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Donna’s Famous Cinnamon Rolls

We did it! We finally got to Donna's on a Wednesday morning IN TIME for cinnamon rolls! (Back story - once this summer we made the mistake of thinking there would still be some at 9am ;-) but then Donna and her son Michael informed me you can just let them know on Tuesdays how many you need "reserved" for your party and there will never again be a sad-faced-little-girl among you! Whew!) We joked that we were there celebrating the fact that Elsa lost another tooth. Don't tell her, but we were really there because Mommy was on Market Street running errands on a Tuesday and actually remembered to pop in and ask Donna for a reservation ;-) A couple notes on Donna's: Great diner food Cash only open Mon-Fri 6am-2pm open Saturday 7am-1:30pm closed Sunday call (607) 936-9732 on Tuesday if you want cinnamon rolls on Wednesday ;-) Donna also has an amazing collection of vintage Pyrex sets on display. Anna and Elsa love the blue and pink the best

Birthday (and Holiday) Presence

This past week has been a whirlwind of fun fall festivities and Elsa's 7th birthday. I always have a tough time at family outings and events being torn between my photographer-self and my mom-self. Specifically, to take a picture or to enjoy a moment?  As a photographer, I place very high value on a photograph to preserve a memory... not just for my clients but for myself. I want so desperately to remember every little moment and I have this fear that if I don't take a picture I WILL FORGET... but then I have known for a long time that if I always have the camera in front of my face, I miss something else that I can't ever get back: being present in the moment with my family. I still take a lot of pictures, trust me.  But sometimes when I am out with my girls or we're home celebrating an event, I remember this moment I had with them once when we were traveling in Germany... If you travel with small children, then you know what it means to be tired of bathroom

Travel Adventures | Tips for Visiting Colmar, France

Fall always makes me think of France. And travel. And my best friend Kirsten. Probably because two of our favorite bestie-trips happened in the fall when we lived in Europe at the same time. We were just a half hour from France, so we often hopped over when we had a hankering for macrons and other ridiculously amazing food. Since I have a heart full of miss for France today, how about introducing you to one of my favorite cities? Welcome to stunning Colmar! Be prepared to have your face melted off with awesome architecture, gorgeous colors, and adorable details! Every street is a new collection of beautiful colors! You could wander the city all day and your eyes would never get bored! Colmar is a magical place to spend a couple days. You can easily walk around the whole city center, so it's a great place to take kids.  They also have a fabulous Christmas Market, so you would have even more to see around the holidays! As

Ode to the Market Street Apartment

When my brother was making plans to move out of his apartment, he asked me if I'd help him document it for him with a photo shoot. It's not his first bachelor pad, but it's definitely everyone's favorite. I mean, it's Market Street. You can't get much cooler than that.     One of my favorite things about this apartment (besides the cowboy chic wallpaper) is the dramatic lighting contrasts from those big beautiful windows. So it was a real treat to play around with my camera on a bright sunny Saturday morning.     Plus he made me eggs AND had bought some oatmeal raisin cookies from Soul Full Cup to go with our coffee. He's a gem.      One of my favorite things about my brother is his hospitality.     That and his passion for minimalist living and vintage Corelle coffee cups and saucers.     Also, who owns (and regularly

Easy Adirondack Hike | Mt. Jo

Today I want to share my experience(s) of a great hike in the Adirondacks that is totally accessible to newbies and kids.      We had a lot of fun taking Mom up Mt. Jo as her first Adirondack mountain during family vacation this summer, and it was such a great little hike with a wonderful summit, that I thought it would be a good intro for the girls this fall!     Mt. Jo takes about two and a half hours round trip (with kids) and is a really cool way to get a taste of a "true" ADK hike and summit view.     So pack up your water and your snacks and head to Adirondac Loj Rd. for parking at the High Peaks Information Center. It's $10/day and you get a last minute bathroom stop. Plus there's park staff to answer any last minute questions and a small store for any last minute supplies you forgot. The signs from this area are pretty clear, but to get to the trailhead of Mt. Jo you'll actually walk