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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#WorldGratitudeDay

How did I not know that this day existed?  Gratitude is such an important part of my daily life.  I’ve also started asking Miss S to tell me who and what she’s thankful for (it’s pretty hilarious when she mentions her stuffies or a random cup she was obsessed that day).  To get the hubz into it I usually ask while we are having dinner.

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I read an interesting article (which you can read here if you like), and the number one question to ask yourself if you want to be happy (according to neuroscience) is what am I grateful for? And the cool thing about this is that “You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.”

What are you grateful for today?

Next time I’ll write down that lyric

The last few days have been unbearably HUMID.  It’s no longer pleasant to take a walk outside on your lunch hour, waiting for the commuter train on the platform is daunting because the heat makes it hard to breath, and even after dinner it still feels like an oven so going for a walk to the park is not even an option. #SoReadyForFall

Thankfully it’s raining today, which has actually cooled things off a bit – so much so I had to wrap my shoulders in a shawl when we decided to take Miss S to the park after our dinner out today.

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Love this shot I took on the drive back from the city.  The iPhone was trying to focus with the motion of the car.  I am actually glad it didn’t.  I started reading this book – and I am hooked.  I felt kind of after reading this and this, I realized I needed something thrilling and no so inspirational.  I am sure I’ll be eating my words after this book scares the shIt out of me.

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Shirt | Chocker (similar) | Nail Polish

Outside of not wanting to read motivational and self betterment books, I’ve been saturating my self with positive quotes, inspirational tip and ideas on self care.  Also found this on pinterest last week – can’t wait for there to be a printable version!

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Finally, I’ve gotten bit by the moleskin hack bug.  It happens a few times a year and it makes me feel so organized (even though it’s just the prep needed to become more organized).

Who else is ready for Fall?  Do you think self care is important? What books have you read and recommend?

Toddler Update

Although out little miss turned two just over a month ago, I’ve been promising myself that I would share some of her updates. Even though I struggle with how much to share/document each moment vs savouring the present – I love reading the stories other moms share about their littles.  Reading those stories and blog posts for me it’s both an inspiration (wow so much to look forward to) and a sigh of relief (I’m not alone)!!   I wonder what moms/families did before mom blogs :P

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Purple is this girls JAAAMMM.  Her eyes light up and her whole self just gravitates to the colour.  It’s is so awesome to see her personality peaking through as she reached toddlerhood.

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My little beach babe LOVED the beach and sand – so much so she’s actually ate the sand (or atleast attempted to — TWICE!)
Blanket | Sand Toys 

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Twinning with my homegirl!  It’s actually been super fun to dress her.  She is pretty easy going other than when she sees something purple in her closet – then all bets are off on what I select.

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Someone is serious about their painting at the Children’s Museum!  I am grateful I found my creative mind in adulthood but I have been definitely nurturing her creative soul from as early as I could and she showed interest. #CraftMom :P

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Fav food hands bound is “Water-yemon”.  If I haven’t said it before. LOL

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She’s legit been through 3 pairs of the kiddie nike free runs.  I love them for her because their are flexible and comfy.

Do you read mom blogs?  What do you think of sharing baby / toddler updates on blogs?