Topic Tuesday | Kiwi Crate

Topic Tuesday | Kiwi Crate | www.amylorraineblog.com

I saw Kiwi Crate first on Pinterest and thought it would be an awesome idea for kids. You get a package delivered to your door filled with all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 hands on projects.

You can order monthly/3 month/6 month or a year at a time ($19.95 to $16.95). You pay up front and you can cancel anytime. You get a new theme every month! Things like dinosaurs, space, gardening and more! And if you have additional children you can add on a sibling “no-fight” crate for only $7.95 a month.

Its not an electronic game or movie. It’s something that they can do and it takes the work away from you by having it all put together and delivered right to your door. It seems well work the fee!

Topic Tuesday | Car Seat Cooling Shade | www.AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Topic Tuesday | Car Seat Cooling Shade | www.amylorrainephotography.com

For today’s Topic Tuesday post I wanted to share this product. It is called “Mommy’s Helper Car Seat Sun Shade” and can be found on Amazon.com for less than $10! This nifty heat deflector prevents your child’s car seat from overheating and having those metal buckles get too hot to touch.

Product description from the manufacture “The Mommy’s Helper Car Seat Sun Shade can keep your child’s car seat an average of 26 degrees F cooler. Unwrap the Car Seat Sun Shade and stretch over the child’s car seat, covering the entire seat with shade. To remove, simply stretch the sun shade back over the car seat. Wrap up shade and use built in elastic strap to secure for storage between uses”

With it being July and the temperature is climbing I thought this is a perfect Topic Tuesday! Does anyone use this already? Thoughts?

Sunday Funday | Free End of School Year Download

Free End of School Year Download Printable | www.amylorrainephotography.com

 

 

As the end of the school year is approaching document your child’s memories! It was so funny to look back in my second grade book and see all the things I said. I wish I had them from each year! Click on the image to download the free printable!

Merwin Family Session | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Family Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

 

I got to photograph this family just after their twins turned one!  As I was portfolio building I photographed the twins as newborns last year. Its so fun to watch them grow over the first year! Children Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

Older brothers and sisters are a big help at sessions. They always know the silly things to do to get their siblings to smile and laugh.

First Birthday Photography | www.amylorrainephotography.com

I mean really? Can you have any cuter kids? Thank you  for letting me photograph your gorgeous family! I’m glad I could help you finally get a pictures of all six of you together!

 

Topic Tuesday | The Honest Company | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Over the past month or so, I have developed a skin condition called Perioral Dermatitis. Ever since, I’ve been researching the causes and symptoms. While most people struggling with this believe its mainly stress related (which this only made me stress more) there are a few things that can irritate your skin. I really think this is a blessing in disguise, although some days I don’t see that blessing, I’ve done a lot of research on health and beauty products. There are so many crazy ingredients into products that are horrible for you and I wont go back to using them! I’ve always been one to think if its on the shelf, its not bad. I mean we have rules and regulations for things you can sell. So it should be safe right? Wrong.

In my research I’ve found that sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is almost EVERY cleaning and hygiene product out there, is a main cause/trigger to making it worse. Turns out SLS is a known skin irritant.. so why is it everything and even those so called “Natural” or “Organic” products that are supposed to be good for you? Well, it’s what helps create that lather in toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, etc.. I also read that its a shark repellent..  YES! Sharks, those scary creatures in the ocean that can eat you!

Anyways, I’ve been searching for products that aren’t bad for you and don’t contain these harsh chemicals. A friend suggested I look into the Honest Company. It is co-owned by the actress & mom of two, Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, who is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks).

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They have an HONESTLY FREE GUARANTEE, which means you won’t find the following list of toxic nasties in the products or packaging: phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, PVC, parabens, benzene, chlorine, synthetic fragrances, triclosan, formaldehyde-based preserving agents, nanoparticles, TEA, MEA, phosphates, polyethylene glycol (PEG), quaternium 15, DMDM hydantoin, 1-4 dioxane, bisphenol-A (BPA), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)/nonylphenol, BHA, benzalkonium chloride.honest.comThe main focus is having healthy products for your home & children. They have cute diaper sets, wipes & baby bottles. I’m going to do more research on other companies with products but I’m definitely going to try them out even more and hope it helps!

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If you’d like to sign up for a free trial click here! You can cancel after you receive the sample, they send you a bunch of reminders so you don’t forget otherwise they’ll send you the full size bundle! I can’t wait to get my full sized one this week! *I’m not getting paid to write this, and I paid for my own bundle mailed to me!*

The Brought Family 2012 | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The Kids | AmyLorrainePhotography.comI can’t believe its been over a year since I’ve taken these photos. Timothy has definitely gotten much bigger than the sweet sleepy newborn in this photograph!The Broughts 2012 | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

With a little photoshopping magic, you can get a great family portrait with some head swaping!

Outtakes | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

I couldn’t resist a few outtakes. 🙂 I can’t wait to take your family pictures this summer!

Brooke’s 6 Month Session | Amy Lorraine Photography | Anne Arundel County Photographer

6 month Session | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

How sweet is she!? It’s been fun getting to watch brooke grow up. She looks so much like her older brother Jake with the blonde hair and blue eyes!6 month Ravens Session | Amy Lorraine Photography

Brookes mom is a big Raven’s ran so we had to get a few of her in uniform after their big Superbowl win! 6 month Session | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

I can’t wait to see her in 6 more months at her cake smash!