In a word or two, can you describe what hands on : as we grow is all about?
If you aren’t a regular of hands on : as we grow, we’re all about simple activities to do at a moments notice with your kids. To simply enjoy spending quality time with your kids. Making it easy and having fun.
So my word or two to describe hands on : as we grow:
Activities. Kids. Simple. Family. Fun.
Okay, that’s a few more than one or two. But that’s pretty much the gist, right?
How about in a photo? How can hands on : as we grow’s meaning be captured in a single photo? I could grab a photo like this:
Or like this one:
Does that do it?
It shows the activities, the fun, the kids. But what about the family?
Recently, we got our annual family photos taken. And they always stress me out.
What do we wear?
What look am I going for?
What time of year should we take them in?
This year, I was looking for a family photo to also use here on the blog that would encapsulate the meaning of hands on : as we grow. I was also getting head shots taken of myself to update here, too (because, hush hush, I’m getting a redesign done this fall! I cannot wait to ask for your input when we get that far!), so I was double stressed to pick the right outfit.
Thankfully, as a JCP Ambassador for 2014, I have been reintroduced to all the clothing lines at JCPenney.
Probably most well known is the Liz Claiborne line, for the sophisticated, seasoned woman.
But, my latest favorite clothing brands found at JCPenney are the following:
The a.n.a. line is my new favorite. It’s for the younger woman who’s entering the workforce and wants to look young and fresh, but still be taken seriously. I’ve bought several a.n.a. pieces in the past year.
The Joe Fresh clothing line is more casual fun, dressing those same women for the weekend, relaxing at home, or heading out with friends. I tested my boundaries this summer with a yellow tank, as well as a striped tank too, and I adore them both.
And JCPenney has their own clothing line too. I put it in between a.n.a. and Joe Fresh. A little bit of both. Pieces that could be worn in both settings, to work or out with friends casually. That’s where I got inspired for our family photos. I found a loose cardigan that was just the right amount of casual with dressiness that suits me perfectly. Plus, the color was spot on for the direction I was hoping to go.
For our family photos, I ended up choosing primary colors for the family. Red, yellow and a navy blue.
I was nervous about it being too much color. But I really didn’t want to go with the trends of grays or browns that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately. That’s just not us. We’re not trendy in any way, and well gray looks horrible on our fair Norwegian complexions.
And honestly, I thought primary colors were a perfect choice for hands on : as we grow too.
I could not be happier with how these photos turned out. Our photographer, Images by Lisa, captured the essence of our family perfectly.
What we’re wearing:
- Henry’s plaid button down from JCPenney, set the tone for the color scheme.
- My yellow sweater is from JCPenney.
- Christopher’s navy blue polo is from JCPenney.
George and Louis are wearing clothes from their closets. And we all decided on jeans because that’s what we’re most comfortable in.
We had a little fun with my head shots, trying to capture the essence of hands on : as we grow in a single photo. I brought along a large cardboard box (did you know that refrigerators don’t come in boxes anymore?! What a shame. This was a dryer box that I got from our local appliance dealer. They have tons they’re looking to get rid of. Just ask!) to have the kids decorate and play in the background while I had my head shots taken.
What do you think? Does it encapsulate hands on : as we grow in a single photo?
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