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 www.coastal.com 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:

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Eyeglass Kit W/ Eyeglass Cases:

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Kam Dhillon 3079 Katerina Oleander

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Joseph Marc 4116 Orchid Fade

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Kam Dhillon 3041 Purple

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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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My New Retro Look

(Wearing the Kam Dhillon Oleander Pair)

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

collection of frames  🙂

 

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It’s My Birthday! | A Year of Reflection

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It’s 2015 and it’s the year that I turn 30 years old (the last time I will reveal my age so keep up lol) ! Of course, with the turn of another decade behind me, I’m reflecting over my past and future plans. There’s so much that I dreamed of accomplishing by now, you can read about some of those things here, but I’ve come to realize that there’s more to that when it comes to entering a new phase in your life.

This birthday marks to me, renewed womanhood. Accomplishing things that I’ve set for my life and actually achieving them. Facing life with a take charge attitude and assurance. Becoming a wife and a mother has helped guide me to become a better woman than I could ever think of, and entering my 30s with a new outlook for these areas of my life is what’s motivating me.

I’m looking forward to learning more about myself and what I’m capable of. I’m looking forward to enjoying things that I couldn’t even fathom in my teens, like buying my first home or starting my retirement. These are things that are important in life—not “TURNING UP” or buying Persian, Remy, or Indian Weave, or “knock off” Louboutin shoes. ‘

I’m a grown woman, with grown woman dreams and aspirations, and I’m looking forward to being a great example for my daughter.

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Life+Adventures|Carving Pumpkins + Halloween| #NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo_1114_465x287_NOVThis Fall has been great so far! We’ve had so much fun with spending time with family and getting out and doing activities with our little one. There were a lot of arts and crafts and taking pictures outdoors, but this year was the first year my little one got to carve a pumpkin. It’s a little sad to say—but it’s also the first time I carved a pumpkin myself. Why didn’t anyone tell me how absolutely icky and sticky carving pumpkins would be? Needless to say, we had a really great time carving the pumpkins and even got to carve some really cool designs.

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We carved pumpkins at my mother’s house and we drew the faces on the pumpkins before carving it out. I definitely see why some families choose to paint or decorate their pumpkins because it’s definitely time consuming and messy, especially for little ones. Jaydabug wanted little to nothing to do with the pumpkin but she loved the idea of it lol 🙂 (Our pumpkin is on the right, in the picture above) We also carved this really cool pumpkin design at my brother and sister in law’s home with a pumpkin carving design kit.

This Halloween was the first time our little one has been trick or treating. We talked about all of her favorite shows and characters and she finally decided on being Strawberry Shortcake. She has Strawberry Shortcakes movies, toys, and even soap, so it was only fitting that she got the costume for this Halloween.

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It was going to be a cool and breezy night so we had to make some adjustments to her Halloween costume. It was made of very thin material, so we had her put on long sleeves underneath her dress, jeans over her tights, and a coat over her costume. I wasn’t concerned about if her costume would be unrecognizable, but more so concerned about how cold it would be (lower 50s), because I didn’t want her to get sick. Also, everywhere we went, people immediately recognized her as Strawberry Shortcake.

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We ventured into a nearby neighborhood and we also visited a local church for a “Trunk or Treat” Event. Overall, we had a lot of fun and she got enough goodies to fill two of her little buckets. Of course she wanted to stay up all night, as if she was waiting on more candy (or presents) lol She had a few treats before bath and bed and she slept soundly, but unfortunately woke up with a cough and congestion. Next year, we will definitely plan a Halloween event ahead of time, or visit an event that is indoors if the weather is too cold.

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Tell Me…

Did you venture out this Halloween? If you did, what did you do?

Just In Case You Missed It: The Official Countdown to 30 Before 30

IT'S my  BIRTHDAY!

Previously Written (Jan. 15th 2014)

(Update at the Bottom of the Post)

It’s officially my 29th birthday today and I’m so excited for what’s in store for me this year! I’m claiming abundance and growth in my life this year and I’m going to try and seize every opportunity to move forward in my life!

I also share this special day with Martin Luther King Jr. and I always try and acknowledge his legacy on this day!

Happy Birthday MLK Jr. !

(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

In light of my birthday, I wanted to join the bandwagon and commit to a 30 before 30 list for this year! I created this list with what I want to accomplish and what I could accomplish given the fact that I have a toddler at home.

So without further adieu…here’s my list

I will be scratching through each accomplishment and posting about it on the blog if I can

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1.     Visit a winery

2.   Visit an orchard

3.   Go to a concert

4.   Get a glam makeup makeover

5.   Take my mom on a girl’s day out

6.   Family Vacation

7.    Day Spa Treatment

8.   Shoot a gun at a gun range

9.   Publish a Kindle book

10.Ride a horse

11.    Photo shoot for family portraits

12.  Lose 30lbs (lost 10lbs)

13.   A makeover photo shoot for myself

14.  Print and File Old photos (computer crashed before I could) 😦

15.  Go to an art exhibit opening

16.  Go to a runway show

17.  Attend a bridal show

18.  Upgrade my camera and website

19.  Crochet a blanket for my daughter (Started)

20.               Host a dinner party

21.  Get a new tattoo or piercing

22.                Design and sew a dress or shirt for myself

23.                Go on a romantic getaway with my husband

24.Take an art class

25.                Attend a blogging event/conference

26.                Run a 5k Race

27. Give to Charity

28.                Read 30 books

29.                Take a dance class

30.               Celebrate 30th birthday on a beach!

UPDATE:

Although my intentions were good for making this list, I have unfortunately managed to only complete a few things. Some of the goals I have for this list are unrealistic for the time limit, since I am a stay at home and student. I’m looking forward to knocking these goals off my list for the remainder of the months and the next year moving forward. Making this list has helped me to have fun goals for things that I have always wanted to do. I’m looking forward to turning 30 and reaching another milestone in my life.

TELL ME…

Have you made a list like this for a birthday? How successful were you in completing it?

My Child’s First Camera + Photo Tips to Teach Them

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 If you have been subscribed to my blog for awhile, you know that I’m passionate about photography. I have been a long time fan of Courtney from Click It Up A Notch, who is a mother and blogger and loves photography just as much as I do. She has great tips and contributors (photographers) who have been extremely helpful in my photography journey.One of her posts was called Photography for Kids: Activities They Can Do! and I absolutely loved it! I have a little one who is at the precious age of curiosity and being a big ball of energy. At 2 years old, she loves when mommy has her camera and she pretends to take photos all the time with my DSLR camera. After I saw this post, I felt it was only natural to get my daughter her first camera.

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This is when I knew she needed her own camera 🙂

After viewing several cameras on the internet for kids, I found this VTech Kidizoom Camera to be the the right fit for my little toddler. It was the perfect size for her. My reasoning behind purchasing this toddler camera, as my child’s first camera, was that it was inexpensive, durable and had a variety of options compared to the other cameras available for children. It was also featured on Click It Up A Notch and I loved the look of it.

 

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Here are the online specs if you’re interested in purchasing:

Price: $26.95 (Amazon)

  • Real 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, with 3 included games
  • 128 MB internal memory stores up to 1000 photos, micro SD card slot for memory expansion
  • Take photos with funny stamps, borders, or silly photo effects
  • Video recording with sound, also voice recorder
  • PC and Mac compatible in mass storage mode–connect to your computer to store and send photos; USB cable included

My daughter absolutely loves this camera. We had it for about 6 months before we needed to change the batteries, but it is a great little first camera for her. The pixels are low for this camera and we’ve realized it takes better photos outdoors, but for a 2 year old who doesn’t care about pixels it’s just fine. We have tried video with it as well and the sound quality is pretty good. The shutter button is easy for her to use and press down. She knows how to turn it on and off. We couldn’t have found a better camera than this VTech Kidizoom Camera.

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On our first go ’round with the camera, I let her take photos of whatever she wanted inside of the house. I told her that she could take pictures of her dad and I. I also told her that she could take pictures of her toys and whatever else she wanted too. We then got a chance to take the camera outside, and she really explored. She took photos of the trees, bushes, and flowers. It was so much watching her explore and get excited about taking photos of the things she liked.

 

As you can see from the indoor photos, they are dark and there is blurriness from her moving and shaking the camera as she takes her photos. She has so much creativity already. She has far away shots, close ups, abstract and even food photography in her first collection of photos lol : )

 

The outdoors photos were even better because of the sunlight which helped to brighten the pictures up. I took the last two on the first row of the photo gallery above, just to see what they camera could do in steady hands and was very impressed. She took the rest of the photos and I couldn’t be more proud of her. She took her first landscape photos of the sky, flowers and trees. She’s pretty awesome with her first camera now and I look forward to seeing her learn more.

My (toddler) photo tips for your child’s first camera would be…

  • Teach them to photograph colors and shapes
  • Teach them to photograph toys and things they love
  • Teach them about being patient with their camera
  • Teach them about being still with the camera to make sure they get the picture (literally)
  • And to never get it wet 🙂

I took a couple of pointers from the Photography for Kids: Activities They Can Do! blog post, and one of her suggestions was to create a blog post of your child’s pictures and you have the choice to make it private to share with family and friends. I’m also looking forward to creating a story book and photo album from the pictures she’s taken. I shared some of the photos that we’ve taken with the camera, but I did create a private blog for her, and as she grows and continues to use her first camera, we can all share the pictures and look back on all of the memories created from them.I encourage you to take photos of your little one and the camera while they are shooting. It’s going to be so memorable to be able to look back and have her see herself and the pictures she took.

 

Tell Me…

Have you ever tried to let your kids take photos? If not, do you think you would try it now?

 

 

 

 

Welcome To The 1st Your Channel Or Mine… YouTube Hop!

 

Welcome To The 1st

Your Channel Or Mine… YouTube Hop!

Attention all my Fellow Vloggers out there in YouTube land. There’s a brand new link up in town created just for you, for us, for we. We who love to talk to a camera and share our moments, funny stories , reviews, opinions and more. It’s called the Your Channel Or Mine LinkUp &  Hop!

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Your Hosts for the #YCOMHop:

LeSha

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/thelovelyphotog

Blog: http://www.thelovelyphotog.com

Mrs Tee

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TeeLoveLifeLaughter

Blog: http://www.mrsteelovelifelaughter.com

Nancy

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FromHausToHome

Blog: http://www.fromhaustohome.com

#YCOMHop Guidelines

1) Visit, View, Comment and Subscribe to your Hosts
2) For the Channel LinkUp be sure to link Directly to your YouTube Channel URL (http://youtube.com/user/YOU)
3) For the Channel Hop you can Link Directly to 2 Recent Vlogs or Videos
4) Visit, View, Comment and Subscribe to your fellow Vloggers Links
5) Grab our button up above and let others know about #YCOMHop and where you share your Vlogs each week

 

Simple and easy, right? We want to connect, share and introduce a few new Channels and Vloggers and have a bit of Channel Hopping fun while doing it.
Psst! Don’t forget to spread the Channel Hopping fun and let everyone know that

~ Now Let’s Get This Hop Started ~

 

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Hosts reserve the right to remove any unrelated links.

 

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Summer Vacation

Going Away

We’re taking a break this summer on the blog and going on vacation for awhile.

I’ve enjoyed writing reviews, posts and keeping you updated on life.

I’m going to be working on lots of new fun things for the blog!

I’m going to be uploading pictures and videos of my adventures this Summer with the family.

I have a new vlog channel here and the site’s channel here on YouTube where I will be uploading reviews and tutorials. 

I’ll be uploading mostly from there and posting pictures for Project 365

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Be sure to follow me on Instagram & Twitter

Photo Credit: Death To The Stock Photo

I hope you all have a great Summer!

Toddler Tag Video

I sat down with my little one to do the Toddler Tag Video. It was so much fun and she even answered the first few questions. I can’t wait to do another video. I wish our lighting was better but I didn’t want her to break the studio lights. It’s happened before lol We will definitely do more tag videos. Looking forward to sharing more with you guys!

The Lovely Life TV| Our new family vlogging channel!

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As if blogging wasn’t enough, I’ve decided to create a family vlogging channel! I’ve been watching other YouTubers that have family channels and I absolutely love the idea! The best thing about having a family vlogging channel is that you can chronicle your family and the fun times you have together and you automatically have home videos for you to look back on. This is especially nice because we have a little one who is always doing something, she’s smart and loves to talk. Vlogging will make a way for our family to have clean edited videos for us to share with our family and friends. Of course the videos will be public, but we won’t be vlogging every minute of our lives, so there’s a nice balance.

We will be posting fun vlogs, tutorials, and tag videos. We’re starting soon and look forward to sharing our channel with you guys!

Our channel is called The Lovely Life TV!

Check it out and subscribe if you love vlog channels!

 

Tell Me…

Do you have any suggestions for videos? Any tags or questions you’d like us to answer? Leave your comments below!