Maria and Melanie


    This weekend I had the pleasure of doing this wonderful Mommy and Me photo session for Maria and her daughter. I met Maria in college when we were both in Bauer Ambassadors together. It’s been over 6 years since I last saw her, and it was definitely a pleasure to see her with her beautiful baby girl Melanie. We shot this session at Herman Park.I loved shooting Melanie because she had such a great independent spirit about her. We did not confine the shoot to any set posing, and allowed her to be free in her environment. I loved being able to capture her determination in her eyes. This little girl is a go getter. She was on the move and determined to explore her surroundings. Maria is a wonderful mother, and I can see how much she adores her little one. You cannot deny the love and bond between a mother and child, and it is wonderfully captured in these photos. We were able to get some amazing shot even though we got caught in the rain towards the end of it. Take a look at the complete gallery  on the link below. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

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    Beach Family Pictures

    I had the pleasure of doing this beautiful family’s pictures. Amber and Cody have two wonderful children Hayden and Paisley. I loved being able to capture the genuine love in their faces. One of my favorite thing about shooting with my A6000 is the speed. We were able to capture genuine candid shots without being too “staged” or posed. It’s a great camera for capturing active kiddos. We shot at Stevenson Park where they were married. I love the scenic background and the natural lighting the park had to offer. It is a beautiful park and the kids loved all the squirrels. Here are a few of my favorites, but you can see the full gallery by clicking on the link below. We had so many great shots for the 45 minute session we had.

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    How I earned FREE Kendra Scott Earrings in 3 Simple Steps

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    Hey guys,

    So one of the perks of being a blogger is getting the scoop on cool promotions and of course all the freebies. Free clothes, beauty products, and accessories. I love sharing all of the cool discounts and free giveaways because well sharing is caring! But honestly this is one of the easiest promos I have ever done, and the only one where you can get the full benefits of it as well. And if you are like me, a mama on a budget, then you are going to appreciate getting free Kendra Scott jewelry.

    So how easy is it? and is it there a catch? Nope, it is so easy it takes only 3 steps to get it. Here’s how:

    So have you ever heard of Rocksbox? If you haven’t let me tell you about it. Rocksbox gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry for only $19. If you love it and want to keep it, you can purchase it for a discounted insider price. I decided to try it out, because who doesn’t love designer jewelry shipped right to their house for free. I was so excited to receive my favorite Kendra Scotts I decided to invite my friends to try a free month with me. Well come to find out I received $25 credit for each friend that signed on. In less than 2 weeks of my free month I had earned $50 from two friends! Also since I had signed up for the free month and became a Shine Insider I also received a $10 credit from Rocksbox. I had $60 credit which I used to purchase the Kendra Scott earrings they sent to me. How awesome is that!


    So how do I get to earn my free Kendra Scotts? And how do I get to try a free month of Rocksbox?

    1. Sign up here and use the code dawnpdarnellwefitxoxo to get your free month. They will ask for your credit card number for security purposes or in case you decide to keep your accessories. You will not be charged as long as you cancel your membership before your free month ends. Click here for more info.

    2. Once you become a Shine Insider, you will receive an email with your own promotion code. Invite your friends and family. Every person who tries one month free you will receive $25 after their first box ships.

    3. Once you get your accessories, you can use your credit to purchase whatever pieces you like and send back those you don’t free of charge.

    Yup its that easy. I may never have to buy another pair of designer jewelry again! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. Please let me know if this works for you. I love sharing success stories! Thanks for stopping by!

    <3 Dawn


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    Fashion, Travel

    Hotel Galvez


    For our anniversary weekend my husband and I stayed at the historic beachfront hotel Hotel Galvez & Spa. Over 100 years old, it is still one of the most popular and beautiful hotels in Galveston. I love the old 1900 style and charm in its furniture and decor. When you walk in you feel like you’ve time traveled into an old classic movie. The staff is very welcoming and accommodating. Our favorite thing about the hotel was the pool and the swim up bar. I love how it has a secluded section just for the adults. I would highly recommend it for vacationing couples. It also has complementary bikes for getting around the Seawall in Galveston, and a ride away from the famous restaurant and tiki bar The Spot. Definitely check it out next time you are in the area! It’s great for a weekend get away!

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    The Spot


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    This past weekend for our Anniversary, my husband and I took a little weekend trip to Galveston. It was our first night away from our little man, and we wanted to make sure we enjoyed our kid free trip. Galveston is a great family vacation spot, but it also has some great places for couples, or people wanting to enjoy a more mature environment. One place I would recommend is the Spot. It is a two story venue that has a separate upstairs restaurant and bar area for adults 21 and up. I love the tropical tree house themed bar and it’s seaside view of the beach. It’s located right on the strand and walking distance to the beach. The food menu has the traditional bar foods, burgers, tacos, and my favorite oysters! You can check out the rest of their menu here. The mixed drinks are great too. They all have an island feel, and although they don’t taste strong, watch out they will creep up on you. I could only have one, any more and my husband would have to carry me out of there. Definitely check it out if you are looking for some casual fun, and they have live bands at night. The party never stops at the SPOT.

    Below are details of my outfit:

    Oversized lattice floppy hat
    Kendra Scott Naomi Rose Quartz Double Ring
    Michael Kors Brilliance Statement Pavé Midi X Ring
    Burd Life Aurora Goddess Bracelet
    Sperry Women’s Valencia Espadrille Wedges
    BKE Eve White Shorts
    Daytrip Dip Dye Top

    Click for your Free Kendra Scott or Accessory of your choice

    Join me and become a Shine Insider for free. Invite 2 friends or family members to join you for a free month using your referral code and get $60 towards a free pair of Kendra Scott earrings!

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    <3 Dawn

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