• Everyday Family,  Personal,  Travel

    5 Amazing things to do in Durango, Colorado

      Durango, Colorado is a beautiful and charming mountain town.  It is as idyllic as any place can be. No matter the season, there is something for everyone and plenty to fill your days and nights. Our family got to visit  during the fall season.  After the long hot Arizona summer my heart yearned for fall and so we went on a quest to find it.  Durango did not disappoint! It provide a dazzling array of autumn colors and a chill in the morning air that turned our cheeks red and breath foggy and white.  Our family of six had such a great time we are already planning our return. …

  • Books,  Personal Finance

    Girl Gone Frugal – Inspiration from The Frugalwoods

    I recently read a book that opened up a whole new world to me. As I was looking over the newly released books at my local library a book caught my eye.  A book called  Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living  I am an avid reader or book worm as my family lovingly calls me but books about money or finance have never been my favorite reading material.  Most personal finance books I have read have usually felt complicated or very practical and therefore uninspiring.  There are many books out there focused on the ‘how to’  but what I enjoyed about this book is that it was written…

  • Motherhood,  Photography

    Phoenix, Arizona – Maternity Session, Aldava Family

    This session holds a special place in my heart because it is of my baby sister and brother in law. Here they are pregnant with their first baby! They’ve been married for over 12 years and thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world and dedicating more time to ministry work but they finally decided it was time.  They surprised us with the news on a beach family vacation, we were all shocked but absolutely thrilled! We wanted and needed a new baby in the family! As a mama of four, I was delighted for my sister.  I knew it would be a complete change from the life she knew before but I…

  • Motherhood,  Personal,  Photography

    The Power of a Photograph

    Has a photograph ever stopped you in your tracks?  The other day, as I scrolled through our family vacation pictures, a certain image stopped me in my tracks.  ‘Who is this?’ I thought. Then, as I looked closer, my heart broke a little as I realized it was actually my son. My son! My little boy! Oh dear, where had the years gone? Why did he look all grown up?  Where was I when this happened?  The truth is, I’ve been here by his side all along and yet it seems like he changed overnight.  He is my first born child and when I first had him, everyone gave me…

  • Everyday Family,  Newborn

    Phoenix, Arizona In-home Newborn Session, DaSalla Family

    Don’t you just love that cozy feeling of home when there is a newborn?  Even when there is other siblings around the tone of the house drops down a notch (most of the time) to instill a sense of sacredness inside.  A new being, a special little soul has arrived! My approach to newborn photography is simple and honest.  I don’t do props or fancy posing.  I place the baby only in your arms or in natural resting places around your home. I allow the baby to lead the way and we stop for nursing, changes and just to soothe as much as baby needs.  If the baby is not sleepy…