Monday In A Moment #54 | On Challenges


1 :: Winding Down – As D and I are winding down are time living abroad, we are trying to fit in a couple last traveling hurrah’s in before December. Let me tell you how hard it is to pick where to go…. The phrase “If you could go anywhere, where would you go??” grates on my nerves like waiting to be called on to give a final presentation… ALL in German. How on earth do you choose? Because I want to make sure I’m picking something worth it for the cost and realizing we won’t be back overseas for a while, I want it to be the “right one”. Funny thing is, there is no “right one”. We’ll just have to pick and enjoy it. Currently the top contenders are Prague, Croatia, and Italy. Wish me luck!

2 :: First Day Of School – For a lot of you out there *cough* baby brother *cough* today marks the first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year! I can’t believe how fast this summer flew by… Is it weird that I want to go out and stock up on school supplies? Brand new markers and pencils and brightly colored cardstock… Heck I even want scotch tape and post-its {yes, I’m a total nerd}. I always loved this time of year with new beginnings and the promise of awesome classes and football season. So happy first day of school everyone!!!

3 :: My Food Cravings – It’s the in-between-seasons time of year where I can’t decide if I want fresh summer cuisine or warm fall comfort food…. So this week I opted for a little bit of both. Hope this dishes inspire you as they did me! Click an image to take you to the recipe, and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest and never miss a yummy recipe pick! 1) Crunchy Kale Salad with Coucous, Grilled Chicken and Pomegranates via Half Baked Harvest 2) Make-Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Protein Parfaits via The Lemon Bowl 3) Lobster Bisque via 4) Apple Harvest Squares via A Family Feast 5) Chicken Apple Bacon Walnut Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette via Cooking Classy 6) Black Bean Salmon Tostada via Reluctant Entertainer

Crispy Kale Salad with Coucous, Grilled Chicken and PomegranatesProtein-Packed Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits - The Lemon Bowl #glutenfree #breakfast #healthyLobster Bisque | SAVEURApple Harvest Squares - A Family FeastApple-Feta Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Walnuts and Balsamic VinaigretteBlack Bean Salmon Tostada Recipe

4 :: New Arrivals – As the seasons are changing, the new fall lines are coming in at Nordstrom! Get a look at this seasons sensational shoe picks! I am swooning at these beauties…. and trying to restrain from adding every single one to my shopping cart! Click on a shoe to take you shopping online at 1) Louise et Cie – ‘Hermosah’ Pump – $117.95 2) TOMS – ‘Desert’ Suede Wedge Bootie – $88.95 3) TOMS – ‘Jutti’ Suede Flat – $83.95 4) Sole Society – ‘Ena’ Pump – $69.95 5) J. Reneé – ‘Lilliana’ Pump (Online Only) – $84.95 6) BELLA VITA – ‘Nala’ Bootie – $89.95

Louise et Cie 'Hermosah' Pump (Women) $117.95	TOMS 'Desert' Suede Wedge Bootie (Women) $88.95	TOMS 'Jutti' Suede Flat (Women) $83.95	Sole Society 'Ena' Pump (Women) $69.95J. Reneé 'Lilliana' Pump (Online Only) $84.95BELLA VITA 'Nala' Bootie (Women) $89.95

5 :: Weekly Photo Recap – Here’s what you missed last week! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and catch the daily goings on in the studio!

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Soulmates | Couples PhotographyKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Lisbon, Portugal | Traveling TuesdayKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Ultimate PicnicKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | So Many SparklesKirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Tarifa, Spain

6 :: Challenge? Accomplished! – All through the months of July and August this summer I have been working to complete the Christina Greve Photo Challenge. I am super psyched because this is the first challenge I have completed and I love the results! Some of the words were REALLY challenging… and I was surprised that the ones I found to be the most difficult were Yellow, Sunshine {thanks Germany}, Peaceful, Fluffy Clouds, & Picnic. It was extremely rewarding to interact with all of the folks who also entered the challenge. Everyone interprets the prompts differently and I truly enjoyed seeing all of the lovely photos! Some of my favorite entries were posted by @rubirroja @danielle_merrick @jayjenz @annabolsch @evaskubla @annah20022 & @petrinavdmeer. I wish all of the folks that entered the best of luck!! – To Christina GreveThanks SO much for hosting this challenge… It really was an awesome way to spend the best summer months hunting for the perfect capture for every prompt! It would be such an honor to learn from you and have a chance at working with someone whom I respect and admire! – The images below represent the following prompts reading from right to left: 1) Seaside Memories 2) Gentle Breeze 3) Aromatic 4) Strawberry 5) Red-Hot 6) Giggle 7) Heartwarming 8) Eggshell 9) Ice Cream 10) Rosebud 11) Vintage Blue 12) Charming 13) Exquisite Details 14) Peaceful 15) Location 16) Whimsical 17) Picnic 18) Sunshine 19) Wellness 20) Pure 21) Playful 22) Jumping 23) Watermelon 24) Yellow 25) Laundry 26) Fluffy Clouds 27) Country 28) Free Spirit 29) Soul Mate 30) Romantic

Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design | Christina Greve Photo Challenge July-August 2014

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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