Great Mudroom Round-Up

A mudroom can come in all shapes sizes and colors. Not sure what type of mudroom is right for your family? Check out these creative mudrooms for some inspiration from tipsaholic.com #mudroom #getorganized #organization #home

Great Mudroom Round-Up

 

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‘Tis the season for boots, coats, scarves, school bags and more! If you don’t want your entryway (and your eyes) to be overwhelmed daily then it’s time to think about a mudroom. Don’t have an actual room? No worries, most of these fabulous mudrooms that we’ve rounded up will help you solve that problem.

1. If you’re one of the many families who walk through the garage into your home instead of the front door, then this first is the one for you.

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2. Have you been eyeing those DIY plank walls you’ve seen around the internet but just haven’t figured out where to put it?  How about as the backdrop for your entryway?

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3. For a traditional rustic look, your whole mudroom unit can be made from wood.

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4. Here’s a simple DIY look.

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5. This one is bright and cheery enough to get you through mud season!

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6. Just have a really small space or corner? Check out this mini-mudroom.

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7. Have an old dresser you don’t know what to do with? Repurpose it into a mudroom bench!

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8. Is your pup a priority? This is the mudroom inspiration for you.

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9. This last one shows that you truly can utilize every space in your home, including under the stairs!

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Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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20 Pretty Storage Pieces You Can Buy

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Getting organized doesn’t have to mean you put everything in clear, plastic containers. While your traditional Rubbermaid or Sterilite pieces have their place, there are plenty of decorative items out there that will improve your home’s style and organization. Here are 20 pretty storage pieces you can buy (no DIY skills necessary).

1. Kate Spade Nesting Boxes

With fun labels featuring ‘stow away’, ‘keep it together’ and ‘put a lid on it’, these vibrant nesting boxes have just the right amount of sophistication and whimsy.

2. Vintage Wire Laundry Basket Hamper

While it claims to be a laundry basket, I can see fresh towels in here too.

3. Tripp Container with Lid

With the set of 3 available for only $5.99, I could find a use for these just about anywhere in my house! Coffee in the kitchen, holding odds and ends on my desk, toiletries in the bathroom etc.

4. McKenna Leather Bento Box

Looking for a home for your jewelry? Look no further than these lovely bento boxes.

5. Sundarra Canisters

Sundarra means ‘beautiful’ in Hindi, which makes these canisters aptly named thanks to their gorgeous texture and design.

6. Montolieu Wine Trunk

This gorgeous piece is meant for storing wine but it could also be used to hold other items.

7. Detolf Glass-Door Cabinet

When your stuff is too pretty to hide, this cabinet is just what you need. Use it to display keepsake pieces or collections.

8. La Jolla Baskets

Toys, blankets, laundry — the possibilities are endless with these classic and fun La Jolla baskets.

9. Cut Lace Vanity Tray

Feminine and functional, this tray comes in three different colors to suit your taste. You can use it both indoors and outdoors.

10. Nailhead Upholstered Storage Bench

This timeless piece serves so many functions and even has a safety hinge to protect fingers from getting smashed. Why not throw toys in there to make it into a stylish toy chest?

11. Zinc Oliver Rolling Cart

Cleaning up? Make your storage piece move with you this sturdy rolling cart.

12. Folding Wire Basket

This modern-looking wire basket makes for an ideal fruit bowl. Doesn’t it make you want to go buy lemons?

13. Monarch Mercury Jar

Ooh la la! These jars would certainly make any room from your living room to your bathroom instantly sophisticated.

14. Rolling Underbed Storage with Chalkboard

Chance are your current underbed storage is plastic and not nearly this pretty. Buy two or three of these boxes to instantly refresh your bedroom.

15. Stash Box

Do you find yourself constantly trying to find places to stash odds and ends? This box will do the trick.

16. Storage Basket

Small and sweet, this basket is ideal for holding anything from books to sewing materials.

17. Moroccan Wedding Baskets

Inspired by traditional Moroccan wedding blankets, these on-trend storage containers will add a unique flare to your home decor.

18. Small Nest Multi Tray

From notepads on the desk to make up in the bathroom, this tray will dress up any surface.

19. Mosaic Tea Tins

The vibrant colors of these mosaic tea tins will brighten your kitchen shelf and make tea-time extra fun.

20. Threshold Decorative Rope Basket

Cozy and pretty can be functional too! This decorative rope basket provides great storage for winter items like hats, gloves, and scarves.

 

 

Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

 

10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

Working from home can be hard at times, but the fun part is you can decorate your office! There are so many options for beautifying an office. Like these 10 stylish office chairs for your home office via @tipsaholic #office #homeoffice #officechairs #chair #chairs 10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

There are a lot of challenges facing those of us that work from home but let’s admit it, there are a few perks too! One of which is decorating your own office. It’s important to make sure that your space is organized, inspires you and most importantly that you have a fabulous spot to park your ‘caboose’.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the most stylish yet functional office chairs on the web, some of them under $100 and for those of you who have the DIY itch there’s a couple of those in there two.

#1. The Office Star Dorado – Red (from Target) from $109.99

Working from home can be hard at times, but the fun part is you can decorate your office! There are so many options for beautifying an office. Like these 10 stylish office chairs for your home office via @tipsaholic #office #homeoffice #officechairs #chair #chairsThis adjustable chair is sleek, modern and functional. Red is a power color but if it’s too bold for you it also comes in white.

#2. Helvetica Leather Office Chair – West Elm $499

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I’m a teensy bit obsessed with leather everything at the moment so this chair just calls to me. My other obsession? Wood. Which brings us to this next chair…

#3. Baxton Studio Bruce Walnut and Black Modern Office Chair – Overstock.com from $179.99

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Are you in the market for something a little more comfortable?

#4. Gracie Office Chair – Horchow $1,199

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Gorgeous, but perhaps a little too rich for your blood? Here’s a couple of fun DIY chairs that will turn a deal from a thrift store into a designer inspired piece.

#5. Kate Spade Inspired Spray Painted Vinyl Chair – DIY from Little Green Notebook (cost of an old vinyl thrift store chair, spray paint and painters tape)

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Find a dingy, leather chair at your local thrift store? GRAB IT! Check out this next transformation:

#6. Restored Leather Chair – the Project Addict Featured on Remodelaholic (cost of thrift store leather chair and leather restore product)

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Click through the link above for even more chair restoration ideas! Do you like the clean look of white?  Here’s a few more chairs you might love:

#7. Snille – Ikea $19.99

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Leave it to Ikea to give a clean, stylish and affordable option. I’ve also seen this chair with a little added glamour and comfort by tossing this faux sheepskin on it.

Here’s another beauty that will be delivered right to your door:

#8. Flash Furniture Mid-Back Designer White Leather Chair – Amazon.com from $148.10

Working from home can be hard at times, but the fun part is you can decorate your office! There are so many options for beautifying an office. Like these 10 stylish office chairs for your home office via @tipsaholic #office #homeoffice #officechairs #chair #chairsI love the quilted back on this one!

Do you have a flair for parisian decor?

#9. Ooh La La Swivel Chair – Pottery Barn Teen $359

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A little bit sweet, a little bit sophisticated.

Or perhaps you are more modern and elegant.

#10. Printo Guest Chair – Scandanavian Designs $399

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Available in slate grey (pictured above) or red.

So there you have it! 10 stylish yet functional office chairs to bring your workspace to life.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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Tips For Successful Communication With A Hyperactive Child

Talking to a hyper child can be hard, but it can be done. Insteadof getting frustrated try something different. Here are Tips For Successful Communication With A Hyperactive Child via tipsaholic.com #children #communicationTips For Successful Communication With A Hyperactive Child


What I’ve learned as a parent of 3 is that each one of them approaches life from such a different perspective. It keeps me on my toes that’s for sure! My oldest child is often hyperactive and that seemed to be escalating while she was in Kindergarten. So instead of panicking (okay, I panicked a little bit) we just started to research and put into practice some valuable techniques that helped us communicate with her without losing our ever-loving minds in the process. Ahem.
I’d like to share some with you that were successful for us.

#1 Get Them To Look You In The Eyes

She has this spectacular brain. It’s so spectacular that I think it’s in about 12 different places at once and listening to the sound of my voice is low on her priority list. So when I need to tell her something important or ask her to do something I first say “Honey, look at me”. Sometimes I have to repeat myself a couple of times but I can’t tell you what a difference this makes in effectiveness. I then often follow up by making her acknowledge me by saying “Yes Mommy” or “Okay”.

It may sound silly but there’s something about eye contact that suddenly gives my voice the priority.

#2 Get Them Outside

We live in Colorado where there’s beautiful sunshine almost all year long, but even when it’s cold outside we just bundle them up (or not according to the photo above!) because we are adamant about getting the kids to play outside. Kids are just sedentary way too many hours of the day (especially if they are school age children) and for a hyperactive child this is a recipe for disaster. Fresh air, room to run around and a place they can use their voices to their hearts content – that’s a little slice of heaven for them.

#3 Find Their Focus

Believe it or not, many kids who are hyperactive have some activity that they will have laser focus on, you just have to figure out what it is. I tried dance for my little one and she does love it but when I would peek in the room I could see that she was barely checked in…making silly faces in the mirror and sometimes distracting the other kids. So we decided to capitalize on her love for music and tried guitar lessons.

Holy moly, she sits still and silent for her guitar teacher like I’ve never seen her do with anyone else. She’s tired when she’s done and it just puts her in a calm space.

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(Options that don’t require spending any money might be puzzles, legos, drawing or coloring)

#4 Diet and Nutrition

I know I know, you might hate me for this one but I can’t stress it enough. The moment we found out that her hyperactivity and inattentiveness was affecting her performance in school I made the decision to change her diet. Her Dad is gluten intolerant so it wasn’t a far stretch (also given some other symptoms) to think that she might be too. We saw some changes immediately (mostly physical) and slowly, over time we also saw what was almost like a ‘fog’ lifted from her mind. It’s as though part of the barrier that was making it difficult to communicate was slowly disappearing.

For some people it’s dairy, for some it’s gluten, for some it’s processed foods but let me just say this – for almost every child it’s gonna be sugar. Going gluten free was not the end all be all, we also have to monitor her sugar (which, let’s face it, is HARD). Every time you turn your back someone is giving your child sugar so really we just do the best we can. It’s hard on days when she has too much, it’s like her brain is buzzing and she can’t sit still.  Those are the days she spends a lot of time outside 🙂

We also give her Omega 3’s for children and Focus Fizz and use essential oils in moderation that help keep her balanced. Please note that every child is different and I think it’s important to discuss any dietary or nutrition changes with your pediatrician. These are just the things that have worked well for us. At the very least, eating a balanced diet with minimal processed food and sugar will be beneficial no matter what.

#5 Use Your Imagination (and theirs) And Get Creative

We have what we call ‘witching hour’ in our house.  It’s right about the end of the workday (my husband and I both work from home) right before dinner. The kids are tired, restless and usually starting to fight. The house is also upside down at this point. Witching hour might not be the appropriate term because one hour doesn’t cut it. Getting ready for bed is just as crazy. So during those times my husband often uses the most creative ways to get their attention and in turn get the job done. He gets creative which engages their imaginations and then suddenly the task at hand is fun actually utilizes the hyperactivity.

For instance, the other night he pretended to be a Drill Sergeant and the kids were his soldiers. They had to salute him, say ‘Yes Sir!” and complete their tasks perfectly and in a timely manner. Suddenly picking up their toys and getting ready for bed was a whole new ballgame.

During the Olympics he played a commentator and the kids were athletes in competition. I have never seen them move so quickly to get their pajamas on!!! They were gleeful and compliant all at once.

Kids who are hyperactive are often mistaken for being disobedient and get a bad rap. But the truth is they are smart and amazing and just need to be approached a little differently. With some patience and understanding and employing these techniques we have transformed our relationship with our daughter. We’re doing our best to help her channel her energy and embracing what makes her special!

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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5 Fabulous (and FREE) Fonts for Halloween

There’s certainly no shortage of Halloween fonts out there but we’ve scoured the internet to find the BEST selection that are fabulous and FREE.

Create Halloween fun using fonts perfect for all Halloween projects. Check out these 5 fabulous and free halloween fonts via @tipsaholic #fonts #halloweenFree Fonts for Halloween

To download Dracula click here.

To download Sleepy Hollow click here.

To download Monster Freak click here.

To download Cobwebbed click here.

To download Bone Chilling click here.

Do you love the bats too?  They’re from Picmonkey – a free and super fun photo editing website. Check it out!

Which one is your favorite? Is there one you think we missed?

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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3 Things Every Thanksgiving Cook Should Know

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The honor of being the head chef for Thanksgiving dinner is nothing to be taken lightly, right?  It’s a massive undertaking. Here’s my top 3 tips to help you pull off the impossible.

#1 Prep Your Potatoes The Day Before

If they sit too long, cut potatoes turn a not so lovely shade of grey. However, the time saving benefit is incredible. Solution? Submerge your cut pieces in cold water and keep them in the fridge overnight.

#2 First Things First, Set The Table and Comb Your Hair

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It’s okay to still be cooking when people walk through the door.  In fact, it’s expected and an easy way to break the ice by putting people to work who offer to help. Setting the table or hiding in the bathroom while you finish your make-up however?  Not so much.  Set your table before you start cooking and get yourself completely ready at least a couple hours before anyone shows up.  You will be so much more relaxed knowing that people will at least think you are completely put together!!

#3 Keep Your Turkey Moist After Cutting

There are so many tips and tricks out there for cooking up an amazingly juicy turkey, but what about keeping it that way after you start slicing?  Those who have carved a large turkey know that by the time you finish carving the last piece, the first piece is already drying out. Don’t let your hard work go to waste.  Heat up some chicken broth and drizzle over the cut pieces as you go. This will ensure your first cut is as warm and delicious as the last.

What are your best tips for a successful Thanksgiving Dinner?  Please share by commenting below.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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3 Savory & Easy Sweet Potato Recipes

Try one this week, try another next week!  These sweet potato recipes are so delicious and flavorful no one has to know how easy they are.

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Baked Sweet Potato Con Huevo

Preheat Oven to 425°. Poke a few holes in your sweet potato(es) (I use a fork) and bake in the microwave (typically takes about 8-10 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave). Scoop about 1/2-2/3 of your sweet potato out and set aside. Crack an egg inside the remaining potato(es) and bake in the oven until the egg is cooked to your desired consistency. Add spices (I used salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon) and serve with remaining sweet potatoes. Done!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranates

Preheat Oven to 375°. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes.  Toss in olive oil (just enough to coat) and sprinkle salt, pepper and curry powder. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until tender (stir occasionally so they don’t burn). Toss with pomegranate seeds and either chopped parsley or chopped cilantro – whichever you prefer! Done!

Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Boil water in a pot and cook your peeled, cubed sweet potatoes in it.  Once they are fully cooked remove from stove and drain.  Add a banana and cinnamon and mash with a masher or mix with a mixer. Done!

Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe?

 

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

Tips To Improve Your Photography

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Whether you are shooting with a DSLR, a point and shoot or your smart phone, these tips will work for you and improve your photography!

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Learn More About Your Camera

If you have a phobia of user manuals, no problem. You can simply educate yourself on your own terms. Look at the options/settings/buttons and if you don’t know what it is Google it! Take it one step at a time. For instance ‘ISO’.  Look it up, take in the information and then experiment with the settings by changing them and taking pictures so you learn how your impacting the result as you go. This leads me to the next tip…

 

Just Keep Clicking

Take a picture, change a setting, take another, change the setting again…see the thing is with digital – it’s FREE to practice.  No one is judging, you don’t even have to show them to anyone but the more you practice the more you will figure out how your camera works.

 

Take A Class

Local camera stores offer them and often local photographers do as well. Once you have a basic understanding of how your camera works it’s worth it to take a class so you can take it to the next level.

 

Ask For Constructive Criticism (gulp)

This one is certainly the most difficult as so many of our images are so personal to us and it’s hard to let someone else critique them. However, at some point if you want to sharpen your skills you’ll realize Google can only take you so far. Ask a professional photographer that you may know or join an online forum.

 

Experiment With Post Processing

Whether you use Instagram, Picmonkey, Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop (the list goes on) play around with different effects to see how they impact your images.  I almost always bump the exposure, contrast and clarity a bit but of course every image is different. Eventually you will find what works for you and your personal style.

 

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Seriously, most cameras these days are amazing pieces of technology and just when I think I know everything there is to know I figure out another nifty setting I wasn’t aware of.  Keep learning about all your camera has to offer!

 

Now go forth and shoot!

 

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

 

Easy Tips On How To Dress For A Family Portrait

Oh the stress.

As if it weren’t hard enough to drag your screaming, kicking unwilling family along to get the annual family photo taken, but to figure out what to wear? It’s too much!

Never fear, I have a few easy tips for you that will help you along in this process and keep it relatively painless.

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1.  Kick it up a notch

You’ll hear this a lot “make sure everyone is comfortable”. While I agree to a certain point, what if someone’s “comfortable” is their torn up jeans and ratty t-shirt?  Instead I would say have everyone be themselves but kick it up a notch.  Show the more fun side of your personality rather than the couch potato personality!

 

2. Pattens, Layers and Accessories

Patterns are okay in moderation and as long as it’s complimentary to everyone else.

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Typically it’s good to have one or two people with the pattern and everyone else can work around it with complimentary solid colors.  In addition, layers, textures and accessories all add more personality to your overall look so go for it!  For more visual examples I recommend heading over to Pinterest and searching for ‘family portrait style guide’.

 

3. Avoid logos, characters, etc.

On children and adults alike this is a hard fast rule of most photographers.  Why? Refer to #1.  It will make you stand out in the picture and not in a good way!

 

4. Let their light shine

Here’s the thing, our kids often leave our heads shaking when they come out of their rooms beaming with pride having put together the weirdest looking outfit humanly possible.  But just remember that one day they will likely be just as boring as we are, so while they have no inhibitions limiting their choice in outfits, embrace it.  Step in with some guidance however if any or all of rules 1-3 are broken.  Here’s my daughter who insisted on her hair in a messy bun and a pair of glasses ‘just like mommy’ for this photo shoot.  My choice would have been way less memorable – so glad I gave in!

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5. Consider Your Home

Did I throw you off with that one?  This is important for a couple of reasons.  First, we tend to decorate our homes with colors we love and are drawn to.  If that’s the case for you (hopefully it is!) then consider incorporating those colors in your family’s wardrobe selection. This brings me to my next reason which is how you plan to display photos in your home (which I hope you plan to do!).  By having a color palette that compliments your home, it will be a piece of cake when your ready to display them.  For example (of what not to do), I recently took a gorgeous photo of my daughter in a field of sunflowers but I can’t hang it where I would really like to because the yellow flowers don’t ‘fit in’. Sadly, it just wouldn’t work.  However, if you’re intentions are to put the photos in an album then by all means feel free to take a creative leap from your ‘normal’ colors!

Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share based on your own experiences?  Comment below!

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

Fall Party Ideas for Kids

For some, planning a kid’s party is an exciting endeavor that sparks the imagination and gets the creative juices flowing.  For others, it’s a dreaded, necessary evil that makes them cringe.  Either way – no problem!  Get your fall party ideas here, with a couple treat, snack and activity ideas for that you can either implement or simply use as a springboard for inspiration.

If the timing works to incorporate Halloween – do it!  There’s an abundance of creative ideas surrounding this fun holiday.

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Easy and Inexpensive Kids Fall Party Ideas via Tipsaholic.com

Treat: Check out this Mummy Oreo Pop Tower.

These are Candy Quik coated Oreos and honestly, the messier you make the mummy wrap the better!  For more information on how to make these and create this tower click here.

Snack: These Mummy Dogs are the perfect snack and super easy

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Activity: It doesn’t get any cheaper and easier than a roll of toilet paper!  Just have the kids pair up and see which team can ‘mummify’ their partner the fastest!

If a Halloween theme isn’t an option, go more traditional with pumpkin.

Treat: Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Nutella Frosting (yes please!).  Just try saying ‘whoopie pie’ to your kids and not get a smile out of them.  They’ll love it.

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Nutella Frosting

Recipe Here

Snack: Keep it super simple and roast pumpkin seeds with different spices!  Make some sweet, some savory.   For more snack ideas check out this post on 20 great pumpkin recipes.

Activity: Build a pumpkin man.  Head to the thrift to find some scarves, hats and whatever else strikes your creativity (or if you’re the anti-creative type, let your kids pick out the accessories). Three pumpkins, a marker and your set!  Check out this post for inspiration.

There you have it.  Now go forth and party!

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

Delicious and Easy Superfood Smoothies

 

You can hardly have a conversation about food these days that doesn’t involve the topic eating gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, or all of the above and then some (Paleo).  In my house, we’re ‘doing our best’ to just say no to these temptations as often as possible so on most mornings, I start everyone off with a super healthy smoothie.

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Delicious and Easy Superfood Smoothies

 

Here’s 5 simple steps to starting your day off with a delicious superfood smoothie!

1.     The base of the smoothie is the same each time; I start with coconut water (which is low in calories and loaded with potassium). Coconut milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk are a good alternative.  Because I’m serving up a small army of people (I have 3 kids and a smoothie lovin’ husband) I use 16 oz of liquid total. But 8 oz is more than enough if you’re making a ‘solo’ smoothie.

 

2.     Next up is spinach.  Yes, spinach!  I swear if you portion these out right you won’t taste it at all.  ‘Lightly’ pack it to the top of your blender.

 

3.     From there add about 1- 1 ½  cups (total) of your chosen goodies.  Here’s a few combos that have been a huge hit in our house (if none of your fruit is frozen be sure to toss in a handful of ice cubes):

 

·      Bananas and frozen blueberries (shown in picture below)

·      Mango, raspberries and frozen pineapple

·      Strawberries and bananas

·      Strawberries and frozen pineapple

·      Sometimes I add a scoop of almond butter or even whole almonds to my combos…be creative!

 

4.     Blend away (for at least 30 seconds).  Make sure you have no whole leaves left on the top.

 

5.     Serve and enjoy!!!

 

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***Bonus Tip: Rinse your blender out right away, and your glass as soon as your done – otherwise the spinach becomes impossible to clean off!

 

If dairy isn’t banned from your list you might want to try this tropical smoothie as an alternative.

 

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.

Back to School Photo Ideas

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5 easy and fun ways to start a back to school photo tradition

As a photographer I’m always looking for fun and unique ways to capture the ‘story’ behind the moment the photo is taken, not just a pretty smile.  So this year I’ve been brainstorming how to create fun and unique first day of school photos for my daughter who’s headed to kindergarten and my son who will start preschool.  Here’s 5 fun ideas I’ve come up with:
  1. Perhaps the most popular idea out there is the one where your child holds a sign with the grade that they are entering printed on it, such as the one that I took of my daughter last year.  I simply printed off a sign from my computer but another trendy way of doing this is with a small chalkboard (such as this one).
  2. Take the picture as your child writes their name, be sure you can see the letters so that over the years you can see how their handwriting has changed.  If they can’t write their name yet just have them draw a picture.
  3. Take a photo of your child reading or holding up their favorite book at that moment.
  4. For the camera shy kiddo, get a shot of them (ideally with their backpack on) walking away from you (i.e. out the door, down the sidewalk, to the school bus etc).
  5. Shoes.  I love kids shoes, they just make me happy!  And they usually have an absolute favorite pair that they wear all day every day.  Get a picture in the same spot every year of their favorite shoes that they plan to wear on the first day of school.
Not a big fan of being behind the camera?  Many professional photographers offer ‘mini-sessions’ for a fraction of the price of a full session.  They typically last 20-30 minutes so a back to school photo with any of the ideas above is the perfect ‘mini-session’ idea.

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Do you have any great back to school photo ideas?  Please share in the comments below.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterestInstagram.