Since Scott and I started our kitchen renovation early this year, we’ve been on the hunt for vintage glass decanters that we could keep on display. Our eyes are on high alert as we go to flea markets and yard sales, and we’ve even found a few through online auctions. We’re thisclose to calling the renovation complete, and in the meantime, we’ve been honing in on the smaller details. In this case, we wanted some standout (yet understated) tags for those decanters we’ve been collecting!
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There is no shortage of framed photos and artwork around our home, and no matter what room we’re in the middle of deconstructing to reconstruct, we’re always thinking about what we’ll hang on the walls once the paint has dried. It always feels like such a finishing touch; a reward for all the hard work we’ve put in.
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Taking beautiful photos of food is more challenging than one might imagine. After years of being a portrait photographer, I did not think that it would be difficult to take pictures of food. I decided to start a food blog and figured that taking drool-worthy pictures would be a piece of cake. (No pun intended.) Turns out I had a lot to learn.
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It’s been a bit of a rough winter for our two rescue pups, Jack and CC. Walks have been shorter due to the cold, they’ve each gotten the sniffles (and proceeded to pass them back and forth between each other incessantly), and although spring is finally here, it’s been far too long since they’ve rolled around in a patch of green grass. Wanting to show them some extra love, I whipped up a batch of super simple homemade dog cookies inspired by this recipe!
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My family’s recipes are just as valuable to me as family photos. They are rich in tradition and history and I treasure them more than anything. The problem is that a lot of the recipes that my mom, grandmother, and sister use are not written down. Or they have steps or ingredients missing. Not always helpful. And the end result? Well, not always how I remember them.
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When I last left off, I shared 3 tricks for snapping better interior photos right now, a question that I’m often asked by friends and family. There were no fancy tools other than a tripod, and every tip could be implemented with a simple brain shift. That first question is typically followed up with, well, okay, but what kind of camera do you use?
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Every once in awhile this mom needs a night off.
As much as I love to cook, getting dinner on the table each night takes nothing short of a miracle. We have busy lives, and I spend a lot of time shuffling kids around from after school activity to activity. And that is not taking into account work events, PTO meetings, and other things that I have going on.
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I take a lot of photos for our blog, Yellow Brick Home. A lot. Alongside my husband, Scott, we document the ins and outs of renovating our almost 130-year-old house in Chicago, and we spend just as much time getting our DIY hands dirty as I do snapping the shutter on my camera to share the process with our friends and family. Luckily, I not only have a degree in photography, but I have an immense love for it, too, ever since my first experience in a darkroom.
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I love a personalized Valentine. So many things come home from the school Valentine’s Day party, but the personal ones really stand out. How could you not want to be his Valentine with his adorable little face on a bag full of homemade cookies?
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Every December, I enjoy perusing the next year’s day planners – whether it be at my local bookstore or favorite online shopping haunts. My goal is to always add something to my desk that’s not only nice to look at, but that makes sense for my planning purposes! This year, I opted for the Hardcover 2015 Day Planner from Pinhole Press, knowing it would allow me to inject personality and happiness into my monthly reminders.
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