This is the first video in my editing series! Yaaaay! I’m going to show you how I edited one of the photos from Hilary and Yuri’s Maternity Shoot. If you have any questions you can leave a comment or contact me.
I had the pleasure of shooting Hilary and Yuri’s maternity session recently. When you combine beautiful people with beautiful scenery, it’s hard to go wrong. I am so excited for these first time parents and I can’t wait to meet baby Iara! Enjoy!
This post is written specifically about Florianópolis, Brazil, but most points can be applied to any new country or city. When my husband and I decided to move from Canada to Florianópolis, Brazil, I knew that my number one priority for the first year would … Continue reading
We had a lovely little party for Seba this afternoon! Check it out:
Is it crazy to already start thinking about Christmas? You could say crazy… or you could say clever. Christmas can be such a hectic, stressful season, with so much pressure to buy/give gifts for our friends and family members. Sometimes I think, “Ugh, I’m not getting presents for anyone this year, it’s just too much time/stress/money!” On the other hand, I really enjoy giving and receiving gifts – they don’t have to be fancy or costly, but I do think it is a nice tradition, and if we start thinking about it early, perhaps some of the stress can be alleviated.
Let’s explore my favourite kinds of gift giving: handmade, personalized, re-gifted, local, and online!
My favourite kind of gift to give and to receive is something “hand-created” – a song, a scrapbook, a picture frame – I just love that kind of stuff. But I know that these things take time and I certainly haven’t done a lot of that in recent years as Christmas tends to sneak up on me. I’m hoping this year will be different, at least in the kid department. My friend Zoe and I are planning on making some Christmas crafts with our little boys that they can give as gifts to family and friends. There is a plethora of ideas on Pinterest and the internet of “DIY gifts people will actually love”. Here are some of my favourite things I have done in the past or plan to do this year:
–buy a journal/notebook and scatter quotes/doodles/pictures throughout it. If it has a plain cover you could decorate it. I like to cut pictures and letters out of magazines, make a nice design and then cover it(oh so carefully) with clear packing tape.
–paint a pot and plant flowers or herbs in it. Or make a cute terrarium with a glass jar and succulents.
–sew a stuffed animal for a child – I am attempting to do this for Sebastian’s first birthday!
Personalized gifts – there are so many different things you can do with your photos, especially! In past years I have made photo books for family members, mugs with grandchild pictures, tote bags, and calendars. Vistaprint.ca is a great place to start, but there are many others as well. I love to make photo books with the iPhoto program on my Macbook. They are so professional looking and easy to make.
I also really like re-gifting. I was just thinking back to my university days when I lived with four girlfriends. For Christmas one year we decided to give each other something we already owned. We played a little game – we each wrapped four gifts, brought them to the living room, and picked one gift from each person’s “pile.” We then were able to steal or trade for a different gift. It was something like that, anyway, and I remember it being so meaningful and fun. We don’t need to spend tons of money to give gifts. It also helps you to de-clutter!
Buying something locally from a Christmas Craft Fair is always a fun experience for me. I love buying a product directly from the person who made it. Or you could give a gift certificate for a family photo shoot and support your local photographer! :)
Here are some of my favourite things you can get online:
What was a favourite Christmas gift you received? What’s your preferred method of gift giving?
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Eu adoro conhecer bebezinhos! Essa bebezinha, Eloah Stela, é muita preciosa e a família dela é maravilhosa. Depois do ensaio o Shasta perguntou para mim se ele podia ver o bebê. Quando ele viu ela, ele disse, “Mamãe, é uma … Continue reading
I have been having so much fun with my oils! I received my Premium Starter Kit from the company Young Living last week and since then have tried lots of different “recipes” and diffuser blends! Here’s what I’ve tried and loved so far:
If you have any questions or interest in buying some oils or the Starter Kit, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can leave a comment here or email me at email@example.com.