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Daysies + Marble Stock Photos

Hello friends! These lovely and minimalistic stock images are avaible now for free when you sign up below! I have quite a few images I’ve shot so far within the last year or so, and will be adding them to the library as soon as I get to them. I’m also in the process of listing some bundles for sell on Etsy and Creative Market, so be sure to visit me in those two places as well.

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Hello February + 2018 – I’m Back!

I know, I know… kinda late to do a new year’s post when February is already here. I really wanted to publish this post last month, but I found myself editing it way too much. Add a baby into the mix and it becomes impossible! Also, I know I’ve been gone way too long (a year to be exact). I probably don’t even deserve to be called a blogger. It’s okay though, not like I ever considered myself to be one in the first place… lol!

All jokes aside, I really want 2018 to be the year of showing up and getting sh*t done – finally! Although I really wanted to document my pregnancy last year and blog about my work as well, I just kept putting it off. Mainly because I wanted to focus on myself and my growing baby. My full time job during the day was more than enough for me, and knowing myself, I didn’t want to put unnecessary stress that could have probably triggered some anxiety along the way.

The first trimester is never the best, unless you’re one of those lucky few. But even though I endured some minor pregnancy ailments along the way, I was blessed to have a healthy one, but most importantly a healthy baby girl. I also kept myself pretty active. I exercised as much as I could, except for the last few weeks of my 3rd trimester – the struggle was real by then lol! Also, pregnancy changed me a lot this time around ’cause I found myself going natural on most of my health, home, and beauty products. 

For the sake of this post, let’s share some iconic throwbacks, just so that I can say I really did blog about my pregnancy!😆

 

Photography by my talented 17 year old daughter. Here I had a tiny bump and was 27 weeks pregnant.

…And to keep myself accountable, here are my goals for 2018. 

My Top 10 Priorities for 2018

  • Go to sleep early!

Not at 1:00 am or 12:00 am – More like 11:pm – in order to function well in the morning now that I have a baby and her sleeping pattern is more predictable! Not sure how that’s going to happen, since I am literally editing this post at 1:00 am!!

  • Write my to-do’s on that pretty agenda!

Do not leave pages half way empty. Use them. Plan your day accordingly. Stop procrastinating!

  • Read at least 3 books a month

Aiming for 4 good books. Currently reading: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz & Audio version: Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi. These two books are awesome and will definitely have you thinking and taking notes. 

  • Blog at least once a week

But really aim for 2-3 posts. I know, who am I kidding? Can I do it? We’ll see! I also want to monetize it + drive traffic to my site through SEO and social media networks.

  • Pray

We need prayer, our families & friends need prayer, the world needs it too.

  • Tithe

When I received the statement the other day for my 2017 contributions from my church, I wanted to cry. It was sad! I have to do better this time.

  • Travel

I need to get away this year. Enough said.

  • Make fun memories with my new baby girl

I still can’t believe I’m a mom to another girl! I pray to God for strength and wisdom during this time in my life. I love mothering this precious child so much – just the way I did my older girls. I mean I still do, but they are not so dependent of me anymore.

  • Purge: donate & sell unwanted items that no longer serve any purpose in my life

I want to simplify my life and live with less things (maybe I should write a future post about that). A few months ago, I started getting rid of things I didn’t need anymore. So, I first started with my closet because I would be sharing it temporarily with my baby girl. So far I’ve sold some of my gently used/still with tags clothings on the Poshmark app. And a few days ago, I learned about the Offerup app. It’s like Craigslist but even better in my opinion. Posting a listing is super easy, and the best part is you start receiving offers right away! Best sellers are: baby items, guitars (I sold mine right away), furniture pieces and most household goods. I could see myself becoming addicted to it since many people actually make offers constantly. I seriously can’t wait to clear out my house from all the unnecessary stuff I don’t need. The air feels lighter already around here!

  • Exercise

I just started Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred workout last week and it’s amazing! I couldn’t wait to start toning up again after having my baby. The time has come, my body is ready, and my goal is to be able to go back to my pre pregnancy weight. About 6-7 lbs left, but if I can lose a little more than that, even better!

 

 

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Thank you for taking the time to read my first post of the year. Feel free to leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

In Stock Photography/ Styled Stock Photography

Hello December! The Christmas Styled Stock Collection is here!

Do you love pastel colors and Tiffany blue? Then these nontraditional Christmas mockups and styled stock photos will make your online presence look fabulous this month! I even created some pretty t-shirt mockups and onesies for sassy apparel shops. Do you like what you see? Then you’ll also love the holiday freebies I got for you when you sign up below! P.S. Don’t forget to visit the shop!

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Christmas Styled Stock Photography

What’s included?  This iPad mockup + holiday banner (image below) .

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Both of these onesie mockups come in a set of two (long sleeve and short sleeve).

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xox,

Carmen

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Fall Free Photo Pack

Happy Fall, Friends!

Every month, I usually send out two styled stock photos to all of my subscribers, but this month I decided to add a few extras because I believe you might find these lovely images useful for your business or blog!

Fall Free Photo PackExactly 2 years ago, I was creating stylized images for myself (when styled stock photos were not even as popular as they are today). I used to do it as a way to keep my creative juices flowing. It’s hard to believe that now I’m creating image content for other creatives who work hard every day to make a difference with their online businesses. I love doing this because I get to help someone look their best online in a time when image rich content is king!

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This month I decided to revisit my Flickr gallery, and I thought it would be a good idea to also include in the pack some of my fall styled photos I created two October’s ago. I figure someone might find them pretty enough to use on their blog or social media since the look is still current – instead of having them collect dust in my online archives. ;) I’ve always been obsessed with marble backgrounds. I shot these images using a marble top from one of my nightstands. I recently decided to purchase a marble photo backdrop in vinyl to use on future product shots cause  my real piece of marble is too heavy to carry.

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In addition to the pumpkin images, I’ve also included a clipboard mockup and this simple fall floral and pumpkin styled stock image.

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