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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Activities and Decorating Ideas

WARNING:  Halloween is RIGHT around the corner!

Seriously how do these stupid holidays keep sneaking up on us?!?

It's not too late!!  Here are some ADORABLE Pumpkins for kids to decorate!

And this website has some super cute kids crafts! 

And how can I NOT add this?!

I have never seen anything like this before!!

Here is what my family carved this year!  (Well, my husband carved...we watched!)

And have you seen this?!
Such a wonderful idea for children with food allergies! 

What has your family done to get ready for the halloween this year??  
We would LOVE to hear from you! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

SpongeBob Mega Bloks WINNER

Mega Bloks and Spongebob have partnered together to create MEGA BLOKS SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS INVISIBLE BOATMOBILE RESCUE
For ages 5 to 8                      

We have a WINNER for the Mega Bloks Sponge Bob Square Pants!

EMILY EVERT @emilyreviewscom

Please email us at with your shipping address for your MEGA BLOKS SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS INVISIBLE BOATMOBILE RESCUE set.

Congratulations, Emily!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A different take on family photos

Have you guys been seeing the lifestyle sessions/portraits all over Pinterest? I'm in LOVE with the idea of these and wish I could do more of them as a photographer. These sessions give us the opportunity to capture families in their natural environment, typically in their own homes. They are an "anything goes" type of session...just live life and let a photographer snap shots. 

We pay to have "traditional" family pictures done every year. I really cherish those pictures because, outside of these sessions, we rarely have pictures of all four of us together. I spend a lot of time coordinating outfits, stressing about the weather, worrying about how the kids will cooperate...etc. We just had ours taken last week and the kids were a disaster. It's stressful, who really enjoys getting pictures done?!

We have an amazing photographer who captures us perfectly. And we pay a lot of money for those pictures but you know what? When I look back at all our pictures from the year and put together my kids' photo books, the paid for "traditional" photos are not my favorite. The candidate ones I've taken throughout the year are the ones that make me tear up or laugh. Those pictures are the ones that capture my kids the way THEY are.

I'm lucky enough to do this for my kids whenever I want. So I'm challenging other Mommas to think about doing a lifestyle type session for your next family shoot. And if you aren't comfortable with the idea at least get your camera out and capture your kids at home. Slow down and take pictures at bath time, or making Saturday morning pancakes or when they are just plain being silly. Get the details- wild hair, bare feet, your messy living room...capture REAL life! It may seem chaotic now but someday we will forget what it was like to have toys scattered all over our living rooms and dried apple juice all over our kitchen counters.

And while I'm at it- please don't forget to actually USE your photos! I love Shutterfly for photobooks- great quality, customer service and very reasonable prices. Bonus- you can save up to 50% off photobooks, calendars, cards....etc by just clicking HERE! :)

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