Wednesday, December 14, 2011



I am exhausted. Hosting your first Thanksgiving at your home with all of your family is exhausting. I had a blast cooking for the first time. I did an injected Turkey, Paula Deen ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, butter beans, asparagus, & rolls. I got two pies baked by a local bakery that turned out great. I'm not much of a baker. Long story short my Thanksgiving was wonderful. I hope everyone had a wonderful one as well.

I finished up eating and doing dessert and then I headed out to black Friday shopping! I wanted the FREE underwater Nikon Smart share sport that Old Navy was offering with a purchase of $40 dollars or more. I also hit up Target for all the great DVD sales. My husband and I saved $300.00 dollars! <3 Here are some pictures below of my table setting. I also have the pictures of my black Friday score! I am an addicted coupon-er so these were so worth it!

           I scored the these right before Thanksgiving at Micheal's. <3
               I wanted my first Thanksgiving to be traditional.
  Thanks to my lovely co-worker Rita, she gave me the place cards and stickers! Such a cute idea!
 I also want to thanks my Aunt Sarah for the lovely flower arrangement.  She had it delivered to me.
                              Finished product. :)
                                        YUM.... Yum.... Nom * Nom * Nom....
      This doesn't look like a lot but it's basically 20 new outfits... for both Ed & I....
      A... None of these sets/movies were over 10 dollars each. Sample True Blood was 7.99 a SET!
   Same here... CRAZZZY!
 Oh, yea these are just the FREE camera's Ed and I got for oh just being at Old Navy on Black Friday!

I want to end this with what I am thankful for... I couldn't live a day without my husband. He not only challenges me but makes me realize what life is living for. I couldn't last a moment without him.

I am also thankful for my pets. I couldn't be me without all that they bring to my life. I love them so much...

I can't say enough about how wonderful my family is... Thanksgiving was amazing because of all of them. I wouldn't be the same without them. 

<3 Britt

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Hey Guys!

So, I thought I would update everyone on somethings that have been going on. I know... I have been slacking.

So, my wonderful husband is running the army 10-miler. He inspires me! He is such a strong man. He has been running everyday, and keeping to a tight schedule to make sure he finishes strong. He did his 5 mile run the Sunday before last in 1 hour!

A thing that has passed was I had my 3 year Anniversary of the day Ed & I met in September. We went out and had a wonderful time together. He is a great husband. He keeps me sane when I am losing my mind. :) Thanks Honey! (So THANKFUL you have come in my life.)

We found out some great news that we are going to NYC in November! We like weekend trips. We also plan to go to Chicago, and our family cruise in December. Can't wait! SO much coming up! We are sad we will miss Cosmo's 1st birthday! (Yes, I wanted to have a 1 year birthday party for my dog... he's that awesome!) So, the end of the year will be insane! ;)

I will try to keep up more often. Life has been pretty crazy for me in 2011. Lots of highs and lows... but life is like that sometimes.  The 1 year Anniversary of Dylan's death was on the 22nd of September... I was really depressed about him being gone. I think Anniversaries are harder... You feel you slowly begin to lose your memories, and miss those times you treasure with them. Dylan was a great kid and dying at 18 is just to soon. I pray no other families in the world have to choose to take a child off of life support. While Dylan saved others lives... It doesn't fill the void you feel. :(

Life is to short... NEVER take your time for granted.

<3 Brittani

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Today is in fact my Birthday....

Turning 25 feels no different from any other day... the thought of 30 is a little scary... I mean I have lived 1/4 of my life if I am blessed enough to live to be hundred. However, if you know me then you know I think 80 is long enough for me. Unless I can have the best plastic surgeons so I look 25. ;) BUT... by the time I am in my 60's... I am scared to think what the new botox will look like...

I realized in the last 25 years I have accomplished a lot... (These are the basics)

- Birth (I mean that's tough... even though my Mom did everything)
- Crawling/Walking (Important...)
- Talking (My life line)
- Drinking/Eating
- Reading/Writing
- Graduating High School
- Getting my Associates
- Buying a house
- Getting Married


<3 Brittani

Friday, September 2, 2011

{101 Things} to do in 1001 Days

Happy Friday!

So, I saw this on Kristen Booth's Blog a little bit ago. I sat around and thought about what she had written and decided to create my own. Kristen is one of my favorite photographers, and I hope all of you take the time to check her out after reading this. She is pretty awesome!

So, like Kristen, I hope to try to do quarterly blog posts on what I have accomplished on my list. Below are 101 things I want to do in 1001 days. I encourage others to copy the idea. It's pretty awesome!

Start date - September 1st, 2011

End date - May 30th, 2014

1.     Go to Europe I AM GOING TO EUROPE THIS SUMMER! 2013!
2.     Make homemade pasta (This makes me nervous)
3.     Be front row at an Eminem concert (My favorite artist ever, but if you're read this then you already know this) I WILL BE SEEING EMINEM IN DUBLIN IN AUGUST 2013!!!
4.     Go to another Gavin Degraw Show (He is fantastic) DONE! (Need to do blog)
5.     Have 5 weddings (1/5) *Karle & Gene's Wedding Sept 22nd 2012*
6.     Go on a hike at Skyline drive (And remember my camera of course!) I went with my husband. I will do a blog post soon on this!
7.     Babysit Morgan for 1 whole weekend to prove to myself I could handle my own kid (Again… Her parents will need to be NEAR by… )
8.     Re-decorate our Master bedroom (Including Furniture)
9.     Go on a girl’s trip again with Alyssa and Ashley (Vegas Redo for sure minus getting sick :)) I am doing a girls weekend trip to DC with Ashley to see NKOTB, 98 Degrees, & Boyz II Men
10.  Go to the Catholic Church near me that was recently built (I have always wanted to take pictures inside… Are there rules to that?)
11.  Go on the APEX tour of Great White Sharks (Hoping to swim with them one day)
12.  Learn one thing from my favorite photographers – Kristen Booth, Emily Porter, and Heather Coburn. (2/3) I still need to work with Emily Porter!
13.  Help plan and design a Wedding… (I always wanted to go into event planning)
14. Make peace with certain people whom I miss in my life.  (They know who they are) I found that person on Facebook! Wahoo! Need to Blog!
15.  Update my blogs weekly… not whenever I have one second to breathe.
16.  Meet some cool photographer’s I have met via Facebook. (I will accomplish this soon.) I met Sheryl and we are going to work together in Sept at a wedding. She also did photos of Ed & I! I need to blog this too!
17.  Meet new friends I have met quite a few people recently who I need to blog about.
18.  Do cool things to my hair more often (I am so lazy when it comes to my hair) I have been better! I took some pictures to prove it! <3
19.  Buy a new Nikon. (This will happen… soon… :)) I got two new camera - however I switched to Canon. I was a good decision for me and I am really proud. I own a Rebel T3I, and a Mark 5D III.
20.  Take pictures at a professional sports game again. ( HAIL TO THE REDSKINS)
21.  Sign my husband up for Tough Mudder…I am excited to announce Ed is doing Tough Mudder in April 2013.
22.  Have a father/daughter day with my Dad (I don’t hang out with him nearly enough)
23.  Go fishing with Uncle Robert (I have the best fishing experiences on that boat)
24.  Watch the entire series of Harry Potter Movie 1- Movie 7 part 2 in one weekend. (I already miss Harry Potter) Done! Blogged
25.  Bake a wedding cake  (Not for a bride… but I want to be crazy and try to make those petals you see on TV… Love those flowers)
26.  See 5 Midnight Showings  (2/5)
27.  Go to NYC with my Husband and go shopping on 5th avenue (They do have a clearance section, right?)  I went to NYC for the Voice auditions! <3
28.  Try to not be so judgmental on every guy my sister gives a chance (This might be the toughest one)
29.  Drink to be drunk 1 night (This might not be classy… but it’s very entertaining) March 17 St. Patricks with the BFFs! Always an amazing time with those guys!
30.  Have a family portrait with my husband, dog, & two cats (I will pray for that photographer now… as it will be impossible)
31.  Go to DC with no expectations or things to do and just wander (I have always wanted to just wander)
32.  On a Friday afternoon, get in my car and just drive somewhere… no expectations, and no concept on where I am going. Let my heart decide (This will end up being a weekend vacation as I will most likely end up in FL)
33.  Volunteer at a Military Function (We all need to support our military more)
34.  I WANT TO DO JURY DUTY! (Anyone have an idea on how to get me in?)
35.  Wants to get involved in a Cancer foundation that somehow involves photography in DC (If you know of one… Let me know) I did this! I can't wait to Blog this! Shirts for a Cure! <3
36.  Take a break from Facebook for 1 week… (Is that even possible?! Side note: My best friend Ashley said “UMM NO! Unless it’s broken” ME- “that still counts, right?”)
37.  Lose 30 pounds.  (I have lost 15 randomly in the last couple of months… but another 30 would be “very nice” Borat Voice)
38.  Rent a movie I have never heard of and watch it all the way through (Ok… This might be the toughest)
39.  Cook a 7-course meal (What are all the courses called again?)
40.  Re-plant flowers in my whole front yard (Dreaming big on this one…)
41.  Have a girl’s day with my Mom (I am sure this will happen even if this isn’t on my list)
42.  Go to DC Restaurant week. (When is it again?)
43.  Go to 15 concerts every year (0/45) I am pretty much done with this. I need to make a list of all the shows I have been too... I know it's over 30...
44.  Go to 1 MMA fight with my Hubby (ONLY 1… Enjoy it) I am going to the UFC Expo in Vegas in July.
45.   Volunteer at an animal shelter (Love animals)
46.  1 prank call (I am only asking for 1!!!... Don’t judge me)
47.  Go in a Hot Air Balloon (I am to scared to do Sky diving, but I will have a list of questions to know how qualified my flying director is… You think I am kidding, fly with me in an airplane sometime.)
48.  Go to a bed & Breakfast (Any suggestions… I have never gone to one)
49.  Learn to like Running (I have NEVER liked running… and need some inspiration… HELP ME PEOPLE)
50.  Do a photo shoot themed Fairy Tale Dreams… (Yea, you like where that is going… I KNOW IT)
51.  Finish my scrapbooking… I am like 15 years behind…
52.  LEARN TO SAY NO! ;)
53.  Finish learning to play Piano (NEVER accept failure)
54.  Read 10 books (10/10) (I hate to read… so this is challenging for me) Done! Blogged
55.  Cook a huge family dinner at the Holidays (I have Thanksgiving this year… WISH ME LUCK) I did this! Blogged
56.  Write a short story (I think I will really enjoy this one)
57.  Coupon more (If that is possible)
58.  Get another dog (Cosmo needs friend and my cats… aren’t the… um… loving type)
59.  Learn to accessorize more (I am really bad about changing out jewelry, purses, etc)
60.  Wear heels 5 days in a row (Swollen feet will happen, but PAIN IS BEAUTY PEOPLE!)
61.  Have a date night twice a month with my Hubby (We will have a tough time with this… while we are always together… we don’t usually have date night much anymore)
62.  Childhood obsession was Beauty and the Beast – I want to do a photo shoot themed that (I will do it for free if anyone is interested in trying to set it up with me) I am excited to announce this is happening in April 2013. I rented a ballroom for it.
63.  Buy a claw foot couch… I don’t know the real name of it!
64.  Visit my great grandmother – She is in her 90’s and I only see her once a year. Unfortunately, I didn't make it down to see my great grandmother before she passed away in December 2012. She is a beautiful person and I am so deeply saddened by her loss.
65.  Help raise money for a children’s foundation (NO clue how to do this)
66.  Watch an entire season of True Blood. (I have never seen the show, but I have heard about the obsession. I am interested) I not only watched one, but 3! I am hooked! Love this show!
67.  Visit my cousin Missy. (She is like my big sister. I miss her!) I am going to see Missy in April 2013!
68.  Take my husband to Ireland (He has an obsession with the Irish) We are going to Dublin in August 2013!!
69.  Call my sister ONCE a week… (This should be easier… but Alyssa and I can go a few weeks without talking and then talk everyday for a few weeks… you just NEVER know with us)
70.  Get a facial (I have never had one) I did this on the cruise! It was super amazing and relaxing. I recommend it!
71.  Win a photo contest (I have never ever really tried.)
72.  I really want to do an underwater photo shoot (How freaking awesome would that be!??!)
73.  Try to Skiing (I am actually really scared of this)
74.   Go on a cruise (I am doing this in December!) I went on a cruise with my family December 2011 for Christmas. I need to blog this.
75.  Go on a romantic getaway with my Hubby.  (Just NOT the land of love…) Ed and I have been on few actually, but the one most memorable was to Ocean City on a whim. I need to blog this as well!
76. Start a savings account for all my unborn kids… (Yes, KID’S is plural… I want 24)
77.  Design a pair of shoes (SHOES!!!)
78.  Take pictures of  ALL my family members (I want to have a portfolio of all the ones I love!)
79.  Beat my Dad, Uncle Dennis, Uncle Harold, and Uncle Ed in Cornhole… (I WILL achieve this one day)
80.  Go to a concert for a band I have never heard of I did this! I went to Radiohead with my best friend. I need to blog this. (It's her Eminem!)
81.  Don’t get out of bed for ONE whole day
82.  Write a song (or maybe just a 1 verse?)
83.  Build a portfolio that even I can’t stop looking at (This could be harder than you think… I am my own worst critic)
84.  Go to Hershey Spa and get a chocolate bath… UM YES!
85.  Drink LESS soda… (This kid lives on Mt. Dew & Pepsi)
86.  Buy a limo for a night to go out to just a plain dinner…. (Exactly)
87.  Hang out with my friends more (I don’t see them enough!)
88.  Be asked to write a blog 5 times for other photographers (0/5)
89.  Watch a Sunrise  ( I never said some of these wouldn’t be corny)
90.  Help a stranger and ask them to pay it forward (Important to help others)
91.  Be a safer drivers (I am from NOVA, what do you expect!)
92.  Street Race (This doesn’t contradict 91)
93.  Learn how to hold a conversation in Spanish (Where my Latino Friends at that can help me!?)
94.  Sit throw the History channel shows a few times for my husband (If I fail at any of these… this is high on the fail ration list)
95.  Send out CHRISTMAS CARDS! (I have never done this… and I’m a photographer) I sent out Christmas cards this year! 2012 was awesome. I am super proud I did it!! <3
96.  Take my Mother-in-law out to dinner just her and I (I am her ONLY daughter :))
97.  Stay up all night play video games (Powning nubs!)
98.  Stop being OCD all the time… (Not possible… but I will try)
99.  Talk my Mom into cooking a Family dinner ONCE a month (No pressure… Roast Beef, Mexican Lasagna , etc… Just a few minor requests)
100.    Become a stronger and more confident photographer I can't say I am there yet, but I started school for Photography so I can learn everything. I can say this will get me there. :)
101.    Get Pregnant :) (This is at the end of year 3… :))

Hope you enjoyed my list. I had fun writing it... and got a good laugh while doing it. Share what yours would be... I am super curious at others list!

<3 Brittani

Saturday, August 6, 2011



Next year my Husband and I decided we are going to do some big trips. So far we have decided on:

Fall Trip to New York, NY
Christmas Cruise to the Caribbean 
Valentines Trip to San Fransisco, CA
Anniversary Trip to St. Pete Beach, FL
Summer Trip to Europe (London & Paris)

Anyone have suggestions on things to do in these places and or deals? We know a lot about St. Pete since we were married there... but I need help on everything else. Also, if you live in these places and want pictures done I can set you up! ;)

<3 Brittani

Friday, July 22, 2011



So, I still have Chris Cornell, NKTOBSB, and the Miranda Lambert concerts to put up here... Problem... I could only take a point and shoot to the Chris Cornell and Miranda Lambert it was... Challenging... Yea, that's the right word... Challenging. :)

I have a whole bunch more coming up... Britney Spears, Rockstar Mayhem Fest, and Kesha! :) Those should be fun! I am going to talk my husband in investing in a better point and shoot camera... I will let you know where that gets me. :)

Also, Ed and I will be going on a beach day trip in August. Since we didn't get to go to the beach really at all this summer... we are going to at least do a day trip. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS... there will be some fun photos soon!

Hope everyone is having a WONDERFUL summer thus minus the heat index being oh, 120! :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


So, today is the 1st Birthday for my BFF's daughter Morgan. This has an important meaning to me as I got to be in the room the day Morgan was born. It's so hard to think that 1 year ago today Ashley was being induced and Morgan was here! When Ashley told me I could be in the room not only was I honored, but I was so nervous. I had NO IDEA what to expect. I was in that- "What if I pass out" mode. Ashley was great! She was ready, and took on that MOM thing like no other. I still can't believe little Morgan is 1. Where does time go?

I will be taking pictures at her first birthday on Saturday. I also have her 1 year old pictures coming up. I can't wait... I finally get to use the Tutu By: Sarah Elizabeth! :)

Hope everyone is having a good week! :)

<3 Brittani

Monday, June 27, 2011


Morning All!

So, I went to my parents yesterday to pick up some old belongings of mine that I had put off getting. You know- the childhood stuffed animals, the dance trophies...etc... BUT in the box of trophies was glass block holders my Mom had in my room as an infant. While I don't know the actual term for them they weren't glass holders but a block made out of glass that you could put stuff in, and a round one with ABC on it. It's kinda funny looking back on that. There was also a stuffed dog my Dad bought me home one night. I had been to many specialist on stomach issues and was really sick so he brought it home as a pick me up for me when I was young. It was cool having those memories. Makes me think when I am a parent will I be like? Am I going to keep little things like that for them? Probably, as I am a memories person... but it's interesting to relive your childhood. Anyways... back to work! Being an adult isn't NEARLY as fun as being a child. If only I knew then what I know now! :P

<3 Brittani

Saturday, June 25, 2011


So... I am really getting into coupons... Like REALLY into coupons... Like saved 45 dollars today at the store... Now I am not like the show "Extreme Coupon" or whatever it's call, but I have learned the value of double coupon days...etc.

Does anyone out there have special sites they go to? Other than, or I am in need of how to find other places. I also would like to find coupons for clothing stores that I go to regularly. Luckily Old Navy usually has pretty good deals...but additional coupons would be nice. Thoughts?

I also need to find recipes that are simple... Are there good recipes websites? I am serious I need 10 min meals not 30... I am to busy 90 percent of the time...

<3 Brittani

Friday, June 24, 2011

{NEW} First Blog Post! Yay!


So for those of you who know me well know that I am a very opinionate/passionate/OCD/crazy person. Well know fact... But NOW I CAN SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE and not the small group of people who know me everyday. I decided to take this whole blog thing to the next level. It's a little much at first, but as things get busier it will be easier to keep everything separate.

I am completely in love with this page. It represents me very well!

Thanks for stopping by!

<3 Brittani