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Williams-Sonoma new Agrarian Catalog

Williams-Sonoma has a new catalog division featuring home made & home grown items, called Agrarian and I’m obsessed with it!  I think this is going to be the summer I try my hand at gardening and healthier habits.

“Agrarian supports healthy living by giving you the tools you need to experience the joys of making and growing your own food at home.”

If you’ve ever fantasized about growing your own vegetables then you’ll love the raised bed & planters that are available in a variety of sizes.

Williams Sonoma Veg Trug

ws-beds

Growing Herbs

If you want to start small or are just looking for a way to grow your own herbs at home, these are my two favorite finds on the website.

vegetable planter

The Vegetable planter can sit on any table or counter.

Reclaimed Wood Wall Planter for Herbs

While this reclaimed wood wall planter for herbs really caught my eye.   There is an irrigator at the top for easy watering and a collector at the bottom to catch run-off.

Crazy for chicken coops

Who doesn’t want a chicken coop these days?  Seriously, I am obsessed with the idea of getting fresh eggs from my backyard…anyone else?

Williams-Sonoma Chicken Coop

Williams Sonoma Cedar Chicken Coop comes with white glove delivery, which means they assemble and place it for you!

There are so many fantastic and inspiring ideas on the website (and in the Agrarian catalog) including Kombucha kits which everyone seems to be blogging about (but that I’m afraid to even think about or try).  I’ve always loved Williams-Sonoma products and now I think I’ve fallen just a tad bit more in love with the brand.

Our family has some exciting plans in the works that I’ll share with you this summer.  In the meantime you can take a peak at this Pinterest Board I’ve started and see if you can guess what I’m cooking up!

This is NOT a sponsored post.

However, Williams-Sonoma, if you want me as a brand ambassador I’m available and waiting!

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The Best Soup and Sandwich Set EVER

If you love Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches as much as I do, then you’ll really love these Soup and Sandwich Set from Uncommon Goods.

There are so many uses for these plate outside of the traditional Soup & Sandwich.    I think I’ve just discovered my new favorite Housewarming Gift Idea.

Can you think of any other great uses for this dish set?  We have 8 of these, but I’m considering expanding my collection to 13 (always get an extra dish or two to cover breakage).

Also check out these Soup and Cracker bowls; also from Uncommon Goods.

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Fall Accessories: The Statement Necklace

Fashion is for everyone, no matter the size of your budget.  So never let your budget discourage you from trying new trends or punching up your wardrobe.  You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel when you take the time to pull yourself together, instead of throwing on the nearest pile of sweatpants or yoga pants.

Accessories are the easiest way to update your existing wardrobe.  Right now statement necklaces are the hot “must have” accessory. After evaluating my wardrobe last year I decided that the area that I was most lacking in was accessories. They are the finishing touches on your wardrobe, like icing on a cake…and I was leaving them off.  So this season, instead of loading up on new clothes, I’m focusing on accessories.

 Bib Necklaces: The ultimate Statement Necklace

I recently found this necklace from Kate Spade on the Neiman Marcus website

Kate Spade Athenee Bib Necklace $298

As well as this one from Arden B (via Stylish Housewife)

Faceted Stone Collar Necklace $38

…and this variation, the Ebony Mesh Collar,  from Baubble Bar

Ebony Mesh Collar $28

 

Which do you prefer?  Have you tried out a statement necklace for the fall?

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How to improve your iPhone Photography: Review of the iPhone Photograhy ebook

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington

We take pictures to remember special moments, places, and
the people we share them and life with.  Especially the little people, who grow faster than we’re ready for.
Why
wouldn’t we want capture them beautifully?

iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide is a must have for any iPhone user and parent.  Believe me, I know how much the term “must have” gets overused, but seriously it’s currently only $5  (until July 30th, then $9.97) and is FULL of great tips and resources that will truly change the quality of your photographs.

You will be amazed at what you can do with your iPhone camera. Really.
Think of Alli’s book as a cookbook.  You can read it cover to cover or just flip through and try out what inspires you.  Like recipes, one  delicious tip at a time.If you are a blogger this could really help improve the quality of your posts as well.  We all know great posts with pictures do better but finding the right picture or a good quality picture isn’t always that easy.    Did you know that recently a blogger was sued for using a photograph without permission?  Lawsuits are real.   You can prevent that from happening to you and save time looking for stock photos to match your posts if you just take your own.  
Here is a sneak peek at some of the pages you’ll find inside:
Tips on fun apps you can try: 

Examples of recommended Hipstamatic Combinations: iPhone Photography book- Loftus lens 

Unlike most photography books the instructions are simple and straight forward.  They won’t make your head hurt, I promise. The majority of the apps recommended are very user friendly.  Some take a little more work, but none require a computer programming degree.

iphone photography workflow 

Take my advice and start reading Alli’s book when you will have time to play with your camera.  Otherwise, dinner might not get made as you are busy downloading apps and photographing everything in your house.
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I purchased iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide for $5.  I am recommending it because I think it’s a great deal and useful.  The above post contains my Affiliate Links.  Using the links will not change the price of the product you are purchasing but I will receive a small commission which I will then most likely use towards the purchase of some other great product that I can tell you about later!
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For the love of Instagram: How to make the most of the app and your photos

I have a serious crush on Instagram.  As far as social media platforms go I think I would place Instagram above  Facebook and Twitter as my favorite social media platforms.  As my interest (or addiction) to Instagram has grown so has the ways in which I like to utilize it.

Whether you are just venturing out into the Instagram world or are looking for new ways to utilize your own Instagram pictures, here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your Instagram pictures.


Social Sharing

Your
instagram feed isn’t the only place you can share your photos.  The
Instagram App allows you to easily share your pics  via Facebook,
Twitter, Tumblr, Flicker,  and Four Square, however you aren’t limited
to those platforms.



Since photos are saved to your picture gallery you can share your Instagram pictures anywhere you can upload a photograph.

 If you are a blogger consider using Instagram and a few creative photo apps to create photos for your blog.

Create a Photo Journal

 One of the things I’ve recently discovered doing with my Instagram shots is actually printing them out (iPhone Photocube Printer) and putting them into a Smash Journal.  
I particularly like to make travel journals this way, however it also is a great way to keep a photo journal.  I’m also thinking of making one for each of our children which will include funny things they say and special memories.  Need some more ideas?  Read: Stuff to do with all those Instagram Shots.

Create Photo Gifts & Products



 In addition to sharing your pictures virtually, via social media platforms, you can turn your Instagram pictures into real works of art or just print the photos to use and share  the old fashioned way.


Become  an Instacanv.as artist and you 
can curate your own Instagram gallery and allow others to purchase your pictures.  Another
alternative to Instacanv.as is Canvas Pop where you can also turn a picture into multiple split canvases or select from various frame styles and sizes.  While you’re at it, don’t forget to purchase your own art and create your own custom wall art for yourself or gift to others.

Casetagram allows you to take your favorite Instagram pics and turn them into an iPhone case. 


Postagram allows you to send real or virtual postcards using your Instagram pics. I particularly like this for my travel photos (alternative to purchased postcards), but they also work great as a thank-you to a hostess for a great party you attended, or use them to create thank-you notes for your children.  Your first 5 Postagrams are currently free, so give it a try!

Printstagram allows you to print virtually anything using your Instagram photos. 
My personal favorites are the:


Memory Box where you get tiny prints in an archival box. This is a great way to showcase your children’s artworks and favorite childhood things.  Just take a picture and you’ll have it forever.  Alternatively, just get an  memory box full of everything you’ve ever taken on Instagram and sort it by year. You’ll have an instant photo record of your year and you won’t have to worry about what losing your pics if Instagram ever gets taken down or changed by Facebook.


PhotoSquares come in 2 sizes and can be used in scrapbooks, photoalbums or Smash Albums.


Mini Books are 3.5 x2.4 books of your favorite pictures.




Take better pictures


The ultimate way to get the most out of your pictures is of course to take better pictures to begin with.  If you have an iPhone the smartest thing you can do is learn to master your iPhone camera technology.  Lets face it, most of us take the majority of our pictures using our iPhone.  Why? Because it’s handy, its easy to use and its always on us! 


From practice and watching what friends do I’ve seen  SOME of my iPhone pictures take on an almost professional quality. Who doesn’t want to take pictures like a professional? If you would like to learn to take better pictures grab Alli Worthington’s ebook,  iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide (currently only $5) and you’ll be taking better pictures after one Chapter!


iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide by Alli Worthington


Do you enjoy using Instagram? What are your favorite tips?

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