Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

christmas ideas for you man


Need some cool Christmas ideas for your man this year? Here are some to help!
I have them in a few categories: sports, business, handy-man, foodie, artsy, big kid, and techie. Prices range from $10 - $150.
If you need more ideas, shoot me a message or leave a comment! I love finding the perfect gift!



Bottom of the Ninth - for the sports lover
 Buy:
     Pillow pet or yard gnome for favorite team
     
Cufflinks - made from game used baseballs or footballs
     Hocky Puck Shaped Soap
DIY:
     Sports Ranking/standing wall decor




All About Business - for the professional in your life

Buy:

     Standing valet
     Math Quiz Clock
     Custom
Tie Clip - I have personally bought from this vendor and the clips are awesome!

DIY:

     Make an
abacus!




Hammer Time - for your manly, hands on man

Buy:

     Man-Can candle
     BBQ Set
     Stanley No. 1 Odd Jobs tool - remake


DIY:

    Nuts & Bolts sign (I know the example says dad, but you get the idea! :)





Grub Love - for the one who appreciates good food & drinks

Buy:

     Beer Making Kit
     Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
     Han Solo Ice Cube Tray
     Beers of the World - buy at World Market
    

DIY:

     Candy Bar Poster


     



Make Art - for the book worm, paint slinger, & music junkie

Buy:

     T-shirts with Old Book Covers (think Great Gatsby, Hamlet, and Brave New World)
     Guitar Pick Puncher
    


DIY:

     Play Messy Twister!

  


Mini Me - for the Peter Pans

Buy:

     Lego Utensils
     Lightsaber Umbrella 
     Blood Bath Bath Mat


DIY

    Army Men melted bowl (similar)





Gadget Geek - for the iPad tappers, laptop holders, & camera clickers

Buy:

     iPad case or iPad Fridge mount
     Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit or a Night Vision Camera
     Circuit Board Clock
   

DIY:

     Shadow box to hold old concert, movie, and sports event tickets






BONUS:
Pet Gift Ideas!

Bark Box - every month they send your pup a box with toys and treats!
Seek a Treat
Pet's Eye View Camera - stick on your pets collar and see what they are up too all day!
Custom Stuffed Plush Dogs - send them a photo of your pet and they send you a stuff animal that looks like it!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thankful - day twenty-one

DAY TWENTY-ONE

I am thankful for the ability to get dressed super fast. I usually get up at 7:10 and I get to work at 8... well this morning I woke up at 8:15 and was at work by 8:40! - 15 minutes driving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

thankful - day twenty

DAY TWENTY

I am thankful to be an American.

Monday, November 19, 2012

thankful - day 16, 17, 18, & 19

DAY SIXTEEN

I am so behind because my bestie flew in from St. Louis to see me! So, I am thankful for air travel!!



DAY SEVENTEEN

I am thankful for my iPhone. That sucker is a lifesaver.



DAY EIGHTEEN

I am thankful for new experiances. I love going to new stores, seeing new things, and meeting new people.



DAY NINETEEN

I am thankful for money. Ok before you think I'm all materialistic and vain hear me out - I am thankful for the means to spend time with people I love and visit people. I had a blast with my best friend and I am thankful that we have the means to do the fun things we did and to visit each other!




Thursday, November 15, 2012

thankful - day fifteen

DAY FIFTEEN

I am thankful that one of my best friends is flying in from St. Louis to see me for the weekend! My birthday was the 10th and hers is next month so it's like a huge present!! :)

The Marine Corps had its positves and negatives but one of the best things to come out of it was my friendship with this chick!!!

Love you Ams!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

thankful - day fourteen

DAY FOURTEEN

I am thankful for the 10 years I got to spend with my dad. I miss him everyday but I am also grateful that I get to call such a wonderful person my father. I inherited his good (& bad!) traits and his love for photography.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

thankful - day thirteen

DAY THIRTEEN

I am thankful for books. I love to read and I am thankful for all the authors out there.

Especially James Rollins, Steve Barry, Janet Evanovich, Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Kristen Hannah, and L. Schueder ;)


Monday, November 12, 2012

thankful - day twelve

DAY TWELVE

I am thankful music. Sometimes music is the only thing that makes me feel better. When a song comes on and speaks to you --- it's amazing.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

thankful - day eleven

DAY ELEVEN

I am thankful for our troops. I am thankful for veterans - past, present, and future.

I am thankful for my family and friends that have served.

I am also thank for my brother-in-law on his birthday!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

thankful - day ten

DAY TEN

I am thankful that my mom carried me for 9 months and gave birth to me, 23 years ago, at 11:13pm. I am thankful for another year. 

I am also thankful for the Marine Corps - who turn 237 today! I am thankful for their service, sacrifice, and selflessness. 

I am thankful for all Marines but these in particular Marines: Vincent, PawPaw Harry, Paul (Vincent's dad), Jesse, James, and Vic. 






Friday, November 9, 2012

thankful - day nine

DAY NINE

I am thankful for my favorite food joints.
Yes. You read right. I am thankful for Grouchos, California Dreamin', Chick-fil-a, Zaxby's, and Q'doba.

I am thankful for all of their yummy goodness!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

thankful - day eight

DAY EIGHT

I am thankful for my clients. I know I said I was thankful for my job yesterday but today I am thankful for those wonderful families I have gotten to photograph. Each family inspires me in a different way and I love meeting new people. It's been a crazy 4 years but I am thankful for every minute and every single client.

or my blog ;)


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

thankful - day seven

DAY SEVEN

I am thankful for my jobs. In this economy, I am lucky to have a great photography business and a steady full-time job.

I am thankful for Vincent's hard work and his future as a CPA.

We are very blessed and I am thankful.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

link party

Through 6-degrees of seperation, I know Gracie with Kitchen Table Art. (She was a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed - the bride and groom went to school with me).

Anyway! She is co-hosting a linky party with Polka Dot Pretties!




thankful - day six

DAY SIX

I am thankful for my pups. They are the little bursts of sunshine in my life. I love nothing more than coming home from a hard day and being greeted by these two. They are always happy and super stinkin' cute. They are the best decision Vincent and I have ever made as a couple.







Monday, November 5, 2012

thankful - day five

DAY FIVE

I am thankful for my best friends. The ones that support me, laugh with me, and make my life a little brighter. They all live in the mid-west and I hate being so far apart but I wouldn't trade them for anything!

 
Poon - you are my soul mate & better half. You keep me grounded and you have changed my life for the better. Thank you for letting me into your (and the girls and Jesses!) life. You are the true bestie I never had growing up. I love you!


Ammie - I never thought that the day Vincent came home from Iraq, I would meet someone, in passing, that would grow so close to my heart. You are my vent & wine friend. I feel more like myself when I am with you than with anyone else. And you are by far the funniest chick I know. You keep my life up-beat and I adore you!

Rachel - I never thought back in 10th grade that you and I would still be frineds! LOL. We didn't hit it off at first but you have become one of my best friends and really the only person from HS worth talking too. I was so honored to be in your wedding and I love you so very much. You keep humble and grounded. I don't talk to you as much as I should but you hold a special place in my heart. You will always be a star in my eyes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

thankful - day four

DAY FOUR

I am thankful for my in-laws. I am so blessed to have such an amazing extended family!

My MIL is ah-mazing.
Nanny Jo & PawPaw are the bomb.
Phil is the coolest (note: we need more photos with you).
Melissa & Noah make my heart happy.
Dalton and Morgan keep life young.
And the rest make me feel like I'll always have a home. 
      


Saturday, November 3, 2012

thankful - day three

DAY THREE

I am thankful for my family. They drive me nuts but always have my back.

I am thankful for my mother. The Lord knew what He was doing when He made her my mom. She is the strongest & kindest person I know.


I am thankful for my sister. We weren't always the best of friends but we have always been in each others corners. She is my source of honest feedback, awesome clothes, and constant support.


I am thankful for my nanny and papa for being my second parents. My nanny is one of my best friends and I am so very thankful that God put such a beautiful woman in my life. My papa was my stand-in father for so long and I love him more than words can say.




I am thankful for my step-dad, who came into my life and has changed it for the better. He loves me as one of his own and I love him like a father. I thank the Lord for finding him a place in our hearts.

I am thankful for my bro-in-law. He is my I-saw-something-random-on-the-internet-and-you-totally-need-too-see-it person. He's witty and uber smart. He's an awesome addition to the family.


I thank the Lord for my crazy, beautiful family.

Friday, November 2, 2012

thankful - day 2

DAY TWO

I am thankful for my husband. He is my best friend, biggest fan, hero, and complete opposite. I thank the Lord for putting him in my life and I thank the Lord that this man puts up with me.



I'm also thankful that he is so gosh-darn good lookin' and that he is mine ;)


thankful - day 1

Every year I want to do the "What I am Thankful for" thing and every year.... I forget. Even this year I'm a day behind on my first post! Oy vey! Don't judge me!

Anyway. I'm going to do it!!!

DAY ONE:

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him I would be nothing. I am thankful that He loves me, forgives me, and wants me.
Thank you Lord for this beautiful life you have given me and for your unending love.


"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
1 Cor. 15:57