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20 LOL Memes I Found on My Husband’s Phone

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Halfway through our vacation, we hit critical mass with photos on our cellphones, so we took a few minutes to delete things and free up some space for more Hawaii beach videos. That’s when I noticed that my husband has a major problem with memes, as in he has hundreds of screen grabs.

And, in his words, “Delete the pics, keep the memes.” It was as if he were Peter Clemenza, ordering, “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

I was aghast, of course, because hello. Photos are kinda my thing, and it pains me to delete them, even after I’ve moved them to two hard drives and a cloud. But I followed orders, because if I learned anything from “The Godfather” it’s that you don’t question an order of this nature.

When the task was complete, we were left with nearly 300 memes. Some of them were inspirational. A good portion were hilarious. Some hilariously inappropriate. What follows are my favorite 20 of the bunch.

Beware: Foul language, questionable humor and pixelated memes await. If you are sensitive, avert your eyes.

20 LOL Memes I Found on My Husband’s Phone

1. For the control freaks:

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2. For the cool cats:

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3. For the lazy:

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4. For the battery drainers (as I write this, my laptop battery is at 2%):

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5. For the feline-obsessed ninjas:

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6. For the procrastinators:

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7. For the no-nonsense people:

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8. For the skeptics:

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9. For the Ryan Gosling fans:

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10. For those who are scared of a bad haircut:

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11. For those who like a good burn:

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12. For those who just want to buy their Oreos in peace, dammit:

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13. For the beer drinkers:

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14. For the wannabe musicians:

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15. For those who just want to chill:

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16. For everyone who has done the Elaine Dance:

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17. For the dreamers:

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18. For the introverts:

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19. For men, and the women who deal with their feelings:

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20. For those who do not make New Year’s resolutions:

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Do you have a standby favorite meme? Share in the comments!

Mele Kalikimaka!

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Merry Christmas, friends! You might have figured out from my radio silence this week that we were taking some time off for the holidays, and if you follow me on social media, you might’ve surmised that we’re in Hawaii.

For example:

Guys, this sunrise was indescribable. #hawaii

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And:

Lei it on us.

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I’d stay and write more, but the beach beckons. I’ll be back in full force next week, with some travel tips and more freebies. 2015 will be a great year, I can feel it.

In the meantime…

Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas.

Xoxo,
V

10 DIY Gifts You’ll Actually Like

10 DIY Gifts You'll Actually Like • littlegoldpixel • Handmade gifts that won't make your loved ones cringe on the inside

Guys, I want to tell you a little about the rabbit hole I fell down when I Googled “presents for teachers.” It was a string of really terrible, tacky DIY stuff. I mean, it’s nice when I open up a handmade ornament from my 3-year-old, but would thirtysomethings really deign to give their children’s educators something so juvenile? I’d have to check with teachers to be certain, but according to the Internet (super reliable source) it totally happens.

Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but surely we can think of something better to make. Even if we’re not super crafty people. Even if we’re not super crafty people who can’t even sew. Yes, I’m holding up my own hand.

I found 10 DIY gifts that I promise will not make anyone cringe or inwardly groan.

(Psst: If even the simplest DIY fails you, you can really never go wrong with chocolate or gift cards or both. Send them to me; I’m good at quality control. Ahem.)

10 DIY Gifts You’ll Actually LIKE

1. Succulent Garden

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Seriously, this doesn’t even need to be so giant and beautiful. A small succulent in a small pot is a really cute and thoughtful gift, and it puts absolutely no pressure on the receiver. What it says: Enjoy this beautiful stress-free thing that requires minimal effort to keep alive.

2. Silhouette Coasters

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So, this would be perfect to do for someone who loves Instagram and her child(ren)/pet/significant other/you. What it says: I love you enough to stalk you on Instagram, but in a non-creepy way.

3. Tree Stump Chalkboard

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A useful gift that is highly customizable, you can use colors appropriate for anyone in your life. Would be good for a sports fan (think: team colors) or a child’s room or for a teacher’s classroom. What it says: Everyone likes chalkboards, and even though the Lakers suck right now, here’s a Lakers chalkboard so you can keep track of their losses.

4. Brass Hanging Planter

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This is one of those retro-hipster items people love to receive because it seems so silly to dole out money to buy one for themselves. What it says: You seem like you like the 1970s just as much as I do!

5. Chocolate Oreo Truffles

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When in doubt, chocolate. Always chocolate. Plus these seem pretty easy to make, always a bonus. What it says: I love you. Chocolate. Nomnomnom.

6. Custom Magnetic Tins

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Much like the plant hanger, this is something people use but either don’t buy because they seem excessive or excessively ugly. So why not pretty them up and put something inside for an extra treat (Tic-Tacs, thumb tacks, any kind of tacks). What it says: Now you’ll never have to search for a tack again.

7. State String Art

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Here in Los Angeles, it’s very rare to meet someone who is originally FROM California. A lot of us are transplants who are far from home for the holidays. So this would be good for a friend who is far from home and misses it. What it says: I know your home state is special to you, even if it’s just a flyover state to most people.

8. Simple, Stylish Necklace

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Most women will appreciate an understated, modern necklace. And by most women I mean me. What it says: I think you’re modern and stylish, and this will complement you perfectly.

9. Geode Ring

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Most women will appreciate a little bling on their ring, even if just for special occasions. What it says: I know you need something flashy for that New Year’s Eve party, and I’ve got you covered.

10. Marbled Clay Ring Dish

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This DIY dish looks ultra fancy, but it’s clay! It’s easy to make, and that’s my jam. What it says: You need a place to stow that flashy geode ring, and I know just the spot.

What do you think? Would you like to receive any of these gifts? What’s your favorite homemade present? 

P.S. You can never go wrong with Christmas cookies.

Easy & Free Modern Holiday Gift Tags

Easy & Free Modern Holiday Gift Tags • littlegoldpixel.com • Nine fun, mod gift tags available in a free printable

Alexa learned how to wrap presents yesterday. Her preschool class exchanged books at school, so I showed her how to make sure the tape was sticky side down, and how to write her name on the gift tag.

She then proceeded to wrap up various household items in circular ads and other scraps of paper.

I opened the same “present” about 5,000 times. Each time she would re-wrap the thing again, the stress of the thing nearly breaking her at various intervals. It’s hard to put the tape sticky side down, you know.

Remember what it was like to be a kid and in awe of everything and simultaneously overwhelmed by everything?

This holiday so far has been a mix of highs and lows. Highs because she gets so excited about every. little. thing. Lows because she wants all the things right now.

Like, whyyyy can’t we open up the present right now? Whhhhhyyyy can’t I eat six candy canes in a row? Whhhyyy do I have to stop crinkling the wrapping paper?

And, like all moms around the globe, I’ve learned to say: “Because I said so.”

Now, download these gift tags I made for you. Because I said so.

Easy & Free Modern Holiday Gift Tags

Image is a high-res 8×10 pdf and can be printed out on regular paper, although card stock or sticker paper is recommended!

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P.S. More freebies!

My Last-Minute Christmas Card Solution

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In a surprising twist, I actually have family Christmas cards in hand right now, this minute, and I just need to address and stamp them and maybe, just maybe, they will arrive to their destinations by the holiday.

Even more surprising is that I managed to gather up the family and take a million photos of us at the park, then turn around, pick one and order cards that very same day.

Really, let’s just call this what it really is: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.

Last year I procrastinated so long I never even sent out a card. (True story.)

If you’re suddenly remembering that you, too, are a procrastinator and you do not want to show up empty handed to a party or drop the ball on sending cards this year, never fear. You can always go the funny printable route.

Did I mention you get fun design for only a few bucks? And you can print out as many as you need?

#sales pitch

My Last-Minute Christmas Card Solution

Let’s go shop for some funny printables on Etsy!

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Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins • My Precious • Filthy AnimalMerry Friggin’ ChristmasBer HermbergHo x 3

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Christmas VacationMurray ChristmasYou’re Worth the StampSanta Saw Your Facebook Page • Thoughts That CountWhen You’re Drinking

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Stuff ItThe Elf Food GroupsGet Into the Christmas SpiritsTis the Season

What’s your favorite? I’m partial to the Elf food groups card myself.

P.S. How to take a family photo for your Christmas cards (the hard way). The easy way: CameraTimer app.

I’ve Been Reading: 70/60 Book Reviews for 2014

Book Reviews 2014 Part 7 • Little Gold Pixel • Afterworlds, You Are One of Them, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

This is an occasional series that chronicles my quest to read 60 books this year. Book reviews 2014: take seven. Let’s see how it went, shall we?

Everything I’ve read has just been icing on the cake, considering I hit my goal last month. An interesting tidbit: All 10 of these books were read via audiobook during my ridiculously long commute.

I’m a little embarrassed by the lack of “real” page turning because I usually make a habit of reading a chapter per night in whatever book is sitting on my virtual or real bookshelf. This hasn’t been happening lately, for two reasons.

1. It’s partly because my eyes are super tired lately. I’ve been falling asleep before I even get a page read.

2. It’s partly because I’ve been up late working on this blog and making fun things for you. No regrets!

How do you usually read — via paper book, Kindle, audiobook or a combination of all three? 

(Do you follow me on Goodreads? You should!)

P.S. Book Reviews 2014: Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5 and Part 6

Book Reviews 2014 Part 7 • Little Gold Pixel • Afterworlds, You Are One of Them, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

 

Book Reviews 2014: 70/60

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World / Eric Weiner
File under: Nonfiction, travel, snore
Plot: Eric babbles on and on about what might make people happy/unhappy in various places around the world, but mostly about how unhappy he is everywhere he goes.
Review: My advice? If a book about happiness is making you unhappy, stop reading it.
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Shopaholic to the Stars / Sophie Kinsella
File under: Chick lit, Brit lit, bubblegum, unfreakingbelievable
Plot: Becky is still up to her old selfish tricks, this time in an alternate universe, in a completely different galaxy version of Los Angeles.
Review: I felt like slapping the crap out of her the entire book. And the unnecessary cliffhanger ending nearly made me homicidal.
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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald / Therese Anne Fowler
File under: Historical lit, Lost Generation, 1920s
Plot: A fictionalized account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life, from her perspective.
Review: I loved this.
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Afterworlds / Scott Westerfeld
File under: Coming of age, Y.A., literature as a character, super meta
Plot: Each chapter weaves in and out of Darcy’s reality (putting college on hold to finish work on her anticipated first novel, Afterworlds) and her fiction (following the actual tale of Afterworlds beginning to end).
Review: There are so many ways this could’ve gone wrong, but it didn’t. Both Darcy’s reality and her fiction were intriguing up to the very end.
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The End of Everything / Megan Abbott
File under: Mystery, bad girls, pedophiles, daddy issues, ugh
Plot: Lizzie’s friend Evie goes missing. What happened?
Review: After reading two Megan Abbott books, it’s safe to say I’m not a fan. Her writing style is grating, and her plots are so full of holes they make me crave Swiss cheese.
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Althea and Oliver / Cristina Moracho
File under: Teen, Y.A., coming of age
Plot: Althea and Oliver are best friends. Feelings happen. Relationships combust. Oliver has a sleeping disorder. Althea is self-destructive. Will they ever get it together, or will they just keep circling each other?
Review: The writing style was highly enjoyable even if the story totally lost me in the second half.
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You are One of Them / Elliott Holt
File under: Suspense, Cold War, 1980s, espionage
Plot: Sarah is about to graduate from college when she receives a mysterious letter from Moscow suggesting that her childhood friend Jenny’s death 10 years ago might have been a hoax.
Review: On top of being irresistibly intriguing for those of us who grew up during this time period, there is a bittersweet undercurrent that only the best coming-of-age tales possess.
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Prototype / M.D. Waters
File under: Sci-fi, romance, love triangle
Plot: Emma 2.0 decides to fight for the life Emma 1.0 created.
Review: Some sighs throughout, but overall a perfectly decent and rational conclusion for this clone drama.
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How to Build a Girl / Caitlin Moran
File under: Y.A., gritty, teen drama, coming of age
Plot: Johanna decides to reinvent herself as a bad-ass music writer to escape her reality of poverty. She ends up quitting school to work at a magazine in London, and getting into misadventures along the way.
Review: A little more crude than it needs to be, this was nonetheless a well-done tale with a satisfying character arc.
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Atlantia / Ally Condie
File under: Y.A., dystopian, underwater drama, sirens
Plot: A siren who lives undercover Below must figure out a way to survive when her sister decides to live Above.
Review: I liked this. It was an enjoyable and tidy tome. There was a decent amount of tension to keep it interesting, and it is neither a trilogy or love triangle, so it at least avoids those cliché Y.A. dystopian traps.
Amazon Goodreads

In a Nutshell

Three to read: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Afterworlds, You Are One of Them

Three to pass: Shopaholic to the Stars, The Geography of Bliss, The End of Everything

So there you have it. SEVENTY down! I’ve actually read 74 books as of today, and I’m going on vacation next week, so you better believe I’ll be reading like woah. Maybe I’ll hit 80 this year.

What have you been reading lately? I’m always on the lookout for a good book … do share recommendations in the comments. Have you read any of these books? Do you agree/disagree with my assessment? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

P.P.S. Linking this post with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I always bookmark her blog for more reading recommendations!

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Christmas Trees Free Printable Art

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Hello, world, I may or may not have a Christmas tree problem.

It’s either that, or I simply do not have enough counter space in this house.

It’s definitely the latter, definitely. Otherwise, how can I explain the fact that I bought this?

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Anyway, I made a free tree printable for my newsletter last week.

(Are you a subscriber? If not you totally should be. Sign up at the end of the post!)

I couldn’t get this fun little creation out of my system, so I toyed around with the original to offer a variation in a different color for you.

Isn’t it fun? Tiny hanging purple trees. Call them Christmas trees, call them winter trees, just call them yours.

Christmas Trees Free Printable Art

Image is a high-res 8×10 pdf and should fit in a standard frame.

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35+ Free Christmas Printables to Spiffy Up Your Holiday Decor

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I’ve read many an article about easy ways to infuse some Christmas cheer into your home, and I was shocked that I rarely ever saw the easiest way.

Are you ready?

Switch out some art in your existing frames.

I’ve done the legwork to make it even easier for you by digging through the lumps of Internet coal and rounding up an assortment of modern and stylish free Christmas printables. Did I mention they are free? And you can print them at home?

OK, let’s proceed then.

First, let’s pretend this is our beautiful fireplace and tree.

Free Christmas Printables to Spiffy Up Your Holiday Decor • littlegoldpixel.com • 35+ stylish, modern, minimal holiday finds!

(Oh how I lust after the lush fake white trees at Target. Someday, someday.)

See those prints about the mantel? ALL FREE. And there are 30+ more where that came from.

Do you still need a pep talk?

Yesterday I received a package of new photos of my brother’s family, including adorable shots of my niece and nephew. I gushed over them like the proud aunt I am, then set them aside, telling myself I’d hang them up this weekend.

Then I came to my senses.

It literally took me two minutes to open up the frames holding last year’s photos and replace them with the new prints. That’s how long this project will take you.

And everyone will think you’re some kind of holiday genius for thinking of a small detail like a seasonal print. Yep, you will start a revolution simply by printing out a piece of art and putting it in a frame.

Are you in? YES. Can I get a shoutout? For Rudolph! For Frosty! For Little St. Nick! For the kid who just wants a hippopotamus for Christmas! For simply having a wonderful Christmastime!

Free Christmas Printables for Your Holiday Decor

To  download, click on the link and follow instructions on the individual posts.

I hope you don’t mind, but I decked the (virtual) halls a little bit:

Free Christmas Printables to Spiffy Up Your Holiday Decor • littlegoldpixel.com • 35+ stylish, modern, minimal holiday finds!

Top: Joy, Love Peace tree /// Joy to the World & Peace on Earth /// Stars retro pattern /// Geometric trees /// Overlapping trees

Bottom: Curlicue tree /// Holiday pattern /// Three trees /// Joy to the World, gold /// December 25 /// Triangle tree

Free Christmas Printables to Spiffy Up Your Holiday Decor • littlegoldpixel.com • 35+ stylish, modern, minimal holiday finds!

Top: Winter street scene /// Happy Holidays tree /// Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas /// Antlers

Bottom: Merry Christmas deer // Jingle All the Way /// Eat Drink and be Merry

Free Christmas Printables to Spiffy Up Your Holiday Decor • littlegoldpixel.com • 35+ stylish, modern, minimal holiday finds!

Top: Ho Ho Ho /// Stars, in black /// Deer cross-stitch pattern

Bottom: Joy Love Peace tree /// Geometric antlers /// Gold antlers /// Black tree /// Merry and Bright /// Joy to the World /// Snowflake cross-stitch pattern /// Be Merry wreath

Free Christmas Printables to Spiffy Up Your Holiday Decor • littlegoldpixel.com • 35+ stylish, modern, minimal holiday finds!

Top: Joy, in gold /// Merry & Bright /// Berry art /// Red holiday trees (+ one more, not shown) /// Joy pattern

Bottom: Chalkboard prints

+ 2 more I spied after finishing this list: Merry & Bright and Be Jolly

Before You Go!

While I was looking for these printables I was listening to a playlist on Spotify called The Eggnog’s Spiked. It’s perfection.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Let’s discuss in the comments!

P.S. More freebies here.

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I Hate These Things, But You Probably Love Them

I Hate These Things, But You Probably Love Them • littlegoldpixel.com

Let’s talk today about the things/people we absolutely cannot stand, and yet everyone else seems to think they’re the bee’s knees. It could be anything or anyone. I want to hear your deepest, darkest annoyances.

I’ll start.

5 Things I Hate That You Probably Love

I Hate These Things, But You Probably Love Them • littlegoldpixel.com

1. Amy Poehler

Ugh. If I see her book on one more book club reading list or year-end best-of list, I will need surgery to unroll my eyes. It pains me that she does so many things with my comedienne girl crush Tina Fey because these things are all tainted by her patently unfunny delivery. She nearly ruined Mean Girls for me simply by being present. She’s almost funny, and that’s probably what bugs me the most about her. She makes me cringe. No, I have not seen Parks and Recreation. One guess why not.

2. Mayonnaise

People are always shocked when I say, “Hold the mayo!” It’s just not for me, so stop trying to put it on my hamburgers, people! Mayonnaise isn’t one of those friends with an anytime pass. He has to dress up real nice, mingle with some other, groovier flavors, and maybe I’ll let him into my food party. After he rings the doorbell and gives me a bottle of wine.

3. Facebook

I hate Facebook so much. Sooooo so much. I feel like I’m in an abusive relationship with Facebook, in which I get whipped repeatedly yet I can’t stop coming back for more. I’d like to interact with friends of the blog on my business page, but too bad none of you ever see my posts thanks to Facebook’s pay-for-play algorithm. When I check in on my personal feed, I simultaneously want to laugh and cry from all the inane updates. What happened to sanity? Everything that’s wrong with Facebook was summed up in this post.

… And yet …

I still check my news feed every day. Sigh.

 

4. Taylor Swift

I don’t get the appeal. I just don’t.

5. 24-Hour News Cycle

It started with CNN, but that was just TV and you could turn it off. But now the never-ending cycle of news is everywhere, and you can’t escape the constant onslaught of poorly reported, hey-we’re-first-to-report-it-even-though-it’s-wrong news. Any benefit in being in the know is negated by the culture of fear-mongering (think: Ebola) and overall decline in quality journalism. Not to mention it’s plain exhausting.

Now it’s your turn: What are some things everyone likes but you don’t? Please tell me I’m not alone on Amy Poehler! 

P.S. The first time we talked about things we hate that everyone else likes.

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12

This is an update in my Month in the Life series, a monthly photo project for managing my family’s digital files in lieu of printed photos. At the end of the year I will create a yearbook out of my images.

Here’s what November looked like for us:

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Morning cuddles. This girl has the best attitude after waking up. I’m hoping it’ll rub off on me someday.

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Taking turns plaiting the horse’s mane.

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Scores during a thrifting trip. I am especially excited to introduce Alexa to Pippi Longstocking.

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com • a monthly photo project

Moving day at the dollhouse. Everyone and everything OUT!

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Car issues make me grit my teeth. H’s car needed repairs, and someone slammed into me on the 405, so overall not a great month for our automobiles. On the flip side, no one was hurt. So win.

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We ate our weight in Korean BBQ.

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com • a monthly photo project

Looking and feeling good great.

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com • a monthly photo project

It wouldn’t be November without a random heat wave.

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Gold metallic shoes. Like mother, like daughter.

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She likes to build “Sleeping Beauty’s castle” …

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com • a monthly photo project

… And draw what appears to be an alien in a spaceship.

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com • a monthly photo project

The sunsets were superb this month. So you will see a lot of them. Sunset #1.

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Sunset #2.

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I’m growing out that pixie cut, slowly but surely.

 

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Getting sand in your hair is kinda the worst, but also kinda the best.

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Moving on from building castles to burying her legs.

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Pei Wei rice is a legalized form of crack, just so you know.

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I feel like this sunset deserved angels singing with a full orchestra. Sunset #3.

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Added this to my collection of small Christmas trees.

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The first rain we’ve seen in a long time.

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Sunset #4 was the absolute best. So many colors, clouds and formations over the course of 40 minutes.

It was bittersweet because it was the last night of our Thanksgiving vacation.

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A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com

Wet sand makes for fun frolicking.

A Month in the Life 2014: 11/12 • littlegoldpixel.com

Preparing for the last month of the year. “I’m Santa Claus,” Alexa says.