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Yea, so… Snow White comes in brown at our house. That’s cool too.

This was actually the second princess Lil’ J posed as but I was so excited to show off Merida that I shared those photos first.

Snow White Quote

Lil’ J watched Snow White for the first time just a few months ago. She’s not her favorite princess (she’s actually kind of hard to understand) but she does like the storyline. Anything with a “mean witch” in the tale has her hooked.

Snow White doesn’t have many profound quotes, but I love this line from when she’s meeting and singing to the forest animals she scared with all her crying. “Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.”

It seems like from the get-go this little girl has been filling the world with sunshine, especially my world. I want to help keep her light burning bright and shield it from the crappiness of the world that may dim it. At least for as long as I can.

Brown Snow White

We got this Snow White dress from a neighbor for $10. It’s a little frayed, and still big on her, but a little safety pins and imagination did the trick.

Lil’ J found some ribbon in my craft drawer that we used as a bow, and she ransacked my kitchen for some apples and pulled me outside.

Black Snow White

We were still warming up with this shoot, so we didn’t take many photos, or get too creative but it was still cute watching her pretend to open the cottage door, sleep standing up, be tempted to eat a poison apple… Goodness, she’s something else.

Brown Snow White

She already told me she wants to cook when she’s Tiana, and use a sword as Mulan, so we’ll see what she comes up with next. Until then, here are a couple more photos of my Brown Snow White. And in case you missed the first set, here’s Cinderella (round 1) and Merida.

Black Snow White

Black Snow White

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Happy National Sibling Day!

Aren’t siblings awesome? Yes!

Last year I dedicated this day to talk about my cool siblings who don’t get as much time to shine in this space, but this year… Forget them, I’m talking about the siblings I gave birth two. My two kids.

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Yesterday I mentioned on My Facebook Page how I took my kids out to snap some bluebonnet pictures and how it was pretty much a fail. It’s like a right of passage here in Texas. You’ve just gotta do it… Every dang year.

I always tell myself I’m just going to let them run in the field and play and not stress about getting that perfect shot of them both smiling and looking into the camera. But once we get going I think ‘Oh, it shouldn’t be that hard to get just one.

HA!

Who am I kidding? This one shot above came after dozens–Ok, more than 100 tries. It’s just not as easy for me to get both of my kids to cooperate. Not to mention they’re a little scared of the tall weeds, and my husband told them to watch out for snakes… THANKS A LOT!

Aside from that, Lil’ J is a snuggler…

biracial siblings of an interracial familyBut Big T isn’t.

biracial siblings of an interracial family

And just when it seems like he’s going to play along.

biracial siblings of an interracial familyHe punches her in the face.

Oh, and that “perfect” photo I mentioned earlier? Isn’t even like it seems…

biracial siblings of an interracial family

But my own little sister was nearby, to make up for all of the sad faces, with her cheery smile, always ready to be photographed.

happy national sibling day

All this to say don’t feel bad if you don’t capture those seemingly perfect moments! Many are just pretending to be perfect, and all the other moments are special in their own way too. The more I looked at these “outtakes” the more I realized they were just as awesome in their own way.

Someday when they’re older, maybe photographing them together will be less torturous.

Happy National Sibling Day! Hop over to My Facebook Page for a special caption contest I’m sponsoring. I’ll draw a random commenter will win a $25 to The Children’s Place. Gift card sponsored by yours truly as a thank you for reading and playing along!

biracial siblings of an interracial family

 

I was so excited Lil’ J wanted to take pictures in her Merida dress because 1. Merida rocks, and is probably (next to Mulan) the coolest Disney Princess ever. And 2. She princess shares an awesome hairstyle with Lil’ J. No extra prep-work needed, just take the braids down and let her play!

I got her dress second hand off ebay for a great deal. Here’s a similar Merida Dress.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

I realized later in the afternoon when her hair was twice this size that we probably could have taken the pictures later to have it’s full effect, but she still rocked it.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

Of course I’m talking as if I was in charge but little miss was all “take a picture of me on this hill!… No, not yet! Ok, now!”

And “Ok I’m going to be brave and go and get my arrow, you can take a picture of me.”

We traded cameras and she took a few photos as well, and checked out my work.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

This was the third princess we’ve photographed her as, but the second I’ve shared, and definitely the one she’s gotten the most into. The bow and arrow, poses were her idea. The initial location idea was a collaboration, then she had me follow her.

We watched Brave again last night and I’d forgotten how much I loved the mother-daughter story. I’m excited to see where else this little adventure of ours takes us.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.
Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.
Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

Brown Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

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Lil’ J and I have taken to dress-up and make-believe time to collaborate on a new project. I didn’t realize it, but she’s managed to collect nearly all of the Disney princess dresses over the last few years of her life. Some she’ll soon outgrow and we’ll have to decide if we buy anew, or if she grows out of them all together (oh goodness, I hope not yet!).

A few days ago she asked me to take some pictures of her while she pretended to be Cinderella. She wore her “glass slippers” and pretended one was falling off. She did it again and again until I took the picture the way she wanted.

Then she ran over to her swing and pretended she was riding in a carriage. Her joy is electrifying. We talked about different ideas for each princess dress she has, and so far we have taken photos of two. I decided to take one of my favorite quotes from the princess and add it to one of the photos. For Cinderella I used a quote from the new movie since that’s who she was pretending to be.

In a new series that doesn’t yet have a name, I present to you, my little princess! … Hey, that’s it (for now)!

My Little Princess: A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.My Little Princess: A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. My Little Princess: A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.My Little Princess: A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses.

 

A couple weeks ago we had a “snow day” and school was canceled here the right before expected freezing temperatures would be rolling in. I think it ended up being in the 50s the next day.

Anyway, we made the most of it. It’s rare I capture a cute picture with the both of them together. They were having so much fun when I got this adorable moment.

Read the details and see more of this cuteness over on my new Tampico is Color photo blog.

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For my husband’s academy graduation I rented the beautiful Canon 135L lens to capture the special occasion. I took tons of photos, maybe around a hundred. I can’t tell you the exact amount because I lost all of them after my daughter knocked over my laptop of seven years, and it was not worth the price of repair. Then what do you know, the external hard drive I used as a backup crashed the same week.

The only photos from that event I have are web-sized versions I happened to send to my mother-in-law. Thankfully she hounded me for pictures or I wouldn’t even have those. Pictures from that event and a period of my daughter’s life are all gone, forever.

I’m generally not an obsessive-compulsive person, but that terrible experience triggered this fixation with backing up photos. I spent so much time researching multiple ways, to back up my photos. ALL of my photos. Including images from my iPhone, our iPads and most of all, my camera.

Last year I shared with you a way to backup and print all of your iPhone (and Android) photos for next to nothing. This time I’m going to share the ways I archive and my opinion of the best ways to backup photos and videos (you know how I love my videos!) so that you nor I will ever lose another cherished captured moment again.

Never lose your precious photos again! Here are three ways you need to be backing up your photos and videos. The easiest and best ways to save your memories.First let me explain why it’s SO important to organize your photos. It’s one thing to have a million photos backed up, but it’s an entirely different issue when there’s no rhyme or reason to how you have them saved. I could dedicate an entire post to this but let me just briefly explain how I organize mine.

Any time I import new photos I make a new folder with the event. That folder is saved inside a folder for events for that month, which a subfolder of the current year folder. For example I’d import Lil’ J’s ballet recital pictures which would be in Pictures à 2014 Pictures à August 2014 à Lil’ J’s Ballet Recital.

Then each picture in that folder is titled “Lil’ J’s Ballet Recital01, …02, ..03 etc. It makes it much easier when looking for specific images. Especially when you can’t remember the name of the event but have a general idea for when you took the photos. As I back my images up, I keep them organized the same way as often as possible.

Now here are some of the best ways to back up your photos.

The Cloud

I am a huge fan of web backups, especially if they can be automated. Like I explained here, I have all of my iPhone photos automatically backup to Google Plus in a private album (you don’t even need the app to be open for them to upload), then I print out the month’s worth of photos using Groovebook for $2.99 (free shipping). You can also upload images from your computer to Google Plus but I haven’t been doing this unless it’s a super important event I want to save because of the amount of images I take. Storing images and whatnot on Google Plus is free up to 15GB then you have to pay for more space.

iPhone-backup-tutorial_0021-copyAnother option for backing up large photos from your computer is using Flickr. Flicker is awesome for storing your photos and videos because you get a full TB of storage for free. Even I can’t imagine filling that up. However videos have a time limit of 3 minutes, so keep that in mind with your uploads. I haven’t been using their mobile app to backup my photos because my app had to be open in order for it to update, and I aint got time for that. But I love using it to back up my large photos from my computer. I try to log in once a month and upload my photo event folders for the month. Most of those albums I keep private, or select which photos I want to show publicly.

External Hard Drive

This is an obvious necessary backup. You never know when the Internet may fail you, so back up your stuff to another hard copy you can keep your hands on. I have a few Western Digital drives that I use to backup my entire Macbook Pro and iMac. I even connect it to my wireless router so it can backup both of my computers wirelessly and have less of an issue with plugging and unplugging it in, or it getting knocked off my lap when using my laptop (which I think is one of the reasons my previous one failed). I have two 500GB drives and a TB drive. Believe it or not my TB drive is full already because I was backing both of my computers up to it. I’ll probably do them each on separate drives from now on to conserve space, or upgrade to a 2TB drive. My plan is to keep one in my fireproof safe and update it every month in case of a fire (is my OCD showing again?).

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This device is my latest backup endeavor and it’s the perfect addition to the methods I already have in place. In fact, if I had this first, I’d be tempted to skip my other two means all together.

The LyveHome is a wireless photo and video manager. It works in conjunction with the Lyve App that I have downloaded on my iPad mini, my iPhone and my iMac. So every time I take a photo on my phone, or upload a photo to my computer, it automatically pulls it over to the LyveHome and stores it as a backup. It has 2TB of storage so until I reach about a million photos, or an insane amount of videos, I won’t run out of space. (So far I’ve imported 14,038 photos and 617 videos and I’ve only used 4% of my storage). I love my external hard drives to backup EVERYTHING(all of my programs, documents, files, etc) but it’s nice to have a device specifically for our memories.

Lyve-Home-Review_0006-copyMy favorite aspect is seeing photos I take on my iPhone now automatically sent to my computer. My iCloud account has long since been full, so I had to manually sync my phone (which I rarely did) or search my Google Plus backup to find a pic I wanted to edit. Or just email it to myself. ANNOYING.

I can also view all of the images from my computer on my iPad or iPhone. When you reach storage capacity on your phone and get that dreaded warning, you can delete your photos and videos from your iphone library without worrying because you’ll have an extra copy already on your LyveHome and stored in your LyveApp. This also comes in handy when I want to show off a photo I took on my DSLR that I haven’t uploaded online yet. I can access the photos from my computer while I’m out.

Another little bonus is the cute clock it adds to my desk, and the fact that it scrolls through all of my old photos so I can feel a bit of nostalgia while I work.

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Here are a few things worth noting:

-Although it has a touch screen, you can’t watch videos or delete photos/videos by toughing the LyveHome device, but you can through the app on any of your other devices. I was a little confused by this at first. You control it from the app, not the cube itself.

– It doesn’t import photos shot in RAW format. So if you are like me and don’t shoot in JPEG or RAW+JPEG, you’ll have to convert your images before they’ll be added to LyveHome. This will probably motivate me to hurry and edit all of the images I love so they’ll immediately be backed up in an additional spot, instead of just saving them to edit later.

-It scrolls through all the images, and right now the only way to “hide” them from being displayed on the LyveHome cube is by deleting the photo from your LyveApp. So those boudoir photos I wanted to save for myself but maybe not have my friends from church see when they come over… Umm, I’ll probably just stick to my alternate backup methods.

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Overall, I love it for automatically syncing photos as I take them, and for peace of mind. I wish I had this back when my computer and hard drive crashed. It could have saved me a lot of heartache.

One of these will run you about $299. You can learn more by visiting their website.



giveaway

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading about the best ways to backup your photos. Now here’s the fun part. I LOVE sharing ways to document and preserve your family legacy and you know I love feeling like Oprah. Lyve sent me an extra device to give away to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway just check out the video about LyveHome and let me know what you thought, and what memories you’re most excited to backup and why by leaving a comment. You have until August 28th EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 2ND to enter. I’ll randomly draw the winner using random.org. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and live in the United States. Good luck my friends!

*I’d like to give a huge thanks to Lyve for allowing me to review their product and give one away to one of my fabulous readers. I was sent the device to try for free, and compensated to include an honest review in my post. All opinions expressed are mine, ALL MINE!

winner 13 winner-13Winner Alert: Lucky #13: Trenton Robertson. If the winner fails to claim their prize an alternate will be chosen at random.

I feel like I’ve blogged a lot over the years about how my breastfeeding journey came to be. At first I only hoped to breastfeed to save the money I’d spend on formula for cute dresses for my daughter. My goal for a few months turned into a six-month goal, and eventually, I knew I could do it for the long haul.

The second time around (with my son) I was more confident. The most challenging part initially was pumping enough while he was in daycare, and now it’s thinking of how he will wean considering he still nurses on demand.

My mom didn’t nurse us, but I gave it a shot, and my younger sister followed suit with her daughter. Minority women are statistically less likely to breastfeed, but I’m excited to watch that change as more families are educated on the benefits, and more support becomes available.

My breastfeeding journey is coming to a close. I mentioned reasons I’m looking forward to it being over, but at the same time I know I’ll look back and miss the sweet experience. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful photographer capture some of that emotion in a shoot for World Breastfeeding week.

Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week.I can’t say thank-you enough to Paige Wilks for giving me something to cherish.

Also, a thank-you to my readers in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week Dr. Brown’s is giving two of my readers a Gia Pillowpillow cover and an assortment of breastfeeding accessories.

Just leave a comment to enter the giveaway. Leave another comment if you share this giveaway with your friends for an additional entry.

I’ll draw and announce the winners next Friday the 15th. Good luck!

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