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Archive for the ‘family heirlooms’ category

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

‘Flat Stanley’ Home After Decade in Soldier’s Wallet

Most kids and parents are familiar with the title character in the popular children’s book “Flat Stanley.” After being smashed by a bulletin board in his sleep, the book’s protagonist makes the most of his new 2-D state by mailing himself to friends. Check out this AWESOME story about a third grade boy who sends his Flat Stanley to a soldier stationed in Baghdad. Fast forward to the boy who’s now a senior in high school. Read the full article here to find out what happens next… you’ll love it!

Three cheers to the soldier, Brian Owens, for a mission complete!


(image courtesy and Steve Miller/Flickr)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Unfinished Business

I was over my neighbor’s house last weekend and she happened to share with me an incredible tradition that’s been going on for many years now.

Instead of plastering over a drywall section in their basement, they left it unfinished and encouraged their grandkids to draw and write on it. What started out as a way to entertain youngsters quickly turned into a tradition that continues to this day, now that the little grandkids are big grandkids in college and high school.

When you first glance at the wall, you’re overwhelmed with the collage of art and messages. There is hardly an open spot. As you study it closer, you see how handwriting improved over time and how the scale of the art grew to match the height of the kids.

What a fun tradition to uphold during each visit and what a great tribute to family, friends and pets. What my neighbor values more than anything? Overhearing her grandkids speak fondly of going to grandma’s and writing on the wall. Awesome!

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Friday, December 6th, 2013

Countdown to Christmas

I’m a huge fan of all kids of advent/countdown calendars and love the wide variety of ones you can buy or make. If you’re looking for an alternative to candy or trinkets, consider using ornaments that can be added to the tree each day.

Yes, it’s December 6th, but there’s still time to put together a 15 or 10-day countdown to the big day. Or even better, start today!


(image courtesy House and Home)

Friday, September 13th, 2013

A Baby Book (for Four Legged Babies)

As you know by now, I’m a sucker for anything related to capturing memories, so I was thrilled to find a baby book for our puppy. I gave it to my daughter as a gift, so that she could feel some ownership in capturing some of our early days with Cooper. This particular book has lots of prompts to help a young person fill it in and it was fun helping Livi answer the questions. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the idea of recording life’s big events. And no doubt, it will be a treasured keepsake as Livi grows up and reflects back on her childhood with her best four legged friend.

p.s. Can’t find the right book for your particular pet? Consider making one or using a blank journal.







Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Back-to-School Photos

In addition to finding a fun way to celebrate going back to school, another tradition is taking the annual first day portrait. There are several great ideas on Cool Mom Picks, from simple portraits with signs to more detailed lists of your child’s favorite things at that moment in time. It’s also a great time to record a journal entry and/or record a quick “interview” to capture their unique voices and pronunciations. I always feel a little wistful on that first day when the house is empty so I write my annual letter to my daughter, which she’ll receive when she’s grown up and heading off to college or getting married.

Where does the time go?



(images courtesy Cool Mom Picks)

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Back-to-School Traditions

It’s that time of year — back to school. Our family still has two glorious weeks of summer left but there’s no denying what’s just around the corner. Here are some fun ideas from Babble to celebrate new years and new chapters. My daughter and I always plan an all day date the day before school and do things like go to the park, get ice cream and play mini golf. And I’m a big fan of the first day portrait and lunch notes. As far as the back-to-school breakfast goes, we can only aspire to that one — we are more night owls than early birds!

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(images courtesy Babble)

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Memorability App

I’ve seen various photo book apps that aid in capturing memories, but what looks interesting about Memorability is the fact that your children can narrate each album page — so stories, and not just images are preserved for the future. And capturing not just how they look but how they sounded? Now that’s something to cheer about!

Available at, premium version free during launch. Enter code DAILYCANDY at sign-in to get an exclusive album theme.


(image courtesy DailyCandy)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Laundry Lamp

I love this story of a mom who kept all the things she found in her son’s pockets when doing the laundry during his childhood. So sweet and so sentimental but that’s not all! She then added creativity to the mix by putting all the small finds inside a lamp… love it! I can’t think of a better way to capture growing up at a glance!



(images courtesy Twisted Sifter)

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Creative Ways to Document Baby’s First Year in Photos

I love when people find new and creative ways to capture babies during the first year and here’s a fresh batch from Cool Mom Picks.

My favorite is below, a great image that combines portrait and monthly highlights!


(image courtesy Cool Mom Picks)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Travel Memory Map

Summer is here (hooray!) and with it, a break from the hustle and bustle of the school grind. What better time to plan where you’re going, or reflect back on where you’ve been. This travel memory map from Oh Happy Day is a great way to celebrate all the places your family has been together. Once you’ve got it started, you can add to it through the years and end up with a lovely family heirloom.

Attaching small images to the map truly personalizes it, but you can also choose to just use push pins. Have fun with it!



(images courtesy Oh Happy Day)