Freezing Time With Prints and Printsess {+Giveaway for Local Readers!}

Prints & Printsess

I was provided with a keepsake plaque and giveaway item from Prints and Printsess in exchange for this post. All opinions and experiences expressed are my own.

Knowing Miles is my last baby has me a bit sad. I know in my heart I am done with having children, but I just feel young and worry that there could be a chance later on down the road I may change my mind.

But since it takes two to tango, and my husband has no questions in his mind about being done {he’s logical like that}, he is my last baby. Because of this, I am trying to cherish every moment.

One way I was recently able to capture him at this very stage is by making a 3D plaque with his little hands and feet with local business Prints and Printsess. It meant the world to me to be able to freeze time, and I look forward to the future when we can compare his little hands to his toddler hands, boyhood hands, and beyond.

Owners Ricky and Ashley Raleigh knew they wanted to own a business, so they explored their options before settling on the ceramics concept. They have a studio at their home in downtown Howell, but also travel throughout southeast and mid-Michigan to attend events and make 3-D clay plaques for local families.

The Raleighs - Prints and Printsess

The Raleigh family…with baby #2 on the way! How cute are they?!

I had the opportunity to visit their studio, and it was such a great experience. They are such sweet people, and really know their stuff. Ashley showed me all of the types of creations they make and they were all incredible and unique. The entire time I just kept thinking what great gifts they would make for Christmas, birthdays, or welcoming a new baby.


After I arrived, I was able to choose my overall design {options are here}. I wanted a handprint and footprint, so I chose the 3-print 3D plaque.

Ricky rolled out the clay, and then we were ready for little man’s hand and foot. I let them hold him to do it — after all, they are the experts! They were great with him and knew all the tricks to getting the perfect hand and foot print. Even at just three weeks old, he took it like a champ.

Footprint with Prints and Printsess

From there, I was able pick out a border,  glaze color, the font I’d like, and coordinating stamps. They have everything from robots and rockets to princess crowns and every animal you can think of! They also have sayings, and holiday themed stamps {think Mother’s or Father’s Day, for example}. Since Miles’ room has an animal theme, I went with that.

Prints and Printsess Options

BIG List of Halloween Fun in Southeast Michigan 2014

October is one of the best months of the years…Beautiful leaves falling to the ground, hot apple cider, and of course dressing up to trick-or-treat. I had a great time putting this big list of Halloween fun in southeast Michigan this month, and can’t wait to attend some of the events. Please note most cities have their own downtown trick-or-treating events, so check out your city’s website…I couldn’t list them all ;)

BIG List of Halloween Fun in Southeast Michigan 2014


So, without further ado, a BIG list of Halloween and fall-inspired fun happening in October!

October 3-5 — Trenton Scarecrow Festival {Trenton} – A fall festival with fun for the entire family, complete with contests, prizes, games, arts & crafts, scarecrow building, a dog costume contest, live music, a carnival and more. FREE.

October 4 —  Ghoultide Gathering {Chelsea} – This looks like a really neat event! Three dozen artists will gather to sell unique style Halloween items such as paper-mache sculptures, paintings, art dolls, pottery, soft sculpture, ornaments, and wood carving. Admission is $5. Children 10 and under are free.

October 4 — Autumn Magic at Independence Oaks {Clarkston} — From 2–4 p.m., bring the family for some sweet, colorful autumn magic. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leaf- print T-shirt. Experience the magic of nature in the fall with a naturalist-led walk, song and activities in beautiful Independence Oaks County Park. Bring a light colored T-shirt for printing. $5/person.

October 4-5 — Fall Festival at Kensington Metropark {Milford} – Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of activities for the whole family. Tour the farm and view demonstrations, entertainment by Rosco the Clown, and more. Also, take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Many activities are free with park entry.

October 4-26 — Upland Hills Farm Harvest Festival {Oxford} – The Upland Hills Farm Fall Harvest Festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy cider and donuts, visit the animals, milk a cow, watch a farm demonstration, be amazed at Baffling Bill’s Magic Show, enjoy a hayride in the woods, walk the storybook trail, pick a pumpkin, or take a pony ride! Admission to the farm is $9 per person. Children 24 months and under are free. {Admission includes magic show, farm show, hayride, storybook trail, visiting the animals, and milk a cow.}

October 4,11, 26 — Fall at the Farm at Northfolk Outback {Webberville} – Games, horseback rides, petting zoo, kids train, pumpkin decorating and more. $12/person, age 2 and under are free. Book ahead of time, as these weekends fill up quick!

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Letters To My Children – The First Weeks {Miles}

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Cuddling Up With Huggies Little Snugglers #MC #Sponsored

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Smoked Sausage, Egg and Cheese Bake Recipe for #MIDairy

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Our Experience at Breakfast On The Farm {Uphaus Farms in Manchester, Michigan}

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