I am a working mom and I love my kids, but there is a reason why I’m not a stay at home mom. For all you ladies out there that do stay at home with your children, more power to you! I seriously don’t have the patience and I love that you do.
So if you are like me and you now have to work from home with your kids, I’ve created a few tools for survival that have greatly helped us and hopefully will help you too!
Let me start by saying, I already worked from home before the coronavirus broke out so making that transition was easy for me. The big change I made in my work environment was moving my office into the spare bedroom that is filled with sunshine. t might seem like a weird move, but since I have limited outdoor time now, I needed to maximize the light in my life. It’s been two days since the move and I already feel a new sense of inspiration.
Now let’s talk about the real changes we made. Before: my typical day started at 7:30a when my kids were off at school. I had quite time to read my bible, pray, journal and listen to God before I started my actual work. I had 4 hours of uninterrupted work time everyday before I picked Noah up from school at 12:30p. It was amazing.
Now, like you, I wake up to my kids and they are by my side the whole day. Day two of quarantine I knew I had to do a few things different to survive. As a creative, I have a hard time sticking to a schedule. I like the freedom of being able to do what I need to do, when I need to do it. But kids thrive with schedules. So I started to pray.
I needed to know what their schedule should look like and what we needed to do to be mentally and physically well to survive. Here’s what I came up with:
7:30a – Breakfast
8 – Yoga
8:30 – Get dressed
9 – Music time
10 – Snack
10:15 – Project time / free play / work
12 – 12:30- Lunch and 20 mins tv
12:30-1:30 – Home improvement project
1:30-2 – Outdoor time
2-3 – Indoor exercise
3-4 – Reading/art
4-4:30- Clean up time
4:30-5:30 – tv and work
5:30-6 – make dinner
6 – Dinner
Caleb helped me put this together and afterwards looked at it and said,” Mom, when are you going to get any work done?”. Well, I have about 2 hours while they work on a project to do my work. I also can work during their outdoor time, during reading time and during their tv time. This gives me pockets of time and breaks up the work for me. I still get about 4 hours of work time everyday and my kids don’t think I abandoned them throughout the day.
If you need to work full time from home, then you will need to double the amount of projects you give your kids and still break it up. They need constant direction. Your 8 hour work day may take all day to get through. If breaking up the day is not an option for you, then you will need to get day care or have someone come watch them. Please do not expect kids to stay away from you if you are home. They still need to care.
So let’s talk about why we made the schedule the way it is. My kids do Cosmic Yoga best when in pajamas so it seemed like a great idea to start the day with it. It also helps to calm their minds and sets the tone of focus for the day. When we have had to skip it because of webinars or other interruptions, the day has been tough. Today was one of those days 🙂
We go straight into getting dressed after yoga because it is important to start each day with getting dressed. I also want to make sure we minimize germs and changing clothing each day helps with that goal. We also all make our beds before breakfast to again, start each day on the right foot.
After everyone has gotten dressed and brushed their teeth we go into music time. Their minds are able to focus on the music now that they have done their yoga and officially started their day. It also helps to reinforce the calmness I’d like to see throughout the day. I teach them bits of how to play the piano and the Ukuele. I am learning right along with them so we do it together. We each have one assignment to accomplish each day.
Which brings me into my main chunk of work time. The kids are given a fun project that they can do after they work on a school assignment. This gives them a goal and a prize and keeps them busy for a chunk of time. -Oh and a snack to get their minds and bodies ready for the work. Typically they won’t complain about hunger again until it’s lunch time. All these things combined give me uninterrupted work time. I give them a special treat at lunch too. They get it taken away if they do interrupt me at all. My mind resets if they interrupt for any reason. I need total focus when I work so they lose out when they break the rule.
During lunch my kids get to watch one TV show. Honestly, this keeps the food at the table while I get another ounce of work done. I eat while I work 🙂
Then we tackle a home improvement project. This gives us a physical project to work on as a team, reminding them that we are in this together. It gives us something easy to do together that gives us a win for the day keeping spirits positive. It also helps get done all those weird little projects around the house. These projects range from putting together a desk for Josh, to painting the laundry room, to organizing their toys to cleaning baseboards. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you all do it together and can get the goal done in one day (make sure they know what the task is and what it looks like to be finished for the day).
After focusing for so long, the kids need to get outside. One reason why I do this later in the day is because I’m waiting for the temperature outside to go up. I’m typically forcing my kids outside. Sometimes they go on a walk with me or my mom and her dog, sometimes they play in the sandbox. I just want them in the sun and fresh air as much as possible. If was more than 50 degrees out on average then I would keep them out longer.
Indoor exercise is a rotation of each kid on the elliptical, then bouncing their legs on the ball while counting my PT exercises. They just have a little fun while I actually try to exercise.
They then go into reading time while I stay on the elliptical. Noah usually finishes his project from earlier since he can’t read.
We spend some time cleaning up toys and sweeping the house to make it look nice each day. This keeps me sane. Also, the faster they clean up, the more TV time they have next.
TV time and work wrap up time is after clean up. Then we move into dinner time. The boys switch off who helps with dinner. We make dinner together, eat and get them ready for bed.
Everyday can change, but the more we stick to this schedule, the more everyone knows what is happening, stays calm and the more work I get done.
I really hope this will help you as much as it’s helped us. We are accomplishing more goals than ever before (like learning instruments and doing home projects). Adjust it to fit your needs! And celebrate the little wins each day!
I’m Kellianne, a wedding and portraits photographer. I am a small business owner, entrepreneur, wife, mom and so much more. While I already work from home, my business requires me to be with people (since that’s what I photograph).
My business, like so many others has been effectively shut down do to social distancing for the Covid-19 virus. I will not go out of business, but I also can’t work right now. Even though I know I can photograph clients with social distancing rules in place, I’m okay with not because I want to do whatever I can to keep people like my mom and dad safe.
But here’s the thing, many small businesses will be forced to shut down during this time. I’ve seen so many amazing people in our community come together to support small businesses so far, so let’s keep doing that!
While many businesses need money right now to survive, especially the food industry, there is only so much money you can spend to help your favorite businesses.
There are so many ways to support small businesses without giving money. Here are a few…
Okay, this is the money one 🙂 If you have the funds, please buy 1 thing each day from one of your favorite small businesses. This will help keep them going so you can buy more from them in the future.
If you’ve ever thought about having family photos taken or a headshot, I’d love for you to buy from me. The session will not expire and will have flexible scheduling. Also, anyone who buys a session now will get priority booking (yes those precious Saturday slots will be open to you).
If you’ve used my services in the past, a great way to help my business at this time is to leave a Google Review. You can use this link to directly access my Google Review page: Click to add a Google review!
These reviews are used by Google to rank us in Google search. Every review helps bring in more business. Every review is like cash in hand for my business.
Follow us on Instagram. I recently split up my Instagram account into the 3 categories that I photograph. If you don’t already follow me, please follow the one you love or all three. It really does help!
I will soon be showing amazing projects you can do with your kids as well as giving tips for getting great photos on your own. I hope this will become my main Instagram feed where I can keep investing in the amazing families I get to work with!
I use this feed to not only show off my beautiful brides and their creative and personal weddings, but also to support my fellow small business owners in the wedding industry. I love being able to share about our marriage too! My goal is to create a place where my brides can be a community, learning how to have strong and healthy marriages.
My goal is to show off those awesome headshots we take in the studio and around town. I also love to highlight working professionals and share what they love to do and who they are! If you’ve had you headshot taken by me, please follow this feed. I’ll be posting fun ideas on how to use your headshot as well as tips for taking casual photos of yourself on the go.
Hang out on the blog and leave little comments on posts. This helps too!
Lastly, share our website, Instagram feed, blog posts and FB posts with your friends.
Thank you so much for supporting your favorite small businesses! We’ve already seen so much support in our community. I feel so blessed to be around such amazing people!
For all you guys who have followed along, you may know how important this trip was to me. I’ve been waiting 16 years to do a fossil dig. Ever since I read about one in Idaho in the in-flight magazine. I’ve been waiting until my kids hit that perfect age of being able to listen, but still having a love for digging and dinosaurs. We finally hit that stage!
As a reward to myself for working hard over the summer and reaching all my goals, I took the family out to Fossil, Oregon for a real fossil dig. It was a fairly short trip and ended up being absolutely perfect.
It started with a long 2.5 hours drive to Fossil, Oregon. When we got to Fossil we headed straight to the visitors center where we took photos with fossils, dinosaurs and got some amazing tips on how to find our own fossils.
We hopped back in the car to our dig site full of excitement! We finally make it to this place that we’ve been planning on going to for years and it’s super sketchy. If you’ve ever been out to Fossil you know that you park at the tiny high school and dig next to the football field – super weird. But that didn’t stop us from having a blast.
After collecting our tools we went in search for the perfect dig area. We spent 2 hours digging up old rocks and breaking them open to find our special fossils inside. It was very special and so much fun! My boys ended up getting tired before I did (I really could have stayed all day). So we went in search of cold lemon-aid in town.
After our lemon-aid break we headed to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in John Day. We side tracked a bit and went on random hike to learn more about fossils. Apparently there are a bunch of hikes where you can learn more about the land and they post images and real fossils along the trail. We didn’t get any photos because we had to stop in the middle and hurry back to the bathroom for our little Noah. The museum was fun though!
Our last stop was the painted hills. We’ve seen them before, but how could we not stop there again? My cell phone did a pretty good job this trip to capture our fun! The drive home was filled with old school 80’s and 90’s pop to bug our kids. All in all, an awesome trip that I recommend to anyone!
This week was our pack blue and gold banquet. I always feel honored to be asked to take a few photos at events. Of course I was happy to be there for the kids. It’s a big night for those Cub Scouts moving up to be Boy Scouts and for those that received the Arrow Of Light. I don’t even know all the kids but I still feel so proud of what they’ve achieved. Caleb has only been part of the pack for 2 years and has done so much. I can’t imagine how it feels to be the parents of the kid who has completed the tasks to get to where these kids are. I hope the kids are as proud of themselves as I bet their parents are.
The night went so well and actually finished pretty much on time – a huge accomplishment for those who planned it! There were funny skits, amazing awards and most importantly to the boys, cake and ice cream to celebrate.
Here’s my mom in action! We are fully a Cub Scout family now that my. mom works for the organiztion.
My helpful little Caleb passing out nut order forms.
Oh, the skits! All the kids that did skits were great! I knew what was coming with a few of them and they still managed to make me laugh. So much fun! And if you’ve ever tried to build a pyramid with boys, you know that this was a big win!
Special awards were handed out all night long. I even got a badge (although I’m not sure what it was for – I’m still new around Cub Scouts).
Check out the detail on the Arrow of Light award. One of the dads, Patrick, blessed these kids with these hand made beautifully detailed awards. He couldn’t make it to the event to see them accept them so I tried to take a bunch of photos for him. They really are amazing and he even went out of his way to make sure they had the right colors on them for each of the achievements that boys did (again, I’m not sure I’ve got the technical words down, so forgive me. Hopefully you get what I’m saying and can see the awesome effort Patrick put into these).
These Cub Scouts walked over the bridge to become Boy Scouts. They signed their names to the bridge after to officially be Boy Scouts!
Congrats again to all the scouts who got awards and moved up!
I’ve officially entered soccer mom territory. I’ve got the van and everything! I could not be more proud of Caleb. He hasn’t really given his all at practices so I was a little worried he may not have fun come game time. I was wrong.
Our team got out there on the field ready to play with smiles on their sweet little faces. Then they announced it was time for kick-off and Caleb yells, “What’s kick-off?”. Okay, so maybe he wasn’t quite as prepared as he could have been. But, they started the game and within 30 seconds Caleb had scored the 1st goal for his team! Mommy happy dance over here!! The happy dance was because I actually saw it happen. Too often I’m behind the lens and this time I watched him get the goal with my own two eyes and grabbed a photo (it’s the one on the right above).
Despite them loosing to the best team out there, they all had fun and are just so excited to be out there as a team. I can’t wait to witness more amazing soccer games and see my kid stick his to tongue out in serious concentration! 🙂
From the moment I stepped into Lone Pine, I knew I was home…
Before Josh and I decided to move to Bend, Oregon, we knew that finding the perfect coffee shop was a huge a priority. I know that may sound crazy to non coffee-lovers, but we both knew that the perfect cup of joe could fix any problem. Well, okay, maybe not fix, but at least make us feel better about life when we needed it.
We moved from Costa Mesa, California, where we would have coffee twice a week at a charming little coffee shop in Newport Beach. Kean was our go to place for a pick me up with a little joy on top. The coffee shop was created by Martin Diedrich and his brother who used the Diedrich coffee roasters to create their flavorful coffee. We loved it there! We knew all the regulars and were fascinated by the latte art. And most importantly, we fell in love with coffee there.
When we visited Bend 7 years ago, we tried all the coffee shops and just never found the sweet little spot that we could call home. Then we looked down Minnesota alley and saw a sign. Literally, there was a sign the read: ”COFFEE”. So, feeling like we were entering into a secret land like Diagon Alley, we approached the coffee shop. The first thing we saw upon opening the door was the artwork from a local artist. The second things we saw was the Diedrich coffee roaster.
Josh and I both looked at each other with a smile that says, “This could be it, but let’s see how it tastes”. We knew it was a good sign when Josh’s espresso was served with a side of sparkling water. The ultimate test for me is in the cappuccino. I’ve had countless cappuccinos in Europe and in the US. If a cappuccino can bring me back to the little streets of Florence, Italy, then the coffee shop has won my heart. Kean has that magic. Lone Pine does too.
It was perfect and we knew we were home. We moved to Bend about 10 months later. I’m not sure we would have been able to make the move it wasn’t for Scott and the amazing coffee shop he created: Lone Pine Coffee Roasters.
Lone Pine’s charming location in the beloved brick alley came to a close this week with an after party filled with regulars, employees and Lone Pine lovers. Part of me died with the closing, but I will look forward to the new location opening soon. I’m just hoping we can figure out how to order coffee beans while the shop is closed!
Josh and I had a chance to get away from the cold of Bend, Oregon and head to Scottsdale, Arizona for a few days. We didn’t take photos the whole time, since we were trying to get some rest as a recovery from this past season. We did take a few to document our adventure. Plus, we got to take some amazing engagement photos of one our amazing 2019 couples! You can see some behind the scenes photos here. Also, we took some time to do a lens test to see if we will be adding a new little lens to our family. I’m not sure I came to a conclusive decision yet, but it was fun to do a test I can go back to before a I make another huge investment in our gear. All photos taken on the Canon Mark 5D 1V.
I love this fine art cactus photo! I wish had a place to hang it as 6 foot tall print.
I love finding old treasures like these amazing windows hidden behind a parking garage!
Cactus and palm trees… the perfect elements to make a weekend retreat relaxing.
So, this is what we do when arrive early to an engagement session. Yes, it’s my husband taking a photo of me, taking a photo him 🙂
He just can’t resist the classic Zoolander pose!
Why do I look like I’m dancing?? See there full session here: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/01/18/papago-park-engagement-session-arizona/
(Rented lens 35mm vs. lens we have owned for years- 16-35mm.)
I’ve been thinking of adding this 1.4 35mm to our kit for years. I finally got a chance to test it and thought it would be the perfect chance to really compare and see if there is a huge difference between these two lenses, or just the added bonus of a few extra stops (this may be the huge difference).
Obvious difference: the 16-35mm can capture a wider image of the scene. If you need the extra architecture in the frame then having the ability to go wide is a huge benefit of this lens.
Here’s where we get technical…
The images below are a great comparison of the images the camera takes.
Below you will see a group of 4 images. The top 2 images are raw. The bottom two are the edited comparison of the top two images.
The image on the left was taken with the 16-35mm at the 35mm length at an f/2.8, while the one on the right was taken with the 35mm prime lens at f/1.4. The images were taken at ISO 100 at 1/320 sec shutter mid day in open shade.
The image above was taken with the 35mm prime lens. Shutter 1/320, f/1.4, ISO 100.
The 4 images below were taken with shutter 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 100. The images on the left were taken with the 16-35mm and the images on the right were taken with the 35mm prime. Editing settings are the same for all images below.
The image below was taken with the 35mm prime lens. Shutter 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 100.
So there you go. Both lenses are great and provide a good amount of detail.
Pros of 35mm: less distortion, more contrast, better bokeh and separation from the background. Main benefit of the lens is the extra 2 stops of light which is big if you are shooting in low light.
Pros of 16-35mm: Captures wider frame.
Here’s what we do on vacation! This shoe photo is kind of classic for us. When we first started dating we took a photo of our feet at the fair on one of those foot massager things. So we thought we’d do that again 10 years later on our hike.
Thought I’d start sketching again. Can you see why I chose photography over actual art??
Did you know April is C-Section Awareness month?
When I was pregnant, I was told that pushing out my newborn would be so much better for the baby and for me that when it came to a C-Section, I felt like to need this surgery meant I was going to start my adventure as a mom as a failure. I’m sure many moms feel this way. But all mamas should feel proud of the little ones that God made in them. Those 9 months are a hard sacrifice and just because the birth plan changed, doesn’t mean you failed.
Here’s my story…
At 41 weeks I went to the doctor for a check up and was placed on the baby heart monitor machine. After an hour they said that they didn’t like the way it looked and they wanted to get the baby out. The doctor didn’t think it was super urgent to get him out, so they said I could be induced.
I called my husband and told him what was happening and that he needed to leave work and get to the hospital. All by myself, without my birthing bag or a support person, I had to start the induction. Josh got there as fast as possible, but it seemed like forever for me.
They tried every possible way to get labor started, but nothing worked. Eventually they had to pry me open to 4cm! By then, we were told that the hospital was so packed that if we wanted an epidural we had to get it then because they wouldn’t have time to come back.
After the pain I already went through, you better believe I wanted the drugs. The problem was that once you get the epidural you have to stay in bed because your legs don’t work. I had already been in bed the whole time due to the other things they had to do so my kid never had a chance to naturally get into the correct birthing position.
More than 12 hours later (and after being cut off of the drugs) I finally got to 10cm and was told to push. I pushed and pushed and pushed and pushed for 1 hour and 45 minutes. I pushed one more time and a dislocated a rib (it was a bike injury that wasn’t totally healed). The rib started pushing into my lunges to the point that I couldn’t breathe.
I had no choice but to give up.
The doctor was going to cut me off at 2 hours of pushing anyway, but I felt like I failed not lasting at least that long, on top of failing for not getting the kid out. I was rushed into the emergency c-section. My temperature was at 104 and my body was shaking with chills. They laid me on the operating table and had to place 3 warming blankets on me just to get my body to stop shaking. I was all alone with bright lights in my face, my body freaking out, my husband was gone and no one telling me what was happening.
I think at that point they let Josh in. I was a bit delusional at this point from all the hard work of pushing and the fever. The doctors cut into me and the baby was pulled out. I was so out of it that the doctor had to ask if I wanted to see my baby or not. Well, yes! They showed me his face and I passed out.
I was out for 2 hours. When I woke up, I saw the sweetest thing: my husband doing skin to skin with my tiny newborn baby, but I had missed the first 2 hours of his life. Also, I was in a hallway in the hospital with other people just walking by (it really was over-crowded). Once I woke up they wanted me to try feeding the baby… in the hallway, with other people around. It was awkward.
We finally go into a teeny tiny recovery room where would be for a few days. We found out that Caleb had gotten the umbilical cord wrapped up around his shoulder and it was preventing him from being able to be pushed out. Had I not gotten the epidural so soon I may have been able to move around enough to get the cord to be out of the way.
Caleb had a ton of bruising on his head from all the pushing, so much in fact that he could not wear the little newborn beanies because he was in too much pain. Because of this, he lost a lot of heat and had to be held skin to skin constantly to regulate his temp. So Josh and I basically passed him back and forth doing skin to skin while the other tried to sleep. Caleb cried for 3 days straight from the pain of the birthing process. Had we gone straight to the c-section he would have been better off.
My body failed me in ways, my doctors certainly failed me that day, but our baby survived the birth and so did I.
When it was time to have Noah, my body failed me once again and I did not go into labor. They couldn’t induce this time so we had a scheduled c-section. Noah was pulled out and placed on my chest. It was a totally different experience.
With Caleb, I was frustrated that my body failed me and I felt like I made the wrong decisions that led to the c-section. I felt like I failed myself and my family since they had to help me with the baby during the first couple weeks while my husband went back to work and I struggled to recover (walk again). It took months to recover and I was totally jealous of my friends who were out running and excising just a few weeks after having their babies.
After talking to other moms about their births I would say, “I’m so sorry you had to get a c-section too. I know how much it sucks!” Basically making other mamas feel as bad as I did that we failed to give birth the right way. It’s not okay for any of us to think of a c-section as a lesser way to give birth. It just is what it is.
After doing it all again with Noah, I know that it doesn’t matter how they get into the world. I didn’t fail anything. Even though my body didn’t do what it was designed to do, I feel incredibly grateful to live in an age where my two babies and I could survive this process. It’s possible that without modern technology non of us would be here today. Caleb’s birth wasn’t what I wanted or expected, but who cares? My body (and God) made a tiny human and that’s pretty awesome!
I would encourage other mamas to share their c-section experiences and feel proud of what they went through to bring their kids into the world!
Noah’s birth was a totally different experience. It was planned and filled with joy. Everything went perfectly and we simply celebrated having a new life in our home and Caleb having a new baby brother.
This is by far my favorite party we’ve ever thrown! If this Candyland game board didn’t take up my whole living room, I’d keep it forever!
When Caleb expressed interest for months about having a Candyland themed birthday party, I finally gave in and started planning. I knew the best way to really capture the spirit of the Candyland game was to create a real life version of the game board for the kids to be in. Boy was I right! It was some serious fun. And all for only $170 (I added a few extra treats that burst my normally $150 budget).
Caleb absolutely loved his birthday party! It was amazing!! It was super special because his aunt and all his grandparents came up from California to be there for him. I’m so grateful I was able to give this gift to my sweet boy.
We had to have an epic entrance to the game! I drew these on white paper and attached them to constructions paper. The game board was made out of sticky foam pieces that stuck to the ground so the kids wouldn’t slip.
We even included game pieces that sent them back! We mixed the old with the new version of the game since Caleb loves both so much! Here’s Lord Licorice’s Lavatory.
They ended the game in Caleb’s Candy Castle. It was full of candy, ice cream and cotton candy.
Candy hearts, rainbow treats, a cotton candy maker and a chocolate fountain- every kids dream!
The chocolate swamp was made out of card board taped to the wall and counter. I added a little brown and white crayon to give it some texture.
The gumdrop mountains and giant gum ball machine may have been my favorite part of the party! We filled the gum ball room with balloons so the kids felt like they were actually in a real gum ball machine.
We had a gingerbread shaped marble came that ended up being perfect for this party!
Aren’t my kiddos cute?
I framed a game board for added decor!
I couldn’t make a full peanut brittle house so we added a peanut brittle slide.
My sweet little Noah loved his marshmallow stick!
Oh the lollipop forest! These little foam pieces did not come off.
This giant candy castle was fairly easy to make. I like to look in my garage for random stuff that I can turn into decorations. This was cardboard, some of the sticky foam that we used for the game board we also used for sprinkles, and then we took a little paint to some cotton fluff (use spray paint!)
These candy pieces are just paper plates wrapped in tissue paper.
Pin the cherry on the cupcake!
I cream cone toss! I covered cones with brown construction paper and drew cones lines one them. Then we used candy cone paper plates and cut out the centers for rings.
Somehow we made this little cute cake.
Grandpa with ALL the kids!
A happy kid after a party filled with imagination and love!
Celebrating a friend as she becomes a mom for a second time is a blast! We had a small little baby shower to celebrate Jamie and her new little girl. I love the handmade water color signs that her besties Amy and Erin made. It was such a treat to be able to document this special occasion for her!
Have I told you that I love to teach? I host Mom’s With Camera’s workshops all the time! The most fun is when someone hosts in their own home and it becomes a fun filled wine and raffle night where moms and dads learn how to take photos of their kids. This one was hosted by a friend of mine and was filled with beautiful moms, mostly from my bunco group! We raffled off awesome photo prizes as I taught the technical and creative sides of photography. I think you can really see how much fun we all had! If you’d like to host or attend a class at my studio, contact me!
We used these photo from our fall photoshoot with our baby Caleb for a calendar that we gave to all the aunts and grandparents for Christmas. April is my favorite month. He looks just like his daddy!