Valentine’s Day Kissing Booth Photoshoot

I had so much fun taking these adorable pictures of my little man that will be sure to embarrass him when a future crush sees them. And she will see them…cause that’s what we do. Moms embarrass their children with stuff like this.

I was inspired by a cute picture of a baby with lipstick kisses all over him and decided to take it a step further…a kissing booth! I created this little scene using things I already had around my house.

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I made the hearts on the crate out of “candy cane” wrapping paper I had left over from Christmas. I thought it worked perfectly for this!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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maternity pictures.

We got our maternity pictures back yesterday and we love them! We had so much fun taking them and I’m thankful we were able to capture such a precious memory! One of my best friend’s and her husband were in town when we took the pictures and they are also due with a boy a week before us, so we got a few fun shots together as well.

So, without further ado, here they are!

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day ten – something you made.

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This is currently the centerpiece on our kitchen table. I thought it was a simple way to decorate for Christmas. I just spray painted pinecones red and white and stuck them in a hurricane jar. It’s so easy a cavewoman could do it.

So today brings me to the end of my photo blog challenge. I can’t say I’m completely heartbroken over it. It’s fun to do these challenges every so often, but it’s almost stressful trying to keep up with them so it will be awhile before I  do another one. I know you’re deeply saddened.

Here’s something else I made that I wanted to share…

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If that doesn’t bring you Christmas cheer, I don’t know what will.

day nine – a sunset.

sunsetOne of my favorite things in life are sunsets. I’m very thankful I got to capture this sunset and all it’s beautiful colors. I know I could have gotten a better picture from this particular sunset, but I knew I didn’t have much time before it was gone so I took it from where I was at the time. At least I attempted to be artistic and get the porch in the picture. I need to work on lighting when it comes to taking pictures in the evening, but it is was it is. So here’s to one more day of this challenge!

day eight – before and after.

I like to refer to this moment as “cat got your tree”. Yes, we have a 6 month-old kitten who loves to destroy anything and everything I work hard to make look nice in our home. She means well, but she’s destructive. At first she did great with our Christmas tree. She didn’t touch it for the first week. All of a sudden I come home from work one day and I find our tree just like you see in the right photo. Star hanging by a thread, ornaments all over the place, branches spread apart, tree skirt on the floor, and the one gift I had under the tree knock over. Really, cat? Let’s just say she had one heyday on our tree. Nonetheless, I guess it made for the perfect before and after picture for my blog photo challenge. Here is day eight…

cat got your treeIt’s hard to stay mad at her, because she’s so darn cute. I’m just hoping this isn’t a sign of every Christmas to come.

day seven – something bright.

Nothing screams bright quite like unfocused Christmas lights. Am I right?! I thought this was a cool picture, so this is day seven of my photo challenge.

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And just for a little extra enjoyment today. It’s tacky sweater season again. Here’s to sequins, ribbons, and frills!

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Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!

day six – water.

I love today’s photo challenge, because ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to know how photographers got waterfalls to look so misty. I used to think, “That has to be fake. You can’t make a waterfall look that good.” Of course, I was wrong (gasp!). Now that I have the proper camera though, I get to mess with the shutter speed and a few other settings that are necessary to make water look a certain way. So without further ado, here is day six…

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Waterfalls are probably one of my favorite things to photograph. After visiting Niagara Falls this past summer, every other waterfall seems like a dribble, but they are all still beautiful nonetheless. I’m not a huge fan of the lighting in this picture. The purplish tent kind of bothers me, but it does add a neat effect at least. See? Doesn’t the misty water look cool? Told ya.

day four – a guilty pleasure.

It’s no secret that women love chocolate and if you know me there’s no secret that I love hot chocolate. During the winter months, I make hot chocolate almost everyday. Sometimes I even buy the little Christmas combo packs that come with a bunch of different flavored hot chocolates (like mint, dark chocolate, caramel and more). I mean, I’m getting a craving for it just talking about it. Here’s my picture for day four’s challenge…my guilty pleasure.

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You know the saying…hot chocolate is a girl’s best friend. Or something like that…

day three – a photo from your weekend.

Since this title didn’t specifically say a photo from your ‘most recent’ weekend, I decided to use this picture from a FEW weekends ago. I’m not cheating, because I still took the picture. So take that, photo challenge.cabin

You may remember that my husband and I took a trip to see the number one college football team in the nation play in their home stadium. That’s right…the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! They are playing in the national championship bowl game in January. My husband grew up a huge ND fan and it has been a dream of his to attend a game for a loooong time. I finally got him a set of tickets for his birthday this year and it just happened to be the greatest season ever! We had such a blast exploring the beautiful campus and watched an amazing football game. You can read more about our trip here.

This picture is of the old log chapel on Notre Dame’s campus. It is really neat and a very historic landmark for Indiana.

I would maybe love this picture a tad more if it had been during the early part of fall, when the leaves were more colorful and vibrant. I still love the colors of the scenery and the cabin is beautiful by itself, but I think a good landscape can always improve a picture. Either way, God is good and everything he has created is beautiful, which makes me want to give him ALL the glory that much more. I need to learn not to be so picky with my pictures.

I am learning new things every day and very grateful for that.