Muir Woods

Muir Woods in California is a site to see.  It is a national park with lots of amazing Redwoods.  As I was researching places to visit in California, I found the Muir Woods.  I knew about the Redwood trees but this was just one of the places in California that have Redwoods.

There is a fee to pay when you get in. It’s $10 for an adult. We went with my 1 year old son who is free.  We started our hike at the front of the Muir Woods sign. We came across so many Redwoods.  It was so amazing to see these giant trees that date to prehistoric times. My husband at first didn’t want to go but then was amazed and was taking lots of photos.  I was in awe of these beautiful trees.  These trees were both really tall and thick.  We took lots of photos.

I highly recommend Muir Woods in California. It is 30 minute drive from San Francisco.  It’s a great hike because it is on flat land.  There are some bumps but it is so worth it. I would love to go back to see them again when my son get older.  Below are some photos that I took.

Valentine’s Day Toddler Photoshoot

I love taking photographs but it’s very hard with a toddler.  My son moved around so much and will not sit still.  So taking photos is very hard. I always get him looking away and not paying attention.  I still went ahead and had my husband try to help with a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot. I did my best and got what I got.  It was fun and I actually got a few photos of my son looking.

I always try to use props.  This year since he’s a toddler I had limit what I gave him because he would either throw it or put it in his mouth.  I of course got him a eligible bachelor onesie from Carters.  The rest of the props that were used were:  rose petals, cut-out red hearts and a few fake roses.  I placed the rose petals all over the floor and that actually got him to go to the floor and sit. On the closet door, I taped red glitter hearts. He of course picked at them but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I handed him a few fake roses and then the snapping started.

Below is a photo of my Photoshoot. The best that I could do as a new time at home photo taker.  I hope this inspires you to create your own backgrounds and use props for photography. Happy snapping!

 

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First Birthday Timeline

I created a monthly timeline of my son for his first birthday.   I had pictures of each month from his 1st month to the 12th month.  I chose one photo from each month that had showed his growth process.  It’s amazing to see myself how much my son grew in a year.  It was very hard for me to chose one photo because I had many favorites per month but I did it.  I placed this timeline on our stairs to showcase him.   Of course it was a Cookie Monster theme so the months were written on chocolate chip cookies (paper) and then I placed the photo onto either blue or yellow cardstock.   I started creating this timeline over the summer which gave me about 3 months to complete.  As a working mom, I had to make sure that I had everything ready for his birthday, so I started earlier.   Below are the steps which I took to create the monthly timeline.

Materials

  • crayons- brown and blue
  • photos- one for each month plus a newborn
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • clothes pins
  • cardstock- tan, yellow and blue

Steps

  1. Cut out large circles on brown cardstock.  Color chocolate chips with a brown crayon.
  2. Use blue crayon to write each month (newbown, 1 month, 2 months, etc…)
  3. Fold blue and yellow cardstock in half. Cut them.  You should have 7 blue and 6 yellow.
  4. Tape the cookie month to the blue or yellow cardstock.  Continue until you are finished.
  5. Add a photo for each month.
  6. Cut a ribbon long enough to fit all the months on it.
  7. Take each month and place a clothes pin to hold it in place.

 

 

I hope this helps you create your own monthly timeline to showcase your child on their first birthday.

Ocean

My husband and I just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean. It was amazing. Our 8 month old son came with us and it was just amazing. We love to cruise!

As I was sitting and just watching the waters it was nice to not think about anything. Every day we have all these worries that get in the way of us just sitting and relaxing.  As I was staring into the ocean I was at peace. I haven’t felt this way in a while and it was just so peaceful to sit and think about all the wonderful things in my life.  Sometimes we just need to get away and remember why we have all the things that we do. We go through life in a rush. There’s always a bill to pay or an event to go to.  Just watching the ocean and seeing nothing but water, helped me come back and be in tune with everything that I had.  It was nice to just sit and stare at the beautiful and peaceful ocean.

Here are some photos to help you relax and think about what you are most grateful for in life.

Baby bump photography

It’s been almost 6 months since I finished taking baby bump photos. I had a lot of fun taking these photos and watching my body change as I was growing my baby inside. I did my research and got ideas from Pinterest and I couldn’t wait each week to take a baby bump photo.  As I look back now on my baby bump photos, I reflect on the best thing that was growing inside. I had so much fun with my baby bump. There were a lot of things that I did. Some of them were: reading to the baby, walking to make sure I was moving around, talking to the baby, rubbing my tummy and bump as a way to connect to the baby.  My husband would touch my baby bump when the baby would move. Every little movement was amazing. It was amazing to feel this little human growing inside of me. He would sense when I was touching him and talking to him.  It was a way in which we communicated with one another. It amazing to me that my son was growing inside and I was able to start having a relationship with him.  Watching my baby bump was also just as amazing. It amazes me that my body was able to grow the way that it did. I took care of myself in many ways from the way that I would eat to daily walks.  I love looking at my baby bump photos because they reflect a time in my life that grew into the best gift that I received. My husband is my other gift. I don’t know what I would do without these two men in my life. I love them. I hope you are able to take your baby bump photos weekly and watch your baby grow. It’s amazing what happens to our bodies and how life grows. Some tips for taking baby bump photos:

  1. Take some when you are feeling great .  This might be in the morning.
  2. Get creative with what’s around you for example the holidays.
  3. Use a chalkboard in order to remember the weeks as they go by.
  4. When using a chalkboard get creative with what you write. It’s fun to look back and notice what was happening at certain times during your pregnancy.

Here are some weekly baby bump photos.

Second trimester:

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Third trimester

 

Decorating with photos

I love to take photographs of many different things. When I travel I take lots of photographs to save all the memories that I made on my trip.  I also take photographs with my loved ones to remember that special moment in time.  My husband says that I take too many photographs but I enjoy doing that and I cherish every photo that I take. I use my photographs to decorate my house with. From creating scrapbook albums to hanging up photographs on my walls.   Decorating with photos is fun and easy.  In my house, we had lots of enough walls, so I started looking for frames that would create a wonderful decoration.   In my living room, I used a hanging frame with 5 photos on each side.  In the middle I needed some kind of frame with photos as well.  I looked on Pinterest to gather some ideas that would help me fill up the wall space.  One idea that I found was to have four photos of myself and my husband during the four seasons  in our first year of marriage.  I was excited to create this kind of frame because I love my husband of 3 years now more than anything else. We have been together for 11 years and counting.  On my frame I used scrapbook stickers to represent each season.  The stickers were as follows spring (flowers), fall (leaves), summer (seashells) and winter (snowflakes).   For each of photos I places the stickers around that photo.  Around the frame I wrote “A love for all seasons”.  These photos represent our first year as husband and wife and one single moment that meant something. See the photo below.

 

Surrounding my frame of love for all seasons I have my hanging frames.  My hanging frames represent 10 photos of our friends and family that mean everything to use.  We have photos that represent a single moment that was special.   In between my love for all seasons frame and hanging frame, I had some space so I found a wall decal quote. The quote states “Home where the happiest memories are made”.

 

 

I also decorate my home not just on the walls but on my end tables.  My end tables have frames with our engagement photos and wedding photos.  One of the frames which I have is not a frame but a glass shadow box. In this glass shadow box, I have a photo from our wedding as well as my flowers from my bouquet.  I do not like to throw things away because of the memory they hold so I had to figure out a way to keep my flowers. I dried up the flower.  In the glass shadow box, I have a photo from our wedding day, decorating rocks (from the dollar store), and my dried up flowers.  I wanted to use the colors from our wedding, so I found a mesh blue ribbon.  I glued the mesh blue ribbon around the glass shadow box and made a bow on the top.  See the photo below.  It was a fun way of storing a special and important memory.

 

 

I hope these photos help to inspire your own decorating with photos. Happy decorating!