I thought I should let you all know that I am throwing in the towel for shooting weddings. There are a lot of reasons but the main one is that I have kids and they are only young once. Other people may scoff but that is ok because I don’t live my life for other people. I have to make sure that my family is taken care of and I didn’t feel like this was happening while being a wedding photographer. I also didn’t see much progress and felt like I was SHOVING doors open to make anything happen. So right now I am being a Mom, soul searching and trying to tap into every aspect of my creativity. BUT if you still want family photos, birthday photos, Christmas photos etc I would be more than happy to help you as these are MUCH shorter time commitments than a weddings. I may or may not ever do weddings again but I did love doing them and will give my full heart to the last two that I will be shooting. If you would like to follow our new adventure in crafting and kid related fun you can check out my new blog here… Enjoytodaymomma.blogspot.com (working on being a full time blogger with this new blog we will see where it goes). Thank you for all your love and support over the years!
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I thought I should let you all know that I am throwing in the towel for shooting weddings. There are a lot of reasons but the main one is that I have kids and they are only young once. Other people may scoff but that is ok because I don’t live my life for other [...]
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So I have been “gluten free” for almost 4 years now. I do cheat sometimes and if I cheat a little I get a headache and a itchy throat if I cheat a lot I get really sick (let’s just leave it at that) . So over the years I have found different baking tips [...]
So I have been “gluten free” for almost 4 years now. I do cheat sometimes and if I cheat a little I get a headache and a itchy throat if I cheat a lot I get really sick (let’s just leave it at that) . So over the years I have found different baking tips and mixes that are really good and really work! So much so that sometimes my husband prefers the gluten free version better! So today I want to share with you all one of the recipes I adapted to be gluten free. I am typing this one handed with a three month old staring intently at the keys. Give her a few more months and I am sure she will want to “help” .
Even my 6 year old liked them!
Gluten free Blueberry muffins (adapted from Betty Crocker’s cookbook Bridal edition)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegtable oil*
1 large egg
2 cups Pamela’s cake mix*
1/2 cup sugar*
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh/frozen/canned blueberries *
1/2 cup HOT WATER
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers.
2. Beat milk, oil, and egg in a large bowl with a fork. In a seperate bowl toss the blueberries in flour to coat them. *Take them out of the flour and set to the side. Stir in flour, sugar and salt. I use a mixer to get it smooth. Fold in blueberries. Add in the baking powder (the less mixing of this the better that’s why I wait towards end otherwise they won’t rise well especially with gluten free stuff! THEN add in the hot water. *
3. Fill muffin tin about halfway full with your batter (about 2 tbsp per muffin tin cup).
4. Sprinkle more sugar on top (optional)
5. Bake for 15 min, or until toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center of a muffin. Remove from oven, let the muffins sit in the pan for about 5 min then remove to a plate to cool.
- You can use coconut oil instead of veggie oil it is realllllly yummy in baked goods!
- MAKE sure to use the cake mix we used the bread mix today and it wasn’t quite as good.
- Using brown sugar instead makes it moister. They were pretty moist but maybe it would push it over the edge of yummyness! I have done this in other baked goods and it was pretty awesome!
- You could also do strawberries (we tried this with another batch and it was pretty awesome!) maybe even peaches!!
- Tossing the blueberries in flour realllllly helps to keep them from sinking to the bottom! This was a tip from my Mom and I tried it and it worked, “Ok mom you were right…. this time”
- Why HOT WATER? It adds more moister and bounce to the muffin. I heard of doing this from a gluten free bakery in California on a cooking show (not sure which one otherwise I would credit this idea to them!). Soooooo yummy!
As you can see they are not burned little bricks (like my last batch that I forgot to add HOT WATER too and left them in for a full 20 min like in the cookbook, but I should have known Gluten free baked goods don’t cook as long as wheat ones)!
They were light and fluffy! The blueberries sunk to the bottom but hey it was still delish!
And my little lap buddy finally fell asleep after squirming through half of this post
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I am going to start with Bella’s story because I didn’t have a blog then and I want to make sure it is recorded somewhere as it was just as beautiful and special as Libby’s. It is a bittersweet birth story. We had some friends pray for us the night that I gave birth to [...]
I am going to start with Bella’s story because I didn’t have a blog then and I want to make sure it is recorded somewhere as it was just as beautiful and special as Libby’s. It is a bittersweet birth story. We had some friends pray for us the night that I gave birth to her that she would come soon (2 weeks before 40 weeks) but I didn’t think that it would happen THAT NIGHT! So as we were driving home that night Daniel told me a joke to this day I wish I could remember what it was but I don’t. And I thought that I had peed but I couldn’t stop so embarrassed and not sure what was going on I told Daniel and asked him to pull over. We called the doctor’s office and sure enough my water had broken! So It was about 10pm we go to the hospital and they put me on pitocin since my water broke. It made me really loopy I was saying things like “tell the purple horse that the blue horse isn’t coming” or something equally as strange! Around 4am they realized that she was breech and they were going to have to do a c-section since my water broke. I was so sad as I had not mentally prepared myself that was what was going to happen. BUT God was so awesome in that Daniel came into the surgery room with me and sang a worship song with me as they were doing the procedure. It was such a beautiful holy moment! And when I saw her for the first time tears flooded my eyes I was overwhelmed with this tiny amazing baby that was ours! It wasn’t what I expected but beautiful the same!
Because of the pain and recovery from the surgery. I had BAD post pardum depression that lasted a long time in fact the doctor diagnosed me with double depression. Meaning I had depression all my life then I had post pardum ontop of that! I ended up getting on medication for a couple years that helped me process my emotions and deal with some deeper issues. It had NOTHING to do with the bright joy of Bella! In fact she is what brings me joy on a daily basis and if it weren’t for her silliness, love and happiness I don’t think I would be the person I am today! Also I went to a prayer service one night about a year ago (against my will and totally closed off thinking this guy was a hoax and nothing would happen) and the main guy prayed for me and SERIOUSLY felt like a fog lifted and I could laugh again! I am so thankful that I walked both paths! For the longest time (well all my life) I dealt with depression but nothing worked and people around me didn’t “believe in” medicine so I can’t tell you how many times I had people pray for me and walked away feeling the same. I finally came to a place where I needed to try something else after all insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So I went on medicine and now I honestly understand and sympathize with those who have to be on medication all their lives. It is a HARD path! But then when I had my “cloud lifted” after the prayer from the traveling preacher I now also believe that God does and can heal us as well sometimes he wants us to walk both paths like I did.
So then when I was pregnant with Libby I was nervous to have a c-section again as it caused so much pain, a long recovery and bad post pardum! So I looked into v-bac and talked to my doctor about it along the way. She was very supportive! I loved her!! I cried with her and laughed with her! If you are looking for a good Ob/GYN check out Sonya Yoo with Austin Reginal clinic! AMAZING! So since Bella was 2 weeks earlier and we weren’t prepared I prepared a month out JUST TO BE SAFE so we wouldn’t forget anything. But then it was past the 39 week mark and I was sooooooooo ready for her to come to the point of people would say “she needs to cook longer” or “she isn’t coming today” and it would make me mad . So one day we went to the park with my parents and walked around a lot and ate ice cream. My mom said “you can walk faster than that” I replied “oh yeah?! I bet I could beat you almost 9 months pregnant” so the race was on. She CHEATED and cut through the middle of the circle so I RAN to beat her. Then later that night we went home and Bella was doing these silly dances that were on PBSkids.org and we joined in for like 15 min. THEN because laughter caused Bella to come Daniel and I rented several funny movies and watched them, still nothing. THEN in the middle of the night I woke up to use the bathroom and felt the bed and there was fluid!! So we went to the doctor and my water had broken! The story continues throughout the photos (set the camera on auto and gave the camera to my hubs pics came out pretty good, thanks sweetie!)….
my little gnome head!
I didn’t have any medicine for the first hour or two but then it started to get painful so I asked if there was anything other than an epidural we could do. I was trying so hard to keep from having a repeat c-section. So they did an IV of medicine that would wear off after a half hour and I had to wait a half hour to get more. It was the WORST pain I have EVER felt! I wasn’t breathing “right” for everyone and they kept telling me how to breath and I wanted to smack them and say “do you have a 7 lb mass passing through you?!” HA HA HA. So It was about 6 hours in and I asked the nurse if it was going to be about the same pain level and she said that I just started. Oh OK, where is an epidural!? As soon as I had it put in I was able to have everyone come in and talk and I was able to relax. Which ended up being GREAT because then I had energy for pushing and to take care of Libby once she came out instead of being a zombie from pain and exhaustion. Then we all waited almost 14 hours altogether and it was time to push.
For some reason I didn’t want to use the stirrups (sp?) so the nurse held my leg up and wanted Daniel to hold the other one. He looked at me like he was going to pass out so I had him go get my Mom. It was such a bonding experience with her! After a little while of pushing with them holding my legs I realized what they were talking about so I had them pull the stirrups out then Daniel was able to stay at my head and my Mom stayed to help with counting and breathing. It was a beautiful experience that I was able to go through with it! When she came out I didn’t cry but smiled and was filled with the natural love cocktail that comes from having a baby come “naturally”. It was AMAZING to not have the excruciating pain as I did with the c-section!
She came out “floppy” and there was something wrong with her cord so they had to run a lot of tests. But in about an hour she snapped out of it and was perfectly fine! While the doctor was sewing me up I asked about my c-section scar. He said it was strong and nothing went wrong with it. I asked him if he thought it would be ok to have another baby then. He looked at me and laughed “Either you are strong or crazy because I haven’t even finished sewing you up and you are talking about having another baby!?” HA HA I think I am both! A couple weeks later we found out that she has Torticollis in her neck from being head down for so long. We are doing physical therapy and she is responding really well to it! Otherwise she is a PERFECTLY healthy and beautiful baby! This little baby has brought so much joy to our family! I love both my girls soooooo much and am so thankful for them!
Daddy got to hold her first!
You think her mommy is a photographer!?
Auntie, cousin, Papa and Sister
I got these for Daniel as at the last hospital we stayed it was sooooooo cold.
Thanks for sharing in our joy!!
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I am trying to catch up on some personal posts that I have been wanting to share with you all for a while. I am going to start out with a photo session we did while I was pregnant more than two months ago (in case you didn’t see them on my Facebook page)! Just [...]
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I am trying to catch up on some personal posts that I have been wanting to share with you all for a while. I am going to start out with a photo session we did while I was pregnant more than two months ago (in case you didn’t see them on my Facebook page)! Just in case you are wondering I gave birth to a healthy baby girl in October!! My next post will be our birth story then some newborn photos so stay tuned!! These photos were done by a good photographer friend of mine Liz of Ejayne photography. I have never really been a fan of naked prego photos so that was one of the first things that I told Liz was I wasn’t going to be removing any clothing. HA HA HA! Plus being a plus size woman I will just spare the world that picture! I honestly was fully prepared to break out the photoshop skills on these photos to make me look 20lbs thinner, but I didn’t! Pretty sure I ended up with a combo of the awesome skills of Liz and finally coming to a place of loving my body and where I am at the moment. I am soooo thankful that this time around I only gained 30lbs which I have lost already (I gained 70lbs with my first daughter!) I think having my thyroid under control helped TREMENDOUSLY this time around! As with my first I literally slept allllllll day! Anyway it was such a fun shoot! I had a lot of fun planning it out and creating fun DIY projects. Fine Arts Bakery created the WONDERFUL cookies for the shoot that were sooooo us! Hopefully our session will inspire you to think of ways to personalize your session. I also love photographing pregnant women so feel free to shoot me an email if you are interested. Thanks again Liz and Fine Arts Bakery!
I made this “cake stand” by melting records in the oven and then when they cooled gluing clear candlesticks to the middle and bottom. I also made the fun quilt below for our new baby. I came up with the pattern, Bella helped me lay out the pieces it was a lot of fun to make!
These records spell out our baby’s name and again I replaced the labels with one that I made up on the computer. I just painted on letters of her name to the records. It is now hanging above her crib and she LOOOOOOVES to look at them!
WE love music! Daniel plays guitar (as well as several other instruments) and sings, I also play and sing but he is a lot better than I am!! But I am still pretty decent I wrote a few pretty awesome songs a couple years ago I just need to break my writer’s block. Maybe I will read Artist’s Way again, such an awesome book!
They have such a sweet relationship! I LOOOVE it! She loves her Daddy and he loves her can’t get better than that!
We also LOVE books! When Bella was a baby she NEVER tore a page of a book! Because books are special and we respect them as well as read them.
Our nerotic dog Lucy! She is Bella’s bestfriend and if she wasn’t I think Daniel might have killed her several times. HA HA HA not really. She is so much her best friend that she calls her “my stister” aka sister (well now she can say it properly but when she was younger this is what she would say).
Sooooo many of these I need to BLOW up and frame! I have the cutest family in the whole wide world!
Can I just say I have such a handsome and sweet husband! And we make flipping cute babies!!
I put black glitter on the tips of these shoes. I loved them for this shoot but after the shoot it started peeling off and I found out that Daniel hated them. Sometimes I ignore his “fashion” comments but this time since they were peeling I just got rid of them.
Libby has worn these and they are sooooo adorable on! She is going to wear them for Christmas too and I NEEEEEED to get some photos of my two girls in their dresses because they look AMAZING!
I love this dog so much! If she ran away or was hurt beyond repair I would loose it for at least a day!
He really is! The other day I was talking to my Grandma and she told me that my grandpa NEVER changed a single diaper in his life! WHAT!? How times have changed I think I would loose my mind if I didn’t have Daniel’s help! I am soooooooooo thankful for him! That day my grandma also said “You really have a gem” and I couldn’t agree with her more!
Didn’t Fine Arts Bakery do an amazing job with the cookies!?
This is the Label I came up with for the records, totally made up and not at all what is on the record!
So as you see we had a lot of fun and Liz and Fine Arts Bakery did an AMAZING job!
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We got a call from Mrs. Claus today!! Can you believe it!!? Earlier this morning Bella asked when Santa’s birthday was so of course we needed to have Mrs. Claus call us and let us know. So I came up with this plan on how to get her to call us! 1. Ask a [...]
We got a call from Mrs. Claus today!! Can you believe it!!? Earlier this morning Bella asked when Santa’s birthday was so of course we needed to have Mrs. Claus call us and let us know. So I came up with this plan on how to get her to call us!
1. Ask a friend and or family member to be Mrs. Claus or you could even do Mr. Claus or an elf etc. Tell them they will need to change their voice to disguise themselves ( Bella talks to her Nana almost every day and she was the one that made the call and she didn’t recognize her at all!).
2. Once you have confirmed that they are willing change their profile on your phone to read Mrs. Claus instead of Mom. Then I went online and did a screen grab of Mrs. Claus that was realistic and changed the photo so that it came up when she was calling. It would also be fun to change your ring tone to jingle bells or some other Christmas song.
3. Once your phone is set text them that you are ready for them to call.
4. Have them come up with some silly things to say when they call, a reason for calling, and a closing….
“Oh the elves are over there feeding the reindeer marshmellows. Hey guys don’t feed them too many they will get fat and won’t be able to fly” This is something our Mrs. Claus said that cracked Bella up. Then you could close with “Oh dear I have to run the cookies are going to burn in the oven. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!”