FAQ’S

PHOTOGRAPHY
What kind of camera do you use for the photos in your posts?
I have a canon rebel t1i and love it, but a lot of my photos I share, LATELY, are taken with my iPhone!


What editing software do you use?
When editing photos from my digital camera, I use photoshop. I love actions. Pioneer Woman has some great free sets! I also always play with the levels, curves and shadows and highlights. The burn and clone tools are my best friends.


How do you Edit your iPhone Photos?
I made a video tutorial showing step by step how I edit my photos! My favorite apps are Snapseed and Afterlight. I also love moreBeaute2 and Retouch.

BLOG AND BUSINESS
I’m wanting to start or build my blog, how did you grow your blog following?
When I first started blogging I blogged regularly and did a lot of link ups and commenting! Connecting with other bloggers and tapping into the community is key in getting your blog out there! Answering e-mails and making connections with followers is important! BE YOU. People are drawn to authentic voices. Pinterest is a magic worker: Create graphics that are pinnable. Check out My Steps and Tips to Start a Blog Post and Start a Blog Pep Talk Vlog.

HEALTH AND BEAUTY
What makeup do you use?
You can take a look into my makeup bag here or my favorite beauty items…But my mascara is maybelline full n’ soft in very black and I love the benefit play sticks for foundation. love love it.
How do you do your hair when you have a sock bun?
I have a secret weapon..got it at H&M.. it’s an upgrade from the sock bun. The scratchy material holds your hair better. Also dirty hair works best.. with suave dry shampoo in it.

HOME DECOR
Where is your green trellis rug from?
Rugsusa.com


Where are all of your gallery wall frames from?
They are mainly all from IKEA but mixed in are some fromes from michael’s, thrifted, big lots and the dollar store!


Where are your grey sofas from?
IKEA.


Where is your black and white stripe rug from?
IKEA. A long with 95% of the home decor we own. 

FAITH AND FAMILY
What religion are you?
We are Catholic!


Who is Shannon?
My best friend from high school. You can read more about the amazing person she was and her story, here. She was killed through an act of domestic violence. She was an amazing mother and friend and her story of strength, faith and forgiveness is giving strength to many in the same situation as her. We all miss her terribly.


Do you want to have more kids?
Ben and I both come from big families and love it. We would love to have more children, God willing! {I seriously need some more grace from God if that happens!} But I remember when we had 1 baby..so hard, then gets easier.. 2 babies..so hard, then gets easier.. 3 babies.. so hard, then gets easier. I’m seeing a pattern here. ;) We did not have a third baby to try for a boy…but we are happy we got one :) Would love to have a little sister or brother for Micah! It’s so amazing seeing their personalities blossom and their friendships with each other. Motherhood is hard, messy, beautiful and so rewarding!

 

Motherhood

  • Motherhood Pep Talk

    Being a mommy to one seems like forever ago! I wish someone would have told me back then that laundry baskets filled with unfolded clean laundry, is still a mama victory! I remember feeling overwhelmed with just one baby.. And I still have plenty of those days with three.. Some areas of motherhood get easier […]

  • Where Mommy + Daddy Fell in Love

    Last weekend, Ben and I took a trip to Pittsburgh for a friend’s wedding. We stayed with Ben’s older brother who lives in the same town as the college we went to… Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio. Fall is the prettiest time of year to make that drive from Charlotte to Ohio! It was so beautiful. […]

Home and Hostess

  • Giant Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial – Part 1

    These lovely Giant Tissue Paper Flowers are at the top of my favorite party DIY’s! I made them for the girls’ Fairy Birthday Party and I loved how they turned out! I’m so excited to share this video tutorial in all of it’s bad hair day glory because this DIY is SO fun and is a great bang for your […]

  • Cute Hot Dog Sugar Cookies

    This past fourth of July I was in charge of bringing some desserts for our family’s cook out! I had seen this idea on pinterest months ago and knew I wanted to try it! These Hot Dog Sugar Cookies would be perfect for a summer backyard cook out or a baseball party or shower theme! […]

RECIPES

  • Haluski + Kielbasa

    I married a cute Polish boy and gained an amazing mother in law who is kind and loving and amazing in the kitchen! She passed on this recipe to me…This is not word for word. This is phone translated ;) This is how I ended up making it since she first told me how… it’s […]

  • My Childhood Applecrisp Recipe – Perfected

    My all time favorite dessert is Apple Crisp!! We’ve been making apple crisp since I was a kid. It’s a childhood favorite. I’ve shared this recipe back in 2011 when we only had sophia… but now that I’m 7 years into marriage and 3 babies in, I’ve made this recipe in my own kitchen A LOT and have figured […]

DIY Fun

  • 20 Minute Fall Wreath DIY

    My time to DIY is very short these days. But the other day I got Micah down for a nap and needed a break before I jumped right back into mom work. I had been wanting to put together a fall wreath for weeks. I got the stuff at Walmart when grabbing milk and a few […]

  • Giant Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial – Part 1

    These lovely Giant Tissue Paper Flowers are at the top of my favorite party DIY’s! I made them for the girls’ Fairy Birthday Party and I loved how they turned out! I’m so excited to share this video tutorial in all of it’s bad hair day glory because this DIY is SO fun and is a great bang for your […]

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