Stuff I Like or “High Fives”

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I’m terrible at titles, so whatevs. This is STUFF THAT I LIKE and HIGH FIVES TO ALL!

Before we begin, I solemnly swear that this will not turn into a mommy blog. I am a mom, it’s awesome, no denying that. Being a mom is not my one and only. I like stuff that is not baby-related, and apparently even though I was supposed to check my interests at the door when the Squish rolled into my life…I’m a rebel and I refuse. There are some awesome baby-related items that make our lives easier, more colorful, or have helped the Squish so I will feel free to mention and adore them along with my latest food obsession.

 

1.) Audible.com

I love reading, but the days of sitting for hours and devouring a long book are kind of over. It’s all good, because I can now listen to those really long Lord of the Rings-type epic 900 pagers and get to tune out the 12 and a half chapters where they slowly and painfully describe ancient swordmaking. I’m sure there are lots of people out there (cough: Husband) who are spellbound by those descriptions, yet I feel no shame for not listening to the boring parts and swooping back in when the best buddies go out adventuring together and save the world. I’m currently listening to the 3rd book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Each book is roughly 25 hours long. Yup. That’s twenty-five. Hours. This series is really fun to listen to, and Brian and I actually talk about these books in depth like REAL ADULTS.  (even though he already finished the series on his commute, yet still attempts to talk to me about these books as if he doesn’t know how it ends.)

2.) Skiphop Water Bottle

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BABY ALERT! If you don’t care…just scroll right by. The Squish was taught by our awesome feeding specialist how to drink from a straw at like 7 months old. I then became obsessed with finding her the perfect water bottle with a straw. She loves the hedgehog, they are $6.99 a piece, and you can get them at amazon.com, Target, or Baby’s R Us. It’s possible that we named it “Hedgie” and she does a little dance when we give it to her.

3.) Ipad Mini

The mom in me is like “MAKE ALL THE THINGS ABOUT BABIES” and I’m trying you guys, I’m trying. I need to work sometimes, so maybe sometimes I cue up Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on the Ipad mini, set it somewhere in front of the Squish, and see how much work I can get done in 26 minutes. It’s also awesome for traveling, since I can download The Proposal and watch it in the car and not bother the husband while he drives. This is how we like it. I don’t bother him, he doesn’t mention my slight infatuation with Ryan Reynolds. It also fits in my purse…and NO I haven’t forsaken my purse and thrown all my belongings into the diaper bag. The very idea.

4.) Trader Joe’s Popcorn with Herbs and Spices

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It’s $1.99 for a bag and you can eat it in the car on the way home from TJ’s with zero guilt. Can I make herb popcorn at home? Yes. Does it taste as good as TJ”s? No.

Get some. You won’t regret this decision. Actually, do what I do and just buy 2 or 3 bags.

Apparently they sell it on Amazon now.

Edit, as I was doing my final edit of this post, the Husband brought me a bowl of this delicious snack. Keeper? Yes.

5.) The Honest Co. Diapers

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We were in a fight with Target diapers. They turned on us. It was not pretty. We had to go out of town unexpectedly, all the cloth diapers were dirty, and the disposables we had were basically toxic to her. I spent the money on a box of the Honest Co.  expensive diapers, hoping they would help the Squish with her ish. They did. The lovely people at Honest sent me a super awesome coupon and I got a bundle of diapers and wipes for suuuuuper cheap. A bundle includes 6 packages of diapers and 4 packages of wipes, and you save over $20 when you subscribe to the bundle. This is a fantastic fit for us, since we cloth diaper at home and use disposables at night and when we go out. These are the gentlest diapers and wipes, and the designs are super freakin’ adorable. This company is for real, and for us it is worth the investment to have products that we know are safe and gentle. If you want to save $10 on your first order, click here! 

6.) Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

I crave this soup. It has a chicken broth and coconut milk base and it tastes way different than you imagine. It almost has a cheesy taste to it, and it’s imperative that you get fresh basil to put on the top. Make a ton, freeze it, and hoard the leftovers. It’s one of those recipes that tastes a million times better the next day, especially when you mix in the leftover rice and just let it sit. I’d imagine that it would pair really well with millet too. We added sausage to the leftovers last week and it was ah-mazing.

 

What are you high-fiving lately?

 

Bonnie B.

I’m Back!

Excuse me while I dust off the Bonnie B. blog and remember how to write posts! Wow, I mean wow. So much has happened in that silent period since my last post. We have one happy, squishy, hilarious, loud, special, smart 11 month old ruling our world right now. I wish this post was full of photos of her. (Trust me, I have gigs and gigs of photos on my hard drive and I’m constantly backing up my iphone to make more room!) Brian and I are discussing how we will handle online exposure, and since the adoption will be finalized any day now, we will probably wait a bit until she is officially a Horton. Crazy times, God is so surprising in how He works out the glorious details.

Many of you have asked if I’m still doing photography, and the answer is Yes! I took the summer off (though I still did the sessions already on the books) and I’m back behind the camera! Juggling mom life and wife life and small business life and church life is quite the interesting thing, but we are slowly making it all work out.

I recently did a session with the sweetest senior girl, have I mentioned how much I LOVE senior portrait sessions? So much freedom to really take some risks and make the session unique to the client. Mary and her mom contacted me through the brilliant Angey Price, and we scheduled a face-to-face consultation to chat about who Mary is and what kinds of things bring her the most joy. We ended up in a super fun (secret) location and Mary brought along her vintage typewriter. I was basically in heaven. Here are a few of my favorites, and stay tuned for a full post of Mary’s session!

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Our New Summer Jobs

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We are pleased to announce an addition to our family through the blessing of adoption.

She is coming home next week!

We can’t wait for you to meet the  happiest, squishiest baby ever!

She is a gift.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

(More details soon!)

Brian, Bonnie, and Lucy

(photo cred goes to the amazing Angey Price, thank you for helping us share the news!)

 

Photography Classes with Bonnie B.

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I had a lovely time this morning with a sweet couple who wanted to really learn how to make their cameras work for them. My classes are fun, practical, and there is always coffee and a snuggly dog to play with. Need a last-minute gift? You can pay online and I will send you a printable gift certificate!

Email me for more info! Hey@iambonnieb.com

Bonnie B.

Brent + Nina Preview //Wake Forest Wedding Photographer

Brent and Nina are Married!

I had the very awesome privilege of documenting this great and glorious day. The weather was gorgeous, the bride was gorgeous, and the groom couldn’t quiet smiling.

It was pretty special to be there to document the new beginning for this amazing little family.

Here’s a little preview of Brent and Nina’s wedding, I can’t wait to share more!

I’m off on a vacation next week (Praise the Lord!) so I wish you a very Happy Easter!

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Friday Favorites: Duke/Ogburn Photobooth Fun!

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This past Saturday I had a blast partying with the guests at Ethan and Casey’s wedding reception! I’ve known the bride’s family since I was in high school, so I was so so happy to book this event last-minute and put together a photo booth for their reception! The photo booth remains a fantastic way to keep the party going at your reception, and once you get a couple brave souls to get the fun started at the photobooth….well you end up with delightful images like these! If you were a guest at this wonderful reception, head on over to http://bonniebphotography.smugmug.com/Events/DukeOgburn-Photobooth/ and check out all the images! Use the code DUKE329 to get 15% off your print or digital download order (plus shipping!)

Enjoy.

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Congratulations Ethan and Casey! You are so blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who love and support you.

Bonnie B.

P.S.
Here are some amazing vendors who made the day a success!

Trevor Smith Productions — http://trevorsmithproductions.com/
Lauren Winstead Photography — http://www.laurenwinstead.com/
AAA Entertainment (DJ) — http://www.aaadj.com/

Homemaking and Home-working

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Ever since the new year started, Brian and I have had several conversations (ok some were actually arguments) about what it means to be diligent, efficient, and focused in our tasks.

Look, I know this isn’t the most exciting topic- so just grab a cup of coffee and muse with me for a bit.

I’m one of those fortunate individuals who is wired to create, inspire, daydream, make messes, and be a tad bit absent-minded.

I’m also wired to control, organize, process, and be very task oriented.

It’s crowded in my head and heart as these two parts of me constantly war. Also loud.

The challenge for me is to basically take these things I know about myself and how God pieced me together, and turn them all into strengths that work together to show His fingerprints and His creativity and order.

One thing I know is that I cannot create or be inspired in a messy, unorganized environment. I just can’t. I like a clean desk while I edit photos. I need to know that the bed is made and the laundry is going while I work in the office. I’m a crazy person. It’s one of the best and worst things about one’s home also being one’s workplace. I think it takes a great deal of organization to turn ones’ home into a workspace without losing one’s mind altogether and failing at both homemaking and home-working.

So those are my musings.

I’ve been inspired to take action this year, and to attempt to bring some order, rhythm, and routine to my home and workspace. For instance, the dishes.

I.hate.doing.dishes.

I think it’s the never ending march of dirty dishes, the feeling that it’s never DONE. We eat at home and cook a lot, so with just the two of us, there can be a constant sink full of dishes. Our old housemate T can testify to our complete failure at dishes. Every day he would use his 1 or 2 dishes, move a few dirty pans out of the way, clear a path to the faucet, and wash/dry/put away his dish. Every.Day. Meanwhile, we were watching Netflix. Meanwhile, we were avoiding the dishes. Meanwhile, we were terrible at adulthood.

One of my goals has been to clear the sink of dishes each night before I go to bed, and get the kitchen cleared out and ready for the next day.I found something interesting lately, and that is that the unfinished tasks of yesterday and last week bleed over the next day and the next, until I suddenly realize that I’m moving forward very little each day in my tasks.

By Friday, my to do list was a pile of unfinished tasks from Sunday-Thursday and on top of that I desperately needed a solid 4-5 hrs to edit photos and plan sessions. This one small act of resetting the kitchen each evening has really helped me free up time for the tasks of this day.

So, there is one small victory. Bonus: I will now often find a very handsome man (Brian) in the kitchen cooking and CLEANING AS HE GOES.

Let that soak in. The glory of it.

Tasks. They have to be done. How do you manage yours?

Edit: As I typed this, there was in fact a sink full of dirty dishes from yesterday. Grace abounds.

Bonnie B.