Girls Trip to Waco

Raleigh Family Photography 

 

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I just want to start this post by saying that this was a super quick trip. We have all been friends since we were fourteen years old. It is hard to get everyone all together, but so worth it when we do. It all started over a conversation we had over brunch several months ago, when we were all able to get away for a minute and just hang out. We looked at the dates several times and finally decided on Wednesday – Friday. We were planning around not being there during the weekend since it would be busy, and there was a big Baylor game and a three day weekend, so we wanted to stay away from all of that. So that I got to do carpool Wednesday, we left later that night. We got there late Wednesday night and stayed in Austin. The next morning, we were up earrrrly. I mean crack of dawn. I think we left Austin around 6:15 in our rental car for Waco to try to avoid Austin traffic and also get to Magnolia Table before the line got too crazy. There is one highway that takes you straight from Austin to Waco so it was an easy drive. Let me tell you though, there is a pretty intense roundabout when you get off the highway and try to get to the restaurant. We were all in tears we were laughing so hard. It took a few tries, but we finally figured out how to actually get into the Magnolia Table parking lot. The girls dropped me off out front where you check in, which was good, because a few minutes later there was a really long line. The inside of Magnolia Table is just so pretty so we, of course, spent several minutes oohing, and ahhing. Ashley and I had been doing some paleo eating recently, but that all went out the window for this trip. We ordered everything – lavender and lemon donuts, chocolate croissants, pumpkin and zucchini bread..yum, yum, and more yum. I also had this amazing lavender latte that I’m still pining for, and the breakfast tacos, delicious! I didn’t think we needed to eat anything else the rest of the trip, ha! (but did we eat so much, yes!) So, if you are at the restaurant, it has it’s own gift shop. If you want anything at that gift shop, you have to buy it there, because they do not sell the restaurant gift shop items at the silos or online. The restaurant also closes early, so it’s best to just get it while you are there.

    After our amazing experience at the restaurant, we headed to the silos. Just so pretty, love it, love it. We spent some time walking outside looking at the garden and meandering before we went into the store. The outside area is nice because there are a lot of shaded picnic tables and the food trucks frame the outside of the area. (There was one food truck that just sold different types of sweet tea in mason jars, yum!) Because we went on a Thursday, it really was not that crowded. The store was probably the most crowded of everything. (I think we actually bought more at the restaurant gift shop.) It was bigger than I thought it would be after reading online, and it was fun to shop around and see all the pretty displays. We all ended up with a little something. After shopping and sampling the food trucks (I really don’t know how we ate anything after our breakfast) we went to the bakery. The line was out the door and down the street a little bit, but the line moved really fast. The cupcake, oh my, amazing! I am pretty picky about cupcakes, but this was DELICIOUS. And probably the fact that I had not been eating much sugar before this trip, everything tasted amazing. We all got a few cookies, (which I highly recommend)so we snacked on them the rest of the trip. The chocolate chip and silobration cookies were delicious. This was a super fun girls trip, and we were all so glad we had the chance to go. I seriously enjoyed every second. We drove around Waco a little bit, and also went by and saw Chip and Joanna’s farm. If you go to Waco Thurs-Sat right now, they are also having a warehouse sale, too, at the first Magnolia location. (see more info here) I don’t think the silos or restaurant are open on Sundays, so if you are planning a trip, you will want to plan around that.  Thursday evening we spent on South Congress in Austin, shopping and eating tacos, and on Friday, we headed home. (Super quick, but super fun trip!)  Overall, it was such a wonderful girls weekend! If you’re planning a trip, feel free to email me with any questions!

A Little Sunshine

Raleigh Sunflowers Photographer

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It was no secret that the sunflowers in Raleigh were my absolute favorite. I think I would have stayed out there every night if I could. It was one big party with people everywhere, drones overhead, and one night we got to hear a group playing bag pipes. Seriously so much fun! I was so excited (and probably most of Raleigh, too) when I found out that they were going to be planting the flowers at Dorthea Dix Park this year so that everyone can enjoy them. (instead of peering over a Greenway fence that said keep out….) This sweet boy is such a ray of sunshine, and it was just so amazing that his cousin happened to be in town when the sunflowers were blooming so we could capture the two of them together. I’ll be honest, where there are sunflowers, there are bees. These two just kept on smiling and grinning, and oh, the cuteness we were able to photograph. I love minis so so much, and I’m so excited that we have a round of family minis this weekend. (It is going to be adorbs, ya’ll!) We only have a few spots left for our styled minis this fall, but if you want a spot, send us an email quick for more info. And aren’t you glad it’s starting to feel like fall? I’m loving that it’s in the 70s today! Yippppeee!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Addis Jemari + Pine State Flowers

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What a fun morning it was photographing these sweet girls at Pine State Flowers in Durham for Addis Jemari. Addis Jemari is an awesome organization that helps orphans. (You can read all about it here) The bags and jewelry in this photoshoot can all be purchased on their website here. A lot of the products are new so they may still be working to get them up on the website. First of all, a huge thank you to Pine State Flowers for letting us use their charming shop. It it just beautiful, ya’ll. (Love it so so much!) What’s really neat about Pine State Flowers is that it is North Carolina’s first exclusively local flower shop. More than 95% of the flowers at the shop are grown in North Carolina. I also loved the unique flowers and plants they have in the shop. If you are looking for a gift, this is a perfect spot to pick up a plant in a beautiful pot. What’s also neat is this was a florist shop built in the 1930s. (You can read all about the history of the shop here, super cool!) I loved seeing the photos and reading the history on the wall of the shop. These three girls were just so sweet and helped us pull off this photoshoot flawlessly and quickly especially with so many products to photograph! I love finding creative locations and photoshoots just make my heart sing…Loved this one so much!

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Summer Birthday

Cary One Year Family Photography

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This summer I got to photograph so many sweet families, and loved that I got to photograph this sweet boy’s one year portraits before his family moved from Raleigh. We got up early in the morning (Oh my, do I love the early morning light at this park, just so pretty!) And I love the steps, just a beautiful spot. The kiddos puppy was there, too, but he mostly hung out at the park instead of being photographed…photobombed a little bit, too. (See some super cuteness with their puppy during baby boy’s newborn portraits here) Because of the summer heat, this was a quick morning session. Love, love this summer session (and all things summer really) but I’m hoping for a little bit of fall this year. I feel like we always get a spring, but maybe not always fall. Sometimes it goes straight to cold. (Well, you know, cold in North Carolina, which is freezing to us) I need to start working on our fall bucket list soon, you know, things like apple cider, visiting a corn maze, pumpkin picking, leaf crafts..Ok, yes…fall, please come quickly! What would be on your fall bucket list?

And speaking of fall, wow. Our minis this year are going to be so amazingly cute! And if you have not booked one yet, we have just a little tiny amount of spots left, so if you want more info, contact us ASAP! We are going to try to do a few pop up minis, too, depending on if we can make it work! (So many fun ideas this fall! So excited!!!!)

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When traveling to Disney, it can be overwhelming sometimes to think of what to pack, especially if you go during the winter months when temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit. (60’s one week, 90s the next) We travel to Disney quite a lot, so I wanted to include some of my favorite travel staples.

A good bookbag  or diaper bag if you are bringing a stroller. When my kiddos were super small, we loaded up the stroller with snacks, and a good decent bag you can put in the bottom of the stroller. If you don’t have a stroller, a good bookbag to carry snacks, hand sanitizer wipes, and water is key. (You can bring refillable water bottles  and refill them in the park) If you are bringing bottles, it’s nice to have a bag you can stow in the bottom of a stroller and keep the bottles upright.

Which, if you are bringing a stroller, I’m going to highly recommend this one  or something similiar. We tried going the umbrella stroller route and it hurt our backs badly and it was just no fun for any of us. Also, there’s no storage in umbrella strollers. With all the walking you are doing, you will want a good decent stroller, that folds up easily (for parking trams) You can also rent strollers at Disney, and I’m going to recommend the same concept of a decent stroller. It will save your back. We also didn’t like bringing double strollers because it was easier to navigate the crowds with each of us pushing a stroller instead of trying to get a double stroller around fireworks crowds, etc. Just personal preference.

With a baby, I also loved having a carrier so that when we were standing in lines, it was just easier. Also, if we were going out to dinner to ride a couple of rides in magic kingdom, it was easier to baby wear  around the fireworks crowds.

Comfortable shoes This is a must at Disney. If it’s your first trip, it’s kind of hard to believe just how much walking you do at Disney. Walking, walking and then more walking. A good pair of tennis shoes is a staple at Disney. I have worn Birkenstocks  and Rainbows, but sneakers are always a favorite to keep aching feet at bay.

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Cheap, super compact ponchos  you can throw in your bookbag. We try to bring the least possible amount of things in the park. I would love if I could go bagless but with kids right now, it’s just not possible. (Standing in the bag line takes a while) So cramming raincoats into a bookbag we are trying to keep light just doesn’t work out that well. Cheap ponchos work great when it’s sunny one minute, rainy the next, and then back to sun.

Clothes. It’s usually hot and gross, so just like with shoes, make sure you bring comfortable clothes. I love workout clothes for Disney, because it is a big workout and who cares how nasty your workout clothes get. If you are not going to have a washer and dryer, make sure you pack enough clothes for one clothing change a day in case you come in from the parks and want to change clothes. Unless you are going to an upscale dining experience (it will say it has a dress code when booking) all of the Disney restaurants are casual.

You may want a light jacket or sweatshirt in the winter months. I’d always bring a coat/sweatshirt just in case during those months can that be iffy. You never know how the weather can change from one day to the next.

Disney shirtsIt is one of those things, that when you get down there, everyone just wears Disney everything at Disney. So stock up on cute cheap shirts before your trip and check etsy for a lot of personalized ones.

AnkerWe love, love our Anker on long park days. It’s something great to have in the bookbag to charge your phone whenever anyone needs more power. The constant fast pass checking, etc, can really drain your phone.

If you think your kids will be interested in pin trading. Our eight year old recently got interested in this, and it’s been a lot of fun trading with cast members, make sure to get some pins for trading before you go. These are pins your child isn’t attached to and wants to trade with cast members. You can check amazonfor pins – just make sure they have good reviews and you aren’t getting fake Disney pins. Pins in the park start around 9.99 so it’s good to get cheap ones to trade before you go.

To bring or not bring your camera. I obviously love taking pictures, so I always bring my camerawith me. My husband usually carries the light bookbag and I only bring a super small camera bag kind of like this one that will only hold my camera and like nothing else. I hate carrying a lot of stuff at Disney, and will sometimes use my phone, but love having my camera with me too. I do not bring a big camera bag or extra lenses. Don’t forget to pack all of your prescriptions, favorite toiletries and beauty products.

Don’t forget the sunscreen. You do not want to end up miserable and burnt in Florida. You can also pack cute Disney hats to help with the sun. Cooling Towels  and small, portable fans are popular in the parks on sweltering days. Any light up toysare also fun in the parks at night.

Other travel supplies.

Love this suitcase. I also love how packing cubes can make your life so much easier. We have these(so many great reviews and inexpensive) in different colors for each family member. You can just get lost watching so many great packing cube/packing videos on you tube, too.

A great pair of headphones, especially if you’re flying.

My must and go to is my kindle. I love it so much for traveling, I don’t know how I lived without it!

I’m sure I’ll keep adding to this list and we go on so many trips. What are your favorites to pack for Disney?

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