Want To Go To A Theme Park Today?

Yeah me too! But of course that’s not possible right now, but let’s hope soon.

Until then we can go on virtual tours!

Virtual theme park experiences:

Walt Disney World: Set aside some time, because there’s plenty to see here. Virtual tours you can take include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, just to name a few. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you’re on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.

SeaWorld Orlando: The virtual tour of Seaworld includes a tour of Discovery Cove and the option to”ride” the steel roller coaster Mako.

Home Organizing Tips

Are you cleaning out your closets, basements and other areas? Yeah me too. It’s only natural at times like this. Plus we have all that extra free time. The bonus is it needs to be done and it takes out minds off of the news for a little bit.

I gathered some tips to eliminate clutter and get your living space in order.

Choose Joy

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author of the best-selling “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” that you need to check out. She also has her own Youtube channel and a series on Netflix!

Kondo transforms the tedious chore of folding laundry into a meditative activity. She urges that, as part of the purging ritual, you hold each belonging as you ask yourself whether it brings you joy. If the answer is no, then it’s time to say thank you and goodbye.

Less Is More

I’m a firm believer of decluttering and purging what you no longer need. If you haven’t used an item in the past 6 or 12 months, chances are you not going to need it going forward. Sometimes I cheat and say “I may need this again.” Then when I go through a purge again in 6 or 12 months and the items is still there, with even more dust on it, out it goes.

One concept of this is one in, one out. Bring in some new socks, there must be some old ones with holes you no longer need. Same concept for clothing and may other items.

Vertical Solutions

When I last cleaned out my closet, I wish I had more room to hang items. Then I realized I only had one horizontal bar in one section of my closet. If I moved up that bar and installed another one lower, I could double my capacity. This works well with shirts and folded pants. Dresses and items that need to hang full length will still need the extra room.

Furniture with the right storage solutions can help an apartment with toys everywhere become a tidy home.

Is a move of your residence in your future? If so this will contribute to improved home organization. Besides you don’t want to move stuff four times that you don’t need (1. put into box 2. load box into car/truck 3. unload box 4. unpack box 😦 )

What Are Your Ideas?

I’d love to hear your tips on this area. Please comment below and send to me and I’ll include!

Is Your House A Zoo Right Now?

With everyone working from home and schooling from home I’m sure it is. Mine too. In keeping with the “zoo” theme, here are some things for the family to do while staying safe inside:

Here are a few virtual tours of zoos and aquariums:

The Cincinnati Zoo: Check-in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.

Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a “Panda Cam” livestream on its website.

Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam.

Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.

The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay’s Habitat exhibit.

National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.

Dressing for a Spring Family Session

Photo by DAVE DABOUR

What to Wear to a Spring Family Session

Sure it may be cold and wintry now but soon the birds are chirping, the buds are blooming, and the snow has officially melted. That means it’s time for your spring family session. Here are a few wardrobe tips to ensure the whole gang looks smashing:

  • Play up the fact that it’s spring. Have a necklace with a butterfly pendant? Perfect! An insect-printed tee? Yes, please.
  • Channel the colors of spring. Seriously – look out the window for inspiration for your family’s color palette. Greens, pinks, yellows, beige, khaki, and blues all work exceptionally well.
  • Layer up! Spring can be both warm and cold at once, so come prepared. We love spring scarves, light cardigans, vests, etc.

Melissa & AJ Four Year Later

Marcigliano Wedding Reception

It was great seeing Melissa and AJ again at Amy & Jon’s wedding we photographed last weekend. We photographed their wedding four years ago. In fact the reason why Amy & Jon chose us was because of Melissa & AJ! (Melissa and Amy are cousins).

Marcigliano Wedding ReceptionSince their wedding they have up a new family member. Say hello to Mia! Mia is about 18 months old. Proud dad holds on to her.

Rollins Family Portraits

John Rollins has the pleasure of having both his son and daughter for a summer time visit and asked if I could grab some photos of everyone together. I took these photos at the beautiful High Bridge home.

Late summer and fall are GREAT times for family portraits! Contact me today to setup a session!

Additional photos are available here