Honor Roll

Honor Roll

Sometimes I come across something so cute/sweet/charming/funny/pretty/inspiring/lovely that I just want to share it with you. These are the things that have made my honor roll.

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  • Cheltz
    April 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I broke up with FB. It seems like I was checking it several times every day in anticipation of awesomeness that rarely happened … you wouldn’t believe how much spare time I have now :).

    • Making it Lovely
      April 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      “in anticipation of awesomeness that rarely happened” — Yes.

  • Mandi
    April 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    That dress is cute for a spring date, but it’s also perfect for my little brother’s high school graduation next month. I just snapped it up! I think I’ll pair mine with tan heels, but I might still rock that coral polish. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Ashton
    April 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been thinking of seriously limiting my FB. I like having it, just in case, or so family can share pictures with me. I don’t like how loose they are with sharing information or letting apps plug in without our permission, though. This article is a great for instance. http://www.cultofmac.com/157641/this-creepy-app-isnt-just-stalking-women-without-their-knowledge-its-a-wake-up-call-about-facebook-privacy/

    • Making it Lovely
      April 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      I linked to that article in last week’s Honor Roll. Creepy, right?

      • Ashton
        April 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Oh, I see that now! I must have missed it. I’ve tried deleting my foursquare because of it, but I can’t figure out how to. I hate sites who make that difficult!

  • casacaudill
    April 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I broke up with Facebook for a lot of the reasons that Rookie lists. I initially had to have a FB account when I worked at a PR firm specializing in social media. I needed to “friend” clients, reporters, co-workers, etc. It got to the point that even after I left that job I was having more conversations with people that weren’t friends than I was with my actual friends. One day I just deleted my account wholesale. (I actually wrote a post about it here: http://casacaudill.blogspot.com/2012/03/social-media-isnt-so-social-sometimes.html. Unfortunately, about a week later I realized that several apps that I use have me signed in via Facebook so that created a bunch of problems. In the end I created a new account so that I could continue to use the apps, and comment on websites and blogs without registering. I friended a handful of people – immediate family and friends I’ve known before there was an Internet. I feel MUCH better about it all.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

      I loved reading your post about it. And that’s so weird, having to ‘friend’ people as part of your job!

  • Wrenaria
    April 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m not really allowed to break up with Facebook – managing social media pages is part of my daily job.

    Facebook has allowed me to keep in touch with some people that I otherwise would never hear from again and make networking connections I never would have been able to forge otherwise. My “real” friends – my closer circle – I typically contact and connect with through other means (phone, face to face, etc).

    As a rule, though, you should never use social media to post/send private thoughts. You should always assume anything you post on a social media site could potentially be publicly seen, whether you mean for it to or not, and be very aware of your privacy settings.

    The article about the app that Ashton linked to in her comment is a good argument for being aware of your privacy settings and posting habits. 3rd party apps don’t need permission to plug into whatever you make public for that very reason – it’s PUBLIC, and the whole world can find it if they want to anyway, app assisted or not.

    Even if Facebook were to completely disappear, our culture is so inundated with social media (pinterest, twitter, linkedin, youtube, reddit, flickr – the list is exhaustingly extensive – even this blog counts), it’s always a good idea to be aware and thinking about these issues. Even if the tools change, social media is here to stay.

    • Wrenaria
      April 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Oh, and I should mention that I by no means look down on anyone that deletes their Facebook account! You gotta roll with what works for you, and if certain forms of social media are a hindrance, I’m all for cutting it out to improve your daily life!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

      I’m friends with so many people on Facebook that it’s hard for me to really see what my close friends and family are up to, in the home screen feed at least.

      (And yes, people should always assume that whatever they post can be seen by whomever.)

  • Emily @ Peck Life
    April 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I LOVE those Jenny Lind bookcases. I know you are partial to JL beds and cribs…. :) I actually found a bed frame on Craigslist for $15 and refinished it for my sons room – I painted it this blue/gray color and it turned out GREAT. I was happy I didn’t have to pay a lot for it.

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve considered breaking up with FB a couple times, but in the end I’m pretty hooked. Especially since I can’t break up with it right now due to my husband working there LOL.

  • Kathryn Humphreys
    April 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I covet your perch and tried to talk Finn into getting a similar one. I have hopes that the willow dome will serve a similar place in our yard, but its just not going to be as comfy.

    • Making it Lovely
      April 22, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Yowza! I had to go and take a look — the willow dome will be awesome.

  • Erin
    April 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve had my Facebook for years. Six or seven, I think–starting way back when it was college-only. I wouldn’t say I’m “hooked” (though it certainly is easy to spend too much time on there) but for me, quitting is just not an option as it would seriously complicate how I stay in touch with my family. The closest family we have is six and a half hours away. The majority of our families are even further. FB is the easiest way to reach out and touch everyone at once.

    I don’t use third party apps, play games, or any of that stuff on Facebook. I have a ton of stuff blocked. I am very particular about what I share. For me, it’s just a tool to stay in touch. I’ve never felt obligated to interact with certain people, I’ve never had people get mad at me for rejecting invites or whatnot like the author of that article did. I’ve never had trouble whittling people off the friends list and I don’t care when people I don’t really know anymore do that to me. :)

  • Naomi Bulger
    April 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I would love to break up with Facebook. I’ve wanted to for years! The only problem is that so many of my friends are overseas, and none of us are good at updating email addresses or phone numbers or street addresses when they change. Facebook is the one constant (ain’t THAT sad) that guarantees it can stay in touch. I really, really wish there was some other way.

  • Sarah
    April 23, 2012 at 8:02 am

    We have the 50 preschool stories of the Scholastic Book Treasuries, they are so good, I want to have them all. Knuffle Bunny is my favorite, especially because Trixie narrates too :)

  • julie.
    April 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I deleted my fb account like a year ago. It made me closer to people I really didn’t care about and less close to my real friends. Lots of other reasons too. Add another aspect of popular culture I choose not to participate in. :)

  • Danielle
    April 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    After I saw those stride rite Elmo shoes on your page, I ran out and bought them for my little man. They are just too cute! It is so hard at times to find cute boy stuff. Thanks for posting what you find!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Yay, I’m glad they worked out for you! They’re so cute.

  • frogmama
    April 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I’ve been a lurker on your site for a while now. I finally wanted to come out and say that I love your blog. I’ve always loved the color pink, and I stalked your site relentlessly for design ideas. I finally painted my bedroom pink (something I’ve been daydreaming about for a year). I’m a graphic designer but I find it so much easier to create color palettes on paper, not in rooms.

    Also, my husband was laid off for a few years, so I understand what you’re going through. It’s incredibly stressful. I wish you the best. Nice to “meet” you.