20 best Christmas gifts for kids & tweens

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Last year my best gift ideas for girls and best gift ideas for boys were my most popular posts during the holiday season, so this year I’m back with another edition. As many readers pointed out, almost all the gifts on both lists could actually be enjoyed by either boys OR girls, so this year […]

best tips for taking great photos of your kids this halloween

how to take great photos of your kids this halloween - photography tips & tricks

Looking back at the photos I have of my kids over the year, Halloween photos are some of my absolute favorites. The kids just look so adorable in their costumes, and they’re usually grinning ear to ear in anticipation of candy overload. But since most of the action on Halloween happens after sunset, it can […]

how to take great photos of your kids – tips & tricks roundup

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We all want amazing photos of our kids, but the process of getting them can be, well, unpleasant to say the least. Kids have an amazing ability to figure out exactly what you want them to do, and then refuse to do it. For hours. Regardless of bribing, cajoling, and threatening (usually in that order). Even if […]

20 best ideas, activities, and resources for road trips with kids

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March means spring break is coming up, and spring break means road trip, right? Honestly, I used to think people who packed up a bunch of kids and drove for fifteen hours and called that fun were completely, certifiably insane. There are times when fifteen minutes in the car with kids who won’t stop bugging […]

the secret to a better portrait {how to take school photos at home!}

how to take great portraits at home

My oldest starts seventh grade this year and I have never purchased school pictures for any of my kids. I sometimes will buy the class photo for them, but I have no interest in paying exhorbitant prices for a school snapshot of them with messy hair and a cheesy smile. Instead I spent about ten […]

little man pajamas made from a men’s shirt

A few weeks ago I made some jammies for my baby girl using a large men’s sweatshirt I’d purchased on clearance for $1. I hit up a few garage sales this past weekend and found a bunch of men’s shirts for 50 cents each, so I decided I’d try to use a similar process to […]