Guess what? Today is someone’s birthday!!


Today LUDIQUE MAGAZINE dropped. First issue is now published. And free.

It is a Mobile Photography Magazine. Visually stunning, a great read and features some of the most amazing artists in today’s pop culture that is Instagram.

And I have a column of my own in it!! Yes, me! It is called Stasha’s MOMent and I am really chuffed about it. In case you have not got that by the amount of exclamation points in this post!!!

Anyhow make yourself a cuppa and CLICK HERE. Enjoy. I am off to Vegas to celebrate. Ta ta!


Puppy Love

I mentioned on Monday Listicles that I had a photo session on Sunday at the local dog shelter.

Honestly, I was not going to write a post about it in fear I get all preachy or sappy or just plain political. It is hard not to get emotional and involved listening to Karen telling you stories of abuse and neglect these poor dogs have gone through. Really hard to say good bye and drive home without one if not all of them. I mean just look at these faces, full of love and happiness:

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But all this made me think. And I wanted to say thank you. To you all who have a dog, love it and take care of it. Doesn’t matter if you saved it from a shelter or purchased it from a respectable breeder, found it in a street or fell in love with it at a store. Important thing is that you gave it home, care and the life that it deserves. I have no doubt you got tenfold in return!

There is an even bigger thank you I wanted to say. To all of you who put thought into getting a dog and choose against it. To all who considered the time, effort and money it takes to have a pet. Who honestly examined your life and realized your apartment is not big enough, your job is too hectic, you don’t make enough to feed another mouth, you don’t want to pick up poop and vacuum dog hair, you want to be able to go on a long vacation and not worry about Fido being left behind. To all of you parents who realized that puppy is not just for Christmas, that it takes much more commitment then getting a million likes on Facebook to raise and take care of an animal. One that might see it’s 15th birthday unable to reach the backyard before it pees, long after your children are partying in college. To all who stood your ground, no matter how much it hurts seeing your child’s sad face when you tell them no.

It takes as much courage to choose against having a dog as it does to take on one. If everyone made an educated decision before purchasing a pet shelters would not be full of unloved dogs who face being euthanized every day! So give yourself a pat on the back. Sometimes being the ‘bad guy’ is the best thing to do. And if you have a dog, go grab that leash. Let him take you for a walk. It is a gift many don’t have!

Monday Listicles

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I had a wonderful day taking photos at a local dog shelter of adorable pups today so I am full of love and sappiness. Funny how today’s topic for Listicles, chosen by Wendy is 10 THINGS YOU THOUGHT AS A CHILD YOU WOULD DO/BE. Well I thought I was going to be a jet pilot like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, only less cocky. Didn’t work out for me, but I did marry an officer in a flight suit! Later on I fell in love with photography and today I have my own studio. Not to be presumptuous since things seem to really work out for me, but I recall dreaming about being a first female President of United States and the only thing standing in the way is a tiny little amendment to our constitution. Remember to vote for me once we have those silly rules ironed out. Where is Terminator when a girl needs one?

Before we start sharing our hopes and dreams and compare them to our grown up reality I wanted to tell you what awesomeness is in store for us next week. Ducky twitted me this

and I said sure! I might even buy myself a cute purse to follow the prompt!

Let’s get to it. I got my husband to write the list while I was at work. Isn’t he the best?

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Cowboy: The earliest career desire that I can remember.

2. Truck Driver (a.k.a. trucker or lorry driver): My grandfather played a big role in this as he was drove a Mack truck and would always blew the air horn for us when he left on a trip. From a little boy’s perspective that was awesome!

3. Police Officer: I wanted to be one of the good guys and fight crime. I am sure TV influenced this to a great degree. Shows like Adam-12, S.W.A.T. and CHIPS were an influence.

4. Undercover Detective: Still wanting to be a good guy and fight crime but I thought it was much cooler to wear civilian clothes and drive unmarked car. Again I am sure it was those 70’s and 80’s shows like Hawaii Five-O and Starsky and Hutch that influenced me.

5. FBI agent: I guess you can see a trend here. Anyone that can come onto a crime scene and say “this is our jurisdiction, get out or we will take it from here” plus wears suits has got to be better than a Police Officer or undercover detective. Well from a kids point of view I guess.

6. ARMY man: Still on track with the good guy v. bad guy theme. This was around the time I found out that FBI agents needed a college degree. Let me put it this way, I was not a big fan of school.

7. Dairy Farmer: I spend many of my earlier years working on a dairy farm doing various jobs (feeding baby cow calves, bailing hay, and feeding the cows) based on my size, maturity, and skills. Over the years I got to do a lot great jobs but at that age I was not able to drive the tractors, hay trucks or hook the cows to the milking machines yet. So I still desired to do those jobs which I thought was the whole “Dairy Farmer ” career package.

8. Tool and Die maker: This was my fathers career and lifelong trade. When he opened his own business I worked for him during the summer.

9. U.S. Navy Officer: In high school I joined the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) and my mind was opened to a world of possibilities (travel and adventure).

10. U.S. Navy Enlisted: Remember I was not a big fan of school! Naval Officers need a college degree and could not bear the though of more school after high school. I also learned that my grandfather and Great Uncle Victor had served in WWII and my uncle was currently in the U.S. Navy. So that was it… I enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Years later after much hard work and diligence I was selected for commissioning as a U.S. Navy Officer. Ironically the commissioning program did not require a college degree. I have since knuckled under and finished my college degree.

See, dreams do come true!