How To Make Your Instagram Highlight Covers Cute

How To Make Your Instagram Highlight Covers Cute

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It feels like Instagram is constantly updating and changing, but I’ve got to say, I love the new Instagram Story Highlights feature. But are you wondering how tons of bloggers and influencers are changing their story highlight covers? If done right, it can make your highlight reel look extra put together and organized. Many Instagrammers also use a specific color or color scheme to match their “Instagram feed theme.”

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Here’s how to do it! All you need is the free app Canva (for Apple here and Android here), and Instagram, of course!

To watch my video tutorial, scroll down! 

Step 1: Open Canva. At the top of the screen on the app’s interface, you’ll find template options. Scroll over to and select the “Your Story” template. This sizes the image to fit your Instagram story perfectly.


Step 2: Select the “Blank” template. Once it opens, tap the white background. Here, you’ll have the option to choose one of the default colors or your own. If you’re wanting to use a specific color or use the slider, tap on the “Used” plus sign. Experiment with the sliders until you have the color you want, or tap on the hex color (the # followed by a bunch of letters/numbers. They’re made up of six digits, and represent colors when used in HTML, CSS, SVG, and other computing applications) if you know the code you want to use. Now, all the colors you choose with the slider or hex will show up in the “used” color section above the defaults.

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Step 3: Now that you have your background color, tap on the + sign circle in the bottom right hand corner of Canva’s interface. There’s a few fun options here, but for highlight covers you really only need to worry about text and/or graphics (clipart). It depends on what you want your cover to look like when it shows on your Instagram profile.

If choosing text: Click on the text “T” box, and then click on “Add some text of your own.” Type the word you’d like to show in your highlight cover. I went with “Home” (for anything I might post to my IG story about our house or home decor). Once that’s added, it’s fairly easy to change the font (Canva has SO MANY to choose from!), size, letter spacing, etc. I like to make sure my text is centered.

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If choosing a graphic: Say you’d like a little graphic of a house to show up as your cover thumbnail instead of text. Click the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner again, and choose “Graphics.” Search for the graphic you’re looking for.

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Graphics that are free to use will say “Free” on them. Ones that cost will have what looks like three coins stacked on top of each other (or a tiny hamburger menu) with the number of “credits” you’ll need to purchase it. Each credit costs $1.99. Most of the design elements I’ve seen that cost credits are only 1 credit. Purchasing the credits are easy, but you won’t have the option until  you’re done with your design and are ready to share it. The awesome thing is that Canva will allow you to save a draft of your design to your camera roll so you can see exactly what it would look like (you could even upload it to your story to get a rough idea) but it will include a watermark. If you pay to use Canva, you will have more options for photos and graphics. I was able to find cute graphics for all of my Instagram highlights besides one — the one I used for “Pregnancy.” Since all the rest were free, (and the app itself is free) I felt justified paying $1.99 for the one I wanted.

Once you’ve chosen your graphic, you can also change its color. However, some graphics don’t allow you to change the color and will only give you a transparency option, so look out for that. I found a cute little house graphic and turned it white. I like choosing white text or graphics for my highlight covers, since it shows up really well against the colored background and looks clean.

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You can change the size of your graphic by dragging the corners of the box its in.

Step 4: Save your design! To save it to your camera roll, click “Share” in the top right hand corner. It will prepare your design, and bring up options for you to share/save it. Click save image, and BOOM! It’s in your camera roll. The design will now show up in the “Your Designs” section of the app. If you want all of your covers the be the same color, you can go back to it later to make more and just change the graphic or the word displaying as your text. Or, you can write down the hex color code and make a new one if you want to stay super organized.

Note: this would all be pretty easy to do with other apps like Over or WordSwag, but I like Canva the best for its font and graphic options. Canva can also be used on desktop, if that’s more your style!

Step 5: Upload your design to your Instagram story.


Then, you can either use it as the cover to an existing highlight or to make a new one. If using it for an existing one, click on the highlight, followed by the three dots and “More” in the bottom right hand corner. Click “Edit Highlight.” Your cover will show up in the “Archive” section, unless you’ve previously highlighted it from your Instagram story.

If using it for a new highlight, just click the “New” + sign at the beginning of your highlights on your profile. This will bring up your story archive. After choosing your cover, you can edit your cover to add a title and change the size by zooming in (if you didn’t like the size you chose in Canva).

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That’s it! The most recently updated story highlight will show up first in your “reel.”

Watch my step-by-step video tutorial on how to make your Instagram highlight covers cute below.

Get a closer look at my highlight reel @sonyjoubert! (On mobile.)

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The Ultimate First Trimester Survival Guide

The Ultimate First Trimester Survival Guide

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The 1st trimester of pregnancy can be such a doozy, complete with morning sickness and tons of hormone changes. So here are some first trimester essentials and must-haves that helped me through mine!

My morning sickness was ROUGH…I only threw up about once a week, but my nausea was CONSTANT.  So a lot of these items help with morning sickness/overall nausea.

Ginger Ale
If you’re experiencing morning sickness or any kind of nausea, Ginger ale will be your best friend. This was my drink of choice while going out to eat, and I always had some on hand at home. The individual mini bottles are great because it’s easy to just stash one in your purse while going out, and if you’re not drinking A TON (I really just needed little sips throughout the day) they will take way longer to go flat after being opened compared to a full 2-liter bottle.

Sea Bands
These magical little things will save your life. Sea Bands are wrist bands that have a little plastic stud attached to the inside center that exerts pressure and stimulates the P6 (or Nei-Kuan) acupressure point, and are a great drug-free way to relieve nausea.

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Keep in mind that they won’t work for everyone but seriously, they’re worth a try. I was a little skeptical myself at first, especially since I tried actual acupuncture with needles when I was 16 and it freaked me out. Sea Bands are a low-key way to try acupuncture. I really love these ones because they are fabric so they’re extra comfortable, and if they get dirty you can toss them in the wash.

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You need to wear both at the same time for them to work, and if you ever feel especially nauseous, you can push on the outside of the stud to activate more pressure. I wore them all the time during my first trimester, sometimes for 24 hours at a time, even at night. I got mine from Target, but you can also get Sea Bands on Amazon.

Prenatal vitamins
I actually started taking prenatal vitamins when we were trying to get pregnant. However, I started taking them consistently once I found out I was pregnant. I started with a pill and HATED it. It was so hard for me to remember to take, and I did not love having to swallow a pill with such bad nausea. Horrible as it is, I took them on a daily basis once I got some prenatal gummy vitamins. These Vitafusion prenatal gummy vitamins are what I take, and I love that they taste like lemonade. They are a DHA, folic acid and multivitamin. Prenatals are important to take because during pregnancy, your daily intake requirements for certain nutrients, such as folic acid (folate), calcium, and iron increase, according to the American Pregnancy Association. It’s especially important at the start of pregnancy when you may be too sick to eat a well-balanced diet.

Comfy sweats
I felt very bloated my first trimester, and adding that to the nausea? Being comfortable was so important. I bought these Gilligan & O’Malley pajama pants from Target and pretty much lived in them. The great thing is that they still fit me and will continue to into my third trimester!

Snacks — Sharp cheddar cheese and club crackers
This is pretty much all I ate for a little while (kidding, but not…). I tried saltine crackers at first, but for some reason they gave me tummy troubles. I really liked eating club crackers because they had a little bit more flavor and substance to them. I’d usually eat them with some sharp cheddar cheese, and I LOVED Tillamook Tillamoos in the Sharp White Cheddar flavor. Another item that was super easy to take with me on the go. And good protein, too! You can get them from most grocery stores. However, if you can’t find them, you can order Tillamoos from the Tillamook store.

Water bottle
I try to drink half my body weight in ounces in water when pregnant. Since I became stricter with this, I’ve found I just generally feel better, and I don’t get nearly as many headaches or migraines. Plus, it’s super important to stay hydrated during pregnancy so the baby doesn’t get dehydrated, which can cause pregnancy complications such as neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid, and preterm labor. I’ve found that having a water bottle that’s easy to use gets me to drink water more. I am so in love with my Contigo autoseal water bottle. It’s stainless steel, drinks can stay cold (or hot!) for up to 28 hours, and it’s leak and spill proof! Even if I leave it open, it autoseals so it won’t spill. I take it with me wherever I go, and even leave it right next to my bed so I can just reach over and get a drink during the night without spilling.

Pregnancy app
My favorite pregnancy app is Ovia. It shows you how big your baby is getting based off of your due date and provides weekly updates. It also has a symptoms lookup, AND food/medication safety lookup.Having Ovia at the start of my pregnancy meant I never had to question whether a medication I was taking or food I was eating was good for my baby. And for later in pregnancy, it has a kick counter and contraction timer. You can download Ovia pregnancy on the Apple iTunes app store or Google Play.

Preggie pops
Another quick way to relieve nausea and morning sickness is Preggie Pops by Three Lollies! They’re natural, which is always a plus for me, especially when pregnant. I particularly liked the Preggie Pop Drops lozenges, which are individually wrapped and can be stashed anywhere. The ones I like come in a variety pack of sour raspberry, green apple, sour tangerine and sour lemon. There’s also Preggie Pop Drops Plus, which have nausea-fighting B6 added.

Lemons are one of the best anti-nausea foods, in my opinion! Whenever my husband and I went out to eat when I was in my first trimester, I always asked the waiter for some lemons. I would literally just suck on a wedge and it would make me feel so much better. You can squirt some of the juice into your water or cut up some wedges and toss them in there. Sometimes even just sniffing a cut up lemon can help with morning sickness.

There we have it! Those are my first trimester survival tips and must-haves. I hope they help you! Was there anything that helped you that I didn’t mention? Tell me in the comments!


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10 ways to survive your adult tonsillectomy


So I know all my family, friends and followers are probably bored to tears hearing about me getting my tonsils taken out but I can’t help it (#sorrynotsorry) — it’s all I’ve had to deal with for the past 10 days. So I decided to share a bit of my experience via 10 tips for surviving an adult tonsillectomy. (And I hope and pray you’ll never have to actually use these tips.)

Maybe you’ve heard the horror stories. Sorry to break it to you but they’re true. Recovering from a tonsillectomy as an adult is 10 billion times harder than recovering as a kid. Darn those kids and their bodies with the ability to bounce back within days!

The experience will be different for everyone and will depend on how your own body reacts, so just know that these tips are coming from me and aren’t professional in any way shape or form.

1. Prepare. This is probably the most important thing you could do for yourself. Whatever you have to do to prepare for surgery and recovery, do it. For me it was filling my pain med prescriptions ahead of time (super important), cleaning my room and doing my laundry, stocking up on cold and soft foods like pudding and popsicles, etc.

2. Have a “nurse.” I take it back. THIS is the most important thing you could do for yourself. Your doctor and others aren’t kidding when they say you will need someone around that is available 24/7 to take care of you. This person needs to be able to wake up in the middle of the night to feed you and give you your meds. My mom was around for a good portion of my recovery and then my aunt took care of me for the bulk of it, since I live with her. We developed this little system where if I needed her I’d just use my cellphone to call her, I’d let it ring twice and she’d be downstairs as soon as she could. I was also recovering from nasal surgery (they removed my turbinate bones as well as my tonsils) so she practically saved my life, let’s be honest.

3. Ask for anti-nausea medicine. Especially if you react strongly to pain meds. Your doctor will most likely prescribe you Lortab, which is a liquid, and Percocet, which is a pill. Both are narcotics, which means you MUST take them with food or you will likely throw up. Again, this depends on your body, but I’m a weakling (and a redhead) so my body pretty much thought my meds were poison. It was difficult for me to keep anything more solid than jello down for almost a week because of this. I was then prescribed Ondansetron (or Zofran), which is an antiemetic used to prevent nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. You take it every eight hours with or without food and it too, will save your life.

4. Get (or borrow) a humidifier. This is serious. Having a humidifier constantly going in your room may make it feel like Florida (which is what my brother said when he first walked into my room last weekend), but you won’t even notice. You’ll thank me when you wake up and your throat doesn’t feel like you have a chainsaw stuck in it.

5. Drink. That’s really all there is to this one. Drinking is so important — drink water, gatorade, vitamin water, whatever you can (well, besides alcohol and milk, of course) to stay hydrated. It might kill going down your throat but it’ll hurt more if you don’t.

6. Avoid dairy and citrus at all costs. For a couple of days the only thing I wanted to eat/could stomach was a Peanut Butter Moo’d from Jamba Juice. And even though the only dairy in it is really from the frozen yogurt they use, that was enough to create a ton of mucus in the back of my throat. (TMI? Maybe.) Which was it’s own kind of painful. And citrus — just don’t. I had one sip of something that had citrus in it and automatically threw up because of the acid. Which will also burn your throat going down, too.

7. Sleep. Sleeping can be hard, but you’ve got to do it. You may feel more exhausted than before after waking up, but hey, that means you can just go back to sleep. Embrace the fact that a proper sleeping schedule will cease to exist for you. Sleep whenever you can for as long as you can. Just be prepared for your throat to really hurt when you wake up. This is why the humidifier and keeping hydrated is important. Make it your first instinct to take a sip of water first thing when you wake up, especially during the night. Set an alarm to drink water if you have to. I also found it helpful to suck on some ice or eat a popsicle before trying to eat something after waking up, since it kind of numbs your throat.

8. Have plenty of entertainment options. I always kept a couple of magazines on my bed, but to be real, I only read them a few times. I watched a few movies, quite a lot of Say Yes to the Dress and all the episode of House Hunters International Hulu had available (and now I really want to move to Italy). However, I was surprised with how much I didn’t watch. Sometimes I would feel too sick or tired to even attempt to have enough brainpower to watch a chick flick. So definitely try to keep the TV and movie watching to ones that are pretty mindless. I did like to watch a show or movie while eating though, since it could sometimes take me an hour or more to eat a bowl of mash potatoes (not kidding). My favorite thing was Pinterest on my phone — not my laptop — so I could lie down. But even using my phone would give me a bit of vertigo sometimes, so it was definitely hit-and-miss.

9. Chew gum. Not only will it be hard to/you might forget to shower (try not to), but you might forget to brush your teeth. Bad breath is a side effect of getting your tonsils taken out, unfortunately, so gum definitely helps with that but it also keeps your mouth from going dry.

10. Get up and walk around. This was so hard for me! Especially with how loopy I was on my meds. My mom had to walk me around downstairs, holding my arm, (I think that was like day three) and even had to sit on a chair in the bathroom while I took a shower in case I fell or passed out. But getting up and walking around, even if it’s just around your own bedroom, will help make sure you don’t lose all your walking abilities (your muscles will be so weak) from staying in bed for days on end. There were plenty of days where all the walking I did was to get up to go to the bathroom which is right next door to my room, but I really should have tried to walk around every day, multiple times a day.

Lastly, just relax. Luckily, I was able to talk pretty easily from day one, but that might be different for you. I reacted to my pain meds, but you might be just fine. Sometimes I’d be so shocked with the pain after waking up that I couldn’t help but cry. Of course you are going to regret the surgery multiple times. Just remember that every difficult thing we experience in this life is temporary and it will be over before you know it. Ten days (it’s really two weeks) is really a short amount of time when you compare it to the rest of your tonsil-less life.