My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. This is where I share my life daily, as a creative professional.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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Back home I came across a tub of old family photos. It reminded me of the easy accessibility of printing images and if we don’t print photos out, what memories will be left behind? So parents, think about this! Your kids probably won’t be able to access your password protected iPhone once you’re gone – so print those memories. See my post on printing memories here.

Yep, that’s my mom on a facial product insert.

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To leave you with no excuse, I’m giving some Shutterfly promo codes for all Shutterfly customers – current and new – which means time to print those memories.

Happy memory sharing! These albums below are from Aaron Brothers, got them on super sale for $6 each.

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For Photographers, Photography

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I am excellent at finding bargains when I shop online. I do quick research on my go-to websites to ensure I can get the product for my cheaper.

Promo code on top of promo code, I always win with my purchases online –  while saving a trip to the store.

Steps I take before I check out online

  1. Copy and paste item name in Google to see additional retailers that offer item cheaper – check if site may be offering a promo that day (Labor Day sale, etc.)
  2. Check Ebates.com, see if website qualifies for cash back savings. Sometimes you will get as much as 16% back in cash via PayPal from stores! If you don’t have an account sign up and bookmark it so it shows up on your Google Chrome in the bookmark bar – that way you won’t forget. There is also an App for those who shop on their phone often.
  3. Sign up email for additional % off – chances are you can unsubscribe or it will be filtered in your promotions filter anyway.
  4. Check Retailmenot.com for promo codes.
  5. Consider other retailers that offer free shippingAmazon, Nordstrom, and Zappos. You can likely can find the item on another site to save at least $8 on shipping. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, click here for a 30-Day Free Trial!

So what happens is I’ve already found the cheapest item offered online, clicked through via Ebates.com to get a little additional cash back, and used a promo code I found from Retailmenot.com.

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Shop on Amazon often? Or want to like the rest of us? You get free 2-day shipping, it’s amazing, try it for 30-days free.

Do you shop online? I grocery shop online as well!

Do you have any tricks on saving money when you shop online or is it about convenience?

{Photo by Melissa Schollaert}

Lifestyle, Style

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It’s that time again, every summer to stay sane, I travel home to Granite Bay for a while. It’s 30 minutes north east of Sacramento, right by Folsom Lake. In this case it was just a week, right after my San Francisco girl’s weekend. It would have been a longer stay but Mr. Wonderful’s birthday is this week and he does need to work, and of course I should really come home to celebrate his big day! So my typical two week trip was cut a little short, but I’ll be back again this summer to make up for it.

Anyway, while I would have loved to have reported I took a splendid break from the 114 degree heat in Phoenix, in the Sacramento Valley it can get hot in the summer – like 90-100. Bleh! But we did sleep with the windows open at night so that’s a good report!

Paris, who is 68 in human years, gave up on the walk home after I grabbed coffee for me and my dad. He was dragging his feet and I realized if I didn’t pick him up, he’d add an extra half hour to our walk just lollygagging. I am sure this was a sight for those who drove by, me and my little dog and two cups of coffee.

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He was tired. He still looks like a baby, doesn’t he – his back is still black and he has hardly any gray hair. He’s one of the smartest, great tempered little dogs.

My high school girlfriends (and husband) came over to celebrate Benjamin’s birthday. I love going home to see some of my girlfriends who have known me for 20 years, since middle school! It’s crazy to say that but also incredibly awesome, getting older is the best when you keep the friends who have been by your side for ages.

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Church is always a treat, and lucky me, Lincoln Brewster hit the stage – my home church in California is his home church and he’s the worship leader. I always book my trips to make sure I stay for a Sunday so I can hear the great worship and service, to me, nothing else has ever compared.

I was trying to think of a creative way to stand between the Popsicle display at church and my dad said, “No, you gotta do this – like you’re licking it.”

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OK dad, I’ll be a good sport.

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Good news – when my parents dropped me off I didn’t cry this time. Although I did cry at the dinner table a few days earlier talking about them being gone (yep, again) and my dad told me to save my tears for when he’s dead and to stop crying because he’s not dead yet – that’s my dad’s sense of humor to make me quit because I was seriously wiping my eyes!

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Window seats are good for the view – and seeing puffy clouds.

To my surprise Benjamin said, “Take a picture of us!” so this proves my husband was with me and I do love him – he doesn’t care to be on my blog or social media but I swear he’s not absent in my life! He also really likes my Sony noise canceling headphones over his Bose ones so they are now all his!

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I’m hoping to go on another adventure next summer – somewhere international. These magazines were like $12 each by the way – since when are they the same price as books?!

I have Rachel on board and we’re saving our pennies and working hard – I’m not sure where we are going yet, it’s up to me apparently – and I’d love to hear your suggestions. Benjamin and I also have other financial goals/investments so we can get ahead in life, so I’m going to be a good teammate and help out because as Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else so you can live like no else one later.” There are probably different versions out there, I’ve never taken a class of his but I love his sayings – like “Stop spending money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like.” That made me laugh.

Have you ever taken any of his courses or heard his wisdom?

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I’m also now dreaming of jumping back into writing (I have a B.A. in journalism) and pairing it with my photography – maybe one day I’ll become a travel writer AND photographer. This would have to be after all my other projects are done of course – more on what I’ve been up to soon.

Puffy clouds turn into wispy ones.

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Sometimes I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have our heads in the clouds, sometimes we come back down with fantastic ideas or better thoughts.

Have a great start to your week!

Lifestyle, Personal

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