On Insta – and bonus footage


Liberty and her selfie takeovers…

Just a few things going on in my life on Instagram (@dianaelizabeth_).  There are so many really ridiculous things – like the photo above that I want to post, but I know I need to keep my feed inspiring and not clog it full of jokes or bad photography…so I save that for my blog, muahaa!

Still enjoying my illy espresso – yesterday was National Espresso Day (see how to make it here).


Benjamin and I finally took our Christmas photos with Melissa Schollaert.  This is my late grandmother’s mink vest (she was the only Yun Yun I knew).  I miss her so much and here are her initials inside it.  What am I going to do with my things when I don’t have kids?  Sometimes I wonder about these really trivial things.


Got a sweet surprise on my birthday (but not for my birthday) from POPSUGAR who sent their Select Bloggers a zip hoodie, it’s so soft inside.  By the way, have you seen my girlfriend Brandi Milloy host?  She’s seriously just as cute in person – even more so than she already is on TV.  We met many years ago through pageants and stayed friends.


For my birthday dinner last week I wanted what else – French food so here’s what we had from Zinc Bistro at Kierland Commons.  Mac and cheese was shared (I forgot what Mr. ordered, but it looks like Ahi Tuna something raw) and I ordered a peppercorn flank steak with fries.


This.was.amazing.  And those are tiny macaroons on top that are gluten free.  I had half of one since Mr. Wonderful may have got really excited and forgot he needed to leave me one :)


My parents sent me some great gifts from their Israel trip, one included a prayer shawl.  I need to find a good frame for this to display.


Belated birthday breakfast with Meagan (the one who pointed out it was my Jesus year) downtown at Matt’s Big Breakfast (always a wait, apparently it’s the bees knees).


Then off to lunch to meet Julie Read of Juju’s Tutus.  You’ve seen a lot of our collaborative work with wedding planner Angela Saban (see all here).


When I answer your emails I may or may not have a bunny in my lap.  OK she really hates sitting like this but I think it’s so cute.  I mean, it looks comfy, what’s the problem?  Why you always gotta try to hop away missy?


It’s getting really freaking cold here, like 65 or below and I’m frozen.  At night it’s like 55 or below and I finally changed our bedroom sheets, turned on the heat, and swapped my closet for the new wardrobe capsule.  It’s time to wear all 15 of my Ralph Lauren and J.Crew blazers and bring out the cords.  Oh goodness, I know I owe you a wardrobe peek.  I’m so sorry, I’ll write that on next month’s to do list but just so you know, it’s working out nicely.

Anyway, here’s outside, the winter rye that I seeded and am deathly allergic to.  Look how fabulous my Queen Elizabeth rose is doing!  I am kinda tempted to cut the tallest one and declare, “Look! I grew my own long stemmed rose!”


I know I put up our tree the day after Halloween, but at least I waited a few more weeks to put out the seasonal doormat…this was before I put up the Christmas lights outside – yep, first house on the block with them up, booyah!


98% done with Christmas shopping.  Yet not done with Anniversary shopping which comes way before Christmas (eek!).  This is for my annual pajama party coming up with a group of girlfriends – we do a gift swap.  My gift is awesome and I’ll show you after we have it.

My calligraphy journey is slowly improving I think – or at least my confidence is.  My 175 envelopes that will be addressed will be a way for me to practice.  So if you’re on my list, I sure hope you can get our card if it’s legible by the post office. By next year I hope to be so much better.  If not, you’ll see your name on a label and you’ll know what happened.


Speaking of, do you handwrite or use labels?  I know labels are easier and we should, but I truly enjoy writing everyone’s name even if it’s always been around 200 because I get the chance to really think about them and one of the only times a year I am blessed to write their name (or their birthday card).  So I just kinda like it, I know I would save time, but I get to pray and think about my friends near and far when I address envelopes.

I don’t think one is better than the other, just wondering what you do.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.



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