the one where I obsess over Instagram influencers and try to take pics like one

Afterall, I am a photographer. How hard can this lifestyle picture taking thing be?  Of course I have no experience whatsoever in selfies much. I mean I photograph people, not myself. Hello!  I’m BEHIND the camera. But I do like getting ideas about what to wear and I learn so much from these accounts! It’s like a community of people that work from home and share a part of their life. So, I decided for about the last 30 days to photograph what I’m wearing. It’s all about the effort, right?

Here’s some things I’ve learned after following several influencers for a while.

  • They are mostly young moms. Many have young kids and this is their life. So, while I’d love to follow older lifestyle bloggers, many of my generation just aren’t sharing their lives like that. And if they do, they don’t buy the clothes I buy. They are much more about the prints and the florals and just weird stuff I could NEVER pull off. (Although there is one I’m sharing below that I follow for her hair alone.)

  • They love to video themselves trying on clothes. I think they call them “style sessions”. This is where they share one staple from their closet, like white skinny jeans and literally show you 5 ways to style them. It’s a thing people. And at first I thought it was “cray cray” and narcissistic, but now? Not so much. When these girls share a deal, it’s a MAJOR deal. You get ideas on how to wear things and what works and what’s good. One time a girl tried on ALL the skinny white jeans that are out there in the universe and rated her top favs. That’s a time saver folks.

  • They share more than just clothes. They share what they buy for their home, what they cook, what they drink, etc. It’s a bit obsessive yes, bur remember folks, I work from home. With a dog, by myself. These are my work mates.

  • They know about good lighting. YEP! Some of them do anyway. They look for the clean backgrounds, good natural light, and definitely know about the good angles and what to bend on their bodies to create a good clean line. LOVE this about following them.

  • Most share way too much make-up and hair care products then I’d ever need or want in years and years, but I think they get a lot of crap for free so this is how they get paid. Maybe? I do know every time you purchase something they share through a link, they get paid. I don’t really care, everyone deserves to get paid for their job. Right?

  • Most lifestyle influencers love dogs. Yep. They do. And you guys know how I feel about my Kanga. It’s a love/hate relationship, and I think it is with lifestyle influencers as well.

So, here's my top 10 accounts I follow on Instagram.

Natalie Borton
She’s my fav by far! I love her style and just how simple it is. Of course, she’s young, most of these girls are, but the clothes and outfits she’s share are more my speed. Nothing too fancy, very good quality and her color schemes are kind of my color schemes as well.

Jesse Coulter
This TEXAS girls is a working mom of 3 and has a sarcastic funny sense of humor that I can totally relate to. She lives in Austin, so much of what she shares clothing wise is geared for Austin Life. I seriously want her curly hair and obsess over what she wears all the time.

Jenn Reed
She’s quickly become one of my most favorite! She shares total deals on amazon and even though she’s the size of my thigh, I love what she shares! Some of it’s way too young for me and some of it totally works. She also shares good finds at Target and home stuff she finds for their remodel.

Maddy Guiterrez 
Maddy is a plus size influencer from NY and is AWESOME! She shares great finds and isn’t afraid to put herself out there int he world. If you are a large person like me, go follow her and get an idea of what works on your body type and what doesn’t. She’s one that shows makeup tutorials and hair more then I care for, but I just tap past that in the stories.

Caitlyn Kruse
She' shares a lot about her kids, her food and her clothes! LOTS. But I love her style and she’s into pink which is one of my favorite colors to wear. When you rock short hair like me, and you love PINK’s music, PINK is a staple in my wardrobe.

Kismet House
Erin and her husband are so dang funny. They are currently working on a kitchen remodel and covering this well in their insta story. I obsess over everything in their house people!!! It’s so pretty and so well done. She doesn’t share much in the way of clothes, but if you are a Bachelor Fan, follow her stories for their play by play commentary alone. IT IS SO GOOD. Her hubby and her sit on their fabulous couch in their fabulous living room and watch and comment and it’s witty terrific and addicting.

John and Sherry
Young House Love is a long time “insta friend” for me. I have both their books, I’ve followed their blog for YEARS people, like 10, and they are total nerdy good people that have a great feed. Sherry is a child of the MTV generation, as am I and I get the jokes and puns she shares on her stories. They also have a podcast that comes on every Monday and it’s awesome as well.

Ashley Petrone
Arrows and Bows I found through the tiny home addiction on you tube I currently have. Remember I warned you about working from home ALONE. Yep. I’m Kristin and I have a tiny home addiction. It’s real folks. So, they used to live in a tiny home with 3 kids but recently bought a house and have remodel it to perfection. So, go follow and let me know if you figure out how they do their dance party videos. I’m dying to do one! I don’t dance worth a crap but hey, it’s fun and who cares. Life is short, LIVE IT.

Natalie Kolter/Vintage Porch
I found Natalie after researching AIP diets somehow. AND she’s HILARIOUS. She keeps it real. Sometimes very real which I love and appreciate because REAL is dang funny. She’s got a great attitude about life and kids and husbands and even though her style is way more vintage then me, I love her home and her dog Chester.

Chic Over 50 is pretty darn cool. Way cooler then me and rocking a better bod than me. But goals, people. Goals. Everyone needs them. And I love her hair. She’s super cute and shares more in her feed then she does in her stories, but I love her style just the same.

Who do you follow? Let me know and I’ll see you on the “socials”.

the one with my Christmas Notes, 2017

Or otherwise known as “what the heck did we do?” 



Every other year, Devin’s family as in BIG ASS EXTENDED FAMILY, travels from all across our great state (and Wisconsin) to gather and pig out. It falls on the odd years and hello!  This is it!  It’s tons of good food and fun people and drinking and kids. Kids everywhere!  I haven’t even poured through my photographs yet, and I will, I promise. But before I forgot 1/2 and everything happened, everything I cooked, and everything I gave, I thought I would start a blog post and compile all my Christmas notes. Are you ready?

Summer graduated from TCU, by the way. And the day after, we moved her home for the Holodays. She’ll be here until she starts her internship in a Dallas next month. 

Kalyn Marie drove in on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve was the day where we went to mass in the am and mass in the pm. Followed by Christmas Eve Dinner at David and Davida’s, Devin’s mom and dad. Jason and Emily were here, Devin’s brother, with their two adult children and we always have so much fun together. Maybe too much fun!  But still. Who cares?!?  

We are still in the rent house.  The farm house is not done close but not completely there.   And I know I'm dumping a ton of photos here, but it's so important to update my blog to keep my life appearing semi-sane.  HELLO!  

Here it is May and I'm just now blogging Chrstimas, how sane is my life?

Love Does,

You have to post a tree shot every Christmas. Especially when there's this many presents under it!!!  HELLO!

You have to post a tree shot every Christmas. Especially when there's this many presents under it!!!  HELLO!

My baby girl!!!  So happy to see her!
Our church has the most gorgeous tree!!!

Our church has the most gorgeous tree!!!


the one where I go for a walk in my neighborhood


We sold our home in Saddleclub back in March and moved into a rental home in West Lubbock.  We are literally across the street from Best Buy.  Not even kidding.  I think it's called Remmington Park?  It's my first time in a close neighborhood since my college days.  I'm kind of liking it.  Kanga and I have gotten to know the sidewalks pretty darn good. 


the one with a pano shot of Austin on the 4th of July


Last year, I was in Austin for the 4th. I had a wedding that weekend, (shout out to DJ + Kinsey, Hello!  Happy 1 year!!!) and I stayed an extra day or so. Kalyn Marie was moving and I thought I'd help. It worked out great because Bridgette, Ashlyn, and Meghan were passing through on their way to a basketball camp. I love it when life works that way!  


We decided to grab dinner at Chuy's and then head to the river for some fireworks. I'd do this again minus the parking. Next time?  I'll Uber. We got stuck in the parking garage for a long long time. Kind of put a damper on the night.  

Kalyn Marie's very good friend Christine was there hanging with us and that's always a good thing. And despite the heat, it was gorgeous and a great night!  

Happy 4th July Everyone! 



the one with a July 4th from the past

Happy 4th of July, America!

Summer Zoe, my youngest, had surgery last week.  It's nothing too serious, but we do need to stay home pretty much for a couple of weeks.  So, that means, we don't have big plans this 4th of July.  Devin is at the Slaton park cooking with the Knight's of Columbus, so that leaves me and Summer.  I think we may take in a movie.  That's it for us this year, I think.  It will be weird to not have the fireworks going off all around us.  This is our first year of living in town.  For the last 7 years, we've had fireworks going off all around us out at Saddleclub.  That was one of my favorite things, to lay by our pool, or in it and simply watch the fireworks on all sides going off like crazy!  They put on quite a show out there and they are just our neighbors!  LOL

I'm slowing scanning in photos around here and thought I'd share some of July 4th 2001.  For those interested, I'm taking these photos with my iPhone and storing them in the cloud as well as backing up to external disc.  I hope to eventually get all my photos organized and easily accessible.  Gosh, that would be a dream!  Wouldn't it?  

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday.  

Love Does,