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October is here!!!! It’s the best month of the year in MY opinon. Time to break out the riding boots, leggings, and plaid flannel! It’s all about pumpkin patch’s, haunted houses, and candy corn! For those of you in Texas, you know you’re wearing your cold weather gear whilst sweating profusely as the temps have yet to turn. Any day now ya’ll… any day!

These next couple of months will be bringing about some big potential changes in my personal life. So much so that most of life beyond a single day feels impossible. So this month’s freebie is all about reminding myself and everyone else that impossibility is only temporary ya’ll. It’s okay to take things one at a time until your back on your feet. So #BeFearless and remember that sometimes to get through the impossible, all you need to do is BREATHE! Be sure to download the freebie and rock this month’s fall foliage calligraphy wallpaper in style!

To get your seasonal fresh beautifully lettered lock screen wallpaper simply follow the steps below {instructions for iPhone or iPad}:

  1. Click on the i-device images below.
  2. Save the .png file to your computer or directly to your phone
  3. If you have saved the file to your computer you can transfer it to your phone using Drop-box or iCloud.
  4. Go into your settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness
  5. Select “Choose New Wallpaper”
  6. You can then select the image from your “Camera Roll” or “My Photo Stream”
  7. Resize in screen to whatever size you wish and hit “Set”
  8. You can then select “Set Lock Screen”
  9. Viola! All Finished!

Click the image above to get your free October 2015 lock screen wallpaper download! Or if you really enjoyed October 2014’s freebie you can download it HERE. I am super excited to be able to bring you something new each month and hand it to you FOR FREE! So go on, rock this year’s latest wallpaper in style just in time for autumn! If you have any questions, concerns, or need help, please leave a comment or email me at kirstenashleyphotography@gmail.com.

Until next months freebie, enjoy! Wishing all of you a beautiful month of October!

 

 

 

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Happy July everyone! We have officially entered into the second half of the year! July is one of my favorite months ya’ll. I think because it is right in the thick of summer when the temps are high, the sun shines brightly, and watermelon never tasted so good. I hope your summer is full of inspiration and plenty of R&R with family.

This months wallpaper was inspired by the fireworks of Independence Day. I wanted to give you something pretty and sparkly without having to showcase your patriotism all month long. The result? Shimmery gold sparkles with an encouraging line that reminds us all to never lose our spark! Because you know what? All it takes is one to catch hold to create a roaring flame. #BeFearless So add some sparkle to your summer and download your July freebie today!

To get your seasonal fresh beautifully lettered lock screen wallpaper simply follow the steps below {instructions for iPhone or iPad}:

  1. Click on the i-device images below.
  2. Save the .png file to your computer or directly to your phone
  3. If you have saved the file to your computer you can transfer it to your phone using Drop-box or iCloud.
  4. Go into your settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness
  5. Select “Choose New Wallpaper”
  6. You can then select the image from your “Camera Roll” or “My Photo Stream”
  7. Resize in screen to whatever size you wish and hit “Set”
  8. You can then select “Set Lock Screen”
  9. Viola! All Finished!

Click the image above to get your free July lock screen wallpaper download! I am super excited to be able to bring you something new each month and hand it to you FOR FREE! So go on, rock this year’s latest wallpaper in style with fireworks right in time for July 4th! If you have any questions, concerns, or need help, please leave a comment or email me at kirstenashleyphotography@gmail.com.

July Freebie | Fireworks Wallpaper | Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design

Until next months freebie, enjoy! Wishing all of you a beautiful month of July!

 

 

 

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Summer is here ya’ll!!! June has arrived with a monsoon of rain and the greenest west Texas vistas I have EVER seen. To keep you pushing through the beginning of summer when school is out and the kiddos are home, I am bringing you a mantra that’s sure to inspire and motivate! The ultimate goal is to #befearless, but it all starts with perseverance, courage, and strength.

To continue with exhibiting KAPD’s various lettering styles, this months style features the “Claire Mackenzie” KAPD calligraphy script. The background is an image I shot while vacationing in Destin with family recently. All of that white sand and aqua blue water…. it’s enough to make a girl swoon! So add some beach style to your everyday with KAPD’s June beach calligraphy wallpaper freebie!

To get your seasonal fresh beautifully lettered lock screen wallpaper simply follow the steps below {instructions for iPhone or iPad}:

  1. Click on the i-device images below.
  2. Save the .png file to your computer or directly to your phone
  3. If you have saved the file to your computer you can transfer it to your phone using Drop-box or iCloud.
  4. Go into your settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness
  5. Select “Choose New Wallpaper”
  6. You can then select the image from your “Camera Roll” or “My Photo Stream”
  7. Resize in screen to whatever size you wish and hit “Set”
  8. You can then select “Set Lock Screen”
  9. Viola! All Finished!

May Freebie | Floral Lock Screen Wallpaper | Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design

Click the image above to get your free June lock screen wallpaper download! I am super excited to be able to bring you something new each month and hand it to you FOR FREE! So go on, rock this year’s latest wallpaper in summer beach delight! If you have any questions, concerns, or need help, please leave a comment or email me at kirstenashleyphotography@gmail.com.

May Freebie | Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design

Until next months freebie, enjoy! Wishing all of you a wonderful month of June!

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Home Sweet Home blog circle, where a group of talented photographers around the world share why their hometown/state is the most fantastic place to visit! Should you find yourself in Texas, feel free to follow along with this series to find some of the most amazing hidden gems in the Lone Star State. After reading this post, be sure to follow the blog circle around the world to Anna Francken’s blog in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her photography is always stunning and full of delightful European details!

This month D and I traveled to San Marcos, Texas to visit my baby brother in his college town. For those of you oblivious to Texas geography, San Marcos about four hours slightly southeast from Abilene right smack dab in the middle of the gorgeous Texas hill country. My husband was in shock at the terrain {“You mean Texas has hills??? and roads that don’t just go straight???”} and we had the best time touring the town, despite the monsoon like downpour all weekend.

Like any place, what do you do when it’s raining out side? You make your way to the local brewery and sit down for a pint. In our case, my brother PT had found the most amazing local brewery in Blanco, TX called Real Ale Brewing CompanyThis delightful town sits about 45 minutes north of San Marcos. He’s been trucking it up there since the beginning when the tastings were free for as much as you could stomach. Currently it’s still the best drinking deal in town with samplers starting at just $4.00!

Real Ale Brewing Co began brewing in 1996 with a passionate heart for being Texan and brewing in Texas. Their goal is to brew the best possible beer around because “Texans are a thirsty bunch”! Real Ale Brewing is a unique company in that they only sell beer in the great state of Texas so that they can focus on quality rather than quantity.

We’re Texans. We care about Texans. So, we want to make sure the people we care about have the highest quality beer possible. And let’s face it, Texans are a thirsty bunch. – Real Ale Brewing Co

They start with water from the nearby Blanco River using no preservatives or artificial colors. We’re talking artisan ale here folks. They have everything from a Belgian Style Tripel {Devil’s Backbone} to a Rye IPA {Full Moon} to a German-style Pilsner {Hans’ Pils} to the ever popular, and my favorite, a blonde ale {Firemans #4}. They have 9 signature beers followed by 3 heavy hitters in a larger size. Plus their seasonal brews, PLUS their Brewers Cut and Mysterium Verum. It’s a brewers paradise I tell you.

D and I each started with a sampler, mine included the Devils Backbone, Hans’ Pils, Full Moon, & Brewhouse Brown Ale, while D’s only varied by The Devils Share. I was floored!!! I hadn’t had beer this tasty since living abroad. My brother’s Scots Gone Wild was matured for 12-14 months to deliver tart flavors that will blow your mind! It’s beautiful to see such craftsmanship both in a product and all of their marketing materials. You can buy awesome t-shirts, tour the brewery all while sipping their tasty wares. They’re even dog friendly!

This company has it down and I HIGHLY recommend that you visit them should you find yourself in the hill country. Stop in, they say they’ll “welcome you with open taps”!

So take that road trip you’ve been meaning to take this summer and head out to the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blano, Texas. Their address is 231 San Saba Court Blanco, Texas 78606. Call their office for more local information on opening times and tours at (830) 833-2534. If you’re a love of a quality hand crafted beverage made by those who are passionate about Texas, you will absolutely LOVE it!

Be sure to hop on over to Anna’s blog next to see her view of her home in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Add a comment or hit the like button to show some love!

Until June’s insight into the great state of Texas, I am wishing ya’ll a beautiful month!

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This post is a part of the “Home Sweet Home” series created by my fantastic international friends. The best part? You can follow the blog posts from each of us {as we have linked to each other at the end} and go all the way around the world to read about what makes each of our hometowns memorable. This month I link to Ana Quiroga who lives in Barcelona, Spain. Ana’s post are always full of the vivacious life that only Barcelona can provide! Be sure to click the link and head on over to Ana’s post after this one for a spectacular read and amazing photographs!

I have been DYING to explore downtown Abilene since we moved here in January! I have been so busy with wedding season this year that we have not been able to get out much. Which means I was extremely psyched to get the chance to walk around and photograph after church last Sunday. The most amazing thing about downtown Abilene on a Sunday? It’s a ghost town!!!! A little sad for businesses and hangry stomachs around lunch time, but it’s FANTASTIC for photographs! I can hardly wait to book a downtown urban session with a lovely couple or family…. heck a 2015/16 senior photoshoot would be so much fun!!!

I was delighted to find a coffee shop and a brewery, and while they were not open, D and I will definitely be trying them out very soon! The whole of downtown has a very art deco/art nouveau 1920s architectural style. I love the building details in the pre-cast concrete and stone. Apparently my favorite high-rise is full of loft apartments! How great would it be to live in one of those?!? *sigh* It just goes to show my passion for urban living is still alive and well.

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As you can see Abilene is chalk full of hidden gems like the National Children’s literature Museum, The Grace museum and so many other fun finds! I could not have asked for better lighting or prettier skies!

Be sure to hop on over to Ana’s blog next to see her view of her home away from home, Castilla and Leon. Add a comment or hit the like button to show some love!

Until May’s insight into Abilene Texas, I am wishing ya’ll a beautiful month!

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Hello April!!!! In honor of spring, I thought I’d break out the florals for this month! My office is currently swathed in fresh blooms. Blush rose is such an “in” color this season for weddings and fashion alike. Add a little pastel blush to your everyday with this month’s digital freebie!

This month’s quote is all about perseverance. So often we wonder, “Why all the struggle?”. The answer is to build strength. So if you’re in the middle of fighting the good fight right now, keep on keepin’ on… KAPD is right there to help fuel your fire!

To get your seasonal fresh beautifully lettered lock screen wallpaper simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the i-device images below.
  2. Save the .png file to your computer or directly to your phone
  3. If you have saved the file to your computer you can transfer it to your phone using Drop-box or iCloud.
  4. Go into your settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness
  5. Select “Choose New Wallpaper”
  6. You can then select the image from your “Camera Roll” or “My Photo Stream”
  7. Resize in screen to whatever size you wish and hit “Set”
  8. You can then select “Set Lock Screen”
  9. Viola! All Finished!

Click the image above to get your free April lock screen wallpaper download! I am super excited to be able to bring you something new each month and hand it to you FOR FREE! So go on, rock this year’s latest wallpaper in spring green delight! If you have any questions, concerns, or need help, please leave a comment or email me at kirstenashleyphotography@gmail.com.

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | April Freebie | Blush Digital Wallpaper

Until next months freebie, enjoy! Wishing all of you fabulous spring full of fresh flowers and pastel colors!

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How on earth did it get to be March already?!!? This year is flying by! As winter refuses to dissipate, I wanted to bring you something fresh and spring like for March {Come on Spring Break!!!}.

This particular quote strikes a fiery chord in my heart. Every once in a while things are hard, and life is tough…. so much so that you can hardly believe that all of your hard work is making a difference or impacting lives around you. This is my encouragement to never give up. Be that light in the darkness, courageous and fearless!

To get your seasonal fresh beautifully lettered lock screen wallpaper simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the i-device images below.
  2. Save the .png file to your computer or directly to your phone
  3. If you have saved the file to your computer you can transfer it to your phone using Drop-box or iCloud.
  4. Go into your settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness
  5. Select “Choose New Wallpaper”
  6. You can then select the image from your “Camera Roll” or “My Photo Stream”
  7. Resize in screen to whatever size you wish and hit “Set”
  8. You can then select “Set Lock Screen”
  9. Viola! All Finished!

 Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | March Freebie | Chartreuse Lock Screen Wallpaper

Be sure to click the image above to get your free March lock screen wallpaper download! I am super excited to be able to bring you something new each month and hand it to you FOR FREE! So go on, rock this year’s latest wallpaper in spring green delight! If you have any questions, concerns, or need help, please leave a comment or email me at kirstenashleyphotography@gmail.com.

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | March Freebie | Chartreuse Lock Screen Wallpaper

Until next months freebie, enjoy! Wishing all of you fabulous folks out a marvelous holiday season full of family, warmth, and blessings!

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Happy Halloween everyone!!! As a treat this month’s Happiness Through My Eyes is debuting on this fantastic holiday. For those of you new to HTME, several amazingly talented photographer friends of mine have teamed up to create a blog circle posting about the happiness in our lives once a month. The fantastic part is that these ladies are literally spread out all over the world! This month I link to the fantastic Ana Quiroga in Barcelona Spain. Ana and I share a love for food, tea, and Le Creuset! She has an incredible photographer’s eye and I adore her creative style! To see her happiness this month click HERE.

I always thought birthdays were about presents and cake. Sure there was plenty of celebration involved too, but it is only later in life after marrying an incredible intelligent {albeit full of himself} man that I realized birthday celebrations could be something more. To my husband D, birthday’s are all about the experience. Anything that could give you a great story {ie:“So there was this one time in Prague when we locked ourselves in a room for an hour to see if we could escape…”} is so much more fulfilling than anything tangible. So began the tradition of celebrating birthdays with an experiential vacation.

For my birthday this year I chose Prague, a HUGE bucket list travel destination! We chose to drive the six hour journey in a rented car, stopping at Esso stations along the way through Germany to get gas. I was all kinds of excited as neither of us had been this far east. D had done spectacular research on things to do, architecture to see, and restaurants/bars to stop and replenish our energy. So I came up with the top ten reasons to visit Prague to share with you this October! There was definitely an abundance of happiness to be had on this fantastic vacation!

I’m really not sure how we managed it, but our Air B&B apartment accommodations were one street over from the Rodeo Drive of Prague. Out my front door and down the street was a five star hotel with a five star heated parking garage {complete with a car wash!}. My jaw hit the pavement strolling past Tiffany’s, Gucci, Fendi, Jimmy Choo {shoes!!!}, Hermes, and La Perla, just to name a few! There was a moment where I cursed my suitcase and everything in it because I knew whatever I wore, I’d look like a hobo in any of these stores. I went inside a few, determined to ignore the disapproving sneers at the holes in my comfy flats and my north face rain jacket. While I was unsuccessful at beating back the stares, the shopping was glorious. So many beautiful things, even if you just walk past the windows!

The most quoted phrase from my husband on the trip was “The Eastern block this…..” and “The Eastern block that….” or “Welcome to the Eastern Block….” which was soon shortened to “The EB”. The culture of Prague is unlike anything I have encountered yet on my travels. The language for starters is fascinating. It has been a long time since I visited a country where I had trouble pronouncing “Hi” and “Thank You”, much less remembering them. Also the currency made me feel like I was spending thousands and thousands of dollars… as one hundred Czech Krone {100 Kč} = $4.58. So I’m pulling out 1000 Kč bills from the ATM feeling like I’m draining my bank account only to do the math and find out that the equivalent is about $46. Ha! Definitely an awesome part of the adventure.

Dude, Prague is OLD…. Like amaze-balls old. Prague was founded in the 8th Century by Libuše and her husband, Přemysl, founder of the Přemyslid dynasty. During the 14th century, the Holy Roman Emporer Charles IV reigned until 1378. My brain explodes at the thought of how much history this city contains. How many souls wandered these streets and the stories they could tell…. The Czech Republic {formerly Czechoslovakia} has been a crucial territory during both World Wars, the Cold War, and the Velvet Revolution suffering from destruction and bombings and bloodshed. I was amazed to see how much beauty the city still holds, as the major landmarks seem untouched, simply weathered by time. If you are at all a history buff, the city is your ticket to historical paradise.

Enter the best bar experience OF MY LIFE. Folks who know me are aware of how fancy pants I am when it comes to cooking and tending bar. Nothing ordinary for this girl, only complicated drinks like lavender martinis, vanilla passions, cherry chocolate bourbon soda, and tangerine gimlets strike my fancy. I have often thought, “If only there was a bar that served ONLY fancy pants drinks. Where nothing is ever simple, and flavors run wild.”. Well, I am ecstatic to tell you that my dear sweet husband found the bar of my dreams. The Hemingway Bar sits one block off the river near the Charles Bridge. You have to make reservations in order to get in, and I high recommend that you sit at the bar to witness the most incredible mixology/bar service of your life. Right away I was tipped off to the stellar branding as we sat at the bar noting their slogan “Fine Mixology and Luxury Spirits”. Simple, timeless, & classic. The staff is all male dressed in slacks collard shirts and suspenders. They all have an air of 1920’s speak easy charm. I had died and heaven is really a bar…..

Our bartender, Peter, is simply the best. Menus were brandished seemingly out of no where upon our arrival as we were greeted and helped into our seats. My first drink was the ELIZABETH HADLEY RICHARDSON which contains the following: El Dorado 12 years old rum, Sandeman Port Tawny, Creme de Griottes chocolat from Gabriel Boudier, star anise tincture, and spray of Xante, paired with a chocolate chip cake for tasting in it’s own mini cake plate complete with glass cover. I was floored. I didn’t know ANY of these ingredients. Watching Peter work his magic was like watching a mad scientist chemist. The drinks were mixed in beakers or shakers of various sizes. Flavors and alcohol were added in different size pony & jiggers or eye droppers or spray bottles. Cocktails were stirred with long swivel spoons and various size ice cubes, every one tasted by Peter himself before it was served to ensure quality. Each signature cocktail had it’s own particular glass, and garnish. It was the most elaborate display of mixology I had ever seen. Watching him shake the drinks was my favorite part, as he had a style and flair all his own.

The Hemingway even does a special presentation on absinth as they stock 43 different kinds from several countries. Their bar stock alone is enough to make anyone’s mouth hang open agape. They stock over 200 rum varieties, 16 types of gin, 14 types of vodka, 15 different tequilas, 14 blended scotch whiskeys, 62 whiskeys separated by country and region, a variety of vermoths, bitters, ports, and the most impressive champagne list I have born witness to. Did I mention you can also order cigars in the smoking section downstairs?

So if you should find yourself in Prague, The Hemingway Bar is a MUST EXPERIENCE. Every drink we ordered was fabulous and watching Peter mix the cocktails was even more enticing. He even made me my own signature cocktail based on my pallet preferences! We were sad to leave knowing we would never have another bar experience like this one ever again. I give five starts to this bar for achieving high class atmosphere and first class drinks.

Oh the doors. They speak for themselves, literally. With so much decor and detail I was able to add at least a dozen or so to my fenestrations collection! Some of the more ornate doors guarded embassies while others welcomed individuals into places of worship. There were so many that I could hardly put my camera away before spotting another one and pulling it all back out again!

D is also a huge fan of puzzles. He is always playing logic games and I envy his ability to think outside the box. He found the Mind Maze and it was one of the most fun experience I have ever had on a vacation! Mind Maze is a live action adventure game where you are locked in a room for 60 minutes. Using only your brain to solve logic puzzles and find clues the goal is to find your way out of the room in the allotted hour. D and I thought it would be the ultimate team building experience….. and how right we were! We chose to do the alchemist’s chamber mind maze, which looked like something out of Harry Potter. I am proud to say that we were able to find our way out of the room in the given amount of time! We worked well together and he figured out some bits and I figured out others. I’ll admit I was really nervous that he would figure everything out first and I’d be standing there gawking at his brilliance. Parts of the maze were super challenging and once we figured things out there were many times where we felt stupid and had the “ohmigosh DUH!” moments. If you like to solve riddles and puzzles, this is another MUST DO activity while staying in Prague. D and I left the Mind Maze on an adrenaline high that lasted us the rest of the day!

I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away to future players. Be sure to make reservations in advance. The maze can be played in a group of two to five people. The staff is super nice and they will give you hints over a walkie talkie if you get stuck and need help. Are you game?

While in Prague, be sure to walk across the bridge up to the Prague castle. The castle really isn’t much other than it’s a rather large complex with gardens all around, but the view down on the city is well worth the hike. My breath caught in my throat upon first glimpse of the marvelous city of spires. Also, the walk along the river is quite scenic offering different vistas along each side of the valley.

I definitely experience some of the best meals of my life while on this vacation. I have to hand it to my husband as he did the research knowing that I like fancy pants cuisine way more than I enjoy fancy pants cocktails. Most of these evenings I left my camera at home to enjoy the meals without the added pressure of photographing everything and worry about poor lighting. The following two restaurants were my favorite and I will explain each in turn.

LA VERANDA – Elišky Krásnohorské 10/2, 110 00 Praha-Josefov, Czech Republic +420 224 814 733
AH-mazing food. The best quail and pumpkin risotto I have ever tasted in my life. This restaurant is Michelin rated with an excellent wine list. Their dessert menu is also to die for. It has a cozy atmosphere and be sure to sit upstairs if you can. It also happened to be right next door to our apartment. Score!

GRAND CRU RESTAURANT & BAR – Lodecká 1181/4, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czech Republic +420 775 044 076
Best meal of my LIFE. Astonishing French cusine served only they way the French can. I had the largest Halibut steak I have ever seen. My husbands lamb with fig was melt in your mouth scintillating! This restaurant is known for its wine stock {over 1000 different kinds!} so we had a wine pairing with every course. These paired wines were absolutely outstanding! I highly recommend getting the cheese course before your dessert. And as always, NEVER pass up a French dessert! Their resident sommelier was extremely informative and knowledgeable about every wine that was served at our table that night. We could have stayed at this restaurant forever with its warm glow and insatiable aromas! As this place is extremely sought after, call in advance to make a reservation to be sure you get a seat!

There were many other amazing places we ate along with food from street vendors and local bakeries! A Czech bakery is a must for breakfast with their delightful Turkish coffee and kolaches!

Prague is a city of architectural wonders…. One that practically rivals Paris in it’s ornate Renaissance / Baroque styles. The you have modern marvels like the “Dancing House” by renown architect Frank Gehry, that leave you breathless in awe. There is more of a juxtaposition of styles in this lovely city of spires. Every where you look there is grandeur, everything you see has such exquisite detail that you find your self staring unabashedly. I was also quite fond of the colors that adorned the buildings and rooftops in Prague, as the palette is unlike any other. Boulevard upon boulevard of tall hand carved town-homes…. almost too much beauty to take in at once!

All I wanted for my birthday was to have an iconic shot of the Charles Bridge that I took myself. In true pro photographer form, D and I got up at 5:30 AM to make our way to the bridge. I could scarcely believe how empty it was! This particular tourists attraction is usually packed with people and street vendors alike which makes it practically impossible to get a clear shot during the day. It was so peaceful in the wee hours of the morning, just me, D, and the bridge {plus or minus a few other photogs}. I was super excited to shoot while manually focusing as the light was too dim for auto focus. It was such a dream to get the shots I wanted! If you are a photographer and are looking to get this shot, getting up early is the only way to do it!

Don’t forget to follow the blog circle around the world! Visit Ana’s blog in Barcelona and see her happiness HERE.

Until next month’s happiness… Wishing everyone a lovely November and Happy Halloween!

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October 27, 2014
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1 :: Home from the Czech Republic – Last week D and I took a much needed five day vacation to Prague! It has been a bucket list trip of mine for a very long time…. and it did not disappoint! The city provided me with some of my favorite travel photography to date… and hopefully I can share some of it with you before we pack up our life here in Germany. I highly recommend visiting this beautifully ancient city if you live in the area. We decided to bite the bullet and drive the six hour journey, but D and I were pleasantly surprised at how nice the drive was. There are plenty of Esso stations along the way and most of your drive is through Deutschland. Prague is definitely worth the visit for it’s iconic architecture, incredible food, and cultural experiences. Although it was the first country I have visited in quite some time where I didn’t speak ANY of the language… talk about intimidating!

2 :: Fine Mixology – Back in college, my girlfriends and I had girls night every Wednesday. We always had a blast coming up with a new signature drink for the night. Fancy cocktail glasses, syrups, flavored liquors… it was a foodie chemist’s wonderland. Even though college has come and gone, my love for fine mixology has always been ever present. So much so that my Pinterest feed makes me feel like an alcoholic…. it seems as if every third pin suggestion is a mixed cocktail. lol So in the spirit of MIAM, this week’s recipe picks are all about some seriously original mixed drinks. Click on a drink to take you to the corresponding blog! Cheers to you and stay thirsty my friends! 1) La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) | Muy Bueno Cookbook 2) Cranberry Thyme Gin & Tonic | www.acozykitchen.com 3) Pink Champagne Granita with Pomegranate | Made By Mary 4) The Lavender Collins | Buzzfeed.com 5) The White Ginger | The Boys Club 6) Cherry-Chocolate Bourbon Soda | Katie at the Kitchen Door

La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) | Muy Bueno CookbookCranberry Thyme Gin & Tonic | www.acozykitchen.comPink Champagne Granita with Pomegranate | Made By MaryThe Lavender Collins (so pretty!!) <3 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice, 1.5 oz Lavender Syrup, 3 oz Club Soda (+/- to taste) #MyVeganJournalThe White Ginger | The Boys ClubCherry-Chocolate Bourbon Soda {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

3 :: Harry Potter Throwback – On our recent road trip to Prague, D and I packed the car full of HP audio books. I realized that I had reread the later books in the series quite often, but had never reread the first HP book. I had forgotten how charming it is packed full of such rich details {so many more than the movie!!} that you feel as if you too are seeing the wizarding world for the first time just like Harry. The audio books have the added bonus of adding the character’s accents, which you don’t normally hear when you are visually reading. Upon returning home after the completion of the first book, D and I have since decided to reread the whole series through audio. Jim Dale, you are one heck of an audio author! Also for you avid HP fans, J.K. Rowling has announced she will release a backstory on Dolores Umbridge on Oct. 31st of this year on Pottermore.com, the perfect treat for Halloween!

4 :: Oleeeeeeeeeee Ole Ole Ole – Well it took three years, but I finally made it to a 1FCK soccer game!!! It was awesome! My favorite part is the spirit of the fans, and the scarves!!! D had been to a game before and brought me a scarf, so I felt like I was a legitimate fan sitting there proudly displaying my red and white loyalty! If you live in the KMC area, this is a must do activity in which the whole family can enjoy! Tickets aren’t very expensive {$25} and you can park at one of the park & ride sites and take the bus directly to the stadium so you don’t have to battle parking! I was super stoked that we tied the game 1:1 at the last possible minute against Dusseldorf. Below you can see the celebratory stadium! SO much spirit!!!

1FCK Kaiserslautern | Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design
Happy Monday Ya’ll!!! It’s my hope that Monday In A Moment brightens the beginning of your week so you can power through to the end!

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In honor of my birthday this week, I am introducing the KAPD freebie of the month! The idea struck me as I was on my iphone {still rocking the 4s} and I realized that I have had the same lock screen wallpaper for the past THREE years. How lame and unacceptable is that?? I really wanted to update it to something new and fresh…. and possibly seasonal…. being the graphic designer that I am, I thought “Why not create something awesome for KAPD? and make it FREE for EVERYONE?!?!?”. Yep. Freaking fantastic.

So if you love the calligraphy stylings and photographs of KAPD, you can now update your lock screen wallpaper EVERY month with the KAPD freebie of the month! Want more great news? This single file download is compatible with practically ANY device! {Seriously awesome, right?} You can use it for you iPad, iPad Mini, iphone 4, 5, 6, & even 6 plus!!! It even works for Android phones!

To get your seasonal fresh beautifully lettered lock screen wallpaper simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the i-device images below.
  2. Save the .png file to your computer or directly to your phone
  3. If you have saved the file to your computer you can transfer it to your phone using Drop-box or iCloud.
  4. Go into your settings -> Wallpapers & Brightness
  5. Select “Choose New Wallpaper”
  6. You can then select the image from your “Camera Roll” or “My Photo Stream”
  7. Resize in screen to whatever size you wish and hit “Set”
  8. You can then select “Set Lock Screen”
  9. Viola! All Finished!

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Free Lock Screen Wallpaper | October 2014

Be sure to click the image above to download your free KAPD lock screen wallpaper! I am super excited to be able to bring you something new each month and hand it to you FOR FREE! So go on, rock this month’s wallpaper like the tech savvy artist you are! If you have any questions, concerns, or need help, please leave a comment or email me at kirstenashleyphotography@gmail.com.

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Free Lock Screen Wallpaper | October 2014

Until next months freebie, enjoy! Wishing all of you fabulous folks out there a most marvelous weekend!

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