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5 Oct

Family Sized Blender: The First Day

Strap in for another chapter in Jason’s ongoing story. Once a tech obsessed writer/photographer/speaker, he thought he had it all under control – until his family grew six sizes. Now he’s trying to fuse everyone together into a single family. This is Family Sized Blender. (Psst… Jason also blogs about making better memories with your point-and-shoot camera. Check out Frame One on Facebook.)

There is a lot of projectile vomit.

Figures that I’ve just made the bed spent the half hour wrestling with the duvet cover. Our seven-month-old has no problem announcing that I’ve fed her a lot too much.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. This isn’t your typical “we have a new baby and diapers are weird story.” I’m no stranger to barfing small fries. Our newish-born is our sixth (and final) small fry.

4 Oct

An App A Day (Keeps Mommy Happy And Well-Organized)

Nancy’s been checking out apps, you guys. Read on for her take on a few awesome ones. (As it happens, I have the first two of these, and love them, like, a lot.)

Scheduling Nightmare Buster!

I have a very busy life like all my friends do trying to keep all the balls in the air. Between kids, work, finances, taking care of my Mom, just trying to keep everything straight can be a real challenge. Who’s got soccer practice or drum lessons tonight and what time was the dog suppose to go to the vet?  

22 Sep

Family Sized Blender: The Beginning

Strap in for Jason’s ongoing story. Once a tech obsessed writer/photographer/speaker, he thought he had it all under control – until his family grew six sizes. Now he’s trying to fuse everyone together into a single family. This is Family Sized Blender.

How in the hell are we supposed to do all this?

We’ve got six kids, three moms, two houses and a logistics problem that even a good air traffic control would have a tough time figuring it out.

The challenge over the next few months, blend together one family out of what looks like chaos – on paper at least. In the process, we’ll consolidate those two homes into one in time for school, then move again when our new space is ready at the end of November. All that while navigating the challenges of ex-wives, former boyfriends and the rigmarole that comes when trying to raise smart, charming well adjusted children (good luck!).

16 Sep

You’ve Got The Look

Last Saturday night, I went to the Project Runway party at Fashion Week in New York. It was one of those events that seem designed to make you feel uncool, at least if you’re older than 25 and not wearing six inch heels designed to look like cloven hooves. I don’t mean that in a bad way – I’m long past the age where feeling uncool got in the way of having a good time – just in a ‘that’s the way it is but whatever, pass the Make It Work Martini’ kind of way.

Me and Barbara Jones. Blurry because the photographer had had one too many Make It Work Martinis.

10 Sep

Let’s Get Vertical

Posted by Jason.

People are vertical. Tall buildings are vertical. Vases full of flowers are vertical.

And yet, 90% of your photos are horizontal. Sure, I just made that statistic up, but if you’re anything like every other person with a point-and-shoot camera, you’re taught that horizontal is just about the only way to take a picture.

If you’re only shooting horizontally, you’re missing half the great photos you should be taking. Shooting vertically gives you a whole different perspective on things. It forces you to think creatively by not putting every single part that landscape in the shot. It challenges you to crop faces when taking a picture of a person. All you need to do is turn your camera and watch the magic unfold.