Motivational Pins

Some days everyone can use a little pep talk right? There are certain sayings that I glance over and they don’t mean a thing to me, but then there are some that hit right to my heart. So maybe someone who is struggling with something today will be able to be encouraged by one of these pictures. I hope everyone has a great Thursday!

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QOTD: Which of these is your favorite? What is something you tell people to encourage them?

Fall Pinterest Crafts

Last year, I went out on a limb and finally completed a Pinterest craft. I have so many things pinned, but either don’t have the time (or the patience) to actually do one of the crafts.

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It actually turned out better than I expected for my non-crafty self, and so I wanted to try something for this year, but wasn’t sure what to do. So, I again headed over to trusty Pinterest to find some cute and easy (for me) ideas. Yall, there are SO MANY to choose from! Absolutely no shortage of ideas. Here are my favorite fall Pinterest crafts:

Fall candle holder:

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Mason jar lid pumpkin:

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Fall frames:

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Initial pumpkin:

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Pumpkin Tree:

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Thoughts? Any favorites from this bunch? I think the last one is my favorite, but it is a bit intimidating to make! Happy fall y’all! Hope the temps are cooling down wherever you are!

QOTD: Do you make any of your own fall decorations? Ever done a fall Pinterest craft? Which is your favorite?

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A Good Laugh

Sometimes it’s fun to just be silly and laugh. I am having one of those days. No earth shattering news, no health or fitness tips, just a little bit of fun. I hope it makes you smile on this hump day!

Love it…

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Yes! All true in this house.

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Yup.

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I never turn my back to the door.

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Don’t sit with your dog like this…

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Bahaha

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aaahhh!

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OH MY GOSH!

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Big spider?

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Oh boy.

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Now smile, and go be nice to someone. Smile HUGE giveaway coming up on my blog tomorrow! Also, don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes to win a $1000 spafinder giftcard!

QOTD: Which of these is your favorite?

5 Pinterest Crafts

Ok, show of hands, who loves Pinterest? Pretty sure almost everyone. next question, who pins tons of cool things and ideas, but then never actually does them? Um…guilty! I will be the first to admit I am not a crafty person. However, there are some seriously cute, cool, functional, and smart ideas on Pinterest I would be wise to take advantage of. Here are five that I really like and hope to try/implement/do in the near future.

1.)  Towel baskets: We don’t have a ton of shelf space in our master bathroom, so the towels are currently under the sink. I think this is a cute and cheap way to give us back our sink space and display our towels. Plus, it looks simple enough! I like these Rattique Baskets.

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2.) Great gift idea! Put stick-on decals on a picture frame and remove the back of the frame.

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3.) Nail Polish Keys: Paint nail polish on different keys so you know which is which.

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4.) No Sew Curtains. Panel of fabric, curtain rod, curtain rings with clamps, easy!

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5.) Pretty serving tray: glue a bowl, 2 plates and 2 candlestick holders together

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Writing this post has totally got me into a crafty mood! I so envy those women with awesome craft blogs and home decorating/organizing blogs. I think I have a thing or two to learn!

On another note, so glad today is Friday. It has been a bit of a roller coaster week, so ready to relax with Bobby and catch up on some things here at the house. Have a great day everyone!

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QOTD: Have you ever created a Pinterest project? How did it turn out? Would love to see links to pins of your favorites or ones you want to try!

Pinterest Pumpkin

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One of my goals for October was to actually do one of the crafts I am always pinning on Pinterest. Sometimes I just need to take a break and do something fun and relaxing…all part of good mental health, which is very important in my opinion! I finally bit the bullet and picked one that seemed simple enough (with a few modifications on my part) and I am pleasantly surprised with how it turned out!

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I first saw this pumpkin on Pinterest and followed the link to a fun blog where I found the directions. Not gonna lie, the directions seemed a little scary for this non-crafty gal, but I was determined.

I was on the lookout for a craft pumpkin, when I saw one, already cream colored, at Target! Take a step out of the process without having to paint an orange one? Yes please! I also wasn’t so sure about the whole transfer paper and paint thing, so I decided…why not just use a sharpie?

So here is what I did:

-I found a font I liked, and printed out the “M” as big as would fit on a piece of paper, and then printed it out.

-Then, I cut out the M as closely as I could and taped it to the pumpkin

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-I then vvveeerrryyyy carefully traced around the M with a pencil.

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-Finally, I used a chisel tip thick sharpie to outline and then fill in the M. I may spray paint a coat of some sort of sealant on it, but other than that, I’m done, and oh so proud!

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Let me know if you have any questions about anything I did to make this. Hopefully there will be more Pinterest projects to come!

QOTD: Have you ever made anything off Pinterest?

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Pingraphy

 

Who loves Pinterest!?!? (Are you waving your arms wildly in the air like I am?) If you do, then you will love this new-to-me tool that you can use to schedule your pins. Some of you may know of my love for Buffer from Healthy Living Summit and using it to schedule tweets and Facebook updates, but we should schedule out pins as well. Just like you don’t want to bombard a Twitter feed with update after update in a short period of times, you should space out your pinning as well. I know it’s hard, because if you are like me, I get on there and see a ton of cute things I want to repin and I go to town! This is fun, but not getting your blog or pins a lot of exposure since it’s condensed into such a short period of time. So, what’s a social media junkie to do?

Enter Pingraphy. If you are familiar with other scheduling platforms, this will be a breeze. Simply sign up using the same email and password you used when you signed up for Pinterest. Them be sure to drag the pingraphy button into your toolbar up top below your address bar for easy scheduled pinning, and you are ready to go!

Ok, so say you are on my blog and you really want to pin a sweet photo of my awesome new pink running shoes.

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Simply click the Pingraphy button in your toolbar and all the photos from my post appear—with checkmarks.

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Click the “uncheck all” button unless you want to pin eeevveerrryyy image, and just click the one or two you want to schedule. Hit next, then a box will pop up asking you to schedule the time/date and what board it should be pinned to, or upload it to Pinterest right now. After you schedule, click confirm and you are done! So simple.

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Not only is this tool important for spacing out pins, but it’s also a time saver. Say you know tomorrow you are super busy but you want to get pins up, you can schedule a bunch for the next couple of days, and then not worry about it tomorrow when you are too busy to pin, are on vacation, etc.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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QOTD: What is your favorite thing to look for on Pinterest? I like home organization pins and decorating ideas, especially for holidays.

Making Friends

 

When you were a kid, you made friends at school or in your neighborhood by sharing a swing on the playground, or biding bikes down your street. Now that we are adults, we still need to interact and make friends. I don’t know about you, but I don’t swing all that much anymore, but one thing remains the same…sometimes you have to put yourselves out there to make friends.

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I have gotten a couple of e-mails from new-ish bloggers asking me how they can make more friends online. Some people feel like they aren’t in the “club” and want to know how to get “in.” First of all, as far as I know there isn’t a club, so good news! The reason why it seems some people are always talking to others more often, its because they are putting themselves out there. Everyone wants to be talked to, or else they wouldn’t be on social media sites, so take the first step and start talking! Where? I’m glad you asked!

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I realize a lot of this is old news to a some of you, but think back to what you knew about social media when you first started blogging…you probably didn’t know a whole lot. So let’s get some newer folks involved so they can continue on their journey to health!

Twitter: This is the biggie. This is where you will make the most connections and “talk” the most. (At least I do!) When I first got my twitter handle (@runningwithsass) I didn’t really understand how it worked. I had to do a lot of googling and just get out there and start tweeting. It was a little confusing at first as a Facebook only user, but I quickly caught on and now love it!

Pinterest: This is something I recently joined, and just like Twitter, I wasn’t sure how it “worked” but with a little research I figured it out and now it is the biggest time suck for me! You can “pin” photos, motivational quotes, blog content, etc. on a number of boards that you create and friend people so they can “follow” your boards. Find my pinterest profile here.

Stumble Upon: This is a good way to get exposure for your blog. You can friend people and see the sites that they “stumble” (like) and see who shares common interests with you, etc. It’s also a good way for you to find other sites and blogs that will help you make friends and learn more on your fitness and health journey. My profile here.

Facebook: This is definitely not a must, but I personally enjoy having a Facebook fan page for my blog. Fans can “like” my page and I post content on there like my workouts, blog posts, fitness questions, etc. It’s a great way to interact with other bloggers and my readers and get feedback. My running with sass fan page here.

LinkedIn: This is more of a professional connections site, but still a great way to meet and connect with people in your industry, location, etc. You can find connections and friend people on here as well. My profile here.

Daily mile: Daily mile is a place to keep track of your workouts, and it’s more than just running! You can track cross training, weight lifting, and a variety of other things. People on Daily Mile are great accountability partners, and it’s also a great way to track your workouts. There is even a phone app so you can add workouts on the go! My daily mile profile.

Healthy Living Blogs and FitFluential are two other GREAT places to meet people!

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Bottom line, if you wait around for people to talk to you, it may not happen. If it does happen, it will probably happen slowly. If you really want to make friends and be involved in social media, do just that GET INVOLVED! Join in twitter chats like #runchat or #fitblog. Retweet other people when you like what they say. Just like a lot of things in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. Blogging and social media are a lot of FUN. Blogger meet ups are great, and new friends are amazing. Dive in and see how encouraging and open healthy living bloggers can be!

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QOTD: What is a site I didn’t list that you use? What is your favorite way to make new friends online?

Sunday Randoms

 

Hello friends! I am actually typing this post on Friday morning for Sunday (today now, I guess) so I hope by time this is posted you will have all had a fabulous weekend! More on mine later. This morning…er…I mean Friday morning, our new neighborhood YMCA FINALLY opened! Just in the nick of time, because I was starting to go stir crazy in the boot with nowhere to workout! (we cancelled our other membership at for the end of November.) Bobby and I had a great early morning weights workout before he went to work, then I hit the stationary bike for an hour.

Our view while working out:

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Can I just say I know I am going to be really, really sore.

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It felt really good to sweat again, and it totally changed my mood. I realized the past couple weeks I haven’t been really doing much I have been tired and grumpy, and I felt SO much better after that workout!

Moving on to more randomness, here are a couple of Christmas pictures from my house. I color coordinated my wrapping paper this year. Trying to be all pinterest cool and stuff.

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Bella appreciates the wrapping paper.

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I hope you all have a great day! See you back here tomorrow for another work week. I can’t believe Christmas is two weeks from today! I want time to slow down so I can enjoy it!

QOTD: What kind of wrapping paper did you use this year? Any reason?