Project Imagination

Since my children were born, I’ve become very fond of photography. This mini passion has cultivated from a hobby into a creative outlet. The idea that I can capture all of these precious moments, which will be shared for years to come is something I thrive on. Completely self educated in photography, I am continuing to discover new ways to improve my skills, and have recently been experimenting with different lenses. All of my equipment is Canon, and I have come to appreciate that nothing quite compares when it comes to quality and color.

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In addition to still photos, video recording has become an absolute must as a parent of three. These videos will become a piece of their history, and it is exciting to think that they can look back on my collection, while they reminisce about their childhood experiencing their sweet smiles and being able to hear laughter that I look forward to every day. I’ve always taken photos, but I have started to force myself to take as many videos as possible.

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Today, I am thrilled to announce that Canon USA is once again partnering with Ron Howard to launch Project Imagination: The Trailer. This will be Ron Howard and Canon USA’s third iteration of their ongoing initiative to empower creativity in everyone. For the first time ever, your life can become a movie trailer and inspire a Hollywood film. The concept is simple- anything in life can be a movie,a snow day, a field trip, or just a day in the life, and every movie captures its audience and teases what’s to come with a trailer. Canon’s newly launched Trailer Editor Tool, allows users of all skill levels, including novices, to easily turn everyday photo and video footage into a movie trailer, with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks. The site also offers tiered options that enable people at any level of expertise to create and submit trailers into the contest. From first time camera users, to amateur film makers, consumers can use the Trailer Editor tool to auto-generate a trailer, have advanced features to create more customization, or upload a trailer that has already been independently edited.

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I am very excited to have the experience of experimenting with Canon’s new Trailer Editor Tool. I can totally picture the kids and I playing dress up on a snowy day, while belting out the lyrics to Frozen, which is a daily in our home anyway. Trailer Editor Tool contains six themes, and your 60 second video must fall under: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Children & Family, Sci-Fi, and Suspense/Thriller.

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It doesn’t have to play in a theater to be a film. Check out this movie trailer, ‘Orchard.’ Made with footage shot entirely by Rick Marrone.

I look forward to collecting submissions, and if you are lucky, your trailer can inspire a Hollywood film starring Josh Hutcherson (star of The Hunger Games)! Come June, each submission will be judged by Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson, based on creativity demonstrated through characters and storytelling, how inspiring or imaginative the trailer is, results from a public vote, originality and overall impression. Visit imagination.usa.canon.com for tips on how to create your original trailer and to create and submit yours today!

 

Thank you Canon for sponsoring this post. 

 

Sunday Styles: Easter Ready

It’s March 1st, and although the current weather is not reflecting it, spring is coming soon; at least I hope it is. Needless to say, it has been a rough winter with frigid single digit temperatures, and we are all longing for warmer weather, so we can rid the layers upon layers, and be able to enjoy the outdoors again. For me, Easter is a holiday that symbolizes the start spring season, adorned by tulips everywhere, while the kids await a visit from the Easter bunny. We have our yearly traditions of egg decorating and hunts on my parents’ and cousin’s front lawn, and during these times, fancy attire for the kiddies is a must.

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This season, I got a head start by picking up these custom Isabel Garreton pleated chiffon dresses made for the girls. For all our early spring activities, I figured these dresses would work perfectly as their Easter outfits, and they can easily be carried into the summer months. The dresses are elegant and beautiful, and yet surprisingly comfortable for the girls. I especially love the organza flower detailing along the neckline.

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Isabel Garreton is an L.A.-based children’s designer. Her elegant designs are even more meaningful knowing that every stitch is made by artisans in Chile where, for 20 years, she has supported more than 100 seamstresses and embroiderers and their families, providing them the opportunity to earn fair wages, break the poverty cycle and educate their children. Social responsibility is woven into each and every one of her beautiful pieces. Because of their independently run manufacturing, it allows for them the flexibility to serve their customers special requests and ideas quickly.

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Isabel Garreton’s special occasion dresses are available at Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as specialty boutiques across the country.

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The Mama Preserver

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Monday morning, my intention was to ease into the week, so I could recover from the busy weekend, but my day kicked off with the usual 5am household wakeup.  When I wiped the crust from my eyes, I looked at our packed schedule in a panic, remembering that Jason was still away- meaning another week… Read more »

Special Performance

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Sesame Street Live holds special place in my heart, for all three of my children, because each of them attended a performance as their first show. At our first show, Ryder was about 2 years old, and all of my mommy group friends and I brought our kids.  When Siella turned two, I remember the joy of taking… Read more »

Princess Magic {& Giveaway}

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The enchantment of Disney seems to only be getting stronger in our house. The girls love the princesses and playing dress up, so we tend to spend endless hours every afternoon in make believe lands. They have watched all the classic Disney movies, and a Disney vacation could be in our near future, because finally, they all seem… Read more »

Warming Up NYC

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Last Friday was probably one of the coldest days in NYC with temps in the negatives. That didn’t stop Snuggle Bear from trying to set the Guinness World Records of 5,000 hugs in eight hours. Kicking off in the wee morning hours he hit the streets of NYC, stopping in the heart of Time Square… Read more »

Sweet 34

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It seems like every year when my birthday comes around, Jason happens to be away for the actual day. It’s a total bummer to not be able to spend my special day with him, but I have made it a point for the kids and I to do something that they both enjoy and will… Read more »

Flourishing Sweets

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I’m realizing more so now, with endless days and hours spent indoors that our lives really do revolve around meals, routines, and playtime. I absolutely love cooking for my children and have always made it a point to nourish my children with whole and organic foods for each and every meal, even the in between ones.… Read more »