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Weekly Dose of Edison – Behind the Scenes in the Photo Studio!

Things have been so busy around here lately that I have not had much time to blog.

Weekly Dose of Edison – Behind the Scenes in the Photo Studio!

Things have been so busy around here lately that I have not had much time to blog.

Garden Progress!

This project has taken way longer than we expected (of course), but here are some updates! We got everything prepped for our new ground covers. Part of the area will have artificial grass – the play area under the pergola that my husband made when we lived at our old house, and brought with us. The rest of the area will have flower beds, vegetable beds, and some type of hardscape in between.…

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Weekly Dose of Edison

Weekly Dose of Edison

This little guy has been helping us quite a bit in the garden lately. :) The big exciting thing of the week was that his big birthday present arrived (Daddy ordered it a bit late after spending too much time researching all of the options). Edison has been having a lot of fun playing in his new bounce house/ball pit, and his “sister” Stella even wants in on occasion (and then quickly begs to get…

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Spring Plant Sale at South Coast Botanic Garden Tomorrow!

One of our favorite places is having their Spring Plant Sale tomorrow! If you are in Southern California, the South Coast Botanic Garden is in Palos Verdes and definitely worth checking out.

Spring Plant Sale at South Coast Botanic Garden Tomorrow!

One of our favorite places is having their Spring Plant Sale tomorrow! If you are in Southern California, the South Coast Botanic Garden is in Palos Verdes and definitely worth checking out.

Weekly Dose of Edison

Weekly Dose of Edison

In my effort to spend more fun, quality time with my son, I decided to take Edison to one of his favorite places last week, even though I had tons of work to catch up on. We have a family membership to South Coast Botanic Garden, and it is a place Edison and I both really enjoy going. We go whenever I have free time, but I decided I need to start making the time to take him more regularly, even…

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Why I Will Be Significantly Cutting Back My Work Hours

Why I Will Be Significantly Cutting Back My Work Hours

A couple of weeks ago, I did a post where I logged one of my days, minute by minute. Just being a mom is a lot of work. Trying to juggle running a business full time and taking care of a baby and four furry kids as well is a lot to handle every day and I am running myself down in the process.

Previously, I have felt like I have been failing with the photography businessbecause I wasn’t meeting…

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Edison’s Birthday Surprise - His Own Children’s Garden!

Edison’s Birthday Surprise – His Own Children’s Garden!

I have been searching for months for what I thought would be the perfect birthday present for Edison – a vintage train. The kind that people usually set up at Christmas time, to go around the base of the Christmas tree. He is wild about trains. He loves his Thomas the Train books, his wooden train whistle, and he goes nuts over my old battery powered train that my grandpa used to set up every…

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Happy Birthday, Edison!

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One year ago today was the scariest, most stressful and also most exciting and best day of our lives. Our baby boy was born.

I was dying to get out of that hospital and start taking pictures of our little guy, but we were held up in the hospital for a week. This was the first photo I took of him with my “real” camera while we were still in the hospital. He was a perfect little happy, smiling…

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Free Mulch for Los Angeles Residents!

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City of Los Angeles residents, did you know that we are actually required by law to mulch our garden beds? I doubt it is a law that is often enforced, but mulching is so important. It cuts down on weed growth and conserves water which is so important here (even more so during a drought). I have to admit, I have not been so great about applying mulch in all of our flower beds all the time since…

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Garden Update

The roses in the front have started blooming again. Roses are seriously one of my favorite things in life. :) The tiny cream ones were actually from our wedding reception (they were the centerpieces), and moved with us when we bought this house two years ago.

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My husband finally finished trenching the lines for the new irrigation system in the back. He had a lot of trouble with bad tool rentals…

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Weekly Dose of Edison

Weekly Dose of Edison

This little guy is really starting to enjoy helping me in the garden! I can’t wait until our raised beds are full of veggies again, especially since he has really been enjoying eating almost any vegetable I give him. :) Today I even got a high five for split pea soup. It happened to be one of the rare soups I gave him that wasn’t homemade, but I will take what I can get!

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Also pretty exciting in…

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Resuming My Cook-Once-A-Week Routine!

Back when we used to shoot a lot of weddings, I got in the habit of cooking lots of meals for dinner in batches on one evening, and freezing the individual dinners. It was great on the nights when I was up for all hours, working on wedding photos. We would just pull something out of the freezer, throw it in the oven, and have a healthy, homemade meal in about half an hour. Since our son was born,…

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Why I Didn’t Have Time to Pick Up More Cat Food….

Why I Didn’t Have Time to Pick Up More Cat Food….

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My husband understands that I have my hands full every day with taking care of our son full time and managing the photography business full time as well. What he doesn’t quite get is how literally every minute of my day is filled. He often comes home and asks why I didn’t have time to go run a particular errand, like picking up more dog or cat food. We have two dogs and two cats, so when we get…

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My New Potting Table!

My New Potting Table!

I have wanted a potting table or potting bench for a long time. Recently, I saw a few (expensive) reclaimed potting tables when we were out shopping for our backyard makeover project, and I knew we could make one on our own for much less. I am addicted to scouring the free section on Craigslist whenever I have free time, looking for items that will be good for a project. A while back, I found a…

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Why I Will be Out of the Office All This Week….

Why I Will be Out of the Office All This Week….

When I was making my planting list for our backyard, I knew that I wanted to include David Austin roses in my design since they are my favorite. Their list of retailers does not include any nurseries in our area, but it did list a Premier Partner in Pasadena, Bellefontaine Nursery. Pasadena is not very close to where we live, but it was the closest of the Premier Partners. We happened to be in…

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