Springtime through the Lens

I took some photos when Spring arrived in Chicago and the trees and flowers began to bloom. I love taking pictures on beautiful sunny days but I know I need to practice night time photos as well because that’s where I struggle the most. Through the rest of spring; summer and fall I hope to keep up with my photography and post my progress on the blog.

I shot these photos in aperture mode and when taking them repositioned myself to see what angles worked best in the light. When I uploaded them I did some adjustments to the contrast or brightness in photos on my Mac.

If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment! What’s your favorite subjects to photograph outdoors?

Friday's Fab Five

Friday’s Fab Five

Hi there!

Congrats on making it to Friday! Mike will be out of town this weekend and I’m excited for some shopping with my friend Jessica. I’ll miss Mike but it’ll be nice to have alone time and girl time.

It feels like Spring has arrived aside from a mishap yesterday with cold temperatures and the threat of freezing rain. Luckily it was a weak threat and Thursday morning was dry as a bone. But I have faith that Spring will continue to peak through and so I purchased these lovely flowers to display in the apartment!
Yellow Daises

I was excited for the Pirates’ opening day on Monday even though I usually don’t follow baseball closely. I saw the final result, 1-0 after ten innings and boy did it sound like a slow game! Then I saw Wednesday night’s game, 16 innings! Glad the Pirates pulled out a win and I hope they do the same against the Brewers next weekend!

I hope you have an excellent weekend, try a fish fry today if you’re inclined, and enjoy this week’s fab five!

#5 Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe is a gluten free one and while I don’t need to be gluten free, I like the idea of these cookies because the comments say they are delicious. There’s more peanut butter flavor without the flour. More peanut butter plus chocolate? That’s my kind of cookie!

#4 French Toast Casserole
So I bought this loaf of bread Monday thinking it would be great, I only wanted about half a loaf of bread, and the kind I bought was ‘very thin’. How thin is very thin you ask? Super thin! I need about 4 slices to be close to a normal size sandwich. Plus I bought wheat bread when I usually prefer multi grain bread. I’ve decided to make this french toast casserole over the weekend to use up all the bread I don’t plan to make sandwiches with! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

#3 Fashion
I love this look, it looks comfortable and classic all in one.
Comfy Classic Fashion

#2 (un) corgi cuteness
I just love labs! I can’t wait to have my own puppy. :)
Black Lab Puppy

#1 Shin Splint Relief
I’ve been running outside and on the road pretty consistently now that the weather is nicer and my gym has closed. I haven’t experience shin splints (yet) but this will be something to remember for later!
Shin Splint Relief

Friday's Fab Five

Friday’s Fab Five

Happy Friday!

I hope your week is going well and may your weekend be great. Did you fill out a bracket for the NCAA tournament? Normally I could care less but there is pool at work and the winner gets front row seats to a Brewers home game! So I’m pumped about it especially because one of my predictions was UD beating OSU. I hate OSU and it made my day when UD won in the last 4 seconds! Honestly, my bracket could fall apart now and I would still be happy about OSU losing. :)

I ran outside three times in the past week, three! How awesome is that? My feet and ankles hate me right now but I don’t care, the treadmill really messes up your form.

Well, I’m headed off to Pittsburgh this weekend to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday. I can’t believe he’s already one year old! I’m so excited to see him and my family and friends.

Have a great weekend!

#5 Cherry Blossoms
I love this picture my best friend, Allison, took of the cherry blossoms in D.C. Happy Spring!
Cherry Blossoms

#4 Steve Madden Sandals
Spring means sandals and open toed shoes and I think it’s time I add a new pair to my collection!Steve Madden Green Sandals

#3 Pirates Baseball Tee
Continuing with the Spring trend, Spring also means baseball! I love this Pirates baseball tee by Pink and can’t wait to shop for one in Pittsburgh this weekend!
Pirates Baseball Tee

#2 Corgi Cuteness
I’m sorry to deprive you of corgis, but I won’t any longer, corgi!
Corgi Wants Peeps

#1 Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes
These look delicious! I am making these soon!
Pineapple Upside down Cupcakes

Friday's Fab Five

Friday’s Fab Five

Happy Friday!

The weekend starts tonight and I’m excited! Mike and I are going to a hockey game tonight- the Milwaukee Admirals. Twice in a matter of months I’ve been told I like hockey more than any other girl known for two separate people. I guess Wisconsin doesn’t know what it’s like to have a good professional hockey team. ;)

What’s even better about today is the high is 51 degrees! What’s that?! I hope this warmer weather is here to stay because I need it. I signed up for the Rock N Sole quarter marathon in June and it’s time to start running outside to prepare.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s fab five!

#5 Banana Bread Pudding
Ever since making caramelized bananas for breakfast I’ve been wanting to try banana bread pudding. This recipe looks great!

#4 Homemade Fish Sticks
Now that I’m in love with fried fish it might be a good idea to try making it at home. Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe looks fantastic.

#3 Happy by Pharrell Williams
I love this song!

#2 Floral Pencil Skirt
Spring is right around the corner and this is the perfect skirt to get ready for the season!
Floral Pencil Skirt

#1 Hills Bros Coffee cups

We found these coffee cups at a local supermarket, Sendik’s, and they are fantastic. At first we weren’t sure if they would work because the bottom isn’t hard plastic. But it actually appears to be less waste than a regular k cup and they smell great! The regular k cups don’t smell like freshly ground coffee but because of the packaging these seem to be more fresh, if possible. Bonus, they are cheaper too! Rejoice caffeinated friends! :)