My kids are subjected to lots of photo sessions. Not only do I love to document their childhood, I just love taking pictures. Fortunately they're good sports about it. While backing up my 2012 photos, I came across another "lost" photo session from our summer vacation. Last summer we vacationed in Northern Michigan, and as part of that trip we spent the day at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. Believe it or not, these buildings were once barns for animals. Crazy! I decided to take advantage of the beautiful setting and get some summer photos of the girls since I never took their official "3" and "5" year portraits. Monkey wasn't all that thrilled to pose for pictures, but as always, I love how her personality shines through in the photos I did get of her!
Stone plus brick plus my beautiful girls...love, love love!
This next one is one of my favorite pictures ever of Monkey. It's in the children's garden. (Her real name starts with an "E".)
This place is totally worth the price of admission if you're ever in the area. It's not a real castle, but the kids don't know that. There's a scavenger hunt, a children's garden, model trains, giant chess sets, and gorgeous architecture (even if it is just a fancy barn).
Sometimes we can all use a little extra inspiration and motivation, and I'm certainly no exception. Some days I feel like I need more motivation than most. So, in my effort to decorate my walls (and to do so on a budget), I've printed off a couple of fun inspirational messages. The first is my favorite. I tend to get wrapped up in the kids and the house so much that I forget to take time for myself, so this is perfect for me. I printed it off as a 4x6 and hung it above my desk where I do my scrapbooking. It makes me smile every time I see it.
And you can have one too. Joy at How Joyful has it available in 6 colors for a free download here.
This poster has been popping up everywhere lately. It was originally a WWII propaganda poster from Britain. Boy do I need this one. Calm I am not. I have this hanging in my laundry room. It's kind of ironic because my laundry room is about the most chaotic place in my house right now, but I do laundry just about every day, so it's the perfect spot.
This too is available as a free download from Simply Fresh Designs. You can find it here in 8 different colors.
Finally, I decided to create a printable of my very own. When I was looking through the ads last week, I saw this print from Target.
They had it on sale for $18. I'm no Photoshop wiz, but I know enough to make that for free. So I did. I changed the colors to match my girls playroom. I haven't had a chance to print and frame it yet, but this is how it turned out.
It is set up to print on an 8.5x11 sheet, and can be trimmed and framed as either an 8x10 or an 8x8. You can download it here. Oh, and by complete coincidence, I wandered onto this blog this morning (following a recipe link, I think), and guess what...she made one too!
She modified it to have more of an eye chart look, which I think is super cute and a little more adult. You can download her version here.
There you have it. Free art. You can't beat that!
I'm Annemarie Varga. Thanks for joining me as I blog about life as a stay-at-home mom to my two gorgeous girls, the triumphs and tribulations of fixing up our latest fixer-upper, and, of course, photography! Click here for more information about me.