What to Wear : Christmas Card Ideas Part 2

Get the look this Christmas from Gymboree’s Holiday Shop Collection! This post is sponsored by Gymboree, but all opinions are our own. Photo by me at  Jolie Anne Photography.

So Thanksgiving is over, and around here that means it’s safe to do all things Christmas! Whether it’s decorating the house, driving around looking at Christmas lights or playing Christmas music 24/7, the Christmas spirit is abundant in our house. As I discussed in my previous post, that also means it’s time to plan for those Christmas cards than need to be ordered soon! That means planning outfits for each of my 4 boys! I hate matching street clothes in portraits, so I turned to Gymboree for a variety of quality, coordinated clothing for my boys.

 

Each year when I choose clothing, I decide whether these images will be going up on the wall or just in a card. If they are being printed for the walls of my home, I go with colors that can be appreciated ALL year long, such as blues and creams. If not, like this year, I can have fun with holiday colors like red! This is really important to consider each year. Either way, Gymboree has you covered. This year, I fell in love with their Holiday Shop collection. Each of the kids, well I do like to match the twins since they are identical, had their own unique outfits that still created awesome family portraits.

Shopping at Gymboree for Declan was super easy, at almost 4, I can still pick cute, little boy outfits that would make anyone smile. I chose the Reindeer Tee for him, the Plaid Cuff pants and the Fleeced Lined Boots to complete the outfit.

Cayden loves sports, wants to learn archery and can’t wait to be as big as his older brothers. Gymboree’s Flannel Vest, Henley Shirt, and Slim Jeans really fit his personality don’t you think?

When it comes to the twins, I usually try to match them. I mean they are identical, and they are usually my “bookends” in family portraits, so it’s important they are more matchy. For them, I chose a more mature Flannel Shirt, the Colorblock Thermal Tee and Slim Jeans. Gymboree really creates a great balance of appropriate choices between age groups.

 

The Holiday Shop Collection had so many wonderful coordinating choices for the boys. Why stop at just one outfit? Check out these other great options.

The Driving Cap was a huge hit with Cayden.

This Pizza Christmas Tee fit the twins to a T.

Declan especially loves the Reindeer Hat!

The Holiday Shop Collection from Gymboree exceeded my expectations this year! The clothing made for some pretty awesome images this year,  but of course my handsome boys may have helped out a little bit with that. The quality of the clothing and the variety of awesome choices always makes Gymboree the place to shop. They certainly did not disappoint us this year.

What are some Christmas traditions in your home? Whether it’s family portraits, baking cookies, decorating the tree or singing carols around the neighborhood, Gymboree has you covered in the what to wear department! For 10 days, from December 1–December 10, across stores nationwide, Gymboree will help customers add wonder to the season by gifting them with a holiday memory in the making. When customers visit Gymboree in store, they will give them a scratcher at checkout. The scratcher might inspire family game night with a Mattel Prize Pack of Uno, Apples to Apples and Pictionary plus $50 to for Gymmies to outfit the evening! Or perhaps, a gift basket of Mrs. Fields Cookies–sweet treats for Santa! Or, a mid-holiday shopping trip treat with a Free Auntie Anne’s Classic Pretzel. Two lucky customers will be treated to their next holiday vacation, with a Club Med all-inclusive family vacation. Every scratcher will reveal a special surprise, One Big Happy Wonderland!

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What To Wear : Christmas Card Ideas Part 1

Get the look this Christmas from Gymboree’s sleepwear collection! This post is sponsored by Gymboree, but all opinions are our own. Photo by me at  Jolie Anne Photography.

Okay folks, Thanksgiving is over, and in my book that means it’s time for all things Christmas! By the end of this weekend, my house will be decorated in hues of red, green and gold. Christmas music will be playing on a daily basis, and sugar plums will be dancing in my boy’s heads.  It also means it’s time to be thinking Christmas cards and what to wear for them.  Traditionally, I head outdoors or to the studio and take a few pictures of the boys, but this year I thought it would be fun to focus on another tradition, decorating the Christmas tree! I know I can always turn to Gymboree for cute, high quality clothing that coordinates great for pictures of my boys. I decided on Gymboree’s pajamas for a nostalgic look to my images, and went with a plaid flannel that my oldest son picked out. He felt that they looked more mature, being that he and his brother are 12 and all. Now, normally, I do not suggest for everyone to match but to coordinate using 3 or 4 colors, but when wearing pajamas I think its 100% okay to match! This image would be way too distracting with too many different outfits.

In our house, the tree is typically  put up as soon as we can after Thanksgiving Day. Each child, starting with the youngest, chooses a favorite ornament and places it anywhere on the tree. This year we started with Declan, who is about to turn 4. His Gymboree jammies made him look so big. He so thought he looked like his daddy in them! And, because they are high quality, I do not have to worry about the fabric irritating his sensitive skin.

Declan picked an airplane ornament this year as the very first one to go on the tree. That kid is ALL about modes of transportation this year. At least he made things easy on Santa this year, right?

Cayden, our soon to be 9 year old, thought his pjs from Gymboree were the softest jammies he has ever worn! This kid LOVES soft clothing, so he was truly impressed with Gymborees fabric choice. Cayden decided his favorite ornament was the one we picked up on our month long trip to Florida last year at the Kennedy Space Center.

Something to remember when picking out pajamas for a Christmas card, is to try and match it to any color schemes you may have going on. This would have looked pretty odd had I gone with another holiday color scheme other that reds, since our tree is decorated in reds and golds. If you use another color scheme for your Christmas decor, I am sure Gymboree has something for you!

Next up for ornament placement was Britton, one of our 12 year old twins. Sadly, he really dislikes that fact that he is 1 minute behind his brother in age. His favorite ornament this year was the nutcracker ornament given to him this year, during his first every Nutcracker ballet performance!

I know I can’t pull off too many more years of ALL the boys wearing matching pjs, but Britton agreed with his brother’s choice in pjs from Gymboree. He didn’t feel like a little kid in them at all, and was happy and comfortable wearing them. It didn’t hurt that his favorite color is red!

Last, but not least, was Alexander, who is very happy with the fact that he is the oldest, even if it is by only a minute. Alexander chose an ornament made of beautiful shells that we picked up in a souvenir shop along the beach in Florida last year. We try to pick up a Christmas ornament everywhere we travel, just in case your noticing a ongoing theme here.

Alexander is the genius behind our sleepwear choice this year. He very happily picked these out when I showed him the choices on Gymboree’s website. He wanted something that made him look older. I think he achieved that!

Well, we all agreed that the Plaid Pajama set from Gymboree are a huge hit! They are comfortably soft and warm, with hint of maturity for the older boys. The boys can’t wait to wear them to the Polar Express in December or for Christmas morning. Another plus to purchasing pj’s for your Christmas cards portraits! They can be worn again and again.

What are some Christmas traditions in your home? Whether it’s baking cookies, decorating the tree or singing carols around the neighborhood, Gymboree has you covered in the what to wear department! For 10 days, from December 1–December 10, across stores nationwide, Gymboree will help customers add wonder to the season by gifting them with a holiday memory in the making. When customers visit Gymboree in store, they will give them a scratcher at checkout. The scratcher might inspire family game night with a Mattel Prize Pack of Uno, Apples to Apples and Pictionary plus $50 to for Gymmies to outfit the evening! Or perhaps, a gift basket of Mrs. Fields Cookies–sweet treats for Santa! Or, a mid-holiday shopping trip treat with a Free Auntie Anne’s Classic Pretzel. Two lucky customers will be treated to their next holiday vacation, with a Club Med all-inclusive family vacation. Every scratcher will reveal a special surprise, One Big Happy Wonderland!

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer | Mr. C

We always keep our newborns in the studio warm, but in the summer it is so easy to accomplish this! You can certainly tell he was content during his session.

Jolie Anne Photography is currently booking Newborn sessions for the months of November 2016 – June 2017. I take limited session in December due to the holidays.
Reserve your newborn session today! Try to call as soon as you know your due date to book your session. Lifestyle sessions are limited.
Please email me at jolie@jolieannephotography.com or visit the website at www.jolieannephotography.com for pricing and more info.

 

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer | Mr. C

Mr. C came into the studio and slept like a dream, until it was time for his mom and dad!  That’s a newborn for you! Mom and Dad, congrats on your new family of 3!

 

 

Jolie Anne Photography is currently booking Newborn sessions for the months of November 2016 – June 2017. I take limited session in December due to the holidays.
Reserve your newborn session today! Try to call as soon as you know your due date to book your session. Lifestyle sessions are limited.
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Studio Christmas Mini Sessions – ONLY 4 spots left!

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