Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring Kids

Loving the Zara spring collection...

Right? So good. The yellow makes me want to buy it all! 


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dining Deal

Need to update your dining or kitchen area? Throw in some cool chairs. Some inexpensive newbies over at World Market and Ikea.

I've got my eye on a few. My outdoor chairs are currently serving as indoor seats. They need to go back outside!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Trend?

Yes, I know Marsala is in, but butter in coffee? hmmmm... did I miss this one? I prefer to add a spoon full of coconut oil (OR homemade Kaklua), but I guess if I'm out, then butter is a good alternative? Read up a little on bulletproof. Eh, I think I'd puke a little if I drank that.

Coconut oil only for me. Yes, I still use it for many things. And no new updates on all of my experiments with it. Only in the fact that I added coffee creamer to my list awhile ago. It's healthy, delicious and the smell takes me to the beach.

...or if you prefer a butter latte, then go for it.


A new year

Hi 2015. Hoping for a good year! The last month kicked me in the ass. Literally with flu bugs, (yes that's plural) ear infections, overtired all around, laziness. Been sucked in by the winter blahs. I need a new, fresh, optimistic year. Feeling defeated. Maybe it's the weather? Where is our snow? I'd rather have sun or snow in this January gloom. No more rain please!

Looking to do several new things this year. So, what do you want to see from 52? Or rather, where should I take it? With Ali n M Photography happening, I'm trying to figure out direction and time management. And while I'm figuring out web building on my own time, hit us up on our Facebook page if you want to schedule anything or have questions. We will be more professional soon. :)  We just booked some sport stuff in Spring and Summer but want to do Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter mini sessions. We'll spread that news soon. Send me a message if you want to be on our email list.

2015... to more family time, more friend time, more cooking, more outdoor play, more adventures, more risk. Perhaps new recipes, new hobbies, volunteer. New chores. There is always a list. Most importantly, being more present to my husband and kiddos.

Here's to dreaming into the future. Happy belated New Year!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...

Not ignoring, just.can't.keep.up! New posts and new website coming SOON......

Until then, this be me...
via  The Satrorialist

Or more like...

via Patrycja Podkoscienly

Don't F with me. Happy Holidays. #noinotbescrooge  


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wintery Stuff

Snow bunnies in Indiana! In November? Awesome stuff I've got my eye on...

Thermals and mugs from Anthro.

Cookie cutters from H&M.

I LOVE ornaments at Anthro!

Flannel from Target.
Awesome fire pit on One Kings Lane today.

Not ready for winter yet, but it's here. 


Friday, November 7, 2014

Story of a Photo

We've slightly launched our business. Ali 'n M Photography. Ali is me, M is Mandy. Both passionate about photography for a long time. Guilty of snapping an obnoxious amount of pics. A side gig has been our goal for years. Bare with us as we get to business.

Website coming up in 2015, but you've seen a few sneak peaks. (Message me if you want quick holiday pics). Here are several more of my family in the golden light on the last full day we were able to snuggle and kiss our fourteen year old Labrador, Finn. I snagged him as a puppy from my photography professor in college. This is a tribute to him. Thank you M, whom Finn adored; we needed some laughter and play that day.

leaf play

the joy of nature
stuffing face

Finny, we wouldn't have found you if I hadn't pursued my love for photography. Thank you to my professor, Ali, for giving us so much joy in our awesome Finnegan (his lab dad was ironically named Finnegan too). Ali had two black labs that accidentally bred and 9 pups needed good homes. How do you choose from so many cute puppies? The one that runs to you, licks your face and loves you unconditionally of course. I believe in signs. Pretty certain I was meant to take pictures and we were meant to have Finnegan.

And now that I start pursuing my passion a bit, our Finn has gone. We miss you gentle giant. Thank you for giving us so much love! You were family.

To Mandy and I, photography is capturing the joy, love of life and family in it. It should be fun! Let your kids play, be yourselves. The best photos are the candid moments. Life.