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15 Kids’ Valentine’s Photo Cards & Treats

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I can’t believe Valentine’s is just around the corner! Didn’t we just celebrate the new year! I’ve tried to hold off on thinking about it as long as I can but now my kids have Valentine’s parties next week and we’re going to have to work on these Valentines this weekend.  It’s time to finally decide on what my kids will be sharing with friends (and even family).

Personally, I love personalized cards though I don’t always have time to help make them. Before I share these Valentine ideas with you, I want to preface all of this to say that there’s is totally nothing wrong with using store bought cards and/or treats.  As someone who has definitely bought them and used them just a couple of years ago, I definitely understand when someone just doesn’t have the time to make something themselves. Having said that, I do love finding ideas that my children and I can work on together.  Since it is something that means a lot to them, I do want to spend some time thinking and helping them make whatever it is (when I can make the time). And since I love taking photos, I do love cards that  combine a photo with a treat (and  the treat doesn’t have to be sweet).

So here are 15 Valentine’s photo cards and treats that I’ve found and wanted to share with you.

This first photo is of a Valentine card I helped my son make that he gave to friends in school last year. This card was inspired by the Butterfly Valentine here. That butterfly was created using the template that was provided in the link and the rest of the card was made using photoshop.

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I also created the photocard/tag below that my daughter attached to ring pops for her class. It’s a variation of the idea here

For the girls she had “You’re the Real Gem!”…

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and for the boys we wrote “A Ring for a King!”lifelovevday9560

With the rest of these ideas, you can click directly on the photo and you’ll be directed to the related blog post.

Source: Craft Monkey

Source: Smashed Peas and Carrots

This is to Grandma and Grandpa but you can easily just replace it with a friend’s name. And how about punching a hole on the corner and tying a ribbon around it and attaching it to a bottle of bubbles! =) Or for a sweet treat you can just tie the ribbon around a baggie of Hershey “kisses”. =)

Source: Life is Sweet

Source: I am momma hear me ROAR {blog}

Source: Landee See, Landee Do {blog}

Source: Rage Against the Minivan {blog}

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Source: Keepin’ It Real 24-7-365 {blog}

 

Source: dididaniphoto.blogspot.com via Angelica on Pinterest

Source: Stitch/Craft {blog}

Source: Simply Radiant {blog}

Source: Craft-O-Maniac {blog}

Source: KM Portraits Life Captured {blog}

And here’s another Yummy Valentine

and check out this Valentine’s Crush!

Of course, depending on the age(s) of your child(ren), they may not want their photos on the cards. Fortunately, my kids are still at the age where they love this stuff! =)

For other Valentine’s Day card ideas where you don’t have to use a photo or for more ideas on desserts, treats and crafts, check out my Valentine Pinterest board here

Until next time…

From your feet to your heart…

Sorry for  my long absence. I am keeping up with taking a photo (or two) a day but I haven’t gotten a chance to share anything on the blog yet since the first time I mentioned that I was starting the 365 project this year.  I did start another blog “LIFE&LOVE365” to share those everyday photos with you but that’s lagging behind on updates too. You can find the link in the menu above or just click here.

I’m going to figure this out eventually.  Any advice out there on how you manage your time with blogging and everyday life? Well, hopefully I’ll figure this out!

In the meantime, thought I’d share this shot I captured this week during a senior shoot with a talented and beautiful homeschooler.

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“Your feet will take you to where your heart is.”
Irish Proverb

Thought the quote was a perfect fit.

Until next time…and hopefully that’s sooner than later! 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

I’m late! I was hoping to wish you a Happy New Year on the 1st but I’m writing this post about half-past midnight. Oh well…holding on to the words “It’s never too late”…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope your first day was an awesome one! I don’t know about you but I don’t feel at all prepared for the new year. These past couple of months have just felt like I’ve been playing catch up. Though I can’t say I’ve been able to think much about New Year’s Resolutions,  I have to say that there has been things occupying my mind these past few weeks and changes I’ve actually been making even before the new year had come around. Here’s what I’ve done so far…

  • I’m studying out worshiping God and so I hope to grow in my worship of HIM this year.
  • I’ve been trying to exercise everyday. So far, I’ve exercised 3 out of the past 5 days. That’s BIG since I haven’t exercised for over a year ( at least).
  • Of course, I’m hoping to get organized at home and with my life in general (as with every past year). So first things first, put up our Christmas decorations and begin to go through each room in the house and purge the things we don’t really need anymore.
  • And finally but not least (and possibly not the last changes/projects to come)…I’m starting a 365 photography project. Basically, just hoping to capture and share at least one photo everyday. By the end of the year, I’ll hopefully have a great  snippet of our life in 2013!

So with that…On the 1st of January, we were out basically all day and I didn’t get a chance to snap a shot until I got home. The only opportunity I had was when the kids were basically going to bed. So here’s a few of my shots from the evening of the 1st…
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And this last shot below was captured by my 6.5 year old buddy. He saw me setting my camera to take pictures with my timer and after a few shots he asked me if he could take a picture for me. I just set the camera settings up for him and told him about where he needed to stand.  It’s not often that I take photos of myself but I’ve been trying to be more conscientious of being in front of my lens instead of always behind it. I’ve been trying to do this for the past couple of years now but I’m still having to work on it.  It’s easy for me to NOT want to take photos for a number of different reasons…including but not limited to the fact that I’m not too happy with how I “look” in them. But I’ve had to get over myself and just remember that my children don’t care that mom thinks she needs to lose a few pounds or she’s not looking her best. If you haven’t had a chance to read a recent post called “The Mom Stays in the Picture” you definitely should! And there’s also a blog post I read years ago from Emily of the Anderson Crew that first inspired me to “Embrace the Camera”.  I truly believe (and yes…maybe it’s  optimistically hoping) that my kids will  cherish being able to see what that moment of “ordinary things/days” looked like. And what used to be”ordinary days” (to me, my kids or us as a family) may be one of those most cherished memories they’ll  have years from now.

Bedtime for JellyBean (day 1/365)

So that’s day 1.  I’ll be sharing more photos with you soon!

If you’d like to join me in a photography 365 project…Check out this Flickr group…

Project 2013: Peas & Carrots friends by Let’s Lasso the Moon & Peas & Carrots Studio

and leave me a comment!

Wishing you life & love this 2013!

Until next time…

Brown, Grey & Yellow {What to Wear}

With the holiday season fast approaching and people looking for inspiration on what to wear to their next family photosession, I’m beginning a series of post where I’ll be featuring a photo or two from various photographers that capture some great family fashion followed by my own take on what you can possibly do for your next photo session as well. Hopefully this will give you some idea as to how I look around for some inspiration and then break it down for my own personal taste!

These family sessions are from a wonderful photographer, Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography.  I just loved these two families’ choice of color in their photo session! Check out the rest of the photos from this session as well as some beautiful photography by clicking on the photos below!

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With those photos in mind, here’s my take on what to wear to your next family session…

Brown, Grey & Yellow (Fall 2012)
Hope you find these helpful!

Until next time…

Eyes NOT required {Authentic Life & Love}

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
Swami Vivekananda

It’s our human nature to look at our shortcomings. To believe that we can’t do whatever it is because we believe we lack what’s needed or required to accomplish our dreams. So often, we don’t even step out and make effort.  We stop before we’ve even tried.

The New York Time’s article begins “Sometimes when she’s taking pictures, Sonia Soberats forgets she cannot see.” Yes…you read that right! Sonia cannot see! Yet…she’s taking pictures!

I love that! Basically, who cares what you don’t have (or do have for that matter)…just do it!

Read more about Sonia and see more of her amazing photos by clicking on the photo below.

Sonia Soberats/Seeing With Photography Collective
“Movements of Light.”

This is part of the series of Authentic Life & Love…Discoveries in search of being real and true to who I am!

Until next time…

Trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

It’s Friday! I haven’t had the time to post anything on the blog this week so I wanted to post at least one.

So here goes…these are photos are from earlier this month during our visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

My brother & his girlfriend were visiting from Seattle. I just have to say that I feel so grateful that my brother takes time off from work to visit me and my family!

It means the world to me that he wants to spend time with us and I love that my kids just adore their uncle and think the world of him!

Whenever he comes to visit, I often have a long list of places to eat! I’m such a foodie! I love exploring and finding all of the different kinds of foods around Atlanta.  I’ll have to share with you some of my favorite places around Atlanta next time (another post).

Anyway, did you know that the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is considered to be one of the top 13 gardens in the world? Actually, Atlanta is home to the largest collection of species orchids under glass in the United States.

If you live in the area and haven’t already visited or plan on making  a future visit to Atlanta, I highly recommend the gardens .

And I had to share a picture of my kiddos with their awesome Uncle!

Well, have a great weekend and until next time…

To thine own self be true! {Authentic Life & Love}

I’m not sure if this whole post makes sense but here goes! This is what’s been on my mind lately.

Though I love learning and being inspired…I’ve been recently thinking a lot about authenticity. You’re probably familiar with the words of Shakespeare, “To thine own self be true…”( in Hamlet).

If you’re like me, you love looking for inspiration in everything around you. One of the ways I love getting inspired…besides the beauty of my natural surroundings and the everyday life I experience…is by surfing the internet.

With today’s popularity of such sites as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and the like…we are constantly bombarded by visual stimuli of what others are doing. For me, I’ve slowly discovered that as I look to be creative and inspired…I can also kill my soul’s own creativity, ingenuity and imagination!

Of course, not everyone is like me! And I’m not saying that I’m not or haven’t been trying to be true to myself but I do find that if I’m not careful, I can get tangled up in trying to look and be like everyone and/or everything I see rather than simply using it as a tool to dream. And rather than allowing what I see to inspire me to dream…it becomes the dream (without me even realizing it).  At least this is what I’ve sometimes found to be true for me. How about you? Do you find it easy to be authentic in who you are and what you do? If you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear the ways you try to be a creative and authentic!

Anyway, I basically share all this to say that I’m on a journey of discovering the authentic me!

I want to be inspired to dream! To find what encourages and challenges me to be better than today..to discover what can help me to be creative and true!

So with that thought I’ve decided to begin a series of post called…”Authentic Life & Love”.

This  is where I’ll be sharing either photos, videos, or whatever it may be that helps me to be real and true to who I am. Sometimes my post may be specific to photography, being a wife and/or mom (because that’s part of who I am) but other times, it may just be something general in life and/or love!
My hope is that some of what I find through my journey will also be helpful to someone else. And I just want to say that this is NOT inspiration for the sake of inspiration or being different or even the most “liked” or popular…but it IS, I think, a discovery for the passion that exist for life and love in everyone!

So to get things started, here’s what I thought would be a great start to this series…
A video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address titled “How to live before you die.”

Until next time…