Look Up! Look Down! Social Media… the perils!

I was sitting in my children’s Karate class the other day, tapping away on my phone.  It had been a long day and I had a lot of catching up to do as I had many messages and emails regarding our homeschool co-op, my photography business, an upcoming family get together, texting my husband about […]


Book Review: Purposeful Design

The Earth’s creation is probably the most miraculous event ever known.  It is unfathomable to really wrap your brain around.  Life is a miracle all on it’s own yet it is something we don’t think of very much.  The perfect balance created for us to live and thrive…. how was it all done?  Where can […]


You Fed the Homeless! You are a Criminal!

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this sort of thing happening yet my blood still ran cold when I read this headline…. Police charge 90-year-old man, 2 pastors with feeding homeless READ THE STORY! My brain immediately went to a powerful verse from Matthew 25:34-40 34 “Then the King will say to those on […]


Book Review: If He Had Not Come

Christmas is coming! So too are opportunities to really honor Jesus and reflect on what the world would be like if He had never come to this earth as a man to show us how to live and take our punishment for our sins. Our family had the opportunity to review a book called If He […]


President Obama, Preschool, and the Stay at Home Mom

I’m sure you’ve seen it by now! The internet went into a frenzy this weekend after Obama seemed to say that he doesn’t want women to choose to stay at home to raise children. Here watch the clip yourself. Now do I think President Obama was intentionally telling the world he doesn’t want women to […]


Review: Warriors of Honor DVD by New Liberty Videos

One of the the beauties of homeschooling is that I get to take history a step further than you’ll typically find in a traditional school classroom. Not only do we explore the who/what/when/where and why of important dates in the history of our world and this country, but where possible we also explore the role […]


Review: Clued In Kids

Growing up my husband’s family had a bit of a tradition. At special times or even just because his parents would put together treasure hunts. Sometimes it was a hunt to find his birthday gift and others it was simply to find a tasty treat. My husband has fond memories of these days and occassionaly […]


Review: Middlebury Interactive Languages

Has anyone noticed anything about our homeschooling?  This mom is obsessed with my children learning a foreign language (or two).  Perhaps it is because that is the one thing I can’t teach at all, as I flunked out of French in high school. Or maybe it is because there were a number of jobs I […]


Review: Standard Deviants Accelerate

As a reviewer for the TOS Review crew I regularly get access to review homeschool products I’ve never heard of before. Often times these products are gems and our family is blessed to get to use them.  When  Standard Deviants Accelerate popped up I was quite intrigued. What a name!  Standard Deviants Accelerate has Homeschool Courses on a tremendous variety […]



I Heart Faces Photography Challenge! Motherhood! | CT Newborn & Family Photographer

Happy Mother’s Day!  In honor of Mother’s day the I Heart Faces Photo challenge this week features motherhood!  I seriously debated trying to take a self-portrait with one or more of my children for this one.  But I have yet to master the art of the self-portrait and adding children into the mix…. nah!  Besides […]

Pencil Macro

Macro Madness… Colored Pencils!

I like to make every day objects into art work.  Our school space is in our basement and it’s a bit dark down there.  I was thinking it might be nice to spruce it up with some new and vibrant art work!  I dug out my camera and got to work!  What do you think […]


A Boy and His Toy!

Dirty, grungy, filthy… the perfect place to photograph a boy’s toy!  My brother-in-law Tyler is a car guy.  Yep! Totally! Completely head over heals passionate about cars.  So much so that when he landed himself a position selling them at an area dealership it didn’t take him long to become one of the top salesman.  […]

Review: Understanding Child Brain Development by Family Hope Center

  We recently received for review a DVD called Understanding Child Brain Development by Family Hope Center. This DVD was created to help parents with children who clearly have different needs or concerns that the average child. Whose brain just seems to work differently from your own or everyone else’s.  It is designed to empower the parents and help them […]



A Little Look At A Great Girl

I have a number of photo sessions to blog.  Here is just one from a recent favorite… Ok they are all my favorites!  This is Sarah!  I had a ball with her! Be on the look out for her whole session soon!


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 2, The Basics of Shutter Speed

As an owner of a great DSLR camera I’m sure your goal is to take that thing out of auto and into manual mode so that you can have complete control over every photo you create.  Yesterday I brought you one step toward that goal when I introduced you to the exposure triangle and one […]


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 1, The Basics of Aperture

When you buy a great camera it is with the intent of taking great photos right?  Why else spend the money? Now a days you could just simply use your camera phone for adequate everyday shots that document your memories.  The fact that you own a great camera tells me that you want better photos […]


What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

Michelle and Tom said ‘I do’ today!  What  a wonderful day!


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