Home Decor: Children's Playroom Inspiration Board

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Today's task? Head to the local home improvement store and buy wood to build a play tent. This week, my husband and I were talking about the front room in our new home. When we moved into the house, we basically transplanted our living room setup in our old home and dropped it into our new home. Since then, we really haven't spent a lot of time in the room. 

Playing with Pots and Pans

Friday, April 17, 2015

He has blocks, books, walkers, tractors, cars, puzzles, stuffed animals, and all sorts of other toys that can occupy, teach, entertain, and enlighten. But, we're in the toddler phase which can only mean one thing. Why play with the toys when our son can get play with outlets, cords, dog bowls, and cabinet doors? Our son is always uncovering and discovering new items throughout the house. The most recent find were the cabinet doors which led him to the pots and pans. Yes, we've entered the pots and pans phase.

10 Simple Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You know how pregnant women usually crave something during their pregnancy? Well, I tried to watch every little morsel of food that I consumed throughout my pregnancy. But, there was one food that kept calling my name. Yes, it was chocolate. I never really liked chocolate before I was pregnant. I would eat it here and there but I never enjoyed it. And then I got pregnant. Before I knew it, I hid a bag of chocolate chips in the freezer. Whenever the craving set in, I would open the freezer, pop a few frozen chocolate chips into my mouth, and love every second of the chocolate melting in my mouth. Yes, I was ... and still am ... hooked.

Food Photography: Shooting from Four Angles

Monday, April 13, 2015

90 degree, 45 degree, 10-20 degree, or 0 degree ... choosing the best angle when photographing food can be overwhelming. What will make the dish look the most appetizing? How can all of the details of the recipe be shown? What angle will make people want to jump into the photo and enjoy a bite of the food? Just like when a person says, "Shoot me from this side since it's my better side," you'll also want to shoot your dish from its best side. Before you pick up the camera and start shooting, consider these angles when photographing your next recipe.

Home Exterior: Porch Decor Inspiration Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tomorrow is the day that we start working on the lawn, gardens, and screened-in porch. The weather is finally warm and sunny which means that we need to start getting the exterior of our house ready for the summer days and nights. When it comes to summer, we're all about our screened-in porch. I seriously would live in it full-time if I could. From eating meals to enjoying cocktails to playing games with our son, we are all about our backyard screened-in porch.

Being Defiant and Conquering Clubfoot

Friday, April 10, 2015

I remember the moment the pediatrician walked into my room the day after he was born. The doctor talked about our son's vital signs, told us that he was a big and healthy baby boy, mentioned that he had signs of clubfoot, and then handed us a referral slip to a pediatric orthopaedist. He had what? We had to go see who? What is going to happen to my son? Thoughts immediately clouded my mind. I just had a baby the day before. My body was exhausted yet full of energy and adrenaline. My heart was so full of love that I hardly knew who I was. I was holding my son and getting to know his every sound, look, and touch. My head was confused. How serious was this issue? Was it easy to treat? Would he be able to walk? 

Cleaning Habit: Wash Salt and Pepper Shakers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Whether you use them to cook or you keep them on the dinner table at the ready during every meal, salt and pepper shakers get dirty and collect germs over time. In my house, we have mason jar handled salt and pepper shakers that add to the farmhouse, rustic decor that we have throughout our home. I absolutely love the handles and they hold just the perfect amount of salt and pepper. What scares me about them? The heavy use in our house, and I'm not talking salt content. I'm talking bacteria.

Mustard Roasted Tilapia

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

If it were up to me, we would eat seafood every day. From salmon to shrimp to tilapia, I have never met seafood that I didn't devour. Whether I have it grilled, smoked, roasted, or raw, it leaves me feeling completely satisfied, comfortably full, and overwhelmingly happy. Do I have a slight obsession with seafood? Probably. But I'm not ashamed to admit it. The only downfall? My husband doesn't share the same amount of love as me. So, how do I get him to eat more seafood with me?

5 Ways to Keep Landscape Photographs Interesting

Monday, April 6, 2015

Landscape photographs can become a bit tiresome over time. Whether you're shooting with a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, some people have the tendency to view a breathtakingly beautiful landscape, hold up the camera, click the shutter button, capture the entire landscape, and keep moving along. What are ways to keep landscape photographs storytelling, compelling, and interesting?

Blueberry Surprise Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 5, 2015

In celebration of Easter this year, my sister-in-law thought of the perfect Easter egg hunt for my son. Why was it perfect? It involved blueberries. And let me tell you ... my son is completely obsessed with blueberries. Instead of filling the plastic eggs with candy, she filled them with blueberries and then hid them around the house. Seriously ... genius.