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Happy Snaps – Masonry + Nature = Love

2 Oct

If you are one of the 22 followers who read this blog (but who’s counting?) then you know I am mildly obsessed with our new “hometown” of Montclair.

I document this obsession via Instagram (@aznaz) because I am certain to forget all of its loveliness one day when the Honeymoon is over. I hope not but I’m a realist like that.

I dedicate this week’s Happy Snaps post to some of my favorite photos about town that demonstrate the combination of masonry and nature I love so much:

 

Happy Snaps – IGer, like, To the Max

24 Sep

I will admit I was an Instasnob. “What’s the BD?” I would think…hoping BD (BigDeal) would catch on like WTF or FTW. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t. YET.

Anyway I didn’t get the hype. Instagram? More like Poor Man’s Hipstamatic! (Hold up, do you know that I actually had to walk over to my iPhone and find Hipstamatic to remember the name of the app? That’s how irrelevant it is a mere year after I used it last. One year human life is likened to 6 years in iPhone life.)

Then, the worst thing that could ever happen to a Mother happened. Well, second worst. My DSLR stopped functioning at full capacity. This came at a time that we were in the midst of a move AND my original MacBook Pro gave out. I felt like I was being punished by the universe.

I had to embrace another way to photograph every moment of my children’s lives or I would lose the Mamarazzi title I worked so hard to get. I needed to post copious fragments of our lives on FB or else it never happened because my kids are too young to remember and I am too old not to forget. YEARS OF CHILDHOOD HISTORY COMPLETELY LOST if not for my savior, The Instagram.

Also I like to take photos of food I make. Not because my food looks good or is healthy or because I post recipes anywhere worthwhile. Just because it is MY food and therefore of interest to ME. There, I said it. Instagram has made me a selfish sharer….sharing only things I myself am interested in. But then…I have found others like me and their things interest me, too. So there’s this sharing of selfs going on and unlike FB it is an actual peek into someone’s life. A glimpse at their dinner or their children’s feet in the sand and there is something human and comforting in that.

I don’t have a huge following and I don’t use hashtags to my benefit but I enjoy my little slice of humanness — find me @aznaz or check out some of my food photos below:

Welcome Home – now get to work!

13 Aug
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Sun coming through our windows to signal a new day

We’ve been “on the run” like a band of gypsies since May. And by “on the run” I mean living with family then running away from family then camping in our newly rented duplex in Montclair then returning to Atlanta to move then arriving back to our duplex with more boxes than space then totally neglecting the box unpacking to write this blog post.

Our transition from Atlanta to Montclair has taken longer than preferred but our decision to live here (versus Upper West or Brooklyn or Port Washington or…) was a quick and easy one. The moment our wheels rolled onto Bloomfield, we looked at each other with goofy grinned faces and breathlessly exhaled “this is it!” This.Is.It. Montclair is a dreamland for me – and while it could be because I am still in the honeymoon stages of living in a new quaint village-y town – I feel at home already. Our neighborhood is peppered with antique stores, bakeries (nomz), the Farmers Market, toy stores and boutiques and family-owned businesses we love to support. In nice weather we mostly walk to run our errands and otherwise nothing is further than a 4 minute drive.

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Montclair Fave – Cuban Pete’s

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Walnut Street with Adi

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Toy Store Storefront Nearby

I’ve taken the boys on a few adventures and we look forward to being settled in and really exploring our new town. I’ll be sure to check in with photographic evidence of our future bakery & antiquing exploits.

Days Leading up to the Chocolate Bunny Hunt

6 Apr

A friend staying in our Guest House Caboose noticed my overcrowded pastel display and said, “Oh I didn’t realize you guys celebrated Easter.” I could have taken “you guys” = heathens or “you guys” = your family so I chose the latter. Our mini-men will not be deprived an Eastery youth, like I often felt until Mom started leaving Cadbury Creme Eggs on my nightstand.

Today’s nod to Easter was the coloring of eggs, toddler style (adorning eggs with stickers then dropping them into a colorful solution before nap-time):

Happy Snaps – Sprouting Up

9 Mar

It’s rainy & overcast but bright…the kind of sky that makes you squinty but not smiley.

The sunshine is like overhead fluorescent lighting casting its unnatural glow on an otherwise dismal day.

During the last of today’s showers I hopped outside with my iPhone and snapped some pics.

I needed to remind myself that the gloomy days bring the rain that bring the life into this world.

Side note: I announced that today would be pajama party day and my 4yo said, “yay, a pajama party with my pajama mama!” which obvs I loved.

He is clever, that one. He must take after his mum.

Happy Snaps – Valentine’s Day Cookie-Cards

26 Feb

making valentine's day cookies

valentine cookies (instead of cards)

Alternative title: random iphone pics – valentine’s edition

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