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Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

I’ve taken the liberty of skipping my Something for the Weekend posts the last two weeks as I’ve been focusing on family over time online. It was kind of a nice break and a much needed one. The last week in August, we were on vacation at our cabin for most of the week over the holiday weekend. It was just my husband, the girls …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Something for the Weekend - Jennadesigns

This week was a kinda crazy one … my daycare provider was on vacation, so I had all the kids by myself all week long. Ella has gone to daycare during the day each week since I got sick in April because I was just too weak to care for her. Now that I’m feeling better, I have a feeling she’ll be going less often. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

I love when I can take something I find while thrifting and turn it into the vision I had in my head. This DIY photo prop makeover was the perfect example of that!

This has been a good week my friends, in so many ways! This week I actually felt good enough to start doing some work in our basement studio. I actually got out the drill (whoa, power tools!) and the hardware and got my new backdrop system and rod hung up flush to the wall. It’s adjustable for different size backdrops and will work really well …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links! - Jennadesigns

This week was another rough one. Fortunately, I’m thinking this coming week will be better – I’m optimistic! I spent most of this week in bed getting IV fluids and just too exhausted to even think of doing anything. Wednesday I met with pain management to come up with a treatment plan for my gastroparesis pain. I kinda stumped them as they’ve never dealt with …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links

This week was a little bit of a rough one for me. I’m having a hard time dealing with all I’m missing out on with my children because of this illness. I didn’t feel well enough to go to the Fourth of July parade or fireworks … I missed seeing my baby girl’s expression at both of those events for the first time. There’s a …