Easter 2014

April 22nd, 2014

This was my second year hosting my in-laws for Easter and the first in our new town. Like last Christmas, I was up early and everybody else slept in. Well, my father-in-law got but to go fishing. At least I had Truman to keep me company. So I played dress up. I don’t think he minded.

 Once people got up, Easter was tons of fun! Baskets and eggs were hidden and found. Ham was eaten, deviled eggs were admired and devoured. Candy was put away to be doled out at the rate of two per day. I forced everyone to take a self timer family portrait. Good times all around.

I did discover that I think Easter might be one of my favorite instagram holidays. All the kids were so cute in their dress up clothes, running around outside. Straw hats! Bow ties! Bunny ears! Hope all the celebrated Easter had a great day!

Peeps Pops for Easter #Peepsonality

April 17th, 2014

Spencer really wanted to help with this project. See?

Because Spencer was helping, the project morphed from super cute basket to awe and amaze children to a project that a kid can help with, which isn’t such a bad thing. The baby was taking a nap so spencer and I got to hang out alone together and honestly he doesn’t care too much what his easter basket looks like. just what is inside. That led to another tiny problem as I didn’t completely want to spoil the Easter Bunny for him yet. I ended up using some of the treats Peeps so generously sent me, but held back what I wanted to put in his basket on Easter morning. And maybe also the ones I accidentally ate already aren’t pictures. Did you know they come in PARTY CAKE flavor now. They were delicious; I regret nothing.

  Peeps Pops

 I told Spencer we were making a practice basket to make sure there was room for everything and he decided to make Peeps Pops for decoration, luckily I had some bamboo skewers on hand (cake pop sticks would also work). The “technical” part of this project is pretty straight forward: take peep, poke with stick. I did cut the Peeps apart first. This would also be cute with the chocolate dipped ones and those would have cleaner sides as they come individually portioned. Spencer was adamant that those be IN the basket not ON a stick though. He really took this project and ran with it.

Peeps Pops for Easter #peepsonality

The Peeps pops could also be individually wrapped for party favors or just to keep the cut edges fresh overnight. Personally, I prefer a slightly stale Peep; I love the crunch. I used press-n-seal instead of cellophane wrap and it looks way cuter in person than it photographs, plus it puts a nice seal on the cut edges.  Spencer was also practicing his bow tying.

Wrapped Peeps Pops Easter

Peeps has all sorts of new products that are new this season including Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks, and Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies. I will admit to being skeptical about the chocolate mousse flavor because I normally don’t like chocolate flavored non-chocolate items, but these are really good. And somehow they do indeed taste more like a chocolate mousse than a straight chocolate flavor. Delicious!

Peeps on a Stick

He wanted to be in all the photos and would pop up behind the basket!

Easter is coming up fast and this year is a bit of a change for me. Normally I would run out to Target on Friday or Saturday and come back ready for basket filling and egg stuffing. This year? No Target. In an effort to plan ahead, I mail ordered some legos and Angry Birds stuff and… Spencer found it. Of course. So, I am going to try and put a basket together between a drug store and a grocery store and see how it goes. At least I know I will have Peeps! And if you are running behind, try making some Peeps Pops. So quick and easy that a 4 year old could do it (and did!).

Peeps Easter Gift

This one styled and photographed by Spencer

Disclosure: Peeps sent me Peeps to sample and make something for a post. I was not provided monetary compensation. I am totally willing to just work for candy. NO REGRETS!

Bunny Crossing

April 15th, 2014

My chalk driving courses are seasonally appropriate.

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Tap To Focus on Your Phone

April 14th, 2014

Not to long ago I was teaching someone how to use the cameria on her iphone and I explained tap to focus and that it can be used to tap on faces to focus the shot. She was having some trouble with oddly focused and blurry photos. i tried to explain that it could be used in any photo taking situation to alter the image but I couldn’t think of a good example bedsides shooting from a house out of a door or window. Yesterday. I accidentally took a pretty dramatic example.

how to tap to focus with an iphone

These photos were taken out of a car window while driving down the highway, so obviously they aren’t the most amazing photos in the world, but they do serve as a good example of why you should play around with focal points. I took the upper photo and looked at my phone and thought the mountain on the right looked too dark so I tapped the bottom of the screen (my phone was held in the landscape orientation) to see if that would adjust it a little. It shifted the photo completely. These photos were taken seconds apart with no changes other than tapping the screen once.

Now, I am no iPhone photography expert, but I have taken my fair share of good, bad and holy crap you took that with a phone photos. This isn’t a tutorial by any means, just an illustration of what the feature can do. When focused on faces, phones provide easy yellow boxes on which you can tap to focus on a face but you can still tap anywhere you like for different effects. I know with iPhones, the focus will automatically be in the setting of the frame unless adjusted.

There are two easy ways to think about focus with your phone. Tap on an object to focus on the object and have something in the foreground or the background be in less focus. Or you can tap on a dark area to brighten the photo/tap on a light area to darken the photo. I am sure there are more technical terms, but that is how I understand it.

Play around with focus a bit, if you haven’t before. It is tons of fun and sometimes leads to unexpected results. Feel free to leave additional advice on tap to focus in the comments.

And here is another version, just because I love my mountains.

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