A new day…

Plan to be steady with my blog again, if only on a weekly or monthly (at worst) basis. I’m still working on crafts, though a little different these days, and I’m doing photography as well. I’m a mental health therapist, wife, and now mother of two. Our second little one is just two months old. So, I’ll be posting pics and stories as I can, and am looking forward to getting back to the blog world, if only for a small portion of my time. In the meantime, check out my FB page for photography to see what I’ve been up to… http://www.facebook.com/shootsngiggles

Eventual Project Idea

So, I was sifting through all of my Pinterest pins and found this one that had a statement about using wrapping paper as a backdrop for photos (which I have done, btw). I wanted to see what this person had to say about it so I followed the link to find, not only is it fabric that is used for the backdrop in the image, but also a super cool project for documenting baby’s growth from birth through the first year (and beyond, if you so elect). Anyway, being pregnant now myself, I am giving serious consideration to doing such a project when baby is born. ūüôā Check it out! http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/05/the-clara-photo-project-continues-sorta/clara project


So, it’s been forEVER since my last post – like TWO YEARS!!!! And I’m shocked to see that people are still visiting my blog! Crazy! so, I just happened upon revisiting my blog and wonder if I shouldn’t start again? A lot has happened since the last post. I’ve switched from creating jewelry (although I still do on occasion) and I have dabbled in lots of other creative outlets! I painted slates, burned wood, painted wine glasses, made coasters, and found LOTS of inspiration on Pinterest (love that site)!!! Most of all, three months ago, I got back to a craft I departed from in 2006…PHOTOGRAPHY. So far, it has been a great success and it has started to become much, much more than a hobby in quite a short amount of time. In that short time, I’ve done more than 30 portrait sessions and already have many bookings for the coming year. Some say it’s my calling. Some say it’s my destiny. Sounds silly to hear those things because I always want to be better than I am, but I did pray heavily about the decision and it has turned out to be more blessed than I could have imagined!
With all that said, I still plan to continue doing other crafts. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t! But, I think I will alter my blog a bit…might create another and keep this one too…but one to showcase my photographic journey. I will let you know if that happens, but I think it’s a good next step for the new year. ūüôā Thank you for visiting this blog. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for your support and encouragement! My creative pursuits are my passion in life and without them life would not be LIFE! So, thank you for being a part, no matter how big or small, in my life’s journey! My daughter is growing and she is by far, the most beautiful creation I’ve experience so far! GOD IS A SUPREME ARTIST! If you want to check out my photography, please do so through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shootsngiggles

“George” visits, girl codes, fads, fashions and other reflections from a mom as she watches her daughter grow.

My daughter, a toddler, is learning words right now and she recently started saying, “Wow! Wow! Cool!”

Time warp… I’m 15, in 9th grade, and my best friend and I are goofy. We talk like “Valley Girls,” need ways to talk about our monthly friend in code, so we affectionately name him, “George.”

Why, “George?” I’m not exactly sure. Perhaps it was just the first goofy name we could think of. But, it had to be a guy because no female would ever be so cruel and demanding toward another female. We came up with other code names to identify various “George necessities”, such as, “hot dog” and “hamburger”.

We had conversations about who is coming to visit and what we are having for lunch, or we discuss meals we might be hungry for. We’d talk about when “George” is coming, how long he typically visits, whether he overstays his welcome and what his personality is like…if he is really nice or mean, if we barely see him, or if he won’t leave us alone. Code – It gave us a way to safely communicate in our own language and allowed us to connect and bond as females as we experienced life’s changes.

Ahhhh, the days gone by! When we were twitterpated¬†about a boy, mortified because the teacher asked us WHY we needed the pass to go to the bathroom when “George” was visiting, when we tried to get the pass to go to the bathroom and went out of our way to wave at friends and boyfriends through the slim rectangular window in the classroom door while class was in session, when we got excited about school dances, when cell phones and texting didn’t exist and passing notes was cool, when we carried Esprit purses, wore K-Swiss shoes,¬†talked in pig latin, and had our make-up in Kaboodles! We learned the words to every song on the radio and everyone knew the Roger Rabbit, The Butt, Cotton-eyed Joe, and swooned over NKOTB. ¬†

Being a girl was so much fun and now that I’m a mom I get to see my own daughter eventually go through her own teenage years. It’s a long way off yet, but I look forward to seeing what her code words will be, what she will get excited or embarrassed about, what fashions will be all the rage, and what music and dancing she’ll enjoy. She’s only a year old now, but I’m sure that it will seem like it was just yesterday when the time finally comes.

What fun it will be fun to see what the future holds! Wow! Wow! Cool! ūüôā

Chocolate pretzels, anyone??

(Eating Chocolate Pretzels as I compose)…¬†It has yet again been a while since my last post.¬†¬†I just put our little darling down¬†for a nap (though she’s currently only playing in her crib), and I’ve got a moment to respond to some other people’s comments and to share my thoughts.

Regarding my pregnancy weight gain… before moving in with my parents to save money for building our house I weighed approximately 130 pounds.¬† After moving in with dear mom and dad and¬†my mother’s wonderful home cooking and baking, I weighed 140 pounds.¬† This is when I got pregnant.¬†

After nine months of pregnancy, I had gained more than 50 pounds and felt like a whale, but really had few qualms about it because it was for pregnancy.¬† Yeah right…some of that statement is true, but the other part of my reality was that I also¬†engaged in intense silent sreaming¬†regularly in my closet as my clothes shrunk on what seemed like a daily basis.¬† There was an upside to this battle after delivery though, which I am quite happy to report, because for years it has been my fear as to whether or not my body would bounce back after pregnancy.

Delivery alone let me lose nearly 30 pounds!  Woohoo!!!  Then breast-feeding helped shed even more pounds and I got down to 150 pounds fairly fast, which was amazingto me.  It was the final weight loss of at least 20 more pounds that I struggled with.  I did home exercise and walked as much as possible.  My family played on the WiiFit for fun, which was actually quite fun! 

And…My loving husband even supported me¬†by taking¬†walks with¬†the baby and I¬†after work a couple times a week too , but I wasn’t really losing.¬†

My mother surpised my husband and I after we talked about it for weeks, and bought the P90x program.  We decided to share it with her and my father because we live so close.

Extreme Home Fitness…THEY ARE NOT KIDDING!

This program was INTENSE!¬†¬† It’s supposed to transform your body in 90 days¬†and it probably would have if we would have stuck with it, but after three weeks, we quit.¬†¬†I think I mentioned this before, but maybe not…My husband had to go out of town for a few days for work and after he returned, we just didn’t feel up to resuming the workouts.¬† Isn’t that the way?!

While he was gone, I ate ice cream happily out of the container I purchased it in, while sitting on the couch, and at the end of that week after stopping our workout, I DROPPED five pounds!  Woohoo!!!  I jokingly swear it was the ice cream Рheh, heh. 

I started working more hours at my job and the weight continued to drop on it’s own, without working out and without dieting.¬† The last time I checked, which was two weeks ago, I was THRILLED to find that I weighed 136.¬† What an amazing feeling!¬† Not trying and it was working!¬†

I’m sure that it was all due to the muscle that we built while on the P90x program in addition to how much busier I was kept by Aubrey because she had learned to walk!¬† I think this is God’s way of helping¬†us mommies lose the weight!¬† ūüôā¬†¬†And thank goodness for it because I can’t imagine having more energy left over for more p90x!¬†


We have been trying to get pregnant since my post about losing weight before getting pregnant, and at this point, we have had no luck.¬† I have continued to breast feed, though I’m presently weaning our daughter, and I think this is the reason we have not¬†had success.¬† At this point though, I’m ok with waiting until God decides it’s time.¬† We will continue to try and¬†enjoy the time that we have with just one baby¬†because I’m SURE that two will be so much more of a handful!¬†¬†A wonderful handful, of course, but still quite a handful!¬† My husband and I have talked about resuming our p90x workouts, but not sure if or when that may happen.¬† I will certainly keep you posted.

Thank you¬†to¬†the few who responded!¬† It’s a great feeling to know¬†I’m not alone!¬† ūüôā¬†¬†I love to hear about other womens’¬†progress or struggles as well!¬†¬† Please keep sharing!¬† And let me know if anyone else out there has a husband¬†interested in working out with them who¬†wants to team up on the P90x program with my husband an I!¬† I think that would be fun to have some buddies!

Lose Weight Before I get pregnant again???


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Ok, so I gained 50 pounds when I got pregnant with our first bundle of joy and I¬† have since lost all of the weight.¬† The problem?¬† When we moved in with my parents while we saved money and built a new home (before baby) I put on an additional 15 pounds.¬† It’s those 15 that won’t seem to¬†come off and¬†I want to lose.¬† I feel like I’m in college and I’m talking about the “freshman 15” again and it SUCKS.¬†

Except the baby is OUT, in my case.

My husband and I have already started to try for baby #2 and I am still haunted by these 15 pounds.¬† I WANT SO BADLY TO SHED MY FRAME OF THEM!¬† We started the P90X¬†workout program six weeks ago and, let me¬†tell ya…It’s hard core!¬† Three weeks into the program, my husband¬†left for Chicago for work and we took a week off.¬† I took a week off and ate cookies and cream ice cream.¬† Funny thing about that?¬† I lost 5 pounds after¬†being stagnant for weeks!¬† I¬†credit¬†the ice cream!¬† I think my body¬†felt like it was in starvation mode because it missed it’s frozen goodness.¬† ūüôā¬†

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So, anyway, I’m still not successfully¬†pregnant and¬†a friend and I were talking about weight loss again today.¬† We talked about how we both want to lose more weight before we get¬†pregnant for the second time but, we are just tired and unmotivated.¬† Ugh!¬†¬†As much as I would like to see this happen, I balance this ideal¬†with the idea that it’s not important.¬† Mom’s all go through the battle of the bulge (or at least most do)¬†so I am¬†also almost¬†resigned to the fact that I’m not alone and eventually I’ll be done having babies and I can lose it then.¬†¬†I also have this notion that I will not¬†gain as much weight with baby #2 because I won’t be eating each meal like it’s my last.¬† Am¬†I dreaming?¬†¬†Should I even worry about it?¬† It’s¬† just 15 pounds, right?¬† Who cares¬†if I still haven’t squeezed my tush back into the clothes I once wore pre-pregnancy and pre-parents house!¬† Who cares if they’ll be out of style when I eventually fit back¬†into them!¬† That’s just all the more reason to shop for a new wardrobe, right?¬† Should I just throw them out or¬†would you say there’s still hope?¬† Is anyone out there?¬† I have yet to receive a comment on my¬†blog since I started posting again so I may be typing to the air.¬† If you are out there and have some feedback, suggestions, opinions, or help, please share!¬†

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Let me know your thoughts…even though I’ve eaten six cookies, while I’ve typed this, I’m seeking encouragement, wisdom, or direction!¬† There is a problem with my puzzle…I do know that I need to examine my eating habits and eliminate what isn’t working (um…six chocolate chip/butterscotch chip cookies?).¬† I also know that I need to exercise more and those two things combined, will likely work to help me achieve my goals.¬† I just can’t get motivated.¬† Perhaps the other mothers out there, who have successfully lost the weight before baby #2 can offer advice?¬† Are you one of them?¬† Are you out there?¬† Give me a holla!¬†

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Creative Treats and Fun For Halloween

Halloween is on it’s way and I thought it might be fun to post some creative ideas. Over the course of the next two weeks, I plan to post recipes and ideas for treats that you can enjoy or give to the “goblins” that come to your door, appetizers for the friends you may have over for dinner or game night, crafts for the home, crafts for the kids, themed gifts, and unique decorating ideas. If you are not the crafty kind, I’ve included links to items available to purchase from my Etsy friends. Hope you enjoy my Spook-tacular week!



¬†And now, onto …..YuMmmm –>¬†Candy By¬†Vanessa!!!¬†¬†Specifically, White Chocolate Candy Corn Bark.¬†

A Delicious Halloween Treat! 1 pound for $13.00

She’s got more treats in her store, but this just looked so colorful and fun that it is what I chose.¬† Culinary arts are her passion.¬† Check out what else she has to offer too by clicking here.¬† You will find things like biscotti, chocolate covered pretzels and more!

Cool Decorating idea — A Jack-O-Lantern Switch Plate Cover!¬† (Minimal handy-man skills required for installation)

Great Idea for those who enjoy truly having a THEME in their home!

¬†Switch Plate Cover is available from “Turn Me On Art” on Etsy for only $10!
¬†Many other styles are offered…check them out now by clicking here!!!
¬†Next up… A¬†fun craft to do with your kids!

Super Cute Idea for Kids Parties!!!!

Well, that’s all for tonight!¬† I think that was a decent way to kick off the week!¬† Let me know if you liked any of these, or if you have requests for more in any area!¬†