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The Boonville Hotel| Northern California Photographer

I know I gave The Boonville Hotel a tiny, smallminuscule,  HUGE shoutout in my post about Kendra and Lee’s Wedding. I just think it deserves it’s own blog recognition for being the coolest, most inspiring, fun place I have seen in a very long time here on the coast.  Not that there aren’t a ton of other amazing and inspiring places here, but I just fell in love with this tiny piece of paradise in Anderson Valley. From the sweet little restaurant Table 128 to the tiny vintage details, The Boonville Hotel is quite the eclectic piece of artwork and I just HAVE to share.

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a summer visit to this awesome place is a MUST if you haven’t already!! 

Until next time,

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Lilla Rose Flexi|a product review

As many of you know, I just recently had my hair cut off and died fire engine red.  It is nearly impossible to get all of my hair to stay up in a ponytail at it’s current length. Enter Sarah Ives with Lilla Rose.  The Lilla Rose Flexi changed my life.

I am a Dental Assistant and have to keep my hair pulled back and out of my face while I am working with patients. The really cool thing about this clip is that it’s pretty, stylish, and easy to use.  If I want to take my hair down after assisting with a patient, it doesn’t leave a bump in my hair.  I can wear it to work, out to dinner, or just lounging around my house.

It can be used several different ways.  In a half up pony tail, full pony tail, or a twist.

There are several sizes to choose from based on your hair type.  Flexies are not the only things you will find at Lilla Rose either.  there are some other very cool things. Visit Sarah’s facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lillarosebysarahives and see for yourself.

I highly recommend hosting a party with Sarah and checking out her stock with your girlfriends!  Stay tuned because we will be offering a giveaway from Sarah and Lilla Rose sometime in the near future!  We may also be featuring some of her products in a shoot coming up. Very exciting!

Until next time!


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Everything Romance| A book review

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photo courtesy of http://www.goodreads.com

 

I bet you couldn’t guess that I’m a huge hopeless romantic. Ha! No, I’m not. Cameron is. So it was only natural that when I was offered a review copy of Everything Romance, I couldn’t say no. 

We had a ton of fun with this book. We spent the evening of Valentine’s Day reading statistics, romantic advise, poems and love stories.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys facts and love stories. For instance, did you know that if you make to 100 years married, you should be purchasing a 10 karat diamond? Little factoids like this, make this book amazing.

I highly recommend for the next anniversary or valentine’s day, you go our and get yourself a copy.

Also in this series is Everything Christmas

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review


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Compassion International Blogging Team Heads to Tanzania

Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion

Compassion  International’s Blogging Team is headed to Tanzania. Be sure to follow their journey and please keep them in your prayers!  If you are interested in being part of the journey please follow:

I will be following their journey and praying fervently for their impact on Africa and in the lives of these amazing families.  I hope you will too!
Cheers!


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Fort Bragg California Photographer| Communication is an Art

The Art of Communication. Yes, communication really is an art. Communication takes finesse, thought, the ability to listen, time, and most importantly patience.  Communication is the key to any business relationship.  Generation X as we like to call ourselves has communication down to a science. Sometimes to our own demise. With email and social media at our fingertips via our smartphone, tablets, and even laptops it is virtually unnecessary to carry on a conversation face to face.

This may be the reason why I put such a HUGE price into sitting face to face with every. single. one. of my prospective brides. I want to know if we can carry on a conversation, if we are compatible and share a vision.

All that being said, we are changing our consult structure just a bit for the 2013 wedding season. We will get into the details a bit more as the time comes, but let me just say, I think our clients are going to love it just as much as we are. We will give you a sneak peak as the 2012 wedding season comes to a close. It’s unique and innovative. We hope you like it as much as we think we will.

These are just somethings that I have been pondering today. Happy Tuesday!

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I Heart Faces Photo Challenge| Happiness

Happiness is:

Being a boy.

Playing outside.

Getting Dirty.

Making Noise.

MUD

What makes you happy? Head over to I Heart Faces today and see what’s making everyone over there HAPPY!

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The Day it Didn’t Rain| Fort Bragg, California Photographer

So you know that one day last week that it didn’t rain?!? Yeah, you know the one. The sky was beautiful. It was almost warm. It smelled like Spring. For a fleeting moment, it felt like Spring.  I miss that day!

In the morning I woke up and at my breakfast of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The view from the breakfast table was just too good to miss. Our littlest man, James loves to be read to. Cameron of course is his favorite, so he had to do the reading on this particular morning.  I though to myself,

Happiness is watching my baby boy curled up with his daddy on the couch reading stories about fire engines. Add a little bit of Cinnamon goodness and it’s perfection. Well, that and who can resist the baby toes?

After taking in the sights on the home front it was time for a quick walk on The Haul Road. Of course the weather did not disappoint and neither did my camera.  As we walked along I took in the beauty that was my home and thought to myself, Happiness is pine needles, grassy fields, and the ocean breeze.

Then I got to thinking. Isn’t happiness whatever I say it is?  I determine my own mood, no one does that for me.  If I am happy it’s because I have decided to be that way.  If I’m content it is because I have chosen to be that way.  There isn’t anything that really can effect my mood. Sure, things happen that can contribute to how I view the world. Ultimately though, my happiness is only really dependent upon one person. Little old Me.

 I don’t know about you, but I choose Happiness. I choose contentment. I choose serendipitous joy. What do you choose?