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Professional Shoot in Downtown PHX

Lee Selleck of Lee Selleck Counsel Mortgage needed a professional makeover and I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot him. We headed into downtown PHX – after coffee, of course. The heart of the city is stuffed full of beautiful, tall buildings and business persons scurry to and fro. The front of Hanny’s restaurant…

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Preserving First Day of School Memories

This week was the first week of Kindergarten for my lil man and his third year in Montessori so he’s an old pro by now. WOW how time flies! I can barely remember how he got to 5 years of age. I wanted to preserve the memory in time (and every year after) with photography and a…

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Vibrant Cast-Iron Cactus Sugar Cookies

Coming back to the desert called for an awesome brunch spread amongst friends (can’t forget the mimosa bar!) along with big, chewy cactus cookies – a plate full of pricks in vibrant colors. Each guest took one home as a parting gift! I scored a cast-iron cactus mold at the one of the best Goodwill stores…

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Vintage Photo Charm Bracelet

I’ve always been great at creating things with my hands – it’s finding the time I find challenging. This year for Mother’s Day I wanted to make my mom something handmade instead of the usual flowers or Harry and David I always send. She is always getting me the best gifts so I wanted to…

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Doting On Boston

Clusters of people – – clusters of buildings. I am home in the city, and everywhere else. Boston: A place where educated meets liberal. Just how it should be —the prefect cup of tea with just the right amount of honey. I booked an apartment in the center of the city: Chinatown. A nice swanky apartment…

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The Things Hayes Says

My 5-year-old never runs out of things to say, and as he grows older what he says only gets more comical. The Things Hayes Says is dedicated to all the times he makes me laugh out loud. Me: “I bet you all the girls have a crush on you.” Hayes: “Well, Abbey wants to marry…

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Artist Spotlight: Robin Kavanagh Gallery

Feist your eyes on another gallery of works by Canadian artist, Robin Kavanagh as explained in his words. Following him on Instagram is quite a treat, as he posts at least 2-5 pieces of his unique art a day. Previous works can viewed by clicking the following links: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5   Addiction…

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The Things Hayes Says…

My 5-year-old never runs out of things to say, and as he grows older what he says only gets more comical. The Things Hayes Says is dedicated to all the times he makes me laugh out loud. Hayes: “I want to be a rockstar when I grow up!” Me: “I thought you wanted to be…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Savannah

It was our annual get-out-of-town holiday event and before exploring St. Augustine, we planned to meet the brothers in Savannah Georgia. You know it’s a great Christmas when you don’t want or need anything. Here are a few of my favorite things from the trip: Champagne breakfast Christmas Dinner at the Pink House– Uh. Maze. Ing.…

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The No Recipe Zucchini Chip

I’ve been noticing a lot of Zucchini Chip recipes on Pinterest lately. I mean, they are EVERYWHERE. But you don’t need a recipe to make these crispy lil gems. Recipes are for those who color within the lines. Those that lack creativity.  The unimaginative. All you really need is a dehydrator. So grab a zucchini (organic,…

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A Quick Trip to The Oldest City In America, St. Augustine

We travelled through what appeared to be the set of Scooby Doo – creeping along the unlit backroads of Florida. Moss hung from the veiny tree branches – like a scary handed monster in the moonlight, we arrived in St. Augustine.  Tourists and beer induced loud-talk crowded the bustling streets. The boardwalk lit the entrance…

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First Impressions of Altanta

Unruly trees clear the way for orange and yellow maple leaves hanging from white bark that line the freeway. Georgia plates infest the smooth tar as clean lines pave the way into the big city. I ride through the city in wide-brimmed hat reminiscent of witch. It’s October. A pecan farm along the way showcases rows…

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A Snapshot of Tulum

I’m working on trying to be satisfied in this moment. I always want to be everywhere but here. My digital images and fading memories are the souvenirs I take away from most of my adventures. Tulum is rustic, untouched and reluctant to change, but brilliant. Most people visit the ruins on their trip to Tulum and…

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Jalapeno Basil Watermelon Margaritas

What is more refreshing than a watermelon? A watermelon margarita with some kick! This is the ultimate summer drink but when you live in Florida this drink is popular all year loooong. It’s sweet. It’s salty. It’s spicy. It’s perfect. Ingredients 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced ¾ cup white tequila (a decent brand) ½ of a…

DIY Garden Markers for Children

I volunteer my time creating and upkeeping an organic community garden at my son’s school. The garden is a nice size and big enough to feed nine families. The community garden is an ongoing effort to observe the growth process, promote healthy eating habits and encourage future farmers. Fellow Beach Park School parent, Beverly, and I…

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Title: Skimboard Medium: Digital Photo Editing, 2014 Hayes and mother purchasing their third skimboard at 801 Skate Shop in  Safety Harbor, Florida.  

Useful Ways To Use Rock Coral

The beaches are littered with rock coral on the beaches of Akumal. Coral is stuck in the concrete of lengthy driveways leading up to massive manors and children collect the porous rock like trophies. Rock coral is the skeleton of the once living organism. My home is decorated with pieces that my family and I…

Top 10 Must-Haves for Girls in Playa Del Carmen

Planning on living or visiting the Yucatan? After residing in the Yucatan for a total of 7 months I came up with top 10 must-haves (or have-nots) for Playa Del Carmen. No makeup. Ever. Ok, maybe some lip gloss. If you even attempted to wear makeup it would slide down your face. Natural girls reign…

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Chevy’s Spicy Tomato Juice

Lately, I’ve been one lucky girl with my husband cooking most meals these days. Not only is he killing it in the kitchen, his juicing skills have put our family in outré health mode. One weekly visit to the local farmers market to fill paper bags to the brim with fruits and vegetables, we have…

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Return To Valladolid

Six of us were piled in a cab, drinking beers, the  hot breeze blowing in our face and Mexican music blaring on the radio. We were driving through the endless jungle as the air freshener swung wildly from the rear view mirror. I was dirty. I was sweaty. I was in heaven. We were lost in…

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Robin Kavanagh Gallery

Robin Kavanagh is a Canada based artist and graphic designer who has been painting and drawing seriously for 25 years. Click here to read Robin’s full bio and to view his artwork. Descriptions depicted by Robin are below each piece of artwork.  The Ocean – digital illustration (iPad) Eroticism is a storm on an ocean…

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Spicy Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Sure mayo is delicious but we all know it’s not the healthiest of condiments. With American favorites like tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches, it’s nice to know we can swap out the white, creamy goodness with a wiser choice. When we make wise choices we are winning, right? Avocado being a HUGE staple in…

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Skimboarding in Mexico

After watching skimboarders on the beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico I knew I wanted to try my hand at skimming the Caribbean waters. I saw a flier advertising a skimboard and went to pick it up. With a little bit of wax, sand and grit, I took to the beach. It was harder then…

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Upcycle Coca Cola Bottles as Planters

Recycling and upcycling is huge in Mexico making my time here a frugal experience. Even trendy 5th Avenita incorporates upcycling in its restaurant and boutique decor.  One of my favorite hings to  partake in down in the steaming, hot Yucatan is an ice cold bottle of Coca Cola (paired with a bag of pork rinds).…

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Upcycled Plant Pots

Mexico is famous for using every day items for a purpose. The country is constantly coming up with creative ways to upcycle. After a visit the local plant nursery  to purchase succulents for a new project, I found the containers they were in to adorably rustic and simple. They look delightful on my balcony and…

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Chevy’s Frozen Pool Party Piña Colada Drinks

It was a pool party on the rooftop down in the Yucatán. Hotdogs, raw veggies and watermelon were the main course, but the real hit was the frozen  piña colada pineapple drinks created by Chevy.   We sipped the cool drinks from the pool ledge as we volleyed the ball back and forth over the net.…

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Andale’s 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen

The music from the Andale 10year anniversary bazaar echoed from my balcony. We walked toward a barricaded street stuffed with people. Andale is a publication in Playa del Carmen. Crowded groups push their way along piles of used and new items. Books, pallet furniture, clothes and godly amounts of shoes. Snack vendors hog the street…

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Robin Kavanagh Gallery

Robin Kavanagh is a Canada based artist and graphic designer who has been painting and drawing seriously for almost 25 years. Click here to read Robin’s full biography and to view his artwork. Descriptions depicted by Robin are below each piece of artwork.  Hereditary Cloud – digital illustration (iPad) Mental illness runs in my family like a line…

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Destination Destin

There are plenty of beaches in Florida But none like Destin Powered sugar sand between your toes Emerald green water that falls off the edge of the earth A real life piece of art Framed in a window Dolphins swim ever so close to the shore Surfers kneel Sunset is god      

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Jeff’s Louisiana Spicey Shrimp Boil

Jeff Thompson is no stranger to seafood boils. In fact, he could probably have his own boil and seafood cookbook. Louisiana born and bred (in case you couldn’t tell from the accent), Jeff is just as passionate about his seafood as he is about his dinner guests. After attending countless shrimp and crawfish boils hosted by…

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Kollaboration is King

Last weekend we traveled the seven hours to the emerald waters of Destin, Florida to spend beach time, eat and catch up with friends. I am always creating so ordering my husband to snap pictures is a common occurrence. I’m pretty persistent so most of the time he obliges. It’s hard not to dig the…

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Poem: 5:30 a.m.

He’s inconsolable againRiding that wave which is his tongueHe knows what he wantsEven with his eyes closedEarly morning sighs of reliefConfident that I’m going to walk up those stairs Every morning to rescue him From that wood framed boxBars disguised as great craftsmanshipImpatience in the form of innocenceBrilliant

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Coconut Oil Dots

I swear by coconut oil. Whether I’m cooking with it or lathering on my body the benefits are  definitely there. About a month ago I started oil pulling. I know, I know. It’s trending in a major way. I only started because I HATE the dentist (by hate I mean I’m scared) and my tooth was bothering me because…

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Manatee Viewing Center at Apollo Beach

Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach is not only a local electric company but also a manatee viewing center and refuge. Manatees flock in large numbers to the power station’s discharge canal where saltwater – taken from Tampa Bay to cool Unit 4 – flows, clean and warm, back to the bay. As Tampa…

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DIY Healthy Makeup Remover Wipes

I’ve seen a lot of DIY makeup remover wipes, but none that use unbleached paper towels (or a mason jar). White paper towels are bleached using chemicals and that’s something I really don’t want to put on my face (or anywhere else!). Here is a cheaper, healthier option to the makeup remover cloths. It’s something…

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Hyde Park Chalk Walk in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) 6th annual Chalk Walk art festival took place March 14th through the 16th at Hyde Park Village in Tampa, FL. The ribbed sidewalk displayed vibrant chalk masterpieces in front of upscale boutiques as critics admired and snapped pictures along the way. Food trucks and vendors…

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Robin Kavanagh Gallery

Robin Kavanagh is a Canada based artist and graphic designer who has been painting and drawing seriously for almost 25 years. Click here to read Robin’s full biography and to view his artwork. Kavanagh describes his work below each portrait.   Love and Muse – oil on panel This is a simple portrait of my love…

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Tarpon Springs at the Sponge Docks

Tarpon Springs, located on the west coast of Florida just 40 miles South of Tampa, is a modest Greek town that is home to the Sponge Docks. In fact, Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the United States. The first Greek immigrants arrived in the city during the…

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Quick & Easy Peach Frozen Yogurt

It’s HOT in Florida which means frozen anything can be eaten year-round. My peach craving finally won  so to cure my desire for the fuzzy fruit and help me cool off at the same time, I decided to make Peach Frozen Yogurt. Some might say I’m a yogurt fanatic but it really satisfies my tart-tooth. I…

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Dry Erase Prize Wheel

Ah, the beloved prize wheel. It’s been entertaining people for decades. Winning something somehow never gets old. I recently had the opportunity to create a prize wheel for a job fair. The great thing about this wheel is its ability to change themes thanks to its dry erase surface. It can be used professionally or…

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DIY Crayon Valentines

The holiday that most people have a love/hate relationship with is upon us once again. That’s right, Valentine’s Day. It’s a day of cheap gifts (or not so cheap gifts) for our loved ones and a hangover from the night before as we worked laboriously to produce valentines for our children’s class. A heart-shaped box…

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DIY Valentine Monster Box

When it comes to Valentine’s Day some need a whole shoebox to hold the heap of love notes they are going to get. Especially, when classmates are involved. Instead of the same ‘ol shoebox cut in the top I decided to get creative and get monster with it. He’s super low maintenance and lives off…

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Artist Spotlight: Robin Kavanagh

Robin Kavanagh is a Canada based artist and graphic designer who has been painting and drawing seriously for almost 25 years. His artwork and murals have been displayed throughout Hamilton, Ontario. The hypercritical artist became disaffected, disorientated and discomfited resulting in the halt of exhibiting publicly entirely in 1999. His artistic breakthrough has come in…

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A South Beach Miami Christmas in Photographs

We arrived at the historic Park Central Hotel in Miami Beach on Christmas Eve after driving through the Everglades twice. That’s right. Twice. Lack of direction and repetitive scenery led us back the way we came after stopping at a gas station, adding an extra hour and a half to out trip from Tampa Bay.…