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I’ve always had a bit of an impulsive streak inside me. I can’t help but jump head first into new things, look back and ask questions later.

Exactly two weeks ago I decided to start a vlog. A video blog for those of you who don’t know. I felt like I needed a pickmeup. Something new and exciting to try. A new challenge to commence. I knew if I set a goal to do one once or twice a week I’d procrastinate and quickly fall off. I had to go big or go home. So I decided to start a DAILY vlog for the month of March.

What I’m loving about it so far is the rawness and spontaneity. I never really know what is going to come out of my mouth, or my kids’ mouth, and it’s capturing a lot of the REAL here and now. I take photos and write about our days here on my blog, but some of the day-to-day things have been feeling too boring to document.

The silly random thoughts and moments that no longer make the cut on my blog seems to be finding a place in the vlog. I am enjoying that.

So I don’t know if you enjoy watching vlogs (I’ll admit, it takes a special person I think, because I can’t always sit through 15 minutes of someone else’s life) but if you do, check ours out. We’re doing daily videos through March then I’ll reevaluate what I’m going to do after that. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not sure how they’ll come into play here on my blog, maybe I’ll share a couple favorites once a week, or maybe I’ll keep it completely separate. Let me know if you have an opinion.

Ok, so when I started this thing, it was just in time for me to go support my best bloggy friend at the We All Grow Latina Bloggers conference. Vanessa from De Su Mama is an incredible mother, photographer, writer and friend. She was honored as a Storyteller at this fabulous conference. She presented a powerful story on stage about her journey to discovering, and falling in love with the country her family immigrated from.

Keep checking back on her blog for her story which should be up soon! I was so incredibly proud of her.

Vanessa knows I’m a huge Disney fan and she was so thoughtful to invite me to experience this with her. While there we also got to have a special Disney Princess experience, go to an early screening of the new Beauty and the Beast (my review is here) and tour the Walt Disney Studios lot. We even bumped into Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company! I have two or three vlogs about the conference, I’ll share a couple below.

Vanessa and I, and parts of our family have been on about a half a dozen little adventures together with another coming up this summer. She listens to and supports my impulsiveness and talks me of the ledge when I’ve gone too far. She’s an amazing woman and I’m so lucky to call her my friend.


I was going through a bunch of videos that I took with the kids last year. I was starting to file some away as archives and back them up when I realized a couple of things.

1. My kids grew SO much in the last year. It was crazy seeing videos from early last year. Lil’ J looked like a toddler at the beginning of the year and Big T was still an infant.

2. I probably would rarely open any of these video files again. I HAD to turn them into something. Compile the moments into something I could easily watch when I want and remember how sweet this last year with them was. Their favorite toys, their reaction to surprises, the sound of their laughter at this age.

So I made this:

If you know me or my kids (or have read my blog a while and feel like you do) you may want a tissue. If not, well, just imagine this being something with your kids.

My absolute favorite moment in this video is Lil’ J’s reaction to her new swingset. I didn’t notice it when my husband recorded it (which his why that part of the video is sideways) but the gasping motion she makes with her hands is just too sweet.

In a couple of weeks we’re surprising her with a trip to Disney World (the day we leave) and I can’t wait to record her reaction. I only hope it’s just as sweet.

Does looking at this make me think maybe someday one more baby wouldn’t be so bad? … Sorta. Ugh! I wish it didn’t.

For those who have asked, I used Final Cut Pro to edit this, but it can also easily be done with iMovie, or other free movie applications. If you’re interested I can record a little bit of the process I follow to make something like this.

Lil’ J helped me pick the music for our video and loved recapping the year with me.

I think this year I may try to make a monthly video using the iMovie app on my phone. I was playing around with it and impressed with how easy it is to make something. If I give it a go in January I’ll show you how it turns out and post a screenshot tutorial.

The days sometimes seem to go by so slow, but somehow the years go by so fast. Someday I want to look back remember as much as I can.

I am a FP Insider, chosen to help bring advice and encouragement to parents like myself. The thoughts and tips I shared in this post were written as a part of a partnership with Fisher-Price. All opinions are my own. Also, here are some of the toys my children enjoyed this last year that you may have noticed in this video: Laugh and Learn Table, Smart Stages Train.

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I didn’t know it at the time, but the moment I became a mother the world as I knew it was forever changed. The smell and weight of this tiny human in my arms made me feel like a new person with so much responsibility. I felt so happy. I couldn’t keep my eyes off her.

With my son the story was much the same. I was so excited to meet the little guy and just as quickly as he came into the picture, it felt as though he had always been a part of our lives. We had no idea he was a boy, and the huge grin on my husband’s face at the realization made the moment even more special.

They were definitely two of the best days of my life.

Fast-forward three and a half years, and the day I became a mom is a pinnacle of my life. I love the tiny people they are becoming, and feel so blessed to be their mom.

When it comes to keepsake home videos I’m in charge of making them happen for our family. In the past I’ve made some for my husband with our daughter, but I want to be sure to be in some as well.

I recorded some moments with my kids, and gave Lil’ J a little Mother’s Day interview about her mommy. Big T can’t answer the questions just yet but I didn’t want him to be left out. One of my favorite things about him is his little raspy laugh. He’s had it since he was a newborn and I can’t get enough of it. So he’s on here just doing what he does best… Being cute.  Here’s our video:

If you want to make something similar for Mother’s Day, or any other day for that matter… Here are some fun interview questions for kids:

11 interview questions to ask your kids about you. Perfect for Mother's Day or other times of the year where you want to see what they really think of you. Number 6 could get some really cute responses.

1. Describe your mom.
2. What do you love most about your mommy?
3. What is your mommy’s favorite thing to do?
4. What’s your favorite thing to do with mommy? Why?
5. What does mommy like to play with you?
6. What does mommy do that’s silly?
7. When you’re scared or sad, what does mommy do to cheer you up?
8. If you could go anywhere with mommy, where would you want to go?
9. What do you do that makes mommy laugh?
10. What does mommy do to show you she loves you?
11. Why do you love mommy?

And going a step further, I thought it would be awesome to ask my own mom questions about Motherhood and document it in my journal.

Here’s a list of 20 questions to ask YOUR mom about motherhood:

20 questions to ask YOUR mom. An awesome questionnaire to document family history or put in your journal. Number 11 would get some really interesting answers from my mom.

20 questions to ask YOUR mom. An awesome questionnaire to document family history or put in your journal. Number 11 would get some really interesting answers from my mom.I made a printable you can take and add to your journal. You can download it here.

What did you think of Lil’ J’s answers? I’m a little disappointed she only loves me to the moon (right before I started the camera she held up her fingers about two inches apart to demonstrate how much she loves me, but then outstretched her arms as far as she could to show how much I love her), but what can ya know… Kids say the darndest things.

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If you’re still shopping for Mother’s Day ideas check out my eBay collection boards. I selected a variety of gift ideas, including some fun techie and journal ones that can help you make family keepsakes. Also, you can’t go wrong getting her one of these.

This was number 19 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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I’ve been thinking it could possibly be fun to do a “sit down and chat with you” kind of video for a bit. Not fluffs, just me, you… And my crazy kids.

Well, the kids weren’t a part of the plan initially but they totally hijacked this little video I was making sharing something exciting and a little nerve wracking. I’ve been wanting to blog about this for weeks but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write it all out, so I thought talking about it could be easier.

Lately I’ve been all about YouTube. I love watching funny videos, hair tutorials, and everything in between. I also finally just watched the Harlem Shake. Yea… I’m a year behind.

Let me know what you think of this style of video, I may do more when the topic arises and make a little “getting to know me” or “chit chat” section of my YouTube Channel. If you hate it, let me know too. I’m not usually drawn to this type of video, but lately it’s been a fun way to “get to know” some of the people behind the channels I like.

Anyway, on to my news. If you have any advice for me please share!


Have a wonderful Easter!!

I’ve been racking my brain these past few weeks trying to remember what I did with my son last Easter, and WHY IN THE WORLD I had no pictures of him. Even though I’ve taken pictures of him every day of his life, a 365 photo project, numerous videos and more; his life documentation pales in comparison to his sister’s. I didn’t want that to be the case, but it’s true. Granted, she still has a couple of years on him, and the peek of her photos were taken in her second year of life, so we can still make a comeback.

Anyway, after giving myself a guilt trip about not taking Easter photos, and searching my photo archives time and time again, I realized something… Easter was early last year. I Googled it to be sure, and sure enough, Easter was March 31st last year. Five days before my son was born.

So this will be his FIRST Easter! And now that I have that realization I’m feeling thoroughly excited and equally as unprepared.

Springtime bluebonnets baby boyNow let me preface something, I’m NOT a Martha Stewart mom. I in no way, shape, or form come up with unique fun ideas for styling, decorating, baking or whatever. I browse Pinterest and am amazed by the talent at hand. However, I also have an extremely terrible false sense of optimism and think that I can achieve almost anything I want to. Including Pinterest things I totally cant.

All that to say, I enjoy the challenge of making (or last-minute shopping for) matching Easter outfits. I love crafting with, and setting up little Easter scenes for them. The fact that I haven’t though a lick of my potential spectacular plans through until now makes me feel a little behind, but I know we’ll still manage to have fun.Giant campfire marshmallowDelicious marshmallowAt his birthday party I discovered my son loves giant marshmallows, so I’ll probably incorporate a Peep marshmallow thing into his basket. Lil’ J just loves the idea of gifts anytime, any place. When I told her about the Easter Bunny she was like “who is that?… OH, he brings me PRESENTS? Can I write to him?!”Happy little girlSo I don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into, but the Bunny has been bringing them little Easter gifts all week. I doubt this is a tradition I’ll keep year after year, so hopefully she’ll forget how generous he was this time around.

I still owe you all a bowtie tutorial, so I think I’ll do that this week to go along with a matching new dress I just finished for Lil’ J. They’ll be perfect for the holiday. Her grandmother already sent a few fancy dresses, but we’re invited to a couple of Easter parties so she’ll have plenty of chances to get all dressed up. And speaking of dresses, I know you’re wondering… The one she’s wearing is from Adelaide’s Boutique.

My little man has tons of cute dress clothes but with it getting so hot here in Tejas, I need to find a way to keep him stylin’ in cooler clothes.

Here’s a little look at what the Bunny’s been bringing to our house. The fam am I are so excited that Spring is finally here!

What are your plans for Easter?


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I’m partnering with Hallmark to share some of my life’s special moments and occasions. Some of the products featured in this post were sent to me courtesy of Hallmark. All opinions are my own. You can find out more about these cute Easter gifts by visiting Hallmark.com.

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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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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!

It’s finally all hitting me how closely my passions are intertwined. I absolutely love telling stories. Whether I’m reading one from a storybook, writing one for work, or telling my own. I’ve been learning how to tell stories through video since high school. After having done it for more than a decade, I’ve forgotten that it’s not something everyone knows how to do.

Granted, you can learn almost anything by searching online or watching YouTube videos, but maybe you don’t know where to start. I’m going to start sharing some home video tips (and editing and photography tips) I’ve learned along the way, some more recent than others, like this tip I’m presenting today… Why not to hold your phone vertical when you’re recording video. I made this mistake a lot in the beginning when I first got a smartphone. If you only record and watch your videos on your phone, it may seem like the way to do it, but once you try to upload it to share, or edit it into a video, you’ll realize that you can’t turn it after it’s filmed that way (not without cropping at least).

For a video explanation check out my video:


Let me know if you have any specific questions you want me to address next, otherwise I’ll just keep winging tips as I think of them. And if you aren’t already taking video of some of your special day to day moments, START. Every video I have to look back on brings a smile to my face, whether I edited into something or not.

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