Got EggNog? | Houston Family Photographer

Do you have leftover Egg Nog in the back of your fridge, threatening to expire any day now? (We did, particularly due to the fact that my husband and I both stocked up on it on the same day, without realizing the other person was getting some too.)

Try this recipe out! I used…

  • 1C Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix from Whole Foods (ignoring the directions on the packaging for this recipe)
  • 1C (Dairy-Free) Almond Milk Egg Nog
  • 3Tbsp Ground Flaxseed

The pancakes were fluffy, lightly sweet and had just that touch of festive flair to them (Note: *The Egg Nog flavor was very subtle when using the Almond Milk version, vs. the “real deal” egg nog – I prefer the Almond Milk version, but the recipe works with either.).

I cooked these in Coconut Oil too…they were just lightly crisp on the outside. YUM.

And, if you dutifully drank up your share of Egg Nog during the Holiday Season, with none to spare, then good for you! You can always save this idea for next year. Hope you’re 2014 is off to a great start!

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Miscellany | Houston Portrait Photographer and DIY Mom

Miscellany. If you could peek inside my brain today, that is what you would find. 😉 I’m going to share some of it with you (I know, “geez, thanks!”), punctuated by some miscellaneous photos from earlier in the year that never got posted…because who doesn’t love photos, right?…

I have been on a break from my Portrait Photography Work for a few months now. I plan to restart soon after the Holidays, because I absolutely LOVE it. One of my favorite things is capturing sweet families out in nature……or in their home…

This break has been great, as it’s given me a chance to focus on my two little wild monkeys kiddos, 

live at home while remodeling our house (yes, we’re kind of crazy ;-)…more on that later), 

visit family (photos from our Pugent Sound and Capri, Italy trips coming soon-ish ;-)), 

start O in Preschool (gulp, I can hardly believe my little bean is already in preschool)

…and so forth. It’s been a really rich time, if that makes sense. Days are sometimes challenging, but oh-so-rewarding. I guess that’s parenting, in a nut-shell.

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Jane – I tried to email you, but it bounced back…can you email me so I can reply with my questions about booking a session? Thank you!

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Hi Paige, thank you for your inquiry! I’ll email you shortly. Have a great evening.

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Last Year’s Halloween | Houston Portrait Photographer and DIY Mom

And, since I’m really into reminiscing right now, here are a few more pictures from Halloween night, last year. Baby Z was threatening to arrive any minute, so we stayed home and had turkey chili on the front lawn, passing out candy. We had Miss O (our US Olympic Gymnast) stop at a few friends’ houses, but she wasn’t really into the trick-or-treat scene yet. Something tells me that will be different this year…Does anyone know how to make a last minute dinosaur costume for a toddler? Miss O was a superhero for her birthday party in October, but the day after the party she promptly informed me she would like to be a dinosaur for Halloween. If I run out of time, I’m sure her superhero (“soupey-sue”, as she calls it) costume will suffice, but the “supermom” in me can’t help but want to throw together a last minute hand-made dinosaur costume. Any *easy* suggestions would be oh-so-appreciated.

What’s Mr. Z going to be? I think he’ll be sporting O’s octopus costume, with a few changes. Yeah, I know…poor Baby #2 with the hand-me-downs…but I think he’ll look pretty awesome in it, and I think he’ll get a kick out of wearing 6 extra legs. 😉

Do you make or buy your kids’ costumes? If you make them, how far in advance do you start? XX

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Renee FosterOctober 24, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Give me a day and I will blog a tutorial on making a dino costume. In the meantime, get a hooded sweatshirt (a size too big) some leggings to match, some colored felt and poly fill. Any color sweatshirt will do because we don’t know what color dinosaurs really were. Stay tuned…

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A Pink & Orange Halloween-Themed Kids’ Birthday Party

We’re alive! I haven’t posted since May(?) for a slew of reasons (traveling, remodeling, the craziness of general day-to-day living now that we have two little ones, etc). I am so excited to post some photos from Miss O’s 2nd Birthday Party (last October)….  

Maybe you’ll have to bear with me because some of these photos are all over the place in terms of processing. Still, I think it will give you an idea of the different little details for her Pink and Orange Halloween Birthday Bash…I was so excited that almost everyone wore a costume, even my grandparents (are they cool or what?)…I didn’t wear a costume, but I was sporting a baby bump (below-left), so I somehow justified my laziness this way…

If you’re curious about Miss O’s costume, she was an Olympic Gymnast from last year’s Women’s Team (remember the hot pink leotards?). But then her friend came dressed as a ballerina, so O had to pull on her own tutu over her costume. I think it was a nice addition. 😉

I hope you’re having a great October, gearing up for the Holiday Season! What do you do to celebrate Halloween?…

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Happy Mother’s Day | Houston Baby Photographer

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re being pampered by the kids in your life.

Here is one of my first attempts at a self-portrait (taken a few months ago, with a remote-control shutter-release). Baby Z was all kinds of squirmy, but I still just love this photo – It’s a reminder to me to slow down and squeeze my kiddos every chance I get.

What are some of your favorite photos of you with your kids? Vacation-type photos? Professional portraits? What do you love most about your favorite family photos? 

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MariellenMay 13, 2013 - 8:25 pm

I think it’s beautiful!!! I love in the moment photos!

adminMay 13, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Ooh, thank you Mariellen! I love in the moment photos too…ones that bring back memories of the time and place when you look at them. :-)!

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absolutely beautiful!!!

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Thank you, Marie! :-)

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