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Making Memories

Hilarie’s podcast interview for Miss Genealogy

  We are honored to be featured on the latest Miss Genealogy podcast by Jessie McKinley! Follow the link below and listen to Hilarie share how motherhood made her a memory-keeper and her personal goals of intentional family life. They also discuss the power of family stories to strengthen our children right now and for generations to …

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Review: greetingStory by Pass It Down

It’s always exciting when the UPS truck stops at your house, isn’t it? Recently he stopped at my house and dropped off a package from Pass it Down. They sent us a preview of their new greetingStory line of cards. We had seen samples of these at RootsTech earlier this year, and now we have the opportunity …

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big big adventure family travel

Family travel: expectation vs. reality

If you were lucky enough to grow up in the 80’s, you probably remember a series of family vacation movies. There was European Vacation, Summer Vacation and my personal favorite, Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase was the lead character and played the persistently-optimistic-in-the-face-of-disaster Clark Griswold. The movies started with visions of his idyllic vacation, and as …

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How-to: The best practices for managing digital photos, part 2

Part one covered the more common file formats for managing digital photos. You can read it here. Talking about file formats was a little tech-heavy, this part is less techy (I think). We’ll talk about image resolution, where to store photos, how to digitize printed photos and how to share digital photos. Let’s jump right …

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How-to: The best practices for managing digital photos, part 1

When it comes to managing digital photos, technology can be a blessing and a curse. The good news is, it’s up to you to decide which it will be. One of the challenges – or curses – is knowing that technology can simplify some part of life, but not knowing how to actually use it …

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holidays writing prompts

Using holidays as writing prompts for personal and family history: Easter traditions

When teaching classes and talking with clients, I always tell them there are two methods of making time to journal or write your personal history: 1. Make a routine of writing consistently. AND 2. Write when you’re out of routine, especially on vacation, at holidays or special occasions. Routine is great for getting in the habit …

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Family Strong

How Storytelling Creates Stronger Families

The disappearing art of family storytelling is a critical part of strong family foundations. Children who learn from family storytelling tend to be more resilient and better able to overcome challenges. They have higher self-esteem and feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. Children with these qualities are more likely to have a …

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improving marriage

I never knew we were THAT couple. Hope and help for improving marriage.

Why there’s hope for your marriage Our journey from heaven to hell and back proves there’s hope for improving marriage. Seriously. I never knew we were that couple… or that we ever could be. That couple that could work at home together… and spend every minute together… complement each others’ abilities… and actually enjoy each …

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Legacy Tale podcast interview for Happy Playces

  We are honored to be featured on the latest @happyplayces podcast! Follow the link below and listen to Hilarie and host Katy talk about making and keeping memories; documenting family life through stories, video, and audio; goal setting; living intentionally to create the life you want; celebrating kids’ birthdays; and more! Click HERE to listen …

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family planning retreat

Why you should hold an intentional family planning retreat (with free downloads!)

Be intentional… no regrets Intentional family life and deliberate parenting are buzzwords that only have meaning if we take action. For our family, intentional decision-making is a high priority because we want to minimize the regrets and maximize the relationships during our time of active parenting with children at home. We underscore the importance of …

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