24th Nov2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 15 through Day 22

by Daenel

Hi, all! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. The kids started coming home from college for Thanksgiving break, so it’s been, ummmmm, loud. But I’m totally loving it. The only people I’m missing right now are The Hubs and our oldest daughter and her family. Other than that, I couldn’t be happier.

Have you started your Thanksgiving prep yet? Are you trying anything new? This year I’m making a Double Pumpkin Pie per The Hubs request. I’ve never made a Double Pumpkin Pie before. This should be fun. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I’m sharing some more photos from last week:

Day 22 A Favorite Thing

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Special K cereal topped with dried fruits and nuts. Just yum.

Day 21 Shoes

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I have a thing for cowboy boots. They count as shoes, right?

Day 20 Bright

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Re~edit of an old picture because today was just blergh.

Day 19 Whole

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Squeekerz is summing up my whole feelings about the cold.

And why does he always have a stray hair sticking out of his nostril? Seriously, dude, blow…

Day 18 I Love This

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When I catch The Hubs watching me.

Day 17 Cooking

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Celebratory Baklava ~ I survived the trip to the grocery store for the stuff I’ll be cooking on Thanksgiving.

Day 16 After

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After the cold front. Not a lot but still snow.

Day 15 Hot + Cold

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It’s cold out there!

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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If you’d like to see a collection of all of my coffee pictures, go here.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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17th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 8 through Day 14

by Daenel

Hello, Friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was nice and quiet. I spent a lot of time sleeping, which was desperately needed. I’ve been feeling sleep deprived for months… I’m not sure why but I made up for it this weekend.

We also got a bit of snow on Sunday. Needless to say, that didn’t make me happy. I don’t mind sweater weather but snow? Absolutely not. If you’re curious, you can see my picture of the snow falling here.

Day 14 Letters

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My initial on a coffee mug. What else?

Day 13 For me

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A sink full of dirty dishes… Gosh, I miss having all the kids home.

Day 12 Normal

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His normal routine involves making himself comfy on my slippers.

Day 11 A set

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Chess set. I used to play but not anymore. Now it’s just for show.

Day 10 I do this every day

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Walk Squeekerz. Actually, it’s not so much walk as watch him stretch. Every. Single. Limb.

Day 9 Heck yes!

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Coffee and a magazine. We don’t have a new house yet ~ not until June ~ but it’s never too soon to get inspired, right?

Day 8 A place

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The Mississippi River. It’s where we go.

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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10th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 1 through Day 7

by Daenel

This was a busy but fun weekend for us. The library where I worked celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a party on Friday evening. I was the “Official Kent Library Photographer”. Seriously, that was the what the archivist called me. I hope she’s happy with the pictures that I took. You can take a look at the cake that was made for the celebration by clicking here and here. Isn’t it stunning? Just look at the detail…

I didn’t finish last month’s challenge but I’m back at it again, check it out:

Day 7 On the floor

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Squeekerz, of course.

Day 6 Made me smile today

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My daughter. I was having a bad day until she texted me and asked if I was free for lunch. Love her.

Day 5  8 o’clock

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Getting acquainted with my new friend: 35mm f/1.8g prime lens.

Day 4 Can’t live without

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I can live without coffee. I just don’t think I should have to.

Day 3 Weather

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So very dreary. It was darkish at 5 PM. Can we stop with the time Daylight Savings Time now?

Day 2 I saw this

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My face.

Day 1 Something blue

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The Mississippi River this morning.

My favorite coffee picture of the week

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Breakfast with The Hubs. The highlight of my weekend. This is our time to reconnect and share all of the stuff we missed out on during the week.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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02nd Nov2014

My Week Via Instagram

by Daenel

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Duuuude, it’s seriously November. How in the world did that happen? Doesn’t it feel like we were just prepping for summer break? Honestly, it’s like the older I get the faster time passes by. I’m not cool with that.

By the way, don’t you just love the little heart in the cement? I really do “heart” fall; just not the bone chilling wind that comes with it.

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something creepy must’ve happened in downtown Cape on Halloween night…

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz woke me up bright and early on Saturday morning, like 5 AM, and then promptly went back to sleep. Apparently, he doesn’t observe Saturday, the high holy day of the sleep deprived. I need to fix that.

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Autumn colors all around… And a little print mixing.

So how was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

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27th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 20 to Day 24

by Daenel

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I never noticed how dark my house is or how loud my street is until this past week. I’ve finally decided that it might be time to do something with that YouTube channel I have that’s been languishing in the land of nothing… Well, recording a video is easier said than done. But I finally got a welcome video posted and have started making plans to really build up my channel.

I was inspired to jump start my blog by the lovely and oh~so~talented LeSha B. at The Lovely Photog. She was able to find a way to connect with her fans and share her interests in a way that shows her personality. I love love love this… And, gosh, being able to talk? That’s something that I do well.

I plan to post my Coffee Talks on YouTube on Thursdays and product reviews whenever I have them. For now those seem to be the two things I most want to focus on for videos and it makes sense. So if you watch videos, give me a yell, and feel free to subscribe.

And now on to the pictures for this week…

Day 24: {X is for…}

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Treasure.

Is there a treasure buried in this tree? One can only hope.

Day 23: {W is for…}

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White.

Pretty white flowers.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 22: {V is for…}

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Victory.

There is victory in Jesus Christ.

Day 21: {U is for…}

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Under.

Can you believe I’m under caffeinated? How’s that even possible?

Day 20: {T is for…}

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Tongue.

Squeekerz does this a lot. I’m starting to take it personal.

Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and, now YouTube. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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20th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 13 to Day 19

by Daenel

Annnd so another week begins. Gosh, it’s like you just get into the weekend groove and it’s time to go back to work. I really need someone to invent a non~work day between Sunday and Monday.

Day 19: {S is for…}

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Star.

A beautiful pendant that I don’t wear nearly enough.

Day 18: {R is for…}

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Retro.

I think once a year ladies ought to put on the perfect dress with pumps and pearls and guys should sport suits and fedoras.

Day 17: {Q is for…}

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Quote.

I’m cheating here. I did this in 2013 but it was late and my kids were home for the weekend so I dug through the archives.

I also took this with my Nikon D3100

Day 16: {P is for…}

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Pearls and plaid.

The perfect combination.

Day 15: {O is for…}

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Opening.*

I know this isn’t really an opening but it kinda looks like one. And I wanted to share this beautiful picture again.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 14: {N is for…}

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Nose.*

When I was a kid  hated the freckles across my nose… Kids teased me: braces, 4 eyes, freckles, yellow skin, and frizzy red hair. Now that I’m a mom, I embrace those things.

I never want my kids to share my insecurities. They are {I am and you are} wonderfully and fearfully made by the creative hands of God.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 13: {M is for…}

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Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Because sequins are always appropriate in the library…

I’m joining up with Fat Mum Slim and a host of other people for her Photo A Day Challenge. Check out the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram to see the other participants.

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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13th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 6 to Day 12

by Daenel

Hi! How’re you guys doing? Are you ready for another week? I am and I’m not. Now that I’ve announced that we’re moving, I’m so ready to get on with it, you know? This is gonna be the longest 7 months ever…

Day 12: {L is for…}

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Lipstick.

This is the last of my favorite tube by Revlon. I use it sparingly and only for special occasions. The struggle, y’all.

Day 11: {K is for…}

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Keys.

Vintage cast iron keys found at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I haven’t decided where to put them yet but I had to have them.

Day 10: {J is for…}

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Jar.

There’s no story. Just a jar. I wish I could say that I use them for cool stuff like homemade bone broth or something, but I usually end up drinking cranberry juice from it. ‘Cause I’m classy like that.

Day 9: {I is for…}

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Ice Cream.

Yes, I did make a special trip for the prompt. I suffer for my art.

Day 8: {H is for…}

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Hand.

I love my son but his hands freak me out. His fingers are so long and bendy {he’s double jointed}.

Day 7: {G is for…}

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Goat.*

I prefer monkeys but goats can be interesting too.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 6: {F is for…}

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Fall.

My favorite season: sweaters, scarves, boots, changing colors…. It’s just so beautiful and magical.

Favorite coffee picture of the week:

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I spent the morning touring the campus of Southeast Missouri State University with my youngest daughter. I cannot believe she’s getting ready to go off to college. This is gonna be the quickest 7 months ever…

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell.

Be happy,

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02nd Oct2014

Blogtober 2014: Instagram Round Up

by Daenel

I remember when they first released Instagram for Android, I think I may have been one of the first people to download the app. If I wasn’t, I know I screamed the loudest. Yes, that’s just how excited I was. I love that Instagram allows me to connect with people without words. Seeing how other people live is just fascinating, don’t you think?

I enjoy sharing pictures from the various Instagram challenges that I participate in, you can see them here. But here are a few that didn’t make it to the blog:

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, Squeekerz ran away from home, when he came back it was with a pregnant cat. Every now and then we see the cats roaming around our backyard like they’re looking for their…daddy.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh beans. These are from Dynamite Coffee, a local coffee bar.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Rowdy, the Southeast Missouri State University mascot, came by my office at the library to let everyone know about the coming Health and Wellness Fair for employees.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every Friday I do a little thing I call “Fist Bump Friday“. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life that we fail to acknowledge the good things. I view this as an opportunity for us to share life’s happiness and celebrate together. I hope you’ll join me!

Are you on Instagram? Leave a link below.

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

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04th Aug2014

Instagram Week in Review: Hands

by Daenel

Hello, my friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I did. I spent time with my family, caught up on my sleep, and watched the season premier of Hell on Wheels. I’m totally addicted to that show. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: Saturday nights on AMC.

Every week I look at my pictures and I try to see if there’s a theme. I think this week it looks like it’s all about the hands. Hands fascinate me. They have the power to love and to hate, to create and to break down. Hands can express so much…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Fist Bump Friday. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, please join me for Fist Bump Friday {use the hash tag #FistBumpFriday}. It’s a time for us to celebrate the things that have made us happy during the week.It doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering, if it made you happy, share!

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street art. My nephew was all kinds of fascinated by the hand prints on the flood wall.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

American Queen. The Hubs and I have put riding the American Queen on our Couple’s Bucket List.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

National Lipstick Day. I’d never heard of it either but once I did, I thought why not? I rarely wear lipstick but when I do, it’s usually a dark brown.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. As much as my family hates having my camera aimed at them, they sure have no problem when it comes to photo bombing.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee love. My favorite coffee photo of the week. You can see the others by clicking here.

What was the highlight of your week?
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01st Aug2014

Let’s Celebrate: Make August Beautiful

by Daenel

Make August Beautiful {Living Outside the Stacks}

As many of you know, August is going to be a touch month for me: my middle daughter is returning to college, my twins are starting to college, and my baby is beginning her last year of high school. This is all too much. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to celebrate this new stage in our lives and document it without losing myself to tears and sadness…

This isn’t a sad event. Just different. I know that The Hubs and I raised our children well and that they’re ready to take on the world. We’ve provided them with the confidence and fortitude to be their own people, to stand up for what they believe in, and to help those in need. But, most of all, we’ve instilled in them a faith in God that transcends all things. So we know they’ll be OK.

But, they’re still my babies…

So I will cry. And I will laugh. And I will say “See you later” to the ones who are beginning the next phase of their lives and celebrate with the one who is ending a chapter. I will document the moments and share them with you on Instagram {I’m 4daenelt}. I hope you’ll do the same with me.

Celebrate the month of August with me by joining my friend, Beatrice Clay at inspired by beatrice clay, for 31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories. Use the hashtag #31stories.

If you plan to join in, leave your Instagram name in the comments below so I can follow along!

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28th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Hello. How was your weekend? Mine was OK. I started watching two new shows: The Lottery and MANH(A)TTAN. I’m  not sure how I feel about them yet. For the record, I’m still trying to work out my feelings about Extant. I’m happy that these new shows require thought and emotional involvement. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the hot mess that is “reality” TV.

I haven’t been reading much. Usually, I try to read a classic novel during the summer but I have been so unmotivated this year. Not sure what the problem is but I need to get myself in gear, summer’s almost over. Every time I write one of these weekly reviews I’m reminded of how quickly it all passes… And how much closer I am to my babies going off to college. *weeps*

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Photography experiment. I decided to try photographing the world in black and white. It makes for a lot of drama. It’s incredibly fun but it requires forethought. You can see the rest of the pictures by clicking here.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Dome. A once in lifetime shot of the dome on Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. Almost eye level. Cool, no?
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Major score. Can you believe I paid $2.50 for this dress? Yep! I bought it at JC Penney off the sale rack. I’m a major fan of the dress over jeans look. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me.
Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

New skills. My nephew is learning the fine art of hat spinning.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee and Ssekos. I’m desperately trying to get one of my coffee pictures regrammed by coffeenclothes. If it happened to be one of the pictures with my Sseko sandals, that’d be a bonus.

 

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something new. Whenever we go grocery shopping, the girls and I like to try something new as a “reward” for surviving the trip. It tastes like bubble gum and some sort of incredibly sweet fruit. I’m not a fan.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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21st Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty nice. I spent time with The Hubs ~ breakfast, the River Walk, and church. Nice and quiet, just how we like it. We’re still tossing around RV ideas. I think we’ve both decided that we want to buy an old Airstream and remodel it. That’s big for us. We’ve never undergone a reno project together before. And I’m fairly certain my idea of old {read vintage} Airstream remodel {bohemian chic/glamp~tastic} is very different from his idea {house on wheels}. So we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from last week. It seems my life was all about the Mississippi River…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Vintage clutch. This vintage beaded clutch was purchased at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I knew I’d probably never carry it but I couldn’t leave it in the store either. It’s now a piece of home decor on my end table.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street Art. On the interior of the flood wall is an abundance of street art. Downtown Cape is an incredibly artsy area. It’s nothing to see musicians and artists down by the river sharing their talents.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Inukshuk. My friends, doulalana and amissiontosave explained to me that in Canada, these stacked rocks are used by the Aboriginal people to relay messages.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Panoramic view. I didn’t know that my cell phone could take panoramic pictures. How goofy am I? Yay for that discovery {thank you, LG G2} and double yay for the Mississippi River being so beautiful.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}Still running. I’ve signed up for the Run for God Virtual Pinky 5K. I haven’t had an opportunity to run with any of the Run for God graduates yet but we’re still keeping in touch via Facebook. And I have run into a few of them while out on the trail.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yarn bombing. We found a bench in the historic district of Cape that had been yarn bombed. Of course, my nephew made himself comfortable.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

So focused. For months I’ve been wondering who has been stacking rocks along the River, now I know. You wouldn’t believe the amount of focus and patience it takes for him to get the rocks to balance.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. Having a three~year~old in the house is making me incredibly silly. I love how uninhibited he is and how he forces us to laugh, hug, and exercise an abundance of patience.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Mississippi River. Look at how high the water is! Just a few weeks ago, we were walking along that space that’s now under the river. Just unreal.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Flood Wall Reflection. I have to say this is one of my favorite pictures of the flood wall by the Mississippi River. It captures everything I love about the area: the art, the historic buildings, and the colors.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite coffee picture. I like the colors on this, the pink from my Sseko Designs sandals just pops against the darkness of the concrete.

If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow {I’m 4daenelt} and give me a yell in the comments so I know you’re there and can follow you too.

What are you looking forward to this week?

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15th Jul2014

How to Do an Instagram Takeover

by Daenel

How to Do an Instagram Takeover {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last month, I had the honor of taking over the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau Instagram account. It was quite possibly one of the most fun experiences of my time here in Cape. Imagine walking down the street and having people sayHey, you’re the girl who’s taking the pictures, aren’t you?” Just fun.

But if I had all to do over again, there are a few things I’d do differently:

  • Treat the account like my own and share the things that I’d normally share on my personal account
  • Share pictures of my family, friends, and myself
  • Post more pictures

If you ever get the chance to do an Instagram takeover, take it! It gives you the opportunity to reach a new audience and re~examine how you see the world around you.

Here are a few other tips to get you started:

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Be consistent ~ if you have a routine that you follow on your own Instagram account, bring it over to the one you’re taking over. This is the first clue to who you are… My Instagram friends know that I share a cup of coffee with them every morning, so sharing a morning cup with a new group only makes sense.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - The Glenn House {Living Outside the Stacks}

Let your personality shine through ~ people want to see the person behind the curtain. Seeing your face, your hands, some part of you in a few of the pictures puts a face to the message and makes things much more fun. Especially when people recognize you on the street.

How to Do an Instagram Takeover - Dynamite Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Show people in action ~ pictures should tell stories, make sure that people know what you’re telling them. Watching Katie and Robbie work behind the counter at Dynamite Coffee is so much fun, it’s like watching them dance…

Be social ~ when people comment on the pictures, make sure you respond

  • Use your voice and be authentic. Your host wouldn’t have invited you to takeover if they didn’t trust you.
  • Use a special hashtag that you set up with the host ahead of time. For example, if someone were to take over my instagram, I’d use #LOTSguestinstagrammer {for Living Outside the Stacks guest instagrammer}. Add your instagram name in parentheses, this helps people to identify {and follow} you as well.

What makes you interact with someone on Instagram?

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14th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Hi, my friends! How’re you? I’m doing well. Just gearing myself up for another week. Can you believe how quickly this year is passing by? I’m already starting to see Back to School ads. I’m so not ready. Three of my kids will be going off to college and my youngest will be entering her Senior year. How does this happen? I remember when they were little I thought they were always gonna be babies, now I’m sitting here wondering where did my babies go… Before I start sniffling, let’s move on. Here are some pictures from last week on Instagram:

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Random Silliness. This is what happens when I have a remote for my camera and a kid off camera giving me directions.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

The Supermoon. How intense was the moon Saturday night? I had Miss 20 drive me around so I could take this picture. She was more than happy to oblige.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Loved It. The Hubs and I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Apes riding horses? What’s not to love? Did you see it?

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

RV Shopping. The Hubs and I have been looking at RVs for months, he’s been talking about buying one for years. Saturday, we decided it’d be fun to renovate an Airstream. I can’t wait to begin the adventure. You can see my Pinterest boards for the next phase of our lives here and here.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Yikes! The State has decided that she can legally roam the streets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Big and Obnoxious II. People look at you weird when you get down in the middle of the street to take pictures of your truck.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Lorimier Apartments. My dream is to buy an old building/house and rehabilitate it. I’d like to turn it into a bed and breakfast or something along those lines.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Those Clouds. One of the things that amazes me most about this area is the sky. The clouds are so expressive.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stack}

Style Score. I won a year’s supply of straps from Sseko Designs! How cool is that? Be on the look out for them here and on Instagram. I think I may even do a video. We’ll see…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee Shot. This is my favorite coffee picture of the week. I don’t really have a reason. It just is. If you’d like to see my other coffee pictures, just click here.

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What are you looking forward to this week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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07th Jul2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Oh my gosh, isn’t it hard to return to work after a long weekend? Seriously, there should be some sort of rule that we should ease back into the work week with a half day on the Monday following a 3 day break. Who’s with me? I’ll be relying quite heavily on large amounts of coffee to get me through the day. Not that that’s any different from any other day of the week

So what’d you do with yourselves? We did a whole lot of nothing. Well, I did watch The Walking Dead marathon on AMC. I am sooo ready for that show to come back on the air. That one and Hell on Wheels. Have you watched that yet? One of my faves.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have you tried Breyers Gelato Indulgences yet? If not, run out and get some right now. You will thank me later. I received some free from Influenster and *insert eye roll here* so rich and creamy. I tried the Triple Chocolate but I’ll be on the look out for the other flavors as well.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs and I were referred to this store by Gail at Annie Laurie’s, she knows how much we enjoy looking for artwork and other little oddities for decorating our home. If you’re in Cape, go take a look.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve seen yarn bombing in other places, but never in downtown Cape before. This made me all kinds of excited. I think it’s a promo for this new yarn shop called Yearn 4 Yarn.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks} #GelatoLove #TLCVoxBox

The Hubs and I  bought Miss 20 a smartphone… Here, the girls and I are telling her who to follow on Instagram.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks} #GelatoLove #TLCVoxBox

The Hubs and I have put this on our Bucket List. Can you imagine boarding this and riding up and down the Mississippi River?

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m still running. I don’t want to undo all the hard work that I’ve done. In fact, I’m seriously thinking about signing up for another 5K. If I do, it’ll be Hoops for Life.

My favorite coffee picture:

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Hubs and I have breakfast together every Saturday morning. I enjoy our silly conversations over coffee.

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How was your weekend?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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30th Jun2014

Instagram Week in Review

by Daenel

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was great. This weekend I ran the Run for God 5K with my daughter. You can read her race wrap up here. I had such a great time. There were 321 people signed up and 317 actual participants. Such a great time in God and for the running community.

Here’s the rest of my wrap up in pictures:

Run for God Bib {Living Outside the Stacks}

I picked up our race packets on Friday afternoon. Seeing that bib made everything so real. Too real. I ended up getting sick to my stomach on the way home.

Run for God Miss 17 and Me {Living Outside the Stack}

Miss 17 and me before the race.

Run for God After the Race {Living Outside the Stacks}

Official Time: 39 minutes 44 second

Place: 10/31 {age group 40~49} and 151/220 overall {runners}

Distance: 3.1 miles

Date: 28 June 2014

You can see last year’s results here

{top two photos courtesy of Miss 20}

Port Cape Girardeau {Living Outside the Stacks}

I am seriously in love with downtown Cape Girardeau. Just look at the exterior of these buildings… And the insides are even more gorgeous. I’ve done the creepy stalker thing and peeked in through the windows. Someday, I hope to actually go inside.

Path Not Taken {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is the path not taken. Today I went for a slow and easy run {2.13 miles} on the trail. This bridge leads into the woods and, as beautiful as it is, I just couldn’t imagine running in there by myself.

52 Week Project: 2014 Edition

52 Week Project 2014 Edition {Horses}

I love that we live in an area where there are horses, cows, and all sorts of other random animals roaming the neighborhood.

You can see the rest of my photos from the project by clicking here.

Favorite Coffee Shot of the Week

Favorite Coffee Picture {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every time I look at this little chair, I just fall more in love with it. My nephew is still using it, so I haven’t found an “official” spot for it yet. But it does make a cute coffee holder, don’t you think?

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How was your weekend?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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23rd Jun2014

Instagram Review

by Daenel

Hi, how was your weekend? Mine was nice. I was able to go for a nice little run Saturday morning. Running in the morning is so very different from running in the evening. I don’t know that I have a preference yet. It’s just different. Anyway, race day is Saturday. I’m so ready! Hopefully, someone’ll catch me crossing the Finish Line.

Random Pictures:

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Lemons} We celebrated The Hub’s birthday this weekend. We’ve decided we’re not getting older, we’re getting better. I made him a lemon cake. From scratch! I used this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{12 Ways/12 Days/12 Women} Celebrating the 12 women of Sseko Designs who’re graduating from college.

#CMGlimpse Prompts from Clickin’ Moms:

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Hat} The Boy earning his keep.

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Crop} Vintage toys in The Glenn House. I wonder what became of the children who used to play here?

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Beautifully ordinary} My nephew walking to the bridge at the Conservation Center. I’d forgotten how fun it can be to photograph little kids.

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Splash of Color} The top of the dresser drawer at The Glenn House. I love vintage cosmetics and utensils. So elaborate.

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Imperfect} The broken strings on my 3~year~old nephew’s guitar.

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

{Entrance} This is Port Cape, in Cape Girardeau. I’ve never been inside but I like the worn brick, the beveled glass, and the industrial look of the building’s exterior.

Favorite Coffee Shot of the Week

Instagram Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

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How was your weekend?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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16th Jun2014

Instagram Review

by Daenel

Hi! Hope y’all had a great weekend. I did. I got to spend time with The Hubs ~ we went on a tour of The Glenn House, had dinner at our favorite steak place, and then vegged out on the sofa. You can’t ask for more than that… Anyway, here are a few pictures from last week, enjoy your day!

Signing Off  VisitCape Instagram Takeover {Living Outside the Stacks}

Saying goodbye to my new friends at the end of my Instagram Takeover. I hope they’ll give me a wave when they see me out and about around town.

Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is my favorite coffee picture of the week. I like the pattern mixing and all the shadows. Just makes for a moody picture.

Somewhere in Time Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Lovely baubles found at Somewhere in Time Antiques.  Can you imagine playing dress up with all of this beautiful jewelry?

Glenn House Wedding Dress Exhibit {Living Outside the Stacks}

I am obsessed with wedding dresses. Especially vintage ones. The Glenn House in Cape Girardeau is hosting an exhibit of the most beautiful wedding gowns from various decades. If you’re in the area, you really ought to try to check it out.

Run for God {Living Outside the Stacks}

We’re hitting the home stretch with Run for God. And, let me tell you, my body has been pushed to places I didn’t think it could go. We’re now running for 27 minutes or 2.85 miles straight ~ something I never thought I could do. We’ll hit the 30 minute mark this week. squee Race day is Saturday, 28 June.

Tire Art {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the prompts for Clickin Moms was “random”. This is a piece of student art on exhibit in the library. It’s made entirely of tires. Cool, no?

Signing On VisitCape Instagram Takeover {Living Outside the Stacks}

This weekend I had the privilege of participating in my first Instagram Takeover. I was invited by the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau to takeover their Instagram account for the weekend. I had so much fun sharing the things that I love about Cape with a new audience. I also want to thank all of my Instagram friends who joined me over the weekend. Big hugs!

What was the highlight of your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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13th Jun2014

Happy Fist Bump Friday and Some Link Love

by Daenel

#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 I ran 2.65 miles without stopping. That’s the first time I’ve ever run that far without taking a break. I’m totally gonna run the full 5K NONSTOP! By the way, race day is 28 June. So excited!

Now to share some links I think you’ll like:

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

 

 

 

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11th Jun2014

Visit Cape Instagram Takeover

by Daenel

Instagram Takeover of @VisitCape by @4daenelt {Living Outside the Stacks} #visitcape

You guys, I’ve been almost at the bursting point with excitement for the last few weeks and now I’m finally able to share…

I’ve been invited by the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau to participate in an Instagram Takeover!  An Instagram Takeover is basically where I sign in to Instagram as @visitcape and post pictures from their account for a designated period of time. How cool is that?

Since moving to Southeast Missouri, The Hubs and I have been totally enamored of the area. We enjoying strolling down the River Walk, window shopping at the various antique stores, and sitting along the mighty Mississippi River with coffee in hand… I’d been tagging my Instagram pictures with the hashtag #visitcape as a way to connect with the community and learn more about the area and it worked! I’ve made some wonderful friends, shopped in sweet locally owned stores, and discovered so much about the history of the area. Anyway, I look forward to sharing my view of Cape Girardeau with the Visit Cape community and connecting with more people.

Have you ever participated in an Instagram Takeover? If you could, who’s account would you want to takeover? Or who would you like to have takeover your account?

If you’re on Instagram, make sure you follow @visitcape and the hashtag #visitcape!

Daenel T

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