New feature series for the blog! It could be a product, service, restaurant… pretty much whatever is floating my boat at the time. Ideally, I'll post something every Friday, if you don't get the titular reference you’re dead to me, welcome to my consumer-whore lifestyle.
I recently started using a grocery delivery service called Good Eggs, they finally deliver to my part of the bay and I love them. Their focus is on supporting what they refer to as local food systems, and they have a fairly extensive list of requirements for the majority of the food they carry. These include supporting the local community, paying employees fair wages, sustainability, and transparency of ingredient and process. I won't continue to bore you with the details, but if you're interested check out on their website here.
A Few other things I love about them… Next day delivery, free with orders over $60 and they don't require you to be home to accept the delivery. Additionally, they will also return and refund your deposit for any glass containers like the huge glass jugs that my toddlers organic whole milk comes in. The produce is super fresh, in great condition. It is also a great place to find ethically farmed meat and fish, which can be difficult to locate in one place and usually requires a trip to the farmers market.
They are undeniably more expensive in some departments. While I have not price-checked everything, because I’m lazy, they do carry some of the same brands that I buy at my local grocery store and these have been the same or cheaper on Good Eggs. Obviously, meat and cheese range from more expensive to much more expensive, but also delicious to much more delicious.
The website is easy to use and very informative with pictures and information on all of their products. Any time there has been a problem with delivering something that I’ve ordered I’ve always received a prompt email offering a refund and explanation. I have only had one issue with missing an item in my delivery, and Good Eggs responded to my email almost immediately with an apology, refund for the item and a $10 credit for the inconvenience.
Which leads me to my only issue with the website, there is no way to see any credited money or refunds that may be on your account. These will show up on the bill that you receive when you make an order, I have actually brought this up with someone from Good Eggs and I think there will be a solution to this issue in the near future.
Also, today they sent me flowers and a cute tea towel, so who doesn't love that!
If you’re still reading this then congratulations, you win a prize! Just kidding, but I’ll send the first ten people to leave a comment a free gift that you will receive when you make your first order with Good Eggs. This is a Bay area company so make sure that you’re in their delivery zone before you get too excited.
Button-Downs and Babies...
My first serious attempt at an outfit photoshoot…While I’m not particularly pleased with any aspect of this shoot I’ve already learned a lot.
This was really difficult, more difficult then I would have thought. It was definitely not made easier by the screaming two month old. I’m still struggling to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes so putting together outfits is a little challenging, especially since I’m breastfeeding.
The one good thing about doing this shoot is that it gives me a reason to put on something other then sweats or jeans, which has sort of been my uniform lately. I feel like I have to figure out what my style now that I’m a mom. I have been pregnant or breast feeding for the better part of the last three years. And because I knew we were planning on having at least two babies close together I didn't really put any effort into my wardrobe between having my son and daughter. I guess it's time to go shopping!
Holiday Card Photo Shoot!
It’s that time of year again! This is when I start planning our holiday card, and of course a family photo shoot. While looking for inspiration I found myself looking back at our shoot from last year, and I thought I would share.
I picked out all of our outfits, trying to work with a subtle holiday color theme with the red/cranberry colors. The inspiration for this shoot really came from the colors and the cozy feeling of the plaid Pendleton blanket that were are snuggling in. As you can see from the difference in the outfit idea pictures to the actual shoot I only have so much control over the husband...
Coming from Canada, the Christmas season really doesn't feel right without a serious chill in the air and I really wanted to feel that in our pictures. At the same time I wanted to do justice to our new home in California. Keeping that in mind I chose Ocean Beach as our shoot location because of its reputation for cold and dreary weather and whats more Californian then the beach?
So far this year I’m feeling evergreens and a dark romantic vibe. Of course pulling that off with two babies and the uncooperative husband could be difficult. I’ll keep you posted!
Rainy Day Boots
It's raining! Like really, really raining! If you're confused by my excitement then you probably don't live in California. If you haven't heard we're in a drought here, which is bad in general, but also because I love the rain.
The other reason I love the rain is that I get to wear all of my fall outfits. Sunny days and t-shirts in November just feel wrong to a girl from Canada, by this point in the season I am dying to break out my boots and jackets.
I think I've got an idea of what my first How To Take A Selfie post should be about... I definitely need to practice my full body outfit shots.
How To Take A Selfie...
It occurred to me the other day that if I’m going to write a blog about my life then I’m probably going to have to be in some of the pictures, and you know what that means… selfies. It’s not that I’m against the selfie, I fully support them, but I am not good at them. I need about a thousand takes just to get a photo that looks even sort of okay. There is something so enviable about those girls, you know the ones, who have perfected their selfie game to one shot that takes less then a minute and looks totally flawless, duck-lips and all. Okay, I make fun mostly out of jealousy.
A huge part of writing this blog is for my personal growth, to learn new things and accept new challenges. So I decided to embrace something that I would normally run from and learn how to take a good selfie. And if I’m going to spend all this time wading through internet tutorials and Pinterest infographics then it would be unfair of me to withhold my new found knowledge. So, without further ado, I introduce my first feature, How To Take A Selfie. I've been practicing...
As a photographer I’m familiar with all of the rules for taking portraits; nose shadows, flattering lighting,and making sure nothing in the background is growing out of the subjects head. But when it come to taking pictures, especially candid ones of myself I’m am terrible. When in doubt ask Google, unless it's a medical question because never ends well. As I was scouring Pinterest for tutorials it occurred to me that I should share my new found knowledge with you. The selfie possibilities are endless and I am terrible at all of them. That being said I am totally open to any styles you would like to see me explore, and definitely any tips and tricks you’d like to offer, I need all the help I can get.