Living Outside the Stacks

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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.


2014 Daily Selfie: Week 11 {In the Dark Room}

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. Spent some time with the family, which is always a blessing. I love it when we can all get together for meals, especially now that those times are few and far between. We’re missing Mrs. 27 and her family but someday… I complained about the snow. Yes, more snow and ice. After a day of near 70º temperatures. And, of course, I enjoyed copious amounts of coffee.

Here are some pictures from last week:

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The hubs had flowers delivered to my office last week for our anniversary; this rose was such an unusual color that it instantly became my favorite.

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I’ve never seen a live armadillo before so when I saw this guy I just had to pull over… Isn’t it weird and cute and funny looking all at the same time?

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I have no idea what that thing is but if you see it coming down the railroad tracks RUNNNNN! It goes super fast and is incredibly loud.

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One of my favorite coffee shots from last week.

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While I was off taking pictures of the boy for the Mr. JHS competition, the girls were setting the floor on fire with their dance moves.

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The boy competed in the Mr. JHS competition at school on Friday Night. It’s a school sanctioned fundraiser with proceeds going to the Special Olympics and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He did a spot on impersonation of President Obama that had the crowd cheering…

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He won 1st Runner Up but, in my book, he’s a winner. He also found out that he was awarded 3 scholarships. Thank you, Lord, for blessing him.

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


Fist Bump Friday: Family Win {In the Cafe}

#FistBumpFriday {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.

This week I’m happy that the hubs is coming home from his latest trip. I’m happy that the boy was awarded several scholarships for college next year. And I’m happy that girls went grocery shopping with me last night, it made a chore that I absolutely hate so much fun!

So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Daenel T




Graphic Tee and Floral Skirt {In the Closet}

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a beautiful week. I know I am. I celebrated my 41st birthday on Monday and my 19th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. My family went out of their way to make this year incredibly special for me and I love them all dearly for it. I’ve been a bit weepy since we’ve started planning for the twins to go to college. My babies…..

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure when or where I bought this tee but I know it’s been over 5 years. And in that time, I think I’ve worn it about 6 times. I was first attracted to the tee because, well, it’s a tee and it had that worn vintage broken in feel. You  know, soft and thread bare in some places… Like it was loved for years. Just perfect.

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve never been one for accessories. Working in a library and having jewelry clinking and clanking can be annoying. However, I don’t do much librarian~ing these days, so I’ve started playing around with rings and bracelets.

Right now, I’m totally digging the word bracelets that the hubs picked out for me. Purple is my favorite color, I’m fierce, and I grew up in Italy. So, yeah, totally me.

The silver bracelets were left to me by the hubs grandmother when she passed away. For years, they’ve been sitting in the corner of my drawer going unworn, now I’m rocking them every day.

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

The skirt is a $3 purchase from Goodwill that has more than earned its keep. I could seriously pair this skirt with everything in my closet and never be disappointed. Although it’s a bright color with bold flowers, I treat it as a neutral. And the material is versatile enough that it works for summer and winter.

Cream Cardi Brown Tee and Teal Floral Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Wearing a graphic tee with a floral skirt is new for me. It’s like pattern mixing but not. I like the rough and tough feel of the tee paired with the girly skirt. It’s so unexpected. Next time I pair these two, and I will pair them again, I think I’ll add a navy blue or dark teal cardi for more contrast.

Do you wear jewelry? Besides a wedding set, what’s your favorite piece?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T


Happy Anniversary: How I Met My Husband {In the Family Room}

Today, the hubs and I are celebrating 19 years of marriage, so I thought it’d be fun to share the story of how I met my husband…

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The year was 1994, and I was a sweet, innocent little soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, about to celebrate my 2nd year in the Army. This is my story, I can tell it any way that I like, just rest assured that what I’m telling you is the whole truth.  Anyway, I was sitting in the personnel office updating some paperwork, when I see these two guys in a separate part of the office looking at me.  I acknowledged them and kept on talking.  And by acknowledged, I mean, I glared at them and shifted in my chair because they were staring at me.  So I finished my business, said good bye to everyone and started heading out of the office when I felt a tap on my shoulder.

Anniversary {Living Outside the Stacks}I turned to see one of the guys who was staring at me.  ”My friend would like to ask you out.”  I looked him up and down ~ you know that look we give trifling men ~ and said “Tell your friend if he wants to ask me out, step to me like a man and ask me himself.”  Then I walked away. I later found out that the hubs never asked his friend to say anything to me, the guy just thought he was doing his friend a solid.  I also found out that he’d called his mother and told her that he saw his future wife.  Ummmm, yeah, right….  Actually, I guess he was right.  Hahaha After that, I started seeing my future husband everywhere.  So much so that I seriously thought he was stalking me.

The future hubs started coming to the mailroom to pick up mail for this female soldier which irritated me to no end.   I was thinking, wait, wasn’t this man just trying to pick me up the other day?  Whatevs… I had a baby at home, I wasn’t in the mood for any foolishness.  I didn’t bother dealing with him, I had neither the patience nor the time.  Turns out, the girl he was picking mail up for was a single mother who was home convalescing and he was just helping out.

Anniversary {Living Outside the Stacks}Now I have to break right here to give you a little bit of background…  At the time, I was in charge of the Unit Mailroom and I had about 3 male soldiers working for me, who used to always have their buddies at the mailroom, so there were always vehicles parked behind my office.  However, no one ever parked in my parking space.  Ever. I’m very territorial about my parking spaces, ask anyone who has ever worked with me.

Now back to the story…

Skip ahead a few weeks later, and I pulled into the back of my office and saw this beautiful black Isuzu Rodeo parked in my parking spot. *insert side eye* The windows were down, the music was blaring…it was just begging to be explored.  So I got out of my car, hopped in the truck and started looking around.  Yes, seriously. My parking space, my rules. I had no idea who this truck belonged to but I was going through everything ~ the cds, AC/DC, really? the glove box, etc.  I would never recommend doing such a thing now but I was bold back in the day.  And I was fairly certain that I was safe because I was working under the assumption that the truck belonged to one of my soldier’s friends.  Anyway, I was sitting in the driver’s seat when who should come walking out but Mr. Helpful.  He walked over to the truck with this big ol’ cheese eating grin on his face, leaned in to the window and said: “My name is Sergeant Tucker and I don’t have any money ’cause you’re sitting in it.”  Swoon.  Yep, it was his truck.

Anniversary {Living Outside the Stacks}

And that, my friends, is the story of how I met my husband.

If you’d like to read what happened when I stood up him up on our first date, go here.  I’ll tell you this much, it involves a stalled car on a dark secluded highway, a trucker and a very forgiving man. cue Hotel California
Daenel T

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