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Canon T1i or Cheap Nikon?

Remember how excited I was when I bought my first DSLR camera, a Canon T1i? The honeymoon is over.

I know every good blogger is supposed to have a "real" camera, but honestly? Dragging that heavy DSLR camera around is a pain! And my camera, the Canon T1i, isn't even that bulky compared to some of the others. All those fancy options and features are complicated! Is point-and-shoot really that bad?

For our San Francisco vacation, I left the Canon at home and brought our old, pocket-sized Nikon. With the help of Picasa's free photo editing software, I was able to go from this:

Alcatraz, as seen from our Golden Gate Bay cruise.
To this:
 Post-Picasa. Not bad for a photo taken willy nilly! (And even more 'not bad' if you click the photo to enlarge it!)
Fellow bloggers and photographers, would you ever trade in your DSLR camera for an old-school point and shoot camera? And, if so, which one would you recommend?
I'm tempted to sell my Canon to buy something fun, like…

Link Up! Share Your Favorite Blog Posts

Handing out little boxes of toothpaste and business cards for our dental office (and candy!) Yes or no? Is my house going to get egged (again) if I do this?

Have a safe Halloween everyone!

Kale and Zucchini Quesadillas Recipe

Have you ever thrown together a bunch of different things just to use them up before they go bad, only to discover that what you've made is absolutely delicious? This is one of those recipes.

I had no intention of blogging about this (hence the bites that are missing from the below photos) but it is really, REALLY good! I was just trying to use up our leftover kale and zucchini and now have a new favorite recipe. Don't you just love when that happens? It's especially great since I never know what to do with kale anyway.




Hmmm...this is perhaps not the most beautiful food.

KALE AND ZUCCHINI QUESADILLAS
serves one

Ingredients
1 tortilla2 large kale leaves, chopped with thick stems removed1/4 of a zucchini, thinly slicedCilantro, Green Onion, and Jalapenos (to taste, but if you skip this altogether, your quesadilla will be bland!) 1 Tbsp Garlic Butter (you can add these ingredients separately if you must, but after that you should make yourself a go-to combination for next time.…

Blog Hop Alert! Share Your Favorite Posts

It's time for another Not "Baaad" Sundays linky party! Discover some nifty new sites and share all your week's adventures. After that, be sure to check out Pica and Biscuit's cute Halloween costume idea.

Dressing up for Halloween works better when your dog isn't afraid of their costume.
And, of course, if you could share my blog hop button, I would be much obliged!

Halloween Costume Fun! Cutest Baby Skunk Ever?

Sexy Nerd takes it upon himself every year to dole out the Halloween candy. Interacting with trick-or-treaters and their hovering parents is a bit much for antisocial me, so this works out perfectly. It's also an ideal situation for the kids, because Sexy Nerd is a pushover and easily forgets all about my stingy "2 candies each" rule whenever a child with an adorable costume or sweet voice shows up at our door, scooping up enormous handfuls of candy instead.

Our first year in our home, one trick-or-treater was a little boy dressed as a skunk. He was only about 2 and had the Most.Adorable.Costume.Ever, along with an irresistible "Twick-or-Tweat Pwease". His mom was holding his bag of candy at the end of our driveway, so he held out his furry, mittened skunk hands. Sexy Nerd was no match for the cuteness and gladly forked over a massive handful of Tootsie Rolls, Caramels, and Gummy Candy Corn into his waiting paws. 
"Thank you," said the lit…

WOWZA! $30 Off at One Kings Lane

I don't normally dedicate entire posts to deals I find online, but this one is too nifty not to share. In addition to the $15 credit you get for signing up with One Kings Lane through this link, you save $15 by using coupon code get-inspired - a total savings of $30! Already have an account? Use a different email address and open another one!

There are plenty of pretty things to buy for $30 and less. I just purchased a 12 inch Le Souk Ceramique Tagine. The retail price is listed at $70 and it has wonderful reviews on Amazon. My cost? $11.95, including shipping!

One Kings Lane is a little bogged down at the moment (for obvious reasons) but keep trying if you can't connect. It's worth it!

What awesome deals have you found on One Kings Lane?

Linky Alert! Come Blog Hop with LambAround

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to this week! Sexy Nerd and I will be spending our weekend visiting houses on the Albuquerque Parade of Homes tour. I forgot to bring my camera when we went out today, but I'll try to take photos to share tomorrow and Sunday.

First visit to my blog? Well, my new bloggy friend, you might want to visit Linky Party Rules for LambAround Newbies.

Sometimes I Think We'll Buy Anything at Pottery Barn

Behold, Pottery Barn's Sand Vase Filler.

Only $8.50! I suppose the price may seem a bit much, but it's not like you can get 4 pounds of sand anywhere else, right?

Besides, it's from Pottery Barn!

Really, Pottery Barn?
Has anyone out there purchased this fancy pants sand? Is it actually made up of finely ground diamonds and unicorn tears?

LINKY TIME! Blog Hop with LambAround

Sexy Nerd is spending the weekend with his super cute, paper towel-eating baby niece (and developing an extreme case of Baby Madness!) and I'm crunching the numbers to take the two of us on a little Hawaiian vacation. What is everyone else up to?

You're Never Too Old For Braces

Let's rewind to high school, when my stubborn teenage self insisted (demanded!) at the orthodontist's office on the very last appointment before getting braces that there was no way I was ever, EVER going to put those sharp, ugly things in my mouth. My mom told me that I'd regret it and would have to pay the thousands of dollars for braces myself in another 10 years or so.

I knew she was wrong. I just knew it.

Now, I'm at an age where my smile just doesn't send the professional image I would like. Between you (the entire internet world!) and me, I don't have the most attractive front teeth. I had my teeth fixed in the 3rd grade after a little accident, (Face, meet Road) and now, 20-something years later, the composite build ups are chipped and showing their age, with a noticeable horizontal line separating real tooth from fake. Oh, and as if this weren't all bad enough, the 2 teeth are different sizes with a gap between them! When I told my boss, a pe…