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Naming trees and a year full of change

Last year at this time we were still visiting colleges and waiting on acceptances, not to mention going through all of the senior year craziness with end of high school ceremonies, activities… Wow, what a year can bring. When I think back on everything that has passed it’s amazing how much can change. I knew it was coming but I don’t think you’re ever ready for it. There are growing pains and I’m not going to sugar coat it, having my first go off to college was really, really hard. It changed the dynamics of our home and, as I’m learning, family traditions. IMG_0270 sq bw

We had our holiday photoshoot a couple of weeks ago and started talking about what we all traditionally do along with favorite holidays memories (go to my Instagram and you can follow the conversation). I told the girls my favorite tradition is that we name our Christmas tree. I know it sounds crazy (and it is) but here’s how it started. We travel a little over an hour to cut down a fresh tree. We’ve been doing it ever since the kids were little. They loved getting out of the car, chasing each other through the trees and being part of cutting it down. The ride back was when they were in need of a diversion (ie. on the verge of meltdowns) which began the naming of our tree. We call out names, it switches from male to female each year and by majority vote decide on a name. We’ve had Christina, Max, Theodore, Noelle, Holly and Peter to name a few. This year I thought, here’s another change that I really don’t want to happen. We didn’t have time to get a tree over Thanksgiving and now the Christmas tree tradition is over. We had plans to get one with my daughter last weekend and at the last minute she said let’s wait until next weekend when all of us can go together. So I suppose I’m not the only one who would like some things to stay the same.

I’m happy to say it is less than a couple of weeks away from Christmas and we still don’t have a tree. BUT we will. I’ll let you know it’s name in a future post:). Wishing you much love spending time with the ones you love, whether continuing old traditions or creating new ones.

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A win/win gift list.

Senior photoshoot with girls loading truck with holiday gifts

Oops! I woke up yesterday morning, realized it was Thursday and completely forgot to post this blog. ‘Tis the season! Being that it’s December 1st maybe it was serendipity that I’m a day late. Whether I want to face it or not, it’s gifting season. At this time of year I usually post gift suggestions recommended by my Senior Model Reps. This year I’m changing it up a little bit. I’ve listed some of my favorite picks for gifts that I know will appeal to your girls AND the purchase will support efforts against Human Trafficking or help empower women. I have nieces and a daughter in that age range so I’m checking off my list pretty quickly. I love the idea of a gift that’s win:win. I hope you find a few things your favorite teen will love. Stay sane and breathe!

Gracie Greene leather & cowhide wristlets  

Free People Girls Inc. tee

Jewelry

I’m loving the tassel and wrap bracelets here. Lariat necklaces are hot right now and I love the LOVE necklace. You can’t go wrong with anything here.

Dorm Decorating

Cold Hands, warm heart

Cozy PJs

Paige P. Photography Photoshoot Gift card (10% of gift card purchase during the month of December will be donated  to Lady Savant Foundation’s Girl Empowerment Award). Trust me your favorite teen girls will go GAGA! over this one.

To get you in the holiday spirit watch my favorite “elves” from last year prepping for the holidays.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for your smiles & laughter. You have made this year a dream come true! From my family to yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {8}

Nicole goes to Tulane. I know she takes her studies very seriously and loves to have fun. She manages to strike a balance.

Sunkissed girl, Senior pictures, New Jersey

HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Orientation and in the beginning everyone was super open to meeting new people! Tulane also has a riverboat cruise that I met some of my current best friends because we were the only ones who actually danced on the dance floor!

DORM ADVICE: Be friendly with your floor, y’all are living together all year. It’s nice to have friends in your building! Get a comfy rug bc rooms are so small, seating is very limited, everyone ends up lying around on the beds and ground when hanging out.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: The Boot is most popular (and 18+) and Greek.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS: Going to the Fly Park (on the Mississippi River); tailgates during football season; nights at the boot or frat parties (sororities also have a lot of mixers and date parties); Sundays dedicated to the library.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Boot pizza and Canes.

CLUBS: I’m in Chi Omega sorority, Delta Sigma Pi (business frat) and do a lot of volunteering because Tulane has a huge emphasis on community service my favorite was at an animal shelter.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: Mardi Gras

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: Hillel has great food on campus and off campus just the entire city of New Orleans is amazing but love the Fly and Magazine Street.

STUDY TIP: As soon as you get your syllabus fill out everything in a planner.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: I’m a library kind of girl but also some really cool coffee shops near campus, Rue de la Course is my favorite. Pro tip during finals…when Howie Tulane Library is packed, Loyola’s is always way less full and we have access to it.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: Rue de la Course.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: Zulu (Mardi Gras parade)

MOST USED APP: Instagram

HOMESICKNESS: Super easy to keep in touch – FaceTime and phone calls.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: Facetime

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A Day at Work with Paige P {Seniors Photographer, Wayne NJ}

I don’t often think of my work as work but shortly before a photoshoot I was on the phone with my son (checking in from college) and looked at the clock. It was a  few minutes before start time. I said, I have to go to work, hung up and then thought, wow, really? This is work? So instead of telling you, I thought I’d show you. I came home with burrs in my shoes, scratched up legs and a whole lot lighter from laughing so much. Take a look. This honestly is a typical day at work for me.

The cherry on top…all video and stills are by my assistant…who happens to be my daughter.

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Summer and saying goodbye

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I hope you had a great summer! We spent our vacation with eight high school seniors soon to be Freshmen in college, sounds crazy, I know, but it was the perfect way to end our summer. We soaked up every minute of it.  Spending time with all these really great kids, all on the cusp of starting something new was special. A couple weeks later we brought our son (first born) to college. I’ve been more or less preparing for this for the past year or rather 18 years, I don’t think though, that will ever cushion a parent from the heartbreak of saying goodbye to their child. Everyone will ask, how was it and honestly all I can think to say is heartbreaking. He is 10 hours away and won’t be home until Thanksgiving. His presence is missed daily even with another sibling still at home. They all have that special something they add to the home and it will be missing. I’m sad but it’s a double edged sword. He is really happy where he is. This is what we’ve been getting him ready to do for the past 18 years. To go out on his own, find happiness, make good decisions, stay safe…When I watched him walk back to his dorm as I sat in the car with tears streaming down my face all I could think was that he has become a young man who has exceeded my wildest expectations (in a good way!). It’s hard to be sad about that. So to all those parents who have sent their kids off to college my heart is with you. I heard it gets easier with time. Now, for me, I’m diving back into a full fall schedule and a lot of fun things to share with you.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {7}

Andrea is a double major in Health Administration and Human Resource Management at Rutgers.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Jane was a girl who lived on my floor my freshman year and the first day of school I went into her room and introduced myself and asked her to the dining hall! We are such great friends and live together now.

DORM ADVICE: Its a very small space, keep things clean and respect your roommate or things can get very awkward.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: I decided to become a founder of a sorority on campus and it was the best decision I ever made. I met so many amazing women and left my mark on the Rutgers community. (More on this in another post!)

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…hanging out with friends either watching movies or going out to frat parties and dancing!

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: I’ve never had a fat sandwich but I hear those are all the rage. I’m a classic mozzarella sticks and french fries gal.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: Football games. Even though we lose almost every game it is still so much fun tailgating and showing our Rutgers Pride.

FAVORITED DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS

STUDY TIP: Don’t leave anything until the last minute because you always feel bad for those people who have to pull an all nighter the day before an exam, don’t be one of them!

SECRET STUDY SPOT: The Seminary Place library, or the academic building.

BEST CUP OF COFFEEGerlandas Coffee is hands down the best on campus. The barista knows my name personally and my order, don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: How to calculate GPA.

MOST USED APP: Sakai or my Rutgers app that tells you when the busses are coming what the dining hall is serving and teachers post all announcements homework and quizzes.

HOMESICKNESS: My parents are definitely not proficient in the technology area so it was usually just a phone call. When they were feeling really sentimental they would have my brothers FaceTime me. I do come home a lot though because I’m not too far!

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Last time I was home lol!
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