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I Can’t Believe They Can Finally READ

Like, for real read. They can read together. They can read on their own! They can read out loud and silently and we can all curl up on the couch together and just READ! It's a Momma Bookworm's dream come true you guys!      I remember being so disappointed when trying to read a book to a baby less than a year old and realizing that it would be many many moons before said child and I could actually cozy up and ENJOY a book together. Fast forward a thousand sessions of various Dr. Seuss, The Gruffalo, Love You Forever, No Jumping on the Bed, and Miss Hunnicutt's Hat and this is finally happening...     They're so close in age that even though Elsa can read much more extensively, Anna is not to be outdone and wants to be right there in that chapter book with her. So I catch them frequently partner reading. And we have "silent independent reading time" which is good for their growing brains but let's be honest, also my excuse to

Here’s How I Think You Should Celebrate Earth Day

If you're looking outside today and wondering how you should celebrate Earth Day have I got a suggestion for YOU! Show some love to the Corning Street Tree Project!  Start by heading to corningtrees.com     If you think some of the photography or the subjects of said photos (or the writing of the posts!) look familiar it's because I am one of the co-founders. And together with some of my best friends (and siblings!) we have started this project in Corning that we'd love you to get involved with!     The biggest things we need right now are donations and for folks to spread the word! You can donate now by clicking on this link to the Community Foundation's donate page.  Click on the "Choose a fund" dropdown menu and find us under "C" for Corning Street Tree Project Fund.  And please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tell ALL your Corning friends to do the same. Thanks so much! Happy Earth

Easy Day Trip | Altitude Trampoline Park

Happy Spring Break everyone!  If you're doing a staycation and haven't tried one of Rochester's trampoline park adventures, I highly recommend Altitude.     Especially if you feel like your kids are bouncing off the walls because of all this wintry weather we've been enjoying in Upstate NY ;-) Why not try some place you can ACTUALLY bounce off the walls?!?!?     It was most recommended to us because not only does it have the trampolines, as promised, but there's also a rock climbing wall above a foam pit! (And a battle beam, too!) I was quite surprised with how difficult it was to move through the foam pit. There was a lot of laughter and some worries about lost socks getting sucked away into the foam quick sand ;-)     I knew the little ladies would have a blast doing this but I had NO IDEA that I would have so much fun! There's nothing like bouncing and jumping and playing and laughing to make you

Travel Adventures | NYC’s “Famous” 99 Cent Pizza

When we went to New York City in March, my boyfriend was pretty excited to have me try 99 Cent Pizza. Which I thought sounded a lot like garbage-pizza ;-)  You see, pizza is my favorite favorite favorite food! And I was certainly skeptical that it could be any good for such a price.     I love it and would probably eat it every day if I could. I love it with all the toppings I can get - the more veggies the better! I love it with hot sauce. I love it dipped in ranch (you know, to make it extra classy and healthy!) I love it grilled. I love it from any restaurant on Market Street, but especially Atlas. (I pretty much only scoff at Pizza Hut and I don't think anyone can blame me there amiright?) I even love it from Italy, where he complained that it was ridiculous to serve a pizza the size of someone's upper body and expect them to eat it with a fork and knife. I mean, you COULD cut it into slices and eat it with your fingers if you didn't

Chimping: My Definition and Encouragement

Chimping (v.) - the act of checking one's LCD screen on a digital camera after each shot is taken.      "They" say that "real" photographers don't chimp. That they should just know their settings well enough and be good enough that they don't need to check. If you've ever worked with me, taken a class with me, read my blog, or been around me more than five minutes, then you know I don't put much stock in what "they" say.      In fact, I think chimping is great! It's a main mark of the modern wonder that is digital photography!  I don't have any patience for McJudgypants-type people who are going to approach a photographer and ask them if they know what chimping is (because they want to point out that's what you're doing) and yes this did happen to me once on a shoot and yes I did roll my eyes out of my head. Listen, I've been shooting professionally for years and even on a paid shoot for a client - heck, especially on a