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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}

Source: marthastewart.com

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…

Home Sweet Home {Family Session Sneak Peek}

At least once a year, I get to visit another place I call home…San Diego! I grew up there and since most of my family still live there…it’s home away from home.  My family & I got to visit for a little over a week early in July. While I was there, I had some time for a few photo sessions.

This session was with family friends that I first met in Atlanta. They now have a beautiful home in San Diego and it’s always such a treat to get to spend time with them.  I have to say that getting to capture families in their own home is so much fun.  To me, there’s always a more personal feel to photos and I LOVE the opportunity of capturing the beauty of home, family and everyday life.  Here’s just a sneak peek…

More to come soon!

Until next time…

Homemade photoletters: The Weekly Kids Co-op

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. 

~Phyllis Theroux

 

How about creating something that will make not only your kiddos happy but someone else get a big great smile too!

I thought I’d share with you a photoletter that I came up with as I was preparing for a long road trip ( needing to find things for my kids to do while in the car) and it was my mom’s birthday.

It’s really a simple activity to do but I love that this activity is meant to be passed along and will hopefully bring joy to someone else.

And of course with me being a photographer, my activity includes photos.  I love how photos personalize things and make things that much more special.

So here’s what i did…

Needed supplies:

Some of your favorite pictures printed on regular 8 1/2x 11 paper using your colored printer.

One sheet of construction paper

glue stick

pen/marker or crayon (for a message)

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I basically picked some of my favorite pictures with the kids and their mama (that’s what my kids call my mom) and made wallet size prints using my colored printer and the 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper.

I like using Picasa because it makes printing really easy. I simply select/pin/hold the photos I want to print and then click on the printer icon on the bottom of the page and you come to the page where you’re given the options to make wallets, 4×6, 5x7s, 8x10s and full page prints.  So I click on the wallets layout and you’ll see something like this…

…6 photos (wallet size) on one page.

Depending on what your kids are able or not able to do, you can either pre-cut your photos or have your kids do it themselves. Since we were going on a roadtrip and I didn’t want to have lots of little pieces of scrap paper all about the car, I went ahead and pre-cut the photos and placed them inside an envelope with a sheet of construction paper, glue stick and pen/marker or crayon (optional).

The kids were basically instructed to glue as many of the photos they wanted onto the construction paper to make a card for their mama’s birthday.

Of course, some kids may end up gluing only one photo on the entire page or every single photo you give them; no matter what they do, I think it turns out awesome just because it’s made by their little hands and with love!

For the younger kids who have difficulty writing or don’t write at all, you can write a message either before or after they glue the pictures on.

So these photos are taken during our road trip when the kids opened their enveloped and started on their activity…

These next photos are from after our road trip just to show you how they turned out and what they’ll be doing with them.

This is my daughter’s photoletter…

My son’s…

I loved this part of my son’s letter where he drew a picture of himself having a conversation with someone…maybe his mama…not sure but anyway… I laughed out loud!

So with these photoletters you can fold them into 3rds, insert into an envelope…

stamp it and then put in your mailbox or drop off at your local post office (an additional extension to your activity)! =)

I know it’s seems rather simple but my kids loved looking at the pictures I printed for them and I loved that at the end of this activity, they had something to give as a gift of encouragement.

Hope you enjoyed our little activity!

For more wonderful activities to do with your kids or if you’d like to link up with a wonderful group of bloggers sharing their ideas, check out the Kids Co-op by clicking below (yes…the blue froggy)…

Until next time…

A Dreamer of the Day…

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. - T.E. Lawrence

My little buddy doesn’t always take a nap unless he’s really, really tired. This particular day he asked to go upstairs and said he needed a nap. After a little while I head upstairs to check on him.

I found him asleep and wearing his train engineering cap (he definitely wasn’t wearing it earlier).

I think he wanted to dream about trains! =)

Family Time: The Weekly Kid’s Co-op

I’ve joined a group of awesome bloggers who are coming together online to share their love for family! This group will be sharing their favorite family friendly, unique, fun and/or educational activities with you all in one spot called The Weekly Kids Co-op!  So basically, each week we’ll be getting together to share our favorite family friendly activity and we’ll also be asking YOU to share your favorites as well.  

If you’re like me, I’m always looking for great ideas, tips, tricks to help me in this crazy thing called “Life with Kids!”

So here’s my Weekly Kid’s Co-op activity for the week…

Family Time!

I know this isn’t a new concept or activity but we all need little reminders in life don’t we?

Well, this past week, my husband and I finally decided we needed to just spend some quality family time together.

My husband works all week and I am home with the kids all day…yes! ALL 3 kids! Well, except for two days per week where my daughter M&M goes to school and my little buddy goes 1 day per week; otherwise, I’m home with the kids.

Now you’d figure that being home with the kids most days would allow for me to have that quality time…well…not exactly.

Homeschooling requires time just as much as other things in my life and so honestly, it becomes one of the many things to do in my days… at least right now with a 10 month old crawling around at my feet! =)

So having quality time can easily be missed.  Especially what our kids consider quality time.

In my opinion, quality time is undivided attention. It’s time I can spend not being distracted by something else and just enjoying the moment for what it is!

We did that this past weekend with my kids.

My kids love bowling! I’m not sure why they love it so much when they’ve done it only a handful of times but they totally do. Funny what are kids LOVE right?

Anyway, we had such a great time!

We only bowled for 2 games (maybe an hour and a half total…2 at the most) and all of us had a blast!

Here are a few photos from our time together…

Quality time is hard to make happen! Believe me… I know! We get pushed and pulled in so many different directions but spending time where we aren’t distracted and can focus on our family is so important!

Do you make family time  a priority in your family? What do you like to do when you do spend that quality family time together?

Please do share, I would love to get more ideas of fun things to do together.

And one last thing…don’t forget to have your camera with you! As a photographer, I truly believe that every part of our life is beautiful and is camera worthy! I hope you take the time to express your life and love through your family this week and capture some of those to times to remember forever! =)

Well, I hope you enjoyed my post for this week’s  Weekly Kid’s Co-op .

Remember, this is The Kid’s Weekly Co-op so we’ll be back every week with great activities and ideas to share.  And if you have some to share as well, please join us!

Check out the other blogs participating int his week’s Kid’s Co-op below…

Until next time…

Let’s Lasso the Moon
Imprints from Tricia
Peanut Blossom
Nurture Store
All Things Ardithian!
Kid’s Cog Works
My Creative Family
Awesomely Awake
Carrots are Orange
Life & Love Expressed
My Adornables
Sky View
Small Types

Family Fun: Ring around a rosy

It’s a busy week so it’s nice to have some help with ideas of a fun but short post.  Here’s a photo that immediately came to mind when I saw that this week’s I Heart Faces photo challenge was “Family Fun”.

Little C just loved holding hands with mommy & daddy, moving in a circle, chanting a rhyme, and finally falling down.

Who doesn’t love this game & rhyme?

“Ring around a rosy, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down”…

Check out more Family Fun photos by clicking on the I Heart Faces button below…
Photo Challenge Submission

Until next time…

Changes and more photos of course!

If you’re a regular on my blog, you’ve probably noticed I’ve recently made a few changes! There’s been an addition here, a little subtraction there, and there will probably be a few more changes along the way.  Why?   I figure change is always good…or is it never good? Well, I’m hoping it’s good!  =)

Anyway,  I finally cleared the house of  everything Christmas this past weekend.  Yay!!!… for life moving in the right direction! =)

So before too much more changes take place and since I did use the word Christmas on this post, I thought I’d sneak in a few more photos from that December holiday shoot I shared with you on the post “A Christmas Extension”.

The shoot and kids were just so much fun I’d hate to miss sharing these with you…

Bye, bye Christmas!

Until next time…

It’s about a New Year, “BEING” and Welcome Home!!!

It’s a new year and with that comes the opportunity for new things! Personally for me,  this year’s about “BEING”…being healthier, being organized, and most of all, being present! I really want to “BE” in the today! That’s right!…Not yesterday or tomorrow but being in the life & love of now!

So how am I going to do that? Well, I have a few ideas and will be sharing those with you as we begin the new year.  But for now, I must say…I am  SO EXCITED for 2012!!!

So before we totally say goodbye to 2011,  I wanted to share this photo taken New Year’s Eve last year…

These two boys are holding up signs they helped make to welcome home their newest brothers…twin boys from Ethiopia!

It’s amazing to think that in the early part of 2010, both our families were in the beginning discussions of adoption. There I was… just a few months from our adoption conversations…New Year’s Eve 2010…at the airport & awaiting the arrival of my friend, her daughter, father-in-law and the two newest members of her family.  I still get emotional thinking about that day!  What an amazing beginning  to a new year for this family!

M & K, It was such an honor for me to be part of that day! I just wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy & Blessed New Year! God has surely taken care of your family and those beautiful boys! Love you guys!

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you a 2012 full of life & love!

Rudolph gets a haircut!

I didn’t get to share these photos last year (taken sometime during a family’s photo session) but thought what more perfect time than now to share them with you.  =)

A photo I took of Rudolph before his sweet friend’s family photo session.

Little did I know why I would be taking a before picture of Rudolph.

Eventually…it was made clear why! =)

Notice Rudolph’s beautiful tuft of hair on top of his head.

So here’s Rudolph after…

YIKES!!!

Not only did Rudolph get his haircut but even his tail got a trim! lol! =)

Sorry Rudy!

I don’t know when and how your sweet and adorable friend found the time to become a barber but somehow she did.

Hopefully everything has grown back out by now! =)

And final note…BEWARE of cute adorable girls with scissors!

Until next time…