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October 28th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Creating Halloween Memories


Think back to your childhood….

What did you dress up as?

What was your most memorable costume?

Did you go on any Halloween “field trips” with your family?

How did you celebrate Halloween at school?

Did you carve pumpkins while you were growing up?

What were some of your favorite Halloween memories?

How did your family make Halloween a special time?

Did you like going to haunted houses as a child?

What was your favorite candy to get when you were growing up?

Take some time tonight at dinner to talk about what Halloween memories you have from childhood, then turn it around on your kids and see how they answer the questions. What are their favorites? What memories are you making that will stick with them? Life is about enjoying experiences and making memories! Spend this week making some good Halloween memories!


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July 14th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Making Summer Memories



Summer is flying by way too fast! We’ve barely crossed some of our favorite things off of our summer bucket list, like going to the pool, visiting the zoo, and taking a vacation! That is what summer is all about to us – making memories.

One of my favorite summer memories is the local kite festival. We would always pack a picnic lunch and our favorite kites. They would have kite demonstrations and everyone, amateurs and professionals alike, would launch their kites at the same time! What a sight…it was just a good family event. The first year we went my youngest was only a couple weeks old so it was fun to see him grow older each year and to watch my oldest learn how to fly his own kite.

Some of my other favorite memories include:

  • Strawberry picking
  • Just watching the boys chat on the patio
  • Family basketball H-O-R-S-E tournaments
  • Sitting by the fire making s’mores

That’s the thing about summer…memories can be made in the simplest of moments.

What memories have you made this summer?

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February 20th, 2013 at 5:00 am



Scrapbooking is a fun and creative way to preserve your personal memories.  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sentimental and can’t bear to throw anything away.  So why not reduce the clutter and put all of these seemingly insignificant items into a giant memory book?  Work with everyone in your family to create a masterpiece that you can all enjoy and look back on for years to come!  Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • You don’t have to break the bank by getting an expensive scrapbook!  You can buy a sketchbook, an accordion album, or even insert pages into sheet protectors that will go into a three-ring binder. Don’t judge a book by its cover!
  • Decide which photos and memories you want to include in your book, such as tickets, cards, and artwork made by your children. Decide how you want each page to be laid out.
  • Cut letters and phrases out of old magazines to make titles and other words for each page. This will give it a more “artistic” look than simply writing words on paper.
  • Take a trip to your local craft store for more scrapbooking ideas. You can always find cute embellishments, like stickers, and patterned paper in these stores that would really dress up your book!
  • Have the kids cut paper into different shapes that they can paste onto different pages. For example, they can paste a sun cut from yellow construction paper onto a page that features a photo from summer vacation.
  • Consider adding some finishing touches, such as glitter glue. This glue will leave no loose glitter behind, so you’ll be left with a sparkly page that requires no cleanup!  You can buy glitter glue at any store that sells art supplies.

Remember, there is no “right” way to create a scrapbook.  It’s about what’s important to you and your family and as long as you will all enjoy paging through it from time to time and you have fun creating it together, then you’ve done it “correctly.”  Happy scrapbooking!

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