A Canon Rebel T3i DSLR camera giveaway

I’ve got a pretty exciting giveaway to share with all my photography-loving friends.

As you might’ve guessed from the title of this blog post, you can enter to win a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR!

How did this come about? The lovely Latrina from Of Trees and Hues recently had a birthday and wanted to do something incredibly special (and generous) to celebrate. So she asked me and a bunch of other talented bloggers to help her give one lucky snap-happy person out there a brand new camera.

Here’s the whole gang of sponsors who helped make this possible. (You can click on each person’s photo to visit their blog.)


The contest runs through May 6th at midnight. One winner will be chosen at random the next day and will be announced over at Latrina’s blog. As for the camera, it’s a fantastic entry-level DSLR that’s perfect for anyone who wants to become familiar with shooting in manual—or just someone who wants an upgrade from their camera phone! The Canon Rebel comes with a 18-55mm zoom lens and is valued at $650. Use the Rafflecopter below to unlock your entries. You can enter as many as 158 times if you tweet about the giveaway and follow/like/etc. every sponsor!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A big thanks goes out to Latrina for inviting me to be a part of this. Now get to entering! (I’m entering, too.)

Good luck!

Interweb Finds: Killer confidence, the music of trees & more


A monster avocado from the tree outside our window.

What was your favorite thing you did this week?

Mine was that I followed my own advice from my blog post earlier this week and removed myself from the computer. After meeting two of my good friends from school for an early brunch at KTCHN DTLA yesterday (so good), I realized it was absolutely gorgeous outside and that it would be sinful not to take advantage of the weather. So I changed into a pretty dress, and John and I went for a long walk along Sunset Boulevard, window shopping along the way. By the time we got home, my feet were pretty sore and I didn’t even mind. It was just what I needed.

Here are my latest favorite interweb finds:

I wrote a guest post for the lovely and talented Latrina at Of Trees and Hues about moving to California and thriving while taking big leaps.

More advice on writing an ebook that sells.

The Scar Project by photographer David Jay is one of the most moving projects I’ve come across in a long time. These (NSFW) photos depict young women who have battled breast cancer and bravely bare their scars to the camera. There’s such a range of emotions in each of these women’s faces, and I was brought to tears more than once.

Geeky and genius. A recreation of the Jurassic Park computer system.

If trees could sing, what would they sound like? This awesome video shows how tree rings were interpreted as musical notes and then played on a record player.

Whether you’re struggling with your self-image, feeling a little helpless or just having a rough week, Claire’s free guide to killer confidence is a thoughtful, helpful and loving resource to get back on track.

I love this idea: micro cottages for the homeless.

That’s all for today! What are you looking forward to in the next week? Me—spring break is right around the corner.

Interweb Finds: Spilling your secrets, addiction to stress & more

rose in bloom

What a much-needed weekend this was. Yours, too?

I spent most of the week running all over town getting interviews for stories, paying too much for parking, and paying even more for a parking ticket. (Ugh.) Needless to say, I was happy when Friday rolled around and I didn’t have anywhere to be. Yesterday morning, a tiny earthquake (3.0 on the Richter scale) scared me awake. I also went up the street to check out the farmers market — which I’ll blog about on Tuesday! — and met up with a blogger friend, which I will also blog about soon! As I type this, “California Dreamin'” aptly plays on Pandora. It’s a beautiful day, and our first rose (above) is in bloom!

In celebration of the end of a glorious weekend, here are a few of this week’s best interweb finds:

Even if you typically scroll past your friends’ baby photos on Facebook, you’ll love these pictures a dad took of his daughter in various costumes — like a monk and a butcher.

Ever wish you could share secrets on social media anonymously, without repercussion? Enter the addictive Secret app.

I love how Latrina turned a bad experience (her recent car accident) into a revelation and change in lifestyle.

Are you addicted to stress? Reading this sounded a little too familiar to me:

“For some of us, the exhilaration we feel when pushing against a deadline is similar to the rush an addict gets when they shoot up. ‘Stress is a drug,’ says Hanna. By activating the dopamine reward center in the brain that feeds us feel-good endorphins, stress can temporarily boost performance, explaining why some of us appear to get so much done when under the gun.”

I’m obsessed with Kylie’s gorgeous photos. These wintry shots from Idaho make this Los Angeles lover crave cold weather… just a little bit.

How goal-setting can inhibit our happiness:

“What motivates our investment in goals and planning for the future, much of the time, isn’t any sober recognition of the virtues of preparation and looking ahead. Rather, it’s something much more emotional: how deeply uncomfortable we are made by feelings of uncertainty. Faced with the anxiety of not knowing what the future holds, we invest ever more fiercely in our preferred vision of that future — not because it will help us achieve it, but because it helps rid us of feelings of uncertainty in the present.”

Could you live in a 196-square-foot cabin in Tahoe? This couple does. And they built it themselves.

That’s all for this week’s roundup. I’ve got a lot of writing and video editing to do today—and lots to look forward to this week. What’s going on with you?


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