8 Great Gifts for the Photographer!

Last month we featured some Great Digital Gifts & given its popularity we thought it would be fun to feature some specific gifts for your favorite photographer. I’ve chosen 5 new gifts for this post that are unique as well as practical and would definitely be a welcome gift for an upcoming birthday, holiday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other special day coming up, enjoy!   This cute Camera Tumbler would be a great gift for your favorite photographer! It holds 12 ounces of their favorite hot or cold beverage & it looks like a real DSLR Lens. There is a sliding open/close feature on top & it has a stainless steel interior, super fun!   Last Christmas my Father purchased a Drone & we had a blast playing with it up at our Family Farm in Michigan. There are … [Read more...]

13 DIY Spooky Halloween Party Ideas

With Halloween still a few weeks away, there's plenty of time to gather your supplies and create the spookiest Halloween party in all the land. From spider web decorations and witch finger foods, monster cakes and sugar skull pinatas, we've got a bunch of fun ideas listed for you!   /1/ DIY Halloween Party Invitation- If you're going to have a party you have to let people know. Print these invitations from home and send them to your closest friends and family. /2/ Trash Bag Spider Web Decoration- Chances are you have the supplies for this craft in your home already. /3/ Printable Halloween Banner and Bats- Banners are a fun touch to any party. You wouldn't have a birthday party without a Happy Birthday banner, would you? Exactly. /4/ Bat Mobile- No, it's not the … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Entertain the Kids at Restaurants. (Do I dare say without a screen.) GASP!

We’ve all been there! Your child is hungry and fussy and the food has not yet arrived. What should you do? Yes, it’s tempting to pull out our cell phones or tablets to quickly keep our child occupied, but this doesn’t teach them to sit and behave properly at a restaurant. Teaching our kids how to behave in a restaurant setting is an important part of parenting. We know it’s hard for them to sit still so we need a plan. A go to restaurant plan to help hold their attention span – quiet games and activities to keep them happy and entertained – and yes all screen-free. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep them busy at restaurants without the screens: Napkin Decoration! I love crayons because it only takes a few and a napkin and you are all set! Challenge the kids to a … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Popsicles

The Fourth of July will be here before we know it! Why not take a little time now to prepare for the hot holiday and make these refreshing and delightfully healthy Fourth of July popsicles? Once they're in your freezer, you can keep them there until the festivities begin. Nothing like a good make-ahead recipe to beat the heat this Fourth of July! So get out your popsicle molds and get cool!   [sc:adsense ] Fourth of July Popsicles Ingredients 1 cup frozen strawberries, almost thawed 1 cup lemonade 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, almost thawed How-To Purée the thawed strawberries in a blender. Evenly distribute to 6 popsicle molds. Freeze for 30 minutes. Pour lemonade evenly on top of the strawberries. Freeze for 1.5 hours. Purée the thawed blueberries … [Read more...]

Take Fireworks Photos that SPARKLE

On July 4, 1776 America declared her independence.  That means that this year is our nation's 240th birthday.  That also means that in the coming days hundreds of thousands of folks in America are going to gather to watch a glorious display of pyrotechnics in the sky.  {I'd sure love for someone to blast some fireworks into the sky for MY birthday each year!} {photo credit} Photographing fireworks is sometimes tricky. The night time conditions aren't ideal for photography, to begin with. Add in getting a crisp focus on a bursting ball of sparkles and it almost seems impossible. Using these few steps YOU can capture beautiful photos of any fireworks show. Don't forget the tripod.  You'll be taking photos in the dark so you're going to want complete stillness in your camera's … [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...]