The Happy Family Movement

I'm a full-time wedding and portrait photographer, co-creator of The Happy Family Movement, the gal behind Solar Powered Business Tools, wife to the awesome Josh Solar, and mama to three awesome kids!

Summer reading

In our house of three curious minds under nine, summer means a deep dive into independent learning and exploration. Shortly after spring break, the itch for sunny skies and freedom starts so we try to harness that energy by starting our summer bucket list. We have our annual traditions and must haves – blueberry picking, trips to the lake, water balloon fights – and each child has their own ideas of fun to include ....more

2014 Summer Bucket List Giveaway – Week 8

Artterro Eco Art Kits are collections of beautiful, natural materials and creative project ideas; each one offers a fun, engaging art experience that delights kids and grown-ups alike! Because we assemble them by hand with unique assortments of supplies, no two are alike. Our materials include recycled, handmade paper, US-made copper wire and glass marbles, natural wool felt and cotton fabrics ....more

The Portrait Project {Week 127}

Our Weekly Portrait Project. Something I started over two years ago and have decided to continue on until the kids graduate high school… I wanted to encourage other parents to join in with their own portrait projects, and here’s how. At the bottom of this post is a spot to link up your own personal portrait projects ....more

Blueberry Picking {summer bucket list}

So how exactly did it get to be July?! I feel like our summer just started, but at the same time it feels like it’s almost over! Thank goodness we made our summer bucket list this year… with everything we’ve got going on this summer between working and packing and moving and traveling and having a sick kid… it would be really easy to let summer sneak by without actually enjoying it ....more

Keeping it together during the summer craziness

Our life is chaos right now. You won’t hear me complaining though, because I love every minute of it! Well, maybe not every minute… but most of them ....more

2014 Summer Bucket List Giveaway – Week 7

PICKmeUP napkins are bright reusable cloth napkins with uplifting messages on them like “You Rock” or “I Love You”. Add a smile to a child’s day by placing a PICKmeUP napkin in their lunchbox, and they’re fun to use at any meal or snack time! Save the environment from paper napkins AND encourage your kid, all in one fell swoop! ...more

The Portrait Project {Week 126}

Our Weekly Portrait Project. Something I started over two years ago and have decided to continue on until the kids graduate high school… I wanted to encourage other parents to join in with their own portrait projects, and here’s how. At the bottom of this post is a spot to link up your own personal portrait projects ....more

I document our

I document our everyday lives. It’s what I do. The ups, the downs, the boring stuff, the adventures, everything ....more

Following My Parents’ Lead to Connect with My Family

When it comes to relationship, to family, and to parenting, I had the best role models: my parents. They weren’t ones to jump on whatever the latest fad was. They believed the key to raising healthy well-adjusted children was simply showing up and connecting with us every day ....more

Road Tripping with Kids

Many years ago, we took our very first road trip. We didn’t know anything about traveling with three kids under the age of five, and we certainly didn’t know anything about the unwritten rules about how you’re supposed to travel with three kids under the age of five… well, the rules say you don’t travel with three small kids and you certainly don’t do it in a minivan, driving hundreds of miles away from your home. But like I said, we were blissfully unaware, naive even ....more