Sometimes I think if I tell my kids to “SaY ChEeSe” one more time they might just throw something at me! This weekend my daughter and niece had their very first dance recital. It was a big day for all of us and I am not sure who was more excited, the girls or me and my sister! The audience was packed with friends and family who came to watch our little ones dance to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo and of course we were armed with our cameras to document each adorable step they took.
After the recital we gathered outside to take some group pictures with our family and friends and after a while the kids were just SpEnT. We realized we didn’t get a picture of the girls with my son who had been such a trooper all week as we dragged him to dance pictures, dress rehearsal, and now the recital. Since their cooperation was at an all time low we decided to let the kids do a SiLlY pose and told them to make a funny face. The girls immediately stuck their tongues out and I shot this incredible picture! It is something my family will cherish for years to come. Not to mention…any of you who follow my posts know that Nicholas can use a little teasing from Abby and his cousin now and then for all of his antics!
When trying to capture the PeRfEcT MoMeNt this summer, remember planned photos aren’t always the most memorable! Have fun and let your kids be silly too!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
By now you may have heard of the craze called Pinterest, an internet site where you can browse and “pin” all sorts of pictures from food, fashion, home decor, DIY, photography, to name just a few. In case you are not familiar with this site (www.pinterest.com) here’s basically how it works. A friend invites you to get an account (don’t worry it’s free). You then have your own account where you can create different boards such as fashion, DIY, organizing tips & the like. You then browse and see what pics others have pinned. (You can also “pin” your own pics). When you find pins you like you simply “pin” that picture on one of your “boards” and voila! You then can access that picture whenever you go to your Pinterest account. Many of the pics are from blogs which is really cool, because let’s say you see a recipe that looks delicious and you “pin” that recipe, if you click on that picture many times you will be directed to someone’s blog where you can access the recipe. We absolutely LOVE Pinterest, so if you have not already checked it out give it a try!
Robynn Says: I love Pinterest for MANY reasons: photography tips, parenting tips, home decor, inspirational sayings, and more. When it comes to fashion I LOVE Pinterest because it gives me the sense I can shop without spending a dime!! I just pin away and enjoy looking, but don’t have to buy!! When it comes to home decor, I love Pinterest because some day I want to flip cottages and Pinterest allows me the opportunity to save all my ideas onto a “board”. The following photo is what I envision my cottage “flips” to look like. It was pinned by Chelsea McGee. Here’s the link: http://pinterest.com/pin/132082201541218854/
Lara Says: I love Pinterest because it gives me so many great iDeAs on how to use everyday items around my house and transform them into something AWESOME! Check out this wood pallet that was transformed into this amazing picture holder from AmandaCarverDesigns blog!
From AmandaCarverDesigns.com found on Pinterest!
This past weekend I decided the frames on the shelf in my living room needed a make-over. Not only did none of them match, but they really weren’t showing off the pictures of my kids and niece like I wanted them too. Instead of going out and buying new frames I looked through my house for frames I wasn’t using and painted them three different colors to match the decor in the room. I then sanded off some of the paint to give them an “older” look and then sprayed them with a lacquer.
Before mix and "not" match frames
Frames found around my house
Close up on my "new" frames!
I am so HaPpY with the finished result!
I bet you have tons of stuff just waiting to be re-done in your home…be creative and HaVe FuN!
Over the weekend I spoke with a relative who gave me the iDeA to share the “less is more” concept when brainstorming your live-it list. Her new year’s resolution for 2011 was to take at least one photo every, single day. Her Goal was not necessarily to be artsy and super creative, but to simply keep track of the year, one day at a time. Some of her posts were short and others were long, as she never committed to writing a certain amount, which may have discouraged her to continue. The most important thing was to come up with 1 picture to signify every day that year.
I especially like that she said being forced to take a daily picture helped her to “loOk uP” in life vs. always looking down. Isn’t that cool?! That is so true, and after talking to her, I could see how much this goal had really opened her eyes to things in the world that she normally may have ignored!
We may think we have to come up with such aMaziNg and out-of-this-world things to put on our live-it list, when in fact it is the basic, everyday things that often eNrich our lives the most. In what ways can you simplify some of the items on your list? Maybe you want to “enjoy life more” or “have more quality family time”. In order to achieve those things you don’t need to take expensive trips, spend money, or do something extreme. How can you sImpLify those items using the resources you have and make it a convenient way to incorporate it in your daily routine? Remember, less is more…so go down every item on your list and ask yourself, ‘how can I simplify this to make it more attainable’? You might be surprised at the new items you come up with!
If you have any ideas, please share by commenting below. We have many people working on their lists this week. Help encourage others by sharing your thoughts!