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10 things you should consider when you decide to have a ‘no-spend’ month

10 things you should consider when you decide to have a ‘no-spend’ month

At the beginning of the year, a group of friends and I decided to challenge ourselves to spend less….to spend nothing, in fact.  We were inspired by a woman in the UK who was frustrated with her unnecessary spending and decided to have a ‘no-spend’ year.  (She had such an interesting and amazing experience spending nothing for an entire year that she wrote a book about it.). We each made our own rules about what ‘spending nothing’ would look like and how long it would last.  For me, this no-spend challenge meant spending no money on anything except for groceries, gas, utilities, mortgage and any health related bills in the month of January.  After 31 days of consciously trying to spend less, I jotted down a few observations. (more…)

rain, rain, you can stay | Family Photographer in Needham MA

rain, rain, you can stay | Family Photographer in Needham MA

The forecast did not look good the morning of this family’s photo session, but grandma was visiting from Canada and we really wanted to include her in the photos so we did not reschedule.  At the last second, I told Mom, “Worst case scenario:  bring the umbrellas!” And boy, am I glad I did.

Everything started out clear and we were lucky to have the gorgeous orange flowers blossoming in the background.  I love how all these (more…)

5 ways you can help your kids deal with pet loss

5 ways you can help your kids deal with pet loss

We recently had to euthanize our 15 year old cat Riley.   He was a rescue cat from Boston’s Animal Care and Control Shelter in Roslindale and was (IMO) one of the best cats on the planet.  We got him right after we were married so he was with us through all the ups and downs of having three children over the last decade!  He was sweet and loyal and soft and cuddly and we will all miss him so much! (more…)

5 things I learned in Kindergarten

5 things I learned in Kindergarten

I went into my son’s kindergarten class this week to talk about photography. I spent about 90 minutes with the class and it was honestly one of the most fun (and if I’m being really honest: tiring) afternoons I’ve had in a while.

I started off by reading the classic book “Snowflake Bentley” (or Snowflake BEN as my son likes to call it), which is a nonfiction story about a man who devoted his life to photographing snowflakes.

Then I gave a short iPad presentation on photography, including a brief history of the camera, a show and tell with actual pieces of FILM (gasp), some fun questions for the kids about photography, and of course, a slideshow of personal images for the kids to enjoy.  

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The Boston Marathon is the reason I started running.

Back in 2000, I watched a friend cross the finish line in Copley Square.  Standing among all the cheering fans, the energy is unbelievable and so contagious.  We went out to celebrate with our friend afterwards and I remember the look of pride and happiness on his face as he recounted the day.  Maybe it was the beer talking, but I told him how much he inspired me and that I was going to run a marathon one day, too. (more…)