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June Five Favs

2016 June 10
by Becky

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1. Everything tastes better when cooked on the grill, so we try to make as much of the meal as possible using outdoor cooking methods. This Toasted Israeli Couscous is totally incredible and all you need is a pot…everything else gets a nice smokey char on the grill. Asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and whatever else we have in the fridge gets tossed with the extra large couscous (which can be found at Trader Joes) and dusted with a little, simple vinaigrette. We go light on the dressing, the veg has all the flavor.

2. It’s back!! One of my favorite shows ever, Catastrophe. It’s an Amazon original and totally fantastic. Season One was only six episodes and I loved every minute. It’s fantastic and too short, leaving quite the cliff hanger. The cast is SO funny, they actually say everything most of us think, in a crude but lovable and super hilarious way. Season Two kicked off with a perfect surprise and is just as good! WATCH THIS.

3. I’m just learning about this whole nanny thing, we’ve had one two days a week for about six months now so I can do some contract work. She’s really amazing and she just started using this cool Bright Wheel app to track Finn’s days. Diapers, naps, food, activities, and pictures all go in the app so I can check during the day or later instead of asking for a run down every time I walk through the door. It’s free and so nice…especially if you are psycho-detail mom like me.

4. So heard about this website on Pop Culture Happy Hour called previously.tv, specifically the episode about Donna Martin graduating. Yes, I’m talking original Beverly Hills: 90210 here folks and just listening to this podcast will take you right back to high school. Hey, some people may even watch a few episodes on Amazon Prime after listening…not that I know any people like that or anything.

5. Just in time for summer, I’ve found the perfect beach/pool bag. After owning several others—canvas, mesh, backpack, small and large—I located THE one. The Dolphin Bag is amazing. It’s designed with pockets on the OUTSIDE so you can access their contents even when the main part is stuffed with towels, swimsuits and extra clothes. Plus, the mesh is stiff so the sides stay up instead of collapsing and turning the bag into a blackhole…you know the ones where you can’t find anything. Can’t wait to take it on our beach trip this weekend!

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Saturday Portraits

2016 June 6
by Becky

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A couple weeks ago, I did something really fun.

My friend/neighbor Lindsey of Sweet Monday Photography snapped a few casual pics on a stormy Saturday afternoon.

Just kidding!

She held a super snazzy studio session with full makeup and hair, I rented the gorgeous gala dress I wore for an event in December—of which I didn’t have a single good picture—and pretty much felt like a movie star for a day.

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And just looking at this shot, I kind of have that movie star vibe again…it’s fun to pretend.

As parents, we’re all pretty good about scheduling family photo shoots, getting the kids all dressed up in cute seasonal outfits and heading to our favorite park for some adorable documentation. Lindsey actually took our fall pictures too, one (or seven) of which was perfect for our holiday card.

But when do we ever have our own photo taken? One where no funny faces or mustache props are involved? For me, the answer is never. I hadn’t even considered it until a couple months ago when Lindsey said she was working on a new portfolio and needed a few models. Though a bit nervous, I volunteered.

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I’m so glad I did it. I’m in awe of these images. While I was a little worried about being exactly what Lindsey had pictured in her head for this project, it took twenty seconds to relax and understand it was just about being myself. Sure we changed things up a bit for fun—no glasses, bright lipstick, awesome finger curls in my hair, and a rented dress—it all made me feel like a totally different person and completely myself at the same time. It was a blast.

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Watching my friend in her element was entertainment in itself…she’s such a natural. Giving direction and changing gear like it was an olympic sport. I love the details she captured, things I never see in myself. It felt strange not smiling since I’d consider myself a smiley person (ya think?), but it comes through in such a dramatic way…I’m wondering why I don’t walk around like this more often (ha).

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My inclination when seeing the first edited shot was to focus on my “spots”. The ones I’m self conscience about. We all do this, women more so probably, tear ourselves apart instead of seeing the big picture. But when I let it go, looked at the images as a whole, I felt…powerful. And confident. I love them.

Oh and here’s the whole dress…because it’s fabulous I gotta do a full length.

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I’m calling them my super hero shots. My power? Shooting lasers from my eyebrows. They look pretty fierce.

So while I don’t usually smather the blog with photos of myself, I’m going out on a limb here and giving it a try. How can I not share a few of these?

I can’t recommend this experience enough. And having Lindsey as the photographer was what made it all perfect, she exudes passion for her craft. She’s doing these portraits again and has a couple shoots coming up if you are interested! Since she’s still building her portfolio, her price is reduced and it includes the digitals…amazing.

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There’s really something special about seeing images of women like these. They are all spectacular!

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