Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Flowers...







This has been a marvelously mild summer so far. The milder weather and extra rain has been very kind to the flowers and given many opportunities to photograph some of the beauty of summer.

I hope the summer continues to be beautiful and that I have the chance to photograph many more beautiful blossoms.

Simply,
Sarah

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Moments that beg...





There are moments in life that unfold and beg for me to capture a glimpse of them. Sometimes a moment begs to be expressed in the form of a collage. Other times it begs to be shown through words in the form of poetry. However, tonight, it begged to be captured within a black and white photograph. I obliged and now I have these glimpses to cherish of a moment that happened without any planning on my part.

Happy weekend!

Simply,
Sarah

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Baked Peaches...







This week I was inspired by Sara over at Chalk White Arrow and her post about baked peaches.

She posted a simple recipe for baked peaches that I decided to tweak it a little to try for myself.

Here are the ingredients I used and how I made my baked peaches:

Ingredients-

  • Peaches
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Butter

Instructions-
I cut each peach in half, took out the cores, and cleaned out each center a little bit. After that I sprinkled cinnamon on top of each half, placed a small pat of butter into each center (I used less than Sara), and at the end I placed one dollop of honey into the center of each peach.

I baked the peaches at 300 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes.

Once the peaches were out of the oven I took a spoon and scooped up the liquid in the center of each peach and then drizzled the spoonful over the entire half of the peach.

All in all, I was pleased with how it turned out! Next time I think I will coat it in a bit more cinnamon and maybe even try a little vanilla. Overall it was a nice recipe to play with and a great blend of tart and sweet.

If you try your own version of baked peaches, I would truly enjoy hearing about it!

Simply,
Sarah

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Light Mountain Henna Dye...



Today I wanted to take the time to post a review about Light Mountain natural hair dye.

This past week was the second time I have used Light Mountain hair products. Both times I have used the Red color on my hair.

Before I write about my experience, I would like to state that I did not receive my product for free. I purchased mine from a local store on my own. So, this post has not been influenced by free products from the company.

Now, I would like to share about my experience with this natural hair dye product.

When I mix the hair dye with water I let it sit for 30-45 minutes. Once it has set up, I put it into my hair for two hours. After this I rinse out the mixture with water and then conditioner. Once my hair is thoroughly rinsed, I do not wash my hair for 24 hours so that my hair can continue to set.

Now that I have shared that basic information, I would like to share my top tips for using this product.

1. Make sure you read through the instructions. This is very helpful in the process.

2. Make sure you use petroleum jelly on the areas of skin that might get hair dye on it. (I also recommend using saran wrap or a towel to help cover your neck and shoulders from drips. The dye will stain your skin if you are not careful.

3. The hair dye is semi-permanent. In my hair it fades quite a bit after the first wash and a little after each wash after. My understanding is that the rate at which it will fade varies depending on how long you let it set, what type of shampoo you use, and what type of hair you have. So, it will vary from person to person.

4. I usually have to complete the process twice. The first time is to completely coat my hair and the second time is to touch up any areas that are not saturated with the color as much as I would like.

5. The process is pretty messy, especially the first time I did it. So, be sure that you give yourself plenty of time, have paper towels near the area, and I recommend having old towels around the area and to dry your hair after the rinse.

6. The hair color does have a strong smell, but it is a plant based scent.

7. I am a big fan of this product! I am still having to learn to use it, but each time has been an even better experience. I really like the shade of red it gives my hair, the way it conditions my hair, the low cost of the product, and the fact that I can enjoy having the option to dye my hair without using harsh chemicals. All in all, I highly recommend this product to others that wish to try henna hair dye.

When I was researching henna hair dye it would have been nice to find a blog review that the blogger offered to respond to any questions. So, if you stumble across this post through a Google search feel free to leave a comment if you have any specific questions and I will be happy to respond.

Simply,
Sarah

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fez: Chihuahua...



 

In my last post I shared pictures of my beautiful friend Allanah. Today I thought I would share a few behind the scenes pictures of her cute little pup named Fez.

Fez was with us throughout the photo session (and even decided to sneak into a few photos), so I thought it fitting to give him his own moment in the spotlight. He chose to accessorize with a small bone in his close up shots and then decided he had what it took to model along side Allanah. He was initially perplexed by the sounds that my camera made, but overall, I think he had a fun time joining Allanah and I on our photographic adventure.

Simply,
Sarah