Quick Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

Tomorrow is Easter! Are you ready? Are you still preparing Easter baskets? Did you remember your four-legged companion? Dogs are a valuable part of your family. Spoiling them with an Easter basket adds to the excitement of the day. If you are searching for quick Easter basket ideas for your dog, check out the following list.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

  1. New Collar: After the long winter, is your dog’s collar looking a little worn? Consider a brightly colored collar to go with the warm months ahead.
  2. Bandana: A new, holiday-themed bandana to wear around on Easter Sunday is the perfect addition to your dog’s basket. Bandanas are an inexpensive Easter Basket filler. You may want to grab a couple extra for the upcoming summer months.
  3. Squeaky Toys or Ball: Does your dog like squeaky toys? Or is playing catch a favorite for your four-legged fur baby? Almost every department store carries a large selection of squeaky toys and balls. Grab two or three for your dog’s basket.
  4. Dog Biscuits, Treats, or Bones: What’s your dog’s favorite snack? When you are out picking up last-minute items for Easter, grab a bag of your dog’s preferred treat. If you want to go the extra step, you can always make homemade dog biscuits to place in the basket.
  5. Doggie Fashion Wear: Shirts, coats, hats, and even pajamas are all available for your dog to enjoy.
  6. New Stuffed Toy (Dog Approved): A stuffed bunny or other dog toys are a perfect addition to the Easter Basket.
  7. Photo with the Easter Bunny: Many organizations host Easter Bunny photos for pets to raise funds. Generally, the cost is low or by donation. As a pet owner, you will get a memorable photo of your dog or the two of you together with the Easter Bunny. The best part, the funds raised go to a good cause.

Whatever you decide to do for Easter, take time to cuddle and love your faithful companion. Happy Easter!

Photos Ideas to Capture Your Easter Memories

Are you preparing for Easter? Do you want to preserve the moments with your family for lasting memories? If you are searching for inspiration, here is a checklist of photo ideas to capture this Easter.

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Dyeing Eggs

Coloring eggs at Easter is a long-standing tradition and perfect photos. Considering capture each step of the egg dyeing process.

  • Set up including plain eggs ready to go.
  • Dyeing process in cups.
  • Colorful eggs.
  • Dye on hands.
  • The result with everyone in the photo.
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Easter Egg Hunts

Are you hosting or attending an Easter egg hunt? Grab your camera to capture the fun.

  • Try different angles to capture the best photos.
  • Get down to your child’s level.
  • Photograph your children in line.
  • Collecting eggs.
  • Final count.
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Visit With the Easter Bunny

The yearly visit with the Easter Bunny is a great time for photos.

  • Standing in line.
  • The decorations around the Easter Bunny area, if applicable.
  • Going up to meet the Easter Bunny. Get a close-up of the first reaction.
  • Sitting on or beside the Easter Bunny.
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Easter Baskets

If Easter baskets are part of your holiday tradition, document every stage with photos.

  • Preparation, show everything before you build the baskets.
  • Playing Easter Bunny and hiding baskets.
  • Your children searching for the baskets.
  • Posing with all the Easter goodies.
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Church

For many attending church services is the main part of Easter celebrations. Capturing small moments before and after services is a great way to preserve the day.

  • Getting ready for church.
  • Easter Sunday attire
  • Arrival
  • In front of the church sign
  • Shaking hands with the pastor.
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Easter Dinner

Food is generally a vital component of any holiday. If you are preparing or attending an Easter dinner, photos are a must.

  • Table set up
  • Preparing food
  • Gathering around the table
  • Selfies with extended family members
  • Group poses after the meal
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Family Night

Your Easter is ending, time for family night. Gather everyone to watch an Easter -themed movie with light snacks or leftovers.

  • Selfie on the couch with family
  • Snacks
  • Movie of choice

Enjoy capturing photos to make your Easter a lasting memory. Yes, formal poses are nice. But the silly photos are the ones that make you smile.

Happy Easter!

Easter 2022: The Extra Easter Basket

The last couple of years has been tough for many individuals. Easter time is a great way to spread love and joy with friends, family members, or others in your life. As you attend church services, participate in Easter egg hunts with your family, and other community events, think about all the people around you.  Do they need extra kindness this Easter?

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For many, creating Easter baskets is a major part of the holiday celebrations. As you begin to play the honorary role of the Easter bunny, consider making an extra Easter basket to share with others. One simple act of kindness may have a positive impact on someone’s whole day or even week.

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Are you wondering who may need an Easter basket? Consider all the people; you encounter daily. If you still need inspiration for an extra Easter basket, consider the following.

  • Friends: Yes, you can make adult-themed Easter baskets with wine or lots of chocolate.
  • Extended Family Members: Do you know an older relative who is living alone? Or perhaps, do you have elderly neighbors who always greet you with a smile? Surprise them with an Easter basket.
  • Children: Do you know a family who is struggling? Are they able to give out Easter baskets? Giving a child an Easter basket creates a lasting memory.  (Remember you may need to ask permission to give a child an Easter basket. Some foods and toys may not be allowed.)
  • Teacher: The pandemic, health guidelines, switching between online and in-person learning, teachers are remarkable and deserving of an extra Easter basket.
  • Bus Driver: Every day, you trust the bus driver to get your child safely to school. The person deserves an Easter treat.
  • Childcare Provider: High-quality childcare providers are in demand. If you are lucky enough to find a great person to care for your child, brighten the provider’s day with an extra Easter basket.
  • Dog Walker: Rain or shine your dog walker is always on time to take your precious four-legged friend for a walk. For added fun, make the extra Easter basket from your dog.
  • Your Dog’s Pal: When you go to the dog park, does your dog pal around with another dog? Give your dog’s pal an extra Easter basket filled with doggie treats (and you can give one to the owner).
  • Customer Service Representative: An extra Easter basket for the barista who always gets your morning order correct. Or the cashier who always seems to be happy.

When passing out extra Easter baskets, the list of potential receivers is endless. Surprising someone at Easter is a wonderful way to celebrate.

Books for Kids to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Are you looking for easy ways to celebrate the annual holiday? Reading books with your kids is a quiet and rewarding way to explore the long-standing Irish tradition. If you are searching for books for kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, check out the following list.

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  1. “How to Catch a Leprechaun” (2016) – Adam Wallace
  2. Liam the Leprechaun Loves to Fart” (2021) – Humor Heals Us
  3. “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” (2009) – Natasha Wing
  4. “The Berenstain Bears’ St. Patrick’s Day” (2021) – Mike Berenstain
  5. “Leo the Farting Leprechaun and the Great Rainbow” (2022) – Emma Sill Publishing
  6. “Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George” (2014) – H.A. Rey
  7. “I Spy St. Patrick’s Day Book: St Patrick’s Day’ (2022) – Flora Sootie
  8. “St. Patrick’s Day” (1994) – Gail Gibbons
  9. “The Secret Life Of Leprechauns” (2020) – Luna James
  10. “Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade” (2017) – Shana Gorian
  11. “St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning” (1983) – Eve Bunting
  12. “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!” (2012) – Lucille Colandro
  13. “Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland” (1992) – Tomie dePaola
  14. “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato’ (1997) – Tomie dePaola
  15. “That’s What Leprechauns Do” (2009) – Eve Bunting
  16. Pout-Pout Fish: Lucky Leprechaun” (2019) – Deborah Diesen
  17. “Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase” (2019) – James Dean
  18. “Ten Lucky Leprechauns” (2013) – Kathryn Heling
  19. “Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk” (1992) – Gerald McDermott
  20. “Lucky Day” (2020) – Matt Donnelly

Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

31 Self-Care Ideas for January

Are you ready to start 2022? A new year is a great time to make a commitment to self-care. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for January.

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  1. Happy New Year’s Day! Go ahead and make a firm commitment to self-care. Enjoy your day!
  2. Organize your wardrobe. (Donate items that you no longer wear.)
  3. Commit 30 minutes a day with no screen time.
  4. Make a list of obtainable goals for 2022.
  5. Make an inspirational playlist for 2022.
  6. Stay hydrated. Drink 8 glasses of water a day!
  7. Go for a winter walk.
  8. Try a new workout routine.
  9. Start a 2022 daily journal.
  10. Make junk journals.
  11. Do a sugar detox.
  12. Create a monthly budget.
  13. Create a bucket list for the year.
  14. Declutter, organize, and clean your living space.
  15. Create a scrapbook of your holiday photos.
  16. Try a new recipe.
  17. Build a snowman.
  18. Commit to less time on social media.
  19. Make a 2022 vision board.
  20. Meditate or pray.
  21. Get a new haircut.
  22. Try new a new vegetable or fruit
  23. Do an in-home spa regiment.
  24. Take a long afternoon nap or sleep in.
  25. Soak in a warm bubble bath.
  26. Go to an art museum.
  27. Try a new hobby.
  28. Spend a day doing nothing, just relax.
  29. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  30. Go to the library or bookstore. Get a book that is outside of your normal reading genre.
  31. Reach out to an old friend, go out for lunch, or agree to do a monthly zoom call.

Happy January!

December Photo Prompts

Cold weather, snow, and hot cocoa are all a wonderful part of December. Grab your camera or phone to take lots of photos. If you need some inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for December.

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  1. Self-portrait
  2. Festive event
  3. Landscape
  4. Cold
  5. Almost dark
  6. Love
  7. Upside down
  8. Noon
  9. Close-up
  10. Favorite
  11. Signs
  12. Path
  13. Distance
  14. Warm beverage
  15. Favorite cold weather food
  16. Cityscape
  17. Sled
  18. Snow
  19. Sleigh ride
  20. Weather in the morning
  21. Welcome Winter
  22. Birds
  23. Out the window
  24. Christmas Eve
  25. Christmas Day
  26. Texture
  27. Group
  28. Skyline
  29. Silhouettes
  30. 4pm
  31. New Year’s Eve
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9 Ways to Thank a Veteran

Tomorrow, November 11th is Veterans Day. Are you and your family looking for ways to express your gratitude for the people in uniform? Check out the list below, hopefully, one of the ideas inspires you to thank a veteran.

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  1. Display the United States Flag: Fly the U.S. flag outside your home to show support on Veterans Day.
  2. Go Out to Lunch: Do you personally know a veteran? Offer to take him or her out to lunch. If you know a casual acquaintance who is a vet, but do not feel comfortable going out to lunch, buy a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Not only do you thank a veteran for service, but you also support a local business.
  3. Write a Thank You Note: Send thank you notes to the veterans in your life.
  4. Attend a Community Event: Many communities host parades or other activities to thank local veterans.
  5. Post on Social Media: If you do not know any veterans, post a thank you note to your social media pages.
  6. Send a Care Package: Do you know someone who is currently serving in the military? Send a care package with hometown favorites. If you do not know any sign up to send care packages to a military member who may not receive anything from home.
  7. Volunteer: Numerous non-profit organizations focus on helping homeless veterans. Sign up to volunteer at a local event.
  8. Donate: Send a monetary donation to a local VFW or other reputable organization. Since the holidays are just around the corner, many organizations are collecting to help military personnel and their families.
  9. Say a Prayer: At the next church service, simply say a prayer for all service members.

Happy Veterans Day!

20 Quotes for Veterans Day

This Thursday, November 11, 2021, is a federal holiday, Veterans Day to recognize those who have served their country. Many communities host events or parades to honor the brave men and women in uniform. The holiday recognizes all who have served, past, present, and future.

Quotes for Veterans Day

Posting to social media is one of the easiest ways to thank a veteran. If you need a quote for Veterans Day, check out the following for inspiration.

  1. “America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” -Steve Buyer
  2. “Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” – Douglas MacArthur
  3. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” -Abraham Lincoln
  4. “The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” – Judd Gregg
  5. “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud
  6. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” – Harry S. Truman
  7. “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  8. “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” -Jeff Miller
  9. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
  10. “On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” — Dan Lipinski
  11. “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
  12. “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan
  13. “Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach
  14. “America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” — Claudia Pemberton
  15. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick
  16. “I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.” — George W. Bush
  17. “Spending time with America’s soldiers is always inspiring.” — John Boehner
  18. “These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” — Michael N. Castle
  19. “But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.” — Nick Lampson
  20. “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.” — George Orwell

For all those who have served, Happy Veterans Day! God Bless!

Halloween Photography Tips for Lasting Memories

The old saying, “they grow up so fast” is true. Capturing childhood moments is essential for lasting memories. Halloween is one of those holidays, many children outgrow quickly. Do not let the opportunity go, take the time to photograph your children at Halloween.

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How to Get the Best Halloween Photos

1. Pre-Halloween Photo Shoot

Before Halloween, let your children try on their costumes.  Use this opportunity to plan a photo session.

  • Go to different places in your community to pose.
  • Use your child’s costume as a building block for finding the perfect place to pose. For example, Spiderman can easily pose on playground equipment.
  • Allow your child to get into character. Encourage impressions.

2. Be Patient

The big night is here, time for all the Halloween fun. Remember as you begin to take photos, be patient. Children are going to be excited about trick-or-treating or other Halloween events.

3. Document the Process from the Start

Do not wait until your children are dressed to take photos. Start snapping photos as soon as you begin to get ready for trick-or-treating. Often, the best photos come during the process of getting ready.

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4. Feature Props

Your photos need to include every part of your Halloween celebration.

  • If your child’s costume has props or special features, focus on them in a photo or two. The details always make the costumes.
  • Include decorations in your photos, your carved pumpkins or other yard decorations.
  • Take Halloween photos with your pets.
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5. Group Photo

Along with individual photos, get a group photo before trick-or-treating begins. Make sure to include yourself in one of the photos. Pose together before the sun goes down. Remember to use natural light to get the best photo. When you can, skip the flash.

6. Trick-or-Treating Photos

The main event is here.

  • Take numerous action photos of your children going from house to house. Avoid using flash.
  • Use streetlights or porch lights to add a glow effect.
  • Find a bright light to create silhouettes of your children in costume.  
  • Get photos from different angles.
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7. Last Photo of the Night

When returning home, get one last photo. Ask your children to show off their candy collection. Of course, some younger children may be asleep by the time you return home. Do not forget to get a photo. This is a perfect picture opportunity for the end of the night.

8. Get Creative with Editing

When editing photos, use special effects.

  • Use fog effect.
  • Convert to black and white photos.
  • Make certain colors stand out. Orange is a Halloween color. Turn photos of pumpkins black and white but keep the bright orange colors.
  • Use the soft-focus option to center on your children.

Happy Halloween! When out trick-or-treating, remember to have fun.

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