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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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You guys get to see my home all the time in projects, you get to read my ramblings here on the blog daily, but today I’m sharing something a little more personal… my family and my life behind the scenes.  Our photographer Stacy of Stacy Salvatori Photography spent a Saturday with our family capturing pictures of our real life.  No coordinated outfits, no posing, just capturing how we roll.  I can’t tell you how much I love the pictures and I can’t wait to make a big ol’ display with them!
(Don’t forget that Stacy is giving away a FREE Session for Mother’s Day and you can enter until Midnight tonight!  Click here to enter!)
Here’s how Stacy describes these awesome story sessions…
 I wanted to try something new. Something real. I’ve seen a few photographers that I admire and whose work I simply love, start a new journey. One of capturing people’s stories…their real life moments. And I kind of dig it. I like the notion of no posing, no planned outfits, and location? Well, how about your own home. The place you feel most you. I still love doing Family Portrait Sessions, and I always will. But there’s something unique, and something raw about snapping those in-between moments of life. The moments that truly define who we are, and that when we look back on, well, they will help us feel what we did all over again.
I had the joy of capturing the Mangin Family’s ‘Story’. Them in their beautiful home, laughing, fighting, playing, and crying…living their life in front of the lens. Here’s a few snapshots of their life.
What’s your story?

I hope you enjoy this peek into my life… If you would have told me ten years ago that I’d have 4 kids, own a dog, cat, and two ducks, I’d have laughed hard enough to possibly pee my pants.  God has some crazy plans up his sleeve and I’m so thankful for this crazy life that’s ours.

One of my very favorite pictures!

Hard to see, but if you look closely you can see my crazy hubs was throwing an ax up in the air and catching it while it was spinning. Did I mention our life is a tad crazy?

I hope you’ve enjoyed peeking into my world.  If you’re local, you should definitely call Stacy about setting up a story session.  Tell her EC2 sent you and she’ll give you the VIP treatment! (I completely made that up, but she’s always super nice, so we can pretend it’s VIP just for you!)
Later this week I’ll be sharing more projects from the Wood Shim Wall Art projects!


P.S. We’re the ones in a contest now and if we win, we get to give $5000 to the charity of our choice! We need your help, though- you can learn more about our project and the charity we chose here, or go vote for us every day for the next two weeks right here (click on the Crafting for Charity button on their FB page). Thank you!


The comments +

  1. wendy aleman says:

    Hi stumbled upon your page when I googled Real Housewives. I live in Bucks County too so I was entrigued. Beautiful photos. You have talent as a photographer.

    God Bless!

  2. Those pictures are a family treasure for sure! What a great glimpse into “a day in the life!”

  3. Christina says:

    LOVE these – my fave is the one of you & your hubby in bed with the kids jumping on it – so cute!! what a great way to have pictures from “the everyday” for years down the road when you will say, “Wow, remember when…?” Love them!!

  4. Bliss says:

    When does the sheep arrive?


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