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We love giving books to our friends for birthday gifts.   I recently created a free book plate printable to help personalize a birthday gift and I wanted to share it with you!

Free Book Plate Printable

Directions:

Simply download the files in The Archives below.  To edit, open in the free program Adobe Reader.  Font used is Cambria Italic.

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As the holidays come to a close and we put the Christmas decorations away how do we store it in an organized manner where it’s easy to find everything the next year?  These Christmas organization printables will surely help!

Christmas Storage Printables

You’ll first download the labels in The Archives below.  And using Adobe Reader you can edit the files to label the box number and contents.

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And, lastly, you’ll download the box organization file, edit with Adobe Reader, and stick it in your homekeeping binder.

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In years past I waited until Halloween night just before going out to trick or treat to try to take a photo of my children in their costumes.  And it would almost always backfire.  Either they were in such a hurry to get out and trick or treat, it would be dark outside, or they would just be melting down that I would never get a great shot.

I have learned some things to make it easier and wanted to share my Halloween photo tips with you so that you can get some great pictures of your children this year!

Halloween Photo Tips

1.  Don’t wait until Halloween night to get a picture – Try a costume trial run another day to get some portraits.  Without the anticipation of trick or treating they are more likely to take their time, look at the camera, and smile!

2.  Get great light – During your portait session head for open shade (shaded side of a building or covered patio) or wait until the sun is low in the sky.  Your images will look so much better when the light is diffused and your subject is without shadows on their face your images.

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Halloween Photo Tips

3.  Start trick or treating at least 30 minutes before the sun sets – Light is a major component when it comes to photography.  You want as much natural light as you can so that your images aren’t dark or blurry and so that you’re not forced to use flash.

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4.  Be Present – I suggest taking a handful of photos gathering candy from about 3-4 houses to document the occasion and then put your camera away!  Enjoy the evening with your family without your face behind the camera.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!


Each fall my family has photos taken.  We do this every fall for several reasons.  One, for Christmas cards; two, they make great Christmas gifts for Grandparents; and three, so Mama can finally get in some pictures.  Photo shoots take lots of planning.  From picking the perfect photographer, choosing coordinated outfits, and keeping the kids calm and happy throughout the shoot.  Today, I’ve enlisted the help of some professional photographers to give us some tips and tricks on styling your shoot and how to make these your best photos yet!

Family Photos 2014

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I created these printable customized lunchbox notes as a way to love on my kiddos while they are away at school.  For the most part I draw pictures for them instead of write words…well, because they can’t read quite yet.

Download them and surprise your kids with a funny joke or love note!

Printable Customized Lunchbox Notes

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