Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Entering February...

 Happy (almost) February dear ones!

I had a tentative goal of getting a YouTube video/vlog up once a month, but I imagined that I'd also be blogging in between those projects a little bit more.  Alas, life. Today, I wanted to chat with you about romance, keeping it going and doing our part as women.  Relationships are two part circumstances, and we can only be held responsible for the part we play in them.  I searched out a few ideas in the bible since that's my source and I hope that it inspires you even if it's not always in line with the popular feminist view overall.  (I've never claimed to be that, I simply take the bible for truth and go from there.)

I had a lovely opportunity to go away with my husband for a work trip recently.  While there, (and before I was slammed with food poisoning for an entire day) I recorded my thoughts on this subject.  (I want to tell you this as a side note.  I'm not a professional YouTuber, I only do one take and I'm very firm on that, no matter how many errors or things I wish I'd said better.  I strive to be as authentic as possible here and I suppose that means you get what you get when it comes to our video chats.  I have to be honest, I love em.  They are stupid easy for this stage of life so y'all may want to subscribe via YouTube.)  (I've got a talented friend who's promised to help me with music and graphics and polishing them up a bit in the future but they will still be a one take, authentic me deal.)

You can watch my video below, or by clicking here. 

Getting kids into the act of celebrating... I found a few fun things for the upcoming holiday of love, and wanted to share them with you.  Doesn't Pinterest seem to have it all?  (Don't be fooled into thinking that's truth... but you can certainly find some great ideas and these tags are free!) You can find the free printable for these tags here.

 I also found this fun trail mix (grahams, marshmallows and pretty candies) (no recipe needed) and plan to make festive lunches for my people on V-day!
 I saw this idea and though my version isn't nearly as cute as this one I saw on Pinterest, I used what I had on hand and it will make for a sweet (get it?) breakfast on Valentine's morning.

In addition, we always do what we call a backwards dinner that evening as a family, featuring dessert FIRST!  It has been a huge hit every single time.

What do you and your family do to celebrate? 
 As I close, I wanted to share this with you all, since most of you have been here from the start.  I'm listing my entire camera, bag and equipment for sale, but I wanted to offer it here first in case someone is looking for a used one in excellent condition.  I've taken nearly every photograph on this blog with this camera and these two lenses, for years.  I began with a Canon Rebel and learned photography, then I progressed to this Canon 7D which I love.  I'm selling these so that I can purchase a smaller, lighter weight camera with better video and wifi capability for the direction I'm taking this blog, and also for travels and hiking etc, and I'll be sure to share more on that at some point. (I LOVE this JoTotes camera bag so if you end up purchasing it, please enjoy the heck out of it but beware, every woman's eyes follow this bag... so don't let it out of your sight! Ha!)  I can't say enough about this camera.  It's heavy, but it takes such gorgeous pics and I've treated it like my baby for years. 

For Sale including shipping and all items below; $1250.00
Jo Totes camera bag in Butterscotch, with moveable velcro dividers and strap (So amazing!)
Canon 7D body with strap and cover
Tamron zoom lens AF 28-75mm F 2.8 with lens cap, lens filter and lens hood, plus additional brand new lens hood
Canon EF 50mm 1:1.4 with lens cap, lens filter and lens hood (favorite fixed lens of all time & great for faces and low light)
Charger and transfer cord
Original manual (dog-eared by me)
Various cleaning wipes and brushes, additional strap clasps/buckles
Pocket memory card wallet

If you want this, first person to email me at sashabrodeur@comcast.net will get it.  I'll invoice you, and once Paypal notifies me of payment, I'll ship it your way via UPS with tracking.


  1. Sasha,
    My hubby is the same way about lipstick. I stopped wearing it years ago. I only wear it if we go out or to a work event. We have been married for 27 years. Some things we do that keeps the romance alive is leave each other little notes, send one another texts throughout the day letting each other know we are thinking about the other. We also go out on date nights. Recently in the evenings we have decided to not turn on the tv so we can talk. Over the summer we started doing couples devotions in the mornings and Praying with one another. All of these things may not see romantic, but they are ways that bring us closer together and keep communication lines open. Waste we make time to laugh and enjoy spending time together. It works for us.
    I loved the scriptures you shared and your perspective. Very thought provoking. Good reminders to us to be forgiving when our husbands seek it. To remember to tell them they are handsome, etc. good stuff my friend.

  2. Such a good post and video. I need to be reminded to put my husband first more often. And, green is your color. You look beautiful!

  3. Sasha! I'm so glad you've come back! I enjoyed, agreed with and took to heart everything you said. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I haven't gotten to watch the video yet, but thank you for passing along that "smores trail mix" idea! What a super simple approach that can still look fun and pretty.

  5. We get to take a February trip to South Beach this year, which is an unusual treat for us. For my adult daughters, I have cute cards that I took forever to pick out and will mail a small gift card to Target or somewhere practical.

  6. I just want the camera bag. I have never seen such a cute camera bag. Seriously! If someone wants the camera, but not the bag, let me know.

    :) :) :)

  7. Thanks for this sweet reminder. You have inspired me to read this chapter.