4th of July Cocktail: Liberty


Need a yummy festive red, white and blue cocktail for your 4th party?  I found this cocktail over on this site and made a few teeny tweaks.  It is delicious!!



– half shot fresh lemon juice
– one shot Gin
– one shot Triple Sec
– chilled champagne
– fresh strawberries and blueberries

1. Put lemon juice, gin and triple sec into a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake shake.

2. Pour mix into cocktail glass filled with ice.

3. Fill the rest of your glass with the cold champagne.

4. Add fresh fruit.

5. Drink. Repeat!



Love Your Body

I read this article here and wanted to share:


1. Saying Things Like, “She Would Be So Pretty If…” 

Have you ever uttered anything along the lines of, “But she has such a gorgeous face” or “She would be more beautiful if she put on a few pounds”? You are limiting your idea of beauty to a cultural stereotype. Beauty is not conditional. If you can’t say anything nice, maybe it’s time to learn how.

2. Judging Other People’s Clothes 

While it’s fine for you to choose clothes any way you want, nobody else is required to adhere to your style. The person wearing that outfit is, in fact, pulling it off, even if you think she’s too flat chested, big chested, short, tall, fat or thin. And fat people don’t have to confine themselves to dark colors and vertical stripes, no matter who prefers it. And spandex? It’s a right, not a privilege.

3. Making It an ‘Us vs. Them’ Thing 

The phrase “Real Women Have Curves” is highly problematic. Developed as a response to the tremendous body shaming that fat women face, it still amounts to doing the same thing in the opposite direction. The road to high self-esteem is probably not paved with hypocrisy. Equally problematic is the phrase “boyish figure” as if a lack of curves makes us somehow less womanly. The idea that there is only so much beauty, only so much self-esteem to go around is a lie. Real women come in all shapes and sizes, no curves required.

4. Avoiding the Word “Fat”

Dancing around the word fat is an insinuation that it’s so horrible that it can’t even be said. The only thing worse than calling fat people “big boned” or “fluffy” is using euphemisms that suggest body size indicates the state of our health or whether we take care of ourselves. As part of a resolution to end body shaming, try nixing phrases like “she looks healthy,” or “she looks like she is taking care of herself,” and “she looks like she is starving” when what you actually mean is a woman is thin.

5. Making Up Body Parts 

We could all lead very full lives if we never heard the words cankles, muffin top, apple shaped, pear shaped or apple butt ever again. We are not food.

6. Congratulating People for Losing Weight 

You don’t know a person’s circumstances. Maybe she lost weight because of an illness. You also don’t know if she’ll gain the weight back (about 95 percent of people do), in which case earlier praise might feel like criticism. If someone points out that a person has lost weight, consider adding something like, “You’ve always been beautiful. I’m happy if you are happy.” But if a person doesn’t mention her weight loss, then you shouldn’t mention it either. Think of something else you can compliment.

7. Using Pretend Compliments 

“You’re really brave to wear that.” By the way, wearing a sleeveless top or bikini does not take bravery. “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” These things are not mutually exclusive — a person can be fat and beautiful. “You can afford to eat that, you’re thin.” You don’t know if someone has an eating disorder or something else; there is no need to comment on someone’s body or food intake. “You’re not that fat” or “You’re not fat, you workout,” need to be struck from your vocabulary. Suggesting that looking fat is a bad thing is also insulting.

8. Thinking of Women as Baby-Making Machines 

One of my readers mentioned that her gynecologist called her “good breeding stock.” Also awful: “baby making hips.” Worst of all is when people ask fat people when they are due. As has famously been said, unless you can see the baby crowning, do not assume that someone is pregnant.

9. Sticking Your Nose in Other People’s Exercise Routines 

A subtle form of body shaming occurs when people make assumptions or suggestions about someone’s exercise habits based on their size. Don’t ask a fat person, “Have you tried walking?” Don’t tell a thin person, “You must spend all day in the gym.” I have had people at the gym congratulate me for starting a workout program when, in fact, I started working out at age 12 and never stopped. I had a thin friend who started a weight-lifting program and someone said to her, “Be careful, you don’t want to bulk up.” How about not completely over-stepping your boundaries and being rude and inappropriate?

10. Playing Dietitian 

If you have no idea how much a person eats or exercises, you shouldn’t tell her to eat less and move more or suggest she put more meat on her bones. (Even if you do know what she eats, don’t do it). How do you know she’s looking for nutritional advice from you or the newest weight-loss tip you saw on Dr. Oz?

Written by: Ragen Chastain



28 by 29


It has been way too long since I’ve been here.  So much has been going on! Wedding, moving, new office, new clients, etc.  I promise I will update all of that here soon!!  But today its my birthday.  I am 28 today. It seemed like time went way too fast in between 27 and 28. I didnt even feel like I was 27! So in hopes of not letting the week, month, year just zip by I am making a list of 28 things I want to accomplish by the time I am 29.  Here it goes!

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1. Get a new camera.
2. Finish the 52 weeks project and print photo book.
3. Print our wedding photo album.
4. Go to the beach at least 5 times this year.
5. Loose 15-20 lbs.
6. Make pickles.
7. Go to a play I have never seen.
8. Read at least 4 books.
9. Take more bubble baths.
10. Make up a 10 day photography challenge for myself, and do it.
11. Go camping at least twice.
12. Post on Sarah-Sue at least once a month.
13. Get our wedding in the newspaper.
14. Wear every single pair of my shoes at least once this year.
15. Learn a new song (well) on my sax.
16. Learn to french braid my hair.
17. Make sushi with my husband at home.
18. Paint each of my finger nails a different color.
19. Paint the giant canvas.
20. Organize tea/coffee station.
21. Take an impromptu weekend trip with my husband.
22. Clean and organize all my craft materials.
23. Host a girls night.
24. Pose in a couple (with husband) photo session by another photographer.
25. Do an 8+ mile hike.
26. Set up all my jewelry.
27. Go to Hearst castle.
28. Take the train to union station and tour the Cathedral.

Wish me luck! :)


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DIY: $1 Store Easter Wreath

All my supplies I got at the $1 store!  It was super easy and cost me a total of $5!

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