Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

OK you guys … this image I took Tuesday was just too cute not to share with you all! I had the opportunity to shoot some 8-month photos of this beautiful chunky little girl Haddie, who I helped deliver last Christmas Eve. I ran into her mom this summer and offered a shoot to her because it just felt right and I couldn’t get enough …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

It’s already time for my Something for the Weekend post! This week has been a productive one. My trip down to visit my parents last weekend went well. I was a little nervous as it was my first time traveling since getting sick in April, but it felt good to get out of the house and have a change of scenery for once. I also …

Maintaining good digestive health (and a travel wellness kit!)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeProbiotics #CollectiveBias #ad I don’t know about you, but good digestive health is something I’m serious about as it’s been forefront in my life the past four months. I do many things to help keep myself “regular,” including taking Nature Made® Digestive Probiotics Adult Gummies, which are an …

DIY Photo Prop: Newborn Basket Filler AKA “Fluff”

For today's DIY photo prop I thought I'd teach you how to make newborn "fluff" - the beautifully colored material used to fill baskets and buckets in newborn photography. It's actually very easy to make it yourself and you can save a ton of money simply by investing a little bit of time and effort into creating your own.

For today’s DIY photo prop I thought I’d teach you how to make newborn “fluff” – the beautifully colored material used to fill baskets and buckets in newborn photography. It’s actually very easy to make it yourself and you can save a ton of money simply by investing a little bit of time and effort into creating your own. Newborn “fluff” sells on Etsy for …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Finally … I got all the stuff in the studio! Here’s a snapshot of my 121-square-foot space I’ve carved out of the corner of our basement. I’ll write an updated studio post in the near future with links to everything I used to maximize my space (and my creative backdrop hanging idea!). This week has been a rather slow one … Hannah had Vacation Bible …

How Dealing with a Chronic Illness Changes You

This is the many ways living with a chronic illness has changed me. At the end of this post, I've included some tips for loved ones and friends of those with chronic illness ... simple ways you can help that make a big difference to those who are struggling.

I got sick suddenly in April of this year – seriously ill, unable to eat solid food, constantly nauseated/throwing up, severe abdominal pain – and it caught me completely off guard. I’ve always been a relatively healthy person. At 38, I haven’t had many medical issues, besides my lifelong issues with depression but even that had been well-controlled for four years. Many ER visits and …

August Break is just around the corner!

I look forward to August each year for many reasons (the kids go back to school!) and Susannah Conway's August Break is one of them! It starts Tuesday with a photo prompt each day of the month. It's goal is to get you out and shooting ... noticing and appreciating what is around you.

I look forward to August each year for many reasons (the kids go back to school!) and Susannah Conway’s August Break is one of them! It starts Tuesday with a photo prompt each day of the month. It’s goal is to get you out and shooting … noticing and appreciating what is around you. “This is a community project that has no real rules —  …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

This week I finally finished the basement studio. It was a lot of work and required rearranging a ton of stuff and moving a bunch of stuff back into storage, but it was worth it! I have all my props and backdrops and everything all in one area and it feels great and organized! There’s a few little finishing touches I’d like to do, but …

Motilium – My new gastroparesis treatment

Motilium: My new gastroparesis treatment - Jennadesigns

I haven’t posted a real update here in a while, besides my Something for the Weekend posts every Friday. I saw the GI specialist team at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee late last month. It was a very disappointing experience. A second opinion They had all my records and pretty much focused on two things, my thyroid function and a CT …