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Prioritizing: Timing Is Everything

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Priorities—If motherhood… has taught me anything, it’s that my life now moves at a different pace than it did when I didn’t have kids. Before I had kids, it was really hard for me to understand why a mom couldn’t manage to take a shower each and every day.

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Genealogy: How to Record Your Relative’s Stories

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I visit my grandparents every Sunday. After our customary dinner and dessert, our conversations often lead to stories of the past…. My grandfather reminisces on stories of boyhood growing up in Holland and the tragedies of living there during World War II. He thoughtfully conveys the stories in his

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Multi-tasking: Creating Daily and Weekly Routines

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Home Management—The kids are hungry…. You’re trying to finish up a business call. Your husband just texted to say he’s going to be late and won’t be able to take the kids to the soccer game, which stinks because that’s when you were going to finally have an

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Photos: 10 Tips for Newborn Photography

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From landscape photography to documentary photography…, event photography to portrait photography—there are many different types of photography that help you express your emotions, viewpoint, and style. Out of all of the different types of photography, the one form of photography that many people find the most difficult is portrait,

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Five Tips for Photographing Kids

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Photographing kids can be a challenge under the best of circumstances, sometimes more difficult with children than when photographing babies…. But when you capture that perfect frame that highlights their spirit, joy, and personality you feel great about it. So here are five tips from a professional photographer to

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10 Goal Setting Tips to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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It’s a New Year. It’s A New Decade. It’s time to think about setting resolutions…or is it? Setting New Year’s resolutions may be a time-honored tradition but unfortunately making last-minute vows during a champagne toast isn’t an effective approach. Research consistently shows that New Year’s resolutions… don’t work and that

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Top 4 Photography Tips

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Taking an inspiring photo… is something everyone can do!   I know the bulky manual that came with your camera can be absolutely overwhelming to some people, so I recommend starting simple.  Follow this advice and you will find yourself happily looking in the manual for specific answers to questions you

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Cameras: 5 Easy Photography Tips for Any Budget

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With the proliferation of good quality cameras these days, it’s not uncommon to own a camera that can produce high quality images…, even for less than $100. Even disposable cameras sold at drug stores can produce images you can be proud of, simply by spending a little bit of

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Motivation and Inspiration: 5 Ways to Focus on Your Goals

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As we approach the New Year, resolutions are on the minds of many. Maybe you want to focus on healthy living in 2016? Or, maybe you want to focus on raising giving children? There’s always the thought of working on your creativity… by tapping into your craft side.

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You Made Your Resolutions, Are You Keeping Them?

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It might feel like resolutions are made to be broken, but this year you can change that. A resolution doesn’t have to feel like punishment for last year’s choices. It is promise to yourself. One that certainly will improve your life… in one way or another. So instead of dreading

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