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5 Reasons You Should Shop at Imagine That this Christmas

Some of the very organized among us are already thinking of their holiday shopping. I happen to be thinking of holiday shopping mainly because I have two little girls who have birthdays right before Christmas... so that helps get me thinking of the holidays a little early ;-) I'm pretty pumped about some of the awesome stuff Imagine That has in stock right now. So I wanted to encourage everyone to check out the local toy store scene this fall! And here are five reasons why...     1. The many benefits of speaking to a real person.  I love going into Imagine That to talk toys. Ginny and her staff are so amazingly friendly! Plus they know what cool stuff you need to check out for whatever age kid or occasion you're buying for. I am always amazed at the level of customer service and I certainly can report high customer satisfaction. Sometimes you just get into a present-buying-rut and Imagine That is the best way I know to find out what's hot in toys,

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Lessons Learned from Little Fashionistas

I've never called myself fashionable. I have my own sense of "style" I suppose, but you'd certainly be stretching it to call it fashion. Sometimes I pay attention to what the cool kids are wearing, and sometimes I wear too many colors. Or too many patterns. Or just something weird. But that's pretty much always been me. It's especially helpful that I'm an artist so I can pass off any questionable fashion choices on my "artistic flair." ;-)  I bet everyone, no matter how confident they seem, has doubts about their sense of fashion. I know I do.     I think we could all learn a lot from watching a kid who dresses themselves.  It's always been a conscious parenting choice for me to allow my girls to dress themselves for most days.     But generally speaking, my kids have pretty free access to whatever is in their drawers and closets. Sometimes the results are hilarious and I have to stifle my

Dear Mom Who Just Had a Baby…

Hey girl! So you just had a baby! CONGRATS! You're amazing! You gave birth! You deserve a thousand gold stars! You deserve a medal, a high-five, a cookie!     You know what you also deserve? Not to have to get out of your comfiest yoga pants for at least two weeks, that's what.  You also deserve not to clean up, cook, or worry about anything during this time. You have every excuse under the sun, but your fresh sweet little one is certainly the only excuse you need ;-) You deserve to enjoy that tiny human in all their tininess... cause we all know how quickly they turn into a toddler. Then a preschooler. Then a college graduate. (Or so I've heard.)     And you know what else you deserve?  You deserve to remember this time. I get it... your brain is scrambled eggs right now. You are dealing with more hormones than a sorority house and the last thing you have time to do is think about anything... least of all

Why a BIRTH Photographer should Enunciate Clearly

"So what do you do?" (question from a stranger) "I'm a birth photographer!" (my excited answer) "Oh cool, a bird photographer." (response from a stranger, usually a man.) "Whew, cause I thought you said BIRTH." (another response from another stranger, also a man.) "I did. Say birth." (me) Awkward pause ;-) (usually with a quiet "gross" under their breath haha)     Technically speaking, I do take pictures of birds. But birth and babies... that's my THING!      Hey, birth photography definitely isn't for everyone. But if it's for you, BOOK NOW! I'm already starting to fill up for end of fall and early