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New Tattoo

I did a thing a couple weeks ago and got another a tattoo on my hip / thigh. It’s my biggest one yet. The big lines hurt pretty bad, but the details were fine. I love it so much. Thank you to Tim Beck at Freedom Ink for another amazing tattoo!

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My Tattoos

I love tattoos and cannot wait to get more, but in the meantime I thought I’d post about my current five. All of my tattoos were done at Freedom Ink in Peoria, Illinois. In order in which they were received:

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1. Fleur De LisΒ Tattoo

I got my first tattoo the summer after graduating high school. This one didn’t hurt too bad, except when the needle went over a couple veins on the top of my foot. It’s a pretty fluer de lis, which is a symbol my family has adopted. All four of us have a fleur de lis tattooed on us, which I think is pretty cool. My mom got a matching one of this one. Tim Beck designed this tattoo and Kyle Berg tattooed it.

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2. Feather Tattoo

I took a bit of a break and got this in the spring of 2011. I went for the very painful placement of ribs. I got a feather simply because I liked the aesthetic and because my great grandma had just passed away and her favorite animal was a chicken. I thought it’d be a cute way to incorporate that. Tim Beck did this one and he did it fast, which was greatly appreciated.

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3. Moon Tattoo

This was a spur of the moment thing in 2012. I liked it. Plain and simple. I grew up with Harry Potter and wanted a slight nod to that and my favorite cartoon when I was younger was Sailor Moon, so I guess it represents my youth. But mainly, I just really like moons.

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4. Pawprint Tattoo

I got this tattoo on my left ankle in 2012, too. I actually took over a deposit my brother put down for his girlfriend at the time but then she broke up with them. I’d been saying that I wanted a paw print of my pup, Lola, for a long time and the opportunity presented itself! I love this tattoo and Tim Beck did a fantastic job.

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5. Krupp Tattoo

When I took western civilization at Bradley, I noticed mention of the Krupp family in Germany from the WWII era. They did bad stuff, though… but Krupps is a quite unique name and is an Americanized version of Krupp. Well, they owned a steel company and this was their logo. I got it for the simplicity and to represent family.

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6. Live Love Laugh Handwriting Tattoo

My Grandma Frenchie (my dad’s mom) passed away this past fall. She wore a necklace that said “live love laugh” on it for as long as I can remember. I decided to take her handwriting from an old card I still have from her for the “love” and have my other grandma and mom do the “live” and “laugh.” It turned out so well and I really love it.

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7. Wild Flower

July 1st, I went back to Freedom Ink and had a wild flower tattoo done by Tim Beck on my hip and thigh area. I showed Tim the style I was drawn to and he drew me up this that just fit perfectly on my body. It took about an hour to do and it hurt really bad on the edges. Very much worth it though, it’s so pretty!

I’m Officially a Home Owner Part II

After months of renovating and moving in, this place is starting to look like my home! I’m not completely finished, mainly in the office and bedroom. For the most part, though, everything’s looking great! Still need to get some curtains for a couple of the rooms and other decor to make it feel more home-y. I can’t wait until it’s warmer so we can do the outside stuff, though! I want a fire pit, that’s for sure.

See what we started with here.

Mexico 2015

The 2nd – the 9th of February my family and I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico! We hadn’t taken a legitimate family vacation since I was in high school, so it was overdue! We spent the majority of the time sun bathing and drinking tequila sun rises. The resort was very nice, but the wifi was super spotty. It drove me nuts! The restaurants were really good and we had lots of variety to choose from. I got sun burnt a couple times, but nothing too crazy, especially for how pale I was.

Overall, it was a great time! Wish I could have stayed longer and brought up my friends and dogs. Then I’d be set!

Black Widow Tour

This past Saturday I photographed In This Moment’s Black Widow Tour at Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, IL. I was so excited to shoot this show (yes, it’s my 3rd time shooting ITM, but not in this size of a venue). Maria is so theatrical, it’s a photographers dream. I went through the meet and greet with my Maria-inspired outfit that was still work appropriate and she recognized my hat from my Halloween costume! I got a photo with all of them and had Maria sign my hat, then she got a photo of just us two on her phone. Then she made me even more happy by saying they don’t limit photographers to the first 3 songs. The more photos, the better! I about died.

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I got some amazing shots. I was actually a little shot happy and took way too many, but I don’t even care. There were just too many amazing moments to capture. Check out some of my favorites below and find more on Facebook or on my website.

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I’m Officially A Home Owner

Holy cow! I’ve got some major news: I just bought a house! I’m so excited. We got it for an amazing price AND the First Time Home Buyer Grant, so it’s a steal! There’s some work to be done, but nothing too major besides a bathroom remodel. Every room will be repainted, new flooring in every room besides the kitchen, back splash in the kitchen, a fence for the back yard, dog door, and other minor things are on the agenda. Luckily, my dad builds homes for a living, so we’ve got it covered! His goal is to have me moved in and set by Thanksgiving. Let the countdown begin!

See the finished results here.