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Boys Capsule Wardrobe Spring 2024

This boys capsule wardrobe for spring 2024 is the perfect size wardrobe to get your child through these last few months of school without breaking the bank. 

Boys Capsule Wardrobe

Boy Capsule Wardrobe Spring 2024:

Over the last few weeks both of my kids have gotten to the point where the clothes we bought at the beginning of the school year just aren't really working for them anymore. Things are short, faded, torn, stained, all the things that come with being 9 and 11 in elementary school. 

My son is also getting to the point where dressing in sweatpants, basketball shorts, and athletic shirts every single day are no longer the vibe that he is going for. The man child needed a style upgrade, and after years of buying everything with a Nike or Adidas logo on it, I was happy to provide some new life to his closet. 

Boys Capsule Wardrobe

How Many Pieces for a Boy Capsule Wardrobe?

In general I like to have around 12 pieces for a capsule wardrobe. This capsule wardrobe for my son is a little smaller, you might even call it a micro wardrobe if that's a thing? The reason behind this is because he's homeschooled and doesn't get out of the house at the same frequency as my daughter, and two, because he does hang out in his pajamas a lot as a result of point number one. 

If he were in school full time, I would likely have added 1-2 more pairs of pants and probably two more shirts, but in general this smaller amount of clothing is more than enough to get him through what he does in a week, and he still has sweats, shorts, old t-shirts to get him through lounging at home as well. 

The Best Dress Shirts for Boys:

I always include church clothes in my kid's capsule wardrobes because even if your family doesn't attend church weekly, it is nice to have some dress clothes on hands for your kids. My favorite dress shirts for my son are these new kid's shirts from And Collar.

They're stain resistant, waterproof, moisture wicking, and just an all around amazing shirt. It's easily Kyle's favorite, and they're the only shirts that Derek wears on a regular basis now as well. You can get 15% off with code Flamm15 at checkout. 

Boys Capsule Wardrobe

How Many Pairs of Shoes for a Boy?

The answer for this is going to be different for every family and their needs, but we typically like to do three pairs of shoes. A pair for church, a pair for exercise, and a more casual shoe. You can see here we recently purchased these new casual shoes from Zara, but we've had these church shoes, and these Nikes for a while now and they've all held up well. 

Boys Capsule Wardrobe

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Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe (2024!)

If you're looking to put together an Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe for the 2024 season, these 12 pieces are super affordable, on-trend, and can mix and match tons of different ways to get your child through these last few months of the school year. 

Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe

Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe (2024!):

I feel like every single school year around this time I'm scrambling to grab new clothes for the kids, especially my daughter who is particularly hard on her clothes, grows super fast, and needs a few pieces to tie her over until the end of the school year. If you're in the same boat, I just did some shopping and found some great and affordable pieces from Old Navy that will make the perfect spring capsule for my daughter. 

Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe

How Many Pieces in a Capsule Wardrobe?

When making a capsule wardrobe for one of my kids, I try to have around 12 pieces. I look for pieces that are all within a similar color palette, that have long and short sleeve options for the spring, and where pieces can mix and match easily without me stressing about them getting themselves dressed each morning. 

When putting together a capsule wardrobe for kids, I like to work with 4-5 pairs of pants, about 6 shirts, and 2 pairs of shoes, one everyday shoe, and another dressier pair for church. 

For this capsule wardrobe for my daughter, I did 4 pants, 5 shirts, 1 sweater, 1 dress, and 2 shoes. 

Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe

Girls Spring 2024 Capsule Wardrobe:

I found all of these pieces for my daughter at Old Navy. This post is definitely not sponsored, but I do love Old Navy's clothes for my kids and have been shopping there for years. All of these pieces were part of their spring new arrivals, so hopefully you can find them in your sizes still. I worked really hard to show you that you can wear all of these pieces in many different ways and that they really do all work well together for a spring capsule. 

Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe

How to Keep Capsule Wardrobe Pieces Looking New for Kids?

It can feel hard to pare down to such a small amount of clothing for kids when they can be so rough on clothing, prone to spills, etc... 

One of the things I like to do is stay on top of the laundry regularly and make sure things are getting washed as soon as possible. I also recently purchased this stain remover that is a total miracle worker on clothes. The stains are gone right before my eyes which makes working with a smaller amount of clothing much less stressful. 

We also wash all our clothes in cold water only. I separate my laundry into four loads: darks, lights, whites, and towels. I don't use fabric softener, and we use a clear, chemical-free laundry detergent that is very gentle on our clothes. 

We also use the normal heat setting on the dryer and make sure that the clothes aren't getting overdried. I've never bought a dryer sheet in my life. We try to be as gentle and chill with our laundry habits as possible. 

Old Navy Spring Girls Capsule Wardrobe

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10 Easter Family Traditions that Honor Christ

If you're looking for some Easter family traditions that honor Christ and the true reason behind the holiday, these 10 ideas will help bring the spirit into your home throughout the Easter season and will help prepare your hearts and minds to worship Christ through Lent. 

Easter Family Traditions that Honor Christ

Easter Family Traditions that Honor Christ:

While celebrating Easter often looks like Easter baskets, Easter candy, Easter bunny, egg hunts, and those other pleasantries around the season, I think we can all agree they're not the real reason for the holiday. Those things have a time and place, and our family participates in those things to some extent, but for us, the real focus is on Christ and His death and resurrection, so we're always looking for easy ways to put Him at the focus of our season. 

I am by no means trying to suggest that you do all of these things leading up to Easter, BUT, I am suggesting that you try adding in a few that fit well within your natural family rhythm and explore what it means to grow closer as a family toward Christ during this season. 

If you're looking for some family Easter traditions that cost very little money, but help your family to celebrate Easter, and make a new Easter tradition, these ten ideas are really easy to put together with minimal time and effort, and can help elevate your Easter holiday.

Do A Daily Easter Devotional:

Doing a daily devotional together as a family is a great way to bring the Spirit into your home during the Easter season. I have created a 30-day Easter devotional for families that includes a scripture for each day, discussion prompts and questions, and a daily prayer prompt to guide your family prayer time. It's available to purchase as a digital download which you can access here.

Easter Family Traditions that Honor Christ

Read the Resurrection Story:

If you're not in the season of life where a daily devotional is practical for your family, then simply reading the resurrection story as a family is a great way to learn about the miraculous event that is Easter. You can read it in the New Testament, Matthew 28: 1-10. 

Easter Scripture Memory:

Find some bible verses as a family within the Easter story that you want to memorize during the season. Some great bible verses to consider memorizing this time of year are:

  • John 11:25-26 (ESV):
    • "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'"
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV):
    • "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures."
  • Matthew 28:6 (ESV):
    • "He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay."
  • Luke 24:5-6 (ESV):
    • "And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.'"
  • Colossians 3:1-2 (ESV):
    • "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
  • Romans 6:23 (ESV):
    • "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
  • 1 Peter 1:3 (ESV):
    • "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
  • Acts 2:24 (ESV):
    • "God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it."
  • 1 Corinthians 15:20 (ESV):
    • "But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."
  • Romans 8:11 (ESV):
    • "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you."

Observe Holy Week:

Another great alternative to doing a complete family devotional is to just focus on Holy Week. Last year I created this printable that you can access for free, that takes you through each of the days of Holy Week with an image to hang on the wall, and a bible verse to correspond with each day of the week. It's a great way to countdown to Easter as a family.

Good Friday Service:

I love attending church on Good Friday to set the tone and the scene for the entire Easter weekend. I think there is definitely something to be said about attending church more than just on Easter Sunday, and adding Good Friday to your routine really sets the stage for the reason behind why Easter Sunday truly is so miraculous. Try to find some christian churches near you with a God Friday service, and pick one to check out as a family.

Easter Sunday Service:

This one is a given, but going to church on Easter just puts the true meaning of the holiday into perspective and helps you come to reality each year with the weight of Jesus's death and resurrection. While it is something we can be reminded of each week when we attend church, specifically worshiping and attending church on Easter Sunday just makes it all the more impactful. 

Easter Family Traditions that Honor Christ

Easter Prayer Time:

One family tradition you can try is to set some time aside on Easter morning praying and thanking God for the glorious gift of new life that is possibly through Jesus. Thank God for the gift it is that His son lives and provides a way for us to all do the same. 

Christian Easter Eggs/Crafts:

Crafts are a great way to get kids engaged in any holiday season. There are so many great Easter crafts you can purchase and assemble from Amazon, but my favorites are these bible bookmarks that kids can color and use long after Easter is over. 

Resurrection Rolls:

Resurrection Rolls are a super fun treat to make with kids where you can talk about the resurrection of Jesus and the significance of the empty tomb. Simply take come crescent rolls, put a marshmallow on the inside, roll them up, dip them in melted butter, then a cinnamon/sugar mixture, then bake in the oven. The marshmallow melts and essentially disappears in the oven, and you can correlate it to the story of Jesus. You can find a great recipe here.

Discuss What Easter Means to Each Family Member:

Lastly, when you're all gathered around the dinner table on Easter, you can take turns going around the table and discussing what Easter means to each family member. You'll get varied responses depending on the ages of your children, but it will be a great way to hear what Jesus means to each person and to hear testimonies, no matter how small. 

What are some Easter Family Traditions that Honor Christ that you do with your family? I'd love to hear in the comments below! 

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9 Modern St. Patrick's Day Kitchen Towels

If you're in the market for St. Patrick's Day kitchen towels, these nine prints are super fun, modern, and will make a great impact in your kitchen throughout the month of March.

St. Patrick's Day Kitchen Towels 

St. Patrick's Day Kitchen Towels

I love celebrating the small holidays with my family and making the days feel a little more special. Especially during the winter months before spring gets here when it can start to feel like groundhog's day when we're doing the same things over and over and not spending much time outside.

I love to shop for a few seasonal items for each holiday, and towels for the kitchen are an easy decorative touch to elevate that space in your home for St. Patricks Day.

My Favorite Place for St. Patrick's Towels

I love to purchase my season specific towels from Geometry. They're my go-to brand when shopping for well designed holiday towels for my kitchen. I know I won't have to search their site for ages looking for a product that I love, and they're so quick at getting my orders to my home quickly. You can use code PaigeF15 for 15% off your order.

st. Patrick's Day Kitchen Towels


Key Features of Geometry St. Patrick's Day Towels:

Geometry has many key features about their towels that I really love. I love the waffle texture that just makes them feel super nice when I need to dry my hands in the kitchen. They're not a traditional towel fabric meaning that they aren't fuzzy. They won't make your hands feel scratchy, and they won't pill lint either.

Geometry towels are made from a Geoweave technology that makes them super absorbent, and fast drying. They are NOT a microfiber towel, which I personally cannot stand. They feel good on your hands, actually absorb liquid, and look amazing. It's a win-win.


The Best St. Patrick's Towel Prints:

There are so many great prints to choose from when purchasing from Geometry. My personal favorite is the Shamrock Treasures because it makes me feel super nostalgic and reminds me of Lucky Charms cereal. I'm positive that had to be the influence behind that design. It's so fun and subtle for the holiday, and my kids love it too!

My other favorite prints would have to be the Green Grin, Emerald Luck, and the Rainbow Harmony, but you really can't go wrong with whichever towel you choose!

st. Patrick's Day Kitchen Towels


Price for a Set of St Patrick's Day Kitchen Towels:

I like to get two towels for every season in my home to keep on my stove. If you purchase a set of two towels for your home it would be less than $30 on the Geometry website. But you can save 15% off on top of that when you use my code PaigeF15 at checkout.

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4 AMAZON Galentine's Day Outfit Ideas

 Valentine's Day is coming up in just a few short weeks, and if you're looking for a Galentine's outfit idea for when you get together with your best girl friends, these Amazon picks are super cute, affordable, and get to your house super fast with the best prime shipping. 

Galentine's Day Outfit

Galentine's Day Outfit Ideas:

These four Galentine's outfit ideas hit basically anything and everything your girl friends could throw at you for a celebration. There is something for a girl's night in for a bachelor watch party. Something fun and casual for a Saturday brunch, a dress if you're doing something fancier in the evening, or a delicate blouse paired with denim if you're doing a nicer dinner or going out after work. The options are endless and can also be worn long after Valentine's is over. 

Girl's Night In Outfit Idea:

Matching sets are all the rage right now so you might as well lean into them while we can. I paired this with a delicate necklace that I've had for ages, and these knock off Brikenstocks that have been on repeat in my closet for ages now. Basically you can't go wrong with a super cozy outfit like this if you're gathering for bookclub, a movie night, or anything else that involves sitting on a couch for the majority of the night. 

Galentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Outfit for Brunch with the Girls:

This outfit is perfect for a Saturday brunch or any event out during the day. This would be great for volunteering in a class party for your kid, or even just running errands on Valentine's. This shirt and the light denim would transition well into the spring so you'd get good use out of the pieces as well.

Galentine's Day Outfit

Evening Out/Cocktails with the Girls:

If you're going out for a couple drinks after work or having a dressier dinner out, these flare jeans and this delicate white top would be the perfect pairing for something a little more put together. I recently purchased these jeans from Faherty and they're actually perfect. They're the best jean when you need something that looks a little more put together and just a little less casual. Welcome15 gets you 15% off!

Galentine's Day Outfit

Dressier Dinner, Show, or Event:

I love wearing maroon or something darker for Valentine's because one, I think it looks better on me personally, but two, I think they can easily be worn well beyond the holiday which is sometimes harder to do with a more bold red or pink option. This dress is perfect for any semiformal event you might be invited to for Valentine's and is a great price too!

Galentine's Day Outfit

These are some of the best Galentine's outfit ideas that I could pull together, but I would love to know all about what event you're planning for and what you're up to in the comments. I'll be hanging out with my book club in the lounge set seen above, but I invite all forms of good ideas and get togethers in the comment section! 

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Best Pajamas for Kids: Fun Prints, Super Soft, and Best Price!

If you're looking for the best pajamas for kids that are super soft, have fun prints, and that your kids will reach for each night at bedtime, these new pajamas will be their new go-to in their rotation again and again. 

Best Pajamas for Kids

The Best Pajamas for Kids: 

My kids are very picky when it comes to pajamas, and frankly, so am I. So often kids' pajamas that you get from major retailers feel more scratchy than soft, they pill easily, and they kind of become a matted mess when they come out of the dryer. I'm sure I'm not the only parent that has experienced this at some point or another. 

Back in October, we were sent some new pajamas by Kloudy Kids (Paige15 gets you 15% off!) and we have fallen in love with their pajamas, their brand, and their entire company ever since. 

Best Pajamas for Kids

Super Soft Kids Bamboo Pajamas:

What sets these pajamas apart from the rest is the incredibly soft bamboo fabric that they're made with. It's hard to describe but if butter was a fabric, these pajamas would be it. They're super soft and stretchy, feel amazing while being worn, and hold their shape so well wear after wear. 

I am not a parent who can be super bothered with detailed washing instructions and even with me carelessly throwing these into the washer and dryer with no regard for what the instructions say, they have held up so well wash after wash and after months of wear, they still look completely brand new. They're still as soft as the day we bought them, fabric softener not required. 

Best Pajamas for Kids

Cute Seasonal Pajamas:

Kloudy Kids has cute seasonal pajamas for every holiday throughout the year. If you follow them on Instagram you can see when their launches are happening and get your hands on their latest print for whatever holiday is coming up. 

We have the milk and cookie design from their initial launch, and their Valentine's collection, but they had a Christmas collection, St. Patrick's Day, and I may have insider knowledge that Easter is coming up as well. 

They also have a charity collection launching next week to help raise money for childhood cancer. I love a business that aims to give back, and I happen to know from firsthand experience that the owners behind Kloudy Kids are as kind in person as they are online. 

Best Pajamas for Kids

Kloudy Kids Discount Code:

If you're wanting to try Kloudy Kids Pajamas for yourself, you can use my code, Paige15 for 15% off your entire purchase. Their pajamas are already priced well, and my discount code makes them an even better value than they are already. 

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2024 New Year's Goals (9 Things I'm Working On!)

With the new year here I wanted to take the opportunity to write out some goals for 2024 so that I can measure progress throughout the year and see where I end up come December. 2023 was an exciting year with a combination of highs and lows, but I'm looking forward to making meaningful progress in multiple areas of my life and in our home. 

2024 New Year's Goals

Spiritual Goals for 2024:

Go Back to India: I went to India on a mission trip with my church last February and I'm excited to go back again in March of this year. India has really stolen my heart and it's something that I hope to be able to share with my family one of these years as well. 

Continue Handwriting the Bible: I started handwriting the bible in March of 2023. I just barely finished Deuteronomy before Christmas, and am hoping to stick with writing one chapter a day this year. This should put me somewhere in Psalms come December. 

Take 3 Grad School Classes: I started a master's degree in Bible Studies this last year. I've been chipping away at the classes at my own pace and am hoping to get three classes done in 2024. I can take up to 5 classes per year, but if I get three done, that will feel really great to me. 

Improve My Prayer Life: I am awful about remembering to pray each day and it's more of a spontaneous part of my life. I want to make a better commitment to prayer each day in 2024. Last year I started blocking off an hour on my calendar twice a month to pray and that's a practice I hope to continue this year as well.

Running Goals for 2024:

Run My Third Marathon: Over the summer some friends were talking about running a marathon in January and at the time I really needed something to help pull me out of a major funk that I was in. I started running with them in October and we're full steam ahead for running the Sun Marathon in Santa Clara come the end of January. Training has been going really well and I'm excited to hopefully feel strong the entire 26.2 miles, and make fun memories with friends. 

Pace my friend for her Ultra Marathon: One of my friends that I'm running the marathon with in January is running a 100 mile race in March. I just got my pacing assignment this week and I'll be pacing 17.35 miles of her race with her. This will be my first trail race event, and I'm excited to get a small taste of the ultra marathon world through this pacing effort. 

Take a Break From Running: I've been very open about my mental health and struggles with an eating disorder. Last summer I had a pretty significant relapse that I clawed my way out of with the lure of another marathon and wanting to be healthy enough to run that. 

For years I've told myself that my running was more helpful than hurtful and that it wasn't a part of my ED but rather saved me from my ED. I'm starting to realize more and more though that running is more of a crutch for recovery, and I need to figure out what recovery looks like with running off the table. 

My plan is to complete my pacing job in March and then cut it off cold turkey. I'll be doing a lot of lead up work with my dietitian and therapist until then so that I feel like I have the right supports in place when March comes. 

Other Random Goals:

Finish Home Accessibility Projects: We're in the process of making our house handicap accessible for our daughter who is a wheelchair user. We need to finish building new stairs in the garage and get her wheelchair lift installed. We also need to figure out the best way to make her bathroom accessible for her. 

Launch New Products/Income Streams: Last year I really caught my stride with affiliate marketing on my blog and combining that with SEO. It was really fun to see that start to pay off. I want to continue that in 2024. I also want to launch some new products in my Etsy shop. I have some that are done that I'm kind of nervous to launch, so waiting for the right time to put what I've been working on out into the world. 

I'd love to hear what you're working on this year in the comments below!

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How to Take Your Own Family Pictures (6 Tips for the PERFECT shot!)

If you're trying to save some money and want to learn how to take your own family pictures, this guide will tell you everything you need to know in order to take professional looking pictures of your family each and every year. 

How to Take Your Own Family Pictures

How to Take Your Own Family Pictures 

We've taken our own family pictures many times over the years and it's a skill that has come in handy for us on years when we forget to hire a photographer, when we were first married and couldn't afford a photographer, or when we just want to capture a moment on vacation when we're out and about. 

We have used our family pictures for holiday cards, printing and hanging in our home, and so much more. There are really just a few simple skills that you'll want to get down pat, but once you have them you'll be able to take family pictures whenever you want! 

how to take your own family pictures

As you can see from the first picture in this post, that picture was taken in December 2023, and that was from skills I learned when I originally wrote this post in 2015. You can see the progression of our family pictures over the years, and like all things, you get better the more and more you practice! 

1) Know what pictures you want ahead of time:

Go into family pictures with a plan of the shots you want to get and try to execute as quickly as possible so your children don't lose steam. Look on pinterest for a varity of poses and write them in your notes app or take screen shots so that when you get to your photo location you're ready to go. 

Know the groupings you want as well. One of everyone together, one of each child, one of mom and dad, etc...

2) Find the light and put it behind you:

I find the best lighting is about an hour before sunset, so if you can take pictures then, do it. You never want to face your family looking directly into the sun, you always want the sun to be behind you. That gives you the best lighting for your faces, ensures no one is squinting in the photos, and makes editing later on so much easier.

3) Use a tripod:

I say this because it makes everything a lot easier, but I've also used a carseat, a tree stump, the hood of my car, really any flat object. You'll hate yourself a lot less though if you invest in a tripod. My favorite budget friendly tripod is this one from Target. 

4) It's OK to use auto settings:

When I didn't know how to shoot in manual mode I almost always shot our family pictures in auto. Specifically Canon's Creative Auto (CA) setting on the Rebel cameras. I almost always do Creative Auto > Brighter with the two bright bars selected > full background blur > self timer continuous:10 > no flash.

To set all this up, once in creative auto I press the "Q" button, right above the "up, down, left, right buttons". Once pressed it will highlight the "standard setting" option. Push the right arrow button three times and "brighter" will be selected. Then push the down button and there will be a meter with three options, I usually leave it on the default of two meters filled in, but you can easily adjust this to your needs. Hit the down button again and this will be your background blur section. The more to the left you go, the blurrier the background, the more to the right, the clearer and sharper the background. I usually always go with the blurriest, or second blurriest option. Next, push down again to the next setting and it will say, "driver/self-timer mode", select it, and then go all the way to the right where it says, "self timer: continuous" and then use the up arrow to crank it all the way to 10. This will give you a 10 second self timer, and 10 shots will be taken, giving you more time and options to get everyone in place. Finally, after that is selected, push to the right once more for the flash options, select that, and go to the right and select the no flash option. You can see all these changes made in the pictures below. 

How to Take Your Own Family Pictures

How to Take Your Own Family Pictures

5) Positioning:

Know how you're going to pose ahead of time. If you're the one working the camera know where you're going to run into the picture. If you're using a shutter button this won't really matter because you can hit the button while you're in the grouping, but I've never used one. 

I always position my husband and kids where I want them and make sure there is a spot for me to run in. When my kids were little and we held them in photos it meant that I also had to run into the shot, grab my son, and then smile. A lot more effort but it got the job done! 

Remember you only need one good picture. They don't all need to be perfect. Once I know I got that one good shot I pull the plug and call it a day. 

How to Take Your Own Family Pictures

6) Editing Your Family Pictures:

There are so many different photo editing softwares to choose from now-a-days. When I first wrote this post I was using Windows Photo Gallery. I think most people now use Lightroom, but you can use whatever software you like the principle is the same for all of them.

The screenshot below is from Window's Photo Gallery, but now I use Lightroom. I basically just up the contrast on my photos, make them a little brighter, and add a little warmth to get the most consistent and best looking photo. Tweak it to your preferences but that is how I always edit mine! 

How to Take Your Own Family Pictures

There you have it! Those are all of my steps for how we take our own family pictures! If you have any more questions, please feel free to let me know! I hope this post was informative for some of you and has encouraged you to get out there and attempt your own pictures too! This was definitely a long process to get to the point where I really felt our pictures were turning out "good", but practice makes perfect! 

If you're interested, we shot these pictures with the Canon Rebel T7, the 50mm f 1.8 lens, and the Targus 58'' tripod.

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Hiya vs Llama Naturals: Which is Better?

If you're in the market for a multivitamin for your child and are looking for the core difference in Hyia vs Llama Naturals, here are several things to consider when you're looking to make this purchase. 

Hiya vs Llama Naturals

Hiya vs Llama Naturals: Which One?

There are some major considerations to take into account when purchasing a vitamin for your child. Some things I look for are: are there added sugars? Where do those sugars come from? What is the taste like? Are the ingredients organic? And most importantly, will my child actually eat this. From my perspective there are major differences between Hiya vs Llama Naturals and I think those differences are worth talking about. 

Best Organic Kid Gummy Vitamin:

A commonality between Hiya Vs Llama Naturals is that they're both organic products. This means that the ingredients were not grown with pesticides and there are no unnatural additives or fillers used in the creation of these products. As a mom this is important to me because I want my kids to get the nutrients they need without fillers. 

Let's be honest, they're getting plenty of chemicals and additives in their regular diet, so when it comes to their vitamins I want them to be a pure as possible. We're all about balance over here. 

Hiya vs Llama Naturals

Texture of Hiya vs Llama Naturals:

The most obvious difference between these two brands is the texture of the vitamin themselves. Hiya vitamins are a chewable tables where Llama Naturals are a gummy vitamin. For our family I know that I cannot get my child to eat a chewable tablet and so going with a gummy option is a much better fit for our family. If your kids are not picky with texture this might not be a big deal for you. 

Taste Comparison of Hiya and Llama Naturals:

Hiya vitamins are very similar to the classic Flinstone vitamins from every 90s childhood. The Llama Naturals vitamins are much more like a gummy or a fruit snack. My kids tend to do better with the taste of the Llama Natural vitamins better overall because the taste and texture of the Hiya are a little too much for them.

Hiya vs Llama Naturals

Sugars in Hiya and Llama Naturals:

Llama Naturals and Hiya actually both have similar ingredients when you look at the labels. Hiya boats in their marketing that they have 0 grams of sugar in their product which is true, but when you look at the ingredients the things that make them taste sweet (organic fruit juices) are the same in both products. So how does one product have 0g of sugar and the other has 4? 

Hiya vitamins would have to go through extra processing to remove the sugar from the organic fruits that they use in their products meaning that they're actually taking the natural product further away from its original state. 

Llama Naturals has 3g of sugar in the serving for 2-3year olds, and 5 gams of sugar in the serving for older children. To me the key here is that those sugars are coming naturally from the organic fruits they're using in their products. Also I know a lot of parents boast about 0 grams of sugar, but the reality is that 3 or 5 grams of sugar is not going to make a life altering impact in your child's diet. 

In my opinion, if your child is going to eat a gummy vitamin that has 5 grams of sugar, or throw a fit everyday because they have to eat one they don't like, don't sweat it and just give them the vitamin they'll willingly consume. 

Price Comparison:

Hiya vitamins original price are $30 per bottle while Llama Naturals are $24.99 per bottle. You can also get an additional 20% off your purchase of Llama Naturals when you use code HEYPAIGEFLAMM at checkout. 

Hiya's website is showing a 50% off sale right now. So if you bought one bottle at $15 and then another at $30 the following month, two months of product would cost $45. If you use my discount code to purchase two bottles of Llama Naturals you would spend $40. So Llama Naturals wins in the price comparison as well. 

Hiya vs Llama Naturals

The Winner for Our Family:

The winner in our family is hands down Llama Naturals. My kids like the taste better, they're more cost effective, they're less processed, and the 3-5 grams of sugar are not going to keep me up at night. I also know that people are going to scream about cavities, but to this point my kids have each never had one, and as a former dental assistant, it's also something that I'm not losing sleep over. 

If you want to try Llama Naturals as well, remember to use code HEYPAIGEFLAMM for 20% off at checkout. 

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Affordable Skiing Clothes for Kids

With the winter months upon us, you might be in the market for affordable skiing clothes for kids. If you have plans to get your kids out on the mountain this year check out these items before you hit the slopes.

Skiing Clothes for Kids

Affordable Skiing Clothes for Kids:

If you're interested in getting your kids skiing this winter, but are overwhelmed by all the equipment they need, the cost of gear, and the anxiety of replacing things year after year as your child grows, you can relax some of your anxieties with the ski clothes for kids guide. 

Tips for Purchasing Ski Clothes for Kids:

  • Buy your coat a size bigger than you think. Our son has literally been wearing the same ski coat since second grade and has yet to grow out of it and it's held up year after year. If their clothes are big you can layer them with an extra hoodie.
  • Mittens, neck gators, helmets, and goggles are usually a one time purchase that can be reused each year. We've yet to lose anything on the mountain.
  • Snow pants can also be bought a size big. If you get the bib style that has adjustable should straps they can grow with your child year after year. Kyle is on his 3rd year in the same pants with no signs of outgrowing them yet. 
  • Mittens are superior to gloves and will keep your kid's hands warmer. Willing to fight anyone on this.

The Best Affordable Ski Purchases:

These are all items that we have paid for with our own money that have worked really well for our children. These products have lasted us multiple seasons (the only exception being the heated vest and gloves we bought specifically for our daughter this year) and I think they're all great! Hopefully these will be great pieces for your family as well. 

Kid's Ski Jacket:

Kyle and Kinsley each have the boy and girl version of this jacket and it's been an awesome purchase. Kyle has had his for multiple seasons and this is Kinsley's first year with hers but I trust that it keeps them warm, especially since we almost always wear a hoodie too. The quality is excellent and I have no regrets with this purchase. 

The Best Ski Mittens:

I am passionate about mittens when it comes to skiing because they keep your kid's hands so much warmer than gloves. We bought these for Kyle last year (in blue and it looks like that is not a color option anymore) and they were perfect for many cold days up on the mountain. I love that the sleeve of the glove is long to fit over a jacket. They also have clips so you don't lose them if your hands get hot. 

Ski Goggles for Kids:

These ski goggles are very affordable at 2 for under $15. They're great for the kids and have surprisingly lasted a few seasons for how inexpensive they were. They have a few different color options (like these rainbow ones!) that I'm sure most kids would LOVE. 

Heated Ski Vest:

This was a new purchase for us this year. This will be the first year our daughter has skied with us. She has a rare brain condition called holoprosencephaly, and one of her things is that she gets sick really easily. We got this to layer under her jacket to keep her warmer and hopefully prevent further illness. It's definitely a splurge but worth it if you have a child in a similar situation.

Kid's Winter Face Mask:

Our kids love wearing neck gators out in the snow but they often get hard to manage with ski helmets and things getting bunched up. We bought these face masks so that the helmets can slide right over the top and we don't have to worry about awkward bunching fabric and can keep everyone warm.

Best Affordable Ski Helmet for Kids:

This is our third year using this helmet with Kyle and it has been awesome. Thankfully he's never fallen hard enough to actually need his head protected but it does have an adjustable dial to grow with his head, it fits nice and snug, and comes in several different colors to match your child's ski apparel. 

Quality Kid's Snow Pants:

This is Kyle's third year using these ski pants and they still fit and look great! They have adjustable straps on the shoulders so if he grew we could loosen the straps and they'd still work. We're going to order a pair for Kinsley this year too! If your shopping for snow pants, get the ones with the straps so they can grow with your child over multiple seasons!

Wool Socks for Kids:

These wool socks come in a two pack for less than $14 and will keep your kids feet super cozy for a day of skiing. We gave the bunny ones to Kinsley and the panda ones to Kyle and they were perfect for both of our kiddos. 

Heated Ski Mittens:

These were also a splurge for our daughter. She might not end up needing them but we thought it might be worth it since temps can easily get below freezing on the mountain we go to and we want to be as prepared as possible for what she will need, although we realize that this is not a practical purchase for most children. 

These are all my best tips and tricks for affordable skiing clothes for kids. If you have other products you love let me know in the comments below so others can learn too!

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