Disney’s Memorymaker has me totally hooked now. You have no idea how hard it was for me to type that sentence! Why? Because I’m a picture snob. I make sure every Disney vacation that I take hundreds of photos to keep those precious moments and memories forever. I take a DSLr, my small point and shoot, and my phone on every trip. Yes, I love to take photos. Especially at Disney. This past trip, I added Memorymaker to our Magic Your Way Package.
Legos are still a hot toy in our house. In fact, our boys are 12, and I often wonder if their love of Legos will extend into their adult lives. We are talking about boys who go to the library, find the non-fiction section, and come out with “How to Build…… from Legos”. They are entertained for hours in the basement on hot summer days, creating and building. Hopefully all this building, creativity, and brick building will serve them well in their careers one day.
So I had this grand idea. I asked my friend, who also has a small photography business, to set up an outdoor session for us this past fall. I was SO excited! I started pinning ideas to my Photo Ideas Pinterest Board, and envisioned a fantastic photo session where everyone cooperated, and my kids looked darling…..and yes, most of that happened. But not without some planning, thinking, and a little bit of stressing out. This was our first, of what will now be more, outdoor family shoots with a photographer. All these years, we’ve sufficed our family photos with pics from vacations, at Christmas, and the occasional pose at Target while we were having the kids’ photos taken. Why did I wait so long? Our outdoor pics turned out great, and now I have some family photo tips to share with you!
Glitter. It is my favorite thing to craft with~next to ribbon. This year for my daughter’s homemade valentines, we made them extra sparkly with some Silhouette Glitter. That stuff is SO.MUCH.FUN! I am so addicted. It’s projects like this that make me so thankful that I have a girl to glitz things up. So this year, we took the Owl Valentine idea I had last year, and made them a bit differently. Despite the fact that I tried to sway her to bees, hearts, or butterflies, she wanted owls again. I tried and tried to show her images on Pinterest of butterflies, bees, and even cute hearts. None of it. She wanted owls again, so owls it is!
Go big or go home, that’s kind of the motto in our house. Along those same lines, we like to DIY on the cheap in our house. We will often pick up “oops” paint colors at the home improvement store, and then making do with the left over colors from our other painting projects to make something amazing. Well, our downstairs bathroom is no exception. And with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils, we now have an impressive and beautifully accented wall in what was once our very plain downstairs bathroom.
I am so, so excited to start 2015 with an organizational post, AND the Silhouette Challenge! Last year, the Silhouette Challenges were so fun and inspirational! This year, we are doing something different~each month has a bonus challenge. For January, we started with the very popular topic of ORGANIZATION, and the bonus challenge to use VINYL! I jumped at the chance to add some fun labels to my daughter’s toy bins for this month’s challenge. Organize? YES! Use vinyl? YES, YES!
It’s vacation planning time for a lot of people! Yay! With the New Year upon us and a new special offer from Disney, many are thinking of their family vacations. Walt Disney World is a very popular one! One of the exciting aspects of planning a Disney vacation is making reservations at some of the table service restaurants on Disney property!
Is saving money one of your goals for the New Year? I am always looking for a way to save a few extra dollars for our family. One way I save money is to shop at our local consignment shop, as well as sell my items there. I often have good luck finding items for our daughter, and sometimes her older brothers. If saving money is one of your goals for 2015, then keep reading! Today I want to share my 5 Tips for Shopping Secondhand Stores.