A Year in My Life- March

I can’t believe I completely forgot to share my “A Year in My Life” pictures from March! I think I can just blame it on pregnancy brain. That’s a good excuse for anything! ūüėČ As I was uploading my favorite images from this month I realized that every single one of them includes the 1.5 year old. I have to say this is probably my favorite age. They toddle around like drunk old men, they are learning and exploring, and they say and do the silliest things. So this month enjoy your Wally overload and next month I’ll have to really think about getting lots of pictures of the other kids to make up for it!

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Getting Daddy hugs as soon as he comes home from work.

One thing I am pretty passionate about is getting your photos printed, yet it seems to be something I put off all the time! I always have the best of intentions, then I fail to follow through. Recently I have been researching different options for remedying this problem.

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I wasn’t playing in the cat food, in fact I’m not even here! I did not color on the cabinet door either.

I have decide that first of all I am going to create photo books for our family photos.¬†¬†I didn’t take many pictures during the early years of our marriage, so I’ll probably put several years into one book. From the last few years on, however, I plan to do one book per year. For these books I’m going to use Blurb. I have heard great reviews of them from a few photographers that I really trust and can’t wait to try them out.

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Yoga is a little more difficult when the 1 year old is involved.

Blurb¬†also has¬†options to make books from your Facebook and Instagram feeds. I may do one for my Facebook¬†as well. It sounds like a fun way to capture a lot of¬†the great memories I’ve posted in my statuses over the years. I know I have a lot of great kid one liners buried in there somewhere! There are also several images on my Facebook that I’m not sure exist anywhere else.

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Just reading, nothing to see here.

Another thing I want to start doing is printing basic photo prints of my favorite images of each child. I want each kid to have a box of pictures of themselves that they can take with them when they leave the house. This is one thing my mother was excellent at. Each of us kids had a scrapbook as well as several prints that she sent with us when we left the nest. I love those pictures! There are TONS of options for getting prints of your images. I will be using my professional lab that is only available to photographers. One great option for people who are not professional photographers is MPix.

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Goodbye before Daddy heads out to work.
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Why did he leave me!?

Another thing I want to do more with my photos is get wall art. I love to go into other people’s homes and look at their family pictures on their walls. Also having family photos on display has been linked with¬†higher self esteem and a sense of belonging in children. I want my kids to look around and say I’m here, I’m special, I’m important! Once again I will be using my pro lab for most of these displays/products. A great consumer purchase point is Tiny Prints. Just scroll down to “For the Wall” and “For the Home”. Another option is Cafepress.

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Look mom, I’m helping.

Another fun way to print your photos is on various gift items. One year I got an apron with a photo of my oldest on it for my mom. There are also all sorts of other fun things like mugs, phone cases, bags, jewelry, pillows, and more. Grandparents especially love to get photo gifts, and they are great for those people on your list who don’t really NEED anything. I would also suggest Tiny Prints for these types of things as well as Zazzle or Cafepress.

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I love my kitty

Hopefully next month I’ll be more on the ball with getting my April photos posted in a timely manner. I also will be sharing updates on how my printing is going.

What are you going to do to get your photos printed? Have you been documenting your life? I’d love to see your images and/or blog posts. Just share a link in the comments so I can check them out!

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