The Crazy Bananas Creative Studio Newsletter!


Hey friends, I have fun news! Today I launched the first official Crazy Bananas Creative Studio Newsletter! This newsletter is another way for me to communicate and share with clients and friends of Crazy Bananas. I know many readers don’t have the time to check a daily blog, and I wanted to offer another way to check in and also get some rad, exclusive discounts from the studio and its partners. If you’re interested in joining in, please go here and fill out the subscribe form. I’d love to have you!

Elsewhere : Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I have an exciting announcement to share! I am now a contributing blogger for {Hive-Workshops}! {Hive} is based in Kansas City and offers small business classes for creative professionals. I am so thrilled to be a part of the {Hive} team and to be able to share and learn from their network of incredible teachers.


My first post is up on the {Hive} blog, and it’s all about that dirty, little beast, comparison. I’ve fallen victim to the comparison bug so many times, and I think it’s inevitable that all creatives have to deal with it at one time or another.

I suppose comparison is inevitable in the world of artists. While we all strive to be original, to become more skilled at our craft, we often look to other professionals we admire. Slowly, and sometimes unbeknownst to us, our heroes techniques and aesthetics can start to slip into our own. If we aren’t careful, we can lose ourselves. Comparison robs us of the ability to enjoy our lives and our work!

Read more over on the {Hive} blog!

The Weekly Glimpse : February 5, 2015

I Love You Cookie

It’s been one of those weeks, you guys. My kids have been off school a few days recently, and I’m still figuring out how to schedule my new business and work with my life. Last week it was 70 degrees and sunny…

Tate Hike 3

But this week it’s been freezing and snowy. I think it’s giving us all whiplash.

Tate Snow

This past weekend I had a bought of what I can only call depression. I felt like getting out of my PJs was an insurmountable task, and I was on the brink of tears all day long. The weather doesn’t usually affect me like that, but I think the back and forth is harder than the long winters I’m used to. Today the snow is melting and the sun is out, and I’m feeling much better.

Tate Nap Lulu Guitar

Tate Foos 2

I spent most of January starting up my business and handling the back end of things, but February is for learning. And loving, of course. I’m immersing myself in new photography techniques, classes and tutorials, along with writing, writing, writing…and writing some more. My days are hectic and wild, but I’m still feeling as full of joy as I was a month ago, so I must be doing something right.

Cars in the Kitchen

Tate Naps

I hope we all have a restful weekend to recharge and fill up our tanks! Next week I have some fun news to share, and it will be nuts again. But a little good-crazy is what makes my heart go pitter patter!

New Year’s Newborn Special!

newborn new years special

Happy New Year, friends! I’m so pumped about the new year, new stuff, new job, new life, and on and on and on. To celebrate, I figured what’s better than a new baby for the new year? I’m offering $50 off any newborn lifestyle photoshoot booked in January. The shoot must take place before September 1, 2015. If you’re interested or just want some more information, please contact me at

Thanks for all the love and support! Let’s do this, 2015!

Merry, Bright


Oh hey there! It’s just me, lounging in front of my Christmas tree, taking selfies in my new sweater that I’ve literally worn, like five out of the last seven days. In my defense, I am officially a real, live blogger now and it’s a super cute sweater, so I couldn’t really help myself. I think it’s in the blogger code that you MUST take selfies in front of twinkle lights in cute new sweaters or they will expel you from the union.

In other news, you’re probably wondering why I’m just now saying I’m a real, live blogger since I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. Well, long story short, this is my job now. My entire job, not my part time job or my fun side project…it’s the real deal! Earlier this week Crazybananas, LLC became an actual company with a tax ID and everything! On January 1st, 2015, this blog, my photography and my freelance writing will be my profession. Try explaining that one! Seriously, try. And if you figure out how to do it without sounding like a derpy dope, let me know. So far most of my conversations have gone like this:

Me: I created a company this week! Ahhhh! I’m so excited/terrified!

Kind, Inquiring Person: Oh, cool! So what is this company? What do you do?

Me: Um, well, a lot of things actually. I’m a writer, I freelance write and I also photograph people sometimes and I design stuff. Oh and consulting! Companies come to me to learn about how to work with bloggers. And stuff. It’s pretty varied actually…

Kind, Inquring Person: *blink blink blink*

I feel like something extremely big and important is happening in my professional like, one of those “two paths diverged in a wood” moments, but I’m realizing you never understand those moments until you’re looking back on them. While you’re actually living them, all you can do is keep swimming and try to keep your head above water. So for now, I’m going to do my best to put one foot in front of the other, breathe, and do the best I can.

Thank you so much, so, so much, for all of the love, support, comments, shares and insights. I know I wouldn’t have kept blogging without readers to connect with, so you are the ones I’m grateful for today.

Of course, I’m also extremely thankful for my family who has supported me as I worked my way through this decision. It hasn’t been easy, but here we are, and I know they are behind me. Our life is far from perfect, but I really believe as long as we keep trying, it will keep getting better. So for the rest of December, I’m signing off. There are two little people who need me to take them ice skating, a giant puppy who needs to hop through the snow like a bunny, and a husband to snuggle up to. Leading up to this big change, I’ve been working on overload, and they’ve born the brunt of my crazy. I know that doing this thing will require a whole new type of work ethic, and while I’m excited and ready, I want to make sure I start with my family’s tank full to the brim. I also need my tank to be filled, and part of the reason I’ve worked toward this change for so long, is because I believe it’s the best way to do this. The family/work balance will forever be a tightrope walk for me, but I think this is one step closer to getting my feet firmly planted.

Can't. Stop. Baking. This is getting ridiculous. BUT! If you're like me and you're bad at housewifery-type stuff like baking, and you find a technique that works, you go bananas! ???? Plus, Tate was begging for trains/cars/planes for his bday party on

I hope you all have an amazing holiday! I challenge you to list out 10 things you are grateful for every night before you drift off to sleep. This simple practice has changed my life in every possible way. I have found when I’m looking for the good things in my life, no matter how small, the bad things have less oomph. They just don’t pack the punch they used to. So for today, I’m thankful for:

1. Tate’s successful birthday party
2. Little boys in superhero costumes in a pink, princess castle, bounce house (see #1)
3. Lucy getting through her first semester of third grade with no big problems or issues
4. Teachers who love and care for my kids
5. Other parents who love and care for my kids
6. The ability to help out others when they need it
7. My friend Mara who is currently loaning me the latest season of Doctor Who, which I’m watching while writing this (multi-tasking!)
8. The big, dumb dog snoozing at my feet
9. My husband’s distinguished, ginger beard
10. My fully completed holiday shopping, and the fact that I don’t have to go to the Mall until December 26th (thank freaking god!)

See you in a few weeks, friends! It’s gonna be a fun ride!

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