World renowned portrait photographers Wendy and Tyler Whitacre of Blue Lily Photography have announced their world tour dates for 2014, and guys, you want to get on that train. Wendy photographed my little family on a hot August day last summer on a leg of their 2013 world tour and they’re some of my favorite family photos we’ve ever taken.
They’re all about getting the real stuff, none of the canned studio photography nonsense my family won’t sit still for.
As is clearly evidenced by my little wild man, who is notoriously naughty during photos. Wendy didn’t bat an eyelash, shooting away while both children whacked each other with sticks and threatened to throw deer poo at one another from the ground in the orchard.
Still, amidst my naughty babies, greatness was captured. I love what Wendy shot. The photos she took are actually representative of my family and everyone’s
special spirit individuality. I didn’t feel stressed, sweating over the photographer being mad while said poo throwing occurred. Wendy rolled with it, and the kids visibly relaxed when they realized she was a mom / photographer not easily riled.
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Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day. Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank. Who’s your girl?
Me, that would be me.
Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal. It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it. The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere. Maybe. I hope. If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.
How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:
- 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
- large knife to cut lettuce
- stamp pads + / or craft paint
- paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
- card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice
How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:
This is the really easy part.
- Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
- Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
- Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
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Have you jumped on the juicing wagon yet? I was immediately hooked when I bought my first juicer two years ago. I never cared much for the bottled stuff you find on store shelves. I was amazed at how much better fresh juice was – better than anything I’d ever tasted! Yes, I even did one of those crazy juice cleanses. Making vegetable juice at home is so much better and healthier than buying it in a can or bottle. It’s made fresh, full of vitamins and nutrients. The canned and bottles juices are often nothing more than overly cooked vegetable concentrates.
We have found a blend we really like made from tomatoes, beets, fennel, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale (or spinach), red pepper, a little onion, and a good dose of fresh lemon juice and coarsely ground black pepper. It would be a great base for a bloody mary, and is a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, you can switch out different veggies for the ones you like best. Sometimes I want more tomato juice, so I’ll use two. Other times I like more cucumber. It just kind of depends. It’s seriously like summer in a glass. You’re going to love … >> find out more…
// Today’s DIY: how to recycle old trophies with spray paint. I know you’ve always wanted to learn how to do this. In fact, *I* have always wanted to learn, so I’m extra stoked about this DIY.
A while back I had a hellish, non-stop migraine for 3 months straight and was pretty immobilized, unable to post on the blog in any regular fashion. I put a call out to friends and loved ones to guest post, and everyone came through with flying colors, of course. My Instagram friend, Courtney Snowden, offered up this amazing post on how to re-purpose old trophies, and it’s been sitting in the queue ever since. Courtney is extremely clever and I’m excited for you to check out this DIY she whipped up to show all of us how to spray paint + re-purpose random household objects into cool decor. //
Note from Allison
It makes me happy that the word “CRAFT” isn’t basically considered a swear word anymore. It wasn’t too long ago that the simple mention of the word evoked images of grannies crocheting barbie doll toilet paper roll covers. Crafting today is actually considered pretty cool.
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So, fat talk. Where are we with that?
This time of year can be especially toxic when it comes to body loathing. So many treats! Holiday bloat, ugh. Whatever, it happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to turn in to a war on your psyche if your pants are a little snug after a few days of indulging. If you’ve got some weight loss or health goals for the New Year, you have my full support. Get healthy, go on and be your best self, whatever that looks like! But do it the right way. Don’t cut yourself where it can hurt the most. The answer lies is in positivity. There is nothing about self-hate that can motivate a person to being happy with who they see in the mirror. I think back on some of the things I’ve said about myself and to myself and I’m horrified. We are our own worst critics
63% of women surveyed admitted to engaging in fat talk at least once a week and I’m willing to bet that in truth, that number is even higher. Disturbing, right? I’m guilty, I’ve done it, and it … >> find out more…
Fat talk is something 93 percent of women engage in, every day. NINETY-THREE percent of us are talking about how we wish we could just lose those extra 15 pounds, how we don’t fit in our skinny jeans anymore, about how our necks are drooping (maybe that’s my own personal demon). Lots of us make belittling comments about ourselves under our breath:
‘I look so fat in this.‘
‘Ug! I’m so disgusting!’ ‘
‘I used to have an amazing rack but now I’m so saggy. I want a boob job.’
Take stock and think about it: how often do you make negative body image remarks to yourself or others. If you’re thinking it, you’re emulating it, so that counts too. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way, and you and I are going to be the solution to end fat talk NOW.
Like, right now.
I engaged in all sorts of self loathing in high school. From terrible comments about my: (fill in the blank) _________ , to a self destructive eating disorder and negative self talk (the stuff you keep inside your own brain).
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You need some gift lists + ideas for teenagers? I can help. Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this curation of gift ideas for tricky, lovable teens. Check out my ever-growing collections for more ideas on gift giving, I have many, gift ideas and collections, I mean.
If you’ve ever been in charge of shopping for a teenager you understand the plight that is finding the right gift. See, it’s different for teenagers, because they’re more like toddlers than not during the teen years, and it can get ugly if you don’t get things juuuuust so. I say this as the mother of a teen and someone who WAS a teen for several years of my life. The emotions, they are everywhere. So many hormones, so many feeeeeeelings all. of. the. time. and no one does anything right. It’s genuinely a hard time of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get it right, and I’m always here to help; in fact I sourced my own teen to get some gift ideas so not ALL of you will be hated at your family holiday parties.
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It’s Friday, Friday FRIDAY and time for another Friday news roundup. We made it to the end of the week together and now you and I can all sleep/drink/party ourselves into oblivion. Maybe we’ll run around to little league soccer games, till up the garden beds, do a little Christmas shopping? I don’t know what floats your boat but sleep + Sherlock float mine (the Cumberbatch version, obvs). This weekend you’ll find me at a swim meet for my kids (where else?) and putting up Christmas decorations (I know, I caved). We’re also planning to introduce the kids to the glory of Waking Ned Devine for our weekly Saturday night movie. Have you seen that movie? Please say yes. If not, scurry off somewhere to find and watch it asap-like because it’s absolutely the best.
This week was insane, (aren’t they all?) and there’s so much news to share! So much! You’ll be hungry by the end of this post so if you didn’t come prepared, go grab a slice of pie to tamp down the hunger pains; we’ll wait.
Ready? Let’s go!
Friday News Roundup
A few weeks ago I went to see this movie, About Time (a film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral). I love Rachel McAdams and romantic movies and was super stoked to see it, (check out the About Time movie trailer, good grief, you’ll want to go see it asap). But it’s totally not a romantic movie (it is and it isn’t), it’s mostly an amazing movie about how to live the best life ever, no regrets. It’s out in a handful of theaters November 1 and everywhere November 8th.
Go put it in your date book right now, I’ll wait.
I beat the drum of living your best life all the time because I feel the frailty of life in a different way than most. Living with Lupus has of course changed everything. I don’t take much for granted, I can’t afford to. Parenthood has affected me deeply, to the end that I think twice about everything, mull over my life’s experiences and how I can pass on the most important wisdom I’ve earned while taking my own advice.
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