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Monday Love / Giving Back

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote: “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” -Disraeli

Something personal: Yes, it’s been a while.  This year I decided that rather than sacrifice my family time, I would sacrifice my blogging time.  My husband is happier.  ;)   When things slow down a bit, hopefully I will catch up with lots of updates, session peeks, food rants, and other fun stuff.

In the midst of all the craziness the holidays bring, I’ve had a burning desire to GIVE.  Not only to my friends and family, but to those less fortunate as well.  I’m excited to be going to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter Holiday House event this week, and I’m even more excited to announce a very special gift that I want to give.  Do you know someone that has had a difficult time recently?  Someone that isn’t busy trying to shop for all the latest toys, but instead, is barely making ends meet?  Or maybe someone that has been very ill, or someone that is always giving to others and rarely has time to do special things for him or herself.  I know you know these people.  Please take a few minutes to write to me, and share the story about someone you know that would be surprised and delighted by the gift of custom photography.  Let’s make the holiday extra-extra special for a friend in need.  :)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!  (Well, on the west coast it’s still Monday!)

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Monday Love / The Sun and my Point & Shoot Camera

Another edition of Monday Love

A quote: “Here comes the sun, and I say it’s alright…”  George Harrison

Something personal: As I mentioned before, it’s crazy busy right now.  I feel like I’m swimming in quicksand sometimes (not that I have any idea what that feels like, but I’m just imagining).  You can look for some sneak peeks coming up soon, but for now, I wanted to share some more pics from our beach vacation.  Last year, I used my iPhone almost exclusively for our family beach vacation.  Mostly because I forgot the charger to my point & shoot, and I was too lazy to drag my big camera around everyday.   This year I was more prepared, so I did bring my trusty Canon S95 (Point & Shoot Camera).  It does a really good job capturing sun flare, which I love to play around with.  It’s so nice now, in the digital age, we can take lots of pictures just for fun and see what the results are, rather than wasting rolls of film.  Here are a few fun pics that I got, with the sun behind my subjects.   I love having just the silhouette in focus, with the beautiful blue sky as a back drop.  Try some of these when you are outside playing with the kids in the early evening, when the sun is low in the sky.  You’ll be surprised what your point & shoot camera can do!

And that is my Kylie Bear, flying in the sky on the swings at the Boardwalk.  We were the only ones there (off season) and the kids had a blast.  She was beside-herself-excited about this ride, shouting from the sky: “THIS. IS. SO. AWESOME!”

Something I love: For my foodie friends out there, I just thought I would share two sites that I really enjoy (blogs and facebook).  The first is 100 Days of Real Food.  She has so many great (simple) ideas for eating “real” food with a family in mind.  I finally took her suggestion for the Smoothie Pop Molds, and we use them almost every day.  We make smoothies a lot, so now I put the extra in these molds and freeze them.  Kylie loves having them for a snack, and I love that they don’t have any added sugar or artificial ingredients (like the yogurt tubes) – AND I can put some spinach in there too!   I also like the posts from Deliciously Organic.  She has great recipes and I enjoyed reading about her journey with food, and returning her body to a healthy state.  She has a great discussion about fat here.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / Photo Bomb

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:  “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”  Horace

Something personal:  I know I’ve been MIA, but it’s the crazy fall season and I took a vacation to the beach in the middle of it all.  So, some humor for your Monday evening.  I think this is what it means to be photo-bombed!  My kiddos are so silly.  I was trying to get a nice, simple, family shot for my friends last week……

I think I like the funny one the best anyway!  :)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / iPhone Pics

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” -Eudora Welty

Something personal: More and more I find myself taking pictures with my iPhone.  In fact, I haven’t taken pictures with my point & shoot camera in more than a month (maybe two).  Since I always have my phone with me (can you say addiction?), it is just so easy to capture everyday life with my phone, instead of trying to find a regular camera. So, I have had to find solutions for all of these fun pictures in my camera, and those of you who have attended either of my Tiny Topics sessions about Instagram know that I’m hooked!  Instagram is a fun way to “process” the images in my iPhone, and share them, AND print them.

Just wanted to share a couple pics of the products from Prinstagram.  They print straight from your Instagram account (so no need to transfer pics off your phone and upload to a separate website).  Cute and fun!

These are the Tiny Books – and there are really, really tiny.  But, cute for the kids to take to school (Show & Tell) or for stocking stuffers.  :)

These are my favorite – the Mini Books.  Two books with 50 pictures each.  So, you can get two identical books (50 pics each) or two different books (100 pics total).  Great for your purse, or the grandparents, or gifts.  Or, in my case, just to have something printed so we can look at all these fun pictures!  Economical and fun too.  :)  $12 for two books.

And I’ll leave you with this fun iPhone pic that I took.  I found this on Kylie’s nightstand in her room Friday night.  My lovesick child.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / Young Love

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote: “Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly, and without expectation… We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”  Leo Buscaglia

Something personal:  My little girl is growing up.  It’s obvious by the mounds of food she’s eating, the things she can read and understand (yesterday she opened some childproof medicine, declaring “I just pushed down really hard.”), and, her recent love obsession.  What do I do when my 6 year old daughter proclaims that she wants to kiss and hug the boy she “loves?”  Seriously, WHAT???  I explained to her that it’s perfectly okay to have these feelings, but that she would need to ask this young man before doing things like this (you know, personal space and all).  I thought this strategy was good mostly because I knew he would say “NO WAY” and run, but I kind of figured she was too shy to ask as well.  Enter, THE NOTE: (and the cute little bird she made him)

Now, I’m still pretty sure he will say no and run (he likes her too, but he’s shy and coy when she’s around), but I might have to come up with a new strategy as she gets older right?  ** sigh**

On another note, I’ve really been enjoying our family weekends.  I pulled out Kylie’s baking kit and let her bake some mini-cupcakes for the first time.  Whenever I’m baking, I’m usually in a rush and don’t have time for “helpers,” but I wanted to let her do it all on her own.  She’s way more grown up than I thought.  She can even crack the eggs by herself (no shells) and proclaimed that “Daddy can’t even do that!”  Disclaimer: Daddy is the best fried egg maker ever.  But, for some reason, he has trouble with the brown organic egg shell cracking.  ;)

So proud of my big girl.

Meanwhile, upstairs, Daddy was keeping Jake entertained by putting together a new dresser we got him at IKEA.  He’s the second child for sure.  Living out of a plastic 3-drawer bin for the last year.  ;)

This is Jake’s tough-guy look.  Scary huh?

Something I love: Just thought I would share these two types of crackers that have been a hit in our house.  The 365 Brand Wheat Squares are very similar to Wheat Thins, but lighter.  The Pita crackers are from Trader Joes, very crunchy, and go GREAT with Blue Cheese Brie!  (Both Trader Joes and Whole Foods pledge not to use GMO’s in their store brand products)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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