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How To Take the Perfect Family Holiday Card

‘Tis the season for getting your family together for that perfect holiday shot for that holiday card. For mother’s out there this can be anything but fun. A lot of mamas put so much pressure on themselves and their kiddos to get that perfect holiday shot that will end up in your 100 plus closest friends mailbox’s. So how do you nail this year’s holiday pic and have some fun with it? Here are a few tips that can make this year’s family photo shoot a little more relaxed

Make Sure Your Timing is Spot On

As a mother, you know when your kids are at their best. If they aren’t a morning person don’t schedule your holiday shoot first thing in the morning on a Saturday. If they get hungry easily, bring snacks for them to munch on so when you arrive at your location they are well fueled and ready to vogue.

Theme

To make things flow easier pick out what all of your family members are going to wear ahead of time. Have everything laid out the night before so there isn’t any last minute freak out session of where is my sweater? Coordinating outfits can be a fun added touch to your holiday shoot and adding some props into the mix can help keep your kiddos preoccupied during the photo session.

Reward

Bribe your kiddos if you need to, don’t worry we won’t tell Santa. But seriously, tell your munchkins that if they behave and cooperate during the shoot they can get a treat afterward like that favorite ice cream flavor or candy. Also, keep ammunition on deck if your children start to have a meltdown in the middle of your shoot. Your kiddos favorite candy or stickers in your back pocket may come in handy.

Take a Deep Breath

Just remember that this is a fun activity for you and your family and to not take it too seriously. Let your kids let loose a bit during your shoot. And remember, like life, your holiday shoot is probably not going to go exactly as you planned. So take a cue from your little ones and have fun with them, usually, the best shots are the candid ones.

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Trend Alert: Umbilical Jewelry is the Latest Trend Among New Mothers

Are you wondering what to do with your newborn’s umbilical cord? Well instead of putting it in a safe place or in your newborn’s keepsake box why not make it into a piece of jewelry that you can wear every day? That’s right, you heard right. The latest trend among new mamas is sending your child’s umbilical cord away and having it made into a piece of jewelry.

It may sound crazy and hard to believe that there’s a market for such of thing but we found out there is multiple jewelers that will do such a thing. Why not right? Women today are saving their placenta from birth and making it into capsules for postpartum recovery.

Ruth Avra, 39, a trained metalsmith and jeweler is one of the many skilled jewelers out there making umbilical jewelry. After the birth of her son in 2012, Avra thought of the idea and started designing the latest trendy keepsake jewelry.

Ava’s friend gave the jeweler the stump of her baby’s umbilical cord in 2011. At the time, Avra didn’t know what to do with it so she held onto it. “She asked me to make something out of it, but I had no idea what to do,” Avra recalled. But it wasn’t until her son was born a year later that she had that ‘Aha’ moment.

Avra was mesmerized at the vast difference between her son’s umbilical cord and her friend’s. “These are really organic pieces—no two are anywhere alike,” she says. Avra got to work making a necklace for herself and her friend. She loved the challenge of the unique differences between the two that forced her creativity flow to go beyond her bounds. Before she knew it, “suddenly I was making them for all my friends,” she says.

Avra now sells them online and has even expanded her line and now does jewelry with your child’s baby teeth, baby’s first hair clippings, hospital bracelets, and cremated ashes.

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Jinger Duggar Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo Take Daughter on Trip to Chicago

Jinger Duggar Vuolo and her husband Jeremy Vuolo just took their young daughter Felicity on a fun trip to Chicago. She is still pretty young, but they are already starting the family vacations. Considering that all of Jinger’s family lives pretty far away she should probably get used to traveling a lot. 

Felicity Vuolo is only two-months-old. Jinger started off sharing pictures at the airport before they were getting on their flight for the big trip. She also shared a photo from while they were on the plane that showed Jeremy kissing his little girl. It looks like he is really in love with his daughter. Jeremy seems to have taken to being a father really well. 

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Kisses from daddy.

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It appears that Felicity did pretty well on the plane. Jinger did share a photo holding her daughter and she was sound asleep. People get really upset over a screaming baby on the plane, so luckily this isn’t what was going on at least part of the time. If Felicity is a tough baby, then Jinger isn’t sharing about it with the fans. 

Hopefully, Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo have a great time while they are in Chicago. No word on what the couple is doing there, though. They did go to a Cubs game, which looked like a lot of fun. This is something most people who visit Chicago like to do. It does look like they took the trip on their own.

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo seem to be doing great. The couple has one little girl and are enjoying being married. They live in Laredo, Texas where Jeremy is going to school. Jinger seems to just be really enjoying being a mom. So far, they only have one child, but seeing that she is a Duggar, there will probably be more on the way soon. There is always news that a Duggar has a baby on the way.

Luckily TLC still films Jinger Duggar Vuolo and lets the fans keep up with her. Since she moved to Texas, that can’t be near as simple as it was before, but the fans would be really upset if they didn’t get to see her new married life. 

Do you think that Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo will ever move back to Arkansas so they don’t need to travel to see her family? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure that you don’t miss the new episodes of Counting On when they air on Monday nights on TLC.

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Derick Dillard Shares that the Dillard Family Has Grown

Derick Dillard just shared that the Dillard family just grew recently.Derick went to his Instagram page to share what happened and it turns out that his brother just had a baby. The information is on the Dillard blog and they are sharing all the news. The fans are excited for this big announcement from Derick Dillard. 

Jaxon Michael Dillard was born on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 9:11 pm. He was born at 6 pounds 7 ounces and 19 inches long. This is Derick’s brother Dan’s baby with his wife Deena. It turns out that Derick and Jill’s kids Israel and Samuel are really excited to be cousins. This will give them someone else to play with, but of course, they already have the Duggar kids to play with as well and there are a ton of cousins on that side of the family. The Duggar family has a ton of children and will continue to have more. 

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The Dillard Family is Growing!!! ***link in bio***

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Jill and Derick Dillard already have two kids together. The fans would love to hear that another one is on the way for them, but it just hasn’t happened yet. For now, they seem to be enjoying life as a family of four. It wouldn’t be shocking at all if they decided to have another child soon. The Duggars don’t believe in birth control at all and so more than likely they will all have big families like Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar do.

Derick is now very busy going back to school. It looks like he will be getting a traditional job now that he has been fired by TLC. They don’t want Derick on the show Counting On at all after he wouldn’t stop making negative comments about Jazz Jennings and TLC on his Twitter. The fans do miss seeing Jill and Derick on the show, but they do give a lot of updates on their social networks. They also share on their family blog. The fans like to get to know more about them in anyway that they can get the updates. 

Are you excited to hear that there is a new baby for the Dillard family? Sound off in the comments section below on your thoughts, and don’t miss new episodes of Counting On when they air on Monday nights on TLC. You won’t be seeing Jill and Derick on the show, but at least you get updates on the rest of the family. 

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