Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy 1 year Bloggi-versary: Mobile App

Good day readers! I'm celebrating my 1 year blog anniversary. 
To celebrate my 1 year anniversary, I decided to make my own App! Yes, I said it, my own app. A new definition to "Take Me With You." lol Before you go searching on all the app stores, hang on one minute. I wanted to make something for my readers to take me with you on the go :D (hopefully you'll want to take me on the go), but I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg. Especially if it's just for my readers, and no I wasn't about to let one of you pay to read my app! That's just ridic! No, you can't find me on the app stores, but it's still an app. 

So here it is, it may take you 2 minutes to install (depending on your experience with technology) (These instructions are for your computer) I've only tried it on iPhone, so I don't know about android phones :(  Visit this page

That link will take you to my app page. You'll need a QRreader (scanner) to scan the code (it's circled in the pic)

(If your on your phone, follow the link on safari, it should take you straight to the app. Click on the safari symbol all the way to the right, and follow these instructions. (the safari symbol looks like a little compass needle.))
Follow the instructions on the pics below.

Then you should have my app on your phone :) Remember that I only tried this on the iphone, and I'm not sure if android users are able to have my app. If anyone has android, let me know if you were able to install my app on your phone. 

One year ago today, I decided to share my life, crafts, stories, and love with the world. I remember contemplating for a while whether I was ready to open my life up to so many stumbling readers.

I was scared that...
I wouldn't have a single reader.
No one would care to view my blog. 
Some person would hate my blog.
My friends and family would just judge me, and have conversation pieces against me. 
I would be the laughing stock of the bloggy world. 

After much consideration, I did it! I opened my blog to the world. At first I was obsessed! I was constantly on blogger. Checking stats, viewing page views, etc. I couldn't take my focus away from my blog. I opened up my blog with my most popular post even till this day...

Now I have to admit, it did take me a while to come out of the blogger closet with my friends and family. I was so worried, that they would just bash me and my writing. That they would turn around and talk about my blog as though it were a joke. That they would use my blog in my face as part of their jokes. I would constantly worry that they would think I was sharing too much of my life with the world. Even worse, that I was sharing their lives, pictures, etc. too much with the world. The balance was hard, and yet I learned to balance blogging and real world just fine. I love blogging. I know I haven't blogged everyday these past few months, and at times my posts have been few and far between. I still call m blog my home. It's my little humble space on the Internet. Although, I'm not a famous blog writer, I LOVE, love, love to hear from an occasional reader! It makes blogging so worth it! 

I do hope you like my app! Let me know what you think, and if their is anything you suggest I change or add. Whatever input would be amaze-balls to me! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Guest Post: 10 Shots You'll Want After Your Big Day

Happy Friday Y'all! I hope your all having a great day so far. I have a guest post for you coming from Lindsey at George Street Photo and Video. I hope y'all all enjoy it. xoxo, Jess

10 Shots You’ll Want After Your Big Day 

Do you have visions of peonies, vanilla cake and guest lists dancing in your head? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then chances are you’re rockin’ a gorgeous diamond and are knee-deep in wedding planning! But, after the decorations have been taken down and the tuxes have been returned, there’s one part of your day that’ll stand the test of time — the priceless moments shared with your soul mate and the ones who’ve known you since the beginning!

From the first look to the final notes of your first dance, take a look at our list of the top 10 wedding moments you won’t want to miss out on! 

1. The Pre-Ceremony Preparation: The look on your mother’s face as she fastens your gown, the sweet laughter you shared with your ‘ many memories are made before the vows are exchanged! Start your magical day off right with a few snapshots of these intimate moments.

2. The First Look: By far, this is one of the most emotionally powerful components of your day. Whether you take part in a private meeting or prefer to wait until the ceremony, a first look photo will take you back to the joyful bliss you experienced in the moment you first laid eyes on each other. 

3. The First Kiss: Widely known as the most climactic moment of any wedding ceremony, the first kiss you share as a married couple is one you’re sure to treasure forever, and relive over and over again through your wedding album!

4. The Bouquet: From divine dahlias to lovely lilies, the natural, vibrant colors, combined with the intricate detailing on each bloom, are just a few of the things that make bouquet shots so visually stunning! Plus, a lovely bouquet photo will add just the right amount of pop to your wedding album!

5. The Bridal Party: Through thick and thin, the members of your wedding party all play an integral role in your day, standing by your side and supporting you as you say ‘I do’ to the love of your life! Bonus points for incorporating props that add a fresh, fun touch to your photos! 

6. The Reception Details: You know those intricate centerpieces and tablescapes you’ve spent hours preparing and perfecting? The time put into these details deserves some recognition — and a stream of reception detail shots is your chance to capture them in all their gorgeous glory! 

7. The Generational Shot: One of the best ways to capture your family story is to coordinate a “generational” photo — a moment shared between you, your mother and your grandmother, or your groom’s father and grandfather. These loved ones play treasured roles in your life, so it’s important to ensure those relationships are reflected in your photos! 

8. The First Dance: Your first dance as a married couple is once-in-a-lifetime — not to mention a wedding-day photo essential! The magic you felt while gliding across the dance floor will be reflected in your photos and trigger memories of a night you wished would never end!

9. The Parents’ Dance: You wouldn’t be where you are today without the love and support of your parents! The heartfelt emotion brought about by the father-daughter and mother-son dance showcase the special bond you share and also make for unforgettable photos.

10. The Grand Exit: There’s nothing comparable to the love and happiness you’ll feel as you run out of your reception at the end of the night, surrounded by your guests and cherished loved ones. A send-off like that deserves to be captured, so make sure your photographer is at the ready! For more information on wedding photography and videography, please visit George Street Photo & Video!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Gift of Being a Student Teacher Part 2

Happy Thursday y'all! The weekend is almost here...Woohoo! 

I finished up my spring semester, and I have to tell you it was the hardest semester thus far. I do feel like I've learned so much, and had amazing experiences to remember! My internship is also over, and I am happy to report to you all that I passed my internship with a satisfactory, and completed all my classes with A's! This past semester was a bit of a challenging semester. At times, I felt defeated, and I was ready to give up! I was tired, frustrated, and overworked. What got me through was the light at the end of the tunnel...the kindness I found in my professors, peers, supervising teachers, and the students. The support I received from my supervising teachers was just amazing! With their guidance I made it through, and I am grateful to have had them both as my mentors. All three of my professors were just amazingly supportive and understanding! The student's smiles and excitement to see me filled my heart with motivation! Venting to my peers, and them venting back created a bond I wish to keep with me forever. My family and friends were supportive and constantly giving me words of encouragement.

My last day with my Kindergarten class and supervising teacher was April 22nd. (This post is hella late, but I'm a busy girl :D) I hate saying goodbye, especially if I've become attached. This kindergarten class and my supervising teacher became a routine in my life. Hanging out in this class was my way of life, and I looked forward to seeing them every Monday, and Tuesday. I genuinely loved hanging with my supervising teacher. She was so helpful, encouraging, funny and above all trusted me with her class. I 'm so grateful to her for allowing me to have a huge part in teaching her class. 

So when the day came for me to say my goodbyes, I wasn't really expected anything big, because kindergarten teachers, and classes are really busy. (which is understandable) 

Coming back from picking up my kindergartners from lunch my supervising teacher had this teacher kit in her hands. This teacher kit was from the whole class,  my teacher and parents. 

(I also added the separate gifts I got from 3 different students to this teacher kit!)

Everything I received from my teacher, the students, and their parents is greatly appreciated. I got books, on different grade levels. Rewarding pencils, stickers, and stamps. I received and abundance of office supplies which makes me super happy :D. This teacher kit was so thoughtful, and truly amazing! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Make Good Art...

Hello all! I decided to come through, and wish everyone a very happy hump day. The weekend will soon be here, and I imagine everyone will be in weekend bliss. Experiencing that satisfying feeling of sleeping in, and controlling your own day. Seeing old friends, visiting family, throwing a few BBQ's, and greeting a drink or two before the new week pops its ugly green head out. 

      Before we greet Friday with open arms, I have a phrase I would like to share with my valued readers, to help you live til Friday easily. It's a phrase I acquired from my Art Education professor before ending my semester. "Make good Art"

        To clarify, what this phrase means, I have the video below, and I recommend you watch it, or otherwise read below...                            
                                                                  "Make Good Art." 

"Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong in life, in love, and in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you  should do...make good art. Remember whatever discipline you're in, whether you're a musician, or photographer, fine artist, or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, singer, designer. Whatever you do, you have one thing that is unique, you have the ability to make art. Husband runs off with a politician, make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor, make good art. IRS on your trail, make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you're doing is stupid or evil, or it's all been done before. Do what only you can do best, make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days too. While you're at it, make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do. The one thing that you have that nobody else has, is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write, and draw, and build, and play, and dance, and live as only you can. Make up your own rules. Be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. And now go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make glorious, and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." -Neil Gaiman 2012
(watch video below)

      I decided to use this phrase, in everything that defines me! 

Teacher...Make good Lessons.
Teacher...Make good Art. 
Blogger...Make good Posts. 
Fiance...Make good Love.
Sister...Make good Fun.
Aunt...Make good Fun.
Writer...Make good Art. 
Artist...Make good Art. 
     When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I learned to blog, by blogging. I wrote, and wrote. I visited other blogs, and began to notice that I wasn't the only one who was lost. My blogging canvas was blank. Almost a year later, I am grateful to have experienced blogging, and came up with my own rules. My blog, my rules. To me, blogging is a form of my art. Its my art that I put out there into the world. 

     It's as if I'm putting a message in a bottle, and throwing it out to sea. Hoping to god that someone would find it, and be inspired. Hoping to god that someone will relate to me, and see all that I am doing. My blog is a message in a bottle that's floating in the sea of the internet. Hoping to be discovered by curious readers. 

     I learned to be thick skinned, and expect failure. I dreaded negative feedback, or one would discover my message. That I would stay a quiet, no name, no read blog in a corner, somewhere in internet land. In the beginning, I wanted my blog to be big, I wanted my blog to be recognized fast, and couldn't wait. Not realizing that it takes time to acquire valued readers.   

     All of which, relates to being a teacher...I want it all, and I want it now. I'm venturing out in the Fall for my second internship. This will be my chance to be a teacher in a classroom. So how do you learn to be a teacher? By teaching. How do you learn to love? By loving! How do you learn to have fun? By letting go, and having fun. How do you blog? By blogging. How do you learn how to write? By writing. 

I hope to inspire those of you who read my blog. If you're a full time blogger...turn it into "Make Good Posts" If you're a chef "Make Good Food" If you're a teacher "Make Good Lessons" , etc. This first video is just under two minutes, and is the gist of it, but the speech below is where all the inspiration lies. If you have a few minutes, and need the extra motivation listen to the whole thing! Especially if your feeling defeated and need a pick me up...I recommend you watch it!