Growing up, my grandmother always had a camera in my face. My cousins, siblings, and I would often tease her when we would see her with her large and in charge camera, but we always flipped through the pages excitedly when she had a newly assembled photo album with our memories preserved inside. Having tangible photographs in my hands and reminiscing with my cousins and siblings has kept our childhoods alive and strengthened our familial bonds. But even more importantly, having the albums and seeing grandma put them together made us all feel so incredibly loved.
It’s finally here! September 23rd made it official, friends. Fall is here to stay. Well, at least until December 21st when winter solstice comes. With fall here, my sworn duty as memory keeper is documenting all of the best things about the coziest of seasons. Simplifying always works for me and having a small list with thoughtful locations and traditions helps to ensure I don’t get stressed out about taking pictures and can enjoy the moments with my family. This is a simplified list of seven photos to take of your kids this fall so you can preserve your favorite autumn memories without being overwhelmed.
The Photo Sticker Sheets from Pinhole Press are so versatile. I love getting creative with them! From DIY Tic Tac Toe to cute back to school DIY Bookmarks, they’re such a fun craft supply to have! I recently picked up a new phone case and thought it would be fun to create my own personalized case with photos of my family on it using the stickers.
My kiddos head back to school next week and we’re gearing up for the season with backpacks and binders and pencils galore. Both of my kiddos love to read and set lofty reading goals each school year, so I thought I’d use some of my leftover Photo Sticker Sheets from my previous projects to create a few fun DIY Personalized Bookmarks for their reading.
Tic tac toe is one of our family’s favorite games. It’s a simple game that all of us can play with ease and is fun for even my older kiddos. With warm summer months in full swing here in Northern Michigan, our front porch has been getting a lot of extra love while we play board games and sip on lemonade. Inspired by the warmer weather and our favorite game, I created a board game version of our beloved tic tac toe with a family twist courtesy of these fun photo sticker sheets.
I’m the mother of a blended family of seven. Yes, seven. And it sounds very shocking at first. Seven people. Seven personalities. Seven mouths to feed. But blended families aren’t always together, so I only have to feed seven people a few times a year, ha! And ours is further complicated because three of our five children live over 2300 miles away from us.
My kids go on summer break at the end of this week and after making up an entire week’s worth of snow days, they’re ready to milk all they can from the sweet summer months. With all the adventures we have during the summer, I’m often guilty of forgetting to document the fun. As a mom, it’s my sworn duty as memory keeper to ensure I preserve our memories for years to come so that when I’m a grandmother, the first thing my grandchildren will do when the visit is sit on the floor with our photo albums. It’s a lot of pressure! As someone who is passionate about memory keeping, I tend to get carried away, can you tell?
A family command center is a great way to help your family stay organized and keep everyone on the same page. In my home, our command center is the brain of our family. Need to know where someone is? Check the command center. What groceries do we need? Check the command center. What’s for dinner tonight? Check. The. Command. Center. I update our family command center, which is located at our fridge, every week. Having the essentials on hand helps me to get everyone organized and know what’s going on with everyone at a quick glance. These essentials from Pinhole Press are must-haves for every family command center.
When it comes to Mother’s Day, thoughtful crafts are what shine the most. I still cherish the flower tipped pen that my daughter gave me her first year of PreK. The ladder art with a picture of my son climbing into the stars with the words, “Mom, I love you to the moon and back,” that he gave me in first grade still hangs in my bedroom closet three years later. These thoughtful gifts melt nurturing mama hearts on Mother’s Day because they’re created by the people we love the most.
Break out the pastels and cute, critter shaped candies, its Easter basket season. Marshmallow chicks and chocolate bunnies are classic staples that every kid’s Easter basket should hold, but further than that can be quite the undertaking. This Ultimate Easter Basket Gift Guide is full of thoughtful, spring inspired ideas that won’t be forgotten or tossed aside the morning after the delicious chocolate bunny has lost its ears (if you don’t eat it ears first, who even are you!)