Tag: 2016

‘Tis the Season for Family Pictures

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‘Tis the season!

For holiday cards with family pictures!

This is the one time of year (I think) that most people get their family pictures taken.

We get ours taken usually a few times per year: birthdays, etc.

We usually take some for Emma’s birthday (at the end of October) and those usually end up being our pictures for our cards.

Here are some of my tips:

Set Expectations: Don’t tell your kids about the pictures RIGHT before you are about to leave for them. Give them some heads up. “We are going to take some pictures tomorrow.” Also, I always go in with the expectation of getting ONE good picture. ONE. If I get more, great. Don’t go in expecting the world and be disappointed.

Pick Outfits: Make sure you pick something your kid is going to actually wear. Comfortable. Nothing itchy. For example, my youngest refuses to wear anything but a dress at the moment. So, when I was picking out outfits, I knew not to dare try to put her in anything else.

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Bribery! We used to have our pictures taken in the mall. And we would tell the kids, “when we’re all done we can go ride the carousel!” Or have Chick-fil-A or go out to dinner after. Whatever works. I even brought lipstick to our last photo session to keep them happy! Whatever you have to do!

Outdoor vs. Indoor. This is all about personal preference. We usually take our photos inside at a studio (keep them contained!)

Take yourself vs. Professional This one would be tough to do by yourself with the exception of a timer on your camera, but if you have a friend or a family member it could work.

Here’s my last and probably most important tip: Take lots of pictures of your kids!

People always tell me, your kids are so photogenic! It’s because I take their pictures 20 times per day! LOL They know if they just look at me and smile once, I’ll leave them alone!

Seriously, we all have cameras on our phones now. It’s so easy to snap a picture of them! Plus, it gets them used to the idea of looking at the camera and saying CHEESE, which is all we really want!

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New Traditions: Friendsgiving

For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.

Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.

We made paper plate turkeys by:

1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)

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Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.

We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.

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Recipe Share: Homemade Blueberry Muffins

With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.

I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!

I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!

So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.

I wanted to use whole wheat flour.

I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.

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So this is what ended up being my recipe:

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How to Survive a Hurricane…with Toddlers

I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.

I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.

I’ve seen streets flood.

I’ve had the power go out.

I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.

We throw Hurricane parties.

Until we have kids.

Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…

Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:

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Dollar Store Decor: 4th of July Edition

I am all about saving money, BUT I’m also all about parties. I mean, who isn’t?

So, one of my go-to ways to throw an awesome party but still have a budget is to visit the dollar store.

I just went to one last week and picked up lots of stuff for our upcoming 4th of July ‘Murica Party.

The dollar store is always good for: paper plates and napkins! But this time I also found some super cute (and on trend) paper straws.

We also got the kids Pop-Its (remember those? I used to think they were magic!) and Party Poppers.

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I also picked up some decor for my birthday party in August, but I’ll save that for another post! (hint: it’s flamingo/ pineapple themed!)

Happy Independence Day, America!

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s been a while since I did a post and I’m sure we’ve done A LOT since then, but here’s what we did on Father’s Day in case you need any ideas for next year:

My hubby was away on business earlier in the week, but on Thursday, I had set up a photo session for some Father’s Day photos. Here is one of my favorites:

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Our girls always have a dance recital on Father’s Day weekend (I think that it’s the perfect way to spend the day as a Dad of daughters lol).

Also, since I have a dad, step-dad and father-in-law, we had a VERY busy weekend.

On Friday, we had our dress rehearsal for the dance recital and then we took the girls (with my step-dad) to go see Finding Dory.

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Happy Mother’s Day and I’m on YouTube Now!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day (weekend)!

We sure did!

Friday during the day, I volunteered at a charity golf tournament and came home to TWO sets of flowers (one from my mom and Paul and one from Eric).

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I also got handmade cards from the girls. Emma even wrote “Mom.”

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