These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things- And I’m Giving One Away!

I know it’s really late for gift guides and all that, but maybe not. I mean, I’m pretty sure my husband hasn’t bought me anything yet.

So I thought I’d share some of my absolute favorite things with you all, in case you’re looking for some last minute gift ideas for yourself or someone else.

Also, if you stick around until the end, I’m giving away one of my favorite things!

Because I’m a Priss

Smashbox Brow Tech – I can have trucker hair, furry legs, and spit up on my shirt, but if I have a clean, moisturized face and groomed eyebrows, I feel somewhat put together. I’ve worn this stuff every day for the last 4 years. It is my absolute favorite thing in my makeup bag.

Murad Skin Perfecting Primer – I got this at Blogher this year, and I love it as a light foundation. I put this on and top with some pressed powder (and my Brow Tech, of course), and I’m ready for school drop off.

Mama Mio– I’ve had the opportunity to do some local brand rep work for Mama Mio and I am in love with their stuff. Their products are free of all “nasties” and smell amazing. Their “Lucky Legs” lotion feels great, especially after a long day chasing children. I used their OMega Super Rich Body Cream as a moisturizer for my face, and this bottle lasts FOREVER.

Mac Lipglass- I’m not much of a lipstick gal, but I love me a good gloss. Mac Lipglass has been my absolute fave since college. I love it in Nymphette. 

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable hairspray – A product of Texas, I’m a believer in the can of hairspray, but I can do without the sticky stiffness of the old school stuff. Soy Touchable, which I got at Blogher, is different. It holds back my fly-aways and helps me give some extra fullness to my hair, but it just doesn’t… feel like hairspray.

Vigoss Jeans from Nordstrom Rack – I thought I was destined to a life of ho-hum jeans since I really can’t bring myself to shell out $200 on a pair. Then my friend told me about the “cheap” jeans at Nordstrom Rack, which is basically Nordstrom’s outlet store. Every pair of Vigoss jeans I tried on looked awesome on my butt, was long enough for my lanky legs, and I’d say they run big since I fit in a size I haven’t worn since high school (vanity sizing, FTW!). The best part? TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS.

Yummie Tummie Tank & Leggings- Last year at Blogher I was introduced to Yummie Tummie and I’ve been a believer ever since. This year, I’ve loved rocking my leggings, my nursing tank, and I just added a lace tank top to my collection, which looks great under a long cardigan, paired with my skinny Vigoss jeans. These are definitely a splurge, but keep an eye on sales and sites like Zulily for great deals.

Because I Like To Drink Things

Wine Soiree – Another awesome gift from a Blogher party (thanks Romy!). This thing makes the cheapest bottle of wine taste amazing. And since I’m all for stocking up on the cheap stuff, I can really appreciate it’s powers.

Mr. Coffee Keurig – I’ve been wanting a Keurig for so, so long. I just couldn’t ever justify the cost since we have a perfectly fine coffee maker- a very nice one, in fact. Well, this was on sale at our grocery store, of all places, for only $60 last week. Merry Christmas to me! I’ve only had it a week and I could French kiss it. If anything, I can use it to make myself some coffee so I’m awake enough to use the fancy coffee machine to make more coffee. It’s very basic, but does exactly what I need it to do- make me one cup of coffee with minimal effort on my part.

Because My New Obsession Is Photography

Pixelmator– I got this photo editing software for Mac last Christmas on Cyber Monday for super cheap. I had planned on getting Photoshop Elements, but for only $12, I figured I’d give this editing software a try first. It’s very similar to Photoshop in that it uses layers and brushes. I’m able to do basic things like smoothing out skin blemishes and cloning backgrounds. You can get the old version (the version I have) for $15 on Amazon. Since I have Lightroom 3 now, I have no plans of getting Photoshop or PSE anytime soon, especially since Pixelmator seems to do all the basic functions I need outside of Lightroom.

Image straight out of camera

Edited with Pixelmator and Clickin Moms Film Art Preset Platinum in Lightroom 3

Clickin Moms Film Art presets for Lightroom- These were an early Christmas gift to myself. They’re my first set of presets, and I love what they do to my pictures. They won’t make a terrible picture look perfect. I still need to work on my own clean edits in Lightroom first, but they are lovely, subtle changes to already good pictures.

Clickin Moms membership– Over the last couple years I’ve developed an aversion to online forums. (A few internet friends and I like to attribute this to “Post Traumatic Nest Syndrome”… many of you will totally relate and understand that.) So I was hesitant to sign up for another “mom” message board. Clickin Moms, however, has been nothing but incredibly insightful, educational, and supportive. It’s 95% photography talk, but in a language I understand and am not intimidated by. There are tutorials for weeks. I’ve been teaching myself Lightroom simply by reading through all the Lightroom tutorials. Half the time, I’m reading threads from my phone in bed with the help of their super simple to use iPhone app (.99 in the app store). It’s where I got the ideas and inspiration for our Christmas Twinkle Light pictures.

To finish off this post, I’m excited to say Clickin Moms is offering up a $120 gift pack for one reader that kicks a lot of ass. It includes:

1 year membership to Clickin Moms
One copy of their newest photo book Laughter
The ebook Blast Into The Blogosphere
& a Mom’s Gonna Snap t-shirt

To enter, leave a comment telling me where you’re at with photography. Are you a beginner? Hoping to get a new camera for the holidays? Have you been taking pictures for years?

You can get an extra entry if you do any or all of the following:

Like BabyRabies on Facebook
Like Clickin Moms on Facebook

Please leave a separate comment for each thing you do. I’ll use to draw a winner next Thursday, December 22nd.

Disclosure- Some of these things were given to me at no cost at Blogher and other blogging events, but I was never asked to write about them. They truly are my favorite things now. Some links may be affiliate links.

**Contest Is Closed. Congrats to Leah, commenter #118, as chosen by!

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  1. Still exploring my NikonD5100 after taking a few advanced classes. I absolutely love it. Fingers crossed, I’m getting LightRoom for Christmas, and I’m saving my pennies for an additional flash.

  2. Kendal Barriere on

    I would say I’m a beginner. I bought a canon G9 and still don’t know how to use it outside of auto. 🙁

  3. I have a fancy Canon and no clue how to use it! I have done photography courses but they were all non-digital and developing photos type classes, so not much help now!

  4. I am trying to get the hang of my Canon Rebel T2i. I’m starting to figure things out with the help of some online tutorials and a “For dummies” book. I still have a ways to go, though.

  5. I’ve been taking photos since the early nineties, and upgraded from my 35mm Canon slr to my Canon DSLR last year. I would love to have more editing tools!

  6. I’ve had my Rebel T2i for over a year (was a lovely, unexpected gift from hubby for supporting him through a longer-than-expected basic training due to an injury) and am ashamed to say I still barely know what I’m doing. But even as a rank amateur I’ve shot some doozies with it. I’ve been thinking about a class or something, but independent learning is more my style, so tutorials would be ideal. I haven’t even touched editing, and I’m so scared of it.

  7. I started my own photography business a little over a year ago. It has been going great as I am a full time stay at home Mom and part time photographer.

  8. I want to be a Clickin Mom! I have a Nikon D5000 with a few lenses. Don’t ALWAYS shoot on Auto but still learning lots. Can’t figure out editing software…need more patience!

  9. I’ve had a DSLR (Sony aNex 5 with two lenses) for about 8 months and am finally getting to learn how to use it through online tutorials (I love Pinterest for this!). I’m also getting a lot better with Photoshop and would love the membership to Clickin’ Moms. Thanks for this!

  10. How funny! I asked for a membership to clickin moms for Xmas! Perhaps YOU will give it to me and my husband can get me something else… I <3 my Nikon D90 but lately I feel like I've stalled in terms of what I can do with it.

  11. I have been obsessed with pictures since I was a kid! My husband bought me my DSLR camera 4 years ago now and I love it…Just recently I’ve started taking a lot more pictures for friends and actually am considering taking some classes to try to learn more about my camera and photography…I would love to win this awesome package!

  12. now that i have a new baby, i want to get into photography a bit more — i’m hoping to get a new canon t2i for xmas so that i can work on taking fabulous pictures of my little one!

  13. I have a DSLR that I use on auto. I feel like I take decent pictures, but I REALLY want to take it to the next level. I just don’t know where to start!

  14. I’m a newbie with a decent camera and I am destined to move beyond the “auto” function this year!

  15. I’ve had my Rebel for almost 2 years now and I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner anymore, but I’m certainly no pro. I love taking pics and editing them!

  16. I have a 10 month old and rather than allow me to spend big bucks on newborn photography, my husband went out and bought an expensive camera. I can’t tell you anything about it other than when photography people see it they drool and make jokes about stealing it. That being said, his photos are amazing but he works 14 hour days for the most part. I think my photos are better composed sometimes and I just wish I had the processing capabilities to make them as good as his.

  17. I took photography classes years ago and would like to ‘re-discover’ it again. I already have a DSLR camera.

  18. I love photography. I started out taking photos of my husbands rugby games and have been paid to do that, but I am starting to venture into portraits and lifestyle photography…my 3 week old daughter is my inspiration and it is a huge change from sweaty rugby dudes!

  19. I sooo want thia membership, but havent been able to justify it in my budget. I am a photography novice, with a.decent camera and a little photoshop knowledge. 🙂

  20. I’m a beginner. My husband wanted an expensive camera because he swore he needed it. Pictures, hobby, business venture. It is now forgotten. I want to learn how to use it. My new outlet, for how much my mil paid for it, I can’t just let it sit there.

  21. I am a novice when it comes to my camera, a gift when my 3 year old was born. I have been too intimidated by it to really use it. This would be perfect to help me get started. Thanks for posting the list, I’m going to have to check out those jeans!

  22. I’ve just launched my photography business… but I still have so much to learn! I have been wanting to join click’n moms for a while now!! I’ve heard fabulous things about them. 🙂

  23. I was hoping to turn pro this coming year,but I am getting “cold feet” so I could do with some encouragment and any help would be a God send

  24. I guess I’m kind of an intermediate beginner? I’ve been learning the past couple of years. But still have a very long way to go!

  25. I am a reinvented amateur with photography. I took some classes in high school and college on an old Canon SLR – yup, real film and a darkroom! Since the whole digital thing, I have been trying to get more into it again (having a cute baby to pose for me helps). I don’t have anything fancy, but maybe some day will. 🙂

  26. I’m the “intermediate” photographer! I’d love to quit the rat race and go “pro” but for now it will be a side interest and a little “mad” money!

  27. I’m not a beginner, but I’m not advanced either. I shoot a lot in manual mode, but I still have a lot of questions and a lot to learn. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  28. Ive had an SLR for a few years and every once in awhile I take a great picture but I have no idea how it happens and no idea what to do with the other 500 pics of my kids with their flash reflecting faces!!! I love the idea that it’s not intimidating tutorials too…I tend to be easily distracted when reading technical information demonstrated by my inability to work my phone, sewing machine, and kindle to their fullest potential!

  29. I have had my dslr for 2 years but am still stuck on auto! I NEED to learn and would love to win this.

  30. I have a nice camera (canon t2i) but I only ever use Auto focus. I WANT to learn manual, but time eludes me… oh well.

  31. I’m a total beginner! I’m saving up for a new “fancy” camera. And I plan on taking a class to learn how to use it.

  32. I’m a beginner. I have a canon powershot, but my DH has a nikon something or other, lol. I’ve slowly been starting to look into it more, I’d love to be able to take some awesome pictures.

  33. I have a really great camera but I keep it on auto all the time because I really don;t know how to use it. My 3 kids (3 year old and 8 month old twins) keep me so busy but provide me with some awesome pictures. I would love to win this so I can be more proactive in making my photos into art. I have a Nikon D40.
    Love your site and check in everyday!

  34. I love taking photos of my precious 7 month old. I have taken a few photography classes but feel like I still need some help to make my photographs special. This subscription would be great!

  35. I just got a DSLR for my birthday!! So any help on how to use it would be awesome…have wanted to join ClickinMoms for awhile now 🙂

  36. I wish my photos were better. My camera is OK, not great, but I should be able to take decent pictures with it, I just need to learn how. And get some editing software outside of Picnik.

  37. I am extremely new to this! Hubby is getting me a DSLR camera for Christmas because I have fallen in love with photos of my little ones! I am tired of missing so many precious moments because of my inadequate camera and really can’t afford a professional for every milestone!

  38. I am one step above beginner. Still learning but starting to get some good shots of the kids. Also having fun trying to capture my 4 kids.

  39. I’m a beginner but like many people, we have an expensive camera and I don’t know how to use yet! We have a Nixon D5000 that we bought for our anniversary last year and still basically use it as a point and shoot on auto! I’d love to have the time and proper instruction on how to use it manually.

  40. Vigoss jeans are also sold at Kohl’s just so you know. 🙂 They’re just about the only jeans I wear. Love them!

  41. great giveaway! I’m a beginner with a Canon Rebel DSLR that I am still primarily shooting in auto with. That must change in the next < 2 months before my baby gets here 🙂

  42. I am still in the beginning stages, but I’m getting better. I have completed RYC: 101 with Clickin Moms, but my membership will expire next month and I haven’t taken advantage of all the resources I paid for on there!! I would really like to better my photography before baby #2 gets here!

  43. Natasha Anderson on

    I love my Canon Rebel Ti1, but I am still learning how to shoot in manual mode. I dropped my kit lens and broke something in the barrel about a month ago, so my husband bought me a fancy schmancy new lens that I have no idea how to use well yet. I love taking pictures of my baby! Thanks for all your fun posts!

  44. I have a DSLR that I love but wish i had more time to play with it. I’m really just starting out, it does great as a point & click with a little manual focus, but I would love to learn more about manual mode!!!

  45. I am a major novice! I have been reading tutorials for a few months and learning how to actually work my camera. I’m hoping for a 50mm f/1.8 lens for Christmas to take me to the next level. I need some editing software too, but that will have to wait a little bit!

  46. I have had my DSLR Camera for 2 years, but I am still shooting in auto. I would love to learn how to do more things with my camera and I have been wanting to join Clickin Moms forever…would love to win this!!

  47. I am still a beginner who has aspirations…. I have a great point and shoot and a dslr at my disposal…I just need to take the time to sit and learn something!

  48. I got my Rebel right before my daughter was born about 4 years ago. I’m a hobby photographer that does take pictures for friends. I have considered going into business but I think I have much to learn and much confidence building to do. I would love to upgrade my camera but can’t justify it just yet. I love the Clickin Moms website but haven’t committed to the fees yet….here’s hoping I don’t have to at least for one year! : )

  49. I’d say I’m getting pretty good with my photography- starting to consider starting up a little business….

  50. Where I’m at…probably between beginner and intermediate? I’d really like to get a better lens for my camera, and be able to really understand ISO, shutter speed and aperture. I’m good at seeing the picture, framing it well, etc…just want to really make my pictures pop now! 🙂

  51. I am just starting to get into photography. I bought a Canon Rebel T3i a few weeks ago and am LOVING the pics that I can take with it. I have only been using the auto modes but it would be so great to learn how work with the other settings. With a 17 month old and baby #2 on the way I thought now would be the best time to learn how to take great pics so that my family and I can have some wonderful pics to look back at!

  52. Im a moderate beginner (is there such a thing?). I have a nice DSLR & understand super basic aspects of photography because I spent a good part of college doing old school film photography & processing my own stuff. Digital processing terrifies me because it’s so different. I’m looking forward to learning more!

  53. I actually minored in Photography at PSU (grad. ’91). Back then it was all about fumbling around in a broom closet to open the film canister with a can opener on a string, making contact prints from negatives, pushing the prints around in the developer until the images magically appeared, then drying them on a ginormous hot roller drum. Fast-forward to ’07 when my twins were born and I bought a brand new digital camera with which to document our brand new life. And as far as I’m concerned, I’m not half-bad at taking the pictures, but my editing bites the big one. And that’s where I’m at. 😉

  54. I’m pretty good with my point and shoot but am hoping Santa will bring a DSLR so I can kick it up a notch (but I hoped that last year too, so we’ll see).

  55. I would love a membership to clickin Moms! Just a beginner at the DSLR and am getting my 1st, non kit lens for Christmas!

  56. I’d like to get into photography. Right now I have a standard cannon digital camera. Nothing special. I hesitate to get a better camera because I don’t really know how to use one and don’t have access to someone who does.

  57. At the end of 2010 I started my photography business. Taking it slow, but I love it! I am hoping to get a 5dMII this upcoming year!

  58. i’ve been “taking” photos for years but i use that term very loosely. i still don’t know what i’m doing with my SLR and i’ve been dying for a clickin moms membership but we don’t have the $$ for one right now! pick me! haha

  59. I bought a Canon EOS 40D about 3 years ago with 3 fantastic lenses and I absolutely love it & have taken some amazing pictures with it completely by accident because I have no idea what 90% of the buttons and setting are for. I would love to learn how to take those pictures on purpose.

  60. I just got my first DSLR this year and I’ve been having a blast using my “nifty fifty” for my portraits of my friends pets and kids!

  61. I would never consider myself a professional photographer. I just try to capture great shots of my kids with my point and shoot digital camera ;). I have to say my kids sure give me a lot to work with.

  62. I just got a nikon d5100 for Black Friday and fell in love instantly. The 50mm 1.4 lens is on my Christmas list. Would love to know how to keep doing more amazing things.

  63. I “like” Clickin Moms on FB and I’d like to learn more about taking pics of the kiddos. This giveaway is awesome!

  64. I have a DSLR but LIFE has just gotten in the way of meaning learning to shoot in anything other than auto. I want to learn PS but I am just at a loss where to start.

  65. I treated myself to a nice Nikon dslr a few months ago, but have not moved it off of the auto settings. I would love to know more so that I can take gorgeous pictures of my 10 month old. I am determined to not have to buy over priced studio pictures!

  66. I’m a beginner but would love to brush up on my skills! My daughter is 4 months old and already loves getting her picture taken!

  67. I’ve been into photography for about 3-4 years now. Recently, I took birth photos for a friend and I think I have found my new calling! I’m dying to learn more especially because oftentimes, a delivery room/homebirth doesn’t offer much lighting (and who wants a flash constantly firing in a newborn’s face?). I’ve been drooling over the ClickinMoms site for months now!!!

  68. I like ClickinMoms on Facebook! (BTW, thanks for such an awesome giveaway and for making it easy to enter!)

  69. I am a beginner with lots of knowledge stored in my brain! I worked for an awesome photographer in my hometown, so I picked up a lot of tips. I would love to learn more!

  70. Girl, you know I love photography and am trying my darndest to learn how to shoot in manual only! I’ve taken a mid-level class and joined Clickin’ Moms for the trial but it’s already up. Would love to try out the app!

  71. great giveaway – so…we got a Nicon D40 when C was born (almost 3 years ago now). We have a good cameri, but I have NO CLUE how to make it work like it should. We end up shooting everything in auto-mode with our crazy huge, nice flash. I wish I could say I’m not a beginner, but pretty much am. No time for a class, so something I can read up on my own time is the only thing that will work.
    i like you & Clickin moms on FB

  72. Hi there! I like clicken moms, and was sent here by Courtney Keim! I’m a beginner and Santa came early this year with my very first Nikon dslr!!

  73. Man, I am checking out those Vigoss jeans and takin the girls with me!! Just in case u weren’t told today, thank you!!

  74. I am a total photography beginner! My husband and I are getting a Cannon t3i for each other for Christmas so I need all the help I can get to get my skills up to snuff and justify the expense!

  75. Sarah Sanderbrink on

    I am definitely a beginner at photography. I want to take picutres of my daughter growing up and of my next pregnancy. I am slowly learning and enjoying every minute of it.

  76. I’d call myself a hobbyist. I love to take pictures, but sometimes I lose motivation and focus. My goal for next year is to pick the camera up every single day.

  77. I’m definitely a beginner in photography. I’ve taken pictures for years and have enjoyed doing so, but I have a crappy camera and crappy photoshop skills. I hope to get a new camera soon so my picture quality can go up!

  78. I like to think of myself as an Advanced Beginner with photography. I took a few photography classes in college (before digital cameras were the norm because I’m old apparently). Theoretically, I can develop pictures in a dark room if needed. I have an digital SLR camera now, a Nikon D3100. I don’t have Photoshop or any other editing program. I kinda like the pictures in their natural form but that may be because I’m too cheap and/or lazy to edit them.

  79. I’ve always been into photography as a hobby, but recently became the proud recipient of the Canon Rebel T2i (and it’s still in the stages of freaking me out a little!). I would LOVE to be able to take my photography farther than ever before, and want you to know your Christmas twinkle light pics inspired me to try some for myself!

  80. I am a total novice hoping for a DSLR for Christmas. (Well, I know I’m getting one because I bought it and told my DH it was his gift for me)

  81. I am somewhere in the middle. I have taken a couple of of courses at the local college and I shoot on M all of the time. But, I have zero editing skills and would really like to learn.

  82. I’m a beginner right now. I worked as an advisor for Art majors and my boss knew that I have a deep interest in photography, so he gave me his Nikon DSLR 2 years ago. I haven’t had time to take classes now that I have an almost 3 month old daughter, but it is something I’d love to do so I can capture priceless memories.

  83. I am such a beginner although I’ve had my Nikon for over a year now. (SAD.) The language intimidates me and after reading for a few minutes about aperture and f-stops, I start zoning out and trying to remember if I ever learned anything by osmosis during college…

  84. I am an advanced beginner? I have basic camera/shooting knowledge but don’t always put it into action. and just use the auto settings to save myself frustration. lame, i know.

  85. I’m knowledgeable with manual settings, but I mostly use them when the auto settings won’t get the job done (usually with low light situations). Finally upgrade this month to a canon rebel and some lenses and a polarizing filter, so I’m really looking forward to expanding my photography skills. I also have photoshop elements 9 and love using it to manipulate my photos! The Clickin Moms gift pack would be AMAZING!

  86. Oh, I love your gift guide and I would absolutely LOOOOOOVE to win! I have got a new camera about six months ago and, like you, have fallen in love with photography. It’s definitely an obsession. I’ve been contemplating taking the step of starting my own (small) photography business and I’m super excited about it!

  87. I’ve had my Nikon D90 DSLR for about 6 months. I still definitely consider myself a beginner, but an enthusiastic one!

  88. I got a DSLR for my birthday at the end of September. I am very much a novice and would LOVE to win this!

  89. I do photography for friends, family and myself. I am always looking to improve and would LOVE a membership to Clickin Moms!!! That would make my whole year!

  90. I’m just starting to get into photography. I bought my first DSLR and have taken a couple classes, but I have a LOT to learn.

  91. I have been taking pictures for years – since I became a mom. I have been trying very hard to learn to take nicer pictures for the last year or two. I want really pretty pictures of my family – before they all grow up. 🙂

  92. I am a beginner, but I’ve been shooting in manual for about 9 months. I need a good kick in the pants to take my learning up a notch. I’m about to purchase Lightroom because I do zero editing.

  93. I am a little more than a beginner. I still have a ton to learn to even begin to think I am skilled. I have a natural talent and eye for catching personalities of my little subjects. I enjoy my work immensely

  94. I am a beginner of sorts, have a DSLR camera but could definitely use some pointers and am clueless when it comes to editing software.

  95. I’ve been a pro photographer for the past 3 years but I’ve only been a mamarazzi for 14 months. It’s so wonderful to put my skills to this kind of use 🙂

  96. I guess I would be qualified as beginner. We have had our DSLR for two years now. I love it and I love playing with the setting, but I am definitely not a pro when it comes to picking the best ones.

  97. I am just getting started with “fancy” photography and trying not to get overwhelmed! Pretty sure I’m getting a DSLR for Christmas from my husband, so the Clickin Moms membership would be perfect!

  98. I would say I’m middle of the road- I’ve had my camera for 2.5 years and have a small on the side business with my sister. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get a nikon 70-200 2.8 lens.. or an 85mm 1.4G… oh man, those in my stocking would be simply amazing 😉

  99. Charlotte Anne on

    I am a beginner that is slowly learning how to use my camera on manual through reading blogs and forums!

  100. I’m intermediate I guess – love taking photos, love learning more about photography, and would love to win this giveaway!!

  101. Lovely photos Jill, and, great gift guide! I may just hand it over to my husband, who hasnt started his shopping yet.

    Although ive been taking pictures for years, and some of them turn out not half bad, i have a ton too learn! A 2012 new years resolution will be to not only take good pictures, but learn how!

  102. I’m not a complete beginner…have taken photography classes, have a DSLR camera, getting a flash and lights for Christmas but have a TON to learn. Awesome give away. Can’t wait to check out some of these items you suggested.

  103. I was a working reporter and photographer, having a baby messed up keeping in touch because I found it so hard to wrangleca toddler and my fear out and about. Trying to get back into it now!

  104. I would say I am intermediate…I actually took film classes back in the day, but am now working on digital. I love it!

  105. I’m at a beginner with a DSLR (when I was younger I was heavily into photography, but it’s been about 10 years and everything I knew was more applicable to film! Now that it’s all digital, I’m starting from scratch!)

  106. I take loads of pictures but have no idea how to edit them. I would love to learn more about what my camera can do.

  107. I already have a lifetime membership to CM, and I’m so happy you love it there, too! I found it post-nest (and too, was not sure I’d like it). LOVE this forum, and I didn’t realize the level of snark that was on thenest until I met these ladies 🙂 You totally make me jealous with your photos… I’ve been practicing for the past YEAR and you are already blowing me away! Keep up the awesome work, and so happy you are plugging CM 😀

  108. I’m in the “farm league” of photography 😀 just started working for a pretty amazing company & really feel like I’m starting to come into my own!

  109. I think I am an advanced beginner at least I turn the camera off of auto about half of the time.

  110. I’m probably intermediate– still have a lot to learn, but comfortable with my percentage of “keepers” and using manual settings/speedlight, strobes, etc.

  111. I took a few film photography classes in high school/college and am starting to get into digital photography with an SLR I commandeered from my mother in law because she never uses it.

  112. I NEED that membership! I’m an enthusiastic beginner, although I’ve been collecting lenses for more than a year now. Thanks for the chance Jill!

  113. I just took a workshop and am loving it – still a hobby but would love to make it more – and had decided to ask for a Clickin Moms subscription/ Lightroom class for my birthday in Jan… would LOVE this!

  114. where I am in photography- I’ve had a dslr for almost 2 years & still consider myself a beginner. trying to get off auto…

  115. I would love to have this, I have just started my blog and am getting a new camera for x-mas. I have had point and shoot’s and and SLR but always use the auto button becuase I don’t know what all those other things do. I tried taking a photography class in college but it was to dry and technical for me so I would love to hear it in laymans language.
    I liked you both on facebook so here is my only other shot.

  116. I would say I’m a beginner. I’ve had a camera for a while but am just now taking the plunge and getting off auto. Its scary! I love the results though!

  117. I would love to learn to take amazing photos like you’re doing now, especially since I have a great camera we bought when our son was born, and I don’t know how to use it!

  118. I took waaaaaaaay more pictures when I was on maternity leave last year–I’ve been on hiatus since I’ve been back at work. I could use a kickstart again.

  119. We have an old (ha! 5 years old) Canon DSL that is sitting in a case collecting dust. I am a huge believer in “the best camera is the one you have with you” so in most cases, this means my phone. Luckily, I upgraded to the iPhone 4S, so I have as many megapixels (8) as I did with the Canon.

    My favorite pictures are the impromptu ones, & the ones taken from interesting/uncommon angles. The silly face ones aren’t bad, either 🙂

  120. I would so love to be a part of the Clickin Moms website. I took photography classes in high school and college. But nowadays, aside from the occational pro-bono friend’s wedding, I mostly take pictures of my kids. I love my kids, but they’re not winning me any Pulizers. I need some inspiration to get back out there and take crazy pictures of sunsets and wild flowers and then some advice on how to get better. Thanks for the chance to win. (I can’t like you on Facebook because I don’t have it. I would if I could.)

  121. I have a DSLR and it is a waste on me. I took a class and dropped out. I blame Allie since I was like 2 months pregnant and completely exhausted and miserable. Basically I need to learn to use my fancy camera so it’ll stop sitting on the shelf.

  122. I have had a camera in my hand since before I could walk thanks to my mom which means I learned my film camera forward backwards and upside down! but changing over to digital is like starting all over and being a mom of 2 doesn’t allow me the time to get caught up as quickly as I would like. Would love to win the clicking moms forumn! Thanks!

  123. I am such a beginner and would LOVE to win this – I have an almost 18 month old and am trying to develop some photography and photo editing skills so we can have photos of her that will last a lifetime – and look amazing in our home! I have a very, very long way to go! Thank you for this opportunity!! Happy Holidays!

  124. I guess I am still a novice with my DSLR. I love photography but haven’t been able to enter the ‘take it out of automatic’ zone with my camera yet. Post processing, I know nothing. Love your posts on photography, keep them up and would love to win this package!