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What do you look for in a blog?

Chelsey // thepapermama.com

Ok, I want to know. What do you look for in a blog? It’s been a while since I’ve really asked this question on the ‘ol blog. I know what I look for, but I know we’re all different. My husband loves food blogs for recipes and restaurant reviews (cause he loves to cook), and my mom tends to wander to art-based blogs for inspiration. What is it you’re looking for? Or, maybe it’s not a “thing” you’re looking for, but that connection. I personally tend to go back to blogs where I feel like I “know” the person writing.

Are you a sucker for pretty photos? You love a good story? Maybe you love all those DIY’s? Whatever it is, I’d love to hear in the comments below. Tell me what it is you look for. I’m always curious. If you have a blog, feel free to share the link (I’d love to check it out). I’d also love to know if any of you are interested in a project share. A section on my blog to share projects you make (not just projects I share, but anything you make). Thoughts?

Okay, happy mid-week to you!

- Chelsey

11 things.

11 THINGS // thepapermama.com

11 things. I love this little meme. I’ve done it once in 2012 and once in 2013. It’s sort of fun to wander back and see my past answers…. PLUS: to check out the answers my readers shared in the comments. Love it. It’s 2014. I’m sitting here cozy on my sofa, watching a bit of Antiques Road Show (nerd alert) and I’m ready to do this again! I’m going to answer the questions I asked in 2013…. here goes:

1. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Maybe I’m an odd case, but I really love my name. I guess if I HAD to change it… maybe Piper. I’ve always thought that was a fun and unique name.

2. Are you a collector of anything?

I’m always a collector of things. When I was little… I collected bears. All the bears. This moved on to mini antique tea cups. Now: I collect furniture. Ok, maybe I’m not really a collector anymore. These days I’m usually on the look out for gently used furniture to update the home.

3. What is your first thought when you wake up?

No.

4. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?

Salty. Always.

5. Name one thing you miss about being a kid.

Sleeping whenever I wanted to.

6. Are you a morning or night person?

Lately I’m a night person. I stay up WAY too late… then I’m sleepy during the day.

7. List 5 items on your life’s to-do list:

- Save enough money for surrogacy.

- Master balance in my life.

- Illustrate a children’s book.

- Enjoy working out. Ha! Ok.

- Eat all the fried chicken.

8. Share one thing that people may not know about you.

Hmmmm. Well, I don’t really like sweet things. I love chocolate. I love apple pie, but all that other sweet stuff isn’t really for me. I think jelly beans are gross. Hee.

9. What is your all time favorite song, movie, and book?

- Favorite movie right now: Hmmm. Not sure. I did love Catching Fire.

- Favorite song right now: I LOVE this acoustic version of Wake Me Up. Aloe Blacc’s voice is amazing (guitar: Mike Einziger).

- Favorite book: I loved the Divergent series.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

When no one is looking, I’m a good dancer.

11. Are you a really clean or super messy person?

I’m good at small details, but I always miss the big things. I’m a clean and messy person. Right in the middle.

My questions for you:

1. Are you a cat or dog person? Or, bird person?

2. What was your favorite food as a kid? Is it the same, or has it changed as an adult?

3. What is your favorite hobby?

4. If you HAD to move to a different state (or country) where would it be?

5. Are you a winter or summer person?

6. What makes you happy?

7. What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

8. 2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why (question found here)?

9. 3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next (question found here)?

10. What was your first job?

11. What is your favorite utensil?

I’m opening this 11 questions meme to all of you! If you answer my questions, please come back and put a link in the comments. I’d really love to come and learn a bit about you! <3

Happy Tuesday,

- Chelsey

Day 1: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Day 1 of 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props! I’m prepping the final details for my PNW Blogger Holiday Party and I needed some perfect props for our photo booth. What screams PNW? Woodland creatures and well, beards. I can’t wait to put these to use at the party.

I think these would be perfect for the kiddos during the holidays. A little spur of the moment Christmas photo booth could be fun! My kiddo has been wearing some felt ears about once a week. She tells me they are Armadillo ears. Hee.

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- A variety of felt

- Headbands

- Hot glue

- Scissors

- Wire

- Free Patterns: Fox and Mouse, Rabbit and Doe, Antlers, and Beard

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Directions:

- Cut out the patterns for your ears and beards.

- Trace the patterns onto your felt. Cut out the traced felt.

- Glue the felt onto your headbands, folding the felt pieces together and gluing with hot glue. Some of the ears may need some extra support (like the antlers, rabbit ears, and fox ears), so use some wire to hold up the ears. Use wire to create ear hooks and glue onto your beards.

- Enjoy!

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

50 Diy Days of Christmas Pacific Northwest Photo Booth Props // thepapermama.com

Happy Monday!

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are:2011 & 2012

The Two Minute Bun: Hair Tutorial

Two Minute Bun Hair Tutorial // thepapermama.com

A couple weeks ago Vidal Sassoon Pro Series asked me to throw a hair party with a few of my friends, so I did. We had bloody marys, bacon, cinnamon rolls and prizes! It was so much fun. If you want to check out the photos from the party, look at the #FallHairspiration hashtag in Twitter and Instagram.

Vidal Sassoon Party #hairspiration // thepapermama.com

Vidal Sassoon Party #hairspiration // thepapermama.com

Vidal Sassoon Party #hairspiration // thepapermama.com

I was also asked me if I’d like to try out a new hairstyle and share it with my readers. Yes, of course I would like to do this. There’s this cute hair tutorial I’ve seen wandering around the interwebs and I’ve been wanting to try it out. It’s now my favorite fall hair style. I’ve been calling it The Two Minute Bun. Here’s how it’s done:

Two Minute Bun Hair Tutorial // thepapermama.com

- First, split your hair into three sections. One on each side of your face, and the third in the back.

- Take that back hair section and tie it into a low ponytail.

- Make a bun out of the ponytail you just made. Optional: I have very fine hair and to give my bun more size I made it into a sock bun. You can do the sock bun or just a normal bun. Pin if needed.

- Grab one of the side sections of of loose hair. Wrap it over and around the bun (as seen in the photo). Pin as needed. Repeat this step with the other section of loose hair.

- Check for any loose hair sticking out and pin. Add some hairspray for extra hold and you’re done!

You can check the photos above, or check out this video below for extra help. It’s really simple.

Let me know if you give this a try! I think it’s now my go-to easy hair-do. Also, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series has a Pinterest Pin-it-to-win-it Sweepstakes, where you have a chance to win a $1,000 Target gift card! Super awesome. Good luck!

- Chelsey

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. This is a paid post from Vidal Sassoon Pro Series, which is available at Target.

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