How To Create Your Own Mockup Photos

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If you’ve ever looked for a product mockup, you know that free ones are very hard to come by and most you have to pay for.  These can range in price starting at $8 depending on the quality, the shop itself, or how many you get, the price goes up from there.  I love creating free printables but just didn’t want to shell out the money for versatile mockups.  That’s when I decided that I would just make my own and share how to do it with you!

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My alarm clock goes off somewhere between 5:15 and 5:30 everyday.  And by alarm clock, I mean Ro and/or my phone.  Sometimes my phone will actually beat the little man to the punch but lately, it’s been Ro who wins.  I used to get some time in the morning to myself but more often than not, I have my little buddy with me.  My mornings start right away because Ro waits for no one.  Changing the diaper (if he’ll let me), getting him milk, trying to make my coffee, and sometimes getting the dishwasher emptied and filled from the night before.  Gav has always been a late sleeper so I can pretty much depend on him to sleep until 7:00 most mornings.  But before I know it, it’s out the door we go to get to school.  After drop off, it’s on to the next. Mondays are Gymboree for Ro, Tuesdays and Fridays are workout days for me, Wednesday is small group, and Thursday is usually grocery day.  Somewhere between these things and work, Ro takes a nap and I try to do house work and any orders or projects that need to be done.  Unfortunately, Ro has been refusing…

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I’ve recently taken on a new love for baking.  At first it was just fun cookies for Gav and I (and Ro when he’s older) to do for holidays.  Then, after making Ro’s first birthday smash cake, I decided that I wanted to keep doing it.  Banana bread has been my go to the past month or so and its so easy to make.  I often find that I buy too many bananas and the last few tend to go bad.  Those overripe bananas are PERFECT for banana bread! So I found a simple recipe that I really love and we have banana bread every couple weeks or so.  Then I got a crazy idea to start experimenting with adding flavors.  The first one I tried was honey.  Towards the end of baking, I drizzled honey over the top and it gave the bread a delicious taste, sweetness, and a pretty glaze.   Today’s recipe was my second attempt at adding in a new flavor.

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This past Saturday was our precious firstborn’s birthday.  The last time his birthday fell on a Saturday was his actual BIRTH day.  The day he came out!  You can read all about that HERE.  What was the theme this year?  Why only one of his favorite things to do, tae kwon do!  Gav started taking tae kwon do last summer and immediately loved it.  His masters are so encouraging yet firm and he thrives under that sort of discipline.  This practice has been so good for him and lucky us, they throw birthday parties!  We knew this would be perfect.  We literally had this party booked in November. Low and behold, time got away from me and I rushed to get the invites to his class mates and some of our outside school friends.  I tell ya, I love me a Pinterest party.  You KNOW I love a Pinterest party! (See Gav’s construction birthday and Ro’s lumberjack bash)  But there is something very liberating about only doing a few details and just letting go of the rest.  So basically all I did was stick with a red and black color scheme, made some super simple black belt treat bags, and got…

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It’s been way too long since my last DIY post and I’m here to remedy that!  I’ve been in one of those moods lately where everything in my house needs an upgrade.  This is a relatively common occurrence (annoyance, if you ask my husband) once I’ve finished an area.  I’ll finish a space, love it for a few weeks and then want to change it.  Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me but I prefer to think of it as the “perpetual need to be creative-ist” in me.  That’s totally a thing… One of these spaces that has incurred my creative wrath is Gav’s art table/creative learning corner.  I decided that I wanted to reorganize his art supplies in a way that didn’t put a million tiny holes in the wall.  I tried using those little plastic drawers but Ro quickly showed me that those made it much easier for him to eat crayons.  That’s when I came up with this super simple, inexpensive and minimal wall damage project.

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I’ve see many posts about the importance of teaching young girls to have a positive body image.  With all of the magazine covers, social media, and all of the things we watch on TV, there is plenty of of fuel for negativity to thrive.  Our social standard for beauty in America is a bit twisted and realitively unattainable, even for the rich and famous.  Once I found out I was having a boy the first time around, I was relieved.  Thank goodness that was one thing I wasn’t going to have to deal with like girl moms do.  Thank goodness I wasn’t going to have to worry about a daughter having an eating disorder or constantly worrying about her weight and appearance. But later, after another pregnancy and getting back my body after breastfeeding stopped, I started to think much differently.  Boys can have these same problems.  Just because the statistics are much higher for girls, doesn’t mean my boys are exempt.  I already see a perfectionist streak in Gav and it worries me.  I know what that feels like and it’s not that fun.  The urge to constantly be the best, or do everything, or be good at whatever…

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It was late afternoon on Black Friday.  We had had a wonderful holiday the night before filled with family, playing, and even a little “slapping whip cream in the facing”.  As we came back in from an errand, there they were!  Santa’s scout elves had arrived!  But there was something different this year. First of all, there were two elves instead of just one and each came with his very own scarf.  One with a G and one with an R so we can tell them apart.  Gav immediately knew which on was his.  And they also had a note, tell the boys who they were and why they were here.  The note read as such: All story telling aside, I’m so excited about doing kindness elves this year!  I’m really working on getting Gav into the spirit of giving rather than getting this year.  He’s almost five (insert big crocodile mama tears) and he understands a lot more now.  It’s a super hard lesson to teach as a parent, heck, it’s difficult as an adult sometimes but the reward to so amazing.  I want my boys to experience that, the joy you get from seeing the joy in others….

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