Taking Care Of You: Gym Guilt Be Gone!

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Children need healthy parents. They don’t need a mom who is size 2 or a dad with a killer six-pack, but they need parents who can manage their stress, have a healthy heart, and good immune system. There will be times when no matter what we do as parents we get sick, but a great [...]

What is your child’s favorite toy?

How to capture portraits of children at play and their beloved favorites

Throughout our Capturing Childhood series we’ve focused on documenting priceless family moments but most of our tips have been about the people. Today I want to stop and consider the details. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I encourage you to stop and consider the objects that you will want to remember from your childrens’ playtime. Someday [...]

Tips for Getting Mom in Photos

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and chances are if I asked you what you really wanted …. besides the quiet time to yourself to do simple things like go to the bathroom, take a shower or say, sleep past 7 am …. you would probably say a nice photo of you and your children [...]

5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

Simple Tips for Capturing Candid Family Moments

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Sure, we all love having great photos to hang on the wall and the nice family photo we send with our holiday cards each year, but the true power of photography lies in capturing a specific moment in time. The ability to preserve a memory, evoke an emotion, remember the past. And we all know [...]

Super Simple Mardi Gras Pancakes {and tips for kids in the kitchen}

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I am not a food blogger. I may know a lot about early education, but when it comes to cooking I am mediocre at best. One thing I adore is to cook with my three-year old and the feeling is mutual. Mardi Gras is coming up and even though we don’t celebrate it extensively we [...]

Capture Moments That Matter with Us

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

The #CapturingChildhood photography series is off to a great start; so far we’ve shared tips for taking great family photos, setting up a simple photo booth in your home, even techniques to help you capture great images with your smart phone and now, … we’re inviting you to join in and share your favorite moments [...]

Stacy Shares: Capturing Love on Instagram

Capturing Love on Instagram: Part of a Photography Series for Everyday Parents on #CapturingChildhood

This week’s Capturing Childhood photography tips come from blog ambassador, Stacy Teet. She’s over on her site, Kids Stuff World, today sharing some tried and true ways she’s learned to capture love on Instagram. We’re sharing a few images taken from our blog ambassadors Instagram feeds showcasing how they use their smart phones to capture [...]

Capturing Sweethearts

Capturing sweethearts: Photo tips for Valentine's Day | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a playful little photo shoot of your sweethearts. I love to take pictures of the kids for grandparents as a personal keepsake for them to enjoy each year. Capturing photo card worthy pictures of your kids is a lot easier if you have a few tricks up your [...]