I’ve been daydreaming about this project for quite some time now and finally, finally did it.  I LOVE labels and I love seeing everything organized and in its place. I’ve loved labels for a long time. Many years ago, I purchased a label maker and went seriously crazy labeling everything- nothing in the office was safe! It was soooo much fun, for me. Greg on the other hand, wasn’t quite so enthused. That may have had something to do with the label that I printed out and affixed to him, but that’s another story for another day.

Today’s story is one of total pantry domination. No matter how hard I try,  I can never keep it organized. We use a lot of  spices, flours and loose cooking ingredients that all come in different packaging, none of which seals or closes well and no two packages are the same size.

I’m not going to name any names, but three of the four members of this household appear to lack the basic life skills of resealing a bag, properly placing a clip on one or even at times, simply closing a jar. With the proper treats and training schedule, I’m certain Joey and Zelda could outperform them on a variety of simply pantry tasks, with paws alone.

Yesterday was the day. It was a rainy afternoon, which I love and the boys were dispersed, one working, two playing. Time to get organized.

This project turned out to be much easier than I expected. The part that took the longest was deciding what to type on the labels and choosing the right font, which is really important- you’ll be looking at these every day for years and you don’t want to wake up one day wondering how you ever thought Papyrus was such a cool font. The rest was relatively easy.

For some jars, besides putting the ingredient’s name on the labels and a cute description underneath, I also added my favorite recipe for that ingredient on the back. Little jars were used for spices and spice mixes, that have all the goodies for a particular dish already mixed like “Chorizo”,  “Picadillo”,  “Berbere”  “My Favorite Yellow Curry Blend” all of which we like to mix from scratch.

Before I show you how, let it be known that I chose these jars very purposefully. They can be opened and closed with the motor skills of a two year old. I’m not going to take any excuses boys …

Here are the steps (Links provided at the bottom):

Instructions on how to make labels for glass jars using magic coating water slide paper.

Water Slide Decal and Magic Coating Paper purchased at Robin’s Eggcetera
Glass Jars purchased from Hobby Lobby

Happy Labeling!

  • Genevieve - Coming from a person always striving for organization….this is a thing of BEAUTY!!! It makes me want to cook and I am a terrible cook. Wait…Wait…can you hear it? My pantry is calling your name. Deia! Deia! Come to Gen’s house to label!

  • Andrea - Gen, I see label making in our near future 🙂

We live in a great neighborhood in Carlsbad; there are lots of nice kids for the boys to play with and really good neighbors, one of which is Stacy. She’s almost a next door neighbor, her house is across the street from us and when we first moved here we noticed the Arizona license plates in one of their cars,  inevitably we started talking about AZ and kids and house stuff. Stacy is a super sweet person that happens to be married to another Greg, too funny.  A few months ago I had the pleasure to photograph their baby daughter Bryn when she was just 6 days old.

We are always bumping into each other and during one of our conversations Stacy mentioned that she works with a non profit charity called  The Parent Quest here in Carlsbad.  They help parents improve their parenting skills through parent to parent mentoring, by pairing them up according to their experiences and needs.

In the past years we’ve supported many charity organizations in Arizona such as Positive Impact, Desert Cancer Foundation, Packages from Home, Gabriel’s Angels and many more. We  like to help causes that mean something to us, usually family and kid oriented,  supporting soldiers and their families and animals (both Joey and Zelda were rescue pups).

So when Stacy approached me about donating to the the Parent Quest’s  auction, it was a pretty easy decision. It’s a really neat organization that’s right up our alley. If you get a chance, check them out and maybe even donate a bit if you can.

We donated a photography session and a 20×30 Artisan Fine Art  wall portrait.  The winning bid belonged to Trish and her husband William from San Diego.

It was so nice to spend time with Trish, William and their lovely baby, Liam.  Would you look at those cute cheeks! It turns out that this was their first official family photo too. Here are a couple of our favorite images.

Family photo at a San Diego Park

Family photo at a San Diego Park

Family photo at a San Diego Park

Baby with stuffed animals on top of his bed

Mother and baby smiling

Father looking at baby holding him up

Father kissing baby

What a great time in life: high school graduation, bittersweet for the parents and full of promises for graduates. I can not even fathom my boys graduating high school, leaving the house in search of their dreams. In Brasil, most kids live at home until they get married!  Two years ago I photographed Hunter’s brother, Bo, and we took a few shots of the two brothers together, it’s crazy the difference that a couple of years makes. I am always surprised by how much they grow physically and as individuals. Hunter graduates high school this year and unlike most of his classmates, he already knows exactly what he wants! Good luck in your adventures Hunter!

High school senior boy photo in front of train

High school senior boy photo in front of train

High school senior boy photo close upHunter with his brother Bo and mom Chris

High school senior boy photo with family

High school senior boy photo full body

High school senior boy photo on train tracks

High school senior boy photo with girlfriend

High school senior boy photo with girlfriend

Two years ago: Bo’s High School Senior Photos

High school senior boy photo with his brother

Carlissa and Matt were married at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain on a gorgeous, Arizona day. Our lovely bride and her groom had a super sweet private moment before we took them away for some pictures of just the two of them. The ballroom was splendid, with up-lighting, beautiful flower arrangements, crystals and chandeliers hanging over the dance floor. Matt & Carlissa were the perfect hosts, this was definitely a once in a lifetime type party!

The wonderful vendors that worked so hard to make this event memorable and fun!

Wedding Designer – Suzanne Taussig Wedding & Event Design
Flowers – Wild Child Floral
DJ  – Citron Sound (DJ Jimmy)
Linens – Southwick Linens
Classic Party Rentals
Hair – Jennifer Andre Salon
Wedding Videographer – Ludwig Video
Cake –  Classic Cakes & Confections

Sanctuary Sign

bride and groom on wedding day at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain resort holding beautiful flower bouquet

Bride getting her make up done
Bride shoes, purse and flower pins. Something old Something new

Bride getting ready at private residence at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain ResortBride portrait in black and white at The Sanctuary Mountain

Bridal Bouquet with white hydrangeas and light pink roses made by Wild Child Floral Designs

Bridesmaids and Bride in the executive suite at the Sanctuary

Bride putting on her garter during the getting ready photos

Bride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary MountainBride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain

Bride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain

Bride and Groom ring shot
Bride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain on a red wall backgroundBride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain on a red wall background

Bride bouquet on the grass made with hydrangeas pink and chanpagne roses

Bride & Groom at The Sanctuary Mountain holding cute signs

Groom walking down the aisleBride and her father walking down the aisle

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Ceremony site with views

beautiful Wild Child Floral Design flower arrangement for the ceremony site

Bride and Groom holding hands during the ceremony with beautiful Arizona mountains in the background

Bride and groom just pronounced husband and wifeSanctuary wedding

Bride and groom walking out of ceremony sitebride and groom showered with petals
table set up at the Sanctuary
bride and groom romantic photo

Bride and Groom with praying Monk mountain in the background

bride and groom portrait

Bride and groom having fun

Bride and Groom on a walkBride and Groom on a walk kissing

Bride and Groom posing powerful
Seating chart table and flower arrangement

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens

Bride and Groom classic portrait

Bride and Groom dance moves

Bride and groom kissing
Bride and Groom holding hands
bride and groom on blue wall
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
place setting
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Dance floor with hanging chandeliers

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