Winter Getaway

December 29, 2017 in Appaman Style, DIY, Mom Hacks

It’s time to escape the cold, but planning a trip with mini humans isn’t always easy. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help make for easy packing.

 

Have any great tips?  Add in the comments below. And if you’re still looking for kid’s vacay essentials, check out our latest Resort Collection.

Stocking Stuffers

December 19, 2017 in Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks

It’s that time of year again: sitting by the fire, watching the snow (at least here in New York), and of course, Christmas shopping. Luckily we’ve got your covered for stocking stuffers – our cozy, fun and durable accessories are the perfect treat for Christmas morning.

 

We have a great range of boy’s hats, from the super laid-back Rocky Hat, to the fun and furry Benji Hat. They are all lined, extremely cozy, and come in a whole bunch of super cool colors that work in perfectly with our boy’s clothing.

 

Our super cool girl’s hat collection features bold colors and buttery-soft knits perfect for keeping heads warm on freezing days. Whether you’re a fan of the purr-fect Kat Hat , or the cute-as-a-button Krista hat (did someone say HUGE pompom?), there’s something for every one to open on Christmas morning.

 

We also have limited-edition gloves, scarves and earmuffs in cosy knits to keep the cold away – shop the whole accessories collection here.

 

Happy holidays!

 

 

Picture Perfect

October 30, 2017 in Appaman Style, DIY, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks

We caught up with professional photographer and friend of Appaman Laura Orozco to get her top tips on taking a great family holiday photo.

 

1. Consider your wardrobe carefully.  Coordinate outfits, but don’t match.  Use similar colors and styles to create a cohesive look, but let individual styles shine through.  Avoid bright colors and busy patterns.  Bright colors tend to reflect a color cast onto skin, especially for those who have  fair skin. Also, busy patterns draw attention away from the subjects.  If you have trouble planning outfits, check out Pinterest for some ideas!

2. Try to limit your stress and expectations, and go into your session ready to have fun as a family.  As a photographer I have a list of poses and images that I want to capture, but every family dynamic is different.  My only “must have” images are the ones that capture real family moments – joyful, loving, tender, hilarious – even tantrums and meltdowns create beautiful memories!

3. Try to get your bodies as close as possible to portray warmth and connection in group shots.  When you think you’re close enough, move in even closer!  Just an inch of separation can change the feeling of an image.

4. Always let the photographer cue the kids.  Often, I’ll have a perfect shot of the kids, but I catch the parents mid-sentence or pointing towards the camera.  Sometimes, it is hard to get the kids to look at the camera, let alone smile at the same time.  If the parents are camera ready for all of the shots, it is easier to get a great group photo.  I always use parents as attention-getters, but only when the posed group photos are complete.

5. Bribes work really well!  Whether it is a toy after the session or snacks throughout the session, the toughest and grumpiest kids tend to take great photos with some fun or yummy incentives!

 

 

Check out Laura’s Amazing work on her Facebook or Instagram

Are your little ones wearing Appaman for your family holiday pics? Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @appaman for the chance to be featured!

Mom Hacks: Back to School Tips

August 18, 2016 in Mom Hacks

Back to School Tips | Appaman

Mom Hacks: Back to School Tips
It’s back to school time for families around the country. Raise your hand if you’ve pledged to make this school year more organized and less stressful than last year. Yes, us, too. So what steps can you take to make sure your kids are set up for success this year? Follow these tips on getting organized for back to school:

sandwich free lunch ideas for kids

Lunch is Ready!
Prep lunch the night before. We love these sandwich-free lunch box ideas. Or better yet, ask your kids to pitch in with the lunch making duties! A recent article in The Washington Post touted the benefits of having your children make their own lunch.  By asking them to take charge of their lunch, it gives them responsibility and allows you some free time. Don’t worry if the end result isn’t pretty (or not 100% nutritionally balanced), you’re doing a good thing!

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Clothes Call
Lay out their clothes for the week ahead, so there’s no last minute pulling clothes out of the drawers before the bus arrives. We love the idea of labeling a different shelf for each different day of the week. To make it easier, try a hanging shelving unit (we love the sturdy canvas hanging shelves and drawers from Land of Nod pictured above). For back to school style inspo, check out our first day of school outfit ideas here.

after school snack station

After School Snack Station
Whether it’s you that’s home with the kiddos after school or a sitter, wouldn’t it be SO much easier to have a designated drawer organized with exactly the snacks you want them to munch on when they get home? This way there’s no rooting around in the kitchen trying to find hidden candy bars. Have them choose two things from the healthy snack bin or drawer and you can rest assured their mid-day munch won’t be a handful of Pez.

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Entryway Hall of Fame
Make their exits and entrances as seamless as possible with a well organized entryway (aka the place they drop all of their stuff). Invest in a storage bench, coat hooks, bins to toss their dirty shoes in and baskets to sort their homework and all letters home from school.

For back to school outfit ideas, check out our Fall 2016 Appaman kids style lookbook!