Beauty Find Friday: My Favorite Online Magazines

There’s something to be said about the pleasure of finding a magazine in the mailbox, or flipping through the pages in a coffee shop, or whiling away the hours of a long flight with a glossy stack. With that said, the internet has blessed us with online magazines. Now, we can enjoy magazine articles for free, and on our phones. 

I’ll always love physical magazines, but today I’m sharing a few new loves of mine in the online magazine realm. 

Dean Street Society – Dean Street Society covers style, life, and entrepreneurship with a graceful, plucky spirit that makes me feel like I could be totally at home having coffee with Hilary and discussing what humidity does to our bangs and how to set reasonable business goals.

Clementine Daily – Hilary introduced me to Clementine (she’s the style editor), a new magazine whose every article so far I’ve loved. Their sweet video makes me want to wear dresses every day, buy more flowers, ride a blue bike, and learn to play the ukulele. And dye my hair red. Check out their manifesto here.

Matchbook – I’ve followed Matchbook since their second issue, and it just gets better (Although, I do miss the hand drawn illustrations they used to have). It’s eye candy extravaganza with style, decor, art, parties, and more. In their words: 

“Brimming with intriguing interviews, stately homes, captivating memoirs and swoon-worthy fashion spreads, matchbook seeks to inspire women around the globe to design a life they adore. From lipstick to letterpress, gelato to grosgrain, and Paris to Peru, consider us your field guide to a charmed life.”

The Beauty Department – If you’re on Pinterest, chances are that you’ve seen, and pinned, some of the photo tutorials from The Beauty Department. Everything you ever wanted to know – the right way to pluck your eyebrows, how to create the latest nail art or  braided updo – this is the place. 

Darling Magazine – Even though Darling Magazine has a print edition, there’s still great content on their website. The departments are divided into personas – The Achiever, The Dreamer, The Hostess, etc. Their mission says it all: 

Your turn – do you have favorite online magazines? Share them with us in the comments below!

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INSPIRE: 4 Steps to Refresh Yourself and Your Space

It’s August. It’s hot. You just took a vacation, but now you feel like you need a vacation because of your vacation. School is starting soon, and you miss the smell of just sharpened pencils and blank notebooks, and the clean slate of a new school year. Or maybe you’re about to start another year of college, but your summer internship is leaving you burned out and exhausted. You need a fresh start but don’t have time or money to run away to Fiji. This article is for you!

I guest posted on Sweet and Sage again, sharing four ways to refresh yourself and your space. And boy, was I feeling the need for a refresh last weekend! 
I did take my own advice, and Thursday night at about 8:30 pm, I tackled organizing our hall closet, that had previously been a big crowded mess. Friday I worked at the church and spent time hanging out with friends in the evening, binge watching “Say Yes to the Dress” while our husbands worked on cars, but Saturday I got back to organizing and finished the hall closet. Since I made a lot of room, I moved some things over from the pantry, and then decided to work on that closet too.

Before:

After:

Since I had an empty shelf in our bedroom closet, I moved all the bedding in there. That made enough room to move things off the floor and have nice piles of towels and cleaning rags. 
Other side of the closet before:
After:

We used to keep the vacuum in the pantry, so my big goal was to be able to fit it in this closet. Mission accomplished!

I also spent time on Saturday doing something just for fun – watercolor painting. I’m excited to show you my painting, although if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen it.

The only piece of advice from my article that I haven’t taken yet is to do something new. I have a few ideas in mind for ways to interpret this, but I will share those with you later, if they come about. 

Now I’d like to hear from you – are you feeling the need for a refresh? How do you refresh yourself when you start feeling stuck and unmotivated? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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INSPIRE: The Beauty of An Ordinary Life

Hello, readers of Scribbles from Emily! I’m so honored to be here with you today. Thank you, Emily, for giving me this awesome opportunity and for trusting me with your online space.

The overarching theme of my blog is intentional living. More specifically, it’s where I share my own journey to live a more intentional life, because the good Lord knows that I don’t have it all figured out yet. So, I don’t write to sound like an expert; I write as a friend who has invited you over, sits across from you at my kitchen table, and just talks about what it means to live life on purpose.

So, friend-to-friend, let me paint you a picture of what my life as a full-time, stay-at-home mama to a 4-and-a-half-year-old Little Man looks like {and, if you’re a fellow SAHM – or work from home mom – this will probably look all too familiar}:

spilled milk, Legos and Lincoln Logs, loading the washing machine, Hot Wheels cars, unloading the dishwasher, picking up clutter, paying bills, stepping on toys, clothes in washer sour {left them in too long – oops!}, The Avengers {you know… Thor, Hulk, Iron Man…}, picking up more clutter, loading the dishwasher…

You get the point, right?

My life, by the standard of most people, would seem boring… ordinary… mundane. All those words that can mean “blah”. And I wouldn’t say that I could blame them for feeling that way because, I admit, most days I’m not thrilled with my life either. I mean, I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I don’t exactly get an adrenaline rush every time I throw a load of clothes in the washer or have to play Legos for the umpteenth time.

But as uneventful as my life may seem, there is so much beauty to be found in it… IF I know what to look for: After all, the toys that cover my floor are proof that an active, growing, creative little blessing calls this place home, too. For some reason God thought me trustworthy enough to place him in my care… and I’m so thankful!

The mountain of dirty laundry and the stacks of yet-to-be-washed dishes in the sink are proof that we have more than enough clothes to dress ourselves and more than enough food to fill our bellies. We have been blessed with more than some people dare to dream of.

This life I live may not be glamorous or impressive and I’m not likely to win any awards or receive many verbal accolades, but I am a blessed woman. And because of that, I have a choice to make: Will I join society and scoff at my life? Or will I intentionally seek out and take note of the things that make my life beautiful? Will I also actively pursue ways to cultivate beauty in my home? Through décor, sure, but also through things like: the way I arrange our dinner on the plate or how complex my son and I can build a Lego tower.

So, this is my challenge to you… to us: let’s look for and appreciate the beauty within our days and then intentionally pursue ways to cultivate even more beauty in our lives, as well. If we will do this, we’ll find that our life isn’t as boring or ordinary as we might have originally thought and that we already have more than we could ever need.

Life doesn’t get more beautiful than that!

God Bless,

Alana Taylor is, first and foremost, a sinner saved by the grace of God.  She is a twenty-something full-time wife, mama, and homemaker, living in central Alabama with two of her favorite guys: her hubby and her four-year-old Little Man.  Her biggest passion is to creatively pursue a life of intention, as well as to encourage and equip like-minded women to do the same.  With her faith as the foundation of her message, she talks about how intentional living impacts everything about our lives, from the big things {such as motherhood and stewardship} to the seemingly small things {like decorating/organizing our home and getting dressed each morning}. 

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Emily here, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us, Alana! Even though I don’t have children to pick up after, I can relate to feeling like my life is mundane and blah. Your story was a blessing and encouragement to me.

What about you, readers? Can you relate? How you you find beauty in the everyday? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! 

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INSPIRE: Growing as an Independent Thinker

On Friday, I told you about my interview on Sage Grayson coaching, but I saved another bit of news for today: I also guest posted on Sweet and Sage. Sweet and Sage is an online magazine for women in their twenties who crave advice that’s both kind and smart. The topic for July is “Independent Thinking,” and my article shares 3 Ways to Grow as an Independent Thinker.

I’m a by-the-book girl—I thrive on how-to guides, step-by-step plans, and other people’s approval. Independent thinking doesn’t come easily to me. But the times in my life where I’ve grown the most have been the times when I made decisions that didn’t make sense to the people around me.


Read the rest here!


Interestingly, the story I share in the beginning of the article is also when I started this blog! Another benefit of independent thinking that I continue to receive. 
Do you consider yourself an independent thinker? Read the article, and let me know what you think in the comments over there!



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LIFE: Interview on Sage Grayson Coaching!

What led me to start my business? What does an average day look like for me? I’m answering those questions, and several more, on Sage Grayson Coaching today! Plus, there’s a free printable for you!
Sage is a life coach who motivates women to develop loving, respectful relationships; design a career that ignites your passion; and feel connected to their mind, body, and spirit. As Sage says, “It’s your life…make it sweet!”
How do you help women make their lives sweet? 
I help women make their lives sweet by encouraging them to find the beauty in the everyday. Because I believe that God has a purpose for each of our lives, each day contains His fingerprints—something beautiful. We just have to take the time to look for it. Life isn’t without storms and struggle, but I believe that even in the really hard times, we can find beauty. I’ve written about my struggles with depression, loneliness, and self-confidence issues with the intention of bringing hope and encouragement to others. 
Speaking of finding the beauty in the everyday…yesterday Brian had all of his wisdom teeth removed. I’m not sure who was more stressed about it, he or me. My stomach felt like one giant knot all day! He came out of the anesthesia very quickly, and hasn’t been in much pain. I worried yesterday that he wasn’t eating enough, or drinking enough, or taking enough pain meds, but he’s totally fine today….just sick of me trying to taking care of him! He doesn’t like me to tell him when to take medicine….or when to do anything, for that matter, and he just gets whatever he wants himself instead of letting me do it. I’m trying to anticipate what he needs and beat him to it, but so far, that’s not working out well. At least, I’m thankful that he’s a low-maintenance patient.
Yesterday, I worked on several projects nearby, trying to tune out the TV with headphones. I really felt like I needed to make progress on my lengthy to-do list for the week. Then I realized that it’s not every day Brian has surgery and we get to spend lots of down time together. Honestly, it was difficult for me to just sit with him and just watch movies. I really wanted to multi-task and write blog posts or planning for the trip we’re taking in a few weeks with the youth group. I finally made a decision to shut down my computer AND put my phone away, and be in one place at a time. 
After I finish this blog post, I’m planning to do the same today! Have a great weekend, and take time to slow down, relax, and do the most important things, one at a time!

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Sponsor Scribbles in July and Support Rescue Her

In June, 20% of my proceeds from advertising on this blog went to Worthwhile Wear, an organization that provides employment and training in sewing skills to former victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution. They reached full funding last month, and are able to build a new vocational and employment sewing center!
This month, I’ll be donating to a Rescue Her project in India.

Human trafficking in India is overwhelming, but we want to make a difference. We are building a Rescue Home in India to help get young girls off the street and into a safe place and away from the risk of being trapped into sex trafficking.

Before Rescue Her can start building a home, they are raising $500 to cover legal fees. You can read more about their plan on Pure Charity. 

Ever since I first monetized my blog, I’ve given some of the proceeds to a cause. Making a difference, even with small actions of generosity, is important to me. Tracking income and finding causes to give to has become even easier since I started using Passionfruit Ads and Pure Charity.
You could probably find a bigger blog with advertising for the same price. But Scribbles From Emily is my corner of the internet from which I seek to change the world, one person at a time. One way I accomplish this is by donating 20% of my profits from advertising rates and affiliates to charitable organizations, usingPure Charity. That equals $4 from each Premium spot, $2 from each Popular spot, and $1 from each Pretty spot.
Other Ways to Sponsor:
Giveaways are an effective way to expand your brand awareness and grow your blog followers, social media profiles, or email lists. If you believe your product is a good fit for my blog audience, you may have a giveaway without buying sidebar ads. Your giveaway will get its own blog post, mentions in each successive blog post until the giveaway ends, daily tweets, and frequent facebook posts.
If you’d like to see your product featured in a post, send it to me to review! This option is open to all: you do not need to buy sidebar ads to qualify. I just ask that you allow me to pick out the item to review; that way I can pick what fits best with my tastes and appeals to my audience. 

I reserve the right to refuse a sponsor ad, giveaway, or promotion that I deem inappropriate for my audience. 

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Waxing Poetic Wednesday: Fourth of July Night

Image via USNews

Fourth of July Night

The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky
A white sky bomb fizzed on a black line.
A rocket hissed it’s red signature into the west.
Now a shower of Chinese fire alphabets,
A cry of flower pots broken in flames,
A long curve to a purple spray, three violet balloons—
Drips of seaweed tangled in gold, shimmering symbols of mixed numbers,
Tremulous arrangements of cream gold folds of a bride’s wedding gown—
A few sky bombs spoke their pieces, then velvet dark.
The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky. 
By Carl Sandburg

Every first Wednesday, I indulge my English Lit minor by sharing an inspirational poem. Share your favorite summer or August themed poem in the comments, it could end up on a future Waxing Poetic Wednesday!

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Confidence Challenge: The Year So Far

It’s hard to believe that this year is now halfway over. I took a look back at my New Year’s Resolution, summed up with the word: Confidence.

I want confidence. Confidence that doesn’t come from what job I have or what I can produce, but in who God made me. Confidence that no matter what happens, He has a plan for me and is working all things for good, even the things that seem like mistakes or detours to others…and myself. 

I also wrote a list of ten goals for the year that I tried to revisit and re-write every week. It’s a tip I learned to help you accomplish more since they will probably go through changes from the first of the year to December. My goals for the year in January were:

  • Launch a business that I was working on at the time with two co-partners
  • Get published
  • Run a 5K
  • Get my closet down to 100 items
  • Pay off a school loan
  • Guest post on 3 blogs
  • Quit Target
  • Redesign Scribbles
  • Finish the church flyer and my quilt
  • Make art
So much has changed in six months. As of June,
While I’ve met many of those goals, and many more I’ve made throughout the last six months, I wonder how I’m doing on my overall resolution – growing in confidence. 
Dealing with failure and rejection has helped me grow in confidence. For example, when the business partnership didn’t work out, I went through a period of self-doubt, but I was also determined to try again on my own. Bleu Feather Paper Co. doesn’t have people breaking down the (virtual) door yet, but I have learned so much in the process of setting it up, creating the brand, marketing, and trying to find what works. For example, you’ll find out via the next newsletter that there’s been some important pricing adjustments.
I’ve been rejected for a several jobs that I thought I was a great fit for, without even an interview. That really struck a blow at my confidence at first. I wallowed a little, thinking I wasn’t good enough for anyone, but instead of letting that last for months, I decided to proactively work on getting more experience so that I could be a better contender. 
Interviews are a great way to work on your confidence, as it turns out! After all, you’re selling yourself, your skills, and the potential benefit to your employer. I’ve had two interviews this month, and while at first I felt a little like I was faking it, now I do feel more confident in my abilities. 
And I can tell more changes are on the way for the next six months. For one, I’m very excited to announce that I am now an intern for Sage Grayson! My first day is July 1st, and I will be helping her with social media, scheduling, and graphic design. I know I’m going to learn a lot from Sage, and I’m glad that I’ll be able to use my skills to free her up to focus on coaching and writing.
From right here, I can see the beginnings of many possible paths for the future. Who knows what the next six months will bring?!

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).”

I’m deeply grateful that God knows the plans He has for me, and it’s all under His control, not mine!

I’m also deeply grateful for all the love you guys show me through your faithful reading and sweet comments. Thank you so, so much for being here!

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions? How are you doing on keeping them? Share your progress in the comments!

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Beauty Find Friday: First Day of Summer!

It’s official! Today is the first day of summer. What would make it the best summer ever? 

These strawberry coconut popcicles would sure help!

Source: joythebaker.com via Emily on Pinterest

Wearing flowers in your hair.

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A summery outfit.

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Tasty Mexican food.

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Exploring.

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Swimming and sunbathing.

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And just relaxing.


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Here’s to our summer adventures!

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This weekend, Brian and I are celebrating our third anniversary with trip to Scottsdale, visiting an art museum, and a baseball game!

What’s on your summer bucket list? Share in the comments!

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Beauty Find Friday: #DailyArt Challenge

I mentioned on Monday that I was going to challenge myself to make art every day this week. Here’s how I did!

Monday

Chanel N.5
I had so much fun with this painting. The glass jars were a fun challenge. I painted this based on a photo, whose source I can’t find, but you can see it here on Pinterest.

 Tuesday

Polish and Pearls
On Tuesday, I grabbed my two favorite nail polishes and my favorite jewelry for a still life painting. The nail polishes are Essie’s Ballet Slippers, and L’Oreal’s Greycian Goddess.

Wednesday

Peach Peonies and Pink Roses
On Tuesday night, I skyped with my little sister, who recently got engaged, to discuss her wedding invitations. I couldn’t help but get started on it the next day! These florals are inspired by this bouquet.

Thursday 

Yesterday was probably my best painting day of the week. I was feeling very discouraged after receiving yet another rejection email for a job I felt very qualified for, again without the chance to interview. Painting took my mind off my troubles. It’s great therapy.
Coffee Table Style
The painting of the girl is based on this Kate Spade striped Celina dress, and the peonies and books are based on this photo, which is from SF Girl By Bay.

Friday

I don’t have anything to show for today yet, and honestly, I’m not sure I will have time to do any drawing or painting later today. It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend, but hopefully I’ll be able to take a few minutes to de-stress with my pencils and paints.
Did you enjoy my art? Follow me on Instagram for the behind the scenes, and if you really like my style, I’m considering offering prints of some of my paintings in my Etsy shop, so stay tuned!
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