Journal

|10/5/18| Morning Coffee Talk

October 5, 2018

I’m sitting here with my coffee this morning, and reflecting back on the week I have had. It hasn’t been that great of a week, to be honest. I’ve had a lot of stress and anxiety, and it has been a challenge to deal with. On Monday I had two exams, a paper, and a presentation to do. I’ve had all sorts of issues with my car. I’m kind of uncertain as to what I’ll be doing out of college. Then there is like a million other little things that just seems to go wrong when I’m already feeling the pressure of these other things, and it just feels like a lot.

College

College is already stressful for many reasons. It’s around the time of mid-terms that many college students feel pretty much dead inside from all the professors trying to cram in exams and papers right before the withdrawal without penalty deadline. All without really caring that they all seem to choose the same day to give exams and have papers due as your other classes, and wondering why students don’t seem to do as well as they assumed they would.

Graduation

I’m supposed to be graduating in December this year, and then I’ll be out in the real world. I honestly am not really excited for this at all. I mean yes, it’ll be nice to not have to balance four or five class loads of work each week, but that’s not that exciting. I kind of touch on this in another blog post where I talk about the last semester of your college experience, and how it’s not as great as you think it is.

Honestly, it may be great for some people, but I’m just not feeling the greatness. I honestly have no idea where I’ll end up after college, and it seems like every job I’ve looked into doesn’t seem right for me. It’s times like those when I make myself worry about if I wasted all this money on a degree that I may not be so passionate about after all.

My Car

There’s not much to say here other than this is the second time in a period of two months that I’ve had problems with my car. The first time my car wouldn’t even crank up. This time it’s cranking up, but it’s taking way too long to do so. Of course I also have the problem where it’s not doing it every time. Sometimes it cranks up right away and sometimes it doesn’t. So far I’ve learned that it only seems to happen when I’m an hour away from my house, and if my car ever decides to stop working it’ll be my luck that it’d be so far away from my house.

Honestly, it’s kind of frustrating to deal with. Because taking it to a mechanic to get the problem fixed only helps if the problem occurs with them. The past couple days, my car has cranked up right over 100 times in my driveway. Of course the 2 times I drove my car out to the grocery store or for a meeting, I get back in my car to drive home and the problem just magically resurfaces. But as soon as I get home to crank it again in my driveway, it’s working perfectly fine.

Story of my life, ha!

It could be worse

I know my problems could be a lot worse, and that I’m lucky to even have a car to drive. My worries about college ending, and not being able to get a stable career are just that. Worries. I’m an anxious person, and worrying irrationally about things is just what I do. It might just be the not so great week I’ve had that makes it all seem worse than it is, but all I can say is that I hope next week is better.

Anna

Bath & Bodyworks Fall Candle Haul

PWM: Goodbye Summer – Planner Stickers

Journal: It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram (9/21/18)

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Journal: New Projects and Fall Fever 9/16/18

Planner Sticker Haul August 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Lifestyle

Bath & Bodyworks Fall Candle Haul

October 2, 2018

If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE candles! Almost to the point of I love them too much. Let’s be honest, I own over 50 Bath & Bodyworks candles so I’m pretty sure I passed that point already.

Now I don’t just go into Bath & Bodyworks and buy 15 candles in one shopping trip. I might end up with 8 at the most per trip, but usually it’s between 4-6. Since I am living at my parents house as I am finishing up college, they also love the candles. Usually each shopping trip we split up the candles. I pay for half of them, and they pay for half of them. We also only buy candles when they are 50% off(which happens pretty often) and we have a 20% off coupon.

My Fall Collection

Over the past month and a half, my mom and I have gone to Bath & Bodyworks at least twice and bought probably 12 or so candles altogether. So we have got almost all of the Fall collection apart from a handful of ones we didn’t really like.

I think my favorites are the apple cinnamon cider, leaves, and autumn. Don’t get me wrong, I like all of them to a certain extent, but those are my go-to’s. I think the only ones I wouldn’t repurchase is bourbon maple and blueberry maple pancakes. They smell great, but the throw the candles give out is a little too strong. I can’t leave them burning for a long time, and usually I like to have a softer throw for candles. However, both bourbon maple and blueberry maple pancake are true scent wise. 

What candles have you bought from their Fall/Autumn candles? What is your favorite?

Anna

PWM: Goodbye Summer – Planner Stickers

Journal: It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram (9/21/18)

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Journal: New Projects and Fall Fever 9/16/18

Planner Sticker Haul August 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Planning

Plan With Me (PWM): Goodbye Summer – September 2018

September 24, 2018

Fall is here, and it’s going to be a busy few months in my planner. I am super excited for this plan with me, and I hope you all enjoy it. This last full week of September was the perfect opportunity to use up one of the sticker kits I bought in my planner sticker haul in August. The kit was originally for Coachella, but I decided to use it as a road trip type kit. In a way it kind of signals that Summer is over, and we are riding into Fall now. That may be cheesy, but that was my vision for this kit.

The Full Kit – created by Glam Planner on Etsy.com

Overall, I would have to say that the kit was pretty easy to work with. There were some spaces where I didn’t align the stickers to the boxes all the way, and that drove me a little crazy. However, I think overall I used up a lot of the stickers from the kit. I had a few left over, and I think I’m just going to save those for the future. I really liked the bright colors, and it seemed like the perfect way to send off Summer.

The one thing I like about these stickers is that if I did place a sticker incorrectly, most of the time I was able to remove it, and put it somewhere else. There are many sticker kits that have a permanent adhesive backing, and once they are placed down, you can’t get them up. It took me about an hour to do this, but I took my time. I consider this process as relaxing, and it’s something that makes me happy. 

Plan With Me

There were a few stickers that I would have changed the location of, but I think overall I am pleased with how this turned out. What do you all think? Would you have done this kit differently? Also, what are your favorite planner sticker shops on Etsy? I need some new inspiration. If you own your own shop, let me know as well. I’d love to help support your small business. 

Anna

Journal: It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram (9/21/18)

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Journal: New Projects and Fall Fever 9/16/18

Planner Sticker Haul August 2018

What Nobody Tells You About Your Last Semester of College

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Journal

|9/21/18| It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram

September 21, 2018

I don’t know about you all, but it’s about to be TV show season. Usually, around June to mid-August, my usual TV shows aren’t on. At least the ones that I still keep up with on TV aren’t on. The shows I binge watch on Netflix don’t really count(THE OFFICE). The only shows that have been on for the past few weeks for me are Jersey Shore: Family Vacation and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team. Now both of those shows are great and all, but they are more of my backup shows.

Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore back in the day was great, and even the first season of the new show was good. This current season is not that interesting to me. They wasted the first handful episodes all on the drama with Ron and his baby momma, but that literally was just the same thing each episode. They were just dragging it out. Now Angelina is back on and causes drama almost as soon as she was in the house. Honestly, I feel like they are trying to run that idea into the ground.

OH AND I MISS DEENA! She is currently pregnant with her first child, and is not on the show this season that much. She’s my favorite, but I know she’s excited for her baby. She’s happy and that’s all that matters.

My TV Show List for this Fall Season

  • Magnum P.I (New show that I want to try out)
  • NCIS
  • NCIS New Orleans
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • NCIS Los Angeles
  • Station 19
  • DWTS Juniors (Not sure if I’m going to like this, but I wanted to give a shot since I watch DWTS)
  • Walking Dead
  • Splitting Up Together
  • Legacies (Spin-off the The Originals, that was a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries)

That’s A LOT of TV

As you can see, I have a lot of TV shows to look forward to. From Magnum P.I down to NCIS Los Angeles those are coming on next week. Then everything else comes on mostly at the beginning of October, and a couple are going to be later on in the month. I’m going to have a lot to watch, but I’m looking forward to it. Basically, I’ve been re-watching old TV shows for the past few months. The Office, Smallville, and recently Medium. I need something new.

Trying Out A New Instagram Theme

Back in July, I tried out a new Instagram theme, and it was great. I really liked how my photos turned out. However, it is about to be Fall, and I wanted to try to get a head start on an Instagram theme that worked well with Fall. I am going to share more specifics on how I’m editing my photos in a blog post in the next couple of weeks, but these are the photos I’ve posted so far.

Photos from my Instagram @annamaxwell018

I really like how the look is so far, and after I post a few more photos I am going to make a decision on if I want to keep this cooler theme up. The edit process I am using seems to be working well with the type of photos I usually take. However, I want to try out different types of photos (like indoors and more outdoors) to see if they match up with the theme.

I also talk about that striped top in my recent blog post, and I discuss my shopping experience at Pink Lily Boutique. I also share with you my haul of clothes I got from them. Long story short: the clothes are amazing.

Overall, I am pretty excited for the next couple weeks. I have been waiting for these TV shows to come back on for what seems like forever. Station 19 is probably the one I am most excited for, as the season finale left us on a major intense cliffhanger. I am also pretty excited for this Instagram theme. If you have any tips on what I can do to improve my Instagram theme, let me know in the comments below.

Anna

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Journal: New Projects and Fall Fever 9/16/18

Planner Sticker Haul August 2018

What Nobody Tells You About Your Last Semester of College

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Fashion

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

September 18, 2018

This post is NOT sponsored by Pink Lily. This is my own opinion about my personal online shopping experience here. 

I know it’s not quite Fall yet, but I couldn’t help myself. I came across the Pink Lily Boutique in August, and I immediately fell in love with their clothes. It was hard to control myself and not buy every article of clothing they sell, but I managed to keep it to a handful of items.

I typically don’t like to spend too much when I buy things from a shop online for the first time. You never know how the material is going to feel, or how their sizes work. I kept that in mind when I bought my first few items from them, and I anxiously awaited my package to arrive for the next week. When they finally did arrive, I was certainly pleased with the clothes.

Pink Lily Boutique – 6 Items (3 shirts, 1 pair of shorts, 2 dresses)

Run To The Ocean Striped Blouse (Size Small)

Only Thing I Know Striped Blouse (Small Size)

Charming As Can Be Plaid Sweater (Size Small)

Just Keep Dreaming Floral Shorts (Small Size)

Casual For Fall Dress (Size Small)

Glowing Fondness Striped Dress (Size Small)

Can I just say how incredibly pleased I was when I tried these on for the first time? Each article of clothing I bought was made from the most comfortable material. They were soft and seemingly well made. The only thing I wish I did was buy more from them.

My Total Was $146 for these items. Here’s why it was worth it:

Five out of the 6 items I bought were new collection items, and only one item was on sale. I am not one to normally buy anything if it is over $20. However, I decided to put a little bit more into my budget for this, as I wanted to really try out some of their newest clothes and see what I thought of them. Because of how soft and comfortable the material is, how much I like the look of the clothes, and how the shipping & delivery process went are the main reasons why I would buy from the shop again without any doubt in my mind.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

After my successful online shopping experience, I started following their Instagram page and their VIP Instagram page(which gives insight on upcoming products and sometimes extra sales). They regularly have sales that are 10% over $50. It is very easy to spend over $50 here, but I’ve found that there are usually better sale opportunities that pop up. It can be a holiday or just a random day, but there are usually higher percentages off on those special sale opportunities.

I recommend that if you are concerned with spending too much money to wait for a holiday sale or follow them on Instagram, text notifications, or email notifications. You will get alerted when there are sales, and they sometimes have sales that are 25% off or more depending on how big of a holiday/sale weekend it is.

Anna

My New Instagram Theme for July

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

Go-To Beauty Products

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Journal

|9/16/18| New Projects and Fall Fever

September 16, 2018

Sunday | September 16th, 2018

I honestly have had the most creative and inspirational month of my life. It’s been a little over a month since I did my first ever journal blog post, and I certainly didn’t plan on taking this long of a break before doing another one. I have also kind of slacked off on regular blog posts, as I have just been so incredibly focused on other projects. One of which is something I can’t wait for, but I am not quite ready to put it out on the Internet yet. I feel like I need to perfect somethings before I can share it.

One of my new Fall candles

My Adventures in Photoshop and Illustrator

The new project I am working on requires me to actively use Photoshop and Illustrator. Before this project, I assumed I was relatively knowledgeable about Photoshop. I didn’t know that much about Illustrator, but I figured it would be similar to Photoshop so I would be fine. I was so incredibly wrong.

I apparently didn’t know really anything about Photoshop, and spent several long hours teaching myself how to do what seems like very simple things. Then when I finally got around to needing to use Illustrator, it was like starting the entire learning process over again, as Illustrator is pretty different from Photoshop. Yes, there are obvious similarities, as they are both Adobe apps, but they have a lot of differences. I’m hoping to keep improving on these two over the next couple weeks, and maybe it’ll make this new project a lot easier.

My Fall Fever

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had some major Fall fever. No, I don’t mean that I have been walking around craving pumpkin spice lattes. I actually don’t like Pumpkin flavored drinks at all. I’m talking about how Summer has been an absolute mess, and I need a season change ASAP. It’s been so incredibly hot and humid where I live, and I am completely over it. Summer usually is my favorite season, but this year has been brutal. I want to be able to go outside and enjoy myself, and that’s usually what Fall is all about. That and being able to start wearing leggings every day.

Bath & Bodyworks and Pinterest

I have already gone to Bath & Bodyworks and stocked up on most of their Fall scents, and if Fall doesn’t start soon I am going to end up broke as I’m spending way too much on Fall scented candles. Another thing is that if you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I am already well into pinning for Fall and Halloween. I love the aesthetic of Fall photos, and there is so much beauty in capturing the change of seasons.

I don’t really have an excuse for my excessive pinning of Halloween pins. Most of it is Halloween themed food or drinks that I think is cute and that I want to try, Let’s be honest, probably won’t ever get around to making any of them, but it’s nice to dream.

My cat Littlebit, and I used one of the new Fall edits I’m trying out

These past couple of weeks have been incredible(despite the hot and humid temperatures.) I got to work on a lot of creative projects, and I feel so fulfilled and happy with myself. This past week, in particular, has been incredibly productive for me, and I forgot how good it feels to not procrastinate all my work until last minute. Next week I will be focusing on school, and I’m house sitting for one of my aunts. I’ll have a lot of free time on my hands, and I’m planning on spending a lot of it continuing to work on my creative projects. Hopefully, I’ll have a final product to share with you all soon.

Anna

My Planner Sticker Haul – August 2018

Journal: What Nobody Tells You About Your Last Semester of College

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

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Lifestyle Planning

Planner Sticker Haul – August 2018

August 14, 2018

I think it’s time to do my first planner sticker haul for this blog. I haven’t really talked about this too much on this blog, but I love to plan. My planner is my life, and I use it every day. I bought my first Erin Condren planner last year, and my second one this year. I absolutely love the planner’s layout, and it’s a perfect style for me to make lists.

I started getting into planner stickers in the middle of last year, and I realized very quickly that I was addicted to buying the pretty stickers to go into my planner. The one thing that I didn’t count on was how pricey some of the planner stickers can be. With that in mind, I slowed down on buying planner stickers and chose my purchases from then on wisely. 

Planner Sticker Haul

My purchases this time are for 1 week in September, October, November, and December. I purchased from a shop on etsy.com called The Glam Planner. This particular shop isn’t always open, as it kind of just depends on if the shop owner is on vacation or if they have too many orders. But if you like planner stickers, I definitely recommend going to check out this shop. 

Festival Stickers – September 2018

This particular kit was initially for Coachella, but I like the layout and look of the whole kit and decided to get it for my September kit. It’s kind of like saying get all the Summer fun in while you can because it’s about to be Fall and cold weather is coming.

Halloween Kit – October 2018

I really liked the bright colors on this kit, and thought it was perfect for Halloween. Unlike the usually full kits, I got this kit as an essentials kit. So there will be some white space on my spread for the week of Halloween, but I think there is so much going on in these full boxes it won’t matter.

Harry Potter Hogwarts – November 2018

I really am excited about this kit. Instead of getting a traditional Thanksgiving or Black Friday themed kit, I chose Harry Potter for November. I don’t know why, but it seemed to fit in with the whole fall theme. 

Furbaby Christmas – December 2018

This is another kit that isn’t a full covered spread, and only has the essentials. I loved the animals in this kit and thought the whole Christmas theme wasn’t overdone. I’m super excited to end the year with this kit.

Those are the four kits I purchased for the next four months. I do plan on buying more, probably around Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but for right now these four kits are on my to-do list. Well, my planner to-do list. I have plans to put the spread in for September around the middle of the month, but that could change. I do plan on posting a new blog post with my finished spread whenever I do get it done.

Are you into planner stickers? What are your favorite shops on Etsy? And, if you own your own Etsy shop, let me know, so I can check out your products. Check me out on Instagram, where you might see a sneak peek of my planner spreads.

Anna

My New Instagram Theme for July

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

Go-To Beauty Products

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Journal

|08/07/18| What Nobody Tells You About Your Last Semester of College

August 7, 2018

Monday | August 6th, 2018

I’m finally there. My last semester of college starts one week from yesterday. I’m excited because I am one step closer to graduating from college, but right now that is the only thing I feel excited about.

“Close to graduating from college”

Growing up I was under the impression that by the time I got to this point where I’m graduating from college, my life would be somewhat together. I’d be in a relationship. I would have a starter job that would lead to my career someday. I would also be moved into my own apartment. Instead, the idea of being in a relationship with someone is annoying, I’m unemployed, and I still live at home with my parents.

“Failing at everyday life”

I was always under the impression that getting close to graduating college would be signaling my life turning into something better, but I’m not really feeling that. I’m not really looking forward to graduating at all. I see these people leading successful lives around me, and I still feel like I’m failing at everyday life… It just sucks!

I hear so many people say “don’t worry about it” and “you still have so much time”, and I’m like that is so not helpful or reassuring. Yes, I know not everyone does things at the same speed, but that still doesn’t make me feel like I’m anywhere close to having my life together like I used to think it would be by the time I got to this point.

“I can’t turn back time”

As much as I wish I could turn back time and warn myself to prepare differently, I can’t. The only thing I can do is try to enjoy this last semester of college before adulthood really starts. I’m terrified out of my mind, but all I can do is try my best(no matter how cheesy that sounds).

Anna

My New Instagram Theme for July

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

Go-To Beauty Products

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Background taken from a photo of pexels.com

Food

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

July 25, 2018

I am not really someone who would say they are a great cook. For the longest time, the only thing I could cook was breakfast foods, and honestly, it isn’t that hard to scramble some eggs or make a pancake. However, it did take me quite a while to master the art of not making the pancake doughy in the middle or burnt to a crisp on the outside.

Over the past four years since I graduated high school, I have been slowly working on expanding my cooking skills, and it has been a slow process. As of now, I can happily say I can cook more than just breakfast foods.

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

The one thing I would like to improve on is baking. I am guilty of making salty cookies, failing at creative rice crispy treat making, or burning the edges to brownies. With the words ‘simple’ and ‘easy’ in mind, I have decided to make lemon cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. To stay with a pink lemonade theme, I am going to use pink and yellow food dye to create the look.

photo by Anna Maxwell

photo taken by littlebitandpatch.com

Lemon Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter (soften to room temperature)
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs(large)
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 lemons (zest and juice from both lemons)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Mix by hand or use a mixer, the butter and sugar until creamed.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, then continue to mix until everything is mixed together (wet ingredients)
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. (dry ingredients)
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients (expect the batter to be thick)
  • Lastly, add the milk, lemon juice and zest until it is well combined with batter. Don’t over mix!
  • Line a 12 cupcake pan with liners, then add the batter about 2/3 of the way in each cupcake liner
  • Bake for 18 minutes, check with a toothpick to see if the middle is cooked through. Add an extra 2 minutes if needed.

I found that the amount of lemon juice you add to the batter can vary from 1 to 2 lemons. 2 lemons worth of lemon juice for me added a strong lemon flavor to the batter, and while I do like lemon flavor I wouldn’t recommend doing a lemon flavored icing on top as it might make the lemon too overpowering. 

Vanilla Butter Cream Icing

*NOTE: Wait until cupcakes are cooled before beginning to apply icing*

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 or 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract(this depends on how much vanilla you want in your, you can taste test as you are making the icing to determine how much you would like)

Directions:

  • Mix by hand or mixer the butter until creamy
  • Add 3 1/2 or 4 cups of your powdered sugar(leaving about a 1/2 cup on the side)
  • Add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract
  • Mix together well, then add the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Troubleshooting: If you find your icing to be too liquidy, you can add a tablespoon more of powdered sugar. If it is too thick, you can add a tablespoon more of heavy whipping cream. If frosting is too sweet, add a little salt(1/4 of a teaspoon to start off with)

When I was adding dye to my cupcakes to make them pink or yellow, I reminded myself that a little goes a long way. I found pink and yellow food dye at my local grocery store, and I started off with a few drops in each bowl. It didn’t take more than 5 or 6 to each get the right look for the type of dye that I used.

I also added white pearl looking sprinkles to my cupcakes, but you could take a more creative direction and add thin lemon slices or lemon candies to the top.

photo by Anna Maxwell

photo by littlebitandpatch.com

Yes, my cupcake decorating could always use some improvement, but I think I did a good job on my first attempt. The one thing I wished I did differently is keep a better eye on the time the actual cupcakes were in the oven. They seemed to have baked a minute or two longer than they should have, but the overall cupcake was tasty. I hope you all enjoyed this recipe post. If you end up making this recipe, let me know on my Instagram or on my Twitter.

Anna

My New Instagram Theme for July

Did I Complete My June Photo Challenge?

Go-To Beauty Products

My Summer 2018 Playlist

Pinterest Traffic Report: May 2018

30 Day Photo Challenge – June

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

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Lifestyle

New Instagram Theme for July

July 13, 2018
Changing My Instagram Theme

If you have been following me for a while(here or on Instagram), you know that I love working with my Instagram. I love making changes and see the new flow of a new theme change. I am also pretty passionate about photography, mine, and other peoples. With that in mind I decided that for the month of July, I will be trying out a new Instagram theme. Who knows, I might not like it and decide to change it again in August, or it could become a more permanent thing. I also want to note that this change is primarily going on my personal Instagram account, the blog Instagram account will be staying mostly the same. Although, I do plan on trying to make changes on that one once I build it up some more.

My New Instagram Theme

My new theme will be fairly simple, and hopefully easy to keep up with. I don’t know about you all, but one thing that I really don’t like is when it feels more like a struggle to post photos. I like to feel like I’m adding to a piece of art every day, and I want to “want” to post.

Over the past week, I did a trial run for my new theme to give you all an example of what my plan is. So far I am liking the changes, and I’m incorporating a lot of the landscape and nature photos from other sources(such as pexels.com), but I would love to incorporate photos from other photographers on Instagram.

I am playing off of using a diagonal type theme. One thread involves me, either selfies or full-length photos. Then I have two threads of landscape type photos that are on both sides of my selfie thread. Then the fourth thread is more random. The reason why I have the random thread is that I feel like sometimes I want to post something that isn’t just the same as the rest of the photos. I do however plan on sticking to a color theme that is green, white, black, and pink. However, I occasionally will post a pop of color here and there, as long as one of those colors is in the photo as well.

Want your photos to be featured on my Insta?

If you’d like for me to use one of your photos on my Instagram, let me know in the comments below or email me at annaissbusiness@gmail.com. I need the image you’d like me to use, and your Instagram handle. Mine, for example, would be @annamaxwell018 and I would attach the photo, and anything particular you’d like for me to say about your photo in the caption.

Anna

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