excited about this ebook! I'm really proud of it! Anyway, here's my week's worth of awesome and lovely things!
this candy corn cupcake recipe for halloween ♥

this pretty pretty pink pyrex ♥

these rilakkuma pancakes ♥

♥ this hilarious gif ♥

these painfully tacky shorts to match my litas + bag ♥

♥ these dream shoes! (but i can't find the source/brand!) ♥

this mini succulent garden ♥

this hilarious Ron mask ♥

this entire tumblr! (yes, i needed 3!) ♥

♥ these rad cookies ♥

Other Awesome Things: Susannah's Etsy shop is brimming with pretty things including her brand new bow scarf (!!!) ♥ Beca and Doug continue to blow me away with their passion for handmade between their brick + mortar and their Tumbleweeds sunglasses (Are they not amazing?!) ♥ I am so into these shoes I could just scream. Seriously. I'm on a self-imposed shopping ban if it's not thrifted so I can't justify them, but man alive... I'd wear them to pieces! ♥ I just redesigned my Tumblr layout! Scoot on over to check it out! If you follow me and I don't follow you back yet, leave me a little message in my Ask box so I can return the favor! ♥ I've landed some pretty big freelance design projects the past couple of weeks so I'm overflowing with ideas and creative time! I'll be following up this week here on LCH with some DIYs, a recipe or two, and a launch date for my PR + Marketing ebook! It's almost finished! And it's way better than I had hoped (but I'm biased!) I love feeling creative! ♥ My ukulele arrived yesterday (finally!) so I've already dove into learning my first song. Got all the chords down, just gotta learn the muscle memory! Maybe Mike and I will play a little diddy via video if I ever get better! ;)

I'll try and record my thrifting haul video today when I get home from a project meeting! I'm also going to be rerecording (or rewriting) a new red hair post since I get a million emails about it! Happy Thursday, Honeybees! You are my favorites! 

What are you loving this week?

PS; The winner of the Pretty Zoo giveaway is Comment #86 Blabbing Maggie! Feel free to email me to claim your prize, Maggie! Congrats!

Honest To Blog -- 23 going on 40

This week's free write is in the same vein as last week's. I mentioned last week that I often thought of myself as "23 going on 40" and that's no exaggeration. The realization can be both good and bad, and that's what I'm going to talk about today. 


I'm a 23 year old college grad with no intention (or desire) to ever work a 9 to 5. Okay, so obviously if push came to shove and I needed to work a set 40 hour a week schedule, I would. I'll do anything I need to to make sure I fulfill my dreams, but that's not the point. My entire college experience was overrun with projects, deadlines, and paper cuts. O'More left absolutely no time to "party" or have a typical college experience. For this I am grateful. What I mean by that is... I've never been much of a "partier" and while I am not sad in the slightest to have missed that, that's not to say I wouldn't have fallen victim to it like a few of my friends did. A few dropped out, a few managed to squeak through. But O'More didn't really let you do that. It was make or break. I spent 4 years obsessing over projects and deadlines that I didn't have time to socialize. But I never felt like I was missing out.

Fast forward a year or two and I still feel the same way. I don't go out to bars because I work at one. On the rare occasion we're visiting friends out of state we'll go out, but aside from shows here and there, I still don't get out much. Not that I'm a cat lady shacked up with my mister and nothing better to do. But I prefer to work. While I have no intention of having a corporate 9 to 5 job, I easily work 80+ hours a week. Whether it's on Honeybean, bartending, or design work... I'm constantly working. I'm constantly checking and responding to emails. There's even blog stuff to do. All of these things pay my bills, and I love every single one of them (This is where I feel really really lucky). I'd rather work my fingers to the bone than to go out and do typical "college/early 20s" things. Maybe I'm just shy. Or anti-social. Or both. Either way, I enjoy working more than I do socializing. This can be a good thing (to a certain degree).

There's not a single day that goes by that I don't almost-obsess over the future. Where are we going to move? Where are we going to open our brick and mortar? What about the schools in that town? Will our kids have a good future there? How far away is it from family/friends? It's ridiculous. This is where the "not so good" part comes in. 90% of the things I think about are totally irrelevant at the time anyway! This is also where that "worry/stress" tendency I have comes into play. I've realized that over the past few years that I've been so focused on the future that I've totally missed out on a lot of the present. Rather than explore Nashville for all it has to offer, I spend an embarrassing amount of time checking PadMapper and Google Earth for acceptable neighborhoods/towns to move to. Instead of enjoying Honeybean for the amazing blessing it has been, I'm obsessively searching for the next place to set up. It can get overwhelming.

I'm always trying to find the balance of never being too satisfied/content, and never taking the present moment for granted. It's so easy to do. It's so easy to completely overlook the fact that I'm blessed with so many amazing people and opportunities when I'm always looking for something else to do.

Maybe it's a good stance to have when it comes to business, but I want to make sure my business doesn't overrun my personal life. I consider a large portion of my "personal" life to be both that and business, but finding that equilibrium can be hard/daunting. Working from home on freelance design makes it difficult to separate my home/work life (and by difficult I mean impossible). Then I go to a bar to work on the weekends where most people go to socialize (and I get to do that, too, so that line stays blurred there also). 

While I'm only 23 (and we do not plan on having children any time soon!), I constantly daydream about finally being a mom. I know that will be an absolute game changer for us and our businesses, but it's something I think about constantly. (Secret time: I totally have a little stash of baby girl dresses that I've collected over the years. Vintage and handmade. Mike rolls his eyes and tells me no each time but I can't pass them up! Another secret: This scares me into thinking karma will never let me have a girl! haha See! These are the things my brain thinks of!) I think about our future house, our yard, our mailbox (!!!) and flowerbed. I daydream about our shop and how we'll decorate. I think about how our children will (hopefully) grow up in our shop and work there and maybe one day we'll pass it on. I get so wrapped up in what's to come that I forget to stop and enjoy it now.

I'm terrified that I'm going to wake up one morning, really be 40, and feel like my early 20s were a blur. This is such an exciting time in our lives! Opening our businesses, establishing ourselves, exploring, getting married... it's so great. But I always catch myself saying "I can't wait until..." I need to learn to think in the present. 

While I think it's important to always strive for more and to never become too satisfied, I'm trying to avoid the incessant urge to say "more more more!" I want to grow as a business owner, a person, a soon-to-be-wife, daughter/in-law, etc. But I don't want my need to be "better" than I was yesterday to overshadow my relationships with people. 

So I have to ask... how do you handle the balance? Where do you find that equilibrium in your life? Are you a business owner with a personal life to manage? Give me your secrets! I need them! ;)

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My Honest-To-Blog series is a weekly feature on LCH where I free-write about personal thoughts and situations. They're completely open, honest, and never edited. What you read is how I think... and sometimes it's a real big jumbled mess! You can read the rest of the series so far by clicking HERE!

Featured Sponsor: Pretty Zoo

I'm so so so very excited about this month's featured sponsor, Zoe from Pretty Zoo! Not only is her blog chock full of inspiring bits and bobs, but her new jewelry venture is absolutely stunning. It doesn't hurt that she's a total babe and sweetheart either! Zoe is here to answer a few quick questions for all of you Honeybees and she's going to share a super rad giveaway at the bottom, too! Be sure to click through and see just how adorable and talented she is for yourself, and then enter to win! xo

You're quite the world traveler, are you not? What's it like to move internationally?
It's amazing!! Moving with my boyfriend from New Zealand to Germany was a huge and slightly scary step, but an awesome challenge! We learnt some German, travelled around Europe a bit, and experienced living with a completely different language and culture. We lived there for almost a year, then moved to London a couple of months ago which was so exciting, and I'm absolutely loving it here! 

Pretty Zoo is the name of your blog and new jewelry line. How did the name come about?
I'm not 100% sure!! I love animals and pretty things, so I think I just combined the two! I also like how it kinda references my name with the letter Z, and the idea of my blog and shop as a collection of pretty things in a place people can visit (like a zoo!) II'm a bit torn about zoo's; I love them, but I hate the enclosures. 

How did you decide you wanted to get into making jewelry?
I've wanted to make jewellery for a while now, and have had little ideas brewing in my head. Then when I was in Germany working as a design freelancer, I'd find myself with spare time so I decided it was now or never! I did alot of planning and developing, and finally launched my shop in September after we had moved to London. 

Your pieces are undeniably gorgeous, and incredibly unique! Where did the inspiration for your work come from?
Aww! Thankyou! The inspiration for my jewellery came from my love for the Old World, vintage ephemera, botany, natural history, and explorers! I'm obsessed with the idea of cabinets of curiosities and adventurers setting off on long expeditions and discoveries, so my jewellery has a strong antique/explorer influence.

You're also a graphic designer and illustrator! How fun! Have you always been an incredibly creative (and talented!) gal?
I love making things! I'm project obsessed, and I can't stick to just one or two creative outlets! I was pretty arty growing up, and ever since I could I've studied art, drawing, design, photography and other creative subjects. I always wanted to have a creative career- I went through phases of wanting to be an Art Teacher, Tattooist, Architect, Artist, Fashion Designer, Interior Designer, Photographer... they all seem so fun! :)

What's a typical day like in the life of Zoe?
My typical day has recently changed dramatically!! For the past year it was pretty much just working on freelance design and illustration work, designing blogs and print work for Freckled Nest, developing my jewellery, blogging on Pretty Zoo and dreaming up creative projects. But, as of last week, I am employed full-time! And I mean FULL time! My days currently look a bit like this: Up at 6.30am, on the bus at 7.30am, two train changes and then I'm at work a little after 8.30am. I work with an amazing team of really passionate, hard-working and incredibly lovely and fun people, designing prints and garments for leading high street retailers like Topshop and ASOS. (It's a dream come true!!!) Lunch is had at my desk, and I leave sometime between 6.30 and 8.30pm. I'm usually home after an hour, then I have some dinner with the boy while we chat about our days. Then at about 9.30pm I'm onto my computer again to catch up on emails, and most importantly, do design work and emails for my Freckled Nest clients. I try and get to bed by midnight, then it's up again early in the morning! 

Who are some people that inspire you on a daily basis?
I'm most inspired by people who are passionate about what they do, or what they're working towards. I'm inspired by Leigh-Ann and Kyla of Freckled Nest, they've built an amazing little design company and are incredibly smart and talented. Also Elsie of Red Velvet who seems to be living the dream! I love Bri from Design Love Fest too, she's a great designer and a stylish, smart lady! And I really admire Kaelah for making her Honeybean dream come true! I'm so happy for her :)

Let's daydream for a minute. If you could write your life story, where would you write yourself 5 years from now? 10? 20?
Five years from now, I'd maybe still be living in London, designing up a storm and having adventures! After ten years, I would've travelled around the UK and Europe, as well as a road trip around the States, a visit to Canada, and would possibly be back in New Zealand, either creating for kick-ass clients or having my own shop! Or both! And after twenty? I've never thought about that, but there'd probably be some babies along the way by then, eeek I can't think that far into the future!! ;)

Where else can the lovely Honeybees find you online?

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Do you just love her yet? Right?! So in honor of this super rad feature, Zoe is giving away an original pattern illustration, set under glass in a hand-stained wooden frame! It's 100% one of a kind as it features the original drawing. Swoon! And here is how you can enter to win:

Visit Zoe's shop, Pretty Zoe (Here's the Etsy version, too),  and tell me your very favorite piece in her shop! Then just leave a comment below (with your email spelled out!).

For extra entries, do the following and leave a separate comment for each!
+ Follow Zoe's blog
+ Follow Zoe on Twitter
+ Tweet/Tumblr about the giveaway and include a link (tag @kaelahbee and @zoeweir)
+ Blog about the giveaway and include a link

That's 5 ways to win! A winner will be drawn next Thursday!

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The winner of the group giveaway last week was: Comment #24 Mih.aela!

If you're interested in being the Featured Sponsor of January (or any month in 2012!), shoot me an email at kaelahbee@gmail.com or check out the Sponsor page for more info! Book by the end of the month to get $30 off!

Things I Love Thursday

Here's my happy list of all things lovely this week!

this adorable photo

 these gorgeous polaroids 

 this adorable gremlin applique 

 this pixar lamp halloween costume!!! 

 this cozy bedroom 

 this texture on this photo 

 these pretty pretty macarons 

this beautiful print + quote

 this sweet/silly grandma meme 

Other things that are awesome: In need of any cute Halloween-inspired jewelry? A Cute Fear has you covered!  Heather posted her wedding soundtrack on her blog and she's hosting a fundraiser for a friend who is in need of a kidney transplant. They have a $5000 goal and they're only partially there. Pop over to see if you can help!  Easily Dunn posted a brilliant sweater-to-cardigan DIY! I must try this one.  This awesome shark dress even though it's no longer available!   The Pomodoro Technique is a life saver for me. I'm a huge fan and I use it daily. The idea is simple, but the results are surprising! 

Invites to places and things... because sales are always fun! PLNDR // Ideeli // Shop It To Me // Haute Look // Gilt Groupe // Beyond The Rack

What are you loving this week?

Wedding Wednesday

Let me preface this little DIY with this: It's simple. So simple that I probably shouldn't even call this a tutorial (so I won't). I was first inspired by the second image from a past WW post and I thought "Oh hey, that's cute!" so I did it. Our wedding is going to be very low-key, DIY driven, and Southern. What is more southern than mason jars (aside from Paula Deen)? Exactly. I love a little spray paint, and I've shared painting vases in the past to mimic milk glass. This is perfect for your windowsill, your dinner table, your desk, or your wedding centerpieces. Below I'll show you 4 different stylings of it and let you get to work! Enjoy!

All you need for #1 is a mason jar and spray paint. Guess what you do with them? Yep. Simple.

#2 is a mason jar, spray painted white, wrapped with a rough piece of burlap, and secured by a few rounds of your favorite color yarn. The best part is that you don't need any glue or anything. Use the yarn to secure the burlap and tie it in the back. It'll slip right off so you can slip a new cover on it!

#3 is just the spray painted mason jar with some thick twine or jute wrapped around the top. You can do this around the top, the middle, or the whole thing. It gives it a really fun rustic vibe!

#4 is just some hand-ripped cotton fabric wrapped around and knotted in the front. Seriously... it doesn't get much easier than that!

A few tips I've learned from spray painting glassware:
1. When in doubt, use glossy spray paint. I'm a huge fan of a matte finish, and the matte looks great in colors, but more often than not the white matte spray paint comes out like a chalky primer. It's really really gross to the touch and it doesn't give you a smooth surface. The glassware is typically shiny, so keep it simple with the gloss!
2. Use brown for an earthy tone, baby blue or pink for a baby shower, and maybe black or orange for halloween decor! 
3. When you're doing pastel colors like blue, pink or yellow, do a base coat of white glossy spraypaint first. This will help the colors really pop and be even!
4. If you want to make the decor on the jar more permanent, use a little bit of hot glue to secure the burlap/twine/etc. 

I thought #2 was the perfect look for Autumn so it's now sitting on my desk next to my computer. It's the perfect punch of color for the season and I think having fresh flowers nearby is always inspiring! xo

Sit Here for a While

Imagine the feeling of being totally overwhelmed by to do lists, decisions, and life in general (We all experience it... probably more than we'd care to admit!), then all of a sudden everything seems to clear out and calm down... You still have a laundry list of things to get done, you still haven't decided one way or the other on anything, and life is just as crazy as it ever was, but it doesn't seem to matter. The worry is gone. I like that feeling.

I'm pretty sure I mastered the art of worrying in college. Especially in my early years. I could (and still can, on occasion) find the most mundane thing to be troublesome. It's almost as if I lived for the stress. The past few years (and a whole lot of help from Mike) have really helped me see that it's not healthy. And that's it's okay to just "go with it" for a bit. Worrying does absolutely no good. Sometimes I have to slow down and remind myself of that.

KB, You know better than to worry so much. Stop the stress. Chill out. All that stress is just a roadblock for productivity and action. Love, KB.

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.-Benjamin Franklin

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. -Elbert Hubbard

What do you do to de-stress? What helps remind you to slow down and relax?