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My everyday: walking with the dogs | Placerville-Family-Photos

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My everyday: walking with the dogs | Placerville-Family-Photos

As a family, we love going on "walks". But, as a family, we usually don't have that much free time. Let alone, free time with the actual family! So, on this particular day we enjoyed a nice walk with each other and the dogs. We had to switch dogs every now and then as we are trying to train them on leashes. Being hounds, they are super stubborn so it's not as easy as you would think. We are used to labradors and even though...

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My life: everyday

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My life: everyday

Every day I think to myself, how can I possibly keep up with it all? I mean, there is always so much to do and so much to see. Owning your own business is clearly the best thing and the worst thing all at the same time. Today I am writing with a heavy heart. No one will understand (other than other small business owners) how much work goes into your own business. But in the end it's all worth it because you get to make your own schedule and you are the one that gets to choose who to work with and why. You get to design our business the way you want. The long term benefits outweigh the short term pitfalls. You are never...

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Science Project Saturday | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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Science Project Saturday | Placerville-Children-Photographer

A couple of weekends ago, I had decided that we should do something fun. We didn't have anything planned, the weather was great and there was nothing stopping us. One mention of something fun to my kids and I didn't hear the last of it. All they wanted was for me to be done with what I was doing so they could start. On today's list was a science project! I am in love with my new Usborne book 365 Science Activities. Tons of projects with everyday household items that you most likely have. If you don't then they are very cost efficient. No doubt. In fact, any book by Usborne is a  winner in my opinion. But I digress...back to the science...

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My everyday: Armstrong Redwoods continued | Placerville-Children-Photographer

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My everyday: Armstrong Redwoods continued | Placerville-Children-Photographer

Continuing the awesome story of our trip to the Armstrong Redwoods, we had so much fun on the last day. We had a mild walk planned with another docent to talk about the Redwood trees and  how they grow. We got to discover some really neat things about they each tree is born and how they are usually not grown by seeds but from other trees! I also learned that the big the clover looking plants are not clover- they are called Sorrel and they make these really pretty purple flowers and they hate the sun! You learn something new every day and I am all for...

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My everyday: Camping the coast | Placerville-Everyday-Photographer

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My everyday: Camping the coast | Placerville-Everyday-Photographer

So we are getting to that time of year when the need to go outdoors is greater for me. The weather starts to get happy and so do I. This year I decided that I wanted to take all my scouts in my den on a camping trip. They had an achievement to earn and although we could have done it in our back yards, I thought this was much better! I bought some new camping gear and we were all set. I couldn't wait to go. It was literally weeks in the making because we were trying to work around other families and I wanted to make sure that we had the sites booked. But of course I didn't start packing until the day before. You know me! The everlasting procrastinator....

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My everyday: Yosemite CA, Clickin walk 2015 | Placerville-Family-Photographer

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My everyday: Yosemite CA, Clickin walk 2015 | Placerville-Family-Photographer

So this past weekend I had the honor of going on a clickin walk. Not only did I have the honor of going, I had the honor of hosting it with another friend. A clickin walk is a walk that takes place all over the world in different cities. Most of the are members of Clickin Moms (the photography group I belong to) but not everyone that goes must be a member. So this year I decided to take the lead and go on a walk inside Yosemite National Park! I can't take credit for the idea but once it was suggested to me I could not resist the chance to go! I had never been to Yosemite and only living about three to four hours away I had to take the opportunity to go. Back in February (or was it March?) I was fortunate enough to go and check things out with the other leader...

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How to cope with everyday struggles | Placerville Everyday Family Photographer

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How to cope with everyday struggles | Placerville Everyday Family Photographer

We all have our struggles. Daily struggles that start with how in the heck we are able to even get out of bed on this particular day. Then they develop into more things like how we are able to pull our clothes on. For me, this is a constant struggle. It's pretty classic for me to say I'm tired all the time but nothing is worse then actually getting yourself out of bed on any given day. Especially when that bed...

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How to take pictures of your everyday | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

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How to take pictures of your everyday | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

Ok so today I was thinking about why and how I have the motivation to take pictures of my kids every day. Well, almost everyday. People always ask me how I do it. What camera do I have and what lenses? But people seem to forget to ask me why I do it. Is it because they know the why behind my projects or that they can presume to know the why? Do I really talk about it all that much that people don't even need to ask me because they already know why I do it? That is entirely possible! The "why" is almost the more important question isn't it? Would you do it? Could you do it? First we must figure out the "why" behind

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How to survive your busiest days with kids | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

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How to survive your busiest days with kids | Placerville Everyday-Children Photographer

Do less, with more focus. ~Unknown

You know them. Those really busy days of the week that you dread and when you are done all you want to do is curl up in a ball and go to sleep? Yeah I'm sure we all have them. Whether you are a working parent or not, it's always hard to get through them. Sometimes its soccer practice or music lessons or homework. Don't forget the normal everyday stuff too like meal planning and laundry and chores. That list almost seems double for those that work...

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My everyday continued... Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

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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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How to be more present with your kids and not social media | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

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How to be more present with your kids and not social media | Placerville Everyday-Family Photographer

How is it that every time I get some free time I spend it on Facebook or some other social media site? Is it that I am so tired that I need that time to just be in my own moment and actually feel like I am doing nothing and zone out? I choose to believe that but then the activity becomes addicting right? Whether you are a Facebook junkie or twitter fan or pinner of things you inspire to or an Instagram user, you are in my boat. I find that...

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