Inspiration

Insider Tips on Great Photo Sessions

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Look at that precious little face above!  Isn’t he darling?  That’s my friend Gus’ son and he is just as precious in person as he is in that adorable photograph.  He’s a lucky little boy because his dad is an expert photographer, so he’s going to have loads of photos that are just as cute as this one.  What a well-documented life this little guy will have!  Gus is a dear friend of ours from our church in San Francisco, Reality, and has photographed our family numerous times – from baby photos of our first son to the birth of our second son to birthday parties and holiday cards in between, we LOVE having Gus photograph our family.  In fact, you’ll see some of the ones he has taken of us in the full post!  I’m always a little overwhelmed by the process of coordinating outfits for all four of us that blend well in color, but aren’t too matchy-matchy and in picking a cool location for our photos and getting the littles’ naps and meals coordinated just right so that he has happy and well-rested subjects to shoot.   (more…)

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Lavender and Gold


I stumbled upon Michaela Warner’s blog a year or so ago and was immediately drawn in by her lovely photos.  (Isn’t that one of the best parts of a good blog?  I think it is!)  She is starting out as an interior designer and has a fabulous sense of style and also knows how to work on a budget.  That’s a rare combination, but she’s got it!  I love, love, love perusing the photos on her blog and I’m usually inspired by them.  She has fabulous ideas for home design, closet style and party planning that I’m sure you’ll love.  I reached out to her after reading her blog for a while and we became fast friends.  As it turns out, we have a lot in common – it really is such a small world!  So, I asked her to do a guest blog post for me and here she is!
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The Summer of Fun

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My dear husband has been working his tail off for many, many, many years.  We’ve got a small break in between this and more hard work to come and so we are taking a little bit of a sabbatical between jobs.  Two whole months of family time.  I couldn’t BE more excited.  As we’ve been planning for this time (there’s so much to do and so much lost time to make up for!) we have lovingly dubbed it “The Summer of Fun.”  We may or may not even have a calendar of upcoming events for the Summer of Fun.  (Hey, if you don’t plan, there’s no way to get it all done!)  We’ve got a lot on our San Francisco “bucket list” and we’re going to do our best to knock out as many of them as we can. (more…)

Where the City Meets the Sea

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We met over bongo drums.  In a loud room with crazy music and a symphony of voices singing loudly, as we sat in a circle banging on drums, we smiled at one another.  It was one of those knowing smiles that mothers give one another as they are doing something for their kid’s sake – something like Music Together.  Oh, it’s fun, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a bit of a sacrifice as well some mornings when you’re over tired and feigning a smile through yet another rendition of “Tingalayo.”  Kim is absolutely precious, though, and so is her son Hugo (this kid is going to be SUCH a lady-killer!) and we became fast friends.  Kim is an artist, though at the time, she hadn’t really taken her business full-scale.  We had many chats over coffee about life with a toddler, navigating San Francisco as a mom and being an entrepreneur.  Every single time I left Kim’s presence, I felt sunnier in spirit and more optimistic and upbeat than I had going into the conversation. (more…)

Au Revoir, Google Reader

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I love reading blogs.  They’re such a fun way to connect with other people and learn about new things. They can be educational, hilarious or just plain fun.  And often, they’re just so lovely, too!  Pure inspiration.

It used to be that to keep up with blogs, you had to either bookmark them and remember to check the bookmarks to keep up to date.  It’s safe to say that doesn’t work for me – I have a hard time remembering far more critical things on my to do list.  Another option was signing up for email updates every time a blog you like is updated.   (more…)

Brooks Brothers

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Walking on Rodeo Drive today, we were drawn into Brooks Brothers by their lovely window displays featuring the new The Great Gatsby movie.  I’m so excited to see it and was not disappointed by the lovely 20’s era vignettes around the store.  What a gorgeous display!  I was so drawn in by the details on everything – including the chandelier that featured shades monogrammed with “JG” on them.  What amazing attention to detail!  I was inspired by the flapper dresses and dapper men’s designs. (more…)

Language of the Heart

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You know that feeling when a musician sings words that your heart wasn’t even aware that it felt?  When an artist is able to capture something that you thought might be too big or deep to even put into words and yet they do and they sing it and suddenly it is like a tuning fork is resonating deep within your soul, vibrating to this truth that you didn’t even realize you had been aching to express?

I’m sure you have.  I think it is one of those things that is universally true for everyone at some time in their lives.  It is an amazing thing and one that awakes your soul in its depths.  By far, the artist who has most often created that experience for me is David Wilcox.  He is, hands down, my favorite artist, both as a craftsman of words and a player of  guitar. (more…)

Meet Michaela.

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You know those blogs that you accidentally stumble upon and you get complete sucked in and read a ton of posts, savoring every gorgeous photo and fabulous design/style/fashion/DIY-project/food/home photo on there until you look up and realize you’ve spent 30 minutes (or more!) on a rabbit trail and can’t even remember what you were supposed to be doing before you got pulled into such a lovely and inspiring vortex?

Yeah, me neither.  Kidding!  It happens to me.  A lot.   There is just so much amazing content out there!  I find that I’m adding things to my Google Reader account (where they will promptly be pulled into the gorgeous Flipboard app on my iPad for my eye candy consumption) quite often these days.  (P.S.  Flipboard is, by far, one of my favorite apps.  If you don’t already have it – grab it.  It’s free and if you love flipping through pretty magazines you’ll love it!  It’s like a lovely magazine filled with the content that YOU choose.  Brilliant!) (more…)

Pray for Daisy

Daisy is one inspirational little girl.  At only eight years old, this little beauty is battling cancer, but her joyful heart and sunny disposition are unwavering.  After 6 surgeries, 22 rounds of chemotherapy and 2 courses of radiation, Daisy Love Merrick is facing cancer for the third time. She and her family are trusting in Jesus. But they are also in a battle for Daisy Love’s life. Next steps include chemotherapy and possibly a stem cell transplant with progressive treatments in America and Israel. The estimated cost not covered by insurance will total close to half a million dollars, and because of this, a trust fund has been set up to help raise money for her treatment.  We want to help. (more…)