Tag: keepsake books

National Adoption Day gives us reason for thanks

While most of us will give thanks on Thursday for Thanksgiving, there will also be many families giving thanks today, for National Adoption Day which falls almost midway through November’s National Adoption Month. In honor of this special time for so many, we have rounded up some of our favorite adoption-related picks. Lisa Leonard’s Chosen necklace is a lovely piece of jewelry to commemorate an adoption, and I really like that you can add charms for other family members or to include important dates. Want a tee for your little one to sport that tells the world just how...

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Because kids really do say the darndest things

Between a personal blog, a paper journal, Facebook and my memory, I have plenty of places to jot down those hilarious things my kids say. The problem is, I have too many places. But mama Alexandra of the creative Kinderpendent blog has designed a sweet little template that makes it so much easier to keep those quotes in one place. And other than your sweat equity and a few supplies, it’s totally free. Kinderpendent’s Quote Books Tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making your own little booklet in which to record those statements you never want to forget, from earnest...

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A baby book for the modern mom

More than 10 years ago, author/illustrator Sara Midda first published a lovely baby book as an alternative to those structured, rigid baby books with all those intimidating lines. (You know the ones.) Only for some reason, I just discovered it. Good thing, because today it’s just as relevant as ever.  Simply titled Baby Book, the first thing you’ll notice is the loose, fun watercolor illustrations that remind me a bit of the wonderful R.O. Blechman. Next you’ll be struck by some subtly cheeky prompts that put you at ease right away. Like, “don’t worry if you don’t hand-calligraph every...

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A five second baby book for moms – when five seconds is all you’ve got

Leave it to a mom to know exactly what other moms want – a baby book. But not a time-consuming baby book. And maybe it’s not really a baby book at all, because that just opens up all sorts of expectations about what goes inside and just how perfect it has to be. Mom’s Five-Second Memory Journal is a wonderfully clever effort from writer and mom Lambeth Hochwald and designer Alison Oliver. It’s filled with fun prompts, checklists and fill-in-the-blanks to help you remember some of those moments as a parent that you might be otherwise too busy to...

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A tooth fairy keepsake to help you fill in the gaps

The tooth fairy made another visit here this weekend, and while we’ve been pretty satisfied with her—she’s only been late twice with three kids—I’m not so happy with how lackadaisical I’ve been about keeping track of the moments that represent the transformation from toddler to big kid. Want to remember those tooth-fairy days with a special keepsake that your kids will probably hang onto a lot longer than the quarters under their pillow? I’ve found that very thing. {keep reading for the chance to win!} Handmade artist Kata Golda’s Tooth Fairy Keepsake: Under the Pillow Pocket and Memory Book is a...

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How to turn your email box into a baby book

We’re happy to be working with our sponsor Yahoo! Mail, who’s helping encourage families to stay connected via email. Which, as we know, is a good thing!When my first daughter was born, I was pretty diligent about keeping up her baby book. I even had a blank journal that I kept all sorts of notes in as well – first smile, first tooth, first poop in the bath tub (heh). But when I added my second–and then my third and fourth kid– I couldn’t even find the time to jot down notes to myself let alone notes about the...

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Best baby books? – Reader Q+A

Any suggestions for a good baby book? I saw the “Baby’s First Year Journal” in your Ultimate Baby Shower Guide but I’m wondering if you have any other cool things you’ve found out there? -Janet First of all, our all new 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide is going to be out any day now. You’re in for a treat! But back to your question–we’ve found no shortage of super cool baby books of all varieties. What we seem to be lacking, however is the time to fill them out. For you motivated mamas who are ready to document those...

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An online baby book that lets you plant sweet memories

So this adorable thing happened the other day with my preschooler and baby. It was really adorable. It happened and I said to myself, “Self, remember this so you can write it down after they’re in bed.”  ….Yeah. If I could only remember what that adorable moment was. But I think I’ve found a way that might help me record these memories before they’re forever lost to the baby-post-bedtime fog. Moment Garden is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a virtual garden where you “plant” milestones and baby memories. At first, I wasn’t totally sure about the idea–I mean,...

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The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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Baby books for busy beavers

Those board books start out so cute and shiny, don’t they? And then Baby Bookivore gets very interested in gnawing the corners, splitting the pages, and seeing what a slice of banana will look like sandwiched between B is for Broccoli and C is for Carrot. But now you can invest in an adorable book that even the earliest teether can’t destroy. This adorable wooden baby book of Garden Vegetables by just hatched on Etsy is guaranteed to entertain and last… unless you raise termites and beavers. The pages are solid oak, wood-burned by hand and burnished with beeswax...

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Mother’s Day photo books – So many choices, even with so little time

One of the nicest things anyone can do for me on Mother’s Day is to devise gift made especially for me. And while there is no denying the sweetness of macaroni art, I will admittedly spend a lot more time pouring over a custom photo book. Whether you fill it with photos of the family, or assemble all of the kids’ favorite recipes into a family cookbook, or have the kids make a “Why We Love Mommy” book, this is definitely one gift where the thought behind it counts. And don’t worry that custom is really code for a...

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Shutterfly photo books – more than just baby books

Our recent learning photo book contest for our awesome sponsor Shutterfly, was one of the most fun contests we’ve ever done here. Our readers submitted so many inspiring ideas for turning the photo books into learning books, that we wanted to go back and create even more ourselves. (And actually, Liz did.) So we’re excited to be working with them again and hosting another contest, so that all of you–clearly a very creative bunch– can share your best ideas for custom photo books, especially now that the holidays are approaching. As for me, this time, I created a photo...

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The low-commitment baby book

I think that mothers fall into two camps: Those who filled out their baby books and those who didn’t. Now Rag & Bone Bindery (who I love love loooove) has a fantastic solution for the latter camp who wants to be in the former camp, with their handmade 12 Wishes for Baby Book. Each small, beautifully bound book has a slot to paste a photo, followed twelve simple writing prompts like You can always count on me because… and When they write your life story it will begin like this… all ending with the lovely My wish for you…...

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Brag book lite

My husband is a photographer, and the good news is that we have countless professional-quality photographs of the kids. The bad news is that almost all of them exist only on my husband’s computer. Ahem. Because just as the shoemaker’s children go barefoot, the photographer’s wife tires of reminding him to please, just order some prints already. Now I can take matters into my own hands–or pocket, or purse–with these adorable ZoomAlbums; each kit comes with everything I need to make three 3″ square photo books, and the best part is that I just drop the family pictures into...

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School Years Book: Make up for the empty baby books

I am not a baby book person. I mean, I wanted to be a baby book person, but my children’s baby books ultimately overwhelmed me and now sit in a drawer, not even half filled out. I can’t remember to record every little thing! The pressure! Of course, now my kids aren’t babies anymore, and the guilt is still alive and well. But now that I’ve discovered the new School Years books from our friends at momAgenda, I may have found redemption: One book takes you all the way through school, with a mere page of pertinent info to...

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The baby book for parents who live in abject fear of the baby book

The brand new Keepaboo has created the perfect solution for disorganized mothers of three like me– you know, the ones who can’t get it together enough to fill out a whole baby book by hand, but who don’t want to forget the milestones. Or worse, hand over a few dozen CDs worth of pictures to our grown children and be like, “Here’s your childhood, kid!” Now I can document all of those precious details online in custom “books,” where I can include the information I want and lose what I don’t. (Beats blank pages in the traditional baby books,...

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The Ultimate Keepsake Baby Book – Before You’ve Even Filled In a Line

If you’ve been pining for the kind of baby book you might still pull off your mom or grandmother’s shelves when you go for a visit, why I think we’ve actually found it. Mother Stork’s Baby Book: 100th Anniversary Edition is a beautiful volume, harkening back to the days of lace bonnets for boys and and wet nurses for all. Mom and Kistner Supply owner Elizabeth Brantley has recreated the 1904 baby book that her great-grandmother owned with absolutely exquisite detail from the heavy custom paper stock to the linen-bound, gold foil-embossed covers. If this is right up your...

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Baby Book, Minus the Book Part

  I failed Baby Book 101. I started with good intentions: She rolled over! Must write this down in the baby book! Then something would distract me, and I’d forget until the next milestone occurred. Which I’d forget to record as well. I wish I had known about Plot-A-Tot back back then. These brightly illustrated wall calendars  (which also double growth charts) begin with your baby’s birth date, and include 96 stickers to mark first-year milestones without ever lifting a pencil. There’s everything from “My First Crawl” to “My First Tantrum” – as if you could forget that one...

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The Possible End to Empty Baby Book Syndrome

Kidmondo is the baby book 2.0 — a do-it-all destination combining photo storage, blogging, and all of the traditional info you’d put into a conventional baby book. Because let’s face it, as much as you want to chronicle everything your baby does, it doesn’t always happen. My poor second-born has a baby book containing his vital birth statistics and nothing else. Because I’m a terrible mother. And because Kidmondo didn’t exist back then. You control the privacy settings, so you can keep everything private or make specific information available to others. And there are different levels of service too,...

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Killing Three Baby Books With One Stone

Was it just me or is it every pregnant mom’s shower nightmare to get fourteen cutesie baby books that haunt you from your closet, unused,  months after your baby is born. I’d rather request this fantastic three book combo by Loralin Design that we spotted at chic new online boutique Three Lovelies. You’ll get a nursing and feeding journal, a baby journal, and a gift log all in one neat box. Each one holds 128-pages for new moms to neatly record their special moments, track thank you notes sent, and keep on top of nursing sessions. Okay, so it’s...

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