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hammocks for everyone

Lounge-y hammocks for everyone from babies to kitties to grown-ass adults

When it’s hot outside and all you want to do is sit in the shade with a big ol’ margarita, is there a better way to go than swinging in a hammock? I think the answer is no. Whether you’re an adult looking to spoon in a cocoon, a baby in need of a cuddly swing, or a cat looking for yet another place to lounge (don’t you have enough beds?! Nope.), there’s a hammock for you.

Let’s peruse some ultra lounge-y hammocks for everyone on your summer gift list…

Why I send my kid outside to a kindergarten in the forest

It’s winter in Georgia. The children waddle into the woods in layers of warm and waterproof clothes, awkward and round. The teachers’ hats are pulled down over their ears and when they stomp their feet and clap their hands along with the songs and poems at morning circle time, they do so with extra motivation.

This is the hardest time of year to send our children outside to kindergarten for the day, and the most important…

A Southern engagement/family session for two moms and their kiddos

The family chose to shoot near a lake they call “Turtle Lake” (they recently set a turtle free there). Everyone showed up in matching bow ties and Toms and, according to Schellie, ROCKED their photos.

Family photo fun time with an international blended family of six

This set of photos from Maine-based Justine Johnson Photography celebrates a blended family of AWESOME: Manya and Brian live in Kenya with their four kiddos. These two were both divorced when they met, and happily joined her two daughters and his two sons together. When the six of them were altogether visiting grandparents in Maine last summer they decided to round up the gang for photos — and here’s what they came away with.

A guide for families watching the Tour de France together for the first time

It’s been a difficult year for the sport of cycling: the news about Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal was nearly unavoidable for months. A lengthy investigation, a weepy appearance on Oprah, an admission that his multiple Tour de France victories were all tainted by doping. But the 100th Tour de France cycling race began Saturday June 29th, 2013 and all the bad press about Lance doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for the Tour one bit.

A foresty mom-and-me session with a single parent and her five-year-old

These photos of Athalia and her daughter, Lailah, were recently sent over to us from California photographer Whittaker Portraits. Athalia is a single mom, and wanted to capture this time in her five-year-old’s life. Athalia plans to give these to her daughter when she grows up along with poems, letters, and quotes she’s kept in a journal, which I love!

We’re about to spend two months road-tripping with our baby

I’m about to embark on a two-month road trip with my husband, seven-month-old baby, and our two 90-pound dogs. We’ll be living out of our car and tent hiking and camping across the United States. We decided to test the boundaries of what having a baby in your life means and want to introduce him to the world early. My husband and I used to travel in our car for a couple months at a time (pre-baby), so why stop now?

A sun-kissed, free-spirited California family photo session

This family photo session from California-based Arina B Photography has a great blend of all the perfect components: beautiful locations, willing subjects, and a family that clearly has a lot of fun together. My favorite thing about these photos is you can FEEL how close-knit this family of five is, and see all of the joy they have together.