WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA APP & WHY?
I love instagram. It is hands down my favorite social media. I love that you can create a folder of snapshots and memories. Filled with places you go, people you love, and things you do. Enough space for a caption but not enough space for too many crazy rants or buzzfeed articles. It is a pile of pictures that you can carry in your pocket – like those plastic inserts you can put into your wallet - but better!
WHAT IS HOLDERS NOT FOLDERS?
Holders Not Folders is a community that Megs of Rivers and Roads & I started of instagramers who grow, stretch, learn, live, share, experience, comfort, and love. The idea behind the name is that we HOLD onto each other and do not FOLD into ourselves. It is choosing community over isolation.
We want you to be a part of the community. Get involved in the current instagram challenges we have going on, find new instagramers and bloggers to follower, stretch & grow your phone photography, and reach out.
HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED?
We would love for you to join the #holdersnotfolders community! You can start by following us on instagram (Megs of Rivers & Roads || Elizabeth of Oak + Oats ) and checking our blogs to see the current challenge! After that, it is all up to you! Get creative with your photography and look for beauty in the everyday! Use the hastag #holdersnotfolders and check out the rest of the community! Comment on pictures, say hello, and find new people to follow!
Also, meet one of my sweet sponsors this month, who recently just did a Q&A session herself, Bailey Jean of Brave Love Blog! Bailey is a sweetheart, and it is so evident to see how much she loves life and Jesus when you spend just a few minutes on her blog. I love her post on what kind of blogger she is, and her 101 in 1001 list, they are both so inspirational. Make sure and hop on over to Bailey's blog and show her some love today!
Happy Weekend friends! I am unplugging this weekend, and stepping away from social media to enjoy some sweet time with my little family. So enjoy the weekend, and rest with those that you love!
Also, it is so important to be organized! Figure out a system to keep up with your post schedule, and stick with it. Some really great resources for blog printables can be found below!
Elle & Co. Design Printable Library (pictured in my shot below)
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What is your favorite summer fruit? I have the hardest time picking my favorite foods for anything. I just appreciate so many flavors and textures and crave them all in equal proportions but in a varying degree of frequency. But I think the two I gravitate towards most in summer are figs and apricots, probably because we had them in our backyard when I was little in California and I would eat them right off the tree. Nothing spelled summer like eating what I had just picked.
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Happy almost Friday! Can I start by saying, I am a coffee lover at heart, but lately I have really been struggling with changes in my body that I am feeling are a result of too much caffeine. I love to drink coffee every day but I have seen that in order for me to not have shaky hands and trouble breathing I need to only have one cup a day. And I am even considering implementing regular periods of "coffee detox" where I go off coffee and
for a week or so. So...enter my new love of herbal tea! I have NEVER been a big hot tea person...it never seemed to have enough flavor and kick for me...but here I am, now proclaiming my love for the stuff. Yeah sure, it kinda looks like grass...but it is so yummy, and pretty good for you too!
So today I wanted to share with you my favorite Etsy finds that are all related to tea! Are you pumped yet?
- I think these little guys from
are so beautiful! Perfect for wrapping up some yummy scones to keep them warm, or for placing tea cups and saucers on...just so pretty!
- The best part about these is that they are REUSABLE! So no throwing them away, and they are perfect for all your favorite loose leaf teas! Check out more adorable linen and cotton items by
- I am mildly obsessed with these guys! These bring a lovely charm to scooping sugar into your teacup. They would make a perfect gift, as well as a perfect addition to any tea party.
- Vintage is all the rage these days. If it is old, it is cool. But really, how special to drink tea from such a lovely and unique teacup? I think it would be so special to have a couple tea cups and saucers from my grandmothers, or great grandmothers even. Ben and I did not register for fine china when we got married (which I do not regret), but I do wish I had something fancy to drink out of from time to time.
- I had the privilege of trying out this awesome sampler set of herbal teas from
a few weeks back. I had my sister help me out because she was in town and LOVES tea. We had so much fun trying all the different types of herbal teas included in the URPriceless package. They were all phenomenal. This package includes 10 sampler packets of the most yummy herbal tea blends. Best part? It is only $11!!!!
This package comes with 10 different samples of a variety of herbal teas, all made by Shannon herself. Each package of tea can make about 2-3 8 oz. cups of tea...so wow, what a deal to get so much for such a great price.
My top 3 favorites from the box I received were:
Peppermint Twist- This tea has peppermint, lemon balm, and orange peel, and it was so yummy. It was smooth with a perfect little zing from the orange! It instantly made me feel refreshed and energized!
Sereni-Tea- One, the name of this tea is adorable, and so fitting. With chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, and dandelion root, this is the perfect tea to sip and unwind at the end of the day. I enjoyed this tea sitting in bed reading before calling it a day, and it was so yummy. I have thing for teas with chamomile so this was a winner for me!
Keith's Delicious Tea- This also has peppermint, sensing a theme here? :) But this tea also has lemon balm and calendula in it, and it is perfect. The balance is wonderful, and the floral tones make it a lovely afternoon tea to serve to friends, or in my case, to sip with my little sister.
All of the teas were yummy, but the ones with the peppermint were my favorite! Shannon's packaging was wonderful, and the sampler box arrived very timely! Shannon was a joy to work with, and I cannot recommend her Etsy shop more highly to you. Please go check her out!
- Many of you have probably picked up on this by now, but I have a little thing for prints. Especially witty ones that are super cute and fun. Like this one, so cute to go above a coffee/tea station or in the kitchen! And I am in love with most everything the
What about you? Tea lover? What is your favorite type of tea?
So excited to introduce you to my small ad sponsors for the month of May! These ladies are gems, and a joy to follow along with through blogging!
Meet Lisa of
! Lisa is what I like to call the DIY queen. She always has some cool project, craft or recipe appearing on her blog. She is a great source of inspiration!!
What song can you not get out of your head?
Although I haven’t seen the movie yet, I absolutely love Frozen’s Let it Go. I mean really, this song is so catchy, and basically impossible to get out of your head. And I’m not going to lie, I love all the cute remakes of the song too!
What has been your favorite meal lately?
Pizza all day, every day! For real, I don’t discriminate… I love everything from wood fired pizza to frozen pizza – I will eat it all!
Go to summer nail polish color?
I love bright colors in summer, but my go-to is probably a nude… something low maintenance so if it chips, it isn’t too big of a deal, but it still looks clean and put together.
What is the Lord teaching you?
Without a doubt, the Lord is teaching me patience. I need to release control and wait on God’s plan and timing. Thankfully, HE has been patient with ME in learning this lesson.
Meet Meg of
! I have loved getting to know Meg more this month. Her blog is always a source of encouragement, great info, and inspiration.
What song can you not get out of your head?:
I cannot stop singing "Multiplied" by NEEDTOBREATHE. Their newest album is AMAZING and I listen to it over and over.
What has been your favorite meal lately?:
Breakfast for dinner. I know it's simple and well, breakfast, but it is delicious. I love whipping up some scrambled eggs, maybe some toast, and most definitely a delicious smoothie to get in some fruit + dairy.
Go to summer nailpolish color?:
I am crushing on
polish these days. It's the most perfect hint of pink for me.
What is the Lord teaching you?
: I've been doing the She Reads Truth "The Risen Christ" plan, and absolutely love it. I've been reminded a lot about what my life should look like knowing that I have a risen and reigning Savior. Thanks to
, I've also been thinking a lot about the art of celebration. There is so much to be thankful for even in the midst of this broken world, and we need to remember to celebrate those gifts!
I am looking forward to this new week for so many reasons...It is a fresh start, I have an awesome giveaway coming up on Wednesday that you can be a part of while helping someone else, and next Sunday is our one year wedding anniversary! Great week ahead! Today I am actually blogging over at A Harvest of Blessing today, about being an encouragement to your hubby. Make sure and check it out!!
Meet Amber of Half Pint Prints! I "met" Amber through Instagram, and just fell in love with her Etsy shop. Her prints are beautiful and I now have several hanging up in our home! Her products are well made, unique, and perfect for gifts, happy mail, and gallery walls! Please go check it out! Now for a few fun questions for Amber:
Right now I'm craving sunlight and warm weather. I live in Northern Indiana and it's been a hard, long and cold winter this year. We had almost triple the amount of snow this winter than normal. I'm looking forward days at the beach with my little guys and evenings on the porch swing with my man drinking glasses of sweet tea.
What are you reading?
This is so unexciting right now. Currently I'm reading Dobson's Bringing Up Boys. I grew up in a family of all girls...and boys are WAY different. Add a strong willed boy to the mix and some nights I go to bed wondering what I could have done different for the day. Summer is rolling around and when it does, it's prime reading time in our household. This is when I usually break out Pride & Prejudice. I reread it every summer. It's my all time favorite. My man may not want to read the book, but this is one he'll sit down and watch the movie with me (Colin Firth version preferred).
My ideal day would be waking up and having a nice cup of coffee followed by the best donuts ever from Rise n' Roll Bakery. I'm a total homebody, so I'd probably spend the morning playing in the yard with my boys or riding bikes on the trails. I would do some reading on the hammock. We'd have our family over for a cookout and some evening board games. I like to keep busy, but I also like the busyness to be with my family or friends.