Memory Keeping & Crafts

Week in the Life

by jessicaturner on August 20, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed I’ve been doing Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project. This is an annual exercise she hosts encouraging people to document their week. A few observations I have had: Every time I do this project, in the beginning, I get a bit consumed with capturing […]


As You Start Your Week

by jessicaturner on August 17, 2015

Happy Monday! A few links for you as we begin our week. (How is August half over?!) I am embarking on Week in the Life with Ali Edwards and thousands of other photographers and memory keepers. I love this exercise because it challenges me to get out my camera and take more photos than I […]


New Project Life Album: Watch Us Grow

by jessicaturner on August 13, 2015

As I have been working to get caught up on my photos and start scrapbooking again, I feel as if I have re-fallen in love with photography and memory keeping. One of the things I have noticed that I am especially loving these days are photos that capture my children’s growth. Photos that happen annually, […]


A Quickie: 5 Minute Kid Photos

by jessicaturner on June 24, 2015

One thing I have learned since becoming a mother is that I never regret picking up my camera. I used to make a production out of photos, but I have come to realize that any documentation is valuable. Last week we had a few extra minutes before leaving for work/day care/camp, so I asked the […]


End of the School Year Ideas & Teacher Gifts

by jessicaturner on May 20, 2015

Elias completes his first year of school next week. It seems like just yesterday I was sending him off for his first day. I’m doing a few things to commemorate his end of the year: Taking a photo on his last day of Kindergarten, with this free printable sign. Having his teacher sign a copy […]


Birthday Party Prep: Fairy Party

by jessicaturner on May 18, 2015

One of my favorite seasons of the year is summer. Not only do I love warm weather, swimming pools and fresh produce, but I LOVE planning big and fun birthday parties for my kids. (Adeline’s birthday is in June and Elias’s is three weeks later in July.) If you are a long-time reader, you have […]


St. Patrick’s Day Class Treat + Printable

by jessicaturner on March 10, 2015

How is it already almost St. Patrick’s Day? Also, when did St. Patrick’s Day become like Valentine’s Day and kids bring in treats? I don’t know the answer to either of these questions, but I have a quick solution to the treat dilemma. I made these adorable pirate tags (click here to download) that will […]


60% Off: The Non-Toy Gift of the Year for Kids Ages 3-16

by jessicaturner on November 25, 2014

I don’t know if it is that I have entered the nesting phase of pregnancy or just have a strong desire for less toys and less stuff, but this year especially, I am all about buying Christmas gifts that are experiences, stimulate creativity and just won’t be in at the bottom of the toy chest […]


Thanksgiving Treat: Pirate’s Booty Turkey Snacks

by jessicaturner on November 20, 2014

This post is sponsored by Pirate’s Booty. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away, isn’t it? This month is FLYING by! While Matthew was out of the country, the kids and I came up with a fun snack perfect for Thanksgiving treats at school or for a family gathering. We […]


Project Life Tuesday: 6 Months Behind Edition

by Sarah Kooiman on November 4, 2014

Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2014 If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I’m Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited six-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky three-year-old. I’m also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to […]