Monday, July 6, 2015

Best of the Blogosphere Link-Up: Week 26

Welcome back to the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party. How was your first official week of summer? Ours was great. As a reminder, we search for the best posts on the internet every single week and we don't care about the genre. Link up your best post!
My favorite this week came from Sobremesa Stories with some awesome tips on how to keep chicken moist with any recipe. I know I have definitely made my share of dry chicken.

Your favorites this wee? So fun to see a couple of social media posts at the top of the leader board. Other linky parties don't allow them, but we do!
double Pinterest Follwers
Twitter Noise
Must Have beauty essentials for new moms. Easy and affordable!
Thumb Printing with Kids... a quick, fun way to paint flowers ~ Threading My Way
Thumb Printing and Mixing Colours ~ Painted Flowers
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          • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
          • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. And, please link up only one post.
          • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it's your best post of the week. We're cool with that.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday 5: Packing, Planes and Freaky Tall Animals

It's Friday!  Anyone else freaking out that it is already July?  Join me every Friday by sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.

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5 Thoughts

1. I totally knocked out a newborn session this weekend, fastest turn around ever for me. But it was either turn it around quickly, or make the parents wait until I am back from vacation.  I am so happy with how the shoot turned out too.

2. Speaking of vacation, if you follow me on Instagram, you realize I am on one!  Visiting family, seeing sites and having a great time.

3. Packing is the worst.. I am really good at putting it off until last minute, but I always get it done.  Do you like to pack ahead or wait until the end?

4. It really is pretty annoying when you fly out of the busier airport in order to get a direct flight and then your plane is almost three hours delayed.. might as well had the layover.

5. I have realized I have come to taken some things for granted, like fast internet.  I am at my parents house now and their internet is painfully slow.  So slow I have been turning off my wifi and just tethering my phone to even be able to upload pictures.  No wonder why they don't do much on-line, I wouldn't either with internet like this!

5 Pictures
Some sillies hiding in my bed
My flying buddy
The fountains at Brookfield Zoo
The dolphin show- it just wasn't what it used to be when I was a kid
Anyone else think polar bears are freaky tall?
Happy 4th everyone!  I will be very slow responding to e-mails, those who linked up, but I will get to you, so please link up!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Photo A Day Recap: June

Another month of pictures-a-day! I am so glad I am doing this project this year, even if I miss a day here and there, overall I have done great.  Here are June's pictures.

June Photo-A-Day



For the most liked pictures we had a tie for third place! 
#1 with 57 likes - the ice cream tower! 
#2 with 52 likes- a recent newborn I photographed- look at that smile! 
Tied for #3 with 50 likes- celebrating 14 years of marriage 
Tied for #3 with 50 likes- summer time popsicles 

Do you have a favorite picture you took this month?  Are you on Instagram?  If so, leave your Instagram name in the comments, would love to follow you! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrating Our Country

I stare at the blinking cursor, wondering what to write.  I begin many different posts then delete what I have begun.   I am just unsure what to say.

These last couple of weeks have been monumental, they have made me stop and reflect.

They have made me grateful for our county and the rights and freedoms we have and also terrified as I fear for the direction we are heading.

I try my best to love all, to be kind. I truly do believe that we all children of a loving Heavenly Father and because of there is a plan.  There are absolute right and wrongs, there is something so much more we should all be striving for.

I know everyone does not believe as I do and I don't expect everyone too, I just hope that I will always feel free and safe to live and express my beliefs and things I know to be true.

So as I celebrate the fourth of July this weekend, it will mean a little more, I will think of it all little longer, our country is worth fighting for.
Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust!"
(The third verse to our nation's anthem)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten Things to Smile About This Month

It is the last Tuesday of the month, which means it is time to look back over the month, no matter how good or bad, and find 10 things that made you smile.  #10Things   Linky will be open for two weeks, so plenty of time to join in.
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Ten Things to Smile About in June

1. This picture ...even if it did cause a lot of drama getting it. It is so much easier to take pictures of other people's kids.

2. Successful swim lessons for my kids.  Ryder isn't a totally independent swimmer yet, but he is so so close!

3. Book worms

4. Pool Days with friends, and actually being the fun mom... once

5. Summer time treats

6. Celebrating 14 years of marriage!  (And Father's Day in the same week)

7. Trips to Knotts and the fun new ride

8. Celebrating big days with friends who also happen to be family

9. Days in pajamas, lots of shows, book reading and game playing.. everything summer entails

10.  An awesome newborn photo shoot that is just making me smile.

What made you smile this month?