happy halloween! {family halloween costume idea}

Now, we all know I’m a huge holiday enthusiast (to put it extremely, extremely lightly), but Halloween has never been high up on my list as far as important days go. I don’t watch scary movies, I cry the second I step into a haunted house, and my Halloween night plans are generally very anti-climactic. […]

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a recommitment to slowing down

A few weeks ago I made my first trip to Illinois. We spent a couple of days in Chicago, but the real purpose of the trip was to attend my husband’s grandmother’s memorial in Putnum, Illinois. His maternal side of the family comes from a long line of corn and soy bean farmers – I’m […]

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scenes of christmas

I’m trying to fight the post-Christmas blues that inevitably set in after the holidays. There is so much excitement and cheer built up at the end of the year, that when the day finally comes and goes, I can’t help but feel a little pang of sadness in my heart. It breaks even more when […]

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home for the holidays

Being with family this Christmas has been so good for my soul. With a hectic few months of holiday celebrations and traveling, slowing down for a few days was very much needed. I only get to see my mom and sister a couple of times a year, so it’s always really special. My mama always decorates […]

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a disney christmas

I go to Disneyland once a year, and there isn’t a more perfect time to visit than during the Christmas season. The parks are decorated beautifully, rides are updated to fit the Christmas theme, and they sell holiday food from around the world. This visit was especially great because of the light rain and chill in […]

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life as of late

Man, it’s been a while. Still trying to figure out that work-life balance thing. March was a busy month for me – what with spending the entirety of my days editing, shooting footage, and recording voiceover for a big video project at work, as well as attending a slew of casting workshops in the evenings and on […]

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our thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving holiday was just the break I needed. Come Monday morning it felt like we hadn’t been to work in forever, and it was glorious. Even with helping my brother and Hannah prep the Thanksgiving meal and having all the family over, the stress was kept to a minimum (minus one intense spat during […]

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sister sister

A visit with my sister is obviously never complete without a photo shoot. During my time back home in Texas, we were busy, and it was HOT, but we managed to squeeze in few minutes to take some shots outside of my sister’s apartment. I really haven’t used my DSLR at all this year, so […]

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my new nephew

This summer I became an aunt three times over – but the first time to a boy! I spent the past five days back in Texas with family to meet him, and DANG IT if this little dancing baby isn’t giving me baby fever REAL BAD. He is so happy and healthy and wiggly, and I […]

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san diego

This past weekend we drove down to San Diego to stay at my brother’s new house (jealous) for Memorial Day weekend. He and his girlfriend both have a crazy weekend work schedule, so we didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I would have liked, but we did get a lot of good […]

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