Decorating with photos

I love to take photographs of many different things. When I travel I take lots of photographs to save all the memories that I made on my trip.  I also take photographs with my loved ones to remember that special moment in time.  My husband says that I take too many photographs but I enjoy doing that and I cherish every photo that I take. I use my photographs to decorate my house with. From creating scrapbook albums to hanging up photographs on my walls.   Decorating with photos is fun and easy.  In my house, we had lots of enough walls, so I started looking for frames that would create a wonderful decoration.   In my living room, I used a hanging frame with 5 photos on each side.  In the middle I needed some kind of frame with photos as well.  I looked on Pinterest to gather some ideas that would help me fill up the wall space.  One idea that I found was to have four photos of myself and my husband during the four seasons  in our first year of marriage.  I was excited to create this kind of frame because I love my husband of 3 years now more than anything else. We have been together for 11 years and counting.  On my frame I used scrapbook stickers to represent each season.  The stickers were as follows spring (flowers), fall (leaves), summer (seashells) and winter (snowflakes).   For each of photos I places the stickers around that photo.  Around the frame I wrote “A love for all seasons”.  These photos represent our first year as husband and wife and one single moment that meant something. See the photo below.

 

Surrounding my frame of love for all seasons I have my hanging frames.  My hanging frames represent 10 photos of our friends and family that mean everything to use.  We have photos that represent a single moment that was special.   In between my love for all seasons frame and hanging frame, I had some space so I found a wall decal quote. The quote states “Home where the happiest memories are made”.

 

 

I also decorate my home not just on the walls but on my end tables.  My end tables have frames with our engagement photos and wedding photos.  One of the frames which I have is not a frame but a glass shadow box. In this glass shadow box, I have a photo from our wedding as well as my flowers from my bouquet.  I do not like to throw things away because of the memory they hold so I had to figure out a way to keep my flowers. I dried up the flower.  In the glass shadow box, I have a photo from our wedding day, decorating rocks (from the dollar store), and my dried up flowers.  I wanted to use the colors from our wedding, so I found a mesh blue ribbon.  I glued the mesh blue ribbon around the glass shadow box and made a bow on the top.  See the photo below.  It was a fun way of storing a special and important memory.

 

 

I hope these photos help to inspire your own decorating with photos. Happy decorating!

Cherishing the small moments

The saying “Cherish the small moments” is true.  Many people just live day by day. Our life gets in the way.  We wake up go to work, come home, cook dinner, get ready for the next day, sleep and repeat. There isn’t a moment to relax and breathe.  Before you know it we are too old to do things and/or we miss many small important moments in our lives.  The day of my wedding and after, my mom said to me that she did not know where the time went.  I grew up before her eyes and she got older.  My parents worked hard to give us everything that we needed as well as wanted. They continue to work and miss out on the small moments that life offers them.  Yes, we went on vacations once a year and celebrated many holidays.  I look back on those vacations, holidays and celebrations and smile because they meant so much to just enjoy our time together.

Now that I have my own son and I’m working full time, I miss many moments with my son.  My mom watches my son and tells me all the things that my son does.  I feel sad and wonder want I can do to enjoy time with my son.  One thing that I have done is not bring work home. As a teacher, my day does not end at 3pm. I have to bring work home so that I am able to finish and be ready for the next day.  I go to work early to finish and be ready for my day that way when I get home I get to enjoy my small moments with my son.   These small moments are special to me because I get to watch my son grow and change with the days.  Our small moments in our lives make our lives better and they are the ones which we will remember. From a simple smile to a hug.  Learn to just enjoy the small things that your life has to offer you because you never know when it will be your last day. Make the most of your days 🙂

St.Patrick’s Day

As February is coming to a close, I started looking for ideas for St. Patrick’s Day photos. I’m not one to spend money of getting professional photos done because I am able to take my kind of photos. I feel they come out nice and its a lot cheaper to do them myself.   I went shopping for all the outfits already and was ready to come up with some ideas.  My husband is part Irish so it is important for me to keep the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day so that our son grows up to know it.  My mother in-law makes the traditional food for St. Patrick’s Day and once the baby is able to eat the food, he will.  Having the baby so little and young allows me to continue taking photos of him.  He is not able to protest me yet lol.  My mother in-law crocheted me a hat and I used that as one of my props.  Some other props which I used were Lucky Charms, St. Patrick’s Day onesies, St. Patrick’s Day board decorations.  Simple things that I was able to find at the local grocery store and TJMaxx.  Below are some photos which I took of the baby for his St. Patrick’s Day photoshoot.  I hope they inspire you take your own St. Patrick’s Day photos.  Please look forward to Easter photos next 🙂

 

 

Baby Shower <3

My baby shower was in September 2015 and I’m just reminiscing about the wonderful event which helped us welcome our sweet baby boy. Our baby shower was co-ed because we wanted to include all the people that mattered the most to us and that included both men and women. There is nothing wrong with having a co-ed baby shower because the men are just as important in the baby’s life just as women are. When I first found out that I was pregnant, I started thinking of a neutral baby shower theme.  I didn’t want the theme to be gender oriented and I looked through Pinterest for ideas.  I came across the theme of rubber ducky.  I fell in love with the theme and that’s when the ideas started flowing.  I wanted  rubber ducks everywhere.   My best friend ordered the most wonderful and amazing cake I have ever seen. I fell in love with the cake and didn’t even want to cut it.  Below is a photo of it.

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While planning the baby shower because I was in on it and wanted to be part of the whole process, I was told by a friend to make sure that I put a lot of diapers on the registry.  The reason is because you go through diapers a lot with a newborn and they are expensive.  So I decided on having diaper raffle. Each person that attended the baby shower was to bring a package of diapers along with a diaper raffle and we would have prizes. We had 4 prizes for 4 people. We wanted to be fair so we have 2 women and 2 men win the raffles.  We had the guests place their gifts and diapers on a separate table.  The table also had a special umbrella. This umbrella was used at my bridal shower and when I got pregnant my mother-in law added blue ribbon on the umbrella to represent that the baby was a boy. It is a special umbrella and I couldn’t image my baby shower without it. On the gift table, I created signs for everyone and these signs were placed in frames. One sign said gifts and the other one said diaper raffle with a bag to place the raffles in.

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We also had a candy bar which was my best friends idea.  The candy bar had various kinds of candy: Hershey Kisses, flavored popcorn, gummy worms, cookies, M&Ms and cake pops. She created this amazing table that featured a diaper cake which my mother-in law made for me.

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We were very blessed to receive so many gifts as well as diapers.  Before the baby shower occurred, we created the baby registry.  We made sure to register for things that we needed and only a few things that we wanted. Here is a list of things that you need:

  1. stroller
  2. infant car seat
  3. baby bottles (3-5)
  4. breast bump
  5. car seat (for when the baby gets older)
  6. crib sheets (2-3)
  7. mattress pad
  8. bouncer
  9. pack and play
  10. bibs (3-4; people will give you a lot more)
  11. blankets (2)
  12. breast bump freezer bags (great to have)
  13. undershirts (3; one for each size (3 months, 6 months and 9 months))
  14. thermometer
  15. first safety aid kit
  16.  high chair
  17. activity pad
  18. sleepers
  19. sleeper bag (great to put the baby in when they sleep at night)
  20. mobile

We registered for these things and received them. We also registered for things that we would use in the future like: a potty, step stool, toy storage, books, toys, sippy cups, plates and bowls, and clothes in various sizes. We did not register for newborn things because we did not want to have so many of those things because the baby out grows it. We registered for many things that we 3 to 12 months old.  I wanted to make sure that I had a little bit of everything for the baby and it would help us out for the future.  I did receive many things that were not on a registry but we were grateful for it all because we were able to use it all.  It is important when planning a baby shower to think about what you need because then you will have too many things that you will end up getting rid of.

I hope you enjoyed the read about my baby shower and it helped you plan yours.

Valentine’s Day <3

Valentine’s Day comes every February 14th.  Many people believe that it is a Hallmark card holiday.   It’s a day that we all share love and show others how much we love them. Whether it is by giving someone flowers to chocolates.  I love Valentine’s Day but to me Valentine’s Day is every day.  You should show the people that you love how much you love them every day and not just on Valentine’s Day.

This Valentine’s Day is extra special for my husband and I.  We get to celebrate it with our sweet baby boy. The best part of celebrating Valentine’s Day is taking photographs with our sweet boy.  He is in the fun stage of smiling and cooing.  I purchased many different kinds of decorations to help take photographs of my sweet boy.   Some of the things which were purchased were: Hershey Kisses, hearts, conversation hearts, board boxes with the words love on it, etc.  These are some of the things that I purchased to take photographs of our sweet boy.  Below are some photos that were taken using these props at home.   It is simple and easy to take these kinds of photos and the best part is they are free.  It is also a great way to bond with your child.