Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I don't know why, but I always want to do a photo shoot for Valentine's Day!

It most definitely did not happen last year.  I was sad about it for a couple months afterwards because I kept meaning to do it and never did.  I even had an outfit for Ruby and everything.  

Anyway, photo shoots.  My kids SUPER LOVE doing them!


I got these Valentine's Day table cloths and I hung them up as a backdrop.  I hang things on my backdrop stand a few days before I need them to get out as many wrinkles as possible.  I will edit the wrinkles out of these pictures later, but they are good for now.

If you only knew the number of outtakes it takes to get a smidgen of cuteness out of this one! She's crazy when the camera comes out!

I was taking shots of just the boys and Ruby started scooting herself closer and closer to them so she could get into the shot!  

Ruby Hugs!

This was a totally accidental "Diva" looking shot!  She was actually gearing up to run away from me!

We don't really make that big a deal out of it at our house, but now that my kids aren't all babies and littles (I have an 8 1/2 year old! When did that happen??)  I'm trying to make the little holidays more special for them. 

Making Valentines and Decorating their boxes for school

I cut their sandwiches into hearts 
And I also wrote them notes on red cut out hearts and stuck them in their lunches with a treat.  

 Tonight we are going to cut out and decorate heart sugar cookies ~ It's not my favorite activity, but the kids will LOVE it.  That will make it all worth it!

I hope you enjoyed this photo shoot! 

Happy Valentine's Day! What are your plans for today?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Easy Mess Clean Up Tip

The button jar.
It's one of those love-hate relationships.

On one hand, it keeps the toddler SO busy for a good long time.
But then it's also SUPER messy and hard to clean up.

Here is my trick for cleaning up stuff like this off the carpets ~  a lid.  

or a book.
or a snowshovel... ok maybe not a snowshovel...but it might work!

Step one:
Mess Observed.  It's ALL over the room!!  It's going to take forever to clean up, right?

The guilty party.

Here's what you do:

Grab a lid like this, or a big children's board book works too.

Then just start scraping the floor!

See how it leaves a nice clean path!!  
So much easier than trying to use your hands

A pile is so much easier to clean up than having it spread all over the room. 
At this point I have the "guilty party" (uh-hem, Ruby) clean up the pile and put the buttons back in the jar herself.  She even sings the Daniel Tiger clean up song while she helps.

Now hide the button jar!

Who am I kidding....I'm just going to let her do it again tomorrow.  
I've got stuff to do!

This trick works for bigger stuff too.  When toys are ALL.OVER. the play room I grab a big board book (think over a foot big) and start scraping everything into a big pile.  
My kids do better at cleaning up when there's one big pile to clean up than when it's spread out all over the room.  Or at least that's what I think.  

How do you clean up your big messes?  Have you ever tried this method?  How about a snow shovel--I've seriously contemplated getting one just for toys. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ruby and some Playdough

I held off as long as I could, but the interest in play dough finally sparked with Ruby and she plays with it every day now!

I feel like most of Ruby's first years of life were captured on a phone camera instead of my nice DSLR, so I'm trying to make a point to actually take more pictures of her during her every day activities.  

Her shirt says "Have your people call my people"  

And oh look, a bonus video!!  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Play Kitchen Decisions

We're all familiar with Ikea's cute little play kitchen set.

Did you know that dozens of people are taking this basic looking kitchen and jazzing it up to be absolutely adorable?? 

I bought this kitchen for Ruby, but it's still in the box.  She will LOVE it once I get it put together, but now I have the impossible task of deciding exactly how I want to make it look cuter, too!  There are so many wonderful things you can do to jazz it up! 

Which one do you like the best?

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