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Project 52 | Week #30 – Colorful

Welcome to Project 52. One theme, one photo, once a week. Simple. We have been super busy this week. School starts NEXT week! This will be my first year all alone since both girls will be going to school. We went back-to-school shopping at OshKosh, and then we had a dance party at home while trying on their new outfits! More dance party photos coming soon! Canon 6D – 50mm f/4.0  | 1/250 | ISO 1250 My shutter speed could've been a little faster, more like 1/320 or even 1/400.  See what's … [Read more...]

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Come Link Up Your Posts | Create Link Inspire 

Thanks for joining us again at the weekly Create Link Inspire link-up party! We had almost 500 entries last week! Link up your recipes, crafts, organization ideas, DIY projects, sewing tips, home decor ideas… anything creative that you’ve come up with! 5 FEATURED FAVORITES: My favorite DIY projects from last weeks link-up are... DIY Citronella Candle with Lavender DIY Garden Planter Gift Idea DIY Washi Tape Clothespin Picture Line DIY Cork Flower Vases Easy DIY … [Read more...]

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WordPress Tools to Simplify Your Site

1. Optimize Images for Faster Loading Time When you take a photo with your digital camera, or even your mobile device, the file itself is pretty big. Resize your images to fit in your post. I resize everything to 700px because that's what works for my site. Uploading full size images into your post can have a huge effect on how your page loads, which affects how long people stick around. 2. Say No to Spam If you're not using a plugin to combat spam, you should be! There's no reason … [Read more...]

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Project 52 | Week #29 – Long Exposure

Welcome to Project 52. One theme, one photo, once a week. Simple. This week was challenging. I've never taken a long exposure shot before, and I don't normally shoot landscapes. This is why I love doing the Project 52. It forces me to pick up my camera and try new things! Canon 6D – 40mm f/22  | 5.0s | ISO 400 See what's in my camera bag here. My favorite photo from last week is from my co-host Sarah! Check out her beautiful praying mantis photo! I love the angle and the bokeh in the … [Read more...]

Tropical Sunrise Layered Cocktails Recipe

Tropical Sunrise Layered Cocktail Recipe

We recently took a trip to Florida and I'm still in beach mode, so I decided to make a tropical themed drink! The Tropical Sunrise Cocktail is a twist on a Tequila Sunrise, which uses orange juice. It's a delicious drink with or without Tequila. If you're not a fan of coconut (like my husband) you can substitute the Vintage Sparkling Coconut Water with the original sparking water or use any of the 6 various Vintage Sparkling Water flavors - Cucumber Melon, Lime, Lemon, Original, Pink … [Read more...]

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Come Share Your Posts | Create Link Inspire 

Thanks for joining us again at the weekly Create Link Inspire link-up party! We had almost 500 entries last week! Link up your recipes, crafts, organization ideas, DIY projects, sewing tips, home decor ideas… anything creative that you’ve come up with! 5 FEATURED FAVORITES: My favorite DIY projects from last weeks link-up are... 1. DIY Marquee Letters from Plywood 2. DIY Container Garden Enclosure 3. DIY Industrial Ampersand Decor 4. DIY Vintage Soda Crate … [Read more...]

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Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort “The FUN Place”

My family and I were invited to Panama City Beach to stay at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort in Florida. As you may know, my dad has stage 4 lung cancer and has been unable to travel, or really even leave the house, due to his low blood cell counts. We planned our stay at the resort in-between chemo treatments so that my mom and dad could take the trip with us. This vacation was special to me since it will probably be the last trip I get to take with my parents and my family together. I … [Read more...]