Your growth chart was made to move with you from home to home! Never lose those precious memories!
Seriously, how cute is this Christmasy decor photo from Michele Kelly, @micheletravkelly on IG?! Can you spot the Rustic Walnut growth chart next to the tree? Make sure to always take pictures of your holiday decor... you'll want to look back on that later, too!
Taking Your Own Family Photos this Christmas Might Be Easier Than You Think!
Holiday photo shoots can be time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. That's not to say you'll regret it if you spring for one: there's really nothing as special as capturing these moments as they pass, especially if you do it consistently at the same time of year.
But if this is not your year for professional photos, or you missed your favorite photographer's deadline and are now stuck shooting them yourself, fear not. You don't actually need a super fancy camera and a ton of experience to DIY your family photos this Christmas.
Here are top tips from some of our favorite bloggers, tastemakers, and family photographers to nail your at-home holiday photo shoots with babies, toddlers, and big kids this season.
How to Take Your Baby's Holiday Pics at Home
Family + lifestyle blogger + influencer Jenny Gerson of Our Life in Rose Gold weighs in on making Baby shine without expensive props or lighting setups.
Nail Your DIY Christmas Photo Shoot with Toddlers
Blogger and mom-tog Holly Edge of Our Beautiful Mundane knows a thing or two about perfecting Christmas pics of littles. With a four- and one-year-old on her hands, she can wrangle toddlers + turn out top pics with these easy tactics:
Get Big Kids to Get Along for the Perfect Family Photos
Mom-fluencer and small shop owner Ashlynne Dezelske of Trendy Twins Company is a mom of twins (@madison.mackenzie.twins) plus their older sister, so she has the kids photo shoot thing down pat. Here's how she makes it work:
Have more tips for making the most of your DIY holiday photo shoot? Tell us in the comments!
Shopping for moms can be both a joy and a drama. Especially when she's the type who says "I already have everything, just bring yourself!" when you ask her what she might like for the holidays. If you're looking for gift guides for moms, we've got the best unique presents to make her smile at a variety of price points.
Shop unique handmade and other special pieces for moms of little ones, those who never take the time out for self care, and even the Glam-Mom who really does have it all -- but deserves something special!
For the New Mom...
Photo: Twinty Photography
The pregnant mama or mom of a newborn could really use sleep, but since you can't offer her that this Christmas, do something sweet and simple that celebrates this time in her life.
New moms love things like:
For the Overwhelmed Mama...
She needs to slow down, so focus on things that can facilitate that process for her. Moms of toddlers, elementary kids, and teens get so caught up in carpools and soccer practice, potlucks and homework help, deadlines and date nights, it's often that they don't have time to relax and take care of themselves.
Try these self care gifts for busy moms:
For the Mom Who Really DOES Have it All...
Photo: Growing Up Hollywood
So she loves to treat herself. That's wonderful! But won't it be an amazing surprise when you turn up at her doorstep this holiday season with a totally unique and special gift to let her know how much she means to you and everyone else around her?
Consider these uniquely cool gifts for the decked out mama:
Don't forget to pick up some goodies for yourself this season, too!
At White Loft, one of the best parts of running a small shop is having the opportunity to see our customers put our items to use. The Instagram mom community has been especially amazing, and the mom bloggers and influencers we see setting up their growth charts and other White Loft goodies throughout the home seriously gives me all the feels!
If you're big on Pinterest and Joanna Gaines, housewares trends and baby room art, you'll definitely want to scroll through this post featuring some of my favorite child space inspiration featuring our wood and canvas child growth markers. Remember, these personalized heirloom gifts are handmade with love by one mom for parents everywhere -- so I'm always up for questions and ideas if you have any.
Mom's life is just about the best, but it can also be tiring, stressful, and downright confusing. While we navigate the beautiful waters of raising our babies together, I love to turn to experts for different ways to fix some of my top parenting problems.
From how to survive a day at the beach with a baby to which snacks and activities are best to pack for a road trip with toddlers, to organizing tips and cleaning hacks, today's mom bloggers have some of the best ideas. Here are some of my favorites.