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Stacie Crawford Photography is owned by me, Stacie Crawford, and is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland in Montgomery County.  Stacie Crawford Photography serves Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Photography services include child photography, family photography, boudoir photography, headshot photography, and private school photography.

Stacie Crawford Photography focuses on capturing studio-style images that showcase connection and loving relationships.  I enjoy capturing the unique styles and passions of children and the special relationships within loving families - including extended family members like grandparents! I love empowering women during boudoir photography sessions that women come to as a gift for themselves or a loved one.  I create portrait sessions that demonstrate personality for model headshots, actor headshots, and business headshots.  I also do photography work for private schools, focusing on school picture day and event photography.

On top of all of that, I started two new projects in 2016.  I have created a custom specialty birthday session for the children who come to my studio, and I am excited to roll that out starting in January.  I have also created HERstory, a project that will celebrate and share wisdom between women.  I am still looking for women of all ages to participate in the project, so if you're interested, please contact me.  I expect to share the first HERstory featured woman in April.

 


 

Shamrock Pretzel Pops
Saturday, March 05, 2016
By Stacie
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I love desserts.  And I am thinking you do, too.  Or at least your kids do! I'm always looking for ways to do fun things with my kids at home. They both enjoy helping with cooking, especially when they get a yummy treat after. I decided the best way to do this was to make a plan and be prepared - otherwise, we just get too busy for it.  With all of their activities, my work, and them going back and forth between two homes, this is really the only way for us to accomplish it.  When we made our Valentine's muffins as part of Celebrating Valentine's Day, I found that having everything set up and ready to go when they got home from school made it even easier.  Ah, the joy of being prepared! So, here we go on our first excursion into desserts together - I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

I chose this recipe, because it was another fun way for the kids and I to get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day!  Of course, I found this recipe on Pinterest.  The original post is from Ana at Mommy’s Bundle.  Please check out her site to get the original recipe! She has wonderful "along the way" images to show you how to do it all!

 

 

I was a little nervous about finding green chocolate, but Walmart had it - pretty lucky for me since it was the first place I looked for it. They also had the lollipop sticks.

 

 

I had three helpers who were more than excited to help make a big mess with the melted chocolate.  I think we were all looking forward to that even more than the end result! My youngest helper needed help getting the pretzels in the right shape on the parchment paper, but was able to do the rest of the work completely by herself.

 

 

Our pops were certainly not as beautiful as Ana’s from Mommy’s Bundle, but we still loved the whole process. We decided that the more you do, the better you get at making them look prettier.  We didn’t use any sprinkles on ours, but maybe next time!

 

 

Leave a  comment below, and let me know if you’ve tried this recipe or if you have suggestions to make it even better.  Thanks for reading!

 

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Momlife: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day With Kids
Thursday, March 03, 2016
By Stacie
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This month is full of celebrations for us.  We've got a bunch of birthdays in the family, and of course, St. Patrick's Day and Easter are coming up.  This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a day that I have my kids, so I am gearing up for our celebration for the holiday!

 

You saw our Celebrating Valentine's Day, and our St. Patrick's Day is following a similar formula. Easy is the key for us - or should I say for me! If it takes too much work, it will get pushed out the way to make time for things like homework and errands and snuggling.  All very important, but this can totally be worked in without too much struggle!

 

Because we had a school holiday in February, we actually already did one of the planned holiday activities - we made Shamrock Pretzel Pops! I'll tell you more about that in a later post, though - complete with a recipe for you to try, too!

 

For now, I'd just like to share the activities I am planning to do with the kids on St. Patrick's Day itself.  We don't usually do too much for this holiday.  I will be honest and tell you the main reason is because I've never planned it well enough.  It has always seemed to sneak up on me between all the family birthdays.  Sad, but true.  This year, I am on it like white on rice!

 

To plan for this, I have gotten some chocolate gold coins to give to the kids as a little present. But I am going to make them work for it - enter the joy of Pinterest printables!  Here are the ones we will be using this year:

 

-This scavenger hunt from Happy Home Fairy:



-This maze from Honey & Lime:




-This word search from Cook. Craft. Love.:



You can go to my St. Patrick's Day board at Pinterest to find more of these, as well as other crafts, coloring pages, and crossword puzzles.  I'd love to hear what you have planned to celebrate this holiday with your children.  Do you have family traditions that you do every year? Leave a comment below, and have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

 

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Momlife: Celebrating Valentine's Day With Kids
Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Stacie
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This year, Valentine’s Day falls over a long weekend for my kids.  The plan is for them to be with their dad, since I got to have them over their long weekend in January.  I think this may be the first Valentine’s Day that I won’t be with my kidlets.  I will miss them, but I am okay with it for two reasons: they will be so happy enjoying their time with their dad, and we celebrated together before they went with their dad.  We made sure they had Valentines cards for their dad and his girlfriend, and then we went to work making Valentine blueberry muffins.  Its a small way for us to celebrate and share the holiday.  


I usually try to figure out a way to celebrate most holidays with them, even when we won’t be together on the day itself.  I started this right after their dad and I separated, as a way to show them that the day of celebrating can be arbitrary, and the holiday itself is how you spend it with your family and friends.

 

My kids are big fans of scavenger hunts, mazes, cooking, and games.  Sounds like a lot of work, right? Thanks to Pinterest, its so easy to find printables, even the day of the holiday itself. Yes, Pinterest can allow us to wait until the very last minute and still look like a rock star parent!  This year, the kidlets had these fun activities waiting for them when they got home from school:



-Scavenger hunts from Mom On The Side and Blessed Beyond A Doubt 

-Word search from Simply Kelly Designs  

-Maze from PrintActivities.com

 

I like to mix the activities inside the scavenger hunt so it makes the shorter hunts take a bit longer! This one was hiding with a clue in the dish cupboard!


 

 

Yes! I even put one under my kitchen table waiting to be discovered!



 

I know some of my friends are like me wondering often what to do to make the day special for their kids, so I just wanted to share some of what we did last night together.  You can check out my Pinterest board for more ideas for making it a happy Valentine’s Day for your sidekicks.  Do you have something special that you do with your children to celebrate Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!