3 Secrets to Better Family Photos

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Hey there! It's Katie, from Key to Pictures, and I'm excited to share my 3 juicy secrets to better family photography with you. But first I need to share some equally juicy and exciting.... Here it is: I was a terrible photographer. Really. If all of my early photos were not in a storage unit in Denver, I would post them so you could see that I'm indeed telling the truth. However, I'm not ashamed of my unsightly pictures because we ALL have to start somewhere. Every single one of us has to start at the beginning. I used to get terribly frustrated because I knew what I wanted my pictures to look like but I JUST COULDN'T MANIPULATE MY CAMERA TO CREATE IT. So the question is... if I had to start all over again would I change anything? My answer is simply "no". Because of my struggle and my frustration I learned on my own how to take pictures in a simple and effective way that I can now share with you. My passion is guiding people to pursue their dreams of being an amazing … [Read more...]

Staycation Giveaway!

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I was just talking to my friend about summer vacation plans and she mentioned that she loves to do a staycation each year with her family. If you are like her we want to help you out so you can Staycation in style! We've joined forces with some Ah-Mazing sites to bring you the chance to win one of five prizes that are sure to make you want to stay home. Here's what you could win: Staycation Giveaway Thanks to the following sites for donating so we could make this giveaway happen! @pickyourplum @craftingchicks @howdoesshe @thistlewood @ivoryk @sugarplumlanebaby @jenanncook … [Read more...]

Rainy Day Pinboard

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We're back with this month's pinboard! It's our Rainy Day board and I've had so much fun putting it together for you. Whether you're looking for cute rain gear, activities for rainy days, or even rain art (it exists!) - you'll find it here! I'm kind of obsessed with umbrellas, maybe it's because I grew up in windy Southern Idaho where there is no reason to even attempt using an umbrella. And boots-so many cute boots out there. Here's a small peak at what you'll find over there! Classic Striped Rain Boots / 25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids / Scuba Umbrella Polka Dot Boots / Rain Drops Wooden Sign / Striped Umbrella Smile in the Rain / 4 Chic Outfits for Rainy Days / 5 Steps to Building a Fort /  Rainy Day Hair Come check it out and follow us on Pinterest while you're there! … [Read more...]

Easter Basket Name Tags

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Sharing some Easter Basket Name Tag printables today.  Just print, cut, add a fluffy bunny tail (pom pom) and attach to your child's Easter basket with pretty ribbon!   Download below. My bunny tags & cards match these too! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Green & Blue Tags:  Pink & Purple Tags:  … [Read more...]

{Spring Fling on PINTEREST} HUGE GIVEAWAY

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Mark your calendars for APRIL 29th! Spring Has Sprung! It’s that time of year… time for some Spring Pinning! We are SO pleased to announce the FIRST EVER Spring Fling Party ON Pinterest with some of your Favorite Bloggers! Remember that MUST-FOLLOW Pinterest Group Board filled with extreme craftiness, beauty & fashion tips galore, genius organizational & DIY ideas, plenty of kid-entertaining and hubby-lovin’ suggestions, and ways to SAVE more moo-lah? Basically EYE-candy at it’s finest! (Following this board ensures your Pinterest feed will be on a balanced diet of daily inspiration!) Well, we have all gotten together again {with 6 FANTASTIC new guest bloggers} to throw another LIVE PARTY on PINTEREST! OH! And… We should mention, there is also a HUGE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY, of course… with TWO winners!! {Keep scrolling down to enter!} So, mark your calendars for APRIL 29th! ...and check out all of bloggers involved in the meantime! You are gonna fall in LOVE with … [Read more...]

11 Ideas to Help Your Garden Grow

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Over the years I've learned that people are on either side of the yardwork fence, you either love it or you despise it. I'm a yard work junkie and find great satisfaction in having a weed free yard with a trimmed lawn and blooming flowers. Yesterday, I mowed our lawn for the first time this year! So to kick off the growing season here are 11 posts from around the web with information to get your yard and garden looking great! If you don't know where to begin, check out these tips from Cottage at the Crossroads Sherelle has beautiful photos of her garden and the produce she raises. Even those with a black thumb will be wanting to grow garden produce like she does. They even have their own greenhouse--which I'm pretty envious of. This potted wall is a great way to bring color into a small space by Better Homes and Gardens Find tips on how to plant amazing container gardens from HGTV. This seed book by Lovely Greens is a great way to keep your seed packets organized, and help … [Read more...]

Spring Windsock Kid Craft

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I have 2 little ones at home during the day and we love to have a "crafternoon" at least once a week.  I love to just sit with my kids and let them get crafty.  I love watching their little hands work.  They make funny faces when they concentrate hard on their coloring...and I love it. This week we made spring windsocks.  We used the amazing Painters Markers from Elmers, spring colored tissue paper, and Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive for this project. Using an 8.5 x 11 piece of white cardstock, we created a pattern using the Painters Markers.  They loved drawing zigzags and polka-dots.  These markers are amazing...you can paint on pretty much anything!  They are permanent so pull out those paint smocks! After the paint dries, we used the Craft Bond spray to attach streamers of tissue paper to the back of the picture.  Staple the windsock into a cylinder and add a handle at the top with  a strip of paper. They look so pretty blowing from our trees. This post was … [Read more...]

Bloggers’ Best RIDE & SHOP Giveaway!

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  We are thrilled about this giveaway!  We have teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers and are giving away a bicycle built for two and a shopping spree! So...tell all of your girlfriends, sisters, and whoever to enter!  You could be cruising around on this lovely ride!!  Imagine riding a FREE tandem bike with a friend and shopping with $250 pre-paid Visa gift cards! What a fun giveaway to welcome in SPRING! Enter in below. It's quick & easy! Click on the words "Ride and Shop Giveaway Below to enter: Ride and Shop Giveaway! Thanks to all the sites below for making this giveaway possible!  WE love these bloggers...you will too! Mod Podge Rock Crafting Chicks Make It and Love It Skip To My Lou The Idea Room Today's Creative Blog Tatertots and Jello U Create How Does She Dollar Store Crafts Pick Your Plum … [Read more...]

Easiest & Tastiest Grape Lime Punch

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OK...this is the easiest and tastiest drink for any Spring or Summer BBQ or party and it helps that it's pretty!!!  This is a variation of another recipe that does not use any lime, but I think this really gives it a tangy kick that you will LOVE. This recipe is from my Aunt Marianne's archives! We are compiling family recipes for a family cookbook.  ENJOY. Supplies: -Grape juice concentrate from the can (1 can) -2-liter bottle of Fresca -pebble ice from Sonic (available for purchase by the bag) -juice from 1 lime All you do is mix the ingredients and serve!!! No more no less.  ENJOY!       … [Read more...]