December 17, 2014

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea:  Child at Heart


A few months ago I set up a little photo shoot (with the help of my mom) and we made such a special gift for my husband.  We took his boots and State Trooper cowboy hat and took about a 1,000 pictures of my son in his cowboy best.  I edited them on PicMonkey Royale and framed them in a large frame with 3 openings.  If you have a daughter, I think it would probably be even cuter :)  This hangs in his office now and he loves it :)

How I took and edited the pictures:

All you need is a white sheet or curtain.  We hung it up against the wall and made sure we were close to the window to get natural light.  He was standing on the curtain too so that I didn't have anything else in the background.  Don't use your flash and take lots of pictures because if you are taking pictures of a toddler, most of them won't turn out super great.  Test the lighting and background on a teddy bear first so that you are ready when your child is ready!  If you aren't comfortable taking the pictures, go to a studio or hire someone...just don't forget the boots!

I also found this poem on Pinterest (couldn't find the source) and I added it to a picture of my husband's boots using PicMonkey for the card we gave him.   When I edited the pictures on PicMonkey, I used the Intrepid setting and I also used the Curves tool to brighten them up a bit.  These are both Royale settings but it's SO worth it.  I use the Curves tool every day!

Here is how my pictures turned out:

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea:  Child at Heart

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea:  Child at Heart

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea:  Child at Heart

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea:  Child at Heart

Daddy's Cowboy Boots Photo Gift Idea:  Child at Heart

Do you do little photo shoots with your kids?  What props do you use?

This post contains affiliate links and all opinions are 100% my own.

December 13, 2014

Happy New Years with a New Calendar from Etsy Plus 3 Giveaways

Another year has come and gone and that means...new calendars!!  I love picking one out every year and just don't think a phone can replace the good ole' fashion calendar on the wall.  These are my absolute favorites from the wonderful world of Etsy and I am giving 3 of them away this week to some lucky readers.  Check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post for a chance to win some of these for yourself or a friend.

Click on the images to see their calendars for 2015 and all of their other beautiful products.  

 Stationery Bakery
Stationery Bakery

Printable Wisdom

Peachpod Paperie

Paper Plane Stationery

1Canoe2

Judes Designs

Idlewild Co
Ok now for the giveaway.  3 lucky readers will win their very own 2015 calendar.  Stationery Bakery, Printable Wisdom, and Peachpod Paperie have all graciously donated a calendar for me to giveaway for the New Year.

Please enter below and follow their wonderful shops on social media to see their latest creations.  I will notify the shop of their winner and you will receive your calendar just in time for 2015.
(If you follow me on Pinterest or already subscribe to my blog, just enter your information to enter.)

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December 6, 2014

Am Amazing Holiday Offer from Tiny Prints just for YOU

Hey Child at Heart Readers!  Did you know that this Sunday is the busiest holiday card shopping day of the year?
It is...but you don't have to wait until Sunday to take advantage of an amazing offer from Tiny Prints.
For 24 hours only, you can get 40% off your order of ANY size plus get free shipping!

Here's how to take advantage of this offer:

1. Go to Tiny Prints and select from hundreds of holiday cards.

These are some of my favorites this year:




2. Personalize your card with your pictures, your text, etc.
3. When you checkout, use the promo code TPCARDS40FS to save 40% and get free shipping.
This promotion is only valid from 12:00pm PT on Saturday 12/6 to 12:00pm PT on Sunday 12/7, so act fast!
This post contains affiliate links and all opinions are 100% my own.

December 2, 2014

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas plus a $100 Visa Giveaway

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas

I was a teacher for about 5 years before I had my son.  I very rarely received gifts from my students because I worked at a school where the parent's gift priorities were not on me, they were on their kids (like they should be.)  When I did receive a gift from a student, it made me SO happy and feel so appreciated. 

Now I did love those gifts but now that I'm thinking about the "teacher gifts" from a mommy point of view, I think I really know what teachers would like.

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom BookmarksI know it's tempting to give the teacher mug with an apple on it...but don't give in to that urge :)  Teachers LOVE gift cards and books!!!!  I thought of a super simple way to jazz up a gift card or a book to make it special.  

**You don't need to buy a $50 gift card.  Buy a $10 gift card to a coffee shop and we are happy!

I had this Lion Brand bonbons yarn pack from Blog Elevated and I was just saving it for a colorful project like this.  I bought a little pack of silver paper clips and had all I need for a little pom pom bookmark.  

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
 These are the cutest tiny yarn packs in the world :) 

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks






Wrap the yarn around your three middle fingers about 100 times.  Got my wedding ring in there and that was really tricky to get out :)  Pull the yarn off carefully and lay it down on the table.

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
Place a long piece of yarn under it and tie a REALLY tight knot in the middle to hold all of the string together.  

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
Cut all of the loops to make the pom pom.  As you can see, it's a little messy and needs a trim.  To get a good shape, flatten the pom pom out in several different directions until they all are the same circle all the way around.  

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
All trimmed and ready to glue.  Using your hot glue gun, dab a bit on the top of the paper clip and then wrap the back of the pom pom around it.  The yarn will cover up the glue.  

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
Here are three all done.  These only took about 2 minutes a piece and they are so cheerful.  They remind me of the trees from the Lorax :)

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
Clip one to a great gift card or book and you have a thoughtful DIY teacher gift they would LOVE for Christmas, the first day of school, or any random Tuesday!

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gift Ideas:  Pom Pom Bookmarks
Ok now it's GIVEAWAY time!  This is a big one!!  One lucky winner will win a $100 Visa Gift Card so please use all of your entries and share these simple gift ideas with your friends on social media :)

If you are already my follower on Pinterest, Instagram, or a subscriber, just enter your info to enter.  You also get a FREE entry from me if you are on my subscriber list.

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Please check out these other cheap and easy teacher gift ideas for Christmas.  There are some REALLY good ones!


Please check out my other simple gift ideas for more inspiration!

What are you getting your child's teacher this year?