Ghost Footprint

Let’s keep the Halloween crafting going on all week!!!! We’re only 4 DAYS away from Halloween, so enjoy the few day’s last minute decorating, DIYing costumes, preparing delicious snacks for our children’s classrooms and so on!!! Here’s a cute little keepsake I’d like to share with you all mommies, and teachers alike!!! This craft was actually done 5 years ago!!! BUT I finally got around to framing it! It’s simple, and can be done within 5 MINUTES!! (Without drying time of course!) Take a look at my Ghost Footprint Keepsake!! This is great memory keepsake, to remember the fun times as the children are young. Take out this frame every year with your Halloween decor, as you see how much they’ve grown over the years!! Let’s get started!!!

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What You’ll Need:

– Black Construction Paper
– White Craft Paint (Washable, I used Tempra paint)
– Sponge Brush
– Black Marker/Sharpie

And of course your little one’s to participate!

As for the keepsake frame, I bought a 5×7″ Black Frame from the DollarTree. It came with a white matting, and I simply decorated it with some left over craft paper.
If you look close enough, its just the alphabet in cursive. But from a distance, it actually looked pretty cool and spooky. I also had some Martha Strewart Halloween Stickers that I had purchased last year, and used a coffin purple sticker to add more color.

The directions are pretty easy:

  1. Just paint your child’s food with the white craft paint, and print their foot on the black construction paper.
  2. Set to dry.
  3. Cut out the footprints fairly close to the footprint, leaving a bit of black as a boarder.
  4. Using your black marker/Sharpie, add in eyes and a mouth of the ghost at the heel of the foot.

 

At this time, the project is complete and ready to frame in any medium you’d like. Frame it, place it in a photo album, or just put it on the fridge! You can also send the other pair to Grandma & Grandpa, who live far away! Enjoy this craft, as when the years fly by, every Halloween you’ll have a piece of that little tea cup human, who grows taller, and matures, and grows out of trick-or-treating. (I’m seriously going to cry now. Just thinking about it.) INSERT UGLY CRYING FACE HERE.

They grow up so fast!!

Have a great Halloween everyone!!!

 

Storing Memories

Storing family video and photos can be very overwhelming. I get it. With today’s technology it can get pretty messy, if you’re not to comfortable trusting the cloud or internet. Many of the older generation, tend to get intimidated by technology. Trust me, my mom asks me to post her photos on her Facebook.

Here I’m going to share with you my process on archiving all my family photos and videos. Since having my first child in 2007, I first starting using Snapfish. Its a web-based photo sharing and photo printing service, where I’ve been storing all my photos, and also sharing them via email with family and friends.

*******Note, I’m no super tech saavy genius. This is just a process that works for me, and I’ve definitely grown along the way! So if you have a process that works for you, stick with it! This is just a process I’d like to share and hopefully inspire others who hasn’t created a system for archiving important digital family memories!******
My Family Photo/Video Archiving Process:
 
  1. Upload
    From anywhere your photos and videos are on, a point and shoot camera, DSLR, iPhone, iPad, upload and transfer your precious videos and photos to your home based computer. This system works for me on my iMac, it’s my headquarters for all my memories. I find it easier to transfer all my footage onto one machine, vs. having footage stored on multiple devices around the house.
  2. Organize in iPhoto & Desktop
    ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE. I’m very particular as I archive my footage. From separating all my events, “EJ’s Birthday,” “Lily’s Baptism,” “Picnic At The Park,” even if all those events happened in one day. I separate them! It may be a lot of work, and time consuming, but it’s worth it. Everything will be easy to find within your folders, and also, as they are carefully split and dated in your chosen photo storage site.
  3. Snapfish/Costco
    Since I found out I was having a baby, late 2006 I started storing my photos on Snapfish. It was a safe place to upload and share. This was before storing things on the cloud. To he honest, I don’t really use the cloud to store my photos and videos. Snapfish tends to scale down the photo to a weaker quality, but I’ve been storing all my photos here, there’s no turning back now. (I’m just stuck in my ways.)Snapfish
    Costco has been a safe family favorite. Many of my family members have Costco, and use their photo center. I remember the days when my mom and I would bring all the film rolls and fill out a whole bunch of envelopes right after a family vacation or during the summer. We would be outside filling out the envelopes and seal them ready to develop and pick-up in a week. Nowadays, there is no need to do that. We can just upload from the comfort of our home, and pick-up as soon as a few hours, at a cheap price!costco
  4. Video Clips, imported to iMovie
    We all take videos on our mobile devices— from our camera phone, using SnapChat, to Facebook Video. Point and shoot cameras have been my go to electronic to capture all the precious moments I share with my family. Video editing has been a new found hobby of mine. I’ve been recording snippets of our lives for so long, that now it’s time to compile them into video. There are days when I get soo overwhelmed with the heavy archive of digital moments just sitting on my desktop, that I spend countless hours in the night, just editing family videos. (No. Really.)Here’s my process of editing video to the upload, and sharing them with family.imovie

    1. Record
    2. Save
    3. Edit (I just use iMovie which is a movie editing application that came with my iMac)
    4. Upload to private* or public Youtube account.
      I’d prefer having a private account, becuase I’m sure not everyone wants their private lives exposed for the internet world to see.
    5. Categorize to playlists.
      From Travel, to Sports, School related, to Dance Recitals. You name it, you catergorize it! I simply have Family Travel, monthly vlogs, and two separate playlists for each of my boys.
    6. Share with family and friends
      There’s nothing better than sharing your family video via email. Send the link over to grandma and grandpa, and have them see what the kids are up to via Youtube! (Using a shared link.)

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      Aside from my Tiffany’s Tidings Youtube channel, I created another public channel, focused towards my family travel. A new lifestyle that we’ve adapted to since moving to Sacramento. Since our family is back in the Bay Area, the family and I travel back and forth every month to visit. As we do so, I record as the boys and I travel and discover our old hometown, and surrounding cities.

      If you’re interested in seeing our travels from Sacramento to San Francisco, come check out my channel! If you like what you see, hit the thumbs up button and subscribe!!

    7. Chromecast on a Friday night!!!
      The family and I love checking our family Youtube at the end of every month. If* mommy is consistent making videos, the kids simply queue it up, and Chromecast it to the tv. 
How do you categorize your family footage? What this process helpful to anyone? Or possibly similar? Comment below! I’d love to hear how other parents keep and organize all their family movies and pics!
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Summer Movies Pt.1

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My Summer Movie List Pt. 1

Let’s admit it, during  summer break movies are definitely a go to option to occupy the kids. I love movies.  I could honestly binge watch movies/tv shows (without commercials) and YouTube an entire day if I didn’t have any plans or kids (LOL!). Presently, each one of my boys have different attention span thresholds, so having go-to movies readily available (and on queue) on Netflix are very important, at certain parts of the summer days.

Age Groups

Currently, my 8 year old has the attention span to concentrate without being disturbed watching tv, playing video games, and of course sitting through an entire movie or two. However, my 4 year old  can barely sit through a 20-30min show (Unless it’s Paw Patrol or Octonauts). As a parent of young children (under 10), your children move with you, and always want your attention. They always want to interact with you, want your attention on them, and just want you to always be engaged on whatever they’re doing. Aside playing outside, biking, hiking, and crafting –movies are always a fall back to secure staple for family time. Here is the first edition to my favorite family movies. Great for all age groups, and especially for adults. These movies are a great mixture of both recently new released films as well as more than a decade or two old.

Netflix Family Favorites

Please enjoy my favorite summer movie list great for the entire family! These are personally my favorites, as well as some of my children’s. I’ll be sure to post Pt. 2 of my Summer Movies very soon!

  1. How To Train Your Dragon (PG, Fantasy/Drama, 2010)
  2. Jumanji (PG, Fantasy/Thriller, 1995)
  3. The Croods (PG, Fantasy/Adventure, 2013)
  4. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (PG, Action/Adventure, 1989)
  5. The Lorax (PG, Animation/Comedy, 2012)
  6. Matilda (PG, Fantasy/Comedy, 1996)
  7. A Monster In Paris (PG, Fantasy/Adventure, 2011)
  8. James And The Giant Peach (PG, Animation/Adventure, 1996)

What are your favorite family films? Comment below!!

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