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a note to my children

    When I was a little girl, all I could dream of was being a mommy. Your aunties and I played dolls until we were way too old for it. We crafted baby books with photos torn from clothing catalogs to document our imaginary children’s lives.… Continue Reading…a note to my children

    instagram highlights

      Just in case you’re dying to know {wink, wink} what we’ve been up to outside of the blog, instagram is a great place to find out.  I’m not great about using facebook, twitter is still over my head and this new video thing called vine?… Continue Reading…instagram highlights

      snippets of life with instagram

        Instagram has me hooked. I like it even more than facebook.

        You choose who you’d like to follow, then get to see their lives through images. It’s a polite version of voyeurism. I’m a reality tv girl, so it is completely up my alley.

        My favorites are photos with witty captions. Jami Nato is the absolute best at that. You should follow her.

        I was talking to my friend about it this weekend and she thought instagram was just a fancy camera app. Not True! Well, it is, but there’s more. You take a photo, use a cool filter to make it look all artistic and post it to your feed. Add a caption if you’d like {please do – that makes it more fun}. Then those following you can view your photo and leave a comment.

        We probably have enough status updates with facebook and twitter, but if you are a visual type, instagram might capture you like it has me.

        Geesh. Can you tell I’m infatuated?

        Since we’re talking about instagram, I thought I’d share some snapshots from the past two weeks taken with my phone {with captions underneath, of course}.

        Have a peek into my life:

        First little ballet shoes. Be still my heart.

        The most adorable quilt made by my sister’s mother-in-law for her new baby boy due in just a few weeks. Isn’t it beautiful?

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        on the hour

          It’s InstaFriday at life rearranged and this week I decided to play a little game. I was curious what my day actually looks like from hour to hour and so instead of sharing the past week with you, I thought I’d show you a day… Continue Reading…on the hour

          she’s two

            In January 2010, this blog was born. It had been around for a few months prior, but it really came to life right around the new year. I was very, very pregnant with No.4 – our first girl – and those first few posts often… Continue Reading…she’s two

            highs & lows

              high: we took a quick family vacation to a little mountain resort this weekend with some friends to celebrate a birthday. low: it was too quick – I could have stayed way longer. high: packing up the six of us with all of our snow… Continue Reading…highs & lows


                This season leading up to Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.  If there is anything I’d like to be, it is thankful, and so I love the idea of expressing our gratitude both in spoken and written word. I have created a set of cards… Continue Reading…thankfulness

                school lunches

                  The first day of school is in just a few days, which means earlier mornings, the school bus and packing lunches. I don’t know what it is, but by week two, I run out of creative ideas for the lunchbox. #1 ate pb&j, baby carrots,… Continue Reading…school lunches

                  summer in snapshots {week one} and a simple way to make a photo collage {tutorial}

                    Last week I mentioned that I’d be playing along with Amber of Starfish Jewelry and taking a photo each day to document our summer. Did you do it too? Here is our week in snapshots:


                    I’m linking up at Starfish Jewelry Designs : click the button below to link up too.


                    zig zag

                    I’ve been asked a few times how I create my photo collages {you can see more examples here and here}. And now I will give out my secret.


                    That’s right. There’s no fancy photoshop steps involved : just Google’s pretty amazing free photo-editing software called Picasa.

                    There are lots of different ways to edit your photos and as I get more into photography, I’m learning more about how important editing is. But Picasa has been a great resource for me {especially since it is simple and free} and is what I often use for my photos on the blog.  You can download it HERE.

                    Once you have it installed on your computer, import your photos either from your camera or from a file on your computer. You can learn more about the editing features on the picasa site, but feel free just to play around – they make it pretty easy.  Okay, on to the tutorial :


                    When you open picasa and have photos uploaded, it will look something like this:


                    Now you can select the photos you would like to put in your collageContinue Reading…summer in snapshots {week one} and a simple way to make a photo collage {tutorial}