Friday, June 29, 2012

Around the Town

Let's be honest. There aren't too many perks to living 1,000 miles away from family.  However, it's pretty fun when family come to visit and we are able to show them around the town.  While I'd always prefer a nice, sunny day, what better way to introduce someone to Seattle than on a dreery, rain-filled day.

Our guests got exactly that this past weekend.  Lots of rain with occasional sunshine.

We enjoyed our time with Auntie Dohna and Uncle Dave. Come back soon!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Seattle Child Photographer: Brody

This little guy is one of Nate's best friends.  With a crazy amount of energy, love for running, and somersaulting skills, he's a joy to be around.  Give him a soccer ball and a field to run and he's the happiest boy ever.

Seattle Senior Photographer: Katiana

Katiana was just bubbling with excitement about her upcoming graduation when we met up.  In typical Seattle fashion, the morning started out dreery, but quickly escalated into a gorgeous sunny morning.

Congratulations on graduating, Katiana! I hope you enjoyed your big day.

Seattle Engagement and Wedding Photographer: Sarah and Kerry

I was planning on meeting up with Sarah and Kerry the night before, but bad traffic and rain made us reschedule for the next day.  What started out as a typical overcast Seattle morning, turned into a sunny day at Green Lake.

I was honored to be able to capture the love these two have for each other.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Earth to Nate!

If you have a tv and a toddler in the same house, chances are that you've encountered the "zone out."  

Me: "Hey, Nate."
Nate: ...
Me: "Hey, Naaatttee..."
Nate: ...
Me: "Hey. You. Nathaniel Ryan Walker!"
Nate: ...

This usually continues until I walk over and position myself in front of the tv.

Nate: " I can't see the tv."
Me: "Um yep. That's my point.  Do you need to go pee?"
Nate: "Not yet. I'm holding it."

Since when have toddlers turned into miniature teenagers? Ignoring me for as long as possible and he isn't even 3 yet?

I know that there are arguments against allowing toddlers to watch tv.  I tend to believe that it's ok in moderation.  I think shows like Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer can be very educational.

My point is just that when he's watching tv, I feel like I'm dealing with a teenager.  It's pretty amusing.

Anyone else feel the same way?  What are your child's favorite shows?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Beauty

Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit

It's funny, but as I sit here writing this at my kitchen table, there are grey clouds rolling overhead, threatening to rain any minute.  It actually was raining when I woke up this morning.  But I'm going to talk about summer for a bit, even though it doesn't feel like summer in Seattle.

When I used to live in California, the temperatures could easily soar well above 100 degrees.  In fact, most days it did.  In order to avoid looking like a hot, sweaty mess, I kept my routine simple.  One staple of my summer regimen is a rosy-colored blush.  Obviously, I use it all the time.  I really need to buy more.  One of my favorite places to shop for makeup is Walgreens because of the variety of products available and all of the awesome deals.  I'm not sure that I've ever walked into a Walgreens and not seen some sort of BOGO deal.

During the summer, I absolutely detest blowdrying my hair.  The summer head is already dries it out enough without adding the heat from a blowdryer on a daily basis.  That's where Aussie Sprunch comes in handy.  After I get out of the shower, I towel dry my hair just a bit and then wait for it to start drying.  Once it's almost dry, I spray Aussie on my hair and scrunch it as I go.  I end up with wavy hair that doesn't get frizzy as the day progresses.

Another favorite is nail polish.  Not so much for my fingernails, but for my toes.  During the winter, I might opt for a deep red, but during the summer, I want something bright and fun.  This is my favorite color right now.  It's a pinky-orange color.  Even though Seattle is still dreery, I can still pretend it's warm and sunny out. :)

While I don't wear foundation every single day during the summer, there are those special occasions, like weddings or date nights with the hubby (which are far too rare these days), that call for just a bit more coverage.  I like using a foundation that doesn't get cakey and provides just enough coverage.

Like I mentioned above, I don't use foundation every single day during the summer.  That's where Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer comes in handy.  This gives my skin just enough color and evens out my skin tone.  It allows me to simplify my makeup routine by eliminating the foundation and pressed powder.  I only use it 2 or 3 times a week so I don't wind up looking orange (I know we've all seen those girls who look orange).  

And no summer beauty routine is complete without bobby pins and some hair ties.  During those hot summer days, keeping my hair down isn't always an option.  Having a stash of hair ties in my purse (or these days-diaper bag) is crucial.  Actually, I usually have one around my wrist just in case, because Lance is known for pulling my hair. :) 

So...question to you guys: What are your go-to beauty products for the summer? 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


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