Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre's Announces Its Biggest Promotion EVER!

Have you ever been to Verizon Ampitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia? If so, you already know how strikingly perfect their event space is. Large screens project a crystal clear view of the stage as performers make their final preparations. Excellent sight lines and exceptional acoustics ensure there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The lights come up, the music starts and 12,000 fans roar with approval.

If you haven't been, you need to add it to your 2012 list of to-dos. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park has welcomed some of the top performing acts in pop, rock and country music and the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for four fantastic seasons. Names like the Eagles, Maroon 5, the Zac Brown Band, Dolly Parton, Kid Cudi, Widespread Panic and Phish have all graced the stage and next season promises more incredible entertainment.

The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau partners with Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre to provide concertgoers with an outstanding experience before and after the show. Stay in one of the 23 upscale hotels and enjoy shuttle service to and from the amphitheatre. Dine at one of over 150 amazing restaurants with a wide variety of spots to choose from. Extend your stay and shop in downtown Alpharetta for unique gifts and home d├ęcor. Or shop in the North Point area where you’ll find all the names you know and love and the only American Girl Boutique and Bistro in the Southeast. You remember my visit to awesome Alpharetta, right? So, why not make it a weekend and maybe learn to ride a dirt bike while you're there!

This year, the Alpharetta CVB has announced its biggest promotion ever, offering an opportunity to win two tickets to the 2012 season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, including parking and VIP Club access – just for signing up for their e-newsletter! To win two prime seats for the full 2012 season, including parking and VIP Club access, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com and sign up for the Alpharetta CVB newsletter. One winner will be drawn from the contestants who sign up between January 1 and March 31, 2012. One entry per person. The winner will be announced April 1.

Be a part of it all in 2012 - in Awesome Alpharetta. Enter to win today!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crock Pot Classics: Curried Chicken

Ok, so far I have shared my favorite Mexican dish (Mexican Chili Chicken) and my favorite Italian dish (Italian Sausage and Rice). Now its time to try something a little more Far Eastern. I was never a huge fan of curry until a few years ago when my sister got me hooked on her Japanese Katsu Curry and it was all downhill from there. Curry makes everything better.

The combo of curry and ginger in this recipe is also good for your digestive tract. Either one on their own is good for you but together they pack a more potent punch. Ginger also has an amazing natural anti-inflammatory properties so this is the perfect cold/ flu season comfort food.

This is a pretty mildly curried dish so its good for people that are just getting into it or don't think they like curry. My kids both love it too but occasionally they won't eat it if I got it too spicy so be careful of that if your kids are sensitive to heat.

The only other real tip I would give on this is to make sure and use fresh grated ginger. Like, fresh off the grater. Otherwise the ginger flavor gets lost in the tomato flavor and its just not the same.

Oh, and be sure to read the instructions all the way through before you jump in and start your prep. Ready?

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Here is what you'll need for this:

  • 1 lb Boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces (You can use thighs too but they need to be boneless)
  • 1 1/2c chopped onions
  • 1c chopped bell peppers (I use my frozen mix of red, green and yellow but you can just use whatever you have)
  • 1c Salsa (medium hot is suggested but I always use mild because of the kids)
  • 2 tsp Fresh grated ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/4c Fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Salt to taste (I use about 3/4 tsp)
Ok, go ahead a layer your onions, peppers, and chicken in the bottom of your pot in that order (your vegetables should always go in the bottom of your Crock Pot for the best flavor). Set it aside while you mix together the salsa, ginger, garlic powder and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Make sure you mix it up really good and cover the top of the chicken with the mix, doing your best to cover all the pieces. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours. The higher you cook it, the more the chicken will stay together. I like mine to fall apart a little so I go the low route.

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Mix together the cilantro, salt, curry powder and sugar in a small bowl. I usually do this in a sandwich baggie and then stick it in the fridge but you can wait until you need it to mix it up.

After the right amount of time and the chicken is cooked through, add the cilantro mix to the pot and turn it up to high heat. If you want your sauce to be a little thicker, you can add a little flour with the cilantro mix. Maybe a tablespoon or two. Let it simmer for about 15- 20 minutes and serve with rice or flat bread.

Enjoy it. Awesome.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photo Mojo #3: Days 10-17

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Here we go! The Third set of the Photo Mojo challenge! I hope you have decided to join me. If you are looking for the explanation on Photo Mojo, you can find the list HERE. Week one's pictures are HERE. Week Two's pictures are HERE. Feel free to link up daily or weekly. When ever you post, come here to link up! I will be starting a new linky every Wednesday though so don't forget to come back! 

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Day 10: Transportation
A 31 car pile up in my kitchen floor.

Day 11: The Sunrise
I had forgotten how pretty the sun was in the morning...

Day 12: Your Favorite Color
Hydrangea Blue

Day 13: Capture Movement

Day 14: Happiness
"I did it!"

Day 15: Shoes or Feet
He starts today...

Day 16: Your Child's Favorite Toy
Bonus points if you can name them without Google.

Don't forget to let me know what you think and link up your pictures here! There aren't many of that I know of but I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretations!

*This linky is for those participating in the Photo Mojo Challenge only! All others will be removed! If you have a post you would like me to visit, Please leave it in the comments! Thank you!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Out of Milk Pro for #Android

I am a list person. I love making lists and marking things off. I like the feel of the pen on that paper and being able to physically see what I have accomplished. The only problem with that is, I am also quite absent minded. I lose things. A lot. So, you can imagine what its like for me, trying to keep track of a million pieces of paper all with my thoughts and scraps of brain matter on them. Not pretty.

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, when I got my first Android phone, I immediately went looking for a list making app. I tried them all. Long story short, I hated them all and gave up.

Slowly but surely though, my phone became more and more my organizer. It turned into my outside-the-body brain like most peoples smartphones have become. It housed all of my contacts and my email, pictures of my kids and all of my social networks. Everything except those lists.

Then one day, a new list app popped up. Out of Milk. I downloaded it, thinking it would be a miss like all the others. I was immediately struck with how much easier it was to navigate. Now, I'm hooked.

Its not just a shopping app. Yes, I can create a separate list for all of the stores I visit listing the price, size I need and I had a coupon for each item. I can even just scan in the barcode of the item I need more of and it automatically adds it to my list! It automatically adds in the sales tax too. There is also a To-Do list section where I can put all those scattered thoughts and ideas that I can never remember. The best part for me though is the pantry list option. I can add in all of the items I have in my pantry so when I get out, all I have to do is check the app. No more having 5 jars of the same spice because I can't remember if I have it or not. This app keeps my whole kitchen organized and at my finger tips.

Oh, and did I mention, the base app is totally FREE! This app is way above and beyond what I would expect from a free app with no pesky ads.

Recently though, I was messing around on the Android market on my phone and realized that there was now a "Pro" version of Out of Milk available for $4.99. Yes, it told me that in the free app when I went back to look but like I said, absent minded. I was excited to see the Pro features that make this app even more customizable than it was before. One of the huge selling points to me was the added online page where I can go and enter all of my lists and info online and then sync it to my phone. I can also share my list with my husband's phone if he decides to do the shopping. Winning!

I immediately tried to upgrade my membership but I had an issue though where my bank was taking forever to process the charge and it wasn't downloading to my phone. After several attempts, I decided to contact Capigami through their contact form on the Out of Milk website. I am pleased to say that not only did I receive a very quick response from their customer service rep on a Saturday but they were quick to inform me of the issue and go above and beyond to fix my problem! Awesome app AND amazing customer service. Super winning!

I have officially gone paper free on my lists. This app has broken me of my old lady ways. If you are an Android user, this is a must have. If you are an iPhone user, I'm sorry about that (Also, I have heard tell, there is an iPhone version in the works. So sit tight).

Here is the super cool news for all of you though, they gave me TEN free Pro memberships to give away to you guys. So, if you are an Android user (phone or tablet), enter via the Rafflecopter below (It may take just a second to load, be patient.) and I will announce the winners in a couple of weeks! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Two Very Silly Boys

SO silly.


This January, Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta invites families on an intergalactic journey of discovery. Space! takes the audience on a fun-filled rock-n-roll exploration of the cosmos. A not-to-miss adventure, Space! blasts off with a rocking band of extraterrestrial musicians. Astronomy fans can learn out-of-this-world facts about planets, stars, meteors and more. They can feel the gravitational pull with Sir Isaac Newton, gaze at Saturn's rings with Galileo and rock out on the asteroid belt. Ever wonder what fuels the sun or where the planets got their names? Find out in this galactic trip filled with cosmic special effects and an eclectic musical score fit for a universe as vast and diverse as our own.

Written and directed by Jon Ludwig with music composed by John Cerreta, blending rod, shadow and blacklight puppetry with projections, this show offers a unique take on science for families, schools and other groups. Kids can bop along to 15 original songs, gaze with awe at hundreds of NASA images and get silly with a host of unusual characters.

Space!, part of the 2011-12 Family Series at Center for Puppetry Arts, will be presented in the Mainstage Theater January 26 through March 11. Show times are as follows:

January 26-March 4:

  • Tuesday—Friday: 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

March 6-11
  • Tuesday—Friday: 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

Single show tickets include admission to the Museum Exhibits as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Extraterrestrial Hand Puppet. Be sure to check out the Museum to find your favorite Fraggles, Sesame Street Characters, and of course the one and only Sir Didymus!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Laughing Pizza: The Concert Movie Release in #Atlanta!

Its coming! The much anticipated Laughing Pizza: The Concert Movie! Laughing Pizza, the Atlanta based, real family band that writes and performs all original pop-music for families encourages families to get up and dance together to fun, wholesome tunes. Their music videos can be seen every day in more than 18 million homes on PBS stations and TV On-Demand channels around the country. This mom, dad and daughter trio travel across the nation performing at theatres, museums, music festivals, nightclubs, schools, and other venues – including the White House.

On February 4th at 11am, Georgia Aquarium and Laughing Pizza, invite families to join them in the beautiful grand Oceans Ballroom for a one-time, VIP family film premiere. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., guests will get the “red carpet treatment” with photographs followed by a VIP screening of Laughing Pizza: The Concert Movie.

After the VIP screening, Laughing Pizza will perform a few of their hits and give guests the opportunity to meet Billy, Lisa and 15 year old Emily, up close and in person! After you have had a visit with the band, you will be able to check out the Grand Ballroom's close up view into the world’s largest aquatic habitat, Ocean Voyager, as well as views into the charismatic beluga whale habitat from within the grand Oceans Ballroom. Then head over and check out the fun by Atlanta's own Circus Camp before heading home!

There are two awesome ticket options available for purchase. VIP Red Carpet Premiere tickets are $15 (Children under 1 years old are free) and include admission to the film, live performance by Laughing Pizza, meet and greet with the band, and red carpet festivities.

For an even more spectacular experience, guests can upgrade their tickets to the VIP Red Carpet Premiere Plus ticket, which includes admission to the premiere and its events, as well as admission to the Aquarium and the 3:30 p.m. showing of AT&T Dolphin Tales. VIP Red Carpet Premiere Plus tickets are $34.95 for adults and $28.95 for children. An amazing savings for anyone who wants to enjoy all the Georgia Aquarium has to offer while they are in for the show! Children under 3 years old only need a film pass, as they are admitted to the Aquarium for free.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.laughingpizza.com. For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s conservation efforts, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org or call 404-581-4000.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Photo Mojo #2: Days 3-9

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Here we go! The second set of the Photo Mojo challenge! I hope you have decided to join me. If you are looking for the explanation on Photo Mojo, you can find the list HERE. Week one's pictures are HERE. Feel free to link up daily or weekly. When ever you post, come here to link up! I will be starting a new linky every Wednesday though so don't forget to come back!

Day 3: Your favorite time waster

Day 4: Something in Nature
This old tree has been completely hollowed out by termites where it stands.

Day 5: The Sunset
Full disclosure: This picture is from
last fall. We haven't seen the sun here
in so many days I am beginning to wonder if it still exists.

Day 6: Capture Bokeh

Day 7: Something very close (Macro)
Stack of quarters

Day 8: Your favorite food
Hard boiled eggs. I love them. Breakfast, lunch, snack. Mmm...

Day 9: Something in low light (long exposure)
Pitch black bathroom + glow sticks in the tub = lots of fun

Don't forget to let me know what you think and link up your pictures here! There aren't many of that I know of but I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretations!

*This linky is for those participating in the Photo Mojo Challenge only! All others will be removed! If you have a post you would like me to visit, Please leave it in the comments! Thank you!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Operation Smile

There is nothing more beautiful than a sweet smile from a child. A smile that can melt your heart, make you laugh, sometimes even make you shed a tear. A symbol of the pure innocence and joy. An expression of love, familiarity and friendliness.

Can you imagine how hard life could be if you were born with a facial deformity that prevented you from smiling? Did you know that one in ten children born with a facial deformity will die before their first birthday?

Guillermo was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children that live in many different countries around the world. Today, Operation Smile has grown into a worldwide children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 50 countries. There are more than 4,000 active medical volunteers from 56 countries. Since 1982, Dr. William P. Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, Operation Smile has provided more than 2 million healthcare evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults with facial deformities through Operation Smile. Providing them with a new lease on life. The ability to eat, drink, and smile without discomfort.

Adel's speech was so hindered by his cleft palate,
his mother was worried his teacher would
not graduate Adel to the first grade.

Today, hundreds of thousands still need help. The promise Bill and Kathy Magee made years ago will not be fulfilled until every child with a correctable facial deformity is given the chance to live their life with dignity, and for those suffering from cleft or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile. They take donations from a vast variety of caring hearts to make sure that each and every child that is born with a facial deformity, has the chance to receive the surgery that can provide them with a lifetime of beautiful heartwarming smiles.

Jamila born with a cleft lip.

Right now, Campus Book Rentals is working on donating over 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need and prat of their Making a Difference Program.  For EVERY book rented starting now, they will donate a portion of those proceeds to Operation Smile with sights set on meeting and exceeding their goal of 1,000 lives changed. If you are going back to school this semester, look into renting your school books at a fraction of the cost and give a child the chance at that perfect smile. Add that extra book to your cart, and consider this goal as you go back to school this year. Just remember each donation will give that extra smile!

Friday, January 13, 2012

My Little Ham

My little Monster has never been one to shy away from the camera... Just don't mind my appearance..

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crock Pot Classics: Italian Sausage & Rice

Last Week I shared with you my loving relationship with my Crock- Pot. Even though it is sadly past its prime (hint- hint, Tommy), I use it regularly and will continue to do so until it meets its ultimate demise. Which will probably be soon. Seriously, its like 15 years old.

Oh, and I also shared the awesome-sauce that is my Mexican Chili Chicken recipe.

Anyway, here is another one of our favorite recipes. Last week we went Mexican, this week we go Italian. This one is an especially huge hit with my husband so I make a little extra so he can have some left overs for lunch the next day. I like this one too because it doesn't take as long to cook on those days that I forget until noon to start dinner. So, its a double dinner win. Can't beat that. 

The only downside to this dish is having to brown the sausage before you put it in the pot. It uses an extra pan. Still, its so good you won't mind.


Here is what you'll need:
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces (You can use mild or hot depending on your tastes)
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce (I freeze homemade spaghetti sauce in a muffin tin so all I have to do is thaw it. I'll share that recipe soon.)
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into strips. Use green or an assortment. (Or a handful of frozen bell pepper strips. No need to thaw.)
  • 1 small onion, halved and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Hot cooked rice
Okay, now that you have everything together, you are going to have to put the sausage pieces into a pan with a little oil of your choice and brown them. Don't over do them, just brown all over is good. Then drain off the drippings. (You might want to put this in with your sauce, and thats just fine.)

After that, put the peppers and onions in your pot followed by the sausage, pinto beans, and sauce. In that order. Season with the salt and pepper and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Most of the time, the temperature doesn't really matter when you are cooking with a Crock- Pot but here it really kind of does. Just trust me when I say that this tastes a lot better when it is cooked low and slow. If you are in a particular rush, you can cook it on high for 2-3 hours and get mostly the same thing. Its just not as flavorful. Trust me.

Now, when its done, make yourself some rice (I used white because it was what I had but it tastes better with brown). You can choose to just mix the rice in the pot with everything else, or top the rice with the sausage-y goodness. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. I know we do!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Photo Mojo #1: Days 1 & 2!

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Here we go! The first two days of the Photo Mojo challenge! I hope you have decided to join me. If you are looking for the explanation on Photo Mojo, you can find the list HERE. Feel free to link up daily or weekly. When ever you post, come here to link up! I will be starting a new linky every Wednesday though so don't forget to come back!

Here we go!

Day 1: Self Portrait
Self portraits are always hard for me. Mostly because I have very low self esteem. I look so much  like my mother in this picture though. How I remember her when I was young.
Day 2: Something you love
My handsome little devils. Its no secret they make my world go 'round and my heart beat. 

Don't forget to let me know what you think and link up your pictures here! There aren't many of that I know of but I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretations!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Why I am Old Before My Time

My health during the winter is not a pretty sight. Heres the kicker though, I have an immune system like no other.  I'm not sure if its genetic or diet or what but I am one of the lucky few that has a steel immune system. I rarely get a cold or virus and haven't had the flu since I was in my early teens. T isn't quite so lucky. I tend to assume that part of that is the man in him though. Have you ever met a man that had the sniffles and wasn't convinced he was dying? If so, I hope you married him and had a million babies with him.

Of course there is always the problems I encountered with my heart after D was born. That was a long, drawn out drama for another day though.

My winter health problems run a little more deeply. When I was 17, I started having problems with my knees. They would bend backward a little too far or if I turned to quickly, they would almost give out. Sometimes they did just that. It was a weird, loose feeling. Then I noticed the grinding feeling and sound when I stood for too long or, say, spent the day walking the mall with my friends. In the coldest of winter months that year, it was worse. Not unbearable, but worse. I told everyone it was fine, I had some old injuries that I knew of and it was nothing to worry about. It would heal on its own.

By the time I graduated high school at 18, I was wearing a brace on my right knee a lot of the time. It kept it from hurting as bad and kept it from twisting and leaving me on the floor. I continued to do pretty much what ever I wanted even when my knee would be so painful in the evenings I couldn't sleep. Gradually it started to affect both knees. I still refused to go to the doctor.

In my 20th year of life, the pain had gotten so intense over the winter that I could hardly stand. There was a grinding noise in both of my knees that I could no longer ignore. The pain would get so intense some days that I could feel my femurs. That couldn't be right. My mother finally convinced me to go see a doctor.

The first doctor didn't believe me. He prescribed me some hefty ibuprofen and sent me on my way. The second doctor said that he was fairly sure everything was fine, told me to rest and did what he deemed "mind resting" tests basically to shut me up. He ordered some x-rays, blood work and a couple of movement tests. They drew the blood that day and I got a call that evening that everything was fine.

"See, you are perfectly healthy! Nothing to worry about!" He told me over the phone. He almost had me convinced to skip the x-rays that were going to cost me 200 bucks out of pocket but I decided to keep the appointment after I fell in the grocery store again that evening.

The x-rays were the next day. I went, did the whole paper gown shebang and my legs posed their little hearts out. By the time I got home from the hospital, I had a message from the doctor. He told me he wanted me to cancel the movement tests and to see him again soon. He needed to go over my x-rays and discuss where to go from here.

No, I'm not sure if any of you have ever gotten a message from your doctor like that but my mind of course jumped to the worst. By the time I found the number and called I had worked through all the stages and reached the acceptance stage that I had some sort of weird, unheard of knee cancer that meant I was going to perish before I got to say good bye to those I loved. I may have jump to conclusions.. a little.

Okay, a lot.

Anyway, I called the office and burst into tears when the receptionist answered the phone. I told her about the message and how I was pretty sure I was dying and I wanted the next available appointment. She calmed me down and went to get the doctor to talk to me on the phone. He reassured me that I was, in fact, not dying and apologized for scaring me but he still wanted me to come in so he could show me instead of trying to explain what was up. My appointment was set for the next morning.

As it turns out, I had a lot of damage in my joints. There were spurs on the ends of my legs bones on the (should have been) knee ends. The top leg bones and bottom leg bones were almost touching. He showed me an x-ray of a normal persons leg and how there should actually be space between those bones so they aren't practically rubbing together. He explained that he wanted to have a few more tests, an MRI and a joint fluid analysis, to confirm it but the news was that I have what is called Osteoarthritis.

Basically, the protective cartilage on the ends of my bones in my knees was worn down and almost gone. A classic sign of OA but then there was the fact that I was only 20 years old. Most people would have said (actually did say and still say to this day, 10 years later) that I was too young for an "old people disease". The other tests confirmed it though. Osteoarthritis it was.

Over the years, I learned ways to ease the pain. I have learned the tips and tricks and things to make the bad days of pain go father and farther in between. I learned my limits and have come to terms with things that I may never be able to do. There are a myriad of drugs and homeopathic treatments that make my life a little easier and when the going gets particularly rough, I turn to the heavy meds that mostly just put me to sleep.

The bad news it, Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. Over the last ten years, it has spread through my body to my shoulders, elbows, and hands. Obviously there are day and months where it hardly affects my day to day life at all. I appear to be a healthy (granted overweight) mama to two little wild men.

Then there are the days like the middle of last week when the temperature drops quickly. It went from 65 to 35 in a matter of a day. I spent most of that day in the bed. Anytime the weather changes, I know it before the weather people know it. I can tell you any day when it is going to rain, almost to the hour. I still feel it in my knees first, then my hands. My nerve start to ache and shoot, then they get stiff. Once the pressure evens out though, I am fine.

When that doctor first diagnosed me, he told me to expect to be in a wheelchair by the time I was 25. I have fought with that sentence tooth and nail. I refuse to give in to the old lady disease. So far, I am succeeding. I guess I will see where the future takes me. Hopefully I can be an exception, no? For now, I have a doctor's appointment this week to check up on everything. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Photo Mojo: 30 Day Challenge

Part of my 2012 list this year is to work on my photography skills. Or lack there of. For the last several years I have attempted to complete a 365 type project where you post a picture a day for an entire year. Yeah, nice thought but lets face it, I don't have that kind of time. Also: I have better things to do. I would get about a month or so in, forget a day once and slowly just stop. Maybe some day when my kids are older.

The thought came to mind that maybe I should just do one of the several 30 day photo challenges I have on my Pinterest boards. Except, when I got to looking at all of them, I didn't care for them. They seemed to lack any inspiration for me. Not saying that the challenges or the people that created them lack inspiration, they just weren't for me. They didn't tickle my creative fancy so to speak.

With the thought still buzzing around in my head, I got on my computer and came up with my own list. Some of the things are standard on all of the lists, some of them are a little more challenging. My goal is to take one picture every day according to the list and post them for you all to see.

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Here is the thing though, I would love for you to join in with me! The more the merrier and all that! I will be making a post every Wednesday with the past week's worth of challenges (so 7 pictures per post) and adding a linky down below for everyone to link up their posts for the week. I am actually going to be posting this as my Wordless Wednesday posts, so this week will only have two photos. Then, next week will have the full seven and so on. All I ask for you to do is add the button to your post, post the pictures, and then add them to the linky! If you are not a blogger but still want to participate, you are more than welcome to link to your photo from anywhere else (Twitter, Flickr, etc)! If you chose to do a post a day, thats fine too, just remember to link up all of your posts here on Wednesday so I can check them out!

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Are you ready? Get set! GO! The first week will be up this Wednesday (1/11)!

Link up here if you plan on participating if you'd like! Just a show of hands so we can keep each other accountable!


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