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Give yourself Grace, Mama | Newborn Photographer in Greenville SC

Hey there, mama.  I see you. It’s 2AM, and as you sit in your gliding rocker holding your screaming 3 week old, silent tears stream down your face.  You wonder what you are doing wrong.  Why does he keep waking up screaming?  You’re his mama, so why can’t you console him? Why are you so…

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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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Thank you for the best 10 years of my life!

My hubby and I are our 10 YEAR Anniversary today!  It seems like the last 10 years have flown by, and at the same time so much has happened in that 10 years.  We have moved 7 times, owned 2 houses, brought 3 children into the family, embarked on our homeschooling journey, started a business, built…

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C Squared Pottery | Creative photography | Spartanburg photographer

Saturday morning a week ago, I got a chance to stretch my creative wings and try something new.  I must admit that I never expected to enjoy photographing immobile objects as much as I did Christine’s pottery (except for maybe rings and shoes at a wedding), but I think photographing her work was great practice…

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10 Things you may not know about me #9: I’m a history nerd and love a good story.

I just love a good story with a beautiful description of the setting and lots of interesting details, which is partly what lead me to become a wedding photographer. One of my favorite places to hear a good story is sitting in my Grandmama’s sunroom sipping on hot tea or nibbling on a slice of…

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  • Amy - What a beautiful testimony. She truly is the strongest and most Godly lady I know! What a privilege it is to be her daughter and to be your aunt. You have done a tremendous job!ReplyCancel

My sister finally tied the knot!!

Growing up my sister Sara and I were best friends.  I remember walking in the door from kindergarten and Sara running up to me to ask if I wanted to be her horse because she was a farmer, and she needed to go out and check on her cows.  (Our grandfather was a cattleman, so…

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10 things you may not know about me #8: I am a teacher!

Today I’m excited to share post #8 in my 10 things you may not know about me series… I am a teacher! I have always loved to take pictures, but until several years ago, it had never occurred to me to pursue becoming a professional photographer.  Photography was a hobby.  Teaching was my career. My…

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Why Community over Competition is so amazing part 2 | Clemson portrait photographer | SC Botanical Gardens

This is the continuation of yesterday’s post.  If you missed it, you can catch up here. Isn’t Kaitlin gorgeous?!  And she’s a lot of fun too! Shortly after meeting Hannah Woodard for a coffee date/mentoring session, I learned about a newly formed group of local creatives who meet monthly to encourage each other. (They are…

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Why Community over Competition is so amazing part 1 | Clemson portrait photographer | SC Botanical Gardens

Wow!  Writing usually comes fairly easily for me once I get started, but I have struggled to find the words to write this post.  Today (and tomorrow) I am sharing photos that I took at a headshot swap with an amazing fellow wedding photographer Kaitlin Beckwith of Captured by Kaitlin Rose, but the photos are…

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