Picture Everyday Giveaway

Giveway winner:

So, school took more out me me/the kids than I intended! But random.org tells me that libbywilco is the winner!

Hopefully, I can get back in the groove tomorrow. I'm cautiously optimistic ;) Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!


The kids start school tomorrow. TOMORROW, people. That's three kids in school ALL DAY LONG.

I'm not going to apologize for the all caps yelling because this is a REALLY BIG DEAL. I've been a mom now for eleven years and have never been alone in my own house for as long as I will be tomorrow.

It's going to be bittersweet walking away from that school after waving goodbye to my newly minted kindergartner. She's going to rock it though so I'm not at all anxious for her. Me though? Totally different story. I'm fairly certain tomorrow will be spent in an alternating cycle of euphoria and sadness and anticipating all of the new ways I can be productive and active and better. I have things that need to be part of a regular schedule now that my excuses of limited time have been nullified. The house will be immaculate now, right? At least between the hours of 9 and 4 this house will run like a top. Some of those "honey do" list items can be knocked off so Carlos isn't quite so burdened by my never-ending list of minor house projects.I can expand my thrice weekly running routine to include a more diverse physical presence. My etsy shop can be resurrected with a vengeance and grocery shopping will be an absolute breeze. I can volunteer at the school and make uninterrupted phone calls. And I hope this doesn't sound selfish but I'm looking forward to being able to schedule in some me time as well. Without getting too philosophical, it's pretty easy to lose sight of yourself when life revolves around the needs and wants of three little people.

One of those me things is going to be this big picture class. The timing couldn't be better but the subject matter? Yeah, I'm ready to tackle something like this. The Phone Photography project was so perfect for capturing those summer moments with my kids and I feel like this will be the perfect way to usher in a new season - both on the calendar and in my life.

From the class description:
Your life is full of beauty, authenticity, and moments of magic just waiting to be captured in pictures. All it takes is the right perspective. In Picture Everyday, a new workshop from photographer Tracey Clark, you'll learn to see your world in a sublime new light—and to use your camera to tell the story of what you see. 
Through 30 surprisingly powerful photo prompts, dozens of inspiring images and videos, and eight weeks of gentle encouragement, Tracey will help you elevate your everyday—and fill your soul with gratitude along the way. You'll be focusing your lens on topics like Routine, Spaces, Places, Details, Connections, and Affections.

Pretty great, right? And, I have a spot to share with one of you! I'm a pretty recent convert to online classes and I want to tackle this one with gusto - I hope some of you will as well! I can't be the only one that's about to have some new-found freedom ;) Interested? Sure you are! Leave me a comment and I'll choose a winner Wednesday. Good luck! (And send me some happy thoughts tomorrow morning if you think of me ; Thanks a bunch.)


  1. I've got my little guy starting kindergarten on Wednesday and I'm a nervous wreck! Your list sounds great, can I copy and paste it? :)

    Tracey Clark is too cool, I'd love to win a spot in her class!

  2. Erica, I'm so excited for you to start this new chapter in your life. I will be thinking of you!
    And maybe, some friends could get together for a knitting/coffee date?

  3. I used to love it when both of my kids were in school and I was at home. But now, they are adults and I am the one going (working at) a school!

  4. My youngest starts school in January 2014 (here in Briabane) and I must admit I am looking forward to some me time and a more consistant routine to get jobs done around the house. Guessing I will spend a bit of time at school as well volunteering in class, or the canteen or the uniform shop. Me time will be good too! Love to win a spot in the class it looks fun! Thanks for the chance. Hope the first day at school goes well for all the kids.

  5. I am excited for you! Now it is time to fill your bucket....and enjoy that special "me" time. I have taken almost all of Tracy's classes, and you will LOVE it. I remember the day when my "youngest"went to school, and I was so thankful and so happy that both of our children were in a school surrounded by wonderful teachers and friends. These really are the best of times. Enjoy!

  6. Hope your first week went well! I have a 1st grader and a part-time pre-schooler. But those 8 hours a week my little one is at pre-school? Priceless! Enjoy your time and I look forward to hearing how much you're able to accomplish - I'll be there next year when my baby goes off to kindergarten. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in Tracey's class - LOVE her classes!



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