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Sincerely, Me

Musings

Sincerely, Me

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of seeing the Tony Award winning Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. I loved it and highly recommend it.  At its core, Dear Evan Hansen is about connecting with each other in what appears to me to be a seemingly disconnected world. These days we all have a million different ways to connect with each other whether via a cell phone or online. However in my opinion, facetime is no substitute for face-to-face time. As a parent of two teenagers, I struggle to find ways to get my kids off their screens and connect with...

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Dear Mom

Musings

Dear Mom

“We form inside our mother’s womb, far from her arms but right beneath her heart.” Patti Davis, The Lives Our Mother’s Leave Us Over the last ten years, I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of fabulous artists. The one common thread amongst them all is that they all credit their mothers for inspiring their creativity. I am no exception. So, this week, in honor of my mom's birthday next Monday, I dedicate my blog to her. I have to say my creative gene came solely from my mother. As a kid, she empowered me to try, while giving me the permission...

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Lookbook

Fashion Diaries

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Lookbook

Ever notice how some Instagram photos look so candid and effortless? Well, I'm here to tell you that that fabulous candid pic most likely took days, if not weeks to put together. Having worked on a Lookbook for the past month, I have a newfound respect for photo stylists. Whether you're taking pictures of your kids or a shooting for a style blog, here are some tips to make your next photo shoot a success. 1. Put Together a Mood Board For me, the first step in putting together this Style Book was to create a mood board. I thought about what...

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Harry Potter's London

The Road Less Traveled

Harry Potter's London

Last summer my family toured Europe and since we were traveling with teenagers it may come as no surprise that we had to hit every Harry Potter site imaginable. I already documented our tour of Harry Potter's Scotland in another post, so this post is dedicated to not-to-be-missed Harry Potter's London. 1. Tower Bridge This was one of our first stops in London and a low key way to start our visit. Our self-guided tour took us over the glass floor, which was a favorite photo spot for my daughter. The engine room was a highlight for my husband. We also had...

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Top 5 Tips for Preserving Your Precious Photos

Party Time

Top 5 Tips for Preserving Your Precious Photos

In my last blog post, I wrote about planning my parents' 50th Anniversary party. In planning their party, I uncovered 50 years worth of photographs stuffed in albums that were literally falling apart. Many of the photos were adhered to magnetic album pages and were deteriorating. So in this post I want to share my top five tips for preserving those precious photos. 1. Get those albums out of the attic. I found most of my parents' albums in the attic where they were exposed to heat. According to the National Archives, you should ideally store your photographs in an...

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