Up until 3 years ago, our small family had taken very few trips to the doctors, let alone the hospital. When our second daughter was born, all that changed. She has had 15 laser surgeries in the last 2 years. Last...

STYLE: Healthy Tanning

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Summer is coming quickly! (Yay - for family time, vacations, and relaxation!  Ugh - for hot sweatiness!) The thing on my mind lately has been how to get a healthy glow.  I like the look of a tan for...
As a newborn photographer, I swaddle babies everyday and I thought I would share my tips and tricks to get those perfect swaddles for new parents out there. I've swaddled over hundreds of babies and every time parents ask, "How did you get them...

Straw Bale Gardening

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Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family like most families who "lived in the country" had a garden. The garden was about an acre right in our front yard. It was a ton of work, but definitely rewarding. I...
On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. There was a saying in the 90s which I took to heart when I heard it : "Every day should be Earth Day". I totally agree. While I am certainly a work...
I was sent this product free of charge from Influenster to review for you!  All opinions are my own. Neutrogena has a new line out called Hydro Boost for achieving beautifully hydrated skin.  During the winter, and even still this...
Throwing a kids birthday party can be stressful enough.  There are so many things to think about with planning and preparing.  Sometimes making sure those things get captured in photographs are last minute thoughts. Being a mom first and photographer...

Juicing Is The New Black

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      Heather Stevens, mommy of two and co-founder of the glittering Gleamsters, is talking to us today about the benefits of juicing for their family. So I’m sure you’ve seen the juicing and smoothie trend as another here today gone tomorrow fad! I...
Spring is here! Well, according to our beautiful Arizona weather, Spring has technically been here for months. But according to the CALENDAR, spring is almost officially here. Many mom minds start turning to spring cleaning. Today we are going...
Wouldn't it be nice to have glowing skin from a proper regimen including an hour of pampering and preparing your skin each morning, monthly facial treatments, 8 plus hours of sleep every night?!?  Are you laughing at the thought...
Still haven't made your plans for Valentine's Day? What about hosting a Valentine's Day Craft Night?! Whether you are single or not, a fun idea is to get together with your girls! Us moms can always use some "me...
CANDY, CANDY, CANDY...I feel like that is all my kids ever ask for!!! With holidays and birthdays and everything in between it would be really convenient to walk down candy/treat isle for prepackaged favors. Not for me! I always try...
CRAYON DOT HEART (SUN CATCHER) - Valentine's Day is coming! We are looking forward to celebrating love at our house. And we LOVE doing some crafting together so I wanted to share two quick, easy and fun crafts my daughter...

Dating at the Age of 3

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My husband and I made the decision that we would allow our daughter to start dating at the age of 3. A bit unconventional? That's putting it gently. And get this, super protective dad wasn't even curious about the...
  Want your photos on your phone to really make an impact?! We are guessing your answer is YES! So many of us rely on our camera phone these days because, let's face it, a DSLR is great but it's...
January is National Bath Safety Month. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, thousands of children are injured or killed in bathroom accidents annually. We wanted to give you some tips on how to keep your bathroom safe. Water Temperature: It's...
It's that time of the year. You know, when us moms start to dream of organizing our homes after the chaos of Christmas has settled! We look at tools: And see the systems others are doing: And think to ourselves, Can this...
Hi everyone! If you were lucky enough to receive a new camera for Christmas this year, congratulations! That's a pretty awesome gift. As far as material gifts go, it is definitely one of the top five of my life!...
This post is sponsored by the ACPE. My opinions are my own and I have actively participated in AZ 529 College Savings for several years. #AZ529 #AZCollegeSavings During the holiday season it’s so easy to request the latest gadget, technology,...
It's that time of year when the weather starts to cool down and our minds quickly turn to capturing the annual family photo.  If you're like me, it's an ongoing battle to come up with something new.  There are so...
It’s that time of year, you are at the grocery store or your favorite craft or department store, and are surrounded by hanging spider webs, pumpkins and rows of Halloween costumes just waiting for a child to slip on...
Image via As most of us local Phoenix moms have heard there have been a couple of cases of children with sudden deaths and this has sparked the question, "Has enterovirus reached Phoenix + the West Valley?" We posted about first...
  As moms we tend to be shutter bugs and want to capture our kiddos in pictures of their first day of school, first smiles, first foods or just candid moments around the house. But what do we do with the photos afterwards? If...
Who doesn't love the sound of the wind blowing through the pines, or the sound of the creek rippling over rocks, and how about that fantastic campfire smell that seems to go home back home with you on EVERY...
  Shaving...ugh!  It is probably the part of my beauty routine that I dislike the most.  Since we still have at least a couple more months of wearing shorts here in Phoenix, I thought I would share some shaving tips...

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