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!

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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our washington state vacation.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I went on vacation to the beautiful state of Washington. I have this goal to visit every national park in the United States, so we knocked out three on this trip! We had an amazing time, put lots of miles on our rental car, and enjoyed the great outdoors for a week.

We flew into Seattle, picked up our rental car, and drove to North Cascades National Park. We were there two days and then drove to Mt. Rainier National Park for two more days. The next two days were spent at Olympic National Park and our last day we explored the city of Seattle before flying back home.

We saw some incredible scenery, some of it seemed like it was straight out of a story book. Mt. Rainier is over 14,000 ft tall so it was quite humbly to stand in front of it. I always love trips out west; it is so beautiful there.

Here are a few pictures from our trip:

Mt. Shuksan in North Cascades National Park.

Mt. Shuksan in North Cascades National Park.

Mt. Rainier!

Mt. Rainier!

tree huggers

tree huggers

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Marymere Falls

The view from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.

The view from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park.

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park.

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Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park.

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Stacking rocks at the beach

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Ruby Beach

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The Seattle skyline

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putting my gum on the ‘gum wall’ in seattle…gross, but cool.

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…

frosty the fridge

frosty the fridge

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…