I am also looking on Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest for crafty creative stuff. A few days ago I came across a Dollar Tree project that I couldn’t help but try myself. Watch as I create a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar.
One of my favorite things to do to kickoff the holiday season is to take pictures with my family. About 4 years ago I realized I didn’t have many family portraits. When I was little I remember getting dressed up and going to Sears to take holiday pictures that my mom would share with the family in our Christmas card. Well as I started to get older, for some reason we stopped taking family photos. So, I planned a family photoshoot for my extended family. I look forward to our Christmas photoshoot every year. We create some really funny memories during each photoshoot, and we create some real dope pictures too.
Here are 5 tips to help you plan a family photoshoot for the holidays
#1 Pick a color scheme.
The color scheme is important. You can either choose for everyone to wear the same thing, or select a color scheme. When you are dealing with more the 3 or 4 people, I highly suggest a color scheme for every to stick to. That way everyone can choose what’d like to wear, be comfortable, and show their personality. Pinterest has really good color scheme templates/ inspiration for group photoshoots.
For our pictures this year we decided on Yellow, Red, and Denim. In the past we have wore, Green and Tan; shades of Purple.
#2 Find the perfect location for your family.
Location is everything!!!! Keeping in mind your family dynamic when selecting your photoshoot location and be creative. There are parks, farms, shopping centers, and city skylines. Try googling “Top places for a photoshoot near me” you’ll be surprised at what you find.
Our family photo location this year was Prospect Farm in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I found this location from a google search that lead me to their Facebook page.
#3 Book a photographer.
A photographer who has experience working with a group of people instead of just one or two people is very important. If you have children in your family, you need a photographer who can work with children during a photoshoot. I personally like a photography team of 2 or more shooters, that why you can capture more moments in a hour long session. I really like to see the behind scene footage and candid shoots from a photoshoot.
As a blogger, I have a list of to go photographers. For my family and event photography, I always hire Vision of Life photography. They are a couple duo, so you have 2 shooters and they are very detailed oriented.
#4 Create a mood board on Pinterest.
Pinterest is the best app for you to find photoshoot inspiration. From poses and facial expressions to props and filters, Pinterest is the best. I highly suggest you create a mood board for your photoshoot before hand so you know exactly what type of shoots you want to get.
#5 Have Fun.
Photoshoots are meant to be fun and capture the great memories with your family. So, don’t be to serious. Just have fun. Create a fun atmosphere by play music that everyone can groove to during the photoshoot. Genuine happiness looks better than any planned smile in a photo.
Before you go, share one thing you like to do with your family during the holidays.
I have a confession, I listen to Christmas music all year long. Like come on, who has time to delete Christmas songs from their playlist after Christmas time. So when it come on during a shuffle I let it ride. And don’t let me. Be in the care by myself, I’m going to have a full concert for the seatbelts. 😂
It is day 5 of blogmas!!!! Ya girl is still hanging in there and still ahead of the game.
A lot of the content I have prepared and created for blogmas is a repeat of the topics I’ve blogged about in past blogmas posts. But I noticed that I haven’t made a holiday or winter bucket list since 2016. So here is my winter bucket list:
This year I decided to keep my list short and sweet, because I have plans to do every single thing on this list. Since winter is my favorite time of year, there are lots of activities that I want to do with my family and friends. I’m like the lifestyle coordinator. So I’ll make a plan and let everyone know the plan and have some fun. Most of the time my family and friends are down for my little creative plans, it makes for the best quality time.
What I’m looking forward to the most is a movie day in PJs. I want to lay in bed with snacks and hot coco all day and do nothing but watch all the movies I’ve added to my Amazon Prime watch list. What’s on your winter bucket list?
The holidays are my favorite time of year to shop for the people in my life I love the most. Although, there are so many department stores that I have been custom to shopping at I now like to support black owned businesses. As a fellow entrepreneur I find it important to support small businesses. I’ve put together a small gift guide of suggestions for gifts for your loved ones.
Make It Classy delivers plant-based ingredients and step-by-step instructions needed to craft your own chemical-free DIY beauty creations.It’s like a dinner kit, but for beauty. These kits make the perfect gift for that special lady in your life, your mother, or sisters and friends.
Holiday Offering (Sale, Bundle Deal or Gift Set) Dec. 9-19: Save 20% with code CHEER and receive a free lip balm gift with purchase at makeitclassydiy.com
Kaeess Nail Polish offers 10% off when subscribing to email list as well as free shipping for orders over $40. Orion Collection available for purchase at www.kaeessnailpolish.com. These polishes are the prefect stocking stuffers for any lady of glamour in your life.
IWI Fresh Garden Day Spa not only offers farm to skin spa service, they offer raw skincare products as well. Products are made from fresh veggies and fruit locally sourced from the garden and perfectly blended by the owner, The Skincare Chef, herself. Products like body oil, body scrubs, and the 14 carrot glow face cream can be purchased at iwifresh.com. IWI Fresh products are perfect for the entire family.
This holiday season, Children’s book author Celina Monique is not only accepting donations for the R.O.Q. scholarship fund, she is also offering a Bundle Deal that offers BOTH children’s books (signed) for ONLY $30 (plus shipping). In addition, the first 5 orders will receive the “Note to Self” coloring book for FREE. To take advantage of this deal, please inquire via email to email@example.com while the official website (www.celinamonique.com) is being updated. The books are also available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.
My crafty sassy behind has been busy this month. December is always a busy month for me and like always I am Not prepared. One year, December is not going to roll up on me when I’m unprepared. December 2019 I will be prepared with more gifts sets and personalized packages. But even tho I’m not prepared the way I want to be this year, I have been managing all of my orders and getting Blogmas posted once a day. I am a one women show and I pat myself on the back for making it to day 18 on task.
For those of you who don’t know, I am not just a blogger. I am also an Event Planner and creative innovator. I make personalized gifts and decor. As you can imagine around this time of year people are hitting me up for all types of stuff…. designed wine glasses, coffee mugs and Tumblrs, T-shirts, gift baskets and more.
I wanted to share my work with you.
If you wish to place an order, you can DM on instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One day I’m going to have a store and a creative studio.
PJs … my version of PJs are legging and a oversized shirt
Do you open presents in the morning or the afternoon?
Throughout the day. Gifts from my parents in the morning and gifts from the rest of my family later in the day.
Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
Yes, It’s a Christmas Family Tradition
Favourite Christmas smell?
Scandalous from Victoria Secret and Black Tie Bath and Body Works candles
Favourite Christmas treat?
Muddy Buddy with M&Ms and Red Velvet cake
Where do you spend Christmas day?
Home Sweet Home … My grandmothers house and Parents House
Real or fake Christmas trees?
Fake tree (this year)
What’s your favourite holiday drink?
Long Island … ALL DAY EVERYDAY
Candy canes or gingerbread men?
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Cheetahalious Christmas – The Cheetah Girls
Have you ever built a snowman?
What is top of your Christmas list?
A Bar Cart
What is most important to you about the holidays?
Spending time with the people I love.
When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
Do you still have advent calendars?
No. But I want one.
Favourite Christmas memory?
Getting a karaoke machine for christmas on year. I loved that thing!!!
What do you eat for Christmas dinner?
Ham, Turkey, Hen, Chicken, Greens, Rice and Gravy, Stuffing, Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potato pie, red velvet cake.
What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Nope, I live in Georgia.
Side Note: I started off BLOGMAS strong. I had my blogs scheduled and I was prepared. Now, I’m stepping into a busy week and all of my scheduled blogs have been posted. S, this week is going to be interesting. I have to really focus on what needs to get done. Wish my luck and I wish you all a good week.
December is a busy month for me so I hadn’t thought about putting up christmas decorations. At first it didn’t bother me but after 2 days of scrolling through Pinterest and social media seeing such beautiful decorations, I had to do something to my apartment. My aim was something cute, simple and cheap. My friend suggested a Wall Christmas Tree.
After a trip to the dollar tree and Walmart, I put together this sofa view!
Supplies used: (3) 9ft gold Garland, pink mini ornaments, blue mini ornaments, string go lights, and clear thumb tacks.
Tag me in you christmas decor pictures (IG @thepassionista__)
Y’all already know, I am the DIY Queen when it comes to gifts and decor. I came across the idea (on Pinterest) for holiday wine bags. I found these to be super easy to make and cute to give away as gifts. There are also cheap enough to make a resale profit.
These wine bags can be used for all occasions like birthdays gifts, wedding gifts, party favors, house warming, etc. I think else are my new favorite DIY gift item to make.