My Favorite Products for Family Connections

There are a whole wealth of products just waiting to be used to increase family connections!  Quality time, conversations, recreational activities, family dinners, and parent-child “dates” all contribute to family connections, but there are other subtle but meaningful ways to strengthen family ties.  The activities I mentioned need to be repeated– as well they should –to develop family connections, but it’s also helpful to scatter opportunities around your home and among family members that can be gone back to again and again.

My Favorite Story Products

There’s an old African saying that when a person dies it’s as if an entire library burned to the ground.  I actually think about that a lot when I encourage people to tell their stories and the stories of their loved ones.  Nobody thinks his or her story is all that important or special–but if you don’t take the time to tell it, you’re lost to the world within a couple of generations.  Your “library” of knowledge, experience, love, and lessons has essentially burned to the ground.

Tools for Conquering Your Photos

This month’s #familyhistoryfriday posts focus on that ever-elusive goal of catching up on preserving your photos.  It’s easy these days to take half a terabyte worth, but that leaves us with a big challenge.  When do we ever SEE them?  If we have so many, how can we find time to publish them so they can be seen and loved in a tactile form?  The good news is that there are several tools to help you conquer your photos.  The great news is that I shared them all in an online class!

Beating the Winter Blues with Hygge

I hate snow.  I hate being cold.  And until this year, I hated January.  After the festivities, spirit, lights, food, and celebrations of December, January feels like you’ve just been dumped when you thought the relationship was going pretty well.  All the happy, cozy feelings and good times get abruptly replaced by cold, snow, and dark.  So what changed my mind and my experience this year?  Hygge!

Making a Plan to Catch Up on Your Photos

Like many things, catching up on your photos is just a worthy goal until you have an actual plan to do it.  If you have photos on phones, cameras, hard drives, and clouds, making time and making a plan to preserve them in a tangible form can be a little overwhelming.  Once you have a plan, though, you can move forward.  Even big tasks can be accomplished when you know how you’re going to do it.  So let’s get you on that road.

How to be Successful on Your Resolution to Catch Up Preserving Your Photos

Catching up on preserving photos is a common New Year’s Resolution.  Even when it’s not an official Resolution, it’s a common goal.  I quite often hear people talk about their need to catch up doing something with their photos.  This month on Evolve’s #familyhistoryfriday, we will focus on solutions for your resolutions.  We will learn the first steps you need to take to be successful, options for both digital and already-printed photos, and the Two-in-One plan.

Guest Post from Life Tales Books: Why Your Family Needs its Stories

Family stories, family narrative, family history.  They exist when Mom tells you the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met.  They exist when you tell your kids, “My dad always said…”  Have you ever considered that family stories aren’t just warm fuzzies but necessities?  Did you know they can quite literally preserve memories?  Every family needs its stories because…

Continue reading at my post:   Why Your Family Needs its Stories

Using Music to Create A Sacred Christmas

Christmas is arguably my favorite time of year. Christmas lights decorate homes and trees, and brighten shorter days. Festive music plays, and children are excited for gifts and we enjoy the spirit of giving. Hopefully, we remember the birth of our Savior and try to be more like Him through love and service to each other.

Christmas also brings with it gratitude for blessings over the past year and hope for the year to come. But for some, the holiday’s also bring anxiety, depression, feelings of loss, or even disappointment. Those feelings can be even worse for those who are sick, who have experienced divorce, lost a loved one, or who are far from friends and family.

Finding Friends in Your Family

Learning about your family history gives you a glimpse into the history of you, but it also gives you opportunities to find friends in your own family.  Working together and playing together (even if it has to be scheduled in today’s hectic life) give family members opportunities to talk, accomplish something together, or just have fun together.  Family members can be a constant source of friendship throughout life.  But what about the family outside your own house?  How can you find friends in your family outside your walls?