Bears

My husband and I have been dropping our baby off at my mom’s house and seeing a movie every Tuesday night (we just learned that our theater has $6 movies on Tuesdays!). This is so fun for us because it gives us something different to talk about; it is like we are sharing a new experience! Anyway… a few weeks ago we went to see Saving Mr. Banks, which we really loved, and while we were waiting for it to start they showed a preview for a movie called Bears! It was made my Disneynature, was filmed in Alaska, and narrated by John C. Reilly!

Oh my gosh, I am a new parent and a nature lover so I cried by eyes out through this entire trailer. It really touched me, I can’t believe how emotional I felt. I was literally sobbing! I am so excited to go the week it comes out, April 18th to celebrate Earth day. For each ticket sold, Disneynature is donating to the National Park Foundation so not only are you getting an experience but you are helping too! I can’t wait!

Click here or click this photo, from the movie, below to see the trailer:

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Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone announced the color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid!

Though this one is not a personal favorite of mine, I am always inspired by color! This bright and almost neon color does not frequent my wardrobe or even my artwork but these fun photographs which highlight it in the best way are almost convincing me to change my opinion. I can’t help but think about how much this color would fit into the Lisa Frank color palette which is so 1995! I hope you are as inspired as I am! Enjoy!

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*I am having a hard time finding the sources for these images. It seems that they are royalty free…Thank you to all the artists behind them!

Chase the Sunset

I was cozy in my bedroom with a book and the baby on this lazy Saturday afternoon when I glanced out the window to see the glow of the pink sunset on the snowy roofs of the neighbor’s homes. Inspired, I put the baby in a snowsuit, bundled myself up, grabbed my camera and ran out the door to get my shot!

I got a few right out front of my house but was not done! I packed the baby up to drive down to the bay. We got a few more to satisfy us! So much beauty so close to home!

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Uncorrupted Love, a poem for my loved ones

This is a poem about what I understand of love. You can take it as deeply or as superficially as you would take any poem but to me, this is real. This is 24 years of perspective and it is dedicated to all of my loved ones:

True love is uncorrupted.

It is mine.

It lives inside of my soul, my mind, and my body. In its strongest moments, it actually hurts. It responds to touch.

It wears different faces. It is empathetic before it is angry. It is very defensive.

It can be erroneously mimicked, it can be abused, and it can be challenged.

It can be lost but it cannot be taken.

It always is but should never be questioned.

True love is the reason I live.

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Blueberry Haiku

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Tart yet sweet to bite

Simply and beautifully blue

Fresh gift from nature

We must enjoy the very small things in this world to achieve the balance we so desire in our everyday lives. Choosing this pretty bowl to compliment the berries’ color, carefully photographing them on a well lit and natural surface, and writing the fun little poem above helped me to embrace them. I want to teach my daughter to create happiness from nature. I want her life to be rich with art. I want her to take her time, to look at things around her, and to appreciate simplicity.

Emergency Cheat Sheet

With a new little baby joining our family in the very near future, I have been thinking about keeping her safe in our home.

I was reading an article in Parenting magazine which inspired me to create this Emergency Cheat Sheet.

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It is a great reference for most of the basic emergencies you could see in your home:

  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Nosebleed
  • Head injury
  • Chipped tooth
  • Choking
  • Bleeding wound
  • Eye injury
  • Potential broken bone
  • Poisoning
  • Burn
  • Seizure

Download your free PDF below:

Emergency Cheat Sheet

The kitchen is usually the center of the home and likely the site of most of these emergencies so I will  be hanging this list in a sheet protector inside one of my kitchen cabinets.

Let your family members know it is there! I hope you never need to use this but that it’s existence makes you feel a little bit more prepared.

*Please use your judgement. This is meant to save you a little “googling” in an emergency. I am not a doctor. Trust this cheat sheet at your own risk; it is summarized directly from parenting magazine’s article. If you are unsure, call 9-1-1.

Damn right I support it

“I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”

~Macklemore, Same Love

I was in the car a few nights ago when I heard a man rapping on the radio. I don’t generally choose to listen to rap music but the lyrics above, of Macklemore’s song, Same Love, hooked me. I cried when it was done because of several emotions; I was so proud of this guy for singing what he was singing. I was sad that a song even needed to be written about something that seems so easy, equal rights. I thought of people that I know, who still don’t understand how wrong it is to hate and how sad I am for them. I thought about how some people, like myself, are happily in love, sharing their love for each other with the world, and it is the best thing in their lives; haters are robbing this privilege from others.

This rapper is saying that he doesn’t need to belong to a group to support them. It’s about respect for every other person. It’s about empathy for their personal struggles, experiences, and decisions.

I researched Macklemore a little more and found out that he is a small town guy from Seattle. His original thoughts, organic ideas, and a talent to express them have made people want to listen to what he has to say.

Below is a link to the video for the song, which is another incredible piece of art! The video is so well done and inspirational within itself. Click the photo or click here to check it out.

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*Thank you Ryan Lewis for the video

Beauty and Brain–2 Small Items

I love sharing things I find with all my readers!!! This is so fun!!….

Here are 2 small and inexpensive items I plan to purchase to enhance my beauty and my brain…

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This gorgeous necklace by Free People could be “dressed up” or “dressed down”. This pretty little piece of art makes me feel really happy when I look at it; I plan to display it on my chest with glee!!

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Brain

Khaled Hosseini,  the author of one of my favorite books, The Kite Runner, is at it again as he presents his new story…And the Mountains Echoed! According to the descriptions I have been reading, this novel is all about family, love, honor, and caring for one another… Can’t wait for this one!!

I hope this post inspires you to find an item or two to buy and enjoy!! Spoil yourself, just a little. Be appreciative of small purchases, which mean a lot!

Thanks for reading!!!

Maternity Photo Shoot–Melissa Fogg Photography

A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a new photographer in our area who is specifically trained to photograph our newborn (when she finally arrives). Upon signing the contract for our newborn photo shoot, she offered us a FREE Maternity Mini-session and, of course, I said “Thank You” and scheduled a date! Melissa Fogg is so sweet, professional, and an incredible artist!

Here is her blog!

and…

Here is her website!

These are 2 of my favorites, so far…can’t wait to see more of her beautiful work!

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Like her on facebook to show your support

Thank you so much, Melissa!! We are thrilled!!