Showing posts from July, 2013

Make The Homeless Smile - Worldwide (inspirational)

I love when my Facebook news feed actually shows me some inspirational, happy news. I saw this video called, "Make The Homeless Smile - Worldwide" by TrueStoryASA.

It's not to exploit homelessness. It's simply to give a few basic necessities to make the day more tolerable and to show some love. It's nice to not look past someone like they don't exist (hasn't everyone done that at some point or another?)

Kudos to TrueStoryASA. Keep it up & keep inspiring greatness around you.
I love seeing people do kind acts. There is enough negativity on the news. Here's one way to combat negativity with kindness.

My 1st 30 Day Challenge

This post-pregnancy body of mine has got to go. My daughter is 6 months old and I'm 100% full steam ahead -- eating healthy and adding fitness back into my life. I've been fit for pretty much my entire life and lugging around extra weight is no good for me, my joints or my wardrobe (I live in South Florida and the more clothes you wear, the more miserable you are).

Thankfully, a fellow mom & Army Vet introduced me to the 30 Day Squat Challenge. Committing to 30 days is totally reasonable and the squat challenge is PERFECT for moms because you don't need a lot of time to do it, you don't have to go to the gym and you don't have any excuse since you can do it anywhere and anytime you want. The only requirement is you DO follow the schedule. 
I looked at the challenge and thought 50 squats in a row was reasonable. 250 sounded way too tough for the physical shape I am in. Despite my better judgment I figured I'd do it every day and I'd give it my all. No ex…

Siena's Old World Charm (Photography)

A perfect gift for your home, office or vacation home - a photograph that captures the old world charm of Siena, Italy. The city is absolutely stunning and climbing the tower to get this shot was worth it but it's not for people who don't like small spaces (god knows it's tough without people walking past you going the opposite direction) and those who don't have some sturdy lets who like a workout. Nonetheless, we got to the top of the tower and I loved the view. It was remarkable.

I am selling tow versions of this. You'll see them listed below. They are available as gallery wrapped (stretched) canvas prints or as metallic prints that are perfect for framing. My personal favorite is metallic but that's just me.


Birthing Photography: Why It's So Important

Pregnancy has its challenges. Laboring definitely has its challenges. But birthing? Well, the active form of birthing is so unique to each woman ... and our experiences vary so greatly that there's really no describing how it feels in words. We can do our best but sometimes a photograph helps communicate the experience the best. 

My experience with birthing photography (although I am a photographer) wasn't a great one. In fact, despite being a photographer, my hubbs and I didn't even consider how photographing the birth of our daughter might feel for me as I was birthing.

From experience (very recent experience), I had mentally practiced experiencing the discomfort of labor and birthing. I had to do everything I could to get my mind wrapped around the fact that I'd be experiencing something that no one's words could help me truly prepare for. Of course, as I prepared for the physical and mental aspect of birthing and labor I didn't think about photography --…

Cat Defined (wall art)

I have always loved animals - even when I was younger, I was fascinated by animals in cartoons because I've always wondered, "What were they thinking?" Some animals are more expressive than others, such as cats. Don't you love pretending to know what they are saying and what kind of accents they have?! haha

I designed a digital download for all the cat lovers out there. It's my definition of what a cat is - to include their quirky sense of humor. While every cat is certainly not the same, just ask Jackson Galaxy on the Animal Planet Show "My Cat From Hell," there are a few factors that make these furballs universally appealing and a wonderful addition to our lives. 

What's cool  is that many of these famous cats in history were created by cat owners who loved their little furry friends: Heathcliff & Cleo -- Garfield -- Cheshire Cat -- The Pink Panther -- Felix the Cat -- Cool Cat -- Hello Kitty -- Sylvester -- Billy the Cat -- Top Cat -- The Ari…

Ascendancy: Simplistic Beauty

"Ascendancy"  Photography by Liesl Marelli of Girona Consulting Location: Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Available for purchase in numerous sizes as a metallic print or wrapped canvas.
I love the simplicity of this photo - the deep blue color of the sky and the rich, sun-kissed rocks that seem to come alive with gold from the warmth of the setting sun. 

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” ― John Lubbock

Pretty Bows for Pretty Girls

Yesterday, I met the owner of For The Love of Bows. Based out of Pompano Beach, Florida, Tara, the owner, gave us a complimentary baby bow. Since we are proud to promote and work with fellow small businesses -- here's our shout out to Tara's business, which we are now a fan of.

Enlightening Our World With The Spoken Word

3 minutes and 37 seconds of unfettered truth.  "Embarrassed" by Hollie McNish

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Breastfeeding is for everyone but for some, they're more apt to following celebrities' leads so ... thank you, celebs, for setting a great example. 

Terrorist Boobs on a Jihad against Country Club Members

Recently a Belgian diplomat and his wife were booted from a White Plains, N.Y., golf club for breastfeeding. But, it wasn't a simple disagreement in legal rights that ended this couple's dining experience - the staff allegedly accused them of being terrorists. Yes, you've got that right - Terrorists.
Perhaps her boob was on a jihad to destroy Similac's success?

I've heard many women recount stories about how they were asked to breastfeed their baby in a bathroom instead of the public space of a (store, restaurant or mall). In America, we have rights to protect moms and take care of our baby's needs. Feeding your baby is completely natural - no terrorist label needed.  =)

Personally, I don't even like using public bathrooms. I touch anything I must with as LITTLE skin surface as possible - the doors gross me out, the seats ... ewww ... the faucets and the soap dispensers -- Y U C K! Why would anyone want to breastfeed their baby there or even spend a moment …