Newborn Photo Pics: Everything You Need to Own For a Baby PhotoShoot

Newborn photography is an art form not many photographers can master.  It requires a ton of patience, a comfort level with infants and a large array of gear and props.

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Valentine's Day Family Traditions: Imperfectly Perfect Family Traditions

I have mentioned before that I am weirdly fond of this holiday.  We have a few long standing traditions that we do every year.  I ALWAYS order heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's.  Pizza makes everyone happy and heart shaped pizza even more so. 

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Sunday Supper Series: Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

I am a sucker for anything that involves lime, cilantro and avocado.  ANYTHING.  I follow cookingclassy on Instagram and pinterest and her feeds never disappoint.  This recipe is delicious even as leftovers the next day--with a freshly sliced avocado!  I do not do two jalapenos b/c it is just too spicy for us, but I ALWAYS seed my jalapenos.  Nothing ruins a great meal like blowing your brains out with too much heat!

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Essentialism: Quotes I Don't Want to Forget Tomorrow

You already know how much I love this Essentialism book by Greg McKeown.  Unfortunately, however, I have a little bit of short-term memory loss when it comes to self-help books.  I think "Ah HAH! This is so brilliant!  This is life changing material right here!" And then it leaves my mind completely. 

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Sunday Supper Series: Chipotle Lime Chicken Tacos

Another one of my favorite food bloggers is Leigh Anne from Home Based Mom.  She is an incredibly talented woman with a gift for food, home decor, family, entertaining and fun.  I have followed her for years and I am a better cook, photographer, and hostess for it! 

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Leaving The Country: Travel Checklist For a Costa Rica Vacation

Remember how I don't like to go anywhere farther away than Target?  

Lest, you think I am just one of those moms of four kids who works out and then doesn't shower for three hours while taking care of "just one more thing" (Give a Mouse a Cookie...) at the expense of all house cleaning, laundry and food prep, I am flying to COSTA RICA next week!  All. By. Myself.  

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8 Valentine's Day Must Have Photo Ideas

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite random, expensive and totally unnecessary holidays.  I get all heart eyes when I look at the creative ways to celebrate this holiday with pictures. So many fun and creative ideas!

Click on the links below each image to be taken to the original source to see even more eye candy photo inspiration.

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Goals, Goals, Goals (Accountability Required)

As I am progressing with my new business model and writing more, and getting more involved in social media, Pinterest, personal marketing, etc. I start to lose sight of my original goal of focusing on what I am learning in Essentialism.  Where are my focus efforts the most important? 

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Sunday Supper Series

I know that Ham For Dinner is SO Christmas Eve or Easter, but I bought TWO hams when they were on sale at Fred Meyer and this one has been in my fridge taking up an entire section of real estate, so it is time to go for round 2. 

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Valentine Gift and Decor Idea Round Up ($15 or less)

Tired of scouring the internet for cheap gifts to buy all your girlfriends?  I am updating this regularly over the next month till Valentine's day with things I think look adorable and are less than $15.  I have already ordered all of these V-day pillow covers because I am a sucker for cute holiday pillows!

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Why I love to take pictures in Portland (And You Should, Too!)

Have you ever had a friend or family member come visit you from out of state (or country) and been surprised by how beautiful they find where you live? 

I always love it when friends from outside of Portland come and visit me b/c they always, ALWAYS remark about how green it is, or how vibrant the flowers and leaves are…they comment on the things I see every day and disregard.

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Personal Humiliation and Spiritual Stop Signs

As a teenager in middle and high school, I loved to create new workout plans.  I would fashion workouts for my brother and I to do at early hours in the morning with great anticipation of what all this extra exercise would do to our athletic performance.  To my brother's credit, he would always get up and do these ambitious workouts with me without too much complaint.  Where I had an abundance of desire and ambition, however, I lacked creativity and resources in our workouts.

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Before and After: Photoshop Tutorial on Digital Backgrounds

The videos from yesterday did not disappoint.  I think this is an edit even someone fairly new to Photoshop could tackle.  I did not use the magic wand tool as was suggested in the Phlearn video just b/c I am more comfortable with the Quick Selection Tool.  I did use the Refinement Brush for the wisps of hair as was suggested and otherwise followed the tutorials as outlined.

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