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Savoring This Moment | His Moment of Stillness

Life is crazy busy and it’s EASY to stay focused on the to-do’s of it all and miss the littlest moments that mean the most. My camera is my tool to slow down, get present and SAVOR the FEELING of moments that I LOVE and that make MY heart HAPPY with JOY.  When busy with my to-do’s and I see something that makes me light up with a big smile, I stop, grab my camera (iPhone or SLR – it doesn’t matter because what does matter is that I capture the moment…) and SAVOR the FEELING of that LOVE from behind the lens.  And when it comes to my kids, I LOVE to capture WHO they are what they love, in their current stage of life, so they never, EVER, disconnect from themselves as they grow older, like I did.

 

Last week, I got to savor her moment stillness, and this week, I got to savor his moment of stillness.  As Luca walked, ran and explored our backyard, he stopped for a moment to watch our neighbors dogs.

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This boy LOVES doggies! Just look at him laughing away. LOOOVE it!! I know, once we get a dog again, he’ll be in heaven.  We all will.

But, right now, I’m not sure when that’ll be.  I can tell that I’m starting to feel ready to look for another labrador, but my heart knows it can’t give to a puppy right now.  And when the time comes, I want to be able to give to our new doggie, just like I do for my kiddos.  And that time, I know, will be, once my kiddos are more independent.

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So for now, we’re lucky that we’re surrounded by dogs, all day and night.  Yes, they bark all night, too.  Can be a good thing and bad thing, especially when it comes to this mama getting a good night’s sleep.

But even if I’m lacking in the sleep department, his cuteness makes up for it. Big time!!:)

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I just LOVE savoring his teeny, tiny standing cuteness.  Awwwweeeeee!!

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Before I ask ya…What moments have you SLOWED DOWN to SAVOR today with your camera?

Wanna SLOW DOWN + SAVOR moments through YOUR the lens?

Here’s what you do!

1. When you see a moment, happening right in front of your eyes, that makes you STOP + SMILE, grab your camera and WATCH the moment. ( I couldn’t help but STOP, click and SAVOR his cuteness as he stopped and enjoyed a moment of stillness to say hello to the doggies next door.)

2. While watching and just BEing in this moment, snap what you SEE.  Don’t say anything…BE still, watch and snap.  (I just stopped with him, watched and clicked as we stood there)

3. Try different angles.  Stand up. Sit down. Lay down. Get on your knees.  Stand on a chair.  But, for the most part, just sit, snap, smile and watch.  BE in the moment with your camera in hand.  (I backed up a lot and moved forward and then captured his view from my standing level).

4. The magic happens when you sit sit back and WATCH!! Don’t ask for any direction from the subject.  Just be a fly on the wall…making your “human” subject think you’re not there.  It’s when you do this, you get the true authentic personality of your subject!!  But, if they want you to play with them…do it!! Just keep snapping at the same time!:)

It’s pretty easy, and, the coolest part of all, your camera makes it even EASIER to SLOW DOWN, BE present and SAVOR what means most to your beautiful, mama heart.  When you’re snapping and watching, the to-do’s of the day melt away and your heart is focused on the JOY and HAPPINESS of what’s most important, which, in the end makes you not only a better mama to your kids and family, but a better mama to yourself!:)

So tell me…

What moments have you SLOWED DOWN to SAVOR with your camera today? 

 

 

Life is JOY…SAVOR it up!

 

 

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Why I Usually Don’t Buy Coloring Books For My Kids (Or Myself)

When C was just about two, I never bought her bought her coloring books.  I only bought a huge pad of a paper, twistables and crayons.  I’d let her sit on the pad, and just color and scribble away.

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Everything she did at this age, looked like this…

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The reason WHY I did this, is because I want her inner, creative self to blossom. Art materials, like coloring books are great, but I’ve always said, “I’ll buy any kind of Art materials C wants when she’s ready and when she asks me, but for now, I just want her to play with just a few coloring tools, because it’s when she just plays with color on a blank sheet of paper is when her deep, inner, creative sparks will shine more than ever.”

Plus, I’m a big stickler for the “less stimulation, the better.”  When it comes to Art supplies, your head can spin just looking at all that’s out there to play with.;)

As her scribbling days lessened, her drawing skills ignited.  Which I’m sure you saw in your own child/children as they began to grow more into their independent, creative self.

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Now that she’s older, I still only have just a drawing pad, paper and her colored pencils, markers and crayons out.  She has a pair of scissors, but this is pretty much it when it comes to kid Art supplies in our house.

Because she’s in school now, and she’s doing LOTS of activities, especially Art activities, that have her producing the same outcome as her classmates, I like to have simple choices at home ready for her so she can easily calm her 4-year-old school stimulation and reconnect back to her unique, creative self.

So when she comes home and we sit down for some “coloring” time, we ALWAYS start out just coloring a blank sheet of paper with our favorite colors.  Because it’s when sitting down, to just PLAY with color, without any rules and only fun, in this way, is when the magic of creativity and calm happens.

After she, what I like to say, “got rid of all the white” on her paper, her creative sparks come ALIVE!  She easily got out of her “school and at-home rules” head for a bit, by just playing with some color, in her own, personal and unique way.

Not looking at anyone else’s work…just her and lots of fun color to be had.   This calms her mind and allows her to easily get into the present moment.  It’s SO much easier to connect to your inner, calm, happy and creative self in this way, than just sitting down and immediately thinking of something to create  with a certain outcome.

When you’re in your left-brain more than your right, it’s difficult to immediately jump in and begin creating (your calm, happy and present self!).  Just coloring a page makes this transition easy peasy, fresh and breezy!!;)

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After she calmed her mind for a bit, she then drew her friend Chloe’s house…

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Amazing!!! Right?  This IS what happens after about 10 minutes or so (depends on how much thought is being dominated by the left-brain. The thoughts that are consumed with rules, analyzing, judging, right and wrong and so on).

Her right brain came out to say hello when she “colored a page” and then she began to draw something even more!! OH YEAH!! That’s the power of mindless, creativity baby!! :):)

So, yeah, now that she’s in school, she’s been introduced to more coloring pages.  Yes, she just scribbles them at times, but all year, I’ve just been amazed at what she’s been bringing home.

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And, yes, she’s coloring (and not coloring) in the lines, because yes, we have to follow school (and life!) rules.  And trust me, when my kids come home with homework and they need to do work that has to be “in the lines” I will make sure that is done, but when they come from school and are just in need of some mindless, creative play, that is hands on, coloring, right brain way, I’ll let them do whatever they want.

No rules!! Just FUN! (and, my intention as a parent is to make sure they’re calming their inner most self in this creative way, everyday!! It’s SO, SO important!! It’s not something that can be done once a week, every other week or once a month…this type of activity is needed daily!!)

Our children’s brains (and adult’s, too!) are saturated with left-brain, right and wrong, follow the rules thoughts all day long, so it’s imperative that they get a break from that to replenish and recharge themselves.

Playing with color is truly meditative and it helps one stay connected to their inner most happy self!!   When a mindless, creative play break has been done, going back into a very dominated, left-brain, to-do list world is dealt with EVEN BETTER!!!

So, yeah, check out these coloring sheets C did at school…

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And this one that she colored for her Thanksgiving feast…

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Oh my gosh!! The color!!! It’s amazing!!

Sure she may not be completely inside the lines, and these coloring sheets aren’t being graded at school and she definitely brings home sheets that are scribbled with one color, like the picture of the girl and dog up above, but I know, that because I give her time to just BE with hands-on, mindless, creative fun everyday, without any rigid rules or certain outcomes, that THAT has allowed her, to stay connected to her inner creativity and has allowed it to shine in this way.

SO, SO powerful!!

Now that she colors SO many coloring sheets at school, she comes home and we print LOTS of coloring sheets out from the Internet.  I don’t mind now, because she’s asking for them.  It’s what SHE wants to create, so I let her create as she pleases. :):)

When it comes to HER creativity, I ALWAYS let her guide me.  Instead of the other way around.

Sure, I put some materials out, but I always let her decide what she wants to do.  That way her creative confidence continues to shine, she stays connected to WHO she is and what SHE loves and she continues to live her life full of joy and enthusiasm, all while living her life in a world that gives constant rules and demands.:)

And just look at what she has done!! WOW!!!

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Now, I’m NOT showing these to brag about my daughter’s coloring skills.  I’m showing it because I want to share just how POWERFUL it is to just let our children (and ourselves) just PLAY with color (or just DO anything hands-on) without ANY rules, on a daily basis!!

We’re a society that is driven by rule following.  We need rules to keep ourselves safe and out of trouble. It’s how we learn to grow when we mess up and face the consequences.  Rules are SO, SO important.

But, we’re also a society that never slows down, never sits still, never gives our brains a much need break from technology, to-do’s and trying to thrive in life.  And because of that, we’re stressed out, tired, burnt out and wishing we had more energy to not only give to our family and friends, but most importantly, to ourselves.

And our kids, with standardized testing dominating our classrooms (and longer work hours for us adults) our stress levels are maxed out!!  It’s when we take 10 to 15 minutes to just play like a toddler that stress EASILY lowers and the true inner, happy, confident, calm and present self (that we’re meant to BE!) appears more and more.

And, the best part of all, when you play with color, in this toddler-like way, you reconnect with the creative person that you we were ALL born to be!!  Yes, YOU are creative! Your children are creative! Your husband is creative! Your mother is creative! The stranger you passed on the street is creative! EVERYONE IS CREATIVE!!

So when your child or children get home from school (and when you get some alone time for YOU!!), sit down and just PLAY with some crayons.  If you don’t like crayons, no problem!  Just DO something that’s hands-on…meaning NO technology, only things that have you cutting, building, gardening, dancing, singing…anything that lets your left-brain take a much needed break and lets your right brain shine again!

(It use to shine and be perfectly balanced with your left-brain, ya know! Yep…back when you were a kid!! )

Because when you just color a page like this…

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Not only will YOU and your child/children BE much happier than when you/they first started, because the stress from the day has eased up some, but you’ll/they’ll also start creating things that you never thought you/they could create.

Just give it 10 minutes or so, so those, “I can’t do it…I can’t draw…I’m not artistic” thoughts can calm.   This is WHY coloring a page without drawing anything is SO important.  When you’re SO left-brain, SO into your to-do’s and rule following all day long, it takes some time to make the switch to right-brain, happy, love-what-I’m-drawing-land…especially if you haven’t colored in a really, REALLY long time!!

Just like what C did here….

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She said this is her and Harry Potter going into the castle with a bear by them. :):)

And then, when you (and your child/children) go back out into the real world, where there are many, MANY rules to follow, you’ll handle those rules with so much more ease!!

Yep!! This coloring page shows this for sure! A little bit of rule following, because when we see a coloring page, we think, “Must color in the lines and color the characters in to look just like they do on TV.”

Because, yes, when C colors pages like this, she’ll ask me, “Mom!  What color is Peppa Pig? What color is Daddy Pig?” and I always respond, “whatever YOU think!”

Always gotta keep her creative sparks ignited.;)

But as those “rules” are followed, they’re followed with more ease and JOY, because the mind has been nourished and relaxed with lots of mindless, colorful play.:)

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And check out those curlie-cue doodles she’s doing now? Yep!! I’m pretty sure she gets that from her mama!!

So, yeah, if you tend to use a lot of coloring books with your kids (and yourself), take a break from them and see what happens. You might be surprised that your kids (and you!) might not need them as much as you think.

Oh, and don’t get me wrong.  I love a good coloring book now and then. You’ll find me coloring my own coloring pages right along with Camille.  It’s a great way to unwind from the day, for sure! What I really LOVE about them is that they’re great for those who haven’t colored in a really, really, really LONG time, because they do calm your mind and can ignite your inner, creative sparks that haven’t been lit since toddler years. Because, it pulls you into the present moment! Awwww yeah!!:)

Wanna CREATE your own calm (and get your kids CREATIVE calm on, too!)?  

Here’s what you do! 

1. Get a blank sheet of paper, markers, colored pencils, crayons…any kind of coloring tool you wish.

2. Color the page.  Use different colors.  Colors that FEEL good to YOU! Or, just use one color.  There’s really no rule here, just do what FEELS fun and GOOD to YOU!!  But, remember, you just wanna PLAY with color by filling the entire page.  No outcomes to achieve.  No artistic skills required.  Just YOU and your connection to colors that you LOVE!   The only goal is to calm your mind, not get a grade or create something professional.

Now, it may sound SO easy, and you’re probably thinking, “Just color a page!?!?  Whatever! I have better things to do!” And that my friend is your lovely left-brain talking, and it says that you NEED this activity more than ever!

Because your left-brain pretty much runs your entire day, it’ll be hard to calm it down right away when you do this activity.  It’ll tell you every reason why this activity sucks, why you should get up and do activities that are way more productive, that, “Yeah right, calm my stress with coloring!? I don’t buy it!” and the best one, that you’re NOT creative and you have NO creative skills.

But, once you let 10 minutes or so pass by and you keep getting your coloring on, those thoughts WILL calm.  And when they do, you’ll find yourself completely in the present moment and focused on the colors and you’ll start to notice thoughts that tell you, “Hey! This IS fun! I really love the color teal.  Wow, I wanna keep coloring…I wanna do more!!”

And then, when you’re done, you’ll have a BIG smile on your face and you won’t even remember what was stressing you out 20 minutes before you started.  

And, yes, you’ll probably see your kids making this awesome transition a lot quicker than you. They’re still very connected to their right brain.:)

Have fun! And, please, if you try this, lemme know how it goes for ya! And, if you’re feeling creatively, confident, I’d LOVE to see what you and your kids create. Tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.:)

Happy Coloring!!

 

Life IS creatively calm and colorful…SAVOR it up!

 

 

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Savoring This Moment | A Sibling Hug + Kiss Is All Ya Need

Life is crazy busy and it’s EASY to stay focused on the to-do’s of it all and miss the littlest moments that mean the most. My camera is my tool to slow down, get present and SAVOR the FEELING of moments that I LOVE and that make MY heart HAPPY with JOY.  When busy with my to-do’s and I see something that makes me light up with a big smile, I stop, grab my camera (iPhone or SLR – it doesn’t matter because what does matter is that I capture the moment…) and SAVOR the FEELING of that LOVE from behind the lens.  And when it comes to my kids, I LOVE to capture WHO they are what they love, in their current stage of life, so they never, EVER, disconnect from themselves as they grow older, like I did.

 

If you read my post yesterday, than you know that D dressed up our little guy in his 6-12 month batman bathing suit.

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Because he looked SO darn CUTE, I couldn’t resist following him around (with my camera) out in the backyard while he and his big sis were playing with their Grandmother.

C was running around all over the place…I know…I know, SO unusual, right?? ;)..,so this made it even harder for me to capture his cuteness.  He was trying to catch up with her as I was trying to catch up with him.  Ha!:)

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When something, other than his big sis, caught his eye, I slowed down with him and took it all in from the lens.

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Oh, how this moment reminds of his big sis in the same location!!

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Once the hose wasn’t much fun anymore, I walked and snapped with him all over the yard.

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Then this MAGICAL moment happened. He stopped!! And I stopped and SAVORed his cute little legs. Oh, those legs!! I can NEVER get enough!!  :):)

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He walked a bit closer to the fence.  And, I, of course, kept quiet while snapping away and taking all his cuteness in.

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And THEN, look who came over to join us????  And, yes, I have one ready for the beach and one ready for the winter snow.  She was playing Elsa from Frozen. :):)

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She grabbed him and gave him the BIGGEST hug!! Awwwwwweeeeeeeee!! Heart melting!!

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And then…

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She gave him a great BIG kiss!! Double awwwwweeeeeeeee!!!!

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She was off again and he was left one HAPPY lil’ bro!!!!  I just LOVE how she took a moment to STOP from playing to give him some big o’le sibling LOVE!!! Heart.still.melting!!

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And then it was back to “everyone running around” again!!:)

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I tell ya, at this time of day, while snapping, I was super tired.  But I really wanted to snap a few pics of my little batman.  As I was walking around, I kept thinking about how tired I was and how I felt a headache coming on and that I should go inside and sit down and relax for a bit, but I didn’t.  And, I’m SO glad I didn’t.  

When you pick up your camera and just BE with your kiddos while snapping away like this, not only do you get present and totally focused on the moment, but you also get to SAVOR the most beautiful moments that you probably would have missed or one’s that you least expect.

I eventually stopped snapping and went inside and relaxed.  I’m not a fan of pushing myself any further than my body wants to go.

But I’m SUPER happy that I now get to SAVOR this FEELING of the LOVE my daughter has for her lil’ bro, and the LOVE he has for her, every time I look at these pictures.

Before I ask ya…

What moments have you SLOWED DOWN to SAVOR today with your camera?

Wanna SLOW DOWN + SAVOR moments through YOUR the lens?

Here’s what you do!

1. When you see a moment, happening right in front of your eyes, that makes you STOP + SMILE, grab your camera and WATCH the moment.  (I was STOPPED in my tracks with how CUTE Luca looked in his batman outfit, which had me pulling out my camera right away while having the biggest SMILE on my face!:))

2. While watching and just BEing in this moment, snap what you SEE.  Don’t say anything…BE still, watch and snap.  (I just walked with Luca all around the yard…behind him, on the side of him.  I’d run a bit to get in front of him and then squat down to capture him. I just watched him and snapped while moving all around him and taking his cuteness in)

4. Try different angles.  Stand up. Sit down. Lay down. Get on your knees.  Stand on a chair.  But, for the most part, just sit, snap, smile and watch.  BE in the moment with your camera in hand.  (I did a lot of squatting for these pics to get on his level)

5. The magic happens when you sit sit back and WATCH!! Don’t ask for any direction from the subject.  Just be a fly on the wall…making your “human” subject think you’re not there.  It’s when you do this, you get the true authentic personality of your subject!!  But, if they want you to play with them…do it!! Just keep snapping at the same time!:)

It’s pretty easy, and, the coolest part of all, your camera makes it even EASIER to SLOW DOWN, BE present and SAVOR what means most to your beautiful, mama heart.  When you’re snapping and watching, the to-do’s of the day melt away and your heart is focused on the JOY and HAPPINESS of what’s most important, which, in the end makes you not only a better mama to your kids and family, but a better mama to yourself!:)

So tell me…

What moments have you SLOWED DOWN to SAVOR today? 

 

Life IS love…FOCUS on it SAVOR it up!

 

 

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Weekend Savors | Hugs, Flowers + Outside Fun

Because the week is filled with hectic schedules and not as much family time as I’d like, I love love LOVE to SAVOR our family togetherness and family moments that I LOVE through the lens on the weekends. This is the most special time because we’re all together the entire weekend and being with my family (and capturing it all) is my number one passion of all.:)

 

This weekend, I savored (through my iphone lens), another weekend that D was working the entire time.  Booooooo!!! But, good news!! After this Friday, we’ll have him back all to ourselves.  His trial will be OVER!! Woohoo!

These two have been hugging SO much these days.  It’s SO fun to watch!! I can’t get enough!!:)

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This past weekend was French Quarter Fest down in the city.  It’s our favorite fest!! Poor D didn’t get to go at all because of his prepping for his trial, but his parents and his aunt came into town and I was able to go down on Thursday with them.

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The food, the music and just the local NOLA flair is just SO SO fun!  If you ever come to NOLA, this is the time to come. We think it’s better than Jazz fest.:)

Saturday we all just hung around the house.  The kids (and mama!!) needed the down time, so we spent the majority of the day outside.  I just LOVE watching this guy climb the chair over and over again and then run off to go find more things to explore.

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Look what he found!?!?  Camille and her Grandmother playing “trick or treat!”:)

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Then it was back to climbing the chair.  As C says, “Seeeeee, told ya he climbs the chair over and over again!!”  :)

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I SAVORed all the different shades of green being displayed on the tree from the sun.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!! It’s SO nice having the leaves back on the trees!! 

When D came home around dinnertime, I took a much needed 20 minute nap.  When I came back out, I saw my little guy dressed in his 6-12 months bathing suit that my friend sent us last year.

Oh my goodness!! Can’t believe he still fits in it…maybe a little too tall, but oh man, SO stinkin’ cute! LOL!  I just followed him around and snapped away.  I just had to SAVOR this!!:)

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I was lucky that he actually stopped for a few moments.  ’Cause, ya know, standing still for a moment…yeah, never happens!!:)

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Then he had LOTS of FUN climbing into this pot.  Our little blossoming tree!  I can’t call him a flower, right?? Boys aren’t flowers…right??  :)

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Sunday, after my in-laws left, C saw my flowers and she asked to have a few to put in her own cup/vase.  Then she kept asking for more and more and more until she made her own little bouquet.

I just LOVED how she put it in her Halloween bucket!:)

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While Luca napped, her and I headed outside and sat out there like this for about an hour.  All comfy and cozy!:)

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We got our Selfie Sunday in.  I just followed her cue.  LOL!:)

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Then, while sitting in our chairs and looking up at the sky, C says, “Mom! Why are the clouds way up there? I can’t reach them!”

Oh how I LOVE her 4-year-old self!!

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While sitting for a little bit, a Cardinal flew right in front of us on our bird feeder.  I told C, see what happens when you sit outside for a bit…it’s amazing what you see!!  Things that you can’t see when you’re running around all the time.  It’s good to slow down, sit and just watch for a bit.  Breaks are good!  ;)

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And this morning, I couldn’t help but SAVOR her sleepy sweetness before waking her for school.

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 (all iPhone pics edited with the PicTapGo App and Instagram filters)

 

Life isn’t about continuing to move as fast as you can to get everything checked off your to-do list.  Life’s about allow time for living slow and truly BEing present with the ones you love and all the beautiful color that surrounds you.  It’s about SAVORing what means most to your heart.

So tell me…

What did you SLOW DOWN +  SAVOR this weekend?

 

Until next time…

Life IS so so good…SAVOR it up!

 

 

 

 

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Savoring This Moment | Her Moment of Stillness

Life is crazy busy and it’s EASY to stay focused on the to-do’s of it all and miss the littlest moments that mean the most. My camera is my tool to slow down, get present and SAVOR the FEELING of moments that I LOVE and that make MY heart HAPPY with JOY.  When busy with my to-do’s and I see something that makes me light up with a big smile, I stop, grab my camera (iPhone or SLR – it doesn’t matter because what does matter is that I capture the moment…) and SAVOR the FEELING of that LOVE from behind the lens.  And when it comes to my kids, I LOVE to capture WHO they are what they love, in their current stage of life, so they never, EVER, disconnect from themselves as they grow older, like I did.

 

My 4-year-old is ALWAYS running around the house playing and using her imagination. She also talks every second of the day and when she does, the word “MOM!! Mom. Mom? MaMa. MOOOOOMMMM!!!!” is always attached to every sentence. Do your kids do that, too????;);)

So when I happen to walk out of my room and see her like this…

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I immediately STOP and SMILE because I LOVE seeing her in this way, her little, but looking SO grown up self who has stopped, herself, for a moment of stillness.  So I do what I know to do best when I wanna SAVOR this moment…this FEELING…for as long as I can. I run, as quietly as I can and grab my camera.

I think to myself, “Gosh, I sure hope she doesn’t get up right when I start snapping,” because, first, she NEVER sits in front of the TV that long, and, second, her lil’ bro ALWAYS keeps her (and I) on her toes, no matter what time of the day it is.

Yep…not even a second later, look who showed up??? :):)

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Then, what looks like a little guy running straight toward me.  **These next two pics are out of focus, but I don’t care, because all that matters to me is that I captured a moment that I LOVE and wanna SAVOR for many, many years to come. **

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Turns into an immediate change of mind because the sight of a certain someone’s tea set toy has caught his eye. Something he knows, his sister isn’t going to like him touching.

And the eye contact is made!!! :):)

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And her moment of stillness has ended.  ”Heeeeeeeeey!!! Luca!!! That’s mine!!!!”

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It’s moments like this that help calm my mama frazzle because it’s these moments that truly make me STOP with a big, BIG smile and have me SAVORING the FEELING of that SMILE through my camera lens.  

This IS why I take pictures.  So I can SAVOR the FEELING of all the JOY that fills my life.  A feeling that uplifts, energizes and fills me with warm, happy tingles.    A feeling I can easily disconnect with as my mama to-do list keeps growing and growing and causes me to feel more overwhelmed than ever.

So, to me, there’s nothing better in life than focusing on what you LOVE.  And my camera is one of my BEST tools to help me stay focused and connected to that LOVE!  

Yes, you can feel the love by just looking at the moment and smiling really quick while moving on to your next to-do of the day, but it’s when you truly STOP to SAVOR it, especially with your camera, is when those inner LOVE feelings IGNITE even more.

The more you sit, watch and SNAP what you LOVE, the longer your SMILE stays on your face and connected you’ll BE to what YOU love, and the more that LOVE feeling will stay with you through out the day.

Focusing on LOVE and JOY does amazing, amazing things to ya!! Thank goodness camera’s are there to help us keep that focus!!:)

Life is SO much better when you SLOW DOWN and truly SEE and FEEL all the LOVE and JOY that fills your life up each and every day.  I mean, really, that’s what life is all about anyway, right!!:)

Before I ask ya…

What moments have you SLOWED DOWN to SAVOR today with your camera?

Wanna SLOW DOWN + SAVOR moments through YOUR the lens?

Here’s what you do!

1. When you see a moment, happening right in front of your eyes, that makes you STOP + SMILE, grab your camera and WATCH the moment.

2. While watching and just BEing in this moment, snap what you SEE.  Don’t say anything…BE still, watch and snap.

4. Try different angles.  Stand up. Sit down. Lay down. Get on your knees.  Stand on a chair.  But, for the most part, just sit, snap, smile and watch.  BE in the moment with your camera in hand.

For this picture, I just stood at my bedroom door.  I didn’t move much.  It was a quick moment.

5. The magic happens when you sit sit back and WATCH!! Don’t ask for any direction from the subject.  Just be a fly on the wall…making your “human” subject think you’re not there.  It’s when you do this, you get the true authentic personality of your subject!!  But, if they want you to play with them…do it!! Just keep snapping at the same time!:)

It’s pretty easy, and, the coolest part of all, your camera makes it even EASIER to SLOW DOWN, BE present and SAVOR what means most to your beautiful, mama heart.  When you’re snapping and watching, the to-do’s of the day melt away and your heart is focused on the JOY and HAPPINESS of what’s most important, which, in the end makes you not only a better mama to your kids and family, but a better mama to yourself!:)

So tell me…

What moments have you SLOWED DOWN to SAVOR today? 

 

Life IS love…FOCUS on it SAVOR it up!

 

 

 

 

 

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