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5 Ways to Preach STRENGTH not Skinny

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}     I'm pretty passionate about teaching my daughters to have a healthy self-image and a healthy view of fitness. I've wasted too many years of my life worrying about how much I weighed or how toned my tummy was. I've struggled with an eating disorder and a terrible results-focused approach to fitness. I want to teach my girls to be STRONG and healthy. Not just thin.     So here are five things I do:    1. Expose them to a variety of types of exercise.  The important thing is starting the conversations. Show them which muscles are getting stronger with the

Otterberg Cistercian Monastery [and New Tattoo]

  There is a village in Germany that means a whole lot to me. It probably doesn't make it to the top 10 list of anyone's travel plan... it's not necessarily famous... it's not even that big. But it was home for four years. I never thought I'd have a "German home town" but I sure do. And a part of my heart will always be wandering those cobblestone streets on my way to the bakery for a fresh pretzel. I learned how to use my camera in this village.  My babies grew up in this village.  Sometimes I feel like I grew up in this village.      In the middle of this village... Otterberg, Germany... sits a 12th century Cistercian Monastery. It's the second largest church in that state and no other church or cathedral I saw in Europe impacted me like this church.     When I first stood inside this church, it took my breath away. I have never stood inside such an imposing building that was so simply designed. It was very

Local Gems | Catharine Valley Trail | Bike Path

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}   So my Brother and I took our first longish bike ride with Elsa and Anna on Memorial Day and I have a few tips if you're going to try it with kids.     Catharine Valley Trail is a very beautiful path to ride or walk (though it's 24 miles total so that's a long walk!) that follows an old railroad route and the towpath of the old Chemung Canal. I'm reading a really dry (yet embarrassingly fascinating) library book about the history of Corning and the surrounding area and it was super fun to bike this historic path. I would have had more time to be nerdy if I wasn't keeping such a close eye on

Giveaway | Share My Promo Video and Get Some Coffee!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK8nd95weQY   The best way to spread the word about anything is through personally telling people you know how EXCITED you are about it! So here's my new promotional video and I'm obviously pumped to have one more way to share my passion for birth photography even more with this area. (You can tell how excited I am by all the shouting and talking with my hands. Classic Jessica.) I really wanted people to have a chance to get to know me, and I think this video does a great job of that!   And I'd like to ask you for help sharing it!    I'm so very grateful for the overwhelming support y'all have given me since my business relaunch in the fall. Your gold stars and high fives have meant so much! I appreciate every comment and share and like. You guys are amazing! I have heard from numerous folks in the social media crowd how much they love just seeing my bright beautiful photography on a regular basis. And besides

I Want to Start a New BIRTHday Tradition

  Wouldn't it be adorable to sing the "Happy Birthday song" to every newborn baby? Mom and Dad and nurses and grandparents and whoever... all gathering around the precious new life and singing a song we usually reserve for the first "real" birthday.     Isn't the first day of our lives worth singing over? "Happy BIRTHday dear BABY! Happy BIRTHday to you!" And seriously, doesn't Mom deserve to eat that cupcake after all her hard work? That's what I thought