Friday, July 24, 2015

Where Did Summer Go?

Summer was long and slow when I was ten. It was rather enjoyable and fun, and long enough when I was fifteen. It picked up pace when I was twenty three and got married, it became a little shorter as both hubby and I worked full time. It turned into a whirlwind when I was holding an infant in my arms at the age of twenty five. Now at thirty one, with two kids, two family businesses, summer seems to have disappeared! Anyone else feel this way? It almost seems like each year is four weeks long and those weeks are winter, spring, summer, fall. That's how fast life is flying in front of me.  

This forces me to stop and enjoy separate moments, to create those moments, to say no to some things that rob me of precious time with the kids. To say yes to some things that enable me to spend more time with them - ironically for me that's photographing weddings on weekends, if it wasn't for that I'd have to find a day job and see the kids much less. I've had to learn to say no to social media. To temporarily say no to this blog, as much as it is another 'baby' of mine. To say no to people that always want something from me and drain me. To say "Yes, let's go to the beach!". To say "Yes, how about rollerblading in the park!". To set aside the phone and give my littles a BIG hug.

I don't want to remember this summer spent sitting in front of a screen, worrying about every little thing in running my business. It's amazing how when we let go off the worry, make time for our family, the rest just happens so much easier, it comes - maybe slower, but in it's own time. 

Not only that, but what will the kids remember? Mine are outdoor addicts and if I don't feed their addiction to fresh air and sunshine we would all drive each other nuts indoors. Summer may feel like it's eluded me, but we've most certainly made memories - painting a room together with our kids, creating their own new space, beach days with homeschoolers and friends, family rollerblading trips, lots of biking, splash parks, lake trips, and plenty of fresh air. We can't afford a tropical family vacation, not by a long shot, but you don't need a whole lot of money to make memories with your kids. I spent as much time with them as I could before a very busy wedding season this August and September!

Would love to hear about your summer! How do you keep it from escaping so quick and make memories?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Clean Your Closets with Polarn O. Pyret and ThredUp!

At Polarn O. Pyret store Chestnut Hill

If you're an average mom like me, you are often overwhelmed with the quick turn over of kids clothing! They grow like weeds! Spring cleaning comes around and besides all the nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned, you've got closets full of outgrown kids clothing from past seasons. It's great when there are siblings to pass it on to, but what's your kid going to wear now? 

I am sure a lot of us moms also have some clothing of our own that hasn't been worn in months. It may be cute, but not practical with kids. It may have fit us at one point. We may have worn it once for a special occasion. Maybe it was too good of a sale to pass up. Now it's just taking up space. Meanwhile your kids need new tights, coats, shirts, jeans, etc. 

Here is what you can do right now to remedy this imbalance! 

- Send an email to with your mailing address and request however many bags you need
- Activate the bag online so you can receive free shipping and credit to Polarn O. Pyret
- Fill the bag with up to 10 lbs of gently used name-brand kids or women's clothing and drop it off at post office or leave it for your mailman
- ThredUp will notify you of of how much credit you will receive (check out these examples of how much you can earn). It will take about a month. 
- Your clothing is resold on ThredUp and you get to spend your credit on the Polarn O. Pyret website or in one of their stores

So what can you buy with Polarn O. Pyret store credit? The kids and I had the incredible opportunity to visit their Chestnut Hill store in Newton, Massachusetts. Baby E and Baby T had a blast picking out some clothing for the spring season. They were most excited about these spring coats you see in our photos, perfect for spring rains and cool summer evenings. The workmanship is pretty amazing, they are unlike anything you'll see at stores these days. Baby T is so in love with what he calls his "firefighter coat", that he doesn't want to take it off! He has been wearing it at home for four days now! He loves role playing and pretending to be a firefighter, savings people and animals out of fires.

The clothing is extremely high quality, easy to resell or pass down if you take good care of it. I also LOVE that so much of it is gender neutral! I was never a big fan of gender specific clothing, much to the dismay of my pink and girly loving daughter. Thankfully she declared blue her favorite color a couple of years ago, so I can at least get her this gender neutral coat that she adores. She also loves the twirly dress below, it's so comfortable and just perfect for a girly girl that loves to be active, it doesn't restrict her. 

Polarn O. Pyret always has amazing sales, so don't be discouraged by the pricing. I thought I couldn't afford anything there until I saw the sale racks and some really great deals on the high quality clothing! Above is a shirt I got for Baby T, the most awesome thing about it is that it is reversible! That's just perfect with kids! Very practical, I hope they make more like these!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tieks Review {Perfect Shoes for Moms and Female Photographers!}

As a mom and professional wedding photographer, my footwear choices are limited to whatever is the most comfortable. I am always looking for a pair that is comfy, compliments many outfits, and will last. That's why I was so excited to discover Tieks by Gavrieli

They are perfect for chasing toddlers.

They are perfect for running many errands, food shopping, and playgrounds. 

They are perfect for city strolls with a stroller. 

They are perfect for kneeling, squatting, walking, and standing on your feet for 10 hours making another bride and groom happy! (in my case)

I first ordered a pair in my normal shoes size - a seven. I put them to the ultimate test of an all day wedding and ended up with some blisters on my heels. I was sad, because other than that they were super comfortable and perfect. So I let the wonderful people at Tieks know about my experience and they sent me one size up quickly to replace my size seven with an eight. I've worn these at another wedding and they were perfect! You can see me below at the mansion right before the reception, wearing this beautiful pair of metallic pewter Tieks.  

These are the perfect flats for a single professional in the city, for the urban or suburban mom, or even the retiree who has no interest in heels and wants a well-made pair of comfy flats that will last. Most of all of course I recommend these for other female photographers, you'll love them! Will they cause a case of sticker shock? Perhaps. They did for me. If you are buying them to wear for your business though, it's a great write off! I don't plan to wear them for anything other than wedding photography, they are my special "favorite job ever" shoes. Tieks enable me to photograph a wedding without having to think about how uncomfortable my shoes are, which of course makes it possible to focus on giving my client the best experience and to have some fun with them!

I also love that the Gavrieli Foundation supports women entrepreneurs all over the world creating opportunities for them to support their families and communities. This is huge for me as an entrepreneur myself! Starting a business in the U.S. was not easy, and it is even harder in many other countries. I love supporting companies that in turn support other female entrepreneurs like myself. 

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