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How to Take Monthly Baby Photos

Have you seen those beautiful monthly baby photos on Instagram or Pinterest? Of course, you have! I think every new parent stares for hours at those and wonders how to make the same memories for their children. At least I did! I was so excited to watch my baby grow and I wanted pictures to be able to remember how small they were. There are so many different options for these pictures, but there are some things that are key to decide early. Here’s some things to think about when setting up your monthly baby photos.

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20 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activites
Ah!! It’s finally summer! Summer is such an exciting and fun time. I’m excited for the hot weather to be back, even if it’s hotter than hot out! I’m excited for the swimming parties and BBQ’s, but I’m most excited to share this time with my little man. Summer loses some of its appeal as you get older. We used to look forward to summer break, no school, sleeping in, playing outside all day. Now that we’re older we don’t have those luxuries. Youth really is wasted on the young ;-). But through my little man, I’ll be able to relive all that summer fun. This is his first summer that he’ll really be able to have some fun. He’s only a year old, and he’s just recently discovered the fun of water and splashing in little pools. So while he won’t be able to participate in all these activities, there’s still lots of fun activities on this list that he’ll be able to do. Check out the list below for some fun summer activities for kids. Maybe put them in a bowl or “bored jar” and then on a day you don’t know what to do, pull something out and do that! Or print out the “summer bucket list” from our VIP library by signing up for our email list!

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DIY Confetti Poppers – 4th of July

DIY Confetti Poppers

I’m so excited to share with you these DIY Confetti Popper for 4th of July today! 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, topped only by Christmas and maybe Halloween. For as long as I can remember, my parents have thrown a big 4th of July pool party. All our friends have come to celebrate and we’ve barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers and swam all day long. The night ends watching fireworks from the front lawn put on by one of the local school, or just watching the numerous illegal fireworks that go off in our area. It’s a day that I look forward to as summer approaches. Now that we’re all getting older and having children of our own, there’s starting to be a younger crowd at these parties. And while I still love the fireworks, it’s nice to have something that’s not quite as dangerous. That’s why I created these DIY confetti poppers. They are fun for kids and adults alike.

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DIY, Parenting Tips

Father’s Day Gift Ideas


It’s almost Father’s Day! I swear every year these holidays somehow end up sneaking up on me! So this year, I’m trying to get a super big head start. Now we have three dads to buy for. My dad, my husband’s dad, and then I have to get something for my husband from our toddler! This year, I decided to get an early start and started searching for Father’s Day Gift Ideas early. I started asking my husband and father for things that they were interested in. Then I went to Etsy to see what I could find. Now I’ll put a little disclaimer, I am not a guy, but I think the men in my life will definitely enjoy getting some of these gifts! So here is my list of the best Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

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Ten Dollar Christmas

At the beginning of the year, when I wrote about our goals, I mentioned that I had been listening to Dave Ramsey and we’d been trying to stick to a budget. Because of this, we decided to reevaluate our Christmas gifts for 2016. We put together a budget for every person on our list in Google Spreadsheets with what we wanted to get and then the actual amount we spent. We looked for deals and tried our hardest to stay under budget. But for ourselves, we wanted to do something different.

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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Move Part 1

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Move

Our move to Glendora marked the 6th time in our 5 years of marriage that we moved! Over the years I’ve learned many tips and tricks for a successful move. I have definitely learned these the hard way, through much trial and error. These are my tried and true methods for getting through a move as painlessly as possible. Nobody wants to move, but hopefully these tips and tricks for a successful move will make it a little easier.

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Valentine’s Open When Letters Printable

Valentine's Open When Letters

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! I don’t know about you, but after the holidays I have a hard time getting back into the groove of things. This year, John and I took a week off in between Christmas and New Years. We went out to the river, spent some time working on things for our new Etsy shop, but mostly, we just relaxed.  We played with all of Bugs new Christmas toys, explored the textures and shapes of different rocks, and enjoyed having nowhere to be and nothing to do. It was magical.

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Open When Printable

Open When Printable

I just love printables! I’m always on the prowl for good ones that will help make my life just a little bit easier. And if I can’t find them then I make them myself. After making the “Open When” letters for my sister, I decided that I should really make a printable so that I could use them again in the future. This is a fun open when printable that can be used for so many occasions!

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