Want to learn how to take AWESOME pics and support a great cause???

Mollie Burpo of Bloom Photography and I are teaching a basic photography class next month.  100% of the suggested donation will go to building a home in Haiti.  The class is limited to 10 people, so hurry up and sign up.  CLICK HERE for details.

Valentine's Day

I use to love holidays.  Would put out my 5 boxes of Hobby Lobby decorations, cook everything drenched with food coloring that coordinates with the holiday, spend hours on crafts/gifts that helped me look like Martha's kin.
Things have changed.  Big time.  Not sure what happened, but I do know that my hubby's relieved to not have to worry about flowers and chocolates.
I LOVE the collage wall that Jenny Pruet and Shonna Shelton did in my home. They are awesome at what they do. If you want a great designer that is super creative and affordable you need to contact them. (jenny@jennypruet.com)

My favorite lens

I get asked a lot what my favorite lens is - well, it's the 70-200 2.8. I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark II and all my lenses are Canon. I have heard mixed things about off brand lenses. I figure if I'm going to spend that much on a lens I might as well make sure I'm getting the best.
I love the versatility of this lens as well as how sharp the images look. I can easily shoot an entire session with just this lens. My 2nd favorite lens is the 50 1.4. Some day I will get the 1.2. IF I ever come across an extra $1k.
Photography is one expensive art!

Organizing fanatic

I love to organize. It's therapeutic to me. Although, I've had to really let go over the years, due to kids, kids and more kids.
Thought I'd share a tip that has helped me.
I have a bucket (see pic) that I will fill up with snacks in ziploc baggies (or containers since I'm trying to be green). That way when it's time to make lunch, all I have to do is grab some containers and throw them in the lunch box. Or if the kids need a snack on the go they can just grab something from the bucket. It's great to do after the trip to the grocery. Open the container of nuts, pretzels, whatever and pour in baggies. Same thing can be done with refrigerated items, use one of the drawers as your bucket.
Works good for me. What's your favorite pantry organizing trick?