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...]

DIY Table Manners Napkins

How are your kids table manners?I am a mama who’s a sticker for table manners. I am always coming up with new ways to remind my children to mind their table manners! One of my favorite new tools that I use is the table manners napkin. This is a simple fun project that you could do with your kids and a great reminder of the basic rules.With only a few tools and steps, you too can help shape up your children’s manners!The Table Manners RemindersPut the napkin in your lap. Say please and thank you. Try it you might actually like it. Elbows off the table, please. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t reach across the table. No texting at the table. Is that table talk? Take your dishes to the sink.Table Manners Napkin InstructionsThe … [Read more...]

Ten Free Online Photography Resources

In the perfect world, we would have unlimited time to spend on learning a new skill or craft. My passion, if you couldn't guess already, is photography. I absolutely love taking classes, online courses and mentoring sessions, but my schedule (and bank account) don't always allow for those as often as I would like. If you are serious about learning how to use your camera I highly suggest investing in at least one class, at least once in your life. But int he mean time, I have compiled a list of ten FREE online resources to help you learn photography. I have used nearly all of the resources and they have all helped me in my own photography journey. You don't have to have a lot of money to learn photography, just a little time and patience. Oh - and practice, practice, practice!1. Improve … [Read more...]