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!

best board games for families

Board games are a great way to spend time as a family. These are the best board games for families with kids of all ages.

Board games are one thing everyone in this family enjoys.  Playing board games is a great way to spend time together as a family.  We love planning a family game night last minute.  These are some of the best board games for families, and sure to create some pretty amazing memories! Best Board Games for families *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the things i … read on–>

caramelized onion galette

With the rich flavors of caramelized onions and parmesan cheese, this caramelized onion galette is the perfect easy appetizer for busy holiday celebrations!

With the rich flavors of caramelized onions and parmesan cheese, this caramelized onion galette is the perfect easy appetizer for busy holiday celebrations!With all the craziness that goes into preparing for a holiday dinner, you don’t want to have to worry about what to serve as appetizers. Sure, you could go with the standard cheese and crackers platter, but why not up the ante this year with a delicious…and surprisingly simple caramelized onion galette? Hello … read on–>

spending one on one time with kids

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  Spending one on one time with my kids does not come without a bit of work.  Sure, I spend time with each of them alone.  And, please don’t mistake this post for giving myself a guilt trip because I have to spread myself thin.  I’m realistic enough to be able to tell myself the kids get plenty of attention.  Spending one on one time with kids when you’re already struggling to do everything else … read on–>

10 easy snack ideas for snack day

Finding easy snack ideas for snack day isn't always easy. These snacks will be easy to grab and take the worry out of how you will get everything done!

Snack day is one of the most exciting days for a preschooler or grade school kiddo.  Finding easy snack ideas for snack day isn’t always easy.  Sure, you can find about a thousand super cute, and time consuming snack ideas on Pinterest, but finding ideas for the last minute person like myself isn’t always as easy. Listen, I’m NOT saying anything against taking the time to make a super fun, and creative snack for your … read on–>

things to do with pumpkins other than carve them

If you have small children, you may be looking for things to do with pumpkins other than carve them, this fall. This is a great list!

October means most of us are all over fall activities, choosing our outfits for fall pictures, leaf crafts, taking pictures of Halloween costumes, and pumpkin carving!  We love carving pumpkins, but it’s definitely a procedure with small children.  Especially since everyone needs their own pumpkin in this house.  You can’t imagine how long it takes to “prep” 4 pumpkins for carving while 4 kids sit impatiently waiting for their turn.  Of course, it does get easier … read on–>

Gifts for kids who love dolls

Whether you're shopping for a girl or a boy, you're going to love these gifts for kids who love dolls. Find everything from baby dolls to doll houses!

Playing with dolls was my absolute favorite thing to do when I was young.  I have to admit, I probably played with them longer than I should have.  Our first three weren’t fans of dolls, but since T was born, I finally have a reason to search for gifts for kids who love dolls!! I won’t even try to pretend I am not thrilled she loves her dolls as much as I did.  But the … read on–>

11 tips for hockey moms

Hockey moms have to have it together to keep up with this lifestyle. These tips for hockey moms will help to manage all of those early mornings at the rink.

  Hockey has become as much of a part of our lives as going to school, or taking a bath everyday.  For the last 10ish years, we have had at least one child involved in hockey.  In the last 5 years, it’s been 2+ kids involved in hockey.  We are no stranger to early morning practices, and weekends spent in hotels traveling from one rink to the next for tournaments.  Our two youngest have been … read on–>

10 kid crafts that use leaves

These kid crafts that use leaves are so fun, and simple.

Autumn leaves are the perfect craft supply!  The kids get to go outside and search for the best leaves, and they add so much color to their craft.  I just love using nature in crafts.  These kid crafts using leaves are so fun, and simple. 10 kid crafts using leaves *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the things i am showing you.  by using these links, … read on–>

7 tips for managing a busy schedule

Managing a busy schedule isn't always easy. These 5 tips will help you to stay on top of things, and make family life less chaotic for everyone.

September marks the start of an extremely busy schedule in our house.  Hockey starts (or gets more consistent), school starts (which means homework, making lunches, returning paperwork), and my photography business moves to full speed, along with the rest of life that’s been happening all summer long.  Things in our house have spiraled out of control by the end of summer.  My anxiety is admittedly at an all-time high around this time of year.  Now … read on–>

5 ways to make school lunch more fun

Making school lunch can be super boring for the person making it, and the one eating it! I love these ways to make school lunch fun

  School is back in session for most of you.  Can I get an “AMEN!”?? I wasn’t as ready for school to start when it was scheduled to start, but a new school building, required a push back in the start of school.  I’m beyond ready now, and so are my kids!  But, school starting also means I am back to making school lunches which might be the MOST boring job EVER!  I’m talking 180 … read on–>

4 skin care products even busy moms can use

These skin care products for busy moms are perfect for those of us who need a way to fit taking care of ourselves when we are busy taking care of others.

Becoming a mom has taught me so much about love, life, and..  what it means to have close to no time for myself.  I’m kidding, kind of. Finding skin care products for busy moms isn’t always easy, but I managed to find them! I mean, let’s face it, right now, the kids come first.  We make their meals, we shuttle them to and from school, and 609 activities, and drop them off at their friends’ … read on–>

7 reasons to check out Splash Magic Campground

The Splash Magic Campground in Pennsylvania has so many fun activities, and great reasons for families to want to visit the campground.

Every year, our family hosts a reunion at a campground.  It’s the perfect opportunity for all of us to get together, and spend time with one another. This was the third year we’ve done this, and I am thrilled to see how close the kids are becoming.  They count down the days until this weekend, and so do the grown ups!  This year, we visited Splash Magic Campground in Pennsylvania.  There’s a reason the place … read on–>

tips for running errands with children

Running errands with children isn't always a walk in the park. These tips for running errands with kids will make the task so much easier!

Having children rocked  my world in so many ways.  I considered myself pretty prepared having gone to college to work with children, working in a day care for years, having brothers who were 15 and 17 years wonder than I was, and even babysitting a lot (like A LOT) more than pretty much anyone I knew.  I knew I could pass on a few tips for running errands with children. I was pretty sure I had … read on–>

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.  For some a love for reading happens easily, but for many reading has turned into an assigned chore instead of a pleasure, and leave you wondering how to get kids to love reading. I gobbled up that book as … read on–>