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Monday Love / iPhone Pics

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” -Eudora Welty

Something personal: More and more I find myself taking pictures with my iPhone.  In fact, I haven’t taken pictures with my point & shoot camera in more than a month (maybe two).  Since I always have my phone with me (can you say addiction?), it is just so easy to capture everyday life with my phone, instead of trying to find a regular camera. So, I have had to find solutions for all of these fun pictures in my camera, and those of you who have attended either of my Tiny Topics sessions about Instagram know that I’m hooked!  Instagram is a fun way to “process” the images in my iPhone, and share them, AND print them.

Just wanted to share a couple pics of the products from Prinstagram.  They print straight from your Instagram account (so no need to transfer pics off your phone and upload to a separate website).  Cute and fun!

These are the Tiny Books – and there are really, really tiny.  But, cute for the kids to take to school (Show & Tell) or for stocking stuffers.  :)

These are my favorite – the Mini Books.  Two books with 50 pictures each.  So, you can get two identical books (50 pics each) or two different books (100 pics total).  Great for your purse, or the grandparents, or gifts.  Or, in my case, just to have something printed so we can look at all these fun pictures!  Economical and fun too.  :)  $12 for two books.

And I’ll leave you with this fun iPhone pic that I took.  I found this on Kylie’s nightstand in her room Friday night.  My lovesick child.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / Young Love

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote: “Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly, and without expectation… We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”  Leo Buscaglia

Something personal:  My little girl is growing up.  It’s obvious by the mounds of food she’s eating, the things she can read and understand (yesterday she opened some childproof medicine, declaring “I just pushed down really hard.”), and, her recent love obsession.  What do I do when my 6 year old daughter proclaims that she wants to kiss and hug the boy she “loves?”  Seriously, WHAT???  I explained to her that it’s perfectly okay to have these feelings, but that she would need to ask this young man before doing things like this (you know, personal space and all).  I thought this strategy was good mostly because I knew he would say “NO WAY” and run, but I kind of figured she was too shy to ask as well.  Enter, THE NOTE: (and the cute little bird she made him)

Now, I’m still pretty sure he will say no and run (he likes her too, but he’s shy and coy when she’s around), but I might have to come up with a new strategy as she gets older right?  ** sigh**

On another note, I’ve really been enjoying our family weekends.  I pulled out Kylie’s baking kit and let her bake some mini-cupcakes for the first time.  Whenever I’m baking, I’m usually in a rush and don’t have time for “helpers,” but I wanted to let her do it all on her own.  She’s way more grown up than I thought.  She can even crack the eggs by herself (no shells) and proclaimed that “Daddy can’t even do that!”  Disclaimer: Daddy is the best fried egg maker ever.  But, for some reason, he has trouble with the brown organic egg shell cracking.  ;)

So proud of my big girl.

Meanwhile, upstairs, Daddy was keeping Jake entertained by putting together a new dresser we got him at IKEA.  He’s the second child for sure.  Living out of a plastic 3-drawer bin for the last year.  ;)

This is Jake’s tough-guy look.  Scary huh?

Something I love: Just thought I would share these two types of crackers that have been a hit in our house.  The 365 Brand Wheat Squares are very similar to Wheat Thins, but lighter.  The Pita crackers are from Trader Joes, very crunchy, and go GREAT with Blue Cheese Brie!  (Both Trader Joes and Whole Foods pledge not to use GMO’s in their store brand products)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / Lemonade for Sale!

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:  “One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring.”  Orison Swett Marden

Something personal: Can anything be as nostalgic as a lemonade stand?  Didn’t everyone try it at least once?  I remember doing one as a kid. And I also remember washing cars, and mowing neighbors’ lawns, anything to earn a buck.  Well it starts young, because Kylie has been asking me to do a lemonade stand for a long time.  When I spied the lemonade paraphernalia on super-duper-clearance at Target, I knew it would be an awesome surprise for her as summer was drawing to a close.  Her goal for the money was to take her family to ice cream (say it with me, AWWWWWWW).  The best part for me was watching Kylie and Jake get everything ready together.  They patiently colored the signs, squeezed the lemons, and made plans for their riches.  Actually, Jake didn’t really plan anything, but he happily went along for the ride, volunteering to hold up a sign as people drove by.  Kylie’s BFF, Ainslee, came over to finish squeezing the lemons and help with manning the stand.  We turned on the sprinklers and the adults had some special lemonade of our own!

Once we got outside, I was chill-axing in my chair with my beverage, so the picture taking kind of ended there. But, here’s an iPhone pic of our happy Trio.

Total Sales = $17

Something I love:  IZZE.  It’s so yummy.  And it’s on sale at Costco right now, the little cans.  Perfect amount, perfect sweetness, just juice and sparkling water.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / Summer Travel

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote: “it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”  Kenny Chesney

Something personal:  I took a break from work this summer (hence the lack of Monday Love posts), and I really enjoyed the lack of schedule that summer brings (okay, and maybe a few sips of wine as well).  In July I took the kids to Texas and visited two friends, one in Dallas and one in Texas.  We had an AWESOME time and I am really proud of myself for having the courage to go it alone (alone meaning that I did the trip alone on the plane with my kids).  And so, I thought I would share a few pictures of the kids we visited….  I love these smiling faces –well, mostly smiling.  :)

And the Jakester….

And poor Kylie Bear.  Even with Pneumonia (which we found about when we got home), she hung with us like a trooper.  This is how she looked for most of our time in Houston though, it breaks my heart.

That’s it for today.  HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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Monday Love / The Beginning

Another edition of Monday Love...

A quote: ‘I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”  J.B. Priestly

Something personal: Whew!  What a whirlwind of a summer!  It really flew by so incredibly fast this year (well, except for this last week when my kids were at each other’s throats constantly).  I honestly feel like I just watched Kylie “graduate” Kindergarten a couple weeks ago!  And with the beginning of a new school year, it marks the end of another season of life.  I look at Kylie and (hesitantly) say goodbye to my little Kindergartener .  And then Jake, who cried for the first 8 weeks of preschool last year, got out of the car without hesitation this morning (sniff-sniff).  They are starting over with a fresh new year of school, new opportunities abound, and it’s exciting!  Fall is upon us (CRAZY, I know), and I am getting back in gear for a great season of memory capturing.  ;)

So, here is my “back-to-school” post just like I did last year. (And how ironic that I named that post “new beginnings” last year?!)

This is how the five-minute-get-some-pictures-right-before-we-leave session started….

A walk down memory lane for a minute.  I think he looks the same, right?!?

But Kylie looks older, less like my baby and more like a young lady.  Thank goodness for a uniform that requires that adorable peter-pan collared blouse.  :)

And who do you think had the biggest growth spurt??

I tried to get some individual shots of Jake, but he is such a ham when I get my camera out.  Honestly, I don’t know where he gets it.  (Couldn’t be his father)

But, a little bribe (cookie) goes a LONG way with this little man.

You can’t see Kylie’s missing tooth in this picture (it’s on the bottom) but she is very proud of that hole in her mouth.

Something I love: Instagram.  And so, after giving little mini-lessons to some of my friends, I thought, why not show more people how to use it?  Instagram is on the rise for sure (facebook purchased Instagram in April), but I know some people don’t really “get it” yet.  AND, it’s just one more thing to figure out, and one more way to edit/store/do something besides PRINT a picture, RIGHT?  Well, not really.  Actually, with apps like Postal Pix and companies like Prinstagr.am, it’s becoming very easy to print those pictures that are stuck in your phone.  And, if any of you are anything like me, it’s much easier when someone just SHOWS ME HOW TO DO IT!  Soooooooooooo, for those that are interested, I am going to offer up my help.  Introducing Tiny Topics.  This first Tiny Topics event will be in-person.  It’s just you and I, somewhere, one one one, doing a quick hands on training.  My first Tiny Topics session will be next TUESDAY morning (August 21st) at a location in Smyrna/Vinings.  The Tiny “topic” will be Instagram (I’ll help you get set up, show you how to use it, and show you how to get those fabulous images printed!).  Oh, and I only really have experience with the iPhone (sorry my Android friends).

The best part…… it’s FREE!  Just contact me via email, phone, facebook, my website, or yell at me in carpool, and get yourself signed up for a time slot.  I’ll let you know where to meet me.

Time slots will be: 9am, 9:45, 10:30am, 11:15am, 12pm — first come, first serve.  :)

Happy Monday!!!

 

 

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