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Fall Favorites Friday #4 | Pumpkin Spice Latte | Greer Family Photographer

I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is next week!!  I am SO excited!  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for so many reasons, and it hurts me that it seems to get lost amidst the commercialism of Halloween and Christmas.  I love that Thanksgiving is centered around being grateful for what we ALREADY HAVE rather than…

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Fall Favorites Friday #3 | Pumpkin Spice Waffles | Spartanburg In-home Family Session Ideas

I have a confession to make… You already know that I LOVE shooting families spending time together in their kitchen because food has a way of bringing out our fun sides and helping us open up to each other.  One of my dream In-home Family Session ideas is to photograph a family making pancakes or…

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Spartanburg Children’s Photographer | Fall Favorites Friday #2 | Leaf Rubbings

Today’s Fall Favorites Friday Post is quick and easy, but your kiddos will love it! As many of you know, we homeschool.  Since my kiddos are only 3, 5 and 7, I prefer hands-on science and social studies activities rather than using a textbook for now, so I’m always brainstorming fun ideas that we can…

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Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins | Fall Favorites Friday #1 | Greenville SC Family Photographer

One of my all time favorite activities to document as a Greenville SC Family Photographer is kitchen time! From baking cookies and making pancakes to decorating pizzas and everything in between, I love photographing families doing their thing together in the kitchen.  What is it about food that encourages us to open up and be…

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Learn to Take Better Photos of Your Kids | In Home Family Photography

With three kiddos ages 3-7 in our house, every time I turn around there’s something sweet, silly or just plain crazy going on that’s begging me to capture it!  If you have kids, I’ll bet the same is true at your house!  This abundance of crazy, authentic moments and expressions is part of what makes…

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Part 1: Homemade Boo Boo Balm/Diaper Rash Salve- Collecting and infusing your herbs

It’s spring time!!   This is one of my favorite times of year – not just because beautiful flowers are blooming everywhere, but because this is when we harvest a good bit of the wild herbs for our family’s homemade boo-boo balm that we will use for the rest of the year.  As soon as the days…

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  • Margaret - Hi Ally, This is so cool! Sending it to my mom. Curious–What’s in the windowed box in the garden bed?ReplyCancel

    • thejourneybyally - Hey Margaret! That’s our cold frame. Nothing is in there now, but we use it to grow lettuce in the winter. We had fresh lettuce on our tacos every week this winter & next year I’m hoping to grow even more!ReplyCancel

Recipes from the Garden: Knock off Claussen Pickles

I’ve taken a much needed Hiatus from blogging this July while I spent time with my kiddos.  We went on play dates, tended our garden, picked gallons of blueberries, and put up food for this winter.  If you’ve read my BIO, you know that I am a gardener and homesteader.  I LOVE this time of year…

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10 things you may not know #6… I’m a crazy homesteading, canning mama!

This week’s post is #6 in my 10 things you may not know about me series, but it’s going to be a little bit different than the other posts in this series because it’s not just about me or my family.  Since right now is strawberry picking season here in South Carolina and since the…

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