About lorrin sell

professional photographer and mom with a camera embracing the perfect mess of life with 4 kids. Offering photo tips, recipes, diys, travel tips + more mom-life!

big brother and sister shirts

These big brother and sister shirts are the perfect way to announce a new baby in the family, or a sweet gift for big bro and sis when the baby arrives!

Promoting your little guy or girl to big brother/ sister is super exciting for everyone.  And, it’s super fun to announce your news to everyone using big brother and sister shirts or even a sweet gift to give them when they baby arrives.  I wish they would have had some of these adorable shirts when we were promoting our kids!  These are adorable and so creative! Before I get into all of this cuteness, if … read on–>

How to get kids to love reading

teach kids to love reading

Finding a good book, one you can’t put down, you never want it to end.  When I think back to growing up and what book that was for me Anne of Green Gables instantly comes to mind.  I gobbled it up as quickly as my eyes could scan the pages.  Most of us wish that for our children, to look over and see their nose buried in a book dreaming of a spectacular adventure.  For some … read on–>

Teaching kids about money

These easy mason jar banks are a great way to teach kids about money.

Money management is a tricky subject to teach children.  I’m always wondering how much is too much to expect, what’s too little, and what’s just right.  I think teaching kids about money is pretty overwhelming! I grew up in a home where money wasn’t really discussed unless it was to say we didn’t have enough money for something.  Since there wasn’t much to spare, we didn’t really discuss saving, or donating.  As an adult, I … read on–>

friday finds | awesome finds for busy moms

These are great products or services for busy moms and their families!

Friday finds!  I’ve decided that Fridays are for fun, and what’s more fun than someone cluing you into a great deal, or introducing you to something you didn’t even know existed, or realize you needed!  Of course, not everything I share on Fridays will be everyone’s cup of tea, but I can promise you that I’ll always share something I love, or caught my eye when I was busy window shopping from the comfort of … read on–>

how to make pizza on the grill

how to make pizza on the grill (1)

Pizza is a staple in this house.  We could probably eat it 3 times a week. Easily.  Aldi Supermarket is also a family fave.  (Nope NOT a sponsored post, just a little something I thought I would share with you all since it’s been so great for our family!)  We have been shopping at Aldi for about 5 years now, and I’m not even kidding when I say it destroys me to have to go … read on–>

how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids

Kids love a trip to the zoo. Before your next trip to the zoo, it will help to think about how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids.

Visiting the zoo is one of our family’s favorite things to do together. We are lucky to live near the beautiful Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.  Knowing how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids made our recent trip to the zoo absolutely perfect! how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the … read on–>

water balloon game ideas

My kids love water balloons. these are great water balloon ideas for kids and for outdoor parties

Water balloons are a right of passage for most kids.  I remember being so excited to play with water balloons.  Unfortunately, once I became old enough to fill water balloons myself, I realized they are the most annoying and time consuming thing- in the world.  Needless to say, my kids haven’t gotten to play much with water balloons..  until now..  Now, I am all over these water balloon game ideas for kids. *for your convenience, … read on–>

14 reasons not to sign up for Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is a membership program which offers members benefits on Amazon. Here are 14 reasons not to sign up with Amazon Prime. I don't know what do you think?

Amazon Prime is a membership program which offers members benefits including free 2 day shipping, unlimited streaming of videos and music, and a free kindle library, among other things.  There are lots of reasons to sign up for Amazon Prime.  Here are 14 reasons not to sign up for Amazon Prime. 14 reasons not to sign up for Amazon Prime *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily … read on–>

Fun back to school traditions

Since back to school is right around the corner, I thought it would be neat to find some fun back to school traditions. I love these!

Since back to school is right around the corner, I thought it would be neat to find some fun back to school traditions.  Traditions can turn an otherwise ordinary event into so much more, and they can really help to alleviate some of the anxieties kids have.  Whether your kiddo is happily excited for school to start or feeling very nervous about that upcoming first day of school, these fun back to school traditions are … read on–>

10 ideas for cute first day of school pictures

These are the cutest ideas for first day of school pictures! I can't believe we are already thinking about back to school photos. Seems like summer just started!

School will be starting in just a little over a month.  Some of my friends even have kiddos starting school in less than a month!!  While it might seem premature to think about, parents all over the world will be taking first day of school pictures.  I’ve gathered some ideas for cute first day of school pictures you’re going to love! 10 Ideas for cute first day of school pictures *for your convenience, there may be … read on–>

Awesome shark finds for shark lovers

Sharks are absolutely fascinating to me, and so many others. These awesome shark finds for shark lovers will have you wishing you can have one of everything!

Sharks are absolutely fascinating to me, and obviously so many others.  I am equal parts terrified, and amazed by them.  Shark week is one of my very favorite weeks of the year.  This is the week Discovery Channel will be a constant on the television, and my butt will rarely leave the couch.  Breaking away is just too risky, who knows what I could miss.  These awesome shark finds for shark lovers have me writing a … read on–>

7 tips for taking underwater pictures of kids

I love underwater pictures of kids, it's one time the kids don't fight me about pictures. These tips for taking underwater pictures of kids are the best!

Underwater pictures have a magical feel to them.  They remind me of mermaids, dolphins, and summer. Alright, I realize that combination is strange.  Really though, underwater pictures are just dreamy to me no matter what the subject is, or which body of water is.  My goal this summer has been to really work on taking better underwater pictures. There is more than a little difference between taking photographs on land, and underwater.  I have come up with … read on–>

Easy DIY Sidewalk Paint

I love this easy DIY sidewalk paint, and so did the kids!

Back in June, I was asked to guest post over on the Crafting Chicks Blog.  It was a huge honor because they just have the coolest blog, and I couldn’t believe they actually asked little ol’ me to share something fun with their audience.  Anyhow, I decided this diy sidewalk paint was perfect! Since we are officially into summer, we are soaking in as much summer sun as we can. Any chance we can take … read on–>

Free Play Room Printables

I love these free play room printables. They make decorating with kids so easy, and stylish!! PLUS- They're FREE!

Decorating a play room can be tricky.  Well, at least I think it can be tricky.  My kids are tough on things.  I have started to think long and hard about all of the possible ways my kids can destroy things when it comes to decorating our house.  We have four kids, our house is lived in.  Since there’s always a possibility things won’t last long, cost comes into play quite often.  Printables are an … read on–>

Sandals that kids can play in

These are the perfect sandals for kids to play in, or go out for dinner. I love how easily they clean up.

Sandals are our shoes of choice once the weather allows for them. My kids aren’t fans of socks and shoes, and since they are the first to jump in a puddle, or creek if they come across one, sandals make the most sense.  Of course, they don’t want to wear tennis shoes even when they won’t be headed into a puddle, so I am always on the hunt for shoes that will transition from play … read on–>