Aug 18 17

Develop(her): My Journey to Web Development


I have been toying around with the idea of starting a “Web Development Blog” to document and leave like breadcrumbs of the things I’m learning on my journey to becoming a real web developer or computer scientist or all around bad ass web person. I haven’t decided yet. But I’ve been doing some soul searching, and I just know that I have a passion for this. I have a passion for websites. I have a passion for making things work through code. I have a passion for solving problems. I have a passion for being able to create whatever I want. And I have put in too much time at this point to turn away.

What have I been doing you ask? Well, I’ve been studying up on WordPress, SEO, and best web practices. I have completed several tracks on Codecademy and started a few more. I’ve started theOdinProject (I’m still so proud of my etchasketch project!). Right now all my attention is going into CS50, which is actually a Harvard class that you can take online for free! It’s less about turning you into a marketable working web developer and more about making you think like a computer science. I absolutely love the set up of the class. I’m already in the fourth week of classes (Week 3), and I have put a lot of hours into the problem sets, but I find them so rewarding that I’m definitely not mad about it!

To recap some of the things I’m doing and kind of want to do:

Web Development Resources

theOdinProject: Great curriculum, even better community

Codecademy: Great way to get started in a particular language

CS50x: I can’t say enough good things about this class.

Reddit: there are so many communities on reddit for whatever you’re trying to learn. If you don’t know where to start, try /r/learnprogramming

Open Source Society University: I think this is so cool. Basically there are so many resources out there for programming, that you could complete the equivalent of a 4 year computer science degree online for free!

Also if you want to connect on projects or anything, let me know! I’m thebarbieshoe on most social media and GitHub, codepen, etc.

Jul 28 17

Engagement Shoot and Save the Dates


Somehow my engagement photo shoot caused so much anxiety going into it, but the results were so rewarding! I would definitely suggest an engagement photo shoot with your wedding photographer. I think it’s so important that the you, your significant other, and your photographer have a chance to build a rapport. Also you’ll find out for sure if you have the same vision or can communicate your vision to your photographer.  Even more important you’ll know for sure that you like their photography style!

I was so lucky to just kind of fall in to selecting my wedding photographer. She’s actually a family friend/went to the same church/small grade school as me and couldn’t be more perfect for my vision and just everything. And I legitimately love her photography style. I toyed around with having a low key second engagement shoot on campus at the university where I met my fiancé, so I was shopping through different photographers in the area. I just didn’t like what I saw, so I know I really did luck out.

I wanted to quickly talk about my save-the-dates. I went with a postcard size card using Vistaprint, and it couldn’t have gone any smoother. I was toying around with doing something photo-shopped to make Dann and I look like we were in a old movie scene or make it movie poster, but I just didn’t have the time! Wedding planning is really time consuming to begin with! I ended up looking up Vistaprint, finding a simple black and gold design that I actually liked, and then just doing it!

I already had the great photos to choose from from our engagement shoot, so all the other design elements were just icing on the cake. When you’re designing your save-the-date cards I think the essential elements to remember are:

To me that’s really all you need! I also included a link to our wedding website. Our wedding website has links to all of our registries, since that’s often people’s next question. Pointing out the website was a simple way to include registry information tactfully because those that are really interested can pursue it. And those that don’t want to hear about it, don’t.

Jun 17 17

Wedding Registry Considerations For You


Registering for wedding gifts was one of those to do list items that I was kind of saving. I thought it would have been one of the more enjoyable parts of the wedding planning process. I thought it would be a treat for my fiance and me to walk around Bed, Bath, & Beyond with the lazer pointer (barcode scanner) and select dream items for wedding registry.

But boy was I mistaken.

Registering for your wedding takes a lot of time and a lot of thought! Sure you know you want to ask for bedding, for yourself, for your guest bedroom, etc. But you want to make sure you choose the right kind that you will enjoy for years. Yes, I want more pillows in my home, but I don’t know any of these brands? Bath towels? Yes. Color? Oh I don’t know if….

It’s not an easy process. Plus I actually get a lot of anxiety about presents. I don’t like extra things being around. I like choosing the things that I spend my money on, and I like choosing whether or not something comes into my home. So the idea of people buying stuff that they THINK I could use, but that I may not actually want is kind of worrisome. Talk about a wedding nightmare.

But here’s a few tips to keep in mind when registering for items.

Consider your hobbies when planning your wedding registry.

My fiance and I actually both love to cook. 50% of our registry is kitchen related. And I keep adding more kitchen-y things.  We also love to travel, so suitcases are on our registry. If you like to hike, you could add hiking boots. Gardening supplies, sewing machines, or a camera are other great ideas if they match up with your interests.

Don’t register for it just because you THINK you should.

No one needs a rice cooker. Or a pressure cooker. Or a waffle iron. Or an immersion blender. If it won’t get regular use, skip it and add another gift card to the registry.

Don’t put it on the wedding registry because you THINK you’ll use it someday.

Registering for a tent or camping gear is a great idea, but if you and your significant other have never camped together, chances are, you won’t. In my opinion it would be better to wait to buy these things when you know for sure a camping trip is really going to happen. Otherwise it will be taking up space in your home.

Register for things you will be buying anyway.

I will be moving after I get married and I know when I settle in, I will be buying organizational things, a wall calendar, a hair dryer, and Tupperware containers. So you can believe all of those things are on my registry. I’m also getting married in late November, so I want to put Christmas decoration on the list too, since I know I will be buying those.

What Do You Think?

What did you register for? Was there anything you regretted asking for or not asking for?

If you want to see more wedding related posts consider checking out this post on the theme of my wedding reception or this one about how my engagement shoot went.

May 26 17

5 things you should never say to a woman


5 things you should never say to a woman

  1. You look tired.

  2. You’re being emotional. Is it your period or something?
  3. I look forward to hearing about all the problems with your wedding (OK, this one might be particular to my situation)!
  4. Are you wearing that?
  5. Are you going to do your hair?
May 17 17

DIY Spray Painted Letters


I will be honest. Not every craft project I touch turns to gold. For the amount of DIYs I try, there are going to be some missteps, mistakes, and some crafts that I don’t know why I tried in the first place.

But when I make something work AND it’s better than my original source material?? I get pretty darn excited.

I made these “I Do” letters for my cousin KC’s bridal shower, and we have reused them whenever possible for anything wedding related. My source material was a photo from Pinterest (like most projects!), but the tutorials I found with it were less than desirable.

The first suggestion was to use plain Elmer’s white glue and spray paint on top. Easy as that?


You could barely see the design I drew in glue, and it didn’t look anything like the source picture. I decided to step it up. I had already bought the paper mache letters, and I KNEW I could do better!

The secret?

You need puffy paint. I had never used the stuff before, but it was perfect for this project.

You will need:

Simple Directions

  1. Use puffy paint to create designs on your paper mache letters. I did swoops and swirls and really just winged it on each.
  2. Let puffy paint set. You don’t have to wait till it’s completely dry since your just going to spray paint on top of it. Which brings us to our next step.
  3. Spray paint the crap out of them.   Depending on what color paint you use, you may have to do multiple coats. I used a silver spray paint which covered real well. I just had to spray paint in multiple goes since I had to spray paint where my hand was holding the letter in the first place.
  4. Let your letters dry overnight and enjoy!

KC & Miles Spray Painted letters

To make the “I Do” letters that I made into a hanging decor, I used silver wire to attach each together. If I had more time/forethought, I would have drilled holes into the letters and used those holes to connect them. But I was going for functional, not perfect, so i just used the wire to “hug” the bottom of the “I” and connected it to the “D” leaving enough space to differentiate the words.

*Wood or homemade letters would work as well!