New Lens!

I had the most amazing birthday weekend.  Seriously, to all my friends and family, thank you for being the most spectacular people I know and making my birthday special.  I love y’all!

I got some awesome gifts for my birthday, but the most exciting thing…well things I got were two new lens’ from Photojojo!

I got the Dreamy Diana Lens:

And the Fisheye Lens:

SO EXCITING!! Here’s some pics I took from the weekend :)

I haven’t had a chance to go out and use them to their full potential, but I love them and think they’re a lotta fun.  AND if you were wondering or not wondering…the first few pictures are from the Rangers game last Friday.  My first Rangers game was opening day with great seats on my birthday with my dad.  AWEsome day to say the least.

Much love,

Lauren

Churches & Staircases

Recently it was so gorgeous outside, we were so not in the mood to be on campus, so me and my roommate Shelby decided to go and take some pictures near downtown of areas we thought were cool.  We took a lot of pictures, but these are most of my favorites. (I know there’s a lot of Shelby on the stairs…but they’re so great, I couldn’t help myself.)

This old building is a broken down studio I’m pretty sure, and I’ve had my eye on it since I moved down here.  If I could live in it, that would be a dream.

And can we talk about how beautiful my roommate is? Come on.  What a stunner.

And Happy Easter everyone, I hope you had a wonderful, long weekend!

Much love,

Lauren

Spending Too Much Time Saying “I want to…”

Like many of you, I’ve had many big and small goals all of my life.

I want to live in a place where God’s beauty reflects through everything (aka nature)

I want to craft all the time and surround myself with little things make me and other people happy.

I want to do ‘The Color Run’ with a bunch of friends then go jump in a lake afterwards.

I want to kiss in the rain.

I want to expand my photography/editing skills.

 

I want to play random games for no reason.

The problem is I’m always saying “I want…” or “I’ll do [insert goal] when I get to this certain point in my life.”

All I do is look at other people’s blogs and see their fabulous lives, and pin things on Pinterest waiting for the day when I actually succeed in living out my pins.

Now some things do require me to wait till I’m at a certain point in life, like living in a nature-filled place (gotta graduate college first, THEN feel free to move wherever). And other things require money which I need to start earning.

I have to get off my butt, get a job, save money, then DO things I want to do to LIVE.

I’m ready to meet new people, learn from their lives, and be able to tell stories about my life.

“Live! Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” – Auntie Mame.

 

 

Family Christmas Traditions

500 piece puzzles, Apples to Apples, Skip-Bo, matching pajamas…just a few of my family’s Christmas traditions.  What are yours?

For me it depends on what side of the family we’re on, but it’s always fun nonetheless :)

Typically on my Mom’s side of the family we don’t do matching pajamas, but this year we did! Sort of.

Here’s a quick pick of a few of us!

And here’s another of me and my cousin in our matching nightgowns.  Side by side, we make one giant moose.

*Major sorority pose happenin' right now.

And an ornament shot of me and one of my other lovely cousins.  I’m really proud that we pulled this picture off, not gonna lie.

I hope everyone has an absolutely wonderful and blessed Christmas this year, and hope that everyone remembers to celebrate Jesus Christ and what He has done for all of us :)

Merry Christmas everyone,

Lauren

Easy Ways to Be Creative

People call me artsy and creative and tell me they wish they had a clever mind like mine. (which is very false, I believe to be none of these things)

But I have an answer for you people who wish you were creative.  Well with today’s technology, you can appear as the most innovational person alive without any effort.  Just takes a little research.

I look at crafting and art blogs religiously, and look for insight from their intuitive minds.  One of my favorite blogs had a post about her favorite photography apps for her iPhone and just like that, I could make pail of stones look that coolest picture in the world.

I fell in L-O-V-E with one of the apps called PictureShow.  Alas to be creative comes with a price, but it’s absolutely worth it because you’ll get addicted right away. Here are a few pictures I’ve already taken.

See? So easy!  The app looks a bit intimidating, but let me reassure you, if you don’t know how to edit them all nifty, there is a button on the app that does it for you!  Magic!

There are so many other cool photography apps such as…

Diptic

Instagram

Camera Bag

Lo-Mob

And a lot more!

Well I hope this post helped open up the creative side of your brain, may you be inspired to become naturally innovative.

Next time I’ll make a post about Modge Podge and all it’s glory.  Seriously you can use it for ANYTHING and you can’t mess it up, I promise.

Much love,

Lauren