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Family Petite Portrait Sessions

I have had 6 petite sessions in the past week–5 in Utah and one right here in Texas. I wanted to make sure that they get their sneak peek before too long, so I’ve lumped 5 of them all together here with 2 sample images each (the 6th group has to wait a bit). Petite sessions are generally about posed shots, and I try to include a few candids, as well. I had so much fun with each group, mostly new friends, and one family that I’ve known for a long time–since the Delaware days (patriotic baby fam). Enjoy a little photo viewing!utah photography utah portraits family photography kids photography family photography family portraits fam pictures family pics family pictures sisters

ARM & HAMMER Tooth Tunes featuring One Direction

If you have kids that love One Direction songs as much as mine do, you might want to pull up a chair and listen to what I have to say. ARM & HAMMER has recently launched their Tooth Tunes toothbrushes featuring 2 of One Directions hit songs: One Thing and What Makes You Beautiful and I got to review one of the brushes, along with my adorable little helper.arm & hammer Tooth Tunes

I’ll admit, I love a little One Direction myself. I’m not ashamed. I may or may not be following a One Direction fan on Instagram just to see what they are up to. I like candid celeb pics.… Continue Reading

Little Girls Play Vanity Table

My husband built this adorable play Vanity for our girls, and finished it JUST before midnight on Christmas Eve! He only started it a few days before at my request, and I love how it turned out!


I originally pulled up plans for a play vanity from my friend Ana White (who by the way featured plans she made from my Sliding Barn Door TV cover on her site here), but then we modified the vanity a bit to include legs.

One day in October, my 3 year old and I were roaming the aisle of a store when she spotted from a distance a big box with a picture on the front of a plastic toy vanity set. She stood there staring at it (the picture on the box) mesmerized and proceeded to tell me how much she wanted that. I think she saw the blow dryer, fake lipstick, brush, etc. I said to her, “oh, isn’t that cute…maybe for Christmas….” and I was eventually able to persuade her to keep walking. I thought she’d forget about it, but oh no she didn’t. Pretty much every day she started talking about how she was getting a “mirror table” for Christmas. I wasn’t too excited about the plastic one, but my wheels started turning, and I spoke to my husband with my puppy dog eyes, and requested he build one in the days before Christmas. I found the plans, but wanted to make a few changes.

I wanted legs with space under, so hubby got 2×2 wood and slid the other piece of wood right in.


As he built, he used “L” brackets on the inside, and used wood glue and bungee cords to hold pieces together while the glue tried. Then reinforced the piece with nails/screws after.

We used bead board on the outside that would be showing, it adds a nice element of texture.

Above is how he cut the bottom piece in order to fit right into the cubby with the existing legs in place.

the home depot

After the two side cubbies were made, it was time to pull them together. He put a ledge of the 2×2 in order to hold the desk part. Then another at the back to strengthen the mirror. I am SO excited about the mirror I found. I actually had one that someone gave me that we quickly realized was too big, so I ran out to Target crossing my fingers that I’d find something cute, and grabbed this gem! I think it was $20, which is more than my preference, but I did not have time on my side and it was adorably perfect!! (See my clothes? Christmas Eve rush).

Target mirror

I taped up the mirror part and sprayed it white.

mirror vanity

We built a “Y” out of the 2×2 to attach the mirror. It was a quick decision and I might have done it differently had I more time to figure out something, but it’s up against the wall, and works fine (see back of mirror in a few pics down).

My hubby and his brother madly spray painting the vanity at around 9pm on Christmas Eve.

spray paint

Though the idea was made for the littlest, it was a gift for both girls. On Christmas morning, it was the last to come out.

Christmas Present


The girls were very excited!

minnie mouse

Below is a good picture of the back of the mirror:

The girls got right to work (the cute Minnie Mouse set I found at the Disney store). Dad even got a head brushing;)

hair play

I love to see his face when he adores his girl adoring something he made for her.


hair style

Girls have played with it daily and even set up “Beauty Shop” hours and pricing.

diy vanity


The boys won’t turn down a chance, who doesn’t like getting their hair brushed?!?


It was a big hit!!! Let me know if you have questions, I’m sure I didn’t cover everything!

P.S. Teal tin baskets came from Target.

{Edited to add: The Girls Fancy Room Makeover Reveal is up, check it out!}


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Cookie’s Kids Clothing Fashion

holiday dresses
I discovered a new website for kids clothing shopping that I’m so excited to share with you! I got these adorable dresses for my girls for $22 total! Oh yes, it’s true!  Cookie’s Kids is a store front that has been around since 1972 (It’s their 40th year anniversary) in the NYC area with 7 stores in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Jamaica.  In the past 5 years started up their website after a surge in school uniform sales. sells not only their store inventory, but a whole slew of other cute kids clothes!

My daughters looked at the website with me, and picked out their dresses (with a little guidance from me). What I love about these particular dresses is that they are just ONE piece. The belts are attached, but still a different layer, I love texture in clothing. Also, the shrug on the toddler dress is completely attached, so doesn’t fly open. It’s just part of the top instead of a seperate layer. The lacee and bows and bubble skirt on my older daughter I love–and the unique sleeve design.
holiday dress

price tags
Here is a close up on the price tags, but the dress for my younger daughter was actually marked down even more! Below is the website home page. As you can see, school uniforms, boys, girls, toys, etc. Even free shipping on $99 orders right now!


See the above sale price?  $6.99 for a cute toddler dress! If you look to the right of the SIZE drop down menu, you will see a red square next to a link. If you aren’t sure what size to buy, this ALVA Kids icon will help you out.

online shoping
Here is a horrible screen shot taken with my cell phone. It shows my order: I got 2 dresses, hair accessories, and socks for under $30!

My girls are thrilled about their new outfits, and I’m thrilled about the value for such cuteness! If you want to see more images from my girls photo shoot, check out my Google + album here. Also, if you do head over to use this coupon code through December 21st 2012: kristendukephotography and get 10% off your order sitewide! You can find Cookie’s Kids on Facebook or Twitter, or search Cookie’s Kids by using the hashtag #CookiesKids

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Cookie’s Kids #CBias #CookiesKids #SocialFabric but all opinions are 100% my own.