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Saturday Snapshot: The Holidays!


Happy Saturday y’all!

I have been on a mini bloggy vacation. I figured that I had to slow down somewhere since I have still been working my day job over the holidays. Its a great time to regroup & plan for 2014. I hope you all had a great Christmas, I currently am UNDER a mountain of toys. The amount of toys we got for the boys were so abundant that we have begun the process of purging OLD toys (something we should have done eons ago!).

So ever since I got photoshop for free–by the way if you haven’t downloaded it yet be sure to–its a FREE version of Adobe Photoshop is available for download (legit from directly from Adobe, OLD version but FULL version) and since I have gotten it I have been trying to teach myself the program. Usually I just use Picasa but this is definitely a whole new beast! Anywho, here are some pictures from different parts of the holiday extravaganza including Christmas Card photo outtakes, dinner at different houses, a preschool Christmas party (with a terrible looking Santa) and gift openings. As I get to learn this program, I hope to improve my photos here on the blog. In the meantime there is always YouTube for tutorials!














Mommy. Career Woman. Fitness Addict.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 4), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is  a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-in series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie became inspired to become a licensed Zumba instructor at Fitbloggin' 12. She now teaches a regular high energy Saturday Zumba class in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, & Google Plus.

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  1. I have to be honest and tell you I still am not very good at Photoshop and still use Pixlr and PicMonkey, as well as iPhoto for my editing needs, because it still overwhelms me so. If you do figure it out, I would love if you would share a bit here as you are going along, because seriously would try it if I had better instructions. My husband uses the program for work and actually went to school for his first master’s degree to learn it and has tried to teach me bits and pieces, but still like I said not sure what I am doing with it. And loved all the photos and looked like a perfect Christmas, too!!
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  2. Love all the pics of your beautiful family!! Hope you had a great Christmas!!
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  3. Editing pictures is on my list to learn this year!!
    I LOVE your pictures – those boys are so cute!!!
    Glad you have taken a break!!
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  4. Beautiful Christmas pics…but what was up with Santa’s facial hair? Thanks for the info about Photoshop, as I use a Picmonkey.
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  5. I cannot get enough of those boys!! Great pictures. I’m still “resting” and having yet another Christmas with my brother and his family this weekend:-)
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  6. Yasss love the pictures. Photoshop is a beast but I took this entire past year to learn it and I have done a pretty decent job. I am even doing my own actions and things for pictures. Picmonkey does not see me no mo lol. I am on a break also but wanted to stop by to my regulars to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.
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  7. Great pics! We have Photoshop and other editing software my husband insisted on having, but I haven’t looked at it once. I still happily use PicMonkey!
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  8. I can see how a much needed mini blog vacation was needed over here. You were cranking out the posts like clockwork and I still don’t know how you do it all with career, zumba, wife, mommy? You’re super woman lol. It looks like the boys really enjoyed themselves. So nice of you all to give the old toys away :)
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  9. Wonderful shots!
    One of my photography goals for next year is to learn photoshop.
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  10. I had seen that about the free Photoshop but thought it was too good to be true. I went to download but there is a huge list. I hope I picked the right thing.

    Your photos are great! Love the first one of the boys. That IS a horrible Santa. His mustache isn’t even in the right place. The Santa we saw had a real beard which I like much better.
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  11. Your boys are too cute. I can identify with that mountain of toys. We scaled back this year giving only a few quality toys. They already have way too many. I lol’d at Santa’s mustache. Love the pictures…gotta investigate Photoshop.
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  12. You always have YouTube videos, YES, and you always have me! I’m not that advanced but I know enough. I use Lightroom for half of my editing (exposure, contrast, white balance, luminance) and Photoshop for the smaller, technical details. Couldn’t do this without it.
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  13. your kids are so cute!!!
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  14. Great pictures of the boys! They are handsome and growing so fast! I have photoshop and Light Room, and I lean more on Lightroom for editing photos. Photoshop is a beast for sure, and there are tons of things you can do in it. But for basic photo editing, LR does everything I need. Now to get those overlays that PicMonkey has….
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  15. You have such a beautiful family! Happy HOlidays to you and yours. Have enjoyed your blog this year and can’t wait to hear about your 2014 excursions! #MuchLove
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    • Thanks so much Marie, so sorry I wasn’t able to link up with you guys today! My mom throws a annual dinner on New Years day which I spend most of the day cooking for.

  16. ROTFL at the Santa! The boys more than make up for him. They are previous and you have them dressed so cute for the card photos!
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  17. Love them! They have grown up so much!!!!
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  18. OMG that first pic of your sons is so awesome. I love seeing pics of your family, you have such a beautiful family.

    Glad you had a great time celebrating with the family this Holiday season. Purging of toys is a necessary evil, how do we get overrun by those.
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  19. Your pictures are beautiful! Love them and your boys are the cutest!

    I also have Picasa … Sean bought me Lightroom5 for Christmas but I don’t have Windows 7 so I can use it, lol. Such a bummer! I’ll get Windows 7 eventually so it’s just a waiting game.

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