Hey, Friends! I’m so excited to finally be back to blogging. There have been so many things going on and I’m excited to share all of that new stuff with you! So, here is a little blog and life update.
In my last post (way back in February), I shared that we welcomed a sweet baby boy into our family, but he was born super early, so he spent 66 long days in the NICU. He has been home for a little over a month and a half and we are getting into a routine with our little snuggler.
His tiny nursery is coming along too. I will be sharing all of the details and the final reveal of that soon!
As you may have noticed, things look a bit different around here. Since our lives have gotten a little less crazy, I’ve had a bit of time to work on blog stuff. Elizabeth Joan Designs has gotten a complete makeover recently and I love how it is looking. Hopefully, you also find that it is easier to navigate your way around.
Looking for Free Printables?
There is a new tab up on the menu bar at the top called The Gallery. I’ve resurrected my printables and rounded up a bunch of my favorites there. You can get your exclusive pass and download as many of them as you want for FREE. Visit The Gallery link up top or click here.
Also in The Gallery are the 2018 Calendar & Planners. Yes, I know that 2018 is already 1/3 of the way over, but there is still plenty of time left to get your life organized. Download yours today!
I hope you are as excited as I am about all of the changes going on here. There are lots of ideas flowing around in my head, which means more decor, DIY, room makeovers, and free digital downloads coming your way soon!
Want to take a tour of The Country House or The City House?
Check out the updated Home Tour page!
Hello, Friends! I hope you are having an amazing week. You may have noticed that there have been a minimal number of posts over the past couple of weeks. To be honest, I’ve kind of been taking a vacation. From the blog, that is. Unfortunately, we are not relaxing on some exotic beach, soaking up the sun. (That would be the best!) However, we have been super busy with some very exciting new changes.
I want to share a new page I’ve added to the blog. It is our full home tour! You’ve probably seen parts of our home in the Fall-oween Home Tour Hop, the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tour, and the Spring Fling Home Tour, but this pretty much has it all. Everything all in one place. (You can also access it by clicking on the link in the menu bar at the top or on the right in the sidebar.)
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be spilling the beans on all of the new things going on. I hope you stick around to hear what we’ve been up too!
I love, love, love to take photos. Most of the time I drag my big ol’ DSLR camera along with me when I go somewhere and I edit those photos in Photoshop. But sometimes, the convenience of being able to bring your phone with you to take pictures just makes so much more sense. It is great to be able to kick things up a notch too with photo editing apps! You can brighten up a dark photo, or add some fun text or filters to give your photo a little flare. So today, I’m sharing the 7 Best Apps for Photo Editing. (I use the following apps on my iPhone, but some may be available on other devices.)
Camera+ by tap tap tap – Camera+ is an amazingly awesome app that allows you to have more control over your camera settings than the regular camera on your phone. It has really good manual mode settings which allows you to take beautiful photos in all sorts of different lighting scenarios. Plus, there are a lot of extra filters and options to help your pictures POP!
Adobe Photoshop Express by Adobe – The Adobe Photoshop Express has many great features, but I think my favorite would have to be the blemish removal tool. I’m not a fan of editing out permanent facial features (see my wrinkles!) or making people skinnier, but this option is perfect for removing that scary, huge pimple that popped up over night or those few crumbs you didn’t notice on the floor before you snapped your photo. (Luckily, I didn’t have any zits at the time of this pic!)
Pic Tap Go by Totally Rad! Inc. – This is my favorite, most used photography app. I love that I can quickly load a photo into Pic Tap Go and apply a few filters or crop in no time at all. Usually, I just brighten and sharpen, since I love my photos to pop with color. However, there are a lot of fun options to choose from (which you can preview before you even apply) if you want to go for a vintage or black and white look as well.
VSCO by Visual Supply Company – I love VSCO because it is so simple and the results are almost always beautiful. The app is super user friendly, with easy to use controls and lovely filters that can subtly accent your photos.
Rhonna Designs by Rhonna Farrer – If you want to add pretty graphics and text to your pictures, Rhonna Designs is definitely the way to go. There are tons of gorgeous font options and designs that can help you create beautiful and unique graphic photos.
Waterlogue by Tinrocket, LLC – Sometimes it’s fun to get a little artistic with your photos and Waterlogue is the perfect way to turn your pictures into art. This app takes your photos and, with the just the click of a button, changes them into beautiful watercolors. This photo started out as white plain flowers outside of our home, but now it looks like it was painted by an artist. So pretty!
Moldiv by JellyBus Inc. – This last app is great if you want to showcase several photos at once in a collage. Moldiv can stitch together a grouping of photos (like a this set from my home tour) and there are tons of combinations to choose from, which is perfect for sharing on social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.
I love how using an app to edit photos can give it just that little extra oomph! What are your favorite photo editing apps? Do you use any of these? I would to hear your recommendations in the comments below!
It’s a new year, which means everyone is sharing their latest resolutions and I am no different. There is something about putting away all of those holiday decorations and recovering from excessive delicious food consumption that really motivates people to want to make changes. Without further ado, here are my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Try To Successfully Do This DIY Blog Thing On My Own – When you are used to sharing all of the responsibilities of blogging equally with someone else, it can be a little intimidating to think of doing it all on your own. I know most of the bloggers out there are running everything solo, so it is totally doable. Wish me luck!
2. Share More – Though things may a bit sporadic and sparse around here while I try to get this solo blogging gig under control, one thing that is important to me is to share more of the personal stuff on the blog. Sure, step by step tutorials are great (there will still be plenty of DIYing going on around here), but throwing a little of the life material in with it all will hopefully make things more fun.
3. Be More Intentional – There may have been a time or two (or ten) that I have created something just so I would have a project to share on the blog. As fun as it is to put together most projects I work on, it can be frustrating to have put time into something that ends up in the trash or being donated because I don’t have a use/place for it. In 2016, I hope to be more intentional and create/work on projects that our family will love and use.
1. Spend More Time With Family – This is kind of self explanatory. I find that I tend to keep piling stuff on my plate just to try to please everyone, which in turn takes me away from the people I care about. Learning to say “no” is OK and something I hope will allow me to be present in the lives of my husband and kids. Because they are what matters the most!
2. Get Organized – I am finally reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and so far, I really like it. I have rounded up 3 garbage bags of clothing to donate and it is such a freeing feeling. By letting go of the things that I don’t love, I will be able to really enjoy our home. I’m tired of not being able to find things I need because they are hidden underneath all of the extra clutter we have.
3. A Healthier Me – Of course, this wouldn’t be a good resolution list without a little health talk, right? I’m doing the typical stuff… trying to eat clean, exercising, and drinking more water.
So, did you make any resolutions for 2016? What sort of things are you working on? I would love to hear what you want to accomplish this year!
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