Travel…With or Without Kids

Teepee at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas

I have the travel bug…BAD. Over the holidays my family and I drove to Texas and we made a point to take back roads and visit places we had never been, even it meant taking a few extra minutes (or hours) to get off the beaten path. Now we are home and all I can think of is doing again, but maybe just with the hubs. I get a tinge of guilt when I think of the possibility of sleeping in a teepee or in a floating hotel without my kids. Isn’t that what every kid wants – to sleep in a TEEPEE! But then again, doesn’t every mom want a night off and day to shop, look at art, and make art herself? Or is that just me?

The Aqua Lodges in Bocas del Toros

So I found my dream job. I get to look at photography all day. I scour websites and agencies looking for new photographers. I’m in love with my job. The only thing is now I miss taking pictures so much! Looking at other people’s work fills me with inspiration. So I’m gonna dust off the camera and go have a fun-filled shoot day. Until then, here’s a little Instagram love…

The light streaming through was so beautiful at that moment.




I can't resist a gray sky

Kicking off Christmas

I’m so excited because I just finished making the family Christmas card. It’s kind of a big deal for me since we live so far away from many of our family and friends. Last year I was too exhausted to put much effort into it (my toddler was kickin’ my butt!) I decided to go all out this year – and boy did I! We had professional photos done by Wendy of Blue Lily¬†. These are the first family photos I’ve been featured in since my WEDDING! It was so worth it! Check out the card below.

What about you? Are you doing anything special to get into the holiday spirit?

Stationery card
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What to wear for a…

family photo shoot? My husband and I have been married for almost 7 years. We have two kids. We have no professional photos of any of us! I mean, I am a photographer but I tend to rely on my iPhone more than anything these days. So, after stalking the blue lily blog for months, I booked them! Of course when I scheduled the shoot I swore that I would lose 10 pounds and have my entire family’s wardrobe picked picked out in advance. Um, I’m pretty sure I’m running out of time! November is only 4 weeks away! I’m going to give up on losing that 10 pounds (which is hopeless now due to daily pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beers.) So, let’s focus on wardrobe then, shall we…

olive bear

baby bear

papa bear

mama bear


Any suggestions?


Back to School…Back to Reality

So not only did summer kick my butt (don’t get me wrong – I had a blast but it was busy!) but the back to school season got me as well! Summer threw me for a loop and I still feel all jumbled and disorganized. I did manage to do a little back to school shopping and sent my 6 year old off on the first day in some very cute Olive Juice duds but we were so rushed that morning that my fuzzy iPhone photo of her going off to school isn’t going to cut it for this little blog!

Here’s one of my favorite moments from the summer.




Olympic Sneakers

Years ago, when the World Cup was held in France, I picked up the sweetest sneakers while backpacking in Europe. They were made by a company called Patrick especially for the World Cup. They had sneakers to represent every country! My first two picks were Italy and France (SOLD OUT) so I went with Jamaica. They were fun – yellow and green. I wore those shoes out as I traipsed through Europe that summer. I wore those shoes WAY past their life and was so sad when they could go on longer. I search for a comparable pair all the time. I found some during the last World Cup via another blog. Lo and behold, they were ONLY available in Europe. I found this pair today commemorating the 2012 Olympics. All I’ve been able to find is a patriotic shoe from New Balance. It’s a nice shoe, but I wonder, will I ever be able to replace my World Cup kicks?