I can't believe today is the first day of Spring! whaaahooo. This winter has really been getting to me and I hope the season change will also be a weather change. The sun has been peeking in and out today which is a good change from the daily groom we have been experiencing in Portland.

I think Spring might be my favorite season because it is filled with hope of warm weather and new beginnings.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Love Joy Peace,





It's funny how a little sunshine can change your mood drastically. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have been deprived of sun rays all winter. Yesterday the sun finally cam out for the whole day. YAY! Everyone seemed to be in a great mood and I was very happy too.

While I was walking my dog I realized how many flowers has bloomed and plants had grown.
Sorry about the fuzzy pictures, its hard to focus my iphone when I have a dog trying to run away.

If you are enjoying a sunny day today i would suggest taking a walk and looking at all the pretty flowers that are popping up.

Love JOy Pea

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Today is my mom's birthday and I am so thankful for her. I hope that she know's she is appreciated and loved. She is the one that is always there for me and has never given up on me. She is the one that has always taught me to follow my heart and to follow my dream.

She only wants me to be myself and that is amazing. Thanks for unconditionally loving me Mom!

Take a minute to tell your mom how much you love them. You will never regret letting her know how much she means to you.

Mom, you are my best friend!

Love Joy Peace,

Every minute of your life can be enjoyed. You can learn to love event the hard times. Remember it is the hard times that make the good times even better. So be in love with your life.

Love Joy Peace,


Inspiration: Dale Chihuly

On my trip to Vegas a few months ago I was really inspired by Dale Chihuly. If you haven't heard of him I don't know where you have been his stuff is incedible! Just look at the photo above. How beautiful!!! check out his online gallery here.

I love the transarency that glass has and the amazing colors you can create. I have always been curious about glass art and for my birthday my mom surprised me with a lesson from Live Laugh Love Glass, we had a great time and we just got our paper weights back.
I like how the colors look with light showing through. My favorite part is the bubble that I got centered perfectly. Glass is a medium that would take a lot of time to learn and perfect. It was fun to finally try it out.
Here is another look at my paper weight. Next time I think i want to try a float or a bowl.

You should try working with glass. It would be a fun date night or a mother daughter date like we had. Valentine's Day is coming up, it would create unique memories rather than just a dinner and the present is already included! No shopping required :)

Love Joy Peace,


Tips and tricks for taking portraits.

I recently got my engagement photos taken. I had a lot of fun and I love the way the pictures turned out. I originally wanted to do a photo shoot in the forest with the autumn leaves everywhere, but by the time we got around to it all the leaves were on the ground. The that we all had the same time available was at night. So we decided to go with a nighttime urban feel instead. Our friend Trevor is our photographer and because he is our friend I didn't feel as uncomfortable as I might with someone I just met. He did do a great job of telling us where the be and what would look good. He also came up with some great locations. If you live in the Portland area I would definitely check out Trevor's website (celerityphoto.com) and contact him to shoot your engagement pictures, family photos, or your wedding.

You should really look at his car shots they are awesome.

Make sure your outfits go together

But don't be matchy matchy.

Give your photographer a list of what you want.

But let him give you ideas too, he's the professional.

Forget that you might look funny

Have fun, you need to look like you are in love so just be yourself.

Dress appropriately for your location

Don't wear cowboy boots in an urban setting, don't wear summer clothes in the winter.

Get black and whites for everything

Color is beautiful, but black and white will go with any decor.
Love Joy Peace,

P.S. - if you need something to wear for engagement pictures or for holiday pictures I would check out Modcloth they have really cute dresses



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