My Favorite Instagrammers

I love Instagram. If you follow me (on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) you know this. I post lots of pictures of my life (mostly Nike), and that’s really fun for me.

But the best thing about Instagram is that it’s a little window into someone else’s world – sometimes even on the other side of the world. I love seeing the diverse ways that Instagram inspires people to create.

Here’s a list of my 15 favorite Instagrammers:

Nature

1. @munichandthemountains: Swiss alps, enough said.

A {Subtle} Kitchen Makeover

Hello, dear readers! Sorry I’ve been pretty MIA this month, but this spring has been a doozie. I’ve travelled a lot (you might have heard that my sweet Grandmother Dorothy passed away a few weeks ago), and I’ve been working hard on that list of goals for 2015.

I finally have my garden up and running, so you can expect a post on that soon, as well as some reviews of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.

But for now – a kitchen makeover!

Let the Quilting Begin

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When we found out we were having twins, Lisa offered to make baby quilts for our two littles. Since I’ve wanted to learn how to sew and quilt for a while now, I figured this would be a good time for me to kick start the training process. I don’t think I’ll be doing much of the actual sewing part just yet, but more of the cutting, planning, watching, and learning along the way. Baby steps for baby quilts!

DIY Skin Moisturizer

 photo thehelpmatescom_zpsb47570c5.pngSeveral years ago I had this terrible sunburn and a friend recommended I use pure sweet almond oil to help it heal. I was really nervous about putting pure oil on my face because during my teenage years I was trained to always choose oil free products, lest they cause a breakout. I tried it in spite of my fears and I loved the results so much that I’ve never looked back. Today’s post will be a primer in using simple oils to moisturize your skin, many of which are widely and easily available.

Keeping Your Castle Clean(ish) FREE PRINTABLE!!

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We’ve already talked about how I’d prefer that the house be clean but that I’m learning sometimes I have other priorities that need to be dealt with first. However, having a clean house is something I’m working towards, because my whole family will benefit from it if I can just carve out enough time to get it done. In the interest of trying to get as much done as I can without losing my mind, I’ve developed a “system” that I’ve been using and I’m going to share it with all of you.

DIY Electrolyte Drink

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Living in the Texas gulf area means we have about nine months of summer each year. And I’m a person who likes to work out – swim team practice three times a week, plus some running, biking, and the occasional extra workout, so I lose a lot of sweat. I have found that if I hydrate with an electrolyte drink before, during, and after a workout, I feel more energetic during a workout, I don’t get pesky leg cramps, I bounce back faster after a workout, and I even sleep better at night. My personal favorite drink mix is NUUN tablets. They are so delicious and easy to use, but at $.36 – $.45 per tab, it was costing $15 or more a month for me to drink. I wondered if I could create my own version for less money. Using the NUUN nutritional information as a guide, I developed my own DIY drink.

DIY Hair Cuts

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Almost ten years ago, I started cutting my husband’s hair to save money. Haircuts can be expensive, so this is a way to save money that can really add up over months and years. Since men’s hairstyles vary quite a lot, rather than give a detailed tutorial on how I cut my man’s hair, I want to share some resources that can help you learn how to cut hair for the man in your life.

Thanksgiving Place Cards with Kids

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This is an amazingly simple craft to do – and it is fun to do with children of all ages. We frequently had place cards at the Thanksgiving table when I was growing up, and oftentimes they were somewhat handmade, which I think adds to their value particularly for a holiday so centered around families and gratitude. There is something so great about feeling like you did something to contribute to the Thanksgiving preparations, even if it was something small.