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Life Through Photos | 10 on 10 June

Life Through Photos | 10 on 10 June

Played around with this month’s ’10 on 10′ and photographed a couple items using my phone’s Macro lens and then the pulled back version. Just a few fun things lying around the house…


{My son went to a week long ‘Beach’ themed summer camp and made this Jelly Fish}

10 on 10 June 2015 | Jelly Fish

{Here is a quick close up of my Birth Photography USB Packaging}

10 on 10 June 2015 | USB Packaging

{I make hats for all my Birth and Fresh48 Babies – this happens to be one of my favorites I have made so far}

10 on 10 June 2015 | Knit Hat

{Lava rocks added in to my bracelet – it holds essential oils and helps slowly release}

10 on 10 June 2015 | Bracelet

{We love using straws and I find it fun to change it up a bit with fancy colors and designs}

10 on 10 June 2015 | Straws



10 on 10 October: First Fall

I feel like I just posted about arriving at our new home here in Maryland, but it’s already October and a month has flown by! Things are not 100% settled in but I did officially unpack my last box last night, so we are in the home stretch of the move. (More on that next week!)

Today was a grey, cool-ish October day. It’s our first fall here and there are already hints of those beautiful colors that I fell in love with while living in North Carolina. It’s still exciting to be in a new place, but every time I check Facebook or Instagram I get pangs of homesickness when I see what all my friends are up to. But we’re not all that far, so we may take a trip down to visit.

Today we went to the Irvine Nature Center in the morning and then stayed home for most of the day. We have begun our potty learning adventure with my son. Today he filled up his first sticker chart so he got to go to the store and select a reward. Definitely a milestone day! How was your day?

Irvine Nature Center - fall flowers


Snack time



It's only drizzle


Black rice


Still unfamiliar


10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us appreciate the beauty in our daily lives. I’ve participated for years and I still see something new each month. Want to learn more? Click the link below to go to creator, Rebekah Gough’s blog. ten on ten button

10 on 10 September: Welcome to Maryland

We’ve (finally!) arrived at our new home in Maryland, just outside Baltimore. Relocating has been quite a stressful adventure, but it’s starting to feel like the hardest parts are behind us and we’re on our way to making a lovely home here. My husband has actually been here for about a month. He came up with the movers and started work while I visited my parents. I got here with the kids last weekend. So far we have only been to IKEA twice and the library that’s just across the street. Our apartment is smaller than our previous town home so it’s a bit tricky fitting everything in the 840-sq ft. apartment. I’ve always tended toward minimalism so I’ll continue to pare down until we are comfortable. It’s a little-by-little process unpacking everything. I’m actually planning a whole blog post about moving with little ones– so check back for that! (I need to buy a desk, unpack my computer and get internet installed first. Ha!) But I’m taking things easy and just doing a bit of unpacking and a bit of exploring each day. And today’s 10 on 10 couldn’t have been nicer. The thing I love most about my new home is the incredible amount of natural light! We have huge windows that cover nearly the entire wall of the living/dining/kitchen area. I love that I can stand at my sink and see the living room and out the windows to the green view! I also spent a little time trying to wash diapers in our front loader. I think I figured it out amid all the fancy settings. Those things have a bit of a learning curve, no? We are settling in to a nice routine at home and went to the Irvine Nature Center, which is about 5 minutes away (or, would have been if I hadn’t missed the turn!) I think spending a good bit of time outside is imperative for my son’s well being. He’s so much less anxious. So much more joyful. I think this will be our regular hangout. Here’s a glimpse into our day. How was yours? September: Maryland: Morning Light September: Maryland: Diaper Wash September: Maryland: Turtles September: Maryland: Nature Center Room September: Maryland: Sand Pies September: Maryland: Climbing September: Maryland: This is our new house. September: Maryland: Naps September: Maryland: Dinner September: Maryland: Clubhouse 10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us appreciate the beauty in our daily lives. I’ve participated for years and I still see something new each month. Want to learn more? Click the link below to go to creator, Rebekah Gough’s blog. ten on ten button

10 on 10 August: Traveling Texas

My 10 on 10 August  is a traveling one. We were driving from my husband’s brother’s home in Austin, TX to my mom and dad’s in Houston. We’ve been traveling since July and it’s been a whirlwind of family, fun and a few meltdowns along the way. I was planning to post more frequently, but things got a little crazy with the big move– but I’ll post more about that later. Here’s out (slightly late) 10 on 10.

It was a lovely drive down highway 290 from Austin to Houston. If you’ve ever driven in this part of the country there’s a few gentle hills and a wide, open sky. The drive is dotted with scrubby trees, quaint towns, cows, horses and oil well machinery. I had planned on stopping to get some good shots of the landscape but with both kids sleeping I figured I shouldn’t push it.  They both slept for a little more than two hours of the three-hour drive. Jackpot!

There’s nothing like getting home. No matter how old I am, I love getting to my room in Houston and slipping into some comfy PJs. The kids love spending time at Nana’s house.

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10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us see the beauty amid the chaos in our everyday lives. I’m so thankful that I learned about this project (several years ago!) and look forward to continuing it into the future. Just last month we were saying goodbye to Durham and next month we should be settling in to our new home in Baltimore!ten on ten button

Goodbye, Durham

We’re moving.

It’s something that I have anticipated for such a long time that now that it’s finally happening, it’s completely surreal. My husband has been a graduate student in Chapel Hill for the past several years and we’ve always hoped that we could stay in this area, but known that we would most likely move out of the state for his next job after graduation. This week has been monumental. He finished his degree and received the official offer letter for a position in Baltimore. So now it’s time for boxes.

This area has meant so much to me. It’s the first place I moved after graduating college and here I transitioned from a recent college grad to teacher to wife and mother. I spent most of my 20s here and learned about everything from cloth diapers to web design. It’s where my children were born and took their first steps. I’ve made lifelong friends here. Friends who knew me when I was single and before I had kids. Though thanks to the Internet, they will still remain connected to my life even I never meet them again. And since this is my last 10 on 10 here in North Carolina, I wanted to pay tribute to that.

It was a cloudy, rainy day with a few bursts of sunshine. I know I’ll miss this tree-filled landscape. I’ll miss our favorite playgrounds and restaurants and stores. I’ll miss my friends. But there are new adventures to be had. Those will pop up here in the months to come. For now, I’m just enjoying our last days here in Durham. In boxes:

10 on 10 July taller

10 on 10 July local

10 on 10 July swings

10 on 10 July fries

10 on 10 July Trader Joes

10 on 10 July Durham

10 on 10 July the road

10 on 10 July packing

10 on 10 July handprint heart

10 on 10 July lights

10 on 10 is a monthly photo essay project designed to help us see the beauty amidst the chaos in our everyday lives. I’m so thankful that I learned about this project (several years ago!) and look forward to continuing it into the future. It’s such a perfect way for me to check-in each month. I love looking back to see how my life has changed through the years.ten on ten button

Ten on Ten June

Here’s my installment for Ten on Ten June (Read more about the project by Rebekah Gough on her blog.)

Summer is really and truly here, but the only real difference it’s making for me is that it’s hot and crowded! My kids don’t go to school, so I don’t really have that “summer break” vibe going on. For me, I’m actually trying to get my son involved in more activities as he approaches 3.5 years old later this summer.

We have a little weekly schedule and Tuesday is library day. Man, I loved the library growing up. The endless rows of books. The reverential hush. The taking home of books without paying a dime. We have several great libraries here in Durham County and I love the story time we go to. The librarian is fun and energetic!

After story time, we stayed home and all afternoon. My house was a bit of wreck after several days in a row of being busy so I attempted the impossible: cleaning with children at play. Is it like shoveling snow during a blizzard? Probably. I’ve never been in a blizzard, though. Yet. Maybe. (Yikes.)

In other news, my baby girl started walking. I tried in vain to capture her for my set, but she was too interested in grabbing the camera. She’s still just taking a few wobbly steps and then crashing. Where will those feet carry her, I wonder?

01 - Ten on Ten June - Morning Play

02 - Ten on Ten June - Blueberries

03 - Ten on Ten June - Watercolor

04 - Ten on Ten June - Storytime

05 - Ten on Ten June - Library

06 - Ten on Ten June - Straws

07 - Ten on Ten June - Give me that camera

08 - Ten on Ten June - Chocolate

09 - Ten on Ten June - Wreck

10 - Ten on Ten June - Mama Time

How are you spending your summer so far? 


10 on 10 May

Last month, I introduced you all to the 10 on 10 project, click here for a refresher. It’s a little exercise that bloggers (and anyone) can do on the 10th of each month– taking a photo each hour for ten hours. The point is to help us appreciate the beauty in our everyday life. A Bit of Sunshine blogger Rebekah Gough started it and it’s blossomed into a wonderful ritual!

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This week was pretty hectic with lots of running around in the first half and working at home the second half. It was a wonderful Saturday to get out and enjoy the outdoors a little. We spent most of the day at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science here in Durham. We’ve been going since my son was small and I get so nostalgic watching my daughter play in the little baby room where he used to play. We discovered a new video-making exhibit and some neat robotics. But of course the animals were the highlight for my budding zoologist. The cooling Into the Mist exhibit is open for the season. It was… refreshing! If you live nearby and haven’t been, it’s well worth the visit.

Here’s a little glimpse into our day. I hope you had a beautiful one!



robot ape
wall toy
purple flowers



paper flowers

let go

Introducing 10 on 10

I first discovered Rebekah Gough’s blog, A Bit of Sunshine, three years ago when my son was still a small baby. It was one of the first blogs that I began following. I was blown away by her amazing photography and neat crafting ideas. She has a monthly feature called 10 on 10 in which she takes one photo each hour for 10 hours on the 10th of the month. It’s a simple yet brilliant way to slow yourself down and notice the beauty in everyday life. So often we just pull out our cameras for holidays and special events, but why not document the ordinary?

The project started in 2008 after the birth of her second child.

On her blog, Rebekah says:

[O]ut of desperation to combat a horrible bought of postpartum depression I longed for a project to help me find beauty and joy even when my world was so exhausting and hard with two little ones running around. The project has since grown to be a fun and interactive way for bloggers from all around the globe to document a snap shot of their lives too.

I was so inspired by Rebekah, I started my own little blog, which led to me writing for this blog. And while I’ve tried to maintain my own personal blog, I just don’t have the time anymore. Last month, I took the photos during our rainy drive to Baton Rouge, but never posted them and I sadly decided I wouldn’t continue the monthly tradition. But then I thought– maybe I should share here!

So here’s our day in 10 shots. I hope this idea inspires you to savor the wonderful moments in what you think might be a forgettable, mundane day. We all know that famous quote: “Parenting is made up of long days and short years.” Believe me, I know the hours can sometimes feel long too. It’s up to us to be mindful about how we experience it.











I’m so excited for the changing season and all the new things that are starting. My son started soccer this morning; my daughter is pulling up all the time. How can they be getting so big so fast! And I’ve been waiting for the time change. I just love the extra light in the evening. Thanks for stopping by!

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