Lifestyle/Adventures

Estes Park, Colorado 

Happy Sunday y’all! Yesterday we took a little day trip up to Estes Park, Colorado. Kevin and I hadn’t been there since a very young age (like 5-10 year old), minus I had been up there a few times but we didn’t adventure due to weather. Estes Park is about 1.5 hours from Lakewood where we live and is quite the cruise.

Our 1st stop was The Stanley Hotel for a nice walk around the property for maybe a potential over night stay in the near future… maybe not though as we would Love to Bring Axle up with us for some day hiking. I truly knew very little about the Stanley, only because the famous movie that most everyone knows “The Shining”. I won’t go into detail about the hotel but I can for sure tell you it is worth your time. I would definitely love to come take some photos of this beautiful place at sunset and do a night tour see if we can find a few ghosts. Tours can be selected and scheduled in the downstairs area where you can view some great artifacts… this was my favorite… old typewriters just spark an interest for me. 

They also have a really beautiful back patio area for I awesome some amazing weddings or some beautiful parties. 

Stop number 2 was for some breakfast. A little place called “The Other side” located right off the river for a beautiful view. I didn’t grab any photos at this place. I can definitely say it’s very inexpensive and great on hand staff. The classic cinnamon roll is definitely the way to go… can get a little sugary though so watch out! The breakfast itself was like $20 bucks for the both of us to have full plates and multiple couples of coffee.

Stop number 3 was back into the town of Estes for a walk through of the town. I love walking through shops in small towns for some reason they have the best things and experiences. I found this old Theater that stood out to me like crazy… I love love love old builds with LOTS of history, so of course we snapped a photo of it. How cool right??? Reminds me of the 50’s I could just picture people swing dancing out front! Oh man those days… love that music, dresses and dancing.

We strolled through the town more swinging into almost every shop. Kevin loves beer and has showed me some ropes to some new delicious beer that I just can’t deny now. Haha don’t think we are alcoholics we just enjoy stopping into places and trying beers they have to offer. I love Guinness which is surprising cause it is a VERY dark beer. We stopped into this awesome Placed called “The Barrel”, this place is made from a shopping container…. YES!!!! A shopping container and it SOOOOO cool! I wish I would have got a picture of it but there were just to many people. We continued to walk through a lot of really cool shops, especially art galleries with a handful of amazing photographs from Colorful Colorado….I need to do that start printing and selling to galleries lol. A few shops really stood out to me.

This candy shop was amazing. It had classic old candy that doesn’t even exist in gas stations now Day. Candy cigarettes?? Who remembers those? The cash register in this shop is original and more the 50 years old. It’s amazing to see these things still in use. Definitely stop in here for a few pieces of candy.

The last place that really was my All time favorite of the whole adventure, was a Glass Blowing shop. It was called ” Mountain Blown Glass” operated by father and son, with all pieces being hand-made in front of you… like my mind was blown. I was so excited about this shop I didn’t even get one photo. BUT we will be going back to get a piece from them for our house and I’ll snap a few photos then.

That was pretty much everything from our day trip out to Estes, nothing SUPER exciting but I hope y’all find a good day or weekend trip place like we did! 🙂

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Photos will be available in our gallery (Click here) don’t worry either I your email is only requested to protect our gallery from a handful of people trying to take some images from us. 😉

Cheers until next time my fiends 😘

Home Improvements

Simple home improvements that are a game changer for the look of your house

We purchased our home October 31st, 2014. We  knew it needed a lot of work being built in the 60’s, and with the marketing being so high in Colorado right now it was the best bet into not renting… I find renting an apartment to be outrageous…. A house is an investment LITERALLY! I started sharing photos of the progress we did the day we moved In, its great motivation to see what we have done and how worth it really is.

Kevin and I decided to turn the finished half of the basement that was the living room with the prior owners into our bedroom, as the actual master bedroom upstairs is very small for us and two dogs!

The now bedroom had no closet. 

Start with the paint….Paint can be so exciting… green, blue, pink so many options to pick from. Just a tip for when it comes time to Sell the place pick Something not orange and easier to work with. People love whites and grays or even light colors like tans. We selected a darker grey with a lighter grey ascent wall since our bedroom set is Black it worked well for us. We also have black out pull down blinds for the basement which we purchased when originally moving in as Kevin does work nights for 1 month then days the next and back and forth all year long.

Next we framed In a great big walk in closet…. Most women dream of a closet the size of ours lol. Dry wall was next… I don’t have many tips on this as i was working for most of it and many people will want to hire out to make sure it is framed in correctly.

Next was carpet. You really can go any way you want with carpet. We found a great deal on carpet for our family room, 3 bedrooms, and the whole basement plus extra for the stairs with install at $1,500. Home Depot is a great place to look or shoot me an email and i can talk to our guy about getting ya’ll some carpet.

I am VERY VERY VERY lucky when it comes to my family and the talents we all share. Our closet storage system is Fully custom made from Blue stain Pine (aka Beetle kill pine), i selected a mahogany stain for all the base storage and then just a semi gloss polyurethane for all the drawer faces.

 The details in the drawer faces are amazing that is for sure… Reds, Blues, Browns so many amazing colors to look at. The amazing creator of this storage system did great work as you can tell, by the lines of the boards following from drawer to drawer all the way across. Final touches were nickel brushed cross bars for us to hang shirts, dress, etc. All in all the wood for both my Barn doors and closet was $202 and some change, the stains/clear coat was about $100 bucks we have a huge can left over though as we knew we have many more projects to come.

The doors were crafted with Blue stain pine so we could match the custom closet nicely. Two guys from work crafted the doors for us as that is what one of them does daily. Once they were 100% crafted Kevin and i sanded them down a bit, and applied about 2-3 coats of semi gloss polyurethane front/back and mounting board for the barn door track. The track we purchased can be found at the at this Home Depot Hyperlink if you’re looking for the same track. The reason we have a mounting board for the track is because the door was thicker than the specs on the tracks would allow if we didn’t use the mounting board.

Are…. you…. ready to see them??????

AMAZING Right????? They are so perfect with the color the room. You can kinda see a peek into the closet and how well the drawers would match if the closet light had been on.

This is all i have for home improvement ideas this time… I will be keeping better track of the process and maybe get y’all a few videos on how to do stuff for the house… The office will be next project i post for you on what all we did in there. This last photo is the finished work… Now go back to the 1st photo, doesn’t even look like the same house lol. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our #TurningOurHouseintoAHome project! 🙂

Much more to come don’t worry.

-Cheers!!!

Photography

Little 8 month old Allie’s Easter session

We met this little QT through Facebook, her momma posted looking for a mini session photographer and i so happened to comment and get a few recommendations from some other great clients also!
The first time we met Allie just wasn’t having it… Not a good day for photos. Everyone has one of those days right?? Least i have before 🙂 Allie-11 .jpg
Sometimes you got to get mad before you really can get glade. So we went for round two on another weekend, lucky her grandma was in town so we had a bit more fun getting a few smiles.
I am really excited to have met this adorable little family for this session. We are planning to be at this little ladies birthday party in July. Cant wait for those one year old photos. 🙂
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Enjoy this last photo of Allie and her baby Alligator before we see you at her 1 year birthday party!
View full Gallery on her Online Gallery or visit Facebook to see a few more! Thanks for Stopping by! 🙂

 

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Baby Kaech

Are you ready to get some MAJOR baby fever???? I don’t think you will be able to handle this perfection!
I would like to Introduce you to Liam, Formally known as Teddy. Dan and i work together at my full time job and i have no idea why Liam was teddy but he was before he was Liam.Liam-4 RT.jpg
This little man arrived quite quickly and swept his parents off their feet by being overwhelmed with joy. Liam is definitely the perfect little bundle of joy. I am beyond honored to have gotten the pleasure in photographing him for his newborn session. Oh boy was it the session. At first we couldn’t get Mr. Liam to wake up to even say hello, and eventually he peed all over his momma and throw a screaming fit at the end. Trust me i wouldn’t want that session to go any other way…. I love seeing these photos and being able to relive that moment to well.
These proud parents seriously couldn’t have made a more adorable session happen until this….Liam-2 RT.jpg
Their very First kid got involved… His name is Carter and he is most definitely the sweetest and most gentle puppy dog ever! These little moments are the ones that really back the session ever lasting. Fluffy RT.jpg
Seriously I CANT EVEN!!!!!!!!!!
And….It….gets… BETTER
This is the finally and favorite of the Whole Session!

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I truly and honestly cannot wait for the future sessions we will have planned.
Thank you for stopping by i hope you enjoyed this session!
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Mckenzie York 6 month/ Easter mini’s

Little Miss McKenzie York is 6 months old already!!!! Can you believe it…I sure can’t!
 We last saw McKenzie around Christmas for a quick little session so her momma could do a Christmas Card for the year. Boy oh Boy how time flies when you are having so much fun!
McKenzie has quite the sass on board with that cute little smile. She was throwing her eyebrows up just giving us this glare of “why am i in this damn bucket you crazy ladies.” Like this photo below….

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Happy Late Easter on this session! I have a few more to post just have been incredibly busy with working two jobs.
Enjoy this session. Links will be at the bottom to view full gallery or see them on Facebook 🙂
I am fairly convinced after this session McKenzie believes she can fly when laying on her tummy. She automatically throws her arms up and out and gets this great smile.

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Cant wait for the next session we have scheduled with this cutie pie!
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