Photography Challenge: collab with Alicia

Hello, my friends!

For today’s post, I have a collab I am super excited about! A few weeks ago, I asked Alicia @ Alicia Marentette if she wanted to do a collab, and she agreed – We decided on doing a photography challenge where come up with a list of things to photograph, and share the photos! So that’s what I will be sharing today.

To get started, here’s a list of all the things we took photos of.

Time for the real photos now.

1. Spring

To be honest, I had a really hard time finding a photo in this category. Spring is not here yet; it’s been in the 30s all week, and it was hard finding something springy. But then, one of my younger siblings found this little bird’s nest on the ground. I definitely think of seeing birds building their nests as part of spring.

2. fLOWERs

Ooh, I love these flowers! It’s actually an old photo because as I mentioned above, we do not have any flowers blooming yet. It’s so pretty though!

3. Sunset

Mmm, this sunset is gorgeous. Sunsets are some of my favorite things as you have probably already figured out by now – I love the clouds in this one.

4. morning SKY

This is honestly one of my absolute favorite photos ever. ❤ It was such a beautiful (And early) morning to be out on the beach to see the sunrise. And the trees too.

5. Animal

This is from one of trips to Lutsen a few years ago. It was really neat being able to go that close to this seagull so we could get a picture. He was just sitting there on the railing while we were up looking at the view, and I just snapped a photo.

6. Colorful

I wasn’t sure what to use for this one; then my Mom had the idea to take the kids out to our monkey line that we all got our birthdays last summer and get a picture there. I love how it turned out, and it is definitely very colorful.

7. Clouds

I always love looking at clouds – One of my favorite things to do is just to lay down in the grass and stare up at the clouds. (When the grass is dry, and there are no siblings with soccer balls nearby that is.)

8. Books

I just got some new books from the library, and they were perfect to grab a picture of! Have you read any of these books?


I’m not sure if this one counts. . .I realized too late that I didn’t have any photos of rain, so this was the closest I could come. It’s a mud puddle from when all of the snow melted and it rained, so I think it counts?

10. Roads

Ahh, I love this one! These two roads are glorious in the morning when the sun’s shining, and that morning was no different. I love the shadows especially.

12. Peaceful

Kook at water droplets coming off the wave. And even though I’ve said this multiple times about the photos in this post, I love this – Especially the icy/crystal look to the wave.

13. Artsy

I had a really hard time deciding what to use for this – Finally, after coming up with a bunch of ideas, but none of them seeming like they would fit, I decided to look up some inspiration. I found this photo of the ice on our creek melting, and it seemed to the fit the “artsy” look. What do you think? Is it artsy?

14. Water

I have so many favorite pictures of water that it took me a while to decide. But I picked this one because I love the lighthouse and the bridge.

15. Indoor

I LOVE the shadows and the light here.. One afternoon I noticed the hydrangeas shadows from the outside shining through the window, it was so pretty! This is probably my favorite indoor photo I’ve taken.

And that’s it for the day! Did you enjoy seeing all of these different photos? Which one was your favorite?

Before you go, make sure to check out Alicia’s post here.

Have a beautiful day, friends!

Diaries of a crazy writer: In which I share about my week during Crazy Writing Week

Hello, my friends!

How are you all doing? It’s been a while since I last posted, but I warned you. This week I was participating in a challenge called Crazy Writing Week (CWW or CDubs) it is a really fun and awesome way to write a lot of words. Here’s how it works.

There are two teams, this year’s teams were called the Peacocks and the Flamingoes (A.K.A The Pink Birds as my friend, Vi called them.) Each team tries to write as much as they can (words) or spend as much time on writing as they can by the end of the week (hours), whoever has the most words and hours wins, and if one team is ahead in one category, and the other is ahead in the other category, it’s a tie. This year the leaders added in another category, achievements, which you can earn by watching the videos they release each day. Make sense? (It’s a bit confusing.)

I was on team Peacocks!

Now that you know the basics, I thought I would share a bit about how it went, and if I ended up hitting the goal I said I was hoping to in my Newsletter.

Day One:

The first day is always a bit crazy, with everyone trying to figure out how it works and trying to get a good start on the week. But since I’ve been on CDubs before, I was mainly writing and helping others get things figured out.

My total from day one: 2,069 words

Team leading: Peacocks

Total Word Count: 435,625 words

Day two:

Day two is a little bit less crazy, but everyone is still getting the hang of things!

My total from day two: 2,717

Team leading: Flamingoes (Those sneaky pink birds!)

Total Word Count: 1,077,753 words

Day three:

Alright, at day three, people are starting to get the hang of things, and the competition is getting fierce.

My total from day three: 2,016

Team leading: Peacocks

Total Word Count: 1,774,788 words

Day Four

Midweek! Day three and four are like. . .the same. There really isn’t much of a difference, and even I had a hard time keeping them separate in my mind when I wrote this but I spiced up my word count a bit, setting a new record for the most I’ve written in a day.

Also, my older brother jumped on and ended up on the other team on Friday. I was excited to share this with him, and he enjoyed it a lot!

My total from day four: 4,034

Team leading: Peacocks

Total Word Count:  2,462,988 words

Day Five:

Aight, Day five was a bit slower for me, but I still hit a decent word count, even though I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t hit my goal.

My total from day five: 3,291

Team leading: Flamingoes

Total Word Count: 2,995,766 words

Day Six:

The second to last day of the competition. There is always a flurry to write as much as you can and I hit my word count and beat the record I had just set only three days before.

My total from day six: 5,009

Team leading: Flamingoes

Total Word Count: 3,421,146 words

Day Seven:

The last day of the competition. . . a rush to try to write as much as possible. And once again, for the third time this week, I set a record for the most I’ve written in one day. . .

My total from day seven: 6,582

Team leading: (Keep on reading to find out who won)

Total Word Count: TOTAL: 4,276,740 words

After thoughts:

This week was. . . a blast. I had so much fun and I was able to catch up with so many different friends. Plus, my brother and another friend of mine were able to get on and join the fun.

My total for the week ended up being. . . .24,588

Which means I wrote over what I thought I was going to do. I set a goal of 15k and ended up surpassing that by a little over 9k!!

Wow, this week had been productive.

The team who won was:










The Peacocks!

My team won!!

It was a great competition and I can’t wait for CDubs again next year – I wrote the most I have ever had in a week!

Thank you so much for reading!