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My son is a cutie pie and my daughter is the sweetheart. She is a talkative little thing (seriously, she never stops unless she’s unconscious), but I know she gets it from me. When the house is quiet and she and I get some one-on-one time, I’m reminded of how absolutely amazing she is. Beautiful, brilliant, and she brightens my day, every day.

My little guy had the spotlight last week, now it’s my girl’s turn. She just turned four in July, and at times, seems to be going on 14.Someday I want her to look back and read about how I see her now.

Here are 10 awesome facts about my daughter that you should know:

10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.1. She is smiling or laughing about 90% of the time.
10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.2. You can speak to her like an adult, and she will let you know when she doesn’t understand a word. Then probably throw that word back at you later in the day. I explained gravity to her while we played with slime and she continued to talk about gravity the rest of the week. 10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.3. The people she loves will hear that she loves them about 20 times a day (she loves to let you know). 10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.4. She can’t help but cuddle, hug, and snuggle. She’s the most affectionate little girl I know. Hugs mean the world to her. 10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.5. When I talk for her dolls or her brother, she forgets I’m speaking for them, and really seems to see them as having a voice of their own. 10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.6. When asked what she’d like to do all day, she will usually request we play a game or dance. 10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.7. She can sit and color for hours, never getting bored. 10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.8. When she’s not coloring, she’s probably changing her outfit for the 10th time that day (accessorized with clip-on earrings).10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.9. Although she loves chocolate milk, she’ll usually request water over juice, and she dislikes the carbonation feel of soda.
10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.10. Her favorite shows on Netflix tend to be old-school shows I loved like Land Before Time, Magic School Bus, and Dragon Tales. She discovered them on her own.

Like my son, she has the ability to make people smile just by looking at her. She can’t help it, it’s a beautiful gift.

10 awesome facts you should know about my daughter: A cute journal entry and prompt for parents.In case you missed it: 10 awesome facts about my son you should know.

My son turns one in a week. I don’t really want to dwell on that sad fact right now. I’m hanging on to his last bit of babyhood before he starts walking and turns into a toddler.

People frequently ask me if he’s walking yet and I’m happy to say he’s not. Been there, done that, no thank-you, I can wait.

Here’s my second video love letter (first to my son) talking about his life since he’s learned how to cruise around, and my reluctance towards his first steps. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I think I may like this one even more than my daughter’s.
Warning: Don’t watch if you don’t want kids


Four videos in two weeks. I’m on a vlogging role here with no plans to stop. Though I am thinking I may not share every single video on my blog, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube page to keep up to date. I’ve never had so much fun with home videos. Something as simple as the joy of watching my son play (and make a huge mess) in the morning is now something I can re-watch and remember years from now.

Take a moment this next week to record play time in your home.

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You know how at the beginning of the school year, elementary school teachers usually have kids do some fun project that somehow introduces themselves? Well, the project my fourth grade teacher assigned us, led me to my best friend.

Our teacher had us create totem polls with animals on them that most described us. I don’t remember what I put on my totem poll, but I do remember what another girl in class put on hers because it stopped me in my tracks.

“Why do you have a rabbit on your totem poll?” I asked her.
“Because I’m as swift as a rabbit,” she professed.

“I bet I’m faster than you,” I challenged.

Me. You. On the playground. It’s going down.

We stood in the long, open field at the back of the playground at recess. There was plenty of running room. Bystanders watched, ready to cheer us on.

“On your mark. Get set. GO!”

We both took off running but didn’t get far before we heard a strange noise. A fart? I can’t remember, but we both laughed the whole way down the field. I don’t remember who won but it didn’t matter. That moment is what started our unbreakable friendship.

hallmark-card-4We were in the same class in the fourth and fifth grade. In middle school we stopped and would pass notes between class. We were on the same cheer squad, and we tried out for the dance team together… And neither of us made the cut. So we cried together.

In high school my family moved to a nearby city, so we no longer went to the same school, but our friendship didn’t waiver. We went to each other’s homecomings (as each other’s dates?… I don’t remember the details or the guys we were with but the boys were unimportant).

Then, my junior year of high school my family moved across the country to Arizona. We went five years without seeing each other, but we called, and wrote each other (these were the days before Facebook people).

old BFFSShe visited me in college when I had first met my then-boyfriend-going-on-husband. And I’ve met up with her during my internship in Atlanta, and several times since while visiting family.

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I dug up this little gem while going through my old files. I lost the original but thankfully had emailed it to myself years ago. Memory-keeping tip of the day… Have an email backup of movies some favorite photos, etc. You can even create an email account especially for this and send emails from your phone to it. I have Google+ auto-backup, but things like this I recorded on my computer, and have since somehow lost it between my multiple-harddrive backups.

During my first maternity leave we met up and I said we should make a video of our kids meeting for the first time, and kindof just timestamp the moment for a time capsule, if you will. For your viewing pleasure:


On one of my trips several years ago, we dumped out a box of our old notes to each other, folded so intricately  neither of us had any idea how to put them back together.

They were decorated with doodles, hearts, fake last names of our crushes and signed (quite gruesomely now that I think about it) “may death be the only separation.” We wrote them like they were urgent messages, and received them as the highlight of our day.

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN’T WRITE ME BACK?!”

And to think, my kids may never receive a handwritten note folded into an origami flower. Instead they’ll be getting text messages in kindergarten.

*Sigh*

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swiming bff

Aside from Christmas cards—And even those I usually type and print out digitally—I rarely send hand-written notes. But oh how I appreciate them.

hallmark collageIn honor of my first ever Throwback Thursday on Friday post (I’m never on time for anything), I decided to not only give a little blog love to my bestie, but sit down and write my her a long overdue note. Sure we talk, and text a lot, but we haven’t written since middle school.

cute bffs with baby

I have three younger sisters who are awesome, but Shannon is like a fourth sister from another mister. I will forever be grateful for her strong faith in God, her friendship, allegiance, humor, and advice. Friends can have a big impact on your growing up, and I often worry about the type of friends my kids will make. I can only hope both of my kids grow up with a friend like Shannon. If they do, they’ll be in good hands.

How long have you known your BFF?

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I’m once again partnering with Hallmark to share my life’s special moments and occasions. Of course I love to do this anyway, but now I get a little compensation bonus. All opinions are my own.

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A common question I keep getting about the videos I’ve been sharing is “what equipment do you use?” I get really frustrated when I see a video or picture I like but have no idea what they used to achieve it, so I’m more than happy to share what I know.

Instead of trying to delve into everything in one post I decided to make a video demo explaining the pros and cons of the different cameras I use to make my videos. The only kind of camera I didn’t show in this example was a webcam, which I do use sometimes, but I usually prefer not to. Also, I figured most people have a general idea of what a webcam looks like.

In a nutshell, here’s how I breakdown the different cameras I use to record my video documentations and you can decide for you the best cameras for home videos and vlogging.

Like my nice new jingle? I got it from Freesibs on Fiverr.

Video Comparisons
iPhone 5:
Pros- It’s always on me, non-intrusive/ they’re used to it.
Cons- Video quality doesn’t always look as nice, bad audio, low quality frontal camera, usually running out of space/ no external drive.

Camcorder Canon Vixia HF R40:
Pros- Lightweight, nice HD quality, easy auto-focus, great for being “in the shot”, large internal drive, can flip the screen around and control from my iphone over wifi (my specific model).
Cons- Compared to a DSLR it’s not as good in low light, and it’s lens and zoom is lacking smooth depth of field.

DSLR Canon 5D Mark ii:
Pros- Great in low light, love the ease of adjusting the depth of field. Overall I love this look the best.
Cons- No auto-focus, depth of field can be tricky (constant focusing). The camera isn’t specifically made for video, and I’m not able to see myself when vlogging/no flip screen, which means I often have to do lots of takes. This camera is also the heaviest so I don’t feel like lugging it everywhere.

Later I can go into audio, editing, lenses for my DSLR and artificial lighting, but if that’s totally more than you want to know let me know. I’m hoping to do a couple video tutorials a month, and a couple other documentation videos.

Have any other questions? Ask away! And if you YouTube please subscribe to my channel, I’m excited to resurrect the thing!

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget

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