#OOTD and a solo mom outing

Today I had my FIRST solo mom outing with my girls.  Like any mom I got prepared the night before by packing a few healthy snacks and my toddler’s kid friendly laptop as well as the diaper bag for the baby.  Miss S really helped by staying true to her “big girl” status but of course she eventually got tired of holding it in and had to be in my arms for a little bit.  I was sure to tell her how proud of her I was.

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People were so helpful.  I guess when you see a parent out numbered by their kids, it only make sense to help out! I have finally had my #ItTakesAVillage moment.

And just a tangent thought here: I realized that on Monday I had the icky feeling because I had consumed more than I created (binge watched Netflix, Instastories and way too many Youtube blogs) . It was like a light bulb went off in my head when I realized that the feeling of being drained, empty and depleted was because of a simple concept.  I ended up feeling lifted when I took care of my mind and body before bed.

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I seem to really like just writing what I am thinking with these OOTDs.  I think I’ll keep it that way going forward!

#OOTD + 10 things done


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I can’t think of anything to write today so I would list the things I got done this week #SmallVictoriesFTW

  1. Saw WonderWoman with Baby Ellie #SoGood #StarsAndStrollers
  2. Finished organizing the loot bags
  3. Put some laundry away
  4. Did my nails a really cool reverse french manicure with a nude white and gold
  5. Planned and executed Miss S’s pre-school birthday party (including thank you cards and treats)
  6. Did multiple pre-school pick ups/drop offs with both kids
  7. Worked out!
  8. Straightened my hair (but put it up in a messy bun every day so far)
  9. Ate pretty healthy all week
  10. Worked out 3 times this week

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Birthday Love for my Miss S

Happy 3rd birthday to my sweet Miss S.  I spent some time reading the cards I wrote you in previous years and I am excited that the pile of yearly birthday cards is growing :)  Had fun surprising you this morning with balloons in your room, singing happy birthday to you at 6:50am and for your reaction to your gift (that you still have to grow into).  Excited to celebrate later today and this week.  I love you!

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And here is a baby pic – for good measure!

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Reflection

My messy make up table had been bothering me for weeks. So I cleaned it up and decided it deserved a photo… (because who knows how long it will stay this clean).

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A reflection of me and said make up table.

On social media I’ve been seeing a lot about resolutions, plans, reflections and even “one little word” as we look towards a new year.

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In considering the latter, I gotta say my 2017 #onelittleword is going to be build. I have so much to build on, build up, build with – and accepting this is kind of exhilarating!

How to: Edit photos

I take a lot of photos and I don’t really have studio lighting or even a DIY reflector (which is probably something I should have done already).  So because I take a ton of pictures I do spend quite of a bit of time post processing them i.e. editing them in some photography software.  I wasn’t always interested in editing my photos but I really started getting into it 2013 when my photography became more complex and I started to really  try to capture certain types of shots.

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The most common photo I have to edit are the ones I take anytime between 5:30pm-7:30pm.  When we get home from work/preschool – I try and snap some pictures of either our food or of us or just Miss S.  But almost always the lighting in the house is crap and all of our chandiliers/lamp shades are using soft white bulbs which end up making our pictures have a yellow tinge (yuck!)

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Here is a run down of what I do to correct these types of photos.  Some of my favourite photo editing apps are here, here and here.  Regardless of the app – these are characteristics I work with first (ranges seem extreme because it depends on the photo and the app being used.)

  1. Reduce the temperature by 10-50%
  2. Increase the exposure 10-50%
  3. Increase the brightness a 2-10%
  4. Increase the saturation a 2-10%
  5. Increase the sharpness at least 10% (usually more)

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And there you have it! You can always save these setting as a filter and apply the same filter to all photos taken at that same time.  Below is a side by side of the updated photo and the original.

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When Inspiration Strikes

It’s not often that inspiration strikes me to do something creative other than write or take pictures. (I mean I consider myself a maker/creative but painting is still new to me)
So now that it has, I decided to get started on the project to bring that creative idea to life.

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I dirty primed two different canvases to do some black and white art.  I’ve talked about doing this but I also got another idea for something that I plan to hang on the floating shelf in our family room (which needs some seriously love #EmptyFramesFor6Months)

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