Monday, November 5, 2012

Getting Ready for the Holidays With Sears! #SearsBabysRoom

Did your parents take you to Sears Portrait Studio every year for Christmas pictures? Yup! Me too! Actually, my mom informs me we went for every 6 months for the first many years of our lives! And my husband had the same ritual too!

This month Sears sent us to their Portrait Studio for holiday photos. This is awesome because on maternity leave I didn't have holiday photos in our budget so I'm extremely grateful to be able to have a family photo of the four of us! But before I share my first experience with my family & Sears...allow me to share with you these gems, or blasts from the past, if you will and tell you about our shopping experience.
Me and my brother Benjamin
Is it bad I'm hoping they still do this "sibling thought bubble"? :)
We were given some spending money to buy the boys these adorable outfits for our photos! My mom always coordinated me and my brother's holiday outfits and you bet I'll be doing the same for my kids! I am so excited for Christmas this have no idea!

We chose the grey shirt with the black vest & pant set for Braden and if Ethan was a little bigger, we could have gotten him a vest set too, but we decided on a cute red reindeer holiday sleeper!
Speaking of dressing for the holidays, here's a few things I always adhere to when choosing my family's Christmas attire (note, I am a boy mom and know not of frilly dresses!):
  • Matchy match match! I love to coordinate all our clothing! I don't plan on ever matching my boys' outfits exactly, but rather just coordinating them. I do like to stick to traditional Christmas colors - red, green, black, & white.
  • Vests on little boys! I know this might be a personal preference, but I am a sucker for a little boy in a vest, especially a sweater vest.
  • Mix up your patterns! It's okay to use a checkered shirt and have an argyle sweater vest, in my opinion.
  • Corduoroy! I've always had Braden in cords for the holidays, I just love the look of them.
I love the layout of the Sears Baby's and Kids Rooms! Everything is very well organized according to gender and size and they have tons of clothes to choose from. As you can see they have lots of color available and the same outfits in different sizes if you want to dress your children the same. If you would like more ideas and options for your children's holiday wear, please take a look at these adorable outfits available at Sears online!

Hurry up and head to Sears or shop online because ALL kids dress wear (newborn to teen) is 25% off until November 8th!

So, back to the Portrait Studio! It was a very impromptu session for us and Sears was very accommodating and I really appreciate their amazing customer service to my family of four which included a 2 week old newborn! I never thought I'd like doing the whole Portrait Studio thing, as I have usually had a professional photographer come to our house or I just do it myself...but I have to admit, it was a really nice experience and WAY less stressful than I could have imagined! The staff was great, absolutely wonderful with our children and we got lots of great shots and we didn't feel rushed at all.
We just had a plain, white background, as I wanted the picture to really be focused on our family. We didn't use any props, but they have a lot to choose from if you do want to include them in your portrait session. Our photos will be ready in two weeks and I can't wait to share them with you!

Sears has many other options for your photos. I also have to say that booking with Sears Portrait Studio was very easy, which I am all about these days! All I had to do was call and book our appointment, but you can also visit their website, enter your postal code, and book online.

Win! Now it's your turn for pictures! Sears is offering one of my lucky readers a coupon for a free photo session at their Portrait Studio + 10 free holiday cards. And the best part is, they are sending you an extra coupon for you to gift to one of your family or friends!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Sears – The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.