There are many hats I wear throughout the week, but I always am reminded of the importance of memories. Making memories, creating lasting legacies, and making the world a better place by inspiring you and others to find your inner creative spirit. Everyone knows family memories are important, but sometimes remembering to enjoy and document them is the tough part. Life just moves so quickly! Whether it’s capturing “snapshot moments” or mentally storing priceless memories we’ll remember fondly years from now, join me as I work on living fully in the present instead of just behind the camera. Because, let’s face it, life happens even when you don’t have a camera at the ready. — Betsy


Move and Groove

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If you have kids, you probably know they love being active.  I know my toddler does!  So when we got the chance to review a game called Move & Groove (#afflink), I was very excited.  It’s a game that is built around movement … Read More

The Super Run Comes to Ann Arbor (+Giveaway!)

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Every kid loves super heroes, right? While I know there are probably some exceptions to that rule, my toddler is a super hero fan.  He likes spiderman (who uses webs to catch bad guys), superman (maybe from the “superman glide” … Read More

Plein Air Paintings – Paint Dexter 2014

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This past week was pretty busy!  I enjoyed participating in the second annual Paint Dexter Plein Air festival (see my paintings from last year).  This time I didn’t paint solo though — I had a entourage with me (both boys, and … Read More

Surviving Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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Today I’m welcoming Emma from Adventures of Adam! The snapshot below has special meaning to Emma because of what she had to go through to have her son. In a moment, she’ll be sharing her story with you. After a … Read More

Family Portraits In the Arb – Peony Garden

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Nichols Arboretum, or the Arb, as it is affectionately known by Ann Arborites, is a wonderful park to visit. It’s one of my favorite places to do family portraits (or any kind of portrait photos, for that matter). And if … Read More

How to Stay Stylish for Senior Portraits

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Today I have a guest post from a Kalin of Modesty is My Policy. Kalin is a teen who lives on a small farm in Tennessee with her five older sisters and one younger brother. She is a homeschooler, loves … Read More

14″ Hair Donation!

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Well, this is the second time I’ve grown out my hair …and successfully gotten it long enough to donate! I tried numerous times throughout high school to do this as well, but my hair is just so thick it can … Read More

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival

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There is nothing like getting outdoors into nature for reviving your creative spirit.  And to that end, I wanted to share my paintings of Dexter landmarks from last year’s Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival.  This year’s festival is coming up, … Read More

Living The Dream – Life In Spain

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Today I’d like to welcome Orlena of Snotty Noses.  Orlena is a British pediatrician who lives in Spain with her husband and four children.  Her website helps parents recognize when their child is ill …and know what to do about it (not meant to … Read More

Dead Sea Salts

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If you’ve ever swum in the Dead Sea, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s an interesting experience. The water has a very high mineral and salt content, and you don’t really swim – you can float in … Read More

Freedom Ignites a Love of Learning

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I love the title of today’s snapshot series – freedom really does ignite a love of learning! Join me in welcoming Andrea of Waldorf Salad and Cottage Fries. She is married with two kids, two dogs, and two cats. Andrea … Read More

Living Life To The Fullest: Silliness Is A Must

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Today I’m welcoming Michelle from Divas With A Purpose. She’s here to share about living life to the fullest and how silliness is a must. You’ll also learn some simple ways for embracing your divatude (read on for more explanation).Michelle … Read More

Making Stone Soup

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This summer, I’ve had the honor of participating in Rainy Day Mum‘s Story Book Summer series — it’s always fun to do activities that are based on a book!  Toby and I have enjoyed reading several renditions of the stone soup … Read More

Turning Photographs into Paintings

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Over the years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with digitally rendered photographs. In the early days, painted effects were a little more difficult to accomplish, but with today’s software and digital paintbrushes, it’s a lot more feasible to create digitally painted photographs. … Read More

5 Tips for Great Studio Portraits

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Studio portraits may seem overly simple, but the thing I love about creating studio portraits is how all the attention is on the people, their personalities and relationships.  There is no background setting to tell a story, true, but the … Read More

Charlie the Cavalier Puppet Activity + Book

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It’s always fun to read books that have corresponding activities! We recently received a complimentary copy of Charlie the Cavalier Begs for Attention (#afflink) to review. It has a corresponding puppet activity, as well as a companion Charlie the Cavalier Busy … Read More

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