Christmas, December Daily, Holiday, Photography

December Daily Preparation Part 3

November 24, 2015

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I love the whole process of December Daily. I know that a lot of people could become overwhelmed at all the parts, from planning to capturing the moments, and then documenting there are quite a few steps. However, I found last year that it really helped me slow down and enjoy the holiday. So today I’m sharing December Daily Preparation Part 3, or how I put together my photoshoot list so I don’t forget anything.

One thing I do before December gets here is start making a list of activities I want to participate in so that the month doesn’t pass me by. I also use it as a shot list to make sure I get the images for my album, because who hasn’t gone out with friends you haven’t seen in a long time and forgotten to even get one snap! I do it all the time.

I include things on my list like have hot chocolate, wrap presents, visit this or that holiday event happening around town. Last year I made my list on a separate piece of paper, this year I included it in my planner at the beginning of the month, so I will know exactly where it is, and have the events listed out on the calendar pages.

I am not very good at winging anything, you can ask my family, they will tell you. So having a list and spending a little more time up front on the organization of my project really helps it be successful during the busy-ness of the holiday season.

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Some ways that I gather my list.

Pinterest  – This is one that could land you into trouble if you aren’t careful. You can look for inspiration and then become paralyzed with all the options and not accomplish anything. So the goal here would be to look for very specific things like a holiday ornament you can make with your kids or Christmas movie night treats. And then write it down on your list and get ready to enjoy the holiday.

Googling Events in my area – I also spend some time with Google looking for events in my area, however, you can’t always find some of the hidden gems, so keep your eyes open when you are out and about for posters and look at Facebook for things your friends are going to participate in.

Look to Family Traditions – Each year my family makes Christmas treats together, we all get to put our favorites and then have a day of cooking and spending time together. It is one of my favorites. We also have special ornaments that we like to hang on our tree each year so I want to be sure to capture those for my album as well. Sometimes capturing the details of a tradition can really help to tell your story.

Don’t be afraid to include new traditions – When Gunnar and I got married I wanted to include some of our own traditions in our holiday festivities. Since we have only been married for one Christmas we don’t have all that many yet but we are on our way. A couple of the things we do are enjoy a bottle of wine while watching a Christmas movie and decorating our tree. And I set up my tripod to capture some quick holiday snaps of us in front of the tree and in our yard. I’m looking forward to doing these again as well as incorporating something new for us.

Remember the Details – The details help tell the story of your Christmas, so I always try to gather as many detail shots about whatever our activity is as possible. This way I have a lot of flexibility when it comes to putting the album together. For example when I get pictures of our tree, I’ll grab one of the full tree, one of the tree topper, and then several ornament pictures so that I can create a story about our tree.

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My December Daily Activity & Photo List

Visit the Chocolate Shop
See the Yuletide Celebration
Yelp’s Totally Bazaar
Zoo: Festival of Lights
Make Cookies
Holiday Movies
Circle of Lights
Cocktails With Friends
Take Walks
Our Tree
Coffee Date
Family Photo
Christmas Lights
Christmas Playlist
Store Displays

Holiday, Outfits

What to Wear to Thanksgiving

November 21, 2015

What to Wear to Thanksgiving | happyapple.usI always struggle with what to wear to Thanksgiving. For one you want to be comfortable, hanging out with your family eating turkey. But secondly, you want to look presentable in case a camera gets pointed in your direction. I think I have finally landed on the perfect outfit for me. You can see what I am planning to wear for this year. I’ve got my dark grey jeans and a oversized sweater. My go to accessory in the fall is a scarf but I decided to go with statement jewelry instead because the oven will be on and then when all the guests arrive the house will heat up even more. I chose these boots just because I love them. They are really comfortable and look really cute with a lot of my outfits!

I’ve also thought about wearing a tunic top or dress with leggings and some cute boot socks, they would also provide some warmth but not overheat as the day goes on. It sometimes snows here around Thanksgiving and if that is the case I want to be ready and warm if we go in and out of the house. Which I will with this sweater and pants combo.

What do you normally wear to Thanksgiving?

Freebie, Holiday, Life, Lists

Top 10 Reasons Why I’m Thankful For You Free Printable

November 18, 2015

Top 10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful For You Free Printable

After the last year and a half that we have had, Gunnar and I have a lot to be thankful for. I created a printable that I am going to give him on Thanksgiving to remind him how special he is to me, it is the Top Ten Reasons I am Thankful For You. Last night we were talking about how things have been crazy busy, and as we head into this even busier holiday season I want to make sure I take the time to work on our relationship.  Since I already made it for me I thought I’d also make it available for you to download and print as well. I am using it for my husband; but you could use it for friends and family, spread a little cheer and happiness as well as remember the important things during Thanksgiving.

Top 10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful For You Free Printable


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Now this post has me thinking about all the other things I am thankful for. I know that this Thanksgiving is going to be extra special and I am really looking forward to it. I hope you take some time on Thanksgiving to reflect on the things you are thankful for. I know I will be.

Top 10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful For You Free Printable

Top 10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful For You Free Printable

Christmas, Holiday, Life, Lists

My Holiday Travel Essentials

November 17, 2015

Holiday Travel EssentialsEach year at the holidays we do a lot of traveling, my family is located around Cincinnati, Ohio and Gunnar’s family is around Chicago, Illinois. Right now we are able and willing to do all the driving to hit up the different sides of the state during the holidays. While we don’t mind traveling there are things that I love to take with me that make me feel like at home and those are my holiday travel essentials.

Sketch Book – I always feel like I do most of my brainstorming when I’m on the road, or Gunnar and I are talking about some big idea that we have had and my sketch book is always on hand to document these  ideas or sketch out my next project.

My Pen Case – Along with the sketch book I try to carry a variety of pens, pencils, and markers so I can draw out these ideas or other sketches while celebrating the holidays.

iPad – I just got this and I love it. :) It is going to be really nice carrying one that has several books and magazines around rather than all the individual books, I love books but they are heavy and take up a lot of space.

Chapstick – My lips get very chapped in the winter time. It is like they know that cold weather is coming and just dry up. So I always try to carry some in my coat pockets and purses. I love the eos brand because the shape of the ball makes it really easy to find in the depths of my purse.

Hand Lotion- Like my lips my skin also gets really dry and the skin around my finger nails gets dried out so I always have a little bottle of hand lotion in my purse and apply generously to help fight off the dryness.

Headphones – I think headphones are really important because you may end up in a situation where you want to watch or listen to something different than the group you have these puppies ready to go.

A Simple Cardigan – During the holidays you are in and out of different buildings and your car so much that I find it hard to dress warm enough in some situations, so I keep a cardigan at hand to throw on if the temperature is a little chilly for me, but it is easy to take off in case I get too warm.


Christmas, Crafts, December Daily, Holiday

December Daily Preparation Part 2

November 16, 2015

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I’m back to share the second part of my December Daily Preparation and some of the beginnings of my December Daily 2015 album with you. My goal with December Daily is to document the holidays but not become stressed out over the process. One of the things I do to stop this from happening is start putting together some of my pages before December starts. I like to leave a lot of flexibility with my album because right now so many things are changing that I don’t know for sure if we will be doing this activity on this date, or will it happen on a different day.

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This is how I set up my album last year and I really liked how well it worked for me so I’m doing it again. I start by grabbing one of each style pocket page until I run out and placing them in the album, then I use the transparent sheets to create dividers for the different weeks. I had some supplies left over from last year’s kit, which is where the tabs come from. Even though the album focuses on each day in December it feels really natural to me to divide it into the different weeks.

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Next, I go through the kit and pull out all the full size pages I want to use and disperse those throughout the album. Sometimes these change, I’ll either add more in or fill up the spots with full size pictures which are really fun and visual break up the pages.

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Then finally I start playing around with the embellishments, I am waiting on a few more supplies to arrive so I haven’t gotten really crazy yet but I like adding in some of these embellishments to create depth in my pages. I really love when I can put together a card that has a lot of contrast like the one below with the big wood circle. I also left a little room at the top of the card for further embellishment once I know what will go around it. I then spread these out throughout the album. This leaves me with lots of space to fill in once I have my pictures but gives me a good place to start so that I don’t get too overwhelmed if it is a particularly day or week.

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And this picture which was also at the top is my opening page for this year. I didn’t get any of the 2×2 squares last year so I wanted to start this one out with a bang. I left some of the spots so you can see through to the picture and quote behind it, I used some wood veneer people to represent Gunnar & I as well as a calligraphy H for our last name. For the back side of these squares I’m going to use it as a place to document the details of our holiday decorations, so it will be a little while before I get that part done.

I’m having a hard time with the inside cover this year, I’ve been trying out some different things but I just can’t decide. I put in this washi tape to feel it out and it surprisingly has gotten really stuck down so now I’ll need to work around that as well.