Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wisdom of 105 years

Some beautiful life lessons passed down. Read them here.
My favorite:
Women can and should be controversial, if at all possible.
Be unabashed in your pride and boasting when it comes to your family and your own significant accomplishments.
I think my own grandmother would have shared some of the very same advice.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


I love Doritos. Love 'em! And, this "Mexican Beauty" commercial made me laugh out loud. There are so many flavors of Doritos now. I still prefer the plain old nacho cheese flavor. As of late, though, cool ranch is a close second. Mmmm....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wedding photography deal

Are you, or is someone you know, looking for a photographer for your 2012 wedding? You're in luck! During this portfolio building year, I am offering a steep discount on a complete wedding package to some very lucky couples. Please visit my website and contact me for more information. I currently have three weddings booked and now have availability for August - December.

p.s. This adorable couple (who joined me for a baby bump shoot just a couple of weeks ago) just welcomed their little man yesterday!! He's adorable and I can't wait for his first photo shoot! Congrats, guys!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloom Theory Straps

My sweet friend Ellie shared these Bloom Theory Straps with me knowing that I would LOVE them. Really, I'm obsessed. I'm thinking that I may have to splurge and buy one for myself in celebration of shooting my first wedding in June. I love them all, but am particular fond of Petite Cherie, Bohemian Belle, Stardust I, and Ocean Mist. Moonshine reminds me of my wedding dress.
Sigh, so pretty.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Be proud and brag

I love this little piece of advice on married life:

5. Be proud and brag.
Let your spouse hear you talking about them in glowing terms to other people. Be foolish. Be obvious. It will mean everything. You will stay married forever.

I'm so proud of Bob. He is one of the most intelligent, hard-working, loving, and dependable people that I know. Just thinking about that makes my heart swell.

That's all.

Read the rest of Lydia's advice here.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Baby bump

I have been busy working on a lot of photos lately. I just finished this baby bump shoot with a very adorable family. This weekend I have a family photo session and just around the corner are my very first two weddings. I truly love working on my photography. It brings me so much joy. I hope you'll have a look...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rosemary chicken salad sammies

I have a hate-hate relationship with white food. Generally for me that includes the Big Four: mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, and cottage cheese. It also expands to include some very specific conditions... I will eat ranch dressing, but only for dipping fried broccoli. I will eat vanilla ice cream, but only if it's got a topping.

My disgust with white food has resulted in me turning up my nose to any food with the word "salad" in it for pretty much my entire life. Egg salad, macaroni salad, chicken salad... until now. This weekend I ventured out of my comfort zone and made the most delicious, barely white, rosemary chicken salad sandwiches. Made with fat free yogurt and just a bit of olive oil mayo, these tasty sandwiches were not the sloppy white mess I typically expect - and, they were fairly healthy. I highly recommend them!

Do you have any food phobias?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Derby weekend

Will you be watching the Kentucky Derby this weekend? I would love to go sometime. The big hats, the seersucker, the mint juleps... sounds like so much fun! I've been to Keeneland before, which was great fun. But the Derby, now that's the real deal. The horses' names are probably my favorite part. Went The Day Well is my favorite this year. Although I have a rule of never wagering my own money, I do love the excitement around the races.

In fact, when I went to Keeneland with my friend Gina and her brother Mike, we met a horse trainer form California. Mike kept trying to make me ask him which horse to bet on. I was too embarrassed to ask, but when I saw him later that day he said in passing, "Boy, XYZ horse sure looks good today." I told Mike and he immediately put money down on that horse and, sure enough, he won. Pretty nuts.

Anyway, this weekend we will be doing some more celebrating of my wonderful mother-in-law* and her entry into a new decade, strutting our pups around Hessel Park for the CCHS Mutt Strutt, getting ready for a baby shower that I'm co-hosting (stay tuned for all of the fun things that I'm putting together for this "Little Man" event - from sweet treats to fun design items to tasty snacks), watching the Derby with our friends, and trying to squeeze in some more living room renovating.

* My fabulous mother-in-law turned 60 on Wednesday. She is quite a character, that one. She's charming, smart, caring, energetic, zany, young at heart, giving, and most of all, loved.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

All dressed up

You may recall that I recently did a mass closet cleaning and pared down my wardrobe significantly. Well, part of that was a challenge to myself to wear the clothes that I love more often rather than saving them for special occasions.

Today I chose a great suit-style, black sleeveless dress - with pockets, no less. It's a dress I've owned for probably seven years and have only worn twice. I dressed it up with my grandmother's pearls and fun pair of yellow, grey, and black color block heels. Consequently, I have received numerous comments and compliments. Compliments sure make you smile, don't they? Man, those are great. And, the comments, they have had me laughing...

On the elevator ride up this morning, two women, after commenting on how dressed up I was, listed all the reasons why they thought this was so. Was it a job interview? A funeral? A hot date? Even my boss asked me if I was going on an interview. Haha, it was all too funny.

Do you ever dress up just for fun? I love to!

Here are 25 reasons for the younger set to dress up. My favorite: "Because someday when you have a 9-5 corporate job and are required to wear business suits, you’re going to miss the freedom of dress you had in college. Experiment now! There’s no better time." Cute. :)

Happy Thursday!

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