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{ 2/30 – 10 pet peeves }

30 things


This week’s 30 Things is…

Describe 10 pet peeves you have.


Oh, sometimes I feel like I could go on and on with pet peeves but I’ll stick to the ones that really bug me.


1. When someone leaves less than a cup of something in a carton.

It drives me crazy when I open the refrigerator to get something to drink or pour milk and find out the carton in practically empty.  Thanks a lot.


2. People who don’t follow the flow of traffic in the school parking lot.

Our school did a wonderful job restructuring the parking lot this year so there is plenty of space to wait in your car and for other cars to go around you.  But there’s always that one car that double parks so NO ONE can get around.


3. Drivers who don’t use their blinkers.

Pretty self explanatory.  I think our county has more than its fair share though.

4. The heavy mechanical noises in some music lately.

I like pop music and a lot of contemporary music but I can’t stand the heavily processed music all over my radio lately.  I’m looking at you Demi Lovato.


5. Shoppers who park their cart on one side of the aisle and then look for something on the other side of it.

Does this happen to you?  The Meijer’s I shop at has pretty big aisles so it really shouldn’t be the issue that it is.  Why take up on side with your cart and then stand in the open space?


6. When I find dirty clothes laying around after I’ve already done laundry.

My oldest is so guilty of this right now that I had to actually make it a chore that she has to check off at night from her list.  And to my husband- if you try to make a free throw of  your socks (and anything else) at the laundry hamper and miss…well, please pick it up and go for a layup.


7. The absolutely awful commercial that are on tv.

I can’t believe some of the awful commercials on lately.  Some are so sexist that it makes me cringe or just so awkward that I can’t believe the company actually paid someone to come up with it.


8. Chewing with your mouth open.

I don’t really have to explain that do I?  It is kinda cute though when my little man does it though because of the face he makes.  Hopefully, he’ll grow out of it?


9. Seeing children out in winter with no shoes, no hat while the parents are bundled up within a inch of their life.

I don’t like being cold and I always dress my kids up or send them with more than they need.  You don’t need your hat?  That’s okay but at least you have it.  I hate seeing little babies with no shoes on in winter time or just pj’s at the the store.  It’s 20′ out people!


10. Having the television up too loud.

I don’t mind noise.  I like hearing kids run around and play.  I even like loud music.  But a loud television sounds like sitting next to the speaker at a rock concert to me.  I wish there was a way to lock the volume control.


Most of these are really no big deal in the grand scheme of things and may seem eye-roll worthy to some but it’s another part of what makes me, me.  Some days they can really bother me and others I can let it go.  Except the blinker thing.  I really can’t stand that.



{ strangest book you’ve read }

I admit a first that this week’s book chat topic from Jessica and her co-host Stacey had me a little stumped at first.  When I thought about the strangest book I’ve ever read many different books came to mind.  I also debated on what strange meant to me.

The definition of strange is something unusual or surprising and something not previously or encountered.  Most of the time strange has a negative feeling attached to it as well.  We don’t usually like “strange”.  So for this week’s book chat I decided to take a positive look at “strange” and go with a book that left feeling strange but in a good way.

I don’t often read outside of my comfort book zone so when The Night Circus was chosen for the Literary Junkies book of the month a few months ago I had never heard of it.  Like most people, I made my first judgement of it by the cover.  The cover was pure black with dashes of white and red thrown in.  It made me think of a psychedelic Alice in Wonderland at first.  It looked haunting and dark but with the promise of something bold.

I was absolutely freaked out.

It looked so far out of my comfort zone that it took me most of the month to even pick it up and open to the first page.  And I’m so glad that I did.  The Night Circus is a strange book but in the absolute best of ways.

Erin Morganstern is a beautiful writer.  Everything was described in such  fantastical imaginings but so easily accessible. When I was reading The Night Circus I felt like I could see the what was in the tents and smell the carmel in the air.  The writing drifted through different points of view and each brought more of the circus to life and you were able to see what what going on.  But at the same time felt like you were only being given part of the puzzle and you had to keep reading to see more.

I had never read a book with such imagery and it was unnerving to me at times.  It wasn’t the safe and happy books I typically read but it worked its way into my head and I couldn’t put it down.

My original copy was from the library but the book is so beautiful that I went out and bought my own as well.  The pages have elegant black and white flourished with tent striped endpapers and the section breaks have a quote on one side and images of constellations in the night sky on the other.

The Night Circus is strange but I learned that some strange is a good thing.  I’ve feared the strange in books for a long time and reading Erin Morganstern’s writing made me realize that stepping out of that comfort zone can be rewarding.  I would have missed a wonderful book if I let my feelings of “strange” stop me.  

{ life-n-reflection – quick pages and storyboards }

I am thrilled to bring you my favorites this month from Life-n-Reflection. They are right up my scrapbooking and blog alleys.
{ Spring Day Quick Page }

Sometimes when I’m scrapbooking I get stumped. I have wonderful pictures on my screen but I don’t know what to do with them or worse, I’m in a hurry. Quick pages are the answer to both of dilemmas.

What are quick pages? They are already put together scrapbook layouts where all I have to do is pop my pictures in and I’m done. The Spring Day Quick Page is the perfect mix of whimsical and summer love. The set includes files and examples of the following:

– 1 PSD Quick Page 8″x 10″ 300dpi
– 1 PSD Blog Boards 800 x 1000 pixels

Below is how I used the Quick Page for some of favorite shots of last summer.

If you want to tryout Quick Pages and Blog Boards, try the Maisy Quick Page for free. Oh, yes, FREE! It has the same features as the Spring Day…
Set includes files and examples of the following:
– 1 PSD Quick Page 8″x 10″ 300dpi
– 1 PSD Blog Boards 800 x 1000 pixels

Here I used the Blog Board to show off some of my favorite backyard flowers from last year.

And for those who need a little Photoshop help, check out the video from Life-n-Reflection below.

{ project life printables – bingo cards & what’s new in the shop }

{ d o w n l o a d   h e r e }

I’ve been working with some new ideas lately and one of my favorite styles lately have been Bingo Cards.  They have been very trendy for the last few years and I am a huge fan of them. I’ve created these Spring style Bingo cards for this week’s printable.  
You can download individual png files and a printable jpeg sheet here.  
You can now find Pretty Little Prints on etsy and in addition to storevny.  
I’ll be busy adding inventory to etsy over the next few days but I have a few new designs already in stock.  

{Cocoa Love Journal Cards}

{Vintage Paper Vol.1 Cards}

In celebration of my etsy opening, I am also offering 20% off with the special blog only code below.


Happy Earth Day!

{ 2/30 things – real fears }

This week’s 30 Things is…
Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

1.  Something happening to my children.
This is my number one fear.  Sometimes I just want to wrap my children up and keep them home forever.  When horrible events like the ones of this past week happen it just adds another layer to it.  And it doesn’t matter if it’s their feelings either.  My daughter is just like me when I was her age and she takes everything to heart.  We’ve dealt with our fair share of hurt feelings this year and it’s hard as her mom to not just “fix” it for her.  I know that deep down I can’t protect them from everything but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try.

2.  Absolutely anything to do with snakes.
I almost had a full blown panic attack a few weeks ago when my husband called to tell me that he was getting a snake from a friend.  I freaked out to the point where I was physically ill.  It’s a probably a irrational fear as well because I’ve never been around actual snake for any amount of time.  I’ve never had one run across my feet in the garden (my neighbor did though) or even touched one.  My earliest memory of the fear is when I was in elementary school and for some reason there was presentation in our classroom about animals and the speaker actually put the snake on the floor and let it crawl around the desks.  I couldn’t even walk on that part of the floor for days with out it creeping me out.  If I would have been in Harry Potter’s shoes we would have lost the battle as soon as that huge snake started crawling across the ground.

English: Amelanistic Stripe Corn Snake
 The snake in question… Corn Snake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3.  Making a bad decision.  
Not a bad decision like “those pants do not match that shirt”, but those decisions that have ramifications that can have consequences for perhaps years to come.  Actually, I even have problems with the decisions that are even on the smaller side.  “Is this the right punishment?”, “What kind of tv should we buy?” and “Is he the best dentist?” are just some things that I’ve had to think about lately.  Once I make the decision I stand behind it but I’ll still second guess myself in my head for a long time.  

What are your fears?

To find out more about my 30 Things start here

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{ coffee table books }

This week’s with Sweet Green Tangerine talks about coffee table books.  I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I thought coffee table books were sooo boring.  We didn’t even have a coffee table so why on Earth did we have to have coffee table books?  But when I was old enough for my first apartment one of the first things I bought was a coffee table book of National Geographic photographs from a thrift store because I thought it made me look more grown-up.  Go figure.  

Since my early days as a broke college kid I’ve come a long way in my tastes in coffee table books.  I also have a small confession to make.  While my day-to-day style is just jeans and a nice (and not stained) shirt, I have a secret love for fashion books.

I’ve never owned Louis Vuitton, Dior or Jimmy Choo (and probably never will) but I love all of their styles and colors.  I love looking at fashion through the years and memorable moments in fashion.

My real love though… is Audrey Hepburn.  I’ve loved Audrey Hepburn since I was 12 years-old and saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the very first time.  My pre-teen mind thought she was so pretty and so sophisticated.

I’ve amassed quite a collection of Audrey Hepburn books over the years and while I don’t have a coffee table, they do sit on a shelf in my room where little fingers can’t touch them.  There isn’t many things that I put up and away from my children, but my Audrey books are be at the top of that list.