Happy New Year – 2015!

Is it January 2015 already?  Since I haven’t blogged in what seems like ages…I can’t apologize anymore for it as it is what it is!  2014 literally flew by and I’m still not sure where all my photos went 😦

The fall holidays have left me spent!  Photography has been kind to me and so my days are filled with taking lots and lots of photos and chasing my guy around.  Thank you to all my clients this past year and that this year will be even bigger and better.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and a New Year…I’m exhausted already.

I fell by the wayside of not blogging at least once a week but far exceeded my expectations by doing it a couple days out of the month.  All these Moms that do it EVERYDAY are EXTRAORDINARY!!!

My camera has exploded and I’ve become a mass photo hoarder (not good for my hard drives!).

My guy has had many blessings last year and have experienced many things.  From Legoland to Disneyland and camping, his biggest blessing is having been able to spend his days with family.

Here are some photo round-ups of the last few months since I haven’t shared in quite awhile! {although I have been somewhat active on IG if you follow me there…I think that counts!}  These are all quite random in their order so don’t judge.

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Top: The Diva was in The Nutcracker this year as an Angel!, with Santa at the Christmas tree farm

Middle:  Carsland at Disney’s California Adventure with McQueen and Tow-Mader!

Bottom: Daredevil turned the big “2” in December and more visits at Disneyland!

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Warm weather was kind and visited Southern California in November & December so we had some nice and sunny beach days!  {Just look at those sculpted abs!}  All the beach photos were taken on different days although it looks the same ’cause he’s wearing the same trunks and holding the same shovel…oops!

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The “let’s look for Christmas trees dance”

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And finally…New Year’s Eve!  {note: we went to bed 15 minutes before midnight!}

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend and I’ll be back next week to share more new things!  Cheers!

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Watermelon Shark & Chocolate Cake

Shark Week is still going strong!  What’s a party without a shark shaped watermelon to serve to your guests?  Thanks to my brother-in-law Jon for taking the time to contribute to my guy’s fin-tastic party.  It was jaw-some!

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There are many many tutorials for this online and especially on one of my favorite websites…Pinterest!  So take your party to the next level and make a shark watermelon to serve your fruit out of and also serves as a visually appealing decorative item to the party! However you do it the little ones are going to be sooo amazed!

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And let’s not forget about his fabulous 2nd B-day birthday chocolate cake done by one of my favorite peoples in the world, Eunhye Shim!  You can follow her on IG @SUBBIE120!  Her work is gorgeous, freaking amazeballs, and taste delicious as well! {you know normally you get the great looking cake and then it taste like paper?!…hers is a little slice of heaven!}

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All our favorite things in a cake!  The ocean, sharks, and surfing baby on a polka-dot board! I know you can’t really tell in the photos but I’m sure it is not coincidental that the board is somewhat a replica of my very own custom 7’0 polka dot fun board!  Her details are stunning and it is such a gift to me that she was able to contribute this to his B-day party!  She’s sooo busy!

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It was so hot and humid in the afternoon that by 2:00, Bruce the Shark swam down to the table 😦

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She’s great right?!

Shark Photo Prop

So we got Alien sharks, Sharkageddon, Megalodon, Escaping Jaws 2, annnd Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine!  Are you over it yet…I hope not as we get ready for Sharksanity on Saturday!  This shark week is getting better every day!  Follow me on IG @babababora to get a glimpse of my shark week shirt.

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What’s a party without a photo prop?!  And a shark one at that!  With a little help from Pinterest and my awesome brother who basically made this entire prop for my Viking’s 2nd B-day party…it turned out fairly awesome.  With a few test runs and layers of paint later…he came out fierce!

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Back in the day before no kid, I would’ve thought these photos props were lame but ya’ know what…they’re absolutely not!  Of course being me {the photogmom}, I made everyone take a photo with all the props we had.  If I had more time, I would’ve made red chum bean bags so the kids could throw them through the mouth and it would double as a game!  We also had a beach babe and beach hunk body to take photos with as well!

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DIY Tip:  When making the beach bodies, you only need to use one board!  Paint one side the female body and the other side male!  And poof!…you can thank me for saving you money now.

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Isn’t this photo too funny?!  So it seems every time I take a photo, Mr. Daredevil there (my handsome nephew) mimics me and puts up his invisible camera to take a photo now!  At first we didn’t know why until I figured out he was acting like he was holding something near his face.  Hilarious!

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Look at these two cutie patooties!  She had on a seahorse dress and he had on a shark shirt!  They were both ready to party!

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Don’t be afraid to be silly and scared that no one will like the efforts you made, for your biggest fan is the only voice that counts and at the end of the day will give you the biggest hugs!  Soooo GO… and make your sharknado of a party fabulous with as many photo props as you can make!  I give you my blessing!

Shark-tastic Desserts

Are you tired of my shark referenced puns?!  Well…alls I can say is too bad…YOU will look forward to a whole week of them!  My little man’s shark themed birthday party got off to the right start with these sweet treats.

To top everything off we’ve got some Pinterest-inspired desserts for you and a lil’ bit of a DIY tip as well.  Who doesn’t want to eat these awesome desserts?!  Thanks to Megan & Diane Kile for making them and helping with the dessert set-up!  Couldn’t have asked for better than these fellow crafters!  Feel free to pin away and let’s get this party started!

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Make your shark jello with blue jello {of course!}, get some shark gummies, tear open a few cuties, and top that boat with a sail!  Our sails were from the store but you can easily make your own with cute tape {available everywhere} and a toothpick.  Grab some spoons and eat up!

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Onto some sun action here.  We got those teddy grahams sunbathing on some brownies sprinkled with graham crackers for sand and lying on those sour tape things and an umbrella to protect them from the sun!  Those slippahs are nutter butters with colored icing and a m&m.  Sooo easy peasy!

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Marshmallow fish pops!  So you’ve probably seen many versions of this online and many tutorials and you’re probably wondering, “why didn’t she cover the whole marshmallow in blue chocolate to resemble the ocean?”.  I actually did a test run of these a couple days before the party and covered the entire marshmallow in blue chocolate and I was on a sugar high the rest of the day.  Can you imagine kids eating those all day?  Yup, thought so.  So I covered only half and just went with it.  You will need jumbo marshmallows, crushed graham cracker crust, bag of fishes, blue melting chocolate, and lollipop sticks.  This also works best if you roll the marshmallow into the chocolate rather than dipping it.  I also used vegetable oil to get a runny consistency for the chocolate.  If you’re the type to need an exact tutorial, here is a good blog, See Vanessa Craft.  She has awesome photos too!  I would have them too but most times I’m in too much of a hurry to get them done!

Aren’t these so much fun?  And super easy for you to do with little to no effort for your shark/beach themed party.  And who says you have to have a party to make these?  It’s shark week…make em’ now!