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Teresa is a family lifestyle photographer in the suburbs of Chicago who is happy home educating her three children in the Christian classical education theory.

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Tiaras & Tantrums focuses on family, travel, photography, education and food. I offer photography sessions product reviews, travel reviews, education reviews and anything else I feel like writing about.

{Editor’s Note: I am VERY interested in doing more travel blogging. If you are putting together a blogger group for a client – I would love to discuss details.}

If you would like more information about Tiaras & Tantrums or are looking to have your product reviewed, please contact me at tiarastantrums@gmail.com.

Forest Fairies

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The past couple of weeks the weather has been warming up and I have been itching to get outdoors again with my camera. I have to admit that I simply do not enjoy taking photos indoors. I really just do not. It is all about the natural light and my house has zippo of that.

The weather has still been quite cool, but bearable. We've only had a bit of rain and a couple of weeks ago I gathered the girls and said, "let's go for a walk". They were so overjoyed! But even more so when I pulled out some tutus and sparkles. I asked if I could put on some makeup and they were all for that. And they were off on their scooters with my slow self bringing up the rear. It was so windy that afternoon that I have mostly windblown {hair} images, but it was so nice to get outdoors with my camera again.

Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest-Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy
Forest Fairy

I am still waiting for it to really warm up around here. Flowers are blooming and the grass is starting to turn green. The ducks, cranes and geese are back in full force. however, there are not any buns or blooms on our trees yet. I am waiting to get the kiddos out and about and shake off these winter blues.

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Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family lifestyle photographer and homeschooler. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.

10 Weekend Activities

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It’s no secret that I am a country girl, but my love for all things country extends far beyond the barns and tractors. I am drawn to the simplicity of the country, the nostalgia of my childhood, and the return life enjoyment that doesn’t require any wifi. Don't get me wrong, I am a city gal through and through, but I am also a country-loving gal at heart.  Every once in a while I love to add a country activity to our day or weekend to make sure my kids know how to slow down and appreciate old fashioned fun. Here are some ideas for daily or weekend activities you can experience with your family and friends!

Country Fields

1. Go for a hike. The country life is about connecting with nature. Get out and explore your area, there are plenty of forest preserves if you live in an urban area. 

Take A Hike

2. Take a music lesson. Learn to play your favorite song on the keyboard or the guitar. Music is something that can always be added to your list of past times.

Music Lessons

3. Go horseback riding. Don't let the big guys scare you off. Horses are gentle giants. There are many areas that offer riding lessons or tours for beginners. If you have some experience, think of the fun afternoon you will have.

Horseback riding
Horseback Riding Lessons

4. Country DIY. Create something country for yourself or to give away as a gift.  My favorite is to add something to a Mason jar! Cookies. Salsa.

5. Plant. My children love nothing more than digging in dirt.  If you have some extra space, let your kiddos go in the dirt and dig a hole and plant something. Favorite flower - vegetable? Even if you don't have extra room, you can always plant something in a pot, even herbs! We love to plant a garden every spring.

Plant a garden

6. Have a BBQ. Invite your friends. Invite your family. Invite your neighbors. Have a good old fashioned pot luck. Try something new and have fun.

Host a BBQ

7. Bake a cobbler. What could be more country that a cobbler. YUM! Try out a new recipe. Your home will thank you.

8. Go to a flea market. Get up early and visit a local flea market. Search for something country to add to your home. I found some amazing stained glass windows to add as decoration to my walls. I love them!

9. Collect wildflowers. Find an open area, field or forest preserve in your area and pick some wildflowers. Grab a handful and take some photos, plop them in a vase with some gorgeous ribbons.

Pick some wildflowers

10. Visit a strawberry field.  You will certainly be surprised to locate a local farm in your area where you can actually pick your own berries. They may even have other activities for you and your littles. Image what you can do with fresh strawberries? Homemade Jam in Mason jars?!

Pick Strawberries

Get our on the weekends and try some new country activities. What country activity is your favorite?

Spring Photography Tips and Ideas

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As winter melts into spring . . . a bit late here in the midwest . . . nature will soon begin to bloom again and I can't wait to rush out and capture it.  I love to take advantage of the natural light and colors that appear in spring for unique photos.

Flowers are one of the first photographs I take in the spring. They seem to let us all know that life is about again. Flowers give me beautiful colors to capture. Here are some of my favorite tips to take great photos of flowers:

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Spotlight: Tania McCartney

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Sometimes all it takes is a bit of sunshine and a rare sense of humor to turn my day around.  A bit of art can also make me sit and enjoy a cup of tea for a few moments. That is why I have been a long time fan of Australian author, Tania McCartney.  Recently she has been illustrating and reminding me that creativity does not have to stop at one favorite past time.

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Building Women of Integrity

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This year I registered my girls for a girl's group and I signed up as a leader for this group {as well} of young gals. American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered scouting organization for girls of all ages. And frankly, a great fit for our family.

American Heritage Girls or AHG offers a dynamic, Christ-centered scouting program for girls ages 5 to 18. AHG is dedicated to building women of integrity through service to God, family, country and community. AHG is unique in the scouting world because of its faithful adherence to Christian principles. Girls are enriched physically, mentally and spiritually through a diverse range of activities, community service projects, camping and much more.

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One Spring Day

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Monday morning I take my two oldest children to academy  and then the little one and I pop home for a morning of school and an afternoon of fun. I let her select what she wants to do on Mondays and she feels so special. I love the one on one time with her and she simply can't contain herself with joy. It is her favorite day after all.

I decided to add some fun to the day for her and some fun to the day for me. Naturally that meant a mini photo op for me. I was so excited because I had not had an opportunity to use my new lens yet. The sun was shining (sort of) and little girl had selected a park and a nature walk.

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Apple Chips {recipe}

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These apple chips are super easy to make and so healthy! Which makes it an even better choice. I really can't keep these apple chips in the house long enough. As soon as they are out of the oven and cool enough to eat, my kiddos gobble them up! Even my husband adores apple chips! These apple chips work best with a sweeter apple. My kids love the Gala apple chips best and I would have to agree with them.

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My Favorite Kicks!

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I have been wearing a pair of fur lined leather Ugg boots for the past six months here in the midwest. The ground has been frozen for that long, so the cement is cold. As in frozen. People, if you don't know how cold it is here . . . I don't know how to say it, except "it's flipping cold".

My feet are so cold all the time if I wear any other shoes, my toes start to tingle because they are literally freezing and I think they are going to fall off. So I wear my fur lined Uggs every day, no matter what I have on, I pull these boots on to keep my feet warm. Otherwise, I freeze.

But, I'm sick of those boots. Sick.To.Death.Of.Them.

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Vanilla French Toast {recipe}

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When I was younger, I really did not like French Toast, at all. Perhaps the fact that my mother was not such a great chef had something to do with it, I'm not sure. But, I was not a fan of French Toast. I couldn't stand the soggy factor or the eggy taste. Bleck.

After getting married to my husband, {a huge fan of breakfast, I might add}, I had no desire to make any fancy version of French Toast for him either. However, for some odd reason, I happen to have children who adore French Toast. Don't even ask me how that happened, because I have no clue {other than thinking perhaps they are aliens}.

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Ready For Winter To End

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This week we have celebrated St Patrick's Day, visited a local museum, had dinner with a cousin and woke up to snow to the ground two separate mornings! Yesterday was actually a very nice day and all of 40 degrees. It was glorious as we have still had bitter cold days here in the Windy city.

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