Capture the Everyday Ressurects Next Tuesday

I think we’re all pretty wiped out from the Week in My Life project. Heck, even if you didn’t participate, you’re probably tired from reading it!

So this is just a reminder that our weekly Capture the Everyday meme will be back next week on its new day: Tuesday!

Thanks for all your feedback regarding the day. Hoping Tuesday will work better for everyone!

Next week’s assignment is: LOVE

If you’re new to Capture the Everyday, it’s a super mini version of Week in My Life. I give you an assignment and you capture it through a picture, words, however you’d like. If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

I’m taking off the rest of the week so I can prep for my presentation at Bloggy Boot Camp Atlanta! So I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Capture the Everyday: Cars

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each week, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Cars

Our house is overrun by cars. No not real ones but little die cast ones. Both of the Roos love cars but Big Roo is the most obsessed.

Next week, you’ll see more of these (hint: check out the special announcement below) but for now, here’s his latest entourage tucked under our coffee table.

Big fat special announcement:

*rubbing hands together* Oh my friends, there’s no official Capture the Everyday next week because we’re gonna be capturing an ENTIRE WEEK! Details are on Monday’s post but let me say we’ll have daily linkys and a chance to win something cool.

After next week’s special project, we’ll be moving Capture the Everyday to Tuesday! Your votes made the decision so thanks for your input. The next assignment for Tuesday, October 18 will be: LOVE.

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Your Stash

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Your Stash

While I sometimes wish I had a big stash of mandarin-flavored vodka, I don’t. Not even close.

So I’m going all crafty on you and sharing my scrapbooking stash. Yeah the stash I’m just NOW getting back into using. Which explains the big mess.

Paints, stickers and stamps…

More paint, chipboard frames and thread…

Punches which totally come in handy for keeping Big Roo occupied while I work on something beside him.

And some of my other stuff tucked into storage drawers.

I have SO much other scrapbooking stuff but I don’t want to embarrass myself. This stuff is ka-ching so I’d better get back to using it all more!

 

Next Assignment: Car(s)- toy, real, whatever!

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

By the way, I’m thinking about changing the day of Capture the Everyday but YOU are in control. Head over to my Facebook page to vote on what day you’d like to capture the everyday (just select Thursday if you want to keep it). 

AND the linky isn’t working again. I’m getting annoyed. Grrr. Just leave your link in the comments!

Capture the Everyday: A Laugh

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: A Laugh

Nothing like a popsicle to make a kid go from this…

To this…

To this…

OMG. Pure, hysterical laughter. I mean, his expression could almost be mistaken for crying as much as that cute face is scrunched up. But it’s definitely laughter.

I don’t know about you but I love a good scrunched-up laugh.

Next Assignment: Your Stash (or whatever sorts of things you stash and are willing to share- lol)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now? But just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Everyday Color

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Everyday Color

I took this picture with Instagram and even though there’s a filter to enhance the color, it still popped without it.

What’s the soup? Trader Joe’s Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper soup. Big Roo LOVES this stuff. Little Roo? He sticks his hand in the bowl.

Hey, he’s still learning.

Next Assignment: A laugh

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: What’s in Your Fridge?

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: What’s in Your Fridge?

We were out of town this weekend so our fridge was getting bare. I decided to do a before Target and after Target shot.

Before Target:

After Target:

So, that wasn’t as drastic as I’d hoped BUT we still have our Trader Joe’s trip to do. That’s where we get MORE yogurt, fruit and all sorts of other stuff.

I’m dying to see what’s in YOUR fridge.

Next Assignment: Everyday Color

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Feet

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Feet

I love pictures of little feet. They reveal so much about just how little those little feet are.

 

Next Assignment: [I'm taking a break next week BUT I want to know... what would YOU like to see for future CTE assignments? Tell me in the comments.]

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: A Pretty Landscape

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: A Pretty Landscape

This picture was taken before we had a digital camera. It was my first trip to the Grand Canyon. First trip of TEN. Daddy Roo and I had just moved to Arizona, where we lived five fun years. Yes, I love that place.

As pretty as this picture is, you really can’t grasp the magnitude of the place unless you’ve been there. Maybe we’ll get back there someday soon.

 

Next Assignment: Feet (get creative- yours, your kids’, some stranger’s- wait not that)

Your turn! Make me hungry!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

How to Capture the Everyday: Including Yourself in Pictures

Today is the last post a seven-part series about Capturing the Everyday as a spin-off from my Baby Center post called 7 Ways to Capture the Everyday. If you missed last week, I wrote about capturing recipes.

I saved the most important for last. But it’s also the hardest to capture. The incognito, the rare, the elusive YOU. The one who hides from pictures because you’re “having a fat day,” because you aren’t wearing your make-up or because you’re embarrassed to ask someone to take a picture.

In the nicest way possible, I say: get over it.

Yours kid don’t care that your hair was frizzier than normal that day…

… Or that you thought those pants made your butt look big.

… Or that you’re feeling frazzled. Or sad. Or angry.

They won’t care. They’ll just want a picture of their mother one day.

That day may be tomorrow. It may be when their life is turned upside down. It may be when they have kids and want to show them what “grandma” used to look like.

Regardless, your children will treasure those pictures of you. So make sure you’re in them.

Pictures to Capture (Ahem, With You in Them)

A Weekend Outing

Whether it’s a trip to the park, the mountains or just the backyard, capture you hanging with the family. Here Big Roo is taking a sip from my Camelbak. He loves that thing.

Capture the Everyday

Well, that’s a shocker coming from me right? But really. It’s bedtime and Big Roo is about to brush his teeth. Except that Little Roo (a little Little Roo at that) is eyeing that toothbrush. And I gots my camera.

Exciting (or Mundane) Vacations

Don’t get too caught up in vacation to forget taking pictures of yourself on vacation. After all, you were there too. Even if you were running around crazy trying to make sure everyone is taken care of (like us mamas tend to do).

Playing Around

THESE are the moments we so often fail to capture ourselves in. We can remember to get a group shot of everyone smiling at the camera but this? We forget the magic of this. Your kids will SO treasure pictures like this.

The Semi-Thoughtful Pose

Yes, I look like I’m deep in thought when really I’m wondering when my hush puppies are going to arrive (we were sitting on the patio at a beach restaurant). Maybe you’re looking at a sunset. Or reading a book. Remember, not every picture has to be you looking at the camera.

The Shadow

You’re still remaining elusive but at least you get points for creativity. 

How to Get Into Pictures

Hand Over the Camera

Pass it to your older kids, your husband, even a stranger. Let someone take a picture of you for a chance. I know you may not want to ask someone. I hate asking people to. But it’s for the greater good!

Use a Self-Timer

If there’s one thing to learn on a camera, it should be the self-timer. Plop your camera down (gently), run for your life, then jump in a shot right before the BEEP BEEP BEEP FLASH!

Use a Remote

Some cameras sell itty-bitty remote controls that turn your self-timer into a take-the-picture-when-I’m-ready feature. This is the remote I use. It’s less than $15 and has saved my butt a number of times.

Use a Tripod

If you have a little patience, set up a tripod so you can get in a shot. Just know that little kids think they are WAY cool so they may try to climb it (ask me how I know).

Use a Mirror

Just like I did in one of the pictures above, a mirror is a wonderful help when no one else is around.

 

So, did I convince you to get into pictures more often?

I hope you enjoyed the series on capturing the everyday! If you want to capture the everyday too, be sure to join my meme each week. This week’s assignment?

 

Capture the Everyday: Weekday Dinner

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Weekday Dinner

I didn’t quite plan it this way but today’s assignment fits perfectly with my post earlier this week about capturing recipes.

I’m a meal planner. We plan a week at a time and this month I actually planned about 2 weeks’ worth. It’s not that I’m super organized. It’s just that I’d be in a frenzy if it were 5 pm and I was just then deciding on dinner (not to say that NEVER happens though- ahem).

Daddy Roo and I like easy meals during the week but not typically not out-of-the-box stuff. One of our fave meals is Mujadara. It’s a Middle Eastern dish with lentils, rice and caramelized onions. And it’s YUM.

We use this recipe from The Confused Homemaker but add red peppers (cook them) and fresh cucumbers. We buy the lentils from Trader Joes (they’re vacuum-packed instead of from a can, although that would work too).

We serve it with some pita and hummus and sliced cheese (it’s Mexican cheese but for some reason it works with this). YUM!

 

Next Assignment: A Pretty Landscape

Your turn! Make me hungry!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

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