Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Family Photo Shoot

Ten Family Photo Shoot Tips

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!

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DIY Owl Valentines Using Silhouette Glitter

Class Valentines Using Silhouette Glitter

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!

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Bathroom Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils and $50 Giveaway

Cutting edge

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.

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#AD General Tso’s Chicken Wings Lettuce Wraps

General Tso's Lettuce Wraps

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeHero #CollectiveBias

We are big football fans in our  house.  Every Saturday and Sunday we are faithfully watching our favorite teams while enjoying some great food.  And now, with the big game right around the corner, we are prepping for having family and friends over to enjoy some food, fun, and football.   I’m the kind of hostess who has no shame in asking my guests to bring a dish or dessert to share.  By the same token, I also make sure there are several yummy dishes to choose from~like prepared wings from the deli at my local store.    Looking to try these yourself?  Join me, or go to your local Walmart for an in store demo. I’m going to mine on January 30th!

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Organizing Canvas Toy Bins with Labels

Toy Bins with Labels

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!

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Last Minute Disney Dining Reservations

10 Last Minute Disney Dining Reservations

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!

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5 Tips for Shopping Secondhand Stores

Secondhand Photo

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.

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Thank You for a Great Year & Top Posts of 2014

Using a Silhouette Pen Holder #silhouettecameo #addressinginvitations

I love looking back at My Favorite Finds, and enjoying how it has changed and grown over the years.  Four years!  December 29, 2010, I wrote my first post about Decorated Sugar Cookies.    In 2015, I’ll be celebrating the 5th birthday of my small piece of cyberspace, and I wanted to thank all of YOU for making that possible!

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Pretzels

Pretzels

Do you ever have a grand idea for a recipe, and it just goes out the window?  If not, you’re lucky.  That is sort of what happened when I saw these Double Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels on Pinterest.  Aren’t they impressive?  I was SO excited to make them for our Ladies Bible Study Cookie Exchange Party.  Appearing super easy, and having most of the ingredients on hand, I went out and picked up some sourdough pretzels.  As soon as I opened the box, I knew it was all over.  There was only ONE whole pretzel in the whole box~the rest were broken into pieces.  Ugh!  I knew it wasn’t going to work, and I wasn’t about to go buy every box of pretzels in hopes of salvaging enough to pull this recipe off.  Plan B it was.

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Chocolatey Christmas Trees

Dollar Tree Christmas

“I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Dollar Tree and Blueprint Social. The original ideas and opinions in this post are my own.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  As soon as Thanksgiving is over, our house and our focus shifts right to Christmas.  I put the finishing touches on our Christmas countdown, find a good hiding spot for the gifts, and get creative in the kitchen!  But with all of this excitement and novelty of the Christmas season, I need to remind myself that simple is also impressive~even when it comes to food.

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