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I have to admit, I am not very organized with my gardening. I try at times, but I end up gardening more like an artist than a scientist (and that aggravates my engineer husband at times). I fertilize and water the plants based on how much I feel they need, not calculated amounts. I try to keep on a schedule but I always loose track. I decided that going forward, I am going to get a lot more…

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My $20 Greenhouse/Shed Makeover & Garden Updates

My $20 Greenhouse/Shed Makeover & Garden Updates

Recently, my husband and I sat down and went through and organized our lists of projects that still need to be completed for our house. We prioritized things into URGENT, high priority, medium priority, and low priority. One of the things on my list was that I wanted a new greenhouse (made out of the recycled windows that I have been collecting), and I wanted a cuter garden shed. Once I realized…

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When Did it Become Okay to Photograph Strangers’ Children Without Permission?

When Did it Become Okay to Photograph Strangers’ Children Without Permission?


In the past few weeks, we have gone to the Orange County Fair a couple of times (other than when I was dropping off/picking up my gardening entries). I noticed on the OC Fair website that they are having a “Many Faces of the Fair” photo contest. Since it is only open to amateur photographers, I am not eligible to enter, but I of course still want to get photographs of my own child when we have…

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Weekly Dose of Edison: Edison and the Giant Squash

Weekly Dose of Edison: Edison and the Giant Squash

When I was pregnant with our son two years ago, I attended the Orange County Fair for the first time. I was blown away by all of the giant fruit and vegetables that home gardeners entered into the fair. I was so excited to see so many competitions for gardeners. There are plenty of photography and art competitions everywhere, but gardening competitions seem pretty rare around here. I was…

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Weekly Dose of Edison: Happy Accidents

Sometimes my favorite pictures are the ones that are not planned. I have done several photoshoots in my studiowith babies in old vintage buckets, and I always wanted to do one in our garden with our son actually in a bath with bubbles. Unfortunately, when he was a little baby, our backyard was kind of a disaster after months of neglect thanks to my difficult pregnancy. I didn’t get the pictures I…

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Weekly Dose of Edison - Weekend Trip to the Mountains!

Weekly Dose of Edison – Weekend Trip to the Mountains!

Recently, we were invited by some of our friends to go to their cabin in the mountains in Big Bear, CA for the weekend. We brought Edison up there once before when he was 10 months old, but it was just a short day trip (photo from that trip here). Now that he is walking, we had so much more fun! He got to go on his first couple of hikes in the forest, and we collected wildflowers. We stumbled…

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Stop Bashing & Censoring Motherhood!

Stop Bashing & Censoring Motherhood!

I don’t know if this trend has been going on for years and I never noticed it since I am a new mom, or if it is just a recent thing, but it seems that in our society today, moms are the new group to mock and harass. I really don’t understand why this cultural shift has happened, but it is time to put an end to it.

If you read my blog regularly, you know that recently I went through a pretty…

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Building a Tiny Village

Building a Tiny Village


When my husband and I got engaged, we started talking about where we would like to put down roots (and buy a house). He initially wanted to consider requesting a transfer back to the Dallas area, so we went out and he introduced me to his group of friends out there. Everyone was so warm, welcoming, and family-oriented. It definitely felt like they had a great idea of the concept of “it takes a…

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Great American Backyard Campout Photos!

Great American Backyard Campout Photos!

Recently, we pledged to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout organized by the National Wildlife Federation. I set up the tent and our little camping area Friday while my husband was at work. Whenever we have gone “real” camping, I have been limited to what we could fit in our Jeep so I could never get our campsites as pretty as I would like them. At home, that wasn’t an issue so I…

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Info on the new website and recent changes, up on the photography blog today! http://www.aliciainwonderlandphotography.com/blog/children/2014/07/new-website/

Info on the new website and recent changes, up on the photography blog today! http://www.aliciainwonderlandphotography.com/blog/children/2014/07/new-website/

Daily Dose of Edison - Free Train Rides!

Daily Dose of Edison – Free Train Rides!

Edison and I have been to these free train rides in Torrance before, but this time we brought along my husband and some friends. The train rides take place at Wilson Park in Torrance, CA, and are free on the first Sunday and third Saturday of every month! It is such an adorable little area, with lots of little rustic decorations. Great fun for little ones and parents too!
Mom! Can’t you see I’m…

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Daily Dose of Edison - Summertime Fun

Daily Dose of Edison – Summertime Fun

Edison and I have been spending a fair amount of time at the beach in the morning lately. He absolutely loves playing in the sand but so far is absolutely terrified by going near the ocean.

I brought his bathing suit for him, but he would not cooperate with an outfit change. I had made these pants for him the night before, and he was so excited to get to wear something I made (my husband held him…

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Butterflies & Ladybugs in the Garden

Butterflies & Ladybugs in the Garden

After we went to the butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, I decided I need to up the ante in Edison’s garden to get him even more butterflies coming by. The butterflies already like the current selection of red valerian and red geraniums, but I wanted to attract more with some more options for flowers. When I started creating Edison’s garden, I removed all of the plants in the area…

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Daily Dose of Edison - Butterfly Exhibit

Daily Dose of Edison – Butterfly Exhibit

Recently, we went to the butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in downtown Los Angeles. Edison gets quite a few butterflies that come to his garden, and loves “talking” to them, so I figured he would be excited to see a whole exhibit of live butterflies. Sure enough, he chatted away to all of the butterflies in the exhibit. :)


The visit to the museum inspired a few changes that I…

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Weekly Dose of Edison - Catching Up

Weekly Dose of Edison – Catching Up

Occasionally, I make a list of goals for myself with social media. My current list includes:
1. Catch up on all of the blog posts I got behind with when I was really busy with planting in our garden remodels.
2. Resume my Weekly Dose of Edison posts.
3. Start using hashtags better on Instagram.

I started creating hashtags for our various gardens on our property, and I started adding a hashtag to…

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