As a mom, we know you are working hard to give your family a memorable holiday season, so we are excited to share some treats with you! First, we have some brand favorites to share, Paperless Post and Picket Fence: Gift Shop Pittsburgh — and we've coordinated an amazing Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway prize collection sponsored by many fabulous brands! Just send your hubby over to check out all of our holiday gift ideas for moms.
If you're a mom then you know all about mommy life. For moms, the morning begins at the time your kids wake up, regardless of what time of morning (or night) it is. Moms eat their kids' leftovers, sometimes as their main course. Moms often plan activities, schedules, meals, hobbies, interests, and social events mostly around the kids. I do at least. I have 3 young children, and while I still remember my life before kids, I wouldn't trade my current mommy life for the freedom to go out whenever I want or have a pristinely decorated house. I'm fine with spit up accenting my couch because I get to cuddle my baby every day. It's ok to wipe up applesauce, ketchup, yogurt, and finger paint from the surfaces of my house a 100 times a day because I get to watch my kids play and giggle. In my opinion, living mommy life is the best thing I could be doing right now, and it won't last forever so I'm soaking up every moment.
You know the drill. You dress up your family in coordinating outfits each year and take a (hopefully) adorable annual family photo. My family participates in this annual fall tradition, and I cross my fingers (and throw in some treats) to encourage the kids to cooperate with photos. Next comes the easy part thanks to Paperless Post; ordering your beautiful family Christmas cards to send to your friends and family. Paperless Post makes ordering your cards as simple as can be with options for every holiday card need! You can order printed Christmas cards, online Christmas cards that are never late or get lost, or if you have a business, treat your clients with business Christmas cards accented with your company logo or custom design! Business Christmas cards are a super cool idea for entrepreneur moms. (and we know a lot of those!) Here are two of our favorite Paperless Post online holiday card designs, Love Calendar and Avant-Garde, easily customizable by adding your own photos!
To order holiday cards from Paperless Post, simply choose one of the many beautiful designs, upload your photo, and personalize with a custom message. Perfect! Paperless Post requires "coins" to order online Christmas cards that you can send to your friends and family via email or text. We are giving away 1,000 coins to Paperless Post (retail value $90) in our Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway!
It can be tricky to get good family photos, especially with little kids, toddlers, and babies. Here are a few photo tips we've found make our photo shoots with kids a lot more successful!
Take photos right after nap time. Kids often wake up from nap time refreshed and ready to do the next activity. I've found family photo sessions to be most successful if we time them to be after nap time, and definitely not right before naps. Tired kiddos are not very cooperative.
Bring a fun noise maker to look at. Little kids will often look at a favorite rattle or toy that makes noise. If you position the toy right above the camera lens, you effectively can get them to look at the camera. I've found it most helpful to bring a toy that rattles, lights up, or spins (like a pinwheel). You won't keep a toddler's attention forever though, so take your photos quickly and make it fun!
Reward kids with treats. If my kids do a good job taking photos, I have no problem giving them a fun treat. If my kids are restless or uninterested in following instructions, I offer a fun incentive by telling my kids they can have a special treat if they smile for photos for mommy. When the photographer is ready, it's "go time!" Just don't give your kids the treat too early, or you will end up with cute photos of your child, with a piece of candy in their mouth. (Good luck taking it away.)
Family photos are a great excuse to buy your kids some darling new outfits. But let's be honest; most of us moms don't need an excuse to shop for our kids! The Picket Fence: Gift Shop Pittsburgh offers lots of cute clothing and accessories for kids. I especially love their beautiful holiday dresses for girls and cute holiday pajamas. A family pajama party holiday photo would be so cute!
The Picket Fence is a small boutique that offers personal assistance when you are looking for special something for a friend, a child, or even yourself. The Picket Fence carries a variety of small to well known designers of darling baby outfits, kid's clothing, women's clothing, jewelry, accessories, colorful household items, as well as distinctive toys that are not widely available. You are sure find something special from The Picket Fence that reflects your child's unique personality.
Now for our Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway! This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. 1 winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway page after the giveaway ends on December 18, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!
Our Mom Faves holiday gift list and GIVEAWAY features great gift ideas to keep moms healthy, happy, pampered, and moisturized!
Aurorae Printed Yoga Mat
How to Raise Great Kids - 101 Fun & Easy Ideas
Moon Valley Organics Herbal Heal Gift Set: Herbal Heal, Moon Melt Lotion Bar, Herbal Lip Balm
Signs.com Custom Canvas 12" x 12" print
Duo Diary Health Journal
Revelae Kids Yummi Pouch Cloth Snack Bags
CiPU Diaper Bag in Heather Grey
Paperless Post 1,000 coins (Retail Value $90)
The Picket Fence $50 gift certificate
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