Family Photos: tips & BTS

Family Photos: tips & BTS

For today’s post I wanted to share with you some of the family photos we just had taken by the super talented Renee at Domus Aurea Portraits. I though it would be fun for y’all to see what goes into an in home family session from the view point of a photographer. There are lots of little tricks you can use to make your home look amazing (fresh flowers, hiding cords, etc.).

So for the day of the shoot I took my camera to pick up a few last minute things I needed and then walk you through how I rearranged the parts of my home that I knew we would be shooting in.

When picking outfits for our photos I knew I wanted something colorful because our house is pretty neutral in color, so my bright pink dress actually acted as a pop of color! But if you are ever struggling with what to wear for photos, you can never go wrong with jeans and a white shirt. Looks casual and put together AND timeless which is important if you don’t have pictures taken too often.

I hope you all enjoy my video and seeing some behind the scenes. Please leave me a comment below and let me know which outfit you like best!

Mommy Daughter Q&A

Mommy Daughter Q&A

If you are a longtime reader then you may know that my main reason for starting a blog/ YouTube was to have a place to document and share all of our adventure. Both in motherhood and travel.

So every couple of months I like to include Sophie in a little sit down “interview” where I ask her some fun questions. While these may not be the most interesting videos for a stranger to watch, I love having these to look back on. Literally being able to watch her grow up from video to video…

This video especially cracks me up. You can see so much of her personality in this. Her love for all things girly. And most special to me, her love for her Mama ❤

Dear Daughter…

Dear Daughter…

Today in honor of Sophie’s 4th Birthday, I put together some of my very favorite video clips from the past 4 years…. many tears were shes during the making of this video.

And to go with this special video, here are some of my favorite pictures of our little girl over the years ❤

Goals for 2019

Goals for 2019

Goal setting! Doesn’t that just sound so much nicer than a New Years Resolution?

This year I am setting 5 goals for myself , some short term and some more general goals. We are about to head on a ski-trip to Austria and I have not been snowboarding in over 8 years, so one of my short – term goals is to be able to successfully snowboard down the slopes without injuring myself.

Another more short term goal is to go on a backpacking trip with Steffen and Sophie! This is something that I am so excited for but also something that I know will really be challenging for me. We have our hopes set on getting permits for Havasupai this year (fingers crossed, the open up booking on Feb. 1st) but if that doesn’t work out we will likely do a trip to somewhere else in Arizona or Utah.

One of my more long-term goals is to physically get stronger and to practice more yoga. Those for me go hand in hand because if I can dedicate more time to my yoga practice, I will inevitably get stronger… NAMASTE!

And my last goal is to make more YouTube videos! I am finding so much joy in this new space. I have always watched loads of YouTube videos, so why not make some as well! We already have so many cool videos from past trips to look back on, I just love it and find it very rewarding. And if you are one of my viewers and have any type of video you would like to see from me, let me know!

xo Sarah

5 Things You Need To Know About C-Sections | Pain, Breastfeeding & Guilt

5 Things You Need To Know About C-Sections | Pain, Breastfeeding & Guilt

When I found out I was going to have to have a C-Section, I began to scour the internet for peoples experiences. My baby was frank breech and I was too far along to turn her, so a c-section got scheduled and I had to find a way to cope with that.

Ans while I did find many amazing and positive C-Section stories, there are still some things that I did not hear talked about… like the guilt that some people (ME!) feel for not being able to birth a child the “natural” way.

So I made a video that I hope can help people who are in the same position that I was in – check it out below ❤

Storytime: My first tattoo

Storytime: My first tattoo

 

From my personal Facebook account

June 22nd

It seems most of you have heard the news that our beautiful Courtney has died of cancer.

Courtney was my best friend and like my little sister, but I always looked up to her. I think a lot of us did. She was so freaking smart, such a talented dancer, a born leader, funny and so kind. Always had a smile for everyone and people just wanted to be around her. She was annoyingly good at everything…except crafts. She sucked at crafts.

But you all should know how strong she was through it all… even when the pain was impossible; she still had a smile for me. And during these last days, her hospital room was filled non-stop by her closest friends and family.

I love her so very much and will forever remember her beautiful, smiling face.

July 12th

Today was my best friends memorial service. Sitting there in a church full of friends, family and strangers; We laughed, we cried, we held each other tight… never will there ever be anyone like you my love.
This is the Birthday present I gave her on her 32nd Birthday less than 2 months ago. A sign with her favorite quote from the movie Hope Floats:
“Beginnings are scary, Endings are usually sad, but it’s whats in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.“
And while I find myself at this horrible new beginning- a life without you by my side, I sure as hell am glad I got to spend 17 years of my “middle” with you. #foreverandalways #tothemoonandback