Wednesday, October 11

Kindness is Power- Carissa's Story

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It makes me so happy to partner with companies who are trying to change the world through kindness and action.  That's why today I'm working with Eau Thèrmale Avene in sharing Carissa's story here on my blog.  Carissa went through years of being bullied because of her skin condition (eczema) and NO child should be picked on and harassed, especially because she was born with a disease with no cure.  October is National Bullying Prevention month, and this is a cause that is near and dear to me.


Through Eau Thèrmale Avene's Kindness Campaign, you can purchase special kits where 100% of the proceeds will go to raising bullying prevention awareness.  Let's help protect our littles from bullying.  Check out the full video of Carissa's story right here. #AveneHope

Tuesday, October 10

Hope Turns 51... Or Something Like That

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I figure if I'm properly getting back into blogging, I should probably catch you up on our big summer events.  On August 22nd, Hope turned 15.  Like, WHAT?!  Basically, Facebook Timehop and I are enemies at the moment.  "Hey.  Remember when Hope was tiny?  Let me show you a picture of that so you can cry in your coffee this morning."  Thanks, Timehop.  Does it really need to be an everyday occurrence?  Anyway, this was probably the most low-key birthday celebration for Hope that I can remember... and it was really nice.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good themed party, but it was special to just enjoy the day and take her out for some photos.

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Since Hope has been in that anti-photo phase for a while, getting her situated for our mini session was pretty hilarious.  I was so happy when she asked if we could do photos, though.  Um... ABSOLUTELY ANYTIME!

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We Sheltons are notorious for expecting extensive birthday celebrations, so we had her low-key party at our house the day of her actual birthday, and she also had an epic girls' sleepover and trip to Silver Dollar City the weekend before that.

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Of course, Hope hung out with her friends for the sleepover and while we were at SDC, so Poesy had the time of her life getting all of the attention from her mama and daddy.  We definitely didn't mind.

Thursday, October 5

Protective Eyewear

I recently had the opportunity to be part of a campaign encouraging people to protect their eyes from digital eye burn.  This is only something I've learned about recently and honestly, it explains why I often get severe headaches after long photo editing sessions.  I've been making an effort in the past weeks to do a better job of preserving my sight by wearing my glasses with Kodak BlueReflect™ lenses from Coastal.  The lenses use a special coating to reflect a portion of the blue light from screens and artificial lights.  If you're interested, you can read more about it here.

Do any of you have special glasses for screens?  I'm interested in knowing what you think of them!