Making My Command Center|PinPix Cork Board #bulletinboard


Disclaimer: I have received this product complimentary of the company, but my thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way
persuaded by the company.

Product Review:

I’m starting a command center for my home for convenience and storage in our dining area. We need a central location for all of our important mail, flyers cards, etc. I have been wanting a cork board for the start of the command center, and this PinPix Decorative Bulletin Cork Board was a perfect fit.

This pin cork bulletin board was shipped and packaged very well. There weren’t any defects or improper packing. The board is huge and is great for the start of a kitchen or dining room command center. I have been able to post papers, business cards, and even a light pen cup to the board and it looks absolutely clean.

There is no messy clean up like from a  normal cork board, this cord board has no tears or loose particles. It’s a self healing board, in the sense that the hole that is made will stay self contained and have less of a wear and tear look. I would recommend this board to anyone whose ready to start a home command center.


The price is a bit high, but when you think about how many cork boards you can go through, it’s a great investment.

Site Description

“PinPix is a patent-pending canvas bulletin board created with self-healing technology that minimizes any wear and tear when pricked.

PinPix boards are made from high quality canvas with beautiful designs you will be proud to display anywhere in your home.

Prick the canvas with a pin to display a recipe, photo, note or clipping.

Remove the pin and within the space of 48 hours this hole will partially repair itself due to the self-healing quality of the canvas!

You can use it again and again, yet your PinPix board will continue to retain most of it’s original quality and appearance!”

Retail Price: $60.44 (30×20 Size Pictured Above)

Do you have a command center at home? 

Would you use this bulletin board?




Photo Editing Course|The Essential Guide to Photoshop

Photo Editing Tips|The Essential Guide to Photoshop


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I’m a photographer, but I still have a lot to learn about the post-processing phase of editing my own photos. I choose to edit my own photos, as opposed to outsourcing editing services, because I have more creative control on the direction and look of the final product. Outsourcing isn’t a bad thing, but if you are looking to save money in the long run and want to learn to edit your own photos for creative control, online web courses are an excellent start to learning how to create your own beautiful photos.

I personally use, Photoshop CC 2015 and I’ve had a little under 4 year’s experience using it, but I still have a lot to learn about the usage of the different tools, effects, and actions in the editing phase. However, I have learned a lot thus far, but only because I continued my photography knowledge by utilizing my sources, which are books, videos and online courses.

If you’ve ever struggled with learning a new editing program, the editing process and curating of your photos, this online course from Craftsy will extend your knowledge on editing with Photoshop. Craftsy is an online service that offers online classes for creatives like you and me.

They are currently offering, The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course. Craftsy is offering this course to my readers for 50% off the Original Price $49,99 to $24.99.  This offer will be good from 3/20 to 3/28/16 @11:59pm MT

About the Course:

The Instructor of the course is Skott Chandler, an award-winning photographer and teacher. He has exhibited throughout the United States, France, Hong Kong and Switzerland.  He has taught Art Institute of Colorado and the Denver School of Photography.

The price is great and there is a lot to learn from taking The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course. Here’s what you’ll need: A computer, Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Bridge®. The skill level for the course is beginner.

The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course Benefits:

“Watch classes on your own schedule: wherever, whenever you want.

Your access never expires.

100% money back guarantee.

The Essential Guide to Photoshop The Course Offers:

“14 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access

Class materials, including helpful keyboard shortcuts

Hours of close-up instruction and Answers from Skott in our virtual classroom”


I will be taking the course this week as well to refresh my editing skills. Share your experience and comment below on how you benefited from taking The Essential Guide to Photoshop.

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a percentage if you purchase through my link.  If you do, thank you for your support. Although this post contains affiliate links, all of my opinions are my own and were not persuaded by the company in anyway.

Will you be taking the course? What are you using Photoshop for?

Blogging ? Photography? Hobby?

The Essential Guide to Photoshop Course. Craftsy is offering this course to my readers for 50% off the Original Price $49,99 to $24.99.

This offer will be good from 3/20 to 3/28/16 @11:59pm

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Real T.E.


Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this beautiful celebration of love, I will be brief and allow you all to get back to that special person, instead of reading my blog.

Many of you will get to spend this day with your sweetheart in hopes that it will bring you closer than the day, week or year before. But “What will you do to make that happen?”

This day is not just for women but for men too. I am 99.95% positive that men can’t wait to see how much their lovely wife/girlfriend care about them. So ladies get him something too…Trust me, he’s waiting for it. ♥


Put the phone on vibrate or turn it off [after you read my blog]. If you don’t have children at the sitter, then I suggest the off position on your device. Make your plans clear to him that you would like to have…

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How To Take The Best Self Portrait|Self Portraits Tips for Bloggers

How To Take the

Best Self Portrait

Self-portraits are the one way you can express yourself that you have complete control over. Whether you’re showing off an outfit of the day, or wanting to add photos to your website, these tips on how to take the best self-portrait will help you along the way.

What type of camera should I use for my Self Portrait?

I use aNikon D5200a Nikon D3100 DSLR (previous camera) for my portraits. I have an 18-55mm kit lens, a 50mm 1.8 lens, and a 55-200mm lens. The best lens for portraits would be the 50 mm 1.8, because it gives the best bokeh (depth of field-blurred background), but the kit lens would be fine to use as well. As far as DSLRs go, I would recommend the Nikon D3100 DSLR or the Canon Rebel T3i DSLR. They are both reasonably priced and are the equivalent of each other in rank.

Point & Shoot Cameras are great as well and there are a lot of good ones to choose from. I would highly recommend any point and shoot that is above 12 MP, because of the high print quality and computer screen quality.  The Canon Power Shot SX170 IS Digital Camera or the Nikon COOLPIX L820 Digital Camera.

What type of lighting should I use for my Self Portrait?

The best way to shoot a Self Portrait is to have great lighting. I would definitely recommend shooting outdoors because the more natural the better and the light is more appealing. The best times would be during the day, preferably the golden hour (6-9 am 3-5 pm). If you can’t shoot during those times, you can shoot in the shade to avoid the direct sunlight that can wash out your picture. The image will look a lot better after you edit them if you choose to.

If you shoot indoors, that’s great! Natural light, once again, is the best option for lighting. An open window or open door can provide you with the best light. If you lack the natural light you need to take indoor portraits, you can use photography lighting. The best way is to use the 3 point lighting system. This will help you achieve beautiful lighting.

How can I shoot my Self Portrait?

You can take your Self Portrait on your own by using a tripod and setting the self-timer or use a wireless remote trigger. Make sure to shoot from different angles with different expressions. Having lots of options to choose from will help you to select the best photos from your photo shoot.

Where should I shoot my Self Portrait?

Choosing an interesting location will help make your Self Portrait  stand out. Also, make sure that the background isn’t cluttered or full of people, cars or other distracting elements. You want your self-portrait to be more about you, not the background. There are a few options to shoot your self-portrait such as parks, school campuses, and urban/city landscape. EXTRA TIP: Try not to shoot in public areas alone for safety reasons, but if you have to, shoot in well-lit, populated areas during the day.  If you can, shoot a Self Portrait on your own turf—home or apartment, do it! I’ve gotten some of my best photos in my backyard.

Lastly, show your best styled outfit for your Self Portrait and show a style you’re comfortable with. If you ever choose a style that isn’t part of your brand or preference, it will convey in your photos. Choose wisely and have fun with it! Don’t take your shoot seriously! Relax, have fun and be yourself! Your personality will shine through!

 I hope these tips helped you on how to take the best self portrait. I will go more in depth on the cameras settings that would be best used for self portraits in a future post.

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Tell Me…

Have you ever taken a self portrait? What were some of the problems you experienced, if any?

Book Review | How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)


I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been approached by one of my favorite bloggers, Ruth Soukup, of Living Well Spending Less, about her first published book, How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul). I have been following her blog for a long time and she is truly a great woman. I started following her on her sister site, Saving Well Spending Less, when I was learning all about extreme couponing. Ruth does it all as a wife, mother and business woman and I knew that her book would be worth reading.

Full Book Review

How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)

Online Book Description:

“Whether you’ve been blogging for years or just weeks, How to Blog For Profit offers solid guidance for writing great content, creating compelling images, capturing viral growth, and maximizing revenue. It is an invaluable tool for experienced and novice bloggers alike, explaining not only what it takes to create an authentic, successful, and profitable blog, but how to get there.”

My Thoughts

  • Ruth’s book encourages you to stay true to yourself and your passion for blogging as opposed to being money driven. You will be able to gain a lot more positive effects from this.
  • Ruth’s book also helps you to get a clear purpose for your blog and the area you can really gain profit from.
  • Ruth not only teaches you about blogging,  but also informs you about SEO optimization, organizing your website and creatives ways to build your blog and brand.
  • Overall, How To Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) is a great read. It’s a concise, informative, and educational narrative about your future in blogging.
  • My Amazon Review of the Book

I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to expand their blog and make a profit from it

Follow the links to pay a visit to Ruth Soukup’s blog  and tell her “The Lovely Photog” sent you

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My New Retro Look

Disclosure: Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a percentage if you purchase through my link. The glasses in this post were purchased with my own money and are not sponsored by the company. Although this post contains affiliate links, all of my opinions are my own and were not persuaded by the company in anyway.

My New Retro Look

I’m so excited for my new look this year. I’ve worn glasses ever since middle school and although I prefer contacts, wearing glasses has grown on me. Especially since some of the old vintage style “Buddy Holly” and cat-eye glasses have been bursting back on the scene, the retro look has become more of part of my style.

I normally go into the eye doctor to get my exam and prescription. There were times when I purchased at my doctor’s office but I’ve always loved the convenience and variety online ordering can bring.

I’ve purchased from on several occasions and I’ve always been happy with the glasses that I bought. All you have to do is enter your exam prescription numbers and you can order prescription eyeglasses or contacts through the website. The glasses are durable, come in variety of styles and the prices are convenient for everyone.

This time I wanted to try some new looks and I’m not disappointed. I definitely wanted to choose some styles that were retro and sleek and I found 3 designer pair that I fell in love with.

Package Included:


Eyeglass Kit W/ Eyeglass Cases:


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Kam Dhillon 3079 Katerina Oleander


Joseph Marc 4116 Orchid Fade


Kam Dhillon 3041 Purple


What helped me choose my designer frames, was the option to upload my photo to see how the glasses would look on me. I love this option because you can (virtually) try on your glasses using the “Try On View” feature.

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Screenshot of Actual Try On View

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My New Retro Look

(Wearing the Kam Dhillon Oleander Pair)

The Lovely Photog's Retro Look

I love my new retro look so far and I can’t wait to order more designer pairs to my new

collection of frames  :)


The site offers free returns and free shipping!

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to get your new look today!

Inspiration|from Takei Inspirations™

Don’t be negative minded you’ll defeat yourself before you begin.
Release positivity into the atmosphere!

Today I just wanted to encourage everyone to remain positive.  Let your thoughts, words, and actions be the reflection of a positive attitude.  When life’s situations and circumstances come against you don’t focus on the problems focus on the solutions.  If you start to feel the weight of stress on your shoulders remind yourself that so many others in this world would love to trade their sorrows for yours.  Outlooks determine outcomes I want mine to be positive what about you?

Takei Inspirations

A poet, a writer, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and an amateur photographer

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Veggie Stir Fry

Quick 10 Minute Veggie Stir Fry|#FoodieFriday

Veggie Stir Fry


Quick 10 Minute Veggie Stir Fry


Parsley 2 Tsp.

Salt 1 Tsp.

Ground Black Pepper 1 Tsp.

2 Eggs

Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Tb.

1 Bag of Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry W/ Rice (Includes Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Broccoli, Celery, Onion and Rice

*Soy Sauce 1 Tb.






Heat  pure vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok on medium heat


Add frozen veggie stir fry mix  with rice to the heated pan


Let it cook down before you start adding your seasonings to the stir fry


I added 1 Tb of soy sauce to my veggie stir fry (optional)


I also cooked 2 eggs and added my parsley, pepper and salt and scrambled them in a small skillet


Scramble the eggs in with the veggie stir fry mix 


Add more parsley to garnish and voila!

Quick 1o Minute Veggie Stir Fry!

Under 500 Calories!


What have you thrown together to fill you up on Foodie Friday?

*Kroger Grocery Store did not sponsor this post. Maybe they should? What do you think?🙂


Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Influenster Jingle Vox Box



Influenster Jingle Vox Box

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Kiss Lashes



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Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive


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Pure Ice Nail Polish



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Hallmark Itty Bitty




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Biscoff Cookie



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Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream


Not Pictured:

Ore Ida Potatoes


Oh so tasty! Didn’t even make it to the blog post🙂 I’ve had these tater tots before and we love them!

NYC New York Color


Discolosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.


Influenster Jingle Vox Box Unboxing and Review

MLK-Day| from Takei Inspirations™


“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

There is so much wisdom and truth within these 12 words!  I know I speak on the power of love quite often,  that’s because within love lies the power to overcome any and everything!  MLK showed a love for all mankind regardless of differences in ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, or gender. He fought for equal rights of African Americans and all minorities.

This is a day to remember a giant of our Nation’s history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave strong voice to the silent hopes of millions, offered a redemptive path for oppressed and oppressors alike, and led a Nation to the mountaintop!  We should also keep in mind that our journey is not yet complete.   We have an obligation to build on the success of past generations.  It is up to us to ensure that the justice system works equally for all people. We must work on  creating equality in the dignity of good jobs, decent wages, and quality of education.  I encourage each of you to do your part as we continually move closer to the nation that Dr. King spoke about in his I have a dream speech.

Takei Inspirations

A poet, a writer, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and an amateur photographer

  Be sure to follow and connect with her!