Last year I participated in instagratitude2012 – and this year, instagratitude2013 has begun! It’s a fun instagram project started by Jeran at Oleander and Palm (one of my favorite blogs – check it out!).

instagratitude collage(Photos from Instagratitude2012)

For the 30 days of November, the goal is to take a photo of something you are thankful for, then post it to instagram with the hashtag instagratitude2013. It’s a great way to usher in this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season – posting a photo of something you are grateful for each day gives you reason to stop for a moment and appreciate all the blessings that surround you. I find this really calming and helpful at a time when I’m usually fretting about what to cook for thanksgiving or about what Christmas gifts to buy.

You can read more about #instagratitude2013 here.

Anyone can participate – just share the things that you are thankful for. It’s also fun to see what other people are posting at the same time.

Will you join in?




P.S. you can find me on instagram @mrspelkey


Midweek Manicure // Pretty Patriotic

Gearing up for Independence Day next week! It’s my favorite holiday because I love the parades, and the cookouts…and the fireworks! Annnd it’s 3 days after my birthday and I like having an extra reason to celebrate!

So, here is the first of two 4th-of-July themed midweek manicures:

Red White and Blue Mani

I used:

Red White and Blue Base

Grab yourself some red, white, and blue polishes and anything you conjure up will look pretty patriotic, if you ask me. I polka-dotted my ring and thumb fingers with white polish after painting on a bright blue base color.*  For the red and white striped nail, I painted two coats of White on White, waited for that to dry, and then taped off the stripes and painted on the red. Don’t let your nail dry too long before removing the tape. I left my index finger pretty plain and all red, and then just painted a triangle tip on my pinky. Done and done.

*And a word to the wise – make sure your polka dots are COMPLETELY dry, and use a thick coat of top coat, or you might end up with some weirdness (see: my left thumbnail).

4th of July nail Art

What do you think? Will you be giving yourself a patriotic manicure to celebrate the holiday? What are your 4th of July plans! I’d love to hear about them!



An Instagram Christmas

Christmas 2012 was a lovely one. Lots of quality time spent with family, lots of good food, LOTS of desserts (I really need to step up my diet game now). It even snowed a bit on Christmas morning which made the day extra special. I thought I’d share some of the photos I took from the day.

An Instagram Christmas Collage

From left to right:

  1. Cakettes from my boss at work as a yummy Christmas gift. Mine were eggnog and red velvet flavored.
  2. Radar was very happy to wake up to a white Christmas on Christmas morning.
  3. A Pre-Christmas friends Christmas dinner for which I made another of the brown butter sweet potato casseroles.
  4. Played darts at the Bro- and Sis- In Law’s on Christmas Eve and I had to document my one of TWO bullseyes. Pretty proud of myself.
  5. My Honey Santa all dressed up to give out Christmas gifts to the Sunday School kids.
  6. Our tree – steadily gaining ornaments each year.
  7. D is awesome and surprised me with an ipad for Christmas, on which I’ve been having lots of fun with the photobooth app…
  8. Radar knawing on his favorite gift. He turned 6 the day after Christmas and got yet another bone! Lucky dog.
  9. Snapped a photo of Dennis while we were at my Aunt’s house spending time with family and opening gifts
  10. Grandma got a parakeet for Christmas. She’s named her “Pretty Girl”
  11. Snookums the Nativity Cat
  12. Gearing up to put together D’s Christmas gift!
  13. A delicious Christmas ham courtesy of my mother.
  14. Some of my stocking stuffers – Essie polishes, Sally Hansen nail wraps and some peanut butter cups. Santa is so good at his job.
  15. D’s gift all put together – he was so excited and we both can’t wait to fire it up!
  16. The pretty mini-tree in the window at my aunt’s house

Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about 2013! Have you started thinking about your New Years resolution?


DIY, Inspiration

Inspiration Sunday // Halloween Decor

The holiday is upon us! How will you be spending your Halloween? Any of you dressing up? Hosting parties? Going trick-or-treating?

Here are some of my favorite Halloween-themed things from around the interwebz (pun intended).

1.// Easy and super-cute ghoastie garland from Wild Olive. 2.// Chalkboard wreath plaque from Make and Takes. 3.// Lots of fun and FREE Halloween printables at Family Fresh Cooking.

And if you haven’t already, check out the rest of my Halloween-themed Inspiration posts from this month!

And have yourself a yummy, spooky, and pumpkin-filled Halloween!