The Bethadilly Challenge: April 20 – 30th

April turned out to be more stressful than anticipated. We finished our online TEFL course, and went to New York City to complete the in-class portion of our hours. I also finished my Teacher Work Sample, which was the major project I had to tackle for Student Teaching. I also taught full-time again for two weeks, and while that is hardly any time, it felt like an eternity.

In the end, I survived, and took a few pretty pictures along the way (at least in my opinion).

Here are the rest of my April Bethadilly pictures.

april 20: the weather today {it rained and little rain drops accumulated on our bird feeder}

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april 21: a product I love {honey from Lancaster. p.s. my toast burned a little bit. oh well}

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april 23: technology {thankful for technology that allows me to capture things like this, and to share them with the world}

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april 24: delicate {delicate flowers from my grandma’s house. she has a way of making even fake flowers beautiful}

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april 25: me {I decided against the selfie, but chose to take a picture of my grandparents. without them, I wouldn’t be “me.” they have given so much of themselves, and constantly pour wisdom and promise into my life. I am so proud to call them mine}

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 april 26: even {a pair of binoculars}

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april 27: alive {the city makes me feel alive}

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april 30: starts with t {this turquoise vase & the tree this bird landed on}

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Exton Park

Recently, we discovered a new park here in Pennsylvania. It’s been so incredible to see different types of birds – and I’ve been able to capture a few of them! Today I discovered manual focus, and it changed my whole world.

I’m still not sure about why my pictures look fuzzy/pixelated after I upload them, but I thought I’d share them anyway!

UPDATE: I figured out the fuzz issue. Yay for photography forums!

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The Bethadilly Challenge: April 14 – 19

april 14: my drink of choice {tea. tea always}

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april 15: a piece of jewelry {my engagement ring}

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april 16: local {a chipmunk from a local park}

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april 18: emotion {free & peace: my beautiful friend Sarah let me take pictures of her & she is flawless}

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april 19: fresh {ducks on a fresh spring day}

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I am falling more in love with photography (and my camera) as I continue with this challenge, and I am always looking for new things to shoot for extra practice.

If you’re interested in having a photography adventure with me, let me know! 🙂

Sarah

Today I met my friend Sarah at the park to take pictures. I’m currently taking a photography class, and our assignment for the week is to take a picture of movement. I had some ideas for jumping shots, and Sarah was willing to experiment with me. She is such a beautiful person, and I am so glad that I was able to take pictures that also capture her heart.

Here is Sarah

p.s. after I posted this, I realized that most of these images look fuzzy! 😦

I’m still learning about Photoshop and how uploading them online changes the quality…but here they are:

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My very first VoxBox & the time I made a YouTube video

Last August I joined the site called Influenster.

Influenster rewards people for using social media, and calculates their social impact score based on how many followers they have on twitter, instagram, facebook, and other social media sites. When you join, you’re able to answer “snaps” which are questions about random things like what beauty products you use, how much coffee you consume daily, and what brands of frozen dinners you’ve tried. There is also the option of writing reviews about different products, which give you extra points, and help you to unlock different badges.

You also have the chance to complete surveys, which make you eligible to receive VoxBoxes. A VoxBox is a box filled with free things that you can try out and eventually review. I have been wanting to receive a VoxBox for a reallyyyy long time, so when Influenster emailed me and told me that I was picked for their next product campaign, I was SO excited.

For my first VoxBox, I was given a free sample of a shampoo and conditioner from SoapBox, which is a company that strives to promote health and wellness around the globe. For every SoapBox product that is sold, the company gives free bars of soap, vitamin supplements, and clean water to children in need all over the world.

After you receive your VoxBox, Influenster asks you to complete different tasks (like tweeting about your box, and sharing the product with your friends on Facebook). One of my tasks was to make a video of myself opening the VoxBox. I have never had a desire to be on YouTube, but I thought I’d give it a shot….I can’t tell you how many times Caleb snuck in the room and laughed at me as I attempted to start the video. Vlogging is really hard, guys.

If you notice, I was out of breath because I ran across the room to get a hair clip. Obviously, I need to do more exercise. I also really don’t have a hair care regimen – as you can see from my super wavy locks because I’m too lazy to dry them in the morning (sleep > everything).

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box & checked out the products, was that the shampoo and conditioner smelled fantastic. I have never heard of the Bataua Fruit (nor do I know how to pronounce it), but if it tastes as good as it smells … I really need to try it ASAP.

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I was so excited to try these out that I sacrificed a few extra minutes of sleep and took a shower. Overall, I was really happy with the product – it smelled amazing, and made my hair smell amazing too (which is a huge plus). I didn’t notice anything significant in how my hair felt afterwards (neither did Caleb), but I was happy knowing I wasn’t using something that would affect my hair with too many chemicals.

I’ll definitely buy SoapBox products in the future, and think you should too. 🙂

(I received this free sample of SoapBox products in exchange for an honest review.)

The Bethadilly Challenge: April 8 – 13

april 8: letters {started reading the letters in this book for my very first photography class! not too excited about reading another book, but super excited to learn}

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april 9: yellow {I was a bit lazy & didn’t feel like leaving the house or using my camera…so here is a picture of the yellow Seinfeld logo}

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april 10: what i’m listening to {my ABBA record. I’ll love them until the end of time}

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april 11: my view today {pictures I already posted, but nevertheless, I had so much fun taking pictures on the Audubon Loop Trail with Caleb. it’s always so exciting to find new things that we can do together – Caleb with his binoculars and me with my 300 mm zoom lens. we make a pretty good birding team}

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april 12: from above {we went birding again, and a robin was sitting in the tree above me}

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april 13: classic {a classic science experiment: planting seeds}

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Winter is finally coming to an end, which means hikes, and walks, and bird watching for me and Caleb. We finally found a good pair of binoculars (Nikon Aculon A211) and we also bought a squirrel proof bird feeder to put outside our apartment. So far, the binoculars work amazingly, and I would definitely recommend investing in a pair. They were $80 at Dicks Sporting Goods, and while you can pay up to $2500, I think this is a good (and relatively inexpensive) pair to start as beginner bird watchers.  We’re really excited to see what types of birds we can spot this summer when we travel out to the West. Hopefully I’ll have a nice new lens to use too… 😉

Today we ventured on the Audubon Loop Trail. Audubon, Pennsylvania is the birthplace of birding, and the town itself is named after John James Audubon – the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds in North America. The trail we walked on is also where his property used to be.

Here are a few snapshots from our nature walk today:

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We spotted: Cardinals, multiple Downey Woodpeckers, two Red Bellied Woodpeckers, a Black Capped Chickadee, a White Breasted Nuthatch, and so many more beautiful birds.

We’re practically experts.

As we walked the trail, I was so excited to be outside in the warm weather again. I was reminded of this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Spring is strong and virtuous,

Broad-sowing, cheerful, plenteous,

Quickening underneath the mould

Grains beyond the price of gold.

So deep and large her bounties are,

That one broad, long midsummer day

Shall to the planet overpay

The ravage of a year of war.

{Ralph Waldo Emerson}

How have you been able to enjoy the Spring weather?