Friday, November 3, 2017

Arizona {4Days and a Bump}

    It was rather a random decision to go to Arizona, the one we will never regret or forget :) At first we wanted to travel somewhere warm, Caribbean would be ideal. We even started with the resort search until... the dreaded zika virus and me being 28weeks along. Carribean-crossed out. Luckily I came across with the panoramic pictures of one of the resorts, it looked like pure heaven - the sky, the rocks and cactuses they were so tall ! "I want to go there, where is it ?!" - I asked. It appeared to be a beautiful land of Arizona, state we never been too, state that had so much to offer to those, willing to explore.  
    4.5 hours flight from New York and here we are in Phoenix. When we planned our trip, my first priority was major attractions but with moderate physical activity. At the end it all worked out, so if anyone wants to follow this route while expecting go ahead, it was smooth and exciting! 
    First day we stayed at The Boulders Resort&Spa. Very comfortable, upscale resort,amazing landscape and golf fields. We didn't encounter much of night life but we had to get up early next day anyways.  

*Things to be booked in advance: Photography tour to Antelope Canyon {See Day3 for more information}, Compass Arizona Grill Phoenix {360-degree views of the valley's mountains and cityscape in the only revolving restaurant in Arizona}

*In our camera bag: Canon 5DMark III,  Canon 135mm f/2,  Canon 24mm‑105mm ‑ f/4, tripod
I found this video useful for photography tips in particular {click here}
The main points that you need at least one wide/zoom lens, tripod and do not switch lenses in a canyon - super dusty. 

McDowell Sonoran Preserve
     Remember how I was lured to those tall cactuses at first. This was the place where I got to enjoy desert nature and Saguaro Cactuses to the fullest. Located in Sonoran Desert on 30.500 acres, short drive from Phoenix, every inch of this park screams - a scene from Clint Eastwood movie. Plenty of parking, water fountains, clean restrooms and free entrance. They are open from sunrise t sunset, 7 days a week. The staff will gladly help with all the questions about Preserve. Boards with information, available for self education. 
     There are many choices of trails, depending on your liking, just pick up the map. You can see some deers and birds on your way.  We took the shortest Bajada Loop Trail, which was less than a mile, our purpose of visit was rather photography than hiking so it worked perfectly. The sun was still high up, yet we managed to capture some beauty of this place.

On the way back we've met a family and a photographer who carried a trolley full of props. They must've had One year milestone session for the baby. And I thought, yes, if I would be a photographer living here - that would be my hot spot ! So pretty and absolutely worth visiting! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Apple Picking '17

Apples, apples, what a treat,
sweet and tart and good to eat.
Apples green and apples red,
hang from branches overhead,
and when they ripen, down they drop,
so we can taste our apple crop.
 {by Helen H. Moore}

Fall is absolutely beautiful season here in NY. As a tradition we make few visits to our favorite farm Harvest Moon Orchards this time of year. 
But it was actually our very first one for Apple Picking, so we wanted to record it :) 
First and foremost dilemma every time is - what to wear.
Had to be comfortable for sure, yet make it feel like Fall.

So we go:
1. Maternity dress - ASOS, hat - Macy's
2 and 3 -Pop Real Fashion 
4. Dad's green sweater-ASOS 

I found so many cute options in those stores, they are truly worth checking especially if you are usually skeptical about maternity section in bigger stores {why they want me to wear this potato sack} -thoughts every time :D

At the Farm they had areas where people were allowed to pick the apples and those gorgeous alleys where apple trees would stay untouched. I believe they pick them later for selling through the stores, oh my the most delicious and so crunchy!
We asked for the permission and were allowed to make some quick pictures. I have to tell you it was really hard for kids not to touch those apples. Struggle was real for little hands :)

The real fun started here! Oh they loved it, wish it was a little warmer and we could stay longer.  
Happy Fall !! Hope you make a lot of great memories this season !! :*
Love,Mila xxx

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter '17 {DIY Button Bouquet included}

It's almost mid of April and it just started to feel like spring. I've been thinking for another fun project with my kids, something associated with spring, Easter.  I love fresh flowers, most of them! They are a must in my grocery basket. 
   But how about button bouquet! It's very easy, fun project and the best thing you can paint the buttons whatever color you want. In our case it was spring pastel: robin's egg blue, soft yellow, light pink.

 =Scroll for the tutorial at the end=

 We got this Hop Hop garland from Home Goods.

 And of course she couldn't miss this giant bunny lollipop at Home Goods too :D The whole family was finishing it afterwards, sugar coma guaranteed haha

1.Assortment of buttons. We got ours from Michaels. We didn't care much for color since we were painting them anyways.
2. Acrylic Paint {Michaels}
3. Wire 20gauge {Michaels}
4. Bouquet holder {Amazon}
5. Beads {Michaels}
6. Hot glue, wire cutters
7. Tule - to decorate the stem. I also used some to make matching bow hairpins.

First we painted our buttons. After they were dry {takes couple hours for paint to cure completely} we stack them one on to another and put the wire through the button holes, twisted the wire at the end. Cut wire at about 2" to put in a holder. 
Arrange them any way you like in a holder just poking through {most fun!}.  You also can put beads on top of buttons with hot glue. 
Well done ! You got one pretty button bouquet :) 

Happy Easter!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Collection '17

Spring is coming ! 
Green grass, longer days and that feeling of freshness in the air. 
Flowers, not to forget about flowers !
-The Earth laughs in flowers (c) I could not agree more with this quote. 

This year collection was mostly inspired by very first greens you get to see when spring comes. Every new life is like a new flower, fragile and absolutely beautiful. Green is  such a happy color and I loved using it in my works, hope you'll love it too! 

1. Thick and thin merino blanket in {light green}
Photography credit to Bachmanville Photography 
2. Glamlayer {Garden Rose}
3. Glamlayer {Rose/Yellow/Purple}
Shop here

4. Glamlayer {Pastel} Easter
Shop here

                                    Photography credit to CuteBaby Photography 
5. Handspun chunky blanket {Flower}
Shop here
6. Spring set: essential blanket and tweed wrap {Basil}
Shop here  
7Big stitch alpaca blanket {Spring Mix}
Shop here:  

Interested in adding these to your prop stash? 

All of these will be available as Ready to Ship on February 21st at Dolce RTS Sale. Join the sale here: 
I will join many other known vendors and I can tell you their creations are pretty amazing to miss ! :) 
Hope you will have great time shopping for spring!
Thank you All for your support! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

DIY Valentine Cards: Monsters & dinosaurs

     The Valentines Day is around the corner! And if you are like myself tend to do holiday shopping the last minute, you might find these colorful and easy to do cards a real savior. They are great as a V-Day gift to your kid friends/classmates or teachers. 
     Of course Pinterest is full of different ideas and templates but these two were the must for our monster/dinosaur loving family :D
1.Template from wonderful Amy{The Idea Room} here
I have printed all templates at my local Fedex on 60lb paper.
2.EOS lip balms of your choice
3.Sharp scissors to cut inside circles
4.That's it, can you imagine !!

 Unwrap the balms and cut the circles in templates for noses.
Fixing noses.  Little twists are so easy for little hands. Fun too!
 These will go to teachers. Shall we continue with some for classmates :)

1. Printable template from Alice&Lois blog here
2. Mini dinosaurs from Amazon
3. Glue gun to attach to the cards
Didn't I tell you, we've got massive snowfall the day before, so we continued outside. Playing with wooden sticks from Home Goods and our new friends for friends :)
 {At the end of the day all you need is Love}
 The trio
Happy Valentines Day !

Monday, January 2, 2017

December Magic

Winter holidays are always special. Since I was a kid - anticipation of a miracle, that magic in the air never left. This year we didn't do much of house decoration as such because the first floor of it is still under remodeling. But my girl's room was a perfect place to add some holiday touches. 
Started with cute Christmas tree from Home Goods. Made some ornaments of carton animals.

This little birdie also came to us from Home Goods.They always have the cutest decor. The knit hat with pom poms took my heart.

The winter issue of Better Homes was full of Christmas DIY. We picked this mittens garland and it looked great over her name shelf. We do call it a name shelf :)

Running, jumping, pretending ballerina is all the part of the process )))

                                                      These guys got their festive outwear too.

May your 2017 be Healthy and Happy ! xoxo