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I am definitely a late fan of Empire, one of Fox's hottest shows this season. I just couldn't dedicate an hour to another show this season. So after ALL the season finale's were over, my husband turned on the first episode of Empire and from that point on we were hooked. I mean binge watching hooked. We literally wrapped up an entire season in a week. My favorite part of the show is the music, which is why I'm making Good Enough the song of the month.

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Dance, dance and more dance

Competition season has begun.

This is our first year in competition dance and it has been fun, exhausting, taxing and pretty cool at the same time. I love watching dancers do there thing and especially love watching my daughter on stage. But getting up to get ready at 5am almost every weekend is exhausting, especially when you end up being at the competition all day! I learned two things since starting dance competitions. 1) A bedazzle thing is way easier to use then a glue gun when attaching rhinestones to costumes and 2) Never ever scream so loud that it scares your poor dancer on stage and they blank out and run off the stage. I totally didn't do that, but it did happen at last weeks competition.

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Every now and then there is a song that you just drawn to and can play over and over again without growing tired of it. The first time I played the Work Song by Hozier was probably one of the most taxing work days I've had in awhile and I must have played this song over and over again on my metro ride home. I started listening to Hozier after hearing the "Take me to Church" song on the radio and watching the video. I love a great music that can also send a powerful message.  

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According to a recent report released by the FBI, home based crime actually fell during the first half of last year (we’re still waiting on numbers from the second half). This is definitely good news. It is important to note, though, that while home invasions and other crime were down, they were not non-existent. It is still important to protect yourself and your property! Whether you just purchased a new home or have lived in your current house for years, there is no time like the present to conduct a safety audit and make some improvements to your home security system. Conduct a Security Audit Spend a day walking through your house and around your property. Look for any potential weak spots in your security systems and plans. The National Center for State Courts has a great checklist that you can download to help (more…)

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Have you ever gone back to look at older pictures just to see how far you've come along. I think it's important to take some time to reflect on what practice, time and education does to your photography skills. This picture was taken in 2011 with my Canon 50D, I think in our old backyard. I remember walking through the background trying to find something unique and interesting and wondered on this flower. I have to admit my talent isn't with nature photography, mostly because I'm allergic and have a magnetic attraction to bugs. Meaning bugs seem to always find me no matter how I try to avoid them. I can already list a slew of things wrong with this picture, things that I take into account when I capture photos now.

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When we lived in LA I would dream for snow and cold weather. I really wanted to know what it's like to play in snow without having to drive hours and hours up a mountain. But when we moved to DC I realized how quickly you can grow to despise the cold, especially when your commute includes a mile walk. This is a picture of the kids playing in the snow, in the cold. I have a low tolerance for cold weather, but it doesn't seem to phase them one bit.

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This weekend my husband spent the majority of the day doing some "spring cleaning" on our older desktop computer. It's the one the kids and guests use the most and it's been going on a downward spiral to an untimely death. During the cleaning we stumbled on some of the older pictures that my father must have downloaded on one of his many visits. This picture is probably around 8 years old but we fell out laughing at Miss M's side eye. Anyone want to take a stab at captioning the photo?

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A few weeks ago I purchased my Paul C. Buff light, I've been on the fence with the purchase for over a year. Do I want to invest more money in equipment now, I would ask. Do I even have time to learn how to use them, I would question. Until one night I realized I was stalling out of fear, so in ah ha moment I just made the purchase online. I chose the Einstein for its diversity and because it was recommended for the photography I wanted to shoot. I've tried several times to create the best white background picture for years and this new strobe will help me do it. Today's picture is of my daughter, her face says it all. She was WAY over me taking any more pictures of her.

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I finally broke down and invested in a good light for my photography. I've been googling over the AlienBees for over a year, but could never muster enough courage to purchase one. But I finally took the plunge and purchased one Paul C. Buff Eienstein flash unit. This is one of the first photos captured with the light. The Setup: White photography backdrop/reflector I created after watching How to Make a Backdrop or Reflector for a photo studio. Einstein Light with an old white umbrella I had from a previous light kit Flash unit - Canon 430EXII Speedlight Canon 6D and Canon 80mm 1.8 lens

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