• Crafts,  Holidays,  Photography

    We Love You Photo Gift Free Template

    This picture collage would make a super cute gift anytime, but it’d be especially great for Valentine’s Day! We made it for the boys’ grandma on her birthday last year. As you can see, there was some sillyness with the picture taking, but that made it even cuter in my opinion! I chose a different background for each of my boys, so that there would be some contrast between their pictures. We took them in the same room, though, so the lighting was similar. Then I put the pictures all together in Photoshop, printed them, and put them in a frame. It turned out cute! If you have Photoshop, you…

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  • Holidays,  Photography

    Valentine’s Day Picture Ideas

     For the past several years, I’ve tried to take a picture of the boys for Valentine’s Day and we send it to family. It’s a fun way to remind them that we love them. This is this year’s picture. The actual picture took less than five minutes. I’ve learned that the quicker the better when taking photos of the boys as they lose interest (there may have been a candy incentive for them this year…yeah, I’m not above bribes). Last year, Big Brother just wasn’t feeling the whole  picture thing, but Little Brother was crazy about this! This one wasn’t easy and is VERY edited, but I thought it turned out…

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  • Cards,  FreePrintable,  Holidays

    Valentine A Day [14 Day of Valentines]

    When I first started blogging, one of the first things I found and tried on another blog was 14 Days of Valentines. It’s a cute and easy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AND it can also be fairly inexpensive too! I haven’t done it in several years but decided to go for it again this year and started last Friday on February 1st with some simple (and sometimes silly) Valentines for my husband. It’s not too late though! You can throw some of these together quickly and get started right away! First, if you’re anything like me, you need a plan, so I made this “Valentine A Day” printable, so…

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  • Cards,  Holidays

    Handmade Kids Valentine’s Day Cards

    This is a throwback to some cards the boys made all the way back in 2016. It doesn’t seem like that would be that long ago, but the boys have changed so, so much since then! So keeping that in mind, these cards were made by a 1.5 and 6 year old. Big Brother’s hand just barely fit on the paper for the monkey. I remember thinking that that was probably the last year he’d be doing any kind of a hand print card!   So since I was talking about the monkey card, let’s take a closer look at that one first. You’ll need the following: card stock (white…

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  • Our Boy Life | Thanksgiving Thankful Tree
    Activities,  Crafts,  Holidays

    Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

    Every year our family likes to reflect on what we are thankful for. I think it’s a good way to get the boys to think about all we have and how much we are blessed. We usually do a Thanksgiving Paper Chain and have even done a Thankful Jar but this year, I wanted to do something different…something bigger. A big Thankful Tree was perfect. Creating the Tree I found this tree, decided I could make something similar, and set to work. Using that tree as an example, I used 30 inch wide craft paper to draw a tree with pencil. Then, I painted over the pencil drawing and filled in…

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    Holiday Countdown Chain

    This time of year can be busy, busy, busy! Along with one holiday after another, we also have Little Man’s birthday in early January. This year, we’re throwing a little more into the mix with a move to our new home in November! It’s going to be a crazy few months. I thought it’d be fun to have a visual, so we made this Holiday Countdown Chain. Each link has a date and certain days are decorated appropriately. It was quick and easy to make and a fun way to countdown the days until some of the major events coming up for us. Would you like to make your own…

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  • Crafts,  Holidays,  Home Projects

    {No Cost} Valentine’s Day Mantel

    I am having so much fun with the mantel in our apartment! I didn’t post it here on the blog, but if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen part of my Christmas mantel. That one was a lot of work! I love decorated mantels so much that in our old house I considered having a faux mantel. I wanted to go with something simpler for Valentine’s Day. Oh, and another requirement? I didn’t really want to spend anything. So I went on a little Valentine’s treasure hunt around the apartment and on Pinterest. Here’s the result! Here’s a rundown of how I put it together: I found this cute “love” printable…

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