March 15, 2017

a currently update vol. 6


BINGING: Shameless, along with everyone else in the U.S. of A.
LISTENING: Music and I aren't getting along right now.
PODCASTING: Potterotica
SIPPING: Water with grapefruit, lemon, and lime essential oils.
SNACKING: all of the veggies with jalapeño and cilantro hummus.
WEARING: Trying my hardest to protest this crappy winter weather and wear my spring dresses. Except none of them fit, so that's awesome.
READING: Such a Pretty Fat -- Jen Lancaster
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Eric Church girls day in May!
WORKOUT: PiYo 2 days a week, weights 2 days a week, yoga when I can 2-5 times a week.

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February 12, 2017

sundays are for meal prep



Meal prep. Do any of us actually enjoy preparing 5-6 days worth of lunches, dinners, and snacks all in one day? No. The answer is no. However, I am always happy that I took 2 hours out of my Sunday to cook said meals come week nights when I am too exhausted/rushed to cook a healthy meal. And I feel much better too, not having had thrown dinosaur chicken nuggets in the oven, (because I am a child) or run through Wendy's for a #10, chili instead of fries, sweet & sour please. (also, because I am a child)

FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT, HERE ARE MY SUNDAY MEAL PREP CHRONICLES FOR THE WEEK. 
Step one: remove sweet potatoes, green beans, and chicken from freezer. **THE VEGGIES WERE FRESH WHEN I FROZE THEM, MY EYES WERE BIGGER THAN MY MEAL PLAN A FEW WEEKS AGO.
Step two: go on walk, turn around half a block later because coffee sounds better than walking.
Step three: dick around on the internet & preheat oven
Step four: mix up balsamic honey glaze **I WAS FEELING AMBITIOUS.
Step five: chicken is still frozen. I'll cook that later
Step six: roast veggies
Step seven: take out of oven
Step eight: sample. **EW. WHAT THE FORK? I'M NOT A BAD COOK. WHY? NOPE.
Step nine: must be because I froze them.
Step ten: formulate Plan B.
Step eleven: go to grocery store **I WAS REALLY TRYING TO AVOID THIS
Step twelve: chop
Step thirteen: blacken chicken
Step fourteen: shit, it is smokey in here. OH NO.
Step fifteen: yep, there's the alarm. cool.
Step sixteen: is this the chicken or the spaghetti squash?
Step seventeen:  chicken. DAMN.
Step eighteen: open windows.
Step nineteen: cook corn, peppers, and tomatoes
Step twenty: how the fork is this chicken not done?
Step twenty-one: throw chicken back in pan
FOR EASY GRABBING FOLLOW THESE STEPS
Step twenty-two: divide raw veggies into individual snack containers
Step twenty-three: dish out some hummus into individual containers
Step twenty-four: divide cottage cheese into containers
Step twenty-five: dish out meals
Step twenty-six: clean the disaster area
Step twenty-seven: gahhhh dammit scorched the pan. not surprised.

Whew. Glad that is finished. I need a drink.

STEP TWENTY-EIGHT: POUR HEFTY GLASS OF WINE

While this week may have been more eventful harder than most weeks. I am always happier & feel better during the week knowing at least one thing is going to be streamlined and easy. I feel like that is me in a nutshell, always trying to figure out the best system to insure things that don't have to be hard are in fact, not hard.

In all honesty: if you do not meal prep, I encourage you to try it. Especially if you are as busy as I am during the week. Believe it or not, it takes a weight off your shoulders knowing food is planned.

CHEERS TO AN EXCELLENT, STRESS FREE WEEK!
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January 12, 2017

thursday musings

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POST 1 OF 2017. Wow, 2017. This year started out with a bang already. I spent the first week of the new year in beautiful Tampa, Florida. I also survived Florida winter; January 7-9, 2017. Look at me go. I do believe that in the future I will be snow birding. Spending January in Florida sounds like a plan.

FIRST OFF, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE POST IMAGE. How badly do I wish to be sipping a cappuccino in Tampa right now instead of possibly bunkering in for 3 days because of an ice storm. Also, that's a freaking iPhone photo, y'all! Boom! (which, let's be real, is the actual reason I wanted to talk about the post image)

Secondly: this ice storm. I am co-chair of a committee that has been planning a trivia night. For tomorrow. And since, you know, the world is going to end because of this catastrophic ice storm, we have had to reschedule it. Which is sad and disappointing on many different levels. I'll just leave it at that. 

Thirdly: Fuji Apple Chicken Salad from Bread Co. (AKA PANERA) hold the onions. YES! Do yourself a favor and go get yourself one before the world is sure to end this weekend. 

Fourthly: I have gotten Invisalign. Ouch. The gap wasn't that big, but I insisted. Masochist.

Fifthly: I have taken down my Christmas decor & I am pretty bummed about it all. It was so festive! And now I just have fake succulents everywhere because I can't keep real plants alive. I mean, my home is adorable no matter what, but I just like my trees & lights!

Just a few musings that couldn't support a full post individually.

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December 20, 2016

white balanced bliss


THESE PAST FEW WEEKS HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH LONG DAYS & LATE NIGHTS. 
My body is exhausted, my brain is foggy, my eyes are heavy & my puns are weak. (BUT I STILL TRY!) 

This is my afternoon diffuser blend to keep me focused, energized & frankly just to get me through until busy season is over. I thought of this post in a moment of trying to entertain myself. I had been working on color correction all.day.long. and thought "hey! you have White Fir & Balance in the diffuser, ha get it? get it? white balance" See, my puns are weak. 

WHITE FIR PROVIDES: Energy & supports clear breathing & thinking.

BALANCE PROVIDES: Relaxation, grounding & calming effects. This is the main ingredient in most of my blends. I have horrible anxiety and this is the key to all my potions.

CITRUS BLISS PROVIDES: emotional balance, it has stress reducing qualities, it's calming and invigorating. To boot, it helps to strengthen the immune system AND kills airborne pathogens. Can't be getting sick, especially this time of year!

All of these combine for a fresh and clean scent and are the perfect mix to keep my mind where it needs to be.

IN THE SPIRIT OF FULL DISCLOSER; I CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA ABOUT A WEEK AGO WHEN I WAS EYES DEEP IN 7 BOOKS THAT I NEEDED TO HAVE DESIGNED BY THE END OF THE NEXT DAY. SO I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO GO ABOUT IT THEN! 


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December 13, 2016

things you shouldn't say


WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS A SLEEP DEPRIVED GAL WITH A FIERY SOAPBOX OPINION? 

A typed out Facebook post that would piss off way to many people so it becomes a blog post. And it might still. But at least it isn't a public forum. so HA!

Here it is:

I read this article on the interwebs and it set me into motion. 

From the moment you email or call us until you walk out of our doors with your finished products it is an experience.  It is incredibly hard for me to keep my mouth shut when people comment on my pricing structure or get pissy because I will not give them a disc. You are paying for an experience. I am with you helping to choose your products and what will work best for your wants and needs every step of the way. From the moment my phone rings I am thinking about and asking questions to completely personalize your session and products. I refuse to send you out of my studio with a piece of plastic that you have to figure out what to do with yourself. Hell, I have toted my drill, level, and drywall screws to a few houses to hang gallery walls. With me, you get an experience.

While this price breakdown in the article doesn't exactly reign true to how my pricing structure sits, thats just it. We don't all price services/products the same. But believe it or not, we know what is best for our own business structure.

It's not even the article that upset me. It's the fact that it is so true. And if I'm being honest, I know from the second I read "I don't want to pay an arm and a leg," that this person I am corresponding with is not my customer. My customer values fine artistry and beautiful products. My client values a unique experience and building a relationship to last years.

I beg of you, before you say something TO A PHOTOGRAPHER about paying an arm and a leg think, would you like to go to work for free? Probably not. While yes, I love my job. My job is my dream and my passion. It is a gift that I have the privilege of doing something I love. And I love my clients & families. They make my life fun and enjoyable. But just because I love it does not mean that I am willing to give up other aspects of my life at the cost of doing business.



Just a little food for thought. Please don't be offended, I know I can sound harsh. That's why this isn't on THE BOOK



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December 10, 2016

a currently update vol. 5

Happiest of Saturdays to ya!
BINGING: actually nothing, I'm still on a Gilmore Girls low.
   I go back and forth between being disappointed and loving it. I need to watch it one more time, I think.
WATCHING: this is us. love. this show is everything.
   Again I only started watching this because of Milo Ventimiglia. And I am obsessed. It is a quintessential family show.
LISTENING: stuff mom never told you
   I've finally found people to learn from that share my views.
SIPPING: lots & lots of coffee
   and then wine. both keep me from going crazy.
SNACKING: lentil loops. believe it or not, they do taste like cheetos
   #naturebox
WEARING: Christmas sweaters, of course!
PLANNING: a wonderful girls' day trip to St. Charles this weekend.
   there are apparently lots of cute little shops and restaurants. Along with characters dressed up in nineteenth century period garb and a parade. This is right up my alley.
READING: wild. so good.
   yes, I'm reading it bc of Gilmore Girls.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: finally being done with Christmas orders!

'TIS THE SEASON FOLKS. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. DRINK SOME WINE.


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