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Photo Book: Toddler’s Best Friend

Photo Book: Toddler’s Best Friend

When I was a child, we always had at least one dog. I loved playing ball with them, snuggling with them, hiking with them, really doing anything at all with them. Some of my happiest childhood memories included our dogs. Late in 2006, I moved into my first apartment on my own. Shortly after, I [...]

The Toys I Will Keep Forever— Mini Reviews

The Toys I Will Keep Forever— Mini Reviews

I am 53 years old and all my kids have grown and left my nest. However, I still have toys that I will keep forever. When my husband and I were young parents, we had the compulsory playroom full of toys. We had Teddy Ruxpin. Teddy Ruxpin read books aloud. He lost his voice when [...]

DIY Shadowbox: T’s Fire Truck

DIY Shadowbox: T’s Fire Truck

As I shared in a previous post, I used to be a professional picture framer. I shared a pink and lime green butterfly DIY shadowbox earlier. Now I want to share one I made with a fire truck theme for a little boy. Over the next few months, I will try and post a handful [...]

DIY Shadowbox: Michele’s Pink Butterflies

DIY Shadowbox: Michele’s Pink Butterflies

Years ago, I worked as a professional picture framer and I built and assembled shadowboxes quite a bit. I saw a huge variety of items come into my shop for framing… sentimental clothing, sports jerseys, military medals, newborn baby items, license plates, spoons, you name it. Once I even framed a soprano saxophone! Since becoming [...]

Father’s Day Photo Collage

Father’s Day Photo Collage

When my husband’s first Father’s Day came around, my son was about eight months old and I was stumped on what to get for him. I ended up getting him a card and that was it. The following year I wanted to do better. In our mama forum, a few mamas posted photo collage ideas [...]

The Art Collection

The Art Collection

If you have a kid and he or she can put crayon to paper, you’ve got priceless artwork! At first it’s a wobbly line on a sheet of binder paper and you marvel at it and hang it on the refrigerator. That wobbly line is quickly replaced with a circle and then it’s a little [...]

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me

As mamas, we do our best to capture our kids’ moments on “film.” We want to make sure to capture their first smile, rolling over, walking, crawling, first solids, and on and on and on. We know the memories are fleeting and important and we want to capture them for posterity. Want to know what [...]

Family Hobby: Postcards From Around the World

Family Hobby: Postcards From Around the World

Our family has a shared hobby: we collect postcards from all around the world. We also send postcards all over the world. We use a website called Postcrossing.com and it is one of the coolest experiences we’ve had. I love that we can all participate together too. In short, Postcrossing.com is a website that gives [...]

Painting with Water

Painting with Water

One of my earliest memories occurred in the summer of 1980 when my family and I visited my great-grandparents in upstate New York. I was two years old at the time. My great-grandpa took me in their backyard and put me to work “painting” the lilypond (which, in my memory, was a big tire. Turns out [...]

DIY “I Am Loved” Photo Book

DIY “I Am Loved” Photo Book

My husband, baby and I moved out from the United States to Germany when our little girl was only three months old. We planned on the move and while I was pregnant my parents and many of our friends living in the U.S. were sad to think that C might not remember them as she [...]