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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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Arie Luyendyk Jr., Lauren Burnham Baby Details Start to Come Out

The Bachelor couple Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham announced this morning that they have a baby on the way. Now, a few details about their baby are starting to come out. First off, the couple shared that they were not trying to get pregnant, but they are happy about it. They are still planning to do their wedding in January as well. They have been clear that babies were in the plan, but it just happened a bit sooner than expected. Arie and Lauren feel like it was probably meant to go that way. 

It turns out that Arie Luyendrk Jr. and Lauren Burnham already know the sex of their baby. The couple isn’t sharing that news just yet, though. Hopefully, they will do some kind of big gender reveal and let the fans in on the news. 

Arie and Lauren have to be careful and not let the news slip out. Their wedding is January 12, 2019. It turns out that the Bachelor couple plans to share the sex of their baby around that time. That is two months that the couple has to keep it a secret. That won’t be easy, but you never know if they might let it slip. 

Both Arie and Lauren didn’t really care if they had a girl or a boy. The thing is they both had a feeling that they knew the sex of their baby and it turns out they were right. Arie and Lauren still aren’t letting anything slip, though. 

Lauren Burnham did have a hard time during her first trimester. She is past that now. Most couples wait to reveal they are expecting until that hard part is over and that is what they did. Here is what Lauren had to say about her first trimester.

“Over the last week I’ve started feeling a lot better. It’s nice to have my energy back.”

Fans of The Bachelor are just going to have to wait on Arie and Lauren to share a few more details. They both like to post on their social networks a lot, so following the couple there will be a great way to get updates during her pregnancy and see that baby bump grow.

Are you surprised to hear that Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have a baby on the way? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t miss new episodes of The Bachelor 2019 with Colton Underwood when they start airing on Mondays in January on ABC.

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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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Hilary Duff Welcomes Daughter

Hilary Duff Welcomes Daughter with Boyfriend Matthew Koma

Hilary Duff’s little princess has arrived! The Lizzie McGuire alum announced on Instagram Monday that she and boyfriend Matthew Koma welcomed their daughter on October 25.

Duff, 31, posted a precious picture of herself holding her daughter with Koma by his two girls side. “Banks Violet Bair this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic,” she wrote.

Proud new papa Koma, 31, shared the same photo on his Instagram account writing, “ We welcome a beautiful daughter, little sister, and best friend for life. Could not possibly be more grateful for our growing family and for the who makes it all possible. Cloud ten.”

The new parents revealed their baby news back in June on social media announcing they were expecting a bundle of joy of their own. Duff posted a picture of herself giving her beau a kiss on the cheek while showing off her growing belly. She wrote alongside the picture, “Guess what guys! @matthewkoma and I made a little princess of our own and we couldn’t be more excited!!!!!!”

The Younger star is also a mom to 6-year-old son Luca who she shares with ex-husband Mike Comrie. This is the first child for Duff’s musician babe.

Koma was a doting boyfriend for his pregnant girlfriend during her pregnancy. Duff gushed back in August of her beau who was going to great lengths to pacify her pregnancy cravings.

Hilary Duff documented on an Instagram story that Koma had driven around town looking for Duff’s request of Good & Plenty’s. She later showed all the sweet treats Koma had scored along the way along with the much sought out candy request.

Duff handled pregnancy like a champ embracing her body changing all through the different stages that pregnancy brings. In July the Disney star alum wrote about the wonder’s of the female body and how amazing women truly are.

“The boobs are big the belly is big the body is big. Man.. pregnancy is hard. Giving love to all mamas who make it look effortless… this journey is hard as hell and also incredibly special. Lovely to have a little life inside and to daydream of all the new adventures to come buuuut almost impossible to get my own shoes on,” she captioned a mirror selfie. “Sick of getting up 9 times a night to pee and looking at this weird body in the mirror that is not my own at the moment. Women are so bada**, this was just a note to remind myself and remind others how’s strong and beautiful you are! WE GOT THIS!

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