Picnic Bingo Cards- With Free Printable!

The weather is getting warmer and I am so darn excited! I love getting outside and being able to enjoy the nice spring season. We only have a few months of perfect weather, so I love to maximize my time outside. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors is having a picnic! And, since I always love a good game, I created a printable bingo game you can use to pass the time while you sit outside with your family!

Looking for a fun activity to play during your family picnics? How about this fun (and FREE!) printable picnic bingo cards?! Click to get yours today. #freeprintable #picnic #summerfun

This is a free printable you can get over on the Giggles Galore blog, and it can be played with up to 8 people. You can use almost anything to play, like pebbles, pennies or even bingo chips! It has both text and graphics, and I personally think it’s sooooo cute.

Looking for a fun activity to play during your family picnics? How about this fun (and FREE!) printable picnic bingo cards?! Click to get yours today. #freeprintable #picnic #summerfun

You know you want to play, and it’s totally free! So, head on over to the Giggles Galore blog to print out your bingo cards and play with your family today!

Pink Painted Door Makeover (The Easy Way!)

This spring, I decided to tackle something that's been on my to-do list for a long time- repainting my front door! It's been a boring shade of brick red since we bought the house over 3 years ago and I was ready to give it the facelift it deserved. There was one major thing stopping me though- how do I remove all this hardware to paint it? I wanted to paint the door without all the hard work, so I decided to partner up with FrogTape to give this door a much-needed makeover.

*This post was sponsored by FrogTape. All content and opinions are my own.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

Before we begin, let's take a look at my door before the makeover. It seems like it had been painted around the hardware, but BADLY. All the strokes were in random directions. We actually replaced the door hardware when we bought the house, but the previous ones were covered in paint along the edges. It wasn't a neat job, and the door had a sheer hue to it- you could see every paint stroke and even the white door underneath. It looked like it only got one sad, lonely coat of paint.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

Prepping To Paint Your Door

Ok, before you begin painting your door you'll want to prep it. I started by giving it a gentle sanding to get all the dirt and debris off of it. Even with a storm door over it, a lot of stuff got stuck to the door!

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

Once it was cleaned and sanded, I taped off all my edges with FrogTape. It's the only tape with PaintBlock® Technology, which ensures no paint seeps through. The result is sharp paint lines and a professional-looking paint job. Plus, it removes cleanly from most surfaces for up to 21 days!

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

I used the FrogTape to cover all my hardware, plus I made a border to protect the white window. It was really easy to use! Within a few minutes, I was ready to get my paint on. All of this was done under the supervision of my trusty helper, Lexie. I’m not sure how she didn’t get any paint on her, but I guess she’s a real pro.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

Painting Your Door

Now that your door is all taped up with FrogTape, it's time to start painting! I began by outlining the panels with paint using a small angled brush. I also used this brush along the edges near the window and hardware to ensure everything got a nice even coat of paint.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

After everything was outlined, I used my roller to cover the rest of the surface area in this really fun pink paint! My poor husband said he didn’t care what color I picked, as long as it wasn’t pink. Well…. sorry honey! I promise, I meant to do it a brighter shade of red, but this color (Hint of Cherry by Valspar) stopped me in my tracks and I had to do it. It was calling to me! And, while I was at the paint counter doubting my choice, there was another person there that picked the EXACT SAME COLOR so I think it was fate. A pink door was meant to be.

While I wasn’t sure exactly how my husband would react to this color, I knew using FrogTape was the right decision. I could paint with confidence, because I knew FrogTape's PaintBlock® Technology would ensure no paint would seep under the tape and ruin my hardware.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

I slathered on the first coat of paint and started to get excited. In between coats, I put my supplies in a large trash bag with a little bit of water to prevent it from drying it. This meant that I didn’t have to wash them between coats, which was a HUGE timesaver!

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

Once everything was fully painted, I pulled off the tape for the grand reveal! I have to admit I was a little but nervous, but FragTape did an AMAZING job. All the edges were crisp and beautiful.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

It took about 3 coats of paint, but my door is now fresh and ready to go! Every time I look at it, I get so happy. It's the only pink door on the block, and possibly even in the neighborhood! I've gotta give a huge shout-out to FrogTape for helping me get this project off my to do list. It felt amazing, and looks even better! If you’re looking to give your front door a new look, head over to your local hardware store and grab yourself a roll of FrogTape and a quart of paint.

On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor
On Wednesday’s we paint our door pink!! With the help of FrogTape, I was able to paint my door without having to remove the hardware. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and left such crisp clean lines! Head to the blog for all the details so you can give your front door a facelift for spring! #frontdoormakeover #frontdoorcolors #pinkdoor

Thanks to FrogTape, I did this project in just one day, and I’m ready to tackle the next one on my to do list! What color would you paint your front door? Let me know in the comments below!

The Dreamy Baby Photography Course is LIVE!

If you’ve been trying to take better photos of your baby…. have I got the perfect thing for you! I’m creating a baby photography course and it’s now available for pre-sale! I’ve been wanting to launch this for several months now and I am so excited that it’s happening! I’ve been working on baby photography since Hailey was born and I know all mommas want better photos of their babes, so I’ve been taking notes so I can teach my ways to you! I’ll also be answering some FAQ below.

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Why did you create this DIY baby photography course?

Great question! When we took Hailey for her newborn photoshoot, it left a lot to be desired. I decided that I wanted to take better photos of her and I wanted to take them more often than just the milestones. So, I started learning more about photography and applying these new skills to taking pictures of the baby!

Will I learn how to take my own newborn photos?

Yes! There’s a module all about newborn photos! I’ll teach you what I learned from taking photos of Hailey plus another newborn session I did! They’re only that tiny once, so it’s important to capture those little details and to do it right the first time.

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Do I need a fancy camera, or can I just use my cell phone?

No matter what equipment you’re using, I’ll show you the basic principles that will take your photography to the next level! If you’re using a fancy camera, I’ll teach you how to get off automatic mode so that you can get the very best pictures possible.

Can I get this for a mother’s day or baby shower gift?

Yes! You can either use the person’s email address to send them the course right away, or use yours and update it once you’re ready to give them the gift. It’s really easy to change the email address by going to your account and updating it.

I’m so busy- will I even have time to learn this stuff?

Yes! One of the very first lessons will show you how to find time to watch these videos. Plus, my system is quick and easy so that you’re only taking a few minutes to set up plus how to find the perfect time of day for ideal lighting. Then, you snap pictures for as long as you want! Editing is quick and easy with my method, which I’ll teach you step by step.

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That picture up there? It’s a cell phone picture I snapped of Hailey in the moment! Nothing fancy was done when I took it- she just looked cute so I snapped a pic. Then I edited it so that it was well-lit and dreamy. Which picture would you rather have- dark and dreary or bright and airy?! I’ll also add that this course will teach you how to edit your photos WITHOUT those fancy presets that get advertised. Instead of putting a band-aid over your photos, I’ll be teaching you how to take better photos AND how to edit all of them to look amazing.

So, don’t dawdle! Head over now to enroll in the course and start taking better photos of your baby today! The course is affordable and for every sale, I’ll be donating $1 to March of Dimes. If you have any other questions, pop them below and I’ll be sure to answer them ASAP!


Gentle Mommy Blogging: Avoiding Accidental Child Exploitation

I was on buzzfeed the other night (spending my time taking useless quizzes) when I stumbled down a rabbit hole and ended up reading several articles about mommy bloggers exploiting their children. This new internet thing we have going on has made all the lines blurry and I’m left wondering if I’m doing the right thing. Being a mom seems to be second-guessing everything you thought you knew, and I’m not about to break tradition. 

When you’re learning how to become a mommy blogger, how do you avoid accidentally exploiting your kids for likes? I’ve got some advice on kids and social media, plus some questions to ask yourself. Click to see how to protect your children from yourself. #mommyblogger #momblogs

Let’s backtrack a little bit. Hailey is the light of my life and I absolutely love her. This makes me share about her, a lot. I do monthly updates on the blog and take monthly photos of her (in addition to daily cell phone pics... there are thousands of those already!). I do all this because I love her and I want to have these memories someday. So I can look back at great photos and comment on how tiny she is. I already do this with her newborn photos and 1 month photos, so I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when she’s a teenager. 


I recently did a blog post for a brand where I created some really stinking cute magnets. I dressed Hailey up in pink and red outfits and snapped some adorable pics, which I then printed on magnets. These became the basis of my blog post. After I took the final photos, I giggled and proclaimed to friends via text that Hailey was a model. But... do I want my daughter to be a model? I don’t know. I can’t say I do in the traditional sense, but is it different when I’m the one behind the camera, making the decisions? Is she safer that way? There’s no real answer to that question. 

When you’re learning how to become a mommy blogger, how do you avoid accidentally exploiting your kids for likes? I’ve got some advice on kids and social media, plus some questions to ask yourself. Click to see how to protect your children from yourself. #mommyblogger #momblogs

I find myself now exploring the line between “loving mother” and “exploitative mommy blogger”. At what point does my desire to share her pictures and stories cross the line into embarrassing TMI? How do I avoid inadvertently exploiting my child, when all I want to do is share her with the world? The answer could be simple- don’t share her in any commercial capacity. Or don’t share her at all. But how can I hide such an important part of my life? Is it ok to have her join me in campaigns for a “mommy and me”, business edition? Is it ok only when my husband agrees? Is it acceptable only if I pay her for her work? I don’t really know. 

My job as her mom, first and foremost, is to protect her. In this crazy, fucked up world, do we as parents need to be more careful with our children on social media? We aren’t talking about sharing a story with a friendly old lady at the park, or your mom telling her neighbor the funny thing your kid did. We’re talking full-on photos and video (with commentary) being shared to that guy you went to college with and never speak to anymore. And that former coworker from 2 jobs ago that you barely know. And the chick you befriended at a bar 4 years back that posts funny memes. Are these strangers (let’s call them what they are!) people we really want to know all about our children? Or, more importantly, does it matter that they see it, or is it fine since they just scroll on past your pics because they probably don’t care anyway? 

When you’re learning how to become a mommy blogger, how do you avoid accidentally exploiting your kids for likes? I’ve got some advice on kids and social media, plus some questions to ask yourself. Click to see how to protect your children from yourself. #mommyblogger #momblogs

When I think about what I want for my child, some days I feel like it’s the opposite of what I’m doing. That whole “practice what you preach” thing is going out the window. I don’t want her to be obsessed with her looks and yet I dress us both up for photos. I don’t want her to be obsessed with screen time and yet all I do is watch tv. I want her to have face-to-face interaction in a world full of likes and LOLs, and yet I spend most of my time on my phone. I try to create a balance, but it’s hard to know where the line is between laying a good foundation and crazy, neurotic new-age mom.

When you’re learning how to become a mommy blogger, how do you avoid accidentally exploiting your kids for likes? I’ve got some advice on kids and social media, plus some questions to ask yourself. Click to see how to protect your children from yourself. #mommyblogger #momblogs

Those articles didn’t open my eyes to these things, because I was already thinking it. They just forced me to confront my thoughts finally. In reading these scary articles, it caused me to see a tiny sliver of myself in these people. I couldn’t judge them too harshly because I understood what they were saying. What they were actually saying... not what the articles were trying to vilify them for. 

Using your child for your social media business is a double edged sword. On the one hand, you’re using your child to gain an income. But on the other hand, in doing so, you’re able to provide them with things they might not be able to have otherwise. I’m not talking about free swag, money for vacations, or even a nice home. I’m talking about quality time with them instead of hiring a nanny or putting them in daycare, showing them how you work hard to run your business, and being available at a moment’s notice for them because your flexible schedule allows it. These are things that most traditional jobs do not provide us. 

If it wasn’t for my efforts on my blog, being at home with Hailey would be absolutely out of the question. We cannot afford it, period. She most likely would be in daycare (at least part time) since both my mom and mother-in-law work. She wouldn’t be waking up to my face every after nap, breastfeeding for every meal, and hearing me sing terribly to her just for a smile. Someday I’ll tell her about how I spent all day playing with her with tears in my eyes full of joy, and then after she went to bed spent an hour feeling happy that I had a break, then would immediately miss her and look at her photos. I’ll tell her all about how I had tears in my eyes at night once again, as I worked from 10pm to 2 or 3 am. All the while looking at her photo and telling her I’m doing this for her. Telling her I KNOW I can do this. 

When you’re learning how to become a mommy blogger, how do you avoid accidentally exploiting your kids for likes? I’ve got some advice on kids and social media, plus some questions to ask yourself. Click to see how to protect your children from yourself. #mommyblogger #momblogs

So you tell me- where does the line get drawn? How do I know I’m doing right by my child? The area is gray and I don’t want to open myself up to hatred and extreme criticism, but I genuinely want to know what people think about this. How do you share your children on social media? Perhaps through kind discussions, we can find the safe middle ground for all our children that doesn’t scar them for life. 

DIY Bunny Ears Headband

Easter is just about a week away, and I’m getting ready for Hailey’s first Easter! We are a unique family here, because my husband is Catholic and I’m Greek Orthodox. That means Hailey gets 2 Easters! My Easter is rarely on the same day as the regular Easter, and this year it’s a week behind. Didja know there was more than one Easter? Most people are pretty surprised to find out, but us Greeks follow a different counting system. I just get lucky because I get to celebrate twice! This girl loves an excuse to dress up for a theme so I made these really easy bunny ears to wear! They’re super easy to make and I bet you have all the supplies on hand. The best part is that you can use any colors and fabric you want, and they’re so cheap that you can make them for the whole family- kids, cousins, uncles and all!

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Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas
Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas

You will need:

Fabric (similar here)
Pipe cleaners (here)
Marker (similar here)
Headband (here)
Glue gun
Scissors

How to Make DIY Bunny Ears:

Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas

1. Layer both pipe cleaners and fold them in half.

2. Make the shape slightly rounded, then wrap the bottom to close it off, leaving some excess to attach it to your headband.

3. Trace the pipe cleaner shape onto your fabric for each ear using a disappearing ink marker. You can also double it if you want the back of your ears to be finished. I kept it simple and did only the front, mostly because I’m lazy… er, I mean efficient :p

4. Place your fabric face-up. Put glue at the top “U” of the pipe cleaner and place it down onto the fabric. This will ensure it ends up at the right spot without being too messy.

5. Turn over your ear. Put glue around the rest of the pipe cleaner and press it down.

6. Put your ear onto the headband and wrap the excess around to secure it.

Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas
Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas
Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas
Make these really easy (no sew!) DIY bunny ears headbands just in time for Easter! You probably have all the supplies on hand already! Check out the full DIY now to make a pair for yourself and your family! #eastercrafts #bunnyearsheadband #easterpartyideas

And that’s all folks! Bonus points if you also wear pom pom earrings to match a cute fluffy bunny tail like I do. I warned ya, I’m a little bit extra when it comes to a theme! I’ll probably be wearing this bunny ears headband every day for the next 2 weeks.