Join me at my new online home!

Friday, November 20, 2015

I am so excited to announce that I've officially migrated this blog over to a brand new (expanded) creative services site and blog!

As I've been dreaming and scheming about how to grow from a blogger to having a budding creative business, I knew the very first service I would be offering is portrait photography. I have resisted the title of "photographer" for so long because I just felt like I didn't deserve it. I felt like I needed more experience and better equipment and excuse after excuse. But this Fall, I decided to change my mindset, believe in myself, and start acting like a confident artist. Everyone has to start somewhere. I booked lots of family sessions and just fell in love with the whole learning process. For me, photography is the perfect balance of creativity and business. After 8 years of being a stay at home mom (which I wouldn't trade for the world), it feels thrilling to be tapping into that Business Degree I earned at Virginia Tech back in 2001. :) And not only that, but I get to create the kind of art I am excited about.

My plan is to roll out various different creative services, one-at-a-time, and at a pace that allows me to maintain our family rhythm. As I mentioned above, the first phase is portrait photography. Then I plan to add logo design services, art prints, branded product photography, and media consulting!

Please go visit where you'll find my photography portfolio as well as this blog and all of my archives. I still plan to blog so I hope you'll stick with me! Please remember to update your feed readers to the new address ( I won't be updating this blogger blog anymore.

Please also note that my instagram, twitter, and facebook page names have changed as well! You can find those over at the new site.

Thank you again for reading my journey all these years. It really does feel like yesterday when I quit my marketing job to stay home with my newborn daughter. And as a creative outlet, I decided to start a blog.

Join me in my next chapter?


Big Rebrand coming soon!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dearest blog readers, I am excited to announce that I am planning a huge rebrand for this blog and for my online presence overall. After 8 years with Blogger (who has been so good to me!), I'll be moving over to a new platform, adding a much more extensive site structure, and rolling out some new creative services that I'm excited about. So along with all that, comes the reveal of my brand new logo and brand.

Thank you SO much for sticking with me all these years and through a number of different rebrands. As my babies are getting older, I've been excited to pursue some passions that I had put on hold for the precious years when my kids were at home with me all day. So this site and rebrand has been in the works in my heart and mind for many years now. But I've always wanted to wait until the perfect time. Which technically there is no such thing, but hey! We're gonna launch this thing now. :)

Be on the lookout for the official announcement when I will be migrating all my old content and blogging platform over to the new one. I'm thankful all my archives will remain in tact. And if you follow me anywhere else on social media, those handles will be changing as well so I'll give you a heads up there too.

You guys are the best! Please please stick with me as I jump over to a new home. I'll finally be able to show you what I've been working on behind the scenes.

Be back soon with instructions on how to find my new home. :)


Halloween 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Well we have an Angel and a Ninja this year!

These costumes were so fun. Ashley didn't want an "off the shelf" angel costume. So we decided to get creative and found this ombre dress at Goodwill for $5. Except that it was a women's skirt. We pulled it up to chest level and it fit length-wise as a dress on her! Then I sewed some straps on and there you go. She even made her own halo out of white yarn we happened to already have. I did order the wings online though. I wasn't feeling that ambitious. ;)

Dillon's costume was a $5 Goodwill find as well and I love how he really got into character. Most of his week was spent hiding around the house and jumping out at me yelling, "You didn't even know I was here Mom, cause I'm a quiet ninja!"


Gotta love recycled Halloween costumes.


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I am madly in love with my little town this time of year. It's absolutely stunning. And so many outdoor locations to wander and explore. I literally can't stop taking photos of my feet standing in the amongst the pretty leaves. Why? I'm not sure. But I just feel compelled.

Things are busy and good! I'm currently shooting and editing some photography projects, working on a personal brand redesign and website, preparing a talk for my local MOPS group, teaching Sunday school at our church, and assistant teaching art class at our school.

I just feel like I have a lot of creative energy right now and I'm gonna ride this wave while I can. I fear the winter will squash my productivity and energy (as it always does). But for now, I'm enjoying the process of creating content that I'm proud of and flexing my little photography muscles. I'm excited to share some of my work with you soon.

Until then, we've got a fun Halloween weekend coming up and I've got two very excited little kiddos who can't wait to wear their costumes and hoard candy.

Bring me all the mini snickers!


Octoberish things

Friday, October 16, 2015

Quick check in...

Lots going on this month, but not in a crazy busy way. Just in a manageable and enjoyable rhythm. (Although my poor husband is busier at work than ever.) We've tried to keep weekend and evening commitments to a minimum just to keep a good balance of work, fun and rest. And my BABY turned six years old yesterday so we've had fun celebrating him this week. He is so easy to please. All he wanted was a lego set, a nerf bow and arrow, and an ice cream cake and he was thrilled.

I've been working on a few things that I'm excited about including my little photography biz. I have an upcoming Fall mini session for family portraits and all my slots sold out in just a couple days. I've also got a new website and etsy shop in the works...yay!

Also, I forgot to share the links to my two latest Thrive Moms posts:

Giving Kids Meaningful Work
"How do we set the groundwork for our children to explore their potential contributions to the world? Simple. We let them do meaningful work alongside us."

Evidence They Were Here
"They leave evidence of their presence all over my world. I don't focus on the messes they make, but rather the sweet little things that make them who they are. These are the things I would miss if they weren't around."

And a couple more links I didn't write:

I loved this post about "The Oregon Trail" generation via Social Media Week. The Oregon Trail, of course, referencing the one and only computer game that was widely played and loved at schools across America when my generation was in the elementary aged years. It was played on the one or two enormous computers located in the center of the library. But the article was an awesome recap of my generation (I'm 36 for reference) and how we grew up "untouched by social media" yet still was fully engaged in technology as college students and as we entered the working world. We sort of straddled the whole internet age. We didn't have it growing up as a kid, but embraced it immediately as late teenagers and young adults and we're addicted to it now.

In other news, anyone else dying for Downton Abbey Season 5 to start?? Here's the trailer for the new season!

And I was going to do a whole separate post with a new playlist for you, but how about I just share it in a link for ya right now so you have it for your weekend? Check out what I'm listening to this month in a spotify mix I call Autumn Chill.

Happy Friday, friends.


A Collection of Photos & Words

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I loved this post from Lindsay where she recalls "the old school days of blogging". Back when people blogged simply to have a place to collect their thoughts, journal their family photos, and share what was currently inspiring them. No one was worried about monetizing or building entire communities or watching their stats on a frequent basis. I really connected with her sentiments.

I'm currently in one of my "burnt out from social media" phases and really long to go back to my first love - blogging. I've been blogging since 2007 when I found out I was pregnant with my firstborn. Eight years ago! I remember being enamored with this particular form of creative expression. But somewhere along the way I started caring what other people thought. And started thinking my little blog should be bigger or better or more like other blogs that I followed. And not surprisingly, unless you're willing to make blogging your full time job, it's almost impossible to stand out. And why was I trying to do that anyway? All I really want is a journal of our lives...a collection of photos and words. Not the full picture of course. Just the parts that I choose to post here.

For example, I took the photos above at a local pumpkin patch yesterday. My daughter has a school project where she has to go on a "Fall Walk" and document all that she sees, hears, tastes, touches and smells. I handed her my camera and she got some great photos from her own little perspective and she'll have to compile them all into a report along with a description of her sensory experience. I love this assignment. Because it reminds me how much I love to document my experiences in words and photos. And that's my inspiration as I continue to blog. Thanks for visiting me here. :)



Monday, October 5, 2015

I saw this kind of post at Sometimes Sweet and thought I would give it a try here.


READING //  I have three books currently in progress:

Wearing God by Lauren Winner
For The Love by Jen Hatmaker
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton

EATING //  Goat cheese spread on pretzel crisps. Guys, it's gotten out of control. I can't stop.

THINKING ABOUT //  I have been feeling sad that one year ago I ran a half-marathon and this year I am no where close to that. It's crazy how quickly you can lose months and months of endurance training. But October is a fantastic month to run and enjoy the weather. So I'm just running without any expectations of pace or distance. I'm also back at Barre classes this month and it feels great. On another note, I'm having a hard time with the fact that my youngest child is about to turn 6 this month. For some reason turning 5 didn't feel as painful. And I have LOVED every moment of age five and I just don't want to let it go!

LOOKING FORWARD TO //  Hosting several mini sessions for family portraits! The end of October is the absolute best time for family portraits because the leaves are gorgeous and the photos are done just in time to get them ready for Christmas Cards. I love building my little photography portfolio. If you're local to Chester County, Pennsylvania and would like to schedule a session, you can find all the info here.

ENJOYING //  Everything October! Mums and pumpkins on my porch, fall scented candles burning, using the crockpot, and wearing my favorite jeans and boots.

LEARNING //  The book of Acts. My small group is doing an in-depth study this semester and I am learning so much about the history of the church and the work of the Holy Spirit. It's fascinating. And so fundamental. I'm glad I have a group of fun women to study and discuss this with.

LOVING //  This yummy recipe  ||  This fun song  ||  This beautiful instagram feed  ||  This helpful podcast  ||  This cozy & stylish outfit


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