Photography Spotlight…|Q.L.P

This is a Quick Lil’ Post I have planned on doing for a little while. I am going to ‘spotlight’ some of my favoritest role-model photographers and also introduce you to some less-known photographers who are emerging and well-worth your follow.

So let’s get this thing on the road.

😉 My Role Models 😉

 

  1. Sonja Adcock Photography. Sonja is a photographer based in Pennsylvania. I love her work and especially how she uses light. Her style is soft and she specializes in artistic child photography. You can check her out here.

  2.  Photography by Britton. I probably should’ve mentioned these guys first! They are almost 100% my biggest photography role models. They’re a husband and wife photography team (I’m a big fan of that 😀 ) and they travel all over the place to photograph people. They specialize in (pretty much everything) weddings. Their official website can be found here. 

  3. Brittany Elise Photography. Brittany has a very unique style. I love the type of softness her portraits demonstrate. They really are very unique and I think you should check her out. She’s based in Tampa Florida, and specializes in newborn. Check out her website here. 

  4. Madison Photography. This is another big favorite of mine. I just love how colorful Madison’s images are. They’re so so pretty. I follow her on Instagram and lemme tell ya’–her stuff brightens my feed. Madison’s style is ‘creative, bright, colorful, sharp and airy’. Go check her out here. 

 

And that will have to wrap this part up for now. There are so many others I could’ve spotlighted but this will have to do it for now. I know these photographers will get you motivated to keep being a photographer or at least to enjoy looking at other people’s photography. 😉

 

 

❤ Lesser-Known Photographers ❤

This section hasn’t got very many in it as I only put people down if I really love their work and respect them. Truth is, there are a lot of lesser-known photographers out there. When I day lesser known I really just mean emerging, newer, or not started a business yet. So here’s my list.

  1. Sarah Leana Photography. I will be spotlighting her again just as soon as her official website is up but for now I’ll just direct you to her blog. It’s a newer blog but just so you know she’s amazing! Sarah has been a best friend of mine and my family’s for a very long time. She specializes in senior portraits (she took mine if you were wondering). Go and give her a follow! (Her family is going through tough times right now which I highlighted in this post.) Her style is classic, and you can go check out the rest here. 

  2. Natasha Ann Photography. Natasha is a photographer I found online maybe two or three years ago (I am awful at time, it might have been more recently 😉 ) . I found her through her sister’s blog–but I love her blog! She has a really neat natural style. another thing about her style is that she doesn’t edit much. It’s an unusual thing to see but her quality shines through! You should follow her. She has two blogs–one for everything and the other more specifically for photography.

And that is literally it! I told ya’ I didn’t put very many down. 🙂 There are others but I am not currently following very many yet (I have to find them first!).

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What She Made| Fat Bombs

Category~Inspiration         Post~Fat Bombs

 

 

Hello, my friends.

Today I wish to share something yummy with you. Or rather, healthy. Healthier…more than yummy. But I like it. Yummy for me.

I have been making…fat bombs. The ones I make have coconut oil as their base oil and coconut oil is very good for you. 😆

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I made two types; chocolate and lemon. I will share both recipes with you but they’re very similar process wise.

The Process Pictures

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The Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  •  1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-3 drops peppermint essential oil. (only use one if it is an edible brand, Doterra for example.)
  • You will need silicone molds or something to shape the bombs.

 

 

The Process in Writing 😀

  1. Melt half of the coconut oil called for (1/2 cup) on the stove. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine honey, cocoa powder, and other 1/2 cup of oil in food processor. Add vanilla extract, and other 1/2 of oil when it’s cool.
  3.  Add Peppermint essential oil and blend in the food processor until well-mixed.
  4. Fill silicone mold with mixture.
  5. Place silicone mold in the freezer and allow fat bombs to harden. (they should be solid)
  6. Remove from freezer and enjoy. Keep them in the freezer (as they will melt!) to enjoy as a delicious snack anytime. You can eat them at your leisure and they are really amazing for when you need something to hold you over.

 

 

You can also make lemon fat bombs. I really loved these ones as well, and they were a little sweeter in my humble opinion. 😉

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The Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest (approximately one medium lemon’s worth)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (approximately one medium lemon’s worth)
  • 2 tbsps raw honey

 

 

The Process

  1.  Melt  half (1/2 cup) of the coconut oil on the stove.
  2. While the oil is melting, zest lemon. Add zest to your food processor.
  3. Juice your lemon, then add lemon juice (make sure there aren’t any seeds!) to your food processor.
  4. Add melted and unmelted coconut oil to your food processor, then add the honey.
  5. Process all ingredients until evenly mixed.
  6. Pour mixture into molds. If you don’t have any molds, you can just let mixture firm in the refrigerator for a while, then spoon morsels onto a parchment-paper lined surface.
  7. Put molds or parchment paper-lined surface into the freezer to solidify the fat bombs. Whenever they become solid, you may eat them!

 

Pray for the Arendse Family!

“It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I write to ask your fervent and continual prayers for my dear brother and friend, Lorimer Arendse, who was diagnosed 2 days ago with Stage 4 Lung Cancer that has apparently spread “all over his body”.”

~from an email

Hello,

this is a post that I had planned to write a while ago. But I didn’t end up partially because I didn’t have many details–and partially because I wasn’t sure what I could possibly say. But now the way to help is made clear!

I am here today to ask all of you who might be willing to 1) pray and 2) donate.

Now if this makes zero sense, let me explain.

Sad News

You know how I’ve mentioned some dear friends from Texas several times? Well, this sad news concerns them. The Arendse family have been our friends for many years and we love them dearly. Just a little while ago Lorimer Arendse (the head of the family, my bestie’s father) was diagnosed with Stage iv Lung cancer. It was completely unexpected and about as out-of-the-blue as it could get.

The news is devastating even for those that aren’t privileged to know the family. In earthly terms, this is the worst possible news that anyone can hear.

But despite this heart-breaking news, there is HOPE.

Fellow brothers and sisters in our Lord (and anyone else who may read this blog)…I urge you to consider donating and helping this dear family reach their goal. What’s the goal? $100,000. While the hospitals say there’s nothing THEY can do…their are other options.

The Arendse family is currently considering two medical options. One in California and one in Mexico. For either of these places they will need to pay out-of-pocket and as you can imagine it’s very expensive.

Would you like to help?

There are two primary things that would be much appreciated.

  1. Go to the Arendse’s GoFundMe page and donate! 
  2. Pray among other things:

a. That they would be able to raise their goal on the page.

b. That the Arendse family would trust the Lord and be drawn closer together through this terrible time.

c. That the LORD would be pleased to heal Lorimer. 

d. That the LORD’S name would be be praised through this. 

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Click here to go to Lorimer’s GoFundMe page!!!!

 

 

Thank You!

Every little thing helps. I am so thankful that people all across the world bond together during tough times. Praise the LORD!

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

~2nd Corinthians 1:3-4

BHBR| The Captain’s Daughter

 Post~BHBR             Category~Inspiration

 

 

 

The Captain’s Daughter

By Jennifer Delamere

London Beginnings Book One

My rating- 3 stars

 

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HERE’S my monthly review for Bethany House! The book is The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere.

*following review may contain mild spoilers

My Thoughts…

When I started up the book I was pretty intrigued. A young woman accused of a crime she didn’t commit? Good. Increases the tension. Almost gets stuck in a brothel? Good. More tension increase.

But after that things started getting less good (in my humble opinion). When I originally read the synopsis I was looking forward to seeing some cool theater acting in a way. I like acting and so I wanted to get a peek at it. But this…was just not what I wanted. As the main character gets more interested in acting…I felt that she was becoming less good. Less worth having. I did not like the way acting was portrayed in the book—and therefore, when the main character started loving it…that was a turn-off. I might not have minded quite so much if the main character had steadfastly ignored the attention she got from other actors at the theater. But no, in my opinion she was a little flaky.

She was VERY VERY foolish with another male character. And instead of stopping his flirtatious advances she encouraged them. Huge turnoff for me. That is one thing I absolutely cannot abide in a novel. If you stick a strong love interest for the main gal in the story…she HAS to know her heart in regards to him. And she has to be faithful in thought, word, and deed. And the main guy was SO obviously better.

Which brings me to my final thoughts on the story.

The main guy made it worth it to read until the end. Because I wanted to know what happened to him. He had chapters told from his perspective which gave me an in-depth peek at who he is as a person. BUT…I couldn’t help but feel he deserved someone better than the main girl in the end. And then when the conclusion came…I felt their relationship was somewhat lacking. I didn’t feel connected enough to both of them to enjoy the climax. That said, I liked the start of the book—and the parts with the main man in it. If I could transport this guy into another book I read recently (where the gal was good, but I didn’t like the guy 😀 ) I totally would.

 

So anyway this book wasn’t really my thing, thus the three stars.

 

Note: I received a copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. As you can tell…if they wanted a positive review—I would be officially busted right now. 😉 All opinions are my own (I have no accomplice and wasn’t aided or abetted 😆 ). 

 

 

 

 

The Blue Sky Tag

Post: Tag                     Category: Lifestyle

The Blue Sky Tag

 

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I was tagged for this by Natasha from A Camera and a Dreamer 

Thanks for the tag! I will enjoy this (but I have no idea how I’m going to get eleven people tagged??? 😀 )

1) What was one of your scariest moments?

I hate to say this but it was probably a roller coaster. One of the only ones I have been on…at Dollywood. I HATE roller coasters. person-1205140_1920.jpg

2) What is one thing you want to experience\do in life?

I would most like to experience the specialist relationship on earth. Marriage. I’ve probably dreaded it and dreamed of it since I was little. There’s just something so wonderful about the thought of sharing the relationship closest to Christ’s relationship with His church. bridal-636018_1280.jpg

3) Favorite vegetable (even if you don’t like any 😛 )?

Caaaaaarrrrooootttttssss! I’m bugs bunny all the way.

4) What’s one of your favorite Bible verses?

” 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;

12  if we endure, we will also reign with him;

if we deny him, he also will deny us;

13  if we are faithless, he remains faithful

for he cannot deny himself.”

~2nd Timothy 2:11-13

5) If you could write one message to the entire world, what would it be?

Don’t waste your life pursuing the wrong things. This life is a breath, use it for Christ.

6) One book you hope to read this year?

Beloved Hope and Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson. 

7) If you were to go into a movie and be the main character, which movie would you choose?

Maybe I would be Belle or Cinderella. Or maybe Lucy from Narnia. There are so many movies! 🙂 

8) What is your description of the perfect day?

A nice book, a warm cup of tea, a princess dress, a beautiful person to use as a model to photograph them, a tv show I enjoy, a picnic, and baking. (I feel like I’m missing something…but… 😀 ) Add some acting practice and it’s all fun. And a good dose of adventure. + a golden hour. Okay…I’m going overboard here. 

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9) Italian food or Mexican?

I like Mexican food for the meat and the corn. But I’m going to have to stick to my Italian roots and say Italian. 

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10) What is one of your favorite stores?

I love Hobby Lobby, TJ Max (the discount section), and Marble Slab (ice cream!). 

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11) What’s your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is winter. I love the snow. Taking pictures of it, jumping in it, making snow angels–and just playing in it. I like writing words in frozen snow and making snowball stashes so I’ll always be ready for friends stopping by. 😀 I also love icicles, and ice. HOT CHOCOLATE. 

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But then I also half-love fall just as much. Confusing, right? I like the leaves, the fall crafts, the county fair, the pictures…don’t even get me started on fall golden hours and lighting. And no, I didn’t take the picture. All the pictures in this post are from Pixabay.com .

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Thank you, Natasha, for tagging me. I always enjoy tags. ❤

 

I Tag

Charis  @ Charis Rae (go check out her new website! Link in the link 🙂 )

Bella @ The Daydreaming Damsel

Josie @ Josie on the Go

Caroline @ Carabelle Photography

Mallory @ Mallory’s Wee Blog

Megan @ A Barefoot Gal

Anna @ Girl with the Binder

Sarah, Hope, or Patricia @ A Mighty Flame

Clara @ Clara’s Craft Corner

And that’s as many as I have that I can tag. But I tried, right? 😉

 

The Questions

  1. What is one thing that inspires you?
  2. Favorite movie?
  3. One era that you love the clothes from?
  4. What is your favorite book to reread?
  5. If you could go anywhere for a week, where would it be?
  6. You’re transported to a magical world. Which world is it?
  7. You meet someone you’ve always looked up to. Who is it?
  8. What is one thing that happened in your life that is now a beautiful memory?
  9. What do you most like to blog about?
  10. What was your favorite school subject and why? (or what is)
  11. If you could be any character in any movie, who would you be? Name three.

 

The ‘Rules’ ❤

  1. Thank the person who tagged you

2. Answer the 11 questions

3. Tag 11 people

4. Give them 11 questions to answer

 

 

 

The Big Change…

Hellllooooo!

It’s been a few days…right? Well, here I am! Over the past few months I have been making various changes to my blog. I have been attempting to organize and get things straight.

But when it comes to this blog…one thing has never changed. What’s that?

It is simply…my blog’s name! The reason for that is I am rather attached to my blog name. The Misty Mountain has always been my title and I always have liked it.

But as I make several announcements (which will change my blog slowly) over the next few days…or weeks…there will be a change. If not a few.

The first change is the name. It makes me sad to wave goodbye to The Misty Mountain, as it’s been my title for four years (this blog’s whole life 😀 ). But it’s time.

So without further ado…my new blog name!

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Surprise! And you wondered what happened to Crystal Ice Studio 😉 . So that is change #1.

Keep an eye out for the next changes.

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