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Singing Canary Drink for Stress and Exhaustion

  As winter comes to a close I wanted to share this awesome drink I've been making to help battle stress and exhaustion.       I feel bad for my girls. Elsa and Anna think I lied to them when I said Upstate NY has tons of snow... they haven't even had enough to really go sledding or build a snowman! I'm not really all that sad about the lack of shoveling this winter, but spring's not here yet ;-) Well it's nice to sip this sunny drink, no matter the weather! It's good for everyone, but especially anyone who is physically or mentally under chronic stress.      My Mom is rocking this nutritional plan (check out Trim Healthy Mama here) that has a ton of really great recipes for healing your body and energizing with healthful ingredients. This is my favorite one she's shared with me... it's nice to have something to sip on during the day besides water, especially when I've already met my caffeine quota

A Letter to my Daughter

This might be the beginning of the end of a really funny and adorable era in your life... ...the end of you dressing like a homeless, color-blind princess.     You have always been adamant that your favorite colors are blue... and the rainbow. You have been seen in dress up clothes at ice cream parlors, the grocery store, and kindergarten open house. We have gotten in fights because there aren't any "fancy" pajamas clean. (seriously??? for the love.) You also make it very clear that if I force you to wear jeans I run the risk of being put in a really crappy nursing home when I get old. The other day you came out of your room dressed for school in a relatively tame outfit. I thought it Opposite Day and you had had your sister pick your clothes or something. There were no conflicting colors or patterns and there was no lace or frills or glitter or anything. There weren't even mismatched leg warmers! (Now the next day you came out decked head to toe

Senior Session, Class of 2016 | Julz | Corning Photographer

Walking around downtown Corning with Julz in 70 degree weather was definitely an awesome way to end my fall photography. We found so many great gems for her photos! I so appreciated her willingness to try anything! There were a couple times she looked at me like "uhhh seriously?" and I'm like "trust me it feels weird but it will look great!" and I think the following photos prove just how important a photographer-client team is. Working together with my clients to create images they love is always a challenge - but it's so rewarding when when you find that sweet spot. And we got to enjoy some of my favorite fall colors right before the leaves flittered down for the season! Thanks for the awesome photo walk Julz! Congrats on your senior year and best wishes for a bright

Ponderings from Kid Books (and my trip to Yosemite)

{Alright you know how this works but I should say it anyways, 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 try not to be disturbed by the fact that a lot of times the quotes that come most often to my mind are from children's books or movies. I guess that's just a Mom's lot in life! Anyways if you've never read Julia Donaldson's book The Snail and the Whale, you are totally missing out and you need to get yourself a copy. Even if you don't have kids, it's just fabulous. It's all about a snail who wants to travel and hitches a ride on the tail of a whale. And there's a surprise twist ending that I wouldn't dare spoil for you ;-) Read it to your kids and be inspired!    So I

My Favorite Gold Star

  The biggest compliment I've ever received about my work in birth photography has been the numerous moms who've said that just looking at my pictures has made them want to have another baby. That's a pretty serious statement.     And it tells me that I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. Because photographing this moment for families is super important. And powerful. There's something deep down in our bones that can feel the power of what these images represent! (a new amazing life)     And apparently it's powerful enough to make people want to procreate again! ;-) Not exactly the response I was expecting, but hey. It's beautiful and I love