100 Happy Day Challenge and 30 Day Photo Challenge

 

On 1 September I’m going to start two challenges.  You can join the 100 Happy Day Challenge and its to motivate you do find things that make you happy every day for 100 Days.  If can be anything from raindrops on roses to brown paper packages tried up with string.

You can decide where you want to keep track of your days.  On different social media platforms or keep it private, by e-mailing the team your photos.  Just so the team can help keep track of your days.  At the end you get to make a fun little book with 100 photos to show that you have completed your days.

I’ll be uploading my day on Instagram so check out my account to keep track.  If you want to join just sign up and then use #100happydays

At the end I’ll post a composite of all the images I took over those 100 days.  I’ll share yours too if you share some of my posts!

I am also starting a fun little challenge to photograph the little guy.  You know my day wouldn’t be complete without documenting this little guy.  To have more fun photos of him I decided to take on this challenge.  It has a list already so you know what to shoot each.  I think the only day I’ll have any trouble with is sibling since I have a singleton at the moment.  I’ll be sharing those of course across my media platforms and then uploading each week the photos I’ve taken on this blog.  If you join I’ll feature your photos too!

Will you join me?  What challenges have you found to keep up with photo challenges like this?  

Pic Tap Go – Review-

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*I was not compensated for this post. I purchased the app for my own review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Pic Tap Go is an app made of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  Created by Totally Rad, a Photoshop and Lightroom preset creator.  

Pic Tap Go is for purchase in the App Store for $1.99 which is the average price for most apps out there.  So you are not coughing up an arm and a leg to get this app.  :P

With this app you can take photos with your mobile device and easily edit them.

IMG_0530 The cool thing about this app is that it has a lot of different filters.  Some filters are unlocked by liking their social media, which is okay and I suppose it also allows you to connect with them on the 3 biggest social media sources.  You can even get some of your photos featured.

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A word of caution with the filters.  Because your mobile device is not a DSLR or a P+S camera you need to realize that the more filters you slap on your photos the more artifacts you will find in your images.  This is because of the lower resolution your phone compared to the raw images of your DSLR.

So, before you get upset with the app just realize that your phone does not capture images at more than about 8 bits for the iPhone 5.  I’m sure in the future that will change but when you compare to a 24 MP camera you’ll see it’s put to shame on image quality.

Don’t be upset embrace the grain it’s part of the quirk of working with such a low res camera.

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You can create recipes of your favorite filters which the app will save for you for the last 3 times you’ve used the app.  The recipes can be saved for you if you like the combo.

You can also share your recipes and receive recipes from friends which is a cool feature.

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The app also learns from you.  There is a my style folder that shows the most frequently used filters by you.  If you are doing a quick edit or know exactly what you are looking for the filters are there waiting for you to pick them.

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You are able to upload photos to your social media accounts from the app as well as e-mail photos and save them to your phone.

IMG_0665 There is a crop feature that is on the main page.  However there is not much of unconstrained cropping.  It is all to ratio.  I would highly suggest getting what you want mostly in frame before cropping to ration with this app.

When you are uploading to Instagram there are only 3 crop features.  The full-sized image, the crop and the float.  You can decide how you want to post the image and thankfully when it’s loaded into the Instagram you don’t get that automatic crop it does.  I don’t know if they will offer different crop options in the future for Instagram.

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Please note that you can shoot already HDR with your iPhone but to actually take a photo within Pic Tap Go it will not support HDR.  You can feel free to shot HDR or edit HDR with another app but you have no option for that with Pic Tap Go.

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So what do I think of this app? 

I wouldn’t say it revolutionizes photo apps.   But I would say it is one of the best apps out there.

If it fits your style.

IMG_0900 It’s clean, it’s easy to use it has really great filters and even create your own filters if you so choose.  It updates from time to time with new filters and releases those updates on the app store but lets you know before hand when they are going to add new filters.

There are no special FX filters.  If you like lomography then you won’t find light leak filters or tilt shift filters.  No borders or fonts either.  It’s fine if you don’t need them but I find that lacking with the app in general.  I think it would be more fun to use with those filters.

I enjoy how easy it is to post to my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

I would say for the price the app is worth it for clean edits and a chance for being featured on their blog and Instagram it’s pretty worth it.

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Have you used this app?  What do you think of it?  Have you used other photo apps?  If so which ones and do you have one you’d like to see a review on here?

 

Mexican Quiches Recipes

Dina Farmer Mexican Breakfast cups1 I love pinterest to pieces!  I found this recipe on there.

I like to try to spice breakfast up.  More so because American breakfast can really be the most boring thing in the world!

Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Grits and Fruit.

So I enjoy searching for other things to eat for breakfast besides those items and pancakes or french toast.

I found this recipe here and of course adapted it to fit my own tastes.

I omitted the green chilis but you can feel free to add some and choose spicy salsa if you want more heat!

This is also a great way to use up all that left over rotisserie chicken too!

Ingredients

non-stick cooking spray
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese or dairy free cheese alternative shreds
1 (4 ounce) can mild green chilies, diced
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup buttermilk or ½ cup dairy free milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice stirred into it
¼ cup sour cream or dairy free sour cream alternative plus more for serving
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced (minced then measured)
¼ cup cilantro leave, minced (minced then measured) plus more for serving
1 cup prepared salsa

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a standard muffin pan with cooking spray. Because this stuff will stick to muffin cups for sure!

In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients with a spoon until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins.

Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and set. Run a dinner knife around the edges of the Quiche, remove from the pan and serve with your favorite salsa, some extra sour cream, and cilantro.

It’s toddler approved by the way!

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Friday Favorites

It’s that time again!  I hope you’ll join us for our Friday Favorite link up!  It’s your chance to network and meet other bloggers in the simplest way possible by adding your blog posts to the blog roll.

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This week there are two posts from Frug Elegance.  She shares to a beautiful Easy DIY: Tea cup centerpiece for a wedding made on the cheap I believe you can also use beautiful china you may have at home or stylish tea cups you have on hand and a wonderful and fresh Italian Style Caprese Quinoa.   I have already made the recipe and I have to say it is really wonderful and quick for a week night meal!

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Tea Tree and Olive Oil Scurb

 

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*** Disclaimer***

*I was compensated for this post. I given a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

I was recently asked to a do a review for Apothecary Extracts.  They make Tea Tree oil that is 100% pure.  The product comes from a tree native to Australia.  It is also green no parabens, chemicals or preservatives.

As far as I understand Tea Tree oil can be used in a variety of ways.  From facial cleansers to home cleaners.  This particular product is for external use only!  Just a fair warning about that before you jump into purchasing it!

The nice thing about Apothecary Extracts is that they offer a guide on different uses for the Tea Tree oil.  It lists anything from scrubs to cleansers.  It is well though out with recipes and different tips on treating ailments and how to safely apply the oil to prevent burns or allergic reactions.

I’ve tried out the Tea Tree oil and I have to say that it does the job!  It smells nice.  For even more review purposes I made a scrub out of it to test it out.

I got the original recipe here.

I modified it a little by adding sprinkles to it to add color and a sweet scent in the shower.

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Tea Tree and Olive Oil Scrub

1/3 raw sugar

1 TBS sugar sprinkles

1 TBS baking soda

1 TBS sea salt

20 drops tea tree oil

olive oil add until it makes a gloopy mixture.

This makes enough for one use.  I used the scrub before I cleansed the my body after I hopped into the shower.  Then do your normal shower time routine.

This scrub feels fantastic.  I believe with the addition of the Tea Tree oil it really makes this scrub feel wonderful.  It left my skin feeling refreshed and clean.   After I got out of the shower I was surprised at how smooth my skin felt.  Even a few days later after use my skin is still pretty smooth.

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I believe that Apothecary Extracts has a real winner here.  I haven’t used the whole bottle yet but don’t be intimidated by the small size of 4 oz!  This stuff lasts a while, I think because of how potent it is you don’t need a ton of drops for it to do its job.  You can smell how wonderful it is right away.  I plan to make some floor cleaner out of it because it smells so nice.

Go check out the website to read more about Apothecary Extracts!  I think you are gonna love it!

*I was compensated for this post. I given a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Have you used Tea Tree oil in the past?  What do you think about it?  Do you have any recipes to share?  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Preschool at home – The different states of water

Water States

 

This was a fun little experiment.

I added food coloring to water and then frozen to explain primary colors and the different states of water.

Of course the gas state would have played out a little better if he’d seen them in the freezer, so we actually only went over two.

How water goes from a solid to a liquid.

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It’s hot in AZ and that’s an understatement.  So playing outside in the evening time made the ice melt quickly.  It should him how water can move into a liquid at a rapid rate.

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He enjoyed moving the ice from two bowls I had set out, one to collect all the melted ice and one to keep the melting ice in.  When one bowl began to fill up with water then he’d dump the newly formed water into the other bowl with water and then transfer the ice into the other bowl.  This showed how much mass liquid took up as opposed to solids.

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A pretty easy and very messy experiment.

You get to teach two things in one as well!  Try it out!