found on the beach

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I finally found a beach I can do one of my favorite hobbies at! Mickey and I had visited a beach right before everything thawed hoping to find some glass. I was super stoked because, although we found barely any glass, there was tons of trash. I couldn't wait to go back and collect it for one of my found on the beach trash photos. I went back right after it thawed to find they had completely cleaned up. I was starting to think maybe, just maybe, they take better care of the beaches in Cleveland than in Geneva.

Fast forward a month or so, my boyfriend Jeff takes me to this new beach he loves that I hadn't been to yet. At first I just like "Oh, this beach has lots of trash..." then it hit me and the words "this beach has lots of trash" meant something a little bit different. I couldn't wait to go back and with a tote bag and start gathering colorful trash for a photo.
I think this might even have ended up being one of my favorite sets of these found on the beach photos I've taken. I actually collected so many things that they wouldn't all fit in the photo. I'm finding my 40mm prime lens is a little bit limiting as of late and this was definitely one of those situations. I wish I could have kept building my little rectangle of trash larger and larger. I guess I have the rest of the summer to do so!

petbox review

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PetBox recently sent over one of their subscription boxes for all my critters to try out. If you've never heard of PetBox, they're a premium monthly delivery service for dogs and cats that is dedicated to sniffing out the best in pet products for their customers. The best part is that you can decide what goes in your personalized PetBox if you'd like, or it can be a surprise. During sign up, you fill out a pet profile that is designed to help you receive products that are tailored to the needs of your dog or cat. By adding multiple pet profiles you'll be able to get a box that includes items for all your animals.

Not only do your animals get an awesome box of goodies, for each order that goes out the doors, PetBox sends out huge shipments of dog and cat food to animal rescue organizations across the United States.
I got the box late in the afternoon, opened it and marveled at all that was inside but didn't give anything to my critters since I hadn't had a chance to photograph it yet. I left it on my desk overnight, planning to photograph it the next morning. When I woke up all of the cat items were scattered around my house. Some little kitty just couldn't wait to get into everything. I guess that's a pretty good sign, right?
Our box came with all kinds of goodies! Treats for both Klaus and the cats, and lots of cat toys. Klaus is a destroyer of toys so I'm actually glad this box didn't have any dog toys in it. The cat toys it came with are a hit though, especially that banana filled with cat nip. It's hilarious to see Professor carrying it around, Squid kicking it with her back legs, and of course, Klaus stealing it and giving me that guilty "but mom..." look.

One of the things I liked most about the box was that it included things I wouldn't necessarily buy. For example, the SuperCat catnip cave. I rolled my eyes so hard at this product when I opened the box but the cats, on the other hand, are OBSESSED. They've woken me up on multiple nights playing in it!
I think this is the first time I've actually been super super stoked about a subscription box. I'm a picky person, so most of the time I might only find one thing I like but I'm really excited about everything that was in this box, and so are my animals. PetBox gets two paws up from me.

first hike of the spring // on film

Monday, April 21, 2014

The first few family hikes of spring are always my favorite. It's magical watching everything coming back to life. New plants working their way up through the leaves and debris from last fall. Birds chirping and my favorite spring noise, peepers! This year it's a little bit more special than normal since I'm now a city girl. There are tons of parks surrounding the area I live in but they're fairly busy with other people also trying to escape the hustle and bustle. Last week I took a trip out to my parents house for a hike and a cookout. As much as I'm loving and adapting well to city life, it felt really nice to escape for a few hours.
And one more, of a snaggle toothed puppy!
All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.
Check out photos from one of the first hikes of 2013 here. Some things never really change, like my dad and his camo pants. Haha!

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