Gender Neutral Baby Memory Books

More and more I see expecting mothers who have decided not to find out what the gender of their baby will be.  Taking this into consideration, Glory Bee Baby has found it important to offer a variety of choices when it comes to gender neutral memory books.  The first one created was simply titled Baby…You’re Precious.  This book is offered in both baby blue and pink.

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The Baby…You’re Precious book has a lovely, simplistic design with your choice of 30 or 60 pages.  Beautiful blues and pinks are used throughout to accent each page.

The most recent gender neutral book is titled Love You to the Moon and Back, featuring fun loving moons, stars and adorable pictures on each page.

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The first page starts out with a poem to baby, and an adorable scene with a puppy looking at the moon:

We love you to the moon and back,
We love you the whole sea wide.
We’d skip on trillions of bright stars
and roll back the mighty tides,
All to show you what you mean to us
All to show you true.
We love you to infinity and back,
We love you because you’re you.

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Go to our website to see more of the gender neutral baby memory books as well as art for your home and nursery, and as always, thank you for shopping Glory Bee Baby!

Country Bumpkins

Farming and ranching has been a large part of mine and my family’s life.  Both of my grandfathers were farmers, my father was a farmer when I was young and always maintained a job in agriculture, and now I’m married to a rancher.  I guess that’s why my mom and I, love to incorporate this way of life into the Glory Bee Baby baby memory books and art.  Here are a few of our farming and ranching favorites:

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Lately the kids and I have spent many an hour in the feed truck taking care of the little calves that have pretty much been multiplying each day.  It has been a learning experience to say the least.  This past week, my husband Nick brought home a baby calf that was not doing well.  The kids got their first lesson in bottle feeding and were so excited to have a new pet.  Of course it wouldn’t be a normal day in the Barker household without an argument between Brady and his headstrong little sister Peighton, and this particular fight was about what the calf’s name should be.  Brady wanted “Smokey” and Peighton wanted “Jackson Barker”.  I tried a compromise with  “Smokey Jackson Barker”, but to no avail.  Then to my surprise they overcame this conflict on their own, and that was how our new calf came to be known as just “Buddy”.  Sadly Buddy did not get to stay with us long because he was just too sick.  The kids were able to learn such a valuable lesson about life from this, and though it was hard for them to let Buddy go, they came away from the experience with a little more knowledge and acceptance about the circle of life.

I am so glad that my children get to experience the ranching and farming life like I was able to in my early childhood.  I still remember living out in the country between Memphis and Clarendon, and loving every minute of it.  My sister and I made mud pies, rode our bicycles everywhere, played in the sprinklers on the irrigation pipes, and watch my dad and my uncles strip cotton.  I was devastated when we had to move to town!  Now I find myself back in the country and loving every minute of it once again!  We had to move to a bigger town when I was 12 and my sister was 14.  That was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, but it made me realize how much having roots meant to me.  I am blessed to be able to raise my children much how I was raised and hopefully give them their “roots” too, in a place where they love making memories.  And let’s face it…it’s all about the memories!  I think they love it just as much as Nick and I do!
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Love, The Barkers

Small Spaces-Big Love!

For almost six years now, my husband and I have lived in a two bedroom one bath home.  Starting out with one child, then adding two more, the numbers are just not adding up anymore.  Needless to say we are running out of space!  With an 11 year-old boy, who’s been quite the trooper sharing an 11’x11′ room with his 4 year-old sister, and a new baby in the mix, we had to get creative!  We were able to keep the baby in our room in a cradle until the 4 month mark.  Now he’s in his crib in our bedroom and the two oldest are still sharing theirs.  This living arrangement is only temporary with our new home currently being built, however, it’s going to be another 6 months possibly before the new home is finished.  Since a new home is on the horizon and the current living situation can now be described as temporary, I wanted to find a bed for our 4 year-old, but I didn’t want to spend a lot because of the upcoming move.  I’m ashamed to say she had still been sleeping in the toddler bed that her crib turned into prior to the room transformation shown below.  So out in search of a low cost alternative to a temporary bed I went.  I of course turned to Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.  I found that many creative people out there have made pallet beds, and I was able to use some of their ideas to create an adorable pallet bed of my own.  Thank goodness for Pinterest-am I right?  It’s amazing what you can do in such small places, and even more amazing when an 11 and 4 year-old can be okay with living in such close quarters!  I have to say that I’m quite proud of the way the bed turned out, and I think Peighton is too!
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To learn how to build the pallet bed (the bed on the left), I followed the instruction on the blog “Under the Sycamore”, and then my husband had to add some of his own special touches too.  I watered down some white paint that gave it a nice white washed look as well.

The small baby bed was made by my father as a Christmas present for my sweet little Peighton.  She asked Santa for an American Girl doll for Christmas, and her Boppy wanted to make sure her baby would have a new bed too.  The baby doll bedding was made by my mother to match Peighton’s bedding from Garnet Hill and their Lily Pulitzer Collection.  Brady’s bedding is from the rugby striped collection at Pottery Barn Teen .

Did I mention there was a crib in my room?  We made this work too, but I really wouldn’t want it any other way.  Bowen is our last child, and having him within arms reach is really right where I want him!

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My mom and I took Peighton’s bumper pads and recovered them with a chevron and polkadot patchwork cover to match the little cowboy blanket.  It all went well with the Little Cowboy Duds Baby Memory Book that I had her design for me from Glory Bee Baby.  Ultimately I want to add a Runnin’ Fast Print to hang above his crib as well:
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It is really fun to reuse and repurpose things, and living in small spaces sometimes forces you to use your imagination.  The most important thing is that my kids love the new bed, and surprisingly don’t mind sharing a room!  Makes me think that when they are finally able to have their own space in our new house that they won’t like it very much!  We will see!  In the meantime we will keep living in this sweet little house that has produced lots of love and imagination!

List of Memory Book Pages

Glory Bee Baby memory books are available in various sizes and colors, with each book available with your choice of 30 or 60 pages.  It is important to know what you are getting, therefore, I have included a list of what the 30 page book includes, as well as the 60 page.  Some of the individual pages are personalized with your child’s name, making each book even more individualized and special.  As you can see from the list below, each book has bonus pages making them actually have more than the 30 and 60 pages.  Here is a list of each page:

30 page book:

1. Poem
2. Name
​3. Announcement
​4. News Headlines
5. Day of Arrival
6. Birth Certificate
7. Baby’s First Photo, First Home
8. Sonograms
9. Hospital Keepsakes
10. Height & Weight Chart
11. Identification Marks
12. The World as it Was
13. Welcome Visitors
14. Shower for Baby
15. Shower for Baby
16. Gifts Received
17. Gifts Received
18. Cards and Shower Invitations
19. Family Tree
20. All About Mommy
21. All About Daddy
22. Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters
23. Religious Ceremony
24. Early Keepsakes
25. Baby’s Favorites
26. Baby’s Firsts
27. Other Milestones
28. Events to Remember
29. First Birthday
30. 2nd & 3rd Birthdays
31. 4th & 5th Birthdays
32. Tooth Chart
33. Extra Photo Page
34. First Christmas
35. Growing Appetite
36. School Days
60 PAGE BOOK OPTION ALSO INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
37. About Grandpa
38. About Grandpa
39. About Grandma
​40. About Grandma
41. Second Christmas
42. Third Christmas
43. Childhood Illnesses & Accidents
44. Mommy’s Message to Child
45. Daddy’s Message to Child
46. Baby’s Achievements
47. Baby’s Early Travels
48. Baby’s Sayings and Doings
49. Home Coming
50. Daily Schedule
51. Immunization Records
52. First Doctor Visit
53. Health Page – Blood Type, Etc
54. Special Events
55. Things I Love to Do
56. My Friends and Me
59. Special Days with Dad
60. Special Days with Mom
61. Special Times with Cousins
62. Special Times with Grandparents
63. Sleepovers
64. Photos

We hope that you find the book that you want as you are shopping the Glory Bee Baby Website.  If you have any question about a book or a page, please feel free to e-mail or call with your questions at Carolyn@carolynaltmanart.com or 940-357-1013.  Thank you for shopping Glory Bee Baby!

As promised, I am adding sample pages of our baby memory books to the blog in order for our shoppers to get a better idea of what the inside of our books are like.  The Chevron Striped Baby Memory book is definitely one of my favorites because of the chic and popular chevron design and the brightly colored pages.  The simplicity of this book makes it easy to add memories for either gender.  Perfect if you prefer not to find out if you are having a boy or a girl.  The pages are filled with lime green, turquoise, yellow, red and orange stripes and paisley designs.  The cover is hand-painted and can be personalized as well.  The first page of this book is our signature “Poem Page”.  Other pages include the Weight and Height Chart, Gifts Received From Head to Toe, Events to Remember, extra pages perfect for placing a favorite photo or keepsake, and many more.  As do all our books, the Chevron book includes your choice of 30 or 60 pages.  To order this book, go to http://glorybeebaby.com/products/copy-of-chevron-baby-memory-book-12×12-scrapbook-style

Or SHOP our entire store.  Please call or send an e-mail if you have any questions or want to request a custom work at 940-357-1013 or Carolyn@carolynaltmanart.com.

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Extra Photo and Keepsake Page

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Happy New Year and Happy New Memories!

Here’s to a wonderful new year for each and everyone filled with fun, fabulous memories!  If you are anything like me, you have millions of great pictures of your children just taking up space on your computer or phone with nowhere to go for people to enjoy.  Also, I get so confused as I’m going through the millions of pictures as to which ones I want, which ones to leave out, did I print this one?, have I used that one?, etc.  There are some wonderful photo organizing websites out there such as Thislife, Picasa and Photobucket, which are great in helping with muddling through your picture files, and I also just discovered on my iPhone the option to mark a photo as a favorite and it will then be added to your “favorites” folder, making organizing your photos on your phone a snap as well.  Though all of these are great, I still prefer to have my photos right at my fingertips to share and look through with family and friends.  I can’t tell you how many times we have gotten out the photo albums or scrapbooks and had great laughs and shared stories as we looked through them, all the while making new memories.  This is why we at Glory Bee Baby are so passionate about our baby memory books, and making each one of them unique and special.  With a new baby myself, I want to start preserving those special photos immediately and share them in a book that was made just for my baby.  We have shared many of the book covers on the website and on Facebook and Pinterest, so now I want to start sharing some of the pages in the books to give our customers a better idea of what our books look like on the inside also.  Each book has art and poetry that you will not find anywhere else.  Featured today is the Little Forest Animal Baby Memory Book and the first page.  The rest of the pages are very similar with adorable forest animals and scenes throughout.
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Please continue to check our blog and website for more products and pages to view, and if you have any questions regarding a product feel free to contact us at 940-357-1013 or at Carolyn@carolynaltmanart.com

We wish you all a wonderful, safe and blessed 2015, and thank you for shopping Glory Bee Baby!

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Oh Those Fun Christmas Pictures…

We were able to get everyone together a few Sundays ago for my oldest son, Brady’s, Baptism.  It was a wonderful day with the first snow of the season falling to help mark this major milestone.  My mom decided since the kids were all in their “Sunday Best”, we would take a picture for my parent’s Christmas card.  Being the sweet children that they are, of course they were more than willing to do what YaYa wanted them to do…

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After many, many attempts, and maybe a couple of raised voices from my sister and I, we were finally able to get one that was suitable for YaYa and Boppy’s Christmas card.  Which, let’s face it, was no easy task with this bunch!

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Later we trimmed the tree and added our Christmas decorations to the fireplace.  I love, love this time of year!  It is so fun seeing the looks on the kid’s faces when they talk about Santa coming or when we read about the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.  Such excitement, magic and hope that surrounds the holidays.  I remember feeling that way when I was a kid, and it reminds me to continue to “Believe”.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessed Christmas season!

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Merry Christmas!

Believe Painting: Glory Bee Baby

Stockings: Anthropologie