Fototale Designs is having a 3rd Birthday Celebration

As I was perusing my Facebook today I came upon Fototale Designs and saw that they are having this amazing 3rd Birthday Celebration. I wanted to get the word out for others to get the chance at the cash. I NEVER win these things….but You could……go check it out!!


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Good Luck to you….

Until Next Time….

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No More Braces!!

It’s been a while since my baby girl got her braces off…. I neglected to post a photo of her BEAUTIFUL new braceless smile!! I have been a bit busy, having had 2 trips postponed already, I am hoping I can get this trip out of the way this next time….a couple more weeks and I should know. If not it will be another couple months before I can get back out there… this had better be it!! This isn’t the best photo I have…it was taken from my hubby’s iPhone, while driving down the road, after we had gotten in the truck from near 60mph winds, hence her hair having that wonderful windblown look…..LOL. She is BEAUTIFUL anyway!! LOVE HER!! She had decided just about 2 weeks ahead of getting her braces off that she wanted to get about 8 inches of her hair cut off….so she had the short hair too, which is super cute!

We were quite surprised when the Orthodontist told us that there is a possibility that she may not have to wear braces again if she continues to wear the retainer at night and the adult teeth that come in from here on can be directed into the right places. We will have to wait and see…..lots of time between now and then. So much has changed between when I had them and now. Kids have it so much better now…..and our parents would have said the same thing!!

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Until next time……

Amber – Senior 2012

This is a girl who has her head on straight!! She only goes to school part of the day because she finished all her courses needed to graduate, and instead of spending the extra time goofing off she went out and got a job to help pay for college!! WOW!! Mom and Dad have done lots right with this one. She is planning on going to college, BUT…….she wants to be a model too and I think she could do it. What a great time I had with Amber as we went to the Railroad Museum and then walked the Historical District, we even got a good chuckle when she got spooked by a dog and it’s owner leaving the building where we were using the door and entry way as a backdrop. I had a hard time just choosing a few to show here…..this girl doesn’t really take a  bad photo!!




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Until Next Time………

I Heart Faces – Beautiful Black & White

It has been a VERY long time since I entered a photo in the I Heart Faces Photo Challenge, but I felt moved to do so as I LOVE black and white Photo’s. I took this photo at a recent shoot to document her daughters 6 month milestone mark. When I did her 3 month photo’s she was NOT feeling the paparrazzi, this time however, she was showing her DIVA side. I LOVE this photo for the interaction between Mom and daugher…….

Such Beautiful Kisses!!


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Ready for Christmas!!

Woo Hoo, we are READY for Christmas!! Hubby and I went on Monday and finished up the last of the shopping that we needed to do to get the rest of the kids presents together. Monday night we had our Girl Scout Meeting where we did Christmas Crafts and that was a total BLAST!! We learned how to make bath salts, the girls made the Polar Express Bell, the made candy cane rudolph reindeer’s, a couple of orniments for the tree, and a Santa made out of a Baby food jar to put the bath salts in. If you would like to see the baby food jar Santa you can see it HERE. When I was a Girl Scout 30 years ago we had made a similar project that we put Christmas candy in. Who would have thought  that I would be making a similar project with my daughter all these years later. I am looking forward to more crafts to do with our Girl Scouts through this next year, they seem to have the attention span and focus to allow us to do some great crafts this year.

I became a member of Pinterest over the last couple of weeks, and WOW!! With all the great things that are posted in that group and on the linked blogs there will be no shortage of crafts and recipes to try out!! And speaking of recipes… of the last things that we had to do to get ready for Christmas was to make Christmas Cookies and yesterday we went over to my sister’s house for out annual Christmas Cookie making session. This is a big deal for us, you see because when we did this with my Mom it used to be an all day event. Mom used to make several batches of the dough and she would cook while we would all decorate. It usually took us about 6 to 8 hours when my Mom was alive. Now when my sister and I get together we do a somewhat condensed session. My kids will usually only decorate for a little over an hour before they get tired and just want to play. I am usually impressed that they will work for that long. Generally we end up with 75-100 cookies anyway. This year I decided to take some pictures of the process. By the time we got there my sister had the cookie dough ready to start cutting… the pictures start from there.

After the dough is rolled out, each cookie is carefully cut out……..

Cookies before they go into the oven….

Coloring the icing….

Almost ready to start decorating…..just have to cool off….

The table is ready…..we cover the table in paper to make clean up easier….

The kids get to work….. they are doing a GREAT job…..

The finished product!!

And the recipe if you would like it:


Carole’s Holiday Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 3/4 cup (scant) flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons orange juice
grated rind of one orange

Cream together butter and sugar, blend in egg. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add flour mix alternately with orange juice. Stir in orange rind. Chill dough. Roll out, cut and arrange on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 min.

(We have modified this recipe to use orange juice concentrate instead of orange juice. It gives a better flavor. So you would use 5 tbsp orange juice concentrate instead of just orange juice)


6 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 1/2 – 4 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream all ingredients together until smooth (you may want to use a blender). Seperate into different bowls and mix in food coloring choices.

Enjoy, hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

I may try to do a bit more cooking in the next couple of days. I have found a breakfast pizza to make for Christmas morning for the kids, hubby wants a jalapeno, sausage and egg casserole for breakfast so I will be making that for him. Looking forward to seeing the kids faces in 2 days, I hope I remember to take pictures….lol.

Until next time…..

Oh So Posh Giveaway Back Up….

The Giveaway I posted about below at Oh So Posh Actions for the Nikon D90 Camera is back up and running… go now and see what you have to do for your chance to win…..

Oh So Posh Actions 

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Give Away at Oh So Posh Actions!! Check this out….

What an AMAZING lady Lidia of Oh So Posh Actions is!! She is an amazing photographer who also makes her own Actions, and now….she’s giving away this Nikon D90 Camera to one lucky Fan!! WOW!! I am a Nikon Girl also and I would swoon over getting this great camera upgrade to my own!! Take a look….

To get the Rules…..visit her site….

Oh So Posh Photography / Blog  (I’ve linked you to the Giveaway)

Better hurry though…..It ends TOMORROW!!!

(UPDATE: The Server that was being used could not handle the amount of traffic that was being generated by this giveaway…..YEAH….and BOO. So Lidia had to take the post down so that she did not CRASH the server all together. She is working on a solution to the problem at this time and the Giveaway WILL be extended when the problem is resolved. Thank You for your patience.)

Good Luck everyone.

Until Next Time…….