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Every year I rack my brain to try to find meaningful ways to celebrate Christmas with the family.  One year, I was deeply moved by Advent Conspiracy’s message to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.  And as a result, I asked our extended families to refrain from giving gifts to our family and to give of their time by doing special activities with the kids and to give to local charities.  This year I knew I definitely wanted to do some volunteer activities with the children to hit home that Christmas was all about the celebration of the birth of Christ, giving to those in need, counting our blessings and spending time with our loved ones.  For those that know me, you may have gathered by now that I am in over my head with Christmas card orders, canvas gallery wraps, and prints for my clients to give to their families…leaving me with little to no time to spare.  Enter in my sweet friend and incredible photographer, Shalonda, with an awesome gameplan for the 24 days leading up to Christmas.  Along with her bestie, she came up with a list of 24 ideas to celebrate Christmas giving and 24 scripture verses for each day leading up to Christmas day.  She was inspired by this photographer who invented the idea of RACK.  Thankfully, without having to reinvent the wheel, I printed off her downloadable RACK cards and called local charities in our area for volunteer opportunites.  So I took it and ran…

Being the first day of December (nevermind the fact that our advent calender isn’t quite up yet), we spent the first day of giving back with our “RACK:  Random Act of Christmas Kindness” to our local fire station.  Despite my lack of baking abilities, I think they enjoyed their freshly baked straight-out-of-the oven cookies nonetheless.

Hoping that these Random Acts of Christmas Kindness catch on and inspire you to pay it forward…

“With a little help from my friends…”

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since New Orleans…what a fantastic time with an amazing group of photographers, some of which I have come to know like family.  I can’t think of a more supportive, inspiring group to be a part of…I’m a lucky gal.  Here’s just a few images that I captured that weekend…more to come!

Full Hearts.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s day with your loved ones!  I LOVE this day, I think it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.  Now I’m not talking about the over-commercialized, sugar-induced coma, sappy, need-to-buy-your-sweetheart-a-cheesy-gift holiday…but the one where you show your love and appreciation to those around you.  Wish we could celebrate this day all year round!

Every year, I take my kids’ pics around their birthdays, which is usually around Christmas time, and then again on Valentine’s Day.   After seeing me work on all my clients’ images on my computer, they are always asking me when it’s their turn.  So I’ve resolved to take more pics of them from here on out!   Not to mention that they are growing up way too fast!  I think it will be a fun little experiment to try out new ideas & lighting techniques with them!  Here’s a few from my last-minute mini-session with my kidlets!

Here’s wishing you and yours lots of love and snuggles this Valentine’s Day and all year-round!

Win your own Bento Lunch Box System!

Last week I mentioned I would do a giveaway this week…well, here’s your last chance to win this awesome Easy Lunchbox System.  It comes with a set of 4 containers and a cooler bag in your choice of colors!  The contest will end Monday Nov 1st at 11:59pm CST. 

And to make the deal sweeter, I will personally give away a custom SIGG water bottle to the winner of this giveaway.  The winner can send me a picture to add to your water bottle or I can put in an image from a previous session.   The winner will be drawn using and notified by email.

For an additional entry (or two!) into our contest, you can 1) become a fan of Easy Lunchboxes on Facebook or 2) follow them on Twitter or 3) do both for two additional entries!  After you’ve done so, come back and leave me a comment HERE letting me know which you did for your additional entry.  If you did both, please leave me separate comments.

Spinach salad with feta cheese, almonds, grape tomatoes.  Strawberries, turkey and cheese rolled in a whole wheat flour tortilla. Thanks to Amanda of lunchbox limbo for this one!

The EasyLunchbox System ‘s design, functionality, and low price has quickly made it a top choice among green lunch box solutions since it came on the market in December, 2009. Named a “Top 5 Eco-Friendly Mommy Must Have” by Parents Ask, the EasyLunchbox System has been rated TOP CHOICE by many independent reviewers. Read their reviews HERE .  And for some lunch inspiration ideas, check out their photo gallery!