Posts by aimee:

Ideas for organizing and printing your digital photos

How many of you are like me and can’t stop taking pictures of your kids? I’m definitely guilty of being overly snap happy when it comes to my little ones. And, since there’s no end to the amount of iphone shots, instagram photos and “real” camera photos I can rack up, I’ve quickly fallen behind with actually printing any of the photos you see above.

This year, I’ve made it a priority to “spring clean” my digital photos and finally take my bazillion photos off my computer and put them onto something both beautiful and tangible that we can enjoy for years to come. And, I’m excited to share what I’ve found with all of you!

First, I wanted to quickly highlight my two favorite sources for tips on organizing your photos which you can read here at PC Magazine  and Clickin’ Mom.

For me, the biggest issue was going through years of photos and deleting ones that I wouldn’t want printed (or were duplicates) and then categorizing them in a way that makes it easy to find what I’m looking for quickly. I followed this simple format:

Pictures > Year > Month > Activity

I promise you that once you take the effort to organize your old photos, you’ll be so much more conscious of how you import and catalog your new ones, making next year’s spring cleaning much easier!

Printing your digital photos

Now here’s the fun part – finding great resources to print your photos!

I’m so excited to try Artificat Uprising. They have the most beautiful albums offered in both hard and soft cover and the layouts are not overly designed, which I like. I think I’m going to start with their instagram books using a few of the photos you see above.

Blurb is another fabulous resource for printing photo books, or any other books for that matter. How fun would it be to make your own cookbook of your family’s favorite dishes? I love the variety of options this site offers and will definitely be using them in the future.

Unique Photo Gifts

Lastly, I am in love with this idea from Pinhole Press of creating a personalized memory game using family photos.

You just choose 12 favorite photos (of friends, family, pets, vacations, whatever you’d like), and Pinhole puts them on thick cards with graphic backgrounds. This is definitely a game everyone would love to play at your next family get together!

Are you guys good about capturing and printing life’s little moments? I’d love to hear how you do it and what methods you use for staying digitally organized. I can definitely use the help!

Spring Fashion for Kids

With Easter right around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to highlight a few of my favorite spring dresses for girls. The wonderful thing about there being so many beautiful options out there for girls is that you can really capture your little one’s personality. I know my daughter would love the butterfly dress from H&M  because she loves graphics and lots of color. Extra bonus … that adorable dress is only $9.95.

Here are the details on the rest of the dresses shown above.

from left to right Contrast Eyelet Dress from Gap, Dress with flower print from Zara, Gold Spot Dress by Seed Heritage, Colorblock dress by J.Crew, Lace Dress by Zara, Floating Floral Dress by J Crew, Blooming Lily Shift Dress by Tea Collection

Let’s Hear it for the Boy

But, we all know that girls are the easy ones! Finding cute, wearable clothes for our little guys is much more challenging. And, because I have one girl and one boy, I couldn’t do the easy part without also featuring some equally adorable picks for all the darling boys out there.

from left to right: Striped sweater vest from Tea Collection, Star shorts from H&M, Colorblock stripe tee from J.Crew, Linen white roll up pant from Old Navy, Rock N Roll long-sleeve t-shirt from City Threads, Striped yellow polo shirt from Zara, Chino style bermudas from Zara

My son is 6 and I can’t tell you how quickly he goes through his clothes (especially jeans/pants)! That’s why I’m always on the hunt for cute, unique pieces that don’t break the bank.

Do you have any favorite local or online shops you frequent to stock up on kid’s clothes? I’d love to hear about them!

Aimee

Ideas for Gardening with Kids

Happy first week of March! Spring is definitely in the air (can you believe it was almost 90 degrees here last week?!), which has got me thinking about dusting off my gardening gloves and sharing a few ideas on gardening with kids.

Now, I would love to say that I’ve mastered the art of gardening and I have a bounty of fruits and vegetables in my backyard every summer, but that would be a complete lie.

The truth is, I was NOT blessed with a green thumb and gardening has always felt more like work than fun to me. It wasn’t until the last few years that I really started to enjoy it, and I think that has a lot to do with getting my kids involved in the process. It’s so fun to see how excited they get when the first tomato grows or the rose-bush starts to blossom.

Here are a few things we’re going to try this year. Wish us luck!

Plant a pizza garden

Last year, we got hooked on grilling our own pizza. It’s so easy and the kids love to help “decorate” the pizza with the their favorite toppings. This year we’re going to try growing those toppings. It seems pretty simple to do, just grab a creative, inexpensive container and grow tomatoes, oregano, basil, thyme, peppers, and any other container friendly topping. They also have pizza kits that can help simplify the process. How cute is this one?

Grow a sunflower patch

My daughter loves sunflowers, so I was so happy to find out that they’re one of the easiest plants to grow. All you need is plenty of sun and enough room to plant them 4″ – 6″ apart and 1″ deep. There are different types of sunflowers, but because we have limited space, we’re going to try these sunspot dwarf ones.

Check here for more tips on growing sunflowers in your garden. Other sturdy plants that are easy for kids to grow are pansies, daisies, snapdragons and zinnias.

Sprout your own snap peas and carrots

Everyone’s heard the phrase eat your peas and carrots. Well, one of the best things about getting kids involved in gardening is that once they put the effort into growing something, they’re much more apt to want to eat it. I’m picking these two vegetables, snap peas and carrots, because they’re easy to grow and great for snacks.

Next year, I may graduate to this kid’s garden bed and try growing a rainbow garden, but I’m taking things one step at a time.

Do any of you have gardening tips you’d like to share? What are you favorite “kid friendly” crops?

Fun Ideas for a Family Game Night


Do you guys like board games? My six year old just got a few new board games and he is completely obsessed with them – as you can see from his serious “game face” above. To be honest, the rest of us are too, so much so that we decided to host a family game night once a week. I am a big believer in making “mini events” at home, so whether we invite friends to drop by, or it’s just us, we plan on making game night special. Here are a few fun ideas how to create a fun family game night…

Printable Scoreboards

If you’re like me and have a few hard core competitors in your family, let them keep score on these super cute score cards from Celebrate Magazine that you can print yourself.

Get Poppin’

My kids (and husband) absolutely love when I make popcorn on the stove. (Full disclosure, the first time I tried this was this past summer.) It’s such an easy process and it really does taste better than the microwavable option. Here’s a recipe for the perfect stove top popcorn.

Prizes

I usually stock up on small, inexpensive items at Target or Party City and break them out for game night. I put them in a bag and let the winner pick one at the end of game. If you’re hosting adults and kids it’s probably best to have two bags. Unless your adult guests like yo-yos!

Go Retro

Game night is the perfect time to teach your kids that you can have fun without playing Wii or Xbox 360. I promise your kids will laugh more playing charades with you than they will playing their latest video game.

Do you and your family have any favorite games? I’d love to hear about them so I can add them to our rotation.

 

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