Idea Box [#81]

Welcome to Idea Box! Due to a slightly crazy week I don’t have any favorites for you today (sorry)!  I’ll get myself back on track next week.

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3. Please visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn’t a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week—please don’t link up posts you’ve shared with us before.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


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Fall

Could there be a better season?!

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves start to change, cider and donuts are everywhere, but most importantly…

Football starts!  If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you *may* know that may family and I watch a lot football.  College, professional, fantasy, we love them all. Today I wanted to share with you a fun way that you and your friends can get involved in the game!

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One day I was at CVS picking up some game day essentials.  I ran across some football themed SNICKERS®.  With my love of football I knew I couldn’t pass them up.  I had to have them!

Do you need some for yourself? Well, guess what?!  I have a digital coupon here for you!

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 The football SNICKERS® got me thinking.  How could I have more fun while watching the game?  What could I do while cheering on my team to make it more exciting?

It had to be something that didn’t require a lot of focus.

It had to be easy.

Something that could be played with friends.

Above all, it had to be fun!

Then it came to me!  BINGO!

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How much fun would it be to play Bingo, where the spaces are football related!? Growing up didn’t you get so excited to play bingo during indoor recess!?  I know I did. There was something so satisfying about yelling BINGO! and then getting a prize.

And the prize for winning the football bingo game?  Why a delicious SNICKERS® of course!

Chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat.  Yes please! Or, perhaps a SNICKERS® Crisper bar would be more your style.  Still with chocolate, peanuts, and caramel, but with crisp rice as well.  Both sound amazing to me!

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If it’s been a while since you indulged in bingo, there are many ways you can “win”

Some my favorite include:

~The classic, five in a row

~Fill the card

~Four corners

~My favorite “win” for this bingo game?

The field goal!

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Seriously folks, how perfect is this!  Pus, the mini SNICKERS® make for great markers.  Just be sure not to eat them all before you find a winner!

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You can get your six free bingo boards here.

So grab you Bingo copies, invite some friends over and enjoy a great football game!

PS: know what my favorite spot on the board is?  The “weird sideline hand signals”.  My husband and I always love making fun of them as we watch.  😉

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Need more game day ideas?  Then check these out.

How do you enjoy watching football?

$10 Target Challenge [September 2016]

Another month, another Target challenge!

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This month I headed to Target sans Annabelle (who was having a sleepover with Grammy and Papa).
So,it was just Autumn and I.

I don’t think Autumn knew what to do with herself.

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The first stop was the dollar spot (duh).
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There were so many cute things there!
Like these treat cups. The color would be great with the scheme for Autumn’s birthday.
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This twine is also great.
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As always I found my way to the kids spot, and found this adorable fox onesie.
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So cute!

I love all the fall decor I’ve seen as well!
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So, what did I end up getting?
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An adult coloring book and colored pencils, chalkboard stickers I hope to use for a wine party I’m hosting, and balloons for Autumn’s party.

The total?

A bit over $10.  I threw out the receipt out, and bought a few other needed items.

There you have it!

Friday Five [September 15]

Yay for Friday. I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  Friday is always such a great day, and I love kicking the weekend off with a Friday Five!

ONE: On the Blog
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This week on the blog I recaped my Summer Bucket List
Finally posted the next post in my photo series
partied with Idea Box
and joined up with my friends for a Kids Behind the Blog

TWO: What’s in the Pot?
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture
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So, what do you think was in the pot?

If you guessed…
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applesauce, you’d be right!

My mom came over to watch the girls so I could make some applesauce from the apples we picked at the apple orchard.

THREE: Party Prep
I have been getting ready for Autumn’s party. My mom came over ( she watched the girls so I could make applesauce) and informed me I was crazy. #truth

Yes… Yes I am.

I’ll be doing some posts in the near future, so be on the look out.

FOUR: AGT
Anyone else watch AGT?

**SPOILER ALERT**

 

I really like Grace, and love her unique voice. The fact that she wrote all her own songs, ah-mazing!
But…
I always like when singers don’t win Talent ( I mean they had American Idol, have The Voice).

I don’t know when I think Vegas I think comedy, magicians and such (although apparently if you when AGT it’s only a 3 day show, not a longer running show like I thought).
Regardless, Terry Fetor was my favorite win by far… and he still has a Vegas show.

FIVE: Speaking of TV…
Any shows you are are looking forward too?

Me?

I’ve got way to many (and way to many recorded that I need to watch. Like Zoo. Did you know I went to high school with one of the leads, James Wolk (he plays Oz). I can even say that I was in two musicals with him!)
I can’t wait for:
Grey’s Anatomy
Big Ban Theory
The Middle
Blacklist

*Just to name a few. We totally DVR and binge watch.

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Idea Box [#80]

Welcome to Idea Box!  I am absolutely loving all the fall content. 🙂

About Idea Box Link Party:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts—recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice… Whatever your creative heart desires. The link party is open from Thursday at 6am until Monday at 6am.

 

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Grace and Good Eats: Pumpkin Pie Spice Trail Mix

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I Should be Mopping the Floor: Hot Apple Pie Dip

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Brooklyn Farm Girl: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Balls

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Simple Party Rules:
1. Please follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content– there are no rules about the content, as long as it’s family friendly!
3. Please visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn’t a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week—please don’t link up posts you’ve shared with us before.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


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Kids Behind the Blog [September]

Another round of Kids Behind the Blog!

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What is your favorite sport?  Why?
Annabelle: I don’t know.
Me: A sport is like baseball, or football.
Annabelle: Football.
Me: Why do you like football?
Annabelle: I like that there are dogs in the commercials.
Me: Ok…. what do we say when we watch football?
I say Go Green, Go White!  Go Lions!
*Note: the Go Green! Go White! is for when we are watching MSU, and the Go Lions is when we watch the Lions.

If someone gave you a million dollars what would you buy?
Candy.
*I’m surprised the answer wasn’t cats.*

Tell me three things that kids do better than mommies and daddies.
I don’t know.

What is your favrorite thing to do in the fall?
Annabelle: I don’t know
Me: Fall is a season
Annabelle: Oh, build snowmen!
Me: Nope, that’s winter. Fall is when the leaves change color and it’s Halloween.
Annabelle: Get candy!
Me: What do we say when we get candy?
Annabelle: Thank you!
Me: Yes but what do you say to get the candy?
Annabelle: Trick or Treat!

Share three things you like about yourself.
I’m good at counting, reading books, eat goldfish.

Photography Series: Part Five: Putting it All Together

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First, let me say sorry that this post took me so long to do!  I kept on meaning to get it done, but since it is a bit involved, it too longer to do.

Second, I’m breaking up the “putting it all together” into two separate posts.  The first one (this one) will focus more on changing setting to get the depth of field you want.  The next one will deal more with capturing motion.

Now, onto the post!

Do you want to improve your photography skills? Does switching to manual make you nervous? Check out the fifth part of this series, which helps show you how aperture and shutter speed work together. You can take amazing pictures in manual!

 

So, if you’ve been following along with these posts, great!  I hope it’s helped you understand manual mode a bit better.  If not check out parts, one, two, three, and four.  We are now going to be putting everything together that I’ve talked about!

So, to start off with I want to talk to you all about the “exposure triangle”.

Do you want to improve your photography skills? Does switching to manual make you nervous? Check out the fifth part of this series, which helps show you how aperture and shutter speed work together. You can take amazing pictures in manual!

Basically, the exposure triangle shows you the three variables that go into creating a “perfectly exposed” picture. I have that in quotes since perfect may be different for each person. For example, when taking pictures of my girls I like lots of background blur, but others may want pictures where everything is in focus. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? 😉
No mater if you want blur or not, these three variables are important.   Once again, if you are unsure of  what I mean by shutter speed, aperture, or ISO, go back to my previous lessons (it’s alright that I call them lessons, right? I’d like to think I’ve taught you all something ;)) and read up.  In these I’ve shown you how changing one variable (i.e. changing the aperture to make more or less of the picture in focus). can affect the photo.

**Note:  All of my pictures were taken with my Canon 50mm fixed lens, which, at its widest has an aperture of 1.8.  It appears this one is being discontinued.  I think this one is comparable.

What I didn’t show you, was that I also had to change another variable (or two) in order for the picture to turn out.

For example, take these two pictures.

Do you want to improve your photography skills? Does switching to manual make you nervous? Check out the fifth part of this series, which helps show you how aperture and shutter speed work together. You can take amazing pictures in manual!

The first one has a wide depth of field, the second a narrow.

So, let’s take a look at how I got from the first to second picture.

Picture one:
f 1.8
shutter speed 1/1000
ISO: 100

Do you want to improve your photography skills? Does switching to manual make you nervous? Check out the fifth part of this series, which helps show you how aperture and shutter speed work together. You can take amazing pictures in manual!

In this picture, there is a wide depth of field.  Just the grapes are in focus, and everything else is blurry.  If I wanted the whole picture to be in focus I know I have to change the aperture, to create a narrow depth of field.  So let’s do that.

Picture Two:
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shutter speed 1/1000
ISO: 100

I only changed the aperture, and the picture turned out black.

Why is that?

At an aperture of 22, the lens opening is very small. With a fast shutter speed, not enough light reached the sensor to properly expose the picture. So we have to change the shutter speed as well.

Picture Three:
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shutter speed 1/6
ISO: 100
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Now, the picture is exposed pretty nicely, but, it’s blurry. The shutter speed is to slow for me to get an in focus picture without using a tripod.

Now what can I do?

You guessed it. Change the ISO!

Picture Four (final picture):
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shutter speed 1/25
ISO: 400
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So, by changing the ISO, I was able to bump the shutter speed up fast enough to get an in focus picture.

Let’s look at another series of photos to show how the shutter speed and aperture work together:

Picture one:
f 1.8
shutter speed 1/500
ISO:100
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Once again we start with a picture with a wide depth of field.  Notice how only the stamen of the flower are really in focus.   So we have to change the aperture to get more of the picture in focus.

Picture two:
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shutter speed: 1/30
ISO: 100
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Now, the picture is in focus. but it’s still a bit dark, so we have to change the shutter speed.

Picture three
f 13
shutter speed: 1/10
ISO:100
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In the final picture, we have a narrow depth of field and properly exposed picture.

Do you want to improve your photography skills? Does switching to manual make you nervous? Check out the fifth part of this series, which helps show you how aperture and shutter speed work together. You can take amazing pictures in manual!

So, I hope this shows you how the different variables work together, and that changing one of them usually means you have to change the other.

I know it seems like a lot to do, but once you practice it becomes second nature.  So get your camera out, set it on manual, and practice changing the settings.  The more you practice the easier it becomes. 🙂

Summer Bucket List : Final Check In

So, now that is September, and Summer is winding down, I figured it would be a good time to do my final check in on my bucket list.

Not going to lie, I’m a bit disappointed I wasn’t able to check everything off.

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I finally made it to the farmer’s market!  I was pretty stoked that I was able to pick up some concord grapes.
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In case you haven’t been following along I’ll share a few of my past pictures  (since I really haven’t gotten a whole lot done since last time).

The Zoo!  I wanted to get there more, but the weather was pretty hot, so the thought of walking around outside wasn’t that great.

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We had a blast Up North, and I even got to read a book or two!
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As much as I wanted to get the other items on my list done, it just didn’t happen. Some of it, like geocaching I can’t do with my phone.  Mom’s nights out were too hard with Autumn’s anti-bottle attitude.   The others?  I just fell down on the job.

I’ll be doing a Fall list, and hopefully I’ll do a bit better. 🙂

 

Friday Five

Another Friday, another trip to the apple orchard.

Wait, what? You may be asking.  Didn’t you like, just go, to the orchard?

Yes, I am going back to the apple orchard. This time I am heading there with my parents so I can buy a 1/2 bushel of apples to make applesauce with (much to Matt’s dismay).  It is much easier to get a bunch of apples when your dad brings a dolly to put the apples in, and your mom can help with the kids.

So, what have we been up to this week?

ONE: On the Blog
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I shared a peachy apple crisp recipe.
I showed how easy it is to create your own valence.
Co-hosted Idea Box.

TWO: Dance
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Annabelle had her first dance class on Thursday (well first legit dance class. We took a mom and me class last year)! She looks so big in her leotard and dance shoes. I can’t wait to see her grow and learn!  She’s showing off her plies here.

THREE: Hot, hot, hot
So the weather has gotten super gross again. We had one glorious fall like day at the beginning of the month, but now it’s back to summer like weather.
**I know, I know, it’s technically still summer, but I’m ready for the fall.**

FOUR: Hair cut
So, it has been since I was 20 weeks pregnant that I have had my hair cut. I finally decided that not only did I want to get it cut, but I wanted to add some funky color in as well. I thought a purple ombre would look wicked. I mean I stay home, so I could do something like that. 3.5 hours later, my hair was no where near what I wanted. While it doesn’t look bad, not at all what I wanted. I’m a bit disappointed (ok, more than a bit), but keep telling myself it’s only hair. I haven’t taken a picture yet, since I’m still a tad sad about it.

FIVE: Party Prep
I have s.l.o.w.l.y been prepping for Autumn’s birthday. Pretty sure I was all done with everything by now with Annabelle.
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I was able to test out an egg free funfetti cake. Thankfully the recipe seemed to work well (I’ll share it eventually). Next up is to practice decorating it for her smash cake, and actually taking smash cake picutre. 🙂

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Idea Box [#79]

Welcome to Idea Box!  Can’t wait to see what everyone links up with!

On a side note: We had like two wonderfully cool days last week.  Now we are back to 90ish days.  Booo!  I am ready for everything to do with fall.

About Idea Box Link Party:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts—recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice… Whatever your creative heart desires. The link party is open from Thursday at 6am until Monday at 6am.

 

Make sure you check out the hostess’ blogs to see what they’ve been up to!

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Danielle @ ASprinkleofJoy**new blog links!**

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Now for the party features!

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Mom with her 2 years old child cooking holiday pie in the kitchen to Mothers day, casual lifestyle photo series in real life interior

Teaspoon of Goodness: S’more Fudge

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I Should be Mopping the Floor: Football Door Hanger

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Cincy Shopper: Caramel Apple Cake Cheesecake

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1. Please follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content– there are no rules about the content, as long as it’s family friendly!
3. Please visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn’t a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week—please don’t link up posts you’ve shared with us before.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


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