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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, mommy of two babies (Genevieve-3, Luca-infant) and two rescued fur-babies (Lulu and Gracey), and full-time public relations maven. I got divorced in my 20s and wrote a book about it (, have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets, taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds before she turned one, call soap operas as my guilty pleasure, and have a little rainbow baby boy who adores his sister. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at

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