Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice 2014

Happy Winter Solstice!

It's hard to believe that 2014 is coming to and end.  Another hard to believe fact?  There's no snow on the ground! I'm not complaining, but it would be nice to have just a little for Christmas.  I clearly remember this time last year shoveling several inches.

This image was captured this morning in my backyard.  I told the boys today was the first day of Winter.  They don't believe me.

Are you ready for Christmas?  Just a few things left to finish up and then I'm all set.  Within the next week I'll be sharing some simple DIY projects I created for gifts.  Don't want to give out any spoilers to my family.

Until then, enjoy your day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Howlidays!

This past week the stockings were hung and the tree was put up.  And when I say up I mean elevated. In a house with three dogs you've got to make a few adjustments with the holiday decor. So far no territories have been marked.  (paws crossed)

The Santa hat works great as a tree topper.  But first we had a little fun having the boys wear it. House wasn't all that excited, but he played along.

We decided to switch things up a bit in regards to the traditional mistletoe.  Instead we use a disco ball ornament.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Baily Schulting Photoshoot - December 2014 (girl + camera)

Meet Baily Schulting.  The newest addition to our family.  He's 12 weeks old and full of spark!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

'Tis the Season...For a Blog Makeover

It's the holiday season.  And what better time than to give an unexpected gift.  Instead of spending several days in front of the computer (along with bottles of Excedrin) I decided to gift my blog with a makeover.  And I couldn't be more pleased.

I always told myself that outsourcing wasn't for me.  If I wanted to know how to do something I'll teach myself.  Sometimes you need to bend your own rules.  Plus, it gives me the time to get back to what I love doing.  Writing and taking photos. 

Kate, from 17thAvenueDesigns, does amazing work and is such a pleasure to work with.  Her rates are affordable and she has a nice selection of options to choose from.  

I still have a few minor adjustments to make, but I'm equally excited to jump back into the blogging sphere.  And this was a great way to kick start that goal!

Looking forward to your feedback!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

For Halloween this year we decided to give the boys their own trick or treat in the backyard.  They have Easter baskets and Christmas stockings, so why not add some colorful pumpkins.  

Once they figured out what was in them getting a decent photo was a challenge.

They go absolutely crazy over apples and bananas.  Here and there we dice up one or the other and mix it with their kibble.  By the way, apples do wonders for their breath.

Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY Fall Inspiration: Recycling Cement Bricks Into Flower Pots

Are you looking for an easy DIY project to celebrate Fall?  Do you enjoy gardening?  Then keep reading.  

The weather here in the Midwest has been absolutely gorgeous!  So, I've been using my time wisely outdoors splitting and transplanting plants around my yard.  

I have these cement bricks lined up along the edge of the sidewalk in an effort to prevent my dogs from jumping off the ledge.  I usually plant a spring flower in them, but this year I didn't. Truthfully, they've sat empty for a couple of years.  The last time I used them was here.

This week I decided to plant some mums in them.  Perfect for Fall and you can't go wrong with mums.  Instead of buying additional dirt, I recycled some from a planter that was no longer in use.  

I lined up where I wanted each plant to go.  

Using a garden trowel, I loosened the dirt that was left in the bricks.  After placing the mum in each spot I added some additional dirt as needed.  Tip:  Give them a good drink of water when your done.


The boys watched from start to finish.  I guess you could say this is there smile of approval.

Do you have any gardening projects to share?  Those that are centered around Fall.  Leave me a link in the comment section below.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pet Photography: My Three Sons Photoshoot (9-20-14)

The weather yesterday was gorgeous!  I gathered the boys and we hit the backyard with the camera. I'm most pleased on how these turned out.  Dog slobber and all!

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