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Great Ideas — 15 Back to School Ideas!

August is about to begin, which means that it's back to school season for most of my kids. It's hard to believe that this summer has gone by so quickly! Here are... 15 Back to School Ideas from this week's Link Party Palooza! * * * * * Printable School Lunch Notes @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family Planner Organization Tips @ Pink Heels Pink Truck Personalized Lunch Box @ … [Read more...]

How to Build a Little Free Library – Information and Ideas

How to Build a Little Free Library - Information and Ideas! How to Build a Little Free Library - Information and Ideas. Have you ever heard of Little Free Libraries? It's an awesome way to share the love of learning and books. I really wanted to build one in front of the 1905 cottage. I was hoping to make one that was a miniature of the cottage and I thought since the cottage sat … [Read more...]

Put Mom in the Photo – my Mother’s Day Mantel!

Put Mom in the Photo - my Mother's Day Mantel. Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my post last week about putting mom in the photo. Putting ourselves in front of the camera is something I really believe in and something I am trying to be better at. I know it takes a little planning and effort sometimes. I find myself with second-day hair and in my yoga pants most of the time. But it was … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays: New Years Eve Coloring Pages!

Our 2015 is coming to a close, and I'm all geared up for a rockin' New Years celebration, and I know the kids are going to love this New Years Eve Clock Coloring Page, along with a coordinating connect the dots page. Hi there, I'm Kristen Duke, and I share my creative adventures over at Capturing Joy. I've got photo tips, home projects, favorite recipes, family travel, kids lunch jokes, and … [Read more...]

14 Back to School Organizing Tips!

Back to School can be stressful — but getting organized doesn’t have to be! I had the fun opportunity a few weeks ago to host a Back to School Organizing event at my local Container Store in Salt Lake City. I was thrilled when they called me and asked me to come up with some ways to get organized in my home for Back to School! What a fun day getting organized! Thanks @thecontainerstore for … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Caramel Gelato Cookie Cups!

We had a local gelato shop right down the hill from our house. It was a favorite place to go after soccer practices and with my girlfriends for a treat. I was so sad when it closed down a couple of years ago. So when Mom It Forward and Breyers contacted us and asked us to give the new Breyers Gelato Indulgences a try, we were excited! We had a gelato tast-testing party and I created an easy … [Read more...]

Capture Video Memories on Your iPhone – And Win a $500 Target Gift Card! #OneDayApp

Now that I've been carrying a camera phone, I've been much better at capturing snapshots of the everyday with my family! It's fun to have a lot of spur-of-the-moment photos (even though that means there's a lot more to sort through!). What I haven't been as good at is capturing video footage of the kids. Sure, we would remember to use the video camera or smartphone when we're on vacation -- at … [Read more...]

Make an Easy Back to School Organization Station!

Back to School Organizing Station This project is brought to you by Lowes.  This Summer has flown by. My kids go back to school in just a couple of weeks. And I always struggle with keeping everything organized. So this month when Lowe's gave us the topic of Back To School - I knew I wanted to create a Back to School Organization Station to help us stay on top of things this coming school … [Read more...]

Great Ideas — 20 Summertime DIY Kids Projects!

My kids get out of school for the Summer in just a few days!! Here are Summertime DIY Kid Projects! I can't believe it! I was so excited to see so many fun Summertime projects linked up! Here are 20 to inspire you! DIY Bubble Wand @ Hello Little Home Roll a Number Math Game @ Dolen Diaries  Easy DIY Kids Chalkboard Tray @ The Casual Craftlete    Firework Confetti Sticks @ A … [Read more...]

Make a Post-It Note Chore Chart (With Free Printables!)

When the Post-it Brand contacted me to make a DIY project using their products, I immediately thought of a chore chart. It's a project that I've been meaning to make and something that we really need around here. With kids ranging from elementary school through high school, I needed something that could accommodate all ages of kids and work for our family. And I love the new array of Post-it … [Read more...]