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


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…

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 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…