Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Musings


Have you ever heard the analogy that a woman's mind works a little like having internet explorer open with a ton of tabs all at once?  Well.... there is lots of truth in that.  I prefer to think of mine as lots and lots of train tracks that look like a jumbled mess and intersect in multiple areas and sometimes my thoughts just jump from one train to another and sometimes they crash.  Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about! :)

I decided to take a break from Facebook (too much time wasting and controversial drama... ain't nobody got time for that!) so the lucky few of you will get to hear my thought pattern here (assuming you make it through my ramblings).

So here are a few of Monday's musings...

One
The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle
     There's still time to get the Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle like I posted last week.  It's got some really great books with so much information.  The deal ends at 11:59 TONIGHT! and then you can't get it again.

 Click here to buy The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37.


Two
Melissa Smith Designs
     I'm so close to finishing my website!  Finally!  It has been quite the learning experience for sure.  But until then, check out my Facebook page and like it :)  Also, if you are in the Charlotte area or Carolina Beach area, I have special mini photo session dates coming up.  Or if you are interested in a photography session in the upcoming months, feel free to contact me.  I'm also doing graphic and marketing design.  So I do logos, business cards, flyers, newsletters, brochures, posters, and other marketing material.

Three
Maddox
   My adorable little Maddox is 8 months old.  I can't believe it.  Sometimes I don't really want to believe it.  His sweet little personality is really starting to come through.  I'll do his 8 month post in a few days after I do pictures (slacker) but here's a couple pictures to get you by ;)  The first is him admiring himself in the mirror... he loves it.  The second is him with his only great-grandmother.  I can't help but think of how much his other 3 great-grandmothers would have adored him.  The third is him shopping with daddy... a sports store of course.  The fourth is him just being the insanely cute little thing he is.



 
 
Four
Home Decorating (or the lack thereof)
    We've lived in our house for 5 months now.  I'm still staring at blank white walls! Yikes!  If you know me at all, you know how much I HATE that!  But life gets busy and it's hard to find time to prep the walls (that all needs to have screws removed, holes filled, sanded, and wiped down) much less paint them and then hang curtains and pictures and such.  Hopefully one day soon.  I really need some color asap!
 
Five
Car Seats
     Maddox is already 25-26lbs so we're going to have to look into a convertible car seat soon.  Man are those things expensive!  Any recommendations on the best?  We have the Britax b-agile travel system now because the reviews were great.  It was expensive but we were able to use a lot of gift cards to get it right before Maddox was born.  So here we are 8 months later.... giftcardless and on a "budget" tighter than those spandex leggings that women somehow squeeze themselves into lol I've looked at Target several times but I don't have a clue in the world which to get.  There are some that are $299 and some that are $69.  So is this one of the things where you get what you pay for?
 
There are many more trains of thought running right now but I'll end there for now and save some of the excitement for later :) lol  I'm hoping my break from Facebook allows me to get my priorities back in order.... God, family, business is where I'm at right now.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle



(Disclaimer: I am an affiliate to these bundles but I only advertise things that I think are a great deal)

If you know me at all, you know photography is a big part of my life.  I love it.  I am always an advocate of professional photography.... I mean... I'm a photographer and have a business after all.  However, there are moments that happen in our every day life that it's so important not to miss and capture the moment when it happens.  These are memories that you want to keep forever!  The grin on your baby's face.  The sweetness of your husband playing with your kids.  The look of pride on your dad's face when he is surrounded by his grandkids.  It's SO important to savor it all....to relish those moments.  But you know what's equally important, if you ask me? To be able to look back and relish those moments all over again.  A month from now.  A year from now.  Fifty years from now. 

It's so easy these days to get snap-happy at a moment's notice: we just reach into our purses for our smartphones or miniscule cameras and start clicking away at anything and everything.

The problem is… it’s so easy for those photos to come out badly! You think you’ve taken a wonderful picture of your beautiful boy standing by himself for the first time, but actually you’ve managed to capture the moment when he falls down and starts wailing! You think you’ve snapped a stunning image of a horse galloping along the beach, but actually it’s just a dark blob against an overexposed background. You think you’ve achieved the perfect shot of your wonderful parents laughing together on their anniversary, but you take a look and you’ve managed to capture… a blur.
If you can relate, I have good news for you! My friends Ryan and Steph at Ultimate Bundles have put together an incredible product to help with your photography woes. It’s called The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition), and it contains a curated collection of ebooks and video training guides to help you become a better photographer.

All the resources have been provided by professional, world-renowned photographers who are experts in teaching others – even complete beginners. You won’t need to switch up to a more expensive camera to make full use of the bundle (even if you just use your iPhone for photographs), and you don’t need to neglect your family for weeks upon weeks of training! You can learn everything in little chunks – whenever you have a spare moment.



Click here to see the full range of ebooks and training courses included in The Ultimate Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition).

There’s even better news! Everything in the bundle has a combined total value of $555, but for this week only, The Ultimate Bundles Team is selling the entire bundle for just $37 – a discount of more than 90%! What’s more, they’re also throwing in a FREE copy of FX Photo Studio Pro software from MacPhun (which provides stunning filters and photography effects) worth $29.99!

Click here to buy The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37.

No blurriness, no exposure nightmares, no bad angles. Just perfect, happy memories!

If you look at the list and realize that maybe you are already a little more advanced and need more resources, there is also an Intermediate bundle that includes the Beginner books as well as a lot more!

I'm really excited to check out the IPhone Only Photography and The Unexpected Everyday books myself :)

Stay tuned also for the following...
  • SEPTEMBER 2015: The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2015
  • OCTOBER 2015: The Ultimate Foodie Bundle 2015
  • NOVEMBER 2015: The Ultimate Business Survival Bundle 2015
  • JANUARY 2016: The Ultimate Life Development Bundle 2016

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Maddox {Seven Months}

    We're kind of halfway to month eight already but oh well :)  This monthly post thing is difficult sometimes.  I wish I had more time to post more than just monthly.  I need to work on that. 

    Seven Month's Weight: 25lbs  *based on home scales anyway.  What a workout, let me tell you...
    Height: 28in
    Size: 6-9 and 12 months clothes. Just moved him up to size 4 diapers today (wowzers! bought some Target brand to test out)
     
    ~Rolls all over the place and is fast.
    ~I think he'll be crawling really soon... possibly an army crawler in the making.
    ~Sleeps on his belly all the time... sometimes on his side.
    ~Says "ma ma" and so far that's all.
    ~Sometimes he'll wave his hand like he's saying hi but it's not consistent enough to where I think that's really what he's doing lol.
    ~Has been to child care at work a couple of times.  It's not exactly the best time of day because it's during nap time and he fights it like crazy.
    ~Sitting up pretty good on his own but still topples over.
    ~Ready for bed by 7.  I try to push it out a little but he's just SO tired and fussy.  I don't see the point when he's asleep by 7:30 and sleeps all night until about 6:30.
    ~He gets really thrown off schedule when I have to work my early shift.  He won't seem to nap a really good nap unless he's in his crib (or maybe the car).  But we're both adapting for the time being.
    ~Almost done with that stupid helmet.  I know it's doing good things but man I'm so ready for it to be off for good!  We have another appointment next week so we will find out how much longer.  I've had to take him for adjustments every 10-14 days which I think is a little ridiculous but what do I know.
     
    Here are pictures from the past month :)
     
    (May 2, 3, 4)

    (May 5, 6, 7)

    (May 7, 9, 9)
    First ride on the tractor/lawn mower (apparently it's something southerners keep up with lol)

    (May 11, 11, 12)
    We spend a lot of time on the front porch.  It's starting to become to hot though :(

    (May 14, 14, 15)
    Baby faux-hawk :)

    (May 15, 15, 17)

    (May 18... all 3) *Note to self...don't hold the baby in the air over your face... blech! 

    (May 21, 21, 22)
    *Is that not the cutest open mouth grin you've ever seen??

    (May 23, 24, 29)
    *He had a cold that caused his eye to swell up :(

    (May 29, 29, June 1)
    I love to watch him sleep.  Next to watching waves, it's one of the most peaceful things.

    (June 2, 2, 3)

    (June 5, 6, 8)

    (June 8... all 3)

    (June 9... all 3)
    middle picture is... reality lol

    (June 9... all 3)
    this is what our selfies end up looking like.  I think I have to take like 20 to get 1 decent one lol

    So bittersweet...
     
    These are all pictures that I did today.  I was late on the actual 7 month picture but he had a bad cold and his eyes were all puffy and then time just got away from me.  Oh well.  Better late than never :)
     








    Oh this face :)
     



     
     
    video
    Proof "ma-ma" was first lol
     
    video
    Daddy makes him laugh the most.  Isn't that the sweetest sound ever? :)
     
     
    
    Want to see my other monthly posts?  Check them out here...

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    Maddox {Six Months}

    I am SO behind on this! I didn't post a five months post (I know... shame shame).  So I'm combining five and six months into one.  I've been so busy with training for my new part time job at a gym (woohoo) and trying to start my Photography and Graphic Design business back up all while keeping up with Maddox... spreading myself a bit thin.  However, I won't apologize for the cuteness overload that this post contains ;) Pictures Pictures Pictures!

    Six MonthsWeight: 21lbs 12.5oz (Holding strong in the 97%) 
        *I had to take him to the doctor today for a icky cough and he now weighs 23lbs. hah
    Height: 27in (75%)
    Size: 6-9 months clothes.

    Five and Six months came and went SO fast that I'm having a hard time remembering what happened when lol
    ~We've gotten a few laughs out of him and it's just the sweetest sound ever.  First one was on March 2.
    ~Was diagnosed with impetigo on his face but it turned out it was just eczema.
    ~Typically awake by 7am and takes a 2 hour nap a couple hours later.
    ~LOVES to be outside
    ~Has had peaches, pears, apples, bananas, green beans, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, prunes, and apples with mango and rice cereal.  Basically loves anything you feed him. First gave him cereal on March 4.
    ~Loves the swings at the playground.  Tried it for the first time on April 8.
    ~Has a thing for fabric and while he's drinking his bottle, he'll rub a burp cloth (or whatever is in his hand) over his face.
    ~Started sleeping with his stuffed giraffe at naptime and he likes to have it in front of his face (much to my dismay).
    ~When he is fussy or crying, he will typically settle down if I sing to him (bless him because it's not a pleasant noise lol)
    ~Sometimes the sound of the hairdryer is the only thing that will get him to sleep.
    ~Fake coughs. Although I may be taking him in tomorrow for a real cough that I'm not liking the sound of. :(
    ~Such a flirt with anyone that will talk sweet to him.
    ~Will follow every bite of food to your mouth in a pretty pitiful way.
    ~Got his DOC band for plagiocephaly on April 20.  If you are unfamiliar with this... it basically happens because babies now sleep on their backs and they may prefer one side so their head flattens at one part so the DOC band will help to round his head back out as he grows.
    ~We are having to do neck exercises for Torticollis which is another issue from him preferring one side.  Just means his neck is really tight on one side so we have to help to stretch it out.
    ~He still hates tummy time.
    ~He'll sit up for a seconds and getting better.
    ~Can roll over but is lazy.
    ~Started sleeping on his side
    ~Blows raspberries and drools a LOT.

    On to the pictures... (remember this is 2 months worth lol

    March 1, 3, 4

    March 5, 6, 7 (excuse the icky Duke hat lol)

    March 10, 10, 11

    March 11, 12, 13

    March 19, 20, 20

    March 21, 22, 23

    March 26, 31, April 1

    April 1, 2, 2

    April 2, 3, 4

    April 8, 9, 10

    April 14, 16, 20

    April 20, 21, 22

    April 23 (all 3)

    April 24 (all 3)

    April 24, 24, 28

    May 1, 1, 2

    May 2

    Crazy how fast they grow

    Still can't believe he was that little











    Thanks to Leigh Gibson for her awesome artwork on the DOC band :) If your baby has to wear a DOC band (and you are in the Charlotte-ish area)... do yourself a favor and get Leigh to paint it for you! Makes it so much easier on the eyes.  She also does amazing murals in homes so if that's what you are looking for... contact her!



    Put me in coach :)

    I love this...



    Sweet blue eyed baby :)

    I'm not sure whose facial expression I like more lol

    I love this! He loves to swing!

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