Everyday Eyecandy: Paintball….

October 22nd, 2014


Yeah so, THIS happened this weekend. Pookah had a birthday party to go to with his BEST friend at school.( yes AT school,because he has others elsewhere). I was skeptical to say the least. I mean, 4 and 5 year olds with paintball? Doesn’t that hurt? But the owners of the place explained everything and the kids had these little painball guns with itty bitty pellets that didn’t hurt anyone.


And surprise surprise, he was the only one who didn’t get hit. I mean, no paint anywhere.

When I asked him about it, he just said:I’m good Mama. (-_-)


**this photo was taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO app**

The Lovely Everyday: Full of Randomness….

October 21st, 2014

This week’s edition of the Lovely Everyday is just a lot of randomness.

There were a couple of days where there was no photo taken, but on other’s quite a few.



the lovely everyday

the lovely everyday

The Lovely Everyday

the lovely everyday

the lovely everyday

the lovely everyday

Follow our circle over to Bianca to see how her week was!

Motherhood Is……

October 20th, 2014

Motherhood is

Motherhood is.....


A constant battle of wills.

I often say that you may look like your Daddy, but you act like me.

That’s not such a good thing.

You have a strong will.

You are stubborn.

You just KNOW you are right.


I keep trying to remind myself to turn our battles into teachable moments. So that both of us can learn from them.

But my patience is about as thin as yours.

I pray often that I am getting it right. That you are HEARING as well as LEARNING as I talk and talk and talk and talk…..

But on the bright side, if this is what we are dealing with now, I guess I’ll be a pro by the time you are a teenager.



This post is a part of a Blog Circle called Motherhood is, where each month, we Mom-Photographers all define exactly what motherhood is to us that particular month.


Head over to Jessica’s Post

Letters to Our Sons: October

October 19th, 2014

Dear Pookah,


You are growing.

letters to our sons

I have no idea why I never notice until A) you’ve grown out of another pair of shoes or B) it’s hard to fasten your pants because of that little belly.

letters to our sons

But grown you have.

Next month this time, it will be days before your 5th birthday, and I’ll have to deal with all of that.

But right now, I’m dealing with the fact that time is getting away from me.  You are growing at a speed that I can’t seem to catch up to.

My baby is leaving and in his place there is this 4 almost 5 year old who knows his own mind, has opinions and yes, is growing out of his clothes.

As usual, there is a part of me that wants to weep and make time stop.

But there is another part of me that is proud.

letters to our sons

Proud of the small accomplishments that you’ve made in your first three months of Kindergarten.

Proud that you can put on your own clothes without my help( except tying those shoes…we’re working on it).

Proud that you are reading, writing, doing simple math.

I’m just proud of my big boy.

letters to our sons

Love you always.



This post is a part of a blog circle with a groups of photographers from Clickin Moms.  next check out Kennedy’s letter. 


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5 Simple Tips for Better Selfies

October 16th, 2014


5 tips for better selfies

Let’s face it: Selfies are here to stay.

And if I’m honest, nothing makes me feel better than a good Selfie in my feed every now and then.

And if you want to stand out, you’ve got to give good selfie. (LOL)


Today I’ve got 5 Simple Tips for Great Selfies.



Listen. I know this may seem obvious, but no.  Some of us are still attempting to use the camera on the back of our phones for selfie purposes.  FRIENDS NO! Using the front facing camera helps you to SEE your selfie in action! You can look at composition, see that random crumb on your lip, check your lighting and most importantly, see that you are in FOCUS!

2.  Speaking of Lighting: LIGHT IS EVERYTHING

There is nothing worse than a dark selfie or a selfie where you are yellow due to overhead lights. Natural light of course is best.  And if you can get near a window, even better. BUT if you do need to take a selfie with no natural light in sight, try to position yourself so that you are not directly under the overhead lights. It will prevent those harsh shadows.


It’s a selfie right? Nothing worse than being photo bombed by a nasty bathroom counter while you are taking your morning mirror selfie. So your best to eliminate/minimize the clutter in your background.


An occasional, “Hey it’s me smiling” selfie is normal, rational and ok.  But after a while that gets boring. Why are you happy? Is is that cup of coffee in your hand? Is it the event behind you? Is it your toes in the sand?  And remember, not all selfies have your face! Try showing your feet, in a kind of “where I am now” type selfie. Or show what you are doing. Cut off your face, show only half of it. If you look on my feed, everyone knows I like coffee. Why? Because at least once a week, there is a selfie( without my face or only half of it)and  a cup of coffee in a cozy setting.  It’s my signature. Find a theme of your own and OWN IT!


I know I know. We are talking about a subject that’ s so narcissistic and here I am talking about moderation.  But this needs to be said: DO NOT POST A SELFIE EVERYDAY!! ( Notice I said don’t POST! I have no problem with you taking one everyday….) But Save your BEST for posting!


Well, there you have it. My Simple Tips for Great Selfies

Go ahead, try them out. Your Selfies’ will be fabulous! I guarantee it. :-)

I hope you are enjoying this series on mobile photography this month. Last week, we talked about 5 Apps for Flawless Instagram Photos. Don’t forget to check that out.

And also, head on over to my Mobile Photography Pinterest Board for other Inspiration.

Follow Everyday Eyecandy’s board Mobile Photography Tips on Pinterest.

Stay tuned for next time!


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