It only took an entire eraser… lol.

It only took an entire eraser… lol.

Happy Labor Day!!

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Today, I am taking a detour from our regularly scheduled Minimize on Monday (it’ll be back next week) to quasi-celebrate Labor Day.

Personally, I rarely “do” anything for Labor Day, other than continue my regular working schedule, but I know many families spend the afternoon / evening grilling out one last time, swimming (if they found an open pool or lake) and generally spending time together.

This year, we’ve no plans. But I thought it might be fun to see if anyone out there in LaLauLand wanted to share their experiences. What do you usually do for Labor Day?

#Hoppyness @missbeatrixsnaps #Gingy

… but… but… I haven’t eaten since breakfast!!!! HAVE MERCY!!!! #Gingy 1/2 hour before dinner. @ryo8695

… but… but… I haven’t eaten since breakfast!!!! HAVE MERCY!!!! #Gingy 1/2 hour before dinner. @ryo8695

Tags: gingy

My #morning view. #Gingy

My #morning view. #Gingy

Tags: gingy morning

Yay!  My sis-friend is getting married!! #happymail

Yay! My sis-friend is getting married!! #happymail

Tags: happymail

Shoptalk: Pinterest

This week has been spent in making more hairpins for the shop, and for a friend, but today, I wanted to take a quick detour over to Pinterest.

In the last week, I have also been updating my pinboards and just getting a fresh start on Pinterest. I encourage anyone who enjoys Pinterest to follow me if they’d like. My boards feature:

• Etsy shops and products.
• Blogging and writing tips.
• Arts and crafts.
• Cleaning and organization tips.
• Humor.
• Some fashion.
• Animals.
• Cooking.
• Much more.

I am still learning Pinterest, but am taking things slow for now. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lala ~_<3

#togadog #Gingy

#togadog #Gingy

Tags: togadog gingy

My very first question posed to Drew this morning.

My very first question posed to Drew this morning.

I Whip My Hair Back and Forth…

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…or something like that. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t love playing with my hair and experimenting with different styles and updos. Hair, like my tattoos is a personal art form to me. And well, I guess I thought it might be fun to start sharing a little more about my personal style and fashion.

I recently decided to go a great deal shorter than is my norm, and so far, I LOVE IT!

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I started off with an undercut with length on one side and in back. Now, it is much shorter, though I kept some length on the side and in back. Also considering putting some color in — I love putting color in the front or streaking my hair.

Products used:
• Shampoo - Clean & Clear by Garnier Fructis
• Beaded hairpins by LaLau Land
• Flat Iron - when necessary; I use it to curl as well.
• Comb
Tanglefix brush by Goody - I found this while my hair was still long, and fell in love with it! I still use it even with short hair as it helps brush through any difficult spots, while also massaging my scalp a bit.

Any ideas? Things you want me to try? Send them to me on Pinterest (@lalau427). You never know, I might try them out!

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Make time to dance amid trees.

Clothing rundown:
★ Sleeveless tee from Old Navy
★ Coal grey button-down cardigan from Old Navy
★ Jeans from New York & Co.
★ Flip-flops from Old Navy

All of today’s photos are credited to my hubby, Drew Weiller.

Minimize on Monday: Order of Importance

Photo: A comical peek at what listing looks like in my head.  It helps to remain calm.  Haha.

So you’ve learned something new about a very helpful app, website, or other useful tool, and you want to be successful, so why not add that to your plate!? Right?

I get it. I’ve been there all last week. I had the privilege of viewing an interview wherein Pinterest was discussed at length — and well, I’ve only just begun really getting to the meat of Pinterest. I like it a lot — love perusing it. But apparently there is now some sort of science to monetizing a blog via Pinterest, and we all have to make sure we’re not being too spammy and just over-pinning to our poor followers, because why would anyone want to follow someone who just pins multiple pins about similar subjects… {this brought on some confusion as I understood it to mean that if I pin each of my products once a day, and all within the same hour, I’m being spammy??  Yet, the whole point of the app is to pin one’s heart out, so  to speak…}  Oh, and Pin schedules!!  There is now a way to schedule your pins — however, most programs cost a few dollars at least.  I found one that was free, and began experimenting with it only to discover that when I follow pinners through the program, I see an announcement which states that if I later unfollow them, my account with the scheduler program will be basically obliterated.  Needless to say, I’m quite displeased, will be emailing for an explanation, and probably removing myself from their equation.  I love you all no matter what you pin, but like to have some relative control over the sheer number of pins I see a day — the one part of the spam factor I did fully understand.

No.  I’m not usually spun out of control.  But you can see how one might become dramatically distracted by oneself.

Venting aside, you know what? I stood up to myself and finally figured out how to link Google Analytics to my blog. Then, I applied and was approved to work as an affiliate for Craftsy {want to become an Affiliate yourself?}. The point is, I realized that Pinterest… I love it, and it will all happen with time, patience, and further work. But monetization and popularity through it really isn’t earth shatteringly important compared to other things right now.

So I encourage you; be bold. Step up to the plate and do what needs to get done right now. Identify the order of importance, and you will go places in life — perhaps not in this moment, or even today. But the beauty of life is not found in the blur of the race; but in the grueling process of patience.

Thank you for reading! ~_<3

The light was perfect today.

The light was perfect today.