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Giving Back : 1% for the Planet

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Imagine living in a world where you have to wear a mask before going outside, or you wake up not knowing if you will have access to clean water that day. It's not just foreign countries being impacted by climate change. Everyone, everywhere, is affected whether we realize it or not.

Now imagine that your actions can make a difference. That you could help reverse the damage done by pollution and wastefulness. After reading Drawdown by Paul Hawken, I felt hope. It is possible to reverse the damage from carbon emissions and you and I can do it.

When I came across 1% for the Planet, it seemed like a great way to use our business to make a difference. 

1% for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of our network.
— www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

Every year, 1% of our gross proceeds will go to charities dedicated to protecting the earth.

“1% for the Planet certifies giving on an annual basis by reviewing each business's sales documentation as well as reviewing donation receipts made to approved nonprofit partners.”

Part of it is the donation itself, yes. But it's also the awareness of the campaign and knowing that people vote with their dollars. If supporting an environmentally friendly business is important to you, you're in the right place.

We feel you!

I love how Rick Crawford put it: "...consumers hold the power to demand a future that is actually sustainable. By demanding products and services from businesses that are solving social and environmental problems, consumers set trends that can't be ignored."

Thank you for your support and if this cause is important to you, now you know that every time you shop with us 1% is going back to the planet. 

Cheers,
Lori

PS: Leave a comment, we'd love to know your thoughts on this initiative!

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

I have to say it...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Anybody with me? 

My sister-in-law's dog, Madigan, makes sure she is using proper technique to slice the turkey

My sister-in-law's dog, Madigan, makes sure she is using proper technique to slice the turkey

Here's the thing... it's a little chaotic, involves a lot of driving, but in one day we get

  • to spend time with my side of the family
  • to spend time with his side of the family
  • to eat two very good meals
  • to play with our nieces and nephews
  • to think about all the things we are grateful for, and say thank you

Thanksgiving is really a "lite" version of Christmas. It contains all the togetherness without having the stress and worry about giving gifts.

And that's why it is my favorite. We get to focus on each other, catching up and playing games with those we love, and don't get to see enough of throughout the year.

Of course, the mountains of food that will inevitably and consumed doesn't hurt either.

So this Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy time with your loved ones. Give them an extra hug, slow down and stay a few moments longer. Be thankful for everything from the shoes on your feet to the roof over your head.

And know that I am thankful for you. Family, friends, clients, and blog-stalkers, I am thankful for you! 

Happy thanksgiving.
-Lori

365 Project in November: Rochester NY Photographer

November or rather for me, I'm renaming this month "Thanksgiving." Why? Well, because nearly every weekend in November, I had a Thanksgiving gathering of some kind.

In total, I had 6 different "Thanksgivings" - yes, 6. Yes, that's a lot of eating. Yes, it was delicious. and yes, I need bigger jeans. However, just because it was labeled "Thanksgiving" doesn't mean we ate 6 different turkeys. We had turkey, pork roast, pasta, lasagna, leftovers, pie, more pie, cake, wine...you name it.

What matters more, was the who I spent 6 Thanksgivings with. Each event was a different set of people. Some repeats are among the mix for various reasons. But whether friend or family they all hold a very important place in my heart.

At this time of year, I'm even more grateful for all of these people. Honestly, words don't do it justice. Here's a look back on the 365 project from November, including my 6 Thanksgiving dinners! Only one more month to go! ~ Erin

What I'm thankful for in 2014

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It's been one heck of a ride for me this year. There have been many ups and downs, and everything in between. I decided to put it down on paper, and share some of the biggest things I'm thankful for this year. So, in no particular order, here they are.

1) Lori: This year has been an amazing year for business, and it would not have been possible without Lori. She picked up the pieces where I couldn't, and went above and beyond to keep us not only afloat, but moving forward. I could not be more thankful that I have her in my life, not only as a business partner - but as a most wonderful friend as well. I only hope that I can do my best to make 2015 as awesome as she made 2014.

2) My Son: Just thinking about what I've already learned by becoming a mother, makes me tear up. I won't lie, the past 3 months haven't been easy. I never expected the mixed bag of emotions I'd end up going through. It's utterly incredible, that my 5 lb peanut could alternately make me crazy one day, but bring me such peace and joy the next. But I'm thankful for him because he's taught me to love deeper. He makes me want to work harder, and be better for him. I want him to know what it's like to love and appreciate this life - and that it's possible to dream big, like his Mommy does.

3) My Husband: It should go without saying, but I'm still inspired by what he does for our family and for me. He supports my dreams, dreams with me, and still keeps me from eating a steady diet of cereal. ;)

4) My Struggles and My Community: For those who don't know, my father has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  Somehow, writing it down makes it even more of a reality. I won't dwell on the negative though, because that's not the point I'm trying to make. I guess, in a way I'm thankful for this struggle God's put in my family's path. It has made me remember what and who is most important in life.

I'm also thankful for the outpouring of support and love we've received from the community around us. It's immensely overwhelming at times. There are so many people out there, whose lives have interconnected with ours along life's journey. It's incredibly humbling because I know that everyone has their own daily battles to fight. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you who have taken the time to reach out with an arm of support for us. Some of you, I haven't seen in ages - yet you're there for me, and us still today. Wow.

This weekend, my family has put together a benefit in support of my father. If you're interested in attending, it will be a great time! Live music, raffle prizes, a photo booth and great people - there's information here on Facebook: KTK Benefit

It all comes down to this:

This year, I've never been more thankful for the help and support from others. I'm thankful for those who have taken the time to donate, or just to reach out after a lot of passed time and say hello. And I'm thankful for those keeping my head above water, for listening when I need a friend, and for helping me to be a better version of myself.

Today, and every day I'm thankful for all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving. ~ Erin

PS - This post would not be complete without some fun and cuteness...so, here it is!

Lori really rocked it this year!

Lucas at his newborn session, courtesy of Linda Hayes Photography

Love when Allie watches over Lucas.

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Even though I see this face a lot, he's loved.

Daddy and Lucas

My parents, with Lucas.

being grateful : happy thanksgiving 2013

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There's really no other way to put it. Without you, we couldn't do what we do. As for anyone who sells anything, it's the busy season and we are humbled by just how busy it has been. Lately, we have been working like Santa's elves on a sugar high, designing cards and books, and packaging orders so everyone will have photos under (or on) their trees!

We do this because the relationships you cherish matter to us too. Your family, your friends, your momentous occasions, your crazy everyday life, it's all real, and it's all beautiful to us.

In a nutshell, YOU make the long hours worth it.

So this Thanksgiving, Lori and I have more to be thankful for than ever. This year has been incredible because of all of your moments - from the sweet little ones, to the great, big monumental ones. Thank you for being a part of our story!

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PS - Besides the obvious we're also thankful for: morning wake up calls from our dogs, not getting caught in traffic on our way to work, skype meetings in our pajamas, sunny, flip flop wearing days, a glass of wine, or two dessert before dinner, and each other.

Happy Thanksgiving!