Baking brown butter treats at home
Taking pictures of two girls
Easter Family Picture
Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu

After School Snacks

Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheat cereal for after school snack

I don’t know about all of you, but it seems the second my kids walk in the door after school, I’ll hear, “I’m starving!” Even though they often have snacks in the last hour of school. After school snacks are a time to sit down with the kids (while they are filling that void of starving-ness), and hear about their day. Sometimes the snack is fruit, sometimes it’s popcorn or pretzels, every once in a… Continue Reading

New LalaLoopsy Dolls

Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair Doll

I’ve got two girly girls who love Lalaloopsy Dolls. If you remember, we did a Lalaloopsy birthday party for my daughters 3rd birthday a year or so ago. I fell in love with those dolls the first time I saw them. They are so bright and colorful–right up my alley! They have mini’s for the little hands, bigger dolls, and medium sized, too. They’ve now come out with different varieties, and we were sent a… Continue Reading

Printable Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers


I’m so excited to share another batch of kids lunch jokes, plus a new set of brain teasers for the older kid crowd!  2 years ago I introduced the first set of lunch jokes, and they were so popular with readers as well as my kids,  so I made many more sets. I even mades sets with holiday themes throughout the year!  It was something that I wanted to do for my kids that I… Continue Reading

Family Petite Portrait Sessions

utah portraits

I have had 6 petite sessions in the past week–5 in Utah and one right here in Texas. I wanted to make sure that they get their sneak peek before too long, so I’ve lumped 5 of them all together here with 2 sample images each (the 6th group has to wait a bit). Petite sessions are generally about posed shots, and I try to include a few candids, as well. I had so much… Continue Reading

ARM & HAMMER Tooth Tunes featuring One Direction

arm & hammer Tooth Tunes

If you have kids that love One Direction songs as much as mine do, you might want to pull up a chair and listen to what I have to say. ARM & HAMMER has recently launched their Tooth Tunes toothbrushes featuring 2 of One Directions hit songs: One Thing and What Makes You Beautiful and I got to review one of the brushes, along with my adorable little helper. I’ll admit, I love a little… Continue Reading

Little Girls Play Vanity Table


My husband built this adorable play Vanity for our girls, and finished it JUST before midnight on Christmas Eve! He only started it a few days before at my request, and I love how it turned out! I originally pulled up plans for a play vanity from my friend Ana White (who by the way featured plans she made from my Sliding Barn Door TV cover on her site here), but then we modified the… Continue Reading

Cookie’s Kids Clothing Fashion

holiday dresses

I discovered a new website for kids clothing shopping that I’m so excited to share with you! I got these adorable dresses for my girls for $22 total! Oh yes, it’s true!  Cookie’s Kids is a store front that has been around since 1972 (It’s their 40th year anniversary) in the NYC area with 7 stores in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Jamaica.  In the past 5 years started up their website after a surge in… Continue Reading

Raising independent kids by sending them to school

kids first day

I feel strongly about raising my children to be independent thinkers. I also believe that sending them off to school is the best way (for us) to do that. I don’t need to get into a big public school/home school debate, but I’ll admit–homeschooling is very tempting. I LOVE having my kids around, I’m sad to have them away from me, after having them around so much over the summer. But I also know that… Continue Reading

Who wants a Capri Sun?

super V capri sun

Ask almost anyone who knows me well, I’ll take a Capri Sun over a soda any day. When I’m at birthday parties for children, I’ll often hear the host of the party point to the cooler of sodas for the adults, then the cooler of Capri Suns for the kids. I’ll wait til they aren’t looking, and sneak a kids drink for myself. I’ve always loved the little jolt of sweet sugar I get when… Continue Reading

Kids Summer Triathlon


Summertime invites outdoor activities. In our home, it beckons the triathlon. This year, my husband organized a kids triathlon to kick off the summer the day after school ended. The kids had a blast! We also plan to hold it again at the end of the summer to compare the times. My husband is a triathlete. Just before we got married, he participated in a half IRONMAN and has dreams of a full IRONMAN, but… Continue Reading

Streamlining summer snacking with pretend money


Now that school is out, the snacking can be out of control!  I had this idea last year, and wanted to share how we control that boredom snacking around here.  First, I printed some fake money that I found online here. I told the kids that at the beginning of the week they get 5 $1′s and 5 $5′s.  They can use it as they’d like, but ideally they would spend a $1 and a $5… Continue Reading

Welcome to summer!

summer blog

We had such a fun day today with my son’s 5th grade graduation, and 2 other school parties.  Let’s just say, he wasn’t thrilled to wear a tie to school (even though he does to church each week).  He isn’t a fan of all the attention. As bad as it may sound, I had to think twice before I wore the dress I had previously decided on b/c it clased with him (and my little… Continue Reading

Diego & Amanda~Round Rock Children’s Photography


This cute boy is a really great friend to my oldest son, so it was a lot of fun to photograph he and his sister. I loved her coral dress, and his blue stripes coordinated nicely with it. It was really fun to see these two enjoying each other. I’m sure (as with all siblings) they have their moments, but they sure showed me that they are buddies.    This is the end of my mini sessions,… Continue Reading

Breakfast themed First Birthday


This was such a special party to attend, as I was able to witness and photograph his birth last year. His momma, one of my dear friends, also a photographer. We met 2 years ago when we were both on location shooting a session and quickly exchanged biz cards and got together later. I just love the sweet details from this party–chalkboard signs & and brunch complete with stacks of pancakes instead of cupcakes and… Continue Reading

Young Wesley~Austin Children’s Photographer


Little Wesley is number 5 in his family, and his momma has a tradition that at 8.5 months, they have pictures taken.  So guess how old he is? He is simply adorable, and this was a fun one.    You can see his most recently family pictures last fall, here. I’m at SNAP, are you following with my pics on Facebook?