Gift Idea: A Lifetime of Memories

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Every year about this time I start thinking of creative gift ideas I’d love to give to our family. When I’m really with the program (i.e. rarely), I think about it really early in the year. And if I’m SUPER ON MY GAME (which is unfortunately not as often as I would like) I don’t just think about creative ideas. I actually act on them. Maybe even IN ADVANCE.

If you are like me and in your heart of hearts you really want to give creative or memorable gifts but you don’t always pull it together in time, I’ll let you in on what we are giving this year (P.S. please look away, mom). It’s something you can pull together in plenty of time and it will probably be the best gift you ever gave anyone. I think you’ll love this idea as much as I do.


Last year we sent an entire box of old video tapes to Legacybox and had so many wonderful memories put onto DVDs. Our family enjoyed watching many precious memories together last Christmas. It was truly THE BEST thing we had ever done.

We had been hanging onto tons of old video tapes and little video camcorder tapes that we couldn’t even watch anymore. I was so sad about that, but I kept putting off dealing with it because I was just too overwhelmed with other things and didn’t have a clue what to do.

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So finally last year getting all those moments preserved on DVD seriously was not only a gift to our family, but it was a gift to MYSELF! Watching my three babies laugh and crawl and run around playing together again gave me so much joy.

Fast forward to this summer when my daughter and I were organizing some shelves. We found another box of tapes we needed to preserve! This time we knew exactly what to do. Sending off another batch of tapes even got our wheels turning about how we could get organized in time for another memorable Christmas!


Here’s what we plan to give our family this year:

Give everyone the gift of a lifetime of memories.

What could be better than that?

Here’s a few suggestions for giving the gift of memories and maybe they will spark your own ideas, too.

  • Order a Legacybox and have it delivered to grandparents, parents or siblings or good friends so they can get their tapes out of boxes and preserved for a lifetime. They will THANK YOU forever for such a thoughtful gift. This is so easy!
  • Create a short memory slideshow or video to mail to friends and family. You can create slideshows with iPhoto if you have a Mac, or through an online service like Smilebox. Everyone will CRY AND LAUGH and be so grateful to you for those memories!
  • Create a short video greeting of memories that could be emailed instead of cards this year.
  • Set up a family movie night with popcorn and watch those old memories together to make the holiday memorable. Give everyone a copy of a special family memory DVD to take home as a gift.

Life is fragile and so special, and these memories are precious. They don’t belong in old boxes and tapes you can’t watch or might lose. When they are preserved on DVD and the optional thumb drive, you can load them onto your computer to watch them whenever you want and save them for future generations.

Here’s a little preview of just SOME of the precious memories we discovered on those tapes we found in a box this summer. Prepare to laugh at my 1990s hair.

OH MY HEART! Those memories were on old tapes in BOXES! I’m SO so happy to have them preserved on DVD so we can enjoy them and keep them safe going forward. I’m just SO thankful to still have those memories to hold onto. These memories are going to make Christmas so special this year, too.

Here’s how Legacybox works and details on how to get started:

Go to Legacybox and sign up for whatever package best suits your needs. Use the code: ROOM at checkout to receive 40% off your order! Offer expires 11/15. As an add on option at Legacybox, you can also order a thumb drive to make it really easy to load and share your videos on to a hard drive. I highly recommend adding that option as it makes loading your DVDs onto your computer so much more efficient.

Legacybox will send you a box filled with labels for your tapes and reels and a sturdy box to send your items back to Legacybox.

Place one of the preprinted labels on each of your items, according to the directions provided in the box, and package them up in the provided return box. Of course, your original tapes will also be returned.

Drop the postage paid box off at your local FedEx.

You’ll receive periodic updates on their progress via email, which really helped me feel at ease knowing where they were in the process and that they were taking good care of our memories.

Soon your box will be returned to your door, containing your original tapes and your new DVDs! It will be the happiest package you’ll receive this year, I’m sure.

Deal alert:  To order, click here. First 25 people to use the code: ROOM at checkout will receive 40% off their order! Offer expires 11/15.


4 Ways to Savor Fall {Fall Nesting}


This post is sponsored by Blue Apron

Ya’ll. Can you believe it? It’s FOR REAL THE FIRST DAY OF FALL! Hooray! Do you feel a chill in the air yet? I love everything about fall and I really want to savor it.

Do you find yourself more energized to make your house inviting and welcoming this time of year? I do. I’ve actually been on a “cozy up the house” kick for weeks, puttering around and tackling projects around the house like nobody’s business. With a small house it doesn’t take much to get it cozier. I’m loving that!

As I said yesterday, next Monday you’ll be invited over for my (almost annual) fall house tour, so stay tuned for that. I was so glad to hear that you are excited for the tour!


But as dreamy as a “fall house tour” might sound (and is for so many bloggers, I saw some pretty dreamy fall houses this year!), my reality is our kitchen is about to be gutted and various other projects are still in process (and leaving their mark of chaos everywhere). No perfection here.

That imperfection means I’ll be welcoming you into both the cozy and the chaos. :) And, yes, for those of you who have asked, I’ll finally show you our (still incomplete) side yard progress and a peek at our white brick exterior!

The effort is all going to be worth it in the end. I keep telling myself it will get done when it gets done, so it doesn’t help to feel stressed out about it. In fact, sometimes with delays or more time to think things over, I’ve found we make adjustments or decisions that will work better for us anyway, either financially or design-wise. It’s all a part of the creative process, but the twists and turns do make life interesting sometimes!


One of my favorite secrets of balancing our busy life and still keeping up with all of our projects is to delegate everything I possibly can. As I’ve shared in previous posts, I often order our meal ingredients to be delivered from Blue Apron to help bring more sanity to a crazy week. We seem to always have a lot going on and this fall will be no exception.

Soon we won’t have a kitchen and we’ll have to wash our dishes in a bathtub for awhile. It’s going to be an adventure! Many of you have asked what we’ll do without a kitchen over the next couple of months. We are still committed to making as many meals at home as possible during the process, so we’ll set up a makeshift kitchen in our laundry room and rely on our electric skillet, a crockpot and BBQ (weather permitting).


Blue Apron always saves the day for our family because it’s a guarantee we’ll be eating well that night, no matter what kind of day I’ve had or what projects we have going on around the house.

I always do a little happy dance because everything arrives farm-fresh in a refrigerated box, ready to prepare. Which basically means I feel like I have a personal shopper to go to the grocery store for me (bless) and even my very own Alice from the Brady Bunch to help me get dinner on the table! Who doesn’t dream about having an Alice?


I also love seeing what new recipes are added to Blue Apron’s menu options each week and that the ingredients are sourced from quality suppliers and artisans.. It’s also easy to skip meals or cancel whenever you want, so there’s no pressure or obligation to keep up with a schedule or order meals you don’t need.


Recently we made Blue Apron’s Beef Bolognese, which felt like a perfect meal to transition us into fall cooking! And fall eating :). We have been working on cozying up our dining room (which I can’t wait to show you!) so we had fun setting the table all pretty and sitting down to enjoy every single bite of our dinner. Sitting down for a home-cooked meal helps us to feel more sane, too.


So, no matter what chaos or craziness is going on in your house, I hope you can find at least a few ways to slow down and enjoy the season.

Here are four ideas that always inspire me to savor fall:

  • Put flickering candles in lanterns on the porch.
  • Gather around a pretty fall table for a home-cooked meal
  • Sip hot apple cider from a giant mug.
  • Wrap up in warm plaid blankets next to the fireplace.

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What are some cozy things you are looking forward to in the coming weeks?

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