Something for the Weekend

This past Wednesday I underwent nasal fracture surgery to fix my broken nose. I’m a few days into my recovery and feeling better already. I’ve got a blog post on recovering from nasal surgery all ready for early next week with all my tips and tricks to make it a little easier should you be so lucky to suffer through a similar experience.

My new camera came this week and I’ve hardly had any time to play with it. I’m looking forward to feeling better and getting behind the camera and seeing just what it can do. Look for a review on the Canon EOS 80D in the near future!

What I have had is plenty of time to browse online this week and organize my home while I recovered. Here’s what’s been catching my eye and what I’ve been up to:

  • Purchased these great Lightroom presets and brushes from The Luxe Lens. For $39 (on sale right now!) you get 265 presets and 46 adjustment brushes for either Lightroom or Photoshop. I’m looking at shooting professionally and these will go a long way to helping shorten my editing process.
  • Finally set up these wire cube shelves in our master bedroom closet to help organize all my husband’s clothes. The man has more clothes than I do (I’m a capsule wardrobe kinda girl)! We needed something to store all of his t-shirts and shorts that didn’t fit in the dressers and these were perfect and affordable.
  • Got the most adorable feather/floral headbands in the mail I’d ordered off eBay for the girls for photo shoots. I picked up this one and this one for next to nothing and the quality is great! I’m always a little leery when ordering things from China, but these did not disappoint and the shipping was fast.
  • Added another 5×7-foot vinyl backdrop to my collection for portraits. This one is a fun vintage newspaper look. You can pick it up here for $13.49 and free shipping.
  • Received these beautiful Mala Buddhist prayer beads (pictured above) from the Brilliant Jewelry Shop on Etsy. The elasticized strand features 108 6mm wooden beads, accented with turquoise and silver. It’s the perfect addition to my altar space atop my dresser.
  • Read up on How to Create an Impressive Photo Portfolio by Digital Photography School. Looking for tips to build my portfolio as I venture into shooting professionally. I already have a handful of shoots lined up, so I’m headed in the right direction.
  • Purchased this awesome Little Tykes water table for Ella’s birthday, along with this pop-up three-piece tunnel/tent set. I can’t believe she’ll be 2 on the 27th – time has gone SO fast!

Drop me a comment and let me know what’s been inspiring you this week or what your plans are for this weekend!








  • Bethany

    I hope you feel better soon!

    • Jen

      Thank you so much!

  • Katherine

    Ouch to surgery, I hope all mends quickly! I’m also in the market for a new camera so look forward to hearing your review 🙂

    • Jen

      Thank you! I’m hoping to play with it this weekend and get a review up by the end of next week!

  • Jessica Peresta

    I recently had surgery too and after sleeping like a bear in hybernation, I got bored and was actually able to get a lot done around here. I hope you heal up soon!

    • Jen

      Glad to hear you got a lot accomplished – hope you’re feeling better and on the mend! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Danielle

    I hope that your nose is healing… I can’t even imagine. I am also a bit jealous of your new camera! I’d love to upgrade my rebel… but don’t see that happening anytime soon.

    • Jen

      I’m feeling better every day … just can’t wait to get the cast off (it itches like crazy!). I’ll let you know what I think about the new camera. Right now I’m kinda overwhelmed by it, lol!

  • Catia

    Good luck on the recovery!!! Looks like you’ve got the shopping covered. 🙂 cute stuff!!

    • Jen

      Thank you – feeling much better today! Now on a mission to purge all of the baby stuff around the house! Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  • ashley peavey

    A new camera!! So fun!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Kristi Blok

    Sounds like a productive recovery – I hope you are feeling well and I love those prayer beads!

    • Jen

      Thank you! They were really reasonable too for Mala beads!

  • Charissa | thenotsobusymom

    Last week was April break for my kiddos, so it was definitely a different kind of week. Back to the same-old-same-old this week…I’m good with that. 🙂

  • rachel

    I love those floral headbands! SO cute!

  • McKenzie Allyshia

    Oh my gosh I hope that you make a very speedy recovery! I love the floral headbands and the Buddhist prayer beads (not to mention the amethyst in the background of the photo) ♥

    • Jen

      Thank you! Can’t wait to put the headbands on the girls and get some shots!

  • Sheila Jo

    The cubes look like a good closet storage solution! I always struggle with keeping my tee shirts and tank tops organized.

    • Jen

      Thanks – they’re awesome! Perfect fit for our closet and just what we needed to organize!

  • Breyona Sharpnack

    I want to buy a new camera. I hope yours is everything you wanted!