DIY Beach Bags for Every Budget

Every Summer I feel the need to buy a new beach bag. There's just something about a fresh bottle of sunscreen, a fluffy new beach towel, a new magazine and a great big, new beach bag to throw it all in! As you can imagine though, these things can really add up. If you're like me, you have a Summer budget to maintain while the kids are out of school. With a bit of fabric you already have at home or a quick trip to the fabric store {or the hardware store?}, you can whip up a new beach bag in no time. Today I've gathered a handful of DIY tutorials that will help you have your new bag and be soaking up the rays by the seashore in no time! Honeymoon Beach Bag - You don't really need to be going on your honeymoon to make this bag. But, if you were headed out on your honeymoon, this would … [Read more...]

A Festive Backyard Field Day with Good Sportsmanship!

Jumping, hopping, racing, throwing—who doesn’t love a summer field day? A backyard filled with games, activities and kids is a fantastic excuse to get together with friends. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Use what you have and set up some good old-fashioned backyard fun. It will provide hours of entertainment. And parents, what a great way to reinforce good sportsmanship with your kids! The first step is to organize teams to help promote cooperative play. Then set up a variety of games. And finally, weave in a good sportsmanship lesson! Here are a few tried-and-true ideas to get you started: THE GAMES Bean Bag Toss – Kids love throwing anything! Use large bowls or buckets as the target and have the kids toss. Don’t worry if you don’t have bean bags—use other items as … [Read more...]

Dear Kids: 9 Simple Ways To Please Mom on Mother’s Day!

Mother's day is almost here. As busy Mom's, most of us don't need much. Simple small acts of kindness from your family can add up to a fantastic day! If I could leave my kids a "Cheat Sheet" on what to do. Here's what it would say: 1. Let Her Sleep - Mother's day is that one day of the year when all moms should be left to sleep in! We run around so much during the weekday and on weekends that please let us get some much-needed rest!. That means to be very quiet around the house and do something productive such as reading a book (No electronics, please - Mom would like you to experience good old-fashioned play.) 2. Care for Yourself - Today let her relax and take care of all grooming to meet mom's expectations (brush teeth and hair, get dressed appropriately, take a shower and … [Read more...]

3 Amazing Benefits of Cooking with Kids!

Yes, it’s true! Sometimes cooking with our kids can require time, patience, and some extra clean up effort. But experts agree that the extra effort is well worth it. The benefits are countless. Recently I was reminded how fun cooking can be when my kids and I attended a photo shoot for Cuisinart. The shoot was focused on the amazing Griddler! After the shoot, we were fortunate enough to keep the Panini maker and had so much fun coming up with creative delicious panini recipes. One more memorable than the other – the kids even got a little competitive.  As we sat around the table that night, we came up with a list of amazing benefits derived from a day in the kitchen as a family. Family Bonding Opportunity All children love attention and cooking together requires a little … [Read more...]

Sewing Your Own Flannel Receiving Blankets

Before my daughter was born, I was aimlessly walking around in a fabric store when an elderly clerk struck up a conversation. I mentioned that I wanted to make some things to use when my baby arrived. She suggested making receiving blankets because the commercial ones are never big enough. I made a few of these blankets that very afternoon. Each one cost less than $3 because I got the flannel on sale. Here’s how to make your own flannel receiving blankets: Materials Two yards of baby flannel. I like to use two different but coordinating prints, but you can use whatever you like. Coordinating thread Preparation The first step is to ask the girl at the fabric counter to cut two one-yard pieces of the flannel. If you’re using two different fabrics, it’s obvious. But if … [Read more...]

12 Wedding Photography Shots That You Will Inspire You

Spring is in the air. Well, maybe not QUITE yet, but we're getting close. You know what comes along with spring? may and June! You know what May and June are famous for? Weddings! What do weddings need? Gorgeous pictures, of course! So in the spirit of spring, love, and romance...and of course our love for all things photography, we present to you 12 gorgeous wedding photography shots that are sure to inspire all photographers.  Set the Stage With These Wedding Photography Examples 1.) Romantic dip in a garden, source Style Me Pretty. 2.) Gown hanging from chandelier or other unexpected place, photo by Joyeuse Photography.  3.) Flower bouquet close-up in a playful situation, photo by Bridesmaid.com.  4.) Holding hands from a creative perspective makes a lovely wedding photo, … [Read more...]