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Pinterest Failure!

I am notorious for Pinterest idea fails! I can’t make the turkey cupcakes look right, the “easy” burlap wreath where you just tie a few pieces of burlap around in a circle- Ha! I mean it should be simple… you just tie burlap pieces around in a circle right?!?! On top of that, I can’t even figure out a fishtail braid that my daughter has begged me to learn for 5 years! 5 years! So, long story short I’m used to failing at Pinterest- So why did I think this would be any different?!?!

A few weeks ago I had some new headshots taken for my children’s books coming soon… Like really SOON! YAY! For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to scroll through Pinterest to find some ideas for poses! (haha!) I came across the cutest images of this beautiful young adult girl blowing confetti out of her hands ever so gracefully, yet fun looking. I thought… “That would be perfect for my celebration photo for my new children’s book”- Well… my poor photographer @heartphotography definitely bit off more than she could chew with me! We were sweating like crazy too! Thank you HOT July Georgia!

DISCLAIMER:

Lets just say- I’m not one of those easy people to capture on camera (it’s bad) and acting well that’s not my forte’ either. Photographer to me: “Just relax, and smile” sounds easy right? IT’S NOT! So we get through the torture of the headshots and then it’s time for my favorite part… The part I was so excited about… The perfect Pinterest idea! Confetti!!! We get the confetti out and she says, “Alright, lets do it!” So I go to blow my very best blow and the photographer looks scared to death! She actually says, “Ummm, that looks pretty ridiculous! Lets try again… JUST relax.” (I’ll post that first picture blow in the comments  for your enjoyment) I try 6 more times!!! Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail, failed!!! Finally, the photographer was like “shape your lips like the girl in the picture” First of all let’s talk about the girl in the picture… she has these beautiful thick un-lined, wrinkle free, lips… I was setting myself up for failure to begin with! I looked at the Pinterest picture again and thought surly I’ve got this! I just need to blow the confetti off of my hands… Elementary right?!?! I blew once more and well- it was just bad! HORRIBLE… Photographer just laughed!

I love Pinterest and I love all of the ideas but there are two people: 1. People who can make a Pinterest idea perfectly and 2. People who CANNOT… I am the latter.

Finally, photographer girl was like, “I have an idea!!!” I get excited like maybe she has some kind of botox or something- Maybe she’s gonna put on some magical lip plumper! I’m thinking: This girl is about to give me Angelina Jolie lips for my session! Wow! How awesome! (For the record I’ve never had botox and I probably will NEVER but in that moment I may have considered!) 🙂 Instead photographer girl says, “lets fake it!” She has me pose with my very best blowing out candles, (confetti in this case) relaxed face, lips out, pouty face I could muster… It was a catastrophe on my part! Apparently, I can’t do this… Another Pinterest idea I can’t do. I can’t blow confetti out “prettily!”

I can’t stop laughing! It’s just more proof I can’t Pinterest! I just can’t! So, here I am trying to figure out how to shape my lips, holding the confetti in my hands, and getting ready to blow! (Doesn’t work…)

But you know what?

It turns out this happens to be one of my favorite pictures from the session… I never mastered the Pinterest “perfect confetti blow” but my photographer did capture a true moment of me being me! This picture of me laughing at myself is who I am… I can usually find humor in myself! I love Pinterest and I love all of the ideas on their site, but I also love to laugh (especially at myself)! So, if you too are a Pinterest failure welcome to my club! I’d love to see or hear what projects/things you’ve failed at off Pinterest… If you don’t have any that’s awesome too! Tell me about your Pinterest successes!

So when you look at this pic don’t think about why I am holding the confetti in my hands… Think about how I found some humor in my failure.

P.S. Pinterest, I’m going to need some time to think things through. It’s not you, it’s me…

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 “Plumped lips”- Photographer Girl

“Fake it” Photographer Girl 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle child…Turning 13! 

13! Coke, Jesus, and basketball are his favorites! Reese loves his family and his dogs in no particular order. The boy loves Basketball 🏀… I’ve NEVER seen anyone with such dedication to a sport. If he’s not on a team he’s in a camp or training. If he’s not in a camp or training he’s in the driveway working on his game. This boy lives for basketball… like year round! He’s passionate about life -he gives his all to fun living! He has taught me so much about making fun out of all situations… Basically, where there’s a Reese there’s a way to experience fun! Reese has a caring heart for the poor. If we see anyone in need he wants to make sure we offer help. I can honestly say he is a joy to parent and easy to love. Reese is wise. He often overhears adult conversations and offers advice that’s uncannily brilliant… He makes me smile everyday.
 I’ll never forget the day he was born and I looked into newborn baby Reese’s eyes… (sounds sweet so far but wait for it) I saw something in those eyes I wasn’t quite prepared for… I looked up at Kyle and concerned I said, “look at his eyes” hesitantly I continued – “he looks so wild!” I truly wasn’t kidding… Reese had some wild eyes. The first years to follow that first impression Reese didn’t let me down-he WAS a handful! Wild, free-spirited, but oh so fun… a handful! Our “little firecracker” is what we called him and that he was. 
I guess If I could go back to that day in the hospital I’d tell myself: “Don’t worry- the wildness only lasts a little while… take a hug when he has time to stop and give one, let him play in the mud, it’s ok if he skins his knees every week or day, he’s a boy he’s supposed to get dirty, who cares how many legos you pierce your feet with it’s fun for him to build, let him leave his light sabers all over the place you don’t need a clean house, humor him by not letting the cream cheese on his bagel fill the middle hole, also, let him have an occasional coke… etc. 
The good news is we made it through those wild eyed years and sometimes… quite often actually I miss those wild days of keeping him “occupied” and out of trouble and even piercing my feet on legos… 
Today when I look into his eyes the wildness has simmered and he’s calm and mature, loving and kind, and I think to myself wow we did a good job! He’s turning into a fine young man. Then I look back to what I thought were the hard days and realize it wasn’t so bad after all. Now I can look back on my wild eyed firecracker baby not as a moment of hesitation and concern for how he’d be as a toddler or a boy but as a moment of how his character would be molded into who he is today! Reese you make me proud! 

I have RELEASE DATES!

I have RELEASE DATES y’all! 

I’m so excited to share with you that my first children’s book “Star Fishing” will be released in November of THIS year:) AND “I Love Outside” will follow in February of 2018!!!! Below are both covers and they are BRILLIANT❤

 I am absolutely in love with the beautiful illustrations done by my illustrator Janet King❤ They are better than I could have possibly imagined!! They are perfect! Truly. I am one blessed chick to work alongside my publisher and agent! They have made my job feel easy. Below I will attach a link to my publishers website for you to take a peek if you’d like.

Here’s a quick summary Star Fishing:

When Billy decides he wants to know what stars are made of, he seeks to catch one of his own. Billy doesn’t consider the obstacles that come when one attempts to catch a star… He can only dream about what he’ll learn when he catches his star. Mommy plays into Billy’s ideas and makes a game out of his Star-Fishing experience, a smart and fun strategy to encourage Billy’s imagination… Together they imagine the shooting star visiting exciting places and creatures like Mt. Everest, the North Pole, a hopping kangaroo and more… The outcome is pleasing, sentimental, and unique!


I’m so excited I can’t even find the words to express my emotions. Looking forward to sharing my stories with you soon:) 


Publisher: http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com/coming-soon