Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Blogaversary!

Celebrate good times, come on! (please imagine a highly off key singing voice here)  I have been hanging out, writing, posting, and DIYing for ONE WHOLE YEAR in bloggyland!!!  I set a New Year's Resolution (for 2012) and I kept it!  Even Romona Singer is happy for me!
I am shocked to tell you the truth of how much I got into the bloggy world--however, I AM SO GLAD I DID!  My knowledge of so many things has grown tremendously thanks specifically to the ladies that I have been blessed with coming across through Blogger. I decided it would be appropriate to share a few "top" lists with you as it is New Year Resolution time once again and we need to celebrate.  

1. ETSY! I do not know how I was living without Etsy.  I can't remember which blogger I learned about Etsy from, but thank you!
2. Birchbox! I love getting mail and samples so I am glad that Kate from The Small Things Blog summarizes her Birchbox each month!
3. Pic Monkey!  Making collages for free? Yes, please! Thanks to Kelly from Keeping Up With Kelly & Co for referring to the site!
4. Baublebar! Such a cute and fun way to "hunt" for jewelry each Friday.  I have only made two purchases from them but I have been pleased each time.  Thanks to Meghan from Little Girl in the Big World.
5. Bloglovin'! This site makes blog reading so much easier.  In the beginning, I was "favoriting" each blog in my Bookmarks and checking in with girl from time to time so see if there were new posts.  Bloglovin' really does that work for me.  I cannot credit this find to a certain blogger, I think many people had referred to it...but thank you!

1. PhotoShop Elements. I am still just using my trial but I am a huge fan. I have taught myself the basics, in my opinion and have made some pretty cute collages and signs.  I used it to make the graphics for this post!
2. Konad Nail Stamping Art.  It does take some time and a lot of patience, but the end product is pretty cool.  Check out some of my work here.
3. e.l.f. make up products.  I do not know how I did not know about the lovely e.l.f. line but I was in the dark. To know you can grab some cheap-o products from time to time is definitely nice.
4. Draw Something app. I am not sure that this counts, but I learned about the game through blogging and while I do not play as often was super addictive for awhile!
5. BeautyBlender. Using this pink sponge is such an easier and smoother way to apply foundation.  There are still moments that I prefer using my fingers, but this little gal is a lifesaver!

1. Weekend Update with Sami's Shenanigans and Join the Gossip!

2. High Five for Friday with From My Grey Desk!

3. What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy!
pleated poppy

4.  Friday Faves with The Bargain Blonde!

5. Random Wednesday with Because Shanna Said So!

1. Being able to get my craft on and share all about it--I used to be crafty and then I sort of just let go of it for many years.  Setting this resolution and sharing my projects with bloggyland really helped my creativity return.
2. Meeting all of the wonderful ladies that hang out in bloggyland.  I cannot believe how it is such a welcoming and close knit family.  Bloggers share their lives with each other without the reality of becoming IRL friends. Although maybe one day I will meet some of you! :) Thanks for going on this journey with me.
3. #OOTD posts.  As lame as it may sound, I care more about what I am putting together and on my body in the mornings now.  I want to be able to take a photo and share it on WWIW! Yay!
4. Blog Swaps.  So fun! I have now participated in three swaps and I am a fan.  :)
5. Archiving my life.  It is pretty cool that I am able to jot down thoughts and recaps and know exactly where I wrote that down.  Right here in Just What Jess is Up To land!

Well that is my year in review.  Thank you for taking time out of your day/night to read what I have to say...thanks for seeing Just What Jess is Up To! :) Put your hands up and dance with Snooki now would ya! :-)


  1. Great Recap Lady....2013 is going to be GREAT!!!

  2. LOVE IT! I want to do that magnetic makeup board, too! I have so many fraggn' projects I want to do!!!! gah

  3. What a great post! Congrats on a whole year of blogging! This is the year I really got into consistently blogging too and I'm so happy I did :) I met so many awesome gals like YOU! :)

    I'm def going to check out BaubleBar- I've heard of it but never actually clicked over until now. AND your football themed wreaths are SO CUTE. Even if one is a Browns one ;) I MUST make one of those this year!!!

  4. I love Love LOVE the magnet board! I see them on pinterest too. I will do day...maybe...That could be a resolution I suppose...

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award!

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  5. well this is freaking awesome!! so many wonderful things about this post and happy blogaversary!

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  7. Happy Blogaversary, Jessi! You inspired me to be more crafty this past year. My favorite was the ribbon wreath. Looking forward to all the cool things you will do 1n 2013! You are awesome, keep it up!