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Tips for great back to school photos of your kids

September 22nd, 2014

Today is the long awaited first day of school for the BC public school students! I love having my kids home, but by the end of a long summer, they need some time to themselves! With only one hour of classes, you have time to take some back to school photos! Here are some different […]


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Today is the long awaited first day of school for the BC public school students! I love having my kids home, but by the end of a long summer, they need some time to themselves! With only one hour of classes, you have time to take some back to school photos! Here are some different options for you to try!

Painting backdrop! I made one backdrop from old pictures/ paintings and crafts.  (the further away your child stands from the wall, the more blurry the background will be. I included a wide shot to show how I use a big white board reflector for fill light)

 

Go play out side.! I love photos in Nature with the beautiful grasses for extra texture. I added a chalkboard insert to one of my custom handcrafted photo frames to write the school date. We also brought some books without covers to have vintage feel.

My oldest, is so great with her sister, she was styling,  fixing her hair, and brought her flowers!

 

Hand drawn back drop! I am lucky to have large rolls of seamless backdrop paper. I borrowed the kids chalk and drew out this scene. You can duct tape poster paper together to make a large backdrop and draw on it. Not my usual style, but another fun option. I like the Black and white, it reminds me of the background in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty!

 

Art Easel Info photo. This one is nice and easy, I wrote a couple things we would like to remember in the future. It is fun and easy, most people have these at home already!

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Summer Evening walk in Tynehead Park, Surrey BC

July 20th, 2014

It is summer!! My family is enjoying quality time off together in the sun! I took a couple pics of my girls on an evening walk though Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey BC. I just love the shot of her walking with purpose and a dirty behind, so cute!! My oldest is especially excited for a […]

 

It is summer!! My family is enjoying quality time off together in the sun! I took a couple pics of my girls on an evening walk though Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey BC. I just love the shot of her walking with purpose and a dirty behind, so cute!!

My oldest is especially excited for a summer break from school (just finished K, going into grade one). To keep her engaged with writing and creating, I decided to create a special space for her in the family room.  She had fun going to the store and picking out new crayons, pencil crayons etc.. (old crayons eaten by little sister who now promises to not chomp on the new ones!) She excitedly placed all her workstation supplies in mason jars and arranged with some books. The idea came from the “playful Learning” website. (Found on Pintrest. Love this website, it is incredible!) I also added an alphabet chart and some amazing printable writing books from “Teachers pay Teachers”   You do not have to be a teacher to sign up. It has amazing resources, some free, some for a small fee.

If any moms out there have suggestions on fun summer learing please feel free to share!

 






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3rd Birthday Party Inspired by Pinterest

July 8th, 2014

My baby girl turned 3 this month! How time flies when you are having fun! I found great inspiration for her birthday on Pinterest!  (Here is the link to my Pinterest Board) My daughter wanted a pink cake. We both loved the pink ombre rose cake, and the paper rose streamers went so well with […]


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My baby girl turned 3 this month! How time flies when you are having fun! I found great inspiration for her birthday on Pinterest!  (Here is the link to my Pinterest Board) My daughter wanted a pink cake. We both loved the pink ombre rose cake, and the paper rose streamers went so well with the cake!

My oldest daughter has many allergies,  so I  made a double batch of Chef Chloe’s vegan “Fluffy coconut cupcakes” and Coconut Frosting. I then followed the assembly instructions from the pinned recipe. The cake looked so good, she couldn’t resist a little taste of icing during pictures!! Happy Birthday my little love!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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Glamour shoot fundraiser for Breast Cancer, Crescent Beach

June 18th, 2014

Last September my favourite Children’s and Maternity Consignment Boutique “Not for Long” had a fundraiser to support Breast Cancer. They had many baskets filled with goodies up for raffle. The proceeds were donated to the CIBC run for the cure under team Not for Long, as we hope breast cancer will not be around for […]


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Last September my favourite Children’s and Maternity Consignment Boutique “Not for Long” had a fundraiser to support Breast Cancer. They had many baskets filled with goodies up for raffle. The proceeds were donated to the CIBC run for the cure under team Not for Long, as we hope breast cancer will not be around for much  longer!  I donated a glamour shoot to one of the incredible gift baskets!  This lovely lady’s husband won the gift basket for her! She is a beautiful, strong and inspiring woman, undergoing chemo at the time of the shoot.

We started with a lovely makeup pampering by Leanne (check out her website here)  then met up  with  her adorable family for a fun mini-family session at Crescent Beach, then took some beautiful portraits of just mom!

 

 

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Happy Easter! Fun Easter Egg Hunt

April 20th, 2014

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter! I took my girls out the other night for a pre-easter egg hunt! (It was a beautiful 19 degrees evening,  making the cute dresses possible with out the girls freezing!) Yes this is another magical evening light, I love it!       Dresses from: Winners (purchased in winter) Eggs […]


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Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

I took my girls out the other night for a pre-easter egg hunt! (It was a beautiful 19 degrees evening,  making the cute dresses possible with out the girls freezing!)

Yes this is another magical evening light, I love it!

 

 

 

Dresses from: Winners (purchased in winter)

Eggs and baskets from: Michaels

Small cream flower hair pin from: Not For Long

Large Flower hair pin: made by me!

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Album covers! Enhancing your album of cherished memories.

March 18th, 2014

An entire blog post on album cover options! There are that many to choose from! The high quality lay flat album requires the perfect cover. Here is some info that can assist you in selecting the right cover for you.  I have included the basic care info, as this can be a deciding factor. I […]

 

An entire blog post on album cover options! There are that many to choose from! The high quality lay flat album requires the perfect cover. Here is some info that can assist you in selecting the right cover for you.  I have included the basic care info, as this can be a deciding factor. I have too frequently purchased clothes, only to realize later they are high maintenance dry clean only!!

The lowest maintenance nature-friendly faux leathers are perfect for families. They are PVC free, while having an incredible, soft supple texture. They can be spot cleaned easily with soap and water.

 

The faux ostrich leathers have an incredible texture! They offer the same eco-friendly composition, while being easy to clean.

 

Introducing the faux suede! These fabrics are again nature friendly, yet durable. These can also be spot cleaned easily with soap and water.

 

 

The covers also come in traditional book cloths. They also come in some not-so- traditional colours and textures. My 5 year old daughter likes the bright and bold “stiletto”, although I thought she would prefer the glittery “sunset strip”! These fabrics are paper backed for application, and should be spot treated with a dry cleaner product. The album company,  Finao, recommends “Absorene Book and Paper Cleaner”

 

The heavy duty bold fabrics are beautiful and very durable! If spills occur, blot immediately to remove excess fluid It can be cleaned with a misting of soap solution. The fabric should be very gently rubbed, to not damage.

Last but not least, the silks. The first samples are a nature-friendly man made silk, which can be easily spot washed with soap and water.

 

 

For the Non- vegans, the natural silks! They have a delicate, soft texture. These fine bo ok fabrics are also adhered with paper backing and should be delicately cleaned with a dry cleaner such as Absorene book and paper cleaner.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why I love my new lay flat photo albums!

March 11th, 2014

I have searched for a great quality photo album with a good price point, and finally found one!! I love this line of Albums. It is a high quality hand bound album. It is printed on professional photographic paper, with better image quality than press printed books. The press printed books are printed on card […]


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I have searched for a great quality photo album with a good price point, and finally found one!!

I love this line of Albums. It is a high quality hand bound album. It is printed on professional photographic paper, with better image quality than press printed books. The press printed books are printed on card stock with ink and can not achieve the full range of colours possible with photographic prints. The cover options are fabulous! There is something for everyone, from neutral linens, fine decorative silks, to soft yet durable eco- friendly “non-leathers” The cover of the album in the video is a replica ostrich “leather”. Another possible option is an image wrap.

My favourite feature is the lay flat seamless spine, allowing for the pages to lie completely flat without the image being lost in the crease.

 

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Check out the short video I created,  and you will fall in love with these features too!

Jackie