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What happened to Baby Making Machine?
After nearly 9 years of blogging under that alias, I realized that name no longer speaks to who I am or the stage of life I'm in. But my, how fast it flew by! While snuggling my huge babies (Who will always be my babies no matter how big they get) it struck me how important it is to cherish the moment. Because every day is a gift. More than ever I realized it was time for a name change and I knew exactly what it should be.
As far as technicalities go, all of my old posts and archives are still here. Same stories, same message and passion. Just a new look accompanied by a new name.
Long story: This post about Saying Goodbye to Baby Making Machine
explains it all. It's a doozy.
I love your hair! How long have you been natural?
My whole life actually. I never had a chemical straightener, but I rarely wore it in its naturally curly state until fall of 2013. I grew up getting a press every other week. As an adult, I worked as a news anchor and at the time the news business wasn't ready for my big beautiful hair. While on maternity leave with my son, I stopped flat ironing my hair to show my daughter that despite what we see on TV, and in movies, curly hair is beautiful too.
I (mostly) haven't looked back sense. It's been an incredible experience and I'v enjoyed truly falling in love with my hair for the first time in my life. I blogged about my hair journey here.
I love your pictures! What kind of camera and lenses do you use?
Who do you recommend for photo printing?
It depends. I love printing locally when I need something quick. In Austin I use Precision Camera. When I have more time I'll sometimes used MPIX, CafePress or Shutterfly depending where I find the deals. For printing iPhone pictures I used to love Groovebook (can't beat the deal) but all of the photos got out of hand. For grand wall displays I love WeMontage
. So far I've been happy with them all.
What do you use to edit your videos?
Over the years I have used about a half a dozen editing programs. From Avid to iMovie, Adobe Premiere to Final Cut Pro. Currently I use Final Cut Pro X.
What do you use to film your videos?
A lot! While I tend to have a favorite camera for taking photos, I can never seem to have enough video cameras. My favorite to use quality wise is my 5D Mark IV
, but it doesn't have a flip screen which makes it more difficult to record myself. For portability and good quality I LOVE the Canon g7X mark ii
. For a bit of both I love my Canon EOS 80D
. It's not as heavy as my full frame camera, has a flip screen and gorgeous quality and control. Only downside when it comes to vlogging is it doesn't fit in my pocket. And sometimes I use my iPhone 7+ too, because it's what I have on me when a moment is flying by.
What is your routine for washing your daughter’s hair?
Why did you decide to homeschool?
Homeschooling was something on my mind for years. It was something I always found intriguing but never saw myself doing because of my crazy work schedule and... Well, I just wasn't sure if it was really for me.
My daughter went to kindergarten at public school and had a lot of fun, but by then my circumstances had changed and I had more availability to give it a try. I wanted more freedom and flexibility and quality time with my kids. After much thought and prayer we decided to go for it.
Want the long story? Read this post.
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