Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Comparing the Past to the Present

I just had a conversation about my past with someone, a time that I don't prefer to remember much about, and it made me compare those times with who I am and where I am now.

I am so grateful to the Lord above for the amazing husband and son that I have. I never imagined I would end up so blessed.

Our pasts not only shape who we are today, but I think sometimes God uses the images and memories in our minds from painful experiences to give us the comparison and realization of how truly far we have come, and how proud He is of us now.

So to anyone reading this who may be going through a tough time now, and you're unsure of why things are going the way that they are... just remember that God has written your story and it ALWAYS ends good. (Jeremiah 29:11). The trials he is putting you through are only an important part of your journey that is leading to something so much better.

(Chalk art I did on my homemade chalkboard!)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Document your child's milestones the fun way :)

When I first had my son I saw one of those cute pictures on Pinterest of the toddler holding up a chalkboard saying his name, age, weight, & milestones. I thought it was such a cute idea and wanted to do that with Cole from day one... but obviously there is no way to have a newborn hold a chalkboard.

So... I made up my own version using Picasa, Google's photo editing program. I use it for all of my photo editing and really love it, it's free and if you don't have it here is the link: http://picasa.google.com.

Below are all of the pictures I've done so far, I was going to stop at 12 months but I kept on going and I just did the 18 month one! I think I'll do it until 2 years old... why not. It's easy.

Here they are from the beginning, and below is the tutorial:

Cute right?

1.  Download Picasa if you haven't already done so.
2.  Upload your picture to Picasa... or search for it on the left hand side bar because Picasa will automatically upload your files.
3.  Double click on whatever image you want to use to open it up.
4.  On the left hand side of the screen you will see the different tabs for editing tools. Click on the tab with the wrench on it, and click the "text" box.
5.  Click anywhere on the picture to start typing in your text.  After you've done so you can choose the font, size, and color on the left hand side. Then you can move the text box around if you would like.
6.  Once you are finished, click "apply", and then at the bottom of the screen click "export". This will allow you to save the photo anywhere on your computer. Start a folder with all of your child's pictures in one place. Upload to Facebook and/or share with friends/family.

I made a collage of all of them just so I could see how much he has changed from the beginning until now... okay I promise I'm not getting choked up.

I did a neat project with these photos for Cole's First Birthday party... I will do another blog post all about that very soon, so stay tuned. :)

Have a fabulous weekend friends!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blingy Pumpkins

Happy Friday Eve!

I made some pumpkins look super cute & fabulous last night and wanted to share the idea with anyone who wants to have some glamorous looking pumpkins added to their fall decor. :)

I bought the mini pumpkins at the grocery store, and the 3 bigger gold ones were from the dollar section at Target... they were a dark ugly bronze color. I just spray painted them gold using paint I already had in the garage, and on the mini pumpkins I spray painted them white and super glued on some extra rhinestones I had. I want to make more but I have no where to put them!! :) Love the extra girly touch it brings to my living room that I get to stare at for another month and a half until.... CHRISTMAS!!!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Jackson Family Fall Family Photo Shoot ~ 2012

Happy Monday friends!

I thought I would post some of the pictures from our fall family shoot that just came back.  Our amazing and talented family photographer is Michele Sparks with Michele Sparks Photography. She is just awesome. You can visit her website at: http://www.michelesparks.com/Home.html. She is located here in Orange County, CA.  Our shoot last year was at the San Juan Capistrano Train Station... such a COOL and rustic place to shoot. This year, we went with the beach at Montage Resort in Laguna. It happens to be my favorite beach on the west coast, and I wanted us to have family photos at this beautiful location.  Here they are: