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 A party without a cake, is just a meeting.        

-Julia Child

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Images by Rebecca Keller Photography

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

    My quest for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert continues. A little secret about me..I LOVE dessert. When growing up my sweet grandmother made sure that I took baking lessons. Every summer she sent me to random dessert (and cooking…and knitting..and sewing) lessons. Now that I think about it, I actually finished a cake decorating course. After all the studying, I realized I was put in this world to eat, and not to bake cakes. My aunts on the other hand – they are amazing bakers. If I could only convince them to open a shop – life will be better…but that is a whole different post! 

    I was excited to visit Nothing Bundt Cakes – I had read great reviews and they recently opened a shop really close to me. For some reason I always end up bringing the kids with me when venturing new places. My level of consumption ends up being in direct relation with the store’s customer service. Note to store owners – if you are nice to my kids, I will break the bank. It is my way to show my gratitude for your patience with my rambunctious 3 year old and for answering the thousand questions my 7 year old will ask.

    Morrisville’s Nothing Bundt Cakes is super cute and smells delicious as you walk in. You will be greeted with a smile and offered their sample of the day – it is their way to sell you to the other cake you had no intention in buying – but end up getting because your kids ate 5 samples each. Do not ask me how I know! The cakes are super moist and taste delicious. My favorite is the lemon, but both kids preferred the Red Velvet – which came in handy because it is the perfect Valentine’s Day addition to my menu. Just in case you are planning in stopping by after a movie/dinner date – they do not have available seating. If you do not like to eat in your car, or if your significant other does not let you eat in his/her car *cough, cough* like Mr Little Apple – best plan on taking it home.  sweet valentines_0321P I N this to pinterestsweet valentines_0322P I N this to pinterest

sweet valentines_0324P I N this to pinterestsweet valentines_0325P I N this to pinterestFor Valentine’s Day I think this is a great alternative to flowers. You can pick up decorated in a cellophane bag – or you can add a banner like the one I am using (Holla Michaels!) . The heart candles I found in there are also a great addition and were a great hit. Just remember to sing ‘Love is in the air’ instead of Happy Birthday – haha

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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Cary Styled Family Photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing.

 

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Yay for the 2015 Image of the Year – so excited for this year’s entries! There are 19 entries this year, each 2015 client chose their own image for the competition. (you can view all of the images in the gallery here but votes only count on the blog)

One will will receive a 2016 session from Rebecca Keller Photography and second place will win an 11×14 canvas. Voting for round two will end on February 5th at 11:59PM.Wake Forest Lifestyle Family Photographer_0225P I N this to pinterestWake Forest Lifestyle Family Photographer_0226P I N this to pinterestWake Forest Lifestyle Family Photographer_0227P I N this to pinterestWake Forest family lifestyle Photographer_0228P I N this to pinterest

Voting only counts on the blog (not on facebook) and you can only vote one time each day. Those caught violating the rules will be removed from the contest. The photographer can change the rules/prizes at any time. Rebecca Keller is a Wake Forest Family Lifestyle Photographer in Raleigh, N.C.

 

 

What a sweet session this was last November to celebrate this little one at ten months. He was all smiles – I loved photographing him climbing up the stairs and crawling around. I’ve been photographing this sweet family even before he was born. (He is the youngest of three and such a sweetheart!) And oh, that hair! Isn’t it beautiful? Just like his Mama’s! I love that they have taken the time to photograph and document each one of their children and have had portraits with all three of them. I also love what Mom picked out for them to wear during the session, and she just looked so pretty! He was just so sweet playing in the leaves at the end of their session. Oh, I love fall! I miss those warm weather days!

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Rebecca Keller is a North Raleigh Baby Photographer featured in People Magazine and is often found in Raleigh, North Carolina chasing after her two boys, sipping iced coffee, and photographing sweet families. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family and newborn photography in Raleigh, North Carolina and travel sessions.

This year I realllllly wanted to take the boys to the mountains to pick some apples. They love picking strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples, and this year I so badly wanted to take the four hour trip. Planning this in October, my busiest month of the year was a little challenging. Plus, it decided to rain and rain and rain at the beginning of the month. I was beginning to wonder if it was going to happen, and I will admit, I was a little bit heartbroken. I kept watching their website, and they still had apple availability, so during Owen’s weekday fall break from school, we were able to make the quick trip.

I did some research, and there were sooo many great recommendations about SkyTop, (it also made USAToday’s 10 best Apple Orchards) so that’s where we decided to go. We met up with my mom in Greensboro and then drove three hours to the orchard. It took us down 85, and right past Gardner-Webb, where I went to college. (Go Runnin’ Bulldogs) We made it there around 2 in the afternoon I think and were able to get a parking place right in front which was great since we took a few trips to the car, (diaper change, dropped doughnuts off, etc) so that was perfect.

First, when you walk into their store, right at the top of the Mountain, the view is just so pretty. You look out and all you see is apple trees and mountains (love, love, love) They have sooo many different kinds of apples which you can buy in the store, or they are clearly marked on the map and in the orchard where to pick.

The boys took a tractor ride (Harrison was in love) and then they played on the playground for a little while, which was a big hit. After that, we had an apple cider slushie and apple cider doughnut snack. Oh my, those doughnuts were AMAZING. Of course, we bought a couple dozen to take home. Then, the boys fed the ducks, which Owen just thought was hysterical. One duck was running around outside, too, looking for kids to pick him up (and they did) We then tried out the bamboo forest which was really cool but just make sure your little ones don’t run in there, there’s a lot of stumps. We said hello to the goats + sheep, and then went to get our baskets for picking.

I’m not sure what the best advice would be for taking little ones out into the orchard. (It’s on a mountain so this is serious apple picking. We did a lot of climbing up and down hills) It was recommended that we pick pink lady apples since they had a lot of those, which they did, woo-hoo. Plus, Pink Lady is my favorite apple. We pushed Harrison in the stroller for a while and then we just had to leave the stroller, and he did pretty good staying with us the rest of the way. It was a pretty intense workout taking the stroller. I’m not sure if I would wear him in the Ergo or not since he’s such a big kid (probably still would have been just as much of a workout, but if you have little ones smaller than Harrison, I’d probably recommend baby wearing) Next year he’ll probably be better at walking and can handle the hike. You can also stay closer to the front, but we reallly wanted to go to the Pink Lady apples.

The apple trees were just beautiful and FULL of apples. Owen was just.so.happy. He just kept picking apples. They both enjoyed it just so much, and I’m thinking about how we are going to carry them back up the mountain! Ha! (Don’t pick toooo many!) It’s a beautiful orchard and wow, sooo many trees! When we were leaving, Owen said it was the best day ever. (Melt my mama heart) I definitely hope to come back next year – I loved this orchard so much, and the boys just had such a wonderful day.

There are a lot of recommendations on their website if you decide to plan a trip – bring cash, (they don’t take credit cards)  hand sanitizer, quarters to feed the ducks, and really, wear comfortable shoes. You don’t want to be miserable walking up and down the mountain in heels, etc. You can also look at their picking schedule to see what’s available.

We drove about an hour and stayed at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, which is something we’ve never done and were really so excited. It has such a breathtaking mountain view – I had no idea. We got there pretty close to sunset and walked out the back of the lobby to the terrace where all you could see was gorgeous mountains. We also woke up early and headed out for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway before heading home. It was a quick trip – two days + one night but what great memories made in such a short time.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Family Photographer Fall featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including Lemonade and Lenses and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Contact the studio for more information about family portraits and holiday mini sessions.

 

 

 

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So excited to have a special guest at this year’s FREE Holiday Minis! Santa will be at the 11/21 and 12/2 Minis! You can have your child’s portrait with Santa and a few by themselves with the holiday backdrop. Photos will be edited and e-mailed within 4-5 days. And because they have already been opened up to 2015 Clients, there are only a limited amount of spots left. We will also be offering one day at the Christmas tree farm – 12/5. The Free Holiday Minis are just for the kids, free when booking a 2016 session, are 10 minutes, and include one free digital file per child. Little Apple Styles and I have spent so much time designing the set, and we are soooo excited about these. The little ones had a blast during our preview with Santa and loved eating the milk and cookies, too. Don’t wait to be part of the fun – contact me for more info before these are all booked up!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Mini Sessions Photographer in Raleigh, NC featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including Let the Kids Dress Themselves and Lemonade and Lenses. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about mini sessions, travel sessions, and family photography.