welcome summer!

School ends for us this Tuesday, June 24th- and I feel like I’m a kid waiting for Christmas morning!  I try and have a few simple things set up for the boys- even the big guy- to make a little “Woo-HOO” of  it all! Last year, I broke out the window markers and painted the […]

Lessons Learned | Working from Home During the Summer

  Around here, school ends in late June.  And I seriously can’t wait for summer vacation to begin. I can’t wait to be free from homework, mandatory laundry, bedtime by 10pm, and alarm clocks! I love our late nights, unscheduled days and evenings by the pool waiting for the fireflies to begin their soft light […]

Just dance

  just dance National Scrapbooking Day is coming up next weekend- and while I would LOVE to spend the day in my craft room, latte in one hand, glue stick in the other- I don’t think it’s in the cards. Liam will be making his First Holy Communion that weekend- so, it’s a happy reason- […]

Butterfly Backstory

Around here, the weather is still a bit manic- we had sleet followed by a sunny 60 degree afternoon-but the fact that spring is slowly making its way is unmistakable. There’s a happy feeling of anticipation… and I like it. It echos what buzzing inside my home as well.   Liam’s communion is early May- […]

My Best Photos of Pride

It’s no secret I’m a BIG football fan.  On many occasion during a football film, I will tell whoever is around to listen that, to quote the great Vincent Lombardi, Football IS Life. I love the game more than any one team- though there was a time I lived and died for the Dallas Cowboys. […]

Math Skills and Magic Tricks

Things have been busy here.  Back to school, back to reality.  My older guy is in his second year of high school.  This is code for: “Mom is starting to collect everything she can about the college application process”.  I have just ordered “College Planning for Dummies” and have a pretty little folder set up […]

NEW in the Shop | PS I LOVE YOU

It’s mid February and there is love in the air for sure- for SO MANY happy things in my life- and that feeling has worked it’s way onto the drawing board  in my new design, PS I LOVE YOU. My hope was to have this design work with stories beyond February 14th- because hey! there […]

NEW in the Shop | TRUE COLORS

Right now it’s a bitter cold February in New York and If you’re like me- you are SO READY for some bright happy colors to tell your stories with!  No worries! I have a fun new playset to help you do just that!  Check out the new Mini Kit in the shop, TRUE COLORS!  It’s packed full of delicate girlie pretties […]

Crafting the JOY and “meh” of Winter

I have a love-hate relationship with winter. Come November 1 after all the pumpkin spice palooza- I can’t wait to cozy things up with knits and layers and all things comfy-cozy, and then comes the magic of the holidays, the thrill of the first snow and the delight of slow cooked dinners and nights by […]

The Joy of Challenges

After the holidays where we give so much of ourselves to others, January gives us a welcome chance to look inward and see how we can refill our own buckets.  It’s also the time of year at the Lilypad when we host a “Month of Challenges”  where each day a different memory keeping challenge is […]

Jump start your layouts | looking backwards

It’s been said that photographs are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. I love that thought. Because, if we can return to a time- then it’s never really lost is it? Not to us, or to anyone who can see and read and feel what that image means to us. We can tell […]

Simplifying December with Traveler’s Notebooks

Especially this time of year, when there are so many stories to be captured- I wanted to make it a point to scrap more often- to tell more stories- but in a simpler way. I love Project Life- and I am a big fan of mini books. It’s only natural then that my attention has […]