Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that I am currently on vacation with the family and will not be able to post as much as I’d like for the next 2 weeks =(

Rest assure that I will do my best to update you on everything that happens on my adventures (w/ pictures)!  Especially since we’re traveling with all the kids and their friends (Curious George, Mater, and Sophie), I’m sure there will be stories to tell.

I’ll keep you posted! =)

-auntie k

Which Christmas Card Are You?

Doesn’t the world seem so much smaller this time of year?  There’s something about Christmas that just brings people together.  The common theme of Joy, Hope, and Love provides for a universal platform where people can relate to each other, despite differences in age, gender, race, religion, etc.  You can feel it all around you: houses decorated with Christmas lights, presents under the Christmas tree, Mariah Carey Christmas songs on the radio, eggnog in the grocery stores, Christmas cards in the mail, the list goes on and on… and I’m not talking about Santa’s naughty or nice list =)

With everything going on around me, I admit that Christmas this time of year came swiftly and I was not at all prepared.  Next thing I knew, I was rushing to get last minute stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts, looking up recipes for the family holiday potluck, and ever since I picked up photography, helping my sister and her family take pictures for their Christmas Card.  You would think that the latter would be one of the easier of the tasks mentioned… not so much.

Before even taking Christmas card pictures, you have to have a game-plan.  What is the message you want to send?  How do you want the message to come across?  Outfits?  Location?  Lighting?  Time?  etc. etc. etc…?  All these need to be taken into consideration before even picking up the camera.  Having gone through this already, I have laid out some examples that you may consider when taking pictures for your Christmas card.  Have a look and ENJOY!  So, which Christmas card are you?

Traditional- This is for the professional.  You know… the family that is organized, plans things in advance, and hosts the family get-togethers.   If you’re this type of family, you most likely have already sent your Christmas cards to your loved ones!  =)

The family is arranged strategically and with the matching outfits.  Mom, dad, and the kids are seated formally as they cohesively say “CHEESE” to the camera.

Daring– Are you someone who is adventurous and bold?   Do you like to stray from the mainstream and venture into the land less travelled?  If so, you would fall under this category.  These are for the people who are courageous enough to send a Christmas card to grandma and grandpa knowing that they would get an eye raising response!

Enamored – These are the lovebirds who are either dating or married and have no children.   They send out the heart-throbbing, disgustingly cute cards to friends and family to show how much they are in love.  If you fall under this category, well…. Kudos to you!

Wishy-Washy- The family that can’t decide on just one picture so they end up having 5..6..7..or even 9 pictures!

Personal– The family that is confident, inviting others to share their intimate, precious moments.  There really isn’t a background in the picture; you can pretty much have your picture taken anywhere.  With the photographer making use of the zoom feature of the camera, the family is the main focus, and you can pretty much see every last detail.  In the end, it shows the warm and personal relationship between the members on the card.

Spontaneous- “Let’s just go with the flow… see what happens.”  “We’re not really sure, we’ll probably just wing it.”  Do you find yourself saying this often?  If so, you would fall under this family type.  The family that is in the moment, that places more emphasis on the journey, rather than the destination.

The family picture is fun, informal, spur-of-the-moment, and natural.  The photographer will probably instruct your family by saying, “just smile, laugh, interact, and have fun… I’ll just take a lot of pictures and we’ll see which ones come out best!”   This unplanned, unrehearsed family Christmas card is not only easy to capture, but is also effective in sending a message.

Comical- This is for the family that is the life of the party.  Always making jokes, telling stories, and entertaining the guests, this family loves and craves the audience’s attention.  When you go to a family reunion, the first family you would hope to see falls under this category.  “Did so-and-so come yet?”

Simply stated, if the first reaction you want from someone opening your Christmas card is a giggle or laugh, this is definitely the Christmas card for you!

SelfLESS- These are the moms and dads that do not care to be in the picture, but rather want to showcase their children.  The kids are the face of the Christmas card, and you know what?  They wouldn’t have it any other way!

Happy– This Christmas card is for the happy, go-lucky family that always looks on the bright side of things.  If you had a string of bad luck and need some cheering up, you know that they are only one phone call away.  My sister’s family Christmas card represents the “happy family.”  With smiles as wide as the ocean, teeth as white as snow, this family emanates so much joy and love through its Christmas card that you can’t help but smile too!  =)

Simple- As stated.

photo credit to: Tiny Prints

I hope I was able to shed light on the various types of Christmas cards.  Keep in mind there is no wrong choice when it comes to deciding on the type of Christmas card to send to others.  Whichever you choose, I’m sure it will be amazing!

Take a look at my family’s Christmas card for 2011!

Happy Holidays from my superhero family!

auntie k

Holiday Magic at Disneyland

Have you seen that one youtube video of a little girl’s reaction to the news that she is going to go to Disneyland?  If you haven’t, take a look!

It is so adorable that something seemingly so little, can mean so much to somebody.  I can’t remember the last time I reacted as joyfully to something as she did… maybe at my sister’s wedding?  Maybe?

Well, last week, we took my nephew Jackson to Disneyland.  I mean, we mentioned it to him a few weeks back, and trust me, there was not a day that passed when he did not mention “DISNEYYYAND.”  So, it was about time we went.

My goodness, I was in for a surprise when my family of 7 walked up to the box office.  Do you remember when Disneyland used to charge PER ride? It is now $105 for a 1-day park hopper ticket!  Jackson… when you can read, you owe us big time!  But you know what, even the ticket prices couldn’t stop us or Jackson from having a fun-filled family day at the happiest place on Earth…. or Pluto.

Going to Disneyland for the first time since my sister’s kids were born, I finally got to witness the holiday magic Mickey & Friends can bring to a family.  All of us either took a day off from work or school, but you know what?  It was worth it…  To experience Jackson’s first time at Disneyland was a great experience, one I wouldn’t trade for the world…  We all had a chance to escape all our worries, and take a step into one of the many features of Pluto.

I hope you enjoy the magical day I was able to capture.


auntie k

Top 15 Gift Ideas $50 and under

Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for a little one?  Here are some of my top picks in no particular order!

PlaSmart Plasma Car-$40.99

Melissa & Doug Chomp & Clack Alligator-$37.49

Plan Toys Fruit and Vegetable Cutting-$24.99

Jungle Bowling Set-$50.00

Sophie the Giraffe-$16.99

Cloud b Twilight Turtle-$21.74

Pound and Tap Bench-$30.00

Eco-Friendly Tea Set-$28.00

Hape/Educo Pyramid of Play-$22.49

Cloud b Sleep Sheep-$22.49

Chicco Fun Wheels Remote Control Car-$27.99Walrooz Connectable Sleds-$12.00

Alex Tub Tune Water Drums-$13.72

Alex My Tabletop Easel$48.74

Wooden Train Set $18.99-$26.99

Happy shopping!

auntie k

You May Be The World

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
-Brandi Snyder

Thank you Baby Syndie and Daddy Steve!

Meet Sophie


So I was introduced by my nephew Jackson to this Giraffe named Sophie.  If you haven’t met Sophie before, and I am guilty as well, she is a baby teething toy in the form of a Giraffe.

A giraffe?  Okay, so what?  Think of the times we live in now with all its advances in technology, research and development…When you search for the top baby products sold on Amazon, you will find Sophie… Top 3 in fact!

I thought to myself, “What’s so great about this toy? It’s JUST a giraffe-

So I looked into this world’s famous baby teething toy and found out why Sophie is so popular.  Not only is she BPA and Phthalate Free, which are the first things my sister looks for in any toy, but Sophie is also the safest toy for your baby.  On top of that, she stimulates each of your child’s 5 senses:

Sight – Her dark spots provide for visual stimulation

Hear – Sophie is able to entertain and excite the baby as she squeaks when pressed

Taste – Babies love putting Sophie in their tiny mouths as she is made from 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree, and coated with food paint

Touch – Sophie’s rubbery texture feels like a mother’s skin, which arouses physiological and emotional responses that comfort the baby

Smell – Her unique natural rubber scent distinguishes her from all the other toys

50 years later and Sophie hasn’t aged a day.  This little giraffe has been sold over 30 million times! With the holidays coming up, wrap charming little Sophie up as a present and pass her along to another happy baby!

Celebrities Love Sophie!