14 Days Of Love, A February Photo Challenge

It’s the month of love!

Not only does today kick off the month of February, it also kicks off my very first Instagram photo challenge!

I am so excited y’all. I have toyed and toyed with the idea of hosting a challenge but have never taken the plunge. My biggest reason to not go for it has been a fear of failure. I mean, I have only completed 2 photo challenges in like 3 years since mom brain generally gets the best of me. It seems pretty obvious that I am totally unqualified to pull this off.

Or am I…

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#2016ChristmasMoments Days 16-31

Every year Santa Stephanie hosts a Christmas themed photo challenge and every year I do my best to play along. Last year I bombed out, failing the challenge on the very last day. However this year I redeemed myself by actually completing all 31 days. It’s a Christmas miracle!

For the month of December I shared my photos on Instagram. But since seeing anything on Instagram has been challenging lately, I thought I would share them on the blog too. Here is a look at the last 16 days of the 2016 challenge. If you missed days 1-15 you can find them here.

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Picture Perfect Project V10: September 2016

Nearly two years ago I started snapping weekly photos of my girls. Typically these photos are always taken on Sunday morning because hello, we’re homeschoolers. Some stereotypes like doing school in your pjs are just true. Others like my kids are socially deprived and awkward, not so true…for the most part ;).

This post marks month number 21 and goodness I have learned SO many lessons along the way. Like: edit your photos, some weeks your photos just aren’t going to be picture perfect (keep trying), and organizing photos into folders is always worth the time it takes. I repeat organizing your photos is ALWAYS worth the mere seconds it takes.

Today we are taking a look at weeks 36-39

September 2016

Week 36

Emily is wearing Minnie mouse (you’re surprised aren’t you, HA) Marissa chose to wear her plaid dress. I love that dress and I hate it too. It is one of those items that I probably wouldn’t have purchased if I really thought through the ironing it would need in the store. We all have those items, right?

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Week 37

Aaaahhh, vacation week. I snapped these photos of the girls the day we were at the fort and thought they’d work as good as any. And look, Minnie Mouse again. Never has a little girl been so obsessed.

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Week 38

This was a very, very sad day. Day #1 back home post vacation. Do to our late arrival the night before, we decided to be lazy and hang out at home for the day. We pretty much did nothing except mope. It was pathetic. Also, I spy Minnie Mouse. This kid, I swear she owns other clothing.

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Week 39

Our first week back at church was ‘The Great Day of Prayer’. We all wore matching t-shirts and participated in prayer walks through the streets of our city. Afterwards we wrapped things up with a service project followed by pizza with our small group. This day was LONG but full of so much togetherness. I loved it. 

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Here is a Flash back to September 2015…

Sometimes it feels like they are finally starting to slow down a bit then I realize I am completely wrong. I simply can not imagine how much more they will mature with another year.

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Sharing another month of weekly photos in today's #PicturePerfectProject post. #Photo #linkup Click To Tweet

Now it’s your turn to link up what you have been taking photos of one last time. Yup, that’s right this link-up has officially came to an end. It has been so much fun taking pictures with you for the past several months, but we felt it was time to call things a wrap. To those of you who have faithfully linked up we want to say a HUGE thank you. You were what kept this going for so long. 

Happy picture taking!

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Picture Perfect Project V3: February 2016

Another month of photos is done.
 
Goodness does it seem like the year is flying by with the first two months of the year already over. 
Today I’ll be sharing February’s photos for our 2016 Picture Perfect Project.

I kept things the same as last month. I love the idea of taking my photos in the same spot every week but the lighting in that room is proving to be a challenge and wanting to cause some unpleasant shadows in my photos and that is really starting to bug me. So I’ll either get over it or pick a different location.

Let’s take a look!
 
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Week 6
Emily has been quite the over smiler aka sarcastic smiler lately. It has made for some “Interesting” photos.Oh and look, a Minnie Mouse dress!

 
Week 7
These photos have made me VERY aware of how often I just let the girls wear headbands and don’t really fix their hair. So this week I braided M’s bangs and gave sister some pig tails. 

 

 
Week 8
Emily’s birthday week and she wore the best Minnie Mouse dress ever.
It’s like a Minnie lovers princess dream come true!

 

 

Week 9
 The shadow and lighting was especially terrible this day.
This was the morning of our overnight get away.
The girls just “HAD” to pose with their new Build-A-Bear friends. 

 

 
 
And that wraps up February and 9 of 52 photos.
 
2016 so far…
 
Now it’s your turn to link-up!
 Grab the button from my sidebar and share the photos you’ve been taking lately.
 
 
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy
 

 

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Picture Perfect Project V2: January 2016

Today is month two of the Picture Perfect Photo Project.

Last month I shared my collage of photos from 2015. 52 photos for 52 weeks and boy oh boy the end result was a hot mess. I was proud that I managed to take 52 weeks of photos, but a bit embarrassed by the end result. 
But with disappoint comes a chance to do improve. I made some goals to organize, edit and watermark my photos and this month I have done just that. I also picked a new photo location and plan to use it for the entire 2016 year. Not only will this help things to look more uniform but it will be neat seeing my chalkboard designs in the background too.
So far I already feel like I am doing a better job compared to 2015…. 
but since we’re only one month in I won’t get overly confident.
January 2016
Week 1
Happy New Year, unfortunately Marissa was feeling a bit under the weather this week. A mom can always tell a kid who isn’t feeling well by the look in their eyes. I also must point out Emily’s adorable new Minnie outfit :).

Week 2
Marissa wore her very first infinity scarf that I decided to “store” for her in my closet ;). 

Week 3
I found a “new” Minnie shirt at the top of the closet. I am pretty sure my mom bought this for E two years ago and it just now fits. I chose this photo because of those faces. How could I not choose the goofy one?!

Week 4
This week was a sunny one. I was a bit disappointed with the photos but they could’ve and have been worse. Emily wore a sister hand me down. Marissa wore this for her Pre-K photos when she was her sisters age. Memories like that always make me smile.

Week 5
Somehow before I escaped to IKEA I got both girls dressed and ready for church with daddy. Plus I actually remembered to take a photo! Emily was feeling pretty sassy this particular morning. 

5 Sundays down, 47 left to go! 
Now it’s your turn to link-up!
Grab the button from my sidebar and share the photos you’ve been taking lately.
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Picture Perfect Project Link-Up Announcement

I am pretty sure that I have been anticipating this day for about 3 months now #notevenkidding.
In January of 2015 I challenged myself. My challenge was to take one photo of our girls every Sunday. Rain, shine, snow, no matter what I’d snap a photo. After about 10 months of photos this is what I have to look back on.

BEST challenge ever. 
Some weeks my photos have been frame worthy, other weeks I totally blew it, but I kept taking photos.
This little challenge has turned into a year of photos that I know I will always cherish.

The only pictures you regret are the ones you don’t take.

Month after month your comments would come in about how much you loved this idea and one day it occurred to me, why not ask you to join in? I reached out to some fellow picture loving blogging pals and invited them to co-host a monthly link up with me.

Just like that the Picture Perfect Project was born. 

In 2016 we want you to create your own photo challenge.
Once a month, every week or every day. However many photos you want to take & whatever you want to take them of.
The point is to set a goal and use your camera. 
On the 2nd Thursday of each month we invite you link up with us.
You can share your photos and post about your photo challenge progress (or failures) from that month. You can also check out what other bloggers are taking photos of and maybe get some great ideas or photo tips.
Challenges are always more fun when we do them together.

Think about your ‘Picture Perfect Project’ for 2016 and make a plan.
Then set a date to start, grab our button and mark your calendar to join us on January 14th!

 We can’t wait to see your photos!

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What will your 2016 picture challenge be?!

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