Macro Filter Fun

My husband bought me a treat today. He took me to get some macro filters I have had my eyes on for a few days now. I did use to have a 100mm macro, but I let it go to get another lens that I use much more. I was starting to miss getting up real close though, and my teleconvertor finally quit on me. So a searching for inexpensive macro lens trick I did go!

I came across a youtube video for some Hoya macro filters, and I was sold!

I am so glad that our local camera shop had them and that the filters do what they should!

The brand I ended up purchasing is Kenko, they are a sister company of Hoya so the quality is exactly the same.

These filters are great if you only want to do macro photography once and a while, if you are going to get more and more into macro then investing in an actual Macro lens would be better. But for $40 for 3 filters its not to bad to test the waters and see if you are into macro.

I know there are lots of starting out photographers and with the prices of lenses I could not resist sharing my newest find!

I bought the filters to fit my 50mm, you can get them to fit all the way up to a 58mm I believe.

In the set you get a +1, +2, and a +4 filter and can stack them to equal a +7



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Overall I am really happy with these filters and can't wait till its nicer out so I can take some photos outside of my house and car to show!

And really excited about being able to do super up close shots with my favorite 50mm!

* Please know that I was not paid or asked to write this review I am posting because I am genuinally excited about the product and paid for them myself.

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How I Knew

I have never talked about this on the blog before, not for any particular reason other then I always had something else to post. I am ready to share now. I am ready to share the events that happened that made me long for a baby.

I should start by saying that when Jason and I first started dating, we were both against becoming parents. We liked children, but loved it when they went home.

We had been dating about a year when started being tired all the time. Having this be out of the norm for me, I went into the doctor. To be honest my 20 y/o self never would have guessed the doctor was going to tell me that I was pregnant. Being an expert in google, I went in waiting to hear him say that I have a thyroid problem. Oh baby, was I ever wrong. To be honest I didn't really believe him, we were safe, how did this happen? How did I not notice anything other then being really tired?

A few weeks went by and we fearfully told our family. We were so unprepared for a baby. We were renting my parents basement suite at the time. I was 20 years old and didn't even fully know what I wanted a career to be at that point. Yes I loved fashion and photography, but wasn't sure how to apply that to a career at that time.

After the initial shock and finally coming to terms with what was going on, easter weekend came. And I can still remember telling Jason I still didn't feel I was pregnant. He assured me that I was still in denial, and that this was happening.


It wasn't going to happen. Two days later I showed signs that I had lost the baby or as I would later find out babies. Not knowing what to do I went to the walk in clinic and from there was sent in for an emergency ultrasound. My feeling was right, they couldn't find anything. You would think that hearing this would give me relife, but I cried. And as much as I tried to convince myself and everyone around me that I couldn't be sad for something I never wanted, but inside I was dieing.

Any time I saw a teen mom, I would have to get away as fast as I could to cry, over why did they have a baby and not me? I came to resent with an absolute passion the phrase ''everything happens, for a reason.'' I knew that people were just saying that because they didn't know what else to say, but it would have been easier on me had they just politly smiled and said nothing at all.

While the doctors tried to tell me it wasn't my fault the babies didn't survive, inadverantly it was my fault. A strain of my dna was different from the baby's, my body saw the baby as a virus and I was told that was maybe what happened. I blamed myself more then I should have, and I think on some level Jason did too.

It was through all this I become obbsessed with wanting a baby. Our family told me I was to young, but I told them I am a lot tougher then they saw me, and that I knew in my heart I could become a Mama and start college and a career all at the same time.

Looking back do I wish I would have waited longer before becomeing preganant with Ethan? Yes, but not for the reason you would think. Because of all the unresolved emotions of my miscarrige, and a little how hard pregnancy with Ethan was with me. I suffered from a chemical imbalance after Ethan was born. But that post will be for another day.

After everything I went through I am so greatful for Ethan {and Peyton of course}. I spent my ''party'' years having fun in a different way.

I still think about what might have happened had I not miscarried those babies? Or what would have happened did I never get pregnant at all. I guess in someway everything does happen for a reason, but I can honestly say I have yet to say this phrase to anyone, for any reason. It still bothers me. The circumstances that took place to get us to realize this absolutly sucked. Especically for someone as type A as me, but without that heartache I never would have known that, that emptiness was meant for a baby. I love that I am a Mama, and I don't even know what my life would be like had we not chose to have a baby.  

So there it is, how I knew... How I knew that I wanted my life to go a little differently then my friends. Don't get me wrong, I did miss going out for girls nights with them, and even became a bit jealous over there lives. But I found my own way to make life work for me to still be the best Mama I could be, and still be able to have fun like a 20 something old should.

This video was not originally a part of this post, but I feel it fits because I can't imagine what life would be like if I didn't have a kid that would tell me he can't help his feet, and was born to dance.

Last night Ethan randomly started dancing just outside the grocery store. Didn't care who was looking, he just wanted to dance!

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Small Style - Week Two

I am loving show off Peyton and Ethan's style each week. To give the weekly feature a simpler name I have changed it from Is It Cool? to Small Style.

This week Peyton and I had some fun playing on train tracks. Just kidding! These tracks are not in use at all. One of the shopping parking lots has a set of old tracks that run through it. So while waiting for the boys to finish looking around a tool shop, we took advantage of the scenery.

I am completely obbsessed with our local kids boutique Monkey Business

Entire outfit is from there!

Shirt/Pants/Teething necklace: Baby Mexx

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Is It Cool? {Week 2}

I had such a great response over Peyton's Is it cool? Post last week, I have decided that making a series out of the photos she asks me to take would be fun.

This week Ethan wanted to be apart of the photos and show his outfit choice for the day. Ethan loves getting dressed in the morning and digging through his drawer to find a shirt that makes him feel rocker, as he puts it. He loves striped shirts, and loves to layer them.

For the most part I still pick out Peyton's clothes, but once and a while she will bring something out to me and say cool? With this outfit in particular she added the shoes and hat. I love this little dress that Peyton is wearing, and have been waiting what feels like an eternity for it to fit her.

On Peyton:

Dress: Vintage
Leggings: George
Accessories a.k.a. Toys: Playmobile

On Ethan:

Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Carters
Shoes: Converse from Monkey Business

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A Little Piece Of Me

My name is Salena.

 I am a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of three.  I am a stay-at-home mommy to my three little girls.  
I love to share my life

with others in hopes to inspire them.  It's a joy for me to talk with

others and to connect with their life experiences and to share mine.  My

Blog centers around my daily life, thoughts, being a momma, wife, things that

interest me, what I'm passionate about and basically just where my heart thoughts

lead me.
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Mom 2 Memphis And Ruby

Bonjour! My name is Lena and I blog over at Mom2MemphisAndRuby! I'm a working mom of two crazy kids and they keep me very busy! We live in a very small farming community in Quebec, about an hour or so from the nation's capital and we really love it... even though we sort of stick out as being pretty "different" around here.... See, we have tattoos & piercings, and rather blog (or in my husband's case, play in a band) instead of play hockey! Not that there's anything wrong with hockey... we're just not overly sporty! Haha! Blogging has been a wonderful outlet for me, and a good excuse for "me" time! Some days I blog about my life or my kids... or maybe I'll do a fashion post, participate (or host) a linky party or surprise my readers with a fun giveaway! I'm super excited to be an official sponsor here at Sneakers Over Stilettos because, let's face it, Amber totally rocks! Don't be shy! I hope you'll stop by Mom2MemphisAndRuby someday and we can get to know each other better! Bloggy buddies are pretty awesome!


A Lil Dash Of Diva

I'm just me, with A Lil' Dash of Diva trying to stay true to myself.

I love all things fashion, beauty, sparkly and pink! I write about gardening, parenting, beauty products & tips, caregiving, weight loss and everything in between. I'm a stay-at-home mom with a passion for boudoir photography. My family and I live in The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, AZ). I'm a yoga-doing, picture-taking, makeup-loving, sparkles&glitter-wearing, wine-drinking, rapidly shrinking mama to a 7 year old daughter and a 2 year old Boxer (dog) and wife to my husband of 8 years.


Bella Blossoms

Hello, I am Crystal, I'm the designer behind Bella Blossoms. I started Bella Blossoms after my daughter was born. I thought that one day her and I could make them together. Just something special and girly that her and I could do. When I started thinking about selling them it was actually a way to fundraise for a family that was in need. Then friends and local business started to ask about them and were interested in buying them. So I started Bella Blossoms. Part of all the proceeds get donated. So its a way to help others and love what I am doing.

Mommy... A Work In Progress
Hello! My name is Ashley and I blog over at Mommy... AWork In Progress. I married my high school sweetheart and almost
five years, later we have two little ones. On my blog you will find
the serious, the silly, and everything in between. I even "attempt" to
be crafty and share some of my favorite recipes too. Stop in and say
hi. I love meeting new bloggers!


Craft Botics
Hi, my name is Rosie and I will be blogging over at Craftbotic (Craft botics) from March 1st. I started blogging back in September to keep track of my challenge to have a homemade Christmas (12 crafts of Christmas) and loved blogging so much I wanted to continue all year around. Craftbotic will be a crafty, creative, friendly place to hang out, with guest posts andregular themed parties. I'm a complete beginner, so I will be testing out existing tutorials, giving other bloggers the low down on all of the potential accidents someone with little common sense can make when trying stuff for the first time! If you would like to come and follow along, ready for the big launch on March 1st, I would love to meet you. I'm still looking for guest bloggers for my launch party, so if you would like to join in, email me (my details are on the contact page!). It's all terribly exciting!

Mirci Bowtique

Hey There! I'm Tristy and I blog over at Mirci Bowtique. I currently make bow clips and tutu's and have so much fun envisioning how they would look on the little girls I make them for. I know I would love them if I had a daughter of my own. I'm trying new things all the time and can't wait to make all sorts of fun things. Hopefully, sometime in the future I'll have amazing things for my adorable little boy!



The New Modern Momma
Candice aka The New Modern Momma, a 32 year old stay-at-home-mom to my daughter, Gabriella (15 months),  a few pets, and wife to T. My favorite activites are cooking and baking. I also enjoy crafting, gardening, photography. Join me on my new journey as a modern momma!



Stylist Leah Of Stella and Dot
Leah is one of the stylists behind Stella and Dot. She loves fashion and styling women in gorgeus jewelry. She really takes the time to get to know your personal style, recommending pieces that she thinks you would like, making looking for that perfect piece easy and special enough to know that she really gets the look that you are trying to convey. You can order online with Leah, or if you live locally, you can book a trunk show with her. If you can, you should!

My Little Guy And I

Last week my little guy and I went on a Mama and son date. It had been awhile since we spend some real one on one time together. We had a blast being goofy. I know one day will come when I can no longer be Ethan's best friend and will have to actually be his Mama, but at least for one extra day I got to run really fast, tell jokes, and act like a complete goof with my little guy.

We didn't do anything super exciting we went for a walk to a thrift shop looking for DIY materials. Didn't find any :( So we continued our walk, went to look at some camera things, taking our time, to take a few photos along the way.

One of the things I love about Ethan is that with him I feel truly free. He never judges, and I feel so comfortable acting like a four year old right there with him. I can laugh hysterically when he calls something goose pants, neither one of us know what it really is, but we just laugh because well to us its funny! I am pretty quiet person, but I am super sociable at the same time. I have always felt more insync though when there are kids around. I love how kids look at the world. How a giant puddle is actually seen as a river!

Its fun having my own childhood memories for an hour or so be relived in Ethan. Running so fast that you think your legs might fall off. Or getting excited about having some pie before dinner { this a special treat that Ethan I have been doing since, well pretty much since he started solid foods} We like to pretend Daddy doesn't know, but both know that he does.

This past year Ethan really has become his own person. He is finding what some of his interests are. One of them, and maybe this is because of blogging is doing little style outfit posts and he loves photography as much as I do. I am excited for this next chapter with Ethan as he grows into having more and more things he and I can share together.

A is for Awesome Mama! 

One day I know I will have to let him go. I registered him for kindergarten this week. While I still am not sure how I feel about not spending all day everyday with Ethan, I can't wait to see how he and I grow into this next stage of life.

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