Show Love With Your Instagram Photos.

If you’re on Instagram I hope you’ll follow me at THESOUTHERNINSTITUTE.  I’m on there just about every day, posting pics of things that we’re doing, and projects that I’m working on, as well as some of our favorite things.  Instagram is my most loved app on my iPhone.

One of my other favorite apps is the PostalPix app which allows me to order Instagram  prints straight from my iPhone. PostalPix delivers them right to my mailbox in a really timely manner for a super reasonable price.  I’m kind of addicted, truth be told.  So I had a bunch of Instagram prints and I could not decide what to do with them!  Then I had this idea the other day, and hung them up with washi tape on our lonely dining room wall.  I love them there!  Now I can look at them anytime I want.  The kids love to look at them and to talk about what they were doing when the pictures were taken.  It makes for great dinner time conversation.  It’s the perfect decoration for Valentine’s Day, or any day!

Do you have creative ways of displaying photos in your home?

This is not a sponsored post, but I’m super excited that PostalPix featured our wall on their blog this week!

Our Christmas On Instagram.

I’m a huge fan of Instagram.  Where else can you keep up with your friends by sharing snapshots of your daily life?  Okay, there are probably ways other than Instagram, but none that are more fun than Instagram.  I feel as though I get the chance to know blogging friends that I have never met face to face through sharing photos with them, and Instagram makes it easy to keep up with those that I have met face to face!  How fun is that?  Now, I love to take pictures, and in the past I have been known to get a little bit “insta-happy”.  So much so that I had to remove the app from my phone for a little bit just so that i wouldn’t neglect my children (I’m only half kidding), but I’m back again.  I’ve set some boundaries for myself and I love being back in touch with friends.

I posted several photos of things that we were doing over the holidays, so I thought I’d share a few of them here with you.  It’s funny- I knew that we had been busy, but I didn’t realize just how much we had done until I started going through my feed.  Good grief!  No wonder I was so tired!  Here’s a small peek into our holiday happenings…

Yes, that’s cheese on the plate next to Santa’s cookies.  We always leave a piece of cheese for Santa Mouse, the character from a beloved book that I’ve had since I was a little girl.  Our kids look forward to reading it each and every Christmas.

Are you on Instagram?  I’d love to meet you over there.  Follow me to get a peek into our days!  You can find me on Instagram as Jenny Yarbrough or you can click on the Instagram button on the right side bar.  See you there!

Scary Halloween Photos Tutorial.

Over the weekend the kids and I did a quick project for the Halloween Mantle.  I’m not one of those over the top mantle decorators, as you probably would guess.  My style is pretty simple and uncluttered (if you have been to my house please hold back your snorts about the “uncluttered” part).  So for me, the Halloween mantle consists of a few pumpkins, a banner, and a few scary Halloween photos.

Want to make your own scary halloween photos?

All you need is:

  • a camera
  • a laptop with internet access
  • a printer
  • a black frame.

First take a photo of your child against a blank backdrop.  Ask him or her to make the scariest face that they can think of.  Here’s one of Luke, untouched:

Go to, it’s a free photo editing program that I use for all of my photos and collages.  I love it!

Hit the start editing button and upload your image to the program.  Click on your photo and click “edit”.  Now it’s time to get started with the fun part!

Once your photo is up on your screen, look to the left side bar and choose “crop”.  Crop your photo so that the face is the main focus, then click on “apply”.

Above the photo there is a line of icons: a camera, a magic wand, a face, layered paper, etc.  Click on the wand and a bunch of effects will pop up on the left side bar.  Choose Black and White, then click on “Apply”.  Now your photo is black and white.

Now scroll down the side bar until you get to the artistic effects and click on the first one, Posterize.  The posterize box will open up and you’ll see a “number of colors” option.  Take that down to 2 and click apply.

Next you will go back to those little icons on top and click on the camera, which will take you to basic photo edits.  Click on “Exposure”.  You’ll see “exposure, highlights, shadows, and contrast”.  Take higlights and shadows up to 50.


Save your photo by clicking on the little disk icon and you are good to go!  Pretty cool, huh?

 Stick it in a black frame and display it for all to see!  It’s a fun and creepy way to decorate for Halloween.

Have fun!