9 apps to help you take the best photos everI have a slight obsession with Instagram. I love the pretty pictures and the encouraging and positive community. Because my blog is primarily dedicated to style, beauty and fashion, Instagram has become a huge part of my work as well -- whether I am taking pictures to share with my audience or browsing Instagram for inspiration.
I probably take about 20 photos a day, although I only post 4-5 and, embarrassingly enough, it takes me about 3-5 minutes to process each picture. What, with all the different tools and filters, there's a lot of thought that goes into posting the best possible version of your photo! There are a ton of apps out there to help you get it right -- in fact, using these apps can be as fun as using Instagram itself! Here are my favorite iPhone apps that help me take fun and pretty photos, and some tips for taking photographs when you're out and about.
VSCO Cam ($0.99) is the primary camera app I use to actually shoot my pictures. I find it takes the clearest
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- Disney Baby | Work + Money – Thu, Feb 28, 2013 2:30 PM EST
9 apps to help you take the best photos everI have a slight obsession with Instagram. I love the pretty pictures and the encouraging and positive community. Because my blog is primarily dedicated to style, beauty and fashion, Instagram has become a huge part of my work as well -- whether I am taking pictures to share with my audience or browsing Instagram for inspiration.Read More »from ICamera: 8 Apps that Help You Take Photos like a Professional
- Disney Baby | Shine Food – Wed, Feb 27, 2013 1:27 PM EST
An Easy, 3-step Breakfast in Bed for Your KidsYou don't need a holiday to make an extra-special breakfast for that extra-special someone… all you need is love! This week, why not surprise your loved ones a delicious breakfast in bed -- trust us, it's WAY easier and faster than you'd think!Read More »from Calling All Hopeless Romantics: How to Make Breakfast in Bed in 3 Simple Steps
Treat your significant other to sunnyside up eggs nested in a heart-shape cutout of toast (or any cookie cutter shape that they will like). Then round it out with strawberries and orange juice and serve it all on a sweet little tray while they're just getting up. Yum! Here are 3 easy steps to creating a memorable breakfast in bed for your sweetheart.
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1. Simple Ingredients
To make this breakfast you only need a few ingredients: some butter, several pieces of bread, and as many eggs as pieces of bread.
2. Cut Out the Heart Shape
Cut a heart out of the center of the bread, reserving the cut outs. Pre-heat your skillet and grease with a generous amount of butter. Place cut pieces of
- Disney Baby | Book Club – Wed, Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM EST
How to start a book club with your baby!I love my local library's storytime, but maybe you live far away from the library. Maybe the time of day doesn't fit you or your child's schedule. Maybe it's just too busy and loud and overwhelming for your child.Read More »from On the Same Page: 8 Tips for Starting a Mommy-and-Me Book Club
If so, you might enjoy starting your own baby book club.
Every few weeks, I'll share a new theme for a baby book club, complete with four to five books to read, a few wiggle songs/rhymes, a craft that little toddlers can complete with help, and a snack that goes along with the theme.
In the meantime, here are 10 tips for starting your own mommy-and-me book club:
1. PIck the right size for your group
Four to six babies (with their parents) is the ideal number in my mind. You have enough to make it feel like an event, but not so many that you can't sit around a table or that it's a madhouse.
Related: 6 award-winning books to share at your next baby book club
2. You're NOT providing free babysitting
Make sure parents understand that they need to stay and be involved
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 2:04 PM EST
Preparing for a baby and hosting a baby shower can get expensive. Luckily, throwing a baby shower on a budget is easier than you'd think. You can cut costs without sacrificing the cuteness factor by using some of these adorable (and did we mention free?) printables! We've got invitations, thank-you notes, and everything you need to throw the perfect baby shower, all in adorable patterns and colors to match any theme you've chosen. Here are 8 gorgeous printables for your baby shower, all just a quick click away! -- By Selena Burgess
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 1:56 PM EST
5 tips for raising a toddlerOur sweet little babies grow before our very eyes. Before we know it, we have a little toddler on our hands! It seems to happen in a blink of an eye. And although we've all heard stories about the "terrible twos" and infamous toddler tantrums, raising a toddler really doesn't have to be that bad!Read More »from Two Doesn't Have to Be Terrible! 5 Tips for Raising a Toddler
A dear friend of mine (and fellow toddler-wrangler!) gave me some great little tips that work really great with the toddler age. Of course, when it comes to advice, you should take everything with a grain of salt -- the best thing is to figure out what works for you and your family and your little one! But in case the toddler years have you worried, here are 5 tried-and-true tips for easy sailing with your toddler!
1. One-on-one time
Try to give your toddler 5-10 minutes of just one on one time with you each day. This is so tough when you have lots of little ones but if you snag five minutes to read a book just you and one of them, it will mean so much.
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Feb 25, 2013 3:45 PM EST
In case you haven't noticed, The Wizard of Oz is a trend that is popping up just about everywhere, thanks to Oz: The Great and Powerful, which comes out this spring. But L. Frank Baum started it all when he penned 14 Oz books, publishing the first in 1900. It has become one of the best-known stories in American pop culture thanks to the original movie in 1939. If you are familiar with the story, series or movies, you know that there are quite a few unique characters with names to match. It will be interesting to see if any of these 10 names from 'Oz' grow in popularity due to the spike in this story's popularity. Would you consider any of these names for your little one? -- By Nadia Carriere
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- Disney Baby | At Home – Mon, Feb 25, 2013 3:38 PM EST
Inspired by this lovely month of love, I decided to look up the birthstone for February babies. It happens to be Amethyst! What a perfect nursery color inspiration. With purple you have so many options from bright and bold, to regal and rich, to pastel lavender, you can even dip your toes into the mauve family! Using purple is a bold choice so I've rounded up some gorgeous and creative examples of purple nurseries done right! Here are 7 beautiful ways to use purple in your baby's nursery. -- By Becka Robinson
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 3:20 PM EST
Why we're NOT letting our baby use a pacifierUntil I had kids of my own, I had no idea the number of love/hate relationships I'd have with little pieces of plastic as a parent. In the case of the pacifier, well, it started as a love story.Read More »from Don't Be a Sucker: Why We're Not Letting Our Baby Use a Pacifier
My oldest son, "Big", didn't take to the pacifier at first. But a couple months in, it was like a little piece of heaven to have something that could help me settle him. As a first-time mom, my nerves were easily frazzled, and I felt like he could sense that. The pacifier became our peace offering to one another. We used it sparingly, and increasing just at sleep time the older he got. But let's just say this love story turned a bit sour as "older" became the issue. A new baby, a surgery, a mom who likes to sleep … the reasons to hang on to our love object just a bit longer kept coming.
The break up, it was bad. Really bad. I could (and may) write a book on what not to do.
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So when my middle child, "Little", became even more attached
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 3:19 PM EST
To co-sleep or not to co-sleep... that is the question.Whether or not your baby sleeps in your bed is a hot topic which many people are ready to give you an opinion on. Some will tell you right away not to make the 'mistake' of letting your baby sleep in your bed, while others will encourage co-sleeping and feel it's a wonderful thing to do for baby. I personally feel that you should do what's best for your family and whatever gets everyone a good night's rest…even if that means having your child in your bed for three years.Read More »from Three's (Not) a Crowd: The Pros and Cons of Co-sleeping
When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were determined that our baby would not sleep in our bed with us. We were ready to have her sleep in her crib and in her own room. After many tiresome nights of late-night nursing sessions, we started bringing our baby into our bed - it was just so much easier to nurse her right in bed and go right back to sleep.
Once our daughter grew older, she had trouble sleeping in her own bed and as a toddler, she would frequently wake in the middle of the night
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Feb 21, 2013 4:35 PM EST
Perhaps the greatest truth and cliche of parenthood is that it all goes by too quickly. In an instant, our newborn babies are walking and talking and driving cars. We try our best to take photos, write down our memories, blog about our babies, and save their sweet mementos, but it still happens too fast. I've heard mothers and fathers begging for time to slow down, to pause, just to savor their time with their littles. Jodi from Che & Fidel came up with the neatest idea called The 52 Project. The 52 Project is a collaboration of mothers, fathers, bloggers, writers, and memory-makers, simply taking one portrait of their children once a week for all of 2013. Here are 7 of the most beautiful portraits we've seen so far! -- Lacy Stroessner
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