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Just a weirdo without Facebook?

8 May

It’s been a while.

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately…

Most of it being about a way to have a better relationship with social media. Finding a happy medium between what I am doing now, and completely deleting everything, running off and becoming a hermit in the mountains somewhere.

Don’t you ever just get tired of being plugged in to the world all the time? Aside from Pinterest, Facebook is the one I use on a daily basis and is the absolute worst.

When I first signed into Facebook years ago, I never felt this way (then again, I didn’t have 300+ “friends” either) It was more like family and old friends keeping in touch and I loved it. Now…other than the occasional family photo It’s like a spam site and the spam is meaningless and emotionally disconnected banter, meme’s, Politics, Judgements, and photos of food.

The interesting thing about it is that the people you are friends with havent changed, their opinions haven’t changed and  your opinions of them haven’t changed. It’s the way it’s delivered that bothersome.

Before Facebook I would call “Sally” and Sally would tell me on the phone that she is cleaning the house and having Turkey for dinner and then we would talk about the kids and what to do this weekend, etc. Now, Sally doesn’t call, she doesn’t need to because she already put it on Facebook. Not only did Sally but so did Debbie, Barbara, Sara, Lisa and 200 more of your friends! Talk about information overload.

This is what I mean. This overload of information about everyone I know. At the same time, I am a part of that. I post things all the time that are meaningless like, dinner pics, updates about nothing (e.g. “Cleaning the house today!”) and I like a bunch of those ecards and meme pictures that float around all the time! Sheesh it’s like a never-ending cycle.

A few months ago I made a separate Facebook page and added only my direct family members just so I could only see important family updates and try to end my annoyance of Facebook. That really didn’t work. I had something like 30 family members on that page and Facebook was sending me “You’re a freak, get more friends” alerts every day.

I read somewhere that if you don’t have more that 80 friends on Facebook you’re basically considered a weirdo and if you don’t even have a Facebook, you’re probably a sociopath.

Ahhh, to be one of those people….. I’d really like to be a part of that weirdo clan.

I have only met one person who didn’t have a Facebook page and didn’t care to have a Facebook page. He was basically a genius that had travelled the world multiple times before the age of 30. Not saying he was that way because he didn’t have a Facebook, I’m just saying he wasn’t crazy, and ignorance of the Facebook world was definitely bliss.

Unfortunately, my family is all over the US and I never see them, so, my fantasy of deleting Facebook completely wouldn’t work.

Facebook, It’s not you, it’s me.

It’s obvious that I over use and abuse this site. So, I vow to decrease my use of Facebook to once a week.

Side Note: I’ve also been rethinking the concept of my blog and what I am going to be writing about because of my above rant. This would be a completely new blog but I promise to share more of my random posts on this one until my new creation is complete. I hope you all follow!

Christine Kay

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A gift before the Stork

3 Feb

My brother and sister in law will be expecting a new bundle of joy,

 Isla (eye-lah) Elizabeth

on  or before February 21st.

I…..can…..hardly……wait!

So, for the past month or so I have put together the perfect gift piece by piece.

I started with this picnic basket I found at the Thrift store. Melissa (sis-n-law) is a “thrifter” too, so I know she will love my finds.

Without saying the exact amount spent, I will just say the basket and all its contents cost around the same price as a brand new picnic basket at Michaels. (and it’s full of goodies)

 

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This picnic basket is one of those rare finds that you can’t pass up, and it’s prefect for a gift!

Second item to go in were herbal teas, and since Melissa is a big tea drinker, this is right up her alley.

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I bought these at Sprouts,

 The Pregnancy Tea supports Healthy Pregnancy (as it states on the package) and the Linden Flower tea is said to soothe digestive discomfort and heartburn.

(For any pregnant women with questions about herbal teas and pregnancy, Please consult your doctor.) 🙂

So…….what is some good tea without a teapot??

Tea pot

This little teapot is short and stout, and it’s the cutest thing ever.

If I was a tea drinker, instead of being on a strict diet of coffee and wine I don’t know if I would be able to part with this item but alas, I am not.

Here’s the whole family, including the mugs….

tea set

…….and What would a baby shower be without any itsy-bitsy-weetle clothes?

baby clothes

I’ll give all the mommies a moment to swoon…..I got her a couple of new threads and It really makes you remember how fast they grow up.

:sigh:

(I remember when we brought Adrian home from the hospital he was swimming in newborn clothes for a long time) 

I love to handmake crafty gifts

 To me, they really do mean more than expenisve gifts.

So, I had to throw in a craft from Auntie Kay.

baby letter

Her own princess letter to hang in her room. 

I bought a plain white letter from Michaels and wooden crown for under $4.00, and added my own personal touches to it. I love silver and pink, or grey and pink for a baby girl. Not to mention, Diamonds.

Diamonds

Oooo la-la. What little princess doesn’t want to see shiny, sparkly diamonds on her wall? 

Here is the finished gift basket, packed full of goodies!

In total, I  had a 2 outfits, a baby blanket, the crafty princess letter, The tea set with herbal teas, and a book for Melissa to read!

(pretty good, huh?)

The book “Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful” was given to me by my big sister when I was pregnant, and its a wonderful book for expecting mothers. I will probably read it with each of my pregnancies, just like she did. ❤

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I really did enjoy every second of putting this gift together for them.

Congratulations to Melissa and Nathan on your little miracle.

Auntie Kay will be counting the days until the precious, princess Isla gets here! 

xo,

Christine Kay

Bangles in Bulk

31 Jan

If you’ve been around lately you probably already know my storage and organizational dilemma’s.  I posted a few days ago about making a Jewelry Frame for my craft/library/spare room. Towards the end I did mention that everything but my bangles had a place to call home.

Well, today I got it done (Pats Back)

Like almost all of my ideas I found these while perusing through the pages of  Pinterest! I swear you can find ANYTHING on there!…I’ll stop there before I get into an obsessive rant about it..

First step was making this floating book shelf

Floating Shelf

This shelf is so easy to make with just simple L brackets from Walmart ($5 for a pack of 4). I put them facing down because I wanted the books to appear to be floating. If you do this make sure your shelf isn’t too heavy (which it wouldn’t be if you are just doing the books) and use anchors for your screws otherwise it could rip out of your wall (No bueno).

L Brackets….and stack your books on top!

Make sure that it’s nice and level (I took the picture at a weird angle but I promise it’s not lopsided like it seems).

Onto step two and the bulk bangle problem solver!

A paper towel holder. That’s it; that’s all. I found this at the thrift store today for a buck! (not bad ey?)

bangle holder

…………………..and viola!………………..

Bangles

A Paper towel holder to hold bangles is a genius idea so, kudos to the originator of it!

(Side Note:  Seriously, for a girl who can never find the time to wear jewelry, I sure do have a lot of it!)

Jewelry wall

I consider this my jewelry art wall…..now lets play dress up!!  ❤

What do you do with all of your jewels??

Tata!

Xoxo,

Christine Kay

Perfect Paper Roses

11 Jan

My fiancée and his family have a pretty cool Christmas tradition of giving “Gag” gifts for the adults (Excluding the little ones). It’s always a fun time seeing someone open a gag gift but this year I wanted to do some gag gifts that are usable and possibly even for keeps….but still funny.

With that being said in November I started my search for cool ideas and fell in love with these handmade paper roses. I used them as part of my inspiration!

My sister-in-law and I love Pinterest and find most of the TP roll crafts pretty weird/funny so I put the paper flower idea in with this beautiful wreath and viola!

An all paper wreath that is funny when you think of the materials but also eco-friendly and very pretty!

Paper wreath

This would be a perfect and easy wreath to make for any occasion, especially a Valentine’s Day wreath. I used empty wrapping paper rolls from Christmas and it was perfect! I made the roses from red craft paper at the dollar store. It’s simple, cut the wrapping paper rolls in about 1 inch pieces, flatten it out and glue it in any design you want! Glue the roses on top and add a nice bow!

Since I love the gag gift wreath so much I made another paper flower inspired wreath for us to keep!

Eucalyptus

Seasonal wreaths are so fun and easy to make, you really can’t go wrong. This one I hung in my house for Valentine’s Day and I just used a wreath from the dollar store, craft paper from Michael’s (4 for a $1) and the branches are Eucalyptus! I’m lucky enough to have a Eucalyptus tree in my back yard (Gotta love California) but if you don’t have that you can use any branches or you can buy them at Michael’s! This wreath is so pretty and it smells like a spa. It’s amazing!


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Aren’t those rolled paper roses so beautiful! I might have to think of more crafts using them….Follow me on Pinterest for more fun ideas! 

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What kind of wreaths are your favorite?

Xo,

Christine Kay

I’ll dream of a dream of you.

6 Jan

Today is the day that my family will say their goodbye’s to my Nanny and her physical self. My Nanny passed away on the 20th of December, right before Christmas. It had been many years…way too many years since I had seen her but your feelings for a person like her could never fade or change.

Not seeing her for that long and then realizing you will never see her again is a hard pill to swallow but, I chopped the pill up and I’m swallowing it piece by broken piece.

It comes with the territory thought doesn’t it?…It comes with loss. There’s always more you could have done, something you wish you would have said, more time you wish you could have had. The psychologist in me knows it’s a process.

My family is all in Georgia and I am here in California. It’s times like these that I wish I wouldn’t have gone so far away but, you have to follow your heart and take chances.  I just wish I could have been there during this time for some closure.

Would it had given me any closure?  I don’t know…. At times I don’t even think so.

I think closure comes from within.

My twin had a dream that Nanny came to her like an Angel telling her that she is ok and she loves us.

I believe it was her.

I know that she has a lot of people to see.  I just hope one day she gets to come see me.

❤ Christine Kay ❤

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