I am SO excited to start offering MERRY EVERYTHING videos!

Last year I was a bit unsure on what to get my husband for his birthday.  I had secretly gone down to take pictures of them to send him but I needed a bit more.  So that is where the video came in.  I watch it and think back how funny it is.  How they talk.  How they play with each other.  How one laughs at the other.  How they get distracted. It is all things we slowly forget.  We remember the big things and the photos are there but what about all the small things?!

Although you can add on a video to any package, I am hoping to do these all in the home.ย  I will take lifestyle photos and then ask questions for anyone to answer.ย  Maybe this is just of the kiddos, maybe this is for your husband who is deployed, or maybe this is for momma (who you should probably gift this with a box of kleenex).ย  Whoever it is for โ€“ I gaurantee it will be treasured for years to come.

These videos will be uploaded to a private youtube that can be viewed by frineds and family, and also will be sent on a USB with it!

I cannot wait to watch how you gift these!!

In-Law Gift Guide

You asked, I hope I am delivering.

I love a good gift. Like, I really spend time thinking what I could get someone that will be used or enjoyed for time to come. I love to give practical things and hate being boxed into “this is the one thing I want” for any type of gift. Jordan is complete opposite. He wants to give someone EXACTLY what they said they wanted, which in my mind ruins the surprise. Either way, a gift is a gift and more times then not you are left with “don’t get me anything”, the guilt creeps in, and you are stumped.
I think I either have, or have given, every single one of these things! I hope you can grab a few ideas!

1. Echo
We LOVE our Echos. The girls love asking Alexa random things, ok – they love asking her to play Moana and Frozen, and I love to ask the temperature and time. haha. We have an Echo Show in our kitchen, this Echo in our bathroom (Hello music while showering and getting ready), and Ayla is getting the little one for Christmas! At all different price points, this is a fantastic gift! You can also use them to talk room to room which is great for the times you are left with no towel and need to tell someone across the house to bring you one….maybe a story from experience.

2. Portable Waterproof Speaker
This little speaker is AWESOME. It has great sound, waterproof AND shock proof. So those times you are carrying ALL the things to the beach and your bag breaks and your entire life spills out – it’s safe. Sand, concrete, or water. You are covered and can continue beach drinking and drowning out the whining with music. Cheers friends.

3. Tile
Ah. These. These are genius. Peace out frazzled I-cant-find-my-keys-and-we-were-supposed-to-leave-10-minutes-ago. If you have your phone, just beep the tile and it takes you right to your keys. Which is all fun and games until you have your keys without your phone. No worries there either. It will beep your phone FROM the tile unit too! I know, next comment – your phone is always on silent so there is just no hope. Yes, yes there is sweet thing. Your phone rings even on silent. Perfection.

4. Apple TV
Fire stick
We love these both! I have to say, I love the Apple TV WAY more. I can connect my phone directly so I can type on it. I feel like it hears and searches better. But that being said – I can buy 6 Firesticks for the price of 1 Apple TV. We have fire sticks on our outdoor patio TV and bedroom, and then the Apple TV in our living room. If I had 2 main living rooms – I would FOR SURE have two Apple TV’s. I love them.

5. Cordless Dyson
If I have to vacuum with a cord ever again, I am tapping out. If you enjoy adding extra time to your cleaning – do not get this.

6. Copper Mug
These are just so pretty! We have a set of 4 my mother in law got us a few years ago and we are always using them and serving in them!

7. Bartender Kit
Who doesn’t need this? My parents built an entire bar in their house – I would say this is a great start!

8. Wine Bottle Opener
We love this Bottle Opener! We leave it charging and it is always ready when we need it! I am certain the chiller is for that 2nd or 3rd bottle, who takes that long to go through 1?!

9. Charcuterie Board
I love a good Charcuterie board so how fun is this one. I love that it has different little spots for things and then opens up for the soft cheese knives!

10. Pioneer Woman Cookbook
Who in the world does not love this woman!? Her recipes are simple yet SO good. I’ve honestly yet to make something that wasn’t delicious. It is easy to follow recipes, simple, hearty food and you don’t have to go to have a specific herb imported from Italy – win/win.

11. Instant Pot
We have been loving our IP! It is very similar to a crock pot, but it has way more settings and, oh, when you get to work and realize you forgot to make your soup – no worries. Just get home, throw it all in the IP, and minutes later it is done. SO impressive!

12. Dutch Oven
I love Le Creuset but it is expensive so this is a great less expensive option that, in my opinion, is just as durable. Keep your eyes open for Le Creuset at TJ Maxx or Marshals, but if you want to order and be done – this is it!

13. Yeti Mug
We LOVE Yeti. I think maybe we have paid for someones salary, but who is keeping track?! I just feel like you can never have enough of these. Although I LOVE these mugs – they cannot fit in most cup holders, so keep that in mind! But, my theory is you shouldn’t want to set it down anyways?! These keep your drinks hot or cold for SO long.

14. Kindle
I love these new paper-white kindles! There are a bit less expensive ones that are a great option as well!

15. Slippers
Best slippers ever. I love Ugg and the quality they produce. These linked are for woman but all the guys in my life have them and love them too, so they are DEFINITELY for men and woman!

16. Heated Blanket
Ask Jordan. I LOVE my heated blanket. I actually have 2. One is queen size because is there anything better then climbing in a warm bed? No. No there is not. I will never understand you weirdos who like cold sheets. My other one is the size that is linked and just like a throw. It’s great for lounging around, throwing on my bed right before I get in if my other one isn’t on, or taking in the camper for cold nights. The best.

17. Blanket
I know. These are on the higher end of price. BUT. They are SO comfy and SO soft. Trust me.

18. Back and Neck Massager
I mean, who wouldn’t want a back and neck massager?! Either this or a monthly massage would suffice…surely this is less expensive ๐Ÿ˜‰

19. Storm Glass
Have you seen these?! They are SO cool. They predict the weather (I think based on barometric pressure?!) and then the liquid makes certain designs depending on what weather is coming! Love.

20. Humidor
If you have a guy in your life who smokes cigars, you are welcome. These range in price, so if you want to get all fancy – you do you! I got my dad this exact one a few years ago and it’s still great!

21. Young Living Essential Oils
Last but definitely not least, the gift that is universal and can go SO many different ways! If you’re recipient has never dove into oils, this is a great place to start. It earns them a membership, a diffuser and 11 oils. SUCH a great way to start testing out the waters. I have also gifted a little spa package including the satin face scrub(pure heaven), bath bombs (smells good without the god awful things most have in them), and rose ointment that is amazing to have around for dry skin or cuts/scrapes. Let me know if I can help customize something for you! I would be happy to help!


Kid’s Gift Guide!

Alright friends. I keep seeing all these gift guides, and while I may get an idea or two from them, SO many of the gifts are impractical and I know my kids would only use it once. Maybe. Here are some of our tried and true, most FAVORITE novelty items. Most are small and used while we travel. I am going to go somewhat in age order – but I would say both of my girls love everything on this list!

1. Baby Princesses.
How sweet are these!? They have the cutest little eyes and are perfect for a doll house!

2. Wooden Camera.
We’ve gone through a lot of camera’s in this house, and this is such a cute little one for a baby to teeth on, to hang in their nursery for decor, or for your toddler to roam around following you while saying CHEESE. I may or may not have that happen often.

3. Buckle Pillow.
THIS. If you have a younger child and you travel, YOU NEED THIS. This is one of the best things I had for Della during long flights. We actually take it to restaurants as well. I usually have to unbuckle it for her, but if they aren’t crying, we are winning. I also can buckle it to any bag so it won’t fall out. That’s a complete win.

4. Moonlite Projector
Speaking of travel. How fun is this?! You put this little gadget on your phone, and it projects the pictures on the ceiling. WHAT?! Such a fun, special thing for when you are away from home.

5. Bilibo
This little thing reminds me of that old school spinner we had as kids, but then I watched the video on it and I was like holy cow kids are so dang creative! This is SUCH a good imaginary toy that can do it all!

6. Magformers
If it can stack, it will be stacked. My girls love blocks, or these fun magnetic tiles that click together easily and they can build (or destroy) anything they can think of! These are a little speedy at just about $1/tile but they are so fun and last!

7. Squigz
These are so great. They are big enough for littles and small enough for the kiddos to take in places, on planes, or just at the dinner table waiting for dinner! They stick to each other and can build all sorts of fun things!

8. Stikbot
Then add these little dudes to your Squigz designs. Perfect.

9. Stikbot studio
oh, let’s just take this a step further and make a fun little movie with your “stick” figures in front of the green screen! Such a great mix of imagination play and technology!

10. Car
This is ALWAYS a hit! I rarely have seen people know what this is, and its such a good party trick to bring out while friends are over!

11. Stacking Chairs
This little game is great for the whole family. I love that my little one and ‘big’ one can play together on this one!

12. Walkie Talkies
Are these making a come back?! I hope yes! We use these camping and the kids beg to use them just about any other time. What is more fun as a kid then going outside in the dark and still being able to say “check check one two. Come in. Roger.” Saying all that in your deepest southern accent is a must.

13. Mosaic
I think sometimes it is hard to find art projects for boys. These fun mosaics are automobiles which is cool and different!

14. Travel Cards
THESE. ARE. MY. FAVORITE. Does that get the point accross?! I actually originally ordered these through Usborne, and they still have them. So if you know a consultant order through them. If not – and you want it in 2 days, order here!! They are WORTH IT. I punched a hole in every one, put it on a little ring and shoved it in my bag for restaurants, random appointments, and waiting for just about anything.

15. Paper table
If your kids are like mine, they will ask for 36 pieces of plain white paper, all to write a total of 2 lines in yellow on it. God forbid you tell them to reuse that paper, because no, you cannot stop cooking dinner to go grab them another clean piece of paper. Here is your solution. Want more paper? Pull harder. ๐Ÿ™‚

16. Good Night Book
We LOVE these books. We try to get these when we go somewhere new. One girl is getting the Tennessee one for Christmas and one is getting Washington!

17. Boogie Board
These awesome little writing tools are perfect to throw in a bag or to keep in the car (like we do!). Or get even crazier, and throw it in a bag from the car. It comes with a little pen, but you can also write on it with just your fingers, so no worries if they chuck the pen across the car immediately after you stopped on your road trip…not speaking from experience or anything. You can also grab the basic version that we have here.

18. Play Kitchen
We love love this little thing! It is a bit short for older kids, but Ayla is 5 and its still perfect! We got it for her when she was 2, so 3 years and still going strong!

And last, but definitely not least…my two favorites ways to bring all the snacks! The first snack stackers are AMAZING. They keep everything fresh. I fill them up before we go somewhere and there is just enough for a days worth of snacks. we can change it up before they get bored of a certain snack and they are just awesome. They were actually made for protein powder – so definitely duel use there!
The second snack cups are AWESOME. They are larger and hold a good amount (either 12oz or 16oz). They have fabric on the top that don’t let all the crumbs out…HOLLAAAAA. They are also dishwasher safe (I know what you are thinking, there IS a God) so just throw them on the top shelf when you just CAN NOT with one more dish!!
19. Snack Stackers
20. Munchie Mug

Cotton Field Sessions :: Southern Pines Photographer

Cotton field sessions in Raeford are always so much fun! This year we changed it up and headed to Sanford and it was such a beautiful field. I am so thankful for the land owners and farmers who allow me to use their gorgeous fields!

How darling is this family of 6?! That little girl sure is loved and going to protected by her 3 big brothers!

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September 19, 2018 - 2:42 pm

Nina Pearson - I would love to have a family session in the cotton field.
We have been trying to get these kind of photos, for a while! ?
How much does this generally run and when do you think you will be doing them?

Thank You For Your Time!