December’s Snap To It Tip and Assignment from Cinnamon at Eat Pray Tri is all about focus.

I’m loving her photography tips and challenges because it gives me an excuse to get my camera out and practice something I might not have.  I’ve never actually used toggle focus on my camera before.  Normally I would just manually change my focus area with the focus ring.  So I found this interesting.  Please read Cinnamon’s post for more explanation, but I hope my submission will provide an easy visual aid for you as well.

Basically you can set up your DSLR to use your selector buttons to change where the focus is on your shot.

I pulled out the tripod and took three pictures at exactly the same distance, ISO, SS, aperture ect.

The first pic the focus is on the fish on the left.  In the second pic, it’s on the fish in the middle.  In the third pic, focus is on the tail of the wooden garland hanging down.

Snap To It 3 Pics

Hopefully seeing these three pictures together will help you understand a little more about focus and toggle.  The only thing I did differently in each picture was to use my selector dial to move the focus box from one place to the next.

Have a great weekend all!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Wanna guess how many fish ornaments I have for our Christmas tree?  Maybe that should be the next giveaway.  The closest guess wins a prize or something.

25. December 2013 · Comments Off on High Five for the Holidays · Categories: Holiday, Midwestern Life · Tags: , ,

The best way to ensure a Merry Christmas morning is to get in good with Santa.

Sweetey Petey covered his bases with a high five.

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Or perhaps a low five.

Regardless, him and Santa are TIGHT.

In all seriousness though, please have a wonderful Christmas full of family and friends of all kinds and a thankful heart.  It is the people we have near and dear to us that matter most.

Best holiday wishes,


I’m trying my hand at the ever popular blogger gift lists where we tell you the most amazing products to buy and you run out and buy them for your loved ones this holiday season.  Everybody has a (sponsored and unsponsored) gimmick it seems . . . gift lists for foodies, photographers, athletes, moms, dads, toddlers, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish . . .

I’m here to tell you what to buy for the Stay at Home Mom.

I will not be following this post with a gift list for the Working Away from Home Mom because that is a comparison trap I don’t want to fall into.  Our society is jugdey enough without my two cents.

Also I will not be creating a fancy schmancy board with cutesy numbers next to fun pictures for quick reference and pinability.

Pinability.  Ha!

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I’m totally contacting Webster’s dictionary and having that word added.  

Since I know you are all stressed and anxious about those last minute gifts, I’ll just get on with things so you can finish your holiday shopping, mmmmm K?

Dun dun dun . . .

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That’s it.  That’s all that’s on my list for the SAHM.

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So now that the Christmas season is upon us, every blogger and their mother is making bark.  Most of them are making peppermint bark because peppermint is to Christmas as pumpkin is to Thanksgiving.

Channeling my inner SAT’s there for a minute.  Sorry.  No, I’m not really sorry, but I am sorry for apologizing when I wasn’t really sorry in the first place.

Moving on.

I have no problems with bark.  Unless it’s the dogs’ incessant barking, which I swear they do these days non freaking stop.

Anyway, moving on again.

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I’m rethinking this “random food picture of the day” thing.  First off, it really needs to be more than food.  So “random picture of the day” it now is!  Also I was putting numbers in the post title which means:

1)  I have to remember the last number I used.  Fat chance.

2)  I can’t schedule them in advance.  With a new baby coming in March I kinda need to do that so you all won’t be bored until I get back to blogging.  I will NOT be one of those bloggers updating from the hospital.  

So here’s today’s random picture of the day because the last week has been too busy to allow for much else.

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Be Jolly.  By GOLLY!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  How are you?  I mean really?  Are you jolly this holiday season or stressed?

I have a quickie holiday decoration post for ya today.

Please excuse the crappy pictures . . . I haven’t exactly mastered Christmas light photography yet.  I don’t feel too bad about this since I didn’t do any research on the subject or bother to pull out my tripod which is kinda crucial for night time photography.

For the past few years I’ve hung two lighted wreaths in the front windows of our home. These wreathes were super cheap and super fast to make and they have a huge impact from a distance which is what I was going for.

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Metal Wreath Form

Strand of Christmas Lights

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This couldn’t be easier.  Wrap a strand of Christmas lights around the metal wreath form.  Hang from a window and run an extension cord to a timer plugged into your outlet.  That’s it.  There isn’t much metal to the form which means you see more of the lights!  It’s super bright from the road and makes a huge impact on your holiday decorations.

Here’s a close up so you can see what it looks like when you’re right on top of it.

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Pretty basic, but again, super bright and full from the road!  Did I mention it was cheap and fast too?  Yeah, well, it was.

We currently have one in the guest room and one in the dining room so we never really see them from the inside anyway.

There you go.  Happy decorating!!!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Do you hang lights outside??


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