Monday, December 12, 2016


What do you get when you take 
one awesome front porch,
beautiful holiday decorations, 
and then add
two cute kids with great smiles and dimples?

Holiday Portraits! 

It's impossible to not feel the magic of the holidays after you see the smiles on their faces! 

See....Admit it, they have you smiling too don't they?

Happy Holiday's Everyone,


Monday, November 21, 2016

The M. Family Kiddos

A sneak peek of the The M. Family Kiddos.  A.K.A Cutie Patooties! 

Their little girl is a beauty, just like her mom. 

What about the little man? Well, handsome as ever and looking quite "dapper" I have to say. 

Side note: If the little girl's outfit came in my size - I would totally be wearing it myself. 

Prepare your viewing screen for some gorgeous kids! 

See.......what did I tell ya? Gorgeous and cute all at the same time. 

Happy Thanksgiving, 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016


"Bay Bridge"
San Francisco, CA

     "Golden Gate Bridge"   
San Francisco, CA

No dense San Francisco fog during my visit.
 However, there was a consistent light mist in the air in the evenings and during the night.
Let me tell you, no amount of "anti-frizz serum" could combat that bay city air.
No matter, it was a memorable experience none the less. 

"When the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay....." 

(Photos taken with Canon 18-55mm Kit lens)



Monday, October 10, 2016


(iPhone 6)

Hoping to get lost in the magic of a few good books that I recently picked up. How about you? What have you been reading?  

Wishes to you finding your magic, 


Linking up with

Saturday, October 8, 2016


{Fallen golden leaf}
 (iPhone 6)

{Golden evening sunsets at the Rec Park}
 (iPhone 6) 

{The final blooms of the Black-Eyed Susan}
(iPhone 6)

What's golden in your neck of the woods? 

Have a golden day, 


Linking up with 
Life thru the Lens at Lisa Kerner~Simply Living PhotographySerendipity is Sweet  Pierced Wonderings

Sunday, October 2, 2016


"The stacked wood pile."
(iPhone 6)

The cool fall air. The seasoned wood pile.

 Always a great reason for a night spent by a warm fire, inside or outside.

Linking up with @PhoTrablogger with finding beauty in the Mundane Monday Challenge.

Life thru the Lens at Lisa Kerner~Simply Living Photography

Friday, September 30, 2016


" The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement." 

(iPhone 6)

During a quiet early morning walk recently I came across these pretty flowers growing near the edge of a stream. They were just so pretty growing in the shade and lining the water's edge like a white blanket.

Happy Find,


I am linking up here today..
Pierced Wonderings
Serendipity is Sweet

Monday, September 26, 2016


"You sit by yourself grasshopper. What do you think of?" 
~ Master Po
(iPhone 6)

Life thru the Lens at Lisa Kerner~Simply Living Photography

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."  

~ Audry Hepburn

( iPhone 6 )

This gardening season some vegetables did ok while the others, not so much.  Despite a great start with our planting in the spring not everything grew as expected. It was a learning process.  However, what did very well and grew all season season long were the leafy greens. Except for my Swiss Chard, which was invaded by some odd beetle, but that is a whole other story.  ARUGULA, in particular, grew the best. Arugula (also known as Rocket) is my all time favorite! A fun leafy green that is crisp, peppery and yet refreshing in taste. Add a bit of balsamic vinaigrette and I could eat a bowl of it just by itself.  It was definitely a winner this year. Fingers crossed that it will grow just as well next year, along with a few more veggies.......hopefully. 

Happy Eating, 

Sharing with LIFE thru THE LENS and Pierced Wonderings this week.

Life thru the Lens at Lisa Kerner~Simply Living Photography

Pierced Wonderings

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Everyday is a new beginning.
(iPhone 6)

Monday, May 23, 2016

CLICK PLANT GROW Blog Circle {Seeds to grow}

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go.  Actually, it was the interstate the whole way.   In the past few weeks, more steps have been taken in efforts to hopefully grow some vegetables this year. One step involved taking a trip to my parents house during the recent school break.  The kids and I packed up our stuff and off we went. They looked forward to not only visiting their grandparents, but their new fluffy spring family additions as well.  Not only was I looking forward to spending time with family as well but I hoped to gain some more valuable insight from my dad about gardening.....and a few "fool proof" vegetable seeds.

Allow me to explain. My father is an avid gardener.  So much so that I think he has 6 green thumbs. Always has, for as long as I can remember. Take a look at some of his produce from a previous season.

 See what I mean??????

When we decided to try and grow some vegetables again this year (its been a few years) my first thought was "Dad, help!"  I figured he would give me some good tips, which he did. I also hoped that he would share some of his seeds, which he did. Score!
I am not sure why, but I just feel that because he is so great at gardening that if I use his seeds they are just guaranteed to grow.  At least I hope! If they do not, well then it will confirm the sad truth that I was not born with green thumbs.

Happily he shared some of his seeds. We selected Cucumber, Tomato, Peppers, Green Beans and Zucchini.

Inside his little greenhouse the seeds were planted.

He has already got the shelves filled with seedlings just waiting to be planted.

Even the annual fig tree is waiting to come outside.  Yes, that's right a fig tree in western NY. I don't know how he does it, but there have been fresh figs the past few years. 

Along with planting vegetables, a variety of "sunflower" seeds were planted too!

His method of storing seeds, pretty simple. In little glass mason jars.  Can you tell which bean is the green bean??? Me neither, but my dad can.
Honestly, when this picture was taken I believe the green bean seeds were at the bottom of the jar and and were just not visible.

Into the starter packs they go.

A little greenhouse selfie here for you. LOL.

Did I mention previously that there were new fluffy additions to their homestead?  While one minion was busy planting seeds, the other minion was busy keeping an eye on these.

Aren't they stinkin' adorable??  These little ones are baby Cornish Hens.

He just enjoyed visiting and helping his grandfather take care of them. They were kept in a temperature controlled shed when these photos were taken as it was still too cold for them to be placed outside.

Honestly, how adorable is that?

Although, this one in particular, is not too fond of my presence or my camera.

These girls here are two weeks older than the Cornish Hens and are egg laying baby chickens. Now my father did tell me what breed of chickens they were, but unfortunately that detail did not quite stick in my brain.

I think they are comically cute themselves. 

Not long after planting the vegetable and flower seeds, the other caregiver was checking in on the baby chicks too. 

That is where we currently are in our gardening process. In the upcoming weeks we hope to have two gardening beds ready to go and some annual flowers planted too!

Don't forget to continue on with the blog circle and visit Courtney next to see what is going on in her garden. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Gardening,