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I'm Amber, a Harry Potter obsessed wedding and brand photographer for those who are anything but ordinary based in Phoenix, Arizona.
When I don't have a camera in my hand, you can find me hiking with my husband, snuggling pups, or planning my next Disney trip.
We finally did it! 30 days of clean eating in the books! I lost 6 pounds total and my husband lost over 10. I can alllllmost fit into the smaller size of jeans. But, I still consider it a win. Especially because I was eating as much as I wanted and didn’t hit the gym all that much this month.
The finish line in eye site! Just one week left and we are almost there! I don’t have a theme for this week. Maybe cravings? But they didn’t overtake my life or anything. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” maybe? Because this week was really all about the pre-planning to make sure that we stayed on top of our game.
If I could describe the first week of clean eating in one word, it would be overwhelmed. The biggest blow came when I realized that we would not be able to eat Chipotle (they use rice bran oil, which is a highly processed oil, and a no go for clean eating). Which meant, that we would be eating in absolutely every meal of the day. As the main cook in the house and the meal planner, that meant that a lot of work fell onto my shoulders. Thank goodness my husband was home on grocery shopping day to help out.
My husband and I were out hiking on Sunday and I casual mentioned the idea of doing a clean eating month. I am not sure if we were talking about diet before this statement, but this idea quickly turned into a reality. We started talking about clean eating for the month of April (just a week away) and before I knew it, we were looking up guidelines, recipes, and making a plan.
2018 was an absolutely amazing year. Sometimes I cannot believe that my job is being a photographer. Looking back at all the selfies with my couples from the year makes me so incredible grateful for each and every one of them. They trust me to document one of the most important days of their lives. It’s freaking mind blowing sometimes.
As the year comes to an end, it is time for me to look back on all the fun I had photographing weddings! I still have one more wedding left this year, so you will have to wait for all the selfies. But, I have all the behind the scenes goodies for you now! Ok, enough talking, let’s get to the goods!
I have always had this dream of harvesting fruit from the wild and making gifts for my friends and family. I really wanted to make prickly pear/blackberry jelly. But, we were not able to find any blackberries this year, so Prickly Pear Jelly it is! (You can read about our harvesting adventure here.)
Step 1: Removing Glochids
This was an adventure all in itself. To make the jelly, first, you have to get all the glochids (tiny thorns) off. The most common method is to burn it off. The guys on youtube all use crazy torches, but I figured any fire would be fine. Right? Wrong. We made a fire in our fire pit and grabbed our marshmallow roasters. We stuck the prickly pears on and put them over the fire. What happened is we just cooked the prickly pears and did not get the glochids off. Good thing we only tried with a few.
I have always had this dream of harvesting fruit from the wild and making gifts for my friends and family. I had so many Sedona engagement session this year, that I got to watch the Prickly Pears ripen. I was so excited, because I usually miss them at peak picking time! But of course, prickly pears are not enough for me. I also wanted to harvest black berries! I mean, prickly pear and blackberry jelly; how amazing does that sound?! So, my husband and I planned a berry picking/prickly pear harvesting date in a location where we knew there was berries and pears.
Today is my 15th anniversary with my husband. That’s right, 15 years ago since this dude started talking to me about bands in a pool and held my hand while watching Finding Nemo. I have known him exactly half of my life. Since the day I met him his has encouraged me to follow my passions and inspired me to push myself to become a better person. To celebrate the past 15 years, I wanted to share 15 pictures from our relationship. Ready? Let’s go!
The first time I hiked to The Crack, I was playing hooky from work. Or, taking a mental health day as it is called now. I told my husband on the next day off he had during the week, I was going to call into work and we were going hiking. I didn’t care where, […]