How to Remember Baby’s 1st Halloween

Whether your baby is still in utero or is taking first toddling steps, their first experience of any holiday is important. These are the moments that, at the time, you might think you will remember clearly forever. But too soon it will be a distant memory. Taking a few minutes to jot down favorite moments and taking a few special photographs make all the difference. It is these cherished pieces that are worth adding to your baby book; they are stories you will treasure for years to come.

Here are some creative ideas we have compiled about how to remember baby’s 1st Halloween.

Pumpkin ideas:
“Baby’s 1st” stenciled cutout –


Putting that cute little pumpkin of yours inside a pumpkin –

Or dressing them up as a pumpkin – 

Costume photos:
This clever momma dresses up her baby while she is napping and sets up whimsical baby dream scenarios, like this spooky witch –


his littlest witch is obviously a good witch – ( sometimes all you need is a black sheet, a placemat and a little creative vision)


hen photographing your baby, make sure to not miss getting a snapshot of mom too



Baby foot print keepsakes:
A spooky ghosty –




Halloween Keepsakes:
A cozy onesie –


The perfect shirt for a pregnant momma on Halloween –

We got this book when our oldest had her first Halloween and it has been well loved ever since. Make sure to write a quick inscription in the front cover.
My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola




Fun Ideas for Fathers Day

Needing some inspiration for Father’s Day this year? Here are some of our favorite ideas we have compiled from around the internet.
For Cards:

Try Printing these fabulous typography “dad glasses” from Mr. P

Or, what about making this colorful letter banner Card from Modern Parents Messy Kids

Or for a more classic dad, try this modern easy washi tape card from Washi Tape Crafts.


We also love this one for the “Mr. Fix It” kind of dad from Old English Company.

For ideas to make the day special – 
Make dad breakfast in bed with a funny face portrait of himself.

Or recreate this adorable photograph


If you are feeling crafty, these mugs from Coconut Robot would make any daddy smile

Or, how about baking some of these yummy tie cookies from Somewhat Simple


Don’t forget about the My Own Little Story’s Father’s Day sale!
A printed story of the little guy or girl that made him a father makes the perfect gift for new dads.


For more ideas, check out our Father’s Day Pinterest board

Happy Father’s Day Promotion

Great Father's Day Gift - 20% off all printed books at My Own Little Story

My Own Little Story wishes all of the DADs a “Happy Father’s Day!”

Celebrate DAD with 20% off all printed books by using code DAD20.

Order by June 12th for delivery by Father’s Day.

Also check out our Pinterest boards and for fun Father’s Day ideas and Dad-inspiration

Welcome two new faces at My Own Little Story!

welcome 2 new facesNew face at My Own Little Story, Betony Coons and her family

About Betony Coons:

As a mom and an artist, I try my best to bring my children into the story I’m living. The work I do involves lots of creating: children’s books, murals, set design, and paintings (my husband and I share our story at Right now I am both a stay at home mom AND a full time working artist, so time is always the greatest commodity around here. For me, taking the time to snap little Instagram photos of our days, jot down a note or two of something funny my kids say, or just taking an extra moment to pause and hold these littles dears close, helps me savor the now that I know will be so fleeting. 

Betony is responsible for our new blog, our pinterest boards, our Facebook posts and all things social media related.  Her creative input is helping us see the website and all of our products in a whole new light!


My Own Little Story's Julie Johnson and her family

About Julie Johnson:

As a little girl, Julie fell in love with a certain type of art. She always carted around words and images and drawing materials and glue. Luckily, at a young age, she stumbled upon an amazing profession called Graphic Design. But little girls grow up, go to college (UCLA and Art Center College of Design), get married (to a super supportive husband), make a home (in Manhattan Beach, California) and become mom (to Hatcher and Madeline). These days, Julie creatively does a little of everything while appreciating both life’s challenges and also life’s wonderful rewards. She likes to keep her eyes wide-open welcoming new ideas, personal growth, and especially the collaboration with others.

Julie is responsible for the design of our fresh-looking website and newsletters, and collaboration on the development of our new features of our site.  

Keepsake Folders

Needing a unique baby shower gift for a new mom in your life? These keepsake folders and gift vouchers from My Own Little Story are the perfect present for the first-time parent or the parent who already has everything.

All of our gift vouchers come with a complimentary “Keepsake Folder” perfect for storing ultra-sound photos, birth announcements or shower invitations.  In addition, we have included and labeled vellum envelopes for enclosing your child’s hospital bracelet and first hair clippings- complete with double stick tape for securing your treasures in a printed book. Finally, we couldn’t resist sharing two of our most popular stationery designs- they make a perfect thank-you note or gift enclosure.  Be sure to enter the coupon code: GIFT to receive $6 dollars credit on your shipping!

Shop all the Keepsake Folders here!

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Four Tips for Taking Better Pictures for Your Baby Book



1. Don’t say CHEESE (give them a task)

In many of my sessions you will RARELY see me say sit together and smile.  If you have an older sibling, set them down where you want the photo and have the younger ones run to the siblings and hug them.  Usually it’s fun and they run and hug their older sibling and laugh and when I call their names they are laughing AND looking at the camera.  So the photos are so posed but more like everyday life.  You can have them peek-a-boo around a tree (that is a great one that gives big smiles and laughs).  Plus the tree or wall adds color or texture to your photos, and more of an artsy look.  Younger kids think anything stinky is funny.  Have them find the baby’s feet or bottom and pretend it’s stinky.  I always like to get them into a conversation… about their favorite superhero.  Then YOU take that superhero and have him doing something funny.  Does Superman wear pink shoes?  Nooooooooo, trust me, they think it’s hilarious. Simon says is the BEST as well.  Have them jump, twirl and close their eyes, and when they open them do something funny.  Just be silly. Telling young children to sit and smile or say cheese… fake smile alert.


2. Add props! (give them a task)

Bubbles, leaves, favorite books and stuffed animals.  I never want to forget that my littlest had 5 lambies when she was little and how much she loved them.  They are stained, and dirty and missing various eyes or ears, but still she snuggles up to them every night.  Incorporate them into your photos.  They will love to look back at those photos because they will remember what was important to them.


3. Use sports mode! (give them a task)

(The icon with the little guy running in your mode settings)  It doesn’t mean they have to be playing sports.  Sports mode is intended to capture them in motion.  Essentially it increases the shutter speed so you can “freeze” them in action.  Many times the camera will shoot in continuous shooting mode (take several pictures in a row).  This mode will avoid blurry photos.  If you have a DLSR, there is the same setting or you can bump up your shutter speed. (This is a great time to pull out your manual if you are not sure how to do this).  Kids run, they play and they are movers, but these are the pictures that you will remember too.


4. Focus on the eyes! (give them a task)

If you look at some professional portraits, the eyes are what usually draws your attention and brings you into the photograph.  These are from the catch lights!  They make the eyes… and your photographs sparkle.  Catch lights are a reflection of a light source.  Here is where it gets tricky, but so rewarding.  You always want to face your subject TOWARDS a light source, except in full sun.  So what that means is face them towards a window, open door, the sky, a white wall, or if you are in a shady area look and see where the sun is and face them that way.  Walk around the block with your camera and keep looking at your child’s eyes… when you see those beautiful reflective catch lights, look and see where the light is coming from.  No catch lights will give you very dark eyes and you definitely don’t want that!  If you do not have a light source, you can always use your flash.  Flash tip for getting rid of the red eye or reducing that harsh “flash” light?  Tape ½ a cotton ball over your flash, less if you have a point and shoot… it gives you beautiful diffused light for your photos.​

BONUS TIP: Timing is everything! (give them a task)

If you are looking to take great pics of your kids, think about when they are best… are you excited about a photo session at the end of the day?  After a long day of work… or for them… school, missed naps or missing you?  Look for a time that they are well-rested and happiest.  Usually for most people that I schedule sessions with, it’s in the morning.  Always plan around THEIR schedules, not yours if you can, you will be so much happier with the end result.

ABOUT HEIDI WALTER: (give them a task)

I am a Southern California natural light photographer and specialize in newborns, children and families.  I love  to capture those little moments of everyday life to remember.  I am strictly a natural light photographer, what is that?  It means basically I travel on location and use whatever light is given at the place we are taking pictures.  I use the sun, the shade, reflections, window lights, & doorways, always looking for that beautiful light.


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