Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Denver Area Photography

I'm So horrible at updating my photography blog (I can barely handle this one!) so I though I'd share some pictures from recent photoshoots here!

I'm still doing a mix of families, maternity, newborns and high school seniors trying to figure out what I love doing most! But for now I'm really enjoying trying a bit of it all!

I shot M's maternity session last weekend and we had the most fantastic light as the sun was setting! She's due just next month and has the most adorable bump. It Almost makes me miss being pregnant. Almost. 

K's Senior Pictures I took back in September or beginning of October at Daniel's Park. I definitely need to take more pictures there, especially Senior girls, so if you know of any Denver area class of 2016 senior girls, send them my way! 

 I had my first Engagement Session, and it was so much fun! Doesn't help that this gorgeous bride to be is a good friend from college!

Lifestyle Newborns Photography is where it's at. This sweet baby was THE snuggliest! 

My prices are raising in 2016, but if you book now I'll honor 2015 prices! Send me an email at to book your Denver Area Senior Photography Session, your Denver Area Family Photography session, or your Denver Area Newborn Photography Session! 

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Denver Children's Museum Grand Opening

Monday night we were invited to come to the VIP Grand Opening party at the Denver's Children Museum (see blogging has some fun perks!) And we naturally jumped at the chance to check it out. We have been members for a few years, but this past year when our membership expired I didn't renew it because of the construction going on, and being super pregnant and then with a brand new baby. But now we will definitely be doing that!

We have always loved the museum, but now, in Jasper's words, it's epic. And he couldn't be more right! There's literally something for everyone there. Even the older kids. Jasper was getting a bit old for a lot of the exhibits before, but now I know we could go and he would have just as much fun as the younger kids, if not More fun.

There are now 18 exhibits (and honestly we could have spent more than hour at each of the exhibits) and they are divided into four different types of play; Explore, Imagine, Investigate and Create. 

Some of our favorites, they've got this 3 story tall climbing structor now that even adults can climb up which might have been Jasper's favorite, he said it was like a climbing maze. 

They had an amazing macaroni and cheese bar at the party- amazing! 

 Their new and improved art room is amazing! It's like a legit art studio! I snuck in there to have a look but didn't want to risk bringing the kids in there because I knew my little artist loving kiddos would Not want to leave and I wanted to make it through the rest of the exhibits, but I can't wait to take them back! 

I'm really glad they kept the ball room ^^^ as it's definitely one of our favorites! 

I'm really excited about the new hands on kitchen they have. They will have real chefs there to teach classes for kids of all ages to jump in and help out! Tindra is obsessed with helping me make lunch and dinner, so I can definitely see that this will be a big hit!

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Jasper checking out the dessert bar and the amazing view. I can't wait to sit up here and have lunch next summer!

The bubble room is still a favorite as well!

 The new water exhibit is definitely going to be a favorite as well, waterfalls, and boats and kayaking? How could it not be!
They even have a dentist room!

We are so excited the new exhibits are done in time for winter! I can tell we will be spending a lot of cold days here!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Coke Bottle Craft and Pizza

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It's the most wonderful time of the year...I dare you not to have that song stuck in your head now! But really, it is. I feel like Buddy the Elf around Christmas time, but I just really love the holidays! 

This weekend we found ourselves with an entire afternoon to spare (that basically never happens) so we decided to head to Walmart and get started on a little Christmas shopping. Not for our kids obviously, they were with us, but we have nieces and nephews we needed to get started on. And the kids really haven't asked for anything yet, so we needed to wander the toy aisles to get some inspiration. Jasper only mentioned a football and books (when did he become a teenager?!) and Tindra wants everything. " Oh that looks fun! Oooh that looks like a good one!" So she should be easy enough!

While we were there we decided to pick up some dinner, who wants to go spend 30 min cooking in the kitchen after spending the afternoon shopping? Not this mom. The deli section had lots of choices like rotisseri chicken and salad (which was my vote) but a vote was taken and pizza won, 3 to 1. Drew and I needed a little caffeine after the busy day so naturally picked up some coke to go with our pizza. Sorry kids, only water for you!

 This year Coca-Cola at Walmart has teamed up with the Salvation Army. In November and December, every coca-cola purchased with a Walmart Deli prepared meal will support Coca-Cola at Walmart in providing a warm meal through the Salvation Army to families in need. How great is that? 

When we got home from our busy afternoon of shopping dinner was already ready, all we had to do was set the table (even went with paper plates!) and eat!. And no clean up after meant had some time to do a little craft after we were done eating.

My kids love crafts and painting, and for this little art project that we decided to do (make Rudolf, Frosty and Santa coke bottles) we already had everything on hand, and if you have little painters in your life I'm sure you do as well!

First we took off the label and washed out the bottles. 

Next we painted them all one color, I painted my brown, Jasper painted his red and Tindra painted hers white. 

The paint we used dried really quickly, like 10 minutes, and during those 10 minutes we hurried up and got ready for bed and brushed teeth and by the time we were done, the paint was dry.

Then we cut out some antlers and a hat for Rudolf and Frosty out of plain white printer paper, while Jasper painted his Santa a belt and added a nose to my Rudolf and buttons and a scarf for Frosty. 

Lastly we painted the antlers and hat and taped them on!

Really easy and fun way to spent some extra quality time together before bed. Usually after dinner I'm busy cleaning up the kitchen, doing the dishes etc while Drew gets the kid ready for bed if he's home. Having that prepared meal and quick clean up allowed us to spend that extra time together, which was the perfect way to end the weekend. 

 Be sure to share photos on social media of your family enjoying a prepared meal from Walmart along with Coca-Cola and use the hashtag #GiveHappiness to spread the awareness this holiday season!