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Raleigh Sunflowers Family Photography 

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If you follow me on facebook or instagram, then you probably already know that one of my favorites for this week is the SUNFLOWERS. Thank you City of Raleigh for planting them in a spot where we can all enjoy them this year! The first night of our Sunflower minis Ericka had to drag me out kicking and screaming, because I could have just stayed and photographed the sunflowers all night – ha! I may have been back a few more times, too. Ha! Our second round of sunflowers minis was also an amazing night. If you haven’t seen them yet, you better hurry! I’m not sure how much longer they will be pretty and blooming. I might try to go just one more time before they are gone…

The Apple Store’s free camps. Owen signed up for camp this week about making videos + has another one about robots coming up. He really loved it + learned so much. Another nice part of the camp was that they had a class for the parents at the same time during on one of the days. Owen has now made several videos + his enjoying his new hobby.

Laurelbox. I found this website when looking for something to send a friend going through a heartbreaking loss. I love all the thoughtful boxes that you can send + the encouraging verses and jewelry.

Bartaco. We just tried the restaurant recently. First of all, it’s beautiful – all the lights are in baskets, but the best part for me was the photography. There’s a lot of really great photos everywhere, but I was admiring how they had a huge image blown up that was obviously high high ISO with lots of grain, and it was just beautiful. I was just so happy to see that image and love inspiring art. Just a disclaimer that everything is small portions so it was a fun meal with friends where we continuously ordered, but we weren’t prepared for how small the portions were.

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We’ve been saving up to go on vacation, so I’ve found a lot of Dave Ramsey hashtags on instagram to be encouraging. Love scrolling through hashtags and reading encouraging stories.

So I found The Mysteries of Laura on Netflix. (Of course, Michael thinks its boring and terrible) It has the guy from Sweet Home Alabama in it and Debra Messing, and it keeps me entertained while editing. I’m always up to recommendations for things to watch while editing.

Not going to Build a Bear was definitely a favorite this week, ha! Not going to miss standing in a crazy line!! And we definitely do not need any more stuffed animals!

Girls Breakfast in Greensboro. Spending time with friends is such a struggle with the busyness of kids and life right? I was really thankful this week for a small amount of time with some of my best friends. We’ve been friends since we were fourteen…a long time. It is never easy to make the time, but it’s always so worth it. Like when I woke up to go, it was storming and I was like, nope. HA! (I hate storms. like with a passion. But, to be fair, I drove through some seriously intense terrifying storms in high school and after that, I just kind of hated them forever) That being said, there’s always obstacles to getting together with lifelong friends.Make it happen!

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Friday Faves

Holden Beach Family Photographer

A few favorites from this week…

If you have any early reader, I highly recommend the Usborne for Kids Very First Reading Box Set. I was gifted this by my sister-in-law, and Harrison has looooved reading these books. They are similar to the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You books that I love so much. (There are a lot of those on amazon) The boys have also loved reading How to Babysit a Grandpa with my dad going through so much lately. They think this book is hilarious, and it’s a pretty cute book. (He is doing really great now. Wow, what a journey it has been the last few months!)

Target also has some great sight word puzzles in the one spot this week. One great thing about back to school coming up is all the neat educational stuff that will be out there.

I tried a few new spots at Holden Beach – the Ahora coffee cafe, super yum! Betty’s Waterfront restaurant reopened with new owners and it’s awesome. And…I tried the veggie taco (and I added shrimp) at The Cove. Super yummy. Another new fave is the Bagel Dock Cafe in Shallotte. After going to NYC so much the past few years, oh my, I am hooked on bagels, and these are delicious. My dad and I were laughing about how when we first started coming to Holden there was one restaurant. I just love Holden so much, and love that it really can’t get much bigger. Also, if you want your favorite ice cream at Beaches-n-Cream, you can order it a few days in advance. Awesooome.

So if I had to describe my personality, it would be that I am an over preparer. I think 5 1/2 years of teaching elementary school totally changed that about me. (Planning every minute of every day and even extra activities ha!) I know I stress Ericka out with how I want to over prepare for our mini sessions…So along those lines, I’m totally taking 300 bags to the beach, and you don’t even want to see how I pack for Disney, but I have been trying to to tone it down and become more minimalist. (which is really hard for me not to pack every sock I own when going on vacation) Good article here for those of you who also have this problem.

It’s summer, and we’ve already been to the beach, and you would think I have read all these amazing books, but I honestly have not liked anything on all these recommended summer reading lists. (Send good suggestions please!!) Most of the time, I just make myself keep reading and finish the book. Oh, but I did like the book Crazy Rich Asians which is coming out as a movie in August.

Seeing my boys just light up playing in the ocean. Harrison just loves the waves so much, and giggles and giggles. And I was thankful to squeeze in a few days with one of my BFFS. We have been friends since college, and it was so so great to see her. Friendship has always been important to me, and I’m so thankful when I get time with one of my buddies. It is one of those things that can be really hard to make time for, but I’m just so grateful when it happens.

I’ve been in more of a minimalist mindset, especially since Corinne helped me declutter stuff I didn’t even realize I needed to declutter last September. (PS she is amazing. Not only is she phenomenal at organizing, but at decorating, too. See her website here) We’ve also been focused more on challenges lately like the no spend month which can be tough but also fun. Type Dave Ramseyinto Pinterest and all kinds of amazingness pops up to read. With our Disney annual passes this year, I’m always looking for ways to save so that we can go back.

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Friday Favorites

Raleigh NC Newborn Photography 

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from our Central Park Carriage Ride

A few favorites from this week..

Oh my goodness, these silhouette necklaces, love.

The GoodRX app. My dermatologist told me about this..so great. It compares prescription prices at different pharmacies near you + also sometimes has coupons.

Cozi family organizer. Love all the notifications and reminders and that Michael and I can both sync on our phones.

Reading with Owen. I love that he loves to read so much and we can spend quality time together just sitting together and reading.

I really love the whole, “Collect Moments not Things,” motto…I’d love a sign or frame in the house with that printed…(but then you know, it’s another thing to buy HA) We’ve traveled a lot over the past few months, and I just enjoy it so much. We’ve been emphasizing with the kids putting our money towards trips and not toys they will toss after a month.

I, Eliza Hamilton I just read this to get ready for going to see Hamilton, and it was so so good. A great way to learn the history about Hamilton, especially if you are going to the show.

Favorites from our NYC Trip.

There’s always something new to do/see in NYC…here are a few favorites from our trip last week.

Murray’s Bagels. Delicious. I had the poppyseed bagel, and it was amazing. So many great bagel sandwiches to choose from, too.

Dough. This place was so yum! Sometimes doughnuts can just be too much, but these were perfect. The salted chocolate caramel and the lemon poppy were my favorite.

Burger and Lobster. I can’t even. We ate a burger with lobster on it, and it was unbelievable.

Black Tail. What a unique spot – super cool.

Pizzieria Sottocasa. They fly in Burrata cheese every weekend (you can only get Fri – Sun) so of course we had to try it. yum!

I’ve also really wanted to try Cookie Do NYC for a while, and it was super sweet and yum.

Milk Bar Bakery. Chocolate chocolate was my favorite followed by the Chocolate Chip Cornflake cookie.

Most of this was food…We also had fun seeing the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn. (UNC beat Duke, go heels!) and we went to see Hamilton. It was really fun, and Michael actually really enjoyed the play. I loved reading the I, Eliza book beforehand, but I was glad I hadn’t listened to the music, and everything was a surprise. Super fun!

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Friday Favorites

Raleigh Family Photographer

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”

-C.S. Lewis

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Images of our Family by Bethney Beckhaus Photography

  I love this quote from C.S. Lewis..I have been reading this book  with a few friends, and this quote stuck out to me so much. It applies to anyone at any stage of life..Keeeeeep dreaming. I’m also rereading this book with some women in my neighborhood. It was so good the first time, I’m excited about reading it again.

Neutrogena Sunscreen. You can also get this at Costco. I’m notorious for leaving my kids with what they call “ghost faces” after putting on sunscreen, but this one is so easy to rub in. We were in Disney this week for Owen’s winter break (we upgraded to the annual pass from our tickets last month) so we have been putting on lots of sunscreen. (89 degrees)

Sweatshirt Blankets. I have one that I super duper love, especially for long trips like this week. (we drove) Owen loves mine so much and always tries to steal mine..He keeps asking for one, so maybe I’ll get him a fun one like this one

I need to do a post of my favorite Disney tips and tricks, but two new things we tried this trip that I loved were.

-Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. What a great ride and definitely Owen’s favorite.

-Sci-Fi Drive in Movie Diner. Such a cute place to eat, and the boys got to sit in a car and watch clips from movies.

Target is getting ready to launch a Hunter boots collection, how fun is that? Coming April 14th to a store near you.

If you’re trying to mix up your workout routine..I can’t even ..”we ain’t never gettin’ older…”

In all seriousness, the past few days, I’ve been doing some of the blogilates workouts on the you tube app on the tv and love them. She even sends out an email with a calendar of which videos to do which days. She has some super cute yoga mats, too.

Our family Disney photos from Bethney Beckhaus Photography. Harrison is now asking for a Dumbo birthday party.

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Friday Faves

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I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library 

-Jane Austen

Trader Joe’s flowers. They are the bessssst. And with valentines coming up, always a good reason to pick some up, right?

The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro. How cool is this place? Ericka and I got to see a class in progress while we were there last week, and what an amazing place. I Need to find out if they have classes for kids because I will be signing Owen up! (You know I love all things Old Salem and Williamsburg, so I am all about this. And if you haven’t been to Pittsboro, it is worth the trip!)

Sweet’s Syrup.  A dear friend of mine told me about this, so we are currently taking all the elderberry to hopefully ward off more sickness. The kids love the way it tastes, too!

Renting videos on Lifeway.com. I recently bought a new Bible Study at Lifeway for my quiet time everyday, and I love that you can rent the videos that go with it. So many great videos to watch here.

Giving keys has a mini collection – love these! 

Addis Jemari. This week I photographed their new collection of bags. Not only is this non profit amazing, but the bags are so beautiful! I can’t wait to share all of the images soon!

Katie Daisy Baby Swaddles are coming soon! Katie Daisy is one of my favorite artists (see her new book here!) and I am so excited that she is coming out with baby swaddles soon!

 Stranger Things Valentine Cookies. yesssss!!!

I really still can’t stop listening to Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli. On repeat, all day everyday. My kids are so tired of hearing it, I am sure. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch now. which reminds me I haven’t listened to it yet today, so turning it on now…I’m always walking around the house…”Dentro la nostra musica….”

After finishing When Calls The Heart, there is a Christmas special on you tube. Love how tv is now with the apps you can watch you tube on the tv. I’m so thankful for my husband, I’d still be watching my college tv and vhs. (We just recently got rid of this tv…)

I somehow missed that you can get pineapple upside down cake with your Dole Whip because I am always in the zone and order, “Pineapple pineapple float” as soon as it’s my turn. So next trip I will be ordering this.

This week I finished The Woman in Cabin 10. It was a really good quick read for me, right up there with  Gone Girland  The Girl on the Train. (If you liked both of those books, this is a good read)

Owen and I finished reading aloud In The Belly Of The Earth I will admit, it was a little intense but my sweet seven year old just loved it, and it was a great way to spend time together. I just wanted to get to the ending so badly, I almost cheated and read it while he was at school.

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