Preserving Memories


“Today’s experiences are tomorrow’s memories.” - Barbara Johnson

Are you looking for a unique way to preserve memories for your family? Is preserving memories important to you? Sometimes after sharing a great experience with loved ones we forget to document the occasion.  I have come across a wonderful company called Once Upon a Family that helps us preserve those memories. What I like about the company is that it goes beyond scrapbooking.  They have come up with so many different ways to keep and share family traditions and memories.


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Memories chest from Once Upon a Family

They have products for many occasions including birthdays, new baby, graduation, reunions and more. The box above is a box to store mementos and memories. They also have conversation starters and a family fun box. The family fun box comes with a family fun pad where everyone gets to write down their ideas of a fun family activity.  The family chooses a night to pull one from the box.  The family then decides a time for the activity to be done during that week.  Weekends are a popular time for families to get together and enjoy the activity together.

Preserving memories can be hard to do without the help of great ideas. These day it’s hard to find a company that’s primary purpose is building strong traditions and teaching values. Many times family members have their cell phones at the table and aren’t paying any attention to each other. My hope is that families will be more intentional about listening to one another and making lasting memories.


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You can click on any of the images and it will take you to the Once Upon a Family website.  This post DOES contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.  How do you like to preserve family traditions and memories?

Jumpstart Your Business With iBloom

Are you ready to jumpstart your business?  The founder of iBloom, Kelly Thorne-Gore has put together an amazing package deal for the summer.  Get help with your marketing strategy for only $27. You will receive three training videos.  I have attended some of these classes and found them very helpful for getting laser focused with my business and blog. The second option is $47 and includes the marketing strategy and so much more.  You can click on the image above to learn more.  The whole iBloom team is there to support you and your business!

If you are one of the first one hundred women you will receive a midyear bundle of printables for your business. Let Kelly and the iBloom team help you get to where you need to go.  They want to see your business flourish!


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Thursday Throwback Linky Party Summer Break





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Our Annual Ocean City, New Jersey Vacation


We just returned from our annual Ocean City, New Jersey vacation. We always have such a good time there.  We have been going for the past fourteen years. We have made many memories there. My niece has been coming with us for the past four years and my kids love getting to hang out with her. We stayed in a different place this year.  It was a condo instead of a beach house.  It was the perfect size. Here is a view from our balcony off of the bedroom. This shows all of the beach houses in the town of Ocean City.


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I loved being able to see and hear the ocean from our bedroom! There is nothing better than stretching out on a lounge chair with your journal and soaking up the sun, with sunscreen of course!

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This is another view from our balcony.


The weather was perfect the whole week we were there. It was in the high 70′s low 80′s and no rain! Just perfect! I loved all the colorful umbrellas. I didn’t get in the water too much.  I would rather sit with my toes in the water and a good book!


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Ocean City, New Jersey beach

On our last day there we had the opportunity to go parasailing.  I just went along for the ride and a bumpy ride it was!

The kids had a blast.



I love this picture!


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Family photo on the boat for parasailing


It was so nice to be able to relax and get away for a week.  Being by the ocean has always been a very relaxing experience for me, which of course always helps my health.  My symptoms seem to be a bit easier to manage when I don’t have all the stresses of life. I tend to get a little sad when it’s time to go home.  I like to try and find ways to bring my vacation home with me.  You can read my earlier post How to Take Your Vacation Home With You.  How do you like to relax?