Words to Live By: Mollyism Edition

Hello Darlings.

Today is a very special day. It’s my gorgeous, light of the world, baby niece’s FIRST Birthday!

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!


And in honor of this little bundle of joy, what better way than to showcase Miss Molly Mahar’s latest edition of setting the world ablaze with Joy!?

If you aren’t already following Stratejoy, go ahead click >>> this <<< then sit back and enjoy your being one giant step closer to living your own authentic, fabulous life. In her latest installment she’s brought her tribe to Pinterest, thus introducing a new wave of #QOTD worthy imagspirations straight from Molly’s wise words.

Here are just a few of my favorites, but make sure to check them out yourself or better yet add to the fun! The contest closes tonight and winners are announced tomorrow. Which means you still HAVE TIME to get in your own Mollyism!

Pinterest: #stratejoyquotecontest


{Be UN-Acceptable}

fascinating you

{Be Fascinating}

Never Done

{Never Stop}

Play and Whimsey

{Being playful and whimsy}

Your Delight

{Or honoring your delight}

What are your favorite Mollyisms?

What are you favorite ways to celebrate joy?

Excitement beyond containment! Engagements galore!

Shivering with excitement.

That’s how I felt when I got off the phone with my best friend and the world’s most amazing Maid of Honor. I could not be more thrilled, ecstatic, gleeful, filled with joy, and all things sparkles and smiles for her recent engagement at Mt. Zion. Beyond gorgeous ring. Breath taking backdrop. And to quote he who has a way when hair gel and hairspray…

A love to make story books jealous.

Love you mucho my sweet Pocket Jenny! And in honor of the most exciting announcement this month, here’s a little sneak preview of the board that’s been patiently waiting for this momentous day!

{Left: Pinterest}{Right: Xenia}

And For the Love of Scrabble…

{Studio La Touche}


For the cardigan addiction.

{Grey Likes Weddings}

For the musician who stole your heart.


{5 Dollar French Market}

And last but definitely not least.

Go Cougs!

{Sugar Plum Garters}

2014 is going to be an exciting year!

Crazy About Coral

For those of you brave souls following my Pinterest addiction boards, it may come as no surprise that I’m ECSTATIC about the Coral Comeback (see also circa 1993 when I could be seen trend-setting in my stylish Coral sweater dresses…With full on big bangs and a piggyback perm, but let’s let the latter RIP)! Even Zee German has noted that I seem to, “…have a thing for Coral.”

Because it works for every skin tone!{EXCLAMATION MARK}!

{BCBG Bachelorette Bombshell Necessity} {Vitamin A Bikini} {The. Shorts. That Pinterest Loves} {Cache Honeymoon – The Dress That Babies Are Made From}

It’s easy peasy to accessorize. And makes you feel like summer just by wearing.

{Kate Spade Is My Homegirl} {Essie Nailed It}

It’s totally versatile. And can be incorporated in pretty much any style you choose.

{Painted Frames Are So Hot Right Now} {As Are Printables…And A Little Thing Called Ombre} {Traveling in Style}

AND can be worn…

{GET.ON.MY.FEET. – AKA Aldo’s Vendetta Against Saving Money}

Who else out there is Crazy for Coral? By the way I wear size 6 1/2 and take all major forms of Aldo.

Pin it like a pro, mastering the art of Pinterest

If you’re like me you’re A.D.D.I.C.T.E.D. to Pinterest. If you’re not like me – what’s wrong with you? Seriously, if you haven’t heard of Pinterest or you’re holding out because you like to be a late adopter to make sure it’s tried and true, your wait is over. Don’t trust me? Check it out for yourself here. Here. AND…HERE.

Forgive my drug dealing intro, but it had to be done. Now all of you should be blissfully hooked on the amazing plethora of visual stimulation that is Pinterest. And if you’re new (even a recent convert from my shameless peddling) or a power user, there are a few things that remain the same for all of us.

1.) Descriptions: Love them. Hate them. Use them for essay worthy details (seriously if this is you, please stop). Use them well my friends, because they are for the greater good. And that greater good is the downfall of Google (I kid. I kid. I &hearts; Google mucho – promise)! But seriously the descriptions are KEY in Pinterest’s search logic – at least for now. So here are a few things to keep in mind:

– # and @ Symbols: (AKA What? I copied Twitter!? Yes. Yes you did. But’s it’s cool, Facebook did it first.) Most of you know you can use Hashtags (#) to coin a term or #brandallthingsinlife. What you might not know (because every article on how to use Pinterest says to use #) is that unless you’re sharing on Twitter, it’s pretty much a worthless symbol in searching – for now (may help with results slightly – haven’t seen proof of this yet though). The actual key to Pinteresting finds are the terms themselves. On the other hand @ really does let you tag someone in a comment or description. However, unlike Twitter it only let’s you tag those that you follow. So if you have friends you’d rather not have style stamping themselves all over your feed, you’re going to have to Facebook or Tweet them instead.  [Hint: Don’t add a space after the @]

– $ signs post prices as a small banner up in the corner, which most people know. Something you might not already know is that you can then find any of these $ tagged images in the “Gifts” section. [Hint: I predict this will be a MECCA for men looking to get their lady friends gifts. As in, GUYS GET YOURSELF AN ACCOUNT SO YOU CAN BUY ALL THE SHIT AMAZING THINGS WE PIN!]

– Speaking of Facebooking…One thing that’s a little bit annoying, but can’t seem to be helped is that if you share a pin to Facebook while pinning you’re going to end up with “just posted a pin to Pinterest” as the main header, with the witty, cute comment you made as the smallest, least visible component. Also the image itself will be pretty mini. Not sure if there’s a way around this yet or if Pinterest plans to fix it, but if you know how please share in the comments section!

– And because I know it’s tough being so funny and intellectual all the time, if you really must leave a blank description, you can just add a space before pinning. BUT refer to greater good discussion above and really try to use descriptions that will be searchable (in a logical way – i.e., “yum” is probably not a universal term for describing cupcakes, crock pot dinners, and Ryan Gosling…then again…).

– LAST TRICK ON DESCRIPTIONS (ALSO KNOWN AS THE MOST IMPORTANT HENCE THE OVERUSE OF EXCLAMATIONS —>)!!!!!! This just in. If you highlight text on a page before pinning it, the text will magically appear in the description box saving you precious minutes from your life, which you can now use for PINNING! #firstworldproblems

That was a lot on Descriptions but it’s actually one of the most important aspects of Pinterest, since it really helps build out the product (Note to Pinterest – HIRE ME!). On to a few other resourceful pointers:

  • Get the Pin It button. I repeat. GET the Pin It button for your Browser(s) AND YOUR PHONE HERE. Actually you pretty much access all the cool stuff there (Website integration with a Pin It or Follow Pinterest button – even the Pinterest logo. They’re that cool.).
  • Follow @Pinterest and their blog for development updates and Pinterviews.
  • Check out the personalized e-mails they send you with your status among the Pinning Gods and others you might like to follow.
  • Don’t forget that search results show up by individual images, boards and people. Often when I’m bored of the images I am getting, I’ll start cruising through the boards that the images I do like belong to. And then the people. AND THEN I’m on a full fledged stalkathon!
  • Follow people. Or exercise your voting rights and just say NO to the boards you don’t like by selecting “unfollow”.
  • Comment. Add Contributors (Note: They need to follow YOU and be cool with you style stamping all over THEIR feed before you can add them). Pin from ACTUAL websites – yes, I know that requires leaving Pinterest, but the Pin It button is like the little angel on your shoulder that never leaves you.
  • http://www.pinterest.com/source/domain.com will show you all the pins pinned from that domain. So you want to see Forbes? http://pinterest.com/source/forbes.com/ You want to see Food Network? http://pinterest.com/source/foodnetwork.com/ Who are we kidding? YOU want to see http://pinterest.com/source/fuckyeahryangosling.tumblr.com/
  • Send your comments to the team because sharing is caring

And for more random joys of Pinning…

Engaged? Start pinning. I cannot stress enough how amazing Pinterest is at organizing your plans, even figuring out what your style is (because it literally emerges from the pins you start accumulating).

Pregnant? Start pinning. It’s not just a site for crazy people obsessed with white dresses. Promise. There are tons and tons of adorable ideas for babies and expectant parents (even good learning tools), like this…

and this…


CraftyInto PhotographyHome Decor

Have New Year’s resolutions to Get Fit? Or Eat More (obviously a better time)? Oh hey unofficial sponsor of Oreo, Nutella and FUNFETTI. Seriously.



***that’s and Oreo. INSIDE FUNFETTI!***


Sorry, not for you.

Just kidding there are EVEN categories for you.

And so my fellow Pindicted friends we come to an end. Even though there are still many developments to come from this wonderful little team. And though we sometimes have to fight off suicidal depression during one of their frequent “No Pins Available” teases (though these are getting fewer and far between – Yay Team!). I promise you this does not even begin to touch on the many delicious possibilities of Pinterest. And that is exactly why Pinterest is so glorious. Each pin adds another possibility of something waiting to be created or experienced…

Or at the very least shows you that Oreos and Funfetti can indeed mate – TO CREATE BABY COOKIE GOODNESS!

So with that, there’s just one little last piece of advice. And take it from someone who learned first hand (refer to current search capacity above)…


What are your favorite tricks or tips for fellow Pinners?

[Sources (to the best of my ability – P.S. Try to source your Pins correctly)]

1.) Success Kid: Let’s not kid each other. This kid is everywhere…; 2.) Burberry Swagger via Tumblr 3.) Baby Rockstar via Baby Swag 4.) BABBBEEHHH EWOK via Imgur 5.) Funfetti Cakeballs via Chef in Training 6.) Funfetti Donuts (AKA Heart Attack) via Cookies & Cups 7.) Funfetti and Oreo’s make sweet, sweet whoopie via Bakers Royale 8.) Ring on It (customized) via YouTube

Confessions of an addict. about that time i stayed up until 2 AM “pinning”. and the next night.

Word of warning, if you do not already know what Pinterest is you may want to stop reading right now.


This is your last warning.

Fine. Well then welcome to the world of so many pretties #IDie. A life in which the hubby-to-be goes to bed alone. Sleep becomes oh so uncreative, and life is a nonstop wedding.

The irony and most Pinteresting part of this addicting site is that it was founded by three dudes. Apparently has one woman (re: “three dudes” link). And yet a barrage of women posting wedding, decorating, styling and cooking boards dominates the space. In fact, when Zee German thought he’d check out his competition, he quickly gave up when the results for “gun” showed up with this…


Obviously he’s not the target market (or any “he” for that matter). But that’s quite alright, because that means my own searches are undiluted, beautiful, feeds of


and this.

and THIS!!!!


Oh Pinterest. You had me at hello…just don’t tell my fiance.

adventures in growing up

As we left work Zee German said something related to babysitting, which led us to mention Adventures in Babysitting and how we both loved that movie, which of course then led us to how Zee German obviously made it his goal to relive this movie in his daily life as proven by his track record of dating sub-25 year olds. Then deciding to marry one who frequently tries to get herself killed by texting and walking, crossing the street when everyone else does (despite the oncoming traffic) and drunkapades involving tutus, butts in the air and walking away with anyone that takes her hand (Oh hai mom! Promise I would never do that), where by making the rest of his life one big bad adventure in babysitting.

And that’s really all any of this mid-20 something life seems to be. One big adventure. Adventure in finding yourself. losing yourself. discovering yourself. accepting yourself. pushing yourself. Currently I’m somewhere between re-finding myself and letting go of the self I thought I was supposed to be.

This quote has popped up in my life about 5 times in the last couple weeks, which usually would mean that it’s a big flipping sign I’m not really doing what I should be (workwise or by spending too much time on sites like Pinterest – you decide).

And I really like this quote. It makes perfect sense that you should be doing what you would prefer to spend your time with when you have the choice. However, I also hate this quote because it makes me want to punch babies in the face when I re-assess how I spend my time and realize I need to find a way to become a professional Facebook Stalker, Pinboard Curator, or Coco Puffin Cuddler.

So the takeaway here is:

I need to be more flipping productive with my time

But also, it does help me narrow down interests, because it’s true that while many of us enjoy spending our time on Social Media sites and stalking  connecting with others, there are some things to be discovered in why I personally enjoy it so much. I like connecting. I like creating. I like beauty and visuals. I like writing. I like ideas. I like sharing. And I’m sure that if I keep analyzing this idea of work being what I prefer to do with my time, I just might figure out what the hell it is that I am “supposed” to be doing with myself. Or at least I’ll have a really great Pinboard about it in the meantime.