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This Day In History

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Music History for Tuesday, 6/18/13

2011 – Clarence Clemons, the famed saxophonist and bandmate of Bruce Springsteenand his E Street Band, died at 69, from complications of a stroke.

2010 – John Lennon‘s autographed lyrics for “A Day in the Life” from the groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band fetched $1,202,500 on the block at Sotheby’s Auction house in New York City.

2008 – The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles filed suit against record producer Phil Spector for 110 thousand dollars in unpaid bills.  The hotel housed Spector and his defense team during his six-month murder trial in 2007, and the Westin said Spector stopped paying the bills for the rooms four months in.

2007 – Singer and producer Hank Medress died at the age of 68 of lung cancer.  Medress sang on The Tokens’ hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and produced the hit single “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons as well as “Knock Three Times” by Tony Orlando.

2002 – U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin, where the band recorded its album All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

1998 – David Cassidy began selling a two-CD set exclusively on the cable TV shopping network QVC.

1998 – Heart, featuring Ann Wilson, kicked off a U.S. tour in Chicago.

1997 – Country Music Association entertainers of the year, Brooks & Dunn, played a special show for their fan club at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  After the show, the duo stuck around to sign autographs for all two thousand fans that came to the concert. Brooks & Dunn started signing at 9 p.m. and finished at 5 a.m. the next morning.

1997 – U2 played the first of two nights at the Oakland Coliseum. Oasis was the opening act.

1996 – Beck released his Odelay album.

1995 – Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, was arrested in Camden, New Jersey on robbery and aggravated assault charges.

1994 – The Beastie Boys debuted at number one on the album chart with Ill Communication.

1987 – A woman sued Motley Crue for five thousand dollars, claiming she lost her hearing due to the loud volume of their concert.

1987 – Bruce Springsteen officially separated from his wife, Julianne, the same day pictures of him with Patti Scialfa appeared on Entertainment Tonight.

1983 – The Swiss electronic band Yello released the first 3-D picture disc. It came with 3-D glasses.

1980 – The Blues Brothers movie premiered in New York City.

1977 – Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols were stabbed and beaten in a parking lot outside a London pub.

1977 – Fleetwood Mac had their first and only number one single with “Dreams.”

1976 – ABBA gave a command performance for the King of Sweden.

1975 – Elvis Presley had a facelift at Mid-South hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave its first U.S. performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.

1965 – The Four Tops had the number one song with “I Can’t Help Myself.”

General History for Tuesday, 6/18/13

1812 – The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.

1815 – At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22nd.

1942 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.

1948 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights.

1975 – Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

1979 – In Vienna, President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2.

1983 – Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

1999 – Walt Disney’s Tarzan opened.

2002 – In Jerusalem, a suicide bomber killed 19 people and injured at least 50 more on a city bus.  The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

2010 – Campbell Soup Co. announced a recall of 15 million pounds of canned SpaghettiOs with meatballs because of possible under-cooking. That’s a lotta O’s.

2011 – Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds became the first female commander of Parris Island, the storied South Carolina military base that has trained thousands of young Marines.

Music News for Wednesday, 6/19/13

2012 – Celine Dion marked her 800th performance overall at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. That counts both her performances with her first show, A New Day, which opened in 2003, and her performances with her new show, Celine, which debuted in March of 2011. In addition, that day also marked the 31st anniversary of Celine’s showbiz debut. Her first-ever TV appearance took place June 19, 1981, on the Quebec TV Show Michel Jasmin. She was just 13, and sang a song she co-wrote with her mom and her brother titled “It Was Only a Dream.”

2011 – A representative for Amy Winehouse announced the cancellation of two upcoming European tour dates after a disastrous performance in Belgrade, Serbia. The singer was booed off stage after several songs, often forgetting lyrics and stumbling around the stage. The singer, who had been plagued by alcohol and drug problems, was found dead at her home a little more than a month later.

2009 – A piece of music history went up in smoke when fire gutted the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. The 19th-century building hosted some of the earliest shows from TheB-52sR.E.M. and the Indigo Girls.

2006 – Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes married his partner, Richard Cullen, in a civil ceremony on London.

2001 – Animated versions of rapper Nelly and his associates, St. Lunatics, made their online starring debuts in the Flash Game Rip Van Nelly.

1998 – The second annual Lilith Fair kicked off in Portland, Oregon. Sinead O’Connoropened the show.

1990 – Prince started a twelve-night sold-out run at Wembley Arena in London.

1988 – Over 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson. Jackson was performing a concert on the other side of the wall in West Berlin.

1988 – Teen star Debbie Gibson had the number one single with “Foolish Beat.”

1980 – Donna Summer was the first act signed to David Geffen‘s new record label, Geffen Records, through Warner Brothers.

1976 – Wild Cherry‘s “Play that Funky Music” was released.

1971 – Carole King had a double-A-sided number one single with “It’s Too Late/I Feel The Earth Move.”

1967 – In an interview with Life magazine, Paul McCartney admitted he had taken LSD.

1966 – The Beatles had the number one single with “Paperback Writer.”

1961 – Pat Boone had the number one single with “Moody River.”

General History for Wednesday, 6/19/13

1536 – Anne BoleynHenry Viii‘s second wife, was beheaded.

1846 – The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. It’s considered the first organized baseball game.

1862 – President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.

1865 – The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas.

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor, a gift from France.

1905 – The world’s first nickelodeon opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It seated 95 people, and admission was five cents to watch a film or a live vaudeville act.

1912 – The U.S. government established the eight-hour workday.

1934 – Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and, later, TV broadcasting.

1942 – Norma Jeane Mortenson, the birth name of Marilyn Monroe, and her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty were married.  They were divorced in June of 1946.

1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. They had been convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

1973 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his two-thousandth career hit.

1986 – University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced seizure.

1987 – The Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism.

1999 – Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.

1999 – The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six.

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the First Amendment, which called for the separation of church and state.

2002 – Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in.

2011 – Four people were executed in a pharmacy shooting in Medford, New York. The suspect, David Laffer, was arrested for murder, while his wife, Melinda Brady, 29, was also arrested on charges of robbery and obstructing governmental administration. She was reported to be the getaway driver. Sources say Laffer carried out the murders so he could steal more than 11,000 pain pills to feed an addiction.

 

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Over Night Oats

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So I have seen this on pinterest and have thought about trying this out for a year now and today I am going to! I found the recipe on Lauren Conrads Blog and it looks good so here it is!

 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla (or plain) Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

 

Instructions

  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight (they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best).
  3. Wake up and enjoy the next day!

 

Sounds pretty easy and you can always add fruit or some sugar in it in the morning! But there are tons and tons of recipes for this out there so google it some time if you want to get a little daring! So I’m excited I’m off to the store in a little bit to get my ingredients! Wish me luck! I’ll post some pictures later!

Survey: Intergenerational Communication & Technology in Schools

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So I need some help people for my research class I am doing research on intergenerational communication and the ways technology effect it and how teachers view it! So if you are a teacher or have retired please take this survey!

Click here to take survey

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FTTF72Q

Brave Girls Club

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16271So when I opened Pinterest today this picture was the first thing I saw and I loved the quote “choose to see the good stuff”  and it had a wesbite at the bottom so out of curiosity I click on it. It takes me to this website Brave Girls Club and my interest is peeked! So I joined. This just seems like a good place. But you can click the link above to go to the website or here is some information because if your like me  you want to see it here then go explore the website!

 

What IS Brave Girls Club?

Brave Girls Club is a worldwide community of women (of every age!) who want to live the best, happiest, most productive and fabulously brave life they can possibly live…and that means something different to every single one of us.

Brave Girls Club is an online community, a portal for amazing connections, a news source for everyday heroes, a resource for great ideas, amazing endeavors, everyday problem solving, realistic recipes and unforgettable get-togethers. Brave Girls Club is a place to feel free, to feel peace, and to feel brave. Brave Girls Club is not an exclusive club…every woman is invited. Brave Girls Club is life-changing fun, life-changing truths, and life-changing friendships.

(you can read the rest at their wonderful site!)

 

But you can subscribe to their daily truth emails (which I did) because who doesn’t need a little daily encouragement? I haven’t gotten much time to explore the site but I will!

Monogram iPhone Wallpaper

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So I have been looking everywhere for a website that could make a monogram wallpaper for my phone! Well I wanted one that would do it for you because I’m lazy. Well I found an app that will!

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So “Wall About You” works pretty good! It’s a step by step process you pick your wallpaper, what shape you want your monogram, then put in your stuff!

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It’s super easy and they turn out cute!

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Downsides?

It’s going to cost you! Well only like $1.99 and if you really like monogram stuff it works out pretty good!

You can’t upload your own picture which isn’t that fun because they are so many cute backgrounds you can choose

I wish their was more font choices

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Online stores you will love

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Every girl loves to shop and getting good deals and good products is what it is all about and here are some awesome stores some are a little more expensive than others but they have amazing stuff!

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This is an awesome store that I have actually gotten to go to once they only have stores in Texas but you can shop online at  Sam Moon they have some amazing accessories and its cheap! You can also get some awesome purses and luggage that holds up well!

You can like them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammoontrading

Here is the description of the store: “We specialize in women’s fashion handbags, jewelry and accessories. Perfect for satisfying your shopping needs, at an affordable price! Shop for most up to date trends and save up to 75% off department store price.”

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Here are some of the new arrivals in the Spring earrings which I really like the flowers and the drop earrings

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If you love bubble necklaces they have some cute ones!

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Love love love the luggage you can get here!

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If you like unique and vintage looking clothes this is the website for you! The downside? It is kinda pricey which is sad but they still have some super cute stuff and if you need those statement pieces this is a good place to start your search! Like the pin up style bathing suits? You can find them here Modcloth !

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They also have this cool feature where you can vote for looks you like and they will get it for their online store!

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So if you love all things monogram  this is the place for you! You can get anything and everything their is here and its good stuff! I love my pullover sweater that I got for christmas! Marley Lilly always does fun give aways and sweep stakes so I recommend you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to get in on those deals!  You can also go check out their blog http://www.themonogrammedlife.com/

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So if you have looked at my blog before you know I love all things Lily Pulitzer and her prints so it should be no surprise this is on my list! Currently I am looking at the agendas because I want one! Here is the amazing website Lilly Pulitzer!

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Things I have learned from having a broke leg

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What I have learned about breaking a bone

I have a fractured fibula they are parallel to each other and run vertically which my doctor said was interesting and he hadn’t seen one of those in a while.

  • The fibula runs alongside the tibia below the knee. It is on the outside part of the leg and is smaller than the tibia.
  • The ankle is composed of the bottom ends of the tibia and fibula, the connecting foot bones, and the ligaments and tendons. Severe twisting injuries to the ankle can result in fractures of the tibia or fibula near or within the ankle joint.

 

Breaking a bone is a big shock to your whole body. It’s normal for you to receive strong messages from parts of your body that aren’t anywhere close to the fracture.

  • You may feel dizzy, woozy, or chilly from the shock.
  • A lot of people cry for a while.
  • Some people pass out, or have a moment of black out, until their bodies have time to adjust to all the signals they’re getting.
  • And other people don’t feel any pain right away because of the shock of the injury. This happened to me I made it to the back steps before the pain hit and I had to call my parents.

 

One note usually there is swelling with a broke bone but my leg never actually swelled so there is a thing to keep in mind!

 

I don’t think we realize how amazing or importnat things are until we can’t use them I know I didn’t I mean besides the obvious of not being able to just walk around everything you do is different-because it was to be.

 

Things I have Learned

 

1. If you are going to break a bone at least have a good story 

Okay so you can’t actually choose how you break a bone but don’t do something stupid that would cause an accident as the saying goes “don’t do anything you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics.” My own story was kinda embarrassing and of course thats the first thing people will ask you “how did you do it?” If you did it in a stupid way expect the embarrassment to continue.

 

2. You are now totally helpless 

So if you have a broke leg you are probably on crutches and you can’t crutch and carry things, unless you have a backpack or a pouch attached to the crutch. If you wan’t something you can no longer just get up and go get it and it is one of the most frustrating things in the world! To have to really ely on someone else to help you with stuff you have been doing by yourself for so long.

 

3. You will forget your leg is broke 

When you wake up you will sometimes forget its broke and maybe you might try to swing your feet down but whatever you do-no no put pressure on that brake!

 

4. The first week will be the hardest 

This is when the break or fracture will hurt the worst and it is important to keep it elevated and if your like me you will want to move and roll around in your sleep this is a horrible idea! Try to make some sort of pillow barricade for yourself!

 

5. Trash bags and duct tape are your friends

Okay so showering is now a little more difficult since getting your cast wet is a big big no no! Hopefully you have a shower head that can be taken down so you can shower. But you want to wrap it up and tape it tight enough that water can’t get in on accident and duct tape and simple white trash bags you have in your bathrooms work awesome. This way you don’t have to go and buy a cover from the store! Also I did something I wasn’t suppose to but hey you gotta live I went four-wheeling without a cover and we used black tape (or electrical tape as it is actually known as) and Saran wrap will work awesome to…just don’t let them go crazy with the black tape.

 

6. Say goodbye to the cute clothing for a while 

Comfort wins out over cuteness right now. If you don’t have baggy sweatpants go buy some and look for some with pockets! Seriously that way you can at least carry some stuff around with you like your cellphone or some cash! Or if its summer you just lucked out didn’t you? It’s currently winter for me and I can’t wear any of the cute clothes I got for Christmas yet because of this stupid cast. Well I guess I could but getting jeans over a cast at your foot sucks so I just avoid it when possible.

 

7. Your cellphone is your friend 

Positivity towards always having your cellphone with you? You heard me right I’m thankful I had my phone with me the day I fractured my leg! But if you need something it is sometimes the best way of getting your care giver. I apparently don’t yell very loudly so my dad actually told me to just call the house (even though I’m just in another room) to get him.

 

8. Relax 

Seriously just relax and let your body heal. Nap. Be lazy. Try to have a good attitude and just let your body work and mend!

 

9. Crutches Suck!!!!!!

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Above describes my life! I suck at crutching I look like a new born giraff on ice with those stupid things! Try and keep them evenly spaced and kinda close to your body and take your time.

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I bought some cool crutch covers so my poor underarms wouldn’t be in so much pain here is a description for them:

Mine are pink zebra to match my cast of course!

“Our Crutch Covers and Grips are made in the USA from layers of soft fleece fabric surrounding cushy, medical grade foam padding. These crutch pads are proven to reduce friction and pressure, providing relief from underarm discomfort.”

” You will instantly and easily experience guaranteed relief from crutch pain and discomfort. Designed to quickly eliminate chafing and provide comfort. Moisture wicking. Free velcro-style handgrip covers included. Medical grade foam cushion encased in soft, durable polar fleece.”

The website has them for $29.99 but you can find them way cheaper online elsewhere!

 

What to Do When the Cast Comes Off

Can you believe they use a saw to remove your cast? The funny thing is this saw doesn’t hurt your skin at all. It might even tickle! Apparently you can actually touch it and it won’t cut skin well thats what my boyfriend said since he has had multiple broken bones in his life. Football is dangerous if you didn’t know lol.

Once the cast is off, the injured area will probably look and feel pretty weird. The body part that was in a cast might look strange at first. The skin might be pale (I can’t wait to start tanning as soon as I am in a boot and can take it off), dry, or flaky (lotion is in my leg’s future). Body hair might look darker (until it meets its demise at the end of the razor! I can’t wait to shave!) and the body part itself might look smaller because you might have lost some muscle while it was healing. Sucks doesn’t it?

Don’t worry. This is all temporary.  In some cases, your doctor might suggest you do special exercises to improve your strength and flexibility. You’ll want to go slow and ask the doctor if you should avoid any activities. If you want to return to a sport, ask the doctor how soon you’ll be able to do it.

 

It’s also a smart idea to do what you can to build strong bones. How do you do that?

  • Get a lot of physical activity, especially stuff like jumping and running…well thats one way to force myself to start exercising…maybe the Color Run is in my future after all!
  • Feed your bones the calcium and vitamin D they need to stay strong. Okay so I need to start taking that multi vitamin again….
  • That means getting your share of milk and other calcium-rich foods and drinks, such as broccoli and calcium-fortified orange juice. I really don’t like milk and my dad has been forcing it one me any chance he gets!

 

 

More Facebook Covers

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So I made some more! Check em out! blue flower

 

I love blue flowers so when I found this I had to make it into a cover!

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Shoot for the moon because even if you miss you will land among the stars! Go for your dreams and never let anyone tell you they are to big or to far out of reach!

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Always try your best and go forth like you will never fail!

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My love and obsession with Lily Pulitzer continues as seen below and above!

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Hurricane

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Because who doesn’t love Jennifer Aniston?

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So very true! Never settle for anything less!

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Facebook Covers

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So being as bored as I am currently having a broke leg and being stuck in a chair and my bodies anti sleep thing I made some facebook cover photos so here they are so tell me what you think!

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Blue facebook cover

country

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dream facebook cover

education facebook cover

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hurricane facebook cover

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love heart

luck facebook cover

PicMonkey Collage

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Problem facebook cover

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But here is the first batch I have made I will probably make some more if I get some feedback =)

PicMonkey

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So have you been looking for a new website to edit your photos? Add awesome effects and graphics? Look no farther I have found it! Its called PicMonkey and you can do all kinds of fun things with it! In case my fun link doesn’t work here is what the website looks like! You can make collages or just edit pictures!

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I have edited some pictures for you to see some of things the website can do for you so you can decide if you want to try it out for yourself or not but I really like it. You can also get the “royale” stuff by becoming a member for Royale membership gets you ads-free editing and a kingly hoard of primo effects, fonts, overlays, and textures. Choose the monthly plan, at $4.99 a month, or the annual plan, at $33.00 a year. I don’t think I will do that but some people may think its worth it.

Okay here is one picture I did the one of the left is before (note that it was an instagram picture so it was already kinda edited) and the one on the right is the PicMonkey edit.

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I also really like this one you can choice to just show one color out of the primary colors being from Kentucky I of course choice blue =P and my boyfriend had a lot of blue on that day so I figured it would be a good choice.

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I did all yellow in this one it is one of my brothers from his trip to Finland a couple of months ago

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You can also make facebook cover photos which is awesome and I am currently playing with this so stay tuned for some cute photo covers I am making!