Senior Photos in the Backyard? 3 Reasons you should consider it!

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Can you do senior pictures in your own back yard?  Sure!  High school senior pictures don’t have to be in the studio anymore.  These days, it’s possible to hire a photographer to go on location, even to your own backyard, and have senior photos taken there.  Where you have many memories. Where the setting is meaningful to you.  Don’t think that these senior portraits will cut … Read More

Don’t Lose Your Pictures

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Last year, my child accidentally did a factory reset on my phone. And he wiped the micro SD card clean too. At first I was furious. He should know better than to mess with Mommy’s phone, right? But then I took a breather. He was only three, after all. He thought the pattern passcode on my lock was a fun new game. And, I obviously neglected … Read More

Learn About Overexposure (and Underexposure)

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Today we’re talking about exposure — overexposure (and underexposure)  As relates to cameras.  I’ll be simplifying it for kids, as has been the norm with my Photography ABCs series.  Make sure to read through to the end, because I’m sharing three activity ideas to help kids learn about overexposure and underexposure.  So, let’s get started.  What’s exposure?  Or, more specifically, what are overexposure and underexposure? Underexposed, … Read More

Quick & Easy: DIY Creative Gift Wrapping for Kids

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Even though we save gift bags and keep a (small) stash of wrapping paper, it seems like my go-to preference is for homemade gift wrapping.  It involves the kids in the gift giving process more, and depending on what paper I am able to reuse, is eco-friendly too. When we put together gifts for the grandparents a while back, I tried something different than my normal artwork-repurposed-into-wrapping-paper method. … Read More

Learn About Negative (+Coloring Page Printable)

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Working my way through the Photography ABCs has been fun!  We’re at letter N this week, so I thought we’d talk about negative.  There are a number of different meanings for the word negative as relates to photography.  It can be the actual film negative, or a description of how the image is negative rather than positive (dark tones are light, light tones are dark), or … Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up Piano (or whatever instrument you play)

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I’m that kid.  The one who begged her mother for piano lessons at the young age of …um… maybe five?  My grandmother, an organist and pianist, was my first teacher.  From there on, I loved it.  We found a sweet lady down the street from us as my next teacher; I remember getting on my bike and pedaling over to her house, two streets away.  My brother … Read More

20 Questions About Dad (For Your Child to Answer)

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Earlier this month I shared a post with 20 questions about mom that I asked Toby; it was really cute to see his answers.  So, for Father’s Day, I thought we’d recreate the list of questions, but this time ask the questions about daddy! 1. What is something dad always says to you? I love you. 2. What makes dad happy? That I play with him. 3. What … Read More

Learn to Ride a Bike …how we skipped training wheels completely

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It seems like training wheels are a right of passage.  But, recently, there’s been a trend to forgo the training wheel phase completely.  I have to admit, I was intrigued with this idea when I heard about it a few years ago. We did end up getting a balance bike, and while I was secretly hoping that my son, Toby, would learn to ride a pedal bike without … Read More

Learn About Macro

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And it’s time for one of my favorite terms in the ABCs of Photography series – M is for Macro! I have enjoyed macro photography for a long time.  Plants, bugs, and other small items can be really neat to see larger than life.  Or, if you’re a kid at heart, legos. That’s why I picked this stock image for today’s post — I have always … Read More

30 Tips for Going On a Road Trip with Kids (a parent’s survival guide)

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Last summer we took the boys on a multi-state road trip.  And we survived.  Surprisingly, we made good time too.  So, as we geared up to plan another road trip this summer, I thought I would share some tips with you, a road trip survival guide of sorts, for taking young kids on road trips. This list is by no means all inclusive, but it should … Read More

20 Questions About Mom (to Ask Your Toddler)

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I saw this list of “interview” questions to ask your kid …it was floating around on Facebook. You may have seen it too. Anyways, since I’m a sucker for things like this, I decided to see what Toby’s answers would be. It’s always fun to see what kids come up with… and my four year old is no exception. I’ll be printing these out to put … Read More

Dwarf Lake Iris – Michigan’s Official Wildflower (A Craft!)

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Lately I’ve become interested in adding native plants to our gardens and wooded area.  Sure, non-native flowers can be gorgeous, but there are so many native options to choose from that are better suited for the environment (and therefore easier to grow). So today we’re going to learn about Michigan’s official wildflower.  And a brief summary of how it came to be the Dwarf Lake Iris. … Read More

How Lenses Work – Kid Friendly Activities!

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This week we’re learning about lenses for my ABCs of Photography series.  And in case you’re wondering, this is really about the concept of lenses, so we’ll be spending time exploring how they work rather than what kind of lens you should get.  We’ll even project an image onto the wall using a magnifying glass! But first, let’s cover the definition of a lens: n. a … Read More

Quick + Easy Oatmeal Cookies (GF Recipe)

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The other night we whipped up some cookies, and, as usual, I improvised the recipe.  This quick and easy oatmeal cookie recipe is based on Clean Green Simple’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe.  Except I had about 3/4 cup of gluten-free bisquick that I was trying to use up.  Because, honestly, what can you make with that little? Now I know… oatmeal cookies! Don’t they look tasty? I pulled … Read More

Learn About Key (High Key + Low Key)

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Today we’re going to learn about key. Specifically, high key and low key, as they relate to photography (since this is part of my ABCs of Photography series). And yes, I couldn’t resist the play on words with a few of these photos, so I included some high key and low key photos of keys. It’s fallout from having grown up with a family that enjoyed puns. … Read More

101 Things Your Kid Can Do With a Cast On

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Honestly, I could have also titled this list “101 Laid Back Activities for Kids Who Like to be Active.”  But since I made this list when my toddler, Toby, was wearing a cast, we’ll stick with that.  Toby managed to get a hairline fracture in his leg while being silly last fall. It took three days, two trips to the ER, and several sets of x-rays … Read More

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