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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hello and welcome!

    My name is Becca and I am a stay at home mom to two little balls of energy! I love photography, crafts, simple living, cooking, home decorating, and so much more! So come on in, take off your shoes, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile!

Some people love shooting portraits, some love weddings, some love newborn. Me? I love “life style” photography. From the moment I first stumbled upon it I knew that it would have my heart. There is something about the unposed. The real. It’s amazing.

There are a couple of ways to go about shooting this kind of photography (actually I’m sure there are more than a couple but…). The first is to have a long lens. To stay far back and to just be an observer. Shoot what happens. That’s not my style. The other way is to have a wide-angle. To be up close. To be a part of the action. I love this! Especially when photographing my kids! I don’t want to be far away behind a camera somewhere. I want to be all up in their business! That’s why when I rented the Canon 16-35L a couple of years ago I fell in love. It was perfect. The distortion, the way it felt like I was falling into the pictures, how close I could be and still shoot them! Needless to say, it hurt sending it back at the end of the rental period, haha! I rented it again last June to take to disney. I still loved it! And it hurt even more sending it away. Well All that wishing is over because guess what came in the mail yesterday!? Yes! The 16-35 and it’s just as amazing as I remember!

I took it out for a quick spin before dinner last night. Oh my heart! <3 ws1newlens

  • Bre - October 2, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    Love it! I just rented a 24-70 and really really like the wider angle.ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca - October 2, 2015 - 9:04 pm

      I like that lens a lot too! You need to rent the 16-35! You NEEEEEED to! :DReplyCancel

Oh hi, October! What’s that? Oh no, we are just hanging out making pumpkin brownies, that’s all. No big deal.


Fall! Time for pumpkin EVERYTHING! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ravioli. I swear when future generations excavate our civilization I am sure they will come to the conclusion that we worshiped the great pumpkin. I’m okay with that.

So, here’s something you should know about my kids. They want to be bakers when they grow up. Both of them. They will open a bakery together and people will flock to them in droves. Small little problem though. They don’t know how to bake. Sure I’ve thrown a cookie or two in the oven with them, mainly those from a package, but I have never sat down and actually baked with them. I’m a bad mom, I know. It’s just that all the hassle and blah, blah, blah. Well I figure at ages 4 and 6 there is no better time to start! So we got out our ingredients and they cracked, and sprinkled, and stirred and only coughed in it three times and sneezed once. Then when all was said and done we had amazing pumpkin brownie goodness! And guess what! They like them! I liked them! We all liked them (cough, sneeze and all)!

I got the recipe here if you want to try it (I’ll also have it at the bottom of the page after the pictures)!



1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips + 2 tablespoons, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter.
Allow butter to cool slightly before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and whisk until smooth.
Add in the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
Stir in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips.
Pour batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
Evenly sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, smoothly the top lightly with a spatula.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

*Recipe from Averie Cooks


Let’s talk about tidying up.

Confession time.

I know this is going to come as a shock to a lot of you but I have anxiety problems.

I hear the collective gasps and drawn out whaaaaaaats but no, it’s true. Haha!

So in order to combat this I try to keep a tidy house. I don’t know why that helps me but it does. I’ve tried a lot of methods. At first, when the kids were babies I would sometimes just freak out and throw stuff away just to get it out of my house and out of my life instead of actually dealing with it.

I’ve lost a lot of things that way…ask my poor husband.

So after I could see that was not working I tried to turn to minimalism. I liked the idea of it but not the execution. To me, at first, it seemed like a way to breathe and get out of the big-better-more rat race. I like that idea. A lot. I’ve never been one to like a lot of things (ask my mom, even though she told me one day I would change my mind…I didn’t :p) However, all the minimalist forums and Facebook groups I joined in order to find like-minded people seemed like a rat race in the opposite direction. It was a contest to see who could live with less stuff in the smallest space possible. I’m all for living with less! I love living with only the things I need/like and nothing more but it just wasn’t right for me.

One good thing did come from these forums though and that is the introduction to the KonMari method.

I’m sure you’ve heard of it, or know someone who has heard of it. It’s all over the internet. The supposed Japanese art of tidying promising you that if you follow these steps it will transform your home for good! I admit, I drank the Kool aid (or…in my case coffee since I now only surround myself with things that spark joy!;)) But I admit, the book/method has merits. The reason I like it so much is because, unlike what I found in the minimalist world, it focuses on what to keep and not what to get rid of.

The process is “simple”. She breaks it up into categories – clothes, books, paper, and komono. Then you gather all of what you have that fits in that category and you put it all in one space. Then you go through each piece and see if it “sparks joy” If it does you keep it, if it does not then you thank it for the service it provided you and you discard it (via garage sale, trash, donation, etc). Then when all is said and done then you find a home for all the joyous stuff you kept. See…simple. And so for the last few months that is what I’ve been doing and my home is wonderful! Everything has a space and I know where everything is! It is staying cleaner, longer. It’s easier to clean up when it does get dirty! All in all I call it a big win! But my favorite thing is that I have surrounded myself with things that make me happy. I donated my “every day” use things and now I use the “to pretty to use” things. It’s wonderful.

So here is my home now.

Well first here is my checklist that I used.
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The pantry is organized in baskets by type (breakfast, grains, snacks, etc). All the drawers are divided an organized. All the rooms are clean and tidy. I organized all the closets.:)I just thought I’d post about it to see if it helps anyone else!:)