Thursday, March 27, 2014

Slacking it up

Lately... I've been slacking. I haven't been so consistant with my posts... And I apologize! 


Life has been a little crazy this past month. My father in law had a stroke. Seriously if your like me and haven't known someone that has had a stoke before, this is a bit traumatizing! We left my in-laws house and almost as soon as we got home (we only live about 10 minutes away) my husband gets a call from my frantic mother in law. "Chris (father in law) is having a stroke!" My husband jumps in the car and speeds (literally, A cop tried to pull him over) back to there house. 


Apparently he was just sitting on the bed and his whole left side went numb. My mother in law said he was telling her as it was happening and she saw his face droop. Next day we are there in the hospital with him. It was so sad to see him so helpless, and it kinda hit me that anything can happen at any moment! 


I've felt like I was aware of this statement before, but in reality I had no idea. Ever since the stroke we've done our best to visit him at the hospital and rehab center. If it was me, I know he'd be there. He's doing better, and is working really hard to be fully recovered.


Anyway I guess what I really want to get across, is please don't take for granted your loved ones. Lucky for us he is recovering, but I can't help but think, what if he wasn't recovering? Or what if this stroke would have taken him from us? We would be devastated.


Love your family my friends.




Thursday, March 13, 2014

The perfect FREE app to edit your pictures

For a long time now I have wanted a nice camera and a photo editing program. Well I'm sorry to say I have not gotten either... Instead I have found the perfect app to edit my photos! Don't get me wrong, I would love to have the camera and photo editing program.. but for now this is what I have, and I'm okay with that.

Have you ever bought a photo editing app that you hated? To make it all worse, you just spent money on this app that sucks, so that kind of makes it suck even more. Well one of the great things about this app is that it is free! The app is called Snapseed.

Snapseed has no many options for editing, so I'm just going to show you a few of my favorites.


Here is a photo taken with my I-phone.

What I like to do while editing on snapseed is, first using the drama filter. I like to use the preset filter "Bright 2"


 Here is my photo now after using that filter.


The next option on this app that I love is the Center Focus setting. Again I have a favorite pre setting. It's called Old Lens. After I use that, I usually do a little tweeking on the setting by making the blur a little stronger.


Here is my photo after using the Center Focus setting.


There are plenty of other options, and filters. This next picture I used the Vintage setting after using the Drama "bright 2" setting.



This one I used the black and white setting again AFTER using the Drama setting. 


This is still in the black and white setting, It just shows you can darken certain areas or lighten them.


Hope you find this post helpful when editing your many iPhone pictures!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

6 Months Reese Taylor


Woah... Reese has hit her half birthday mark! Made me begin to brain storm ideas for her 1st birthday party! While that's in the works, and still 6 months away, here are a few things about her now.


-She has the prettiest sitting posture (Definitely doesn't get that from her mom).

-She has finally started playing with our dog Oakley.

-She has developed some mild stranger anxiety... Maybe it's not so much strangers since it's mainly with both her Grandpas.

-She now greets me when I get home from work with a huge smile.

-She now can sit in a bathtub without mom...don't freak out, she is supervised. (BTW she LOVES bath time).

-Her favorite movie of all time is Monsters University.

Here she is watching her Monsters U. She'll sit like this through almost the whole movie.


She had a little help from mom in this picture. I had to move one of her legs to get her here. She can't do this yet on her own, yes this picture is deceiving.


Any ideas on how to get rid of the stranger anxiety?