How I Survive Without Photoshop | Emily Ahlbum

Yes, you heard that right…I don’t use Photoshop. *GASP*

It’s not that I don’t like Photoshop, I just never really had made the time to really learn the ins & outs of it.

See, I’m all about efficiency and getting right to the point. So when I learned about these editing and design programs that (in my opinion) were easier and more efficient than Photoshop, I was all for it. And let me tell you, I haven’t looked back.

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Here is a list of my favorite Photoshop alternatives. These range from beginner to advanced, web-based versions and phone apps you can use while you’re on the go!

PicMonkey || This is by far my favorite and most utilized program. PicMonkey allows you to do anything from designing your own image to editing photos and so much more. I really cannot stress how amazing this website is. I just recently upgraded to Royale and I am kicking myself in the ass for not doing it sooner. If you’re having trouble getting started with PicMonkey, Pinterest has TONS of tutorials to get you going!

Pixlr || I’ve only used this website a few times as it is a little more advanced than PicMonkey, but it is a great resource. Sarah from VTIM shares most of her blogging tutorials with this, it’s actually how I learned about it!

GIMP || I was recommended to GIMP by a graphic designer at work when I told him that I don’t use Photoshop. According to him, this is the closest program he has used compared to Photoshop. Also, it’s free!

Rhonna Designs || I love this iPhone app to edit pictures and create images. I actually created this image with only Rhonna Designs & a framing app. The options are unlimited to what you can do and the landing of this app showcases what others have created for your own inspiration. For $1.99, it is worth very cent.

Have you used anything other than Photoshop? I’d love to know <3

xx

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Chili’s Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo at Home!

Hey guys!

So like I mentioned yesterday, I spent my weekend in doors nursing a cold. I don’t know if anyone is like me but I am such a baby when I’m sick LOL.

I crave extra TLC and lots of comfort food! Thankfully, Chili’s came to the rescue…per usual. I mean, who doesn’t love Chili’s?

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If you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, let me fill you in – Chili’s finally figured out how to bring their delicious bold flavor right to your house! That’s right. You can enjoy your favorite meal right on your couch (like I did this weekend!). Last week, I served the Chicken Bacon Ranch dish for Girls Night In!

This weekend I was craving pasta and something with A LOT of flavor (since my taste buds were all screwed up). So I (aka my BF) heated up some delicious Cajun-style Chicken Alfredo, and let me tell you…the flavor I was craving did NOT disappoint & I could taste it with my non-existent taste buds!!! YAY.

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So, if you like super spicy, then grab your keys and RUN to the store because I can promise you this dish is going to fly off the shelves soon! It’s that good.

Oh, and here’s a little bonus…a $1 off coupon! What can I say? I love a bargain!

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Thank you Chili’s at Home for sponsoring this post! 

Monday Motivation: Yoga Style | Emily Ahlbum

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent mine hiding under my covers trying to fight off a nasty cold. The bright side is I was able to finish TWO books and really just relaxxxxx.

So now it’s Monday and I refuse to let this cold hold me back any longer! However, I will try to continue to keep this ‘relaxed’ mood I had all weekend. So this week’s motivation is inspired by this quote:

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As some of you may or may not know, I have been practicing yoga for about a year now and just recently I have really started to take my practice more serious, so this week I plan on doing yoga every.single.day.

It really is true when they say, “the hardest part is getting on the mat”!

What is your Monday Motivation? Tell tell tell…

Namaste, bitches…

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Lovely Links | DIY & Crafts

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This week’s theme for Lovely Links is DIY & Crafts. I’ve been on a kick this week with DIY projects and I am super excited to make those adorable Alphabet Bracelets, thanks FashionLush! xx

1| Organize your closet like a pro with these 5 Pro Tips That Can Transform Your Closet.

2 | Easy Peasy DIY Gold Foil Prints…watch out Etsy!

3| Make your own Cutesie Alphabet Bracelets (early start on Valentine’s Day gifts, perhaps?)

4 | 31 crafts in 31 days – how cute are those mason jars?!

Labor Day Entertaining in Style | Emily Ahlbum

Hey guys!

I hope you’re all getting excited for Labor Day weekend! I know I am…I mean, have you seen some of the sales going on?!

To make sure you get the most out of your shopping time, I have created a fabulous entertaining guide to make sure your Labor Day parties are a hit! Because who has time to plan a BBQ when there are sales going on?

Oh! And to make it even better, this guide is suppperrr budget friendly with these amazing FREE printables and it won’t ruin your rockin’ summer bod you worked so hard for with my Ecco Domani Skinny Wine Spritzer!

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You can find these Labor Day festive printables here.

FYI – You can make this spritzer with any wine you choose, Ecco Domani just happens to be my fav!

Hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend!

xx

Super Relaxing Skin Detox Tea | Emily Ahlbum

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Does summer seem to wreck havoc on anyone else’s skin? The brutal South Florida heat kills me and dries my skin out soooo bad!

After laying by the pool all day, I decided it would be the perfect time to make some delicious, fresh iced tea! I LOVE tea. Hot, cold, dark, light…I love them all. I also really enjoy mixing teas for a unique flavor, and that’s exactly what I did with this super relaxing skin detox tea…

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Super Relaxing Skin Detox Tea

You’ll Need:

Skin Detox Tea

Passion Fruit Tea

Water

Lemon (or any other fruit you like)

Ice

Boil hot water –> add tea bags and let brew –> pour over ice!

*you can also keep this tea warm, but I made it iced to cool off in this heat!


Benefits:

Skin Detox Tea: this tea calms and soothes skin with the fragrant Rose Petal and Hibiscus, rejuvenates from Green Tea antioxidants and cleanses with Red Clover, giving your skin a healthy glow!

Passion Fruit Tea: Passion tea is a very relaxing tea. It instantly calms you down and helps ease all your stress. It is also very beneficial for anyone who suffers from insomnia or anxiety (a.k.a me)

Lemon: full of Vitamin C and a natural antioxidant and antibiotic. It also aids in cleansing the body and boost immune systems.

So there you have it! A perfect treat to recover from a long day (or weekend) to get your skin glowing! It’s a win-win.

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What are your favorite teas? Do you mix them like I do? Let me know in the comments below!

xx

 

Dinner Made Easy | Chili’s x Emily Ahlbum

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Ahhh, Chili’s. One of my favorite stomping grounds. I can’t even begin to tell you how many happy hours I’ve spent there complete with chips and salsa and their delicious Cajun Chicken Pasta! Mmmmm.

When I found out that Chili’s had come out with a frozen food line, I was rushing to the store to grab them all up!

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It just so happened to work out perfectly because I was having girls night at my house and I was in serious need of something to serve! Thanks to Chili’s I was able to serve a tasty meal full of flavors!  Super bold, super delicious and super quick (<< the best part!).

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The girls and I all had the Chicken Bacon Ranch meal, because I mean hello…chicken, bacon and ranch? Who would turn that down?

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Results? It was absolutely delicious! Everyone including myself loved the bold flavors that came with every bite!

Don’t believe me? Run to your nearest grocery store and pick one up for yourself! Before you go, check out the list of meals they have here! Oh, and then let me know what you thought!

Until next time,

xx,E

Thank you Chili’s for sponsoring this post!

Is Chivalry Really Dead? | Emily Ahlbum

The other day as I’m scrolling through Facebook, minding my own business, I came across a status that made me chuckle. I guess it wasn’t necessarily the status itself that made me chuckle because I’ve seen this ‘quote’ numerous times, shit…I’ve probably even said a few times myself in a depressed, lonely ‘boo-hoo-me’ state of mind. What really got me was the backlash this person (we’ll call her Amy) received in the comments.

Her status stated something along the lines of “Chivalry really is dead”. Amy may have even threw a SMH at the end of it (I couldn’t tell you exactly because the status is now deleted, SMH). Well you can only assume two responses were coming her way. 1 – all the women on her friends list agreeing with her, cheering her on, chanting “all men are assholes”, that she doesn’t need a man…blah, blah, blah. And 2 – all the men on her friends list defending themselves, throwing the blame on the women because all the nice men get labeled “thirsty”, and my personal favorite “you’re not looking in the right places”…yada, yada, yada.

But for some reason, it really got me thinking. And it took me by surprise that my initial instinct was to take the men’s side. Why you ask? Well, here’s why…

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First off, lets just get the obvious out of the way… it’s 20 fucking 14, there are no knights running around on their beautiful horses scooping up distressed women, woo-ing them over. Am I right?

So technically…YES, chivalry is dead and gone my friends and quite frankly, I think it’s rude for women to hold men up to such a label. Aren’t women trying to break free from their stereotypical labels and roles that society has placed them in? More than ever lately, women are making a stand to prove that they can do everything a man can do AND they want the same recognition. Don’t get me wrong, as a woman trying to make something of myself, I am all about that. But if we don’t want that label, why are we continuing to throw this one on men?

However, if you look at the “ideal qualifications of a knight” you see: courtesy, generosity, valor and dexterity in arms.  Those qualities however, are not dead. These are qualities that not only men, but everyone should live up to.

So when I saw the response from one of her male friends saying “it’s not dead, you’re just looking in the wrong place”, I couldn’t help but agree. Remember when you were young and were taught things like “treat people how you want to be treated” and “you get what you give”… well the same rules apply here.

You want a man who will be courteous, generous, strong and brave? Guess what ladies…you have to be the same type of woman for him. And maybe you are looking in the wrong places for this ‘knight in shining armor’ and maybe he’s not ready to ‘woo’ you off your feet and maybe, just maybe he’s just not that interested.

And maybe chivalry is dead, but a chivalrous act is not.

Rant over.

Do you agree? What’s your take on this?


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10 on Tuesday

Today I’m linking up with Alyssa for 10 on Tuesday!

1. RIP Robin Williams <3.

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2. I just started watching the series Suits on Netflix…if you haven’t started it yet, go now…quickly.

3. Remember my new interest in doodling I wrote about here? Well, that has been recently replaced with a new interest in taking pictures of the sky. No idea where or what this came from, but I. can’t. stop.

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4. These logos will change the way you think about corporate companies.

5. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was a serious success. Here’s one of my favorite steals

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6. This quote really hits home for me lately.

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7. Have you noticed Pinterest’s new messaging update? Not a fan. So cliché Pinterest, so cliché.

8. Oh & Facebook, don’t even get me started on their new update.

9. Whitney goes deep in this anxiety post and nails it right on the head. I can relate to every word. I applaud her for opening up on such a hard topic.

10. Dude, it’s the middle of August. Where is this year going?!