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Foolproof Do-it-Yourself Photo Coasters

As a member of the HP Smart Mom Panel for 2015 and a participate in the latest #StickaPic party campaign, I have been having lots of fun using the new HP Social Media Snapshots product. I had planned on having a party with our neighbors before moving, but if you know me in real life, you’ll know that we have had a lot of unplanned changes and stress from selling our house and buying a new house. Things are finally calming down so it was time to test this product out!

Photo from HP.com

If you are unfamiliar with this new product, the HP Social Media Snapshots are just that – a way to print out your social media photos directly from your smartphone or tablet. The photo paper has a sticky backing and they print out in the style of Polaroids (4×5 inches). Pin them up, stick them up or use them in a craft – there are so many projects you can use this photo paper for. 


Now that we are currently settled into a rental house for a month (oi!) – I’m trying to have lots of fun with Lennox. This weekend we had a craft morning and started working on some Christmas presents featuring HP Social Media Snapshots.


This Christmas will be full of personalized goodies for our family and the first item we tested out was making Photo Coasters. I’ve always seen tutorials on how to make them, but they required mod podge or nail polish remover, and lots of other materials that were messy. But I have now solved that problem and made making photo coasters pretty much foolproof! Here is what you need to do.


Foolproof DIY Photo Coasters


  • HP Social Media Snapshots Paper (Available at Staples)
  • Printer (I recommend the HP Envy 5660)
  • White Tiles (13 Cents at Home Depot!)
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Glossy Finisher
  • Felt Circles


How to make easy DIY Photo Coasters:

STEP ONE: Using the HP Snapshots mobile app and HP Social Media Snapshots paper, print out your favorite photos from either your camera roll, Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. The HP Snapshots app is available for free in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.


STEP TWO: If using a tile that is 4×4, you will find that the photo is just the right size! Cut out the photos for each coaster.


STEP THREE: Taking your first photo, peel the back off the photo paper to reveal the sticky backing. This is perfect for this project as there is no glue required! 


STEP FOUR: Stick the photo onto your tile. Once you stick it down, since the backing is so sticky – it will stay put. Try to make sure you have no air bubbles.


STEP FIVE: Once you are ready to seal your photo coaster, bring outside and spray with an acrylic gloss finisher. You can find this at Michaels. This spray will protect the photo as well as give the tile a glossy look. You will need to spray the tiles 3-4 times, drying for 20-30 minutes between layers. Let dry completely.


STEP SIX: Once completely dry, turn over and adhere felt dots to each corner to help protect the surface the coasters will set on.

photo-coaster-how-to-05That’s it! Let them dry fully and set for a day before giving them as a gift – just in case!photo-coastersAlso, let your kids have fun and decorate their own. Color on the with sharpies, add glitter, glue, gems, etc. The possibilities are endless and its a great project to do with any age group – young and old.photo-coaster-how-to-04

Disclaimer: As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order in return for this #StickaPic post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Longhorns mommy daughter pictures

Mommy Daughter Photo Session

This past weekend was the Red River Rivalry showdown at the Texas State Fair.  The Red River Rivalry game is the University of Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma University Sooners football game. The cotton bowl at the Texas state fairgrounds is considered common ground between the two colleges. The past few years, Oklahoma (OU) has won.. so this year, it was the Longhorns turn! They played a great game and Kyle even got to attend with his brother – he said it was the best sports event he had ever been to! Glad they had a great time!

While he was at the game, my friend Diana (from Down Home Traveler) came over and she had the idea of taking some football / Texas Longhorns mommy / daughter photos. Lennox loves the Longhorns (“Hook’em Horns” as she calls them) – so it was the perfect idea and opportunity!

This was also a team effort (ha! no pun intended!) – Diana took all the pictures, got the idea, scoured Pinterest of course and then, since she was still learning her editing skills, I took her photo files and  edited them to my liking – really just to play around and have some fun!

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This is one of my favorites – I’m not sure why – the way the sun was shining, the filter, the fact that she is so big, yet so small!Longhorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter picturesLonghorns mommy daughter pictures

And lastly, a big hug for Momma. I love this girl so much. Longhorns mommy daughter picturesMy oh my, when did Lennox get so big? I’m so happy to have some mother daughter pictures. It doesn’t happen so often, since I’m the one behind the camera! Thank You, Thank You Diana! Can’t wait for our next session! Maybe something Baseball themed?

first day of school photo ideas

First Day of School Photo Ideas

Back to school photos are great to take, if your child will cooperate, so that you have something to look back on year after year. It’s great if you can do the same thing every year – and watch your little one grow. I compiled a list of some of my favorite first day of school photo ideas via Pinterest!
First Day of School Photo Ideas, Back to School

First Day of School Photo Ideas

(from top to bottom, left to right)

  1. First Day of School Frame – This is cute since it doesn’t actually say what grade so you could use the same frame every year.
  2. Chalkboard Easel
  3. Chalkboard Canvas – This one is cute since you can erase and re-use every year.
  4. Photo with a Photo – Cute way to show grown year after year!
  5. Sidewalk Chalk
  6. First Day of School Facts
  7. First Day of School Printable
  8. First Day of School with Facts Printable poster