August 20, 2014

Photography Color Schemes for the Beach

Having a hard time figuring out what to wear for those summer vacation beach pictures?  Here are the ones we've used.  Of course we've done white and khaki but you may want to move on from that although it's a great classic.

Coral and Aqua

Red, White, and Blue

Turquoise and Red

Navy and Kelly Green

What are your favorite color combinations?  Our goal is to do a different combo each year.  Next year we're thinking yellow and blue!  Blue gets used a lot.

August 15, 2014


Sometimes, it's ok to not get out of bed until 9 am because your mother in law has your daughter for a few days.

It's also ok sometimes to cry when watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager because one of the characters lost her baby and that still makes you so SO sad that you just cry over a dumb show.

Sometimes, when you can hardly keep your eyes open you let your kid jump on your bed while you try to rest because you've taken too much allergy medicine.  And then, you just lay in bed and talk with your three year old instead of trying to teach her something.

Sometimes, a lot of times, home renovation is super overwhelming.  Which is a given but still hits you pretty hard.  But sometimes it can keep your mind off of other things.

Sometimes it ok that, when your child is away, and you and your husband vow to be super house productive to just end up watching way too much TV and going to bed way too late.

It's not ok to sometimes, or anytime, forget how blessed you really are.  Never ok.

It's really funny, when sometimes, your husband's alarm clock doesn't go off and you both wake up freaked out.  Him, because he missed his alarm and you, because you thought the man you could hear breathing may be a stranger...after all, isn't your husband already gone for work...

Sometimes, I really enjoy organization.  Ok, all the time.

Sometimes, no wait, all the time, it's better to have no plants at all in your flower beds than all dead plants.

Admit it, you don't like the beach sometimes huh?  Yeah, me neither.  I'm pale, allergic to most sunscreens, and don't like to get dirty or hot.

Sometimes I take too many pictures of this beautiful girl.  It's ok, it's my love language ;)

August 11, 2014

Busy Bee Life

Life sure does get busy when you're trying to renovate a home, wrangle your three year old, go on vacation, have time to actually talk to your husband, work on Etsy orders, take and edit photos, and hang out with your friends.  It's a busy life for sure.

I seem to only be getting my real camera out when someone is paying me to.  So, the only pictures I have of what is actually going on in my life are from Instagram.  Typical.

Here is the highlight reel:

We now have cabinet pulls, a fridge, and a washer and dryer.  Y'all, do you even know how exciting that is?

Having a 1965 ranch has positives and negatives.  Clothes line = positive.  Small kitchen = negative.

Most of my favorite people were in the same town this weekend!

Georgia finally has this shopping thing down.

Amazing shopper and poser extraordinaire.

I posted this on my Etsy site.  Find them all HERE.

So, anyways...that's what we've been up to.  I'm planning a BIG update when we've been in our new home for one month.

July 30, 2014

Mid Week Updates

I last left you with Jonathan and I celebrating 6 years.  He's such a huge blessing in my life.  I cannot even express.  He balances me out perfectly.  2013 and 2014 have been such stressful years and now we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  I cannot imagine a better half to do life with.  That being said, we moved in the day before our anniversary and I had photo shoots the day of our anniversary and we had no babysitter so our anniversary celebration was kind of non existent but that's just life right now and we're ok with that.  I got him a 6 pack of beer to celebrate 6 years as well as a new coffee maker and toaster to match our all white kitchen...which he wanted.  We had been using my mom's since we lived in her house.

Georgia finished up her second round of swim lessons this summer.  She still doesn't swim but she'll get there.  She isn't scared but has no swim skill and doesn't care at all that she doesn't.

Renovating a house, moving, and trying to have a normal life is pretty difficult with a three year old.  Jonathan was out of town for 3 days so that was even trickier.  And, our permanent floors are not in yet, we have a mini fridge, our microwave hasn't come in yet, and neither has our new gas stove.  We have an electric one but we're converting it.  And, Georgia's new room is being built so I can't unpack her play room things, or my office stuff, or her big girl room items.  A lot of our stuff just doesn't have a home yet.  And we have a pile of trash outside our house because it hasn't been hauled off yet.  And when I say trash I mean old lumber, flooring, cabinets and that kind of's lovely.  Oh, and we have no washer and dryer yet.  We have them, they just are not at this house.  Luckily my mom's house is less than a mile away.  Here are some unlabeled, in no particular order, pictures to show some progress.


I've been doing a lot of photo shoots and design work and I just love it.  I love it so much.  I figured out why I like the creative process of photography and design so much.  Because it isn't messy.  All I need is my computer and sometimes my external hard drive and memory card.  That's it.  Nothing to get out, clean up, put away.  My area and house stay nice and tidy.  How I managed to get so busy business wise right when we moved...I have no idea but I'm making it work.




(This pic is from fb so it isn't the best quality.  Don't have my external HD on hand.)


So, this is what we've been up to and what I've been doing.  We've been busy.  Happy Wednesday y'all!

July 19, 2014

Six Years

Happy six years, Jonathan!

You are an amazing husband and father.  Hardworking, first to say you're sorry, helpful, a wonderful cook, caring, and thoughtful.  I could never say enough wonderful things about you.  I'm so glad I found you.  Happy six years and many many more to come.

July 15, 2014

Home Progess

Since we closed on July 3rd we've been in reno mode ever since.  I have a lot of paint on me as well as sweat but it's well worth it.

Jonathan and I painted all the regular wall ourselves.  Mostly Jonathan.  We paid to have all the wood in the home painted (which was a lot).  All the trim, the wood panelling, the kitchen cabinets, and the bathroom cabinets.  All was painted white except the panelling, that was painted Silver Drop by Behr.

We've done all the yard work ourselves so far.  Still a huge work in progress.  Trying to remove things mainly and just get it clean.

Here is the yard before:

Then, I started cleaning the flower beds...

Then, we cut down the cedar tree.  I'm not a plant hater.  I swear.  I just don't like oddly placed plants.  And, we're having the garage door area turned into one garage door on Thursday!  YAY!  Then, we'll still need shutters, and color, and landscaping.

So, we have a long way to go but we're getting there!  We are still living in the house my mom owns while this is going on.  It's really nice to not have to live in a reno!

Hopefully I will be able to post some great before and afters soon!

Read about our color schemes HERE


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