day at the zoo

On a whim we took a trip to our local (little) zoo this weekend with the kids. It was fun to watch the kids squeal at the animals and zoom on to the next. It was fun spending sometime together enjoying the beautiful weather. Look forward to another family outing soon.


black & white and glitter all over // sending out valentine's

As my kids get older they are more aware of the simple joys in life. Lately its been celebrating holidays for us. My daughter is always asking "What are we celebrating next!?" I think that makes those special days that much more- special!

I was super excited when one of my Instagram Mommy friends contacted me and a few other mommies via the social media site to see if we all wanted to participate in a Valentine's Day exchange. We (our kids) send each other cards from all over the country that we would house in little boxes until the BIG day! I was so on board with this awesome idea and couldn't wait to get started.

I am not a huge red and pink fan- in small amounts is usually ok. But I usually gravitate towards more neutral colors. So these black, white and gold cards from Tiny Prints made my heart jump for joy! Plus it meant I could use some pretty gold glitter somewhere (because glitter makes the world go around). I browsed Pinterest for some goodie ideas that would be small enough to mail but still fun- BUBBLES! Package it all up and put a bow on it- or a really cute sticker.

I picked up a bag of these cute bubble wands from Target. Add a little modge podge and sprinkle some gold dust. Voila!


I found these Wrap-Around Address Labels on Tiny Prints, which you can fully customize the text. I added "Bubbling with Excitement! Happy Valentine's Day!" Wrapped them around the tops of the wands and clipped the ends to give it a cute flag effect.

I had some left over gift bags from a previous project that became the gift bags. Embellished with some fun washi tape and sealed with a cute gift tag sticker.

I picked up these white mailbox from Target in their Valentine's section. They gave you some options to dress it up there but I wanted it all to go together- because I'm OCD like that. I used the same washi tape and just simply wrapped it around to mine and my kids liking- let me just say that this was totally their deal they just decided to show zero interest when it came to putting it all together, but they did help test drive the bubbles and I am glad to report that they work GREAT! I then added some cut out hearts that I dusted with more gold glitter.

Placed our already received goodies in our cute little box to keep until the 14th.

I am super excited to send these out. And more thrilled for my kids to open theirs. The amazing Mommy who helped organized all of this invited us to all join-in in a monthly Snail Mail group. Sending bits from our town to share with every one- a fun way to see where everyone is sending from and get to know them a little better.


Hope you all are having fun getting ready for Valentine's Day. How are you getting ready to celebrate??


childhood unplugged

I normally don't post any blog type stuff on the weekends, but I just witnessed something so amazing- my kids doing what they do best, being kids! It was quite magical and heartwarming. While wanted to cringe from the thought all this dirt, I couldn't help but laugh right along with them.

As it was happening I grabbed my phone to snap a quick picture, but stopped myself and thought "no, this needs to be captured the real way with a real camera!" And I am so glad that I did!!



Back in September (consider this a #latergram-ish) my sister and her husband welcomed a handsome little guy to their family. Before he made his grand arrival there were a few false alarms and visits to the hospital hoping it was a "today's the day" visit. The first couple weren't but I felt so lucky to be able to come sit with them as they waited for their little guy to decide what was up.

I brought my camera down on one of their false alarm hospital stays and snapped a few images around the room as we patiently waited and waited.


a day in the life // my kids

A while back I came across an online class that talked about photographing more real moments in a family's life. Less posed- more raw and candid moments. I absolutely fell in love with this whole concept of family photography. Some of my favorite photos of my kids are when they have no clue I am even taking a picture of them.

I decided I want this to be available as one of my photo packages to choose from. How fun would it be to spend a few hours with a family while they are home baking cookies or doing some of their favorite arts and crafts. Or join them at their favorite park that they visit every week. Or lunch at their favorite spot or a stroll through Farmer's Market. I think you get it. So at some point soon I will have all the details available for those who might be interested in doing one.

Yesterday I decided to just focus on photographing my 2 little ones through out the day. Nothing set up, just capture moments through out the day as they happen. I didn't put them in a special outfit, didn't clean up their rooms, I even left the peanut butter and jelly their sweet cheeks (well I tried but that was a battle I wasn't going to force)- I just photographed them how they were and acted. To some a picture of breakfast might not be anything special, but kids LOVE bagels and they love PB & Js so to have some of these moments saved for the future I think are kind of special. These are the moments I am going to want to remember years down the road. I am hoping to putting these all in a book and make a point to do one of these shoots for my own family every so often.


portraits // marks family

Playing catch up!
I had so much fun photographing the Marks family the end of last year. We went to high school together and it has been so much fun to watch each others little ones grow up over the years. I was so excited to photograph them, I mean they are such a beautiful family- obviously!

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