February 5, 2012

Best of Instagram, week 5

It’s been a weird weekend.  This is one of those circumstances where shit is going on in REAL life that is simply too sensitive to blog about—the things that make life imperfect, the things that hurt, the things that can’t always be captured in words and pictures.  Do you know what I mean?  One thing I don’t ever want to do here is paint a picture of perfection that doesn’t match my reality, so that’s why I’m telling you that NEWS FLASH: life is hard sometimes.  It’s not always puppies and rainbows, and for anyone else who’s going through some hard stuff, I just want you to know that it’s OK.  We’re all in this together.  You’ll do the right thing, and you’ll be OK.

One of my biggest pet peeves in social media is when others (whether on Facebook, Twitter, or blogs) are cryptic and vague, and here I am being cryptic and vague.  So for that I apologize.  All I can say is that everything really is OK—no one is about to go jump off a cliff or slit their wrists or anything, but I think that sometimes the fibers of life that can be so beautifully intertwined can also become maddeningly knotted.  It’s like when your jewelry all sloshes around in a suitcase for a while and then you find it in a big tangled mess that has to be carefully undone.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes untangling those chains just makes me feel a little like screaming and crying and punching someone in the liver all at once.

But it will be OK. Life is beautiful, and life is good. Even when it’s not.

Now here’s my week in Instagram.  :)  Link up below!

week 5 3

1. Chamomile-vanilla tea… good for the soul.
2. The disaster that was our bedroom while I was filling frames.  I’m fairly certain that this gallery wall will be the death of me (literally—I almost fell off the ladder trying to reach the frames at the top).

week 5 1

3 & 4. On a dinner blate with Ruthie Hart… have you ever laughed AND cried AND felt like the person you just met has been your BFF your whole life?  Me either.  Until this past Wednesday night.  Ruthie, I just adore you and had so much fun at dinner! :)

week 5 5

5. Cupcakes for Matthew’s birthday (which is today!).  I used a cheap Wilson decorating kit with bags and metal tips for the icing, and they turned out SO pretty!
6. Tomato-Basil Parmesan soup… HEAVEN. (but NOT healthy)

week 5 2

7. Something I wore + Gracie face. :)
8. My sweet baby boy. (and his precious ball)

week 5 4 
9 & 10. Dinner last night for Matthew’s birthday…such a nice evening. :)

Happy Sunday, my friends! It’s gonna be a good week.



  1. Great post I love the honesty and the realness of your blog.

    By the way, I've been in search of a good herbal tea and was just wondering who makes that chamomile vanilla tea?

  2. well, now i want a cupcake. and some soup. and some tea. (can you tell i haven't eaten anything today yet?)

  3. Seriously, stop being cryptic on the internet. Kidding - sending lots of good vibes and cyber hugs your way. These posts always make me want a dog. Why do I live in an apt in NYC? So not very dog friendly.

  4. I still love you, despite the cryptic-ness. :) Sending good thoughts your way.

    PS - Happy birthday to Matthew!!

  5. This post could seriously not have better timing. I definitely got my heart semi-smashed yesterday, and this definitely made it me feel a million times better to remember that everything works out.

    P.S. I was in class the other day and mentioned to someone that I blog, and she got really excited and started talking about YOUR blog and how she thought you and I looked so much alike. Such a weird coincidence.

  6. I really needed this little reminder today... life surely isn't always rainbows and puppies. Thanks for keeping it real.

    I hope whatever is going on with your life gets better (: And you're right... everything is OK.

    Oh and those cupcakes look amazing!


  7. Hey, Lovely!
    Thanks for the "vague honesty"...?
    Seriously though...
    Makes everyone else feel real.
    And okay with being real.

    Praying for you and yours as you untangle the jewelry.

    much **love**!

  8. Love this post! I understand how you feel everything will be ok.

    I want you to know chamomile tea was my all time fav. until i was introduced to vanilla chamomile tea. I picked it up on accident thinking it was regular chamomile. Best accident if I do say so myself!

  9. Kuddos on the Cupcake art, love! I linked up this week and I am very excited! I hope you will be all smiles soon...thinking about you!

  10. We all have those crappy weeks or those times we'd rather just crawl in a hole and eat a dozen cupcakes. You're right, such is life! I hope that whatever it is that's casting clouds on your weekend clears up soon, my dear!

    Happy belated birthday to your hubs! My hubby's birthday is tomorrow! I'm making him cupcakes too...except in a jar. Sounds incredibly weird, but probably why I'm doing it. :) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, Jenni!

  11. Wow! What a perfect analogy with the tangled jewelry. I'll be thinking of you and sending lots of positive thoughts your way, Jenni. Sounds like you have the right attitude about everything. Rough times suck :/

    And happy birthday to Matthew! Such beautiful cupcakes!!! :)

  12. well I hope everything works out, pretty lady :) this week is going to be a thousand times better than the last

  13. Hope everything's ok! Happy thoughts your way :) Those cupcakes look SO good, why don't mine turn out so pretty?

    And I'm oh so happy you and Ruthie had such a great time! I felt the same way when I met her, so now I really can't wait to meet you!! :)

  14. I hope everything works out <3 I just found your blog and I've been sitting her snooping in all the corners for half an hour haha

  15. Bear, my pup in the states, LOVES, more like is obsessed with those orange balls. in an ocd kind of way. that pic brought back so many precious memories.

    and happy b day to your hubby!! Stephens b day is the 19th..

    arnt you a december babe like me? and our men are feb babes? could it be??

    love you girl. xxx

  16. Those cupcakes look delish and those magenta pants are fabulous. Love this post, girl :)

  17. I hope things start looking up, whatever it is! And happy birthday to the hubby!! The cupcakes look awesome.

  18. Yikes! Please be careful up the ladder! Falling off would not be cool! Looking forward to seeing the gallery wall though.
    Happy belated birthday to Matthew. :)

  19. Sorry to hear about the rough. Sometimes life can be brutal, but its the valleys that help us appreciate the mountain tops :) You couldn't have said it better, everything will be OK in the end.

    Love you, friend!

  20. I know what you mean about being vague. :) I do that. I still am not very good at blogging about ... issues. No matter what it is.

    I think part of it is good. Discretion is good. Sometimes there needs to be a balance between holding things in and being open.

  21. First off, Happy Birthday to your husband Matthew!! Hope he's having a good one.
    And second, sorry about things being tough in your personal life right now :( That's not fun to hear. But I really hope things will turn around for you soon :)
    Great instagram photos! And those frames in your bedroom looks good so far! I really need to do something like that in my sister and I's apartment! It's so bare!

  22. Girl, whatever it is going on with you, all I can say is: <3


  23. :) I've posted about that soup a week ago too...it really is SO good isn't it....I totally loved it.
    (those muffins look soo good too...yum)

    I'm kinda having a ruff time with several things lately too...sorry to here that lifes like that at your place too.
    Hope you have a better week ahed :)

  24. i was having an off weekend too...hope you're feeling better :)

  25. Sooooo been there. Chin up. You're entitled to vagueness. What I can't stand is those who DO paint that perfect picture. You don't. (So thank you!)

    You know that verse..."sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning"? It's a good one. ;)

  26. Yummo Trulucks! I love that place...and their service is always great!

    Great captures on Instagram. Don't you just love that thing?

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  27. I hope you are okay girlie! Vagueness is necessary sometimes, we all understand :)

    So glad you have a sweet friend like Ruthie. Those cupcakes look delicious! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

  28. Thank you for keeping it real--and I actually don't mind the vagueness--I respect it. I just pray that your jewelry gets untangled sooner than later. ;)

  29. Don't you hate when live is throwing out lemons?!

    Praying for you, girl.


  30. Honestly I have no idea how you keep blogging in these hard moments. I've taken a beating lately and even facebook feels to overwhelming.

  31. Jenni I totally know how you feel. I have gone through periods where I think things can't possibly get worse but they do get better and I'm a firm believer that everything happens with a purpose in mind. I hope things turn around soon! And thanks for your great blog! It has given me a lot of inspiration and gives me something to strive for. Have a bright day! :)

  32. LIke you said... everything will be ok! We have to go through these downs to appreciate the highs. Don't worry about what you can't control in life, and only what you can... which is yourself! Happy new week, and get through one moment at a time :)

  33. Love and appreciate your blog!Know that I'm praying for you, for the strength and patience needed to untangle that jewelry :)

  34. Thanks for always being so real. You're right, no one is bright and shiny all the time. What's the sunshine without a little rain? Chin up, cuz.... the sun'll come out tomorrow.... ;)

  35. i dislike cryptic messages as well.
    but i'll admit, I'm a nosy girl :).
    It sucks to hear that your enduring trials (James ;) ) but your resilient and Gods got you and you will see the light at the end of whatever junk and crap is seeking to suck the joy out of you. :) That is my prayer at least. God will give you light and peace in this situation darling.

    Glad you enjoyed time with your hubby as well!



  36. Hang in there, you are most definitely not alone! Life is tough, but beautiful :)

    Hugs from Holland,

  37. Just came across your blog through {Long Distance Loving} and I love it. Linking up today!!

    Have a wonderful day!!

    A Day in the Life and Mind...

  38. I hope you get the jewelry untangled (so to speak) soon. It really will all be okay.

    And that soup looks good - I'm going to have to try that one out.

  39. hey girl....I'm sorry to hear that you have a lot going on right now :-( but thank you for being so real! And I agree with you, I hate when people try to portray the perfect life because we all know life aint easy and far from perfect. I'm glad you got some hangout time with the hubby and thank you for the sweet words about our blate. Crying and laughing...I think we were destined to be BFFS!!!

  40. love herbal tea! and those cupcakes look delicious! :)

  41. I love Trulucks!! One of my favorite restaurants!

  42. Jenni, you ROCK! Life IS beautiful, and life IS good, even when it's not. And if you need someone to help with the liver punching, I'm your girl. Just sayin! Have an AWESOME day!



  43. OMG Jenni seriously......I need to see this gallery wall. You gave a tease with one of your pictures and I am quite literally on the edge of my seat waiting to see it!!!!!!!!!!! (o:

  44. So happy to be linking up with you. And finding another blogger here in Austin!

  45. Totally know what you mean about about being on media sites when things can't be talked about. I always love your instagram pics!


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