A lot of this last month feels like a blur. I can’t believe my daughter is a month old already. It feels like she’s always been a part of our family and we’re all so happy she’s here. She is such an incredible blessing. I still can’t stop staring. …
We brought baby Ellena home from the hospital the day after she was born. It was a bright sunny April afternoon when we left the hospital and placed her into our rental car. We were still waiting on our car which was being shipped from Italy. It was a tiny car and her Graco 4Ever Convertible Car Seat basically took up the whole backseat. …
Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite novels, I first read it when I was somewhere in the neighborhood of twelve years old. I’ve since reread it many times. Over the last few weeks, I’ve found it to be much the muse for my current work in progress. As a result, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with Kathy and Heathcliff, though I’ve not yet taken to reading the novel in its entirety again, (I think the last time I read it was in 2012) I’ve thumbed through the pages, and recently spent a few hours watching my favorite film adaptation, by Masterpiece Theatre. One of my favorite quotes from the novel is:
Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.
The photograph below was captured on a cold, foggy day this winter. It is how I imagine many of the days would’ve been like for Kathy and Heathcliff while they tramped about on the moors. Because Wuthering Heights is this muse of mine, whispering over my shoulder, I felt compelled to create something to honor it, the result was this graphic I’ll pin to my inspiration board.
Growing up in South Florida we never saw many cold days and cold foggy days were this enigma I only really ever read about. As an adult, it is these cold, overcast, foggy days I love most during the winter months here in northern Italy. For me they are this paradox of mystery and magic, especially when the mist hangs low across fields or is caught as in the case in this photo like clouds beneath the umbrella of trees.
As things begin to wind down for us here in Miami, it seems as though our life is getting a lot more busy (how is that for irony).
I thought I’d share a bit of my life through my iPhone.
Last week my boys and I along with The Bestie, went out to dinner. As we waited for our table we strolled the mall. Where we acted silly and browsed though a store she dragged me into called Culture or something. It was cool. Reminded me of a gaudier version of Forever 21 – not really my style but I did find a few things that made me smile, especially their “pretty baubles”.
Valentine’s Day was spent with my two boys. They made excellent Valentines in lieu of my husband’s absence.
Finally a late afternoon spent on The Beach playing in a playground.
This Friday my eldest son Michael was off of school, on days he’s off, I normally let my youngest who goes to preschool half of the day stay out as well. However, I don’t really get any time alone with Mike anymore so I thought it would be fun to have some “Mommy & Me” time. Mothering boys is a challenge, but it’s also wonderful, especially when you embrace every fun thing about their little boyish ways. We only had three hours but I was determined to pack every second with fun.
We went bowling and played in the arcade, for the first hour and a half. I then planned on taking him for some frozen yogurt (his favorite) so that he could use a coupon he received for getting good grades, unfortunately everything in Miami seems to open pretty late in the day and the yogurt place was closed. We ended up browsing for books at Barnes and Noble, where I snapped this photo.
As he walked down the street with me he wasn’t even that disappointed the yogurt place was closed. He grabbed my hand and said, “it’s okay Mom, I’m having fun.”
I thought my heart would burst, right there on Sunset Avenue.
Love & Mothering,
The other night a friend on Facebook posed the question about editing multiple pictures at the same time. I shared this “trick” with her and was surprised to learn that not many people were aware that this could even be done.
It is surprisingly simple and saves a lot of time, especially when you have a ton of pictures to re-size.
All you need to do is open your pictures in the Preview App
I’ll show you how I recently edited pictures at the same time to share movie stills from The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part II.
How To Edit Multiple Pictures At the Same Time On A Mac (Apple Computer)
1. Go to the folder (use Finder) containing all of your pics you want to resize. If you have your pictures in iPhoto simply export them to your Library.
That’s it! This is unbelievably simple and saves me so much time!
This week was crazy hectic. Here’s a glimpse of some of the goings on in my life this week.
On Sunday I threw my sister a Baby Shower and got to sip from lovely glasses.
Wednesday was chaotic. I got some exciting-life changing news from my husband (hint, hint).
My brother Joe, had knee surgery-which meant I drove up to Ft. Lauderdale to pick him up, drop him off, go back to Miami to pick up my son from school, and then later in the evening pick him up. He was so hungry we went for pizza. He’s doing great-and still planning his trip to the Congo.
Friday night I went to see Snow White & The Huntsman with my little sister and bestie. I wore my Fibi & Clo sandals that made me feel like Cinderella.
love & iphoneography,
It feels like’s it been a millenia since I’ve done a “few of my favorite” things posts, in fact, I’m not even all that sure it was on this blog where I started doing them. I’m too anxious to write this post to go back and check at the moment…so let’s get to it.
I absolutely love photo apps for my iPhone. I have two folders dedicated to them on my phone as proof!
Instagram. It was love at first square vintage inspired filter with this app. Hands down this is my favorite photography/social app. Now that Facebook has bought it I hope it doesn’t alter from what made it so awesome to begin with.
Hipstamatic. I love the unpredictability of this app. Even though it now offers a “you get what you see” option I prefer to be surprised, just as one would’ve been using a camera in a bygone era (like the
Incredibooth. This is exactly like having a photo booth in your phone. Complete w/ props with some options. I like that you can send them directly to your social media accounts like Facebook. Another cool feature is the ability to share only one photo from your set. In addition to being able to snap photos of yourself with the front camera you can also take pictures with the back camera. So if all of your pictures are wonky, but you love one you can share the one you don’t look like an alien in-unless that’s what you’re aiming for of course.
PopBooth. This is another fun photo booth type of app. What makes this fun is the ability to change from the traditional vertical format to a square and the colors-Andy Warhol anyone?
Camera 360 is a fun app that is full of stuff: editing tools, filters, collage options (you can even change the back grounds). It’s absolutely fun and one I should use a whole lot more than I do.