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It’s that time of year!  Kids are back in school and many of them are away at college.  Last year I had fun coming up with ideas to send to my daughter at school.  I think she enjoyed them because she’s hinted about more this year. :)

For some reason, I struggled to line everything up in this blog post so hopefully you can follow it.

Have fun planning care packages for your college kid or someone you love!

This all orange box was really fun to put together.  I tried to put mostly healthy items in there for her, but had to add a couple of treats too.































When the weather started to cool down, I sent her some things to keep her warm.  I included a pair of fuzzy socks for her roommate too.

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This is a street reliever box to help her get through finals week:




























A note of encouragement:


















Little goodies wrapped in love.  The cards are available here:  Lunchbox Love Notes.  They are perfect for ANY age!


















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This Christmas box takes a little more planning, but was so fun to make!!





























I made this lollipop “tree” because of this great video:

Lollipop Video

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Let me know if you make any of these and if you have any other fun ideas to add!  My daughter is in her junior year now and I haven’t sent anything yet, except for the occasional items off of Amazon Prime or Target.  Free shipping makes it so convenient to send her fun things or something she needs.  I probably shouldn’t have given her my passwords!

December 31, 2015 in Personal






Happy New Year to everyone!  It’s pretty hard to get so many people together at the same time so I made this cute little card with our selfies.  Maybe next year I’ll have better luck getting us all together.

2015 was a pretty challenging year.  We had a lot of good (like Mackenzie’s birth!) and a string of not-so-great luck that kept happening one after the other.  Erick’s motorcycle accident (scariest thing ever), but thank God he’s OK now and walking.  Madison fainted at school and busted some teeth and needed stitches in her head.  Mark was off of work for 2 months with kidney stones – OK, that wasn’t really too bad since I got to have him home and he experienced normal sleep hours.  Things are pretty good now and I’m focusing on all the positives – everyone is healthy and thriving at school or work.

This is pretty much my whole world on one little card.  Have a safe and blessed New Year!


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December 16, 2015 in Personal

This is just a sneak peek of the photos my kids let me take this week.  I had to beg and threaten, but it means so much to me to have recent photos of my kids.  It’s too hard to get ALL of the kids together, but hopefully next year we can manage.  I’ll post more later.

I love how Zoe is looking up at Clay!  They are crazy about each other – even though she is MY dog and I’m her favorite. :)

I sure do love these kids.  Pretty much everything I’ve done in my life has been for them.



October 15, 2015 in Families, Personal

This was one of favorite photoshoots.  Jordan started emailing me about 2 weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in photographing a surprise proposal.  We went back and forth for days making plans to meet and figure out where and all the details before she asked me if I was OK with both of them being women.  I had no problems with it and was even more excited.

She was waiting for a personalized gnome to arrive so she could put it in a geocache.  It didn’t arrive on time, but she dropped off a geocache box at my home filled with notes and a photo of the gnome so my girls and I could hide the box and get ready for the shoot.  Jordan, I really appreciate your trust in me!

The day of the shoot, my girls and I waited in the trees pretending we were doing our own session.  We were all so excited and anxious!  Jordan kept texting me what was going on and giving me an ETA.  It was such a special moment and really fun to see Lana’s reaction.  She had no idea and was very excited!

Jordan shared with me everything she did to plan for the surprise, including designing the ring, asking Lana’s dad for his blessing, ordering and waiting for the gnome and all the little white lies she had to tell so it would all work out.


Jordan tried to pull Lana into the shade for me, but it didn’t quite work out.  haha


Lana discovered me taking the photos lol!

Jordan kept a journal of all the planning details for Lana to read.

A photo of the gnome that didn’t arrive in time.



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October 10, 2015 in Personal

Today we are celebrating 5 years of marriage!  It’s hard to explain how lucky I feel to be married to someone so giving and understanding.   Everyone likes Mark because he’s such a good person and he just makes life more fun and happy.

He’s my rock and my “person” forever.  I mean, he’s even going to see Garth Brooks with me tonight and he probably doesn’t really want to go.  I would say that that makes me pretty lucky. :)





The kids are getting ready to head back to school and I’m trying to reorganize my business and my workspace.  I love the summer because my kids are around, but in August I start to crave routine so I am working on regrouping myself.  Does anyone else struggle with this?

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But let’s be REAL!!  This is what it usually looks like.  Organized chaos maybe??




No, I don’t normally photograph weddings, but my sweet niece talked me into it!  I had so much fun because the lighting, the venue and the people were all so perfect.  It was an amazing day and I’m happy I was able to get some great photos for Sean and Tabitha.  It took me a whole day to recover lol.

I was really excited they played this song during their ceremony because this was the song Mark and I first danced to as husband and wife!  The words mean so much to me.


Christmas is about a month away and I have some great ideas to share with you!  Most of these you can shop right from your own home – my favorite way to shop!

My daughter-in-law sells cute Thirty-One bags.  Here is her site: Kellie’s Thirty-One Site

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Who doesn’t love jewelry?!  Cristina has some really fun parties so I highly recommend you giving her a call today. :)









Cristina’s Premier Jewelry site  The site wasn’t working when I checked so email me if you need her contact information.



I promise you this girl will amaze you.  She started this business in high school!  She has an incredible mind and spirit that is contagious.

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Click here to contact Krista: Krista’s scarves 



One of my favorite nail polish companies is Essie   It’s fun to see what colors they come out with each season and I might have a slight addiction to them!




I really love anything from Pacifica, but these are my favorite products:

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I always check out this site:  EWG Skin Deep to see how many chemicals are in makeup products. :)


I use a couple different essential oils, but I do have a friend who sells doTERRA.  Click on here name to check out the oils:  Mary Kay.  No, it’s not makeup.  ;) haha










Owl Eyes on You is one of my favorite boutiques.  The owners are the sweetest mother/daughter team you could ever meet.  Stop in and start your holiday shopping!









Here is a new jewelry line my friend, Connie, introduced to me.  Here is her contact information:  Connie8@zoominternet.net 330.416.3358









While you’re doing all this shopping, you just might need something to boost your energy a little!

Amy’s Advocare site.





I had my colors done by Pat Gibson from The Artistry of You and it was so much fun!  She gave me a little booklet of colors so I can look for my colors when I’m out shopping.  I love this thing!








How about a gift card from my friend, Michelle?  She gives the best massages!  She is certified in Ohio and will make you feel very relaxed.  Here is her site:  Bodywork by Michelle.






If you’re going to do any online shopping, check out ebates!  Click here for my special link:  Lisa’s ebates.

Right before the holidays, it would be fun to get your nails all pretty.  Call my friend, Barb, at Salon Evangelene.  She is fabulous at doing nails!  You should probably get your house all pretty too and have MTO Cleaning.  Lisa and Sean are so great to work with, but hurry because they book up fast for the holidays.  Don’t forget about your hair!  Becki and Janna are the best stylists I know.  Tangerine Parlour.

Oh, and a gift certificate from ME would be an awesome gift to give to anyone!  Shameless plug there. :)

If you use any of these services, please let me know because I always like to help my friends out!



My own girl is a high school senior!  Shelby is a sweet and quiet girl and one of the nicest people I know.  She always has great ideas and solutions for almost everything – unfortunately for her, that makes her my go-to person! haha  I rely on her for a lot and will desperately miss her when she goes away to school….good thing we have Facetime!  If you take the time to get to know my quiet girl, you’ll find she’s pretty unique and worth knowing.

Shelby has big dreams for herself and goes after what she wants.  I can’t wait to see what she does with her life.

I forgot to add Shelby’s 10 random facts!  It was so fun for me to read what she had to say.

– I love to help others
– If I’m going to read a book, it has to grab my attention big time
– I love the ocean, but hate swimming
– I love to have a busy schedule
– I’m very addicted to coffee
– If I can go to the park then it’s a good day
– I wish I could play piano
– My sister and I taught ourselves sign language for fun
– I love when I have the opportunity to teach extra dance classes
– I love my winter clothes, but I’d rather take summer weather any day


Kevin is my youngest “bonus” son.  He and his Fiancee love the Lorain County Fair so they asked me to do an engagement session for them at the fair.  It was certainly a challenge to find some alone time with them, but they also wanted people in their photos to show the fun times of the fair.  They camp out there for the week so it’s like home to them for a week.

I also have an album on Facebook with some other favorite images: Facebook


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