Hello, world! We have a 3-year-old on our hands! Jaxson is our picky eater. He will only eat a handful of different foods. But one of them we can cheer on is LARABAR since they're made with nuts and dried fruits. Between Marcus (my husband) and Jax, we easily go through several boxes a month! (I think I should go get stock in those things!)
So choosing our prop for his 3-year photos was easy. What wasn't so easy, was getting our on-the-move boy to stay still.
I had the chance to take sweet baby Essie's first year photos. Since her parents are stationed here in Texas for a short time, they wanted something that was uniquely Texas to remember their time in the Lone Star State. With bluebonnet season behind us, we went for the next best thing - the Historic Pearl and Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
I searched and searched for the perfect cake stand, and this one from HomeGoods is exactly what I'd envisioned! I just love how Amber (Essie's Momma) picked a pink iced cake and tutu to match her "Essie" onesie.
You never know what reaction you're going to get from a cake smash! Essie wasn't too excited about getting her hands sticky in the icing and her expressions are so cute. She was such a trooper.
Our first wedding day - October 16, 2010 - was a beautiful day. My small town church was full of friends and family. My college roommates and friends traveled in a day early to help decorate for the reception. And Marcus, my handsome groom, surprised me with a song he wrote for me just before I walked the aisle.
Now nearly eight years into our marriage, and just six months into running our own multi-media company, Marken Media Co. - we've expanded our services to include wedding videography.
We reached out to local venue Sandy Oaks Ranch for a prospective "second" wedding - this time not as bride and groom, but as videographers.
Usually, Marcus has been the one behind the video camera. He's been shooting and editing videos for about twenty years. Now it was my turn to join the fun! We had great time, and with a quick two-day turnaround, released our debut highlight reel to social media.
Here's what the bride said:
"My husband and I really didn’t know what to expect until we saw our video and it just truly blew us away. They did such an amazing job, and now from them we’ll have a video of the day that meant the most to us! We recommend them to all family and friends!"
After recording "The Bottom Side of Down" at Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, TX, Marcus was inspired to create his own home studio. So... with the promise that he would leave me a little room for my crafts and scrapbooking he started transforming the space.
To save money, and because he's always looking for a project, Marcus enlisted the help of Uncle Bren to help build sound panels for the studio. Many of the materials we had on hand - like upcycling the packing materials from our HelloFresh order, as well as some random packing Denise snagged from a coworker at Security State Bank. Here's how we (I mean, they) did it.
Tools & Supplies Needed
Average cost of sound panels online: $80 - $120 each
Average cost per sound panel we built ourselves: $15.50 each
That's at least $60 in savings per panel!
Marcus is looking for musicians and singers who'd like to record to get some experience. You can check out his previous work here. Give him a text or call and get your music out there (I might know someone who can help with marketing). The Marken Media Co. Studio is waiting!
Devine High School student Damon Thomas shares his story with Marken Media Co.
"I don't want to just read the Bible. I want to live it."
Since it began in 2010, Wings And Reins Equine Refuge, Inc. has helped save the lives of 200 horses. Its founder Jo Harp battles Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), which threatens her health and mobility on a daily basis. But that's not stopping Jo. Check out the newest video in "The Sign Says Devine" series on our Facebook page, or click the image below.
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"People always say I'm saving the horses. They're saving me as much as I'm saving them," says Jo Harp, founder of the Wings And Reins Equine Refuge in Devine, Texas.
Ask anyone who knows me and they'll probably tell you, growing up I was typically not the risk-taker in the group. Sure, I'll cheer on those brave enough to go skydiving, cliff-jumping, or waterskiing, and there's a slim chance I could be coaxed into trying one of those daring activities with the right amount of peer pressure and caffeine intake. But if I had the choice, I'd rather be kayaking on a peaceful river or flying in a commercial airline (I do love to fly!) as my "safe" level of risk.
We are always managing some level of risk in life. Whether it's the "tiny" risk of whether or not to say hello or the bigger decisions like when to buy a house, quit a job, or start a business. I guess that's why Ben Carson's book titled Take the Risk jumped out at me while browsing the thrift store bookshelves.
Side note: You should see my book problem. Stacks. And stacks. But that will soon be solved by living room built-ins, drawn on paper by yours truly and currently under construction by Papa! We'll be sure to show you soon!
When we heard that the Devine Food Pantry helped feed over 15,000 hungry people last year, our minds were blown away. Our small town does have a big heart! That's why we're so excited about the first video in "The Sign Says Devine" video series.
"My wife was selling her own blood to be able to put food on the table when my son was diagnosed with cancer."
I'm a sucker for discounts, especially when it comes to trying new things. When I did the quick-math, it felt like I'd be getting a good deal so I gave HelloFresh a try.
HelloFresh "aims to provide each and every household in its 9 markets with the opportunity to enjoy wholesome home-cooked meals with no planning, no shopping and no hassle required."
With free shipping and a good coupon code, I divvied up $3.50/per person per meal and gave HelloFresh a try. Here's a peek into our first week and some of the pros and costs to consider.
Pros to HelloFresh
1. It's easy.
After a few taps on the keyboard, I selected two healthy meals for the upcoming week. Our first box came right on time. The ingredients were packaged in clearly labelled bags and kept at safe temps in the neatly ice-packed HelloFresh box.
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