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30 Ways to Think Outside the SAD Box this Winter | Part Three

This is obviously not a comprehensive list, but I feel like we're all a little more armed and dangerous to make the last few months of this winter less of a bummer.  Which is good, because all the ice-slush-snow-freezing-rain we've gotten this weekend in Upstate NY is KILLING ME. Without further ado, here are the last ten tips to kick seasonal depression's booty...     21. Brew a hot cup of your favorite tea. Just putting your tea kettle on the stove can improve your mood. The cozy feeling of a warm beverage in your hands is one of the many ways to warm yourself up. Inside and out! Plus you get a bonus boost from feeling virtuous for treating yourself to the antioxidants and other nutritious goodness you get from most teas. I'm looking at you green ;-) 22. Spend $10 on something you don't really need. New makeup, nail polish, hair accessory, scarf, jewelry, etc. Anything that makes you smile. Even if you already own 30 scarves. or more. Not that I

30 Ways to Get You Through the Rest of this Winter | Part 2

  My best friend always laughs at the similarities between her husband and yours truly. Most people get a "blah" sort of feeling when the sun isn't around... but she says she watches some people (raises hand) just seem to droop on dreary days. She calls us "solar-powered people" and I just love that description. SO for those of us who are more solar-powered than others, here are the next ten tips in this quick series on battling the Winter Blues.     11. Plan a trip. Maybe you don't have the time or budget for a big sunny cruise down south, but taking some time on a dreary day to plan a vacation (big or small) gives you a huge mood boost. Some people say that PLANNING a vacay can actually bring just as much if not MORE satisfaction and good vibes than the trip itself. I don't know about that, but hey, I'll buy into just about anything at this point ;-) It's a super good idea to break up your routine... especially at the end of Winter when you're

30 Ways to Get You Through the Rest of this Winter | Part 1

Today I'm going to give you the first ten (of 30) tips and tricks I've learned to battle seasonal depression. You certainly don't have to have actual Seasonal Affective Disorder to experience the Winter Blues. February is that odd month for me... and I know many agree. It's short, it's full of exciting/busy activities, but it also just DRAGS on and on and on because we can see the light of Spring at the end of the tunnel but we just aren't. quite. there. yet. So if you're feeling the winter blues a bit, here are some ideas I've found to help me power through.      1. Spend 15 minutes looking at photos from an event that made you really happy. In her book The Happiness Project {affiliate link here, I highly recommend} Gretchen Rubin writes "Studies show that recalling happy times helps boost happiness in the present. When people reminisce, they focus on positive memories, with the result that recalling the past amplifies the positive and minimizes the

Newborns at Home | Baby Jade

  Here's sweet baby Jade! One week after her amazingly fast birth. She was just so petite and pretty in pink for her newborn photos with me. A thousand congrats again to the Ingles Family. Your newest addition is just precious!     Like these photos? Book me now to document your baby's yawns and tiny

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Jade

I can't really think of any better way to celebrate the fresh start of a New Year than to witness the birth of a baby. And Jade's story was even more exciting than usual because when she decided she was ready, she was ready NOW! Her Momma and I were going back and forth over text the whole afternoon. Angela didn't want me to rush over to the hospital and end up waiting for hours and hours. But I just had a weird feeling that I needed to get over there. Birth photographer's intuition? I should probably add that to my credentials! ;-) So Miss Jade was born less than an hour after I got there... at first all was quiet, Mom was trying to rest and breathe, and then she got in the tub for a change of scenery and surprised everyone with some really strong contractions and pushing! So cue midwife because it was showtime! Grandma was calling for Dad to hurry up and get here but unfortunately Baby waits for no man. She was so beautiful and sweet and the tiniest little thing I've