There are many hats I wear throughout the week, but I always am reminded of the importance of memories. Making memories, creating lasting legacies, and making the world a better place by inspiring you and others to find your inner creative spirit. Everyone knows family memories are important, but sometimes remembering to enjoy and document them is the tough part. Life just moves so quickly! Whether it’s capturing “snapshot moments” or mentally storing priceless memories we’ll remember fondly years from now, join me as I work on living fully in the present instead of just behind the camera. Because, let’s face it, life happens even when you don’t have a camera at the ready. — Betsy


Nite Lights – Christmas Light Show

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Just a week or so ago, I learned about Nite Lites at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, one of the largest Christmas light shows in all of Michigan.  I was elated, and told my husband we had to go.  He agreed. … Read More

Kid-Crafted Wrapping Paper

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It’s probably fitting that my son is a prolific artist. Toby loves to draw, color, and create. And while I do save a representative sampling of his artwork for “years down the road” …it would be insane to hold onto … Read More

Why you shouldn’t wrap your kid in Christmas lights for photos

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Around this time of year, it’s inevitable that I see photos of kids happily decked out in Christmas lights.  Hey, I know I helped trim the tree when I was young!  But there’s a difference between helping put the lights … Read More

Minimizing Christmas Tree Allergies

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The past few years around Christmastime, I’ve been researching Christmas tree allergies.  I have not-so-fond memories of, as a youth, getting sick around exams right before Christmas.  The timing was always impeccable.  And retrospectively, I wonder if it was due … Read More

Cocoa Salt Dough Ornaments

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Toby was excited to make salt dough ornaments again this year (last year we made gluten-free ornaments during a playdate).  After our Polar Express hot cocoa activity, Toby was ready to write off cocoa powder as being “yuck” …so I decided … Read More

Making a Popcorn Garland – 5 eco-friendly tree trimming ideas

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When it comes to decorating our Christmas tree, I’m all for making it simple and easy these days. I grew up with a show-stopping, light laden tree, trimmed to all get out. Sometimes it would take my dad a week … Read More

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