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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Taking a Moment

Mr. Shannon

It's a lot of work, being an adult. Stresses of the world always bog you down, deadlines come fast, and the days of silence and stillness seem to come less and less.

So about 2(ish) months in advance my wonder Mister and I decided that we would go with my parents on a small trip for a family reunion.

We spent more time with each other, doing things off the grid that we have in a long time.

Our 3 year wedding anniversary had just passed a couple days prior, and we let this refreshing trip be our gift to each other.

I was also able to grow closer to my parents, and grandparents, as we ate s'mores around the campfire, and told stories of our past lives.

Now he's back to work, and I'm back to edit images, and create new props/fill orders, and I can happily say it was one of the most special moments we have shared together.

Take a moment to enjoy those as they are now, and don't forget to bring a camera to capture a moment, as well.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Clean it and Use it, Again.

Sitter Shorts | Teal

Birthday Cake Smash Bashes, are extremely trendy, their popularity seems to grow yearly.

I first heard about these little niche sessions, my first year of photography, and it was still a budding art, along with gender reveal sessions, and parties.

To me there is nothing better than spontaneous and surprise sessions.

So what outfit will you treasure enough to represent their first year, but also be fine with completely destroying after it's all said and done?

Now you don't have to choose, as my Sitter Shorts, (and rompers) are completely washable, and will be ready for re-wear after the last glob of icing is cleaned off the studio floor.

Dawn (the wonderful photographer of these shots) has used, and reused my Sitter Shorts time and time again for boys and girls. There is nothing better than a photography prop that has use outside, and inside the studio.

Many color options are available, and many more color options can be requested by just asking. Whatever your first year theme, Smash Session, or 1st Year Celebration you can rest easy knowing your little shorts will also last until they grow out of them, and thanks to my drawstring, and sizing options that will be longer than the few weeks you're used to their outfits lasting.

Sitter Shorts | Sage

Size Options:
3 - 6 months
6 - 12 months
12 - 18 months
18 months - 3 years

Photo Credit: Dawn O'Hara Photography

Sunday, March 27, 2016

When I'm Not Knitting

Ashley Christine String Theory Photography

When I'm not knitting, I'm cleaning, blogging, and on occasion, shooting.

The last session I was honored to shoot, was an adorable small family. Mom, dad, and the cutest little girl, little Ms. R.

There is something magic about a small children, they can convey emotions so purely, and display an array of facial expression without a second thought.

I am absolutely in love with capturing this little girl, ever since last year during 4th of July Minis. Now in tow was her parents, and her.

Ashley Christine Sting Theory Photography

I saw so much love within this small family, along with a well behaved 2 year old (yes she's two), was a loving mother, and a doting father.

We had just under gone some heavy rain the last week, and there was a rather large mud puddle.

I mean, you could jump it, with a running start, or take a few thoughtful, and well placed steps and hopefully have minimal mud on your shoes. But there was no going around, or finding a different way.

So, I crossed with props in tow, and observed a loving man pick up his two girls, first crossing, one at a time. But on the way back, he had them both in his arms, keeping them out of the filth.

Truly a family based in love.

Now, here comes the fun bits, showing off the gallery to parents, and having them pick out the images that will hang on their walls and fill their frames.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Simply Solid Rompers

New colors are making their way to my shop. From Stone to Off White.

The bottom romper is 3-6 months, and is Cherry, down to the legs, which are Snow, that romper is to be shown another day.

These little rompers are apart of my "Simply Solid" Line, minus the top. Which is a new version, "Simply Cabled".

Please keep your eye out for these in the near future, along with matching Flour Sack Hats!

Interested in shooting these? Send me a private message here.
But contact me soon, because my RTS* items never stay long.

The larger 6-12 months version of these will also be getting an expanded color catalog soon!

*Ready To Ship

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ovulation Tests - TTC

*Disclaimer, all TTC posts will be unfiltered and real life truth. If menstrual cycles, ovulation, pregnancy, sexual themes/words, bodily fluids and functions, make you uneasy, please refrain from reading further. This is your warning, and I will not apologize if you feel offended by my words in any way.

Ovulation tests are much more complicated than pregnancy tests, they also take forever (the full 3 minutes) and there are many things that can go wrong, and waiting 8 minutes for an error message to go away, just to wait another 3 minutes for a new test can leave you very anxious.

Also, those little lines, mean almost nothing, if you're using Digital life's ovulation tests. I felt like I had three test  (all from different days) with all the same little two lines, but only one came back with a high Lg Surge.

The life of a woman TTC can seem to be only to be for peeing on sticks, and waiting 3 minutes.

Surely, there has to be a better way, well unless affordable at home sonograms, or blood testing kits become a thing we are stuck checking temps, checking fluid, and peeing on sticks.

I'm already done doing all of it, and this is my first month of TTC!

I will say this, when I got my first SMILEY I was ecstatic, I showed my mom and my husband I just about talked my poor dads ear off right after I got it. Then after the excitement of finally getting a positive ovulation test wore off the, "OH NO, I ONLY HAVE 12 HOURS!!!" set in.

Yes it's 12 to 24, but when it's something you want to last forever, you expect it to be quick, and if its something that "shouldn't take too long", it lasts forever.

Thankfully, it all worked out, and my DH and I had a long conversation about what is reasonable to expect, and what is reasonable to compromise with with each month we try. We agreed on a window, or we will never hit the mark, and I agreed to be calm with every SMILEY or Empty Circle.

Lastly, the reason why I don't count my menstrual cycle as apart of my 28 day cycle, is for this reason. My P.Tracker app counts it as 32 days, and I ovulated like a 28 day cycle. It told me 3 days after my ovulation was said and done with, that I was NOW going to ovulate. I certainly would have missed the mark, had I just been using one form of tracking and testing.

Finding what works for you, and with you is the best thing to do, and try not to become stressed and obsessed.

I know taking your first ovulation test, makes you wish it was tomorrow so you could get to THE DAY sooner. But enjoy your days, do what you need to, because in time, you won't have any, and you'll be missing the days that went slower.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sitter Rompers

6 to 12 Months | Sitter Romper

I love sitters! Well actually, I love all tiny people, and I love creating for all ages!

I've been having a blast with newborns, don't get me wrong, my life is filled with the constant flow of newborn photography, and props.

But, it would be neglectful to ignore my sitters! So I bring you my "Simply Solids" in Sitter Romper Size!

Do you know what color that is? Well if you haven't been living under a rock, you would know how obsessed I am with Denim, and Dusty Rose. This is the former (obviously).

I do hope to get out more colors, but I am in the works of a few (like 100,000) different projects. More colors are on that list, and will hopefully come to you very soon.

Color Shown: Dusty Rose

I do need to thank my wonderful photographer: Campbell Girl Photography, and her precious daughter!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Temperature Tracking - TTC

*Disclaimer, all TTC posts will be unfiltered and real life truth. If menstrual cycles, ovulation, pregnancy, sexual themes/words, bodily fluids and functions, make you uneasy, please refrain from reading further. This is your warning, and I will not apologize if you feel offended by my words in any way.

There are many, many ways to track your ovulation. To keep myself sane, and to feel in control of this emotional, and stressful time (the first month of TTC) I decided to keep busy with many different ovulation tests, and trackers.

There is an app on my iPhone, call P.Tracker it does everything from tracking fertility (if you tell it you are trying) to your monthlies. I had been using said app for well over 2 years, and had my cycles tacked to a T.

Unfortunately, due to some user error, my iPhone broke, and I lost a full years worth of information, down from spotting, to intimacy days, to period duration. Thankfully, I was able to re-download, and restart (from scratch) this last years information.

My cycle, thanks to my pills, was 28 days, 32 if you count your period.
I do not count my period as a part of my ovulation cycle, I will explain further in my next TTC post.

So, the form I used daily, during my menstrual cycle, to my pre-ovulation, during ovulation, and post ovulation, is temperature tracking.

What exactly does one need to do daily to get an accurate standing with your ovulation?
All you need to do, is simply take your temperature, and have it charted every day.

Once you hit your lowest temp, 12-15 days after your menstrual cycle, you are most likely about to ovulate or are in process of ovulation. Please remember sperm lives up to 72 hours, where an egg only live 12 - 24 hours. So as soon as you get your base number, it's time to start TTC.

This is also a way to track, and avoid sex, if you are not ready for a child, or another child just yet.

I am very glad my first month, I was doing temperature track, cervical fluid tracking, AND ovulation tests.

My little app, was fantastic with keeping my temperature number in a chart for me, but it's prediction on ovulation was slightly wrong. Had I not known about more than temperature tracking, I may have missed my opportunity, as my temp was steadily declining day after day, until my base.

I would't have known it was my base, had it not been for my other trackings and tests. The next day my temp went back up to normal, and I knew that temp tracking had worked for me.

What did I do?
Every day at the same time, I would take my temperature and mark it on my chart, that's it.
Once I got to 12 days after AF, I also found my cervical fluid had drastically changed, and I got a SMILEY on my ovulation test. That's how I found out I had hit my base with my temp.

I was at 96.1 that day, and 97.5, the next.

(I know, I know, yes I hope I'm this organized when I do have a itty-bitty. But that's probably wishful thinking.) ;)