past the golden hour

SHEIN Dress - 3I wanted to try an after Golden Hour photo shoot. The evenings are getting shorter, and I had never successfully done one before. While the lighting can be tricky, the shots don’t always come out clear. Even with a tripod. I also move around a lot when having my picture taken, so that certainly doesn’t help when the camera is already having difficulty focusing. 

SHEIN Dress - 1

I will definitely need to experiment more with the editing tools in my Lightroom program. Until then, these were the results.

Enjoy your last day in November, all!



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black friday

Black FridayGuys and gals, please visit Potomac Trading Post’s online store this weekend. Most items are 30% off! The sale will last until Monday evening.

Have a great one!



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reese’s mason jar brownies

Reeses Mason JarOne of my birthday presents this year was a Reese’s mason jar brownie kit. It was a clever combination of the things that I love; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and glass jars. The brownies were quite simple to make, and it was fun baking them in such a neat little container.

Reese's Mason Jar - 2Here is another take on the Reese’s Brownie recipe that you can make at home. I’ll certainly be trying it out for myself, once I am done eating this delectable gift!

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kitchen makeover

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.27.15 PMOn our most recent visit to IKEA, I made sure to grab the latest catalogue as we were leaving. Oh-Em-Gee. Has anyone else looked through it yet? I think that I may have gotten drool on every page. I instantly wanted to update every room in The Little Barn. First, let’s start with the kitchen.

As a reminder, this is what our kitchen currently looks like.

IMG_0061IMG_0071IMG_0074I feel that it’s overcrowded, and I’ve never really been to keen on the layout. I plan to move our 9′ church pew outdoors, put the kitchen island under the window, order bottom cabinets for the wall with the crates, and move our giant table into the middle of the room.

Here is my inspiration for our new Scandinavian look.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.29.57 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.26.53 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.27.15 PMWhat would I ever do without IKEA?



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it’s my birthday

Thirty - 13Ladies and gentlemen. Today I am 30 years old.

A lot of people view entering a new decade as a pivotal life moment. I remember turning 20 and feeling so down. I used to think that 20 was old. Now, I would love to be that young again.

As I enter my 30s, I feel successful and accomplished. Perhaps not to other’s standards, but certainly to my own. I have a happy marriage and an amazing husband. I have a baby on the way. I own and operate my own small business and have professional experience within a library, which I now know will be my career path. I have a beautiful home, wonderful pets, a healthy body, and great family and friends. Most importantly, I finally have a secure life. That is truly all that I could ask for.

Thirty - 2Here are some photographs taken this weekend of our celebrations. They began Friday evening with a supper spent with my parents.

Thirty - 3Thirty - 4On Saturday night, we went to see the film Secret in their Eyes at our favourite theatre. There’s nothing quite like a great murder movie!

Thirty - 5Thirty - 6Thirty - 7Sunday morning was spent dropping my mum off at the airport. She is finally headed to her new home and life on the Canadian coast. The next time that we see her, we will have our little one.

Thirty - 8Thirty - 10IMG_0077Afterwards, we went to the Western Development Museum, just like we did for my birthday in 2013. However, it turns out that there were a few events occurring there. It was so busy that we decided to go Christmas shopping instead. (These were supposed to be our sad faces, but we clearly can’t act.)

Thirty - 9We returned home in the afternoon and I opened my gifts. My true birthday is on Monday, but because Geoffrey will be in school and working all day, we decided to celebrate it as if it were Sunday. 

Thirty - 14Thirty - 15Lastly, I spent the afternoon outside with the dogs. I had my new Kinfolk Home book, a coffee, and a warm barn. It was heaven.

Thirty - 12I can honestly say that this was the first birthday since my teenage years that I did not feel apprehensive about. If only I could feel this contented on every birthday to come.

Have the most marvellous week, family, friends, and followers! 



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