Boston Cream Cake by This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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Photo Session Questionnaire

It’s Photo Tip Tuesday! I’m excited to share the Photo Session Questionnaire I give to my clients when they book the custom session.  Whether you are a photographer or a family being photographed, these questions will help you figure out the best way to give your pictures some personality and a unique-ness, just like your family!

So many people are dipping their toes into a photography business, and there are so many things to think about. If you need some tips on starting one, check out my post: How to start a photography business.  If you just want to learn how to use your camera better, check out my book, Say NO to Auto. This post today will help you as the photographer to better understand your clients.

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Maybe it’s your style to get in there, grab a few posed shots of a family, and get outta there. If that’s your preference, that’s perfectly fine. However, I have found my most favorite images to capture are families having fun and interacting with each other. It doesn’t always happen so easily, so this questionnaire helps me figure out what scenes to set up, and I cater it specifically to that particular family.

Here are the questions I’ve come up with:… Continue Reading

Monday Funday Party


For the next 6 weeks, I will be participating in a link party with a few of my blogging friends posting on Sunday night, up at the top of my site all day on Mondays. It’ll help you see some new inspiration and be able to link a great project of your right from my site! Yay! It’s party time!! Welcome to our AMAZING Monday Funday Link Party! We are thrilled to have YOU join… Continue Reading

Family Meal Plan #5

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It’s week 5 of the Family Meal Plans, here is what we tried last week!  If you missed Week #4, you can grab it HERE.

27 Lemon Dinner and Dessert Recipes

Lemon Dinner and Dessert Recipes by

Do you love lemons as much as I do? Spring seems to sing “lemons” to me! So I rounded up some dinners and dessert recipes with lemon as one of the main ingredients. If you want a closer look at the recipes, click on the picture or title and it will take you to the recipe!

Individual Serving Strawberry Lemonade

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Please welcome my friend and contributor, Jes, with a sweet spring treat to share today! Hello! I am Jes from Mommy Envy and I am sharing one of my little indulgences with you today! I posted on Facebook not too long ago that I would really love to sip lemonade from a mason jar and sit outside in the sun reading a good book.

Polka Dot Easter Bunny Free Printable

easter bunny free printable at

I’m so stinkin’ excited to share this Polka Dot Easter Bunny Free Printable I created! Let me just say, I am not a great digital designer. I WANT to be, but when I need something cute digitally, I call a handful of talent to help me out. I set out determined to make a print, and happy with how it turned out! I was on Pinterest a few nights ago doing a search for an Easter printable

Parmesan Lemon Chicken

Parmesan Lemon Chicken

The Parmesan Lemon Chicken is one of my kids favorite meals. I really only share our favorites on here, so you have to know it’s major when I do.   This recipe was first introduced to me by my friend Linda over 7 years ago

Tips for helping people feel comfortable at photo sessions

helping people feel comfortable when being photographed tip

This is a post for the budding photographer, but it’s also for anyone who has their pictures taken to keep in mind. This post was originally shared at the New York Institute of Photography, and I’m bringing it back to my site now which a few edits. Family Pictures. They happen every year for many families. The mom is stressed about everything from planning the perfect outfit, to their kids behaving, to their husband cooperating,… Continue Reading

Faith over Fear

faith bigger than fear

Some days I live in fear that something awful is just around the corner. Life has been relatively calm for me, and I feel like I’m waiting for something to even me out with what I see in other peoples’ trials.  I remember when I was in high school, one of my best friends’ mom said that some people are meant to experience life’s extreme trials while others are meant to help guide others through… Continue Reading

Family Meal Plan #4

Family Meal Plan #4

Meal Planning. I’ve got to do it, or I am stressed out every day. Who wants to willingly stress themselves out? I love the motto, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I’m determined to have good food each night, to not be stressed, and it all revolves around 30 or so minutes at the beginning of the week planning. It’s not easy, I’m a procrastinator, but it had to stop! I posted… Continue Reading

30 BRIGHT Easter Ideas

bright easter ideas

Spring is here! Easter is just around the corner, and those of you with crazy cold weather, it will warm up–sooner or later, right?  I’ve put a few of my favorite spring and easter posts over at the top of my sidebar, and pinning some fun stuff on my Easter Pinterest Board, but I’ve got something fun for you today, too! BRIGHT Easter Ideas! Besides my aversion to the color RED, I’v also had a… Continue Reading

The story of the Red Dresser {Annie Sloan Paint}

Good Will dresser to red treasure

If you didn’t see the Colorful Playroom Wall Gallery I posted a few weeks ago, then you might have missed the introduction of the Red Dresser I painted that is the focal point of the wall. This dresser is FILLED with character, and I thought I’d share the story about how it came to be, and the treasure we found inside. First, let me say that I painted this with Annie Sloan Red (a.k.a. Emporer’s… Continue Reading

Picture Plaque

How to make a Picture Plaque

Today I’m excited to share with you a fun Picture Plaque I’ve made for my daughter, with plans to make one for each child. I’ve got a great story behind what inspired me to do this (read below). I’m also a part of a fun series to celebrate March being “Craft Month” with Crafting in the Rain, she asked 26 bloggers  to select a letter, and I chose “P” knowing I could use picture or… Continue Reading

Spring Break adventures

great grandparents visit

As much as I like sharing what’s on my mind, I think sometimes I share too much. I’m too “un-guarded” and I regret things that I say. From my post two weeks ago, I published it, and for several hours felt an uneasy feeling about one of my bullet points. About 2-3 hours later, I went in and edited it and felt satisfied that probably not too many people saw it because the daily email… Continue Reading

Family Meal Plan #3

Family Meal Plan 3

It’s week 3 of “What we ate for dinner last week” If you need family meal ideas, check back here on Sundays. Monday: Baked Ham and green beans Thumbs up from my kids on having ham for dinner!