30 Days of Being Thankful

October 31st, 2014


Last year in November, I joined a 30 days of Thankful challenge on Instagram. It was thirty days of taking photos of the things I was thankful for.  It was life changing for me. We spend so much of our time complaining about what is happening and wishing for what we don’t have. Taking the time out of a stressful day to find something to be thankful about is life changing.

So this November, I decided I wasn’t going to wait for anyone to prompt me to do this. For my own well being, I decided that for the next 30 days I will make a photographic journal of the things I am thankful for.

Join me.

I promise you, even if you don’t think you have much to be grateful for, you do! And at the end of November, when you look back over what you have been thankful for, maybe you’ll continue the practice.

I’ll be using the hashtag #ThankfulEveryday on Instagram for the month of November and I would love for you to share your photos using the hashtag too.

At the end of the month, I’l be compiling all of my photos into a Photo book from Artifact Uprising. I love their products, and they have perfect photo books for Instagram photos.



You should too!

I can’t wait to start this project tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what you all are thankful for if you decide to join me!

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Daily Posting Anyone?

October 30th, 2014

NaBloPoMo November 2014
I’m crazy.

Yes I am.

Every year, BlogHer hosts NaBloPoMo( National Blog Posting Month)  in November and almost every year since I heard about it, I’ve participated.

And I usually post: EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I had decided, self righteously I might add, that I would NOT be participating this year.

In the words of one of my friends, I kept saying “Dis Tew Much.”

BUT Mimi over at Lipgloss and Binky is going to do it and well, peer pressure and company for torture is just so alluring for some reason……


Next month, there will be a post of some kind from me every day! It might be a post, a photo, a quote a bunch of links and maybe even a vlog or two!



Just thought you should know

Carry on…..

Currently-October Edition

October 29th, 2014

Watching: Blackish. Every week, I am pleasantly surprised by this show! It keeps getting better and better. I was initially turned off by the title, but was willing to give it a go because seriously, how many shows are there out there about black families that aren’t reality tv based? I’ll wait….

Listening To: Sam Smith. Don’t sleep fam, don’t sleep. His album is just….I can listen to it all day. ALL.DAY.

Planning: My Blogalicious trip. See, this involves not only me getting to San Antonio and back, but the feeding and taking care of husband and child while I’m gone. For 4 days, the two of them will be left to their own devices. Three of those are school days. So for those days I just have to make sure Pookah has clothes laid out for each day, food laid out in the refrigerator for lunch….you get the point. This is going to be…interesting. So interesting that I don’t think I’ll go anywhere else for a looooong time. A loooong time.

Looking Forward to: Rest. I feel like I’ve been burning my little candle at both ends. Daily. Everyday all day. I’ve been working from home about 3 weeks now. It’s good. I love being able to take Pookah to school everyday and be here when he gets home. I love FINALLY being able to cook a meal for us most nights of the week. I love that I can get up and workout in the morning now because I don’t have to spend an hour in traffic.  I love that most days, my house is clean because I have the energy to do it. But, I think I’ve been trying to do too much. I’ve got this need to prove I can do it all when I know it’s not possible. I’m working on it, but for now, I’m exhausted.

Reading: Nothing. And that’s sad. Suggestions?

Making me happy: My little boy has a wiggly tooth. That means that soon this smile will be changing.


Sigh. Time flies.

What’s currently going on in your life?

The Lovely Everyday: Babies

October 28th, 2014

This weekend, we went and met this little guy…

the lovely everyday

He is adorable.

He has sweet cheeks.


Pookah loves him.

the lovely everyday

Look at those hands.

the lovely everyday


And no, my ovaries didn’t twitch. Not even a little bit……

CDub and I had been talking about how I couldn’t wait to get my hands on our new nephew.

I told him it was the only way I was going to get to hold a baby anytime soon.

He agreed.


Head on over to Bianca to see what her everyday looked like this week!

How to use VSCOcam for Instagram

October 23rd, 2014

I often get asked how I edit on my iPhone. When I talked about my favorite apps for Instagram, I talked about  my go to app for editing, VSCOcam.( Remember, you can also get this app on Android!)

I love it.

It’s simple, it’s pretty and it’s fast.

Last week, I took this photo

editing with vsco cam



And so far, it’s been one of my most liked photos on Instagram to date.


Pookah and I were just sitting watching some Disney show when he grabbed my hand. It took a picture, and this is what it looked like, straight out of camera:

vsco edit


I KNEW immediately that it would have to be in black and white. Mainly because when I want emotion to shine in a photo, I choose to edit in Black and White.


The first thing I did was pull it into VSCO and rotate the photo:

vsco edit


Next, I used one of my favorite presets( I have them placed in order of preference) the Legacy 03 preset to convert it to black and white.

vsco cam

Nice but….

I then pulled up the exposure:


Then added a little contrast to make it pop:

editing with vscocam

And finally, a little sharpening.

editing with VSCO


editing with vscocam

See that area on the right? It was green in the original photo( Pookah’s shirt) and now it’s just a white distracting blob in my photo.


I quickly pulled the image into the Touch Retouch App. (Remember when I talked about it here?)

editing with vscocam

And easily  removed the distraction.

editing with vscocam

And BAM!!

There it is.

editing with VSCOcam app

I then uploaded it to Square-ready, and sent it to Instagram.

Easy peasy right?

Any questions?


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