family love {sneak peek}

Today I had the privilege of photographing my friend and her extended family!  And… can I just say this?  I was having some serious red hair envy!!  Thank you, Tina and family for letting me capture some special moments!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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For the Love of Lashes

Earlier this year I became certified in individual eyelash extensions.  (Not to be confused with clusters!!)

I apply classic; I love how natural they look!

Even on shorter, thinner lashes (above) it makes a difference!

Individual lash extensions are applied directly to each individual natural lash.  It is a time consuming beauty ritual.  A full set can take upwards of 2 hours to apply.  A fill will be needed anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

No more need for mascara! You can actually say, “I woke up like this!”!!

Simply gorgeous!!  One must take special care of their new lashes.  You must refrain from getting them wet, especially within the first 24 hours.  You must also keep them clean and brushed!  Your lash girl will tell you how to best take care of your beauty investment!

Individual lash extensions are simply amazing! Have you discovered this new trend yet?

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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My Salon

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So, over the past year I we have been working hard creating my own little space for a salon!  I of course offer hair cuts, color, eyebrow waxing, etc – but I also offer eyelash extensions!

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It has been quite a long (and expensive) journey we’ve been on but we are finally done!  Now, the only thing left to do is build up my clientele!  My current clients have been absolutely amazing!

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I am so excited that after twenty long years this is actually my reality!  This is my life and I couldn’t be more excited!!  I am so thankful for my supportive hubby and kids – they have been with me through this long process and we all came out on the other end for the better!

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Never give up on your dreams!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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For the Love of Photography

177 years?!  Today we celebrate 177 years of photography on World Photo Day!

I realize everyday pretty much has some type of “holiday” (ie: National Donut Day) but photography is something I absolutely LOVE and am so thankful for its invention!

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This past year I have been quite busy and finally had gotten a smart phone.  I was still taking photos, but I found 99% of them were on my phone and not with my “fancy” camera.  Which I love.  I love my camera and the photos I take with it!  Camera phones are great and super handy, though!

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I’m nothing like Ansel Adams and his amazing black and white images.  I do love how the mood of a photo can change simply by editing it into black and white!

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I love capturing emotion in my photos.  To catch those fleeting moments in time, in life.

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I have this last one printed on a canvas in our living room!  This barn is no longer standing, gracing us with her presence in Kentucky.

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You know how hard it was to take a photo of a happy-go-lucky boxer pup?!  This is probably one of my favorite shots I got of our crazy sweet girl.

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Still one of my favorite, unplanned photos I have ever captured.  ♥

Happy World Photo Day!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Throwback Thursday!

This is a Throwback Thursday Country Music Edition!

I’m sitting here in my salon, working.  Sorting papers, painting frames, hanging old photos, and listening to country music.

It isn’t long before a Blake Shelton song comes on.

I remember about 4 or 5 years ago when Fort Campbell had Blake come and serenade us all on a very hot and humid day!  Some of our good friends went even earlier than we did and saved us some A-MAZING seats.  I was tickled, because I actually got some pretty great shots of a celebrity!  That never happens in my introvert mom life!  ;)

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Of course, he sang some of his newer ones (that are now years old) and after many hollers from the crowd, finally played Red for us!

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I was leaning as far over the rope (for the walk way to the sound booth) as I could to get these shots! LOL.  In the next photo, I jokingly said he was looking right at me!  So despite it being a tad blurry, it was saved.

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I took a photography class over the course of two years, and this concert was during that time.  Naturally, I selected this next photo for the ‘leading lines’ project!

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It is definitely my favorite shot from the night.  I love photography, and being able to capture moments in time!

Oh, and in typical military fashion, we were given event t-shirts (which I may or may not still have).

Enjoy your Thursday!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Basement Project

My hubby is amazing! With my completion of school, we my hubby has been busy getting the shop side ready!

Since we had to put in a bathroom for the home business requirements, our project has expanded into the family room side of the basement!

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I still have many steps to take with my shop, but I’m ready with a shampoo bowl!

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I’m anxiously awaiting June 1st, which is when I will find out if our city will honor my request to open shop in our home.

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To help make the basement family room not feel so excluded, we have “windows” to view the downstairs. We also decided to utilize the space under the stairs for a dog house!

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Loving this space! Cannot wait until it’s done; so looking forward to being self employed, working from home!! 💗

Blessings & JOY!
Sadie

P.S. this is the first time posting from my phone using the WP app!

home {sweet} home

There is nothing quite like home.  What makes a house a home?  Family.

Watching the plane land always makes me teary eyed!  I actually get more emotional at other homecoming ceremonies than our own!

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There is nothing like a homecoming ceremony.

And nothing like when they open these doors!!!

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My hubby was in the military, and we went through two deployments at this duty station.  I know what that long-awaited hug feels like!  Too many months without physical contact is a definite way to get those first kiss butterflies again!  ;)

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All is right in the world.  Their soldier is home.  Dances with daddy can resume.  ♥

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I enjoyed spending the very cold afternoon with these special ladies as they welcomed home their soldier after a long 9 month deployment!

Thank you, Jenny, for trusting me to capture these special moments!

Thank you for your selfless service to our country!

Welcome Home!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Lake Cabin

So…way back in JULY our family enjoyed a weekend get-away in a cabin on the lake.  In July.  And I am just now blogging about it!

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But, in my defense, I was in school full time with too much homework – all while trying to keep the home running smoothly.  It takes me a while to cull through too many photos taken.  Did you know that I just went through all those vacation photos and only saved 20.  Out of hundreds.  LOL.  Its so hard not to snap shots (that look pretty much exactly the same) of gorgeous sunsets over the water!  Just sayin’.

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There is a fun KOA on one of the Kentucky Lakes that we enjoy staying at.  They have all kinds of fun things to do, including 2 pools, miniature golf, trampoline pillow, movies, paddle boats – just to name a few!  They welcome dogs, which is perfect for us.

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We have camped there a few times, but only once in a tent.  It was the first and last time we will do that.  A crazy storm blew through one night and we took shelter in our truck and packed up to go home the next day with a broken tent!

Now, we stay in a cabin.

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I am partial to the cabins on the waterfront.

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I brought my school books for studying, but when I was not enjoying the view from the deck, I was out taking photos of everything.  Hence, the hundreds of photos to cull through when I got home just this week.

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We have been enjoying rainy (albeit warm for the season) weather the past few weeks.  Sure makes a trip to the sunny lake shores inviting!

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Its amazing how the sunset changes within minutes.

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I always enjoy the relaxing shores….and hubby goes home with boat envy.  ;)

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Shabby Chic Frames

A few weeks ago I found these beautiful framed pieces of artwork at the Goodwill.  I use the term ‘beautiful’ loosely.  Granted, the artwork is definite talent – just completely not my decor style!  But the frames were sturdy, solid wood, and only $1!

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In July, I found some chairs (also at the Goodwill) and painted them with chalk paint for my dream salon in my walk-out basement.

Anyhow, so I had some of that paint left over.

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I had a few different ideas running through my head for these frames.  I even started to paint the glass with black chalk board paint (like I did here) but it wasn’t behaving at all for me this time, so I decided to just hang empty frames for some texture on my bare walls.

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I painted 3 coats of the white chalk paint to give it good coverage over the dark wood frames.  Since I was painting, I grabbed another small oak frame that houses my parents photo in it.  It is now super cute and updated on my sofa table. :)

After the 3 coats, I used my sandpaper block to distress the paint.  I love the look of shabby chic, like the items have been around with a story to tell.

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Then it was simply a coat of clear wax (opted for stark white over the antique wax for this project).

I love chalk paint!  Minimal, if any, sanding is required and it sticks so well!  I hate painting, but love the end result.  I am quite happy with this frugal decor hack!

Now I have to find something else cute to hang in the other bare corner of this wall!  Just more reasons to frequent our Goodwill! :)

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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They Said I Do

I love my school, I love my course, and I love my classmates!  We have named our “team” Family – because we have really rallied around each other, supporting and encouraging each other.  I am so proud to be a part of this fine group of ladies!

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Last weekend one of our classmates tied the knot!  Her “family” came through and supported her.  Sweet Michele supplied the fixings and cake, Jae did her nails, I did her hair and photographs, and many showed up to support this new chapter of her life.

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It was a cloudy day on the gorgeous Cumberland River, but the rain held off until after the celebration!

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I snapped this photo of the happy bride….but now I know why she was smiling so big!  ;)

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Here’s to the bride & groom for many happy years together!  No matter what life throws your way, remember that you have each other!

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Thank you, Jessie, for trusting me to capture your special day!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie