What’s Happening

My life has been busy. Like so busy that I kind of forgot I have a blog. Here is the super fast recap.

  • The Etsy shop has been up and running for about 6 weeks. I didn’t realize how much work it was going to be, BUT, I’m loving finally having a way to sell my personal work. If you love flowers, beaches, landscapes and pretty things, then check it out. I’ve had 2 sales in the first 6 weeks (woohoo!) and my goal is at least 10 by the end of this year. Why so low? Because I know Etsy shops take time to get off the ground. If I make 10 sales, I’ll be psyched. If I go over that, I’ll be over the moon.
  • Photo session season has picked up. Which means I’m getting to play with lots of cute babies and families, celebrating lots of love, and just editing away. I moved to a new gallery system, which has been getting some rave reviews, and I’m just overall super busy. I’ve already had several shoots, including my spring mini sessions two weekends ago, with several more on the horizon!
  • My allergies are in full swing (like so many people) and I feel like crap 99% of the time with them. Needless to say, I was lazy and didn’t exercise for a solid two weeks. And I also chose to eat whatever I felt like. I’m back in the exercise groove, and re-starting Couch to 5K for my thousandth time today. I’ll finish it the week I leave for Spain. So it’s a good time frame and a good goal!
  • Stay tuned for a couple of reviews coming on the blog courtesy of SweatPink. I love being part of this community and can’t wait to bring them to the blog!

And that’s about all for now.

Happy Tuesday!

A weekend of relaxation and productivity

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I certainly did. It was relaxing and productive.

Friday: After work, I headed to the gym and ran. I upped my running time to 15 minutes today and I felt great. My muscles were pretty sore though, so one I got home I indulged in a good stretch before hopping in the shower. It was amazing how much better my body felt after a good stretch. Note to self: Stretch more often. The other half and I got salads for dinner from our favorite pizza shop in town and enjoyed a few beverages.

One of my photos in the Etsy shop

One of my photos in the Etsy shop

Saturday: Typical morning for me. Off to the barn I went to clean stalls and enjoy the company of the horses. Once I got him – we headed up to the Kittery Outlets. I wanted to head to the Under Armour Outlet to pick up some more of their HeatGear Running Shirts. I’m obsessed. And thankfully they were on sale for 2 for $30. Added 4 more to my workout arsenal! Now I just need to get some more running pants! After we did our weekly groceries and stocked up on things I needed for my planned cooking frenzy for Sunday.

My only goal for Saturday night was to finish my taxes. In fact, I made it clear to N to not let me do anything else until my taxes were done. He even made dinner during that time (Mexican Taco Bake!).  Once I completed my taxes we watched Frozen (I’m obsessed!) and I got my eryn e photography Etsy shop up and running. The Etsy shop will have all photos from my personal collection (think flowers, landscapes, the beach, etc.)

And now for Sunday.

Sunday was…. a kitchen adventure. I got up early and got a few more things loaded into the Etsy store and then went to get a mani/pedi before the frenzy began. Now, this was a pre-planned frenzy. Knowing N was going to be working all day, I decided to cook dinner and try out a few new recipes.

First up – Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it has easily become a new favorite. To keep it a bit healthier, we made sure to get lean chicken breasts, and low fat ranch dressing and cheese. Obviously not the healthiest meal, but it sure hit the spot!

The finished product

The finished product

While those were baking, I started working on Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese. Also not super healthy, but definitely a good comfort food. And the Greek Yogurt gave it such a different flavor. Yum! (I brought a little for lunch today….)

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After that was done, I went to work on some No Bake Energy Bites. I have to say – these were probably the hardest to make out of everything! However, they are delicious!

My parents decided to stop by during the cooking frenzy, so I took a quick break and threw together a Sugar-Free Banana Cream Pie for my dad. I had the crust and pudding in my cabinet already so it took no time at all. He was pretty excited.

The final meal of the day – Healthy Turkey Chili. I cook this A LOT. We both love it, and it’s super hearty. My decision to make this was super last minute so I was missing the chipotle chilis it calls for, so I improvised. I added jalapenos (1 1/2 cups), sriracha sauce, red cayenne pepper and chili powder (to taste). It gave it an entirely different flavor, but was still yummy. I’m excited to dig into it for dinner tonight!

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Enjoy the recipes! I wish I was created enough to come up with these on my own, but thank god for Pinterest.

Weight Watchers Update and Foto Friday

Happy Friday all!

Before I jump into Foto Friday, I wanted to do my weekly Weight Watchers update. Today was my weekly weigh-in and I am happy to report I was down 2.8 lbs! Here are the totals so far.

Starting Weight (1/2/14): 199.3

Last Weigh In for WW (1/17/14): 192.5

Current Weight (as of this AM): 192.5

Current Loss to Date: 6.8

My goal is to be down 15 by Valentines Day – just over a month to lose about 8.2 lbs. I think I can do it! Especially getting the gym back in the equation this week.

Okay – now for something I’m hoping to bring back. FOTO FRIDAY! As many of you know, my side profession is a photographer. I have loved photography since high school and began eryn e photography in 2011. While the business has become a lot of amazing families, I still love getting out there and snapping random scenes. Since my camera is currently in the shop for some repairs, I decided to have some fun with my iPhone 5S this AM on my way into work. I edited it with ‘Filtergram‘.

Usually I post a little blurb to go with the photo, but today – I’m not. I want to hear what comes to mind when you look at this photo! And for the record,  I did pull over and stop my car to take this. Always be safe when taking pictures on the road 🙂

Please no stealing :)

Please no stealing 🙂

Check out my instagram account for more pictures!

So I want to know, what does this image mean to you? Tell me below in the comments! Looking forward to hearing your responses!

Foto Friday!

As part of the ‘reinvented’ blog, I’m always trying to think of new things I can do, besides just write. Since it’s a look inside my world, whether it be books, health/fitness, photography or just my musings of the day, I need to plan accordingly. I’m hoping as I delve deepper into the blogging world, I’ll have a bit more of a schedule for things. But for now, since not a whole lot of new stuff is happening, I decided today would be Foto Friday!

What is Foto Friday you ask?

Foto Friday is going to be a day where I post a random photo from my personal collection of works, or possibly a really cool photo from a past photo shoot, and maybe write a little snippet or something that goes along with it! Maybe it will spark some creativity in me.

Anyways, welcome to the first Foto Friday. My one rule – please don’t take screen grabs of these photos. If you’re interested in any of them, please let me know. 🙂 Also – if you’re interested in seeing more of my work, make sure to like eryn e photography. You can either like it on the side bar, or visit here!

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My love for photography began at the beach my sophomore year of high school on Plum Island. To this day, it is still one of my favorite places to photograph, both personally and professionally. I recently had family photos done and my engagement photos done, forever capturing one of my favorite places.

I love black and white photography; while I don’t go black & white unless I feel the picture really calls for it, I just love how it can capture a mood, a feeling or just enhance the effects of a photo. This photo was taken in early August. Summer was starting to wind down, but the weather was still perfect. I was waiting for a client to arrive for their session so I wandered around the boardwalk snapping pictures as I went. I love the depth of field in this. I love how it came out.

Photos can spark a different emotion in every person. For me, the blurred out boardwalk represents the start of summer. It seemed like early June was just upon us and suddenly, it’s just a blurred memory.

Does this photo spark any emotions from you? If so, what?

eryn e photography update

Hi everyone.

I will no longer be posting updates and photos from eryn e photography on this blog. I am hoping to resort back to using it as a ‘writing’ blog instead of a photography blog.

If you are interested in continuing to follow my photography business and my shoots, please visit www.erynephotography.com. The blog and all photography information will now be hosted there.

The site itself is a work in progress (it’s very minimal right now!) but the blog is up and running!

Hope to see you there!

Beautiful Belly

Post #2 of the day.

I’ve been holding off posting anything from this shoot (nearly 2 weeks ago!) as it was a surprise for this beautiful mama-to-be’s husband who was over in Afghanistan. He has since seen the pictures so now I get to share them with you!

We had a fantastic day and she picked a stunning location for these photos to be done! She had the beautiful glow and just looked gorgeous! Since we had this shoot, Baby M has arrived and I will be heading back out to Worcester this weekend to do his newborn photos. I couldn’t be more excited!