DIY photography tips for the holidays and beyond!

It’s that time of year again! The time when lots of us are thinking about getting a family photo for our holiday cards (if you haven’t already taken yours, that is). Last year, Jess shared her ultimate guide to a successful family photo shoot, including tips on how to pick a photographer, […] Read More »

Back-to-school paper chain – a summer craft for kids

Make the most of your summer AND celebrate back to school! This paper chain filled with fun activities makes a great summer craft for kids!

Summer is more than halfway over, and that means school is just around the corner. I know it’s not something a lot of kids look forward to, but my oldest daughter is starting kindergarten this fall, so it’s extra exciting for our family this year! In celebration, and to help […] Read More »

Chill out this summer with watermelon mint ice pops

One of my go-to summer recipes is a spin on this salad, but given it has made an appearance at a picnic or two every summer, I couldn’t help but think I’d hear a collective sigh of boredom this year if I showed up with the same dish. I love the refreshing quality […] Read More »

How to make coasters with photos

**This is an updated version of this post on how to make coasters using your digital photos, except finished with epoxy for a no-stick finish!** I didn’t really see the need for coasters until we got furniture I actually cared about. And then I quickly understood the appeal. Who wants […] Read More »

say thanks! how to write a thank you note

  From birthday gifts, to dinner parties, or even when someone just holds the door open for us—the world’s a much nicer place when we say “thanks.” …and it’s even nicer when we go the extra mile and give someone a thank you note. Figuring out how to write a thank […] Read More »

DIY photo magnets — easy, inexpensive, and fun!

I’ve seen these Instagram magnets all over blogs and Pinterest in the last few years (and I’ve even seen them shared on Instagram—how meta!). I think it’s a brilliant way to get your photos off your computer or phone and have a physical copy of your favorite snapshots. (Plus, they […] Read More »

Making a card? 35 instantly usable Christmas card messages

Wondering what to write on the inside of your Christmas card? Here are 35 Christmas card messages, to go with any design.

Last year, I did a post on what to write in a Christmas card. While that one was geared toward longer, more personal messages, I totally get that sometimes (especially if you’re sending out photo cards), you just need something nice and quick to add that last personal touch. If that’s […] Read More »

How to take your own family photo at home

How to take your own family photo, with tips on choosing a location and using a self-timer.

Every fall, my mother-in-law gets everyone together to take a family photo for her Christmas card. With each passing year, we’ve gotten a little better (and a little more creative) at using a timer and a tripod to get everyone in our growing family looking and smiling. I have to say, as long […] Read More »

Easy photo editing: How to color correct using free software

Learn how to color correct your indoor and outdoor photos in 3 quick steps using free photo editing software!

Last week, I shared a quick tutorial on how to save a dark photo, and today I wanted to show you easy photo editing tips to correct color problems. As I mentioned in the dark photo tutorial, two of the most common problems are that outdoor photos look too cool […] Read More »

How to save a dark photo with free software

Learn how to save your underexposed photos with this step-by-step tutorial!

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of family and friends ask me for help fixing their photos—saving a great shot that came out too dark, cropping, resizing, removing a blemish—you name it and I’ve been asked to do it. As much as I love helping them out, I wanted to see […] Read More »