Project 52 2014 with My Four Hens

Two years ago mum did a project 52 with a wonderful photographer, Sarah Cornish of My 4 Hens photography.  She truly inspires mum with her words and photographs.  Last year mum tried a different P52 and failed.  Now you can blame this on her lack of motivation, or how busy she was with her life…. but deep down you can totally blame it on the lack of connection within the other project.  This isn’t saying those involved in the failed P52 are not wonderful people, they are, but there was no personal connection there.  It is hard to explain unless you just jump right in and experience the personal connection of M4H yourself!

Now mum is not a woman of many words.  So I will try to explain her vision of the theme… however feel free to ask questions if you need further explanation.  Also remember she got behind a few weeks so some of these are not truly with the week of the theme, they may have happened before/after, but what matters in the end is the completion of the project and if she falls off the wagon, to jump back on and catch up!!  So far so good!  Check back from time to time when she adds new photos for the week!

Week 14 | Radiate

Spring.  In all her glory!  A fresh rain, A fresh flower, Radiates Spring.

Week 13 | Vast

The ocean.  The world.


Week 12 | Blue

Ocean meets Sky.


Week 11 | Patterns

Nature is all patterns.


Week 10 | Soft

Here I am!  On Mums blog.  I’m soft here, in more ways then one!


Week 9 | Color Blind

Here is Sean, a child, so innocent to the ways of separation based on color.  So lucky, to be blind.


Week 8 | Bright

doh! here I am again!  Bright Light, soft and calm.

Week 7 | Focused

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Mum has not been shooting this year for others, however she had some baby plans to complete, focused to make these sessions amazing here she is practicing with Isabelle.

Week 6 | Paradise 

Bacon.  Need I say more?

Week 5 | Noise

Winter Noise.

Week 4 | Joy

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Backstory: I live in Florida. Yesterday we saw this funny white stuff falling from the sky. Much to my surprise I jumped and loudly yelled “Snow!!!” The kids were in school, so I grabbed the camera and tried to capture this rare sight, only to catch “SLEET” coming down. I put on my macro filters and snapped this little guy. I think he looks like a turtle, an ice turtle, but many think frog! It was really a joyous time, seeing snow in Florida!

Week 3 | Inside

Its been very cold here lately.  What to do? Bake a cake INSIDE of course, for breakfast!

Week 2 | Imperfect

We are all perfectly Imperfect. Power of Prayer.

Week 1 | Reflection

Looking back at the previous year, reflecting on all our blessings.




“Chips” and Dip: 200 calorie snack!

A few days ago mum was watching Rachel Ray and the segment was about swapping typical snacks out for more healthy choices.
One of the things they offered was for potato chips and the french onion dip.  A typical serving of chips and dip is about 500 calories!  But lets face it, eating a serving of chips is a JOKE!
Get real, people grab a few handfuls of chips and I’d guess double the serving size of dip, so if we get real about this a snack of chips and dip is well over 1000 calories!  YIKES!

Rachel Ray showed a low calories swap using sweet potatoes and non fat greek yogurt!  AMAZING!

One average size sweet potato has about 110 calories, and a small cup of nonfat greek yogurt has about 100.


Preheat your oven to 450.

Cut up the sweet potatoes in thin strips or slices.  The thinner you slice them the more chip like they will be.  Mum said she sort of likes them like fries so she leaves them a little thick.  Spray them with cooking spray. Mum put a little kosher sea salt on her potatoes.  This is optional.

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Cook in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes.
Rachel Ray recommended putting them on a wire baking sheet so they crisp on both sides.  If you don’t have a wire rack you can just turn them halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile make your “onion dip”  All Mum did was add a few dashes of onion powder and garlic powder.  She also cut up a few green onions and added it to the yogurt.

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

When your chips are finished cooking, pull them out and enjoy!  The dip really has the same flavor as the higher calorie onion dips.  You could use this with so many things!

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Do you have a low calorie swap snack?  If so, Mum would love to hear about it.  She’s  a HUGE snacker and is in need of these easy, quick, and most of all tasty go to snacks.



Sick Day. oh Joy! Tips for Treating a Child with a Cold or Flu

Today started really early when I was awaken from my cozy bed around 5am by the sounds of my Sissy crying.  Then she got sick.  Everywhere.  Then the oldest brother woke up, and also got sick.  It was a super fun morning for me, I don’t think my mom has even fed me yet, as she’s been busy washing, catching, and trying to prevent puke all morning.

Mom decided to keep both kids at home today.

When do you keep your children at home?  She found some helpful hints online and would like to share a list with you.

Fever of over 100 degrees
Symptoms which prevent normal actives such as:
excessive cough, headache, sore throat,

It looks like we will be staying home tomorrow as well as the guidelines for sending children back to school are 24 hours fever free WITHOUT the use of medications.

The first question that usually runs through any parents mind is, “Is this the flu or just a cold?”  There are a few ways to tell.  As always, please consult your doctor with any medical advice and/or questions, remember I’m just a dog……

According to WebMd, a cold usually starts with a mild sore throat that is bothersome for a few days, along with feeling tired or run down, but then goes away on its own.    A fever is not common with a cold, but a low grade temp is possible, especially in younger children.
The flu, however, comes on strong, with more severe symptoms then a cold, a high fever, intense headache, body aches, and chills.  With some flu strains vomiting and diarrhea can also occur, especially with the swine flu.   This can lead to dehydration, which is serious and may need to be seen by a doctor for IV fluids.   You may start to feel better after 2-5 days, but full recovery can take weeks.  Another side illness of the flu is pneumonia. This is a serious complication for the young, elderly, or those that are immune compromised.  If you notice the return of a fever after not having one for two or more days, and shortness of breath, this is a sign of pneumonia.

Here is a great flu vs cold chart!

How can you prevent cold and flu virus in your home?

Proper hand washing lasts for at least 20 seconds, sing the A,B,C’s or Happy Birthday.  Make it FUN!  There are so many inexpensive soaps that make hand washing something kids love to do!!

#2  Teach your children to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough!
Sneeze into your sleeve!  or Tissues!!

#3  Please, don’t smoke around your children (or pets) Its just not nice.

#4  Follow up and after care!
After they feel better, remember to wash all clothing and sheets in hot water, sanitize all surfaces, and if possible air out the room.
Don’t forget to clean door knobs, toilet bowl handles and REMOTE CONTROLS!!

I hope this post was helpful!  Please share your tips in the comment section.  Sharing is caring, except in the case of cold and flu germs!  Keep those to yourself!  😉

So what do we do when we have a sick day?  well take photos of course!