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Can't Live Without It: Nifty Fifty

4.16.2015

I hope you will join Stephanie, Caitlin and me! It's super easy, tell us one thing you simply cannot live without, grab the button and link your blog below. Link up's are always a great way to find other blogs and have people discover yours. If you're new to blogging or a seasoned pro we hope you join us!

This week I didn't have to think long about what my can't live without item is and if you're a rookie DSLR girl like myself this needs to be in your camera bag.

*Edit: Apparently Cait and I were sharing brainwaves when we posted about the exact same thing!!

Canon EF 55mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
A couple of birthday's ago David had bought me a Canon Rebel T4i and while I was so excited to use it, I had no clue how to operate it. Sure it took pretty great photos in auto mode but I had a strong desire to really learn how to use it. I read some books, watched some youtube tutorials and then decided I needed what everyone was calling the "nifty fifty" (Nikon version here).
This is the lens I use almost 100% of the time. It's affordable and once you begin to figure out aperture, shutter speeed and ISO it becomes all the better. My photos have gotten so much better since I have been only using manual mode. Forcing myself to learn!

This lens is a prime lens meaning you cannot zoom in or out. If you want to get farther or closer you physically have to move your feet (my husband hates that part). But because it is a prime lens that is how I am able to get those gorgeous blurry backgrounds. The smaller f number you use (aperture), the more light it allows in. The more in focus your subject (or wherever you place your focus) and the blurrier the background.

Again I am a total rookie. But I can't live without this lens and since I am just a mama taking photos of my baby this will do just fine!
I have started to look into a macro lens (for those super small up close details) would love to hear any suggestions if you have one. Don't want anything that will break the bank either!

Your turn!



Tooth Woes

I have to say thank goodness we cannot remember what getting teeth feels like. I can only imagine it's painful (those suckers are sharp!) and sometimes they make my usually sweet baby pretty fussy. Worst part is this is only one - goodness how many teeth do baby even get? Any good tips for soothing sore gums throw them at me. Because that baby that slept through the night (you know all of the TWO times she has done it) yeah she is way over that.

Send coffee.
Don't forget to link up with us for Can't Live Without it! Link goes live at 6pm PST tonight so make sure you join us and dish about one thing you are loving. Grab the image below and you're all set! 

Lovin' Lately: Floral Edition

4.14.2015

Surplice Romper  I always love the idea of rompers but never have the gusto to pull them off.

Pansy Top: Further fueling my Rifle Paper Co. obsession

Crinkled Split Back Top

Kate Spade iPhone 6 case
Shanice Tank

Floral Baby Gap sweatshirt: So tempted to buy this in a larger size since it's marked down to $9.99! This is one of my favorite things of P's and I will be so sad when she grows out of it!
BP Floral Watch

Happy Shopping!

Monday, Monday

4.12.2015

Ahh Monday, you never fail to come right as the weekend starts to get relaxing. This weekend we enjoyed some beautiful weather up in the wine country. One of my best friends is having her second baby and we all attended her sprinkle. It was a fun day but lots of time in the car. Luckily P is such mellow baby and didn't get fussy.
Other than that the weekend was pretty low key! David bought all the veggies for our garden on Sunday and I spent ALL DAY making baby food and snapping this ones mug. Also wanted to say thank you to everyone who linked up on Friday for our new Can't Live Without It series. We hope you join us this Friday in case you missed out last week!

Can't Live Without It: Fluttered Maya Blouse

4.09.2015

It's here! Day one of our new linkup, I hope you will join Stephanie, Caitlin and me! It's super easy, tell us one thing you simply cannot live without, grab the button and link your blog below. Link up's are always a great way to find other blogs and have people discover yours. If you're new to blogging or a seasoned pro we hope you join us!
This week's can't live without is my new favorite blouse from Anthropologie. I spotted it thanks to my sister in law who had it hanging up on her recent visit home. So natch when I got my birthday 15% coupon (If you're not an Anthro member sign up it's free!) and an Anthro giftcard from my sister for my birthday I knew just what I was getting.  Flattering to most body sizes (especially post baby!) and comes in a variety of adorable prints. 

I selected it in yellow because I wanted to match my mini!
Now tell us...what can't you live without?