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Something New

April 20, 2015

Photography / Uncategorized

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Hello!! I have been busy creating a photography business and it has been so rewarding! It is SO exhilarating to get home from a shoot, photos marinating on that SD card and then splayed out on my computer. 

At first, I am terrified. Then I find a few photos to cling to and THEN I find GOLD!!!! AHHHH! What do you think?

Design Love Fest Workshops

April 6, 2015


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The thing I’ve been really resisting is committing to a style in my photography and a lot of things we learned about in the workshop reminded me that it is critical to developing a brand. AHH! I can be very disciplined when I want to be so I can do this! 

What is your artistic/blog/motherhood/etc style in a few words? What is your “brand?” 

P.S. The photo of me was taken by my new friend, Jessica Alexander. Um, she is so delicately sweet and beautiful with a lovely English accent! 

When Do YOU Disappear?

March 30, 2015

HAPPINESS / Uncategorized

Avarcas USABlueberry Date ShakeColorful ChairsAm I the only one who completely goes into another world sometimes? Ok, surely not but when I get into “picture taking mode” as my husband calls it, I disappear. It kinds makes him crazy. AH! Sorry!

I get this glazed over look and I go into “A Beautiful Mind” in my head. The world becomes head shot backgrounds and geometric blocks of color. 

It is totally my happy place!!!! I took these on a smoothie/window shopping/location scouting walk this weekend. OOOHHH that blueberry date shake was good.

Where are other people escaping to?????

Travel “Light”

March 9, 2015


Processed with VSCOcam with se3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI’ve recently been the non-worryring parent while Chris has been the more cautious one. Well, when it comes to visiting other countries, I was secretly a bit apprehensive even though a cruise is like the Disneyland version of traveling. It was a perfect warm up. Of course it went very well! It is extra exhausting doing things with little ones and even more rewarding. I am really proud of us-Grant included. Sometimes I feel like I may hardly leave the house if it weren’t for people inviting me to things.

That saying, “The days are long and the years are short,” is going up in our house one of these days for certain. Do you have any sayings that keep you motivated to live life?

PS I am so much more obessed with Instagram now that I’ve gotten back into square photos. Funny, huh? These pics are from Cozumel and Jamaica from my iPhone.

Stress Free Travel Prep

March 2, 2015

HAPPINESS / LIFESTYLE / Travel / Uncategorized

IMG_3841-1-2Do you stress about travel preparations…packing, planning and leaving your home? I LOVE to travel but I TOTALLY go nutzo in preparing! Here are a few things I’ve learned to let go of and simplify to properly ease into a vacation.


I may or may not have been known to stay up all night before even just a weekend trip, packing, cooking and cleaning my whole home to spotless perfection. EW! I’ve changed. HA!


Order in the night before so that kitchen cleanup is out of the equation. I am big on cooking a full-on meal nearly every night. I really feel like it’s my job to make homemade meals for my fam. I also get overwhelmed if I have to do this the night before a trip. 


I have a travel toiletry bag pretty much ready to go at all times. 

OK, confession, I kind of have a zippered carryon bag ready to go too. Refill your Airborne tubes etc as soon as you get home from the trip so it’s rearing and ready for the next one!


I always make a shopping trip to get a few fun new things for the vacation arsenal. Here are a few of my faves for this trip:

Bite in Madeira high pigment pencil. A girlfriend whipped one of these fancy, smooth twist pencil hues out on a shopping date a while back and I stumbled upon it at Sephora. LUSCIOUS!!! I LOVE the texture this stuff and the twist/pencil design is really cool. 

My sister once said she had a MAC lipstick that was basically the exact color of her lips and loved it. THIS is what this color looks like on me. If I were a celebrity doing one of those “makeup free” ads, technically I could wear this and not be wearing makeup.

Maison Du Soir Ibiza Floral “dress.” This is going to be a beach coverup, day cruising casual dress and possible a nightgown as well. SO easy to wash in the sink and so comfortable. Heck, “SO HOT RIGHT NOW, Hansel!” I based my mani and pedi on it yesterday. 

Bowtie for Grant (Target). Similar HERE.

Today we are cruising in the Caribbean for a week and then we have a week in Florida. My husband has turned me into a cruiser! I had heard about it for years from my friend, Linda who does an annual ladies cruise with her girlfriends. I had avoided them because after my Navy days, sailing around for a week was work! Well, now I get it! 

Please share your trip prep rituals!!!



How To Spoil a Mom

February 23, 2015

BABY / Beauty / Uncategorized

IMG_3813-1-2Here are a few luxuries for any woman who wants to treat herself.  

Soon after Grant was born (8.5 months ago), showering was my first luxury. This was followed by shaving, giving myself a good blow out and eventually things like haircuts and pedicures.

Well, people, I’m moving into a world of spoiling myself again and here are my latest favorites!!!

I finally bought myself a Volcano candle from Anthropologie…before only as gifts!

NARS blush in Desire (blue pink). 

Tarte BB Cream for a “daily” easy look. “I woke up like this.”

The softest, most stylish pajamas I’ve ever had from Maison Du Soir. They pack up so small and and light. PERFECT for our upcoming vacation. Now I can stop dressing like a Yeti at least one night a week. This top will also be seen as daywear with jeans! HA!

Caudalie. Real eye/lip antiaging cream and I actually use it daily (probably because it was like a million dollars).

What are you spoiling yourself with? If not, what do you want!? 

P.S. Did a quick overhaul yesterday of the design. Thought about it a lot and then sped through the nuts and bolts. Needs a bit of work but what do you think?