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  • Posted on June 9, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Technically, I only have one child. But sometimes it feels like I am living with two. Every morning, the Child asks who is dropping him off and who is picking him up - It changes depending on the day. Every time he learned that I was picking him up, I would get squinty eyes and an "Awe...nuts!" response.

    I figured it was because Dad usually got there earlier and that meant he got home quicker. Finally I asked (I know, I know...If you don't want the truth, just go ahead and believe what you want. It is just better that way). And the Child spilled the beans. "When Dad picks me up, I get a treat."

    Dad has been squirreling away treats for him and the Child - gummy worms, Skittles, licorice - whatever he got from the vending machine at work and saved part of for the Child. This was to avoid the fits when the Child didn't want to leave his friends at daycare. All I ever have is a bottle of water - and an angry child who is forced to leave without the promise of a sugary bribe. Boring old Mom.

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  • Posted on May 15, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    As a child I always enjoyed playing with my mom’s 35mm Nikon camera. Yes, an old school film camera. I used my mom’s old camera to capture so much of my youth and to experiment with photography. My parents were also really good at taking pictures of sporting events, my friends, family events, and other milestones growing-up. I am very thankful to have these pictures and scrapbooks from my childhood, hopefully one day my son will enjoy looking at them too. I am sure that he will probably tease me about all the uncool things I did back in the day, but it will be worth seeing his reaction about how I grew up.  He will also probably think of film as being ancient and never understand that we had to wait for film to be processed in order to see what our pictures looked like. Oh, how photography has changed over the years. Who knows what our children will be taking pictures with? :)

    As a new parent, I promised myself that I would capture every moment of my son’s youth that I could and document it in his baby book and scrapbooks.  These are few of my favorite things that I have done so far and must-haves when capturing your son or daughter's childhood.

    Mom Must-Haves - Capturing Memories That Last A Lifetime

    1. & 2. Photo Garland Banner via BigDotOfHappiness.com & Monthly Pictures with Onesie Stickers // From the age of 1 month to 12 months I took a picture of my son every month to document how much he grew the first year. For each of these pictures I used a onesie sticker that stated how old he was. At his first birthday party I showcased these photos on a garland banner. These garland banners are beautiful and you can use them to scrapbook in your child’s baby book after the birthday party.

    3. Origrami & Instragam Photos // We take so many pictures with our phones and never do anything with the photos. If you post your pictures on instagram, Origrami is the perfect solution for printing your pictures from your phone. Origrami creates gorgeous prints and they arrive in a stunning box.

    4. Canon Rebel // Phone pictures are great, but they don’t always turn out the best. A lot of my mom-to-be friends ask me what kind of camera they should get to take pictures of their babies, I always tell them a DSLR. You will get way better results from a DSLR than a point and shot or camera phone. The Canon Rebel is affordable and is the perfect size camera to fit in a diaper bag.

    5. Photo Birth Announcements via BigDotOfHappiness.com // Our first big outing after my son was born was to get his newborn pictures taken. It felt like a lot of work to get the three of us out the door at the time, but I am glad we have newborn pictures. I will cherish the pictures forever because I barely remember what he looked like as a newborn (they grow so fast). Another bonus of having his newborn pictures taken was that we used them to send out birth announcements to our family and friends. Not only were the birth announcements special to my husband and I they were also a keepsake for our family (especially grandparents).

    6. Shutterfly Photo Books // I’m a little behind on my scrap-booking projects, but at least I’m working on them and have a couple done. :) I love using Shutterfly to make my son’s scrapbooks. They have unique designs and their web site is really easy to use. All of the books that I have received have been beautiful and something that our family will cherish forever.

    I would love to hear what you do to savor your son or daughter's childhood. I am always looking for fun new ideas.

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  • Posted on April 7, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    We keep our cool as we try to guide these young minds to be caring, compassionate people, knowing right from wrong. But sometimes these little independent people get the best of us.

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  • Posted on March 3, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Mom's can handle it all but sometimes life creeps up on us and we realize we were so close to being Super Woman but missed the mark by just a hair.

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  • Posted on February 11, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Mom's never stop and just when we think we have it all under control, we find a little treasure to remind us that our work is never done.

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  • Posted on February 3, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    We can keep track of everyone's schedule, organize the house, plan meals weeks in advance and bring the best cupcakes to the bake sale - but when it comes to our own things, the little fingers in our home will hide them in places where we will never find them again!

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  • Posted on January 27, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Moms can smell something wrong a mile away - literally and figuratively. Sometimes our search for the truth leads us to find the answer in an unexpected place.

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  • Posted on January 6, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Moms are incredible multi-taskers and are stronger than they look. We made a person, inside of us, of all things! Pushing a cart while holding our precious bundle of joy is just one more way we show off our abilities.

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  • Posted on December 23, 2013 by Lindsey Mattson

    As Moms, sometimes we need to take whatever we can get, even if that means pretending our face-biting kiddo is just loving us up with some humungo kisses.

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  • Posted on December 9, 2013 by Lindsey Mattson

    We make our kids look great - clean clothes, perfect hair, wiped faces and brushed teeth. In the midst of dressing a picture-worthy kiddo, we sometimes overlook ourselves.

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