Photo Tips / Festive Photo Overlays

12/18/2014 — 1 Comment

I’m excited to partner again with HP Sprout to bring you these festive photoshop brushes so you can add some fun to your holiday photos. Ideally these photo overlays would be placed on a photo of someone in front of a plain or very simple background, but I added them to one of myself as an example and they worked out just fine.

1. Download the brush presets by clicking here.
2. To install you will need to load them via your brush preset manager in Photoshop.
3. Open your favorite photo.
4. Select the brush you’d like, size, and have fun!

Brushes are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and possibly other versions.

The Sprout was a big help during my creative process to make these holiday brush presets. I simply copied a photo of myself from my website, then used the stylus to draw the overlays on in Sprout Workspace Create mode. I feel like since it has so many extra capabilities, the Sprout pushes me to think outside of the box a little bit. My last project with the Sprout was these free printable gift tags.

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52 Weeks / Week 50, Dear Santa

12/17/2014 — 5 Comments

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I can’t believe how quickly this month is going by. Thanksgiving seems like it was last weekend. We are so behind with our advent calendar, it’s a little embarrassing. We don’t normally write an official letter to Santa, but these were too cute not to. Søren talked about all of the colors he was using, just after he filled in the circle for nice. Aiden was more honest (ha!) with his letter and assured me that he would buy the 100 cookies with his own money. I have to admit, it is a pretty compelling bribe.

Did you ever write letters to Santa as a child?

Travel Light / 10 Days in Napa, California

12/16/2014 — 2 Comments

Pack for 10 Days in Napa, California - Shopping list and outfits!

1. Wide-Brim Hat / 2. Dark LIpstick / 3. Nice Earrings / 4. Versatile Scarf / 5. Envelope Clutch (similar) / 6. Neutral Tank (similar) / 7. Breton Striped Top (similar) / 8. Chambray Shirt / 9. Nice Blouse (similar) / 10. White Button-Down (similar) / 11. Marled Turtleneck / 12. A-Line Skirt (similar) / 13. Coated Denim (similar) / 14. Dark Jeans / 15. Pleated Skirt / 16. Thick Coat / 17. Strappy Heels (also) / 18. Printed Flats / 19. Ankle Boots / 20. Weekender Bag

Since we just returned from Napa, I thought I would share a bit about what I’d pack if our getaway were longer. I packed some similar items to these, namely the Boden turtleneck, a wide brim hat, and the chambray button down. If our trip were longer though, my outfits might have looked something more like these:

Day 1 Arrive
Day 2 Holiday Party

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Day 3 Wine Tasting
Day 4 Shopping Downtown
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Day 5 Road Trip to the Coast
Day 6 Tasting at Trinitas
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Day 7 Holiday Party #2
Day 8 Oxbow Public Market
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Day 9 Wine Train Adventure
Day 10 Depart
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Have you been to Napa? What would you pack for 10 days in wine country?

Napa / Hiking the Vineyards

12/15/2014 — 3 Comments

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One of our favorite parts of our stay in Napa was being able to hike around the vineyards at our resort. Nature is one of our favorite places to be, with very few exceptions. There are clear trails with an informational sign marking each block of grapes. It was a nice way to wind down around sunset and the views weren’t too shabby either.

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Napa, Reviews / The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California

12/12/2014 — 8 Comments

Review Meritage Resort in Napa California We haven’t been to Napa in a very long time, and since it worked out so well to leave the boys with my mom for our Santa Cruz trip we decided to try another little getaway. I was so excited when I came across the Meritage Resort and even more so when they agreed to partner with us for our stay in Napa. In the end it didn’t pan out as a romantic getaway but we still had a wonderful time at the resort.

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Room
We had a superior king patio room for our stay and it was spacious enough, even with our altered plans. The beautiful view was first to catch our attention. Our room overlooked the vineyards behind the hotel and the rows of grapes were aligned perfect. It was nice to watch the sunset in the evening. A bottle of wine was waiting for us and we set it aside for later. The room was clean and the bathroom was enormous which always makes me feel so good to get ready in. Perhaps because ours at home is tiny? One of the smaller details that I noticed was that it was very quiet. I rarely heard any noise coming from the hallway or parking lot.

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Amenities
The amenities at the hotel are pretty standard, but there were a few of them that really stood out to me. It was nice to have valet included in the resort fee, and they also offer shuttle service to downtown Napa which is perfect if you’ve had a little wine and want to stay safe. The resort features an ultra lounge with a bowling alley, pool table, shuffleboard, and a cozy fireplace. Siena is their signature restaurant with a Napa terroir-influenced menu. We enjoyed a delicious dinner there and the wait staff was very friendly and patient with the kids. Trinitas Tasting Room is located within a cave on the property and is a nice stop off after hiking around the vineyard trails.

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Overall I would give this hotel a 9/10. Service was very friendly and the hotel was immaculately kept. The only thing I really wished for on this trip was a tub in our room so I could indulge a little after chasing the kids and dogs all day.

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