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.

35 Halloween Hashtags to Enhance Your Social Media

The Halloween season is here. Adding Halloween hashtags to your social media posts is a great attention grabber. Hashtags are a great cross-referencing tool. If someone is looking up Halloween related content, your post could show up in the timeline. Do you need inspiration for Halloween hashtags? Check out the following list.

  1. #Halloween (Basic but effective)
  2. #Halloween2021
  3. #HalloweenDecor
  4. #HalloweenIsComing
  5. #TrickorTreat
  6. #HalloweenIsHere
  7. #TrunkorTreat
  8. #SpookyTime
  9. #IWantHalloweenCandy
  10. #CandyTime
  11. #Oct31st
  12. #HalfWaytoHalloween
  13. #HalloweenVibes
  14. #WithcyFeeling
  15. #HalloweenSeason
  16. #HalloweenLover
  17. #HalloweenMovies
  18. #HalloweenTime
  19. #ScaryTime
  20. #HorrorTime
  21. #Scary
  22. #Spooky
  23. #Pumpkin
  24. #PumpkinEverything
  25. #WitchyVibes
  26. #Cosplay
  27. #DressUp
  28. #HalloweenPast
  29. #HalloweenMask
  30. #MidnightHour
  31. #Ghosts
  32. #Goblins
  33. #HauntedHouse
  34. #PumpkinCarving
  35. #HalloweenEveryday

Happy Halloween!

10 Days of Harry Potter: Owl Craft 2

In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, owls are useful for sending letters, packages, and more. If you were attending Hogwart’s, wouldn’t you want an owl?

Now think about your owl:

  • What is the color of your owl?
  • What color eyes does your owl have?
  • What is your owl’s name?
  • Who would be the first person you sent a letter to via your owl?

Materials Needed:

  • A ceramic owl (Wal-Mart sells ceramic owls for under $4).
  • Paint in the colors of your choice
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

  1. Put newspaper or other protective material down for painting.
  2. Paint your owl.
  3. Allow your owl to dry.
  4. Display your owl, proudly.

Write a story about your owl. Enjoy the entire creative process of making your owl.

 

Christmas Shows for Family Night

Christmas break is an excellent time for family night. Take a break from your busy holiday schedule to spend time together. Order pizza or make popcorn, hot cocoa, or other special treats to ma(2003ke the night memorable. Do you need some Christmas show ideas?

Rebecca’s Top 25 Christmas Shows for Family Night

The following is a list of ideas. As a parent or guardian, you will know which shows are appropriate for your family night. Of course, these shows can also be just for fun with a group of friends.

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  2. Elf (2003)
  3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  4. A Christmas Story (1983)
  5. The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)
  6. If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie (2016)
  7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  8. Frosty the Snowman
  9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town 
  10. The Litte Drummer Boy
  11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 
  12. Micky’s Once Upon a Christmas
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  14. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  15. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
  16. Polar Express
  17. Home Alone (1990)
  18. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003)
  19. SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge Bob Christmas
  20. Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas 
  21. The Flight Before Christmas
  22. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  23. Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
  24. The Year Without Santa Claus
  25. Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey 

Regardless of your choice, enjoy your family movie night.

 

 

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Ways to Give Thanks

November is about recognizing the positive attributes happening in your life right now. Showing gratitude about your daily life is good for your well-being. Are you looking for ways to give thanks? Consider reaching out to someone in need or volunteering. If you need inspiration, check out the following list.

  • Donate groceries to a food bank
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter or rescue.
  • Buy a coffee or hot chocolate for your co-workers
  • Give flowers to your child’s teacher
  • Cook a meal for a family going through a rough time
  • Leave a tip above the standard rate
  • Donate your gently used clothes to a women’s shelter (personal hygiene products are also a welcomed donation)
  • Offer to drive an elderly person around to run errands or go to a doctor’s appointment
  • Leave a positive review on social media about your recent restaurant visit. Give your waiter or waitress some positive feedback.
  • Engage in a kind gesture. Hold the door open for someone. Or allow a person with a single item check out ahead of you and your cartload of groceries.
  • At the drive-thru, pay for the next person’s order
  • Write a thank you card to your favorite teacher.
  • Volunteer at a nursing home.
  • Take a bag of groceries to a relative or person in need.
  • Volunteer or donate money to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
  • Volunteer to babysit
  • Tape quarters inside of a dryer’s lid at the public laundry mat
  • Tape quarters to a vending machine
  • Donate toys for the holiday season

Finding small ways to give thanks may have a significant impact on another’s person day.

 

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