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Raleigh Family NC Photographer | Goals for July

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The week of July 4th is definitely one of my favorites for the year. Some of my beach goals include

  1. Ride bikes every day
  2. Eat watermelon as much as possible
  3. Proco
  4. Make ice cream in the vitamix (ok, it’s just fruit but we’ll call it ice cream)
  5. Build sandcastles
  6. Make memories..sometimes take pictures of them and sometimes relax
  7. Read my bff kindle
  8. Get a coffee at Ocean Boulevard Coffee because I haven’t bee able to the last two trips.
  9. Take Owen to the waterslide

For July a few things I want to tackle are..

1.Getting back into a workout routine. I haven’t worked out since March, and just this past week I started walking. (If you are my fitbit friend, you will notice my steps have gone up) After the week at the beach which is usually alot of steps to and from the beach, I need to get focused again, now that I can run and do other workouts without worrying about my heart racing. (bye, bye SVT) Oh, and we will be doing a lot of bike riding – yay!

2.Books I want to check into this month..

If you have been following me, you know I’m a big whole30 fan. Here’s a few of the cookbooks I want to check out. (I am trying to be more creative with my whole30meals)

Nom Nom Paleo

*Well Fed – There are a few Well Fed the weeknight dinners one so I’m not sure yet which one I will check out.

*Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk

Other books to tackle

*The One-in-a-Million Boy

*Everyone Brave is Forgiven

*Lab Girl

*Before We Visit the Goddess
I have been reading like crazy the past few months so I will share my recommendations soon. Just kinda forgot, you know, so much going on with this.

3.Ok, next goal – Organize my fridge. I have looked at too many pretty organized inside of refridgerators on pinterest. I’ll post a little update later this month with which way I decided to go. So many possibilities..

What are your goals for July?!?

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Rebecca Keller is a maternity and family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, editing, and cooking. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Holden Beach family photography.






Holden Beach Family Photographer | What I Learned in June

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Memorial Day celebrating the cousins May/June birthday

1. June was a brave month for me. Honestly never having a c section or any kind of surgery, I was terrified to have a procedure on my heart. (see the whole story here) I did e-mail all my newborn clients before having this done and found a backup in case the recovery ended up being worse than it was. I am so thankful for such patient + kind clients. I did quite a few newborns the week before and then the two I did first after my surgery just happened to be born at a great time to wait a little over a week. (thank you sweet babies) The recovery was not bad at all, and I’m thankful for my husband and mom taking such good care of me + the kids that week.

2.I’m so thankful for my neighbors. Honestly, I could cry. I have been so blessed by them. They brought me awesome whole30 food after the surgery and checked on us. One of my neighbors taught me how to make her homemade lara bars because they are just amazing. You feel like you’re eating dessert.

3.That being said, if you are having any procedure done, I learned to plan a crazy busy week right before. I did not have a lot of time to think about it which was great. Owen’s birthday party was the night before so I honestly didn’t even have a second. And I’m so thankful to Ericka for helping me out so much with his party. So much cuteness – more to come soon.

4.Renting bikes at the beach is my favorite. We spent a week at the beach in the beginning of June, and oh my, I love the bikes. Harrison can still fit in the baby seat bike (like this one here– holds up to 40lbs) and we used the tagalong bike with Owen. (see one kind of like it here) They both loved it soooo much. We haven’t rented bikes until this year because you have to book them so far in advance, but I finally was able to get them. (See our favorite place to rent bikes and all our Holden Beach favorites here)

5. If you’ve been following my love of whole30, I can now drink coffee again without worrying about a racing heart…So, I thought I would add in one cup a day when I feel like it. So I have tried quite a few things..almond milk, etc. I just haven’t found anything exciting or worth even drinking the coffee. (I am super picky about coffee.) After trying bulletproof coffee, I am super impressed. I made it in the vitamix with grass fed unsalted butter, coconut oil, coffee + vanilla. It was realllly yummy. I’m sure I’ll cheat every now and then at my favorite coffee place, but I need something for everyday.

6. I discovered Nom Nom Paleo. This website might be a little life changing for my whole30 meals. I did download the app, and I am sooo excited about all the recipes. Cauliflower fried rice and the bacon guacamole sammies – such great ideas. She has a lot that are specifically whole30 although whole30 and Paleo are not very different.

7. My favorite summer dress here, and I am also loving the skort trend for the gym. (I got this one + love it)

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Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Holden Beach Family photography + newborn sessions.





Goals for April:

1.Plant some flowers in my yard after the last frost date. So ready for those warm temperatures we just had. (where did they go?) Pick up some hanging baskets for the front porch + geraniums in pots.

2.Start looking into places for Owen’s sixth birthday + Harrison’s 1/2 birthday party. (Since our Christmas Day boy barely gets a birthday, we have decided to celebrate in July.)

3.Go through and organize all the boys’ clothes for the changing seasons.


4.Start planning our Coastal Minis event.

5.Try Duck Donuts

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Rebecca Keller is a family photographer Cary featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about newborn photography + travel sessions.


What I Learned in March

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1.We visited Ripley’s Aquarium during Spring Break, and there are divers there that get in the water with the sharks. They had a stick with them..not sure how much that would help them in a shark attack. We watched them swim around with the sharks for several minutes, and I just couldn’t watch it anymore.

2.Renting a bike with the seat for Harrison at the beach was definitely a highlight of March. Oh my, he just giggled and giggled, “I ride a bike with Mommy!” Last summer, I kept trying to rent one and it was too late. North Carolina spring break at the cold beach is not a popular Spring Break destination so bikes were actually available!

3.I have love, love, loved the Kindle Paperwhite. I have been reading so much more because with the recommendations + also just the fact that I don’t have to wait two days for a book (I know right, two.whole.days) or go to a bookstore. (Between working and taking care of my kiddos, I just don’t get out much) This month has been one of my busiest I’ve had…and with being so busy, I have to take time to de stress and not think about working every second of the day. Reading makes me relax + not having to wait for the books has been a plus. I need stress relief so that I am refreshed and ready to work again, and so that I can truly give my best to every session. I got the 119.00 version with the special offers which are basically ads on the screen when it’s locked – not a big deal.

4.I have never stopped craving greens since I was pregnant with Harrison. I know, weird, right? When I was pregnant with Harrison, I started wanting to eat green everything and also balsamic vinaigrette. It died down a little bit, but now I’m back to wanting collard greens, spinach, broccoli, etc all the time -ha!

5. I love fresh 48 sessions. It can be difficult to plan these because you just never know when a baby is going to be born, right? I stopped photographing births because that was even more difficult + getting childcare last minute is tough, especially when a baby can be born so quickly. I’ve loved the few fresh 48 sessions I’ve gotten to do in the past few months – just so sweet. See this one from March.

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6.An Easter Egg hunt at the farm was just perfect. Due to an ear infection, we missed another planned egg hunt, so I was so glad we were able to squeeze this one in after a newborn session I had that day. Millstone Creek Orchards is one of our favorite places, and this was the first year for an egg hunt. It was so much fun + the peach trees were just gorgeous.

7.Mini sessions do not always have to be planned months in advance. I’m such a planner when it comes to the business…type A, I like to have things planned out WAY in advance. Ericka and I reallllly wanted to do baby lamb minis this year. I mean, we researched, searched, looked and looked, and had all but given up. We were so heartbroken. At the last minute, this sweet baby lamb was born, and we were able to throw it together quickly..and oh my, love these!

Books I read this month….

Ok, it doesn’t make sense that I read a lot of books this month since I was working just so much. But I needed the stress relief when I did have a few minutes. Also, I read very fast…I was kind of that kid that got done with all their work super early in school so I could read.

1.Me Before You So I knew a movie was coming out about this book so I wanted to read it. I don’t want to spoil it for you but I’m not 100% happy with the way the story goes, but, that being said, I did love the book. It definitely kept my attention, and I couldn’t wait to read more of it.

2.When I’m Gone This book was very interesting – a lot of heartache as the Mother had cancer, but the story in the book had so many twists and turns right to the very end. I definitely want to read more by this author.

3.The Sweetness of Forgetting Eeek..this one was so good. It now has me wanting to read more fiction about WWII. (which I also just read The Nightingale which was not as happy as this book, but also so good and about WWII) I really loved the story in this book as it has so much history but also such a good story.The ending is also just so good. It did make me very hungry and want to bake a lot of things.

4.The Lake House So I tried Audible this month, and this was the book I downloaded since it was on my list of books I wanted to read. This book was just too long for audible, ha, and I was never going to finish it. I couldn’t pay attention so I ended up downloading it to read. (Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks) I read mixed reviews about this book, but I realllly enjoyed the story. It flips back and forth between the 1930s and the 2000s, and it was such a good mystery. It has the happiest ending, which I just love, too. (I can’t help it. I LOVE happy endings!) It’s a long read, but definitely a book I really enjoyed.

Some books on my list for April are: The Wedding Dress, Brooklyn, and The Paris Wife. What are you reading this month? I lovvve recommendations

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Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Family Photography Raleigh Cary  and Raleigh family photography.

Can’t believe this image was from March last year. Thanks to my friend Kelly for taking it while she was in Raleigh.

Goals for March

1.Finish planning another surprise Ericka and I have for our clients.

2.Finish all my plans for making Easter and St. Patrick’s Day memorable. Owen loves celebrating holidays (and of course, Harrison gets excited about anything Owen does)

3.Books to read this month – Gift from the Sea, Living Forward,The Light Between Oceans. What are you reading this month? Any recommendations? It’s going to be busy, but I hope I get through all three.

4.Start planning my 2016 garden.

5.Go through the boys clothes to get ready for warm weather. (Woooo hoo!)

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