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What is a Mandala?

What is a Mandala? Free Mandala coloring page below! A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the Read More

10 Reasons I Let My 8 Year Old Carry A Stuffed Animal

10 Reasons I let my 8 year old carry a stuffed animal Recently my 8 year old son asked us to buy him a stuffed bunny to match the one his 4 year old step sister carries around. Although my husband was not overly excited about the idea, I bought him the stuffed bunny. Now, he carries it everywhere he goes! He has named him Geoffrey and he spends time talking to him and "feeding him". When he wants to bring Geoffrey into the grocery store, my husband is reluctant to allow it but I am Read More

Wedding Day Stress

Wedding Day Stress Wedding day stress is simply inevitable! I am a wedding photographer so I have been to weddings as small as twenty people in someones backyard to as big as over 100 people at a mansion with a wedding coordinator, designer, caterers, hair and makeup artist etc... One thing that every single wedding has in common...a stressed out bride! Typically they are stressed about two things, getting dressed in time and being in front of all of those people! A few smaller stressors do Read More