Category: Photography

Quick Little Updates

With my 30 Day Fun Fitness Challenge coming to a close, I thought I would just cram the results and a whole bunch of other updates into one post. I’m all about saving the internet environment.

30 Day Fun Fitness Challenge

So this was fun. At first. But like with all things, I started to get bored towards the end and just kind of…gave up. I’m the kind of person who likes to see results. It even makes me happy to clean my bathroom and be able to see how great everything looks after, even if it’s only for five minutes. But we all know that workouts don’t yield immediate results. And I do not have patience.

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I did pretty well up until the end, only skipping two days and eventually making them up on a different day. I’ve noticed that I really do NOT like going to the apartment complex (or any) gym and would much rather work out in my living room. I also noticed that I most enjoyed the workouts that included a mix of activities, like the ones in pink. Admittedly, some of these were fairly easy and I would probably make them more challenging if I ever did this again, but I liked having a set number of things to accomplish and pushing through them before I had a chance to get bored.

In the end, I didn’t lose any weight (in fact I’m up to 134!), nor do I really feel any differently, but maybe I just needed to give it more than 30 days (ok, fine, 25)? Or stop eating cookies? I’m not sure which is the better (or worse?) option.

Spring Bucket List

This one isn’t over yet, and let’s be serious, it really has just begun. I think we’ve had maybe four actual spring-like days so far, so I’m going to be cramming a lot of these in within the last five weeks left of the season.

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You may notice that coloring Easter eggs is not crossed off. Is it acceptable to do this long after the Easter Bunny has packed up and begun his 364-day vacation from delivering baskets? I just wasn’t in the mood to make a mess of my kitchen, and then I couldn’t find a half-dozen white eggs at my grocery store, and then we decided that no one would even EAT hard-boiled eggs, yadda yadda yadda.

I’m working on my Summer Bucket List right now, but I’m not sure how practical it is to have 100+ things to do in a 93-day period (I counted.), so I’m trying to narrow that one down a little. It’s soooooo HARD. I add seven for every one I cut. Typical.

Weekly Photo Challenge

This is definitely my favorite challenge. We’re only three weeks in, but we gained a friend, so now there are three of us taking and sharing photos every week based on a changing theme. The first week’s theme was Spring:

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Followed by Architecture:

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And here’s a sneak peek at the current week, Transportation:

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That’s what’s up around here! Have any updates of your own? Leave them in the comments below along with your picks for what absolutely MUST be on a Summer Bucket List!

Weekly Photo Challenge

I think there is something seriously wrong with me.

I get stressed out every summer because it seems like we have things to do every weekend (4 weddings this year!) and I don’t have much time to myself. They’re all fun things – birthday parties, vacations, baseball games, weddings, concerts, etc. – so I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, but for someone who really values that time at home just spent being lazy and curled up with a cat and a book, it sometimes puts me in panic mode. Who is going to do all the cleaning?? All the relaxing?? All the nothing??

So what do I do? I make more plans! Commit to more things!! Me. I make them. Myself. This girl.

I will never learn.

Having a Spring Bucket List and a 30 Day Workout Challenge going on right now wasn’t enough, so now I’m part of a Weekly Photo Challenge! A friend and I decided that we need a little kick in the butt to make us get out there and take some photos. I am all for a little bit of accountability and, frankly, if I didn’t have this blog, I don’t think I would bother with those bucket lists and challenges. It’s having to commit to something publicly that keeps me motivated because I don’t want to come back to you guys and say “hey, guess what? I suck. I quit.”

So. Weekly Photo Challenge. We’re going to pick a new theme every Friday and give ourselves 1 week to take a few pictures related to that theme. Then on the following Friday, we will share our best work and pick a new theme. This first week’s theme is Spring!

Here are a few of my favorite Spring photos that I took last year. I’m hoping to be able to step up my game a little bit this year and end up with some that I like even better than these.

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Stay tuned. July’s theme might be “my couch” just to make sure that I actually get to see it for a bit…

Pic an Hour

I saw this a few months back on another blog that I read and I’ve been wanting to do it ever since. Pretty simple – you take a picture of what you’re doing each hour of the day. I actually started it once a few weeks back, but by 2pm I had forgotten to take a few pictures, so this time I set an alarm on my phone to go off every hour.

I meant to take some of these with my DSLR to get some practice, but instead I took none of these with my DSLR. Whoops. Here’s what came out:

7:00am – “Wake up, Mom!”

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8:00am – Breakfast of champions

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9:00am – Addiction. Please get me a Pintervention.

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10:00am – Summahtime and the livin’s easy

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11:00am – Lunch

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12:00pm – Doesn’t everyone match their razor to their loofah?

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1:00pm – Summer outfit

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2:00pm – Birthday tea party!

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3:00pm – In Wonderland

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4:00pm – “C” is for delicious, amazing CAKE.

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5:00pm – Cruisin’

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6:00pm – Simon

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7:00pm – My favorite aisle

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8:00pm – Play time

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9:00pm – Goodnightstand

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Everyone’s a Photographer

With all the apps available for smartphones now, does anyone even still use a regular point & shoot camera? There are apps that let you choose filters, add cool effects, change colors, crop, and basically make it look like you’re a professional photographer, even though you can’t figure out why your real camera has all these wavy lines and something that says “ISO” on the screen…

I’ve recently gotten hooked on Instagram. As far as photo-editing apps go, it’s actually kind of low-end. The only things you can do are choose a filter, rotate the photo, and add a blur. I like it more so because it’s also a social network. You can “follow” people and comment on their photos, and then explore photos taken by celebrities or other users that you’re not following. Check out some of these gems, posted by the same girl who can’t get those wavy ISO things off her camera (err…me.)

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There are some people who actually post some really awesome photos, so get the app and start following people! Then you can take advantage of the Postagram deal I’m about to share where you can turn your Instagram photos into personalized postcards for only 99 cents!

Ok, I’m kind of telling a lie. It’s not a deal anymore. Last week they were letting you sign up and send 5 FREE postcards. I dropped the ball on that one and forgot to post it, so now I’m trying to pretend that it’s a deal at 99 cents. But it is! Postcards cost…what? like 28 cents to mail now anyway? So for 71 cents more, you can take a fancy picture, add a cute message, and send it to someone on a high quality postcard. You can even choose to have the photo pop out of the card for someone to save or frame! Use it for a card AND a gift! Now you’re really saving money and I didn’t even have to lie