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Favorite Photo Props

One of my recent passions is photography. I'm completely self taught and a TOTAL novice, but I really enjoy shooting and finding creative angles for photos. I've picked up plenty of tips since Tolar first bought me a DSLR camera, but the two tips I use the most are:
1.) find the light
2.) use props

Today, I'm sharing my five favorite props to help make your photos pop.

1.) A fun white rug
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My absolute favorite prop is my sheepskin rug. If you follow me on instagram, you will see the rug used in so many different ways. I love it because it adds a pop of white, making my photos nice and bright. I also love the texture difference between our wood floors and the fluffy white rug.
And Kendall loves the rug because she pretends it is snow. Any time she sees me taking photos using the rug, she can't wait until I'm finished so she can play with it. It's super cozy too.
You can score this rug for a steal on Amazon.

2.) Paper Shreds
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There is a reason that companies package up your online purchases in bright, colorful paper shreds. It makes everything look pretty and fun! I love using paper shreds when I'm taking pictures of products because it help add color and decoration to my photo, without pulling focus from the main object. You can find all sorts of colors of paper shreds at Target or Michael's for around $1.

3.) Snow
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If it snows, you can guarantee I'm taking photos. Of course, I love capturing K playing in the show, but I love the awesome background that the snow offers. In my opinion, the snow makes everything look clean, crisp and pristine. I'm hoping for one more good snow storm so I can capture a few more photos.
Also, it is a BIG dream of mine to have professional photos taken of us in formal wear while in the snow. I think those photos are breathtaking!

4.) White/solid color bowls
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If you ever plan on taking pictures of your food, grab some solid color bowls and plates. The solid color keeps the focus on the food instead of shifting focus to a busy design. I love using white bowls and plates so the colors in my food can really stand out. Of course if you are making a dish that is going to be white, use a darker color bowl so there is a nice contrast.

5.) Cute kids
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When all else fails and you aren't sure what to do to make your photos better, grab a cute kid! :) Lucky for me, my Kendall is used to having her picture taken and I can normally get a good shot of her. And she will usually humor me and hop in photos with me. 99% of the time, if my child is in a photo I instantly love it.


Do you ever use props in your photos? If so, I'd love to hear what your favorites are - leave me a comment below.


Other photo posts you might light:
My Favorite Photo Editing Apps
Tips for the Insta Food Photographer


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Nickel & Suede Leather Earrings

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It is no secret, I'm an accessories girl. I love earrings, necklaces, bracelets, all of it. And if it is a statement piece, there is a 99.9% chance that I will love it. Statement pieces are often heavy, which is fine if I'm wearing it around my neck, but not on my ears. Enter the incredible lightweight leather earrings from Nickel & Suede. These leather earrings are so lightweight that you cannot even feel them when you wear them. So ladies with sensitive ears, you don't have to worry a bit (and they are nickel free to boot!).

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The thing I love most about Nickel & Suede is that they have tons of options. TONS. You can pick virtually any color you want and there are plenty of styles. I'm wearing Nickel & Suede's earring of the month, Gypsy Teal (get them on sale through tomorrow!). The style of the Gypsy Teal earring is their basic style, but you can also find woven, cut-out, suede, shimmer and more.

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Custom Invitations and Stationery

One of my most favorite things to send and receive is snail mail. It's always been a joy for me ever since I was little to open the mailbox and see something pretty inside, waiting on me to open it. Whenever it is time for me to send our annual holiday card or thank you cards, I always love looking through all of the designs that are offered. Designers in today's world are so talented and create some pretty amazing work. Which is why I'm thrilled to introduce you all to an incredible online stationery store,
Basic Invite.

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Their name might say basic, but I promise you that the designs offered on Basic Invite are anything but. Stunning is the word that comes to mind, because their designs are breathtaking. There are numerous reasons to fall in love with them, but their design offerings top the list. You can pick from photo designs, non photos, foil, real wood (yes you read that right), black tie, the options are endless. And so are the colors; with over 180 color options you can truly customize any invitation, card or piece of stationery and it will be uniquely yours. You get an instant preview online every time you make a selection.

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Toy-Yo

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Toys. If you have kids, you have toys in your house I'm sure.
Toys are an essential part of learning, growing and developing creativity in children. Sometimes it can be overwhelming for parents to decide which toys they need for their children since there are so many options out there. Other times it can be extremely chaotic in a household that is overflowing with toys! Lucky for us all, there is a new subscription/toy rental service that solves all of our problems.

Meet Toy-Yo, an online library full of well-crafted, educational toys. Don't be fooled - just because I use the word educational I also mean that these toys are FUN!!!!
Toy-Yo is a brand new company that I have had the pleasure of working with and I'm so excited to introduce them to you. To explain just how incredible Toy-Yo is, I compiled a list of my top reasons that YOU should purchase (or gift!) a membership.

Play this video to see Kendall in action with the toys!


TOP 10 Reasons to subscribe to Toy-Yo:


1.) You won't be overwhelmed by too many toys in your house.
Just like you check books out from the library or rent a movie from RedBox, you can do the same with Toy-Yo. At Toy-Yo, you rent the toys, play with them, then return them and rent more toys. So fun! Parents don't have to stress over finding a place to store all of the extra toys because once your child decides they are finished playing with the toys, you just return them and get a brand new set. I've had a lot of friends start a toy rotation in their house because they find that their children get overwhelmed by too many options. This is similar to that, but without having to find additional storage for the toys not in use.

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Trendy Clothes For Motherhood

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We live in quite a terrific moment in time. Technology allows us to do so much and offer so much; shop online, make video calls, order food and groceries online, schedule a car ride and more.
I have to say one of my favorite things about the digital age is shopping online - and all the mamas said "hallelujah" - especially when I find a Trendy Online Boutique like PinkBlush.

PinkBlush offers cute, stylish clothing for women in all stages of motherhood. Their clothes are perfect for stylish moms and they even have incredible clothes for all throughout pregnancy (they are altered to fit a mother's growing bump during every trimester). The clothes are so modern and versatile, allowing you to wear everything all sorts of ways through different seasons of life.

Seriously, why did my friends not tell me about this awesome online shop when I was pregnant with Baby K? I would have been rocking everything you find in their maternity clothes section- whenever I'm pregnant again this will be my store! Luckily, I found this shop now and they carry a complete line for women (pregnant and not).

My favorite part of their shop is that they feature so many FABULOUS styles for moms on the go like me. Being a (mostly) stay at home mama, I still want to feel pretty every single day and this purple lace dress from PinkBlush makes me feel that and more.

They have so many options - dressy, casual, formal, boho, classic, maxis - you name it, they have it. I can guarantee that a lot of clothes from PinkBlush will be showing up on my doorstep and I'm not mad about it one bit.

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Fine Motor Skills and Hand Strength

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Since Baby K started Preschool, one thing her teachers have talked about a lot is building fine motor skills and hand strength. In our technology world, some toddlers spend a considerable amount of time on tablets and don't always have the fine motor skills that they need.

Over the years, I've tried to work with K on her fine motor skills and these are some of our favorite activities. Not only do these activities work on fine motors, but some of these are also educational and all of them are FUN. 

1.) Bead Garden
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I bought a styrofoam cube and poked holes into it and then inserted colorful pipe cleaners. I then bought matching beads and taught K to "thread" the beads onto the pipe cleaners. This activity teachers her about color matching, sorting and builds her fine motors. Also, when she plays with her bead garden I get an easy 30 minutes to myself.

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Photo Editing Apps

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One of the things I get asked about a lot regarding my instagram account is how do I get my photos to look so bright. Of course my first answer is ALWAYS lighting - find the light. But then I clue people into my two favorite photo editing apps that I use on virtually every picture I take.

Different people have different tastes in what they prefer for a photo aesthetic, I prefer light and white. To achieve this look in my photos I use my secret weapon of apps called PicTapGo. There are so many different filters that you can use in PicTapGo and I love that you can layer as many as you want over top of each other. You can even use the same filter several times until you get the desired look.

My favorite filter to use is called "Brightside." This is almost always the first filter I select when I edit a photo. Normally, it takes one or two times clicking Brightside until I get the desired effect I would like. Then I will select "Contrast" and play around with it until I reach the level of contrast that I prefer. Occasionally I will "Cool It Down" or "Warm It Up" to change the color composition. And that is it. I don't use a ton of filters, this is the recipe I found that works best for me.
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A New Way to Shop - with Boxed


Moms, I'm talking to you all on this one. Picture it with me: you need paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, maybe some granola bars for the littles and it is 14 degrees outside with the threat of snow. Do you really want to spend 30 minutes bundling the kids up, driving to the store, unloading them all, navigating a big cart around the grocery store while everyone in town is also there and then transport everything back home? Yeah, I didn't think so.

There is a new way to shop for those household items and you can do it from the comfort of your own home or even on the go. Allow me to introduce you to a company that I learned about a few months ago from my oh so wise aunt. BOXED.com

They call themselves Costco for Millennials, and even though I'm somehow classified as a Millennial (later we can get into a conversation about how that just doesn't make sense to me ), I think they should also brand themselves as Costco for Moms.

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Baby K's 3rd Birthday Party



While this blog was on hiatus, a lot of life happened. Nine months of our lives to be exact. And you, my dear readers, missed out on some pretty amazing events in our lives. When I decided to relaunch Pursuit of Pink I wondered what my first few posts would be about. The first thought to pop into my head was "give the people what they want!" and I without a doubt know that what you want is...Baby K!

Kendall turned 3 over the summer and we decided to throw her birthday party at a location instead of our house. There are lots of options in the New River Valley for children's birthday parties, but I am more than THRILLED with our choice of Little Leapers in Blacksburg, VA. If you take anything away from this blog post it should be this: book your child's next birthday party here. Little Leapers did everything right; we were so pleased.

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I'm Back! - Resolutions from a Mom



Well hello there lovelies!!! I'm so happy to be back to blogging.

Being completely transparent, I didn't exactly plan on taking a nine month hiatus from blogging, but somehow it happened. Life happened. And I enjoyed the MUCH needed break.
During the month of December I kept feeling a prompting from God that I needed to pick blogging back up. I saw sign after sign that I wasn't finished with my little piece of the internet and I'm thrilled to say Pursuit of Pink is back in action!

Pursuit of Pink has always existed to be a place of happiness and positivity in a world with so much sadness. I believe that the world needs more smiles, more rainbows, more butterflies. This is a place with zero judgement, a place full of joy and a place to find encouragement (because Mommin' Ain't Easy). None of that will ever change!

To kick off the re-launch of Pursuit of Pink and 2017, I thought I would share some of my resolutions and goals for the upcoming year.

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