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Coffee Photography: VSCO Cam

Coffee and Bling {livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co}

When Instagram announced that they were releasing an app for Android, I cried tears of joy and patiently waited for it to become available. And as soon as it was, I downloaded it and started snapping pictures. I was in filter paradise.

Over time, Instagram has gone from a place to share photos and create stunning images, to a space where friends meet to share the every day with some beautiful images in the mix. I’m not complaining. I enjoy seeing my friends’ kids with messy faces, it makes me feel like I’m a part of their lives.

During the time that I’ve been on Instagram, I’ve noticed something about myself: I post a lot of coffee pictures. I mean, a lot. But I want my Instagram feed to be more than just coffee pictures, I want it to be a way to connect with my friends.

So I’ve decided to create an account focused strictly on my coffee pictures. This account is located at VSCO Cam. I like that VSCO Cam is streamlined and uncluttered by comments, likes, and smiley faces. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just want something that’s more gallery style, that’s more artist/photograph centered. I also think this will provide me with a greater creative outlet for my coffee photos. If you’d like to check out my coffee pictures, visit my grid at livingoutsidethestacks.vsco.co.

This doesn’t meant that I’m giving up on Instagram. Not on your life. I’ll just be using it as a way to document my daily life.

If you’re on Instagram or VSCO Cam, please give me a shout out and leave a link to your account in the comments.

Cheers,

Daenel T

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Weekend in Review: Week 14

Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was long and emotionally exhausting. My twins are seniors this year, so I’ve been trying to adjust to the idea of them not being home anymore. So very difficult. The Hubs, The Boy, and I spent a couple of days at Missouri S&T, where The Boy will be an engineering major in the Fall. I’m so not ready. I know I should be celebrating the fact that our jobs as parents have resulted in two young adults who’re ready to take on the world, but all I keep seeing are my babies. Leaving home. OK. Enough.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture from last week. The skirt, the jewelry, the colors, everything just screams Spring. And I’m so ready.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Is this not the most intense rainbow you’ve ever seen? Miss 18 came running out of her bedroom, yelling: “Mom, get your camera! Get your camera!” So worth the near heart attack.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I’ve recently discovered an artisan named Dottie Angel. I adore everything about her: the granny chic clothes, the quirky home decor, and the handmade wares. In fact, I heart everything so much that I can even look over the random chickens.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I have a soft spot in my heart for old buildings, be they rundown barns or abandoned homes, they just capture my attention. For as long as we’ve lived here, I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to take a picture of this old barn, and I finally did it. I’m so happy.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you on Instagram? Join me, @4daenelt, on Fridays for #FistBumpFriday. It’s a way to celebrate and share the things that made us happy during the week.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz. Don’t let the sweet face fool you. That dog is trouble.

Weekend in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yesterday, The Hubs and I took The Boy to Missouri S&T where he’ll be enrolling as a freshmen in the fall. I’m so proud of him and so not ready for him and his sister to leave the nest. This was also my contribution to Instagram’s weekend prompt: #WHPHANDINHAND.

What was the highlight of your week?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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Weekend in Review: Week 13

Are we all agreed that we need a day between Sunday and Monday? It really feels like the weekend goes by too quickly…

Did you notice that I changed the title of this post? Well, I noticed it’s less about selfies and more about documenting my weekend and sharing the memories. I’ll be the first to admit that my life isn’t glamorous, nor is it always fun and exciting, but it’s my life and I truly believe nothing is ordinary…

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture of the week.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure why, but sometimes The Boy likes to stick his thumb on my forehead. This was one of those moments.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

The always fabulous Zsa Zsa.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you remember these fuzzy little bunny banks? My mother bought my sisters and me one when we were little kids. When I saw this one at the Cape Girardeau Heritage Museum I had to have it.

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cape River Heritage Museum Fire Truck

I’ve been waiting for a long time to visit the Cape Girardeau Heritage Museum. I was so excited that it was opened on Saturday. We talked to Phyllis, a staff member, and Denise, a researcher, who’s doing research on African Americans and the history of Cape Girardeau. So fascinating! And speaking of fascinating, isn’t that cash register just cool?

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

2014 Daily Selfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

As beautiful as the Mississippi River was on Saturday, oh my word, it was incredibly cold and windy. But we can never go down to the River Walk without actually visiting the river.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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2014 Daily Selfie: Week 12

Happy Monday, y’all. How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. The Hubs and I did our usual weekend thing: breakfast and window shopping {which led to me meeting an online acquaintance face to face, more about that later this week}, laundry doing, and family time with The Walking Dead. I also caught up on some blog reading, online game playing, and laughs with my sister. Overall, a weekend well spent.

And here are some pictorial highlights from last week:

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

All that’s left of my birthday flowers are the dried heads. Kinda morbid but romantic, right?

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My family room is BORING. As in there’s nothing down there but a sofa, desk, futon, and treadmill. So I’m going to redecorate and this pillow from Target is my inspiration. What do you think?

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

When did fortune cookies become opinion cookies? {hat tip to @essveecee}

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

Throwback Thursday contribution: My wombmate aka twin sister and I when we were about 3 years old.

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite coffee picture of the week.

#2014DailySelfie {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s like the mothership is calling me home.

What was the highlight of your week? Are you Instagram? Give me a yell at @4daenelt.

I’m linking up with:

  • 2014 Daily Selfie ~ Instagram: I’m doing this with a few of my Instagram friends. “Selfie” is open to interpretation, as long as there is part of your body in the photo, it counts. Use the hashtag #2014dailyselfie.
  • Life Rearranged ~ Instafriday: Share the stories behind the filtered pictures. Link up on Fridays.

Daenel T

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5 Ridiculously Easy Steps to Update Your Facebook Cover for Spring

5 Steps to Update Your Facebook Cover for Spring {Living Outside the Stacks}

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Spring. taking note of all the hands waving wildly in the air. I see you back there, jumping up and down wildly. Trust me, I’m right there with you. All of this snow and ice and cold weather has me kicking rocks, y’all. But rather than continue to risk injury, I decided to do something constructive: a digital spruce up.

And I did it using quite possibly the easiest photo editor in all of the Internet: PicMonkey. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, you need to get on it now. Shameless PicMonkey shoutout: many of the cool tools are free but it’s so worth it to spring for the upgrade, especially if you’re the creative sort and you like to do your own photo DIY type things {e.g. recipe cards, printables, etc}.

Here’s how I did it:

1. Open up PicMonkey and go collage

2. Select the pictures you’d like to use (from 3 to 7, I chose 5). Hint: You want to select pictures that represent you and/or your blog

  • Mississippi River because it’s one of the first places my family and I visited when we moved to Missouri
  • Selfie with my Nikon D3100 because I love taking pictures
  • Coffee because that’s what fuels me
  • Clothes and shoes because I like fashion
  • Dandelion because it reminds me of warm Spring days

If you’d like to see the full~size version of the pictures, click the pink link

3. Choose the Facebook Cover option. Pick the layout that best fits your needs. You don’t need to do any re~sizing because it already meets the Facebook Cover specs.

4. Insert your pictures, save, and you’re done. You can use the autofill, which automatically places your pictures into the collage, or you can choose to place them yourself. I like to use the autofill first and then play around until I get something I like.

5. Upload your brand spanking new cover to Facebook and feel all Spring ready.

Facebook Cover {Living Outside the Stacks}

How often do you update your Facebook cover? How about your profile picture?
Daenel T
Disclaimer: The above post includes an affiliate link. If you click the pink PicMonkey link, you can use the Royale version of PicMonkey for a day. If three of you try it out, I earn a free week of PicMonkey Royale. Although I think this is a super cool promotion, just know that I use PicMonkey for all of my photo editing and would suggest it regardless of the current deal.

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