Day 365 - Happy Birthday, Hubs!

I couldn't think of a more fitting picture for the last picture of the year than of my two favorite people in the world. Today is my hubs' birthday and this picture depicts so much of who he is. Love my family so much and am looking forward to another year of wonderful memories we will create together.

I have learned so much throughout the course of this 365 project and I am so happy to finally be finished with it. I will not be doing another one but I will still be around so...see you all next year!

SHOOT. EDIT. SUBMIT. People's Choice

Time to vote for your favorite photo from this month's SHOOT. EDIT. SUBMIT. Winners! These listed below were chosen as the #1 winning photo the last 5 weeks and now it is time to choose a winner.

The winner's photo will get a free month long feature on the right side bar of mine and Kim's blog which gives them more exposure thus driving more traffic to their blog.

Not only will the winner win a free month long feature but we also have some wonderful people sponsoring prizes for our winners each month. This month's sponsor is the lovely Gina from Chic Homeschool Mama!
I am a 30 something homeschooling mom and devoted wife to a fire chief.  I have 3 children - ages 13, 10 & 8.  We live in Southern Nevada. I have been blogging for many years now but just recently (about a year ago) really started following my passion for photography.  A few months ago I finally upgraded my camera to my first DSLR. It wasn't too long after that when I started searching for a camera strap that really spoke to who I am & had some style too. I started this shop because I figured I couldn't be the only woman that craved more style in my accessories! I know that many of my photographer friends feel like I do when it comes to personalizing their gear. I hope you find that perfect accessory you're looking for.
She is giving away any one of her stylish camera straps to this month's winner. So, sound the alarm and go gather all your friends, fans and families to come vote for you! These are two amazing prizes that you most certainly will want to claim as your own. If you are not in the running but still wish to have a stylish strap of your own, visit Gina's Shop to get one! Gina included a sample of one of her gorgeous straps below:

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday. Winner will be announced on Thursday.

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Danelle M Photography

Jaromir Ka

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Live, Love, Travel

Day 364 - Bunny


Well I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. I know mine couldn't have been any more perfect seeing and hearing the delight from my little girl as she opened each present. Kids make Christmas completely awesome. I so appreciate those of you who participated this week. I know the busyness of the holidays has even kept me away from participating in other linkys. Check out the winners!

The details captured of the ice crystals is just amazing.  Very well done. {Kim}

This photo was titled "Serenity Is" and I couldn't think of a more accurate name for this. Incredible details and gorgeous reflections. An overall marvelous landscape. {Misty}

I love the creativity of this shot.  The composition is nice and balanced.  I just kept coming back to it. Nice!! {Kim}

Absolutely insane! I! This would have definitely been my winner of the week. Everything about this photo is absolutely incredible from the lighting to the's all gorgeous! {Misty}

Congratulations, winners! Grab your button!

And this week's #1 winner is:

Food photography is so much harder than it looks.  Jaymi did a fantastic job with depth of field, varying textures, and using the plates and placemats to add geometric form to keep the shot interesting.  This looks like it came straight out of a magazine! {Kim}

Congratulations on being chosen as this week's #1 photo. Grab your button! You will be in the running to win a fabulous prize at the end of the month.

Well, it's time for you to submit your entries! Be sure to grab the button below to include on your post.

1. Photo must be taken this week.(Sat - Fri)
2. Only one entry per person.
3. "Shoot. Edit. Submit." button or a link back to this contest must be on your post in order for it to qualify.
4. Link only to your blog post not your main blog url.

 (If you submit a photo you are granting us permission to copy and paste it onto our blogs if you win.)

Day 363 - Rainbow Sunburst

Two more days! Two more pictures! I have enjoyed this challenge (and by challenge I mean challenge) but I am so happy to be almost done. I never make New Year's Resolutions and I really didn't consider this challenge a resolution when I took it on but I am so happy that I stuck with it.

Day 362 - Best Friends

I actually don't even know this couple but I just imagine that they have known each other since they were eights years old, grew up on farms, were the best of friends, married when they were 18 and have been married for a gazillion years. I couldn't resist capturing this sweet moment of this elderly couple as they consulted each other while pouring over their map of the Zoo. It just melted my heart.

Speaking of taking pictures of people you don't know, I have finally decided which direction my blog is going to go next year. I will still be posting random pictures throughout the year but I have decided I want the theme of my blog to be "What's Your Story?" I was going to just do stories of other bloggers but I have decided to expand it to strangers I meet out and about. Because I am so nosy curious, I am always dying to ask people their stories and I have decided to make it my goal this coming year to meet as many new people as possible and ask them if I can take their picture and share their story. I came up with the idea a while ago and then read about a Flickr group called 100 strangers that has the same general idea and I decided I am not going to give myself a limit or even a goal of how many people I am going to photograph. I am going to go easy on myself this next year and just enjoy it. I haven't decided if I will do a weekly post or what. We shall see, but I am so excited to finally have another direction to take my blog in. Hope you will still follow and feel free to join in. If I see interest in taking on this challenge I may open it up as a link up.

3 more days!.....

Top 11 of 2011

What a sweet trip down memory lane this was!  You mamas know that only choosing 11 pictures of your child is an extremely hard task. I want to choose them all! :)

Click It Up A Notch

Day 361 - Ferrero Rocher

Can one ever have too many Ferrero Rochers? I think not!

Day 360 - Princess

My daughter squeals and exclaims "pincess!" (yes, that is spelled incorrectly since she doesn't say her "R's" yet) whenever she sees any of the Disney girls. She loves her new princess dress up shoes. I love that on one hand she has my tom-boyishness with her love of Toy Story but yet she is still girly loving her princesses. That's my girl! Just liker her mama. :)

Day 359 - Merry Christmas - Toy Story Style

Toy Story seems to be the theme of our Christmas this year as it is a favorite of my baby girl's. Toy Story wrapping paper, coloring book, ornament and of course non other than the kings of Toy Story themselves: Woody and Buzz! A grand Christmas for my little girl. :)

NapTime MomTog

Day 358 - Sugar Cookies

My baby girl and I made sugar cookies together today.  It takes 3 times as long but is 10 times the fun!

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Michelle at the Momma Bird recruited a few of us bloggers to re-write Twas the Night Before Christmas blog style. Enjoy!

Twas the Night Before Christmas
{blog style}

Twas the night before Christmas, while scheduling posts on the blog
Not a child was stirring, they were bumps on a log.
Facebook was quiet no updates to see,
I sure hope Santa remembers presents for me!
{Michelle @ the Momma Bird}

Oliver was chewing his bone by the fire,
his eyes were heavy, he was so very tired.
I had on my onesie covered with penguins you see,
hoping that under the mistletoe Mike would meet me.
{Ashley @ The Shine Project}

When out on the web there arose such a clatter,
from the Duggars &cloth diapering, to family matters.
Away to my laptop I started typing away,
25 blog posts to schedule before Christmas day!
{Lacy @ Living on Love}

The room was a mess and life was on hold,
as the luster of my screen showed I had one more post to go.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
{Melanie @ Catelmo Family Blog}

With a plump red belly and a white beard to boot,
I knew it was Santa Clause delivering his loot,
With a voice that sounded much like Tom Hanks,
He shouted out to his flying ranks:
{Kendra @ Our Little Almanac}

Can you hear that baby?! Happy, now sad, now laughing, now crying!
Little girl don’t you know, tonight’s the night in which I am flying!
From the boppy to the bed, all in one fell swoop. Let’s scurry off to bed, for your mommy is pooped!
{Alexandra @ My Blog Kip}

As the wind picks up and the snow is falling,
We are met with deadlines and emails are calling.
So up to the house the laptop now closes,
With a sleigh full of Giveaways and cheeks all a rosey.
{Beth @ Through the Eyes of the Mrs.}

And then as I took a sip of my tea
I heard, on the roof, someone louder than me.
I quickly grabbed my flask to spike my large cup.
Oh phew, it's just Santa, here to make my pageviews go up.
{Niki @ NoVa Mom Blog}

He was dressed all in red, it was a nice little look,
And a noticed in his bag, a little silver Macbook.
He took out his Mac, took a seat in a chair,
Then connected to the web, and said, "I like to share what I wear."
{Lacey @ Little Miss Nerd Girl}

His Iphone did twinkle! His Ipad did glow.
His fingers like ice cubes, his pointer like snow.
He looked for his warmers, they went on with a pop,
he could text and browse thanks, to the Hollie Rogue Shop!
{Andi @ The Hollie Rogue}

The click of the mouse beneath His forefinger,
As upon another blog post his eyes did linger.
But alas he grimaced in pure consternation
As he saw that dreaded prompt “Word Verification”
{Misty @ Through A Photographers Eyes}

He was savvy and smart, a solo Geek Squad in red,
And I followed each detailed instruction he said.
And my blog design problems were through, I could tell,
For Santa, it seems, sure knows html.
{Cat @ Stuff I Love}

I sat at my desk, typing away with a smirk,
choosing words and pics to display all my quirks.
Each word and sentence slowly turns into prose,
the night ticks away, as the bright screen still glows.
{Mary @ Lily White}

I sprang to my laptop, not a moment to lose,
and feverishly typed while G continued to snooze.
I looked out the window, as he disappeared into the night,
wishing Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”
{Jac @ BabEblessings}

Merry 'early' Christmas Everyone!!!

Day 357 - Rust


Welcome to another week of SHOOT. EDIT. SUBMIT! I often wonder how many people check back to see if they won. I know when I submit a photo to a contest I usually always check back. Just a thought... Well, Kim and I had to arm wrestle again this week over which of us got to select the winning photo as our own. :) So, check out our choices below!

Merry Christmas to all our contestants!

The emotion captured in this photo just really gripped me. Great choice of black and white. {Misty}

  I could easily see this printed. It is a work of art.  The soft tones and varying textures make it so interesting.  I just want to keep looking at it to see everything in it. {Kim}

This reminds me of an Ansel Adams photo. Snow is a hard to get the white balance accurate on but the black and white contrast is spot on! {Misty}

  I love the bright colors in this shot.  The details that were captured are amazing, too.  Jessi put that it is SOOC (straight out of the camera, too), crazy! {Kim}

Congratulations, winners! Grab your button!

And this week's #1 winner is:
Insane details! Almost looks to good to be real. I am amazed with the clarity and sharp contrast. A real stunner! {Misty}

Congratulations on being chosen as this week's #1 photo. Grab your button! You will be in the running to win a fabulous prize at the end of the month.

Well, it's time for you to submit your entries! Be sure to grab the button below to include on your post.

1. Photo must be taken this week.(Sat - Fri)
2. Only one entry per person.
3. "Shoot. Edit. Submit." button or a link back to this contest must be on your post in order for it to qualify.
4. Link only to your blog post not your main blog url.

 (If you submit a photo you are granting us permission to copy and paste it onto our blogs if you win.)

Day 356 - F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

How have I made it through an entire year without once mentioning my FRIENDS addiction?! If there was such a thing as F.A. (Friends Anonymous) my hubs would have probably sent me by now. :) I of course own all 10 seasons and it's only a matter of time till they are completely worn out and need to be replaced. :) People play music in the background when they are cleaning, I play FRIENDS. People read a good book before falling asleep. I watch FRIENDS. I think I may have a problem....:)

Day 355 - Street Entertainer

You will see these entertainers any given day if you visit downtown San Diego. They gather quite the crowd.

Day 354 - Product Prep

I'm all about presentation when delivering a product to one of my clients. I am meeting with two different clients tomorrow to deliver their pictures to them so I was getting everything prepped tonight. 

P.S. Can't wait to get my new business cards! It will be so nice when everything is uniformed.