Blogging

16 Instagram Ideas For Photographing Kids

June 29, 2015

Instagram is the new black. That’s why it’s super important if you’ve been sitting on the fence with it to up your game this very second. This post will share 16 Ideas for Photographing Kids For Instagram, but you can use lots of these tips for photographing adults too. I’m so hot on IG and my students got me all fired up… We recently wrapped up our online Instagram Bootcamp class and wow, what a great class it was because even the teachers, who have tons of experience and who think we’re pros (ah-hem), realized after day one just how broad Instagram really is. We taught 26 lessons that took our students into the deep end of the Instagram pool – no more splashing about in the shallow side thinking that posting photos, any photo, and applying one of the generic filters is enough to engage others.

16 Instagram Ideas For Photographing Kids

Instagram is where it’s at right now with social media, so don’t miss out if you’ve been wanting to try something new to spice up your work and rekindle the joy you once had blogging. It has actually given bloggers who have a small readership a new lease on their online identities – I know some with a few thousand readers who just started IG and have over 100k followers already. Insane! It’s inspiring to see and has been a game changer for so many. If you’ve felt bummed that you haven’t been able to get your blog going, then look to Instagram as your second blog and put your all into it. Instagram is also amazing for established bloggers who want to share more than carefully curate blog content and elaborate stories. It’s such a great space for engaging with  Continue Reading…






Decorating Tips

10 Ways To Create Moody Interiors

June 24, 2015

Let’s talk about moody, cozy interiors and how to create them. I know, I know… Summer just kicked off but we’ve had pretty bad weather with lots of rainy gray days so I’m working hard to maintain sanity by creating a cozy nest at home. Having the right home environment gets me through times when all I can think about is being outdoors with my little one surrounded by flowers, ice cream and sunlight. On gray days the only thing that gets me through are candles, music, coffee, Amy Winehouse, preparing nice meals and inviting over friends frequently. That’s my recipe for a cozy home no matter what the weather forecast. But there’s more and I have created a list of 10 ways for you to create a moody, cozy interior. But first, How do you create a cozy mood at home?

10 Ways To Create Moody Interiors

I was looking over the portfolio of Debi Treloar this morning, who photographed two of my books, and discovered she has lots of wonderfully moody interiors images on her website. She has photographed many books that are permanent staples in my library. I just love her work because she creates such a moody vibe in all of her interiors, even the light and bright homes we’ve worked together in. I’ve taken a few photos from her portfolio to highlight not Continue Reading…






Books + Magazines

Book Review: Playful

June 23, 2015

Are you looking for a beautiful craft book for kids? I’ve got one for you! I was so happy when I first heard that Merrilee’s book, Playful: Fun Projects To Make With + For Kids, published in German under the title, “Spielzeit: 25 fantasievolle Projekte zum Spielen und Gestalten“. It’s such a sweet book and I think it will do just great here in Germany where I’m currently living. Merrilee Liddiard is the blogger behind Mer Mag and I’ve followed her blogging adventures for years so it’s very nice to see her in print.

Book Review: Playful

The crossover from blog to book is never easy, but Merrilee and her team pulled it off just beautifully. Her photographer, Nicole Hill Gerulat, made Merrilee’s projects shine  too – Nicole is quite amazing behind the lens and takes such great photos of the children interacting with the various projects. It’s so hard to photograph children and now that I have a toddler, I have even more respect for photographers who work with children on a regular basis. My god. Capturing portraits of children at play is like shooting wild animals for Nat Geo – you have to observe for what feels like hours and be patient as you await Continue Reading…






Bloggers

Our Food Stories in Berlin

June 22, 2015

Berlin is fast becoming a food-lovers city, a place for foodies from all over the country and beyond to gather with drinks, eats and stories in the many biergartens, trendy cafes and edgy-urban outdoor spaces. Along with this big wave of food, you also have a rising up of food trucks, markets and bloggers – all of which are quite impressive with their culinary passion shining through. In fact, I predict that the food culture in Germany will only grow, and leading the scene is definitely the great city of multicultural, forward-moving Berlin (with Hamburg in second place). Between the low rents in Berlin (compared to other German cities), innovative youngsters and middle-agers who want to bring fresh ideas to life, and the abundance of food that is available sourced locally at affordable prices, it’s definitely fertile ground to make your culinary dreams come true in Berlin.

Our Food Stories in Berlin

I was recently reading the Michelin Star Report 2015 and found that their are now 15 Berlin restaurants (I want to try Pauly SaalHorvath and VAU) that hold the high honor of receiving Michelin stars and an additional 5 have received their newest award, Bib Gourmand, one of which I’m dying to try called Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

Second Skin Collection By Stylist July Adrichem

June 18, 2015

I always return to a simple truth in my own work. Limitations foster creativity. The psychology of limitation is so interesting, don’t you think? Have you noticed this in your own work too? We can become so paralyzed from innumerable opportunities – for instance, have you heard of this new term, “Pinterest Depression?”. I heard this recently, I think from a friend, and I was like Yes, omg yes! You see so many ideas and you just freeze or feel like a giant loser because Pinterest stuff looks so much prettier than your stuff. Or you try to work on a few of the recipes you’ve pinned or a craft DIY and they don’t turn out nearly as good as what you saw on Pinterest and you feel depressed about it. Or you simply do nothing because there is just so much out there to see and do that you don’t know where to begin. This is called the paralysis of too much choice.

Second Skin Collection By Stylist July Adrichem

Has this ever happened to you… You want to bring a cake to your sister’s housewarming party but instead of baking one, you go to the corner bakery and select something from the dozen or so displayed there. Think about it though – if that bakery didn’t exist, or you were really broke, you would be forced to bake a cake and who knows, that cake may really inspire you, give you a sense

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Recipes

Recipe: Rhubarb Cake with Honey Meringue Topping Recipe

June 17, 2015

Would you like a delicious recipe for baking a summer fresh rhubarb cake? This is Lisa and I just arrived home from a week in sunny, dazzling Mallorca. We stayed at a beautiful hotel where we were served delicious food created by cooks who rattled pans and spoons as they laid out a twice daily buffet. It was a wonderful feeling not to have to stand in the kitchen and cook for myself, not have to clean up afterwards and to be able to choose from many different dishes and taste little bits of this and that instead.

Recipe: Rhubarb Cake with Honey Meringue Topping Recipe

It was splendid, but to be honest, after a week of such a culinary explosion, it became a bit overkill! I caught myself looking forward to homemade food again, the kind that I make with my own hands and lots of time, with my daughter. Nevertheless, the week in the sun allowed me to wind down and learn to relax a bit. There has been a lot going on in my life lately so this was a much needed break.

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