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!

10 KOAs to visit with kids

These KOAs are the perfect destinations for families with kids. Not only are these amazing locations, the campgrounds are just incredible!

Kampgrounds of America (notice that K at the front of Kampgrounds?? ¬†That’s how their brand is spelled because they’re kool! ūüėČ ) have become an all-time favorite of our family’s. ¬†Offering amenities such as cabins, bounce pillows, mini golf, and super fun pools have made them the perfect choice for our family. We have been crafting a list of destinations for the last couple of years, and there are 10 KOAs to visit with kids … read on–>

easy nerf gun party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

Once upon a time, we only had one or two kids. ¬†They were young and weren’t involved in sports, and our time was plentiful. ¬†Then we had a couple more kids, and they all kept growing, and became more involved in extra curricular activities, and they started having homework. ¬†Once all of this went down, I started dropping the ball with birthday parties. ¬†We just don’t have the time or money to do anything extravagant. … read on–>

diy spring wreath

This DIY spring wreath is so pretty, and I can't believe she made it with a pool noodle! How awesome is that?!!

Deciding to decorate the house for spring on a budget, has made me really think creatively. ¬†I was seriously so excited when this idea came to me, and I was really hoping it would work out. ¬†And, guess what, I managed to make the easiest DIY spring wreath ever! ¬†What’s even cooler is what it is made out of, and that I managed to finish the whole DIY spring wreath in about 30 minutes. ¬†Which … read on–>

Campfire snacks for kids

It just isn't a camping trip without campfire snacks. The best part about this is there's no reason you can't make these in the backyard fire pit!

Camping as a family has become one of our favorite things to do. One of the best parts about camping is all of the fun foods we get to eat. ¬†I have been searching for the best campfire snacks for kids since we know we will be camping again this summer. ¬†I have spoken a lot about why we choose experiences over things. ¬†And the best part about these campfire snacks for kids is that … read on–>

the easiest monkey bread ever

This is the easiest breakfast ever! You're going to love this easy monkey bread recipe.

Breakfast is a favorite in this house, and the sweeter it is, the better. My kids are obsessed with pancakes, and french toast, and anything else they can get away with putting syrup on. ¬†They are also obsessed with cinnamon sugar. ¬†Unfortunately for them, I am a terrible pancake maker, and I am not a morning person. ¬†Which means I refuse to make anything that takes any real effort on my part. This is super … read on–>

taking pictures at night

Just because the sun is gone, doesn't mean you have to stop taking pictures of your kids! check out these tips for taking pictures at night.

Some of the sweetest moments of our days happen at night when things calm down, which is exactly why you NEED these tips for taking pictures at night, are definitely a must read! ¬†The kids are calmer, and time spent together is super snugly. ¬†It has always been my favorite time of day, but it has not always been my favorite time of day to take pictures. ¬†In my early photography days, I used the … read on–>

creative easter basket ideas

I can't believe how many cool ideas there are here. I love putting stuff in my kids' Easter baskets that aren't candy!

Stuffing Easter baskets is one of my favorite things to do. ¬†It’s so much fun finding little creative things to fill them with. ¬†Candy is definitely one filler we use, but we don’t tend to go crazy with it. ¬†I would rather find things that the kids could enjoy for more than a couple of days. ¬†It’s also a good time for me to replenish outdoor, and summer toys! ¬†Plus, you don’t even have to … read on–>

how a momtographer should choose a new camera

There are so many things to think about when you choose a new camera! I wish someone would have pointed me in the right direction when I was trying to decide which camera to buy!

Wondering how to¬†choose a camera with so many options to choose from? ¬†To the mom who chases her kids around with her phone, or the fancy DSLR, or the point and shoot camera you’ve owned for years, thee mom who loves taking pictures of her kids, and is dying to get a new camera, but just isn’t sure where to start, I got your back! ¬†You wouldn’t believe how many people came to me this … read on–>

how to plan a perfect family camping trip

there is so much that goes into planning a family camping trip. these tips are great!

When we started taking our kids camping a few years ago, we were complete camping newbies. We had been camping before, but never with kids. In short, we had no idea how to plan a family camping trip. It has become one of our favorite things to do with as a family, the kids have learned some pretty awesome life lessons, and we have learned a lot about what goes into planning a camping trip … read on–>

super fun and easy indoor activities for kids

We are going crazy being stuck inside all day. These indoor activities for kids are a perfect way to beat the winter blues!

Frigid temperatures (at least frigid to me!)¬†tend to keep us indoors a lot during the winter months. Even if I were willing to venture out in the cold, it’s a lot of work with the kids, and it’s often short lived because the kids can only handle it for so long. ¬†We can get a little stir crazy, and are often looking for things to do without having to leave the house and pay for … read on–>

the secrets to a fantastic family game night

We love a good family game night. These tips always help to make our game night great!

Whenever I post something like this, I worry that it will come off as if this is an everyday occurrence. ¬†We certainly don’t have family game night every night, or even once a week, or even once a month (if I am being honest). But like many things we do, throwing this kind of activity in every now and then helps ground us. ¬†The kids love to play board games, and we have a ton! … read on–>

how to distress furniture like a boss

I love distressed pieces of furniture, and this is one of the easiest DIY projects you can do!

There is no shortage of painted furniture in our house, and every single piece of that painted furniture is distressed. ¬†I have 4 kids. ¬†They are not the cleanest kids around (if you’ve been privileged enough to see my van, you can attest to that). ¬†They are rough on everything in my house, and no matter how had I try to keep things looking “new” it doesn’t happen. ¬†On top of that, I like white … read on–>

12 tips for traveling to an all-inclusive resort- with kids!

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Amazingly, we were lucky enough to visit Mexico, and our first all-inclusive resort, last year. ¬†Since it was an all-inclusive resort, we really figured there wasn’t much we had to learn before we went. But we absolutely could have used a few tips for traveling to an all-inclusive resort with kids. ¬†After getting excited, and searching some random things online, we realized all-inclusive doesn’t necessarily equal pack your clothes, and don’t worry about anything else. … read on–>

how to use window light in pictures to get incredible pictures of your kids

I love being able to use natural light for indoor pictures,. Using window light in pictures is awesome!

Apart from being outside and taking pictures in natural light, using window light in pictures is my favorite! ¬†Windows can act as a giant softbox, and is darn near close to being outside in open shade. ¬†Since we are stuck indoors most of the winter months (we aren’t really winter people so we don’t spend much time in the cold. ¬†brrr!!), I have had to resort to getting creative with window light. ¬†It’s not hard … read on–>

super cheap DIY moss covered eggs

I can't believe these DIY moss covered eggs, are made out of scrap paper and a plastic bag! So easy, and they look great!

Easter and spring decorations are my favorite, but I am also one of the cheapest people on Earth. ¬†Spending money on decorations that aren’t meant to stay up year round, are usually not on the top of my list. ¬†Hey, I’m still working on filling in rooms of our house. This year though, I promised myself Easter/ spring decorations. ¬†I’m kind of obsessed with all things Pottery Barn, and their spring decorations are no obsession. … read on–>