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My everyday continued... Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

Well if you have followed me at all you know I have belonged to blog circles before. Blog circles are posts that connect with other bloggers somehow so that you can see what they did with the theme of choice that month. It is so fun to collaborate with other photographers in my "virtual" life and bring some of the talent to your doorstep. But what I really love is that all these ladies are just that talented that they might somehow rub off on me! Well this month the task is this; I need to take a little bit of time in one day and take ten pictures. Well, as you know I have been taking one picture every day (or somewhat every day) for a while now, but ten pictures in one day was surely a challenge! I am going to be honest. I had a really hard time with this. I may have to rethink my strategy next time. I can't wait to see what others have some up with. So Easter day my parents came to visit us. I figured this would be the perfect day to get pictures of the kids being with the grandparents and having good time collecting eggs etc but as it turned out, the rain overtook our party and everything had to be moved indoors. No big deal! My kids didn't care.

Let me first let you know that I am not one of those parents that "overdo" any type of holiday. Easter is no exception. The bunny came to hide eggs (that we colored ourselves) and thats it! No baskets. No candy. Nada. Some of you may think I'm crazy but I really don't like to overdo things. Next year I may even jump to the step of teaching my kids what Easter is really all about. Baby steps. This was our first Easter at our house officially in forever so I didn't want to set the standard high. ;)

The other plans I had for that day were that we needed to get some cooking done. On the menu were English Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins, Apple-Carrot Muffins, Pizza Dough, Challah Bread, Dried Apple Rings and Dried Banana Chips. Ok, so I didn't get around to making all of that but I got close. Here are some of the pictures from my day. After cooking was over and before dinner we decided to play a good 'ol game of UNO. Man! I hadn't played that in YEARS and it was so much fun. A new favorite in our family now as my parents gave us the game. HAHA! Can't wait for more quality family time.

At first I was all excited because I was planning on showing you every step to every recipe I was making all day long. That quickly faded when I realized that it would take me too long and as I am an inherent lazy person, I chose to do just a sample of each. And if you watch closely you can see the "photobomber". Sneaky dog. I love my new puppy so much! I just couldn't stop laughing when I took this. She is totally into everything and my pictures should be no different!

So first up was my Dried Banana Chips. I placed them in this lemon water solution for about five minutes to soak, then we had to let them dry on the plate. I just bought my dehydrator and I have been itching to use it more often. Today was the perfect day for that!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer
My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

Next up, I had my daughter take the bananas and place them on the trays for drying. One look at the recipe telling e to dry them for up to eight hours, made it apparent that I would not be drying any Apple Rings today. Bummer. Those are my favorite. Another day!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer
My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

Next up was the Pumpkin Muffins. I tell you what, these are just the best darn things anyone could ever eat and they are literally three step easy. Mix, pour, bake. Done.

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

All this and my parents weren't even over at my house yet for the egg hunt! Once they did get to my house the fun actually began. My kids had all morning to search and find and "leave" the eggs in place. They were ready to win the egg hunt! As you can see they certainly did! My parents never had a chance!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer
My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

And I just want to say really quickly here that this photo is not the most flattering for my family but it's a moment that cannot be forgotten and I love it to pieces. All our moments are worth keeping.

Next up is English Muffins. This recipe has a four step process that is labor intensive and difficult. Oh who am I kidding?! It does have four steps but they are all so easy that anyone could do these and I don't have an after photo but man trust me. Homemade english muffins are literally the best. You will never go back to store bought ones. Ever. I guarantee it.

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

In between steps on my English Muffins and starting my Challah Bread we got some good quality time in with the grandparents and played some UNO! I love love love UNO. Doesn't take that much thought and it's fun. You always want to play another game. I want to note here that I take a risk when posting this next photo. My mother will love it! Inevitably she will ask for a copy of it and I will say ok but then I will forget. It's a life long struggle for me to remember to send photos to the people in them when it comes to family. Like I don't have enough to do?!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer
My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

So if you are paying attention you have figured out that I did not get a chance to finish my Apple-Carrot Muffins or my Apple Rings but man oh man that Challah bread was something else! So good!! If you want to take a look at some of my other everyday pictures then go ahead and take a look at some of my previous blog circles and don't forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from you! Next in line for this circle however is Lisa and I am sure you will be pleased if you go on through the entire circle.

And don't forget, if you want everyday photos like this then you can call me, email me, text me anytime! Just contact me! I am waiting for you to build the session of your dreams. If you would like to know a little bit more about my contest going on through April 20th then please head on over to my Facebook page and take a gander at this post. You might find it interesting!

Much love,

Heather

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Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

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Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes…~Henry David Thoreau

The one thing I think of when I think of clutter is all of my grandmother's knick knacks sitting on a shelf. My grandparents were wonderful people. They had a formal living room which I was allowed to play in however it all too often seemed boring when there was nothing to do in there. It held a nice couch and some chairs in front of this really big bay window that looked out into the front yard. I remember that my grandmother would put towels on the back of the couch and on the arms so the cat wouldn't rip the couch to shreds. This room also held my grandfather's piano which I lovingly have now in my home. It needs some major work and more often than not it ends up being a table of sorts to set things on as we enter the back door (but that is another story for another day as I am getting completely off track!) These shelves in which these knick knacks stood were probably made of glass and they probably looked really nice. I don't remember what they were exactly but I'm sure I never touched them! (Yeah right...) All I can think of now is why would anyone want to have that kind of stuff in their home? Why all the extra space and why make more work for yourself? The extra room to clean, dust and keep maintained. And for what? So no one can use it? Ok so let me just say I am not completely against having these sorts of things in your life. Knick knacks (quality ones) that you have purchased along your life travels, are fun to have. They give you memories and probably good ones at that since you kept the darn things. I still have a few knick knacks like this on my bookshelves at home and in my kitchen window. But you will not find many. I don't like dusting and inevitably these things require a little bit of maintenance. I am very low maintenance. So therefore my house is very low maintenance.

All that being said, we all have extra things in our lives that we probably don't need right? I hope that if you were to look at your house today you could pack a small box to give away to goodwill or maybe be able to put some old clothes in a bag that you don't wear anymore. What's the rule? If you haven't worn it in six months you should get rid of it? What? I can't afford to have that kind of spending budget on clothing. I keep all my clothes until they have literally fallen apart. But I am getting off subject again. We all probably could do a little bit of "cleaning up" in our lives. Knick knacks, clothes. old toys, and other items that get little use in your home could probably get some use somewhere else just fine.

Why is it important to declutter your house and the life around you? Well studies say...wait. I'm not going to tell you what studies say. I am not an expert. But these are my reasons for keeping a decluttered home and maybe they will make sense for you too.

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

1. Less chores

Let's face it. The number one reason I don't keep a ton of stuff is so I don't have to clean it, wash it, dust it, dry it, iron it (who irons anymore anyway?), step over it, you name it. Keeping less stuff in your life is really a nice thing when you think about it. It's less work to keep everything in check when you have less stuff. Believe me. It's true!

2. Less stress

Yep. The more things you have to worry about the higher your stress level gets. It just makes sense. The more you see in view, the more you have to think about physically and the more you can get distracted. The more distractions the higher the stress! I know so many people that live off this kind of stress. Nope. Not for me. Let it go.

3. More time for me

The less time I spend cleaning, washing, dusting, drying, ironing, insert your annoying -ing here...the more time I have to spend with my family and the more time I have to pamper myself. That's a fact that you cannot argue with. I dare you to try.

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

4. More money

Say what? Simple. The less you buy, the more money you have. The more you give away or sell- the more money you have. Need I say more?

5. More appreciation for what you have

The less you have, the more you appreciate it. It's amazing how a minimalist view can give you more appreciation for what you have. You may even learn new ways to use old things that you hadn't thought of before. And think about what your kids will do when you get them to focus on the most important things in their life. It might be a game changer. When you have a lot of stuff you become bogged down with too much to do that you become bored. Weird huh? It's a little counter intuitive. It just goes to show that money really can't buy happiness. Teaching your kids this lesson at a young age just might make their future a little brighter. They can keep these experiences in their heart and use them wisely once they become adults. What a gift that would be.

6. Helps you stay focused and organized

This one is a no-brainer. Once you have less in your life to worry about you can more easily take the things that are most important to you and organize them better because of the simple fact that you have less items to organize. This will help you stay more focused and in the long term this will make you happier. It's a win-win. Just take my word for it.

7. Frees you up to do other fun things

With less to worry about, you have more time on your hands to focus on the important things in life. Want to actually get through that book you have been reading for over a year? What about finding time to actually exercise? Ok I do realize that there are lots of people out there that actually exercise daily or multiple times a day. Can you come over to my house and give me some motivation? I may need it. And now that I have more free time we can work out together! YAY!

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

I could go on and on and on. But I won't. However it is really important that you take these things into consideration when you are thinking about buying that new really cool item you want. (Yeah, tell that to my movie collection...) Nothing is better than good ol' fashioned family time. Think on that one.

Benefits to decluttering your life: Part One | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

So how do we do this? How do we declutter so we can have all these great things in our lives? Well that's for another post so stay tuned for How do you declutter your life: Part Two. It's coming. You know you want to read it.

In the meantime go ahead and hop on over to some other posts that may interest you. My Kids Were Here is a blog circle I joined way back when and I just love looking at old photos of my kids and their lives. After all, aren't they what I am living for? Take a look and tell me what you think.

And when you are done make sure to send me a quick message telling me all about the photo session of your dreams! I can not wait to hear from you!

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Heather Floyd NAPCP

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