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Establishing Family Photo Traditions

I ordered this “welcome to our love story” sign from Etsy while planning my wedding. Our ceremony was originally supposed to be in an apple orchard, and it was the perfect way to greet guests. Of course the day of our wedding it rained and everything had to be moved inside! But the sign still did its job.

After the wedding, we put the sign in front our our new house. A sneaky neighbor stole it and returned it months later. Weird, but we’re happy to have it back and safely decorating our yard.

We’ve since taken family photos by the sign during momentous occasions, like when I was pregnant and when our daughter was born. I love that we have established this tradition and hope it inspires other families to do something similar!




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Navigating life as a wife, new mommy to a baby girl (Genevieve) and fur mommy to rescue dogs Lucky (Korean Jindo) and Lulu (plot hound) and media maven (PR Exec, lifestyle journalist and young divorce author-- learn more at I have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, was in labor for 20 hours then had a C-section, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets (bottle mom from now on!), taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at

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