Nov 10, 2014

Our Holiday Cards

It's a big thing. For me. I was once that parent that took pictures of their kids every other month. It drove the hubs crazy. So we met in the middle. I was able to take a vision, create and send out 200,000 holiday cards every year. Ok, maybe not that many. Only 200 this year. It seems like a lot because I hand write the address on each one. We now take professional pictures only once a year and I have FULL control over the outfits, scouting locations and designing the card. It's the one time of year the other three {who are FAR less excited} get to just shut up and show up. Alas.... our holiday cards.

As I stated in my previous post, this year I decided to build something; #killme. I hate all DIY projects and crafts. Always have. I'm that person that buys EVERYTHING off of Etsy or eBay. I was never that person that could go to Michael's and buy a bunch of glitter, construction paper and modge podge and come up with something amazing. All the stuff you see at my kid's parties has been bought by people who like doing that shit. Like this:
Isn't that centerpiece amazing? I mean, do I get pats on the back for buying the mason jar and filling it with cereal {it was a pancakes and pajamas birthday party.} No? I didn't think so- eye roll. I had four of those. So someone much more talented than I, actually enjoyed making sixteen of those exacto knife cutouts for my kids party to be used as centerpieces. It seems simple enough but that looks like advanced calculus to me. But anyway.. moving on. I built this cocoa stand with my bare hands; blood, sweat and tears. I'm totally not being dramatic. Ok, ok, the hubs helped by using the power tools. I wanted it to look like kids made it and I actually think it turned out nicely. No Pinterest fail here. 
Here are a few pictures I can share with you from the day that aren't going to be used on our card. 





My photographer for the last few years has been Amanda from Amanda Manupella Photography. We met when she was second shooting our engagement session. We decided to make Amanda our family photographer and every year we get some great lasting memories. You can find her website at the link above or on Facebook. She tells us how to stand and snaps away! Most who know me personally, know I like to be different. Although there is nothing wrong with the "big coats, boots, standing next to a Christmas tree" photos, I use these photos around the house too, so I didn't want them to JUST look like holiday photos {hence the street pose.} We need a new family picture in our living room that I am going to blow up and put on a pretty canvas so stay tuned! LOL, yes, another DIY project. Why, Valerie? Why???

Some of you have asked for all the details of the shoot so here ya go:
My shoes are from Just Fab, skirt is from The Limited, jacket from eBay here and my shirt is from NY&Co. 
Charles' shirt and jeans are Rocawear. 
Bryce's shirt and jeans are from Abercrombie & Fitch. 
Sydney's top is from Target and skirt is from Etsy shop Melanie Rose Designs and can be found here. I loved working with her. Her skirts are so adorable and I'll definitely be back to get Sydney more goodies! 

For the cocoa stand:
All the wood/spray paint came from Home Depot. The snowflakes, food items and mason jars came from WalMart and the reindeer mugs came from Target. The red cover is a tree skirt I cut in half from the dollar store. The letters, burlap {behind the letters} and initial stockings came from Michael's. The ornaments in the small vase behind the chocolate powder were my own. Also, I covered the whip cream can with my own wrapping paper. 

Later this week I will blog about my fab stationary chick who creates my gorgeous cards and share with you the previous work she's done for me! Have a great Monday!

31 comments:

  1. I love all of it but my favorite is the street pose. Love love love. Y'all are some beautiful people. Props on that hot cocoa stand...you'd hear me cussin' it all the way from Ohio.
    xoxo
    Rachel

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  2. Damn girl, that is so cute and creative. I'm also the woman that buys everything from Etsy and Ebay. While I may not be creative I know how to throw money at a situation to get stuff done!

    Can't wait to see your card!!

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    1. Haha, throw money on it! YESSSS! Thank you!

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  3. That cocoa stand is awesome! Great job on it. And your family is beautiful. Love your daughter's skirt!

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  4. You are too fab! I love the sassiness in the street pose, it will great somewhere in the house.

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  5. The pictures are awesome! And, of course, you all look fabulous :)

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  6. That family right there is commercial quality cute! I LOVE the Hot Coco stand. Too Cute. Awesome pictures!

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  7. Oh WOW!! Ya'll all look so fabulous!!! Love Love Love the street picture!!! Love the pics and the Hot Cocoa Stand is adorable!

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  8. i can't handle the cuteness! so fab. job well done mama!

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  9. Love Love Love this pics!!! So cute!!!!

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  10. Ya'lls Xmas cards are always so ~flawless~. Everybody looks SO put together and seriously SO GOOD!

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  11. Oh my goodness, those outfits! Your shoes! These pictures are just fantastic!

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  12. Your kids are just too adorable! Love Bryce laughing with the whipped cream!

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  13. As a momtog (I own a professional camera and know how to use it but don't like socializing so I stick to my day job) I absolutely love that you made your own props. All the photos are great but I have to say that I love the street pose.

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    1. Thanks girl! I think that's going to go in the house somewhere!

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  14. How cute is your family?!?!!?!? I love the street pose. Im thinking my hubby is going to hate it but we will def be incorporating a photo shoot twice a year into our lives! Good job on the coco stand too!!!

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  15. Late commenting on this but your holiday pics came out sooo good! I love your outift in them! And that cocoa stand! Amazing, girl!

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