Somehow April got so busy with blog posts and such that I never posted a keeping it real post for April. Never fear, I’m here today with a keeping it real post for you.
Are you ready to see some of the ‘behind the scenes ‘ here at The Real Thing with the Coake Family? I’ve got a few behind the scenes for you today as well an idea for your photography if you are a blog writer as well.
Last month, I showed you how I cleaned my wire shelves and how I gave my laundry room a mini makeover. Of course for those pictures, I showed you the more ‘magazine glossy’ pictures. The picture above is what you see on a typical day. Laundry and laundry basket on the floor. Laundry that needs some type of stain treatment on the dryer. In the corner right when you walk in, at this time there were Girl Scout cookies with our cat food container on top. If you were able to see around the corner some more, you would see another small square laundry basket with all our co-op P.E. supplies in it and all our donations waiting to be taken to Goodwill on top, under and behind that. The door is open as far as it will open because there is a huge hot water heater behind the door. This is the more normal, everyday version of my laundry room.
I showed you our idea for a family Mother’s Day activity a couple of week’s ago. If you look carefully at the pictures, you will notice that I had Mr. T take any pictures of me over my shoulder or from behind. Yeah….I’m in my sweat pants with no makeup and minimally done hair (i.e., ponytail). Here is the real picture, which somehow Mr. T thankfully and accidentally kept me a little blurry. This is my usual look on days we aren’t going anywhere. My other usual look these days is staying in my sweating running clothes until about 4pm, when I seem to finally have time to shower. Pretty, ehh? Yep, not magazine glossy AT all.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, many runners banded together to #runforBoston. I wanted to join in as well. Run for Boston is intended to be a run or walk of your choice and distance, but do it in honor of Boston. I really wanted to run a full marathon over the course of week, but I just had to be realistic about the time and other commitments I had that week. I settled on completing a half marathon during one week. I had to complete it all during the week as that weekend we were going camping and a Saturday or Sunday run would not have been possible. I finished up my 13.1 miles on Friday morning. When I arrived back at our house, I was greeted by these two cuties who had their race cheering signs and a finish line for me made from yarn. I have the sweetest and most supportive girls!
What is this display board for? What project are you or your girls working on? None! This is a little blog or Etsy photography tip for you. This is our office and the white tables are my girls craft tables. In the afternoon, this room has the best light for taking pictures. In order to get a white background and better pictures I use this tri-fold display board as my background.
This is what the table and board looked like for taking the pictures of our Mother’s Day family activity. I read about using one of these display boards early on in my figuring this blogging thing out. I have no idea where I read that, so thank you to whichever blogger put that out there on her blog. It works great and takes very little space to store. In fact, if you scroll back up to the picture of my laundry room, you may just spy it tucked in the space between the dryer and the wall. That is where I store all my backgrounds. I have recently added a black background as well. Maybe another day I can show you that trick.
The final shots from this set up. Pretty neat, huh?
Well, thanks for joining me this month for another in my series keeping things real here. I think it is fun to see others real life…it makes me realize they are just like me and no one has a perfect life despite the glossy pictures, amazing crafts, and spectacular decorating. I can’t imagine anyone looking at me or my blog and thinking I have it all together or that my family does. I also realize that the reality is that you see only what I show you. I want to keep showing you some of our real world because I am far from all together and I don’t like living under false pretenses.
Until next month, let’s keep it real folks.