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!

Alphabet Photography Makes the Perfect Gift!

Do you ever stop to think about the Alphabet?  I mean, since you watched Sesame Street on a regular basis.  Really, do you ever think about the the letters that make up the words that we use every day?  These words that I’m typing and you’re reading are made of up bunches of letters, and I think we kind of tend to take them for granted.  They become dull and mundane, when really they are quite extraordinary!  Have you ever seen them quite the way that Jennifer Blakely, founder of Alphabet Photography Inc.  does?

Can you see it?  Right there, within the pictures above our mantle, is our last name, spelled out uniquely.  You’ll never see another combination quite like it anywhere else!

I am a photography nut!  I love taking photos and I love looking at photos, and I have to say that Jennifer does an absolutely amazing job with her art.  She spent two years traveling all over North America with her camera, comprising a collection of photographs of everyday objects that look just like letters of the english alphabet!  Alphabet Photography allows you to create any word using the letter photos that make up Jennifer’s vast collection.  Here’s how it works…

Step One: Create a Word.  Visit Alphabet Photography and type whatever word you want.

Step Two: Click on the “Create my word” button and watch what happens…

Step Three: Not in love with one or two of the images?  Scroll over the individual letters and click.  Alphabet Photography has several options for different variations of the same letter.  You’re sure to find one that you love!

Step Four: Choose from 6 framing options.

My piece of artwork came beautifully surrounded by a 3″ solid wood frame with a dark chocolate finish, accented by gold leaf.  It’s matted with a museum quality, double mat.  I was so impressed when received my artwork in the mail!

The quality and attention to detail that Alphabet Photography puts into their art is truly wonderful.  From the packaging that it was safely nestled and shipped in (I would have taken photos, but my daughter tore into it before I could get to the camera) to the thank you card that was included, I was impressed by the excellence that shone through.  There is nothing negative that I can say about my experience with them, and that is saying an awful lot!


Can you see what an amazing gift this would make for someone that you cherish?  Wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, housewarming gifts, Christmas gifts… I can only imagine how pleasantly surprised (dare I say shocked?) I would be to get my own personalized piece of artwork as a gift.  This is such a lovely and thoughtful gift for that special person on our list.

The perfect customized gift that includes photographs from all over the world, this is the original Alphabet Photography. Celebrity owners include: Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, John Schneider, Nelly Furtado, and many more!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alphabet Photography. The opinions and text are all mine.