Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Portrait Innovations Photo Session + FREE Halloween portrait event + GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago, we took the kids for a fall themed photo session at our local Portrait Innovations. Let me start by saying that if you are a parent, you know how challenging it can be to take pictures of your kids -- especially when they are 2 and 3! Amelia was our photographer and she was absolutely amazing. Not only a super talented photographer, (just check out my favorite pictures below to see) but she was so great with the kids.  The entire staff was great, very friendly and professional. Sessions run about 45 mins - 1 hour, but they were very flexible and worked a little bit longer with us (we were their last session of the day) to make sure we got some awesome shots. 

Portrait Innovations prides itself in giving customers a customized portrait studio experience with creative options for beautiful, professional portraits and personalized gifts and keepsakes.  From calendars to holiday cards, portrait books and mugs, they are one stop shop for one of a kind gifts for everyone in your life.

Photographers at each studio have been trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques and work with newborns, children, families, graduates, religious milestones and large groups as well. Images and digital copies are available on site, right after each session and all gifts are ordered and delivered. 

It was hard to narrow down my favorites -- so many awesome pictures to select from -- but I've selected a few to share with you today. Look at my babies, aren't they adorable?


Portrait Innovations is pleased to offer parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween event taking place at all Portrait Innovations studios Monday, Oct. 30. Photo opportunities run from 3 to 7 p.m., and parents will receive:

  • 2 free 5x7 portraits
  • 2 free digital images of each child dressed in costume
  • Candy for the little trick-or-treaters

Following the free event, parents can also submit their children’s portrait as part of a fun Portrait Innovations photo contest for a chance to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes! To enter, submit your Portrait Innovations Halloween portrait, and then encourage friends and family to vote. The 20 portraits with the most votes will be judged by Portrait Innovations for costume originality and three families will be named winners. 

During Portrait Innovations free Halloween event, there will not be any sales or traditional studio appointments available so the team can focus on working with children dressed in costumes for Halloween. Employees will also be handing out candy to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. To find your closest Portrait Innovations studio here or check out the Facebook event pages for all time zones below.


GIVEAWAY The fabulous team over at Portrait Innovations want to give you the chance to win a the following package below at a location of your choice!

  • Six (6) pose collection with 2 sheets of each pose 
  • Two (2) 10x13 special effects Decorator Portraits 
  • One (1) high resolution CD of your portrait images 

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, October 25th at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only.

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About Portrait Innovations 
During the past 15 years, Portrait Innovations has reinvented the professional portrait studio experience, understanding how important capturing and sharing cherished family and personal memories, events and milestones is to its customers. Honored to be the one selected to capture those memories, it has become the largest operator of free standing retail, professional portrait studios with locations throughout the country.  
Disclosure: This post sponsored post created in collaboration with Portrait Innovations. Regardless, I only recommend products and services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Kids’ Shoe Essentials: Light Up Kicks from Stride Rite

With back-to-school in full swing around here, versatile shoes that are not only comfortable, but also stylish and fun are a must. From running and jumping on the playground to walking the hallways at Mother's Day Out, Stride Rite’s Leepz sneaker is perfect for active kids like Dylan. 


Leepz feature light-up technology (that lights up with every step!), mesh linings to reduce odor and a high-rebound footbed for extra spring. Available in fun new styles like a high top sneaker and cool new color combos from coral to black and citron, these shoes have become Dylan's favorites.

  • Lights up with every step
  • Open mesh upper with leather details 
  • High-rebound insoles 
  • Easy alternative closure with fixed laces 
  • Lightweight sole for maximum flexibility 
  • Memory foam insole for comfort

Monday, September 04, 2017

5 Ways that building a Potting Shed can add to your property

For gardening hobbyists and farm producers, potting sheds are essential. They allow plants to thrive during the cold winter months and help farmers to grow plants off-season. 

A potting shed is like an ordinary garden shed and is usually made up of wood with one or more sides covered with a thin transparent material (such as glass or plastic). The transparent walls of a potting shed are always slightly angled in order to maximize its exposure to sunlight in autumn and winter. It is important that the building material used is thin enough to allow heat to pass through. However, this can also be a problem as it allows poorer insulation during cold winter days. More versatile materials for walls and roofing can be used in construction to allow less heat to diffuse from the structure. 

When fully-stocked and planted, potting sheds can be aesthetically pleasing and practical at the same time. Building one in your own home can have other benefits as well. Here are 5 ways that building a potting shed can add to your property. 

1. Potting sheds provide a healthier and greener feel to your home. Many studies have shown that gardening offers numerous health related benefits. For one, it can provide much-needed relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Additionally, growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a cost-effective way to stay healthy. Tending a garden can also be a form of exercise. While maintaining an outdoor garden in the winter becomes impossible, having a potting shed allows you to have all these benefits without worrying too much about the cold. 

2. They can be aesthetically pleasing aside from functional. People who love to garden will enjoy having a space to grow plants year-round and keep their gardening implements in one place. While it can strictly be functional, a potting shed can also be a decorative focal point for any garden. Whether for storage or decoration, a potting shed is a welcome addition to any avid gardener’s backyard. 

3. They provide much-needed storage space. One of the cons of putting up a potting shed is giving up space on your property. In most cases, building a space-efficient design for your potting shed can provide you with a lot of storage space. A potting shed can also give you a place to store and organize your gardening tools. 

4. They are multi-functional. Aside from providing a space for your plants to grow, a potting shed can also be used for other activities and hobbies. Designing your potting shed or outbuilding for other purposes can be costly, but smart planning can help make repurposing your shed a sound investment. Plus, using an outbuilding in your backyard as a home office can help save up on long commutes to work. 

5. Having a potting shed or multi-purpose outbuilding can increase your property value. While the value of your shed won't necessarily reflect the pricing of your property, having a well-built backyard outbuilding will certainly add to your home's appraisal value. Quality-built sheds, aside from being visually appealing, will also catch the attention of prospective buyers and increase your property's market value. Remember that adding even the smallest shed takes a whole lot of effort, so it is definitely a good idea to plan things through so you get to enjoy the full benefits of all your hard work. You may visit https://www.greenhousestores.co.uk/Potting-Sheds/ for more information on the best potting sheds that you can add to your property.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

SALE ALERT: Land of Nod -- Labor Day Sale!

The Land of Nod is having an amazing sale right now -- items are up to 80% off! With new items and more markdowns added constantly, make sure you check their sale often for new deals.

I'm starting to plan Lucia's big girl room {bye bye crib!} and I've been gathering fun decor, bedding and furniture ideas. Check out some of my favorite items currently on sale. 

How cute is that mini vanity? Love!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back To School: Dylan's First Day of Mother's Day Out -- 3 year old class

Guess who else went back to school? Dylan started Mother's Day Out yesterday. This is his second year going and after a rough couple of weeks last year, my wild child has adjusted and absolutely loves this program, his friends and teachers.

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