Tuesday Tip : Watermelon Granita

When I saw this recipe on Pioneer Woman, I knew I had to try it.
(1) I love watermelon.  I mean, I reeeaaalllly love watermelon.
(2) Like Ree said, it is just insanely hot.
So, I followed the easy steps, and oh my, it is perfection.  It tastes, well, it tastes like watermelon (see number 1), and it cools like nobody's business.  I've made this twice in 6 days, and when it's gone, I'll make it again.
Do yourself a favor, and make it today. 

I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup the second time I made it, and I'm going to cut it again the next time.  It's a really small amount, so it's not a big deal, but if it tastes as great without it, then I'll leave it out.

I also put some in a soda glass and added Fresca.  It's a Watermelon Fizz!  

If one so desired, one might add additional liquids to this delicious concoction.

Huntersville Child Photographer : After the shoes

After photographing L's cute tootsies for a commercial shoot, I just had to have that sweet face, too!

Big sister came home right as we were finishing up!   Awwwww!
Thank you so much, M!

Davidson Child Photographer : Almost 2!!!

This little munchkin was back for portraits, and I can NOT get over how much she has grown!
Love that smile and her gorgeous eyes.  For the photographers looking, I didn't do a thing to them! 

I love all of these, but this little laughing grin gets me every time I look at it!
See her whole session here and feel free to share the link!

Thank you so much, R & G!!

Charlotte Newborn Photographer : Sweet little C

I can't believe I didn't blog angel C's session! I posted a preview for mom on Facebook, but forgot to blog!
So, without further ado, meet the lovely Miss C.

This one might be my favorite newborn sibling shot ever.  They LOVE their new sister!

 Aren't they just the cutest?


Tuesday Tip : Shop Local with Sugar and Spice Scrubs

This week, I'm thrilled to talk with Ellen Wilamoski of Sugar and Spice Scrubs!  I love her scrubs!  My current favorite is Cherry Almond, but every one I've used has been wonderful!

1) Tell us about your business in a few words.
My husband inspired me to start my own sugar scrub business after making gifts for my children's teachers last holiday season. I made them each a lavender sugar scrub and received so much positive feed back. I make the sugar scrubs by hand with a mixture of all natural oils, sugar, soap coloring and I have over 40 different scents to chose from. They are great for exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.

2) How long have you been in business?
I started researching in December and launched my business in early February 2011.

 3) Why should people shop with you?
 Not only are my sugar scrubs affordable, but they come in a variety of scents that anyone would love. They make great gifts and are so affordable. My guests love trying out the different scents whenever they visit.

4) Best thing about having your own business?
I would have to say the best thing is that I can make my own schedule. I have been a stay at home mom for over 6 years and didn't want to give up my time with my kids so I work on my sugar scrub business more at night, after the kids are in bed.

5)Favorite local businesses/places to shop:
I usually shop local craft fairs like the Mooresville Artisan Market.  I also love checking out the items in Black Lion and Sweet Tooth in Huntersville.

6) Why do you prefer to buy local?
Since starting my own business I tend to buy more from local businesses. Especially when I buy gifts for people. I never know what someone already has so why not get them a one of a kind, handmade item. Same goes for restaurants, I like supporting the local business owners.

7)Anything to add?
I also have an all Natural line, made with a mixture of all natural oils, sugar, no coloring and pure essential oils. I am also excited to announce that I have started working on a COCKTAIL line. I will be adding scents like Mojito, Fuzzy Navel, Sangria, Pina Coloda, Margarita and Gin Martini. The cocktail line will be available starting July 29th.

Thank you so much, Ellen!   

You can find Sugar and Spice Scrubs on Facebook, too!

I Heart Faces : Props

I do love a fun prop! For this year's Vintage Valentine Minis,
I went a little prop crazy, but it turned out just the way I imagined!
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Mooresville Couples Photographer : A treat for me!

Woohoo!!  My sister and co. are here for a visit!
Look at these two!  Not only are they beautiful, but they are so fun, too!
I could do this all day! 

Come back soon!!!

Commercial Photographer : Snanimals

It's no secret that I love photographing little feet, so I was so excited to shoot this session.
Check out Snanimals for cute hand painted shoes for your little ones.
We put Miss L in some Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! ones, and she looked so sweet in them!

While we were there, I couldn't resist some of her adorable face.  Those are coming soon!

Mooresville Children's Photographer : Mine