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4th of July… More than just a cookout!

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to remember the service men and women and their families who sacrificed to give us our home and our freedom. It’s hard to choose just one charity that serves veterans, as there are many wonderful organizations out there who do a variety of essential work for veterans. However, among the good, there are also some that do not do what they claim. Consider this as you decide how to give back.

Sandra Block of USA Today covers a lot of tips for researching a veterans charity before you donate to avoid scams: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/…ies/51113928/1

Here are some of our favorite veteran’s charities, all of which received a four-star rating from charitynavigator.org:

Operation Homefront
http://www.operationhomefront.net/

Hope for the Warriors
http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/

Homes for our Troops
http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer

Canine Companions for Independence
http://www.cci.org/site/c.cdKGIRNqEm…dependence.htm

God Bless the USA, and God Bless our brave veterans!

A special thanks to my friends and family who have bravely served this great country of ours.

Keep America Beautiful!

I love Keep America Beautiful Inc. They have a variety of programs like The Great American Cleanup, America Recycles Day, the Recycle Bowl and Clean Sweep USA that not only make our communities cleaner and more beautiful, but also create a ripple effect of awareness, appreciation and concern for our environment.

Keep America Beautiful Believes that each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment. Through our everyday choices and actions, we collectively have a huge impact on our world. It’s really a simple concept, but one with far reaching effects.

Keep America Beautiful follows a practical approach that unites citizens, businesses and government to find solutions that advance our core issues of preventing litter, reducing waste, and beautifying communities.
The diverse American landscape consists of many different “community environments,” each with their own interconnected needs and challenges. With a national network of more than 1,200 local affiliates and participating organizations, we combine education with hands-on stewardship to address the needs of communities on an intensely local and effective level.

Whether you want to volunteer, make a donation, or even arrange a corporate sponsorship, there are plenty of ways to get involved in this amazing organization and the important work that they do.

To learn more, visit: http://www.kab.org

Keep America Beautiful received the highest possible rating (four stars) from charitynavigator.org

For local information on recycling – follow these links:

Flower Mound – http://www.flower-mound.com/utilities/trash_recycling.php

Highland Village – http://www.highlandvillage.org/index.aspx?NID=421

Coppell – http://www.ci.coppell.tx.us/trash/recycling

Lewisville – http://www.cityoflewisville.com/wcmsite/publishing.nsf/987f4baa382b21f1ca2569210006984d/205a3fe22943b64386256fe9005cfbc9?OpenDocument

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Spring is in the Air!

This time of year is perfect for an outdoor family portrait session. Regardless of the location you want, be it a local park or garden, there are lots of wardrobe options to consider. Here are a few of our favorite looks for this season.

First, consider the spring color palette this year. Most designers favor any combination of these shades in their spring lines.

http://www.restylinghomebykellyblog.com/?p=4958

You can create a stylish look with any one of these colors, simply paired with white or other neutrals, such as the Starfish or Driftwood shades. Alternately, these colors can work well together to create a more playful or dramatic look.

Sodalite Blue would pair well with Sweet Lilac, Solar Power or Margarita.

Some of the stronger hues like Bellflower, Cabaret and Tangerine Tango will make great accent colors for accessories, shoes and jewelry.

Here are some fun spring looks from Gap:


You can create a variety of looks with these color ideas, from casual to sophisticated, splashy to subdued. If you use a strong color, be sure to balance it out with plenty of white or neutral pieces as well. Above all, be sure to let each family member’s personality shine through.

While your purusing the GAP website be sure and enter your precious little one in the GAP Casting Call. 

http://rage.promo.eprize.com/castingcall2012/:b=ie7/?affiliate_id=1t

 

Upcoming Sessions and Promotions

Don’t miss out on these exciting upcoming sessions and promotions!

Birthday Sessions
Attention May birthdays! We have a special just for you! Call for a free portrait session and 8 keepsake wallet-size portraits.

Professional Headshots
They say you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. A headshot is often the first contact that a potential client will have, and should present you at your best. At Galliher Photography, we pride ourselves in creating polished headshots for a variety of Dallas’ area professionals—from real estate, law and banking to publishing and entertainment. With a variety of lighting and background options, we will work with you to create the look that you are envisioning.

Outdoor Family Portraits
The weather is beautiful this time of year—perfect for an outdoor family session. You can choose from any of our area’s most stunning parks, beaches or open spaces, or a location that has a special significance to your family. These sessions are always a lot of fun and the portraits are truly breathtaking. Availability is limited, so call to reserve your session today.

Daddy & Me
Dads are special people. And don’t forget—Father’s Day is June 17th! Give him the gift of a memory with our Daddy & Me portrait session. It’s the perfect way to commemorate the father-child bond. With a variety of set options, this session can be customized to complement the ages and personality of your little ones. As your children grow, these portraits will become treasured keepsakes that they will share with their own children.

Call to reserve your session today! 972-510-5381
Galliher Photography

http://www.galliherphotography.com

Top 10 Baby Names!

Parenting.com gives us the top baby names of 2012. We’ve rated them on a five-point scale, where five absolutely cute and one is just too strange.

Girls Names

Isabella – God’s Oath – 5
Sookie – Unknown – 2
Hattie – short for Harriet – 3
Arabella – Beautiful Altar – 5
Harper – Harpist – 4
Haven – Place of Safety – 2
Betty – short for Elizabeth – 4
Haddy – Heather-filled Valley – 3
Blythe – Happy, Free Spirit – 3
Kate – short for Catherine – 4
Charlotte – Strong – 5
Amelia – short for Emily – 5

Boys Names

Jacob – Supplanter – 4
Max – short for Maxwell – 5
Jack – short for Jacob – 5
Milo – Soldier – 3
Bing – Pot-shaped Hollow – 1
Liam – short for William – 4
James – short for Jacob – 5
Rory – Brilliance – 2
Aiden – Fiery – 4
Gavin – White Hawk – 5
Owen – Young Warrior – 4
Connor – Wise – 5

Comment below to add to our list of names, or tell us your favorite one and why!

March is American Red Cross Month

Did you know?

The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network – 97 million volunteers helping in 186 countries. In this country, the Red Cross helps change lives seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

200 times a day, American Red Cross volunteers help a family who has lost everything in a house fire or other disaster.

475 times a day, the American Red Cross connects deployed service members with their families.

21,000 times a day, a patient receives blood through the American Red Cross blood program.

• , someone receives life-saving American Red Cross health, safety and preparedness training.

Imagine how many people the American Red Cross help in just one year. Whether you want to make a donation, volunteer, give blood or become even more involved in responding to disasters, there is always a way to make a difference.

Learn more at http://www.redcross.org/en/volunteer

Homemade Baby Foods!

Nutritional and Easy Homemade Baby Foods your Little One will Love

Avocado
Serve fresh, mashed with a touch of garlic salt. If you’re feeling fancy, add finely diced tomatoes.

Peas
One cup contains more protein than a tablespoon of peanut butter! Steam or boil until tender and puree. Tastes wonderful with steamed and pureed carrots as well!

Squash
Many varieties are perfect for one of baby’s first foods. Roast until tender, puree and voila! Stir in some applesauce and a pinch of cinnamon for a delicious dish.

Peaches and Pears
You can use fresh or canned peaches and pears. Simply slice, mash and serve for a yummy treat any time.

Remember – You should always consult your pediatrician about all dietary choices for your baby. Be sure to allow a week after you introduce a new food, before you introduce another. Use clean hands and utensils when preparing baby food, and be sure that foods are at a comfortable temperature before giving them to your baby.

Bon’ appetite!

Galliher Photography

972-510-5381

http://www.galliherphotography.com

Man’s Best Friend

ImageThis time of year, love is in the air. It’s a great time to remember those dearest to our hearts—even our four-legged, (very best) friends. If you’ve been touched by the unconditional love and devotion of a pet, then the important work that the PETCO Foundation is doing is something you will want to be a part of.

Since 1999, they have been aiding animal-welfare organizations in finding lifelong, loving homes for millions of orphaned pets. They also help fund spay and neuter, assisted therapy and humane education programs. Today, they donate about $8 million a year to assist companion animals across the country. Largely funded by seasonal fundraisers at over 1,000 PETCO stores nationwide. Their mission is to raise the quality of life for pets and people who love and need them.

If you want to learn more about the PETCO Foundation or make a donation, visit their website:

http://www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_p…ationhome.aspx

$25 feeds orphaned kittens until they are weaned
$35 provides grooming for a neglected dog
$50 provides pet supplies to a foster family
$100 provides vet care for an abused animal

The PETCO Foundation was awarded four stars—the highest rating possible by Charity Navigator.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/inde…ary&orgid=9917

Date Ideas for Valentine’s or Any Day!

Galliher Photography’s Favorite Date Ideas—Perfect for Valentine’s (or any) Day

Ice Skating
Find an skating rink and rent some skates. Bundle up and grab a thermos of hot cocoa, some mugs and a camera to document your winter wonderland memories.

Stargazing
Find a tranquil outdoor setting and bring an air mattress, hammock or some reclining chairs. For an unforgettable time, mark your calendar for the next big meteor shower and get ready to make some wishes! Bring a nice bottle of wine and ask 20 questions while you gaze. Make your own constellation.

Scavenger Hunt
Whether it’s throughout your house or throughout the whole city, make a scavenger hunt for your love and help them follow the clues to a picnic or dinner at a nice restaurant.

Row, Row, Row your Boat
Rent a row boat and take a few leisurely spins around a lake. Timeless romance. Sigh…

Go to a Game
Get tickets to a home game and tailgate together. Wear team jerseys and be super fans together.

Play Strip Poker
And let them win a few games!

Get Fresh
Go to an orchard or berry farm and pick some fresh fruit to enjoy together. Bring a nice bottle of champagne (of course) to reward yourselves for your efforts. Find a nice spot to plant a tree together. Go back and carve your names in it on an anniversary or special occasion down the road.

Be Adventurous
Go bungee jumping, skydiving, rock climbing, anything out of your comfort zone. You’ll get a great adrenaline rush and wonderful memories with your loved one.

Dance the Night Away
Take a dance class and then go to a nice dinner afterwards.

Volunteer Together
Find a common interest and donate some time together. Visit a nursing home for a monthly bingo night, help out at a food bank, visit children in the hospital or clean up a trail or park.

Hope this list helps your imagination run wild. Get out there and spend some quality time with the one you love!

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