sunhsine, shrimp, royal lenses & a new e-course giveaway

last night as i was preparing to serve dinner ( which i made the night before while cooking the “night before’s dinner- it was a culinary feat for me) ( oh. edie’s cheese tortellini soup which does indeed taste fabulous the next day) the sun actually came out. as in it was sunny enough to cast shadows & the brightness was like a slap in the face.

it’s been rainy & soupy every single day since i returned from guatemala. and. since it rained the last day we were there, i haven’t seen the sun in 9 days. true story.

after dinner i took caroline to cheer practice. since a few moms have been a distraction ( don’t worry. they’re not like Dance Moms) at practice, the rest of us have been politely dismissed from watching practice temporarily. i explained to caroline, it’s like when a couple kids on the team are late & the entire team has to run laps for punishment, well yeah. that’s what’s going down here.

i sat out in the car & without the interruption of the internet was able to pump out some work on the images i took while we traveled. all joking aside, it’s been a treat to have the cloudy rainy weather. it’s help me hunker down at home and do the nesting i talked about the other day and try to work through the 1121 images from the guatemala trip alone. i need to wrap it up by friday because this weekend begins a mighty full fall photo session season.

speaking of photosessions, i just rented a fabulous lens to play with for a couple weeks. i explained to dan there’s like two royal lenses in the lens family ( this is in my dreamland. this is not an all inclusive professional lens survey) . the william-which would be ( in my humble opinion) the 70-200 2.8 and then there’s the kate. kate is the 85 1.2. she’s headed my way and i can hardly stand it. as for baby prince george, maybe the 24-70? or the 50?

so speaking of photos, i have a load of work ahead of me. i have not even finished going through our vacation photos. ya’ll i’m a detail organized person who likes to live- life- in- the- order- in -which- it -was- received kinda girl. i’m trying not to use words like overwhelmed and think words instead like blessed but busy.

so i’m working through images & still processing the life changer that was last week and my newly kindled passion to share Noonday collection with everyone!Β  it’ll take me a while.

i have however tried out two new yummy simple recipes compliments of my rockstar buddy and fellow noonday ambassador corrie.

take you corn on the cob & cut all the corn into a skillet. milk the cob by running your knife up & down theΒ  cob. add some salt & pepper and dice up some fresh basil, a tad of butter and cook on medium, stirring regularly until done. made it the other night & my family wondered why has it been until 2013 that i rocked some corn.

shrimp. buy frozen uncooked shrimp ( 1-2 bags of large depending on the size of your family and if everyone likes shrimp). thaw in cold water . marinate it in a little italian dressing. place into 9×11 baking dish, add a couple pats of butter, s&P , bake at 350 or until shrimp turns pink. don’t overcook. maybe 10-12 minutes. serve over rice and prepare yourself for the love that’s heading your way.

finally. i’m tickled to share with you that jeanne has created an e-course for the holiday seaon that’s going to be a winner, with an awesome line up. Creatively Made Home { home for the holidays}Β  the early registration is $48 and will go up to the regular price of $58 on 8.26

but lucky for you, my friend & contributor to the course, Cathy Penton, has offered to give one of you a seat on the course! just leave a comment with your email address.

i love cathy’s decorating style! & i know you will too.Β  cathy is one of the contributors & i’m so tickled to see what she has to share. her style is clean, fresh & so creative…and she loves white as much as i do! head over to her site where she will explain all the scoop! i think this course is going to be delightful. you may already recognize some of the homes featured!you may also still join the fashion ecourse i wrote earlier this summer. purchasing your “seat” on the course will allow you to view the course at your leisure for up to six months. $10 and hopefully full of priceless tips on effortless classic style!

ps. here’s my buddy corrie & her adorable girls, sosi & conley. eat ’em up!

August 21, 2013 - 8:09 am

Darian - Would love the ecourse!

August 21, 2013 - 8:22 am

Cheryl - Paige,
My 85 1.2 almost never leaves my camera!!! I actually have to force myself to use other lenses or I will forget how to “see” from the other perspectives!! I hope you just love it!!

August 21, 2013 - 8:39 am

Jennifer - As soon as “bedrest” is over…I’m making that soup! Yum!
And quit trying to hide the fact your a “dance/cheer mom”. Just kidding! You explained that so well to Caroline!

August 21, 2013 - 9:36 am

becky - oh wow! i would love to win that ecourse! πŸ™‚

August 21, 2013 - 9:37 am

Casey - Eeeee! Would love the e-course! So fun!

August 21, 2013 - 9:43 am

Kelli Fox - Looks like you had a wonderful trip – I seriously AM going to make Edie’s soup! I have been seeing it and have to try it! and sorry about the whole cheer thing… sometimes all you can do is shake your head lol

August 21, 2013 - 9:53 am

Jenn - Oh I love that decorating style!!! The photos are gorgeous!!! Maybe just the “boost” I need to get me out of this “funk” I’ve been in πŸ™‚

August 21, 2013 - 9:58 am

D'Nese - Each looks so yummy. I’m going to try every single one. DELICIOUS. I adore the rain. We hardly ever get it in San Diego. I’m jealous.
I’d enjoy the ecourse. Heck, I’m playing Christmas carols now each time I clean my home. This course would just top it off perfectly.
Can’t wait to see your shared sessions. Enjoy the new lens.

August 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

Shellie - Paige,
Just an FYI, I found cheese tortellini at ALDI for $1.99, Publix sells them for $3.50. Just amazed at the savings. Never thought I’d shop there and have to admit I was a little snooty when the store first opened in our town. I LOVE it, and our family saves a lot of money by purchasing what we can at ALDI and buying the rest at Publix. πŸ™‚
Love checking in on your blog daily, you are a sweetheart!

August 21, 2013 - 10:58 am

Laura - I’d love to win the e-course!

August 21, 2013 - 11:14 am

nanci - would bee so awesome love ya paige

August 21, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Katie - Would love to win the course! Always enjoy reading your wonderful words!

August 21, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Kellie - My mom made corn that way at the beach a couple of years ago and now that is the ONLY way we eat it…it is YUM…. and I am not a soup person, but that soup does look tasty!

Confession: I am one of those ‘bought all of the camera equipment before I really knew how to use it’ people and I don’t know how you would choose between those 4! Although I totally would drive to the ATL and let you try mine out in exchange for some editing tips. For some reason whenever I open LR or PSE πŸ˜‰

I am a cheer mom. Some cheer moms are kinda ridiculous. I saw a couple at our gym laugh at a girl who was struggling with her tumbling pass. I was horrified. I mean, I’d like to see them throw themselves through the air with no hands!

August 21, 2013 - 2:02 pm

linda - oooh the shrimp sounds wonderful and so easy!! What kind of italian dressing did you use and how long did you marinate the shrimp? Thanks, Paige!

August 21, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Cheryl B - I’d be thrilled to win a seat on this e-course! This is my kind of style and I’m feeling kind of stale in my decorating lately so this may be just the inspiration I’m needing!

August 21, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Sarah L. - I’d love to win the e-course. I’ve never done one of those, it would be a real treat!

August 21, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Robin at Recess - Would love the e-course. Love, love decorating for the holidays!!

August 21, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Caroline - Would love love love the e-course. I could really use the help!!!

August 21, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Veronica - I would love to have a “seat” in this e-course, I loved your “Lets Play Dress Up” I have used a lot of your ideas and suggestions.

August 21, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Kris Pare - Oh gosh, my little one (she is 5 and 3/4 as she tells everyone) is starting dance after Labor day. Shivers and sigh, I will be the oldest I’m sure as I am an older single Mom too. Little one is psyched though πŸ™‚ Excited about that course. With all the rain here in the South Carolina–wondering how wet football season will be! Can we make college sweatshirts look cute?!

August 21, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Judy - i would love to win the e-course. i took yours and melaine’s and loved them both!

August 21, 2013 - 3:28 pm

jennifer - I would love to win the ecourse. Thanks for the chance!

August 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Joy G - Great way to explain to Caroline! In a way, I’d love to have a girl (other than me) running through the house, but is so many other ways, I’m enjoying the boy that is mine. The soup looks delicious-I make Edie’s tomato soup for the men in the house. Can’t wait to see the pictures you post from your sessions this fall!

August 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Lynne - Thanks for the sunshine and shrimp, Paige!

I have already registered, but would love to win a seat for my daughter!


August 21, 2013 - 3:40 pm

jodi - What an awesome giveaway. I love Jeanne’s courses; I would love, love this. πŸ™‚

Thank you for sharing some yummy food, I have gotten several yummy recipes from you.

Also….the lenses….OMG…how cool!!! I am going to check out the website. My dear hunny bought me a mirrorless DSLR and I am on the hunt for a new telephoto lens.

Take care!

August 21, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Gena - Would LOVE to win the e-course! Absolutely LOVE your blog!!!!

August 21, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Dina - it is raining at my house right now! Loving it and love to read your blog and would love to win! πŸ™‚

August 21, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Nancy - I just love love love your blog. I can’t seem to get your blog delivered to my email (it says I must have feedburner) and I have tried to add it to my Feedly account, but it won’t work. Do you have another way I can get your updates? Thanks so much! Nancy

August 22, 2013 - 9:28 am

Shauna Wyrick - I would love to take part in the ecourse!

August 22, 2013 - 1:50 pm

robinanne - I have loved the other ecourses I’ve taken. Would love to win this one. I have some huge tomatoes on my counter that need using…soup would be great but it’s pretty hot still in Texas!!

August 22, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Alecia - Oh man…Your William would have been so PERFECT on my safari in Kenya this summer…gotta start saving! How fun you’re getting a Kate…I can’t imagine the images you’ll get with that…you already take such wonderful pics!

August 22, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Kelly - I would love a seat on the e-course! Cant wait to try the corn that way!

August 22, 2013 - 11:21 pm

Tammy Krohn - I just saw this course while I was looking at another e course I’m signed up for.

Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday! I would love to see what these creative ladies have up their sleeves.

August 23, 2013 - 10:53 am

carrie - ohhh! pick me, pick, me! πŸ˜‰ i would LOVE to be able to learn from this e-course. christmas is my very FAVE!

p.s. i’m going to make that corn tonight. thanks~

August 23, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Stacey Meredith - I’d love a little creative boost for the holidays! πŸ™‚

August 24, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Julie - Oh! I would love to win! I’ve been wanting to sign up but not in my budget right now:( thanks for the chance!

Ps I loved your fashion e-course! It was fun and pumped me up:)

August 24, 2013 - 8:10 pm

oneshabbychick - This ecourse sounds like my kinda thing! Sign me up to win! : )

August 24, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Deborah - Hi Paige,
I’m looking forward to hearing about your trip. So inspired. You know I’ve been wanting to do a mission trip to Ethiopia and hopefully will make that happen before too much more time goes by. Loving your Fashion course by the way. Thanks for the opportunity to win a place in the new Creatively Made Home (Christmas).