Top 6 Reasons You Should Still Mail Christmas Cards

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This post is brought to you in partnerships with Orajel. All opinions are my own. Every year I hear the same excuses as to why people don't mail Christmas cards to their family and friends via USPS snail mail. People often say things like: "Christmas cards are so much work!" "It's just another thing to do during the busy Christmas season." "Honestly, sometimes I just forget to do them until after Christmas is over, and then don't send them because I'm embarrassed to send them so late." "People just throw out the cards anyway, so why bother?" "They are too expensive!  There's the cost of a photographer and/or a ...

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16 Practical Genealogy Gifts for Modern Family History Lovers

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Genealogy Gifts Ideas for Modern Family History Lovers, memory and record keepers. Gift guide for people who love preserving their family's histories now and in the past.

Looking for awesome genealogy gifts for Christmas for the Family History lover you know? Keep reading for great genealogy gift ideas. According to USA Today, Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States. I can understand why as I've spent time doing my own genealogy and family history research - it's addicting! You want to keep digging deeper into your past, into understanding who you are, who your ancestors were, for better or for worse. It's a great mystery worth investigating and discovering! It's the fulfillment of Malachi's promise that Elijah the prophet will come and turn the heart of the the fathers ...

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How to Get Even Stubborn Children to Smile Authentically for Pictures

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This post is brought to you in partnerships with Orajel. All opinions are my own. There is nothing that makes me enjoy motherhood more than my child giving me a big, fat, cheesy, whole-face smile. The one where their eyes turn almond shaped and sparkle with pure joy. The smile where you just want to pinch their adorable baby cheeks. Accompany it with their real laugh, and my heart has just melted into a puddle on the floor. How did I create such a beautiful, happy, child with a smile for days? A smile that is freely shared with me dozens of times each day? Some days, my child's smile is all I need to turn my grumpy, sad ...

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9 Reasons Why Handwriting is Better than Typing

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Handwriting inspires creativity more than typing.

Each person is unique in that they have distinguishing features about them. Each person has their own, one-of-a-kind, set of DNA (except for identical twins) and fingerprints, along with their own original composition of body features and coloring. Another unique characteristic that humans do not share is their handwriting. In fact, understanding and analyzing someone's handwriting can say a lot about a person's character, disposition, and aptitude via the science of graphology. But, today we live in a digital world and many people are switching the pen and paper for keyboard and screen. But, I don't believe that we should give up ...

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Are Your Memories at Risk? The Best Way to Store Digital Photos Forever

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the best way to store digital photos and pictures forever!! The M-DISC photo archive!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of M-DISC, the best way to store digital photos forever, and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own.  Don't you wish that our ancestors had the technology that we have today? Don't you wish that there were thousands of pictures of them doing everyday things? Don't you wish you could have videos or audio recordings of them living, singing, celebrating so you could hear what they sounded like, if they were funny, or how they spoke to others? I certainly do! But, unfortunately, many of us have very little to remember our ancestors of past centuries by beside a handful of ...

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The Art of Family Storytelling and Why It’s Important

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Family Storytelling - Both sharing family history stories and telling fun bedtime stories - are SO great for your kids! Love all of these ideas and research as to why and how to do it.

Lately there has been something pressing on my mind, something that I feel I need to do for my children. I feel this way because I am understanding more and more the importance of family storytelling, both good bedtime storytelling and the telling of family history stories. There is power is in stories, especially true stories, and magic in their telling. The thing about stories are that they are memorable. You can read a textbook all day, but won't remember much of the facts, because they aren't particularly remarkable or engaging. Just as doing something physically, hands-on, is more memorable than reading about or seeing ...

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Apparoo App of the Week – Blinkbuggy

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Download Blinkbuggy and finally (and easily) create that baby book - It's as easy as all those Facebook updates.

This post is sponsored by Apparoo. How do we always find time to post super-adorable kid pictures on Facebook, but somehow never get that long-planned baby book done? Well, guilt-trip no more thanks to... This week's Apparoo App of the Week: Blinkbuggy Blinkbuggy is an online baby book that puts all your photos, milestones and funny stories in one place – and it’s as easy as a status update. You can keep it completely private, link to social media (it can even grab the photos you’ve already posted), or share with whomever you choose – great for grandparents! These precious years will disappear faster than that photo you posted ...

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Keep Good Going – Whistle While You Work

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Keep Good Going - Whistling Mother

This post was sponsored by New York Life thanks to Social Spark. Find out how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going by visiting newyorklife.com/keepgoodgoing. Don't you just love how good things keep going? How family members can inspire a legacy of service, of passions, of skills, character, and knowledge (among many other things) to their loved ones? It's like in My Uncle’s Gift where a love of film-making inspires the next generation: The Keep Good Going Life Lessons are welcome nuggets of wisdom and insight that are derived from life experiences. They are often simple, but always profound because they ...

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Friday Favorites

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I thought last week was busy, but this week proved to be just as busy!1. On Saturday I had my baby shower!  How fun!  I am so thankful for all the people who helped put it together and came and gave me such nice gifts for my baby boy!  It was a lot of fun.  I'll have to do a post about it with all the pictures from it.  But for now, here's a sample:2. Monday I didn't go anywhere but got some random things done from home, like writing thank-you notes for my shower, sending out an email about the Activity Day activity that week, calling a few people, etc.  That night we had a quick FHE lesson as well. 2 for 2 now.  3. On Tuesday I ...

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Family History Fever

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I used to do quite a bit of Family History and Genealogy research but had been taking a break.  But during this last General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Richard G. Scott gave a talk titled - The Joy of Redeeming the Dead - that has since prompted me to get back to my research, especially in the conclusion of that talk, where he said:But what about you? Have you prayed about your own ancestors’ work? Set aside those things in your life that don’t really matter. Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences. Perhaps you have been prompted to look for ancestors but feel you are ...

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Friday Favorites

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1. Our friend Tanya visited us!  You can read about it HERE.2. Went to the library on Monday and picked up some books on hold.  Now I need to get reading!  Book club is coming up soon.3. Josh didn't have school or work on Monday because of fall break.  It was nice having him home on a Monday, which are usually very long days.4. We had FHE again this Monday.  We taught the girls about families and family trees.  I drew a little picture for them and they were totally into it.  We then went and bought pumpkins and Josh made caramel apples.  We gave two to our new neighbors. 5. I have been doing a lot of family history research this ...

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A Very Fagan Christmas

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Yesterday we had the wonderful opportunity of celebrating Christmas with Josh's parents!  Since they will be visiting Josh's sister and her family for the Holidays, we had to get together before then.They came up and we gave them their gifts.  This is possibly the most thoughtful gift we've ever given anyone - The Fagan Family Genealogy.  Josh and I have done a lot of research on his father's side of the family over the years (and I most recently found a bunch of good stuff - thank you Ancestry.com Free Access Days!) and wanted to compile it all together for Josh's dad.  He loved it. We filled out family group sheets, and ancestral ...

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