Editorial Photographs || Krista Alexis

The pride I feel about these images is overwhelming. This girl is so passionate and dedicated at such a young age that I can’t help but be head over heels inspired by her.  She gets in front of my camera with such confidence and grace, her beauty inside and out is something I love to photograph.

Follow Krista Alexis to keep up on her posts about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. And see some pretty amazing images.

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you’re pretty!

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For the Love of Junk || Carver Junk Co. Minnesota

Ladies Night at Carver Junk Company | July 2015

I spent an evening with the wonderful ladies of Carver Junk Co. I was invited down with a photo booth and camera to capture the guests invited out to their Ladies Night Event.  The adorable town of Carver, MN put together a Shop Hop. The town is filled with antique shops, boutiques and of course Junk!  I being a junk and treasure enthusiast was stoked to be apart of this event!

The shop is all Milk Painted furniture, re-created by the woman that work at Carver Junk Co. The shop also carries MN themed prints and art, jewelry and crafts that are made by local MN artists and are as unique as this wonderful shop!

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“We live in a modern world that tends to take a “throw it away and buy a new one” approach to most things. Your shop, Carver Junk Company, embraces a very different philosophy by specializing in vintage, repurposed, rustic and retro décor and furnishings.”

Visit them at:

https://carverjunkcompany.com/

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Olive | 7 months

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Seven months already!  I can’t believe it!  I think this is one of my favorite chalkboard months yet.  It took me two days to come up with it, I personally like #3.  I took this photo by myself too.  In the past I would have my husband stand guard so she wouldn’t roll off but this time I felt confident that we could do it with out him and we succeeded!  I had just finished the blanket shown in this picture too.  I have been taking a sewing class and this was my first project.  It’s made from scraps of our clothes, a pair of pajama pants from high school, a pair of plaid, wool pants from Abercrombie & Fitch I bought when I was a junior in high school, my fat pants (the first pair of jeans I bought after having Olive) and my husband’s dress shirt.  On the back I did a buttery yellow, super soft fabric.  I love it and so does she. You can also notice that Olive is wearing her pajamas, we have pajama Monday and these are just plain cute jammies!  I loved that she turned around in the chair to show me her kitty butt!!  So big and so funny and so smart!

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I had her 7 month photos taken my my dear friend Anne at ALM Photography.  I wanted to do something different, I have been trying to take her photos for weeks now.  I’d get her into position but the second I’d put my camera up in front of my face she’d get distracted.  So it was nice to have someone else pushing the button.  Plus I love Anne’s studio!  The photo of Olive standing was a re-creation of a photo of me, we are wearing the same shoes in the photos.  My mom just told me though that I was 10 months in my photo not 6-8 months like I thought.

We are into month eight now and wowza, what a difference!  Teething is a nightmare!

Minnesota Livin’

In the past two weeks Olive has experience a lot of our great state.  These are a few places she has been…

We vacationed to Brainard, MN in August.  We went with my husband’s parents and his 5 year old nephew.  I had never been to Brainard before, it was really nice to get in the car and watch the city disappear behind us.  We stayed in a hotel with a water park and spent one day in Nisswa, MN.  I also drove my first go kart!

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The following weekend was Labor Day.  We went for a day visit to our friend’s cabin.  The last time we were at the cabin I was 18 weeks pregnant so needless to say this Labor Day weekend was a lot more fun!  The weather wasn’t that great but we managed to bundle up and go out on the pontoon.  Olive loved the boat ride and didn’t mind her life jacket.  We played a hilarious new game and drove home in the dark with aching bellies from laughing so hard.

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Lastly we went to the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  My friend Alyssa had never been and I was meaning to take Olive all summer.  It was a beautiful day to spend walking around.  It was Olive’s first time really in the grass, hence the confused face in front of the Spoon & Cherry.

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Suzie Homemaker | stay at home mama excitement

So I was expressing my excitement to a friend about finishing three books in eight days.  I am not a reader mind you.  The last book I read cover to cover was Charlotte’s Web in the 3rd grade.  I got on this kick and I couldn’t stop!  My friend reminded me of all the “mom” things I am doing in my life.  I am reading, Olive and I go to yoga together, story hour on Mondays, I take a sewing class, I make my own baby food and I have become the avid bargain shopper all will holding two part time jobs and running my photography business that has just reached 211 likes on Facebook! Blog High Five!

Look out world, I feel as if I am on top of you!  It was a really great feeling to have her point them out.  I have been finding ways to fill my time all the while filling hobbies I have always wanted to explore.  Years ago, my husband would give me shit about not having a hobby.  I would tell him that I didn’t have the time or there wasn’t anything that interested me enough to make the time.  Sometimes we would even argue over it, he wanted to do one of his four hobbies on his time off and I couldn’t understand why he thought it was so fun.  I resented him for having so many hobbies but now I understand, it’s nice to see him happy for me and it’s nice to share my triumphs and new beginnings with him.  It’s also nice that we make time for our hobbies and we make time for each other.  Marriage should be named Compromise instead.

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Page from Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres : Pulled my heart strings a bit.

Sewing class is instructed by my dearest friend’s mother.  Miss Pat teaches me the basics and while I quilt a blanket of my old clothes for my daughter, she plays with Olive.  It truly is the greatest!  Also she makes a delicious breakfast and has great coffee!  Sewing machines are like riding a bike, once you get going it all comes back to you.  The threading of the machine and doing the bobbin will take some practice but hey I am 40% done with it and I pat myself on the back for jumping to with little question.

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The plaid fabric is from wool pants I got in high school, I spent to much money on them from Abercrombie & Fitch and the blue floral pattern is from a pair of Old Navy pajama bottoms.  There is also a pair of my maternity jeans and a dress shirt of Steve’s.  All blues and perfect size for a floor blanket or to fit Olive’s toddler bed.

Next up, baby food.  For my first Mother’s Day my dearest friend gave me a recipe and educator book about making your own baby food.  I skimmed through it read what pertained to my age baby and pureed some peas.  At 6 months she was eating two times a day.  I gave her fruit and rice cereal in the morning and then vegetables with oatmeal cereal in the evening.  Now she is 7 months, still on a similar schedule but with oatmeal cereal in the am and multi grain cereal in the pm.  I will also be working in a third meal at some point depending on her schedule.  Olive loves to eat food.  She loves sitting in her high chair and putting on her bib.  She eats her whole meal no matter the contents or the size with no complaints.  A few breaks but no complaints.  She hasn’t dissed a food yet either, she’s a good eater like her parents! Bottles on the other hand are a whole new topic of frustrating discussion!

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Olive here at 7 months eating Spinach & Apples.  Notice the mess of happiness on her face and in her hair!

I spend one day for 2 hours every two weeks in the kitchen making her food.  Labor day I made: (by ice cube tray) squash, carrots, peaches, apple & spinach and blueberry & banana.  I also froze applesauce into ice cube trays for convenience and mixing with other fruits and veggies.  I also had peas and mangos left over from the last batch a few weeks ago.  I buy frozen, steam or defrost the veggies and fruit and put it in a Magic Bullet to puree.  I use breast milk to thin out if needed.  I date the batches, label what it is and if I used BM (breast milk) or F (formula).  After they are frozen in the trays I transfer the cubes to plastic bags with the same labels.  Every night before bed I take out her meals for the next day, put them in little tupperware containers with lids and stick them in the fridge, no microwaving to defrost.  Mix up her cereal, combine and serve.  Easy Peasy!

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She likes mixtures.  I bought some of those packets of baby food to try other flavors.  Test the water before I spent the time.  She likes those packs but prefers the home made stuff more!  She loves her mama’s cookin’!  I do think that is a great way to see if your baby likes certain foods though, I bought the Target brand ones at 89 cents a piece and she gobbled them up.  I keep them on hand for on the go, which they are AWESOME on the go.  Squirt some on a spoon and into the mouth, so easy!

Some would say that opening a jar or a pouch is much easier and comparable in price which that’s their option.  I like knowing what is going into her body and knowing that I made the effort to provide her that yumminess.  I don’t believe the cost is comparable at all since one bag of steam ready squash is $1.24 and it makes 4 serving which one pouch is 89 cents at one serving.  Yes you factor in time but it’s one – two hours every two weeks, it’s very doable if you’re not lazy! 🙂

Being a stay at home mama has brought me more joy than anything in my life.  I like being able to provide her with love and attention, giving her what she needs and playing games, singing songs and teaching her life lessons with out missing any milestones or smiles.  Not only has staying home with her benefited her well being but it has also benefited mine.  I have really taken this opportunity to find my own aspirations and seek out hobbies that I thought I didn’t have time for.  I feel more focused, more centered, more alert and more myself than I ever have.

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Olive | 6 months

My little Olive is turning into a big Olive.  She was 6 months on the 29th of July and I am shocked at how fast this 6 months has gone.  Everyone told us “it goes so fast” and I believed them but I really can’t believe how fast it does go.  She has this personality that makes me laugh and tear up everyday.  I see so much of both of us in her that I imagine what kind of child she will be.  I forget about lists I have, responsibilities I have when I look at her, nothing else matters.  I know that she is the greatest thing Steve and I have done, if we never go on to do anything “great” in our own lives I know that we created a pretty special human.  I have been struggling with the dynamic of family recently.  I have been handed a very difficult task of forgive and forget and I am finding it very hard to do either let alone both.  But with that I know that I want Olive to forgive and forget so I am trying to set good examples and find some peace with in the hell.  I want her family to be everything I always wanted and it’s my job to make sure she gets that.  I wonder what the next 6 months will bring?  Besides walking, some words and snow! yuck!  Looking forward is all I can do right now and right now we are planning for the big year one!_MG_0147web

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Slipping.

I have been a terrible blogger this month.  I haven’t posted anything fun or new.  Huge slacker in that department.  I haven’t felt inspired about anything to write about… sad.  We are having a busy summer and I have been pretty busy with Photography.  On that note, I’ve been BUSY with Photography!  Yeah!  I really can’t frown at that.  I have shot three new clients that found me through Craigslist or Facebook.  It’s really exciting to have new faces to shoot and edit.  Every year I feel that I gain more and more and this year has truly proven that.  Not only more cliental but ideas and creativity.  Some days I am busting at the seems with it, I can’t wait to get a face in front of my lens.

With that follows the lack of energy with my home life.  I didn’t take Olive’s 5 month photos when I usually do, well past the milestone!  But hey I got them done, oh and did I mention I took it with my iphone instead.  Fail.  But she still looks so cute and she had fun so that’s all that matters.

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I posted a few weeks ago that the Husband and I were starting an at home date night.  I was all excited because we were going to cook a meal together and eat a meal at the table, together!  Well that lasted all of one night.  We got busy with the construction of our backyard and I guess we forgot.  We did, however, so out on a date this past weekend.  It was our first date out since March.  We went to our first Podcast taping at the Varsity Theater.

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It was nice to be together, doing something new and laughing our asses off!

This has by far been the most memorable summer.  Photography has been great, my marriage has had some get highs and my daughter amazes me everyday.  I am so thankful that I get to be home enjoying this precious time with her.  Taking her swimming for the first time, enjoying our walks, seeing her excitement at Story Hour, watching her do yoga moves and dressing her up in pretty summer clothes!  We share stories and cook together, I show her how to put on make up and how to fold laundry.  She teaches me to not be so serious and share our happiness with ones that deserve it. Also how to do a perfect Child’s pose in yoga.

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I may be slipping in some parts of my life but all in all I am on the right track of positivity, health and happiness.  I will be better, I promise.

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Found this on Pinterest.  Had to have it!