Event Recap: Home for the Holidays

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PeachyPains.com | Home for the Holidays

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You might have noticed on Saturday that my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds blew up. Sorry I didn’t give you a heads up, but here’s a recap instead.

I went to another Boston Bloggers event. I had so much fun! It was a great mix of DIY crafts, food, wine, education, and socialization.

I got to hear Heather B. Armstrong of Dooce.com speak about her blog and her business. I’ve been following her since 2008, so it was surreal to actually be in the same room as her. I got to see some of my favorite local bloggers: Emily of Shell Chic’d, Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle, and Amanda of Prim and Propah. I also made some new blogger friends like Alana of Good Girl Gone Blog (who organized the Blog Better Boston event I attended 18 months ago!), Michelle of Weekend Craft, and Candace of Lucky Scarf (who just happens to live in my new hometown. *squeal*).

I learned a few tips about SEO (search engine optimization) which blew my mind. *BOOM* And as a crafty crafter, I have to admit, I’ve never, ever, made a Pennant Banner. EVER. So, I made my first one (see last pic above) and I think I’m obsessed with them. Okay, and I also got to make some gift tags, too. I used the question mark stencil to create “Secret Santa” gift tags on burlap fabric. Yes, you can steal that idea too. That’s what I’m hear for.

I also learned how to style a tabletop. Okay, okay…this may seem like a no-brainer for some most woman but this girl doesn’t have the “housewife” gene, so I really appreciated this session since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I think the best piece of advice I received from Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty was to use items that are universal for each of the upcoming holidays. Oh and don’t be afraid to spray paint items – like leaves from your backyard. :)

Wayfair hosted the Boston Bloggers at their Boston Headquarters in the Copley Square Mall. Wayfair spoiled us with an amazing meal by KitchenSurfing and gave us each a special gift. I got a tangle photo display which I plan hanging my Christmas cards from. :)

I would like to thank Kate of DomestiKated Life and Ali of Long Distance Loving for their hard work planning, managing, and hosting us. I appreciate all they do to keep us inspired!

I know this was a pretty link-heavy post, but I highly encourage you to check out all of the blogs I shared. These woman, and companies, were truly the best part of the event. It’s why I will continue to go every time the opportunity presents itself.

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Friday Favorites: Tiny Tattoos

tinytattoologoAt the age of 30, a common question I get is, “do you have any tattoos?”

No. I don’t.

BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t admire the commitment others have to get one or that I don’t like them. BUT honestly its because I’m so indecisive.  If I got a tattoo of every symbol I ever liked, I’d have a butterfly, a yellow rubber duck, and an owl by now. I’m already the crazy animal lady; I don’t need to have a bunch of insects and animals on my body. :) Okay and the other truth? I have enough freckles I could connect the dots and make one.

So, where am I going with this? Well, Brooke who blogs at WorldofWanderlust.com and who happens to have one of my favorite Instagram accounts, showcases her amazing photos of her journey around the world solo and some of the images include her TINY tattoo. I love the little open heart she has on her left wrist…

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So feminine, so delicate, so…tiny. I don’t think I have the guts to get one but I really like them. So, what’s a girl to do? I went to Etsy to see if there were options and I’m pleased to say you can get a grown-up version of a temporary tattoo.

Here are a few of my favorites I found:

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Or go a little larger and grab a beautiful quote. I love the quote, “I refuse to sink”. It reminds me of my past challenges, especially with my arthritis and pursuing forward, no matter what. I love how this is captured with either a tiny anchor, infinity symbol or both.

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My favorite childhood movie was Peter Pan because I never wanted to grow up. Okay, and I wanted to fly! One Halloween as a child I choose to go as Peter Pan, my sister went as Tinkerbell and my daddy went has Captain Hook. To this day, I still choose to never grow up.

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And to go with the theme of the never growing up, I love how Disney taught me to always dare to dream.

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What do you think? Would you get a tiny temporary tattoo? Or a real tiny tattoo?

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