Photography Sneak Peek ~ Franny 6 weeks & Oakleigh 6 years

Thursday, January 18, 2018

These sweet little sisters are just too cute <3 I had so much fun today with little 6 week old Franny and her 6 year old big sister Oakleigh.

Franny, how cute is that name? She is just darling. Fluffy hair, baby blues, sweet smiles, and chubby rolls. She is just the perfect little baby.

Oakleigh, is such a great big sister. She was so sweet and patient today. I just love her beautiful dark hair and big brown eyes <3

There are so many cute ones, I just don't know how their parents are going to decide with ones to print!

Here's a few of my favorites...

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a sweet and wonderful day :)

2018 Cleaning & Organizing Challenge Week 2 ~ Accessories

Monday, January 15, 2018

How did you go with the big clothing challenge? Hopefully your closets are nice and clean and holding your favorite things!

This week we are going to totally finish up the clothing section by organizing and decluttering accessories. This includes, handbags, wallets, jewelry, and last but not least, shoes.
Week 2 Challenge ~ Accessories 
I do this one step at a time instead of all at once. I started with my handbags and wallets and I laid them out on my bed. I have my nice Michael Kors bags, wallets, and passport wallet. I definitely love these so they aren't going anywhere. I also have my fun, sparkly Vegas crossbody, as well as my vacation crossbody and wallet. It might seen crazy but I just don't like taking my nice MK bags and wallets on vacation. Traveling on an airplane and them getting crushed under the seat doesn't sound like fun to me. Instead, I have a super functional, lightweight, crossbody that I take with me, as well as a wristlet wallet that can carry my cards, ID and phone. I love functionality.
I ended up getting rid of my black suede cylinder bag and a tiny little travel wallet that I hadn't touched in a few years.

Discard anything that is worn out, has broken, handles, or zippers. Donate/Sell anything that is still in good condition and you just don't love or use any more. Keep what you love! Clean out everything, check those pockets and if you're lucky you might find a few bucks! Treat and protect your leather bags and store them properly if you don't already.

Next up is shoes. I laid them all out on my floor, and really took a good look at what I actually wear. I gave up high heels a long time ago, so I really don't have too many to start with, I like comfort. But when they were all gathered together in one place it sure seemed like I had tons.
Discard any that are worn out, broke down, and are in bad enough condition that they can't be donated. Donate/Sell anything that hurt your feet, don't fit, you don't love anymore, or that you just don't wear. Yes, I'm talking about those six inch spikes that you bought for that one dress, five New Year's eve parties ago ;) Keep your favorites. Clean them up, it's crazy how much dust settles on them when they sit for awhile, and clean the area where they are stored.

Most of my shoes stay in my closet on a cheap little wire rack I bought 14 years ago, I'm sure there are prettier options available, but it works great so why get rid of it?!  I ended up keeping 15, which still seems like a high number, but I live in a place where we actually have all four seasons, so flip flops, and snow boots are both a must.
Alan's tiny little collection fits on a shelf. These are just his nice church shoes. He does have more haha!
Everything else is our most used/daily shoes, and they are stored in our mudroom. Right now it's mostly boots, but in the summer it'll be full of sandals.
For the jewelry, I was still storing a lot of it in little ice cube trays from when we moved! *Tip: Ice cube trays are actually the perfect little storage units for your jewelry, especially when you move. Put some Glad Press and Seal over the top and your good to go. Everything stays safe and tangle free!* The rest of my jewelry is stored in an adjustable bamboo organizer that I found at Wal-Mart, similar item.
I drug out my wall jewelry organizer that I got from Kohl's several years ago, hung it with my most favorite things in the world, Command Strips, and transferred my jewelry from the ice cube trays to it. It fits perfectly, out of sight, behind our closet door. So much better than a shoe box sitting on the shelf with the ice cube trays in it haha! *When the weather warms up I plan on spray painting it white and giving it a nice little update :) Also this pretty much just holds the jewelry I rarely wear or that's sentimental and I cannot get rid of it. Come on, those dolphins you guys lol!
You know the drill! Discard. Donate/Sell. Keep. Clean. There are several ways to clean jewelry, just make sure you research how to, and make sure you aren't using anything that might scratch or corrode the stones and metal.

*Extra Credit ~ Declutter, organize and clean the rest of the shoes in your house.

Good luck this week! Hopefully you're having fun and staying motivated!

Have a sweet and beautiful day!

Photography Sneak Peek ~ Newborn Cannon Oak

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to the world sweet boy! Cannon is just 8 days new. Gorgeous, sweet, perfect, handsome, and so very loved. Congratulations Curt & Tess he is just the sweetest little guy ever!

I love what I do <3 Snuggling with sweet little babies, and capturing some of their first pictures is just the best! They are newborns for like a whole second and then they start to grow up and change. I think that these kinds of pictures are some of the best ones to have. For the parents and family, they are a little reminder of that little brand new person who changed their lives forever.

This was a really special session, most of the time the parents schedule the session with me, but for this one, someone actually wanted to pay for the session anonymously to surprise the new parents. Let's just say they made their day! Thank you so much for such a generous gift, you know who you are <3

Cannon was an absolute angel for his session. Last night I told his mom that he wins the best newborn award! He seriously was perfect. I also want to give a great big thank you to his Grandma Sara, and Aunts Hailey and Rylee for all their help during the session. As Alan's grandma says, "many hands make light work."

Squishy lips, chubby cheeks, soft fluffy hair, that newborn smell...Cannon has it all <3 Here's a few of my favorites...
Thank you guys so much for stopping by and all your continued support! It means the world to me. Have a sweet and wonderful day :)

2018 Cleaning & Organizing Challenge Week 1 ~ Clothing

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! 2018 is off to a great start and I can't wait to dive into some cleaning and organizing this month. Seriously, I am actually doing a happy dance!
I always start my spring cleaning in January. It cold, and snowy outside, so there's not a whole lot else to do besides clean and organize inside where it's nice and warm. Plus, when the spring time does roll around, I can't wait to get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine, I actually enjoy washing windows when the weather is nice, the last thing I want to do is be stuck inside cleaning.

Since moving into our new house I have done a pretty good job at keeping the clutter to a minimum, but I still have plenty of things to do around here. We are coming up on the on the one year mark since we've moved in, (seriously I can hardly believe that) and that means I am getting ready to do a purge. Things that I haven't used, worn, or looked at, are going to be the first things to go. Of course there are always exceptions, but for the most part, that is my hard and fast rule.

One of my very favorite things to do in January is turn all of my clothes hangers around the opposite direction. Then when an article of clothing gets worn and laundered, before I hang it back up, I turn the hanger back around in the normal direction and then hang up the item. That is an easy way to see what gets worn and what doesn't. Then after a year everything that is still on a backwards facing hanger goes into my sell/donate bin.
For the next several weeks I am going to post a weekly cleaning & organizing challenge for us. Feel free to follow along and participle. Let me know if you plan on joining in :)

I am going to keep it simple and totally manageable. One week, one task. Easy peasy.

Week 1 Challenge: Clothing
And I bet you can guess what the first thing to do is right? Take everything, that is yours, out of the closet and dressers and lay it on your bed. Everything clothing related. Jeans, tops, socks, belts, coats, pj's, dresses, underwear, scarves, hats, etc. Check your dirty laundry (make a separate pile for that) and check your vehicles for anything that might be in there too. Bring everything in and put it in one spot.
YIKES! It is totally shocking to see that giant pile of clothes, and it's a wake up call to see everything that you wear in one place. Do I really need all of this? Do I really love and wear all of this? The answer is probably no. Even after my big KonMarie purge a few years ago, I am shocked at how much I have!

It will be a little overwhelming, I'm not going to lie, but just pick a category, such as jeans, and start sorting. Pretty soon you will be able to move through the articles faster and you will be able to make up your mind sooner. It will get easier and less scary!

Discard everything that needs mended, and you know you'll never get around to doing it, is stained, stretched out, doesn't have a mate, where do those socks go? etc. Donate/Sell everything that you just don't love or wear anymore. Keep your favorite things. 
This is everything that is leaving! 40 items!

Before you put away your clothes, wipe out all of your dresser drawers, wipe off closet shelves, baseboards, vacuum and clean any areas where your clothes are stored. 
Fold your clothing nicely and put it away, even those socks and panties :) I even use cardboard gift boxes that I have lying around to help hold and organize my smaller items. 
Then when you get ready to hang up your clothes in the closet, turn the hangers around the opposite direction. When next year rolls around you'll know exactly what wasn't worn.
*Extra credit: When you are finished with your clothes, move on to your kids clothes, help your teens do theirs, and if you can, involve your husband and go through his clothes as well. I am extremely lucky to have a husband that is just as involved with the clothing purge as I am.

Good luck you guys, and I hope this will help get you motivated, and start the year off right.  It took me right at 3 hours to get everything out, clean, sort, organize, fold and put it away.

This is probably the biggest and most time consuming task in this series of challenges I am going to do. It is also one of the most rewarding. Don't give up, you got this! 
Bye bye clothes!

And if the thought of putting everything together in one pile totally overwhelms you, don't do it. Instead sort through it by each category, finish it, and move on to the next. The only thing I ask is that you lay each category out on your bed as you sort through it. Don't leave it hanging up or in the drawers and just skim over it. It really helps when everything is laid out in front of you.

Here's to a wardrobe full of only the things you love and actually wear <3 Thanks for stopping by! Have a sweet, happy, and organized day.

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