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Our Happily Ever After

I saw a photo similar to this on Pinterest (the link has since been broken – boo!) about six months ago. The moment I saw it I immediately started planning to have one taken of our family. I can not wait to have it printed on a giant canvas for our living room! I love the turquoise print. I created it especially for our family photos and it now hangs on our inspiration wall above the piano. (More on that another day.) As a way of saying thank you for visiting my little blog, I created this print in 11×14…

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Dr. Seuss Themed Teacher Appreciation Week

This year I volunteered to chair the Hospitality Committee at Zoë’s school. Honestly, I jumped at the opportunity. I have no desire whatsoever to be on the PTSA board, but I want to contribute in a meaningful way at her school. It was a win-win. The main event of the year for the Hospitality Committee is Staff Appreciation Week (support staff needs appreciation too!). I decided on a Dr. Seuss theme and away I went! Below you will find detailed instructions to re-create a Dr. Seuss themed Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week for your school! The main “slogan” if you will, was…

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Homemade Household Cleaners

Earth Day is celebrated in a big way at our house. In years past we have planted our garden, taken our batteries to the library for recycling, taken large electronics to be recycled, pretty much everything except unplugging from the digital world. That is crazy talk! You should have seen the look on Zoë’s face when I asked her if we should turn off all the screens in our house for the day (iPhones, laptops, TVs). You’d have thought I was taking away Christmas. Ha! This year, the girls and I made all natural household cleaners. (Look at me, actually…

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Favorite Photo Slideshows

I mentioned yesterday that I have never printed my favorite family photos. I can hear the gasps of horror as the scrapbooking community reads this. Before you make me turn in my scrapbooker card (the cooler version of a man card, ha!) let me explain. We live in a wonderful world filled with technology. My children, and probably yours, are amazingly technically savvy. It is fascinating to watch Eden (even from the age of one) quickly and easily navigate my iPhone and iPad. One of her favorite things to do is watch the slideshows I create, especially our yearly favorites…

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How To Sell More Girl Scout Cookies

UPDATE: As of 2/2014 this post has been pinned over 4,000 times! Wow! Be sure to read “How To Sell More Girl Scout Cookies – Part 2″ when you finish reading this post. Happy Cookie Selling! Zoë is a very enthusiastic about Girl Scout cookies sales. Last year her goal was to sell 750 boxes of cookies and earn a trip to summer camp. (She sold 776 boxes.) This year, she wants to sell 1,000 boxes, and she is well on her way. Selling Girl Scout cookies is as involved as you want it to be. If you daughter is…

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Pixie Hollow Playroom

Last year, I began transforming the cubby under the stairs into Pixie Hollow. I spent hours in there painting landscapes and attaching artificial flowers and vines to create a magical place for Zoë and Eden to play. They loved it, but I really should have known better than to attach large sunflowers and strawberries to the wall. It took no time at all for Miss Eden (2 at the time) to happily pluck them off. Before Christmas I decided to commission a professional artist to give Pixie Hollow a facelift. It wasn’t terrible by any means, but I am no…

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Creating a Photo Storybook for your Children

Some of the greatest gifts I have ever given my girls are their photo storybooks. They are not just photo books, oh no! (OK, they kind of are.) They are photo books written to be read like an age appropriate storybook. I started this tradition almost five years ago with Zoë, and now Eden is following in her photo and book loving footsteps. Today I am going to show you how I created two similar, but different, photo storybooks for Zoë (7.5) and Eden (3) using iPhoto. I like their medium 8×6 size. It is easy for little hands to hold,…

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Creating an Art Book for Your Child

I live with two crafty little ladies. They love to color, paint, and draw pictures. They color and home. They color at school. I have PILES of artwork in drawers, stacked on bookshelves, in my office, displayed on the wall. It is everywhere and it drives me crazy. Don’t get me wrong. I love to see their masterpieces, but all the papers were getting out of hand. Before Christmas I had the idea of creating an art book for Zoë. The artwork that she had so proudly created was sitting in piles, not being appreciated. I didn’t want to recycle…

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What To Do With Christmas Cards

I love receiving Christmas cards. Love it! I love hearing from our family and friends and seeing photos of their children. The holiday season is the one time of year  I regularly check our mailbox. I kid you not. I usually head out to the box only after our grumpy mail man knocks on the door to tell me that the he cannot force another piece of junk mail into the box. (All of our bills are mailed directly to our bill payor service. 98% off all mail we receive is literally junk mail.) Each year, the cards we receive…

Baby Life

Baby Life was the first sub-category of Life in Photos I created. The most frequent comment I heard about my School of Life collection was, “I wish you had something like this for my baby!” and I completely agreed. I wished I had something like that for my baby. When Zoë was an only child I had hours of free time to scrap every single adorable thing she did, and every single adorable picture I took of her. She has two volumes of “All About Zoë” albums. Then came Eden. It is true what they say about your second child…