PHOTO SHOOT - Tips and Tricks for giggly smiles! - Photography

So much fun and I LOVED every minute! This is our fall photoshoot that I did a little later than normal. I have narrowed it down to 120 priceless photos! Yikes and YAY!

So for my boys I've found that:

1. Try to find something to wear that is not so uncomfortable that they have to force a smile. If they are comfortable they can have fun. Easier said than done. :)

2. Don't worry about the serious photos, let them play and you'll capture the smiles (might need to redirect but they will be giggly and that is what you want)

3. Let them tell you where or what would be a "good" photo (usually SUPER silly and not a good photo, but that's okay. Sometimes their ideas can be great.) This works well with really little kids too. I usually pick one and then let them pick one.

4. Don't be afraid to be silly too. For me this usually involves talks of stinky socks and farts. This time I explained what plumber butt was and how I hoped I didn't have one while getting a few of those shots. Oh well, gotta do whatcha gotta do. This has become more of a laugh factor the older they get.

For younger kids a feather duster is amazing. Yup, and it's the BEST thing ever! I tell them that I brought something fun and when I pull it out I joke that doesn't every child love to clean? It's for later to dust the house. Fun right? Then I show how soft and ticklish it really is. Glorious smiles! I haven't brought it in years but what's funny is it would still work. :)

5. Always bring something fun for the end of the photoshoot. I always keep it a secret. Sometimes the face they make pulling it out is a great capture. A little bribery to get them to cooperate plus they make for awesome photos too. This year I brought turkey hats I found at Target but in past years I've brought huge suckers, toys, ball, bubbles etc.

Couple nice photos and a couple silly photos

A lot of silly (the punch in the stomach is not real.) They held it while I talked about how Grandma and Nana would just absolutely adore a photo of one brother inflicting pain on the other. This made for some good laughs and smiles. I captured great photos after that.

My photo choice and his photo choice

My photo choice and his photo choice. Showing off his tree climbing skills.

For this one I told them they needed to be closer and closer and closer until their cheeks were squeezed together. This made them instantly bust out laughing. 


This was my little guys idea and I liked it so much I did one of them together.

Then it turned into this...

AND the hats turned into a turkey war

I still have a 100 more photos that are awesome! Now only if I would print and hang them. My downfall about photos. :(

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GIVEAWAY!!! 1 Rainbow Loom Kit and SIX Rainbow Loom Rubber Band Packages - ENTER NOW!


Remember THIS POST about these Rubber Band Bracelets?
Make them without the loom!

Well, we ended up purchasing a Rainbow Loom to make more detailed bracelets and now I want to give one away just in time for Christmas!!!

The kit comes with the loom and 600+ rubber bands with C clips to make 24 bracelets. Each package of Glow-in-the-Dark, Lime Green and Teal have 600+ rubber bands with C clips.

This would make a great gift for Christmas or keep it for yourself!


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Thanksgiving BREAKFAST treat! Two cute ideas! ACORN donuts and Fall Themed Cinnamon Rolls

Thanksgiving morning is always hectic but once the turkey is in the oven and the stuffing is made I have a little down time to make something special for breakfast.....SUGAR!!! Well, it's a special fun day for everyone so what the heck. :)

Acorn Donuts

These are surprisingly quick, easy and not messy. NOT at all what I would've thought. 

Sprinkles and a can of frosting

Remove lid and stir to loosen it up. 30 secs in the microwave.

Donut holes and pretzel sticks broken in half

Dip in frosting and shake remaining off, dip in sprinkles and stick the pretzel in the top. Place on wax paper to dry. 


So cute!!!

Favorite of the bunch was the turtle crunch sprinkles (carmel flavor sold at Micheal's craft store), then the chocolate sprinkles next. The other two were a tie.

Super happy taste testers!

Cinnamon Rolls with a fall theme

Super easy!!!

Cinnamon rolls, food color and sprinkles

I planned on using the yellow and red to make a darker orange but I added enough yellow to make this color. I didn't end up using the red.

Bake cinnamon rolls according to the package

Apply icing and add sprinkles

DONE! They turned out to be a huge hit with the kids. 

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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THANKSGIVING decors - DIY idea - FRONT ENTRANCE - fall door garland

I forgot about the door!!!! All month I've been meaning to make a wreath or something and three days before I finally decide to make something. Of course all the stores are sold out of Thanksgiving stuff but I found most of this in the Christmas section!!! 

I made this door garland last night with leftover fall leaves and Christmas embellishments I found at Michael's Craft Store that looked Thanksgiving-ish. :) I was too busy planning for Halloween I forgot about Thanksgiving.

Wish I had better pics but it was dark outside and FREEEEZING! 

Ribbon on sale ((Christmas that looked Thanksgiving)) -Brown glitter and gold and orange
Holographic ribbon (gift from my BFF)
Fall leaves 
Orange ((Christmas)) embellishments (50% off)

My hubby calls me a pack rat and almost hoarder......nah. BUT I do keep every little scrap of anything and everything thinking I will use it again and USUALLY when I need it, I can't find it. Figures. Well, today was a different story. Last year I made these recycled napkin holders.

See post HERE

And the wire part of the ribbon I cut off, that's right, I kept! I thought for sure I could use them to make a wreath (glitter twist ties) and TODAY I not only found them but had a very good use for them!!! Super excited about that. 

Now for the garland

First I used floral wire and weaved the burlap back and forth 

Then found the middle and worked my way down the ribbon. Gather and twist tie.

Made two bows

In the Christmas for me! Only found two :(

Found 8 of these smaller ones. Added the fall leaves and hot glued.

These were also in the Christmas section and 50% off!

I added some fall leaves and the Christmas embellishments.

Bent the wire down so it will hang over the pot.

Ribbon to hide the dowel when I hang them.

Remember my TURKEY POT?  Free printable on that post. 
I printed these 5x7 and hot glued a dowel to the back. 

I stuck the dowel in the loop and into the dirt to hold them in place. The brown ribbon hides the dowel. 

TA -DAAAA!!! So quick and easy! 

BTW, I hung the garland with command clips. Same ones I used HERE.

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