Tuesday, September 16, 2014

50 in 555 :: Watch 10 TED Talks

Watch 10 TED Talks

What is a TED talk? TED stands for It is a short presentation given that is anywhere from 5-30 minutes long and all have a profound meaning and topic given. They can be inspirational, informational,

straight from their website : TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

their slogan is "Ideas Worth Spreading". I love listening to insightful people on interesting topics, These are some of my favorites. I said I wanted to do 10 in 555 days.. I did 10 in 5 days. I really encourage you to find a few that look interesting to you!

1-  Love, no matter what.  Andrew Solomon

2-  The 3 A's of Awesome. Niel Pasricha

3-  I Got 99 Problems, Palsy is just one.  Maysoon Zayid

4- Sucking Time or Saving Lives Kristin Howerton (Rage Against The Minivan)

5- The Power of Vulnerability.  Brene Brown

6- Thoughts from inside the Mental Hospital Glennon Melton (Momastary)

7- Love letters  Hannah Brencher

8- Depression, the secret we share. Andrew Solomon

9-  How I hacked online dating. Amy Webb

10- Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. Cameron Russell

Friday, September 12, 2014

50 in 555 :: Do one RAOK per month-September

Do one Random Act Of Kindness per month

I have this friend who is an INCREDIBLE baker. She makes the most beautiful custom cookies in all the land and I have worked with her on some special custom cookies for a wish before. Girlfriend has got talent! Who is this wonderful human I am speaking of? Well, Melissa of The Baked Equation of course!

She lives about 30 minutes away from me, but I had a session right by her house so I sent her a message to see what the lemon cupcake situation was at the bakery that day. Unfortunately she didn’t have any available, but told me that there would be plenty in the next week. I all but demanded 4 cupcakes and asked her what the damage was... can you believe that she was going to have extra from an event she was doing so all of those scrumptious cupcakes were going to be all MINNNE (I am not that lucky, I will have to share with my peeps.) but seriously, how kind of her to give them to me. So my creative mind started spinning and knowing good and well that I couldn’t show up to her home ready for cupcakes without a small treat for her. It just was not going to happen. I decided that I could use this opportunity to do Septembers Random Act Of Kindness! Who better than the holder of the cupcakes to receive it?! So as I was browsing Charming Charlies I saw these beautiful scarves folded so perfectly and just begging to be picked up, I snagged a gorgeous deep green on perfect for fall! I decided that she would be getting a ready for fall basket for this RAOK!  Eeek! I loooooove fall! So the brainstorming began, I got a Starbucks gift card for her to get a pumpkin spice latte, I added in a little bitty pumpkin and a spiced candle as well so her home would smell like fall along with fresh baked cookies all the time, doesn’t that sound heavenly!? All of those little treats put in a sweet basket just screams fall!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

50 in 555 :: Use an essesntial oil

Use an Essential Oil
I made this list before I started exercising more and then when I started going to Zumba a few times a week my foot started having this crazy, weird pain on the top of it. I went to the doctor and he suggested changing the way I tie my shoes and offered custom orthotics, but at $500.00 for the pair, I gladly passed on that one. I did change the way I tie the shoes though (see photos below) and that has helped quite a bit, but an unlikely helper that i read about a bit was peppermint oil. Now, I am not going to give you another post about how wonderful essential oils are because honestly I am still a bit skeptical about a $50 bottle of oil stuff to fix ailments, but I will tell you that the peppermint has helped the pain in my foot. The internet says something about it being a natural pain reliever anyway and I have also found that when I put some behind my ears and on my temples when I have a headache it does help that a bit too, who knows maybe there is something to it after all.
I also bought some Dr. Schollz inserts (for $6 might I add) and have started wrapping my foot too before I go to work out and I have had very minimal pain since then. I am not ready to take the full dive into the oil fad, but I am pretty happy that I found one to help me.
So, who knows maybe I will dive into the oil life one day, this is not that day lol but one day perhaps :)

The foot Doctor said that I should try skipping a spot on the shoe where the pain was. This is how I relaced the shoes to avoid the bone bump on my foot.

50 in 555 :: Get Family pictures taken

Get Family Pictures Taken

One of the many wonderful things that came from going to the Elevate conference was a conversation that I had with Lydia of Photography Hill. She was toying with the idea of changing the kinds of photos she takes. She wanted to really move towards real life type sessions and asked me what kinds of things I do with my family. We talked about how I love to bake and she had the incredible idea of having her over to bake cookies with the kiddos! It was incredible. She came over in the morning and did a few "formal" shots of my family which turned out anything but formal. She kept it short and sweet and even the man that hates taking photos more than anything else in the world hardly complained at all! It was quick, painless and the final result is BEAUTIFUL. I wasted no time printing them and passing them out to our families. I have now also printed them and have them all over my house and at work. She was also kind enough to let me change my clothes twice and take some headshots that now beautify my business cards! Lydia has the most wonderful heart and my kids loved her. I have nothing but good things to say about her as a person and a photographer. To see more of her work you can check out her website
www.photographyhill.com and some of the other sessions she has done for Camille of Friday We're in Love and Jen from Nothing Comes of Nothing.

Her Website :: www.photography-hill.com
Her Facebook :: https://www.facebook.com/#!/PhotographyHill

Thursday, September 4, 2014

50 in 555 :: Get A Business Vinyl For My Car

Get a Business Vinyl For My Car
I have had my eye on one of these for a long time. I have gone back and forth on actually pulling the trigger though. Finally, I decided that it was time and at $35.00 how could I not?
I worked with Wall Art Showcase on Etsy, and Jennifer was an absolute dream to work with!
She replied to all of my messages quickly and to the point, she made some adjustments to the logo I sent her to make sure it would work on vinyl, and I had the proof of the vinyl the very next day, once I gave the green light she had it done and shipped the next day, with included two day shipping I had my final product in less than a week from my original inquiry! Now THAT is service! She has been so kind and linked back to my business site on facebook when she posted the photo I sent her. I just have nothing but good things to say about this shop. I do also want to say that I have been in no way compensated for this post, I paid full price for my product and was truly THAT happy with how the whole thing went down.
Now please take a moment to admire the beautiful tattoo that my car received over the weekend.
(also, forgive the less than clean car.)
Jennifer is offering all of you 10% off your own vinyl!!!! Use code
 at checkout to snag your own custom vinyl or something beautiful from her shop!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

50 in 555 :: Round 2

It's here! The new list!! You can check out the list from last time and the link to the original post Here.  I know I know, youre excited. I really am. I am looking forward to completing each and every one of them! Since it has taken me two months to post this I am starting the countdown as of today! Woop! Stay tuned while I work through it get to work on them!
Completion date :: March 10, 2016
Let the goal completing comence. May the odds be ever in my favor.

1 - Go to a farmers market

2 - Build something

3 - Organize a bloggers give back event

4 - Do 1 Random Act of Kindness a month and blog about it

5 - Go on 4 dates with Mr. B that we have not done yet

6 - Visit the 4 corners

7 - Get family photos taken for the house

8 - Join the gym.. and go to it

9 - Go apple picking in the fall

10 - Run 3 5k's

11 - Send 4 boxes of happy mail to unsuspecting friends

12 - Get a blowout at a drybar

13 - Go to a concert

14 - Watch 10 new TED talks

15 - Volunteer at a womens shelter

16 - Write a letter to someone that inspires me

17 -  Reread all  Harry Potter Books

18 - Go to the snow

19 -  Shoot 2 more weddings all by myself

20 - Master the art of image sizing. (Enlist help from Jeremy or Lydia)

21 - Make a client pinterest board with outfit and styled shoot suggestions

22 - Reach 1million blog page views

23 - Build A snowman

24 - Shoot at 5 new to me locations 

25 - Have a social media free weekend

26 - Visit a city i've never been to before

27 - Throw a dinner/patio party

28 - Take a day trip with my mom

29 - Print and display photos I've taken

30 -  Participate in a Make A Wish fundraiser

31 - Shoot a "styled" session

32 - Host game night at our house

33 - Try Essential Oils

34 - Go on a date with each of the littles

35 - Order a business vinyl for my car

36 - Establish a better system for camera bag organization (Battery, memory cards, lenses, misc.)

37 - Drive to the beach on a random weekend

38 - Plant an herb garden in the back yard

39 - Leave opperation beautiful notes all over town

40 - Take photographs of 10 new families

41 - Send 5 old clients prints from their session

42 - Go to a professional ballet preformance

43 - Take on 3 new wish kids

44 - Join some kind of sports activity

45 - Try 5 new recipes

46 - Build a headboard for my bedroom

47 - Clean out my closet, purge clothes I don't wear or that don't fit

48 - Sew an outfit for my self

49 - Renovate the backyard with Mr. B

50 - Buy something from the small businesses I believe in

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chrissy who??


I kind of feel like I am resurrecting my blog with this post.
I took a MUCH needed break, not only from my blog but from most social media as well. I went from trying to post every day, to being ok with posting twice or maybe 3 times a week. Can I tell you how much that lowered my stress level!?

I like to keep busy most of the time, but it was becoming to much.
I have gotten so much done after I stopped stresssing out about what I thought my blog should be.

So what have I been up to since I posted last???

1. I got a hair cut!  We chopped off a solid 6 inches and I couldnt be happier. My hair takes 3 minutes to dry and I have time to actually style it once I am done. It is lighter and adds a bit of sass, which c'mon, it's totally me :)

2. A member of my household got a tattoo..  My car. I feel so official now.

3. I completed the ALS Ice bucket challenge. And it was fantastic.

4. I have taken full advantage of my swimming pool. This little munchkin is Mr. B's Nephew and I love him.

5. I have been hanging out with one of my wish kids (more to come on her later, because she really deserves her own post) She had a birthday and Cakes Against Cancer made her cake. Talk about amazing!

6.  I have been hanging out with my man friend. I will say this is one of the best things to come from my slow down. We have gotten more time together and it makes me so so happy. He is the most supportive human and I am so lucky to have him.

7. I have been a picture taking fool. I did slow down a bit (intentionally) but have still maintained a steady level of clients over the last few months. I am really excited to announce that I have booked 3 weddings for the next year already!! eeek!!! Including this beauty and her man.

8. I got family photos taken by the wonderful Lydia of Photography Hill!!! (More to come on this later as well) we have been doing some home improvements as well and this one has been printed large and framed to go in the center of our entertainment unit.

9. I had Lolos Chicken and Waffels for the first time ever and it was mind blowing. I had blue Kool-aid in a mason jar, that is happiness.

10. I had a business hickup when I had a not so great situation come up with a client. It is going to change how I do some things, which is fine, but unfortunate nonetheless and it made me feel really icky. It is fine now, thanks to target and a small Chai tea.

But really I am just happy. Simply happy. I have had time to make some changes to better myself, to better my business, to better my family and it has been wonderful. I have become a better friend through text and at a sushi dinner. I get all the kisses I want from Mr. B. We have done some great home improvements and I havent spent my entire life in my office. I am so happy with the time I took to disconnect, but I am back (just in time for the blogger meetup!) and better than ever. I am even hoping to do a RAOK day sometime soon!

Until next time :)