{photography with lei} shutter & ISO speed

Hi friends! How is everyone?  How many of you played around with the aperture settings on your cameras the last 2 weeks?  I'd love to hear about your discoveries and questions, if you have them.:)  You know where to find me!So this week we are going to discuss shutter speed and ISO.  While aperture controls the AMOUNT of light coming through your lens, shutter speed controls HOW LONG the light coming through the lens gets to hit the sensor (or film) inside the camera.  The amount of time is annotated like a fraction... fractions of a second as a matter of fact.  If you're out shooting a ball game you're going to be shooting with higher shutter speeds than, say, … ...read more

{silhouette craziness + a fabulous promo}

My kids and husband love to ask me two things:  "Are you going to blog about this?", and "Are you going put vinyl on that?".  Usually, the answer is yes.  :)I just love adding monograms/names to just about anything--it might be classified as an obsession, lol. Not only do I think it makes just about anything cuter, but with five kids and two sets of twins, it makes it so much easier to determine what belongs to whom!I also use words to decorate my home--it adds the little touches that I just love. Surrounding myself with my favorite quotes from books, authors, and religious works really makes our house a home. So...I've been going a little crazy lately with my … ...read more

{custom family blocks}

family blocks 2-logo

My poor friend Angie. I don't think she's ever going to have a present from me that she hasn't seen online first, lol! Her birthday was this week, and I wanted to make her something fun.I {love} these blocks! They are really simple to make, and can be customized for any family.  How fun would these be for a Super Saturday project? I thought about using a picture on one of the blocks, but I was trying to be sneaky, and I couldn't find one of her family to use ahead of time. I think it would be really cute though--either on one of the blocks in the front, or even on the backs of the blocks, so they are reversible! Custom Family Blocks ITEMS YOU NEED: 4x4 post, cut into … ...read more

{makeover time! looking for ideas…}

We moved into our home three years ago when it was brand new, and it's remained basically the same since then.  Well, I'm ready for a change.  Not a huge one, but there is one room in particular that needs a little bit of a makeover.The music room is a beautiful red color, and I love it.  I have loved red for years--far before it was trendy--and I will love it long after it's not.  I will probably always decorate with red in some way--it's my color. However, it's feeling a little dark in there, and it's spilling over into the kitchen, dining area, and even into the family room.So...it's time for a makeover!  I know I want to do faux wainscotting, as wonderfully … ...read more

{happy flag day}

To celebrate Flag Day, I want to share with you some past favorites...Flag BlocksBeadboard FlagPainted Glass Window Flag I {love} this one by Stacie, over at The Creative Crate!   .....I LOVE flag decor, and I'm actually working on another one right now, and I might even have it done tonight!  … ...read more

{weekend recipe} salsa and black bean tacos

One of my family's favorite meals is Salsa and Black Bean Pasta.  It is so yummy, and super easy, so we have it pretty often.  This week though, we had already had a lot of pasta, and the kids were wanting something a little different.  I already had this planned for the menu, so I switched it up and turned it into a taco.  The kids loved it, and it's perfect for summer! With only 4 ingredients, it's super easy and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  Fresh Salsa and Black Bean Tacos1 lb. ground beef1 lb. fresh salsa 1 can black beans, drained and rinsedsalt and pepper to taste corn tortillas OR taco shellsIn a large skillet, brown the ground beef, … ...read more

{rose cake tutorial}

At a little birthday gathering last night, my friend showed up with THE most beautiful cake. It was covered with stunning pink roses, and I fell in love with it. I love to make layer cakes, and do quite often. I usually just do the swirly-type-frosting look, because  I don't really know what else to do, lol. My friend was kind enough to share the tutorial link with me, and I went to check it out right away.I am Baker shares this fabulously easy rose cake tutorial, and I can't wait to try it. Seriously {love}. … ...read more

{photography with lei} getting out of auto mode!

So here we are taking the big plunge into switching that dial from auto mode to manual.  Are you excited?!!!!!  I can hear you squealing!!!We've talked about lighting.  That's the first step in understanding exposure.  The mechanism in your camera that measures light is called aperture, and the process that occurs as light hits your lens your lens is that it passes through the shutter, arriving at a sensor (or film if you're old school!).  The camera's lens and shutter control the amount of light that hits that sensor, and that is why we set an aperture and a shutter speed.Aperture is referred to in f/stops.  A large opening signifies more light, while a … ...read more

{summer activity for kids…bowling!}

 It's summer!  School is out on Thursday, and I'm excited! Hooray for a break from the early morning routine...for a few months at least.  On the other hand, kids are home, and looking for things to do. I like getting out of the house every day, so we plan our week with plenty of activities to keep everyone happy and make it a really fun summer. One of our favorite things to do is go bowling, and with the unexpected heat wave that's come upon us this past week, we might be going even more often to escape the rising temperatures.I wanted to tell you about a really great program called Kids Bowl Free, and it's available all over the U.S. and Canada at participating bowling … ...read more

{a place for everything…with somewhat simple}

Welcome Stephanie, from Somewhat Simple!.....I love being organized! I could spend all day organizing something in my house! Some might classify my need to be organized a sickness, but I can't help how good it feels when I finish organizing something!I am not claiming to have an immaculate house where everything has a place- I am the first to admit I have piles of "things" and corners of items without a home. But I thought I would post these pictures of some of the things in my house that happen to be very organized- thanks to some handy vinyl labels and the makers of the IKEA plastic bins. Maybe it will inspire you to tackle that closet you haven't been able to walk in since you moved into … ...read more