Tried-and-True Thank You Notes

A little note can make such a difference! There are many reasons why thank you notes are so great. The note doesn’t have to be complicated. I know, I know….We are busy. We don’t always have cards on hand. There’s always an excuse. The truth is it only takes about five minutes to write a note. (I actually timed writing one the other day!) Plus, today we can also find modern ways to express gratitude. The most important part of the thank you is to let a person know how much his or her generosity or kindness is appreciated. Let’s make an effort and teach our children why thank you notes are important. Why write a thank you note? Do you still hang on to thoughtful thank you notes? In our hectic lives, when someone takes the time to send you a little gratitude it means so much! And … [Read more...]

22 DIY Gift Ideas for Kids

I like giving friends and family gifts that aren't store-bought, but I especially love giving my KIDS something handmade. To me, it's so cool to have a one-of-a-kind gift that was made with love. Here are more than twenty DIY gift ideas that would be perfect for your little ones. Whether you need a birthday gift, Christmas gift, or just because, there are tons of great ideas here for you. Mini Coloring Tote  by LBG Studio - My kids love to color and this tote would let them take it on-the-go for those times a quiet distraction is necessary. Play Dough by Untrained Housewife - What more is there to say - play dough and kids go together like milk and cookies! Super Hero' Fort Kit by Megan + Andy - Every super hero needs a good hide out. Make an "everything you need" secret fort kit … [Read more...]

Tips for Taking Christmas Tree Photos

Is it just me or do you tend to go a little photo crazy around the holidays? There are beautiful decorations hung everywhere, family might be in town visiting and there is definitely more excitement in the air. My camera gets a lot more use around the holidays as it is such a special time of year and I want to make sure I document as much as possible for my daughter. She is only eighteen months old but already beginning to experience the wonder and magic of the Christmas season. One focal piece of many of your Christmas photos is probably your Christmas tree! It makes a perfect back drop for family photos, Christmas morning shots and c'mon - your decorating skills should be documented! If you have ever wondered how to take great photos of your Christmas tree I am here to help! Here are … [Read more...]

6 Unique Holiday Photo Gifts

Now that Halloween has come and gone we have officially entered the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Years are all just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about holiday gift giving - and no it's not too early! You don't want to get caught at the last minute without a great gift. Photo gifts are great for everyone in the family, especially if there has been a big event that year. Weddings, new babies, graduation and even just every day moments make perfect gifts for parents, grandparents and others (especially those that live far away). Photo books and framed prints are always a great idea, but why not mix it up a little this year and give one of these unique photo gifts! 1. Photo Puzzle I can see kids and Grandparents loving this photo … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day from cardstore.com

This is my family. My mother gave birth to us four girls. She stayed at home and raised us while my father provided for the family. Together, she and my father shaped us into well-rounded and independent young women. I'm so thankful. I'm not sure how my mother managed to be such a wonderful mother of four children, but she did it with such grace and love. She taught me so many great lessons of how to take care of people and to be responsible, that becoming a mother myself has come easy for me. You see, I was the first grandbaby in my parents' families and I'm sure I got my fair share of loving. Being the first grandbaby, Liam is getting oodles of loving too.   I'm so thankful to have such young and loving parents who are now amazing grandparents to my son. That's why this Mother's Day, I … [Read more...]

Chocolate Nest Desserts for Easter

Nothing says Easter like chocolate bird's nests. Yes, that may sound a little cruel, but it's certainly better than eating a poor little chocolate bunny, right? This collection of chocolate nest desserts come in all shapes and sizes. Which one do you like best? Take your pick! 1. Chocolate Thumbprint Nests by The Curvy Carrot These thumbprint chocolate cookies have the perfect shape that is fit for chocolate eggs. Their chocolate sprinkle covered coating makes them look so authentic! 2. Easter Nest Chocolate Doughnuts by Baking Me Something Good Baked doughnuts are probably the most delicious and healthified thing I've ever seen. Covering them with decorative frosting to make them 'nest-like' is just perfect! 3. No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Robins' Nests … [Read more...]